Victor, Henry Edward
No. G/7574, 2nd Battalion, Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex Regiment)
Killed in action on Saturday 1 July 1916 (aged 36)
No known grave
Thiepval Memorial, France (Pier and Face 12 D and 13 B)
Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour
In the Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 – 1919 database it is recorded that Lance Corporal Henry Edward Victor (No. G/7574) was born in Belfast and enlisted in Plymouth, Devon. He served with the 2nd Battalion Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex Regiment) and was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
Lance Corporal Henry Edward Victor’s death was reported in the 23 September 1916 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle under the headline Donaghadee. The report indicated that Lance Corporal Henry Edward Victor had been reported as missing in action initially and then it was officially confirmed that he must be presumed to have been killed in action.
The report went on, ‘He was the only son of Mr J. George Victor of Melbourne, formerly of Woodburn, Carrickfergus and Donaghadee. He was a nephew of Mr H. Blackburne, solicitor, Carrickfergus and Belfast and he came to England from Hong Kong to enlist’.
Henry Edward Victor was born on 8 June 1880 in Woodburn, Carrickfergus and he was a son of John George Victor and Martha Jane Victor (nee Graham) who were married on 10 March 1879 in Ballycarry Presbyterian Church. John George Victor was born on 20 May 1850 and baptised in Donaghadee Parish Church of Ireland Church.
The casualty’s grandfather, Henry Edward Victor, was a Customs Officer and Harbour Master in Donaghadee.
The casualty’s father John George Victor, was an engineer and Harbour Master.
Lance Corporal Henry Edward Victor (No. G/7574) is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France and in the Belfast Book of Honour (Page 638).