Corry MID, Samuel David (No. 119736)

Corry, Samuel David (Samuel)

Mentioned in Despatches

Captain

No. 119736, Royal Army Medical Corps and No. 3 Commando

Died of wounds on Thursday 20 August 1942 (aged 28)

Buried:

St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France (Block ‘S’ Plot 4 Row R Grave 14)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Newtownards and District War Memorial

Royal Belfast Academical Institution (RBAI)

Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) War Memorial

Family grave headstone in Movilla Cemetery, Newtownards

Baronscourt Parish Church of Ireland Church, Co. Tyrone

BIOGRAPHY

Samuel David Corry was born on 2 October 1913 in Victoria Avenue, Newtownards and he was the second son of Samuel and Anna Corry (nee Stoupe) of 14 Victoria Avenue, Newtownards and later Bangor, Co. Down.  Samuel Corry Senior owned a hemstitching factory and he and Anna Stoupe were married on 12 August 1908 in Wesley Centenary Methodist Church, Bangor.  Samuel Corry from 42 James Street, Newtownards was a son of David Corry, an embroidery agent.  Anna Stoupe from Frances Street, Newtownards was a daughter of Robert Stoupe, a merchant.

Later Samuel Corry Senior was awarded the OBE.

Samuel David Corry’s elder brother, Robert (Bob) Corry, was born on 21 March 1910 in Victoria Avenue, Newtownards and his younger brother, Joseph Stoupe (Stoupe) Corry, who was born on 22 April 1916, served with the Royal Artillery during the Second World War.  Another brother, David, was born on 16 November 1919, also in Victoria Avenue, Newtownards.

Samuel David Corry attended the Model School, Newtownards and then the Royal Belfast Academical Institution (RBAI) from 1926 until 1932.  He studied medicine at Queen’s University Belfast and played rugby for the university team.  After qualifying as a doctor, Samuel was appointed to the medical staff of the Down Infirmary.  He was an all-round athlete winning both junior and senior inter-provincial honours in rugby and, while he was at Queen’s, he won the light-heavyweight university boxing championship of Ireland.  He was also a keen golfer and cricketer.

Dr Samuel David Corry joined the Army shortly after the outbreak of war and he was with the Monmouthshire Regiment when he volunteered for the Special Service Battalion which fought in Norway.  At the end of the Norwegian campaign in 1940 he was attached to the Commandos and took part in several raids against German positions including the Norwegian Lofoten Islands, Vaagso Island and Port Maaloy.  It was reported in the 3 April 1942 Supplement to the London Gazette that he had been Mentioned In Despatches ‘in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in successful combined operations against the enemy at Vaagso and Maaloy’.

Dr Samuel David Corry (No. 119736) was posted as missing in action after the raid on the German-occupied port of Dieppe in France which began at 5.00 am on 19 August 1942.  There were very heavy casualties that day and later it was officially confirmed that Captain Samuel David Corry had died of wounds sustained during the fighting.

Captain Samuel David Corry (No. 119736) was buried in St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen and there is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

HE SAVED OTHERS

HIMSELF HE COULD NOT SAVE

Captain Samuel David Corry (No. 119736) is commemorated on Newtownards and District War Memorial; in RBAI; in QUB and on the family grave headstone in Movilla Cemetery Newtownards.

His mother Anna died on 23 September 1965 (aged 83) and his father Samuel died on 23 March 1972 (aged 90).  His brother, Joseph Stoupe Corry, died on 26 July 2006.

On Sunday 2 September 2011 a commemorative church service was held in Baronscourt Parish Church of Ireland Church in County Tyrone to dedicate a plaque to the memory of the eighteen scouts from 74th Belfast (RBAI) Scout Group who lost their lives in the Second World War, many of whom had camped on the Baronscourt Estate in the years immediately before the outbreak of hostilities.  The plaque commemorated the 70th anniversary of the first building of a memorial cairn by RBAI scouts on the nearby hill known as Bessy Bell. In addition to Captain Samuel David Corry the plaque bears the names of Warrant Officer Samuel Nicholl Beckett, Sergeant Sydney Ireland and Bombardier Francis Eric Sheals.