STOKER JOHN DEVINE
No Known Grave Commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.
The second seaman from Ballymoney to make the supreme sacrifice was John Devine, R.N. son of the late Hugh Devine. He was lost with H.M.S. Vanguard. Stoker Devine had a most eventful career. Joining the Royal Inniskillings, he completed his time with the colours, when he joined the Royal Navy. His time was up in the Navy some time before war broke out and as he was on reserve for both Army and Navy he awaited the first call. The Navy was first in and he became a unit in the Grand Fleet. Twice he was transferred from ships which were after- wards mined. Prior to being called up he was at sea with the Merchant Service. He was home on leave in November 1916 when he got married. His wife lived at 21, Artillery St, Belfast. The blast which destroyed H.M.S. Vanguard also killed a number of Coleraine men who were serving on the ship, one of them being Jack Adams.