July 2 – The Victoria Cross record of the 36th (Ulster) Division

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In total nine members of the 36th Division were awarded the Victoria Cross

Captain Eric Norman Frankland Bell, 9th Battalion The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Died 20 years old, July 1st 1916, Battle of the Somme.

2nd Lieutenant James Samuel Emerson, 9th Battalion The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Died 22 years old, December 6th 1917, La Vacquerie.

Lance Corporal Ernest Seaman, 2nd Battalion The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Died 25 years old, September 29th 1918, Terhand Belgium.

Fusilier Norman Harvey, 1st Battalion The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Awarded for actions during October 25th 1918, Ingoyghem, Belgium.

Second Lieutenant Edmund De Wind, 15th Battalion The Royal Irish Rifles. Died 34 years old, March 21st 1918, Second Battle of the Somme.

Rifleman William Frederick McFadzean, 14th Battalion The Royal Irish Rifles. Died 20 years old, July 1st 1916, Battle of the Somme.

Rifleman Robert Quigg, 12th Battalion The Royal Irish Rifles. Awarded for actions during the Battle of the Somme on July 1st 1916. Also awarded the Medal of Order of St. George (Fourth Class), the highest honour of the Russian Empire.

Lieutenant Geoffrey Cather, 9th Battalion The Royal Irish Rifles. Died 25 years old, July 2nd 1916, Battle of the Somme

Private Robert Morrow, 1st Btn Royal Irish Fusiliers. Died 23 years old, April 26th 1915, Battle of Messines

After the war had ended, King George V paid the following tribute to the 36th Division saying, “Throughout the long years of struggle … the men of Ulster have proved how nobly they fight and die …”

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