September 27 – Loos, a Portstewart doctor and a SOE pilot. Roll of Honour

The Battle of Loos in WW1 impacts on today’s Roll. There are five NI names from Loos in 1915, four of which are of men who fell serving with Scots regiments. Dr James Gatchell had strong inks with Portstewart where he is remembered. He was awarded the Military Cross and Croix de Guerre (France) in WW1. Three WW1 fatalities were in Empire forces. One of the veterans remembered today was a survivor of the Battle of Jutland. The final entry is of a RAFVR pilot from Holywood with Coleraine AI links who died in a special operations flight in WW2. On this day in 1939, Warsaw falls to Germany. The city will endure 1,939 days of ruthless Nazi occupation.


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