December 14. Cairncastle and Cobh link to Free French navy. Roll of Honour

The legendary Ulster soldier Lt Colonel Blair “Paddy” Mayne, DSO and three Bars, and a founding member of the Special Air Service (SAS) died on this day in 1955. Cairncastle Parish Church has a sad but unique link with the Free French navy through Edward John King-Wood, a Naval Reserve officer who was lost in Branlebas this day in 1940. George McAllan, a former Dungannon rugby player, died in S Africa in 1918 following a flying accident with the RAF. John Murphy of the Royal Irish Rifles died in Bangor. His record here shows how wounds could impact on future health. Naval chaplain Lance MacManaway from Enniskillen, named in today’s Veteran’s Roll, was in HMS Renown when it was struck by two German bombs in 1940.

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