December 22 – The TA officer and MP mostly responsible for Caubeens. Roll of Honour

Jack Macnamara, an MP and London Irish officer who was killed on this day in 1944, was largely responsible for the wearing of the caubeen by the London Irish Rifles in 1937. It was later adopted by the Skins and Faughs, and the rest. Portrait is of Bala Bredin. QUB graduate and Medical Officer James Ferguson died in 1917. He was one of four brothers from a Randalstown Manse to serve. William Tweed from Ballymoney was lost in 1941 when the Royal Navy Escort Carrier HMS Audacity was sunk by U-boat. Today’s veteran is Surgeon Commander George Stephenson who between 1920 and 1930 was capped 42 times for Ireland which he captained 13 times.

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