January 6 – Woods Cemetery, Ypres. Roll of Honour

Alex Miller from Portstewart survived the sinking of HMS Majestic in the Dardanelles. Before the War he was a pilot of Coleraine Harbour Company. He was drowned off Portstewart on 6 January 1923 while working as a pilot. Named on Parish War Memorial. William McNabney an engineer was so injured in WW1 that he was periodically in hospital. He died aged 57 at the UVF Hospital at Craigavon House, Belfast. His son Thomas McNabney died less than 6 months earlier on 04/07/1940 on board HMS Foylebank in Portland Bill during the Battle of Britain. On this day in 1915 at Crawfordsburn Sir Edward Carson spoke to 1,000 men of the 12th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles on a route march from Newtownards. Today’s veterans include Surgeon Vice Admiral, Sir Eric Bradbury KBE, CB, MRCS, FRCS, MB ChB, DMRD, Hon LLD. Medical director general of the Royal Naval Medical Service from 1969 to 1972, a period when many changes were being made in the services. From the Maze, Lisburn, he was educated at Inst and Queens.

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