January 12 – Naval surgeon and Airborne warrior. Roll of Honour

Clergy sons feature in today’s Roll. An Instonian whose father was rector of Christ Church, Durham Street, Belfast (now part of the Inst campus) was a medical student serving as a surgeon probationer in HMS Opal which was lost in a storm in WW1. Mervyn Dennison, son of a Methodist minister, interrupted his studies at Queen’s to serve with the Royal Ulster Rifles before joining the Parachute Regiment in WW2. It is a remarkable story of wartime and peace. Harry Hamilton of Portstewart survived the Somme, being a German POW, and having pneumonia after being released at the end of the War. Harry was the agent-in-charge of the L.M.S. Railway Station at Magilligan.

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