January 20. Local journalism. Roll of Honour

Local journalists have left insights of two servicemen in today’s Roll. On this day in 1916 a Ballymoney paper recorded the birth of Jane Verner, the daughter of James and Annie Verner of Dunsevrick. Less than 6 months later James would make the ultimate sacrifice at the Somme. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial and in Dunluce Parish Church, Bushmills. Jim Donaghy a NW journalist recorded the story of Jack Cochrane from Londonderry. In 1917 in Plug Street wood (Ploegsteert Belgium), Jack shared his 20th birthday gifts of chocolate and biscuits from home with his close friends who had signed up the same day. Soon afterwards Jack and two others were killed by a shell. In 1943 in Tunisia a total of 250 London Irishmen of 38(Irish)Brigade were killed, wounded or captured on 20th and 21st January.

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