January 28. The poet of remembrance. Roll of Honour

On this day in 1918 the writer of the most famous poem of WW1 died. John McCrae was a Canadian doctor and tribute is rightly paid to him in today’s newslatter. The veteran remembered today is Alex Ballentine, RAF aircrew, from Ballymena who was a prisoner of war at Stalag Luft III, the scene depicted in the film “The Great Escape”. He rests in Ballymoney cemetery. Also featured today is The Huts Cemetery in Belgium which contains 141 graves of which 42 were of WW1 Royal Artillery personnel including Australian gunners.

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