February 12. Belfast WRNS and ‘The Cruel Sea’. Roll of Honour

Two women are among the WW2 fatalities for 1944. Army nurse Beatrice Dowling from Bessbrook died in England. Ethel Hunter, a Wren, was lost in a troopship sinking which Nicholas Monserrat later used in his novel “The Cruel Sea”. Gunner William Allen was also lost. In WW1 submariner Robert Reid was taken POW and died later in Baghdad. Robert Cambridge from Carrickfergus served with the Irish Horse in the Boer War and emigrated to New Zealand. He served in its training unit. He died this day in 1917 as a result of an incident. In 1918 Reginald Collier from Bangor died in training with the Royal Flying Corps.

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