March 01. Poetry loving tank commander. A Coleraine romance. Roll of Honour

William Cross was one of the significant number of NI men who served with forces from the British Empire in WW1. He came to France with a New Zealand infantry regiment and died in hospital in Dungannon. Michael Harrison from Bangor serving in the Guards Armoured Division was 20 years old when he was killed by a sniper in 1945 while taking part in a heavily resisted tank advance in North Germany. The former Rockport student was a lover of poetry and kept hand-written copies of some of his favourite poems in a small notebook. It was returned to his parents. Romance figures in the veterans recalled today. Elizabeth Stafford a member of the WRNS from Coleraine met her husband at Londonderry naval base. They married and went to USA and then Canada. Photo – The Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

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