March 10. Neuve Chapelle – Royal Irish Rifles first major WW1 action. Roll of Honour

Today in 1915 the 1st Royal Irish Rifles took part in their first major action. The Battle of Neuve Chapelle was fought between 10 and 13 March 1915. Hugh Andrews from Ballymena, John Campbell from Belfast, and Michael Curis from Cookstown, were among those who fell on this first day. In 1918 the Royal Irish Fusiliers were in Palestine. Edmund Jess from Banbridge and Edward Magee from Cookstown are remembered at Jerusalem War Cemetery. In 1943 James Cassidy from Rathfriland, an army medic attached to Headquarter Battalion, 1st Parachute Brigade, in Tunisia died. He had been Mentioned in Despatches. Joseph Diamond, a member of Broadway Presbyterian Church in Belfast, died in Holland in 1945 serving with the RAFVR. Today’s veteran is Reginald McClelland, one of many in the Royal Navy who took part in the perilous Arctic convoys. He also saw D-Day action at Omaha beach. Read his story here.

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