March 21. VC won in last major German offensive of WW1. Roll of Honour

The Roll today is dominated by the records of some of those who fell in the fallback from St Quentin in the German ‘Kaiserschlacht’ Spring Offensive on this day in 1918. 966 men died in 10 days, 5000 were taken prisoner, the VC was awarded to Edward De Wind. (Photo). In 1917 John Timoney from Limavady fell with the Saskatchewan Regiment during the preparations for Vimy Ridge. In 1918 Second Lieutenant Edward Burnside, Inst and Queen’s OTC, was killed in action, two months before he turned 20, during the Battle of St Quentin. Thomas Cartmill also died at St Quentin, his body may be one of two unidentified North Irish Horse who lie in the Grand Seraucourt British Cemetery. RAFVR Sergeant William Millar died in 1941 in a mission to drop large mines at the entrance to Brest Harbour. James McCartney from Derry died in Libya serving with the city’s heavy anti aircraft regiment. He is named on the regimental war memorial in St Columb’s Cathedral.

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