March 30. The last NIH horse man. Coleraine medical pioneer. Roll of Honour

Ham British Cemetery contains 485 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War. Amongst the graves are those of men who served with the North Irish Horse including William Stuart from Ballymacarrett, Belfast who died in the 1918 German offensive, and who had earlier accompanied the regiment’s horses to Egypt when it was dismounted. Michael Corrigan from Cookstown emigrated to New Zealand and died serving with the Auckland Regiment. James Laverty from Glenshesk also served with NZ forces. Henry Doake from Dromara, a Major with the Royal Artillery served continuously at the front for three and a half years before his death in 1918. Former student of Coleraine Academical Institution and Trinity College Dublin, Robert McCahon, was born in Texas. He served with the Royal Engineers and is remembered on Kilrea WM. Today’s veteran is Dr Cecil Adams, who served with the RAF throughout WW2. He was a physician in Coleraine and Londonderry. After the war Dr Adams worked with the newly formed Northern Ireland Tuberculosis Authority and was responsible for the service in several towns. At the time there were over 14 000 people with tuberculosis out of a population of about 1.3 million.

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