April 21. The QUB professor and the Red Baron. Roll of Honour

Thomas Sinclair, Professor of Medicine at Queen’s University, Belfast, in April 1918, found himself at the centre of one of the major incidents of the First World War, namely determining the cause of the death of the most famous and deadliest German fighter pilot, Manfred von Richthofen, the Red Baron. Thomas McIlroy prior to enlisting lived in Upperlands and worked at William Clark & Sons Ltd. He died in 1918 as a result of being gassed. In 1917 he was awarded the Military Medal. Three Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers died in Burmah on this day in 1942. Joseph Gibson from Tobermore, William Mulholland from Lisburn and James McCandless from Coleraine are named on the Rangoon Memorial, Myanmar. James McCandless’ brother George also fell serving with the Royal Artillery in Myanmar on 27/03/1944. Robert Monaghan from Belfast died in 1945 serving with Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers near the Argenta Gap in Italy.

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