April 23 – DSO for Belfast RN officer in Zeebrugge Raid. Roll of Honour

In today’s roll there are representatives from some of the more notable battles of both wars. Ypres in WW1, the daring Raid on Zeebrugge in 1918 which is featured, the defence of Dunkirk in 1940 and air attacks on Germany, Denmark and Norway, as well as in the Middle East. Lieutenant Oscar Henderson was awarded a DSO for his actions at Zeebrugge. After his naval service, he was appointed Private Secretary to the Duke of Abercorn, the first Governor of Northern Ireland. His sons Brum and James (ex-Irish Guards) managed the family’s Belfast News Letter and were key to the founding of UTV. Gunner Leonard Edgar, 8th (Belfast) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, died in 1940 in the fighting fallback to Dunkirk. In 1944 Gerald McClelland DFM from Coleraine was lost when his plane crashed during a mine laying operation off Denmark where his body was buried. Pilot Officer Robert McKinney from Belfast died when his plane was hit by flak from a German convoy off Norway. Patrick Kearns who served in the Far East with Bomber Command is one of today’s Veterans.

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