May 6. Memorials to the global service of NI men in WW2. Roll of Honour

John Bew from Carrickfergus, William Bunting from Lurgan, and David McGowan from Newry, serving with the Royal Naval Division fell in Gallipoli in 1915. Since 1916 David McKeown from Dromara, George Tollerton from Magheragall, and Jerome Walker from Whitehead, of the Royal Irish Rifles rest in Authuile Military Cemetery, France. In 1917 a former headmaster of Bangor Grammar School died serving with the Canadian army medical corps in France. War graves in Egypt, Tunisia, India and Madagascar together with our national Naval Memorials testify to the global service of NI men in WW2. The youngest in today’s Roll is William McKinnell aged 17 from Belfast, lost in HMS Gloucester in 1941. He joined up aged 15. Graham Ervin, ex Inst and Queen’s, was flying a Swordfish off HMS Illustrious when he failed to return from a raid on in Diego Suarez, Madagascar in 1942. Photo – Meilo War Cemetery, Netherlands.

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