June 7. Biggest bomb before the atomic at Battle of Messines 1917. RUR on D Day +1. Roll of Honour

The Battle of Messines in WW1 had the biggest bomb before the atom bomb. Fusilier John Meeke of the unionist 36th Ulster Division was awarded the Military Medal for rescuing Major Willie Redmond of the nationalist 16th Irish Division. Now the site of the Irish Peace Park. RUR man Richard Keegan’s memories of D Day. 26 names in today’s Roll of Honour reflect dangers faced by both battalions of Royal Ulster Rifles to D Day+1. Photo – Bayeux War Cemetery.

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