July 4. Art work of WW1 Memorial records. NI men lost in HMS Foylebank in WW2. Roll of Honour

The Books of the Dead record the Irish fallen of WW1. Each page is a work of art. The Roll today for 1916 records 13 men from throughout NI who died at the Somme. They include Oswald Webb of Randalstown whose family owned the town’s famous Old Bleach Linen company. HMS Foylebank, an anti-aircraft vessel, was sunk in a Luftwaffe trial in 1940 for the Battle of Britain. 14 NI men including James McMullan from Bushmills were lost in her with a RN VC. James is remembered on the parish church war memorial. Seven RAF die this day, five of them over foreign lands, including John Irwin the first of two brothers from Craigavad lost on operations. William Scarlett from Belfast was awarded the DFM in December 1942. He was a bomb aimer in a Halifax which was shot down over Belgium in 1943. His remains rest alongside those of several other NI men in Heverlee War Cemetery near Louvain.

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