July 12. Belfast first with silence of Remembrance. International sportsmen in WW1. Roll of Honour

The first civic Silence for Remembrance was in Belfast. In 1916 a decision was made by the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland to cancel the annual 12th July celebrations. Sir Crawford McCullagh instead requested that all businesses be suspended for 5 minutes from noon till 12.05pm. All over Ulster bowed their heads in respect of the 36th Ulster Division who had lost their lives at the Battle of the Somme. Belfast pioneered the public silence of Remembrance of the fallen. Several international sportsmen died during the war.
The Derry mother of Nicholas Maxwell of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers was on her way to visit him in hospital in England when he died this day in 1916. He was one of three sons serving. On 12/07/1940, when Sydney Ireland from Newtonbreda was taking part in dog-fighting practice and flying from RAF Biggin Hill, his Spitfire P9502 dived into the ground at Titsey Park and he was killed. Photo – First and Second Battalions West Belfast Regiment Ulster Volunteer Force were presented with King’s colours and Regimental standards, Saturday 02/05/1914, on the grounds of Glencairn, the beautiful residence of Mr. James Cunningham.

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