July 19. British Lion and artillery officer honoured by France for services to rugby. Roll of Honour

Pre-war British Lion and wartime artillery officer, Harry McKibbin, was honoured by France for his contribution to international rugby. Another British Lion, Robert Alexander of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, died in 1943 near Catania, Sicily while leading his troops in an attack on the Simento River. Today’s Roll contains the names of 16 Inniskillings who fell in the liberation of Sicily. Royal Marine Samuel Duncan from Stewartstown died the same day in a Japanese prisoner of war camp in Thailand having survived the sinking of his ship in December 1941. Alwyn Holt, son of a Ballymoney Presbyterian minister, died over France serving as a navigator with the RAF in 1944. Robert Lappin died on the same day. Both were in the same squadron and their remains rest in the same cemetery in France. Portrush played its role in the first-ever Peace Day in 1919. Photo – On the anniversary of the WW1 Battle of Fromelles, V.C. Corner Australian Cemetery and Memorial under an angry sky.

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