July 26. Legacy of Belfast’s unofficial WW1 photographer. Roll of Honour

When Belfastman George Hackney was called to fight in World War I in October 1915, he brought his camera with him. He defied orders and risked facing court-martial to document life on the front line. He lived into his 80s and his friends urged him to donate his collection to the Ulster Museum before his death. They were published for the first time after a museum curator handed them to a filmmaker in 2012. You may view several in today’s post. George Alderdice was known as “Paddy” because he was from Northern Ireland. In 1943 he died in a Lancaster on a bombing mission to Essen then considered the hottest spot in the Ruhr in Germany. Read the tribute in today’s Roll which a colleague sent to his family in Lisburn. James McCory from Dungannon was serving with 21 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment when he was captured by the Japanese. He died in 1943 as a prisoner of war, put to work building the Thailand-Burma Railway. George Corry, ex RBAI and QUB OTC, enlisted with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in 1940. He obtained a cadetship at Sandhurst and was commissioned into the North Irish Horse, and transferred to the RAF in 1942. He died on active service in Italy in 1944. William Smart from Portadown died serving with the RAF in India in 1945. His remains rest at Madras War Cemetery, Chennai.

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