July 29 – Lurgan may claim NI’s most decorated fighter ace of WW2. Roll of Honour

On this day in 1921 Hitler is elected leader of an obsure political party in Austria. In 1924 one of three Royal Naval Memorials was dedicated at Plymouth Hoe. In today’s Roll in 1916 three men from Larne, Dungiven and Lurgan died in France serving with the same Australian Infantry battalion. Read the fascinating record of William Mallon aged 18, who died serving with infantry from New York. His remains were buried in France but later re-interred in Galbally, Dungannon. Robert McCrory, former headboy at Banbridge Academy became a teacher. He joined the RAF in 1941. His Wellington bomber did not return from a raid on Hamburg. He is remembered on a memorial in Seapatrick Parish Church, Banbridge. Robert Turkington from Lurgan is amongst the foremost fighter pilots in WW2 from Northern Ireland. Born in India he was educated back home at Lurgan College, where he captained the Rugby XV and had an Ulster Schoolboys’ Trial in 1938. In 1940 he joined the RAF. By 1945 he had been awarded the DFC and Bar and then the DSO for his actions. Photo – St Sever Cemetery in Rouen.

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