August 20. Kilrea’s Royal Flying Corps ace. Widow’s war service. Roll of Honour

“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” — Winston Churchill’s offered his famous tribute to the RAF on this day in 1940. When Caledon Dolling MC, of Dollingstown, Lurgan, died this day in 1916, and on hearing the news of her husband’s death, Alma Victoria Dolling volunteered to serve in the Scottish Women’s Hospital, eventually joining the Croix Rouge Francais (French Red Cross); she was twice wounded on service and awarded the Croix de Guerre. Joseph Bamford of Kilrea had served with Royal Scots Fusiliers and Royal Naval Air Service before joining the Royal Flying Corps. His parents lived in Portrush and he is remembered on the Kilrea WM and Balmoral Golf Club. Pilot Officer Maurice Green from Belfast was lost in 1940 over Norway. He is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, and the 502 (Ulster) Squadron WM,in St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast. Kennedy Black was 22 years of age when he died in 1940. His remains rest in Balteagh Presbyterian Churchyard, Limavady.

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