September 8. Inniskillings’ private memorial on the western front. Roll of Honour

Today’s report includes a fascinating account of how two WW1 Inniskillings have a private memorial in France. Two Draperstown brothers who joined the Royal Irish Regiment died a year apart on this day. Bernard Crilly died in 1916 and his brother Charles in 1917. Remembrance of RAF crew today takes the reader from Norway to Singapore. John Brown is remembered at Bygland Churchyard, Norway, and John Lorimer at the Singapore Memorial. Both were ex 502 (Ulster) Squadron. Both are named on the Squadron’s WM, in St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast. James Henry an Irish Guardsman from Dungannon was a gunner operator in a Sherman tank. He was injured in an enemy engagement on 01/08/1944, and died of wounds five weeks later. His remains rest in Brussels Town Cemetery, and he is remembered on the Dungannon WM. Today’s veterans include Petty Officer William Carson from Coleraine who enrolled 08/09/1913 for 12 years. He had war service in HMS Formidable and HMS St. George. He was in HMS Phaeton at the Battle of Jutland. He joined the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (reserves) on 01/08/1922.

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