Edwin Edmonds from Belfast serving in the Royal Navy perished in HMS Otranto on this date in 1918. Hundreds of men including US army personnel died when in a storm the troopship was rammed by another ship off Islay. 21 were buried in Belfast City Cemetery. On the same day infantry in Europe were being hard-pressed resisting a German onslaught. James Campbell from Omagh, Edward McCann from Lisburn, and George Usher from Cookstown were among the fallen. Hugh McHugh died serving in the US army. His brother was a schoolteacher in Portstewart. In 1944 William Cowan, a bomb aimer in the RAFVR, was shot down over Poland on a mission from Southern Italy to drop supplies for the Polish Home Army. The Befast man’s body was found by the Polish Resistance who conducted a burial. His remains now rest at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery in Krakow, Poland.