November 8. The origins of the Cenotaph. Roll of Honour

The Cenotaph was built for several reasons which are outlined in today’s report. Today’s Roll of WW1 highlights service by an Instonian, Fred McCullough, in Russia with the Naval Air Service’s Armoured Car Division, and his death in Belgium with the RFC to which he transferred. James Henry from Coleraine served with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He died three days before the Armistice was signed. He left behind a legacy of 121 letters and 94 postcards describing the role of men from the town during the war which was donated to the Coleraine Museum and are online. In 1941 George McCombe from Castlerock and formerly of 502 (Ulster) Squadron, died over the Netherlands. Ronald Orr from Armoy, a former QUB student, was awarded a posthumous George Cross for his service in mine disposal on this day in 1944. Patrick Cherry from Lisburn and William Fitzpatrick from Whiteabbey were lost in HMS Walney, a former US coastguard cutter, during Operation Torch landings in French NW Africa. Their commanding officer was awarded the VC.

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