November 9. Belfast Cenotaph. Roll of Honour

The WW1 fatalities recorded today are remembered in CWGC cemeteries in Belgium, England, Egypt, and Greece. Vincent Acheson was a former captain of Dungannon Rugby Club and partner in Acheson & Smith linen manufacturers in Castlecaufield. His remains rest in Greece. Thomas Kyle fell serving with Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers,10th Btn. (The Derrys) in Belgium in 1916. He is remembered on Portstewart WM and Agherton Parish Church WM. Five RAF crew reflect the demands made in WW2 carrying the war to the foe. They include Sam Allen from Ballymena, who died as a POW of the Japanese in 1942, and Isaac Kennedy from Ahoghill lost over Hamburg on the same day. The 1946 entry for Aircraftswoman Joy Coleman is a reminder of the deadly presence of TB in WW2. Our veteran today is Bill Epstein of the Belfast Jewish community who served in the Royal Navy in WW2.  Post-war he became an academic of international stature. Photo – The grounds of the City Hall leading to the Cenotaph when an artwork of shrouded figures reflected the number in 36 (Ulster) Division and other Irish formations who have no known grave.

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