November 29. TB claimed Ballycastle WW1 hero. Portadown Desert Rat. CS Lewis. Roll of Honour

Ballycastle Rifleman Frank McClarty’s service in WW1 was recognised by the UK and Belgian authorities with the awards of the Military Medal and the Belgian Croix de Guerre. He fell victim to TB which was rife in the trenches. Alexander Liggett was a Desert Rat from Portadown who survived being a POW in Italy and Germany in WW2. One of the eight RAF in today’s Roll is the son of the Most Revd. John Allen Fitzgerald Gregg, D.D., Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of all Ireland. John, an RAF Flying Officer, was a Japanese prisoner of war aboard a ship that was torpedoed. The Japanese captain ordered the shooting of the prisoners in the water. John has no known grave and is remembered on the Singapore Memorial at Kranji War Cemetery and in St Andrews Cathedral, Singapore. Among today’s veterans is the Belfast-born Clive Staples Lewis whose birthday this is. WW1 affected his views. His friendship grew with fellow Oxford Don and war veteran J R R Tolkien and their literary careers flourished in parallel.

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