February 22. Coleraine chaplain’s three gallantry awards. Roll of Honour

Today’s veteran was the most high-ranking Irish chaplain in WW1. Rev Dr. James G Paton who was awarded the Military Cross three times, ministered in Coleraine. He was a member of the committee responsible for the erection of the town’s War Memorial and Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland in 1931. We remember thirteen from NI who fell on this day in the World Wars. Thomas Morrison from Belfast served with the Royal Marine Brigade. He survived the Dardanelles, and fell at the Somme in 1917. In 1919 Fred Lockhart of Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and Thomas Walsh of the Connaught Rangers died as the result of war service. In 1944 Thomas Nelson from Larne was part of a seven-man crew on board a Halifax bomber on a night raid of Leipzig. They were shot down. Photo – De Panne Communal Cemetery where many men from Operation Dynamo are remembered.

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