April 24 – First Belfastman to win VC in WW1 served with Canadians. Roll of Honour

Fred Hall’s parents were married in Belfast where their family was born. Hall had a remarkable career with the army which is told in today’s report. He won the VC on the night of April 23/24 1915 during the Second Battle of Ypres in Belgium. In 1915 George Leckey from Londonderry and John Lyons from Dervock also died serving with Canadian forces. Alex Turnbull, a Belfast solicitor serving in the Royal Flying Corps, died in the Battle of Arras while flying a biplane over the village of Avesnes Le Conte, southwest of Boulogne. A memorial window at the Holy Trinity Church, Glencraig, commemorates the death of Anthony Bulloch of RAF Coastal Command in 1940. On the night of April 24/25,1945, for his actions in the assault on Kattenturm, Corporal Douglas Albert Lambourne, of the Royal Ulster Rifles, was awarded the Military Medal.

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