May 25. War service of Belfast-Liverpool ferries. Roll of Honour

The Belfast to Liverpool ferries – the Ulster Monarch, Ulster Prince, and Ulster Queen – took part in the Dunkirk evacuation and later deployed to other theatres. In 1917 Ernest Templeton a former RS Dungannon and Methodist College student died in a bomb accident with Canadian infatry in France. James Gordon, an RAF pilot from Cookstown and Holywood, was lost bombing troops, vehicles and vital bridges just behind the German front line, which was closing in on the main body of the British Expeditionary Force in 1940. Thomas Martin from Belfast served in both wars and was taken prisoner in both. While a prisoner of war in WW2, he contracted tuberculosis. On his return to Northern Ireland in October 1943, he spent several months in hospital before his death in 1944. Photo – Commonwealth War Graves at Cassino.

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