June 24. Holywood officer awarded Victoria Cross. Roll of Honour

For conspicuous bravery on this day in 1917, John Spencer Dunville of Holywood was awarded the VC posthumously in WW1. Eton educated, he had secured a place at Cambridge University but choose to serve in the cavalry. In 1916 three Irish Riflemen from Lisburn, William Lavery, Williiam Leathem, and David Tate, formerly South Antrim Volunteers, died in France. Coleraine-born James Wilson of the Inniskilling Fusiliers died at Messines in 1917. John Thompson a 17-year-old Boy Sailor from Belfast was the only fatality when an explosion occurred in the magazine of HMS Khartoum following an action off Aden in 1940. On this day, 38 (Irish) Brigade had a tough encounter near Lake Trasimene in Italy in 1944. Photo – Tyne Cot Cemetery entrance.

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