July 14. Portrush naval doctor who sailed Atlantic both ways single-handed. Roll of Honour

The story in war and peace of Joe Cunningham, a doctor born in Portrush on this day in 1916. Joseph Paul from Bessbrook died with the Marines in Gallipolli in 1915. 20-year-old Isaac McAllister’s remains were brought home by the Royal Irish Rifles to Bushmills in 1916. An evocative contemporary newspaper report describes the time he spent in no-man’s land and the final journey in his home area of the machine-gunner wounded at the Somme. In 1941 Hamilton Loughlin of Carrickfergus died in an onboard explosion on Suez Canal in Harland & Wolff-built SS Georgic which was serving as a troop ship. Antony Butler from Lisnaskea died with No 3 Commando in such a hard-fought action in Sicily in 1943 that General Montgomery ordered a bridge to be named after the unit. In 1944 William Morris from Newtownards Rd., Belfast, died from shrapnel wounds received in both legs three days earlier in the fight by Royal Ulster Rifles for Hill 60 in the battle for Normandy Photo – Joe Cunningham’s Icebird Vertue 45.

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