July 16. Death of last Tsar. Advent of nuclear bomb. Roll of Honour

On this day in 1918, the Russian Royal Family was murdered. On the same day, the parishes of Carrickfergus and Castledawson were linked in the loss of Henry Chamberlain, an RNR officer in a minesweeper, whose father had served as Rector of both parishes. His brother-in-law, Rev CG Manning, served as an army chaplain being awarded the Military Cross. Also on the same day Maurice English, a 20-year-old Navy pilot from Londonderry, died when his plane was shot down over West Flanders, Belgium. In 1940 William Hanna, a submariner from Belfast was lost in HMS Phoenix when the ship was torpedoed in the Mediterranean Sea. In 1945 The United States detonated history’s first nuclear weapon and 21 days later Hiroshima was targeted. Photo – Caterpillar Valley Cemetery on the Somme is a unique link with New Zealand.

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