July 28. Military Crosses awarded. Roll of Honour

On this day in 1914 WW1 got underway when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. In 1917 the Belfast Newsletter reported the award of the Military Cross to James McMechan of Downpatrick and John Kelly from Belfast. Today’s Roll records that Thomas Wright, a North Irish Horse Private who had worked in Ballyrashane Creamery, was killed a few days after his brother in 1916. George Cadoo from Dungannon had been awarded the MC for the single-handed capture of a German machine-gun, which he turned on the enemy, so enabling his section to advance with safety. The Royal Inniskilling Fusilier, a member of his parish church and the Orange Order died in 1918. Pomeroy-born Samuel Lyttle, a Royal Navy ERA, died in Hong Kong. This past night in 1943 and 1944, George Clarke and Thomas Crane died when their aircraft on bombing missions over Germany were shot down near Hamburg and Loiret, France.

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