August 13. Start of the Manhattan Project. Roll of Honour

Four Travers brothers from Londonderry served in WW1. Michael Travers died on this date in 1915 in Gallipoli. Two of the brothers were reported as being wounded, and one was was reported a prisoner of war at the beginning of May 1918. The Portadown News recorded in March 1917 that “Mrs Georgina Forker, Church Street, Portadown, has received the Military Medal awarded to her husband, the late Company Sergeant Major W. G. Forker, 11th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, for bravery in the field, taking part in a dangerous raid on the German trenches under machine gun and shell fire”. Some time after the award on August 13,1916, he was killed in action. OTD in 1942 the Manhattan Project began. Its aim – to deliver an atomic bomb. The Ballymena Weekly Telegraph of August 13, 1943 reports that Ulster exiles in Vancouver had paid tribute to the men of the 36th (Ulster) Division at a Somme memorial rally on July 1, when they placed a wreath on the Cenotaph, Victory Square, Vancouver. Hugh Montgomery, Campbell College, and QUB, was a first-class amateur motorbike racer who won the Leinster Grand Prix in May 1939. After Dunkirk during which he received shrapnel injuries, he transferred from the Royal Artillery to fly with RAF. He died in 1943. Today’s veteran is Sergeant James Robinson who served with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps in WW1. James’ service and that of his younger brother, John, is commemorated on the Roll of Honour at All Saints Parish Church, Londonderry – photo here.

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