August 29. Costly service in Bomber Command. Roll of Honour

Robert Whelan a Company Sergeant Major with the Royal Irish Rifles was awarded both the Military Medal and the Military Cross. The citation on the awarding of the Military Cross reveals a man of great bravery. He fell in 1917 aged 25. He is named on the War Memorial of St Jude’s C of I Church, Belfast. William Davey, a law graduate of QUB who served as a major in the Northumberland Fusiliers stood in the General Election of December 1918 as a pro-Home Rule candidate for the Irish Parliamentary Party in the Duncairn constituency in Belfast. The seat was won by the Irish Unionist, Sir Edward Henry Carson. Sam PIcken a Randalstown doctor was born this day in 1890. In WW1 he was awarded the Military Medal for “Conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in going forward under heavy shell fire”. In 1935 following a heart attack, he drowned at Castlerock. RAF Seargent Thomas Dick from Carrickfergus died in a raid on Stettin, Poland in 1944. On the same night, Charles Murray died on the same mission. 402 Lancaster Bombers took part in this raid of which 23 were lost. One of today’s veterans Air Commodore James “Paddy” Forsythe started flying with Queen’s University’s Air Squadron. Photo – David V. Currie, a Canadian, was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during the 36-hour battle at Saint-Lambert-sur-Dives, in 1944 in Normandy.

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