August 31. Caroline WRNS sang soprano and tuned depth chargers. Roll of Honour

In 1918 Lieutenant Robert Russell from Whitehead died serving with the Dunsterforce Expedition in Mesopotamia. It had developed from the Royal Naval Armoured Car Division which had served in Russia and was deployed to safeguard the oilwells of Baku from the Turks. He is remembered on the Baku Memorial, Azerbaijan. That same day, Ballyclare man Sam McGuigan was wounded serving with Royal Montreal, Quebec Regiment in France. He was sent home from France to rest but he died from his wounds. His funeral was to Ballyclare cemetery. In 1943 Samuel Gordon, a Navigator/Radar Operator from Finaghy, died serving in a Royal New Zealand Air Force squadron. His remains rest in St Mark’s C of I Churchyard, Armagh. On the same day Cecil MacAuley, ex Coleraine Inst and Larne Rugby Club was lost on a night-time raid over Berlin, Germany. Today’s veterans include Sir John Campbell, an outstanding medical professional from Queen’s University, who was the Senior Surgeon at No 5 British Red Cross Hospital, Wimereux, France, which was one of the largest in the conflict. Photo – Anti-aircraft searchlights at Gibraltar WW2.

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