September 2. HMS Caroline officer saw Japanese surrender. NIH officer wins VC. Roll of Honour

On this day in 1945 Japan unconditionally surrendered to the Allies. John Robinson, an HMS Caroline officer, was present in Tokio Bay. In WW1 Lieutenant Colonel Richard Annesley West from Co. Fermanagh was awarded the Victoria Cross. He was on secondment from the North Irish Horse to the Tank Corps. He was killed in action at Courcelles, France, aged 40, on 2 September 1918 when he rallied infantry who had become disorientated in dense fog. He had previously been awarded the D.S.O. and M.C. On the same day, the deaths occurred of James Brown from Cairncastle who returned with New Zealand Forces, and Alan Campbell from Ballycastle who is honoured at the Canadian Vimy Ridge memorial. Five men from Belfast, Carrickfergus, and Portrush died on this date serving in the RAF in WW2. Thomas Campbell from Portrush was in a Short Stirling bomber attacked over Belgium. Twenty-three-year-old Royal Marine, Brian Hamilton, died in 1947. His remains rest in Holy Trinity Roman Catholic cemetery, Lisburn and he is named on the town’s War Memorial.

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