September 12. Naval courage Derry style. Roll of Honour

John Tillie was a member of a prominent Londonderry family which owned a famous shirt manufacturing company. He was awarded a DSC in June 1940 for his actions at the first Battle of Narvik and a Bar to the DSC in December 1940 “for courage and resource in recent operations against Italian submarines.’ He died at sea this day in 1942 due to enemy action. William Hammond, a father of five, from Castledawson, died in 1917 in hospital at Étaples, on the French coast. The area around Étaples was the scene of immense concentrations of Commonwealth reinforcement camps and hospitals. George Wilson whose father lived in Taylor’s Row, Coleraine, died in hospital in Mesopotamia in 1917. He had been discharged as medically unfit from the Royal Naval Brigade in 1915 and later re-enlisted in Royal Field Artillery. Photo – Delville Wood Cemetery near where three South African battalions fought continuously for six days and suffered heavy casualties in 1916.

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