September 20. Two Clergy family ties in two wars. Roll of Honour

In 1914 Ballymena born Edward Anderson and James Scott from Belfast of Royal Irish Rifles. 2nd Btn. fell. They are remembered at La-Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial, Seine-et-Marne, France. Scott had 20 years service. On this day in 1916 and 1917 four men fell serving in Empire forces. George Hamilton from Dungannon, John Simms from Banbridge, and David Armstrong from Ballyclare were in Australian Infantry btns. Henry Kerr from Cullybackey was with the Canadian Infantry. In 1943 William Jones an 18-year-old from Tavanagh St., Donegall Rd., Belfast, was one of 29 men killed or fatally injured when U-270 attacked HMS Lagan with an acoustic torpedo, severing the frigate’s stern. Frank Dolaghan from Belfast was Batman to Shan Hackett and was killed in action near Arnhem Bridge. Today’s Veterans include two pairs of clergy and sons who served. Fred Newell was shot in the face and blinded in his right eye during the Battle of Menin Road this day in 1917. His father, rector of the C of I parish of Templepatrick, was serving as a Chaplain. Archdeacon CC Manning who served in a number of parishes in NI was awarded the MC serving as a WW1 chaplain. His son Denis, an Old Campbellian, was an RNVR chaplain in WW2. Photo – Arnhem’s successors – Advance pathfinder reconnaissance troops from 16 Air Assault Brigade.

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