October 12. Newry woman tried with Edith Cavell. Roll of Honour.

On the anniversary of the execution of British nurse Edith Cavell by the Germans we recall Ada Bodart, the Newry woman who was tried with her. This is also the anniversary of New Zealand’s worst military day in the assault at Passchendaele. Samuel Lunn from Lurgan died this day in 1916. He was one of six brothers to serve. All were wounded during the war. In 1917 Bernard Fox from Grange, Armagh, died serving as a stretcher-bearer in the Australian Army Medical Corps, bearing a patient from the battlefield. Herbert Carson a Medical Officer from Larne who had been awarded the Distinguished Service Order for gallant and distinguished service in the field died of pneumonia caused by malaria in 1918 in the English Hospital, Damascus. His brother James, a dentist, also died in the war. John Kilgore, a Gunner from Londonderry died in 1942. His remains rest in Yokohama War Cemetery, Japan. In 1943 twenty-year-old Edward Carson from Magherafelt was lost in HM Submarine Usurper in the gulf of Genoa. Melbourne Frazer who had graduated in Law at Queen’s was deemed to have died when his Halifax II BB417 failed to return from an Op. He is remembered at Alamein Memorial, Egypt, and QUB War Memorial. Today’s veteran is Bombardier Thomas Kane from Portrush one of ‘The Twelve Mile Snipers’ in Burma. Photo – Wreath remembering Edith Cavell at nursing memorial at the National Arboretum.

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