October 18 – HMS Broadwater. Potijze Chateau Cemetery. Roll of Honour

Three NI infanteers are in today’s Roll for 1916 – Dennis Dillon, Thomas Pollard from Randalstown, and James Watson from Lurgan are named on the Ploegsteert Memorial, at Hainaut, Belgium. Edward McKenney from Coleraine died serving with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in 1918. His brother William J.McKenney, Highland Light Infantry, had died in 1916. Both are named on Coleraine Academical Institution WM. Highlighted today is the loss in WW2 of three men from NI in HMS Broadwater, a former US destroyer. Alex Buchanan from Artigarvan, Samuel Morrison from Killyleagh, and James Cree from Lisburn were lost in 1941. James Cree had two sinkings and an injury at Dunkirk before his 20th birthday. Today’s veteran representative is Baron Cooke of Islandreagh, Muckamore, who served in RN and was President of the Belfast Branch of the Burma Star Association. Photo – Poppies at the Tower of London.

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