October 20. Last costly movements of 36th (Ulster) Division. Roll of Honour

On the night of the 19th & 20th October 1918, the Ulster Division crossed the Lys River. This would be the last movements of the division before the war ended. The remains of seven NI men who died on that date rest in Harlebeke New British Cemetery, Harlebeke, Belgium. They include William Anderson, a young scout-master from Greenisland who joined the NI Horse and later died in battle along with eight from the Royal Irish Rifles. Among them were Robert Adams from Lisburn, Thomas Bruce from Dunmurry, George Crothers, a member of Oldpark Flute Band in Belfast, John Thompson of Woodvale, Belfast, and Robert Wigton from Moy. In WW2 Maurice Green, a former member of 502 (Ulster) Squadron, who had been in action during the Battle of Britain, died over Norway. The response of the German soldiers in honourably caring for his remains is noted in today’s Roll. Today’s veteran is Lancelot Curran who died on this day in 1984. He served in the Royal Flying Corps in WW1 and also served from 1939 – 1945 in WW2. He had a stellar career in the legal profession. Sadly the murder of his daughter Patricia in 1952 led to a miscarriage of justice which took nearly 50 years to put right.

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