October 25. Dungannon RN Surgeon leading Medic of WW1. Roll of Honour

Today’s Roll records 12 infanteers from NI who died this day in 1918 and most of whom are remembered at Harlebeke New British Cemetery, Belgium. They had links with Ballymoney, Belfast, and Lurgan. Dublin-born William McClure was named on the first list of Antrim Ulster Volunteers to join the 11th RIR. He worked as a gardener at Shanes Castle and was a member of Murray’s Temperance LOL 201. James Cairns from Ligoniel and James Smith from Derrylin – two infanteers who died in 1944 liberating Gent in Belgium. John McStay from Lisburn and Graham Bradbury from Banbridge are remembered on the Alamein Memorial in Egypt. Featured today is one of the most famous naval surgeons of his time. Surgeon Rear-Admiral, David Hewitt from Dungannon and Dungannon Royal School, entered the Royal Navy in November 1897. He became Assistant to the Medical Director-General, in which post he served for six years, including the war of 1914-18. Photo – CWGC cemetery in Kinross Abbey, Moray.

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