October 28. Ulster Riflemen and their Canadian comrades. Roll of Honour

Today is the anniversary of the founding regiment of the Royal Marines. Matthew Gibson from Belfast won two Military Crosses in WW1. Be inspired by the citations of his actions. In 1917 on six separate occasions he personally led his platoons forward and captured four machine guns at the point of the bayonet. The majority of men in today’s Roll fell in 1943. They served with the Royal Ulster Rifles, 2nd Btn. The London Irish Rifles. Among them were Alfred Glass from Belfast, James Johnston from Glarryford, and James King from Moira. They fell at the Trigno and rest in a Canadian War Cemetery at the Moro River in Italy. On the same day, Gunner James Colgan from Ballycastle died in a Japanese POW camp in Thailand.

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