October 29. Dungannon polar expert improved Arctic convoy kit. Roll of Honour

Surgeon Captain Edward W Bingham from Dungannon was one of the most experienced polar explorers before WW2. His expertise developed clothing for those on Arctic convoys. The fallen on this day including three from the RAF, are from each of the six counties. In 1914 Alex Muirhead, a Derry-born Scots Guardsman, died in one of the fierce confrontations at Gheluvelt, in Belgium. John McClure, a South African tunneling expert in the Royal Engineers died in 1918. He had family roots in Randalstown and Dervock. In 1944 Sapper David Brimage from Pomeroy died in stiff fighting at the Gustav Line in Italy. Our Veteran remembered today is Archie Morrow who served in the army from 1926 until 1946 in both the Royal Irish Fusiliers and Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He served in Bombay, China, and Malaya before WW2, and then with the Expeditionary Force in France. During 1942 Archie saw service in Madagascar (where he caught malaria), India, and Iraq before joining the British force in North Africa. He was injured in Sicily and rejoined his unit just in time for Anzio and Monte Casino. Photo – Chatby Military and War Memorial Cemetery in Alexandria – Egypt.

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