November 8. The origins of the Cenotaph. Roll of Honour

The Cenotaph was built for several reasons which are outlined here. Today’s Roll of WW1 highlights service by John McMahon of Lurgan who prior to that war had served during both South African wars, in Crete, Malta, China, and India before arriving in France in August 1914. He died on this day in 1914. In 1917 Frederick McCullough died as an observer in the Royal Flying Corps in Belgium. Educated at Inst and Queen’s he first served with the Armoured Car Division of the Royal Naval Air Service. He served in Russia under Commander Locker-Lampson before returning home to be commissioned. In 1918 James Henry of Coleraine died with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers – three days before the Armistice was signed. His family gave to Coleraine Museum a unique legacy of 121 letters and 94 postcards dating from 2nd October 1915 to 24th October 1918. These letters leave behind a legacy, not only of James but of the men of Taylor’s Row, Chapel Square, and Coleraine that fought. In WW2 Ronald Orr from Armoy, a former QUB student was awarded a posthumous George Cross for his service in mine disposal on this day in 1944. Patrick Cherry from Lisburn and William Fitzpatrick from Whiteabbey were lost in HMS Walney, a former US coastguard cutter, during Operation Torch landings in French NW Africa. Their commanding officer was awarded the VC.

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