November 18. The final day of the Somme Offensive. Roll of Honour

On this day in 1941, Eoin McGonigal (Photo), a RUR and SAS officer, died following a raid on airfields in North Africa. He was a member of a leading Irish legal family. A Catholic, he was educated at Clongowes Wood College, Co.Kildare, and Queen’s University, Belfast. He was the brother of Sir Ambrose McGonigal MC (RUR). Charles Allen from Dervock died in 1914 with the Irish Guards. In 1916 this was the final day of the Somme Offensive and men from Ballycastle, Ballymena, and Whitehead died. Roughly 3,500 men from all over Ireland died in this battle. In 1918 John Thompson’s military funeral took place to Shankill Graveyard. The Royal Marine had six years service. On the outbreak of war, he was in HMS Cumberland in the Cameroons. He served with the Expeditionary Force in German West Africa and later with the Naval Division in the Dardanelles. Whilst serving with the Division in France he was taken prisoner on 28/04/1917 and was released in April 1918. In 1943 Pilot Officer John McComb, born in the Shankill district, Belfast, was lost on a bombing operation southwest of Leipzig. He was one of four RAF men from Northern Ireland lost that day.

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