November 23. Medical mother’s war service after son’s death. Roll of Honour

Today’s Roll reflects hard times for the Inniskillings in the Munich Trench in 1916 and for the Royal Irish Rifles and Royal Irish Fusiliers at Cambrai in 1917. Eighteen names in today’s Roll are also inscribed on the Cambrai Memorial for those with no known graves. Hugo Fisher, a former member of Queen’s Officer Training Corps, died in a German Field Hospital in 1917. His widowed mother, the first woman doctor in NI, then went to serve in Malta’s military hospital. Naval Reserve officers Thomas Fee and Thompson Quinn were lost in HMS Rawalpindi in 1939. 1943 and 1944 entries reflect the growing cost of war for the RAF. They include Arthur Matthews from Downpatrick, James Titterington from Belfast, William Mann from Castledawson, and Peter McDonald from Portadown. In 1946 Sheila Holden of Armagh died. She was the niece of Thomas Holden, a well-known organist in St Patrick’s RC Cathedral, Armagh. Jim Brennan died on this day in 2021 aged 101. He was the last surviving member of the 8th (Belfast) Heavy Anti Aircraft Regiment Royal Artillery also known as the 12 Mile Snipers. Photo – Cairo War Memorial Cemetery.

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