November 29. Birthday of CS Lewis. TB claimed Ballycastle WW1 hero. Portadown Desert Rat. Roll of Honour

World-famous author Clive Staples Lewis was born in Belfast on 29/11/1898. He was only 18 when he was commissioned into the Somerset Light Infantry from the OTC at Oxford. Post war he was a colleague of fellow author and veteran J R R Tolkien. CS Lewis the author of Narnia and more than 30 books died on the same day as the assassination of President John F Kennedy. See his entry in today’s Veterans’ Roll. Ballycastle Rifleman Frank McClarty’s service in WW1 was recognised by the UK and Belgian authorities. He fell victim to TB which was rife in the trenches. Alexander Liggett was a Desert Rat from Portadown who survived being a POW in Italy and Germany in WW2. One of the eight RAF in today’s Roll is the son of the Most Revd. John Allen Fitzgerald Gregg, D.D., Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of all Ireland. John, an RAF Flying Officer, has no known grave and is remembered on the Singapore Memorial at Kranji War Cemetery, and in St Andrews Cathedral, Singapore.

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