December 5. Dunmurry Choir welcome returned Japanese POW. Roll of Honour

Today in 1945 the choir of Dunmurry Parish Church welcomed home their member Billy Coates who had been a Japanese Prisoner of War. 19 Japanese POWs are recorded today including RAMC medic Frank Pantridge, awarded a Military Cross for his services in Malaya and who later developed the cardiac defibrillator. Robert Flood a former student at Dungannon Royal School was awarded an MC for gallantry at Ypres. He died in 1917. On the same day William McBride a former pupil of Rockport School, died in Italy serving as the signals officer of a Royal Garrison Artillery battery. Thomas Lucas emigrated from Moy to Canada and joined the RCAF. On this day in 1940, his plane was in collision with another craft and he was killed instantly in the accident. Thomas was the son of the Revd. John Henry Lucas and Anna E. Lucas, of The Rectory, Moy. Today’s veteran is Old Campbellian Joseph Hay, an Oxford graduate who worked in Portstewart and served in the RNVR. Click download…

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