December 8. Battle of the Falkland Islands 1914. Roll of Honour

Today in 1914 a Royal Navy squadron defeated a German force off the Falkland Islands. Charles Stuart from Ballymena was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in connection with the sinking of the German Cruiser Dresden in a follow-up action. Robert McNeill from Killowen, Coleraine, died serving with a Field Bakery near Le Havre, France. In 1941 US Congress declares war. The first chemical gassing of victims begins in occupied Poland, near Lodz. William Kilpatrick emigrated from Moy to S Africa. Named on Moy War Memorial he died serving in South African Infantry on the Somme in 1917. Daniel MacAleese from Scarva was shot down near Hamburg in 1942. On the same day, James Brotherston a well-known Belfast sportsman died in a flying accident. Charles Routledge from Killen died in Italy in 1945. See also a separate post on-site – Royal Navy WW1 Roll of Honour.

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