December 16. Coleraine soldier murdered. Roll of Honour


In 1918 John McFadden from Killowen, Coleraine, who had recently been discharged from the army died in Armagh Infirmary having been stabbed by another discharged soldier. There was a large cortege to Coleraine cemetery which included almost 100 discharged soldiers and sailors on leave. On This Day in 1939 The Battle of the River Plate edges towards a conclusion and in 1944,1,600 German heavy guns open fire on American positions in Belgium’s Ardennes. The barrage kicks off The Battle of The Bulge.The night of 16-17 December is the anniversary of ‘Black Friday’ 1943. From 498 aircraft sent on an operation to Berlin, 25 were lost over Germany and occupied Europe and 31 crash-landed or were abandoned over England in thick fog. Alfred Beckett a Queen’s University graduate and RAF navigator died this day in 1943 over Italy. Naval telegraphist George Wallace from Enniskillen died 1945. His remains rest and he is remembered in New Zealand.

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