December 21. Royal Marine’s outstanding record in WW2. Roll of Honour

Photo – Sangro River War Cemetery, Italy where rest the remains of Lance Corporal William McBride from Broughshane, who served with the Corps of Military Police, 1st (Airborne) Div. In 1915 James Henry from Coleraine fell serving with the London Regiment. William Cox  served his apprenticeship on the old Belfast-built four-master Walter H Wilson. Afterwards he served as an officer on the Port Denison trading between London and Australia. Then he joined the Straits Steamship Company Singapore in which he rose to command several mail steamers. On the outbreak of war he joined the RNR commanding several ships mainly in the North Sea. He was lost when HM Water Tank Progress was torpedoed in 1916. Arol Gage from Rathlin was lost in HMS Bagshot in 1939. Today’s veteran is Thomas Maxwell from Belfast and Newtownards who served with the Special Boat Squadron of the Royal Marines, seeing action from the Kola Peninsula in the Arctic to Malta, India, and Burmah. 

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