December 23. Voluntary ambulance driver and Naval air pilot.                        Roll of Honour

Thomas Malcolmson Greeves (Photo) was a son of a well-known Belfast linen family. He served with the Friends Ambulance unit before joining the RNAS. He died in a plane crash this day in 1917. Two Dungannon men also died that day near Jerusalem serving with London Irish Rifles. John Doonan is remembered in St Anne’s Parish Church in Dungannon. Coalisland-born Mitchell Mulholland was educated in the USA and then St. Mary’s R.C. College, Hammersmith, from which he enlisted in 1915. Today’s veterans remembers Robert Hugh Wallace of Downpatrick who was educated at Harrow and Brasenose College, Oxford. He was a high-ranking freemason and Orangeman who led the South Down Militia, renamed the 5th Royal Irish Rifles, in the Boer War. While in South Africa, he composed the well-known ballad ‘The South Down Militia’. At the outbreak of the First World War, he was placed in command of Donard training camp near Newcastle. Thomas Anderson from Coleraine represents the town and the RN. His naval experiences in WW2 range from Norway to North Africa and being present at the sinking of Bismarck. He became a POW when he was running Marines ashore at Tobruk and his ship HMS Zulu was bombed. Father of the late Robert, local historian, Bann pilot, and Harbour Master at Portrush. 

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