January 19. Italy Battle Honour for Inniskillings. First losses of 502 Sqdn. Roll of Honour

Today’s Roll includes accounts of former Inst student Ralph Ireland, a young RN officer lost in heavy seas in 1917 and William Darragh from Cookstown who died in HMS Grenville in 1940. Harry Christie, DSO, MC died in Italy in 1944. A teacher in Strandtown Primary school, he is thought to be the ‘most decorated Inniskilling.’ There are six RAF personnel in today’s Roll. Sgt Harold Christopher Moorby from Finaghy was in the first crew of 502 (Ulster) Squadron to die in WW2. John Garrett the pilot survived but injuries he sustained stayed with him for the rest of his life and his death in 1958 was attributed to complications. Photo – Ovillers Military Cemetery: On 1 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme, the 8th Division attacked Ovillers and the 34th Division La Boisselle. There are 3439 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in Ovillers cemetery.

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