January 30. Newfoundland Escort Force Bell. Roll of Honour

The Newfoundland Escort Force Bell honours the sacrifices made protecting merchant convoys during World War II. Three bells were commissioned by Royal Navy and Royal Canadian Navy veteran associations. The bells are housed in Derry, Halifax, Nova Scotia and St John’s, Newfoundland. In 1917 Hugh Murphy, of Stone Row, Coleraine died in France. Irish Guardsmen from Belfast rest side by side at Anzio War Cemetery. Amongst them is Lieutenan Christopher Musgrave from Standtown who died this day in 1944. He was the son of Son of Lt.-Col. Sir Christopher Norman Musgrave, 6th Btn. On the same day William Brodie of LIsburn died over Berlin, targeting German industry. Andrew McConnell of Ballymoney died in the same raid which caused the death of around 1,000 civilians and destroyed many objectives such as Joseph Goebbels’ Propaganda Ministry. Thirty-five Bomber Command planes failed to return. One of our veterans today is James Majury of Doagh and Belfast who served in WW1 with the North Irish Horse. He was gassed and sustained a shrapnel wound to his left eye. On 30/01/1919 he was discharged, being no longer physically fit for war service. Thomas returned to Belfast and lived until his nineties.

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