February 17. Belfast father and son’s joint WW2 funeral. Roll of Honour

Twenty-three NI servicemen are recalled today. John Kinnin from Belfast died as a result of a training exercise with the Royal Ulster Rifles in 1942. His father Isaac died two days later as a result of the Belfast Blitz of 1941. A joint funeral took place to Carnmoney cemetery. John is remembered on the war memorial of St Jude’s Parish Church, Ormeau Rd. Two medical officers who were graduates of QUB were Mentioned in Despatches on this day in 1915. John Barbour and Martyn Beatty had both joined the RAMC in 1901 and had served in South Africa and India prior to France in WW1. Daniel Hamilton from Ballymena died serving with the Royal Marine Light Infantry in France in 1917. One of his brothers, John Steen Hamilton, died while serving with 3rd Btn. Canadian Infantry. In 1944, Alan Bayne, a naval airman with family links from New Zealand back to Moneymore, died in a flying accident. His remains were brought back to Cookstown where he is remembered. Veteran Reggie McClelland from Bangor, a recipient of the Arctic Star, recollects the hospitality of HMS Bluebell just before she was sunk by a U-boat off Murmansk this day in 1945. Photo – Zeebrugge Churchyard.

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