February 19. Coleraine rowing brothers fell in WW2. Roll of Honour

William McGrath was the first of two Coleraine brothers to die in WW2. A Captain in the Royal Engineers and former student of CAI his war grave is in Tobruk, Lybia. He and his younger brother, Lt. Daniel McGrath of the Royal Irish Fusiliers are named on the WW2 Memorial in Coleraine AI Memorial Pavilion. 24-year-old Flight Lieutenant John Bright from Templepatrick was twice Mentioned in Despatches before his death in 1943. He is named on 502 (Ulster) Squadron WM, in St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast. In 1945 James Montague from Swatragh was lost without trace in a night bombing raid on Poland. On the same date, Samuel Taylor from Belfast died in Italy on an aerial armed recce. Leading Aircraftwoman Violet Moore from Portballintrae died in 1946. A report from 1915 reproduced here shows the impact war service was having on Queen’s University. Photo – Alan Campbell, Coleraine Olympic rower.

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