February 20. The UVF prepare for war. Roll of Honour

Read contemporary newspaper reports here on the UVF’s preparation for WW1 in 1914 and how Lisburn was the guinea pig in a billeting exercise of a pretend Belgian town in 1915. William Wilson a medical officer with the Natal Carabiniers died in 1917. He is named on a family headstone in Dunluce Presbyterian Churchyard, Bushmills. Amongst those remembered today from WW2 are crew members of HMS Warwick – Thomas Nugent from Londonderry, George Sleator from Armagh, and William Porter from Annalong. John McAdam, a Battle of Britain pilot, died while on patrol with other Spitfires over the Dungeness area. His body was brought home to Ballyharry Cemetery, Islandmagee. Veterans include Newry man George Dodds of the North Irish Horse, and John Dunn, an RN Surgeon Probationer from WW1 who also served with RAMC in WW2. His wife was an Eaton from Toronto. She gained the rank of Colonel Director-General in the service of the Canadian Women’s Army Corps. Photo – The Australian National War Memorial, Canberra.

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