March 4. Royal Marine first Belfast casualty at Gallipoli. Roll of Honour

James Scott a Royal Marine was probably the first man from Belfast to lose his life at Gallipoli in 1915. In 1941 the remains of Alex Davidson were brought to Shankill Road Mission, Belfast, before a ceremony at Carnmoney Cemetery. Alexander was on board Lockheed Hudson N7235 QX-A when it crashed on 04/03/1941 near Loch Bradan, Ayrshire. In 1942, Arthur Maxwell from Larne was in HMS Anking when she was intercepted by Japanese cruisers and sunk by gunfire about 200 miles east of Christmas Island. 1945 entries in the Roll include William Surgeoner from Ballymena whose remains rest in Simon’s Town (Dido Valley) Cemetery, South Africa, where he was serving with the Fleet Air Arm. Henry Thompson serving in RAFVR was from Strandtown, Belfast. His remains rest in Indonesia. Photo – view from the Ulster Memorial Tower with stone remembering VC winners from 36th (Ulster) Division.

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