April 2. Royal Ulster Rifles advance into Germany in WW2. Roll of Honour

Among the 19 records here from WW1 are eight from the Royal Irish Rifles who died this day in 1916. They all came from Belfast. James Benson from Portadown died in France serving with Canadian Infantry in 1917. He is remembered at St Paul’s C of I Church, Tartaraghan. Hugh McCory from Shankill, Belfast, Peter Little from Coagh,and John Cousins from Dollingstown died in WW1. Samuel Clayton an RAF Wireless Operator named on Portadown War Memorial died over France in 1944. On the same day Pioneer Corps Private Bernard McCrystal from Ballymena died near Anzio, Italy. Veterans include Coleraine-born George Cochrane whose 15 years of naval service included WW1 and the Battle of Jutland. Photo – Reichswald Forest War Cemetery where three men from NI are remembered who died serving this day in 1945 with 1st (Airborne) Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles having crossed the Rhine in Operation Varsity and advanced into Germany.

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