April 8. Eight Downpatrick brothers served, four died. Roll of Honour

Samuel Love from Downpatrick died in 1914 serving with the Royal Engineers. Eight brothers served, four died. In 1943 John Barton from Pettigo and Edward Buchanan from Eglinton died in North Africa serving with the Royal Artillery. James Irwin from the Shankill Road area of Belfast died in Tunisia serving with the Reconnaissance Corps in what was known as ‘Chavasse’s Light Horse’, being commanded by Lt Col Kendal Chavasse, a Royal Irish Fusilier, who was the only officer of the Reconnaissance Corps to earn the DSO and Bar. Albert Lyttle, MM, Portadown, was among four Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers who died when a mortar bomb fell on the Battalion HQ near Cassino in Italy in 1944. Today’s veterans include Joseph Lambert who served with 10th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in WW1. He died during “The Docks Raid” of the Belfast Blitz on the night of 7th-8th April in 1941. Photo – Gaza War Cemetery.

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