April 24 – First Belfastman to win VC in WW1 served with Canadians. Roll of Honour

Fred Hall’s parents were married in Belfast where their family was born. Hall had a remarkable career with the army which is told in today’s report. He won the VC on the night of April 23/24 1915 during the Second Battle of Ypres in Belgium. In 1915 John Colhoun from Donagheady, George Leckey from Londonderry, John Lyons from Dervock and David Mahood from Ballyclare also died serving with Canadian forces. Alex Turnbull, a Belfast solicitor serving in the Royal Flying Corps, died in the Battle of Arras while flying a biplane over the village of Avesnes Le Conte, southwest of Boulogne. He is commemorated on the Solicitor’s Memorial, Four Courts, Dublin, and RBAI WM. A memorial window at the Holy Trinity Church, Glencraig, commemorates the death of Anthony Bulloch of RAF Coastal Command in 1940. On the night of April 24/25,1945, for his actions in the assault on Kattenturm, Corporal Douglas Albert Lambourne, of the Royal Ulster Rifles, was awarded the Military Medal.

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