May 9. Battle of Aubers Ridge 1915. Roll of Honour

The WW1 Roll today is dominated by The Battle of Aubers Ridge in 1915. In today’s Roll are the names of 47 men from Northern Ireland who fell there and are remembered on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Hainaut, Belgium. Read the Belfast Newsletter report of 1915 about the Nabney family Belfast with seven sons serving. MCB old boy, William Maxwell, a Royal Marine Colonel, died in action at the Dardanelles. Three Collins brothers from Garvagh served. Robert died this day in 1916. In 1941 the secret German enigma code machine is captured by the RN. Ronald Martin, son of a Newry doctor, died when his RNAS Swordfish crashed on convoy duty off HMS Archer. In 1945 in Italy the Buglers of 35 (Irish) Brigade sound Cease Fire on VE Day. Field Marshal Montgomery makes a special request for 2RUR to assist at the funeral of Charles Sweeney, an RUR officer on his staff, killed in a car accident when escorting a high-ranking German officer taken prisoner.

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