May 11. Derry sub hunter’s record. NI Horse wins Canadian honour at Cassino. Roll of Honour.

On this day in 1940 RNR Commander William Brown Piggot from Londonderry had his first major success as a U-boat hunter. He was later awarded the DSC and bar. In 1941 Sergeant Air Gunner Robert Richardson, a former member of Carnmoney Parish Church Lads Brigade, died near Kiel. The Richardson Trophy for under-15’s schools hockey was given as a memorial to him. In 1944 the North Irish Horse took part in the massive fourth attack on Monte Cassino which began on this day, and were awarded a unique Canadian honour for their support. Gunner Bernard McKernan of 3rd Maritime Regiment perished when a U boat sunk SS Empire Heath off Rio de Janeiro. Rev Alexander Stuart of Bessbrook Presbyterian Church conducted the funeral of Rifleman William Roy this day in 1915. Rev Stuart was later killed in action while serving as a chaplain with the Ulster Division on 24/10/1917 in France. In 1917 Samuel Swann from Kells died a prisoner of war in a Miitary Hospital. Taken prisoner at Arras on 23/04/1917 he had one arm and one leg amputated. Photo – Parade of NI Horse at Carrickfergus on the 75th anniversary of The Battle Of The Hitler Line.

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