September 5 – Roll of Honour

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The Roll today reflects the loss of HMS Pathfinder, the first RN warship to be sunk by a locomotive torpedo from a German U boat; the service given by two WW1 nurses who died in the course of their duty, and two members of the Royal Flying Corps – one from the North Irish Horse. Photo – Window bearing the crest of the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps in Belfast Cathedral. Below the window is a First World War Roll of Honour of Irish Nurses which was relocated from Dublin in 1922.

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August 16, 1917 – Messines worse than the Somme – a costly date for the Ulster and Irish Divisions

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A year after the Battle of the Somme, the 36th Ulster Division was a changed force. Whilst there was still a significant number of men from the north of Ireland, many had been wounded two or three times but when they returned to their regiments they found that many of their pals from the ‘volunteer’ days were gone forever.
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August 7 – Derry’s Australia Light Horse Trooper at Gallipoli

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Wall of Remembrance at Australia’s National War Memorial in Canberra. George Henry “Harry” McNeill lived in Londonderry with his parents, two brothers, and sister. Jobs in the city were scarce, so he decided to go to Australia and learn sheep farming. There were cousins already out there who had a farm.
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July 30 – Passchendaele, Campbell College and Castlerock

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Campbell College CCF Pipes and Drums at the Menim Gate 2019. Tomorrow marks the anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele – The Third Battle of Ypres. Twelve former students of Campbell College, Belfast were killed during the battle. Three men from Castlerock fell. Continue reading