September 16 – Roll of Honour

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Courcelette Cemetery. Today’s Roll includes a former surgeon at the Mater Hospital, Belfast who died of wounds received in the Dardanelles, a Petty Officer Stoker from the Shankill Road who served in the Iron Duke at Jutland and a naval surgeon from Islandmagee who was invested into the DSO at sea by the King in June 1917. Continue reading

August 18 – Roll of Honour

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The Edinburgh Tattoo. In today’s Roll – John Bill the Queen’s medical student who died as an infantry officer at the Battle of Langemarck (Third Ypres) and five RAF aircrew from WW2 are amongst 17 remembered with honour today.

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July 1 – Stories of the Somme 1 – Inst

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There was not an aspect of society in Northern Ireland upon which the Battle of the Somme did not impact. 15 Instonians, former pupils of Belfast city-centre school, the Royal Belfast Academical Institution, died on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. 703 past pupils served in WW1, 132 or more gave their lives in the struggle.
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