The Old Contemptibles of Ypres 1914, their Belfast standard bearer, the origin and choosing of the Unknown Warrior
Category: RN WW1
Seven Old Boys of Foyle College, Londonderry, served in the RFC, RAF and the Royal Naval Air Service in World War 1. Only one survived.
In the biggest loss of life in the Irish sea ten servicemen from NI perished including a leading naval inventor from near Dungannon.
Includes Alexander Sinton VC and William Brooke Purdon later appointed as the first Agent in London of the Northern Ireland Government and academics Sir David Semple and Sir Thomas Sinclair who conducted the autopsy on the famous German air-ace ‘The Red Baron’, and was the first President of QUB Services Club
One perished with Kitchener, one was awarded a MC and two bars, and another awarded a DSO and MC, was mentioned in despatches five times. Two became generals.
The second part of an amazing record of service. Overview of decorations and bravery awards
The Medical Faculty at Queens was a major focus of service in the war. Graduates served as medical officers in the Royal Navy and in the Royal Army Medical Corps. Some had already extensive military experience in India and in the S African war, like Brigadier John Sinton who was awarded the Victoria Cross.