June 21 – Hugh McNeill, Royal Marine WW1


Belfast-born Lance-Corporal Hugh McNeill, of the Royal Marines Light Infantry, perished when his ship was torpedoed by a First World War U-Boat. He served during the Boxer Rebellion in China, the defence of Antwerp and with the RNAS Armoured Car Division. His service is commemorated in Ballymena where he and his wife lived.
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June 7 – Northern Ireland at D Day


2 – The second in a series about NI people on D Day. Peter McCambridge of Ballymena won his DCM on the ‘Longest Day’ – but he had, in fact, dropped into Normandy in the late evening of June 5, 1944. Photo – The Bridge at Benouville – later re-named ‘Pegasus Bridge’

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