Of the 2917 pilots who were awarded the Battle of Britain clasp for having flown at least one authorised sortie with an eligible unit of RAF Fighter Command during the relevant period 10 July to 31 October 1940, at least 25 were from or had significant associations with Northern Ireland. Of these at least 7 were Instonians, past students of the Belfast city centre school.
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.
Two brothers from Belfast were amongst the select group of airmen who died in the First World War. Alexander (above) and Marcus Tyrrell were educated at Inst. Continue reading
Thomas George Buchanan, RAMC officer from Lisburn served in Gaza, Palestine, and Egypt Continue reading
10. The lawyer and policeman who were in naval forces on the day Continue reading