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Bdr. William (Buttons) Hunter

Irvine Brothers 23rd Battery

Bdr. J. C. Irvine 23rd Battery

Bdr. Thomas Henderson Kane

Tommy and Albert Kinnon 21st and 23rd Bty.

 Gnr. Jim Lennon's War Records - Photos

Sgt. Joseph Harold Lynn (aka Harry-Joe)

Matchett Brothers 23rd Battery

L/Bdr. Harry Joseph Mawhinney 22nd Battery

Gunner Thomas Mercer 21st Battery

 Jimmy McKittrick

Bdr. Thomas McLaughlin

Colonel Harry Porter

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Sidney Ernest Wright - Diary & Photographs


N-O-K- Dec'd Personnel 21/22/23 Hy.A.A.

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List of Additional Soldiers

List of names, no addresses 23rd Bty.

Memorial Service Book (list of names) B Troop

22nd Bty. Memorial Brochure  names, addresses

23rd Bty. Memorial Brochure  names, addresses

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Burma Star Luncheon 2009

St. Annes and Lansdowne Court Hotel Laying-up of Burma Star Standard 3rd October 2010



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8th Belfast HAA History
by Colonel Murray Barnes, OBE , TD.

A short History of The 8th (Belfast) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment Royal Artillery (Supplementary Reserve)
by Harry Porter


Dean Houston McKelvey's Sermon
3rd October 2010

Extract from Coralie Kinahan's book
'Behind Every Great Man'
"Robin's War"


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Harry Porters film of the Twelve Mile Snipers
(in 3 parts)

Burma Star Luncheon

The Last Parade

and more....


other WW2 stories

Cpl. William F. Davison

Belfast Telegraph Tuesday June, 6, 1944 Invasion


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Gunner Robert Boyd,
No. 1476016
"J" Section
23rd/8th Belfast Reg. R.A. B.E.F.


R. Boyd - A. Younger - J. Flemming
R. Boyd, No. 1246016
'J' Section'
23rd/ 8th Belfast Reg. RA. BEF



           Robert Boyd (left)                                     Robert Boyd and is this Harry?



standing - J. Winnall, Birmingham - J. Barber, Wolverhampton - R. Cobain, Belfast, York Road
sitting - W. Hunter, Belfast, York Road - J. Reid, Belfast, Shankill Road - R. Hawker, Rugby


Sgt. Skelton                                    Sgt. Skelton - Char Wallah                           Sgt. Skelton - Sgt. Arthurs

Bertie Skelton (centre)
Orangefield September 1939



LEFT - Blackpool Pleasure Beach 1940
Edward Mc??? - Ronald H. Scott - J. Kalloway - J. Russell - ? (looks like D. Bodwin) - ? Sinton
RIGHT - Durban South Africa
back - J. Lennon - Sammy Hildich
front - Bobby McQuiston - Gordon Heany



Jim Lennon (back middle) and I think,                           Tommy Dickson and Jim Lennon at the
Gordon Heaney and Bobby McQuiston 1940
                   entrance to their bachelor pad in the jungle
see Tommy and Jim together in 2009



Tommy Dickson



Alexander Bartley  -  possibly France?                    India, Burma, Alexander Bartley (right)
photographs courtesy of Eric Bartley, Alexander's son.



Herbert Coulter in India


       John Hay Harvey Harvey

photographs supplied by Johnny's grandson, Alistair Hamilton 


William Clarke Harbinson

these photographs were sent by his son David


Who is this?????

Stephen's fathers diary of his time with the 8th go here


I was contacted by Brigitte Marmion and this handsome young gentleman has at last found a connection - go to her site for lots of information on Marmions   http://www.marmionfamilytree.com/


J. Marmion

written on back of photo:-
1476693 Gunner J. Marmion L Section
23/8th aa Regt. RA SR BEF
J. Marmion, 27 Wilson Street, Belfast, Joined Battery 1/7/39 Single occupation French Dry Cleaner
27/2 or 3/42


Henry (Harry) Tumelty 23rd Battery

photo sent to me by his daughter Marion  (photo 2)  (photo 3)


Sgt. Mat. McCartney 22nd Battery


             left to right - unknown -  Gnr. James E. Mearns, unknown         Gnr. Brian C. Munn & Gnr. James E. Mearns

August 1941, Coulby Manor, Marton-in-Cleveland, Middlesborough, Yorks
left to right - Gnr. B. C. Munn, Cm. T. Reynolds, L/Bdr. A. Clarke, Gnr. J. E. Mearns, Gnr. S. Charlton, L/Bdr. J. C. Kerr, Gnr. J. McDowell
~ thank you to Cindy Mearns for sending these photos of her father-in-law James E. Mearns and his comrades
& best friend Brian Munn  [more photos of Mearns and Munn and Reynolds here]


(right) Bdr. George Alfred Cozens - 23/8th HAA (Belfast) Regt RA     'J' Section   A Troop
with Charley, his uncle, they met in
Chittagong just walking down the street. Neither had any idea the other was in India. Talk about a small world! Charlie's nickname was "apple". He had very rosy cheeks as a kid and the nickname stayed with him. I don't know what became of him or what unit he was with. - thank you to Jim Cozens for sending the photos of his father :o)

back row, second from the left behind the chap with the binoculars. I don't know who any of the others were?
He's written on the back:  "Bay of Bengal"
Can anyone help with a question:-
I was named after dad's friend Jimmy who was killed when a truck taking some of the men over a river and the bridge collapsed. I know he told me Jimmy's surname but that was a long time ago and I've long since forgotten what it was I'm afraid.

George Alfred Cozens, (seated left)