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Sergeant William Adrain - Diary and Biography

D. J. Bailie - War Diary and Photographs

Colonel Wm. N. Brann

Sgt. Thomas Herbert Coulter (Herbie)

Jimmy Cunningham's Private Army Comes Home

L/Sgt. Bertie Goodwin

Gunner Harry Grist

2/Lt. William George Hales

Gunner Herbert Hanley

Ken Heath

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

Sgt. Billy Wilson 23rd Battery

Sidney Ernest Wright - Diary & Photographs


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

Posted/Repatriated from 23 Hy.A.A.

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

RHQ/REME Memorial Brochure, addresses

Nominal Roll 21st Bty. all ranks

Nominal Roll 22nd Bty. all ranks

Nominal Roll 23rd Bty. all ranks

8th Belfast HAA Nominal Roll 21st Battery

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Burma Star Luncheon 2009

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



Obituaries  *  Memorials  Changi Prison Chapel

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

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other WW2 stories

Cpl. William F. Davison

Belfast Telegraph Tuesday June, 6, 1944 Invasion


all these photos and Harrys medals were donated to the Kohima Museum in York by Harrys son Colin Mawhinney, Colin very kindly scanned and sent me the photos for inclusion on this site.    Bob Cook is the curator of the Kohima Museum and it is thanks to him for putting Colin in touch with me.  Kohima Museum is on Facebook here and here and the website

 L/Bdr. Harold Joseph Mawhinney
 8th Belfast HAA - 22nd Battery

Harold Joseph Mawhinney was born 4th July 1910, he was the youngest of 7 children born to James and Isabella in the Duncairn district of Belfast.

He worked for many years as an Insurance agent for the "City of Glasgow" company just off High Street in Belfast city centre.

He was happily married to Mona, they had a son Colin James in 1954. Harry was the Treasurer of the Burma Star Association in N. Ireland for several years and was proud of his service and that of his comrades.

Due to failing health he was forced to retire early and died 20th February 1977 after a long illness.

His coffin was draped in the Burma Star standard and carried by his comrades. Harry is sadly missed by his loving wife and son

A brave and loyal man whose values and morals are still held dear by his son.  - Colin Mawhinney

Harrys medals are on display at the Kohima Museum in York

              H. J. Mawhinney               Razioluan, Nahron, Deolalia 31 Jan 42     Beneath the Palms, Feni, India 1943

        H. J. Mawhinney India 1942      Fanoull, Nixon, Mawhinney, 17 Feb 41           Mussoorie, June 1944               

       Mussoorie, June 1944                                                  On way to Feni, India, 1943               

Dixon, Porter, Mawhinney with monkey, Deolali, 1942

Feni, India, I taught myself to swim! 1943                                                                                    

Camp Flooded, India 1942 - Fuller & Phillips                                  Camp flooded out, Feni, India                

Evans, Lennon, Newton, Hardy, Larkham, Moffett
Mawhinney, Holland, Mornin, Bulla, Evans, Garvey
Comilla, India, 1943

Concert Party, 22/8th Belfast, H.A.A. Regt., Comilla, India 1943

Evans, Moran, Mawhinney, Gowdy, Bulla, Holland.    Comilla, India 1943

R. Scott, S. Moffett, C. Newton, Comilla, India 1943

Reid on train crossing bridge en route to Chittagong, India, May 1944               Comilla, India, June 1943                         

Feni, India, December 1942

Feni, India 1943
Brennan, Nixon, McLaughlin, Kennedy, Grant, Mornin, Best, Seth, Mawhinney

Boys marching through Durban, S. Africa en route to India, July 1942

21/8th Belfast R.A.  HOT. AS. HELL. India 1942 R.A.

Deolali, Aug 1942 (transit camp)

Bit of wing of Jap plane brought down at Comilla, India 1943

Regimental Rugby Team, Ranchi, India (names here)

Ranchi, India 1944