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Colonel Wm. N. Brann

Sgt. Thomas Herbert Coulter (Herbie)

Jimmy Cunningham's Private Army Comes Home

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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

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Nominal Roll 23rd Bty. all ranks

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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



I have so much more to go on this page but no time at the minute, keep checking back

Old comrades Mr. Tommy McIlveen from Carrickfergus, Mr. Tommy Dickson from Belfast and Mr. Len Larham from Carrickfergus, met up at the service


from Bangor Spectator...

     It was a time to reflect and talk about old times when veterans of the Burma Star were honoured in Bangor.  More than 30 members of the Northern Ireland branch, proudly wearing their medals, were welcomed to the town hall on Saturday by a piper before joining members of North Down council to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the formation of the association.  The Burma Star Medal was awarded to military personnel who served in Burma during World War Two.
     Councillor Austen Lennon, whose father James is a veteran, said, "Sadly, the men and women who served in Burma were known as the 'Forgotten Army'  I am delighted that the council has played its part in recognising and remembering all the brave men and women who served in this horrific theatre of war."  The Northern Ireland branch is one of 48 around the world, it's members came mostly from the 8th Heavy ACC Regiment which was formed in Belfast.


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The Royal Artillery Association 22nd Gala Variety Show.
Thursday 25th February 1971  ABC Cinema Belfast
'Up The Gunners' Yours Harry Secombe

No. 14    6th April 2002 This is to Certify that on the 6th day of April 2002 The Burma Star Association were elected and admitted as Freemen of the Borough of Newtownabbey, signed   'Slim'   James M. Ferguson, M.B.E. Honorary Secretary - signed  'Vera McWilliam, Alderman Mrs. Mayor and signed  'Hu Kelly' Mr. Hugh Kelly


This is one banner you were unlikely to see being swung in the Twelfth parades in Belfast.  The chances are that a few of the men standing proudly beneath were out in their sashes and regalia. Above is a detail of a snap of 81 Orangemen, all members of the 8th Belfast Heavy Ack-Ack Regiment, who celebrated the day at Ranchi in India in 1944.  Survivors say the banner was brought home to Ulster

further photos here