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Irvine Brothers 23rd Battery

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Bdr. Thomas Henderson Kane

Tommy and Albert Kinnon 21st and 23rd Bty.

 Gnr. Jim Lennon's War Records - Photos

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Matchett Brothers 23rd Battery

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Colonel Harry Porter

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

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List of names, no addresses 23rd Bty.

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Burma Star Luncheon 2009

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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

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Cpl. William F. Davison

Belfast Telegraph Tuesday June, 6, 1944 Invasion


  Bde. Thomas Henderson Kane

22nd Battery - 1488019
Northcliffe, Ramore Avenue, Portrush

"yes, we have some bananas" they are nice and lovely (the native expression)
Somewhere in India 1942

Would take me a long time getting home on this..

Tommy Kane & Sgt. Carse "Maude"  -  India 1943

To my Dear Mother with love x x x x x

To:- Mother From:- Tommy, With lots of love India 1943

September 1941

King Billy had a white horse too

looks like a lecturer

Underneath the spreading Chestnut Tree. Somewhere in India 1942

Billy, Victor and Tommy - India 1943

"The Old Firm" India 1943 "Darjeeling"

Victoria Park, Darjeeling, India 1943

Victoria Park, Darjeeling, India 1943

Darjeeling, on leave India 1943

Louis (Houston) and I (T. H. Kane (left) on leave India 1943

Sgt. Carse "Maude" and myself (T. H. Kane left)

"Artaigne" Happy Valley, Mussoorie
Front Row - Sgt. Louie Houston Miss Parkinson L/B Heaney
Back Row - Tommy Kane, Mrs. Parkinson nursing little Jean, John Hedie (this mother owns "Artaigne" and looks after us), also Mrs. Boyle, a Colonels wife

with love from Tommy - September 1941

"The Twelfth" India 45 21st Hy.A.A. Battery Band, 8th (Belfast) H.A.A. Regt. R.A.

"The Twelfth" India 45, 22nd Hy.A.A. Battery R.A., 8th (Belfast) H.A.A. Regt. R.A.

"The Twelfth" India 45, 23rd Hy.A.A. Battery R.A., 8th (Belfast) H.A.A. Regt. R.A.

To:- Mrs. T. H. Kane, "Northcliffe" Ramore Avenue, Portrush Wed. 2nd Sept. With Love.
My Dear Mother, Just a line with a photo of my Section which I hope you will like, I don't think you will have much trouble in picking me out. Had an Airgraph from Maude with a letter yesterday so I have sent her an air Mail letter with these photos, so you should have a read too as the two of them should be regular visitors to Northcliffe from now on or you will be asking the reason why. I am looking forward eagerly to your August Mail to hear all the latest news. I have so much to hear about and all the good times you are having at home.  Well Mother I sincerely hope you are all keeping well and also you are looking after your own health as much as you can, by the way I am bringing a little dog back with me and I want you to look after it and give it a nice hot supper every night.  I can imagine the remarks you had for that request were not very choice.  Cheerio Mother I send you all my love and best wishes, Your ever loving son, Tommy XX

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8th (Belfast) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment veterans who attended yesterday's service at St. Anne's Cathedral, Belfast, during which a Roll of Honour was read un memory to those who died in the regiment's ranks.  From left: Mr. Jimmy Porter, Whiteabbey; Mr. Tom McIlveen, Carrickfergus; Mr. Jack Stanfield, Belfast; Mr. Tommy Dickson, Whitehouse and Mr. Jimmy Brennan, Doagh, all members of 22nd Battalion

The Burma Star Association held their annual dinner, Some of the principal guests were (from left), Mr. William McCorley, Col. Norman Brann, Lord Mayor councillor Fred Cobain, Dr. John Weaver and Mr. Jim Ferguson.
Also present were (from left), Mr. Jim Kelly, Mr. Tommy Milligan, Mr. Bob Smyth, and Mr. William McMaster.
Among others were (from left), Mrs. Iris Weaver, Mrs. Ann Brann, Lady Mayoress, Mrs. Sandra Cobain, and Mrs. Ella Smyth.



Kind Remembrances and All Good Wishes from Mr. & Mrs. R. E. Ledlie, Artaigne, Happy Valley, Mussoorie



also lots of paper clippings came with these photos

see here

Memorial Leaflet Akyab