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The Men

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

8th Belfast HAA Nominal Roll 22nd Battery

8th Belfast HAA Nominal Roll 23rd Battery

Alterations & Additions to Nom. Rolls 23rd

RHQ / REME Nominal Rolls







Newspaper Clippings

Assorted Clippings 1

Assorted Clippings 2


SEAC March 1944



Sport & Small Groups

8th Belfast Band

Individuals & Friends

Large Group Pictures

Donated Photos

8th Belfast Band items

Documents  *  Items


Old Comrades Section

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"


Video Page

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


Bdr. William (Buttons) Hunter

Kinnegar - Buttons Hunter (right)

Kinnegar - Buttons Hunter (right)

Blackpool 1940 William Hunter (left)

William Hunter (left)

John Crossan and William Hunter (right)

William (Buttons) Hunter (back)

23rd (Belfast) H.A.A. Battery Pipe Bank
Indian, Burma 1942-45
William Hunter  (front row, 2nd from right)

William (Buttons) Hunter 1944

8th Belfast H.A.A. Regt. R.A. (S.R.)
Winners 15 Ind. Corps R.A. League 1944
Winners Madras Services League 1945
Standing - L.Bdr. J. Smith - Gnr. H. P. Hindley - L.Bdr. O. Dunkley - Gnr. J. L. Murphy - Sgt. W. S. McKeen - Gnr. J. E. Oldfield - Bdr. W. Hunter
(back 3rd from right) - Gnr. R. McQuiston and Gnr. A. Berry.
Seated - Cpl. K. IL. Dagger - Sgt. J. J. Holmes - Sgt. J. Crossan - Lt-Col. J. G. Cunningham, O.B.E., R.A. - Lt. (Q.M.) A. H. Busby, R.A. - Cpl. B. E. Lutterloch (capt.) - Lt. G. E. M. Hardy, R.A. and Gnr E. Russell

William Hunter

William Hunter 1944 (left)

With our best wishes for Christmas 1939
May God bless you & protect you
Elizabeth R. - George R.I.

Memorial Service
St. Mary's, Akyab, Burma

William Hunter (left)

William (Button) Hunter (right)

Soldier's Release Book Class "A"

William Hunter (right) 1945


Coventry 30.01.1942 Jimmy Reid left William (Buttons) Hunter right

Calcutta June 1944 William (Buttons) Hunter left

India 1945 William (Buttons) Hunter 4th from left standing

La Havre William (Buttons) Hunter front row middle

La Havre William (Buttons) Hunter sitting on mud guard

William (Buttons) Hunter 2nd from the left front row

William (Buttons) Hunter 3rd from the left back row