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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

8th Belfast HAA Nominal Roll 22nd Battery

8th Belfast HAA Nominal Roll 23rd Battery

Alterations & Additions to Nom. Rolls 23rd

RHQ / REME Nominal Rolls







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SEAC March 1944



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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


Message Board for 8th Belfast HAA Regt.

if you can assist any of the posters below please email them directly

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1476374 Gnr. Mateer, John

grandson:  Mike Boone


If anyone who might have known him or served with him I would be very grateful if you could contact me. My grandfather passed away in 1988, having never mentioned the war so I would also be very interested in reading more about the regiment and possibly also finding out what campaigns my grandfather was involved in. All we have are his medals and a couple of very old photographs of him in uniform.
177184 T/Capt. Burrows, L. C.

son: Peter J Burrows


I have just found your very good site and have seen a picture of my dad Cpt. Lionel Burrows of the 8th Belfast H.A.A Regt., I would be interest to hear from anyone who can give me any information on his service record or where can I obtain this info. 
781459 Gnr. Armstrong, T.

granddaughter: Wendy Burridge

Today I have learned that during the second world war my granddad Thomas Armstrong Gnr. 781549 served with the 8th Belfast HAA regiment. Would any of your readers be able to point him out on any of the photographs please?
Kind regards  -  Wendy Burridge
 1694126      Gnr.      Culshaw, T.
 Mrs. T. Culshaw, 6 Karefoot Row,  Hindley, Wigan, Lancs.

son: Thomas Culshaw

If anyone could help me with any stories or information about my dad Gnr. Tommy Culshaw, he was daft as a brush but would never talk about his time in Burma and I'd love to hear from anyone who remembers him - Thomas Culshaw
1694126 Gnr. Culshaw, T. Mrs. T. Culshaw, 6 Karefoot Row, Hindley, Wigan, Lancs.