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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

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8th Belfast HAA Nominal Roll 23rd Battery

Alterations & Additions to Nom. Rolls 23rd

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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"


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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




       Harry McKibbin died on 3rd September 2001 aged 86, deeply mourned by all who knew him. He had enjoyed a long, varied and fulfilling life. Harry was educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution, where he learned his rugby, playing for four years on its 1st XV, captaining it in the Schools' Cup winning year of 1934, in which year he was head boy of the School. He proceeded to Queen's University where he graduated LLB in 1938 and then became apprenticed to the late John A Adrain. His apprenticeship was interrupted by the outbreak of World War II; he joined the 8th Belfast Regiment of the Royal Artillery, served in France with the British Expeditionary Force, was evacuated from Dunkirk, served in Burma and was promoted a Major. On demobilisation he completed his apprenticeship with Mr. Adrain in 1947 and in 1948 he became a partner in the long-established firm of S & R Crymble, with which he remained a partner until its dissolution in 1980, when he and Harry Junior (now a Resident Magistrate) practiced together until 1998 when failing health forced retirement.
       Harry was a deeply religious man who throughout his professional life practiced his beliefs and was highly esteemed by his peers and his clients for his integrity, knowledge and the assiduous manner in which he conducted his practice. Harry was internationally known for his magnificent services to the game of rugby, first as a player and later as a respected administrator. On leaving school, he played as a centre for Queen's University, making his debut for Ireland in 1938, when on the strength of one cap against Wales, he was selected for the British Lions' tour of South Africa captained by the late Sammy Walker.
He played in all three test matches of that tour (being by many astute observers deemed the finest of the British players) and for Ireland three Home Internationals in 1939, by which time his reputation as a magnificent centre was firmly established and but for the War, he would certainly have won many more caps. On demobilisation he played for Instonians until retiring from the game.
       His administrative services to rugby were legion - President of the Queen's University Rugby Club, and Irish Selector for 3 years, the Irish representative on the International Board for 20 years, President of the Ulster Branch in 1962/63 and President of the Irish Rugby Football Union in its centenary year, 1974/75. All these legendary services to the game were happily - and justly - recognised when in 1975 Her Majesty the Queen awarded him the honour of a CBE.
       Above all, Harry was a dedicated family man and the sympathy of all who knew him is extended to his devoted wife Sheila, his children Harry, Deborah, Roger and Alastair and his 11 grandchildren.
T Q King

The Writ   -  http://www.lawsoc-ni.org/download/Writ_Sept%2001.pdf  (page 21)