On this day… 13th March

On this day… 13th March 1918 Master William Henry Riding of 28 Colvil Street, East Belfast died in the Great War. Ryding, aged 46, was the Master/Captain of the Merchant Navy vessel SS Castlebar. He was a member of the Orange Institution LOL 1161, the Royal Black Preceptory RBP 226, and the Masonic Order. Today […]

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On this day… 9th March

On this day… Gunner William Atkinson (5844) of 13 Douglas Street, East Belfast died in the Great War. William served with the Royal Garrison Artillery. He died of wounds on 9th March 1917. He was a member of the Willowfield Unionist Club. Gunner William Atkinson is buried at Asserviller British Cemetery, France and is commemorated […]

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On this day… 6th March

On this day in 1916 Sergeant William J. Mullholland (13419) died in the Great War. William resided at 18 Castlereagh Road, East Belfast and served with the 7th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (16th Irish Division). He was Killed in Action on 6 March 1916 and is buried at Philisophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe.  

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On This Day…

On this day in 1915 Private James (Jim) Scott (PLY/16410) of 42 Cheviot Avenue, East Belfast was killed at Gallipoli. Aged just 19, James Scott was an apprentice joiner before he enlisted at the beginning of the Great War. He served with the Plymouth Battalion (Royal Naval Division) Royal Marine Light Infantry. Died on 4 […]

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Cregagh Cricket Club: A Living, Breathing, First World War Memorial in Belfast

Recently I was kindly invited to Cregagh Cricket Club to help investigate a lesser-known aspect of the club’s long and distinguished history. The club grounds at Gibson Park were first opened in 1904 when Linfield Swifts visited to play in a glamour friendly, though it wasn’t until 1906 when cricket was eventually played here and […]

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A Game Of Political Statues

The recent controversy over statues in the United States of America has opened up a discussion in Northern Ireland about our own memory landscape. The content of such discussion has served as further proof (if any more was needed) that memory and commemoration in the form of statues is more about the politics of the […]

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