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Published 03/05/2016

I recently visited Berlin and Hamburg and while there I visited the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemeteries where Allied servicemen are buried. Prior to visiting I had researched the names of men from Northern Ireland:

l Sergeant William Yarr Alderdice was a member of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve and was serving in Bomber Command with 408 Royal Canadian Air Force Squadron. Sergeant Alderdice was the son of George and Mary Alderdice from Belfast.

l Private Henry James Nixon was serving with 53 Company, Pioneer Corps. He was the son of James and Sarah Jane Nixon from Belfast.

l Commissioner Samuel Black Underwood of the Control Commission (BE) died on June 1, 1946. He was the son of Sam and Mary from Belfast.

All of those mentioned above are buried in Hamburg.

l Private Percy James Edwards was serving with 1st battalion The Welch Regiment and was the husband of Winnifred Edwards from Belfast.

l Serving with the New Zealand Infantry was John Gilmore, whose parents John and Margaret were from Belfast.

l Private Thomas Hancock was the husband of Kathleen Hancock from Belfast. He was serving with The Welch Regiment.

l Pilot Officer John Graham McComb was in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve and a pilot with 9 Squadron. He was the son of Samuel and Elizabeth McComb from Belfast.

l Sergeant Robert McKeag was an air gunner serving with 50 Squadron RAF and was the son of Robert and Agnes McKeag from Belfast.

I do this because I have a keen interest in the involvement of Northern Ireland in the Second World War.

My visits to Germany are simply an extension of trying to record the amazing dedication Northern Ireland people.

I ask that anyone with a connection to these men to email me at: ww2ni@bt


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