War Memorials in the north of Ireland
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This Website is dedicated to the memory of the men and women from Ulster who served in the armed forces of many Allied countries during the Great War (1914-1918) and World War II (939-1945).
All members of the Armed Forces who joined from Ireland were volunteers. These volunteers marched away through cheering crowds with fife, drums and rifles.
Many never came back. Many of those who did return were maimed, blinded or demented by the carnage of mechanised war which they had experienced.
In many cases they returned not to a ‘Land fit for heroes’ but to a life of unemployment and poverty.
Corporal William Holland was reported missing on 29th March, 1918 while serving with 9 Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He has no known grave. He is commemorated on Panel 38 to 40, Pozieres Memorial, France, alongside thousands of others who made the supreme sacrifice.
Albert Switzer, M.M. Royal Field Artillery. Born 1898, volunteered September, 1914, He was at the Battle of the Somme, where 57,000 of his colleagues became casualties on the first day. He was Mentioned in Dispatches and awarded the Military Medal for his actions on the battlefield. He first travelled to the Somme as a khaki-clad teenager, and returned half a century later as an aging ex-serviceman.