Friday, 27 March 2009

Military Service

In the 2006 Clan Newsletter I wrote an article on 'Clan Military Service' and after several people had been in touch updated it in 2007. No fewer that fourteen men served in the First World War, half of them in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, two with Scottish Highland Regiments, two with the Royal Irish Rifles and one, who won the Military Medal, with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers; two were in the Royal Navy. In World War Two seven men and two women served, including one man killed as a Prisoner of War. Four were in the Air Force, including both women. In more recent conflicts one man who was in World War II was also in Vietnam and one other served in Korea. The details of all these can be found on our Clan Website, . A recent correspondent from Ballymena has let us know that after the Second World War 'Jim' (James Spence) McIlhagga of Ballymena served in the Royal Navy. I assume this was James son of James Spence and Elizabeth (nee McGrillis) McIlhagga, born about 1916 who died about 1980. If anyone has any more information about him we would like to hear from them.

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