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CWGC - UK leaflet - 2023 - Northern Ireland


VISIT OUR HISTORIC SITES OF REMEMBRANCE DISCOVER CEMETERIES AND MEMORIALS ACROSS NORTHERN IRELAND NORTHERN IRELAND 2 WAR GRAVES IN NORTHERN IRELAND BELFAST CITY CEMETERY During both World Wars Belfast was an important hub of military activity. The port was busy with Merchant Navy and Royal Navy ships, and it was from here that many service personnel left Ireland to serve overseas. Many of the service burials in this cemetery were made by local people who chose to lay their fallen loved one to rest here. Other burials came from one of several military hospitals which were established in the city. Today, this is the final resting place of almost 600 Commonwealth service personnel, the largest number in Northern Ireland. 511 Falls Road, Belfast, BT12 6DE LONDONDERRY (DERRY) CITY CEMETERY Opened in 1853, this large Victorian cemetery is the final resting place of almost 200 Commonwealth service personnel who died during the World Wars. Many of these men and women were laid to rest here by their families who lived locally. Others died in military hospitals that were established in the city during both conflicts, or while based nearby at Royal Air Force airbases during the Second World War. Lone Moor Road, Londonderry, BT48 2LA 1 3 COUNTY FERMANAGH ENNISKILLEN COUNTY TYRONE OMAGH COUNTY LONDONDERRY ARMAGH COUNTY ARMAGH Just one burial was made here during the First World War, but during the Second World War the nearby waters of Lough Erne became a Royal Air Force Flying Boat training centre. A service plot was established in this churchyard and more than 70 Royal Air Force and Royal Canadian Air Force personnel were laid to rest here. COUNTY ANTRIM BELFAST COUNTY DOWN IRVINESTOWN CHURCH OF IRELAND CHURCHYARD 2 3 26 Church Street, Irvinestown, Enniskillen, BT94 1EH 1 During both World Wars, men and women from across what is today the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland served with distinction in the British and Commonwealth armed forces and many made the ultimate sacrifice. They served in almost every theatre of both wars on land, at sea and in the air. Some served in Irish regiments of the British Army, such as the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, the Royal Irish Rifles, and Connaught Rangers, while others served with the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, and other auxiliary formations. As with Great Britain, the Northern Ireland based families of those service personnel who died in Northern Ireland were able to lay their relative to rest where they wished, unlike men and women who died overseas. As such, today you will find war graves in many local churchyards and cemeteries in Northern Ireland, with most containing less than five Commonwealth burials. Men of the Ulster Division celebrate their victory at Messines in Belgium, June 1917. © IWM Q 5495

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