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“Red Army Day” celebrations on the streets of Belfast

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20th February 2021

On 20th February 1943, the people of Belfast commemorated "Red Army Day" with a large military parade through the city attended by dignitaries.

James Craig - Lord Craigavon

1st Viscount Craigavon James Craig

1st Viscount Craigavon | Prime Minister 1921 - 1940

1st Viscount Craigavon, James Craig was the first Prime Minister of the new Northern Ireland from 1921 until the early stages of World War Two in 1940.

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2nd Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles: Mobilisation to Lezennes

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1st September 2016

2nd Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles mobilised on 1st September 1939. The start of the war saw the unit begin their journey to Lezennes, near Lille, France.

Aaron Smyth

Trooper | 7018785

Trooper Aaron Smyth served in the Reconnaissance Corps at the time of his death on 3rd October 1944. His grave is in Dundonald Cemetery, Co. Down.

Map showing Ahorey Presbyterian Church, Ahorey, Co. Armagh

Ahorey Presbyterian Church, Ahorey, Co. Armagh

122-148 Aghory Road, Portadown, Co. Armagh

In August 1942, visitors from the US Army came to Ahorey Presbyterian Church, Co. Armagh. A preacher, soloist, and organist brought some American flair.

Albert Edward Reuben

Corporal | 7212199

Royal Army Ordnance Corps Corporal Albert Edward Reuben lived in Bangor, Co. Down at the time of his death on 10th June 1945 close to the end of the war.

Sergeant Alexander Ballentine RAF

Alexander Ballentine

Sergeant

Alexander Ballentine from Ballymena, Co. Antrim served in Bomber Command with RAF 214 Squadron when taken prisoner of war off the German coast in June 1942.

Map showing Alexander House, Caledon, Co. Tyrone

Alexander House, Caledon, Co. Tyrone

37 Main Street, Caledon, Co. Tyrone

Alexander House stands on the main street of Caledon, Co. Tyrone. During the Second World War, it was a home to Officers of 5th (Merckem) Infantry Brigade.

Alfred Rinn

Oberfeldwebel | B71040

Oberfeldwebel or Sergeant Alfred Rinn served in the German Wehrmacht during the war. He fought with the Landesschützenzug 23, an infantry defence regiment.