During the Second World War, many members of the Royal Air Force including those who served with the Australian, New Zealand, and Canadian Air Forces died while serving or training in Northern Ireland.
Between 1942 and 1943, several members of the United States Forces who died in Northern Ireland were laid to rest in Belfast City Cemetery before the opening of a purpose-built cemetery at Lisnabreeny.
New Yorker Private George A. Beigel served in 1st Armored Division, U.S. Army at his time of death in Musgrave Park Hospital, Belfast on 6th July 1942.
On 7th March 1942, Corporal Earl Ervin Perkins of 34th (Red Bull) Infantry Division, U.S. Army became the first American GI to die in Northern Ireland.
Private Harold J. Staats died on 20th September 1942 having sustained a gunshot wound to the head while on sentry duty at a U.S. military barracks in Belfast.