20th April

The North West 200 road races first ran on 20th April 1929 but the Second World War had a big impact on the sport in Northern Ireland and further afield.

Remembering the Fallen

James Thompson Agnew

James Thompson Agnew

Flying Officer

Flying Officer James Thompson Agnew died on 20th April 1944 in a training crash. With Bomber Command, he won a Distinguished Flying Cross in December 1943.

Norman Cole

Able Seaman | D/JX 302541

Able Seaman Norman Cole from Portadown, Co. Armagh served on board HMS Renown during the Second World War. He died near the war's end on 20th April 1945.

John Edmonds

Gunner | 1469241

Gunner John Edmonds from Newtownards, Co. Down served with 9th Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery before his death at home on 20th April 1947.

Cecil Vilanou

Private | 5110860

Dublin born Private Cecil Vilanou served in 70th Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment when he died on 20th April 1942. His grave is in Belfast, Co. Antrim.