23rd May

On 23rd May 1940, members of 1st Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers came under heavy attack at La Bassée. Edward Crangle and William Slaine died as a result.

Remembering the Fallen

Eleanor Ida Sinclair Collen


Eleanor Ida Sinclair Collen of Dungannon, Co. Tyrone was a nurse in England. She died on 23rd May 1943 when Luftwaffe bombers attacked Bournemouth, Dorset.

Edward Crangle

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Fusilier Edward Crangle of Belfast died on 23rd May 1940 as the Royal Irish Fusiliers fell back to defend the La Bassée Canal on the retreat to Dunkirk.

William Slaine

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Fusilier William Slaine of Cookstownm Co. Tyrone died on 23rd May 1940 while serving in the the British Expeditionary Force with the Royal Irish Fusiliers.