24th May

On 24th May 1940, 1st Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers clashed with the German Army as the enemy attempted to cross the La Bassée Canal in Pas de Calais.

Remembering the Fallen

James Jackson Ewart

Fusilier | 7043495

Fusilier James Jackson Ewart was born in Portadown, Co. Armagh. He died on 24th May 1940 taking part in the British Expeditionary Force retreat to Dunkirk.

Patrick Leonard

Lance Corporal | 6977063

Lance Corporal Patrick Leonard of Strabane, Co. Tyrone died on 24th May 1940 while serving in the Dunkirk retreat with 1st Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers.

Robert Mills

Fusilier | 6975262

Fusilier Robert Mills of Ballymoney, Co. Antrim died on 24th May 1940 during the hard-fought retreat toward Dunkirk as he served in the BEF's rear-guard.