Lance Corporal Henry Greer (6985178) served in 1st Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles during World War Two. Along with close friend Rifleman Joe Hall, he was part of what would go down in history as D-Day and the subsequent Battle of Normandy.
On 6th June 1944, the airborne battalion of the Royal Ulster Rifles landed by glider at LZ N near Ranville, Normandy, France. As part of 6th Airborne Division, the first mission was to extend the southern sector of the Caen Canal bridgehead.
Ranville was the first liberated village in occupied France. Having then captured the town of Longueval, they spent two nights strengthening their position.
Two days after landing in Normandy, Lance Corporal Greer died on 8th June 1944. He was 21 years old as the battalion pressed onwards to the next objective, the town of St. Honorine, Normandy.
Fellow soldiers from the battalion gave him a field burial at Longueval. He was later reinterred at Ranville War Cemetery.
Lance Corporal Henry Greer’s Grave is in Section 4A, Row G, Grave 2 of Ranville War Cemetery, Normandy, France. His name is on the town war memorial in Cookstown, Co. Tyrone.