Henry Greer

Lance Corporal Henry Greer from Cookstown, Co. Tyrone landed with 1st Royal Ulster Rifles by glider at LZ N near Ranville, Normandy on D-Day 6th June 1944.

Lance Corporal

Henry Greer


Cookstown's Lance Corporal Henry Greer landed with 1st Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles near Landing Zone N at Ranville, Normandy, France before taking the nearby village of Longueval and pressing onwards into occupied Europe.

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.

Horsa Glider No. 91

Imperial War Museum Photo: B 5252 (Part of the War Office Second World War Official Collection). Horsa Glider No. 91, which carried Major John Howard and Lieutenant Den Brotheridge as part of the 6th Airbourne Division's attack in the early hours of the morning on D-Day. 8th June 1944.

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.