John Arlow

John Arlow died on 29th May 1940 as 2nd Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles held off enemy attacks furing the BEF's retreat that would end at Dunkirk, France.

Rifleman John Arlow (7014039) served in C Company, 2nd Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles during World War Two. He was the son of James Arlow and Ellen Alana Arlow (née McKenna) of Rathfrisland Street, Banbridge, Co. Down.

Known as Jack, he was the husband of Minnie Mulligan Arlow of Ballydown Road, Banbridge, Co. Down. Jack was a keen sportsman and played football for Lilybank Football Club. Both his mother and father died in 1938 before the outbreak of the Second World War.

He died on 29th May 1940 aged 21 years old during the retreat to Dunkirk. The Royal Ulster Rifles were part of the rearguard, holding off attacks on the British Expeditionary Force.

John Arlow’s grave is in Section 1, Row AA, Grave 3 of Bleuet Farm Cemetery, West -Vlaanderen, Belgium. His headstone bears the inscription:

Enshrined in hearts of those who loved him. Brothers and sisters, home and abroad.