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COMBER BRANCH
ROYAL BRITISH LEGION
Incorporating Dundonald Branch.

We also acknowledge other organisations striving to assist veterans.
British Limbless Ex-Service Men's Association
The "Not Forgotten Association".

      Comber Branch of the Royal British Legion meets once per month at 7.45 pm (for 8 pm) on the second Tuesday of each month (except June, July and August.) in Comber Rifle Club. We start each year after summer recess in September. Anyone wishing to attend should come along and join in you will be made welcome and given a place within the Branch to make you feel at home with friends and good comradeship. The Royal British Legion needs the support of the whole community, all ex-service personnel should make a point of going at least once to your local branch just to see what we do. This will give you a chance to meet some old comrades and have a chat, and bring back memories of times past.

George Receives
WW2
Arctic medal

Violet Brown
v.brown@ardschronicle.co.uk
Thursday 31st October 2013


      A SPECIAL ceremony was held in Mount Alexander Care Home to recognise the part played by Comber man, George Robinson, MBE, in the Arctic convoys of World War Two, with the presentation to him of the Arctic Star campaign medal.
Welcoming the assembled guests, President of Comber Branch of the Royal British Legion, Major Walter Lindsay, remarked how it was lovely to see such a grand turnout to pay tribute to their esteemed member. "It'is a great delight to see so many people here today," he said.
George Robinson was born on May 30,1920 in Newry Street, East Belfast, attended Euston Street Public Elementary School, passing the Elementary School Certificate Examination in 1934.
Upon leaving school, he Joined the Hariand and Wolff shipyard as an apprentice fitter. Shortly afterwards he was moved to the engineering drawing room as a trainee draughtsman, and attended night classes at the Belfast College of Technology, obtaining the Ordinary National Certificate in Medical Engineering in September 1941.
In December 1941. Mr Robinson joined the Merchant Navy. serving first on MV 'Empire Tide', .joining the ship at Avonmouth on December 15,1941. MC 'Empire Tide" was one of the 35 merchant ships that set out from Iceland on June 27,1942 on the ill-fated convoy PQ17 to North Russia, carrying

Anglo-American supplies, including ammunition, tanks, aircraft and other munitions to the Soviet Union. Some distance into the journey, an order was given by the British Admiralty for the convoy to disperse, following a decision the Royal Naval escort should join the main naval fleet to the south to engage the German battleship 'Tirpitz' which was reported in the area.

The merchant vessels were left to fend for themselves as they continued on their journey and suffered heavy casualties. Only 11 of the 35 merchant vessels which left Iceland completed the journey to Murmansk, including the 'Empire Tide'. A further three ships were lost on the return journey and the 'Empire Tide' eventually docked in Hull in October 1942.

During a brief on-shore visit in December 1944, Mr Robinson married Mary Ellen (May) Wishart of Comber in Knock Presbyterian Church. They moved to live in Comber and had one child, a daughter Pat, who was born in March 1946.

Mr Robinson remained at sea for the duration of the war with assignments in the Mediterranean, the Far East and New Zealand. His experiences during this period included running into a minefield off Singapore, when his ship was damaged and had to be towed into port for repairs. On February 10,1947 Mr Robinson was discharged from the Merchant Navy with the rank of 3rd Engineer. He was awarded six medals - The Africa Star, The Atlantic Star, The Italy Star, The Pacific Star, The 1939-43 Star and The War Medal 1939-1945.
After leaving the navy, Mr Robinson rejoined Hariand and Wolff as an engineering draughtsman in the drawing office, and was later promoted

to guarantee engineer around 1965.
During his working life, Mr Robinson was heavily involved in the welfare work of the Royal British Legion and was made a life member of me Legion in 1996. He was a founder member of the Probus Club in Comber.
As a member of the North Russia Club he made two visits to Murmansk, the Russian naval base and commercial port, to commemorate the Russian Convoys.

In the Queen's New Year Honours list 2008, Mr Robinson was awarded MBE for outstanding services to the Royal British Legion, receiving his award from HM Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace in May 2008. Senior naval officer in Northern Ireland, Commander John Gray presented the Artic Star to Mr Robinson. He explained to the Chronicle how the Battle of Atlantic was the longest campaign of the Second Worid War and the Artic convoys were the most perilous of all the convoy routes.

"Sailors of both the navy and merchant navy who participated in the convoys were under constant danger, notiust from U-boats and German surface ships and aircraft, but also from perilous weather conditions. All who served deserve special recognition and the award of the Artic Star medal is an important step as part of that recognition. It is a great privilege tooe her today to give it to George".

Mr Robinson said it great to see so many friends and to have them at the ceremony with him. His daughter, Pat Leith, spoke of her pride at the latest recognition given to her father. "I can't tell you how proud I am," she said.

HEROINE
                   
Corporal Channing Amanda Day

From Comber, County Down, Northern Ireland, born March 12th 1987 gave her life in the service of Queen and Country in action near the village of Char Kutsa in the Nahr-e Shaj district of Helmand Province Afghanistan on Wednesday 24th October 2012.

          Corporal Channing Amanda Day was born in Swindon, Wiltshire. She grew up in Comber, County Down and was educated at Strangford Integrated College in Carrowdore, a small village on the Ards Peninsula in County Down,
Mr Paul Maxwell, principal of Strangford College, spoke of her as a committed and achieving pupil in everything she undertook.

Channing, who served with the 3 Medical Regiment, died alongside Corporal David O'Connor, of 40 Commando, after being injured on patrol. The circumstances of the incident are still under investigation (Nov 2: 2012)

         The Comber Branch of the Royal British Legion held a memorial parade for Channing at the Garden of Remembrance in the town Square Comber on Saturday November, 3: 2012. It is difficult to estimate the number of townsfolk who attended but I would place the figure at not less than 1,500. Those in attendance included family members, clergy, townspeople and politicians. Members of the Territorial Army paraded and are to be commended on their excellent turnout at the service. They stood in quiet contemplation while the service was conducted.
The eulogy was spoken by Walter Lindsay, President of the Comber Royal British Legion who said: "We decided we had to give a public expression of our support for the Day family."
A book of condolence was opened in St Mary's Parish Church, Comber Square it is gratifying to note that four books have been filled to date. (November, 3: 2012.)

The President and Comrades of Comber Royal British Legion extend our deepest sympathy to her parents, Leslie and Rosemary Day, her sisters, Lauren and Laken, and brother Aaron.

Thursday 8th November 2012
FINAL FAREWELL

          Well in excess of 1,500 people lined the streets of Comber, Northern Ireland for the funeral of Corporal Channing Amanda Day 0n Thursday 8th November 2012. From 10.45 am Comber was closed to traffic both entering and leaving. In the South West corner of the town square there stood a traditional black Victorian style horse drawn hearse outside Gilmore's Funeral Home. The horses seemed to catch the sombre mood as they patiently waited while a private service for the family was being conducted inside.

         The members of the Royal British Legion from branches drawn from all over Northern Ireland formed up just to the South, West side of the Cenotaph. The Military formed up directly facing the Cenotaph and to their left stood the politicians and other dignitaries. At the appointed time the cortege moved slowly towards the Cenotaph. Channing's coffin was followed by her comrades and her close family members then her friends and other relatives. Six Soldiers carried her coffin in dignity using the slow march, her coffin was draped in the Union Flag with her cap on top.

         As Channing's coffin drew level with the Cenotaph she was gently laid to rest upon a trestle for the silence. The weather was mild and sunshine broke through the dark clouds and the threat of rain vanished.

         The cortege moved off again turning left up the hill past her home for the funeral service in First Comber Presbyterian Church led by Army Chaplain Albert Jackson and Wilson Gordon Minister of First Comber.. The Church can seat in excess of 700 people and it was filled to capacity with family, friends and mourners, the service was also relayed to those who could not get into the Church. In attendance was Peter Robinson the First Minister of Northern Ireland and Mike Nesbitt leader of the UUP.

         After the service the cortege walked slowly to stop briefly outside Channing's home. The motorcycle outriders pausing frequently as the cortege followed by hundreds of mourners moved towards Comber Town Square and Memorial Garden. As the cortege passed Memorial Garden the Standard Bearers of the Royal British Legion sequentially lowered their colours and each Legionnaire saluted as Channing’s coffin passed them by.

         Legionnaires and Standard Bearers had attended from all parts of Northern Ireland to pay final respects to Channing. It was poignant to note that this was the 25th anniversary of the Enniskillen bomb and that other Comrades of the Royal British Legion were in attendance there.

         The cortege passed on its way to Comber Cemetery where Channing was laid in her final resting place with full Military Honours. Six young Riflemen fired a volley of shots over her coffin as the final salute from the Military. Also in our minds was the knowledge that Corporal David O'Connor, of 40 Commando, died with Channing on that fateful day. Our thoughts are also with the O'Connor family and we extend to them our deepest condolences

Councillor William Montgomery of Ards Council with Tom and Maureen McParland from London. Mr and Mrs McParland visit Comber every year to lay a wreath in memory of Lt. Col. Blair Mayne SAS.

Royal British Legion
Comber Branch
Service of Remembrance and Wreath Laying. 2011.

Written and Compiled by William J. Dill BEM


Across the World in many Lands, stone cairns and flowers of memory stand,
Erected by friends and comrades; still tended, by willing hands
From the foothills of the highest Mountains, to the bottom of the deepest Seas;
From scorching, sand blown Deserts, or ‘midst steaming Jungle trees.
They must not be forgotten – Their Sacrifice a Gift to all, they did not count the cost
When they answered their Country’s Call.

…… We Will Remember Them ……

For the Annual Remembrance Parade, Sunday 13th Nov 2011, the members of the Comber Branch and Friends of the Royal British Legion, had been invited to light refreshments in the Church hall of St. Mary’s Church of Ireland, the Square, Comber. A number of friendships were renewed, we were more than pleased to welcome back Tom and Mrs. McParland, who have attended the Comber Wreath Laying at the Square for a number of years, laying a wreath in Memory of Lt. Col., ‘Paddy’ Blair Mayne. D.S.O and Bars.

The Parade moved off from the car park of St Mary’s, marching round the Square to the Assembly point inside the Memorial Garden. The body of the Parade formed up facing the Cenotaph, the wreath laying parties in the order of wreaths to be laid.

The Welcome was given by Maj. S. W. Lindsay UD. The call to Worship made by Rev. L. A. Wilson B. A., M. Soc. Sci., M. Div. The Lord’s Prayer. Rev. M. Jamison. The Reading was by Mr. Gareth Maclean B. A., M. Div. The Praise “ O God help in ages past “ was sung; followed by a further Reading, a Prayer of Intercession and the Statement of Remembrance, by Mr. C. McGuigan (Representing Rev. M. O’Hagan P.P) Rev W Gordon B.A., B.D. and Canon J.P.O. Barry M.A., PhD.

Representatives of the following Organisations laid wreaths at the Cenotaph -

The Royal British Legion Comber Branch. The Royal Navy, The Royal Irish Regiment Conspicuous Gallantry Cross. The Royal Air Force, The Merchant Navy, The Regimental Association of the Ulster Defence Regiment Conspicuous Gallantry Cross, The Regimental Association of the Royal Irish Regiment Conspicuous Gallantry Cross, The Western Front Association, ‘Ards Borough Council, The Police Service of Northern Ireland, The Royal Ulster Constabulary George Cross Association, The Royal Ulster Constabulary George Cross Widows Association, The Families of Comber and District Killed on Duty, The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service Comber, The Northern Ireland Prison Service, The Army Cadets, The St. John ambulance Brigade, 1st and 2nd Comber Boys Brigade, 1st Comber Scout Troop, 1st Company Girl Guide Company, 1st and 2nd Company Girls Brigade, The Rotary Club of Comber, The British Institute of Funeral Directors, Tesco Comber, Mr. And Mrs. T. McParland London – Lt. Col. Blair Mayne. D. S.O. and Bars, and the Imperial Black Chapter of the British Commonwealth.

After the Remembrance Parade, members of the Royal British Legion Comber Branch, attended the Remembrance Service in Second Comber Presbyterian Church. The Service was conducted by Rev. R. Mackay and Mr. G. Maclean. The Chairman, Committee and Members of the Comber Branch Royal British wish to express their appreciation for the assistance and support given over the Poppy Appeal period. A particular ‘Many hanks’ to the Ministers and Congregations of St. Mary’s Church of Ireland, Second Comber Presbyterian Church ,‘Ards Councilors ’and to Comber Silver Band, whose prowess was, as always, of the highest order. Last but not least, as evidenced by the number of organisations mentioned above, voluntary and otherwise, the support, generosity and assistance of the Public is fully appreciated. YOU are the Valiant.

“They also Serve, Who only Stand and Wait”. John Milton (1608 – 74
A tribute to friends and Families, of Service Personnel who served, and who are serving, away from Home.


The above Cairn was erected,West of Katmandu, Nepal, at the Everest Base Camp, by members
of Himalayan Walking Group. With Cross’s in Memory of those members of the UDR CGC and
the RUC GC, who were murdered by terrorists during the ‘Troubles’.


Commemoration Parades and Services.
Dublin 2010 (Part 1)
Royal British Legion Invitations

As in the past number of years, the Comber Branch of the Royal British Legion, attended, as did numerous representatives of other Branches. Such support was evidenced by the plethora of headgear and Regimental Badges, both at Islandbridge and at The Royal Hospital Kilmainham, which was the equivalent, in Ireland, of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London

On Saturday 10th July, the Parade and Service was to remember all those who, serving with the 16th Irish Division, on the 1st of July 1916, fell at the Battle of the Somme, in positions adjacent to those of 36th Ulster Division.
The day was sombre both in weather and in mood, however, the intermittent rain did little to dampen the character of the day.
Thirty Standards were paraded, from Branches throughout the Island, and number of those bearing wreaths, was impressive.
The organisation was as usual, impeccable, and did much to add to the integrity of the occasion.
It is understood that this Parade and Service is being attended by more Veterans and supporters as the years progress, and this year some four hundred and forty wreaths were laid.

From the Comber Branch this year twenty five Comrades attended, ten of whom stayed overnight to attend the Kilmainham parade, the next morning.
The refreshment tents were well attended, after the parade, damp humanity predominating. On this occasion, for the first time our party stayed at the North Star Hotel. Suffice to say that a Good time was had by all, and if, next morning there were a few sore heads and a certain hoarseness of voice, the reasons for such may be left to the imagination.

From the inscription on the Commemoration Plaque.
“In Honour of those Irishmen and Irishwomen who died in past Wars, or on Service with the United Nations.
At 11.00 hrs. representatives of the Faith Traditions and Members of the Council of State and Government, entered in Procession. Upon arrival the President was saluted and inspected the Guard of Honour, after which she was escorted to her seat.
After prayers, the President laid a Wreath upon the Memorial Plaque, on Behalf of the People of Ireland.
The Ceremony ended after short period of silence, the playing of the Last Post; followed by Reveille and the National Anthem.

A number of Comber Branch were privileged to a private viewing of a small newly opened Museum, dedicated to the Fallen of the 10th Irish Division at Gallipolis, Mesopotamia, and a short time, on The Western Front - and for their Families.
The Curator and founder Tom Burke, offered to show us around, and explain the exhibits, having been in conversation during the Ceremony, with one of our younger members, who had expressed an interest

Two members of Bandon Royal British Legion were also present at the viewing. Michael Doyle and Billy Good. Anyone wishing to view their Website log onto www.bandonmemorial.com On a number of occasions, appreciation was expressed for the support of Comrades from Royal British Legion Northern Ireland. We were all made welcome, in an atmosphere of good natured camaraderie an banter.

So ended another very successful annual visit to Dublin. Old friendships renewed, and additional acquaintanceships made.

Paul Clarke with Legion Members.


President of Ireland Mary McAleese

WE ARE NOT GETTING THROUGH ???
Monday 27th October 2008.
I was collecting for the Poppy Appeal when the following happened:-.
"I would love to buy a poppy,   but if my husband saw it,   he would break my legs,   because his father fought in   both world wars   and did not get a pension."
I replied, "Did the Legion know.?"
If they had been informed they would have taken up the case and argued his cause."
She replied "His widow was very independent,   and would never accept charity."
I was stumped.

WE NEED TO KNOW
The Royal British Legion is not a Government organisation but we work with them and will put such cases forward on your behalf.     We cannot do this unless you tell us.
For us to act for you it is not necessary for you or your relative to be a member of the Royal British Legion.

Tony Tubbenhaue from Australia RAAF WWII sitting in his Bristol Blenheim bomber.
"On the surface I sighted a long dark shape, alerted my crew, dived, opened the bomb bay doors, slowed so the depth charges wouldn't break up as they hit the sea. Only seconds before dropping, .. a plume of spray rose high in the air ................."

This interesting chap served at my RAF base in Sharjah and is the same age as George Robinson to read the end of this and other great yarns visit the Sharjah page at :- SHARJAH

A Heart-warming story.    
Some kids are great.

        I was collecting for the Poppy Appeal on Wednesday 31 October in Super-Valu Comber when a young boy came in dressed in his Halloween outfit.     He lifted his pumpkin and said "Trick or Treat" I put my hands into my pockets and found two coins one was small and the other large.     I clenched them in my hands and told him to pick a hand. He chose the hand with the low value coin which I showed him saying to the lad, "Hard luck".     I dropped the coin into his pumpkin and then showed him the other coin which I also dropped into his pumpkin. The child was delighted and off he went collecting from other customers..     A few minutes later he returned and tipped the entire contents of the pumpkin onto the table and said "Can I have a Poppy please." I could hardly believe that this young boy was so willing to give up his collection to buy a poppy.. This young man is a shining example to other young people and it made me feel happy that there is one such as him in Comber.
Adrian

George Robinson
This photograph was taken in 1941 ( long before I was born ) George had a long and distinguished career in the Merchant Navy during World War II. He sailed frequently on the Russian convoys to Murmansk and Archangel bringing vital supplies to the Russian Front. These convoys sailed into the worst weather on earth and in addition faced the deadly threat of the German U-Boats. It was imperative that these ships got through to assist the Russians in the fight against the Nazi forces who had invaded their country. This had the advantage to the Allied forces in splitting the German forces across two battle fronts. It is approximately 1,600 miles from Scotland to Murmansk and the ships were in grave danger every inch of the voyage. It took a lot of fortitude ( guts we call it today) to face those dangers. Without men such as George and his many comrades, freedom may still have been a distant dream. Thousands of these brave men were lost on these convoys, and we are fortunate in still having George with us today. George is a very active member of Comber Branch RBL and a regular attender at St Mary's Church. You probably don't know that George designed and built his own house which included installing all of the electrics and the central heating.

On the 6th February 2006 George gave a talk to the St Mary's Mothers Union, he held them spellbound listening to his lifetime of experiences. He has begun his 86th year and with God's grace he will be with us for a long time to come.  
I am delighted to announce that George Robinson has been awarded an MBE by Her Gracious Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in the New Years Honours List 2007/08 for his services to the Royal British Legion.

The following images are courtesy of
Newtownards Chronicle
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Mr George Piggott,
Comber
Rotary Club

Mr Derek Graham
Comber RBL

Comber
Standard Bearer &
Jim Worthington
(right)

George Adams
Sounding
the Last Post

Lt. Col. A.
Montgomery
The Exortation
and Command.

Tom and Maureen
McParland.
from London
In memory of
Lt. Col. Blair Mayne SAS

Major Matt Smyth

Mrs Alice Lappin and
Mr Adrian Hanna
on behalf of
The Royal Air Force.

Veterans from abroad are welcome to make contact via E-Mail for the furtherance of International Cordiality.

To find out more about Comber Branch of the Royal British Legion use the E-Mail address in the box below.

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The words of Laurence Binyon.
The Exortation
They shall grow not old,
as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them,
nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun
and in the morning
We will remember them.
The Command
When you go home tell them of us and say,
"For your tomorrow we gave our today."

The Hon., Barry Bingham
Victoria Cross RN
Bangor Co Down.

Picture "Spectator"
17th March 2005
Captain HMS Nestor
Battle of Jutland
1916

Commander Barry Bingham was only 34 when he commanded HMS Nestor at the battle of Jutland. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for his role in the battle. It was proposed in North Down Council that he should be honoured with a permanent memorial. Details of progress will follow in future revisions of this page.

Able Seaman
James J. Magennis RN
Diver XE-3
Miniature Submarine
Victoria Cross.
For action
Singapore Harbour
31st July 1945

Acting Leading Seaman James Joseph Magennis received the Victoria Cross from King George VI on December 5th, 1945. He was active in the Straights of Johor and attached limpet mines to the hull of the Japanese cruiser Takao. His midget submarine XE-3 was jammed under the cruiser and it required tremendous effort to attach the mines, severely hampered by faulty breathing apparatus but he succeeded in his objective.

Edmund de Wind
Victoria Cross
36th (Ulster) Division
Killed in Action
March 1918


(Paddy) Blair Mayne S.A.S
Distinguished Service Order with 3 Bars.
Croix de Guerre and Palm.
Legion D'Honneur
other Honours and Citations


Company Sergeant Major
ROBERT HANNA V.C.
29th Infantary Batallion, Canada.

Born August 1887 at Aughnahoory, Co Down in the Mourne Mountains.
He lead an assault on "Hill 70", Lens, France, 21st August 1917, taking command after all officers were killed. There were 9,000 casualties sustained before taking the hill from the Germans. Presented with the Victoria Cross by King George at Buckingham Palace on 5th December 1917. He returned to Kilkeel then home to Canada. He passed away 15th June 1967.
Update 16th May 2006 Source The Ulster - Scots Agency. Believed to be the Great/Grand Uncle of the author of this page.

The Patience Strong Poem
They have passed beyond the stress and storm of mortal strife -
through the gateways of the Morning to a wider life ...

Mourn not their departing. Question not God's ways and means,
Their hands are set to higher tasks midst fair and lovelier scenes.

Great has been their sacrifice - crusading for the Truth - Joy
and glory of their manhood, love and life and youth ... Asking
only this of us - that we with faith and pride - remember in the
after years the things for which they died.

VIOLETTE
This is the poem Violette used to encypher her messages and has become
famous through the film... "Carve her name with pride."
YOURS
The life that I have 
is all that I have
And the life that I have, 
Is yours.

The love that I have, 
of the life that I have, 
is yours 
And yours
And yours.

A sleep I shall have,
A rest I shall have,
Yet death will be but a pause.
For the peace of my years 
in the long green grass,
Shall be yours 
And yours
And yours.
ORDER of SERVICE

The personnel marching in the parade gather in St Mary's Car Park at approximately 10.15 am, it is best if you attend before this time as there is a lot of organising to do by the Parade Commander and to collect your wreath..

The parade is assembled in the reverse order in which the wreaths will be laid. Private Representatives, Civil Organisations The Armed Services and finally the Royal British Legion Comber. Once the parade is correctly ordered it is called to attention, on command, marches in the direction as indicated by the red arrows.

As the parade area is small, mark time until the bearers for Comber R.B.L. are in position, then parade "Halt" is called, followed by "About Turn". This procedure leaves the parade in the correct order for wreath laying.

The order of wreath laying generally follows that at the Cenotaph, Whitehall but may vary slightly to suit local needs. This will be printed in the "Order of Service" sheets distributed prior to the start of the ceremony. The best place for the public to view the proceedings is to take a position at the North West corner of the Garden of Remembrance and makes it easy for you to place your crosses and other momentos.

If the Lord Lieutenant or his deputy present, he will take precedence as the Sovereign's representative.

EXAMPLE:- The Order of Service will vary a little each year:-

WelcomeThe Presiding Officer
Call to Worship Rev.
Prayer and Lord's Prayer Rev.
Reading Rev.
HYMN O God our help in ages past.  St Anne
Reading Rev.
Prayer of Intercession Rev.
Statement of Remembrance    Rev.
WREATH LAYINGSee list below
Exhortation .......... Lt. Col. A. Montgomery.
LAST POST
TWO MINUTE SILENCE
REVEILLE
The Command.......... Lt. Col. A. Montgomery.
NATIONAL ANTHEM
Benediction Rev.

The Chaplaincy of the Royal British Legion in Comber is circulated annually amongst the various denominations and Churches of the town. The Clergy will be correctly listed in the leaflet distributed immediately prior to the commemoration service.

    Wreaths are normally laid by the following organisations:-
  1. The Royal British Legion, Comber Branch.
  2. The Royal Navy.
  3. The Royal Irish Regiment Conspicuous Gallantry Cross.
  4. The Royal Air Force.
  5. The Merchant Navy.
  6. The Regimental Association of the Ulster Defence Regiment Conspicuous Gallantry Cross.
  7. The Regimental Association of the Royal Irish Regiment Gallantry Cross.
  8. The Royal Ulster Constabulary, George Cross.
  9. The Western Front Association.
  10. Newtownards Borough Council.
  11. The Police Service for Northern Ireland.
  12. The Royal Ulster Constabulary, George Cross Association.
  13. The Royal Ulster Constabulary, George Cross, Widow's Association.
  14. The families of Comber and District men killed on duty.
  15. The Northern Ireland Fire Service, Comber.
  16. The Northern Ireland Prison Service.
  17. The Army Cadets.
  18. The St., John Ambulance Brigade.
  19. 1st Comber Boys' Brigade.
  20. 2nd Comber Boys' Brigade.
  21. 1st Comber Scout Troop.
  22. 1st Comber Girl Guide Company.
  23. 1st Comber Girls' Brigade.
  24. 2nd Comber Girls' Brigade.
  25. The Rotary Club of Comber.
  26. Comber Community Development Association.
  27. The British Institute of Funeral Directors.
  28. Mr Tom and Maureen McParland. (Private) Lt. Col. Blair Mayne D.S.O. & Bars
  29. TESCO Comber.
  30. Members of the Public may place crosses in the Garden of Remembrance at the foot of the War Memorial when called forward by the Parade Commander.

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