|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 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.|
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.
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.
to guarantee engineer around 1965.
Corporal Channing Amanda Day
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,
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.
Thursday 8th November 2012
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.
|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.|
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 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’.
Dublin 2010 (Part 1)
Royal British Legion Invitations
President of Ireland Mary McAleese
|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.
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.
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To find out more about Comber Branch of the Royal British Legion use the E-Mail address in the box below.
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.
Born August 1887 at Aughnahoory, Co Down in the Mourne Mountains.
Born August 1887 at Aughnahoory, Co Down in the Mourne Mountains.
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,
Great has been their sacrifice - crusading for the Truth - Joy
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.
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..
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