Passchendaele hero saluted

Thursday, 3 August 2017

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ONE hundred years after the start of the Battle of Passchendaele, one of the bloodiest of the First World War, local people gathered at Antrim Cenotaph to remember the local heroes who took part in the campaign.
Among them was Lieutenant John McAdam, from Dunadry, who was involved in the Black Watch assault near St Julien on the opening day of the battle.
The local man was shot in the thigh but despite the 'severe wound', he continued to fight on and was awarded the Military Cross.
His citation read: "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.
“During our advance he showed splendid pluck and initiative, capturing a farm, where he took 20 prisoners and two machine guns with a section of his platoon."
* Read the full inspirational story in this week's Antrim Guardian.


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