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I'm a 61 year old American (Boston, MA) who has never been to N.I. but my father (Harold T. Regan) was a 2nd Lt in the US's 135th Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division in 1942 so they were one of the first American units to arrive in Northern Ireland and later go on to North Africa, Italy, etc.
I am trying to piece together the history of my father's military service so I am excited to find your site and will be searching it very carefully for any relevent references (and faces). Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for all the work you have put into this wonderful web site.
Harold D. Regan
GREAT SHOW, LOOKING FOR A RAF SERVICE MAN KILLED IN WW2, ALAN TRAINOR, RECORDED ON COALISLAND,S WAR DEAD LIST,
I LIVED IN WESTBOURNE STREET AND WAS THERE ON THE NIGHT OF THE BLITZ MAY 1941. I WAS 13 YEARS OLD.
Re Private Norman Apfelbaum
Could you please check your information regarding Private Norman Apfelbaum; it would appear that he was on the Arandora Star and not the SS Mohamed El Kebir as stated on your website.
http://www.stenecourt.com/site/node/121?page=4 Accessed 08.05.17
Norman Apfelbaum was born in 1913 to Jane and Isidore Apfelbaum. Isidore had emigrated from Cracow and married English born Jane Kenner. Isidore imported bentwood chairs, grand pianos and later became a diamond merchant. They had 6 children, Mark (Arnold), Basil, Sadie (Pollock), Lily (Brunert), Bertha (Abel) and Norman. Sadie’s daughter is Doreen Kershner, a member of Stenecourt. The family lived in Fenney St and then moved to a big old house in Wellington Street before the war. Norman, the youngest son, joined the Pioneer Corps and was sent to guard enemy aliens who had been interned in the Isle of Man. In the summer of 1940 it was decided to ship groups of these internees to Canada and Norman was to guard them on board ship. He was one of 200 officers and men of the British army on board. The SS Arandora Star set sail from Liverpool on 30 June 1940 without escort or convoy. She carried 712 Italians and 478 Germans as well as the soldiers and 174 crew. On the 1st July, she was pursued and on 2 July she was hit by a torpedo below the waterline and sank at 7.40am. 10 of the 14 lifeboats managed to save some of the passengers but the ship sank with many still on board. In total 586 were saved out of 1,216. Norman was not one of them. He was one of the 37 army guards who died. He was buried in Carnmoney Jewish Cemetery in Belfast.
Many thanks for putting the picture of Lester Currie (Paddy) in County Down Part 3.