Saturday, 28 January 2017

Theresa May's tribute to a great Ulster soldier

Theresa May and Donald Trump
Theresa May had a very successful two-day visit to the United States of America.  She addressed senior members of the Republican Party and met with President Donald Trump.

She also went to the American National Cemetery at Arlington and I was delighted that, as well as laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown,  she also laid a wreath at the grave of a great Ulster soldier, Field Marshal Sir John Greer Dill (1881-1944), who was born in Lurgan.
During the Second World War he had an important role with the Chief of Staffs committee, which included members from the UK and the USA and supported unity of action between the Allies.  

President Roosevelt described Field Marshal Dill as 'the most important figure in the remarkable accord which has been developed in the combined operations of our two countries.'

Her action was a tribute to the memory of the Ulster soldier and also highlighted the 'special relationship' that was so important in the war against Hitler and the Nazis.

There is a blue Ulster History Circle plaque at his birthplace in Lurgan as well as a Dill Avenue and one of the seven tower blocks in the New Lodge area of North Belfast was formerly named Dill House but has been renamed.  

There may be some other modest reminders and memorials Field Marshal Dill but surely, as we approach the 75th anniversary of his death, it is time to consider how we might better honour a fine Ulster soldier.






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