Trevor Temple looks at a reunion of World War One veterans 50 years ago...

Half a century ago, on Saturday, March 16, 1957, the Sentinel reported that at the annual reunion and dinner of the Londonderry Old Comrades' Association of the Tenth Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, in the Northern Counties Club, Londonderry, there was a good attendance of the famous Battalion, who recalled with pride and sorrow that unforgettable night of March 10, 1916, when, under heavy fire from the enemy, the Battalion held steadfast their position in the front line trench, creeping forwa

The Chairman, Captain KA McKenzie, gave a warm welcome to all present, and a very special welcome to Major Kerr of the Young Citizen Volunteers (The Royal Irish Rifles) who was present with them on that memorable occasion, and whose presence recalled the early days of their training at Finner and elsewhere and the good comradeship that existed between the two regiments throughout the war.

After grace, by 'the father' of the old battalion, Mr Wesley Goodman, the company sat down to dinner. The toasts of Her Majesty the Queen, Col. Knox, and the Regiment, were loyally and musically honoured.

Captain McKenzie referred to the illness of two members of the Association, Mr Joseph Mitchell and Mr Charles Donnell, and requested the Secretary to send a letter of sympathy on behalf of the members wishing them a speedy recovery.

At the conclusion of a very enjoyable musical programme of songs old and new, accompanied at the piano by Mr Wesley Goodman, a vote of thanks was passed on the motion of Mr H Andrews, seconded by Mr A Creswell, to the staff of the Northern Counties Club for their admirable catering.