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William Francis Breslin: Stranraer

 
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Mike Morley



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 30, 2021 7:44 pm    Post subject: William Francis Breslin: Stranraer Reply with quote

Last night I watched on BBC2 the programme "Grand Tours of Scottish Lochs" (Series 2 Episode 5). It focused on the lochs of Scotland's South West and, in particular, the Loch Ryan area which saw a lot of activity in WW2. An old chap was interviewed and he told of how, just after the war, he and his pals were playing around an old bombing target above Loch Ryan. They were throwing around spent bombs and shells: sadly, one wasn't spent; it exploded and his pal, "Paddy" Breslin was killed.

It got me thinking! There is a William Francis Breslin who died at Garrick Hospital in Stranraer on 17 March 1946 from the effects of an exploding bomb.

I put this through to Terry tonight. He's come back to say he was submitted yesterday with full evidence and shouldn't be a problem.

Good to know he has gone forward. (Someone must have watched to same programme!)
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Kenneth Morrison



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 31, 2021 8:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Scotsman Tuesday 19th March 1946 p.3

BOY KILLED , THREE OTHERS INJURED
Bomb Explosion on Range
Four Stranraer boys were injured, one of them fatally, by the explosion of an incendiary bomb at the R. A. F. range at Braefell, near Stranraer, on to which they had wandered during a hill-climbing expedition . The dead boy was William Francis Breslin (14) 2 Birnam Place. Breslin's companions , whose injuries were slight improvised a stretcher with their Jackets and carried him several miles until they reached a telephone, when assistance was summoned . Deputy Chief-Constable White rendered first-aid, and the boy was removed to hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries .

Londonderry Sentinel Tuesday 19 March 1946 p.3

BOMB EXPLOSION IN STRANRAER
FORMER DERRY POSTAL OFFICIAL'S SON KILLED
Liam Breslin. Stranraer, aged 14, youngest son of the late Mr. William Breslin, a former Post Office official in Londonderry, was fatally injured as the result of a explosion on Saturday. Deceased with four other boys, were playing on a piece of waste land which had been used for military purposes during the war, when they picked up what proved to be a bomb and began throwing it around. It exploded and young Breslin received the full force of blast, one of his legs being completely blown off. He was conveyed to hospital in a critical condition and died in the early hours of Sunday morning. Deceased's father, the late Mr. William Breslin, a native of Londonderry been attached to the staff of Londonderry Post Office for some years prior to his transfer to Stabane on his promotion to postmastership. He was postmaster in Stranraer when he died. Mrs. Breslin continued to reside Stranraer and it is understood that this was the only boy at home with her.

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DEATHS BRESLIN—March 17, 1946 (as he result of an accident), Wiliam Francis (Liam) Breslin, youngest. son of Delia Breslin and the late William Breslin, 2, Birnam Place, Stranraer.—R.l.P. Remains for Interment in Derry City Cemetery, will arrive at. Midland Station at 2.10 this (Tuesday) afternoon, on Larne train. Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on his soul. St. Patrick, pray for him.
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