Part of the Great Wars Trail

Located on Castle Street in Newtownards town centre, Court Square homes a memorial stone that remembers the 13 young soldiers (one aged just 16) from the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers that died during the night of 14/15 April 1941 when the Luftwaffe bombed the centre of the Belfast City/shipbuilding areas and dropped land mines on Newtownards airfield. Whilst the soldiers were too young for active service overseas they were given the responsibility for defending the airfield. 

Photo credit -  ''The Second World War in Northern Ireland'. - Unveiling of the Memorial to 13 Young Soldiers of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers who were killed in an Air Raid on Newtownards Airfield.  

More information can be found at 'The Second World War in Northern Ireland' 


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