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6985178   Lance Corporal Henry Greer
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 04/10/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 6th Air Landing Brigade, Royal Ulster Rifles (British Army)
Died: 08/06/1944 (Killed in Action)
Age: 21
Summary      
Henry Greer was a close friend of Joe Hall and Lance Corporal Ruddell. The 6th June 1944 was the day the allies landed on the beaches of Normandy. The 1st Royal Ulster Rifles were part of the 6th Airborne Division who landed by gliders in and around the town of Ranville in Normandy. Lance Corporal Henry Greer was killed in action during the battalion’s next objective, the town of St. Honorine, on 8th June 1944.
Lance Corporal Henry Greer
Further Information
Henry Greer was born about 1923.
Henry was close friends with both Joseph Hall and Lance Corporal Ruddell. The photo below shows Henry Greer (left) and Joseph Hall (right).
The 6th June 1944 was the day the allies invaded German occupied Europe. The Allied plan was to land on the beaches of Normandy at Utah and Omaha Beaches (United States Forces), Juno Beach (Canadian Forces) and Gold and Sword Beaches (British Forces).
The 1st Royal Ulster Rifles were part of 6th Air Landing Brigade (6th Airborne Division) who landed by gliders in and around the town of Ranville in Normandy on the 6th June 1944. Their objective was to capture and hold the bridges over the River Orne and the Caen Canal. A strategy to prevent the Germans from reinforcing the Normandy defences.
During the Normandy Invasion, Ranville was the first village to be liberated in France when the Caen Canal Bridge was taken intact on the 6th June by Parachute and Glider borne troops of the 6th Airborne Division.
The 1st battalion Royal Ulster Rifles captured the small town of Longeuval and spent the next two days strengthening their positions.
Lance Corporal Henry Greer was killed in action during the battalion’s next objective, the town of St. Honorine, on 8th June 1944.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 1st July 1944: Roll of Honour
GREER – June 1944, killed in action in North West Europe, Lance Corporal Henry Greer. Deeply regretted by his brother, James Greer, Tullyhogue, Cookstown.
1945
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 9th June 1945:
GREER – In fond and loving memory of my dear brother, 6985178 Lance Corporal H Greer, who was killed in action in June 1944 with the 8th Airborne Division in France. ‘He gave his life, there is no greater glory.’ Always remembered by his brother and sister-in-law. Grange, Tullyhogue.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 9th June 1945:
GREER –6985178 Lance Corporal H Greer, who was killed in action in June 1944 with the 6th Airborne Division in France. ‘He died that we may live’ Always remembered by his loving pals: Corporal Ruddell, Corporal Hall, Rifleman Nelson and Rifleman Marshall, serving with the same division in Germany.
Memorials
Lance Corporal Greer is buried at Ranville War Cemetery, Calvados, France. Many of the Division’s casualties are buried here.
Lance Corporal Henry Greer is commemorated on Cookstown Cenotaph.
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References and Links
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1 Fallen Heroes of Normandy Brief details on Lance Corporal Henry Greer
2 ParaData - Airborne assault Details on Lance Corporal Henry Greer including photos
3 Royal Ulster Rifles ROH WW2 Brief details on Lance Corporal Henry Greer
4 Wartime NI Brief details on Lance Corporal Henry Greer
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