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A ‘fitting tribute’ to William Henry McKay at Bonamargy

Thursday, 25 January 2018

A ‘fitting tribute’ to William Henry McKay at Bonamargy thumbnailThe Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Joan Baird, led the wreath laying at Bonamargy Abbey in Ballycastle to mark the 100th Anniversary of HMS Racoon, she is pictured with the great niece of William Henry McKay, Gill Bedingfield.

The great-niece of William Henry McKay, who is buried at Bonamargy, has thanked all those who made her recent trip to Ballycastle to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his death.
Gill Bedingfield and her husband Andy made the trip recently and stayed with Bernadette and Bon Warn in their Clarewood House guesthouse.
Speaking to the Chronicle Gill explained how her birthday is November 11 and she felt an affiliation to Armistice Day and that she wanted to come across to mark the centenary of the sinking of the HMS Racoon in which her great uncle lost his life.
William Henry McKay, aged 24 at the time, was a Stoker 1st Class on The Racoon when it sunk off the North Irish Coast on January 9 1918.

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