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World War Two casualty remembered

Saturday 18th November 2017

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A service of remembrance was held 0n 16th November at the memorial to a British Royal Air Force navigator who died in Dhadnah during the Second World War.

 

The navigator, Sergeant William ‘Billy’ Donnelly, (the only serviceman from Britain to die on active service in the UAE during the Second World War) suffered fatal injuries when his Wellington bomber, on its way from Sharjah to India, crash-landed on Sayh Dhadnah in February 1943. The other four people on the plane survived.

 

The service, attended by British Embassy personnel, was conducted by Reverend (Wing Commander) Nicoll, the chaplain for the RAF’s 83 Expeditionary Air Group. During the service, wreaths were laid in memorial of Sergeant Donnelly and a bugler played the Last Post to mark the start of a two-minute silence and then Reveille to signal the end of the silence.

 

The two minute silience represents one minute as a time of thanksgiving for those who had returned alive and the second minute as a time to remember the fallen. 

 

In attendance were residents of Fujairah, several general managers from the nearby hotels and members of their staff.

 

A memorial to Sergeant Donnelly was inaugurated in Dhadnah in 2010, with the support of His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Supreme Council member and Ruler of Fujairah.

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