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Ulster's Chosen Few
LOL 111

Apprentice Boys
LOL 128

Rising Sons of William
LOL 240

Temple of Loyalty
LOL 481

Boyne
LOL 1054

Greenwell Street
LOL 1363

Volunteers
LOL 1501

Mill Street Heroes
LOL 1908

Scarlet Crown
LOL 1919

Loughries True Blues
LOL 1948

Ex-Servicemen's
LOL 1952

King George VI Memorial
LOL 1973

Junior Boys
LOL 131

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RIFLEMAN THOMAS TRUEMAN

Rifleman Thomas Trueman of LOL 240 was one of the most decorated local heroes of the Great War, being awarded four war medals for his part in the Allied victory of 1914-18.

Rifleman Trueman of the 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Rifles was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) on 16th January 1916 for conspicuous gallantry in the face of the enemy at Armentiers, a fact noted at the time in the London Gazette.

Rifleman Trueman

His citation reads: "For conspicuous gallantry. He bombed the enemy in the most fearless manner, killing several of them. Later on his way back he picked up a wounded NCO of the Royal Engineers and carried him on his back into safety under heavy fire."

He was the first Newtownards man to be awarded a medal in the First World War, and the medal rests to this day with his grand-daughter in Newtownards along with his others awards: The 1914-15 Star; British War Medal and Allied Victory Medal.

Thomas Trueman returned from the war to live out his days in the town until his death in 1987 aged 93.