6th Air Landing Brigade, Royal Ulster Rifles (British Army)
08/06/1944 (Killed in Action)
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.
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.
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.