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One of Broughshane’s heroic sons remembered

Thursday, 10 November 2016

A POIGNANT ceremony was held in 1st Broughshane Presbyterian Church last week to mark the bravery of piper Richard Maybin, one of the village's famous sons who died heroically in battle during the First World War.
Private Maybin travelled to Canada to find work and eventually joined the Canadian Army in Manitoba, enlisting with the 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles (Saskatchewan Regt.)
Richard was killed on the June 2, 1916 aged 21 years, during a major German assault in The Ypres Salient, where 80% of his regiment became casualties on one day.
Private Maybin is commemorated on the Ypres Menin Gate Memorial in Belgium and at 1st Broughshane Presbyterian Church.
After his death, his personal effects and bagpipes were returned to his mother, Mrs Margaret Maybin at Lisnamurrican, where they remained in a trunk in the attic for more than half a century before being discovered and restored by Mr Harold Bennett of Carricklongfield, Dungannon. As this year marks the 100th anniversary of his passing, the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Northern Ireland Branch, (RSPBANI) decided to participate in the Living Memory project, a project which remembers the "forgotten front" - the 300,000 war graves and commemorations in the UK.
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.

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