Company Serjeant-Major Scott of the Royal Irish Rifles, 14th (Young Citizens) Btn. kept a diary during the Great War. One entry consisted of the names of the ten men who were killed in the fighting at Authuile, near Martinsart. When he went home to Finaghy on leave later in the year he visited as many of the families of these men as he could find at the time. Sadly he did not survive to return to find those remaining on his list. Photo – Gaza War Cemetery. Read More
January 20 – On This Day in 1944 ACM Sir Arthur Tedder assumes duties as Deputy Supreme Commander Allied Expeditionary Force and was responsible for the Allied air attacks preparing the Normandy invasion. After the War, he became Chief of the Air Staff, effectively the head of the RAF. The Roll today commemorates the service of 12 men from N Ireland. Read More
Today’s Roll includes an account of a young RN officer lost in heavy seas. Five RAF men are among those remembered. Photo – Ovillers Military Cemetery: On 1 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme, the 8th Division attacked Ovillers and the 34th Division La Boisselle. There are 3439 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in the cemetery. Read More
On 17 January 1942 five men from NI were lost when HMS Matabele on a convoy from Iceland to Murmansk was hit by a torpedo from the German submarine U-454. On the same day in a different arena, an MTB under command of Sir Ivan Ewart came under German fire and, in the ensuing explosions he lost an eye and severely injured his right arm before becoming a prisoner in Colditz Castle. Photo – An icon of WW2: the Avro Lancaster in all its glory.