July 3 – Unique memorial to 36th (Ulster) Division. Roll of Honour

A unique memorial to the 36th (Ulster) Division which contains records of all Irish servicemen who fell in WW1. The Somme dominates 1916 in Roll of Honour including an Inniskilling Dragoon with the NI Horse and a young officer ex CAI and Magee College. John Murphy from Lisburn died in a flying accident with RAF in Canada WW2.

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July 2 – VC’s of the 36th Ulster Division. Roll of Honour

Nine of the 36th (Ulster) Division were awarded the Victoria Cross. Roll of Honour reflects Gallipoli and the Somme in WW1, Normandy, and North Africa in WW2. Charles Murray of Portrush, former UVF officer, died of wounds received on Somme. His father was at Mafeking in the Boer War. James Hayes of Burnside, Portstewart died at Somme. A brother would die later in the war. Sheriff Kennedy, RAF, also of Portstewart, is remembered at El Alamein. Read More

June 1 – Somme Day 1 Roll of Honour, Tributes, Instonians

Somme Roll of Honour, 15 Instonians fall, Tributes by John Buchan and Wilfred Spender to 36th Ulster Division, Photos of Dedication of Theipval Memorial to Missing Read More

June 30 – The 36th Ulster Division. Roll of Honour

On the eve of the Battle of the Somme an overview of the Ulster Division. Rory Best’s links to two Portadown WW2 fatalities called Seale. Veterans include Robert Cramsie of Ballymoney who served with the Northumberland Fusiliers and the North Irish Horse. Read More

June 29 – Pathfinder on 127 ops became Terence O’Neill’s wingman. Roll of Honour

Squadron Leader Jim ‘Zulu’ Malley, DSO, DFC and Bar, WW2 Pathfinder became NI Prime Minister’s close civil servant adviser. Wm Montgomery from Upperlands was only 18 when he died in Birmingham in 1915 of wounds received at Dardanelles. Wm Bunting a Naval Reservist of Belfast was only 17 when he died in 1918 of pneumonia. Photo – Theipval Wood Read More

June 28 – Belfast Squadron Leader flew 87 operations, 25 over Berlin. Roll of Honour

Five die this day at Gallipoli in 1915, three are Inniskillings from Derry, Coleraine, and Cookstown. Eight RAF named from WW2 died over Burma, France, and Italy. Today’s Veteran – an RN Medic washed overboard in WW1 served in army WW2 and later became Senior Surgeon at both the Belfast Infirmary and the Ulster Hospital for Children and Women. Read More

June 27- Coolest man to serve in army. Roll of Honour

This is the anniversary of the death in 2018 of “The coolest man to have served in the Army”, Major General Corran Purdon CBE MC CPM who went from Campbell to Colditz and much more. Read More

June 26 – Stories of people. Roll of Honour

The first VC and Stories of people – Rachel Ferguson an army nurse died serving in WW1. Alex McCrea a Gunner from Dungannon served in Boer War, Gallipoli and Belgium. Arthur Sinton from Gilford and David Hetherington from Derry exemplify aircrew. Jim Kerr WW2 RAF Vet helped Ports do the double. Photo – Lavender blooms at this time of year at Bouzincourt Ridge Cemetery this time of year. Read More