A WW1 record gives insight to the service of a NI man with the Australian Imperial Force in France. WW2 records include an officer of the Royal Ulster Rifles, commanding a Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers battalion in North Africa and a Fusilier from another Inniskilling battalion in Burma. A submariner from Kilkeel is posthumously Mentioned in Despatches. Read More
Six from N Ireland were lost when three RN ships were attacked and sunk off Sri Lanka in WW2. A 17 year old Boy 1st Class. from Strabane, is possibly the youngest from County Tyrone to die in action. Four RAF from Coleraine, Dungannon, and Belfast are remembered today. Photo – Abeele Aerodrome Military Cemetery, Belgium. Read More
There are 24,500+ names on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. One of four statues of Royal Navy personnel. Five men from Northern Ireland were lost on April 5, 1918, when HMS Bittern sank following a collision in the English Channel. There were no survivors from a complement of 60. Read More
On 02/04/1945 Cpl Thomas Peck Hunter, advancing with 43 Commando, RoyalMarines, at Lake Comacchio charged across open ground to clear a German position and 3 Spandau machine guns, firing his Bren gun from the hip. He allowed his troop to advance but died shortly after. Awarded the VC. Today’s Roll contains the record of 11 from N Ireland who served.
In 1918 the RAF was formed as a separate Service, independent of the British Army and the Royal Navy – the first time that any country had formed an entirely separate and independent air force. This day is also the anniversary of the founding of the Irish Guards in 1900 by Queen Victoria.