The 12 NI men who died with Kitchener in HMS Hampshire in 1916 included a young doctor who was the Commanding Officer of the Irish National Volunteers in Belfast. On this day in 1944, Rome celebrated its liberation and a Royal Air Force meteorologist recommended to Dwight D Eisenhower that Overlord be postponed one day to June 6 because of bad weather. Photo – Kitchener Memorial, Marwick, Orkney Read More
In WW1 three Navy men in an infantry role who died at Gallipoli are recalled today. In 1917 William Andrews with links to Dungannon and Ballymena is killed in an RFC plane crash. Two Ballymena brothers in the RAF are remembered. One was lost in a WW2 bombing raid and the other as a POW on the River Kwai railroad. Five NI men died in raids on HMS Foylebank which was being used as an Anti-Aircraft Ship. Photo – Wellington bomber
Today’s Roll includes John Gray from Portstewart who died of wounds in Egypt after service with Royal Marines in Gallipoli, James Hetherington from Moy with Canadian infantry, three Belfast RUR men at Dunkirk and three from RAF whose war memorials are in Singapore, South Africa, and Equatorial Guinea
Jutland stories – King George VI and a gunner from Portadown, A Mason’s memento, a survivor who died serving in World War II, and a Naval artist from Belfast. Today’s Roll of Honour. Photo – La Targette War Cemetery
After Jutland Commander Edward Bingham VC from Bangor, Captain Herbert Meade, DSO from Ballynahinch, and Commodore Frederic Charles Dreyer from Armagh had impressive careers. In 1940 six men die at Dunkirk where daytime evacuations cease due to danger to ships. A second son of the Seale family, Portadown, dies with RUR in 1944. They are linked to a recent Irish and Lions rugby player. Photos – Villers-Bretonneux CWGC Cemetery and a dedicated member of staff Read More
Overview of Battle of Jutland with Rolls of Honour for each ship in which NI men served in the biggest naval battle of WW1. Award of VC to Commander Bingham of Bangor. RAF men from Belfast and Kilrea rest in Reichswald Forest Cemetery. Photo – Danish memorial to the battle of Jutland.
In May 2020 a new Poseidon aircraft is named for Ulsterman Terence Bulloch, the top U-boat hunter of WW2. Dunkirk fatalities continue including Patrick Hill of Limavady whose remains rest in Dunkirk Town Cemetery. The first 1,000 bomber raid occurs in 1942. Two naval aviators are lost in crashes. Fred Kennedy dies off Scotland testing new planes and Kenneth Vogan of Armagh crashes in a Corsair off Australia. Read More