November 11 – Armistice Day -Roll of Honour

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This year’s Garden of Remembrance ceremony at Belfast Cenotaph. Today’s roll includes a Royal Irish Rifles officer killed in the Third Battle of Gaza, which liberated Jerusalem and three RAF fatalities from WW2 Read More

November 9 – Roll of Honour

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The grave of Flight Sergeant Isaac Kennedy from Ballymena is in Hamburg Cemetery (Photo here). He was serving in the Royal New Zealand Air Force.  Our veteran today is Bill Epstein of the Belfast Jewish community who served in the Royal Navy in WW2.  Post war he became an academic of international stature. Read More

November 10 – Roll of Honour

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Among those remembered today, is an RIR officer awarded an MC, who had taken part in the advance on Theipval and died in aerial combat with the Royal Flying Corps, an Orangeman from Muckamore who was a WW1 POW, and Viscount Stuart from Stewartstown who died serving in Royal Armoured Corps in north Africa in WW2
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November 8 – Roll of Honour

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A WW1 record highlights service by an Instonian in Russia with the naval air service’s armoured car division and his death in Belgium with the RFC. In WW2 Ronald Orr, also a former QUB student, was awarded a posthumous George Cross for his service in mine disposal on this day in 1944. Two men were lost in HMS Walney, a former US coastguard cutter, during Operation Torch landings in French NW Africa. Their commanding officer was awarded the VC. Photo – Burma Star Association memorial, Belfast Cathedral Read More

November 7 – Roll of Honour

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A hundred years ago this week people came together to remember the recent sacrifices of the First World War at Edwin Lutyens’ Cenotaph in Whitehall. There are 15 representatives in today’s Roll in honour of all those who died on November 7 in the World Wars Read More

November 6 – Roll of Honour

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It was a humbling weekend past in the Netherlands on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Walcheren, which involved 4 Special Service Brigade ferried in by the Royal Navy. 41, 47 and 48 Commandos were part of a daring assault against multiple, heavily defended batteries. Today marks the anniversary of the death of the first MP in WW1, Captain O’Neill of the Life Guards, father of Terence O’Neill, PM of Northern Ireland. Two other sons were to die in WW2. In 1940 JK Haire, an RAF pilot from Belfast, died saving a village school. Read More

November 5 – Roll of Honour

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Belfast Cathedral, Royal Irish Regiment Service of Remembrance
Included in today’s Roll from WW1 are Francis Annesley of Castlewellan a naval aviator, a medical officer from Cloughmills, and a nurse from Dromore. From WW2 are a naval signalman lost in battle with German pocket battleship Admiral Scheer and a special forces SOE Liaison Officer with Russian N.K.V.D. lost on a flight. Read More