April 07 – Roll of Honour

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

April 06 – Roll of Honour

WW2 in North Africa is reflected in the records of three NI men who died serving with the guns of the Royal Artillery. Two were from the 9th Heavy AA Regiment from Londonderry. A WW1 Chaplain who died in Egypt had also links to the maiden city. Read More

April 05 – Roll of Honour

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

April 04 – Roll of Honour

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

April 03 – Roll of Honour

On this day in 1919 Admirals, Jellicoe and Beatty (above) were both promoted to Admiral of the Fleet. They were both C in C of the Royal Navy Grand Fleet during WW1 and both key players at Jutland and their contributions have been under discussion since. Read More

April 02 – Roll of Honour

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.

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April 01 – Roll of Honour

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.

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