Month: January 2019

On this day – January 31

Ireland’s Call : Sporting Heroes Who Fell in The Great War – On this day NI submariners perished in ’The Battle of May’ in WW1 – RAF Squadron 103’s NI aircrew

On this day – January 30

Belfast born Paratrooper awarded VC in Helmand Province Poyntzpass midshipman was the first recipient of the Victoria Cross Events on this day – January 30 Remembrance NI – January 30

January 28 – WW2 Caroline WREN sang soprano and tuned depth chargers

Wren Rebecca McCabe served with HMS Caroline, Belfast from 1942-1944 before moving to the Signals Distribution Office, Belfast Castle in the run-up to D-Day.

Armagh survivor of Anzio sinking

Albert Kirkpatrick was in HMS Spartan when it was sunk in the Anzio operations on 29/01/1944.

19 Jan 1944 – A counter attack in Italy

On this day the 2nd Battalion, London Irish Rifles (2 LIR) of 38 (Irish) Brigade were at Montenero

Belfast Wren’s fatal voyage from South Africa to Sri Lanka

Nineteen year old Ethel Margaret Hunter was aboard SS Khedive Ismail in February 1944.

Service personnel and relatives killed during the Belfast Blitz

The blitzes of Belfast impacted on the service community in different ways. Individual service men were killed. The families of those serving elsewhere obviously were in great danger. At least one serviceman’s family was completely lost.

Belfast gunners died defending London in Blitz

After serving in Europe and at Dunkirk the 8th (Belfast) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery, was deployed to defend the capital and Coventry