Month: June 2019

June 29 – On this day

Today is the Birthday of the Royal Corps of Signals – founded 1920. The Queen’s Gurkha Signals celebrate. Major events from 1940 – 2000 with images…

June 26 – Poyntzpass midshipman was first recipient of the Victoria Cross

The first VC to be awarded was to Charles Davis Lucas from Poyntzpass then serving as a Midshipman in the Crimean War. He was promoted Acting Lieutenant immediately after the action.

June 26 – On this day

First VC investiture by Queen Victoria, Royal Navy’s first steam turbine powered craft at Spithead Review, First US troops arrive in France during World War I, Rommel is made a Field Marshal

June 26 – Roll of Honour

An WW1 Army nurse from Coagh died on this day in Italy in WW1 and two aircrew from Belfast died over Bucharest in WW2

June 24 – John Spencer Dunville VC

For most conspicuous bravery near Epehy, France, on 24th and 25th June, 1917. Second-Lieutenant John Spencer Dunville, 1st Royal Dragoons.

June 15 – Northern Ireland at D Day.

9. Four men from NI were lost in the River class frigate HMS Mourne when in support of the Normandy Landings. They were from Ballymena, Belfast and Rosslea. Herbie Marshall was only 19 when he died off the beaches of Normandy.

June 15 – Roll of Honour

Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves cemetery

June 15 – On this day

1944 – The small seaside town of Arromanches is now home to the Mulberry Harbour; the logistics hub which kept the British & Commonwealth Bridgehead supplied. For other events on this day see here…