Month: July 2019

Lurgan may claim NI’s most decorated fighter ace of WW2

Robert Turkington from Lurgan is amongst the foremost fighter pilots in WW2 from Northern Ireland.

July 24 – The anniversary of the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres

Today is the anniversary of the unveiling of the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial in 1927; the origin of the daily Act of Remembrance; some names from Northern Ireland which are engraved on it including that of the first MP to be killed in WW1.

July 24 – Roll of Honour

On this day in 1704, an Anglo-Dutch force under Admiral Rooke captured Gibraltar. the Prince of Hesse led ashore 1,900 Marines who succeeded in isolating the Gibraltar Rock from mainland Spain. The bravery of the Royal Marines in defending the Rock in the siege… Continue Reading “July 24 – Roll of Honour”

July 23 – Roll of Honour

On this day in 1759 HMS Victory was laid down at Chatham dockyard. 46 years later she would seal her place in history at Trafalgar. 163 years later, still in service she was saved for the nation as a museum at HMNB Portsmouth and… Continue Reading “July 23 – Roll of Honour”

July 21 – Roll of Honour

Memorial to those who fought at Guillemont and Ginchy and to all Irishmen who gave their lives in WW1. The records of seven who died on this day – three of the RUR in Normandy.

July 12 – Belfast first with silence of Remembrance

In 1916 a decision was made by the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland to cancel the annual 12th July celebrations.

July 6 – Stories of the Somme – UVF officer from Tipperary had Newcastle and Belfast links

Charles Owen Slacke is remembered on the War Memorial in Newcastle and on memorials in Malone Golf Club and Newcastle Parish Church. He was killed at Thiepval on 1 July 1916

Stories of the Somme – The Fountain men of Londonderry

Virtually every community in Northern Ireland lost husbands, sons and brothers at the Somme. One such was the Fountain area of Londonderry.