Day: July 9, 2019

July 9 – HMS Vanguard sunk by accidental explosions

The Vanguard Memorial in Lyness cemetery is dedicated to all those who died in HMS Vanguard on July 9, 1917. The battleship was destroyed while at Scapa Flow by an internal explosion. Of 845 men in Vanguard, only 2 survived. 16 from Northern Ireland…

July 9 – Roll of Honour

Ypres Reservoir Cemetery

July 9 – Green Beret RBL stalwart was five years a German POW

Despite his wartime experience, Bill Balmer served in the Royal Marines until July 11, 1953