August 12 – Interned in Algeria after HMS Manchester sank in Operation Pedestal


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Interned in Algeria – Following the scuttling of HMS Manchester men from Belfast, Newtownards and Portadown were emprisoned by the Vichy government which collaborated with Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy. HMS Manchester (above) was taking part in Operation Pedestal whose aim was to force a convoy through to beleaguered Malta. Continue reading

August 12 – Roll of Honour



The Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium. Remembering 12 today including 2 lost in HMS Indomitable, and 2 Irish infantry in Sicily 1943, with an account of Leading Aircraftsman Gerald McElrea from Antrim who was serving in Gosport with 930 Balloon Squadron when the site received a direct hit by a large bomb. Continue reading