Month: October 2019

October 24 – Roll of Honour

On this day in WW2 three RN men from NI were lost in the destroyer HMS Eclipse, mined in Agean Sea. Lt Col O’Neill from Shane’s Castle, serving with the North Irish Horse died in Italy. His father fell in WW1. NI men from…

October 23 – Roll of Honour

Wimeruex Cemetery near Bologne – at rest all ranks on 5 levels including Canadian medic Lt Col John McCrae who wrote in Flanders Fields. Four sons of a Presbyterian minister in Randalstown served in WW1. One was a founding officer in the RAF, another,…

October 21 – Roll of Honour

Autumn takes hold and the colours at CWGC cemeteries are now changing, as at the WW2 Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery in the Netherlands. Twenty men represent their comrades who fell on this date. The WW2 entries reflect the cost to the Royal Ulster Rifles…

October 22 – Roll of Honour

Tyne-Cot Memorial and War Cemetery. In today’s Roll are four RN personnel who died in the destroyer HMS Hurworth, mined off Crete in WW2. They included the Medical Officer who had survived when HMS Zulu was sunk by aircraft off Tobruk and who was…

October 20 – Roll of Honour

In the Ulster Tower at Theipval. 101 years ago on the night of the 19th & 20th October 1918, the Ulster Division crossed the Lys River. This would be the last movements of the division before the war ended. Today’s Roll of 15 men…

October 19 – Roll of Honour

Terlincthun War Cemetery was begun in June 1918 when the space available for service burials in the civil cemeteries of Boulogne and Wimereux was exhausted. There are 4,749 burials including 149 from World War Two. Thomas Darragh, a Royal Inniskilling Fusilier, from Broughshane, rests…

October 18 – Roll of Honour

Highlighted today is the loss in WW2 of three men from NI in HMS Broadwater, a former US destroyer. Today’s veteran representative is Baron Cooke of Islandreagh, Muckamore, who served in RN and was President of the Belfast Branch of the Burma Star Association….