Month: October 2019

October 6 – Roll of Honour

On This Day in 1901 Queen Alexandra, wife of King Edward VII, became patron of the Naval Nursing Service which was renamed in her honour shortly after and the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service – QARNNS – still serve the RoyalNavy around the…

October 5 – Roll of Honour

WW1 – V Beach cemetery, Helles, Gallipoli. WW2 – On 5th Oct 1943, the Irish Brigade embarked on a “peaceful” cruise from Barletta to Termoli where they landed under artillery fire – 61 days later, they would be relieved by Canadian forces at the…

October 4 – Roll of Honour

A Fleet Air Arm Supermarine Seafire being refuelled by a petrol bowser at Yeovilton in September 1943. Today’s Roll includes a FAA pilot from well known Gosford, Armagh, naval family. Dungannon and Tynan are also represented.

October 3 – Roll of Honour

On the deck of Royal Navy Battleship HMS Rodney while stationed in Gibraltar, 1941. HMS Rodney played a major role in the sinking of the German battleship Bismarck in May, 1941, and participated in several coastal bombardments including Operation Torch and the Normandy landings….

October 2 – Roll of Honour

Today’s Roll includes Royal Irish Fusiliers from Belfast, Dungannon, Larne and Limavady who died resisting the last major German assault of WW1. Three men from HMS Tamar, the RN’s land base in Singapore, died due to the Japanese invasion in 1942, and on that…

October 1 – Roll of Honour

“Our route went straight up the shore of the Adriatic from end to end and went through the autumn battlefields – Termoli, the Trigno and the Sangro”, Brigadier Pat Scott of 38 (Irish) Brigade which during September advanced the allied cause in Italy. On…