Month: November 2019

November 30 – Roll of Honour

On This Day in 1944, the last and largest Royal Navy Battleship, and the last Battleship in the world was launched. The then Princess Elizabeth launched HMS Vanguard at Clydebank. She was over 50,000 tonnes at full load and capable of over 30 Knots….

Portadown Desert Rat was POW in Italy and Germany

Sergeant Alexander Liggett served with Royal Tank Regiment. Sergeant. This Desert Rat was taken prisoner of war twice in Italy and Germany.

November 29 – Roll of Honour

Amongst the fallen today is the son of the Most Revd. John Allen Fitzgerald Gregg, D.D., Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of all Ireland, an RAF Flying Officer who has no known grave and is remembered on the Singapore Memorial at Kranji War Cemetery,…

November 28 – Roll of Honour

In today’s Roll – A Royal Artillery gunner from Ballymoney serving with a Maritime regiment and who most likely died at sea, is named on Portsmouth Naval Memorial. The war graves of two RAF men from Ballycastle and Belfast are in Egypt and South…

November 27 – Roll of Honour

Sai Wan War Cemetery (Hong Kong)

November 26 – HMS BULWARK

The dangerous potential of men, mines, and munitions – Without a shot being fired, the mixture of men, mines and munitions is always a potential for danger. This was proved on the morning of Thursday, November 26th, 1914, when HMS Bulwark (photo above), moored…

November 26 – Roll of Honour

The Veteran recalled today is one of the most famous men in Irish medicine. Sir William Thompson was Professor of Medicine at QUB for 27 years. In WW1 he served with the RAMC and in particular with fellow Belfast man Colonel (later Sir) Almroth…

November 25 – Roll of Honour

On this day in 1944, the battleship HMS Barham sank in the Mediterranean whilst taking part in an operation against an Italian convoy to Lybia. U-331 eluded the destroyer screen and fired three torpedoes at Barham. All were hits. One of the ship’s magazines…