Month: November 2019

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…

November 24 – Roll of Honour

Six men from NI were among over 300 men who died when the light cruiser Dunedin went down in the South Atlantic in 1941, the victim of two torpedoes fired from the German submarine U-124. Photo – the new War Memorial at Whitehead.

November 23 – Roll of Honour

Today’s Roll reflects hard times for the Inniskillings in the Munich Trench in 1916 and for the Royal Irish Rifles at Cambrai in 1917. Two Naval Reserve officers are lost in HMS Rawalpindi in 1939. 1943 and 1944 entries reflect the growing cost of…

November 22 – Roll of Honour

“From mud, through blood, to the green fields beyond” is used as a slogan by the Royal Tank Regiment, the oldest tank unit in the World. The colours of the regiment’s flag represent the slogan. The RTR was formed in 1916 during the Great…

November 21 – Roll of Honour

On this day in 1916, the sister ship to the Titanic, HM Hospital Ship Britannic, strikes a German mine in the Aegean Sea and sinks. It is the largest vessel lost in the First World War. Today’s Roll includes NI men serving with New…

November 20 – Roll of Honour

Today marks the 72nd anniversary of the marriage of HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. On this day in 1917, 460 British tanks break through the German lines at Cambrai. It is history’s first successful large-scale armour attack. The Roll today reflects…

November 19 – Roll of Honour

Photo – Annual service of remembrance on Rathlin island honouring those who died in Rathlin Sound and adjacent waters. Senior representatives of the services joined HM Deputy Lord Lieutenant and local councillors. The fallen remembered on this day including one from Ballycastle, lie in…