Month: November 2019

November 18 – Roll of Honour

On this day in 1941, a RUR and SAS officer died following a raid on airfields in North Africa. He was a member of a leading Irish legal family. A Catholic, he was educated at Clongowes Wood College, Co.Kildare, and Queen’s University. He was…

November 17 – Roll of Honour

In 1918 Clara Crozier, a military nurse from County Armagh, died in service. In 1940 Wiliam McNamarra, formerly of HMS Caroline (Photo), died in England as a result of enemy action at sea. In 1943 the award of a DFC to Warrant Officer James…

November 16 – Roll of Honour

Vickers Supermarine Spitfire Mark VB of 243 Squadron. Oil on plywood by Barrie Allan Frank Clark (1970s). Fleet Air Arm Museum. Today in 2019 the aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, arrives in Portsmouth for the first time. Today in 1916, after two days…

November 15 – Roll of Honour

Today’s Roll includes two WW2 Fleet Air Arm pilots, one of whom had been a member of 502 (Ulster) Sqdn, RAF. The two veterans remembered today both have Canadian links. One served with the NI Horse in WW1, and the other was the first…

November 14 – Roll of Honour

On 14/11/2007 HRH The Duke of Edinburgh unveiled a bronze memorial in memory of the 11,000 men lost over the course of WW2 whilst serving in Royal Navy Destroyers. The memorial is at HMS Cavalier in Chatham Dockyard. Cavalier saw service in WW2 and…

November 13 – Roll of Honour

The comrades above have been stood down until next year. Six of the 17 entries in the Roll today highlight the service of the RND – the Royal Naval Division in WW1. The RND were sailors deployed in an infantry role and they served…

November 12 – Roll of Honour

On this day in 1944, 30 RAF Lancasters sink the German battleship Tirpitz near Tromsø, Norway. In 1942 three RN men died, one had been a member of HMS Caroline’s football team. In WW1 a Ballynahinch scout leader died serving with the Royal Flying…