Month: December 2019

December 31 – Roll of Honour

On This Day in 1918, William Leefe Robinson VC died. He was the first to shoot down a German airship over Britain and received the Victoria Cross. Months later he was later shot down and taken prisoner. After the war, he was repatriated but,…

December 30 – Clandestine operations in HMS Fidelity, the war’s most secret ship

A Naval Reserve officer who had played rugby for Inst and Malone and two Royal Marines from Northern Ireland serving in an elite Commando died in HMS Fidelity which perhaps is the vessel with the rarest background in World War 2. HMS Fidelity was…

December 30 – Roll of Honour

Six from NI were lost on HMS Natal in 1915. An RIR officer who had been blown up twice at the front in WW1 died in a Flying Corps accident. See also an article on this date on NI men in spy ship HMS…

December 29 – Roll of Honour

38 (Irish Brigade) in Italy December 1944 – CQMS O’Sullivan 2 London Irish noted “I arrived back at E Coy on Boxing Day. They were in the line near Monte Grande. The terrain was a mixture of mud, snow, and ice. I was told…

December 28 – Roll of Honour

The stained glass from the Royal Irish Memorial Chapel shines behind the largest Celtic Cross in Ireland at St. Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast. Ten servicemen from the three services form today’s Roll of Honour.

December 27 – Roll of Honour

Piper from the 38th (Irish) Brigade in Italy in December 1944. Brigadier Pat Scott noted – “On 23rd Dec, the first serious fall of snow occurred. We were more or less snow-covered until 26th Jan. The rum issue rule was that if it was…

Belfast sailor and HMS Belfast at Battle of North Cape – Boxing Day 1943

On this day in 1943 the last capital ship big gun engagement between the Royal Navy and Germany took place at the Battle of North Cape where Admiral Bruce Fraser took on and sank the Scharnhorst whilst she was attempting to attack convoys. Thomas…

December 26 – Roll of Honour

A Naval Reserve officer from HMS Caroline, who was a member of Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club, and a well known Belfast shipping company, was lost when his craft hit a mine on Boxing Day 1940.