Month: December 2019

Commissioning of HMS Prince Of Wales, December 10, 2019

Photos of commissioning of HMS Prince Of Wales and the 10 foot commissioning cake

December 11 – Roll of Honour

11 December 1942 – De Havilland DH.98 Mosquito FB Mk IVs of 105 Squadron at RAF Marham, Norfolk. None of the aircraft pictured survived the war, either being shot down or withdrawn due to heavy battle damage. Veterans in today’s Roll include Rebecca McCabe…

HMS PRINCE OF WALES – December 10, 1941

On this day in 1941 the battleship HMS PRINCE OF WALES and the battlecruiser HMS REPULSE were sunk by Japanese bombers off Malaya. They were the first British capital ships lost to air attack and the last RN battleship and battlecruiser lost in action….

HMS Repulse – 10 December 1941

14 men from Northern Ireland were amongst the 436 who died when HMS REPULSE was sunk as part of Force Z in the defence of Singapore on 10/12/1941. Others were to die whilst prisoners of war of Japan.

December 10 – Roll of Honour

Photo – Ypres Menin Gate. WW1 fatalities include a Bushmills sailor washed overboard, an Irish rifleman from Larne in India, and an RAF man at Gallipoli. In WW2 roll, an RAF doctor from Limavady, named on Queen’s University WM, rests in his home town.

Homecoming parade in Market Drayton for 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment

Around 1,000 people gathered in Market Drayton town centre to welcome home the 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment following its final tour of Afghanistan.

The O’Morchoe : Irish clan chief and distinguished army officer

The death took place on November 22nd, 2019, of Major – General, The O’Morchoe, who was CO of the 1st Battalion, RIF and 3rd Battalion, Royal Irish Rangers between 1967 and 1968. He served as President of the RBL in Ireland. He accompanied HM…