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….
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.
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.