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 it was worse earlier as the mules drowned in mud but I was better off than the men on the bleak mountainside.”

Representing their comrades who died on this day


Royal Irish Fusiliers, 6th Btn. Private. 3659. Died 29/12/1915. Aged 22.
James Collins was the son of Charles Collins and Emily O’Hara. He was born at Ballygrooby, Randalstown on 25/01/1894. His parents, railway labourer Charles of Shane Street, Randalstown and mill worker Emily O’Hara, Ballygrooby, Drummaul, had married in Randalstown RC Chapel on the 26/12/1892. CWGC states he was the brother of Harry Collins, of Ballygrooby, Randalstown. Salonika (Lembet Road) Cemetery.


+SMITH, William
Royal Navy. Petty Officer. D/JX 151875. H.M.S. Repulse. Died 29/12/1941. Age 28. Son of Alexander and Sarah Smith, of Bushmills; husband of Mary McWhirter Smith, of Bushmills. Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore


+KYLE, Norman
Royal Irish Fusiliers, 1st Btn. Fusilier.7043678. Died 29/12/1942. Aged 21. Fusilier Kyle was killed during the Faughs’ operations around Goubellat on 27-29 December 1942. Son of Annie Kyle, of Carnmoney. Medjez-el-Bab, Tunisia


+AMES, Harold Victor
RAFVR. Flight Sergeant. 1461233. Died 29/12/1944, aged 24. Son of Walter and Kate Ames. Ardglass (St. Nicholas) Church of Ireland Churchyard


On this day in 1939 the Royal Navy ⁦suffered its first submarine loss of WW2 when HMS Seahorse was lost off Heligoland Bight off Germany with all hands. She could have been mined or collided with a German pathfinder ship used to clear routes through a minefield.

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