Month: January 2020

January 31 – Roll of Honour

Emma Duff who served as a VAD Nurse in both world wars is remembered in the veterans Roll today. This is also the anniversary of the Battle of May in 1918 when RN submarines collided during an exercise in which three from NI died.… Continue Reading “January 31 – Roll of Honour”

January 30 – Roll of Honour

The Newfoundland Escort Force Bell honours the sacrifices made protecting merchant convoys during World War II. Three bells were commissioned by Royal Navy and Royal Canadian Navy veteran associations. The bells are housed in Derry, Halifax, Nova Scotia and St John’s, Newfoundland.

January 29 – Roll of Honour

On this day in 1943, two men from NI were lost in HMS Avondale, and exactly a year later, three were lost in HMS Spartan. Today’s veteran is a Queen’s University medical officer who served during the Boer War and WW1 and whose grave… Continue Reading “January 29 – Roll of Honour”

January 28 – Roll of Honour

Today’s veteran remembered is Alex Ballentine, RAF aircrew, from Ballymena who was a prisoner of war at Stalag Luft III, the scene depicted in the film “The Great Escape”. Photo – At the time of the WW1 Armistice, Artillery Wood Cemetery in Belgium contained… Continue Reading “January 28 – Roll of Honour”

January 27 – Roll of Honour

The record of the Inniskilling Fusiliers is once again reflected in this Roll of commemoration. The names of three WW1 Fusiliers are recorded on the Thiepval Memorial. William Wylie from Aughnacloy fell near Naples in the WW2 Italian campaign.

January 26 – Roll of Honour

With the daily Roll today, there is a short account of the events which led to the Royal Irish Regiment being awarded a Battle Honour for their action in Gaza. Photo – The Ploegsteert Memorial which commemorates many men who died in the Battle… Continue Reading “January 26 – Roll of Honour”

January 25 – Roll of Honour

Today’s Roll contains the names of seven NI crew members of HMS Laurentic mined off Lough Swilly in WW1 and the name of John Beattie Dumigan of Carrickfergus who was lost on a convoy to Murmansk in a U-boat attack in WW2. Samuel Plant,… Continue Reading “January 25 – Roll of Honour”

January 24 – Roll of Honour

HMS Queen Elizabeth in Portsmouth – In today’s Roll is an officer who served with the Royal Naval Division. These were sailors in infantry role and the RND fought in all the major theatres in Europe. To the chagrin of some of the army… Continue Reading “January 24 – Roll of Honour”