Month: January 2020

January 17 – Roll of Honour

On 17 January 1942 five men from NI were lost when HMS Matabele on a convoy from Iceland to Murmansk was hit by a torpedo from the German submarine U-454. On the same day in a different arena, an MTB under command of Sir…

January 16 – Roll of Honour

The Roll for WW2 today reflects warfare on land, at sea, and in the air. Photo – Sunrise over Seraucourt-le-Grand British Cemetery, near St Quentin and close to the area depicted in the “1917” film.

January 15 – Roll of Honour

The Royal Tank Regiment memorial at Beaurains. On This Day in 1953 HRH The Duke of Edinburgh was appointed as Admiral of the Fleet. He joined the Royal Navy in 1939 and served in WW2. He made Commander before retiring in 1952 in HM…

January 14 – Roll of Honour

The WW2 entries today reflect the retreat to Dunkirk by an Ulster searchlight regiment and the war waged from the air over occupied Europe in 1944. Today’s WW1 veteran is Sam Anderson of Coleraine who lived to 80 years of age. Today’s photo whilst…

January 13 – HMS Viknor captured major German spy and perished with him

On 13 Jan 1915, the armed merchant cruiser HMS Viknor sank off the coast of County Donegal with all hands (295 dead). The cause of her loss is unconfirmed but it is likely she struck a German mine. Graves of crew members on Rathlin…

January 13 – Roll of Honour

The Roll includes three Inniskillings who die in the first attack on Two Tree Hill in Tunisia in WW2 and an RM Commando who died from wounds. This day 107 years ago – 13 January 1913 – the Ulster Volunteer Force was established, with…

January 12 – Roll of Honour