Month: February 2020

February 25 – Roll of Honour

The WW1 entries today are a reminder that men from NI served in a number of regiments such as the Royal Scots and the North Staffordshire Regiment which have no obvious links with the region. WW2 entries are dominated by the loss of HMS…

February 24 – Roll of Honour

Edward Dalton, one of the pioneers of civil aviation in Ireland served with the RFC and William Boal DCM served with the army in WW1. Both died in service with the Fleet Air Arm in WW2. Both WW1 Veterans remembered today are from Portstewart….

February 23 – Roll of Honour

Sergt R McClements of Belfast – left of photo – was a member of a bomber crew that completed 38 operations between July 1944 and Feb 1945. The majority of entries today are of NI men who died in RAF bombers. When he was…

February 22 – Roll of Honour

This is the anniversary of eight from NI who fell in the World Wars. Today’s veteran was the most high-ranking Irish chaplain in WW1. Rev Dr. James G Paton ministered in Coleraine. He was a member of the committee responsible for the erection of…

February 21 – Roll of Honour

Australian soldiers at Eaucourt L’Abbaye on the Somme, February 1917. The soldier on the right has donned sandbags in an attempt to combat the mud and damp. Image courtesy Australian War Memorial. A son of a Belfast veteran recalled today became Deputy Prime Minister…

February 20 – Roll of Honour

Amongst those remembered today from WW2 are crew members of HMS Warwick from Londonderry, Armagh and Belfast, and a Battle of Brittain pilot from Islandmagee. Veterans include North Irish Horse and an RN Surgeon Probationer from WW1 who also served with RAMC in WW2….

February 19 – Roll of Honour

A stick of paratroopers jumping at Ringway, 1945. William McGrath was the first of two Coleraine brothers to die in WW2. A Captain in the Royal Engineers and former student of CAI his war grave is in Tobruk, Lybia. 24-year-old Flight Lieutenant John Bright…