Month: February 2020

February 28 and February 29 – Roll of Honour

We remember a naval doctor from Islandmagee and QUB, who had been awarded a DSO for his service during the Battle of Jutland, and Stuart Lovell, of Portrush, who is the first of two brothers to die serving in the RAF. Photo – Bois… Continue Reading “February 28 and February 29 – Roll of Honour”

February 27 – Roll of Honour

Snow across the Silent Cities on the Somme. A Rifleman from Belfast was executed on this day in 1916. Three men lost on HMS Jupiter in 1942 are remembered along with two veterans of WW1, both QUB.

February 26 – Roll of Honour

Three riflemen from Shantallow, Lisburn, and Belfast, serving in the Royal Ulster Rifles, London Irish Rifles, died in an attack in Tunisia, this day in 1943. Today’s veteran is Geoffrey Hemming, an aviator in both wars with the RNAS and then the RAF. He… Continue Reading “February 26 – Roll of Honour”

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… Continue Reading “February 25 – Roll of Honour”

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.… Continue Reading “February 24 – Roll of Honour”

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… Continue Reading “February 23 – Roll of Honour”

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… Continue Reading “February 22 – Roll of Honour”

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… Continue Reading “February 21 – Roll of Honour”