Month: April 2020

April 30 – Roll of Honour

A Belfast Naval Reservist from HMS Caroline was lost when HMS Bittern was sunk in 1940 battle for Norway. Dallas Boyce from Portstewart died with RAF in Iceland in 1942. Today’s veteran is one of the most notable WW1 medical consultants, Sir Almoth Edward… Continue Reading “April 30 – Roll of Honour”

April 29 – Roll of Honour

Among the fatalities of WW1 is a young Inniskillings officer from Londonderry who was killed in the “Dublin Rebellion”. In WW2 an RAF sergeant from Dunmurry was lost performing mine-laying duties at the Kiel Canal. The father of the featured WW2 veteran from Portadown… Continue Reading “April 29 – Roll of Honour”

April 28 – Roll of Honour

Today’s Roll of 16 includes a young Derry officer who fell at Gallipoli in WW1 and a former Glentoran goalkeeper who won MM with Irish Guards in Tunisia in WW2. Photo of Somme Tower landscape

April 27 – Roll of Honour. WW1 gas attacks at Ypres

Germany uses mass poison gas attacks in 1915 affecting Irish Division. Six NI men lost in HMS Diamond in 1941. Roll for 1943 reflects the cost to infantry of N Africa battles. Veteran remembered today is Sydney Allison, outstanding Belfast naval surgeon who served… Continue Reading “April 27 – Roll of Honour. WW1 gas attacks at Ypres”

April 26 – Roll of Honour. Irish VC at Gallipopli

Today in 1915, an Irishman won the VC as the Allies land at Gallipoli and two men from Londonderry died. The objective was to seize Istanbul and knock Turkey out of the war. Resistance is heavy and the invaders fail to advance more than… Continue Reading “April 26 – Roll of Honour. Irish VC at Gallipopli”

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April 25 – Roll of Honour. NI Anzacs

Five men from NI died on this day in Gallipoli. Alexander Martin from Magheragall, Lisburn, was serving with the Auckland Rifles. The others came from Londonderry and Magherafelt. The Lancashire Fusiliers won six VCs before breakfast. 

April 24 – Roll of Honour. Military Medal for Royal Ulster Rifles Corporal

Records of 20 NI men. RUR Corporal awarded MM in WW2. On This Day review of major events of the war years. Photo: The smallest but very intimate Jerusalem War Cemetery, Chouain.