Month: May 2020

May 31 – Battle of Jutland, Bangor VC, Rolls of Honour

Overview of Battle of Jutland with Rolls of Honour for each ship in which NI men served in the biggest naval battle of WW1. Award of VC to Commander Bingham of Bangor. RAF men from Belfast and Kilrea rest in Reichswald Forest Cemetery. Photo…

May 30 – Roll of Honour. Coastal Command ace honoured by RAF

In May 2020 a new Poseidon aircraft is named for Ulsterman Terence Bulloch, the top U-boat hunter of WW2. Dunkirk fatalities continue including Patrick Hill of Limavady whose remains rest in Dunkirk Town Cemetery. The first 1,000 bomber raid occurs in 1942. Two naval…

May 29 – Roll of Honour. Dunkirk Memorial

Dunkirk Memorial to unknown. Seven NI men on today’s Roll who fought the rearguard action in 1940 to Dunkirk have no known grave. This is their memorial. Nicholas Acheson of Gosford and Albert McIlwee of Limavady died in HMS Hereford in 1941 evacuating troops…

May 28 – Roll of Honour. Dunkirk evacuations day 2

Le Grand Hasard Military Cemetery near Dunkirk was created after WW1. Two further plots of 138 burials were added to the cemetery in WW2 all dating from May and June 1940. Most of today’s Roll is of men who took part in that costly…

May 27 – Roll of Honour. Dunkirk evacuations day one

On this day: The first day of evacuations from Dunkirk in 1940. The sinking of the Bismarck in 1941. Two ships lost in 1915 – one off Gallipoli and one in the Medway, Kent, when armaments exploded. Men from NI involved in each action…

The Royal Ulster Rifles at Dunkirk

Bala Bredin’s recollections; How 338,000 Allied troops were saved in ‘miracle of deliverance’; 40 Facts about Dunkirk; The Dunkirk Memorial

May 26 – Roll of Honour. Dunkirk. Bismarck

The Roll today reflects the battles around Dunkirk in 1940. Among the fallen are men from Coleraine, Dollingstown, Doagh, Enniskillen, and Londonderry serving with the Royal Artillery, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Seaforth Highlanders, and the Leicestershire Regiment. In 1941 Swordfish Torpedo-bombers from the Ark Royal…

May 25 – Roll of Honour

Belfast – Liverpool ferries the Ulster Monarch, Prince, and Queen role at Dunkirk evacuation. Holywood RAF pilot lost attacking the German front line. Photo – Commonwealth War Graves at Cassino.