Month: June 2020

June 30 – The 36th Ulster Division. Roll of Honour

On the eve of the Battle of the Somme an overview of the Ulster Division. Rory Best’s links to two Portadown WW2 fatalities called Seale. Veterans include Robert Cramsie of Ballymoney who served with the Northumberland Fusiliers and the North Irish Horse.

June 29 – Pathfinder on 127 ops became Terence O’Neill’s wingman. Roll of Honour

Squadron Leader Jim ‘Zulu’ Malley, DSO, DFC and Bar, WW2 Pathfinder became NI Prime Minister’s close civil servant adviser. Wm Montgomery from Upperlands was only 18 when he died in Birmingham in 1915 of wounds received at Dardanelles. Wm Bunting a Naval Reservist of…

June 28 – Belfast Squadron Leader flew 87 operations, 25 over Berlin. Roll of Honour

Five die this day at Gallipoli in 1915, three are Inniskillings from Derry, Coleraine, and Cookstown. Eight RAF named from WW2 died over Burma, France, and Italy. Today’s Veteran – an RN Medic washed overboard in WW1 served in army WW2 and later became…

June 27- Coolest man to serve in army. Roll of Honour

This is the anniversary of the death in 2018 of “The coolest man to have served in the Army”, Major General Corran Purdon CBE MC CPM who went from Campbell to Colditz and much more.

June 26 – Stories of people. Roll of Honour

The first VC and Stories of people – Rachel Ferguson an army nurse died serving in WW1. Alex McCrea a Gunner from Dungannon served in Boer War, Gallipoli and Belgium. Arthur Sinton from Gilford and David Hetherington from Derry exemplify aircrew. Jim Kerr WW2…

June 25 – Dunville family service. Roll of Honour

The war service by three members of the Dunville family of Holywood and whisky distillery of Belfast. Five RAF men die on this date in WW2 over Norway, Germany, and UK. Laurence Rentoul from Belmont is lost in armoured reconnaissance in Italy. Photo –…

June 24 – Holywood officer awarded Victoria Cross. Roll of Honour

John Spencer Dunville was awarded VC in WW1. On this day, 38 (Irish) Brigade has tough encounter near Lake Trasimene in WW2. John Thompson a 17-year-old Boy Sailor was the only fatality when an explosion occurred in the magazine of HMS Khartoum following an…

June 23 – Menin Gate Memorial to Missing 54,000. Roll of Honour

The story of the Menin Gate Memorial, its origin and customs. The Belfast names on the Memorial. William Dunwoodie from Dungannon returned with NZ infantry in WW1. Two Belfast submariners are lost in HMS Fearless, and two Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers from Strabane and Derry…