Month: July 2020

July 31 – Submariner Magennis wins NI’s only Victoria Cross in WW2. Roll of Honour

On this day in 1945, James Magennis service merits a VC. In 1916 Hugh Henderson of the Royal Irish Fusiliers is the first to die in the 36th(Ulster) Division’s first action after the Battle of the Somme. In 1917 The Third Battle of Ypres… Continue Reading “July 31 – Submariner Magennis wins NI’s only Victoria Cross in WW2. Roll of Honour”

July 30 – Passchendaele, Campbell College and Castlerock. Roll of Honour

Campbell College CCF Pipes and Drums at the Menin Gate 2019. Tomorrow marks the anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele – The Third Battle of Ypres. Twelve former students of Campbell College, Belfast were killed during the battle. Three men from Castlerock fell. Today’s… Continue Reading “July 30 – Passchendaele, Campbell College and Castlerock. Roll of Honour”

July 29 – Lurgan may claim NI’s most decorated fighter ace of WW2. Roll of Honour

Robert Turkington from Lurgan is amongst the foremost fighter pilots in WW2 from Northern Ireland. On this day in 1921 Hitler is elected leader of an obscure political party in Austria. In 1924 One of three Royal Naval Memorials was dedicated at Plymouth Hoe.… Continue Reading “July 29 – Lurgan may claim NI’s most decorated fighter ace of WW2. Roll of Honour”

July 28 – Military Crosses awarded. Roll of Honour

On this day in 1914, WW1 got underway. In 1917 the Belfast Newsletter reports award of Millitary Cross to James McMechan of Downpatrick and John Kelly from Belfast. In today’s Roll Thomas Wright a North Irish Horse Private from Ballyrashane is killed a few… Continue Reading “July 28 – Military Crosses awarded. Roll of Honour”

July 27 – Bangor pilot fought in Battle of Britain, Russia and Africa. Roll of Honour

Thomas McCann joined the RAFVR in January 1939, was called up on the outbreak of war, and got his wings on his 21st birthday. Today’s veteran is Maurice Adams from Larne, Campbell, and QUB. He was one of the highest-ranking Naval medical officers to… Continue Reading “July 27 – Bangor pilot fought in Battle of Britain, Russia and Africa. Roll of Honour”

July 26 – Legacy of Belfast’s unofficial WW1 photographer. Roll of Honour

George Hackney took his camera to WW1 and left the best photographic record of the 36th (Ulster) Division. You can sample it here. George ’Paddy’ Alderdice from Lisburn is remembered at Reichswald Forest Cemetery. There are eight RAF among the 16 entries in today’s… Continue Reading “July 26 – Legacy of Belfast’s unofficial WW1 photographer. Roll of Honour”

July 25 – The Gunner Organist and broadcaster. Roll of Honour

Thomas Corrin served in both World Wars. He was organist in Holywood Parish. In 1944 Thomas Grimley from Dungannon died in the retaking of Burmah. In 1946 two RAF aircrew were lost over Burmah Photo – Campbell College CCF Pipes and Drums at the… Continue Reading “July 25 – The Gunner Organist and broadcaster. Roll of Honour”

July 24 – Belfast Searchlight Gunners hard road to Dunkirk Pt 2. Roll of Honour

Douglas Gilbert’s own story of Dunkirk with 3rd Searchlight Regiment Royal Artillery. WW2 RUR fatalities in Normandy. OTD Birth of Geoffrey Bing, son of the founder of Rockport school served with Signals in WW2 and had a variable career in politics. Dedication of Menin… Continue Reading “July 24 – Belfast Searchlight Gunners hard road to Dunkirk Pt 2. Roll of Honour”