Month: July 2020

July 23 – Belfast Searchlight Gunners hard road to Dunkirk Pt 1. Roll of Honour

Commander Conway Allen from Dervock was credited with sinking three U Boats in WW2. Sydney Haire died at El Alamein two years after his brother had died flying in the Battle of Britain. This is the anniversary of the keel laying of HMS Victory… Continue Reading “July 23 – Belfast Searchlight Gunners hard road to Dunkirk Pt 1. Roll of Honour”

July 22 – Costly service of sons of manse. Roll of Honour

Two Old Campbellians from Presbyterian Manses died on this date. John Davis, of Ballynahinch, a minister but serving in the RAMC died in 1917, and in 1918 John Clarke from Strabane died in the RAF. OTD 38 (Irish) Brigade arrived in Egypt in 1944.… Continue Reading “July 22 – Costly service of sons of manse. Roll of Honour”

July 21 – Worst 24 hours in Australian military history. Roll of Honour

On this day – Nationalist tribute to 36th Ulster Division. British Berlin Victory Parade. In WW1 a Marine from Ballymoney falls at Gallipoli. Shipbuilder Frank Workman’s chauffeur is named on Menin Gate Memorial, one of five Irish Riflemen who fell OTD 1917. Normandy is… Continue Reading “July 21 – Worst 24 hours in Australian military history. Roll of Honour”

July 20 – Remembering Belgian allies. Roll of honour

Ni links with Belgium. Pointer survived Japanese camps and brought solace to deceased prisoners’ families. In Roll – Templepatrick man died with the Chinese Labour Corps in WW1. Decorated HMS Caroline reservist lost in HMS Isis off Normandy WW2. RAF casualties from Ballyclare and… Continue Reading “July 20 – Remembering Belgian allies. Roll of honour”

July 19 – France honoured Belfast Gunner’s contribution to rugby. Roll of Honour

Harry McKibbin’s contribution to rugby and Portrush’s role in first-ever Peace Day in 1919. Today’s Roll reflects high costs of goals set for the Inniskillings in Sicily and Italy in WW2 – A British Lion killed at Catania. A Portadown musician lost in a… Continue Reading “July 19 – France honoured Belfast Gunner’s contribution to rugby. Roll of Honour”

July 18 – MC for Sir John Gorman on his first day in action. Roll of Honour

MC awarded to Old Portoran for action in tank battle in Normandy. A Royal Navy nurse from Strabane, an airborne RUR, and six others are remembered today including a cousin of the compiler who died with the Inniskillings in India.

July 17 – Ballymoney WW2 RAF pilot served in Vietnam. Roll of Honour

Tom Pinkerton is honoured at the USAF museum for his contribution in rectifying major gunship problems. William Lynn died on the Somme in 1916, one of four brothers from Coalisland to die in WW1. Men from Bangor and Ballintoy were lost in HMS Newmarket… Continue Reading “July 17 – Ballymoney WW2 RAF pilot served in Vietnam. Roll of Honour”

July 16 – On this day. Roll of Honour

In 1918 Carrickfergus and Castledawson are linked in the loss of an RNR officer in a minesweeper and a Derry RAF officer dies in aerial combat. On the same day, the Russian Royal Family was murdered. In 1945 The United States detonates history’s first… Continue Reading “July 16 – On this day. Roll of Honour”