Month: July 2020

July 15 – The fate of the Sash blessed by the Pope. Roll of Honour

A Sgt Major and leading Orange light from Sion Mills took his sash to an audience with the Pope in WW2. The sash later had an untimely end. Death from wounds at the Somme feature in today’s Roll. See entries for John Alexander of… Continue Reading “July 15 – The fate of the Sash blessed by the Pope. Roll of Honour”

July 14 – Portrush naval doctor who sailed Atlantic both ways single handed. Roll of Honour

The story in war and peace of a doctor born this day in Portrush in 1916. Joseph Paul from Bessbrook died with the Marines in Gallipolli in 1915. 20-year-old Isaac McAllister’s remains were brought home by Royal Irish Rifles to Bushmills in 1916. In… Continue Reading “July 14 – Portrush naval doctor who sailed Atlantic both ways single handed. Roll of Honour”

July 13 – Belfast husband awarded VC today in 1945. Roll of Honour

Ted Chapman from Wales survived the Belfast Blitz with his sweetheart. They married and he won the VC in Germany. Read their story. Today’s Roll includes eight WW1 RN veterans. James Moffett from Ballynahinch died with the RUR in 1944. Photo – The costly… Continue Reading “July 13 – Belfast husband awarded VC today in 1945. Roll of Honour”

July 12 – Belfast first with silence of Remembrance. Roll of Honour

The first civic Silence for Remembrance was observed in Belfast. In 1916 a decision was made by the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland to cancel the annual 12th July celebrations. Sir Crawford McCullagh, Lord Mayor 1914 – 17 requested that all businesses be suspended… Continue Reading “July 12 – Belfast first with silence of Remembrance. Roll of Honour”

July 11 – Guitar symbol of friendship between NI Battle of Britain pilots. Roll of Honour

A guitar became a memorial of friendship between NI pilots Noel Corry, Sydney Ireland, George Calwell, and their colleagues. A Belfast school had seven former pupils in “The Few”. Hayden Floyd, a doctor’s son from Kilkeel died with the Royal Flying Corps in WW1.… Continue Reading “July 11 – Guitar symbol of friendship between NI Battle of Britain pilots. Roll of Honour”

July 10 – Ni men in the Battle of Britain. Roll of Honour

14 men from NI died serving as aircrew in the Battle for Britain which commenced today in 1940. A Spitfire restored. From WW1 RH – the courage of Hugh Small from Keady awarded the MC and the cost to the Newell family who lost… Continue Reading “July 10 – Ni men in the Battle of Britain. Roll of Honour”

July 9 – HMS Vanguard sunk by accidental explosions at Scapa Floe. Roll of Honour

16 men from Northern Ireland were among the 845 who died in HMS Vanguard in 1917. Thomas Barr a former NIH trooper dies with Canadian cavalry. 38 Irish Brigade takes part in Operation Husky, the invasion of Sicily which begins this day in 1943.… Continue Reading “July 9 – HMS Vanguard sunk by accidental explosions at Scapa Floe. Roll of Honour”

July 8 – Green Beret RBL stalwart was five years a German POW. Roll of Honour

Bill Balmer served in the Royal Marines from 1939 to 1953. Born in Coleraine to the sound of Lambeg Drums, his service and that of his wife to the Ballymoney branch of the RBL were exemplary. Today’s Roll reflects the human cost of air… Continue Reading “July 8 – Green Beret RBL stalwart was five years a German POW. Roll of Honour”