February 18. Ulster sailors killed at Anzio in Belfast – built HMS Penelope. Roll of Honour

The Harland & Wolff built cruiser HMS Penelope was sunk this day in 1944 off Anzio, Italy. Men from Ballyclare, Belfast, Londonderry and Templepatrick were lost in this ship which previously had been attacked so often it was nicknamed “HMS Pepperpot”. On the same day Joseph Irvine from Tempo serving in the Irish Guards died at Anzio. In 1943 William Bloomer from Belfast fell in Burmah serving with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. His father died serving with the same regiment in Gallipoli in WW1. Two QUB medical officers Brooke Purdon and Archibald Fullerton were awarded the Military Cross on this day during WW1.

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