March 17. Launch of HMS Belfast. Roll of Honour

HMS Belfast was launched in Belfast on St Patrick’s Day, 17 March 1938 by Anne Chamberlain – the wife of then Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain – and spent 24 years in active service. The Irish Brigade in 1945 – Brigadier Scott: “We were in the line on St Patrick’s Day. ‘Jon’ produced an excellent ‘Two Types’ cartoon in the ‘8th Army News’ depicting an officer wearing a caubeen and hackle cutting shamrocks out of a billiard tablecloth – presumably to make ‘flashes’ for the Irish Brigade.” The caption stated – “It may be St Patrick’s Day, but I think that’s going a bit too far”. A Veteran’s story of Michael McGuigan’s service with North Irish Horse in WW1 makes for an interesting read on St Patrick’s Day. 21 records of those who died in service are reminders of the high cost of freedom paid by service men and women, and their families.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.