April 10. Costly NI naval link with Narvik, Norway. Roll of Honour

Eveline Dawson from Ballymena, a Matron, and Hugh McGee from Ballycastle, a Corporal in the Medical Corps, died when the Hospital Ship Salta was sunk in 1917. On the same day John Leyden from Portstewart, William Moffett from Magheragall and S Wethers from Moira fell. Five RN men from NI died in HMS Hardy in Narvik harbour, Norway, in 1940. Churchill visited the survivors including Bobby McAtamney from Carrickfergus. Sub Lieutenant John Tillie, a son of the famous shirt-manufacturing family in Londonderry, was awarded a DSC for his action in HMS Hotspur. Woodrow Wilson from Belfast was lost in HM Submarine Tigris in 1943. He had been Mentioned in Despatches. He had married in October 1942. He was 22 and his wife 20. Three days after the wedding he left Belfast to rejoin his ship. Photo – The Arras Memorial commemorates over 34,700 men who have no known grave – most of whom died during the Battle of Arras which started 09/04/1917. Over 50,000 Commonwealth servicemen were killed in the six-week campaign.

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.