June 8. HMS Glorious lost in airstrikes off Narvik. Roll of Honour.

Today’s Roll reflects the Battle of Messines in WW1, the sinking of Glorious, and Acasta by gunfire in two hours in 1940, and the price of the hard fought for gains on D Day +. In 1914 Meath-born Augustus Battersby left his home in Antrim to serve with the Connaught Rangers 5 months before the outbreak of war. The Antrim Orangeman died in Cameroon in 1915 in an offensive against the German colony. In 1917 three men from the South Antrim Volunteers serving in the Royal Irish Rifles died near Bailleul in France – Henry Addis a member of the Black Preceptory in Lisburn, Hugh Rock a postman from Cloughmills and Captain FWL May from Whitehead. Another man from the Antrim area, Able Seaman Joe White was one of 25 men from NI lost in HMS Glorious and her escorts off Norway in 1940. Andy Andrews from Killyleagh tells of his D Day experiences in HMS Pink off the Normandy coast in 1944. Photo – From conflict after D Day, the graves of several Royal Ulster Riflemen are in the War Cemetery at Bayeux, Normandy.

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