November 30. HMS Vanguard the last and largest RN Battleship launched. Roll of Honour

On This Day in 1944, the last and largest Royal Navy Battleship, and the last Battleship in the world was launched. The then Princess Elizabeth launched HMS Vanguard at Clydebank. She was over 50,000 tonnes at full load and capable of over 30 Knots. Truly the end of an era. One of today’s veterans is Henry Coalston who was born on this day in Coleraine in 1883. He was in on the foundation of the RAF in March 1918 when he transferred from the Royal Naval Air Service to the newly formed RAF in March 1918. In his four months of service with the RNAS he served at two airfields. In today’s Roll for 1918 is the name of Alicia Watt from Dungannon who died serving with Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps. She is remembered at Aldershot Military Cemetery. In 1942 Robert Ievers was lost over Belgium. The RAFVR Sergeant Observer was the son of an ex-service gardener who had links with Lord Dunleath in Ballywalter Park and Forster Green Hospital, Belfast. Two from the Royal Ulster Rifles, Richard Stewart from Ballycastle and George Williamson from Ballyclare, died on this day in 1944, fighting for the liberation of the Netherlands.

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