Category: Army WW1

September 5 – Roll of Honour

The Roll today reflects the loss of HMS Pathfinder, the first RN warship to be sunk by a locomotive torpedo from a German U boat; the service given by two WW1 nurses who died in the course of their duty, and two members of…

August 27 – A Famous Inniskilling Drum

Derryman’s interesting story from the Londonderry Sentinel, Saturday, August 27, 1932

August 16, 1917 – 27 Londonderry men die on first day of Battle of Langemarck

The battle produced tiny gains for the Allies and heavy casualties. Twenty-seven men associated with the city of Londonderry, and its immediate environs, lost their lives on that terrible day.

August 16, 1917 – Messines worse than the Somme – a costly date for the Ulster and Irish Divisions

A year after the Battle of the Somme, the 36th Ulster Division was a changed force. Whilst there was still a significant number of men from the north of Ireland, many had been wounded two or three times but when they returned to their…

August 9 – Roll of Honour of Inniskilling Fusiliers at Potijze

There are 21 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers amongst the 365 war graves at Potijze Chateau Wood Cemetery (above), West Vlaanderen, Belgium. Their names are recorded in this Roll of Honour

August 7 – Derry’s Australia Light Horse Trooper at Gallipoli

Wall of Remembrance at Australia’s National War Memorial in Canberra. George Henry “Harry” McNeill lived in Londonderry with his parents, two brothers, and sister. Jobs in the city were scarce, so he decided to go to Australia and learn sheep farming. There were cousins…

July 30 – Passchendaele, Campbell College and Castlerock

Campbell College CCF Pipes and Drums at the Menim Gate 2019. Tomorrow marks the anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele – The Third Battle of Ypres. Twelve former students of Campbell College, Belfast were killed during the battle. Three men from Castlerock fell.