Category: Army WW1

May 16 – Roll of Honour, and Battle of Festubert

In 1915 at Festubert 265 Inniskillings died in a hard fought battle. Rolls of Honour today for 2nd Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, and of men from Londonderry. In 1917 Campbell Kennedy from Lisburn was in Sulva Bay. A letter home and his parent’s newspaper…

April 28 – Roll of Honour

Today’s Roll of 16 includes a young Derry officer who fell at Gallipoli in WW1 and a former Glentoran goalkeeper who won MM with Irish Guards in Tunisia in WW2. Photo of Somme Tower landscape

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