Category: Army WW1

June 24 – Holywood officer awarded Victoria Cross. Roll of Honour

John Spencer Dunville was awarded VC in WW1. On this day, 38 (Irish) Brigade has tough encounter near Lake Trasimene in WW2. John Thompson a 17-year-old Boy Sailor was the only fatality when an explosion occurred in the magazine of HMS Khartoum following an… Continue Reading “June 24 – Holywood officer awarded Victoria Cross. Roll of Honour”

June 23 – Menin Gate Memorial to Missing 54,000. Roll of Honour

The story of the Menin Gate Memorial, its origin and customs. The Belfast names on the Memorial. William Dunwoodie from Dungannon returned with NZ infantry in WW1. Two Belfast submariners are lost in HMS Fearless, and two Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers from Strabane and Derry… Continue Reading “June 23 – Menin Gate Memorial to Missing 54,000. Roll of Honour”

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… Continue Reading “May 16 – Roll of Honour, and Battle of Festubert”

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… Continue Reading “September 5 – Roll of Honour”

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… Continue Reading “August 16, 1917 – Messines worse than the Somme – a costly date for the Ulster and Irish Divisions”