Category: Army WW1

July 24 – The anniversary of the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres

Today is the anniversary of the unveiling of the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial in 1927; the origin of the daily Act of Remembrance; some names from Northern Ireland which are engraved on it including that of the first MP to be killed in WW1.

July 6 – Stories of the Somme – UVF officer from Tipperary had Newcastle and Belfast links

Charles Owen Slacke is remembered on the War Memorial in Newcastle and on memorials in Malone Golf Club and Newcastle Parish Church. He was killed at Thiepval on 1 July 1916

Stories of the Somme – The Fountain men of Londonderry

Virtually every community in Northern Ireland lost husbands, sons and brothers at the Somme. One such was the Fountain area of Londonderry.

July 2 – The Victoria Cross record of the 36th (Ulster) Division

In total nine members of the 36th Division were awarded the Victoria Cross

June 24 – John Spencer Dunville VC

For most conspicuous bravery near Epehy, France, on 24th and 25th June, 1917. Second-Lieutenant John Spencer Dunville, 1st Royal Dragoons.

May 15/16 – Festubert – the single worst day for Royal Inniskillings Fusiliers losses

Overview of the battle and Roll of Honour

On this day – January 31

Ireland’s Call : Sporting Heroes Who Fell in The Great War – On this day NI submariners perished in ’The Battle of May’ in WW1 – RAF Squadron 103’s NI aircrew

Places and Remembrance – WW1 Cullybackey

Cullybackey, a County Antrim village, and the townlands around it, (Craigs, Hillmount and Harperstown, a sub-section of Hillmount), highlight the type of commitment made in the First World War.