Category: ARMY WW2

June 17 – From Rifleman to RSM of RUR via Ranville, the Ardennes and Korea. Roll of Honour

From RUR airborne on D Day to Korea, the record of RSM William McConnell. In today’s Roll – The Ni men lost in Lancastria in 1940; the largest loss of life in sinking. Lisburn Medic who defied WW1 dangers

June 06. D-Day – Rifleman Billy Moore. Roll of Honour

D-Day through the accounts of Lisburn’s Billy Moore of the Royal Ulster Rifles. Eisenhower’s Message to the forces. Stats in graphic form and On This Day account. Photo – Montgomery addresses his Irish soldiers.

May 27 – Roll of Honour. Dunkirk evacuations day one

On this day: The first day of evacuations from Dunkirk in 1940. The sinking of the Bismarck in 1941. Two ships lost in 1915 – one off Gallipoli and one in the Medway, Kent, when armaments exploded. Men from NI involved in each action… Continue Reading “May 27 – Roll of Honour. Dunkirk evacuations day one”

The Royal Ulster Rifles at Dunkirk

Bala Bredin’s recollections; How 338,000 Allied troops were saved in ‘miracle of deliverance’; 40 Facts about Dunkirk; The Dunkirk Memorial

May 23 – Roll of Honour. Bob Wright – from Sandy Row to Dunkirk and Burma

The Roll of Honour for WW2 highlights two major developments. Entries for 1940 reflect the defensive fall back to Dunkirk with the fallen named on the Dunkirk Memorial or in cemeteries along the route. In 1944 nine men mainly from North Antrim and Armagh,… Continue Reading “May 23 – Roll of Honour. Bob Wright – from Sandy Row to Dunkirk and Burma”

May 03 – Roll of Honour

Today’s Roll begins with two Royal Marines from Belfast and Derry named on the Helles Memorial at Gallipoli. Our veteran remembered is Ian Smith MC of Limavady, who died in his nineties. He had a long and eventful life, in which he fought Nazis,… Continue Reading “May 03 – Roll of Honour”

May 02 – Roll of Honour

Today’s Roll includes accounts of a number of remarkable people. Sir Robin Kinahan served with a Belfast gunner unit in Burma in WW2. He later was Lord Mayor of the city. Benjamin Hillier was lost in HMS Edinburgh. He was one of five brothers… Continue Reading “May 02 – Roll of Honour”

April 24 – Roll of Honour. Military Medal for Royal Ulster Rifles Corporal

Records of 20 NI men. RUR Corporal awarded MM in WW2. On This Day review of major events of the war years. Photo: The smallest but very intimate Jerusalem War Cemetery, Chouain.