Category: ARMY WW2

Portadown Desert Rat was POW in Italy and Germany

Sergeant Alexander Liggett served with Royal Tank Regiment. Sergeant. This Desert Rat was taken prisoner of war twice in Italy and Germany.

September 17 – Archbishop who was airborne at Arnhem

1974 – President and Mrs Childers with Most Rev Alan Buchanan, Archbishop of Dublin, and Fr PJ Murphy. Alan Buchanan was a Church of Ireland cleric who served as a chaplain in Italy and in Operation Market Garden.

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 3 – Roll of Honour

On this day 03/08/1914, Germany declares war on France. Hours later France reciprocates the declaration of war.

July 15 – The Sash blessed by the Pope

From the annals of 38 (Irish) Brigade in Italy 1944 – Sion Mills Sgt Major had his Sash when he met the Pope

June 18 – Northern Ireland at D Day

12. Two of the NI Padres in Normandy – The Reverend James McMurray-Taylor served with the RUR (6th Airborne Division) and The Reverend James Douglas died serving with The Wiltshire Regiment

June 17 – Northern Ireland at D Day.

11. From Rifleman to RSM of RUR via Ranville, the Ardennes and Korea