Category: ARMY WW2

John Gorman – Tank buster, policeman and politician

In July 1944, on his first day in action in Normandy, he earned the Military Cross.

December 22 – The TA officer and MP mostly responsible for Caubeens

Jack Macnamara, who was killed on this day in 1944, was largely responsible for the wearing of the caubeen by the London Irish Rifles in 1937. It was later adopted by the Skins and Faughs, and the rest. Portrait is of Bala Bredin.

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… Continue Reading “September 5 – Roll of Honour”

August 3 – Roll of Honour

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

June 9 – Northern Ireland at D Day

4. – The fourth in a series about NI people on D Day. Richard Keegan from Lurgan served with 2nd Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles who were addressed by General Sir Bernard Montgomery from the bonnet of a jeep, after carrying out an inspection of… Continue Reading “June 9 – Northern Ireland at D Day”

June 7 – Northern Ireland at D Day

2 – The second in a series about NI people on D Day. Peter McCambridge of Ballymena won his DCM on the ‘Longest Day’ – but he had, in fact, dropped into Normandy in the late evening of June 5, 1944. Photo – The… Continue Reading “June 7 – Northern Ireland at D Day”