Category: D-Day

October 25 – Roll of Honour

Today’s Roll contains two infanteers who died liberating Gent in Belgium, and two remembered on the Alamein Memorial in Egypt. The Veteran remembered today is one of the most famous naval surgeons of his time. Surgeon Rear-Admiral, David Hewitt from Dungannon entered the Royal…

October 22 – Roll of Honour

Tyne-Cot Memorial and War Cemetery. In today’s Roll are four RN personnel who died in the destroyer HMS Hurworth, mined off Crete in WW2. They included the Medical Officer who had survived when HMS Zulu was sunk by aircraft off Tobruk and who was…

October 18 – Roll of Honour

Highlighted today is the loss in WW2 of three men from NI in HMS Broadwater, a former US destroyer. Today’s veteran representative is Baron Cooke of Islandreagh, Muckamore, who served in RN and was President of the Belfast Branch of the Burma Star Association….

September 30 – Roll of Honour

On this day in 1938, British prime minister Neville Chamberlain returns from a meeting with Hitler in Munich and promises “peace for our time.” In less than a year, the world will be at war. Today’s Roll includes the first North Irish Horse officer…

August 24 – Roll of Honour

Remembering 15 men from the three services who did their duty. They include six who died at sea, an Ulster rifleman awarded the Military Medal for bravery under fire on 07/06/1944 and a former QUB Training Corps member who lost his life trying to…

July 7 – NI WRNS who plotted D-Day landings

After the war, Joan Mary Cattanach trained as a dress designer at the Paris Academy of Fashion in London. Today is the anniversary of her death in 2017

June 24 – On this day

24 June 1941 – Sloop HMS Auckland was sunk by German aircraft off Tobruk while on convoy escort duty. She had her stern blown off by bombs and shortly afterwards exploded and sank. 37 crew died, 162 survivors were rescued by HMAS Parramatta. For…