Category: D-Day

January 11 – Roll of Honour

  On 11/01/1917 Royal Navy seaplane carrier, HMS Ben-My-Chree (Woman of my heart, in Manx) is sunk by Turkish forces whilst supporting French troops on Kastellorizo off Turkey. All of the crew including Sam Ryan from Castlewellan were safely evacuated. Read Sam’s remarkable story…

January 02 – Roll of Honour

On This Day in 1945 Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay and four Royal Navy staff, (Cdr Rowell, LtCdr Lewis, Lt Henderson, PO Morgan), died when their plane crashed on take off from Toussus-le-Noble near Paris. Ramsay was responsible for Dunkirk evacuation and the Naval Forces…

December 28 – Roll of Honour

The stained glass from the Royal Irish Memorial Chapel shines behind the largest Celtic Cross in Ireland at St. Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast. Ten servicemen from the three services form today’s Roll of Honour.

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…

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…

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…