Category: D-Day

June 18 – Banker joins Gunners. Airborne D-Day Padres. Roll of Honour

George Johnston left banking in Dungannon for UK, Egypt, Italy, and Greece with the Gunners. Meet two D-Day airborne padres from Fermanagh and the Coldstream Guards Musical Director from Annalong.

June 16 – Future lawyer and policeman on D-Day. Roll of Honour

Tom King became President of the Law Society. James Stewart gave 30 years of police service. Both were in RN on D Day. From the WW1 Roll – Edward Harvey of Royal Flying Corps is remembered in Derry. Veteran Andrew Logan from Portstewart fought…

June 13 – D Day Rifleman’s campaigns. Roll of Honour

Stanley Burrowes from Lisburn saw action on the Normandy beaches, in Cambes Woods, and Denmark. Three women are in today’s Roll. One died as a VAD nurse in WW1 and a WAAF from Enniskillen died in WW2. Today’s veteran is Third Officer Hazel Dolling…

May 22 – Roll of Honour. HMS Hood

14 men from NI were lost in HMS Hood in 1941 in an attempt to sink the Bismarck. Cecil McCrum from Milford, the son of the inventor of the penalty kick in soccer, was a captain and second in command in the Hood in…

April 08 – Roll of Honour

Eight brothers from Downpatrick served in WW1, four survived. In WW2 one of Fermanagh’s military families lost a Gunner son who was awarded the Croix de Guerre. His father served in WW1 winning the DSO. A veteran of the North Irish Horse recalls a…

March 10 – Roll of Honour

Today’s Roll reflects the Battle of Neuve Chapelle, fought between 10 and 13 March 1915. It was the 1st Royal Irish Rifles’ first major action. In 1918 Royal Irish Fusiliers, 5th Btn. was deployed in Palestine as Jerusalem War Cemetery testifies. Today’s veteran Reginald…

February 23 – Roll of Honour

Sergt R McClements of Belfast – left of photo – was a member of a bomber crew that completed 38 operations between July 1944 and Feb 1945. The majority of entries today are of NI men who died in RAF bombers. When he was…

February 15 – Roll of Honour

88 years after its original formation, 502 (Ulster) Squadron, RAF Reserve, reformed at Aldergrove in 2013. There is a Memorial in St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast, naming those from the squadron who died in WW2. Twelve names on today’s Roll reflect the variety of service…