Category: D-Day

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…

February 2 – Roll of Honour

This week in 1942 saw the formation by Royal Warrant of the Royal Air Force Regiment. Per Ardua – Through adversity. In today’s Roll, an RAF officer from Ballymena who died in Burma only four months after his wedding. Also, a QUB medic who…

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.