Category: DAILY POSTS

Overview of posts arranged monthly for easy overview

July 19 – France honoured Belfast Gunner’s contribution to rugby. Roll of Honour

Harry McKibbin’s contribution to rugby and Portrush’s role in first-ever Peace Day in 1919. Today’s Roll reflects high costs of goals set for the Inniskillings in Sicily and Italy in WW2 – A British Lion killed at Catania. A Portadown musician lost in a… Continue Reading “July 19 – France honoured Belfast Gunner’s contribution to rugby. Roll of Honour”

July 10 – Ni men in the Battle of Britain. Roll of Honour

14 men from NI died serving as aircrew in the Battle for Britain which commenced today in 1940. A Spitfire restored. From WW1 RH – the courage of Hugh Small from Keady awarded the MC and the cost to the Newell family who lost… Continue Reading “July 10 – Ni men in the Battle of Britain. Roll of Honour”

June 28 – Belfast Squadron Leader flew 87 operations, 25 over Berlin. Roll of Honour

Five die this day at Gallipoli in 1915, three are Inniskillings from Derry, Coleraine, and Cookstown. Eight RAF named from WW2 died over Burma, France, and Italy. Today’s Veteran – an RN Medic washed overboard in WW1 served in army WW2 and later became… Continue Reading “June 28 – Belfast Squadron Leader flew 87 operations, 25 over Berlin. Roll of Honour”

May 30 – Roll of Honour. Coastal Command ace honoured by RAF

In May 2020 a new Poseidon aircraft is named for Ulsterman Terence Bulloch, the top U-boat hunter of WW2. Dunkirk fatalities continue including Patrick Hill of Limavady whose remains rest in Dunkirk Town Cemetery. The first 1,000 bomber raid occurs in 1942. Two naval… Continue Reading “May 30 – Roll of Honour. Coastal Command ace honoured by RAF”

May 23 – Roll of Honour. Bob Wright – from Sandy Row to Dunkirk and Burma

The Roll of Honour for WW2 highlights two major developments. Entries for 1940 reflect the defensive fall back to Dunkirk with the fallen named on the Dunkirk Memorial or in cemeteries along the route. In 1944 nine men mainly from North Antrim and Armagh,… Continue Reading “May 23 – Roll of Honour. Bob Wright – from Sandy Row to Dunkirk and Burma”

May 21 – Roll of Honour. Bangor brothers costly RAFVR service

Geoffrey and Eric Bowman were both lost flying in WW2. Three NI submariners from Bushmills, Ballymena, and Greencastle die as their ship is attacked in tragic mistake. Both veterans today are from Coleraine. Timothy Carroll survived the Battle of Jutland in WW1. Air Vice… Continue Reading “May 21 – Roll of Honour. Bangor brothers costly RAFVR service”

May 14 – Roll of Honour, U-boat surrender

On this day in 1945 the surrender of German U-boats began on the Foyle. In 1915 William Stanfield, a Marine from Belfast, died in Gibraltar on the hospital ship bringing him home from Egypt. He rests in North Front Cemetery. Entries for three RUR… Continue Reading “May 14 – Roll of Honour, U-boat surrender”

May 01 – Roll of Honour

Crew from Coleraine and Limavady were lost in a destroyer which was rammed by HMS King George V in the Arctic Ocean after turning into the battleship’s path to avoid a possible mine. Today’s veterans include naval gunner James Bacon from Portstewart and Davey… Continue Reading “May 01 – Roll of Honour”