Category: DAILY POSTS

Overview of posts arranged monthly for easy overview

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

March 08 – Roll of Honour

A Company Serjeant Major from Lisburn and a private with links to Ballycastle are listed on the Basra Memorial in Iraq. The CSM may have died on a death march of prisoners of war. Veterans include a navy flier who later designed the well-known…

February 10 – Roll of Honour

Boulogne Cemetery where the gravestones are laid flat due to the sandy soil. Men from three different battalions of the Royal Irish Rifles died this day in 1916, a chaplain from Glenavy died in 1917, and a veteran’s story tells how the FAA pilot…