On this day Germany declares war on France in 1914. Battle for Centuripe continues in 1943. James Sterling a Royal Marine mortar man from Belfast is killed in an accidental explosion in an ammunition dugout in 1916. Robert Wallace a 23-year-old RAF aircrew from… Continue Reading “August 3 – Etaples: largest Commonwealth War Graves cemetery in France. Roll of Honour”
Remembering nine from NI who died on this day. In WW2 William Hanna an Ulster Rugby player dies leading a company of the Royal Ulster Rifles at Centuripe and RAF aircrew John Hynds from Maguiresbridge and William Hynds from Belfast die in the Far… Continue Reading “August 2 – Passchendaele in the mud and Centuripe. Roll of Honour”
Two contexts – where Magennis won the VC in WW2 and Passchendaele, the Third Battle of Ypres, one of the most costly and controversial Allied offensives in WW1. Eight men from throughout NI represent those who died on this day.
On this day in 1945, James Magennis service merits a VC. In 1916 Hugh Henderson of the Royal Irish Fusiliers is the first to die in the 36th(Ulster) Division’s first action after the Battle of the Somme. In 1917 The Third Battle of Ypres… Continue Reading “July 31 – Submariner Magennis wins NI’s only Victoria Cross in WW2. Roll of Honour”
Campbell College CCF Pipes and Drums at the Menin Gate 2019. Tomorrow marks the anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele – The Third Battle of Ypres. Twelve former students of Campbell College, Belfast were killed during the battle. Three men from Castlerock fell. Today’s… Continue Reading “July 30 – Passchendaele, Campbell College and Castlerock. Roll of Honour”
Robert Turkington from Lurgan is amongst the foremost fighter pilots in WW2 from Northern Ireland. On this day in 1921 Hitler is elected leader of an obscure political party in Austria. In 1924 One of three Royal Naval Memorials was dedicated at Plymouth Hoe.… Continue Reading “July 29 – Lurgan may claim NI’s most decorated fighter ace of WW2. Roll of Honour”
On this day in 1914, WW1 got underway. In 1917 the Belfast Newsletter reports award of Millitary Cross to James McMechan of Downpatrick and John Kelly from Belfast. In today’s Roll Thomas Wright a North Irish Horse Private from Ballyrashane is killed a few… Continue Reading “July 28 – Military Crosses awarded. Roll of Honour”
Thomas McCann joined the RAFVR in January 1939, was called up on the outbreak of war, and got his wings on his 21st birthday. Today’s veteran is Maurice Adams from Larne, Campbell, and QUB. He was one of the highest-ranking Naval medical officers to… Continue Reading “July 27 – Bangor pilot fought in Battle of Britain, Russia and Africa. Roll of Honour”