On This Day in 1901 Queen Alexandra, wife of King Edward VII, became patron of the Naval Nursing Service which was renamed in her honour shortly after and the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service – QARNNS – still serve the RoyalNavy around the… Continue Reading “October 6 – Roll of Honour”
WW1 – V Beach cemetery, Helles, Gallipoli. WW2 – On 5th Oct 1943, the Irish Brigade embarked on a “peaceful” cruise from Barletta to Termoli where they landed under artillery fire – 61 days later, they would be relieved by Canadian forces at the… Continue Reading “October 5 – Roll of Honour”
A Fleet Air Arm Supermarine Seafire being refuelled by a petrol bowser at Yeovilton in September 1943. Today’s Roll includes a FAA pilot from well known Gosford, Armagh, naval family. Dungannon and Tynan are also represented.
On the deck of Royal Navy Battleship HMS Rodney while stationed in Gibraltar, 1941. HMS Rodney played a major role in the sinking of the German battleship Bismarck in May, 1941, and participated in several coastal bombardments including Operation Torch and the Normandy landings.… Continue Reading “October 3 – Roll of Honour”
Today’s Roll includes Royal Irish Fusiliers from Belfast, Dungannon, Larne and Limavady who died resisting the last major German assault of WW1. Three men from HMS Tamar, the RN’s land base in Singapore, died due to the Japanese invasion in 1942, and on that… Continue Reading “October 2 – Roll of Honour”
“Our route went straight up the shore of the Adriatic from end to end and went through the autumn battlefields – Termoli, the Trigno and the Sangro”, Brigadier Pat Scott of 38 (Irish) Brigade which during September advanced the allied cause in Italy. On… Continue Reading “October 1 – Roll of Honour”
On this day in 1938, British prime minister Neville Chamberlain returns from a meeting with Hitler in Munich and promises “peace for our time.” In less than a year, the world will be at war. Today’s Roll includes the first North Irish Horse officer… Continue Reading “September 30 – Roll of Honour”
On this day in 1918, the Allies smash through Germany’s ‘Hindenburg Line’. Within 43 days, WW1 will be over. The Roll today reflects the cost of the attack. Amongst the fallen is 25 year old Lance Corporal Ernest Seaman MM, who was awarded the… Continue Reading “September 29 – Roll of Honour”