Two people from Northern Ireland were drowned when a hospital ship returning to Le Havre, France, to pick up wounded servicemen in WW1 struck a German mine and sank in less than ten minutes.
Doctors from NI formed a significant element of the community’s response in both World Wars. John West from Antrim rose to become Colonel Commandant of the Royal Army Medical Corps. His father served as Moderator of the Presbyterian Church. James McCurdy, a young shoemaker… Continue Reading “March 06 – 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… Continue Reading “February 2 – Roll of Honour”
On this day in 1943, two men from NI were lost in HMS Avondale, and exactly a year later, three were lost in HMS Spartan. Today’s veteran is a Queen’s University medical officer who served during the Boer War and WW1 and whose grave… Continue Reading “January 29 – Roll of Honour”
This week in 1941 the mighty Avro Lancaster Bomber first flew. Cost approx £50,000, 7377 built, 3249 lost in action,156,000 sorties, 618,378 tonnes of bombs dropped, operated by approx 50 squadrons and just two left flying today. Today’s Roll – Navy doctor who helped… Continue Reading “January 10 – Roll of Honour”
In today’s Roll – A former Bangor Grammar school student and member of Queen’s OTC died serving with the Royal Flying Corps over enemy lines in 1917. Another member of the OTC serving with the RN died on this day a year later in… Continue Reading “December 12 – Roll of Honour”
11 December 1942 – De Havilland DH.98 Mosquito FB Mk IVs of 105 Squadron at RAF Marham, Norfolk. None of the aircraft pictured survived the war, either being shot down or withdrawn due to heavy battle damage. Veterans in today’s Roll include Rebecca McCabe… Continue Reading “December 11 – Roll of Honour”
The enries include : The WAAF who became a famous artist – Pages 7 and 8. A Victoria Cross winner – Page 13. The QUB law student awarded a George Medal for his work in mine disposal – Page 16. One of the most… Continue Reading “Daily Rolls of Honour for December 1 – 9”