Category: On this day

December 22 – The TA officer and MP mostly responsible for Caubeens

Jack Macnamara, who was killed on this day in 1944, was largely responsible for the wearing of the caubeen by the London Irish Rifles in 1937. It was later adopted by the Skins and Faughs, and the rest. Portrait is of Bala Bredin.

A Happy Navy Christmas

This week, on December 17th, 2019, an RAF F-35B Lightning jet took off from the flight deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth, the Royal Navy aircraft carrier, at Portsmouth Naval Base. The ship recently carried out flight trials in the US with the new combat…

Royal Irish homecoming – more photographs

The Belfast Newsletter carried a two-page photo feature

Royal Irish homecoming parade, Newtownards – December 14, 2019

A selection of photographs

HMS Galatea – ship with superb war record sank in three minutes

HMS Galatea was sunk northwest of Alexandria on 14/12/1941 by the German submarine U-557. 469 men including at least 12 from Northern Ireland, were killed. Captain Sim died with 21 of his officers and 447 ratings. About 100 survivors were picked up by the…

December 13 – Roll of Honour

On This Day in 1939 Cdre HH Harwood in HMS Ajax with Achilles and Exeter engaged the Admiral Graf Spee at the Battle of the River Plate forcing her to enter Montevideo in Uruguay for repairs but she scuttled believing superior forces were waiting. …

Commissioning of HMS Prince Of Wales, December 10, 2019

Photos of commissioning of HMS Prince Of Wales and the 10 foot commissioning cake