Category: On this day

October 14 – Roll of Honour

In WW1 two men named Thomas Gallagher died. One was Catholic,  the other was a Protestant. In WW2 a son-in-law of Lord Glentoran was lost in HMS Liverpool.  See also post today on HMS Royal Oak.

October 11 – Roll of Honour

Today marks the birthday of Lieutenant Geoffrey St. George Shillington Cather, 9th Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers a 36th (Ulster) Division Officer, who would be awarded the Victoria Cross, for gallant actions on the 2nd July 1916. The Roll today records nine men who died in…

August 6 – On this day

A concise review of wartime events including the dropping of the first atomic bomb

August 5 – On this day

On this day in 2000, Lt Alec Guinness died aged 86. He commanded Royal Navy Landing Craft at the Sicily invasion and went on to become one of Britain’s greatest actors, perhaps best known for his role as Obi Wan Kenobi in Star wars…

August 4 – On this day

A review of major events OTD in WW2. Onthis day in 1944, the Gestapo discovers a Jewish family hiding in an Amsterdam warehouse. Among those arrested is Anne Frank, age 15. She will eventually die at Bergen-Belsen, but the diary she leaves behind becomes…

July 30 – Passchendaele, Campbell College and Castlerock

Campbell College CCF Pipes and Drums at the Menim 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.

July 27 – On This Day

Allied Operation Gomorrah took place from 24/07/1943 to 31/07/1943 – a campaign of air raids lasting for 8 days and 7 nights on the German city of Hamburg. In the end, more than 45,000 people died, largely civilians, 37,000 were wounded, and 250,000 buildings…