Category: On this day

November 28 – Roll of Honour

In today’s Roll – A Royal Artillery gunner from Ballymoney serving with a Maritime regiment and who most likely died at sea, is named on Portsmouth Naval Memorial. The war graves of two RAF men from Ballycastle and Belfast are in Egypt and South…

October 18 – Roll of Honour

Highlighted today is the loss in WW2 of three men from NI in HMS Broadwater, a former US destroyer. Today’s veteran representative is Baron Cooke of Islandreagh, Muckamore, who served in RN and was President of the Belfast Branch of the Burma Star Association….

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…