September 16 – Roll of Honour

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Courcelette Cemetery. Today’s Roll includes a former surgeon at the Mater Hospital, Belfast who died of wounds received in the Dardanelles, a Petty Officer Stoker from the Shankill Road who served in the Iron Duke at Jutland and a naval surgeon from Islandmagee who was invested into the DSO at sea by the King in June 1917. Continue reading

September 6 – Roll of Honour

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By the age of 22 a young Belfast RAF officer educated at Methody and Queen’s had been decorated three times for his service with Bomber Command. This is the anniversary of his death over Germany. Six of the twelve on today’s roll are infanteers who died on this day in 1916 mainly on the Somme. Photo – Bristol Blenheim bombers. This week in 1939 a formation of 10 Bristol Blenheim bombers attacked the German fleet anchored at Wilhelmshaven. It was the first British air raid of the Second World War. Five of the planes were lost. Continue reading

July 22 – Roll of Honour

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This unique ‘women in steel’ sculpture in Sheffield is dedicated to those women who worked in the steel industry during the First and Second World Wars. Today’s Roll includes a minister who served as a private in the RAMC, a minister’s son who died in RAF in WW1, a Japanese POW from Derry and a Glens man serving with Canadians in Normandy. Continue reading