Category: RN WW2

March 28 – POW after St Nazaire raid, he escaped from Colditz

Kaiserschlacht Day 8. OTD & RH

March 10 – Roll of Honour

Today’s Roll reflects the Battle of Neuve Chapelle, fought between 10 and 13 March 1915. It was the 1st Royal Irish Rifles’ first major action. In 1918 Royal Irish Fusiliers, 5th Btn. was deployed in Palestine as Jerusalem War Cemetery testifies. Today’s veteran Reginald…

February 27 – Roll of Honour

Snow across the Silent Cities on the Somme. A Rifleman from Belfast was executed on this day in 1916. Three men lost on HMS Jupiter in 1942 are remembered along with two veterans of WW1, both QUB.

February 18 – Roll of Honour

The Harland & Wolff built cruiser HMS Penelope was sunk this day in 1944. Men from Ballyclare, Belfast, Londonderry, and Templepatrick were lost in this ship which was attacked so often it was nicknamed “HMS Pepperpot”.

February 3 – Roll of Honour

A RM Commando from Templepatrick was killed during operations in Italy in WW2. Veterans remembered today include Robert Mussen, RN. The Surgeon Rear Admiral from Bangor, Campbell College, and QUB, was on attachment to the surgeon general of the United States Navy in Washington…

January 30 – Roll of Honour

The Newfoundland Escort Force Bell honours the sacrifices made protecting merchant convoys during World War II. Three bells were commissioned by Royal Navy and Royal Canadian Navy veteran associations. The bells are housed in Derry, Halifax, Nova Scotia and St John’s, Newfoundland.

December 30 – Clandestine operations in HMS Fidelity, the war’s most secret ship

A Naval Reserve officer who had played rugby for Inst and Malone and two Royal Marines from Northern Ireland serving in an elite Commando died in HMS Fidelity which perhaps is the vessel with the rarest background in World War 2. HMS Fidelity was…