Category: RN WW2

June 06. D-Day – Rifleman Billy Moore. Roll of Honour

D-Day through the accounts of Lisburn’s Billy Moore of the Royal Ulster Rifles. Eisenhower’s Message to the forces. Stats in graphic form and On This Day account. Photo – Montgomery addresses his Irish soldiers.

June 04 – Ballymena RAF brothers in arms. Roll of Honour

In WW1 three Navy men in an infantry role who died at Gallipoli are recalled today. In 1917 William Andrews with links to Dungannon and Ballymena is killed in an RFC plane crash. Two Ballymena brothers in the RAF are remembered. One was lost…

May 27 – Roll of Honour. Dunkirk evacuations day one

On this day: The first day of evacuations from Dunkirk in 1940. The sinking of the Bismarck in 1941. Two ships lost in 1915 – one off Gallipoli and one in the Medway, Kent, when armaments exploded. Men from NI involved in each action…

May 21 – Roll of Honour. Bangor brothers costly RAFVR service

Geoffrey and Eric Bowman were both lost flying in WW2. Three NI submariners from Bushmills, Ballymena, and Greencastle die as their ship is attacked in tragic mistake. Both veterans today are from Coleraine. Timothy Carroll survived the Battle of Jutland in WW1. Air Vice…

May 14 – Roll of Honour, U-boat surrender

On this day in 1945 the surrender of German U-boats began on the Foyle. In 1915 William Stanfield, a Marine from Belfast, died in Gibraltar on the hospital ship bringing him home from Egypt. He rests in North Front Cemetery. Entries for three RUR…

May 11 – Roll of Honour

Remembered today are 12 including an army medical consultant who fled Vienna and qualified at QUB. Also RNR Commander William Brown Piggot from Londonderry who had an excellent record as a U-boat hunter. Photo – Tyne Cot.

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…