George Lennox Cotton began his Solicitor’s Apprenticeship in Belfast before the Second World War. During the War he served with distinction in the Royal Navy and was awarded the DSC in 1942. He commanded the 50th MTB Flotilla. He was wounded during battle with E boats.
Interned in Algeria – Following the scuttling of HMS Manchester men from Belfast, Newtownards and Portadown were emprisoned by the Vichy government which collaborated with Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy. HMS Manchester (above) was taking part in Operation Pedestal whose aim was to force a convoy through to beleaguered Malta. Continue reading
On this day James Magennis won the Victoria Cross through his actions in a midget submarine against the Japanese in Singapore.
Leading Seaman James Magennis VC being presented with a cheque for £3,600 in 1946 by the Rt Hon Sir Crawford McCullagh Bt, Rt Hon Lord Mayor of Belfast.
Portrush born, Joseph Irwin Cunningham, RNVR. Surgeon Lt. Cmdr. MBE (Military), graduated MB BCh from QUB in 1938. Continue reading
Despite his wartime experience, Bill Balmer served in the Royal Marines until July 11, 1953
After the war, Joan Mary Cattanach trained as a dress designer at the Paris Academy of Fashion in London. Today is the anniversary of her death in 2017
Belfast built HMS Foylebank was converted to be an anti-aircraft ship. Merchant Navy men from Northern Ireland serving as Naval Auxiliary Personnel were amongst the casualties. Here is a short account of the ship and a Roll of Honour Continue reading