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.
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”.
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… Continue Reading “February 3 – 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.
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… Continue Reading “December 30 – Clandestine operations in HMS Fidelity, the war’s most secret ship”
On this day in 1943 the last capital ship big gun engagement between the Royal Navy and Germany took place at the Battle of North Cape where Admiral Bruce Fraser took on and sank the Scharnhorst whilst she was attempting to attack convoys. Thomas… Continue Reading “Belfast sailor and HMS Belfast at Battle of North Cape – Boxing Day 1943”
A Naval Reserve officer from HMS Caroline, who was a member of Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club, and a well known Belfast shipping company, was lost when his craft hit a mine on Boxing Day 1940.
The Roll of 18 servicemen today includes eight who died in HMS Neptune in WW2. Photo of the stunning French cemetery and Ossuary at Douaumont. These lads quite literally gave all they could give in defence of their country. On ne passe pas.