The Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium. Remembering 12 today including 2 lost in HMS Indomitable, and 2 Irish infantry in Sicily 1943, with an account of Leading Aircraftsman Gerald McElrea from Antrim who was serving in Gosport with 930 Balloon Squadron when the site received a direct hit by a large bomb. Continue reading
Jerusalem War Graves Cemetery. 16 entries in today’s Roll. Six are named on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli. Continue reading
HMS Hood seen from HMS Repulse.
Men serving in Canadian and Australian forces, NIH serving as infantry, and six RAF, are amongst the 19 in today’s Roll.
Becklingen War Cemetery was chosen for its position on a hillside overlooking Luneburg Heath, where, on 4 May 1945, Field-Marshal Montgomery accepted the German surrender from Admiral Doenitz. Most of those buried here died during the last two months of the war. The war graves of the fallen remembered today are in England, Belgium, Gallipoli, Hong Kong, and Malta.
John Lynn from Coalisland was one of four brothers who died, three in WW1. We remember them and seven others from NI who died on this date. Continue reading
The war graves of two who fell on this day are in Catania War Cemetery, Sicily, Italy. They are from the Royal Ulster Rifles and Royal Irish Fusiliers. We also remember today a Dungannon man serving with the Canadian Regiment, an RAF Japanese POW from Ballymena and a Chaplain killed following the Normandy landings.