Today’s Roll includes two WW2 Fleet Air Arm pilots, one of whom had been a member of 502 (Ulster) Sqdn, RAF. The two veterans remembered today both have Canadian links. One served with the NI Horse in WW1, and the other was the first person from Canada to single-handedly sail the Atlantic in both directions. He was born in Portrush and served as a naval surgeon in WW2. Photo – Ulster Gunners firing Royal Salute at Hillsborough Read More
On 14/11/2007 HRH The Duke of Edinburgh unveiled a bronze memorial in memory of the 11,000 men lost over the course of WW2 whilst serving in Royal Navy Destroyers. The memorial is at HMS Cavalier in Chatham Dockyard. Cavalier saw service in WW2 and is well worth a visit. On this day in 1940, Luftwaffe bombers destroyed parts of Coventry. Nearly 600 civilians perish in the inferno. The Roll today contains the name of Private Jean McCarron, ATS.
The comrades above have been stood down until next year. Six of the 17 entries in the Roll today highlight the service of the RND – the Royal Naval Division in WW1. The RND were sailors deployed in an infantry role and they served in Europe and Gallipoli. The navy at the time had more men than there were places in ships. The Division maintained navy customs which brought down the wrath at times of a few generals. The naval anchor distinguishes their War Graves headstones. Read More
The grave of Flight Sergeant Isaac Kennedy from Ballymena is in Hamburg Cemetery (Photo here). He was serving in the Royal New Zealand Air Force. Our veteran today is Bill Epstein of the Belfast Jewish community who served in the Royal Navy in WW2. Post war he became an academic of international stature. Read More
Among those remembered today, is an RIR officer awarded an MC, who had taken part in the advance on Theipval and died in aerial combat with the Royal Flying Corps, an Orangeman from Muckamore who was a WW1 POW, and Viscount Stuart from Stewartstown who died serving in Royal Armoured Corps in north Africa in WW2