Using sources in the Netherlands Remembrance Ni reveals the quite remarkable story of the navigator from Ligoniel who died with Guy Gibson VC. Today’s Roll includes a member of Queen’s OTC who served in the army in WW1 and rose to Air Vice-Marshall in RAF, Parachute Regiment Sergeant from Dungannon who was shot down when parachuting onto Ginkel Heath on the second day of the Battle of Arnhem. Read More
Twenty men who died at Arnhem including James Boyd from Portstewart serving with the Glider Pilot Regiment, James Cameron from Carrickfergus of the Parachute Regiment, and formerly of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Francis Dolaghan from Belfast who was Shan Hacket’s batman, and Robert Percy from Ballymena in the RAF. Men from Belfast and Larne perished after the sinking by a U Boat in WW1 of HMS Stonecrop one of the disguised identities of the Q Ship, Glenfoyle Read More
Today is the anniversary of two costly events in WW2. In 1939 the air carrier Courageous was lost and in 1944 Operation Market Garden began. 8 men from NI were lost in Courageous and 7 survivors are named in today’s Roll. The allies failed attempt in Market Garden to gain a foothold over the River Rhine into Germany from the Netherlands was costly. Alan Buchanan, a future archbishop was at Arnhem. An army chaplain, he had taken part in the Sicily campaign.
Courcelette Cemetery. Today’s Roll includes a former surgeon at the Mater Hospital, Belfast who died of wounds received in the Dardanelles, a Petty Officer Stoker from the Shankill Road who served in the Iron Duke at Jutland, and a naval surgeon from Islandmagee who was invested into the DSO at sea by the King in June 1917.
On this day in 1940, nearly 1,500 aircraft were in the skies over Britain, as the Luftwaffe attacked London. It is regarded as the climax of the Battle of Britain when the tide begins to turn as the Royal Air Force repulses a major Luftwaffe attack, losing 29 aircraft to the Germans’ 57-61. Today’s Roll includes the second and third North Irish Horse fatalities in WW1, three men who returned with Canadian and New Zealand forces, and a female private in the ATS in WW2 Read More
A Dungannon RS former pupil who enlisted in Canada, a naval armoured car driver from the Crumlin Road who dies in Mesopotamia with the newly formed Machine Gun Corps, three WW2 aircrew and a Gunner are named in today’s Roll. The service of a veteran, a former CSM from Portstewart is recalled. HMS Zulu was sunk on this date (photo). The Medical Officer in Zulu was from Belfast. Later awarded DSC. He was lost in another sinking. Thomas Anderson from Coleraine, also in Zulu, became a POW. Read More
Amongst those remembered today is Lieutenant-Commander Gerald Ralph Auchinleck Darling, RNVR. Fleet Air Arm, Chief Test Pilot. He had a most successful law career in London post-war but he maintained Crevenagh, Omagh, as his home.
Today’s Roll reflects the conflict in the air in 1942. Three RAF remembered at El Alamein. A Royal Navy officer from a well known Derry shirt manufacturing family firm. Gunners at Singapore. George Wilson from Coleraine formerly of the Royal Naval Division died serving with the artillery in Mesopotamia in WW1. Delville Wood Cemetery featured. Read More