Ships of the German High Seas Fleet under escort to Scapa Flow, Scotland, late 1918. Painting by Charles Edward Dixon. In WW1 a Belfast submariner taken POW in Gallipoli died near Baghdad. Jack Collier from Bangor was one of the early NI losses in the Royal Flying Corps. Two women are among the WW2 fatalities. Ethel Hunter, a Wren, was lost in a troopship sinking which Nicholas Monserrat later used in his novel “The Cruel Sea”. Read More
Boulogne Cemetery where the gravestones are laid flat due to the sandy soil. Men from three different battalions of the Royal Irish Rifles died this day in 1916, a chaplain from Glenavy died in 1917, and a veteran’s story tells how the FAA pilot from Fermanagh eventually trained as a doctor and served in the Veterans’ hospital in Boston USA. Read More
Winter sun at CWGC Ecoust-Saint-Mein Military Cemetery. Today’s Roll includes a Londonderry sailor who was lost in HMS Gurka in WW1, and from WW2, a Bangor educated soldier who died at Singapore serving in an Australian army unit, and a Ballymena RAF officer who died in Burma four months after his wedding. Today’s Veteran is a Templepatrick soldier who was discharged in 1919 only to die a week later in the ‘flu epidemic.