On This Day in 1901 Queen Alexandra, wife of King Edward VII, became patron of the Naval Nursing Service which was renamed in her honour shortly after and the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service – QARNNS – still serve the RoyalNavy around the world today. A Portstewart doctor is among those in today’s Roll which also carries an amazing account of a Ballymoney RAF aircrew who is greatly honoured in the Netherlands. Read More
WW1 – V Beach cemetery, Helles, Gallipoli. WW2 – On 5th Oct 1943, the Irish Brigade embarked on a “peaceful” cruise from Barletta to Termoli where they landed under artillery fire – 61 days later, they would be relieved by Canadian forces at the Moro River. The veteran remembered today was awarded a Military Cross serving with Royal Irish Rifles. After the war he became a Presbyterian minister, serving in Randalstown and with other congregations. Read More
On the deck of Royal Navy Battleship HMS Rodney while stationed in Gibraltar, 1941. HMS Rodney played a major role in the sinking of the German battleship Bismarck in May, 1941, and participated in several coastal bombardments including Operation Torch and the Normandy landings. Remembering twelve men from NI on this day.
Today’s Roll includes Royal Irish Fusiliers from Belfast, Dungannon, Larne and Limavady who died resisting the last major German assault of WW1. Three men from HMS Tamar, the RN’s land base in Singapore, died due to the Japanese invasion in 1942, and on that same day, two died in the loss of HMS Curacoa. Following the Veterans Roll is an account of the remarkable service in war and peace of Rifleman Stanley Burrows. Photo – Mazargues War Cemetery, Marseilles Read More
“Our route went straight up the shore of the Adriatic from end to end and went through the autumn battlefields – Termoli, the Trigno and the Sangro”, Brigadier Pat Scott of 38 (Irish) Brigade which during September advanced the allied cause in Italy. On this day in 1918, the Ottomans are driven from Damascus by an Arab army. Aiding the victors is an eccentric 30-year-old British officer by the name of T.E. Lawrence. Today’s Roll includes moving accounts of service in war with Canadian and New Zealand regiments of men who had emigrated, and a submariner from Armagh lost with all his shipmates.
On this day in 1938, British prime minister Neville Chamberlain returns from a meeting with Hitler in Munich and promises “peace for our time.” In less than a year, the world will be at war. Today’s Roll includes the first North Irish Horse officer killed in WW1, three brothers from Killyleagh and a RAFVR member of 502 (Ulster) Squadron Read More