November 4 – Roll of Honour

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Recruiting office in Clifton Street, Belfast during WW2. Today’s Roll includes a Campbell and Queen’s educated medic who was born in Damascus, a rifleman from Upperlands serving with New Zealand Army and a Royal Canadian Air Force Sergeant from Belfast who died over Serbia near Belgrade. Read More

November 3 – Roll of Honour

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Catania War Cemetery – Five Battalions of the London Irish Rifles, Skins and Faughs spent time around here from July to October ’43…. nearly 200 of the men who served in Sicily rest with 2000 other men at Catania. General Montgomery later described the Irish Brigade’s successful assault on Centuripe as “impossible”. Quis Separabit –  Faugh a Ballagh – Nec Aspera Terrent. Read More

November 2 – Roll of Honour

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After a period of intense action in WW2, Lt. Henry Walmsley was hitching a lift from Malta to the UK in the submarine Tetrarch when it was lost. Also in today’s roll, a WW1 QUB medic from New Zealand awarded MC and Bar, and an RAFVR. Pilot Officer from 502 Ulster Squadron. We remember a Limavady veteran who was awarded the DSM for his services in submarines during the year 1917. Read More

November 1 – NI links to major naval battle off Chile in WW1

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The Battle of Coronel was fought on 1st November, 1914. Some 1,418 men were lost in HMS Monmouth and HMS Good Hope, the flagship of Admiral Sir Christoper Craddock. They included 24 from NI remembered at St George’s Cathedral, Falkland Islands

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November 1 – Roll of Honour

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Six members of the Irish Guards from WW1 are in today’s roll including one who had played cricket for Eton and Oxford and who is on the MCC Roll of Honour. A submariner from Omagh was lost in WW1. Two Ballymena men died on the same day and are remembered at El Alamein. One was RAF, the other with Australian forces. Read More

October 31 – Roll of Honour

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Eleven servicemen who died at Ploegsteert, Ypres, the Somme and Hamburg in WW1 and in Norway, Egypt, Netherlands, and Italy in WW2 Read More

October 30 – Roll of Honour

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A reminder of Italy from Lt-Colonel Horsfall, 1 RIrF, October 1944: “After Spaduro, we reconstituted the Faughs with 3 rifle companies only. The ammunition situation was equally bad and, by the end of the year, the field artillery was rationed at 5 rounds a gun – daily. The Faughs would shrug off Spaduro.” In today’s Roll are four who died on this date in Italy including William James Warren of Ballymena, and John White from Belfast, whose remains were laid to rest at Minturno War Cemetery. Read More