July 18 – MC for Sir John Gorman on his first day in action. Roll of Honour

MC awarded to Old Portoran for action in tank battle in Normandy. A Royal Navy nurse from Strabane, an airborne RUR, and six others are remembered today including a cousin of the compiler who died with the Inniskillings in India. Read More

July 17 – Ballymoney WW2 RAF pilot served in Vietnam. Roll of Honour

Tom Pinkerton is honoured at the USAF museum for his contribution in rectifying major gunship problems. William Lynn died on the Somme in 1916, one of four brothers from Coalisland to die in WW1. Men from Bangor and Ballintoy were lost in HMS Newmarket in 1917. Another Pinkerton from Ballymoney died with the Inniskillings in India in 1942. Read More

July 16 – On this day. Roll of Honour

In 1918 Carrickfergus and Castledawson are linked in the loss of an RNR officer in a minesweeper and a Derry RAF officer dies in aerial combat. On the same day, the Russian Royal Family was murdered. In 1945 The United States detonates history’s first nuclear weapon and 21 days later Hiroshima is targetted. Caterpillar Valley War Cemetery on the Somme and its unique link with New Zealand. Read More

July 15 – The fate of the Sash blessed by the Pope. Roll of Honour

A Sgt Major and leading Orange light from Sion Mills took his sash to an audience with the Pope in WW2. The sash later had an untimely end. Death from wounds at the Somme feature in today’s Roll. See entries for John Alexander of Drumbeg and for Ezekiel Vance, son-in-law of the Presbyterian Moderator, Dr. West of Antrim. Photo – Menin Gate Memorial Read More

July 14 – Portrush naval doctor who sailed Atlantic both ways single handed. Roll of Honour

The story in war and peace of a doctor born this day in Portrush in 1916. Joseph Paul from Bessbrook died with the Marines in Gallipolli in 1915. 20-year-old Isaac McAllister’s remains were brought home by Royal Irish Rifles to Bushmills in 1916. In 1941 Hamilton Loughlin of Carrickfergus died in an onboard explosion on Suez Canal. Photo – Joe Cunningham’s Icebird Vertue 45 Read More

July 13 – Belfast husband awarded VC today in 1945. Roll of Honour

Ted Chapman from Wales survived the Belfast Blitz with his sweetheart. They married and he won the VC in Germany. Read their story. Today’s Roll includes eight WW1 RN veterans. James Moffett from Ballynahinch died with the RUR in 1944. Photo – The costly origin of this cemetery is in the Roll here.
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July 12 – Belfast first with silence of Remembrance. Roll of Honour

The first civic Silence for Remembrance was observed in Belfast. In 1916 a decision was made by the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland to cancel the annual 12th July celebrations. Sir Crawford McCullagh, Lord Mayor 1914 – 17 requested that all businesses be suspended for the duration of 5 minutes from noon till 12.05pm. He was the first recorded person to publicly call for a period of silence for fallen soldiers. International sportsmen of WW1 are recalled today, and Sydney Ireland the first of eighteen pilots from Northern Ireland killed during the Battle of Britain.

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July 11 – Guitar symbol of friendship between NI Battle of Britain pilots. Roll of Honour

A guitar became a memorial of friendship between NI pilots Noel Corry, Sydney Ireland, George Calwell, and their colleagues. A Belfast school had seven former pupils in “The Few”. Hayden Floyd, a doctor’s son from Kilkeel died with the Royal Flying Corps in WW1. Reggie Morgan an officer with the Royal Ulster Rifles died at Sainte-Honorine in Normandy Read More