October 21 – Roll of Honour

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Autumn takes hold and the colours at CWGC cemeteries are now changing, as at the WW2 Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery in the Netherlands. Twenty men represent their comrades who fell on this date. The WW2 entries reflect the cost to the Royal Ulster Rifles and to Royal Artillery from Derry and Limavady of liberating Italy. Read More

October 22 – Roll of Honour

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Tyne-Cot Memorial and War Cemetery. In today’s Roll are four RN personnel who died in the destroyer HMS Hurworth, mined off Crete in WW2. They included the Medical Officer who had survived when HMS Zulu was sunk by aircraft off Tobruk and who was awarded a DSC for his services then. Read More

October 20 – Roll of Honour

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In the Ulster Tower at Theipval. 101 years ago on the night of the 19th & 20th October 1918, the Ulster Division crossed the Lys River. This would be the last movements of the division before the war ended. Today’s Roll of 15 men includes a young scout-master from Greenisland who joined the NI Horse and later died in battle along with eight from the Royal Irish Rifles in WW1. In WW2 a former member of 502 (Ulster) Squadron, RAFVR, died over Norway, having been in action during the Battle of Britain. Read More

October 19 – Roll of Honour

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Terlincthun War Cemetery was begun in June 1918 when the space available for service burials in the civil cemeteries of Boulogne and Wimereux was exhausted. There are 4,749 burials including 149 from World War Two. Thomas Darragh, a Royal Inniskilling Fusilier, from Broughshane, rests here, having died of wounds in a nearby hospital. Read More

October 18 – Roll of Honour

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Highlighted today is the loss in WW2 of three men from NI in HMS Broadwater, a former US destroyer. Today’s veteran representative is Baron Cooke of Islandreagh, Muckamore, who served in RN and was President of the Belfast Branch of the Burma Star Association. Three NI infanteers represent their WW1 comrades. Read More

October 17 – Roll of Honour

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In today’s Roll for WW1, a former North Irish Horse trooper who contracted malaria and died while serving in Palestine, and a Royal Flying Corps pilot from Belfast who died in Egypt. From WW2, a Royal Ulster Rifleman who fought for the liberation of the Netherlands. Photo – Kantara Memorial Cemetery, Egypt Read More

October 16 – Roll of Honour

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Edwin Edmonds from Belfast perished in HMS Otranto on this date in 1918. Hundreds of men including US army personnel died when in a storm the troopship was rammed by another ship off Islay. Photo above – Funeral on Islay of 199 American soldiers from Otranto. Read More