August 25. This day in 1944, Allied forces liberate Paris after 4 years of German occupation. Roll of Honour

Today’s record includes a lecturer at Queen’s killed in 1914, 4 RAF fatalities in WW2 who reflect the war over Germany, and Samuel Patterson, a Shankill Road submariner decorated for “undaunted courage, skill, and devotion to duty in successful patrols”. Read More

August 24 – Eisenhower tributes to Ulster’s 3 Field Marshals in NI visit. Roll of Honour

Four RN men died in ship losses in 1916 and 1940. William Adrian from Ballyclare, a former QUB Training Corps member, lost his life trying to dig out comrades whose trench had been hit. Charles Feeney, Royal Ulster Rifles, Airborne, awarded a Military Medal for bravery under fire on 07/06/1944, drowned on a reconnaissance patrol. Edward Thornberry, an RN flyer was killed during the attack on the battleship Tirpitz in a Norwegian fjord. Read More

August 23 – Battle of Mons begins. Roll of Honour

A Royal Flying Corps pilot from Broughshane dies in 1917. In the Veterans Roll – Samuel Martin who fought with Canadian Forces in WW2 had family links to Portstewart and Coleraine and from Waringstown, Private Gibson of the RMLI who served during both World Wards. Thomas Lynn from Newtownards served in Europe to Dunkirk, then in North Africa, and died retaking France. Photo – Prime Minister with RUR Airborne veteran James Kelly.

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August 22 – VJ tribute to Chindit Memorial. Roll of Honour

NI men from Lisburn, Liverpool, Manchester, and New Zealand fall in Gallipoli in 1915. Norman Patton a Royal Navy bomb disposal officer from Bangor died in 1918 salvaging a German torpedo. Eric Johnston from Newcastle, a major in Royal Ulster Rifles, died at Deauville in the 1944 advance. William Moore whose wife was from Coleraine served with the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery and was buried at Ottawa. Read More

August 21 – VJ Inniskillings Battle Honours. Roll of Honour

In 1915 men from throughout NI are hard hit in Gallipoli. They include the C of I minister’s son from Magherafelt and William Neill who worked for the well-known Charley family at Dunmurry. In 1918 the cost of the final push of the war is being paid. They include North Irish Horse from Downpatrick and Dungannon. Edward Sinton’s entry is enlightening. In 1943 a WRNS serving on HMS Caroline dies of TB at home in Belfast. Five NI men in two ships are lost in 1944. Read More

August 20 – WW1 Royal Flying Corps ace from Kilrea. Roll of Honour

Joseph Bamford from Kilrea died over Greece serving in the Royal Flying Corps in WW1. Maurice Green from Belfast serving in the RAF died over Norway in WW2. “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” — Winston Churchill’s offers his famous tribute to the RAF on this day in 1940. The Royal Irish Rifles Battle Honours and VC’s from WW1. Read More

August 19 – Northern Ireland’s Japanese POWs. Roll of Honour

George Thompson from Castlerock survived shipwreck in HMS Exeter and became a Japanese POW. Alix Joy from Belfast was lost with 21 WRNS in SS Aquila in 1941. Five from NI fell in the Dieppe Raid of 1942. Two were from HMS Caroline and three from RAF. Read More

August 18 – Anniversary of famous poem ‘High Flight’. Roll of Honour

Three former students at RBAI (Inst) died on this day in 1917. One died in the UK from wounds at the Somme; Two fell during the Battle of Langemarck (Third Ypres). Six RAF personnel and two RN who died in WW2 are remembered. Veterans include George Young, from Aghanloo House, Limavady, who after RNVR service studied law and WRNS Peggy Robertson from Fermanagh who served in S Africa and Egypt and celebrated her centenary in August 2015. Read More