The raid on Zeebrugge

A son of the first Lord Mayor of Belfast was decorated for action in raid on Zeebrugge. His sons became the chairmen of Belfast News Letter and UTV.

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Daddy Steele – the NI General who mobilised the Army for WW2

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General Sir James Stuart Steele, Inst and Queen’s OTC, served in both world wars and in 1939 his hand signed the mobilisation order for GB forces. Read More

Donaghadee air ace downed 18 enemy planes in WW2


During the war Desmond Hughes, Campbell College, Belfast, and Pembroke College, Cambridge, downed 19 enemy aircraft. He later supervised the Prince of Wales’s flying training. Read More

HMS Hawke – Northern Ireland’s greatest naval loss of life in WW1

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Men from all areas and social backgrounds perished. Read More

Unique memorial in Belfast Cathedral to 36th Ulster Division

The Irish War Memorial Records; The Victoria Cross record of the 36th (Ulster) Division; The memorial to Edmund De Wind VC; The 36th (Ulster) Division record; Instonians killed in action on the first day of the Somme. Read More

NI Naval air ace’s lead role in sinking three battleships In WW2

RN CrestjpgThe exploits of Michael Torrens-Spence DSO DSC DFC, and an Honour Roll of Fleet Air Arm personnel from NI. Read More

RAF Centenary – Queensmen who served in WW1


Eighteen men from Queen’s University and the Officer Training Corps served in the Royal Flying Corps and the emergent Royal Air Force. 13 died, 2 of them brothers Read More

The Live Bait Squadron

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This was the nickname of a small force of old armoured cruisers in the North Sea. Men from Ni were lost in Aboukir, Cressey and Hogue on September 22, 1914. Read More