Tag: Ballymena

June 21 – DCM for Ballymena Gunner, Roll of Honour

A Ballymena Gunner was awarded the DCM in 1916. Henry McGowan from Portstewart died in WW1 serving with RMLI – Royal Marine Light Infantry. In WW2 James McAlister from Bushmills died in a submarine off Newfoundland and Thomas McLaughlin from Coleraine fell in Italy…

June 19 – Belfast RAF man spent year with Belgian underground. Roll of Honour

After crash landing, Belfast RAF man stayed from May 44 until liberation with Belgian underground. In 1944 two from North Irish Horse die in Assisi, Italy, and five RUR die in Normany. Officer’s tribute to Jimmy McBride, eleven years service with RUR. Photo –…

June 04 – Ballymena RAF brothers in arms. Roll of Honour

In WW1 three Navy men in an infantry role who died at Gallipoli are recalled today. In 1917 William Andrews with links to Dungannon and Ballymena is killed in an RFC plane crash. Two Ballymena brothers in the RAF are remembered. One was lost…

January 28 – Roll of Honour

Today’s veteran remembered is Alex Ballentine, RAF aircrew, from Ballymena who was a prisoner of war at Stalag Luft III, the scene depicted in the film “The Great Escape”. Photo – At the time of the WW1 Armistice, Artillery Wood Cemetery in Belgium contained…

June 7 – Northern Ireland at D Day

2 – The second in a series about NI people on D Day. Peter McCambridge of Ballymena won his DCM on the ‘Longest Day’ – but he had, in fact, dropped into Normandy in the late evening of June 5, 1944. Photo – The…