Tag: Dunkirk

June 09 – Tandragee sailor’s six crossings to D Day beaches. Roll of Honour

Remembering Wm Tyrell a 19-year-old WW1 air ace; WW2 – Belfast Gunners at Dunkirk; RUR on D Day +3

June 01 – Roll of Honour. Three NI officers after Jutland

After Jutland Commander Edward Bingham VC from Bangor, Captain Herbert Meade, DSO from Ballynahinch, and Commodore Frederic Charles Dreyer from Armagh had impressive careers. In 1940 six men die at Dunkirk where daytime evacuations cease due to danger to ships. A second son of… Continue Reading “June 01 – Roll of Honour. Three NI officers after Jutland”

May 30 – Roll of Honour. Coastal Command ace honoured by RAF

In May 2020 a new Poseidon aircraft is named for Ulsterman Terence Bulloch, the top U-boat hunter of WW2. Dunkirk fatalities continue including Patrick Hill of Limavady whose remains rest in Dunkirk Town Cemetery. The first 1,000 bomber raid occurs in 1942. Two naval… Continue Reading “May 30 – Roll of Honour. Coastal Command ace honoured by RAF”

May 29 – Roll of Honour. Dunkirk Memorial

Dunkirk Memorial to unknown. Seven NI men on today’s Roll who fought the rearguard action in 1940 to Dunkirk have no known grave. This is their memorial. Nicholas Acheson of Gosford and Albert McIlwee of Limavady died in HMS Hereford in 1941 evacuating troops… Continue Reading “May 29 – Roll of Honour. Dunkirk Memorial”

May 28 – Roll of Honour. Dunkirk evacuations day 2

Le Grand Hasard Military Cemetery near Dunkirk was created after WW1. Two further plots of 138 burials were added to the cemetery in WW2 all dating from May and June 1940. Most of today’s Roll is of men who took part in that costly… Continue Reading “May 28 – Roll of Honour. Dunkirk evacuations day 2”

May 27 – Roll of Honour. Dunkirk evacuations day one

On this day: The first day of evacuations from Dunkirk in 1940. The sinking of the Bismarck in 1941. Two ships lost in 1915 – one off Gallipoli and one in the Medway, Kent, when armaments exploded. Men from NI involved in each action… Continue Reading “May 27 – Roll of Honour. Dunkirk evacuations day one”

The Royal Ulster Rifles at Dunkirk

Bala Bredin’s recollections; How 338,000 Allied troops were saved in ‘miracle of deliverance’; 40 Facts about Dunkirk; The Dunkirk Memorial

May 26 – Roll of Honour. Dunkirk. Bismarck

The Roll today reflects the battles around Dunkirk in 1940. Among the fallen are men from Coleraine, Dollingstown, Doagh, Enniskillen, and Londonderry serving with the Royal Artillery, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Seaforth Highlanders, and the Leicestershire Regiment. In 1941 Swordfish Torpedo-bombers from the Ark Royal… Continue Reading “May 26 – Roll of Honour. Dunkirk. Bismarck”