Tag: VC

June 25 – Dunville family service. Roll of Honour

The war service by three members of the Dunville family of Holywood and whisky distillery of Belfast. Five RAF men die on this date in WW2 over Norway, Germany, and UK. Laurence Rentoul from Belmont is lost in armoured reconnaissance in Italy. Photo –…

May 31 – Battle of Jutland, Bangor VC, Rolls of Honour

Overview of Battle of Jutland with Rolls of Honour for each ship in which NI men served in the biggest naval battle of WW1. Award of VC to Commander Bingham of Bangor. RAF men from Belfast and Kilrea rest in Reichswald Forest Cemetery. Photo…

April 26 – Roll of Honour. Irish VC at Gallipopli

Today in 1915, an Irishman won the VC as the Allies land at Gallipoli and two men from Londonderry died. The objective was to seize Istanbul and knock Turkey out of the war. Resistance is heavy and the invaders fail to advance more than…

April 25 – Roll of Honour. NI Anzacs

Five men from NI died on this day in Gallipoli. Alexander Martin from Magheragall, Lisburn, was serving with the Auckland Rifles. The others came from Londonderry and Magherafelt. The Lancashire Fusiliers won six VCs before breakfast. 

April 19 – Roll of Honour

Records of eleven men from NI from both wars. A newspaper report from 1915 gives an insight into the establishment of a reserve battalion for the Inniskilling Fusiliers. Key events on this day in each year of WW2. Irish doctor who won VC and…

April 12 – A day of NI gallantry WW1 VC, WW2 MM, and 2 DSMs : Roll of Honour

In 1915 for service near Messines Robert Morrow was awarded the Victoria Cross. In 1944 the
 Belfast Telegraph reported that two members of the Royal Navy, Stoker P Rocks, and Lieutenant Crosswell from Warrenpoint had been presented with DSMs at Buckingham Palace. In 1945…

April 02 – Roll of Honour

On 02/04/1945 Cpl Thomas Peck Hunter, advancing with 43 Commando, RoyalMarines, at Lake Comacchio charged across open ground to clear a German position and 3 Spandau machine guns, firing his Bren gun from the hip. He allowed his troop to advance but died shortly…

March 21 – Roll of Honour

The Roll today is dominated by the records of over thirty who fell in the retreat from St Quentin in the German ‘Kaiserschlacht’ Spring Offensive on Thursday 21st March 1918. 966 men died in 10 days, 5000 were taken pow, the VC was awarded…