On this day in 1918, the Allies smash through Germany’s ‘Hindenburg Line’. Within 43 days, WW1 will be over. The Roll today reflects the cost of the attack. Among the fallen is 25-year-old Ernest Seaman, who was awarded the Victoria Cross. David McCandless from… Continue Reading “September 29 – Royal Inniskilling Fusilier awarded Victoria Cross. Roll of Honour”
On this day in 1917 Robert Hanna from Kilkeel, serving in the Canadian Army was recommended for the award of the Victoria Cross for his courage and actions in Hill 70. Six VC’s were awarded to Canadians at Hill 70. James Carmichael from Larne… Continue Reading “September 21 – Hill 70 VC winner from Kilkeel. Roll of Honour”
OTD in 1945 Japan unconditionally surrenders to the Allies. John Robinson, HMS Caroline officer, was present in Tokyo Bay. In WW1 North Irish Horse officer wins VC. James Brown from Cairncastle returned with New Zealand Forces. Alan Campbell from Ballycastle is honoured at the… Continue Reading “September 2 – HMS Caroline officer saw Japanese surrender. NIH officer wins VC. Roll of Honour”
Remembered today – George Wheeler WW1 VC and 14 men who died in Europe in WW1. In WW2, three Gunners from Ballymena died in Egypt and four RAF aircrew including. Two veterans from HMS Caroline, Helen McGregor, and “Bodo” Taggart of the well-known firm… Continue Reading “August 26 – Jimmy Hughes, Gunner and RBL stalwart. Belfast surgeon’s son won VC. 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… Continue Reading “August 20 – WW1 Royal Flying Corps ace from Kilrea. Roll of Honour”
Two contexts – where Magennis won the VC in WW2 and Passchendaele, the Third Battle of Ypres, one of the most costly and controversial Allied offensives in WW1. Eight men from throughout NI represent those who died on this day.
On this day in 1945, James Magennis service merits a VC. In 1916 Hugh Henderson of the Royal Irish Fusiliers is the first to die in the 36th(Ulster) Division’s first action after the Battle of the Somme. In 1917 The Third Battle of Ypres… Continue Reading “July 31 – Submariner Magennis wins NI’s only Victoria Cross in WW2. Roll of Honour”
Ted Chapman from Wales survived the Belfast Blitz with his sweetheart. They married and he won the VC in Germany. Read their story. Today’s Roll includes eight WW1 RN veterans. James Moffett from Ballynahinch died with the RUR in 1944. Photo – The costly… Continue Reading “July 13 – Belfast husband awarded VC today in 1945. Roll of Honour”