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”
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”
Nine of the 36th (Ulster) Division were awarded the Victoria Cross. Roll of Honour reflects Gallipoli and the Somme in WW1, Normandy, and North Africa in WW2. Charles Murray of Portrush, former UVF officer, died of wounds received on Somme. His father was at… Continue Reading “July 2 – VC’s of the 36th Ulster Division. Roll of Honour”
The first VC and Stories of people – Rachel Ferguson an army nurse died serving in WW1. Alex McCrea a Gunner from Dungannon served in Boer War, Gallipoli and Belgium. Arthur Sinton from Gilford and David Hetherington from Derry exemplify aircrew. Jim Kerr WW2… Continue Reading “June 26 – Stories of people. Roll of Honour”
In today’s Roll – A Royal Artillery gunner from Ballymoney serving with a Maritime regiment and who most likely died at sea, is named on Portsmouth Naval Memorial. The war graves of two RAF men from Ballycastle and Belfast are in Egypt and South… Continue Reading “November 28 – Roll of Honour”
In total nine members of the 36th Division were awarded the Victoria Cross
The first VC to be awarded was to Charles Davis Lucas from Poyntzpass then serving as a Midshipman in the Crimean War. He was promoted Acting Lieutenant immediately after the action.
First VC investiture by Queen Victoria, Royal Navy’s first steam turbine powered craft at Spithead Review, First US troops arrive in France during World War I, Rommel is made a Field Marshal