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St Patrick's Day — 17 March, 2019

Remembering those from all counties of Ireland who served with the Royal Navy during the Second World War, particularly those who died serving with Light Coastal Forces

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A model of one of the three Thornycroft MTBs operated by the Irish Free State, on display as part of an exhibition held by the Irish Naval College in 1945

During the Second World War the Irish Free State remained officially neutral, though in practice it rendered assistance of all kinds to the British State, not least of which was the number of Irish citizens who volunteered with the British Armed Forces, and the great number that travelled to Britain to perform vital war work. Many direct descendents of Irish who were part of the Irish community in Britain also served.

In Memoriam

  • Stoker 1st Class David Broome Age: 19 (Co Antrim)
  • Leading Stoker Cornelius Joseph Carey Age: 25 (Co Cork)
  • Able Seaman Francis Cassells Age: 19 (Co Armagh)
  • Leading Telegraphist Daniel Gourley Age: 23 (Co Antrim)
  • Able Seaman William Grainger DSM Age: 21 (Co Antrim)
  • Able Seaman William J Humphries Age: 19 (Co Antrim)
  • Able Seaman Andrew Hunter Age: 20 (Co Armagh)
  • Able Seaman William James Kitson Age: 27 (Co Armagh)
  • Chief Motor Mechanic Ernest Benjamin Marsden Age: 34 (Co Cavan)
  • Leading Telegraphist Hugh Ferguson McCutcheon Age: 22 (Co Armagh)
  • Stoker 2nd Class William McIntyre Age: 28 (Co Londonderry)
  • Able Seaman James Ryce McNeill Age: 23 (Co Londonderry)
  • Leading Motor Mechanic Keith Thomas Stratton Meaden Age: 18 (Co Antrim)
  • Motor Mechanic Thomas Rhatigan Age: 21 (Co Dublin)
  • Able Seaman Francis Robinson Age: 24 (Co Down)
  • Leading Seaman Samuel John Robinson (Co Antrim)

Lest we forget


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On this day: 22nd March

Able Seaman Arthur Leonard Warner (H.M.M.L. 586)
Able Seaman Alfred Charles Adams (H.M.M.T.B. 655)
Able Seaman Joseph Clarence Clarke (H.M.M.T.B. 655)
Able Seaman Robert Crowe (H.M.M.T.B. 655)
Able Seaman Leslie Ireland (H.M.M.T.B. 655)
Ordinary Telegraphist David Kennedy (H.M.M.T.B. 655)
Sub-Lieutenant John Terence Peter Murphy (H.M.M.T.B. 655)
Petty Officer Laurie Sanders Nicoll (H.M.M.T.B. 655)
Able Seaman Robert Edmund Eyles (H.M.S. Hornet)

At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them


Bombing of Wren Quarters – HMS Midge

Bomb damage to the accomodation for Womens Royal Naval Service personnel, who were part of Coastal Forces base crew at HMS Midge, Great Yarmouth

Queens Road, Yarmouth: 18th March 1943

The 18th March, 1943 saw a tragedy of a different kind befall Coastal Forces when a bomb from a Messerschmitt 109 destroyed the living accomodation for Wrens serving with Coastal Forces at HMS Midge, Great Yarmouth. Fred Cork, second coxswain on MTB 612, recalled himself and his shipmates being blown clean out of their bunks in their billet just four doors away, while Wren Olive Swift had to be dug from the wreckage along with others in her block. Though many of the Wrens survived the devasting attack, eight of their number were killed – Wren Rita Turner, age nineteen, succumbing to her injuries some two weeks later.