The Second World War in Northern Ireland

The Second World War in Northern Ireland


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5:22 AM on October 23, 2018 


Reply Michael Cunningham
8:12 AM on August 28, 2018 

Re Private Norman Apfelbaum

Hi Folks, 

Could you please check your information regarding Private Norman Apfelbaum; it would appear that he was on the Arandora Star and not the SS Mohamed El Kebir as stated on your website.

Kind regards

Michael Cunningham Accessed 08.05.17


Norman Apfelbaum was born in 1913 to Jane and Isidore Apfelbaum. Isidore had emigrated from Cracow and married English born Jane Kenner. Isidore imported bentwood chairs, grand pianos and later became a diamond merchant. They had 6 children, Mark (Arnold), Basil, Sadie (Pollock), Lily (Brunert), Bertha (Abel) and Norman. Sadie’s daughter is Doreen Kershner, a member of Stenecourt. The family lived in Fenney St and then moved to a big old house in Wellington Street before the war. Norman, the youngest son, joined the Pioneer Corps and was sent to guard enemy aliens who had been interned in the Isle of Man. In the summer of 1940 it was decided to ship groups of these internees to Canada and Norman was to guard them on board ship. He was one of 200 officers and men of the British army on board. The SS Arandora Star set sail from Liverpool on 30 June 1940 without escort or convoy. She carried 712 Italians and 478 Germans as well as the soldiers and 174 crew. On the 1st July, she was pursued and on 2 July she was hit by a torpedo below the waterline and sank at 7.40am. 10 of the 14 lifeboats managed to save some of the passengers but the ship sank with many still on board. In total 586 were saved out of 1,216. Norman was not one of them. He was one of the 37 army guards who died. He was buried in Carnmoney Jewish Cemetery in Belfast.


Reply Michael Currie
11:38 AM on August 10, 2018 

Many thanks for putting the picture of  Lester Currie (Paddy) in County Down Part 3. 

Reply Lenny Patience
5:29 AM on July 21, 2018 
Civilian Death OSBORNE, ELIZABETH Died 19/07/1941 Aged 34 Civilian War Dead N.A.A.F.I. Died at R.A.F. Station, Aldergrove. Buried in ANTRIM, RURAL DISTRICT Cemetery, County Antrim, N. IRELAND
Reply Paul Mooney
5:09 PM on November 20, 2017 
Regularly visit this site and end up enthralled for hours. At 30 yo the war was well before my time. But living next to Cluntoe airfield has led to my interest in ww2. Often find myself touring around the airfield and buildings trying to imagine what it was like back then. The planes, the yanks, the vehicles. One can only wonder. But this website really helps and is an absolute wealth of information. Please keep up the good work. Never one day I might see you standing on an abandoned airfield letting your imagination go wild!
Reply John Baker
6:31 PM on October 8, 2017 
Like others who have commented, I stumbled across this site whilst just looking up a location near Poyntzpass; I have now spent the last three hours reading through this fascinating site. Congratulations on what is a clearly a very successful labour of love.
Reply N Devlin
2:27 PM on August 29, 2017 

Enjoyed your site,my uncle owned Killymoon and my father had a tape factory within factory grounds,it operated 18 hours a day as part of war effort,I do have more details if you would like to see them

Reply Tom Docherty
3:46 PM on August 18, 2017 

Great site. Spent half a day just scrolling through hoping to find out more about a Hancraft hut photo I saw on the Airfield Research Group website which is reported as being at Windyhill Road, Coleraine. I know that Windyhill Road runs toward the airfield at Limavady and wonder if this is one of the dispersed sites near the airfield? Here is a link to the image - . Please let me know if you can identifiy it.

Reply Alrene Hughes
2:44 PM on April 10, 2017 
Hi Andy, I've been writing about WW2 in Northern Ireland for a few years and done a lot of research, but I have only now come across your site. What a labour of love this must have been for you! There are a lot of photo I haven't come across before - particularly streets that I knew had been bombed. Just had a look at the video of the flying boat at Castle Archdale. My father, an RAF wireless operator, was stationed there - great to see the Sunderland in action. I was actually born in Enniskillen because my father was still stationed there in the early fifties. I have written a trilogy of novels set in Belfast showing the war through the eyes of one Belfast family - Martha's Girls, The Golden Sisters, A Song in my Heart. All the best and thanks for such wonderful evocative photos.
Reply jOHN Winstanley
7:37 AM on March 28, 2017 
Excellent work