The Second World War in Northern Ireland

The Second World War in Northern Ireland

Guestbook

Hi Folks,

Please feel free to leave a comment regarding this website.

It is through you, the visitors, that I can learn of more places to be included :)

You can contact me directly at ww2ni@btinternet.com

Post a Comment

Oops!

Oops, you forgot something.

Oops!

The words you entered did not match the given text. Please try again.

169 Comments

Reply Gavan caldwell
5:29 PM on June 29, 2019 
There was 2 RAF Camps near my home in the sixties but no runway
Reply Harold Regan
5:56 PM on June 17, 2019 

I'm a 61 year old American (Boston, MA) who has never been to N.I. but my father (Harold T. Regan) was a 2nd Lt in the US's 135th Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division in 1942 so they were one of the first American units to arrive in Northern Ireland and later go on to North Africa, Italy, etc.

I am trying to piece together the history of my father's military service so I am excited to find your site and will be searching it very carefully for any relevent references (and faces). Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for all the work you have put into this wonderful web site.

Harold D. Regan

Reply Irwin Elkin
12:54 PM on March 2, 2019 
I lived at the Gibralteran evacuee camp at Ballyarnet from 1948 aged2 I drove past the place in oct2018 and some of it is still there at junction of Lenamore rd and Beragh Hill Rd.
Reply ALEXANDER FIELD
2:42 PM on November 27, 2018 

GREAT SHOW,  LOOKING FOR A RAF SERVICE MAN KILLED IN WW2, ALAN TRAINOR, RECORDED ON COALISLAND,S WAR DEAD LIST, 

Reply JOHN COARD
5:22 AM on October 23, 2018 

I LIVED IN WESTBOURNE STREET AND WAS THERE ON THE NIGHT OF THE BLITZ MAY 1941. I WAS 13 YEARS OLD. 



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

http://www.stenecourt.com/site/node/121?page=4 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.