World War Two Northern Ireland

Find out stories from World War Two Northern Ireland. Discover people who fought, and died during the war and visit places of interest without leaving home.

Imperial War Museum Photo: H 25074 (Part of the War Office Second World War Official Collection). Personnel of a Home Guard Motor Transport Company in Ulster pictured in an army lorry. Members of this company did some of their training with the Royal Army Service Corps in Northern Ireland.

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Lieutenant Bainbridge – War Office Official Photographer.

World War Two Northern Ireland records the stories from 1939-1945 in a part of the United Kingdom often overlooked. Since 2014, we have researched the stories, people, and places of the province during the war. Some stories you will know. The Battle of the Atlantic, the arrival of American GIs, and the Belfast Blitz are common tales. We hope you find out much more of this part of the country’s history and join us in remembering tumultuous times in Northern Ireland.



— ANZAC Troops —

John Gilmore

Private John Gilmore served in the 18th Battalion New Zealand Infantry although his parents came from Belfast. He died in captivity in Germany in 1944.

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— Aerial Warfare —

John James Caves

Sergeant John James Caves served in the 1st Glider Pilot Regiment during World War Two. He saw action on D-Day and was taken prisoner in Germany in 1945.

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— Aerial Warfare —

John Graham McComb

Pilot Officer John Graham McComb from Belfast, Co. Antrim served in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. His Lancaster bomber was shot down over Berlin.

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World War Two Northern Ireland

Andrew Leslie McConnell


Sergeant Andrew Leslie McConnell from Ballymoney, Co. Antrim served with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve and was killed during a Berlin raid in 1944.

John Johnston

John Johnston


Private John Johnston of Belfast, Co. Antrim left behind a wife named Mary and a young daughter Sadie when he was killed on service in Berlin, Germany.

World War Two Northern Ireland

Robert McKeag


Sergeant Robert McKeag from Belfast, Co. Antrim flew with the Royal Air Force 50 Squadron. He lost his life in the skies over Berlin on 4th September 1943.