About WartimeNI

Many sites focus on World War Two but few focus on everyday people and places. At WartimeNI, we remember the events and stories unique to Northern Ireland.

Our Mission

WartimeNI seeks to record the rich history of Northern Ireland during World War Two. Established in 2014 after a trip to Normandy, the site details stories large and small from the time. There is also an extensive database of people and places remembering their roles.

World War Two was a huge historical event and yet the part played by Northern Ireland is often forgotten. Find out about WartimeNI, from stories you will know, from the Battle of the Atlantic to the Belfast Blitz. Alongside these events, people got on with their lives as best they could.

Belfast Blitz - Eglington Street

Imperial War Museum Photo: H9476 (Part of the War Office Second World War Official Collection). Rescue workers sift through the rubble of Eglington Street off the Shankill Road, Belfast. 7th May 1941.

Everyday stories in extraordinary times

This site features tales from the daily life of those who served, fought and died during the war. You’ll find stories from Air Raid Wardens, nurses, farmers, and housewives. As the witnesses of this era pass on, developers destroy any still-standing physical remnants. WartimeNI aims to preserve this important part of Northern Ireland’s history for future generations.

World War Two affected everyone

The content on WartimeNI is non-sectarian in nature. We remember British and Irish combatants alike. You will learn stories of the American, Canadian, ANZAC and Polish who made temporary homes here. As well as the troops, we feature German prisoners of war, fleeing Jewish refugees and all those with a connection to wartime NI.

Our hope is that you learn more about the country during 1939-1945. This is our way of remembering.

About the Author

Scott Edgar became hooked on World War Two stories at an early age. His grandfather, Alexander Liggett, served in the Royal Tank Regiment. Both grandparents would regale a young Scott with tales of desert battles and daring prison escapes. From there it was a journey into an ever more fascinating conflict.

At high-school, Scott studied GCSE and A-Level history. The former permitted the study of the rise of the Third Reich. On moving to Belfast to attend university, he learned more about the role played by NI in WWII.