|Alan Oates||Apr 20 2013 5:22 PM|
|Just been browsing your site - very interesting, A good bit of compiled knowledge and history. I am an ex member of the 1st Bn Royal Irish Rangers 76 to 93 keep up the good work FAB
Thank you Alan.
|David George de Wardt Poole||Apr 03 2013 9:00 PM|
I am related to Col. John Henry Coldwell-Horsfall. He married my late father's sister, Mary . He was a great Uncle & supported me during tough times following my mother's death. A truly great man. R.I.P.
Many thanks for your comments.
Lt-Col Horsfall was indeed a truly great man,
|craig kincaid||Apr 02 2013 4:02 AM|
|Wonderful site. 'wonderful history.
Many thanks for your comment,
|David Heaps||Mar 31 2013 11:48 AM|
|Researching my grandfather Fusilier Arthur Lesile Stead 6th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers KIA 14 April 1944 buried in Cassino War Cemetery. In view of visiting his grave this coming summer.
If there is more information on the battalion's action during this stage of the war, would be grateful to hear.
Again a wonderful website to remember the fallen.
Fusilier Stead probably died while with 6 Innisks on the rather inhospitable slopes of Monte Castellone. Overlooking the abbey but overlooked in turn by the looming mass of Monte Cairo.
I have shared further info by PM,
|john whillock||Feb 11 2013 11:34 AM|
|My father the late John Whillock served with 2nd batt LIR in north Africa,Sicily,Italy(cassino) and Austria. I have his pay book and various documents and medals.just wondering if anybody remembers him.Great web site.
Not too many men saw the whole lot from Algiers to Austria..Nov 1942 to May 1945 and beyond. I look forward to learning a bit more about your father - and perhaps someone might connect themselves or their family to your Dad,
|Ken O'Connor||Feb 01 2013 3:25 PM|
|hi thanks for a great website. My father Sergeant J E O'Connor MM is mentioned a couple of times and it is nice to know some of the history. I have my father's copy of The London Irish at War along with his medals and citations and news cuttings which are good to pass onto future generations. I will also point them at this website.
Our history is important
Thank you for your comments.
As you know, your father, Joseph, was awarded his MM for his leading part in the recce/advance over the Senio riverbanks in February 1945, when he was 12 platoon Sergeant in B Coy, 1st Battalion, London Irish Rifles,
|Colin Watson||Jan 27 2013 2:02 PM|
|Thanks for the great website which brings alive the reality of conflict. I am researching the wartime history of my father in law Roy Youngman who enlisted with the Royal Berks but transferred to 1 LIR from 22 May '44 and served in Italy and then the Allied Commission in Austria. At some time he sustained GSW to face and I noted forms B117 and AF 3149 being completed but I can't find what these forms were for nor if they matter. I plan to visit Kew later this year but your experience may just save me a journey. Any advice would be very helpful
Thank you for your note.
Yes, like so many others the 10th Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment had a pretty rough time at Anzio and were disbanded soon after with many of their men, including your father in law, joining their 168th Brigade comrades, 1 London Irish Rifles.
Unfortunately, the initials used by the War Office are pretty hard to interpret without the checklist..they may nor may not be significant.
|Giuseppe Lo Gaglio||Jan 07 2013 2:09 PM|
|Hi all, I am the vice president of the historical association "Bunker Soratte." Our association is responsible for the creation of a museum in the tunnels of Mount Soratte, formerly the headquarters of the Field Marshal A. Kesselring in 1944. From your information, it appears that the 6 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and the 2nd London Irish Rifles (2 LIR) entered the command and the town of Sant'Oreste. We are looking for testimonials and photographs of these facts. Thank you for the help you can give
Thank you Giuseppe,
Yes the Irish Brigade were certainly at Sant' Oreste in June 1944. H Coy 2 LIR were posted as guard and their OC Major Woods remembered it well..There are references in Pat Scott's narrative, John Horsfall's and Richard Doherty's books but no one seems to have seen a photo - although there is a belief that there were some taken, Perhaps we shall see one during our lifetime.
We look forward to visiting the tunnels in the near future - our best wishes to you and your team.
|Bryan Chinn||Dec 01 2012 2:39 PM|
|My father Kenneth Chinn was killed in Italy 1.12.1943.
ACC attchd. Royal Inniskillin.
Thanks for the website, it tells the story well.
As mentioned in the note to you, your father was most probably killed near to the River Sangro.
Men from the Army Catering Corps were invariably close to the front line at all times and Private Chinn was no doubt dutifully looking after the well being of his men when he was killed.
We look forward to adding further details about your father to our web site in due course,
|netzel||Nov 09 2012 4:32 PM|
|(Translation of the note to us).
My father was a soldier in Italy in the 42 Jaeger Division within the 25 Jaeger regiment. In this capacity he was based in the area of the Argenta (near the River Po). On 8 May 1945 he was taken as a prisoner of war. He had always talked about the fairness of the British Army. For this I say again thank you. He passed on 10 years ago. Otherwise, he would have very much liked to have seen the Irish Brigade site. If you have other information, it would be good to see it.
Very many thanks for your kind words.
This Sunday we shall be thinking about the fallen from the world wars. Of course every country involved in the conflict suffered greatly.
Even in the midst of such desperate times, there are so many examples of kindness being shown by the combatants towards the opposing forces.
best wishes to you
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