Irish Brigade

The story of the 38th (Irish) Brigade in the Second World War

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Posts by Edmund O'Sullivan

Piper Albert Jeffrey at the Vatican

Excerpt of  The Wartime Memoirs of Albert “Jeff” Jeffrey. The 2 LIR’s visit to the Pope in June 1944 is well documented but nothing has been written of the Band’s performance. On arriving we did the usual trick of counter-marching on arrival at any church, so as to be facing the following marchers who then…

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Sergeant Thomas Renshaw

We have recently been contacted by the grandson of Sergeant Thomas Renshaw, who served with both the Royal Irish Fusiliers and the London Irish Rifles during the Second World War. In his note to us, Darren Russell explained that his grandfather had served with the 2nd Battalion London Irish Rifles throughout the Tunisian campaign but…

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Lance Corporal Joseph Ransley

We have received a note from Gary Sherrington about his grandfather, Lance Corporal Joseph Ransley, who served with the Irish Brigade in North Africa and Italy. In his note, Gary told us: “My grandfather served with the 2nd Battalion London Irish Rifles during 1943. Incidentally, like your father Edmund, he was also from Peckham and in…

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Remembering Rifleman Albert Fitzgibbon.

We have recently received a remarkably moving note from Paul Fitzgibbon in connection with his father, Albert, who was killed in Tunisia during February 1943 while serving with the London Irish Rifles. “A twisting pathway of discovery has led me to this amazing website. A letter dated 20.11.1945 from Edmund O’Sullivan was found quite recently…

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