Irish Brigade

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

Faugh a Ballagh        Nec Aspera Terrent         Quis Separabit

March 1944

March 1944 saw the Irish Brigade continuing a period of training near to the Volturno river. Whilst the brigade awaited the call to join any successful breakthrough near to Cassino, they were able to celebrate Barossa Day and St Patrick’s Day in customary fashion…

In his letters home this month to his wife, Olive, Captain Lawrence (Lawrie) Franklyn-Vaile is in positive mood and keen to keep up to date with news from the home front as well as sharing stories about many of the men that he and Olive had known from their time with the Faughs in Northern Ireland.

During the early part of month, Lawrie’s thoughts turned to family matters. On their 9th wedding anniversary on 9th March, Lawrie writes home to Olive:

“I think this is only the second time that we have spent our wedding anniversary apart, the other being in 1940 when I was at the ITC Bedford. I certainly hope that next year we will be together again. Well, we have had some fine times together and I am certain we will have many more in the future. Today, is very pleasant, fine and sunny and quite warm, a very great contrast to the same day in 1935.”

And then on 11th March, Lawrie is thinking of his daughter:

“I would certainly like to be at home with you today sharing in Valerie’s second birthday. I expect she is now able to realise the significance of the day and is having quite a good time. I hope she has got a few presents and that the doll I sent her will not be too long in coming. I think she will quite like it when the box arrives. I will be interested to hear her reactions…”

4th March 1944.

9th March 1944.

11th March 1944.

15th March 1944.

18th March 1944.

20th March 1944.

24th March 1944.

27th March 1944.

Olive Franklyn-Vaile.


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