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 1939 had been called up from the Reserve List to his old regiment, the Cameronians, hence his army number being 3239457.
In February 1943, he was transferred to the LIR and joined them in Tunisia but would later be badly wounded on 5th August 1943 in Sicily, probably during the bitter fighting near the Simeto river.
After he was wounded, my grandfather was medically classed as B1 but continued to serve in various roles until being eventually de-mobbed after the war finished. His record shows that, following his injuries, he was evacuated to Egypt until December 1943. and it also shows that he then later served in Italy from January 1944 until September 1945 when he eventually returned home to his family. His closing medical report still states that his regiment was the London Irish Rifles, though it appears he was then attached to 10 Command Depot of the Medical Stores.
Once back home, he returned to his trade of Painting and Decorating, which he continued until his untimely death in a road accident. My grandparents had married in 1933 immediately after he had first left the army – I believe that he served since 1924 in both India and Egypt. Two of their four children had been born before the war.
I have attached the only image I have of Joseph from the wartime period. From information in his war records and the fact that he is wearing a caubeen and displaying one stripe I believe it was probably taken sometime between May and July 1943 when his battalion was at rest in Tunisia.”
We would like to thank Gary for providing these very moving details about his grandfather.