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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 in a battered old brown suitcase, along with letters from my father to my mother, not long before he was killed on 22nd February 1943 near Bou Arada.

My father, Rfn Albert Fitzgibbon 7022276 E Coy, 2 LIR was serving in the same Company as Edmund O’Sullivan and this website has been invaluable to me at almost 75 years old to learn of what my father, and everyone, endured during his part in the 2nd World War.  Thank you. (I was born 3 months after my father died – my parents had been married just 3 years)…

..Albert, was a bricklayer by trade and a harmonica player which he took with him and probably played during his war time service.”

The final resting place of Albert Fitzgibbon at Medjez-el-Bab CWGC Cemetery.

Below, we are privileged to share the letter from RQMS O’Sullivan that was originally sent to an officer based in Egypt, who then passed it onto the Fitzgibbon family.

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Can anyone help with information on what happened to Rifleman Maher injured in the same attack as my father, did he survive after his evacuation? Any details will be much appreciated. Thank you.