The London Irish Rifles/Royal Fusiliers group visited the CWGC Cemetery at Cassino for a commemorative ceremony in memory of the 4,000 men who are buried and more than 4,000 others, who are named on the twenty four memorial panels in the cemetery.
The ceremony was held in full tribute with inspired pipe and bugler support from Robert Williams and Mark Goatcher with wreaths laid on behalf of the London Irish Rifles, the Royal Fusiliers, the Lancashire Fusiliers, the Northumberland Fusiliers and the Royal Sussex Regiment.
Commemorated at Cassino are over one hundred men who served with the Irish Brigade and, when walking around the cemetery, you can also confirm the mix of nationality and cultural background represented here including (at the very least) British, Irish, New Zealander, Canadian, Indian (pre independence), Nepalese, South African, Australian and Cypriot. On the right hand side of the cemetery is the grave of one Soviet soldier. Truly a United Nations in the fight against tyranny.
With the toll of the bells rolling down from the abbey during the minute’s silence, you cannot fail to be moved to tears as you reflect on the sacrifice made by the men who are commemorated here.