Irish Brigade

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

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Edward Mayo

  Sgt Mayo on the right hand side. Sergeant Edward Mayo, 8 Platoon sergeant in E Company 2 LIR, was killed whilst sheltering in a foxhole by a nebelwerfer following the successful attack on Sinagoga on 16th May 1944. The shell also killed Corporal Edward O’Reilly MM. Edward Mayo, a Fords’ motor car worker, joined 2 LIR on 18th October 1939 and served throughout the campaigns in Tunisia and Sicily and was wounded twice during that period. Mayo’s MM citation for his actions at Heidous in Tunisia, states: “At Heidous on 23 April ’43 in a night attack, this NCO personally destroyed a German MG post. Later, he rallied his platoon under heavy mortar fire and MG fire and in spite of being wounded in both legs, succeeded in leading a fresh sortie on the enemy. Corporal Mayo had previously distinguished himself at Bou Arada on 20 January in leading his section with great gallantry in an attack on Hill 286, where he was wounded. He had only been back from hospital, 2 weeks before the attack on Heidous. The way his men followed him on this last occasion was a tribute to his previous courage.”      He left a wife Mary Elsie and a child.  


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