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Irish Brigade

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

Faugh a Ballagh        Nec Aspera Terrent         Quis Separabit


Sicily, 1943

375 Bernard Radford

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 3910467

Date: 02.08.1943   Age: 24   Place of burial:  Cassino Memorial

376 William Williams

Rank: Corporal     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 4187864

Date: 02.08.1943   Age:   Place of burial:  Catania

Fusilier Williams was killed in the Skins’ attack on Centuripe which started at dawn on 2 August. The town was taken by 330am on 3 August. The Skins’ fatalities were eight other ranks and four officers. A total of 36 other ranks were wounded.

377 Patrick Hanley

Rank: Corporal     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 3783571

Date: 02.08.1943   Age: 20   Place of burial:  Catania

Corporal Hanley was killed in the Skins’ attack on Centuripe which started at dawn on 2 August. The town was taken by 330am on 3 August. The Skins’ fatalities were eight other ranks and four officers. A total of 36 other ranks were wounded. Hanley was from Huyton in Lancashire. His parents were Patrick and Bridget Hanley.

378 William Henry Jones

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 4209577

Date: 02.08.1943   Age: 20   Place of burial:  Catania

Fusilier Williams was killed in the Skins’ attack on Centuripe which started at dawn on 2 August. The town was taken by 330am on 3 August. The Skins’ fatalities were eight other ranks and four officers. A total of 36 other ranks were wounded.

379 Robert Bates

Rank: Corporal     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6981811

Date: 02.08.1943    Age:   Place of burial:  Catania

Corporal Bates was killed in the Skins’ attack on Centuripe which started at dawn on 2 August. The town was taken by 330am on 3 August. The Skins’ fatalities were eight other ranks and four officers. A total of 36 other ranks were wounded.

380 Stanley George Walsh

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6985066

Date: 02.08.1943   Age: 21   Place of burial:  Catania

Fusilier Walsh was killed in the Skins’ attack on Centuripe which started at dawn on 2 August. The town was taken by 330am on 3 August. The Skins’ fatalities were eight other ranks and four officers. A total of 36 other ranks were wounded. He was from Belfast. His parents were William and Malvina Walsh.

381 Haydn Vernon Dackins

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 3973004

Date: 02.08.1943     Age:   Place of burial:  Catania

Fusilier Dackins was killed in the Skins’ attack on Centuripe which started at dawn on 2 August. The town was taken by 330am on 3 August. The Skins’ fatalities were eight other ranks and four officers. A total of 36 other ranks were wounded.

382 Michael John Beer

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 3971671

Date: 02.08.1943     Age:   Place of burial:  Catania

Fusilier Beer was killed in the Skins’ attack on Centuripe which started at dawn on 2 August. The town was taken by 330am on 3 August. The Skins’ fatalities were eight other ranks and four officers. A total of 36 other ranks were wounded.

383 Norman Wildgoose

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 14201280

Date: 02.08.1943   Age: 20   Place of burial:  Catania

Rifleman Wildgoose was the son of Evan and Elizabeth Wildgoose of Tintwistle Cheshire.

384 Oswald Griffiths

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 5954754

Date: 02.08.1943   Age: 28   Place of burial:  Catania

385 Alfred Butler

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7044889

Date: 02.08.1943   Age: 30   Place of burial:  Catania

386 William Hanna

Rank: Captain   Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers, attached from Royal Ulster Rifles    Service number: 112985

Date: 02.08.1943   Age: 22   Place of burial:  Catania

Capt Hanna, who was D Company Commander, died in the attack on Centuripe. William Hanna had been born in Armagh in 1921 to Susan and George Walker Hanna and was the youngest of three brothers, the other two boys being Robert and James. William Hanna began his army career at Sandhurst in July 1939 and was commissioned into the Royal Ulster Rifles (RUR) soon after the outbreak of war. During early 1940, 2nd Lieutenant Hanna joined up with the RUR at their depot in Northern Ireland. Hanna was posted to the Faughs on 13 May 1943 after being posted to the British North African Force as a reinforcement. He was promoted to Captain and made second-in-command of A Company. Hanna took over command of  D Company after the Tunisian campaign. 

Read more about William Hanna here.

386a John McCrorie

Rank: Lance Corporal   Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 3135255

Date: 02.08.1943   Age: 26   Place of burial:  Catania

387 Harry Imbush

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7014884

Date: 03.08.1943   Age: 21   Place of burial:  Bone

Fusilier Imbush was the son of Henry and Annie Imbush of Battersea, London.

388 Thomas Davies

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 3534935

Date: 03.08.1943   Age: 26   Place of burial:  Cassino Memorial

389 Robert Roberts

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 3772693

Date: 03.08.1943   Age: 23   Place of burial:  Catania

390 Daniel Enright

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7044328

Date: 04.08.1943   Age: 29   Place of burial:  El Alia, Algeria

391 David William Jones

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 4195254

Date: 04.08.1943   Age: 24   Place of burial:  Catania

Fusilier Jones was killed during the crossing of the River Salso north of Centuripe which began on the morning of 4 August. Jones was the son of George and Louisa Jones.

392 John Loughrey

Rank: Lance Sergeant     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6976602

Date: 04.08.1943   Age: 33   Place of burial:  Catania

Lance Sergeant John Loughrey was killed during the crossing of the River Salso north of Centuripe which began on the morning of 4 August.

393 Charles Mulcaster

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 14206440

Date: 04.08.1943   Age: 24   Place of burial:  Catania

John Williams

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers     Service number: 6019156

Date: 04.08.1943   Age:    Place of burial:  Syracuse

394 John Steel

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7044644

Date: 05.08.1943   Age: 28   Place of burial:  Cassino Memorial

395 Samuel Morrow

Rank: Lieutenant     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 279504

Date: 05.08.1943   Age: 32   Place of burial:  Catania

Leutenant Morrow died from wounds suffered in the assault on Point 708 at Centuripe. He was the son of David and Annie Morrow of Killyleagh County Down. He was married to Marguerite Morrow of Killyleagh.

396 Robert Trainor

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6985571

Date: 05.08.1943   Age: 18   Place of burial:  Catania

Robert Trainor was from Tyrone and was 18 years old when he was killed. He was the son of William and Sarah Trainor, of Castledawson. The Irish Brigade attack to cross the River Simeto started at 1030am on 5 August and Trainor may have been killed then or died of wounds suffered at the battles for Centuripe of the Salso on 3-4 August.

397 Oswald Henderson

Rank: Sergeant     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 4267945

Date: 05.08.1943   Age: 29   Place of burial:  Catania

398 Frederick Birch

Rank: Private     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, attached from Army Catering Corps    Service number: 7044723

Date: 05.08.1943     Age: 28   Place of burial:  Catania

The Irish Brigade attack to cross the River Simeto started at 1030am on 5 August and Rifleman Birch may have been killed then or died of wounds suffered at the battles for Centuripe of the Salso on 3-4 August. He was married to Edna Birch from Acocks Green in Birmingham. His parents were Thomas and Evelyn Birch.

399 Samuel Wilde

Rank: Lance Corporal     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 3712674

Date: 05.08.1943   Age: 19   Place of burial:  Catania

The Irish Brigade attack to cross the River Simeto started at 1030am on 5 August and Lance Corporal Wilde may have been killed then or died of wounds suffered at the battles for Centuripe of the Salso on 3-4 August. He was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Wilde of St Helens, Lancashire.

400 Kenneth Way

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 4198926

Date: 05.08.1943   Age: 26   Place of burial:  Catania

The Irish Brigade attack to cross the River Simeto started at 1030am on 5 August and Fusilier Way may have been killed then or died of wounds suffered at the battles for Centuripe of the Salso on 3-4 August. He was the husband of Dorothy Way of Malpas, Newport in Monmouthshire. He was the son of William and Mabel Way.

401 Alfred George Howells

Rank: Lieutenant     Unit: London Irish Rifles, attached from Beds/Herts Regiment   Service number: 234061

Date: 05.08.1943      Age:   Place of burial:  Catania

Lt Howells was platoon commander in H Company, and was killed leading his men in an attack on a German position on the River Simeto. He was on attachment to the London Irish from the 6th Battalion of the Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regiment.

402 Robert Chapman

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 6475374

Date: 05.08.1943   Age: 32   Place of burial:  Catania

403 Arthur Hunt

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7014596

Date: 05.08.1943   Age: 22   Place of burial:  Catania

404 Samuel Garratt

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 6475463

Date: 05.08.1943   Age: 31   Place of burial:  Catania

405 Frederick Sargeant

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 6470376

Date: 05.08.1943   Age: 27   Place of burial:  Catania

406 Victor Hooke

Rank: Lance Sergeant     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7012832

Date: 05.08.1943   Age: 27   Place of burial:  Catania

407 Stanley Curwen

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 14206252

Date: 05.08.1943   Age: 21   Place of burial:  Catania

408 Dawson Patterson

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7020159

Date: 05.08.1943   Age: 20   Place of burial:  Catania

409 Augustus Fitzpatrick

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7018587

Date: 05.08.1943   Age: 31   Place of burial:  Catania

Rifleman Fitzpatrick was the son of John and Elizabeth Fitzpatrick and the husband of Olive Fitzpatrick of Weston Favell in Northamptonshire.

410 Robert Mark

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 5335217

Date: 05.08.1943   Age: 27   Place of burial:  Catania

411 Andrew John Gardiner

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7022284

Date: 05.08.1943   Age: 21   Place of burial:  Catania

Rifleman Gardiner was the son of Mr and Mrs John Gardiner of Dublin. He had lied about his aged to enlist in the British Army in February 1939 with his friend James McCabe who was killed fighting with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Fusiliers on Stuka Ridge in Tunisia on 26 February 1943.

412 George Haggerty

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7022289

Date: 05.08.1943   Age: 26   Place of burial:  Catania

413 James McCrone

Rank: Corporal     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 3250205

Date: 05.08.1943   Age: 26   Place of burial:  Catania

414 Godfrey Orr

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7019509

Date: 05.08.1943   Age: 24   Place of burial:  Catania

415 Rufus Allen

Rank: Captain     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 172410

Date: 05.08.1943   Age: 23   Place of burial:  Catania

Captain Allen was the son of Raymond and Florette Allen of Swinishead, Devon.

416 Joseph Forde

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7018590

Date: 05.08.1943    Age:   Place of burial:  Catania

417 William Cathcart

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7018987

Date: 05.08.1943    Age:   Place of burial:  Catania

418 Ernest Crisp

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 5834348

Date: 05.08.1943   Age: 31   Place of burial:  Catania

419 Norman Hopkinson

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 3860386

Date: 05.08.1943   Age: 27   Place of burial:  Catania

420 Robert Lee-Kinch

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7014324

Date: 05.08.1943   Age: 21   Place of burial:  Catania

421 William Fitzgerald

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7018586

Date: 05.08.1943   Age: 29   Place of burial:  Catania

422 John Rodden

Rank: Corporal     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 3596875

Date: 05.08.1943   Age: 33   Place of burial:  Catania

423 Joe Mullan

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7019096

Date: 05.08.1943   Age: 20   Place of burial:  Catania

424 George Hill

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7043525

Date: 05.08.1943   Age: 30   Place of burial:  Catania

425 Christopher Gill

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 3860352

Date: 05.08.1943   Age: 27   Place of burial:  Catania

426 Thomas Parsons

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7014041

Date: 05.08.1943    Age:   Place of burial:  Catania

427 Michael McGuinness

Rank: Sergeant     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 6977098

Date: 05.08.1943   Age: 29   Place of burial:  Catania

428 Ernest Bee

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 6097825

Date: 05.08.1943   Age: 32   Place of burial:  Catania

429 James McNulty

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 13097626

Date: 05.08.1943    Age:   Place of burial:  Catania

430 Raymond Nixey

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 6104417

Date: 05.08.1943   Age: 21   Place of burial:  Catania

431 Peter Graal

Rank: Lance Corporal     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7046942

Date: 05.08.1943   Age: 35   Place of burial:  Catania

Lance Corporal Graal was married to Ethel Graal of Sneyd Green, Stoke on Trent. His parents were Peter and Mary Graal.

432 Thomas Steele

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 3860530

Date: 05.08.1943   Age:   Place of burial:  Catania

433 Charles Plunkett O’Farrell MC

Rank: Major     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 85700

Date: 05.08.1943   Age: 24   Place of burial:  Catania

Major O’Farrell was OC of Support Company killed by mortar fire crossing the Salso river. He was the son of Lt Col Ernest and Selina O’Farrell of Christian Malford, Wiltshire. His father had also served in the Faughs. O’Farrell was commissioned into the Faughs and posted to the first battalion in early 1939. He commanded the carrier platoon until the Faughs were evacuated from Dunkirk. O’Farrell was awarded the Military Cross for courage and leadership in Belgium and France. He then commanded Headquarters company until January 1941 when he was made battalion adjutant. In early 1943, O’Farrell was appointed staff captain with the Irish Brigade. He rejoined the Faughs as major just before the invasion of Sicily. O’Farrell was killed when the Faughs’ battalion HQ was shelled around 1300 during crossing of the River Simeto in Sicily.

434 Albert Johnston

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 6978214

Date: 06.08.1943   Age: 25   Place of burial:  Dely Ibrahim, Algeria

435 Harold Scarse

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 7021970

Date: 06.08.1943   Age: 17   Place of burial:  Catania

436 William Cartledge

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 3784006

Date: 06.08.1943    Age: 21   Place of burial:  Catania

437 William Beavis

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 14224700

Date: 06.08.1943   Age: 20   Place of burial:  Catania

438 Michael Weir

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 14402260

Date: 06.08.1943   Age: 19   Place of burial:  Catania

444 Frederick Lloyd

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 4074856

Date: 06.08.1943     Age:   Place of burial:  Catania

446 George Watt

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 6975419

Date: 06.08.1943   Age: 35   Place of burial:  Catania

447 Joseph Hall

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 3596685

Date: 06.08.1943   Age: 28   Place of burial:  Catania

448 Peter Savage

Rank: Major     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, attached from Royal Ulster Rifles   Service number: 88113

Date: 06.08.43   Age: 28   Place of burial:  Catania.

Major Savage was shot by mistake by a member of the Royal Irish Fusiliers on the night of 5 August.

449 George Worrall

Rank: Lance Corporal     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7044047

Date: 07.08.1943   Age: 23   Place of burial:  Catania

456 John Dooey

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7020039

Date: 08.08.1943   Age: 34   Place of burial:  Syracuse

457 Robert Shea

Rank: Corporal     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 6982334

Date: 09.08.1943   Age: 29   Place of burial:  Tripoli

458 John Roberts

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7044954

Date: 09.08.1943   Age:30   Place of burial:  Catania

459 William Bertrand

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7022088

Date: 09.08.1943   Age: 36   Place of burial:  Syracuse

460 David McClatchey

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7902391

Date: 10.08.1943   Age: 30   Place of burial:  Cassino Memorial

462 James Purnell

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7021110

Date: 12.08.1943   Age: 19   Place of burial:  Catania

463 James Law

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7021679

Date: 12.08.1943    Age:   Place of burial:  Catania

464 Albert Roberts

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 6146492

Date: 12.08.1943   Age: 28   Place of burial:  Catania

465 Leo Patrick McRory

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7014471

Date: 12.08.1943    Age:   Place of burial:  Catania

Rifleman McRory was killed leading an attack during the battle for Maletto.

466 Felix Creaney

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7011620

Date: 12.08.1943   Age: 29   Place of burial:  Catania

467 Joseph Gerald Fitzgerald

Rank: Major     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 71440

Date: 12.08.1943   Age: 39   Place of burial:  Catania

Major Fitzgerald, commander of F Company, was killed while crossing open country during the battle for Maletto. A university graduate and solicitor, he was married to Kathleen Fitzgerald of Brackenstown County Dublin. His parents were Michael and Agnes Fitzgerald.

An article about Joseph Fitzgerald can be found here

468 William Roffey

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7016207

Date: 12.08.1943   Age: 22   Place of burial:  Catania

469 Peter Gregory

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 14407213

Date: 12.08.1943   Age: 21   Place of burial:  Catania

470 George Jones

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 3771847

Date: 12.08.1943   Age: 22   Place of burial:  Catania

471 Thomas Gillis

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 3772078

Date: 12.08.1943   Age: 23   Place of burial:  Catania

472 Samuel Kennedy

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7044534

Date: 12.08.1943   Age: 32   Place of burial:  Catania

473 William Jackson

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 3597064

Date: 12.08.1943   Age: 31   Place of burial:  Catania

474 William Martin

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7043713

Date: 12.08.1943   Age: 25   Place of burial:  Catania

475 Albert Hamlett

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 14234751

Date: 12.08.1943   Age: 26   Place of burial:  Catania

476 Reginald Holmes

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7022697

Date: 12.08.1943   Age: 22   Place of burial:  Catania

477 Arthur Edwards

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 14218960

Date: 12.08.1943   Age: 19   Place of burial:  Catania

478 Henry Dixon

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7045780

Date: 12.08.1943   Age: 32   Place of burial:  Catania

479 John Williams

Rank: Lance Corporal     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7044976

Date: 12.08.1943   Age: 31   Place of burial:  Catania

480 Philip Lloyd

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 4193474

Date: 12.08.1943     Age:   Place of burial:  Catania

481 Edward Graham

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 4451503

Date: 13.08.1943   Age: 31   Place of burial:  Catania

Read more about Edward Graham.

482 William Bolton

Rank: Lieutenant     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 255824

Date: 13.08.1943   Age: 20   Place of burial:  Catania

Lt Bolton was killed in the pursuit towards Randazzo. He was the son of Samuel and Sadie Bolton of Belfast. He joined the Faughs in December 1942 after being commissioned. Bolton was posted temporarily to The Sherwood Foresters but rejoined the Faughs at the end of the Tunisian campaign. He was initially a platoon commander in A Company but was transferred to B Company when it lost most of its officers.

482a Henry George Cashel Garratt

Rank: Major     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 27238

Date: 18.08.1943   Age: 40   Place of burial:  Catania

Major Garratt, commander of B Company of the Faughs, was wounded in the pursuit towards Randazzo. Garratt had been commissioned into the Royal Ulster Rifles on 30 August 1923. He became a reservist in 1926. He was in the US when the war began and returned to serve with the RUR in France. After staff appointments. Garratt returned to the RUR and spent seven months with the London Irish Rifles. He volunteered for service and was attached to the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Garratt joined the Faughs on 26 April and was made commander of B Company.  He was the son of George and Alice Garratt and the husband of Cynthia E Garratt, of Newport, Essex.

483 Thomas Baybutt

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 3860405

Date: 13.08.1943   Age: 28   Place of burial:  Catania

484 George Roby

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 3858876

Date: 14.08.1943      Age:   Place of burial:  Catania

484a George Curphey

Rank: Lieutenant.   Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers attached from Canadian Intelligence Corps    Service number:

Date: 14.08.1943.   Age: 31.   Place of burial:  Milan.

Lieutenant Curphey, who was from Nova Scotia in Canada, was captured in February 1943 and died in Italy while a POW. He was the son of William and Violet Curphey of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

485 James Murtagh MM

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7018170

Date: 15.08.1943   Age: 31   Place of burial:  Tripoli

Rifleman Murtagh was a bren gunner in the London Irish attack on Monte Sperina in the final Irish Brigade battle in Sicily. He was hit by shrapnel and died of gangrene infection three days later.

Read more about Rifleman Murtagh here.

486 William Cooper

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7044559

Date: 18.08.1943   Age: 23   Place of burial:  Catania

487 John McKee

Rank: CSM     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7011969

Date: 20.08.1943   Age: 28   Place of burial:  Catania


 

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