Irish Brigade

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

Faugh a Ballagh        Nec Aspera Terrent         Quis Separabit


Tunisia, 1942-1943


1 Rowland Farthing

Rank: Sergeant     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers     Service number: 6981482

Date: 08.12.1942     Age: 22     Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Sergeant Farthing was the son of Fred and Annie Farthing of Grimsby. His death is recorded on a date when the battalion was travelling by road at night from Bone to Souq el-Khamis in Tunisia. The journey started at 11pm on 7 December and was completed at 5am on 8 December. The diaries record that a carrier operated by 14 platoon drove off the road and fell 50 feet down a mountain side and there were 14 casualties but no deaths. This information may have been outdated if Farthing had died of his injuries later in the day without the knowledge of the author of the diaries.

2 Ronald Childs

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles     Service number: 7016720

Date: 10.12.1942     Age: 22     Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Rifleman Childs, a 22-year old member of the high-spirited carrier platoon, was killed when he slipped and fell on the Number 75 Hawkins anti-tank grenade he was carrying which was designed to be detonated when a vehicle drove over it. The grenade contained about 1lb of high explosives. He was the son of Herbert and Edith Alice Childs of Kenton in Harrow.

3 Charles Brady

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles     Service number: 7022243

Date: 11.12.1942     Age: 19     Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Rifleman Brady was in F Company. He was accidentally killed in an unexplained incident that involved one other unnamed casualty.

4 Richard Clutterbuck

Rank: Lance Corporal     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers     Service number: 6981938

Date: 11.12.1942     Age: 28     Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Clutterbuck was the son of Harry and Winifred May of Portskewett, Monmouthshire in Wales.

5 James Purdy

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers     Service number: 7045512

Date: 21.12.1942     Age: 28     Place of burial:  Massicault

The Irish Brigade website has no information about Rifleman Purdy.

6 Harold Kershaw

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles     Service number: 14209861

Date: 26.12.1942     Age: 34     Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Rifleman Kershaw was the son of Nicholson and Alice Kershaw

7 Desmond Bernard Moore

Rank: Lieutenant     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers, attached from Worcestershire Regiment     Service number: 124194

Date 27.12.1942     Age: 28     Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Lieutenant Moore of B Company was ambushed and killed with 3 of his men in the Goubellat area while leading a patrol on the night of 27 December. He was the son of Albert Victor and Avice Machell Moore of Stamford Lincolnshire. He was a graduate of University College Oxford. Moore was posted to the Faughs from the Worcestershire Regiment in October 1942.

8 Leonard Charles Thoroughgood

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers     Service number: 6982677

Date: 27.12.1942     Age: 30     Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Fusilier Thoroughgood, a member of B Company, was killed in the Goubellat area along with Lt Moore.

9 Thomas Williams

Rank: Fusilier      Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers     Service number: 6982382

Date: 27.12.1942     Age: 28     Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Fusilier Williams, a member of B Company, was killed in the Goubellat area with Lt Moore.

10 Daniel Downing

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers     Service number: 7043103

Date: 27.12.1942     Age: 25     Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Fusilier Downing, a member of B Company, was killed in the Goubellat area with Lt Moore.

11 Joseph Roche

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers     Service number: 7043683

Date: 28.12.1942     Age: 26     Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Fusilier Roche was a member of D Company in the Faughs and was wounded in the groin during a company operation across the Goubellat valley. He died almost instantly. Roche was the husband of Katie Roche of Horsham Sussex and the son of Mr and Mrs John Roche.

12 Jack Rodin

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers     Service number: 6982648

Date: 28.12.1942     Age: 25     Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

13 Samuel Kane

Rank: Lance Corporal     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers     Service number: 6977922

Date: 28.12.1942     Age: 27     Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Lance Corporal Kane was married to Emma Kane of Portadown County Armagh. He was the son of Samuel and Elizabeth Kane.

14 James Peden Montgomery

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers     Service number: 6979320

Date: 28.12.1942     Age: 22     Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Fusilier Montgomery was the husband of Margaret Montgomery of Belfast. His mother was Jean Montgomery

15 Alfred Robinson

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers     Service number: 7044953

Date: 28.12.1942     Age: 26     Place of burial:  Thibar Seminary, Tunisia

Fusilier Robinson was the husband of Myra Robinson of Clun in Shropshire.

16 Albert Deakin

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7046225

Date: 29.12.1942   Age: 33      Place of burial:  Massicault

Fusilier Deakin was killed during the Faughs’ operations around Goubellat on 27-29 December 1943. He was the son of Henry and Lizzie Deakin of Normacott, Stoke-on-Trent.

17 Norman Kyle

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7043678

Date: 29.12.1942   Age: 21   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Fusilier Kyle was killed during the Faughs’ operations around Goubellat on 27-29 December 1943. He was the son of Annie Kyle of Carnmoney in County Antrim.

18 Richard Eales

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7047601

Date: 29.12.1942   Age: 19   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Fusilier Eales was killed during the Faughs’ operations around Goubellat on 27-29 December 1943.

19 Arthur Cross

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7046597

Date: 29.12.1942   Age: 29   Place of burial:  Thibar Seminary, Tunisia

Fusilier Cross was killed during the Faughs’ operations around Goubellat on 27-29 December 1943. He was the son of Henry and Selina Cross of Tamworth, Staffordshire.

20 William Farnan

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 7012407

Date: 31.12.1942   Age: 27   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Fusilier Farnan was the son of William and Jean Farnan of Higher Broughton, Salford.

21 Frank Lunn

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6475959

Date: 03.01.1943   Age: 31   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Fusilier Lunn was killed during a patrol commanded by Lieutenant McCaldin which started on the night of 2 January when the battalion was based in around Goubellat. The patrol was ordered to probe west and to harass, ambush and inflict casualties on German Forces. It was spotted and attacked at around 230am on 4 January. Lunn was shot and died.

22 Robert Carruthers

Rank: Lieutenant     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 180162

Date: 04.01.1943   Age: 22   Place of burial:  Dely Ibrahim, Algeria

Lt Carruthers, who was 6 Innisks’ Adjutant and intelligence officer, was hit in the head in a ME 109 attack on the car he was travelling in with the Skins’ commanding officer Lieutenant Terence Macartney-Filgate on the road between El-Aroussa and Bou Arada at 830am on 20 December 1942. He died of his wounds 15 days later at the Thibar dressing station. Macartney-Filgate recovered from his wounds, occupied staff positions and was awarded an OBE in 1945. Carruthers lived in Katesbridge County Down with his wife Doris. His parents were Lieutenant-Commander Robert Carruthers of the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve and Rose Carruthers of Blindley Heath Surrey.

23 Charles McKee

Rank: Lieutenant     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 235692

Date: 04.01.1943   Age:   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Lieutenant McKee led a patrol dispatched at the same time as that led by Lieutenant McCaldin on the night of 2 January. He was reported overdue at 7am on 5 January. The war diaries record that he and his whole patrol including 20 other ranks “must be considered captured”. McKee had been in fact killed on the night of 4 January in one of the incidents that night. He was the son of Phineas and Helen McKee.

24 Charles Sutcliffe

Rank: Lieutenant     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 201012

Date: 05.01.1943   Age: 21   Place of burial:  Massicault

Commander of 18 Platoon in D Company of the Faughs which was at the time led by John Coldwell-Horsfall. Lt Sutcliffe was accidentally killed by pickets during a night patrol. His parents were William and Charlotte Sutcliffe of Raglan Monmouthshire. He joined the Faughs at the end of 1941.

25 Joseph Wilfred Francis Green

Rank: Lance Corporal     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6983562

Daate: 06.01.1943   Age: 22   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

A member of A Company and a bren-gunner, Lance Corporal Joseph (Dodger) Green had used up all his ammunition in a patrol action around Goubellat on 6 January. According to a wounded survivor of the action, Green stood with grenades in both hands “hurling abuse at his assailants in between pulling the pins of the grenades with his teeth. Still defiant, Green inevitably to enemy fire.” Page 23, Chapter 2, Clear the Way by Richard Doherty, 1993. He was the son of Francis and Lydia Green of Burton-on-Trent.

26 Alfred Moore

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 7020719

Date: 07.01.1943   Age:   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

27 John Varty

Rank: Lance Corporal     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6986135

Date: 09.01.1943   Age: 31   Place of burial:  Thibar Seminary, Tunisia

28 John Andrews

Rank: Lieutenant     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 140028

Date: 10.01.1943   Age: 27   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Lieutenant Andrews of C Company was killed at around 1000 when a truck exploded, presumably as a result of bombing. Corporal Christie was injured in the eye in the same incident. Andrews was the son of Sydney and Jessie Andrews of Kettering Northamptonshire.

29 George Beggs

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6979800

Date: 10.01.1943   Age: 22   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Fusilier Beggs was buried on 10 January at 1500. He was killed in the same incident as Lieutenant Andrews (above).

30 John Michael Hogan

Rank: Lance Sergeant     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 2716183

Date: 11.01.1943   Age: 39   Place of burial:  Massicault

H Company Sergeant Hogan, who came from Croydon, was killed during an operation in the Goubellat plain to recover tanks that were immobilised in mud. Platoon sergeants up to this point wore wireless sets carrying an aerial that could be seen by snipers. This was the 2nd Battalion’s first significant action during which four men were killed and twelve wounded. Hogan, a former Irish guardsman, was the son of Ignatius and Mary Hogan.

32 James McLoughlin

Rank: Lance Sergeant     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7014578

Date: 11.01.1943   Age:   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Lance Sergeant McLoughlin, a citizen of the Irish Free State, was killed in the tank recovery action in the Goubellat Valley.

33 John Griffin

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7022287

Date: 11.01.1943   Age: 32   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Rifleman Griffin was killed in the Goubellat Valley operation.

34 John Hogan

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7047572

Date: 11.01.1943   Age: 20   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Rifleman Hogan was killed in the Goubellat Valley operation.

35 Donald Fraser

Rank: Rifleman      Unit: London Irish Rifles    Service number: 7014465

Date: 12.01.1943    Age: 21    Place of burial:  Thibar Seminary

36 Desmond Warren

Rank: Lieutenant     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 233251

Date: 13.01.1943   Age:   Place of burial:  Massicault

Lt Warren was killed in the first and failed attack on Two Tree Hill. Other casualties suffered in the attack included Captain Ferris wounded, Lieutenants Buck, George, Strickland and Power also wounded. A total of 11 other ranks were killed (see below) and 55 wounded. The diaries reported 16 missing (and possibly killed). Company sergeant major Stevenson was among the wounded. This suggests the battalion suffered 88-89 casualties during the attack. The Commonwealth War Cemetery records suggest the final toll was 31 dead. This brought its losses since being deployed at the end of December to almost 200.

37 William Higgins

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 7045064

Date: 13.01.1943   Age: 29   Place of burial:  Massicault

Fusilier Higgins was killed in the first attack on Two Tree Hill.

38 George Sipson

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6985816

Date: 13.01.1943   Age: 22   Place of burial:  Massicault

Fusilier Simpson was killed in the first attack on Two Tree Hill.

39 Arthur Holbeche

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 7047659

Date: 13.01.1943    Age:   Place of burial:  Massicault

Fusilier Holbeche was killed in the first attack on Two Tree Hill.

40 Patrick Quinn

Rank: Lance Corporal     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 6984667

Date: 13.01.1943   Age: 36   Place of burial:  Massicault

41 Edward Pusey

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 6210786

Date: 13.01.1943   Age: 24   Place of burial:  Massicault

42 William Ellis

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 3137691

Date: 13.01.1943   Age: 19   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Fusilier Ellis was killed in the first attack on Two Tree Hill. 

43 Harry Birds

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6981574

Date: 13.01.1943   Age: 27   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Fusilier Birds was killed in the first attack on Two Tree Hill. His parents were John and Sarah Birds of Youlgreave in Derbyshire.

44 Harry Marlow

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6985793

Date: 13.01.1943   Age: 21   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Fusilier Marlow was killed in the first attack on Two Tree Hill.

45 Joseph Boyle

Rank: Lance Sergeant     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 7044999

Date: 13.01.1943   Age: 28   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

L/Sgt Boyle was killed in the first attack on Two Tree Hill.

46 Edward Alcock

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 7044543

Date: 13.01.1943   Age: 27   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Fusilier Alcock was killed in the first attack on Two Tree Hill.

47 Derrick Murphy

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6984481

Date: 13.01.1943   Age: 31   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Fusilier Murphy was killed in the first attack on Two Tree Hill.

48 Bruce Ponton

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 7044630

Date: 13.01.1943   Age: 26   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Fusilier Ponton was killed in the first attack on Two Tree Hill.

49 Wilson Pidcock

Rank: Corporal     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6981985

Date: 13.01.1943   Age: 28   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Corporal Pidcock was killed in the first attack on Two Tree Hill. 

50 John Handley

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6981851

Date: 13.01.1943   Age: 27   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Fusilier Handley was killed in the first attack on Two Tree Hill.

51 John Skinner

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 7044486

Date: 13.01.1943   Age: 23   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Fusilier Skinner was killed in the first attack on Two Tree Hill.

52 Frederick Ager

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 7044987

Date: 13.01.1943   Age: 28   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Fusilier Ager was killed in the first attack on Two Tree Hill.

53 James Battersby

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 3137720

Date: 13.01.1943   Age: 20   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Fusilier Battersby was killed in the first attack on Two Tree Hill.

54 George Brownlee

Rank: Corporal     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6979999

Date: 13.01.1943   Age: 23   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Corporal Brownlee was killed in the first attack on Two Tree Hill.

55 Francis English

Rank: Sergeant     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 4459986

Date: 13.01.1943   Age: 24   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Sgt English was killed in the first attack on Two Tree Hill. 

56 William Hadden

Rank: Lance Sergeant     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6984636

Date: 13.01.1943   Age: 22   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

L/Sgt Hadden was killed in the first attack on Two Tree Hill. 

57 Daniel McAteer

Rank: Corporal     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6982565

Date: 13.01.1943   Age: 22   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Corporal McAteer was killed in the first attack on Two Tree Hill.

58 George Osborn

Rank: Corporal     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 7045115

Date: 13.01.1943   Age: 28   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Corporal Osborn was killed in the first attack on Two Tree Hill.

59 Kenneth Dumelow

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6981946

Date: 13.01.1943   Age: 22   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Fusilier Dumelow was killed in the first attack on Two Tree Hill. 

60 Patrick Fray

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6148430

Date: 13.01.1943   Age: 31   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Fusilier Fray was killed in the first attack on Two Tree Hill.

61 William King

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 5734148

Date: 13.01.1943   Age: 20   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Fusilier King was killed in the first attack on Two Tree Hill.

62 Joseph Martin

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6982452

Date: 13.01.1943   Age: 26   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Fusilier Martin was killed in the first attack on Two Tree Hill.

63 William Siviter

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 7046348

Date: 13.01.1943   Age: 30   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Fusilier Siviter was killed in the first attack on Two Tree Hill.

64 William Twells

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 4986539

Date: 13.01.1943   Age: 20   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Fusilier Twells was killed in the first attack on Two Tree Hill. 

65 George Tyler

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 4398652

Date: 13.01.1943   Age: 21   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Fusilier Tyler was killed in the first attack on Two Tree Hill.

66 William McNamara

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 3860470

Date: 13.01.1943   Age: 28   Place of burial:  Massicault

67 Michael McLaughlin

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6985698

Date: 15.01.1943   Age: 22   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

68 Frederick Woodley

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 6982392

Date: 15.01.1943   Age: 22   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

69 Ronald Pinchin

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 14201669

Date: 17.01.1943   Age: 20   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

70 Frederick Taylor

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 3608303

Date: 17.01.1943   Age: 20   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

71 James Voss

Rank: Lance Sergeant     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6981044

Date: 18.01.1943   Age: 25   Place of burial:  Massicault

L/Sgt Voss was killed in the German attack on Grandstand. He was the son of Charles and Nelly Voss of Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire. He was married to Norah and lived in Cleethorpes.

72 Herbert Sullivan

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 13086982

Date: 18.01.1943   Age: 33   Place of burial:  Massicault

Fusilier Sullivan was killed in the German attack on Grandstand.

73 Walter Chambers

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6981833

Date: 18.01.1943   Age: 28   Place of burial:  Massicault

Fusilier Chambers was killed in the German attack on Grandstand.

74 Raymond Jeffery

Rank: Corporal     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 7045071

Date: 18.01.1943   Age: 29   Place of burial:  Massicault

Corporal Jeffrey was killed in the German attack on Grandstand.

75 Robert Patterson

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7046820

Date: 18.01.1943   Age: 22   Place of burial:  Massicault

76 Percy Welbourn

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 6982526

Date: 18.01.1943   Age: 30   Place of burial:  Massicault

77 John Kitchen

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6981404

Date: 18.01.1943   Age: 23   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Fusilier Kitchen was killed in the German attack on Grandstand.

78 Eryl Lloyd

Rank: Sergeant     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 4459898

Date: 18.01.1943   Age: 25   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Sergeant Lloyd was killed in the German attack on Grandstand. He was the son of Hugh and Sarah Lloyd of Abersoch, Caernarvonshire.

79 William Slater

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6981088

Date: 18.01.1943   Age: 26   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

80 James Shortt

Rank: Corporal     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 6979698

Date: 18.01.1943   Age: 28   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

81 Alex Webb

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7046765

Date: 18.01.1943   Age: 29   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

82 James McCarthy

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 6405646

Date: 18.01.1943   Age: 21   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

83 Thomas Rooney

Rank: Lance Corporal     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 6982319

Date: 18.01.1943   Age: 28   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

84 Joseph Wood

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7044664

Date: 18.01.1943   Age: 27   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Described as a promising NCO by his company commander John Coldwell-Horsfall, Fusilier Wood was killed during defensive fighting around Grandstand Hill.

85 James White

Rank: Lance Corporal     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 6985942

Date: 18.01.1943   Age: 22   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Described as a promising NCO by his company commander John Coldwell-Horsfall, L/Cpl White was killed during defensive fighting around Grandstand Hill.

86 Peter Casella Murphy

Rank: Major     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 53706

Date: 18.01.1943   Age: 30   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Major Murphy was commander of the Faughs’ A Company during a counterattack on Grandstand in the Bou Arada area on the afternoon of 18 January 1943. He was leading a charge against German positions when he was killed. Murphy was born in 1912, the son of Major Frank and Marguerite Murphy who lived at Dunsland Court in Jacobstowe.  Major Frank Murphy moved with his family to Jacobstowe in Devon in 1921. Peter was one of nine children. He was educated at Beaumont College and Sandhurst, before being commissioned into the East Yorks Regiment and being sent to India. There he served on the North West Frontier and was also caught up in the 1936 Quetta Earthquake. Later he also served in Palestine.  At the outbreak of the Second World War; he was a captain in the Royal Irish Fusiliers.  While on a training assignment in Catterick he met Kathleen Margaret Sharpe and in early 1940 they were married.  On the 2 October 1939, Murphy left for France in command of A Company, 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers, to join the BEF.  The battalion acted as rearguard to the bulk of the BEF in their retreat towards the River Escaut.  During this withdrawal Peter Murphy was severely wounded having been hit through the lung.  Nevertheless, he kept command and marched with his of his company for several days, before he collapsed and was evacuated back to England via Dunkirk in a critical condition. While in hospital, he received a visit from the Queen. For this rearguard action Murphy was awarded the Military Cross.  He recovered from his wounds and was posted to Northern Ireland, where his son, Patrick was born.  Murphy arrived in Algeria on the 19 December 1942.  Murphy left a wife who he married in 1939 and a son Patrick with another, Peter, soon to be born.

87 Richard Cousins

Rank: Lance Corporal     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7045383

Date: 18.01.1943   Age: 22   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

88 Robert Crawford

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 3774708

Date: 18.01.1943   Age: 25   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

89 Jack Casswell

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6985767

Date: 18.01.1943   Age: 21   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Fusilier Casswell was killed in the German attack on Grandstand.

90 Thomas Dangerfield

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 3771594

Date: 18.01.1943   Age: 24   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Fusilier Dangerfield was killed in the German attack on Grandstand.

91 Kenneth Hodson

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 7045607

Date: 18.01.1943   Age: 30   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Fusilier Hodson was killed in the German attack on Grandstand.

92 Harry Haywood

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7046918

Date: 18.01.1943   Age: 34   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

93 Edward Spencer

Rank: Captain     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 235694

Date: 18.01.1943   Age: 35   Place of burial:  Massicault

Captain Spencer was killed by a mortar shell at 0845 during an attack on Irish Brigade positions around Grandstand hill by the 1st and 3rd battalions of the Hermann Goering Regiment and IInd Marsh battalion. The war diaries record the Inniskillings suffered nine dead (including Spencer) and 31 wounded. He was the son of Mr and Mrs Charles Spencer and wad married to Sybil Spencer of Kingsbury Middlesex.

94 Timothy Casey

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 3777369

Date: 19.01.1943   Age: 28   Place of burial:  Massicault

Fusilier Casey was one of five Skins killed during the second day of German attack on Grandstand (four others listed below)

95 Kenneth Whalley

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 5124206

Date: 19.01.1943   Age: 20   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

96 John Parry

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers s  Service number: 3780995

Date: 19.01.1943   Age: 32   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

97 David Connery

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7019085

Date: 19.01.1943   Age: 24   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

David Connery was killed my mortar fire as the London Irish marched from Bou Arada to an area around Stuka Farm in preparation for the attack on Hills 279 and 286 early next morning.

98 Albert Webster

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 6985831

Date: 19.01.1943   Age: 24   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

99 William Tweed

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 6979743

Date: 19.01.1943   Age: 20   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

100 Leonard Boot

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6985761

Date: 19.01.1943   Age: 21   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

101 William Harrison

Rank: L/Corporal     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6983411

Date: 19.01.1943   Age: 31   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

102 Edmond Hall

Rank: Corporal     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7015279

Date: 20.01.1943   Age: 27   Place of burial:  Massicault

Corporal Hall was killed on Hill 286.

103 John Livingstone

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6984125

Date: 20.01.1943   Age: 22   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

104 Victor Pottinger

Rank: Lieutenant     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 217804

Date: 20.01.1943   Age: 23   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Lt Pottinger of F Company was killed during fighting for Hill 286 in the Bou Arada area on the morning of 20 January (see London Irish War Diary for details). He was married to Vivien Pottinger of Reading. His parents were from the town.

105 Themistolles Sinodorou

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7016695

Date: 20.01.1943    Age:   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Rifleman Sinodorou was killed on Hill 286. Themistolles lived in Auchinleck Ayrshire with his Jeanette. His parents were George and Kalliopi.

106 Stanley Meager

Rank: Lance Corporal     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7015737

Date: 20.01.1943   Age: 23   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Lance Corporal Stanley Meager was fatally wounded by mortar fire as the London Irish marched from Bou Arada to an area around Stuka Farm on 19 January in preparation for the attack on Hills 279 and 286 early next morning.

107 John Baxter

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 6472465

Date: 20.01.1943   Age: 27   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Rifleman Baxter was killed on Hill 286.

108 Robert Wallace

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7019499

Date: 20.01.1943   Age:   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Rifleman Wallace was killed on Hill 286. 

109 Walter Viney

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 6472132

Date: 20.01.1943   Age: 22   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Rifleman Viney was killed on Hill 286. He was from Canning Town. His parents were John and Emma Viney.

110 George Rock

Rank: Sergeant     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 3675683

Date: 20.01.1943   Age: 37   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Sergeant Rock was killed during fighting for Hill 286 in the Bou Arada area. He was from Bray County Wicklow and his parents were Alfred and Elizabeth.

111 Robert Norland

Rank: Lance Corporal     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7022330

Date: 20.01.1943   Age: 22   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

L/Cpl Norland was killed on Hill 286.

112 Joseph Smyth

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7020056

Date: 20.01.1943   Age: 21   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Rifleman Smyth was killed on Hill 286.

113 Eugene Murphy

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7022323

Date: 20.01.1943   Age: 27   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Rifleman Murphy was killed on Hill 286.

114 Dennis Griffin

Rank: Sergeant     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7016181

Date: 20.01.1943   Age: 26   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

A boxing champion, Sergeant Griffin was killed during fighting for Hill 286 in the Bou Arada area.

115 Herbert Deards

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 5954799

Date: 20.01.1943   Age: 23   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Rifleman Deards was killed on Hill 286.

116 Dennis Connolly

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7015973

Date: 20.01.1943   Age: 23   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Rifleman Connolly was killed on Hill 286.

117 James Michael McGranahan

Rank: Lieutenant     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 219911

Date: 20.01.1943   Age: 20   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Lt McGranahan of F Company was killed leading his platoon during the attack on Hill 286 on the morning of 20 January (see London Irish War Diary for details of the battle). He was the son of Dr John McGranahan and his wife was Louisa of Carlton Yorkshire.

118 William Duncombe

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7015859

Date: 20.01.1943   Age: 24   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Rifleman Duncombe was killed on Hill 286.

119 William McDowell

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7011302

Date: 20.01.1943    Age:   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Rifleman McDowell was killed on Hill 286.

120 William Bakewell

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7045190

Date: 20.01.1943   Age: 28   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

121 William Paddock

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 4867691

Date: 20.01.1943   Age: 19   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

122 Harry Robinson

Rank: Corporal     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7015092

Date: 20.01.1943   Age: 22   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Corporal Robinson was killed on Hill 286.

123 George Atkinson

Rank: Sergeant     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 1012459

Date: 20.01.1943   Age: 28   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Sergeant Atkinson was killed on Hill 286.

124 Joseph Carrigan

Rank: Captain     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 156813

Date: 20.01.1943   Age: 31   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Captain Carrigan, second in command of E Company, was killed instantly by a mortar bomb on Hill 279 during an Orders (‘O’) Group. His parents were Francis and Mary Carrigan of Harrow, Middlesex.

125 Patrick Crouchman

Rank: Lance Sergeant     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 5824219

Date: 20.01.1943   Age: 33   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

L/Sgt Crouchman was killed on Hill 286.

126 Joseph Whelan

Rank: Lance Sergeant     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7010955

Date: 20.01.1943   Age: 32   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

L/Sgt Whelan was killed on Hill 286.

Link to a photograph of Joseph Whelan.

127 Ernest Cooling

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 6460602

Date 20.01.1943   Age:   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Rifleman Cooling was killed on Hill 286.

128 Thomas Cram

Rank: Lance Corporal     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7015983

Date: 20.01.1943   Age: 24   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

L/Cpl Cram was killed on Hill 286. 

129 William Fourt

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7014550

Date: 20.01.1943   Age: 22   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Rifleman Fourt was killed on Hill 286.

130 John Hamilton

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 6466849

Date: 20.01.1943   Age: 23   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Rifleman Hamilton was killed on Hill 286.

131 Alfred Harris

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 6466851

Date: 20.01.1943   Age: 23   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Rifleman Harris was killed on Hill 286.

132 Joseph Loughbridge

Rank: Lance Corporal     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7019600

Date: 20.01.1943   Age: 24   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

L/Cpl Loughbridge was killed on Hill 286.

133 Robert McCracken

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7019059

Date: 20.01.1943   Age: 29   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Rifleman McCracken was killed on Hill 286.

134 James Mills

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7019573

Date: 20.01.1943   Age: 22   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Rifleman Mills was killed on Hill 286.

135 Gordon Trivett

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7022374

Date: 20.01.1943   Age: 21   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Rifleman Trivett was killed on Hill 286.

136 Frederick Waller

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 6470584

Date: 20.01.1943   Age: 27   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Rifleman Waller was killed on Hill 286.

137 Philip Williams

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 6089737

Date: 20.01.1943   Age: 28   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Rifleman Williams was killed on Hill 286.

138 Edward Gant

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 6471812

Date: 20.01.1943   Age: 23   Place of burial:  Thibar Seminary, Tunisia

Rifleman Gant was fatally wounded by mortar fire as the London Irish marched from Bou Arada to an area around Stuka Farm on 19 January in preparation for the attack on Hills 279 and 286 early next morning.

139 Harold Hooper

MiDRank: Captain     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 152217

Date: 20.01.1943   Age: 33   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Captain Hooper was from Loughton in Essex and was married to Edith Hooper. His parents were Frank and Lena Hooper.

140 Robert Turkington

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 6980809

Date: 20.01.1943   Age: 28   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

141 Michael McInerney

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7022307

Date: 21.01.1943   Age: 32   Place of burial:  Massicault

Rifleman McInerney was killed on Hill 286.

142 Raymond Turner

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7047643

Date: 21.01.1943   Age: 19   Place of burial:  Massicault

143 Maurice Rickard

Rank: Lance Corporal     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 6471992

Date: 21.01.1943   Age: 27   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

L/Cpl Rickard was killed on Hill 286.

144 Sydney Ekin

Rank: Captain     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 89200

Date: 21.01.1943   Age: 32   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Captain Ekin of F Company was killed on Hill 286 in the morning of 20 January (see London Irish War Diary for details). He was a graduate of Cambridge University and lived with his wife Beatrice in Knebworth Hertfordshire.

145 Harold Mangan

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 3783498

Date: 21.01.1943   Age: 22   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Rifleman Mangan was killed on Hill 286.

146 George Wyman

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 6475014

Date: 21.01.1943   Age: 22   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Rifleman Wyman was killed on Hill 286.

147 Herbert Crofts

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7014748

Date: 21.01.1943   Age: 22   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Rifleman Crofts was killed on Hill 286.

148 Ernest King

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7019585

Date: 21.01.1943   Age: 22   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Rifleman King was killed on Hill 286.

149 Reginald McKenna

Rank: Lieutenant     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 233305

Date: 21.01.1943   Age: 22   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Lt McKenna of G Company was killed on Hill 286.

150 Edward Beechey

Rank: Lieutenant     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 193855

Date: 21.01.1943   Age: 32   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Lt Beechey of G Company was killed on Hill 286. He was on secondment from the Royal Ulster Rifles. Beechey was the son of the Reverend JW Beechey and his wife Emily. He was married to Eleanor Beechey from Hove.

151 Charles Booker

Rank: Lance Corporal     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7018526

Date: 21.01.1943   Age: 25   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

L/Cpl Booker was killed on Hill 286.

152 Hubert Henderson

Rank: Captain     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 137933

Date: 21.01.1943   Age: 34   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Captain Henderson was Second-in-Command of “H” Company when he was killed during fighting on Hill 286.

153 Henry Dunham

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7016157

Date: 21.01.1943   Age: 25   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Rifleman Dunham was killed on Hill 286.

154 Ronald Figg

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7015019

Date: 21.01.1943   Age: 25   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Rifleman Figg was killed on Hill 286.

155 James Craddock

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 6978889

Date: 22.01.1943   Age: 30   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

156 Patrick Ward

Rank: Lance Sergeant     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7016161

Date: 24.01.1943   Age: 24   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

157 Albert Sills

Rank: Corporal     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 7045147

Date: 25.01.1943   Age: 28   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Corporal Sills was killed in a shelling attack at 335am. Two royal engineers were also killed in the attack.

158 George Slocombe

Rank: Lance Corporal     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7040786

Date: 25.01.1943   Age: 36   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

159 Alexander Trotter

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6210233

Date: 26.01.1943   Age: 24   Place of burial:  Massicault

160 Roy Thorpe

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 4998510

Date: 28.01.1943    Age:   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

161 William Swan

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6984041

Date: 29.01.1943   Age: 34   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

162 Frank Ware

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7017670

Date: 29.01.1943   Age: 23   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

163 Desmond O’Halloran

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 5507388

Date: 31.01.1943   Age: 20   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

164 William Kelly

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6976921

Date: 03.02.1943   Age: 30   Place of burial:  Bone

165 Wiliam Ross

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7043461

Date: 09.02.1943   Age: 29   Place of burial:  Massicault

166 William McCartney

Rank: Corporal     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 6975296

Date: 09.02.1943   Age: 36   Place of burial:  Massicault

167 James McIntyre

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 3247959

Date: 09.02.1943   Age: 24   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

168 Denis Flanagan

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 3774271

Date: 09.02.1943   Age: 24   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

169 Arthur Barrett

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 6461655

Date: 11.02.1943   Age: 22   Place of burial:  Dely Ibrahim, Algeria

170 Edward Cunningham

Rank: Corporal     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7010552

Date: 11.02.1943   Age: 35   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

171 Joseph Mansfield

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 3775823

Date: 11.02.1943   Age: 26   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

172 Peter Black

Rank: Captain     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers     Original Unit: RUR    Service number: 162687

Date: 18.02.1943      Age:   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Captain Black joined the Faughs just before it left for Algeria in November 1942. He was initially second in command of A Company. It was decided to select 10-15 of the best night patrollers from each rifle company to be used exclusively for night patrolling. Black was made commander of the unit which was named Nighthawks. He was killed in its first operation on the night of 18/19 January.

173 David Davies

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7046611

Date: 20.02.1943   Age: 29   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

174 William Parker

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 6985686

Date: 20.02.1943   Age: 19   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

175 Raymond Page

Rank: Lieutenant     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 166008

Date: 21.02.1943   Age: 25   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Lieutenant Page led a 20-person night patrol in the area of the Mahmoud Gap in the winter of 1942. After resting in a wadi, the patrol was ambushed. The patrol fought off the German attackers, but a new attack came after day-break. Page divided his men into two groups and ordered them to withdraw to the battalion lines, but Page’s own group was spotted by German armoured cars and attacked. Only one of them escaped. Three days later, however, French Spahis (local troops) brought Page in. He had been wounded but hidden by a French farmer. Page was recommended for a Military Cross for his leadership and valour in a battle in which it is estimated about two dozen enemy soldiers were killed or wounded. Page died later of his wounds. He was recommended for the MC. Page was the son of Charles and Hilda May of Tottenham.

176 Michael McDermott

Rank: Sergeant     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7042903

Date: 21.02.1943   Age: 35   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

177 Albert Fitzgibbon

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7022276

Date: 22.02.1943   Age: 26   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Albert Fitzgibbon was a member of cookhouse team which was preparing breakfast for 8 Platoon of E Company on Mosque Hill west of Stuka Ridge between 8 and 9am on 22 February 1943. He was working with rifleman Maher. The area was hit by heavy shelling. Fitzgibbon and Maher took cover in a slit trench. As soon as the shelling stopped, they returned to their cooking duties. The cookhouse then took a direct hit. Fitzgibbon died from his wounds and Maher was evacuated with a bad head wound. E Company  Colour Sergeant Edmund O’Sullivan said Fitzgibbon was a very popular member of E Company. He was a bricklayer by trade and a harmonica player which he took with him into the army.

178 John Murphy

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 3773041

Date: 22.02.1943   Age: 25   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

179 Ernest Reid

Rank: Sergeant     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6979641

Date: 24.02.1943   Age: 31   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

180 Anthony Maguire

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6984981

Date: 25.02.1943   Age: 22   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

181 William Crocker

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 6976088

Date: 25.02.1943   Age: 32   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

182 Michael De Courcey

Rank: Corporal     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7046911

Date: 25.02.1943   Age: 22   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

183 Max Blundell

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7045180

Date: 25.02.1943   Age: 30   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

184 Barney Needlestein

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7022717

Date: 25.02.1943   Age: 21   Place of burial:  Cassino Memorial

Barney was the son of Abraham and Lottie Needlestein. He was Jewish. Both his parents are buried in Rainham Cemetery in Kent.

185 Archie Kawalsky

Rank: Corporal     Unit: London Irish Rifles (Royal Ulster Rifles) Service number: 6471376

Date: 26.02.1943   Age: 27   Place of burial:  Massicault

Corporal Kawalsky was killed in the German attack in the Djebel Rihane area west of the Bou Arada-Goubellat road. He was married to Frances Kawalsky and came from Stoke Newington in London.

186 Anthony Boyle

Rank: Captain     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 174285

Date: 26.02.1943   Age: 23   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Captain Boyle was killed around 430pm in the Skins’ counterattack on Stuka Ridge during fighting on the afternoon of 26 February. He was the son of Alexander and Eileen Boyle of Portnoo, County Donegal.

187 William Ruddock

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7014282

Date: 26.02.1943   Age: 20   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Rifleman Ruddock was killed in the German attack in the Djebel Rihane area west of the Bou Arada – Goubellet road.

188 Frederick Brooks

Rank: Company Quarter Master Sergeant         Unit: London Irish Rifles      Service number: 7014506

Date: 26.02.1943   Age: 23   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Colour Sergeant Brooks, who lived in Haverfordwest with his wife Madge, was killed at Stuka Farm during a German attack. His parents were Stanley and Ella Brooks.

189 David Scott

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7018891

Date: 26.02.1943   Age: 22   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Rifleman Scott was killed in the German attack in the Djebel Rihane area west of the Bou Arada-Goubellet road.  

190 Reginald Brooks

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 6470891

Date: 26.02.1943   Age: 27   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Rifleman Brooks was killed in the German attack in the Djebel Rihane area west of the Bou Arada-Goubellet road.

191 Stanley Roberts

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 3784030

Date: 26.02.1943   Age: 20   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Rifleman Roberts was killed in the German attack in the Djebel Rihane area west of the Bou Arada-Goubellet road.

192 Charles Hamilton

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 019478

Date: 26.02.1943   Age: 16   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Rifleman Hamilton was killed in the German attack in the Djebel Rihane area west of the Bou Arada-Goubellet road.

193 William Dunsmuir

Rank: Corporal     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 14211405

Date: 26.02.1943   Age: 21   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Corporal Dunsmuir was killed in the German attack in the Djebel Rihane area west of the Bou Arada-Goubellet road.

194 Charles Mill

Rank: Lance Corporal     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7022714

Date: 26.02.1943   Age: 21   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

L/Cpl Mills was killed in the German attack in the Djebel Rihane area west of the Bou Arada-Goubellet road.

195 James Turner

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7048087

Date: 26.02.1943   Age: 19   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Rifleman Turner was killed in the German attack in the Djebel Rihane area west of the Bou Arada-Goubellet road.

196 John Tryers

Rank: Lance Corporal     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 778549

Date: 26.02.1943   Age: 32   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

L/Cpl Tryers was killed in the German attack in the Djebel Rihane area west of the Bou Arada-Goubellet road.

197 Stanley Metcalfe

Rank: Corporal     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7016046

Date: 26.02.1943   Age: 25   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Corporal Metcalfe was killed in the German attack in the Djebel Rihane area west of the Bou Arada-Goubellet road. 

198 George Watts

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 6020287

Date: 26.02.1943   Age: 25   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Rifleman Watts was killed in the German attack in the Djebel Rihane area west of the Bou Arada-Goubellet road.

199 John Carey

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7022250

Date: 26.02.1943   Age: 32   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Rifleman Carey was killed in the German attack in the Djebel Rihane area west of the Bou Arada-Goubellet road. 

200 Thomas Booth

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7022242

Date: 26.02.1943   Age: 21   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Rifleman Booth was killed in the German attack in the Djebel Rihane area west of the Bou Arada-Goubellet road.

201 Dennis Flaherty

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7015958

Date: 26.02.1943   Age: 24   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Rifleman Flaherty was killed in the German attack in the Djebel Rihane area west of the Bou Arada-Goubellet road.

202 Robert Henderson

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 14202595

Date: 26.02.1943   Age: 20   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Rifleman Henderson was killed in the German attack in the Djebel Rihane area west of the Bou Arada-Goubellet road.

203 Martin McGrath

Rank: Corporal     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7017549

Date: 26.02.1943   Age: 28   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Corporal McGrath was killed in the German attack in the Djebel Rihane area west of the Bou Arada-Goubellet road.

204 Alfred Crush

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7016727

Date: 26.02.1943   Age: 23   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Rifleman Crush was killed in the German attack in the Djebel Rihane area west of the Bou Arada-Goubellet road.

205 James McCabe

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7043299

Date: 26.02.1943   Age: 19   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

To read Fusilier McCabe’s story, please click here. He had lied about his age in February 1939 together with his friend Fusilier Andrew Gardiner who was killed fighting with the 2nd Battalion of the London Irish Rifles in the Simeto battle in August 1943. McCabe was from Dublin and his parents were John and Mary McCabe.

206 Ernest Graves

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 6985895

Date: 26.02.1943    Age:   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

207 Robert Reid

Rank: Lance Corporal     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 6979136

Date: 26.02.1943   Age: 20   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Lance-corporal Reid from B company was killed in counterattack along Stuka ridge at around 430pm on 26 February.

208 Robert Church

Rank: Corporal     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7014641

Date: 26.02.1943   Age:   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Corporal Church was killed in the German attack in the Djebel Rihane area west of the Bou Arada-Goubellet road.

209 James Smith

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 4206358

Date: 26.02.1943   Age: 20   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Rifleman Smith was killed in the German attack in the Djebel Rihane area west of the Bou Arada-Goubellet road.

210 James Taylor

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7018840

Date: 27.02.1943   Age: 22   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Rifleman Taylor was killed in the German attack in the Djebel Rihane area west of the Bou Arada-Goubellet road.

211 Angus Gardiner

Rank: Sergeant     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7011718

Date: 01.03.1943   Age: 30   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

212 William Daly

Rank: Captain     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 174288

Date: 02.03.1943   Age: 22   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Captain Daly was killed in a Skins attack on Stop Farm north of Grandstand to the east of the Medjez el-Bab to Goubellat road at 8pm 0n 2 March. The farm was occupied by the Germans and was believed to be the site of munitions including teller mines and used as a forward observation post for checking Grandstand Hill about two miles to the south. Daly led a fighting patrol drawn from the Skin’s career platoon. The attack on the farm started at 8pm. At least four German machine guns opened fire. Daly was hit but continued to direct the patrol until he realised the Germans were too strong and ordered a withdrawal. Attempts were made to move Daly, but he was too badly wounded. Daly died of his wounds at the farm. His body was retrieved by a Skins patrol on 9 March. Daly was married to Olive Daly of Belfast. His parents were Christopher and Alicia Daly.

213 Cubitt Black

Rank: Lance Corporal     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers    Service number: 4274785

Date: 02.03.1943   Age: 25   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Lance Corporal Black was killed in the Skins attack on Stop Farm north of Grandstand to the east of the Medjez el-Bab to Goubellat road on the evening of 2 March. He was the son of Robert and Adelaide Black of Hebburn County Durham

214 Ernest Towle

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6981289

Date: 02.03.1943   Age: 26   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Fusilier Towle was killed in the Skins attack on Stop Farm north of Grandstand to the east of the Medjez el-Bab to Goubellat road on the evening of 2 March. Towle was from Spilsby in Lincolnshire. He was married to Agnes Towle and his parents were Thomas and Sarah.

215 Douglas Smart

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 4457039

Date: 03.03.1943   Age: 24   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

216 Robert Dougan

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6982028

Date: 04.03.1943   Age: 36   Place of burial:  Le Petit Lac, Algeria

217 James Thompson

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 6976611

Date: 05.03.1943   Age: 30   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

218 Alfred Daniels

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 2188386

Date: 07.03.1943     Age:   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Fusilier Daniels was killed while part of a 10-man fighting patrol led by Sergeant O’Driscoll which was sent out from the Skins’ base on and around Grandstand Hill to Carrier Farm, which lay west of the Goubellat-Bou Arada road.  As Sergeant O’Donnell of the patrol approached the farm at around 9pm, he saw a sentry and opened fire with a machine gun. Several German machine guns replied, including from the west of the road. German soldiers advanced towards the patrol and it withdrew. Daniels was found to be missing and was later found to have died in the skirmish.

219 John Baggs

Rank: Lieutenant     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 2010007

Date: 07.03.1943   Age: 22   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Lieutenant Baggs joined the Faughs from the Royal Ulster Rifles on 7 February 1943. He died of wounds in an accident, which occurred during his return from patrol when the Faughs were based around Beja during a rest period. He was pulling an NCO up the 12 foot wall of a gully by his Tommy Gun, when it discharged, wounding him in the left shoulder and in the abdomen.

220 William Cahill

Rank: Sergeant     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7043184

Date: 07.03.1943   Age: 27   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

220a Armand Lortie

Rank: Sergeant     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers attached from Les Fusiliers Mont-Royal, Canada    Service number: D/61768

Date: 11.03.1943   Age: 21   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Sergeant Lortie was killed during a B Company fighting patrol mission of 20 other ranks and one officer back to Stop Farm to blow up a Teller Mine dump. When about 200 yards from the farm, they were challenged in English and did not fire straightaway. The patrol commander decided that the people before him were a German patrol, so he opened fire. One of the enemy came in and threw a grenade. In the darkness, the commander could not get everyone together, and after firing most of his ammunition, decided to withdraw. Two men were wounded. All struggled to the battalion area, with the exception of Lortie, a French-Canadian NCO attached to the unit. His body was found near the scene of the action on the following night. One other patrol member was missing and believed to have been taken prisoner. Lortie’s mother was Angelina Lortie of Quebec.

221 James Forbes

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 3130829

Date: 15.03.1943   Age: 24   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

222 Sidney Dobson

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7022820

Date: 15.03.1943   Age: 35   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

223 George Porter

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 3774655

Date: 21.03.1943.   Age: 24   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

223a Kenneth Beeching

Rank: Captain       Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers attached from Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment  Service number: 156654

Date: 3.04.1943       Age: 26   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Captain Beeching, a Downing College Cambridge University graduate who was educated at Maidstone Grammar School, led a fighting patrol sent to test German defence positions on Djebel Mahdi on the night of 4 April 1943. He was killed with one other member of the patrol (below) when a booby-trap Teller anti-tank mine exploded. He was the son of Hubert Josiah and Anne Beeching; husband of Betty Vera Beeching, of Solihull, Warwickshire. Beeching was the younger brother of Baron Beeching, who was chairman of British Rail in 1961-45.

224 John Rose

Rank: Lance Corporal     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 3654324

Date: 04.04.1943   Age: 20   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

War diaries suggest that Lance Corporal Rose was killed on the night of 4 April during a fighting patrol comprising 16 other ranks and led by Lieutenant Beeching that was sent to test German positions on Djebel Mahdi ahead of the planned Skins’ assault on the mountain.

225 Joseph Quirk

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 3774392

Date: 04.04.1943   Age: 24   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

226 Ernest Brookes

Rank: Corporal     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 7044883

Date: 06.04.1943   Age: 29   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

227 Charles Allen

Rank: Lieutenant-Colonel     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, attached from Royal Ulster Rifles   Service number: 36245

Date: 07.04.1943   Age: 37   Place of burial:  Beja

Lieutenant Colonel ‘Heaver’ Allen, the CO of the 6th Inniskillings, was killed during the initial assault on Djebel el Mahdi. The battalion attack started in darkness at 4am following an artillery barrage. It reached its objective around 5am. A German machine gun was spotted on the reverse slope that was causing problems for C company. Allen directed a bren gunner who was unable to follow his instructions. He called the gunner to him but before he arrived, Allen looked up and was shot through the head. Allen had been promoted to command the Skins in December 1942 following the wounding of its original commanding officer Terence Macartney-Filgate who was seriously wounded in a strafing attack near Bou Arada. The death of Allen, the Skins’ first fatality on 7 April, was followed by increased enemy mortar fire and casualties. Major John McCann took over command. Allen was the first of 18 fatalities that the Skins suffered on 7 April (others are listed below). They were withdrawn and put under the command of TN Grazebrook. Allen was married to Elizabeth Allen of Barnby Dunn Yorkshire. His parents were Major Henry George Allen and his wife Rosamunde.

228 James McCarthy

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 7606610

Date: 07.04.1943   Age: 28   Place of burial:  Beja

Fusilier McCarthy was killed in the assault on Djebel el Mahdi.

229 Albert Heath

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7022562

Date: 07.04.1943     Age:   Place of burial:  Beja

Fusilier Heath was killed in the assault on Djebel el Mahdi.

230 Wilfred Jones

Rank: Lance Sergeant     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 3775355

Date: 07.04.1943     Age:    Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

L/Sgt Jones was killed in the assault on Djebel el Mahdi. 

231 Joseph Hunt

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6983418

Date: 07.04.1943   Age: 33   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Fusilier Hunt was killed in the assault on Djebel el Mahdi. 

232 Clarence Wootton

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 7044508

Date: 07.04.1943   Age: 23   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Fusilier Wootton was killed in the assault on Djebel el Mahdi. 

233 Albert Tinman

Rank: Corporal     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6983317

Date: 07.04.1943   Age: 27   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Corporal Tinman was killed in the assault on Djebel el Mahdi. He was the son of Robert and Fanny Tinman of Portadown County Armagh.

234 Leslie Gidney

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 4752524

Date: 07.04.1943   Age: 27   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Fusilier Gidney was killed in the assault on Djebel el Mahdi.

235 Ronald Clough

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 3783400

Date: 07.04.1943   Age: 21   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Fusilier Clough was killed in the assault on Djebel el Mahdi.

236 Sidney Milton

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7022866

Date: 07.04.1943   Age: 35   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Fusilier Milton was killed in the assault on Djebel el Mahdi. 

237 Harry Rice

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 6985807

Date: 07.04.1943   Age: 22   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Fusilier Rice was killed in the assault on Djebel el Mahdi.

238 William Kerr

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 6980804

Date: 07.04.1943   Age: 27   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab 

Fusilier Kerr was killed in the assault on Djebel el Mahdi.

239 James Fraser

Rank: Sergeant     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7044362

Date: 07.04.1943   Age: 26   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Sgt Fraser was killed in the assault on Djebel el Mahdi.

240 Walter Gibson

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7047680

Date: 07.04.1943   Age: 21   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Fusilier Gibson was killed in the assault on Djebel el Mahdi.

241 Francis Ford

Rank: Sergeant     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 7044307

Date: 07.04.1943   Age: 23   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Platoon Sergeant Ford of A Company was killed in the first attack on Jebel el-Mahdi on 7 April. He was replaced by Sergeant Walls.

242 Kenneth Davis

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6984825

Date: 07.04.1943   Age: 30   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

243 Arthur Gower

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6982166

Date: 07.04.1943   Age: 29   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Fusilier Gower was killed in the assault on Djebel el Mahdi.

244 William Trimble

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 7044343

Date: 07.04.1943   Age: 29   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Fusilier Trimble was killed in the assault on Djebel el Mahdi.

245 Mathew Coffey

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6985242

Date: 07.04.1943   Age: 30   Place of burial:  Oued Zarga

Fusilier Coffey was killed in the assault on Djebel el Mahdi.

246 George Evans

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 3137727

Date: 07.04.1943   Age: 20   Place of burial:  Oued Zarga

Fusilier Evans was killed in the assault on Djebel el Mahdi.

247 Herbert Owen

Rank: Sergeant     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 3527077

Date: 07.04.1943   Age: 28   Place of burial:  Oued Zarga

Sgt Owen was killed in the assault on Djebel el Mahdi. 

248 Joseph Robinson

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6984687

Date: 07.04.1943   Age: 19   Place of burial:  Oued Zarga

Fusilier Robinson was killed in the assault on Djebel el Mahdi.

249 Edward Pickford

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6986045

Date: 07.04.1943   Age: 26   Place of burial:  Oued Zarga

Fusilier Pickford was killed in the assault on Djebel el Mahdi.

250 Samuel Megarity

Rank: Corporal     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7043743

Date: 07.04.1943   Age: 24   Place of burial:  Oued Zarga

Corporal Megarity was killed in the assault on Djebel el Mahdi. 

251 Harold Ward

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6982298

Date: 08.04.1943   Age: 29   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

252 Walter Lake

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7045240

Date: 08.04.1943   Age: 29   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

253 Wilfred Winston

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7044660

Date: 08.04.1943   Age: 23   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

A member of 17 Platoon in the Faughs’ D Company, Fusilier Winston was badly wounded in the leg in the early part of the attack on Jebel Mahdi and died later on the same day.

254 Harold Walls

Rank: Lance Sergeant     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6982295

Date: 09.04.1943    Age:   Place of burial:  Beja

Lance Sergeant Walls was killed when he stepped on a mine during the second Skin’s attack on Jebel Mahdi which started with a barrage at 1pm and ended at 6pm when the battalion was again withdrawn after failing to reach all objectives. The Skins suffered two fatalities and 12 wounded on the day. Some happened when three of the companies entered a minefield.

255 Edwin Nicholls

Rank: Lance Corporal     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 7849189

Date: 09.04.1943   Age: 27   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Lance Corporal Nicholls was killed during the second Skin’s attack on Jebel Mahdi which started with a barrage at 1pm and ended at 6pm when the battalion was again withdrawn after failing to reach all objectives. The Skins suffered to fatalities and 12 wounded on the day. Some happened when three of the companies entered a minefield.

256 Fred Nash

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7047619

Date: 10.04.1943   Age: 19   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

257 Frank Westerman

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 14206941

Date: 11.04.1943   Age: 20   Place of burial:  Beja

The Skins’ battalion area was bombed on 11 April. One member of the battalion was killed (probably Fusilier Westerman) and two wounded.

258 Walter Corless

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 3774575

Date: 12.04.1943   Age: 25   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

259 Ronald Tickell

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 3608183

Date: 14.04.1943   Age: 22   Place of burial:  Beja

260 Henry Wise

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7022164

Date: 15.04.1943   Age: 36   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

261 Philip Slattery

Rank: Lieutenant     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 172413

Date: 15.04.1943   Age: 23   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Lt Slattery was killed instantly by enemy together with three other Faughs by defensive fire on Kef el Tior on the night of 15 April. The Faughs were heard to scream “Faugh a Ballagh” in their assault. Slattery had been wounded during the Faughs’ counterattack during fighting to the east of Grandstand Hill on 18 January 1943. Slattery went to Stoneyhurst School and then spent several years goldmining in South Africa. He returned to the UK at the start of the war and enlisted in the Royal Fusiliers. Slattery was commissioned in February 1941 and joined the Faughs in July that year. He was wounded in January 1943 and returned to the battalion on 12 April. Slattery was in A Company of the Faughs during his entire period of service.

262 David Nicholas Jefferies MC

Rank: Captain     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 117829

Date: 16.04.1943   Age: 22   Place of burial:  Beja

Captain Jefferies joined D Company of the Faughs and served as second-in-command of the company under Major John Coldwell-Horsfall. He emerged as one of the bravest officers in the battalion who specialised in night reconnaissance patrols. His exploits included leading a patrol on 29 December into enemy territory. Jefferies spotted and then joined a German patrol, taking one of them prisoner. For these and other actions, Jefferies was awarded the MC and was appointed commander of A Company. He was badly wounded by shell fire in the Faughs’ attack on Kef El Tior mountain on the night of 15 April. It took many hours to carry him off the mountain and he died of his wounds at the casualty clearing station in Beja where he is buried. Jefferies, who spoke German, famously captured the lagging member of a German patrol during a one-man operation in the Goubellat area of Tunisia on the night of 29 December. For his actions, Jefferies was awarded the first MC to a member of the Irish Brigade. His parents were the Reverend Canon Arthur Jefferies and his wife Frances of Berkhamstead. He went to Marlborough School and joined the Faughs from officer training in February 1940.

263 Henry Mandy

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6982514

Date: 16.04.1943   Age: 30   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

The Skins participated in the Irish Brigade attack on high ground north of the road to Medjez el-Bab which began in bright moonlight at 1 minute after midnight on 16 April. The battalion’s lead companies immediately suffer 12 casualties including Captain McCaldin and Lieutenant Lambert Porter as a result of British shells falling short of the target. The Skin’s objective was Jebel Tanngoucha but the battalion had not taken the objectives 430am and it was decided their position was untenable during daylight hours. It was withdrawn. The Skins’ war diaries say it suffered four fatalities among other ranks and a total of 36 wounded officers and other ranks. Fusilier Mandy, Sergeant Fenton and Fusiliers Picker and Curzon were killed in the attack.

264 Thomas Picker

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6981423

Date: 16.04.1943   Age: 26   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

The Skins participated in the Irish Brigade attack on high ground north of the road to Medjez el-Bab which began in bright moonlight at 1 minute after midnight on 16 April. The battalion’s lead companies immediately suffer 12 casualties including Captain McCaldin and Lieutenant Lambert Porter as a result of British shells falling short of the target. The Skin’s objective was Jebel Tanngoucha but the battalion had not taken the objectives 430am and it was decided their position was untenable during daylight hours. It was withdrawn. The Skins’ war diaries say it suffered four fatalities among other ranks and a total of 36 wounded officers and other ranks. Fusilier Picker, Sergeant Fenton and Fusiliers Mandy and Curzon were killed in the attack.

265 Arthur Fenton

Rank: Sergeant     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6981949

Date: 16.04.1943   Age: 27   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

The Skins participated in the Irish Brigade attack on high ground north of the road to Medjez el-Bab which began in bright moonlight at 1 minute after midnight on 16 April. The battalion’s lead companies immediately suffer 12 casualties including Captain McCaldin and Lieutenant Lambert Porter as a result of British shells falling short of the target. The Skin’s objective was Jebel Tanngoucha but the battalion had not taken the objectives 430am and it was decided their position was untenable during daylight hours. It was withdrawn. The Skins’ war diaries say it suffered four fatalities among other ranks and a total of 36 wounded officers and other ranks. Sergeant Fenton and Fusiliers Mandy, Picker and Curzon were killed in the attack.

266 William Carrig

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7017516

Date: 16.04.1943   Age: 28   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

267 Hyman Casper Reuben

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 4205977

Date: 16.04.1943   Age: 21   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Rifleman Reuben was the son of Maurice and Ann Reuben of Moss Side in Manchester.

268 Thomas Addey

Rank: Corporal     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7045176

Date: 16.04.1943   Age: 27   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

269 George Flowers

Rank: Corporal     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7045795

Date: 16.04.1943   Age: 31   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

270 Robert Curzon

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6983374

Date: 16.04.1943   Age: 31   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

The Skins participated in the Irish Brigade attack on high ground north of the road to Medjez el-Bab which began in bright moonlight at 1 minute after midnight on 16 April. The battalion’s lead companies immediately suffer 12 casualties including Captain McCaldin and Lieutenant Lambert Porter as a result of British shells falling short of the target. The Skin’s objective was Jebel Tanngoucha but the battalion had not taken the objectives 430am and it was decided their position was untenable during daylight hours. It was withdrawn. The Skins’ war diaries say it suffered four fatalities among other ranks and a total of 36 wounded officers and other ranks. Fusilier Curzon, Sergeant Fenton and Fusiliers Picker and Mandy were killed in the attack.

271 Albert Grice

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7047546

Date: 16.04.1943   Age: 26   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

272 Isaac Henry

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7047221

Date: 16.04.1943   Age: 32   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

273 James Grant

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 3196442

Date: 17.04.1943   Age: 31   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

274 James McKane

Rank: Lance Corporal     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6985820

Date: 17.04.1943   Age: 21   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

275 David Crawford

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7043624

Date: 17.04.1943   Age: 34   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

276 James Wild

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 6985708

Date: 17.04.1943   Age: 20   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

277 George Rabone

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 6981991

Date: 17.04.1943   Age: 28   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

278 George Mason

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7044792

Date: 17.04.1943   Age: 30   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

279 James Given

Rank: Lance Corporal     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 6976278

Date: 17.04.1943   Age: 33   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

A Faughs’ regular, L/Cpl Given was in 17 Platoon in D Company during the Tunisian campaign. He was in a trench on Kef El Tior when suffered a shrapnel wound to his head, and was then sent for medical treatment and, according to John Coldwell-Horsfall (The Wild Geese Are Flighting), “he found and consumed medical rum supplies.”…he headed back to the battle and the Inniskillings found him a week later, lying dead in the German positions on the col of Tanngoucha.

280 Wilfred Dicken

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7047670

Date: 17.04.1943   Age: 20   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

281 Albert Smith

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7047634

Date: 17.04.1943   Age: 20   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

282 Leslie Bishop

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7045941

Date: 18.04.1943   Age: 22   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

283 James Jewels

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 3603156

Date: 18.04.1943   Age: 28   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

284 Charles Mizon

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7015170

Date: 20.04.1943   Age: 33   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

285 Albert Sanders

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7044812

Date: 21.04.1943   Age: 29   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

286 Henry Thomas Emmins

Rank: Lieutenant     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 201008

Date: 21.04.1943       Age:   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Lieutenant Emmins joined the Faughs in early April from the 7th Battalion of the Royal Ulster Rifles. He was initially a platoon commander but was made battalion signals officer. He was killed on 21 April when the Faughs’ battalion headquarters was mortared during operations around Heidous.

287 Albert Mallen

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7046311

Date: 21.04.1943   Age: 32   Place of burial:  Medjez el-Bab Memorial

288 William Kellett

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 3608618

Date: 22.04.1943   Age: 19   Place of burial:  La Reunion, Algeria

289 Samuel Millard

Rank: Lance Corporal     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 7860798

Date: 22.04.1943   Age: 29   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

L/Cpl Millard was killed in the assault on Tanngoucha.

290 Clarence Horsfield

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 4511678

Date: 22.04.1943   Age: 33   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Fusilier Horsfield was killed in the assault on Tanngoucha.

291 Henry Vann

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6983509

Date: 22.04.1943   Age: 22   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Fusilier Vann was killed in the second Skins’ attack on Jebel Tanngoucha which started at 9pm on the night of April. He was the son of Frederick and Ada Vann of Warsop Vale, Nottinghamshire.

292 Ronald Graham

Rank: Lance Corporal     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 3783861

Date: 22.04.1943   Age: 23   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

L/Cpl Graham was killed in the second assault on Jebel Tanngoucha.

293 Addie Poole

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 4546237

Date: 22.04.1943   Age: 18   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Fusilier Poole was killed in the second assault on Jebel Tanngoucha. He was the son of Frederick and Sarah Poole of Bolton Lancashire.

294 Thomas Ross

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7022993

Date: 22.04.1943   Age: 23   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Rifleman Ross was killed in the assault on Heidous.

295 Wilfred Palmer

Rank: Corporal     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7019513

Date: 22.04.1943   Age: 21   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Corporal Palmer was killed by machine-gun fire in the attack on Heidous.

296 Bertie Watkins

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 3250861

Date: 22.04.1943   Age: 26   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Rifleman Watkins was killed in the assault on Heidous. 

297 Frederick McDonald

Rank: Lance Corporal     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7019231

Date: 22.04.1943   Age: 22   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

L/Cpl McDonald was killed in the assault on Heidous.

298 Joseph Hobbs

Rank: Sergeant     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7044982

Date: 22.04.1943   Age: 31   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Sgt Hobbs was killed in the assault on Hill 622 and Butler’s Hill.

299 James Irwin

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6984357

Date: 22.04.1943   Age: 21   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Fusilier Irwin was killed in the second assault on Jebel Tanngoucha.

300 John Hamilton

Rank: Corporal     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 3251027

Date: 22.04.1943   Age: 27   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Corporal Hamilton was killed in the assault on Heidous.

301 Arthur Doherty

Rank: Lance Corporal     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7018574

Date: 22.04.1943   Age: 28   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

L/Cpl Doherty was killed in the assault on Heidous.

302 Richard Linihan

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 6341336

Date: 22.04.1943   Age: 32   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Rifleman Linihan was killed in the assault on Heidous. 

303 Walter Pasby

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7045500

Date: 22.04.1943   Age: 28   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Rifleman Pasby was killed in the assault on Heidous.

304 Thomas Hesketh
Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7022075

Date: 22.04.1943   Age: 21   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

305 Robert Mannall

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7012003

Date: 22.04.1943   Age: 28   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

306 Richard Bride

Rank: Lance Sergeant     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 7045000

Date: 23.04.1943    Age:   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

The Skins had advanced 1,000 yards from its start point in the early hours of 23 April in the second attack on Tanngoucha. After attempting to capture a German strongpoint on a rocky outcrop, B and C came under heavy fire from both flanks and were counterattacked. They withdrew but three out of four of their officers were killed. By daylight, D Company was pinned down. The war diaries record that the battalion lost four officers and 43 other ranks as casualties in the 24 hours after the start of the attack. Lance Sergeant Bride was one of those that died in this period.

307 Harold Hilton

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 3195825

Date: 23.04.1943   Age: 28   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

The Skins had advanced 1,000 yards from its start point in the early hours of 23 April in the second attack on Tanngoucha. After attempting to capture a German strongpoint on a rocky outcrop, B and C came under heavy fire from both flanks and were counterattacked. They withdrew but three out of four of their officers were killed. By daylight, D Company was pinned down. The war diaries record that the battalion lost four officers and 43 other ranks as casualties in the 24 hours after the start of the attack. Fusilier Hilton was one of those that died in this period.

308 John Williamson

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 14206949

Date: 23.04.1943   Age: 20   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

The Skins had advanced 1,000 yards from its start point in the early hours of 23 April in the second attack on Tanngoucha. After attempting to capture a German strongpoint on a rocky outcrop, B and C came under heavy fire from both flanks and were counterattacked. They withdrew but three out of four of their officers were killed. By daylight, D Company was pinned down. The war diaries record that the battalion lost four officers and 43 other ranks as casualties in the 24 hours after the start of the attack. Fusilier Williamson was one of those that died in this period.

309 Edwin Hill

Rank: Captain     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 103025

Date: 23.04.1943   Age: 28   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

The Skins had advanced 1,000 yards from its start point in the early hours of 23 April in the second attack on Tanngoucha. After attempting to capture a German strongpoint on a rocky outcrop, B and C came under heavy fire from both flanks and were counterattacked. They withdrew but three out of four of their officers were killed. By daylight, D Company was pinned down. The war diaries record that the battalion lost four officers and 43 other ranks as casualties in the 24 hours after the start of the attack. Captain Hill was one of two captains killed in the attack. Edwin Hill was the son of Charles and Ethel Hill. He was married to Joyce Hill and lived in New Malden in Surrey.

310 Patrick Dunne

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7047022

Date: 23.04.1943   Age: 30   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

The Skins had advanced 1,000 yards from its start point in the early hours of 23 April in the second attack on Tanngoucha. After attempting to capture a German strongpoint on a rocky outcrop, B and C came under heavy fire from both flanks and were counterattacked. They withdrew but three out of four of their officers were killed. By daylight, D Company was pinned down. The war diaries record that the battalion lost four officers and 43 other ranks as casualties in the 24 hours after the start of the attack. Fusilier Dunne was one of those that died in this period.

311 Ian Megginson

Rank: Captain     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 121597

Date: 23.04.1943   Age: 24   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

The Skins had advanced 1,000 yards from its start point in the early hours of 23 April in the second attack on Tanngoucha. After attempting to capture a German strongpoint on a rocky outcrop, B and C came under heavy fire from both flanks and were counterattacked. They withdrew but three out of four of their officers were killed. By daylight, D Company was pinned down. The war diaries record that the battalion lost four officers and 43 other ranks as casualties in the 24 hours after the start of the attack. Captain Megginson was one of two Skins’ captains killed in this period. He was the son of Robert Frederick and Gertrude Megginson, of Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire.

312 James Hand

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 6209554

Date: 23.04.1943   Age: 20   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

313 Ronald Potter

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 3531711

Date: 23.04.1943    Age:   Place of burial:  Oued Zarga

314 Pierce Mahony

Rank: Lieutenant     Unit: Royal Ulster Rifles, attached to Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 201006

Date: 23.04.1943   Age: 28   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Pierce Mahony was the son of Michael and Marie Mahony and was married to Christina Mahony. He lived in Selkirk in Scotland.

315 Frederick Notley

Rank: Corporal     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 7045495

Date: 23.04.1943   Age: 28   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Fusilier Notley was one of the Skins killed on the second day of its second attack on Jebel Tanngoucha on 23/24 April. The battalion suffered eight casualties (all other ranks) on 24 April.

316 Maurice Schofield

Rank: L/Corporal     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 6982490

Date: 23.04.1943   Age: 31    Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

317 Eric Jennings

Rank: Lance Corporal     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 14201861

Date: 24.04.1943   Age: 20   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Lance Corporal Jennings was one of the Skins killed on the second day of its second attack on Jebel Tanngoucha on 23/24 April. The battalion suffered eight casualties (all other ranks) on 24 April.

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318 Francis Bygrave

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 7045007

Date: 24.04.1943   Age: 25   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Fusilier Bygrave was one of the Skins killed on the second day of its second attack on Jebel Tanngoucha on 23/24 April. The battalion suffered eight casualties (all other ranks) on 24 April.

319 John Hall

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 3607851

Date: 24.04.1943   Age: 20   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Fusilier Hall was one of the Skins killed on the second day of its second attack on Jebel Tanngoucha on 23/24 April. The battalion suffered eight casualties (all other ranks) on 24 April.

320 Frederick Hall

Rank: Lance Corporal     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 3778804

Date: 24.04.1943   Age: 26   Place of burial:  Oued Zarga

Lance Corporal Hall was one of the Skins killed on the second day of its second attack on Jebel Tanngoucha on 23/24 April. The battalion suffered eight casualties (all other ranks) on 24 April.

321 Henry Boyd

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6980470

Date: 25.04.1943   Age: 33   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Fusilier Boyd was one of the casualties suffered by the Skins on the third day of its second attack on Jebel Tanngoucha. The battalion suffered 16 casualties, all other ranks, on 25 April.

322 Hugh Blair

Rank: Lance Sergeant     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 6975441

Date: 25.04.1943    Age:   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

323 William Ball

Rank: Corporal     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7045312

Date: 25.04.1943   Age: 30   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

324 Peter Sillem

Rank: Lieutenant     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers, attached from Welch Regiment   Service number: 219879

Date: 25.04.1943   Age: 20   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Lt Sillem joined D Company of the Faughs in February 1943 on transfer from the Welch Regiment. In the Faughs’ spirited but unsuccessful attack on Point 622 on the night of 22 April, Sillem commanded 18 Platoon. A and D companies attacked Butler’s Hill in the same area on 25 April and Sillem, who was then commander of D company, was killed.  His company commander John Coldwell-Horsfall described him in The Wild Geese Are Flighting thus: “Peter was a swashbuckler. He had a heart of gold and he dressed like a pirate. He was a delight to serve with and he made his mark in our little history.” Sillem had been mentioned in dispatches. He was the son of Charles and Muriel Sillem of Surbiton and had attended the Catholic Wimbledon College.

325 James Tilson

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7047828

Date: 25.04.1943   Age: 22   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

326 Douglas Constable

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7047861

Date: 25.04.1943   Age: 28   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

327 Michael Rogan

Rank: Lance Corporal     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7046925

Date: 25.04.1943   Age: 26     Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Lance-Corporal Rogan was killed in the Faughs’ final attack on Hill 622 on Kef El Tior mountain.

328 Cyril Willis

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7044662

Date: 25.04.1943    Age:   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Fusilier Willis was killed in the final attack on Hill 622 on Kef El Tior mountain.

329 John Duval

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7044575

Date: 25.04.1943   Age: 23   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

330 James Clarke

Rank: Lance Corporal     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7043641

Date: 25.04.1943   Age: 29   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

331 Leonard Keating

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7043583

Date: 25.04.1943   Age: 26   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

332 Anthony Young

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7022743

Date: 25.04.1943   Age: 21   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

333 William Alcock

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7047851

Date: 26.04.1943   Age: 22   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

334 Thomas McMullan

Rank: Lance Corporal     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6983769

Date: 27.04.1943   Age:    Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

The Skins’ third attack on high points north of the road to Medjez el-Bab started with an artillery barrage on Kef el-Senach at 1130am on 27 April. Kef el-Senech which is about 1,200 feet above sea level. It consisted of four separate high points, all of which were held by the Germans. The battalion took two of the four by midday. It suffered a total of 13 fatalities on 27 April including Lance Corporal McMullan.

335 Harold Brown

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 3718747

Fusilier Brown was killed in the Skins’ attack on Kef el-Senach.

Date: 27.04.1943   Age: 20   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

336 John Campbell

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 3132834

Date: 27.04.1943   Age: 23   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Fusilier Campbell was killed in the Skins’ attack on Kef el-Senach

337 William Heron

Rank: Sergeant     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6978607

Date: 27.04.1943   Age: 21   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Sergeant Heron was killed in the Skins’ attack on Kef el-Senach. Heron was the son of John and Annie Heron of Coagh Country Tyrone

338 Norman Shimwell

Rank: Lance Sergeant     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6981648

Date: 27.04.1943   Age: 27   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Lance Sergeant Shimwell was killed in the Skins’ attack on Kef el-SenachShimwell was born and raised in Bakewell in Derbyshire.

339 Joseph Connell

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 3135708

Date: 27.04.1943   Age: 27   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Fusilier Connell was killed during the Skins’ attack on Kef el-Senach. He was from Glasgow and was married to Mary Connell.

340 John Evans

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 3784010

Date: 27.04.1943   Age: 20   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Fusilier Evans was killed during the Skins’ attack on Kef el-Senach. He was the son of John and Ruth Evans.

341 Robert McLaughlan

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 3607860

Date: 27.04.1943   Age: 20   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Fusilier McLaughlan was killed during the Skins’ attack on Kef el-Senach. He was from Carlisle and his parents were John and Grace McLaughlan.

342 Frederick Newman

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 3607649

Date: 27.04.1943   Age: 20   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Fusilier Newman was killed during the Skins’ attack on Kef el-Senach. His parents were Joseph and Florence Newman.

343 Ronald Parkinson

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 3607688

Date: 27.04.1943   Age: 19   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Fusilier Parkinson was killed during the Skins’ attack on Kef el-Senach. He was the son of Mr and Mrs James Parkinson of Blackburn Lancashire.

344 Frank Persechino

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 14206442

Date: 27.04.1943   Age: 20   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Fusilier Persechino was killed during the Skins’ attack on Kef el-Senach.

345 Kevin Gabriel Rice

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 5436998

Date: 27.04.1943   Age: 22   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Fusilier Rice was killed during the Skins’ attack on Kef el-Senach. He was the son of John and Rose Rice of Belfast.

346 George Swanson

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 3195335

Date: 27.04.1943   Age: 31   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Fusilier Rice was killed during the Skins’ attack on Kef el-Senach. He was the son of George and Marion Swanson of Peebles.

347 Reginald Grosse

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6983555

Date: 28.04.1943   Age: 22   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Fusilier Rice was the son of Christopher and Ivy Grosse of Newark Nottinghamshire.

349 Harry McRory

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7014470

Date: 28.04.1943   Age: 36   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Rifleman McRory was acting as driver for Irish Brigade commander Nelson Russell when he was killed by shelling in an incident witnessed by London Irish E Company Colour Sergeant Edmund O’Sullivan.  He was married to Rosemary McRory of Hornsey, London. His parents were John and Mary McRory.

350 John Linton

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 3608619

Date: 28.04.1943   Age: 19   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

351 Arthur Henry Norman

Rank: Sergeant     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7045494

Date: 28.04.1943   Age: 28   Place of burial:  Oued Zarga

Sergeant Norman of F Company died from wounds sustained during the second attack on Heidous on the night of 22 February 1943. He was found by the London Irish Rifles when they captured Heidous in the second attack on the village on the night of 25 April. Norman was married to Evelyn Mary Norman. His parents were Henry and Ann Norman of Whitton Park, Middlesex.

352 Archibald Potton

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 2722770

Date: 30.04.1943   Age: 32   Place of burial: Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

Rifleman Potton was married to Hilda Potton of Berkhamsted Hertfordshire. His parents were William and Priscilla Potton.

353 Edward Green

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6980546

Date: 30.04.1943   Age: 30   Place of burial:  Oued Zarga

Fusilier Green was married to Ellen Green of Londonderry. His parents were George and Mary Green.

354 Frederick Fincham

Rank: Company Sergeant Major (D Company)   Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7043002

Date: 01.05.1943   Age: 35   Place of burial:  Oued Zarga

CSM Fincham was Colour Sergeant in B Company at the start of the Tunisian campaign, and was promoted Company Sergeant Major of D Company to replace “Tug” Wilson on 28 January 1943. He was married to Norah Eileen Fincham of Tiverton in Devon. His parents were Frederick and Kathleen Fincham.

355 Frederick Herbert

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 13081936

Date: 06.05.1943   Age: 21   Place of burial:  El Alia, Algeria

356 Charles Smart

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7019390

Date: 06.05.1943   Age: 32   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab Memorial

357 Frank McAleer

Rank: Sergeant     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 6976983

Date: 08.05.1943   Age: 32   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Sergeant McAleer achieved notoriety during the Skins’ operations in the Goubellat plain on the morning of 24 January 1943 when he unilaterally and single-handedly went out from his position south of Hill 286 in revenge for the loss of a patrol the previous night.  His military mission was information, but his own object was to obtain revenge for the loss of a patrol on night 23/24 Feb 43. He spotted machine gun post, went to the flank of it, surprised the crew of two, collected the gun and disabled the two prisoners. McAleer was awarded a DCM for this action. He was the husband of Grace McAleer of Aldershot. His parents were Frank and Elizabeth McAleer.

358 William Stewart

Rank: Corporal     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 6975608

Date: 13.05.1943   Age: 33   Place of burial:  El Alia, Algeria

359 Maurice Thornton

Rank: Captain     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 124647

Date: 13.05.1943   Age: 36   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Captain Thornton, an Oxford graduate and professional actor, was seriously wounded during the London Irish attack on Heidous, a village in high land north of the road to Medjez el-Bab. The attack was led by F Company under Captain Dunnill with G Company under Thornton in support. The attack started with an artillery barrage on Heidous and Jebel Tangouche at 545pm on 22 April. F Company advanced to Heidous but came under heavy machine gun fire and Dunnill was wounded. G company’s radio connection with F company failed and Thornton went forward to Heidous to find out what was happening. He was hit in the legs by machine gun fire and taken prisoner. The fighting in Heidous continued until the village was taken by the evening of 23 April. Thornton died of his wounds on 13 May. Thornton was born in Frome in Somerset, the only son of the Reverend Robert Thornton, vicar of Corringham, and his wife Ethel. They lived at 19 Holdenhurst Avenue, Boscombe in Hampshire. Thornton went to school at Lancing College. He went to Hertford College Oxford in 1925. After, he went to Sudan to work as a cotton planter and then to South Africa where he was a salesman. Thornton married Kathleen Roulston at Cape Town Cathedral in 1932. Their daughter Jill was born in 1934. Thornton and his family returned to the UK and he became an actor with the Oxford Repertory Company. He was conscripted into the army and completed officer training in March 1940, when he was commissioned as second lieutenant in the Royal Fusiliers. Thornton was transferred to the Royal Ulster Rifles and then to the 2nd Battalion of the London Irish Rifles.

360 Michael Laurence O’Gorman

Rank: Lieutenant     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 247963

Date: 13.05.1943   Age: 29   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Lieutenant O’Gorman was the son of Hugh and Catherine O’Gorman. He was examining a grenade which detonated. O’Gorman had served for nine years in the Royal Berkshire regiment before being commissioned into the Faughs.

361 J H Neil Moores

Rank: Lance Corporal     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7044389

Date: 14.05.1943   Age: 26   Place of burial:  El Alia, Algeria

362 Daniel O’Brien

Rank: Platoon sergeant Major (PSM)     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 6975298

Date: 23.05.1943   Age: 35   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

PSM O’Brien joined the Faughs in 1925. His father had been regimental sergeant major and two of his elder brothers were already in the Faughs. O’Brien was commander of the pioneer platoon when he was wounded. He died of his wounds on 23 May 1943.

363 Arthur Lane

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7017597

Date: 15.06.1943   Age: 23   Place of burial:  Abney Park, UK

364 James Carr

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 14211959

Date: 19.06.1943   Age: 38   Place of burial:  El Alia, Algeria

365 Wilfred Thomas

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 3771936

Date: 25.06.1943   Age: 24   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

366 Albert Myatt

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 7047556

Date: 05.07.1943   Age: 27   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

367 George Keepin

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 6350946

Date: 06.07.1943 (grave marker incorrect).   Age: 29   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

Rifleman Keepin was from Morriston in Glamorgan and was married to Doris Keepin. His parents were Oliver and Ruth.

368 John Kiely

Rank: Rifleman     Unit: London Irish Rifles   Service number: 7019209

Date: 06.07.1943   Age: 32   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

370 Raymond Purvis

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers   Service number: 7045513

Date: 14.07.1943   Age: 29   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab

372 Ronald Anthony

Rank: Fusilier     Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   Service number: 4209641

Date: 19.07.1943   Age: 21   Place of burial:  Medjez-el-Bab