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Remembering the heroes of the Gari River

The attack on the Gustav Line commenced at 11pm on 11th May 1944 with a massive artillery barrage along 20 miles of the defensive line from Monte Cassino to the coast. In the Liri Valley, the initial assaults across the Gari river were led by the British 4th Infantry Division to the south of Cassino…

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Remembering Major Franklyn-Vaile

Following the successful assault on the Pytchley Line at Sinagoga, 1 RIrF were brought up to continue the Irish Brigade’s forward progress and at 730am on 17th May 1944, a further artillery barrage presaged the Faughs’ attack with the objective of reaching high ground near Massa Cerro (Fernie Line), which would then allow them to…

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Father Daniel Kelleher MC Chaplain to the Irish Brigade

During April 1944, close to the village of Caira to the north of the abbey of Monte Cassino, Father Daniel Kelleher went out to tend for several wounded men despite coming under sustained very heavy shelling. For his acts of valour on that day, Father Kelleher would be awarded the Military Cross, the full citation…

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Mervyn Davies remembers

Sir Mervyn Davies, a retired High Court judge, spoke this week about his experiences during the period 1943 to 1945 as a company commander with 2 London Irish Rifles (2 LIR). Sir Mervyn, who lives with his wife Zita in Lincoln’s Inn in central London, served with the battalion in Tunisia, Sicily and mainland Italy…

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