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The 70th jubilee of the Cassino battles in May 2014

Click on the links below to read a full account of the visit during May 2014 by the Irish Brigade co-founder, Richard O’Sullivan, when he spent a week of emotional remembrance and evocative battlefield review in the Cassino and Anzio areas. ‘O’ Group, 15th May 1944 – Visiting the area where the 2nd Battalion, London…

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Visit to Casa Sinagoga in the Liri valley

Following the review of the area where 2 LIR had held their ‘O’ Group on the afternoon of 15th May 1944, the London Irish Rifles group followed the line of attack for the battalion on the morning of 16th May. After the death of their Commanding Officer, Ion Goff, the previous day, there was some…

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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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