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Patron: Col. David E. Blum OBE (Queen’s Royal Regiment)

President: Mr John Dennett

ITALY STAR ASSOCIATION

1943-1945

SICILY TARANTO . ANZIO . SALERNO SANGRO . FOGGIA .
ANCONA CORIANO . FLORENCE . ORTONA BOLOGNA .
ARGENTA . PO VALLEY. CASSINO

NATIONAL CHAIRMAN

Mr Roy Quinton
Tel: 0208 241 0275
chairman@italystarassociation.org.uk

NATIONAL SECRETARY

Mrs Sheila Edwards
5 Hatfield Close Hornchurch, Essex. RM12 6SA
Tel. 01708 469235
secretary@italystarassociation.org.uk

NATIONAL TREASURER

Miss M.D.Hanlan
Tel. 01903 247196
treasurer@italystarassociation.org.uk

MAGAZINE EDITOR

Mr. Robin Hollamby
32 Nortons Way, Five Oak Green, Tonbridge, Kent, TN12 6TB
Tel. 01892 836382
info@italystarassociation.org.uk

“When you walk in peaceful lanes so green – remember us – and think what might have been” We do remember them.

Veterans of the Italian Campaign, allied families and supporters!

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16 Comments

  1. Peter James Jennings

    My father Percival James Jennings was a driver in the Royal Corps of Signals. He fought at Alemein after which he caught maleria and was hospitalised in Durban South Africa before re-joining the war in Italy. I believe he came in at Salerno but Monte Casino and Anzio. I am certain that at the end of the he was billeted in a small hotel a few hundred metres from Castello Miramare near Montfalcone. After this he went to Milan where I have a programme with a Black Cat for a concert in La scala for Allied troops. He was also billited in The Excelsior Hotel in Venice. He was also in Lake Como around the time Musselini was captured
    I love Italy and have spent many holidays in Tuscany but I would like to try to trace my father’s trail up through Italy. He has the Italy Star. Can you please help me

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    1. Frank de Planta

      Peter.

      If the programme shows a black cat on a red background square then he was in 56 Infantry Division. That would place him at Salerno, Monte Camino, the crossing of the Garigliano near Cassino and then Anzio.

      Regards

      Frank

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  2. Mike and Sheila Luke

    My Wife’s Uncle Frederick Charles Cottom

    fought and died at Monte Cassino, other than that we have no knowledge about when his regiment entered the battle or how and where he was killed
    If anyone knew Fred or may have any further information we would love to hear from them

    14401298, 6th Bn., Seaforth Highlanders who died on 28 January 1944 Age 20

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  3. David Arthur Turnbull

    My Dad, Arthur William TURNBULL was at Monte Casino and was one of the men who crossed the Rapido before digging in under heavy mortar and machine gun fire. He was responsible for repairing the broken wireless cable that led to the message being successfully relayed that the first bridgehead over the Rapido was complete, so that the first tanks could cross to attack the stronghold.

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    1. Frank de Planta

      David.

      Do you know what Regt he was in? The first lot across the river that got tanks across were in the 8 Indian Division sector. The 4 Infantry Division got their bridges in a day later.

      Regards

      Frank

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  4. stephen singleton

    Hi, My Grandfather Sapper Edwin Singleton no 3454186, Was posted to first North Africa, where he appears to have served for 2 yrs 9 mths, then Italy for 1 yr 3 mths. According to his record he was awarded both the North Africa Star and Italy Star. he was a railway man all his life, and his record says he was posted to the 16th movement area. Unfortunately i don’t know what that means. Could anyone assist please?

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  5. Frank de Planta

    Mike & Sheila.

    6 SEAFORTHS were in 17 Infantry Brigade who were part of 5 Infantry Division. The 6 SEAFORTHS crossed the Garigliano on the night of 17-18 Jan 44 as part of a massive operation to secure the high ground beyond – the Minturno-Tufo Ridge.

    Then the attack stalled when the Germans counter attacked and Fred was killed in that period as the Allies tried desperately to hold on to their gains.

    I go out there regularly as a guide so if you ever want to see what happened for yourself, please get in touch through http://www.cassinobattlefields.co.uk

    Regards

    Frank

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  6. Neil homer

    My grandad Cyril homer was awarded the North Africa and Italy star he was a royal engineer in 261 field park company I’m struggling to find anything on where he was in Italy.
    Could anyone help please

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  7. Frank de Planta

    Neil.

    261 Field Park Company RE was formed from 204 (Wessex) Field Company in 1939, and became part of the newly formed 45th (West Country) Division.

    The company joined the Airborne Division (later the 1st Airborne Division) in January 1942. It was trained for a glider-borne role with the division and re-designated as 261 Field Park Company RE (Airborne).

    In November 1942, ten sappers (with 20 from 9 Company) set off for the heavy water plant in the Telemark District of Norway with the objective of destroying it. Both gliders crashed and there were no survivors.

    261 Company supported the 1st Airborne Division throughout the war in North Africa, Italy, Sicily, NW Europe and a detachment of 21 sappers landed in Arnhem.

    Regards

    Frank

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  8. wendy

    My grandfather was a bombardier in the 3rd Field Regiment Royal Artillery (976718) and was wounded on 21/6/1944 – the records just say Italy – do you have any more details please? He was unconscious for 3 months. Many thanks.

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  9. Frank de Planta

    Wendy.

    3 Fd Regt RA were one of three Artillery Regiments that directly supported 8 Indian Division. They were at the Fourth Battle of Monte Cassino which started on 11 May 44. Rome fell on 5 Jun 44 and the Division pushed passed the city. It was therefore just beyond Rome that he was injured.

    To know exactly where, you would have to get the War Diaries from the National Archives.

    If this interests you, get in touch through my website and I will put you in touch with people who copy War Diaries during their visits to the Archives.

    Regards

    Frank
    http://www.cassinobattlefields.co.uk

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  10. Dani Sullivan

    Hello. I am at present researching my family history, my Dad was awarded the Italy Star although I have no idea what regiment he was in. All I know is that he was also at some point in India. Any information or advice would be really helpful.

    Best wishes

    Dani.

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  11. Frank de Planta

    Dani.

    Go to http://www.gov.uk and search for Obtaining a Service Record.

    This will tell you everything once his Service Record arrives.

    Regards

    Frank

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  12. TERRY WAIT

    Hi, my late father Ernest Wait was a sapper in 13 Mechanical Equipment Company, Royal Engineers building and repairing runways, roads etc.. in Algeria and then into Italy, as dad passed 54 years ago when I was young all the information I have gained is from war diaries at Kew. To this end I have written a short book for children and grand children.
    What I was unable to find out is : in Africa he was part of the 1st Army, when his company moved to Sicily and Italy would he been part of the 8th army – furthermore what division would he have been in ?
    Many Thanks in anticipation
    Terry

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  13. Frank de Planta

    Terry.

    Go to http://www.ww2talk.com and start a thread. One of the geeks on the site will be able to help you.

    There are some really knowledgeable people on the forum.

    Regards

    Frank

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  14. Natalie Conti

    Hi,
    I am looking for anyone who may remember my grandfather – Leslie Herbert Phipps. Injured at Monte Camino as far as I know and then evacuated to Lake Como. He didn’t return home for 3 years and we would love to try to get know him better through his war experiences recalled by others. Sadly my grandfather passed away in 1983 and coincidently I married an Italian so we are very curious to know about the landings at Salerno and ensuing ordeals faced by the Guards.

    Reply

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