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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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24 Comments

  1. 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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    1. Dani Sullivan

      Hi Frank,
      Thanks for your help. Unfortunately I do not know his service number, so I cannot apply for this, but thank you for your help. I just wondered if there were some other way to find out more about his time in the army.

      Best wishes,
      Dani.

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      1. Frank de Planta

        Dani.

        Despite what the site says, his Service Number is not necessary. It helps he MoD researcher but is not crucial.

        Regards

        Frank

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      2. Frank de Planta

        Dani.

        I have checked this with chums. You just need date of birth and a Death Certificate.

        Regards
        Frank

        Reply
  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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.

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  5. Barbara Lagunas

    My Father Albert Vernon Briggs was a second lieutenant in the Signals Corps who was in Bari, Brindisi and Trieste I believe at the end of the war. He was in a unit re-establishing communications at airfields for the allies as the Germans were retreating. Previously he had been in the RAF on Lancaster Bombers. I have been unable to find any trace of his service records and wondered if you could help me to find out a bit more about him. He was born in Leeds on 24th October 1915 and died in Poole, Dorset on 9th October 1980.I think he had the Italy Star medal among others, but I sadly do not have his medals. Many thanks for any information you can supply.I may still have some photos

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  6. Frank de Planta

    Barbara.

    You need to go on to http://www.gov.uk and go to the Search box. Type in ‘How do I obtain a Service Record’.

    Follow the instructions.

    His Service Record will tell you which Signals unit he served in and when. From there, you can get the unit’s War Diaries from The National Archives. Being an Officer, he will be frequently mentioned.

    Regards

    Frank

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  7. Allan Sutherland

    My dad George Gibb Sutherland was in 252 Field Company Royal Engineers and was in Sicily,Cassino and Anzio, I believe. I got his army records and his number was 20007031. He once told me one of his officers got a medal for building a Bailey Bridge across a river but I actually found 3 instances of his unit getting a military medal. I’d like to find out more about that and how he got to Antwerp then ended the war in Wismar. I was told that was unusual. I read that the British army was in Wismar to stop the Russians and there is film on youtube of Montgomery meeting g Rokossovsky. Like all the old soldiers he only told the funny stuff and he died 45 years ago when I was 20.he was also a good footballer and told me he played in a British Army select team against the German police alongside Wilf Mannion.he was also in Madagascar, India and Iraq.I’d like to find out .ore about all of that!

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  8. Frank de Planta

    Allan.

    252 Fd Coy RE was one of the three Field Companies that supported 5th British Infantry Division. The Division was at Cassino for the First Battle in Jan 44 being specifically responsible for the attack on the Minturno-Tufo Ridge right down on the coast. 252 Fd Coy RE got bridges across the massive Garigliano.

    From there, the Division, including your father, was rushed to Anzio on Mar 44 to reinforce a collapsing beachhead and here they stayed until the massive breakout on 23 May 44. What they endured at Anzio in the ‘wadis’ was quite something. After Rome, the Division was moved to Palestine before returning to northern Italy. In Mar 45, the Division was moved to NW Europe.

    I take groups to the Garigliano and Anzio regularly so if, one day, you would like to see what your father endured, then do get in touch with me through my website at http://www.cassinobattlefields.co.uk

    Regards

    Frank

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  9. Frank de Planta

    Allan.

    Further to my earlier post, 252 Fd Coy RE were the engineers for 13th Infantry Brigade. Where 13th Infantry Brigade went then so did 252 Fd Coy RE.

    Regards

    Frank

    Reply

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