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  1. Thomas Uttley

    my Grandpa was Edwin James he served in Crete where he was evacuated by the Royal Navy, he then served in North Africa, he mentioned the 8th Army, I have his Africa star, he fought at Monti Cassino and ended up being based in Vienna where he met my Grandma! I do not have his Army number and we thought he was in the Lancashire Fusiliers but have found out they did not serve in Crete!

    Would anyone know him or be able to shed some light on what Regiment he was in? He was from Eccles which was part of Lancashire at the time so I thought maybe he could have been in The Yorks and Lancs Regiment! I’m clutching at straws at the mo!

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!


    1. Robin HollambyRobin Hollamby

      Nice to hear from you.
      Do not be disheartened by what the records may or may not say.
      From my own point of view my fathers regiment was not supposed to be in Italy but I have his medals and the war office records so do not doubt what you have been told by your family.
      We are in the process of setting up a lost trails page which I hope will help finding the missing links in this kind of situation.
      I am also looking for information regarding the gaps in my own fathers history in Italy.
      So I am keen to get the ‘Lost Trails’ page operational as soon as we can.
      Obviously your Grandpa also had the Italy Star, had you thought of joining the association?
      Please keep checking the web site as things are changing from week to week and I hope that some one will be able to help you via our web site.



    2. Robin HollambyRobin Hollamby

      Hello Tom, I am pleased to say that the log awaited ‘Lost Trails’ page is now operational. If you could please resubmit your request using the form on the ‘Lost Trails’ page I can post it on the site and I hope that someone may be able to provide the information you have been looking for.

    3. Robin HollambyRobin Hollamby

      Hello Thomas, We now have the ‘Lost Trails’ page on the web site operational. If you could resubmit your request using the form on the ‘Lost Trails’ page I can get the details posted and hopefully we will be able to find some one with the details you have been looking for.


  2. Lesley

    In reply to Thomas Uttley’s request above regarding his Grandfather. If I may suggest he applies for his service records from the MOD. They may take a while to arrive but the cost of 30 pounds is well worth the money. You don’t necessarily need his Army number, just his name and his date of birth.

    Hope that helps


  3. Trevor Johnson

    My late father served with Combined Operations during WW2. Any Italy Star holders/members of this association have any knowledge of Commando involvement in and around Adriatic/Yugoslavia? Of particular interest would be 2 Special Service brigade.
    Thank you in anticipation for any help or advice offered.

    1. Robin HollambyRobin Hollamby

      Hi Trevor,
      We are at present working on a lost trails page which I hope we will have working in a week or two.
      I am in a similar position regarding my fathers involvement in Italy.
      In the mean time have you got your fathers service records?
      Have you tried contacting the regimental associations or museums?
      Are you a member of the Italy Star Association because there might be a local branch near you that you can pop along to and speak to some of the veterans there.
      In the mean time please keep a track on the web site as soon as thee lost trails link is working it will be on the home page as a button on the top line under the parade photograph.
      I hope this helps and good luck with your endeavours.


      1. Trevor Johnson

        Dear Robin,
        Thank you for your reply. I have tried virtually every association/organisation under the sun in the hope of finding something – anything to do with Commando operations in Italy and Albania/Yugoslavia during the years 1943 to 1945 and in particular the involvement with Tito’s partisans. I have very little information; I do however have a photograph of a group of servicemen (the majority are “loosely” dressed in uniform although there are three Naval Officers present – one I think is a Lieutenant and the remaining two appear to be Petty Officers. They are holding a captured Kreigsmarine flag – on the reverse of this photograph and in my father’s handwriting are the words “Albania 1944”. Apart from his campaign medals I only have memories of some his exploits within this theatre of operation, some of which are quite harrowing. Apart from that- zilch, bu**er all! Hope you can assist and with thanks in anticipation,
        Trevor Johnson

  4. Lesley

    Hello Trevor

    May I suggest that you register and put your request on a WW2 forum?
    I am a member of, and I am sure some of the members there will have knowledge of Commando Operations in WW2. Worth a try if nothing else


  5. Trevor Johnson

    Dear Lesley,
    Thank you for your reply. I will certainly give a go – as you say, it might be worth a try.

    Grateful for any help/suggestions,


  6. Rowland Jordan

    My father recently passed away and I have been left some family WWII medals, which include the Africa Star & Italy Star. The details I have of him are…..
    Arthur Haynes. Died 1945 just north of Syracuse in Sicily & buried in Syracuse War Cemetery.
    That’s all I know.
    Anyone who can help with any information for me would be most helpful.

    1. Robin HollambyRobin Hollamby

      Hi Rowland, WE now have the ‘Lost Trails’ page up and working. If you could resubmit your enquiry using the form on the ‘Lost Trails’ page hopefuly somebody may be able to give us some information for you.

  7. Lesley Littlewood

    Hello Rowland

    I have looked on the CWGC website and the date of death appears to be 1943 not 1945 if this is your man. He was in the Dorset Regiment.,%20ARTHUR

    You could apply for his service records and they will tell you more about him

    I am a member of a WW2 forum and if you so wish, you can register with them and put your query to them and I am sure they may be able to help you more.

    Hope this all helps


  8. Paul Anderson

    My father, George William ANDERSON, served in the RN from 1932 to 1948 and amongst other Campaign Stars he was awarded he received the Africa Star and Italy Star. These Stars are both recorded on his Discharge Card which summarises his medals awarded. According to his RN Central Record Card, he served at HMS Quebec from 12 Sep 42 before being assigned to HMS Daedalus on 2 May 43 (and again to the same ship on 21 Jul 43) then HMS Victory on 18 Mar 44 and thereafter he served aboard HMS Wager from Apr 44 onwards. Some of the above detailed ‘ships’ may have been ‘stone frigates’ or pay accounting organisations. I understand that HMS Quebec was a Combined Operations training establishment and my father no doubt went there to train in the lead up to OP TORCH (hence being later awarded the Africa Star). My key question is: Is it conceivable that following OP TORCH he would have given service that earned him the Italy Star? The dates he moved to HMS Daedalus and HMS Victory (a pay account location) may of course be rough dates. At the time of OP TORCH he was a Petty Officer of the Gunnery Branch. Any advice or insight on how I could establish his likely movements between Sep 42 and mid 43 would be appreciated.

    1. Robin HollambyRobin Hollamby

      Hi Paul, We now have the @Lost Trails@ page up and working, so if you could resubmit your enquiry using the form on the ‘Lost Trails’ page I can get it posted and hopefully somebody will be able to help you.

  9. Lesley

    Hello Paul

    If he earned the Italy Star he would have seen service in possibly Sicily and then Italy.

    Unfortunately service in the Royal Navy is not my area of interest, but if you would like to post your query on a ww2 forum I am a member of, they would most definitely be able to help you. Also war diaries should be available for the unit he served with.

    Good luck with your research.


    1. Paul Anderson

      Hello Lesley,

      Thanks for responding to my query. I’ll re-post it on



  10. Colin Stephens

    I am trying to find any information on my great uncle Harold Munro.

    I unfortunately don’t have his service number, but I know that he was in the Royal engineers. First in North Africa, then Greece, and into Italy where he was at Monte Cassino.

    Sadly he died some years ago now, and my auntie is now in a nursing home suffering from dementia, I have been able to get some information from his daughter but I hope that someone will see this post and be able to share any memories that they have of a true gentleman and one of my favourite uncles.

    1. Lesley

      Hello Colin

      I suggest in the first instance that you get his service records from the MOD in Glasgow; that is where they hold the copies. They will tell you which particular unit he was in and where he served.

      When you get them, if you would like to register on the ww2 forum I am a member of and they will fill in the gaps for you.

      Hope that helps


    2. Robin HollambyRobin Hollamby

      Hi Colin, We now have the ‘Lost Trails’ page working. So if you could resubmit your request using the ‘Lost Trails’ page I can get your enquiry up and hopefully somebody will be able to help. Robin

  11. Lesley

    Hello again Colin
    You don’t need his service number to apply to the MOD, but you do need his FULL date of birth


  12. Pradeep

    My Dad was in the 8th Army, a VCO in the QVO Madras Sappers and Miners. He stayed back in Bari after the war to supervise the mine clearing operations. He has the Italian Star, with the Africa Star and quite some more for he served later as an officer in the Indian Army till 1972.

    Do you have any historical notes on the Indian Engineers in Bari. I have several anecdotes that he related to me.

    Nice website.

  13. Robin HollambyRobin Hollamby

    Dear Pradeep,
    Could I ask you to resubmit this using the ‘Lost Trails’ link this will hopefully help us to reach others who either may have been there at the time of have relevant information for you.

    I do hope will be able to help.



    Anyone remember by late father sgt nat edwards served in A HQ and B company 6th Royal Welch parachute battalion 1942 46 in North Africa Italy Southen France and Greece,

    1. Robin HollambyRobin Hollamby

      We may be able to help.
      But could I ask you to resubmit your request using the form on the ‘Lost Trails’ page.
      Give us as much information as you can and if you have any photos you should also be able to upload them at the came time (use the ‘Add Media’ button).
      Once you have done this I can get your ‘Lost Trail’ live within a few hours.

  15. Lyn Atterbury

    My uncle, Lt.Frederick HEAD, served in the Royal Fuseliers (City of London Regiment) in North Africa and in Italy. He was killed on 03 December 1943 just prior to the assault on Monte Cassino. He is buried in the Cassino War Cemetery. Does the name ring a bell with anyone, and does anyone have any memories (probably second-hand) of him? Many thanks.

    1. Robin HollambyRobin Hollamby

      Hi Lyn,
      Could you please submit this on the Lost Trails page please, there might be a better chance that someone will reply that way.


    2. Frank de Planta


      Your uncle would have been killed in the Second Battle of Monte Camino. 201 Guards Brigade had tried to capture this formidable feature in Nov 43 and had comprehensively failed so the whole of 56 Infantry Division was committed.

      I have stood at the base of Monte Camino many times as a battlefield guide and marvelled at how, in the dead of winter and in appalling conditions, these men scaled the heights and finally opened the way to Monte Cassino.

      It was quite an achievement. I will tip my hat to your uncle when I am in Cassino with a group in Nov 16.



  16. Alan Benbow

    My father Wilfrid Benbow WO1 [sub conduct] [ served in the IEME 8th Indian division. I have a copy of the broadcast in June 1945 “the story of the Eighth Indian Infantry division” it is signed by many I presume serving in the regiment.

  17. douglas hughes

    my father in law JOHN LEWIS has both the italy and the africa star he was in the rn lcts what do you think and where did he served

  18. Diane Jackson

    My Uncle Private Joseph Watson took part in the amphibious landings at Taranto Harbour, Italy in September 1943. He was on board the Minelayer HMS Abdiel. Unfortunately two ground mines detonated beneath the ship and caused it to sink within 3 minutes. My Uncle lost his life, aged 20, at sea on the 10th September 1943. He was among 58 from The 1st Airborne Division who unfortunately lost their lives during Operation Slapstick.

    My grandparents were devastated by the loss of their son and I don’t think my Grandma ever really got over her loss. My Mum, lost her only Brother, who she had some fond memories of and loved dearly. I never knew my Uncle Joe, but am very proud of him as we all are. I am trying to gather together as much information as I can about his time serving in the British Army and if anyone has information, I would be very grateful if you could share it with me ( He attended Parachute Training at RAF Ringway 5th April to 16th April 1943 (course number 59).

    RIP Uncle Joe, we are immensely proud of you and how you served your country.

    1. Richard Morgan

      Good evening Diane,

      My father was in “A” Company 6th Battalion (Royal Welch) Parachute Regiment. “A” Company was not on HMS Abdiel when it was lost. They were still in Tunisia at that time.

      I have some dates from various records that might be of interest to you. In early 1943, the Battalion had been camped at Bulford and Larkhill Camps on Salisbury Plain. They travelled by train to Glasgow where they boarded a vessel on 13 April 1943 for Oran in Algeria, where they arrived on 22 April 1943. Perhaps your Uncle travelled on a later vessel. His personal record of service would record the date he “embarked”.

      The Battalion was transported to Thiereville (I can’t locate this place – perhaps the name was changed after the colonial era) and trained for the invasion of Sicily, but they did not take part in that operation. On 20 June 1943 they left Thierville by train for Tunis, apparently taking 7 days in open trucks. On arrival they camped near Sousse (now a beach resort I recall).

      On 8 September 1943 they were transported to Bizerte, where the Battalion, minus “A” Company, boarded HMS Abdiel. “A” Company followed on 11 September.

      There is (or at least was) a memorial to the men lost in the Free Church, Taranto. A photograph of it is on Paradata, but I have not come across a present day photograph. There is also a long shot photo of it in my father’s photo collection which is here –

      This Battalion (which was originally 10th Battalion Royal Welch Fusiliers) is of interest to the Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum, and Lt-Gen Jonathan Riley, is writing a history of 6 Para, so I suggest you check there website now and again to see if it has been published, as I am sure he will cover the HMS Abdiel losses in detail.

      Best wishes,

      Richard Morgan

  19. John Mooney

    My father Michael Mooney from Liverpool DOB 14.2.11 could have been 1910 was in the 8th army. I remember as a child he had a number of medals including the North African and Italian Stars and pictures of him in khaki shorts on a horse in North Africa.

    Any information on his army service, where he fought, which army unit and any information or tips for getting this information would be greatly appreciated.

    John Mooney

  20. Katrina Kittel

    Dear Italy Star Assoc UK,
    PLeased to know of your organisation. I am an Australian historian, and descendant of WW2 POW escaper in Italy. My research kicked off in 2011 following contact made with ex-POW and researcher Bill Rudd. Currently I near completion of my first book about 50 or so escapers, mostly ANZAC but also several Brits. My second book is already commenced and it focuses more on the longer-term escapers of which a number of ITaly Star awardees are included as well as others who were eligible but for various reasons, did not apply for the award. I welcome hearing from any members if I can help. I am familiar with the names and outcomes of many Aus POW escapers in Italy, and a number of New Zealanders, and as mentioned several Brits and Sth Africans. Best wishes Katrina Kittel (NSW, Australia) My facebook page is included above but here is my blurb on Professional Historians Australia website:

  21. Brian Rotte

    My father Leonard Rote served in the DEMS and I was granted associate membership in 2013. Can I still join or rejoin. Let me know by email
    Regards Brian Roote

  22. brian ROOTE

    Sorry can’t even spell my own name correctly! R e my last email!
    Sorry about it!

  23. Mr Vivian Lewis

    My dad fought at Monte Casino he initially was in the South Wales Border Reg but amalgamated with the Essex regiment he didn’t talk much about the war but told me about Monte Casino.How the sky turned dark with the amount of planes in the sky. I often asked if I could take him back but he always said no. Maybe one day I will visit there myself.I have his medals including the Africa and Italy star. My dad lost his arm on Christmas morning 1944 during the conflict of war.

  24. Mr Vivian Lewis

    I’m sorry I should have said my fathers name was Handel Lewis
    his army number was 4079054 and would you believe my dad who came out of the mines to fight in the war actually went back to work in the mines with only one arm. He was a pumpsman keeping the water being pumped out from underground. A marvelous man.He was from the village of Ystradgynlais in the Swansea Valley.

    1. Frank de Planta


      If you are interested, I am running a battlefield tour to Cassino on 17-20 May 44 if you would like to see what your father endured with 1/4 Essex. The battalion was very heavily involved in the Third Battle at a place called the Castle – an important piece of ground that both sides were keen on because it blocked or opened access to the monastery from the front of the hill.

      The Essex Regiment were absorbed into my Regiment in the 1960s so I always have a soft spot for them. My battalion erected a memorial to 1/4 Essez at the base of the Castle in 2007 which is well worth seeing.

      You can reach me on


      Frank de Planta

  25. Karl Lawrence

    My Grandfather Ronald K Suttle has the Italy Star. He was with the Royal Signals. He also received a MID for when the RS Offices were hit by a bomb and they managed to get comms back up. I was wondering if anyone has any further information. Grandad is now 93 and still well.

  26. Edward Trowsdale

    I have just come across the photograph of Polish dead on the Cassino battlefield in IWM archives and I’m sure the leading figure is my father Arthur Trowsdale who served as a wireless and lineman signaller in 8th Indian division.Does anyone know if this division was assigned burial duties after the battle?Dad never said much about Cassino except how awful it was…

  27. Frank de Planta


    If you are referring to the photograph of men carrying a dead soldier wrapped in a blanket with other corpses on the ground then those are Polish soldiers. I know because I know the son of one of the men in the photograph.

    The photograph is taken up on Snakeshead Ridge with the Doctor’s House in the background.

    Whilst the two Infantry Divisions of II Polish Corps were fighting up on the heights behind the monastery, 8 Indian Division were down in the valley.

    Get in touch and we can compare notes.

    1. Edward Trowsdale

      Frank,The leading figure in the burial party is the spitting image of Dad,Arthur William Trowsdale!I have been trying to recognise any regimental insignia of 8th Indian Division but seems to covered by his waterproof cape.The chap behind him may even be Alex Martin,his wartime chum.Dad passed away 15 years ago and all he said about Cassino was that “it stank”.Seeing all the telephone wires on the ground could signallers have been called up to the heights to try and clear the ground of all those poor Polish souls?Through the mists of time and the fog of war a familiar face is looking at me again…

  28. Frank de Planta

    Edward. I would appreciate it if you could get in touch. That photograph is taken up on Snakeshead Ridge and the chap with the helmet on the back of his head is the father of a friend of mine – and the spitting image too.

    Frank de Planta

  29. John Tompkins

    Hi everyone,

    This is a bit of a long shot, But I am trying to re-trace my mother’s footsteps so I can take the same photo’s of myself in these places where she was during the war. She was an MP in Salerno just after the war and I believe this is where most these photos were taken, I am also doing this with my Dad in france.

    I have been told by family that there were barracks in Salerno possibly at the Palace?

    The photo shows a building with “Montecasini” written on it, but I’ve searched evrywhere and all I can find with this name is in Northern Italy? Does anyone know where or the name of the building in Salerno that was used by the army just after the war!

    If anyone could help me to identify these buildings I would really appreciate your help!

    Many thanks.

  30. Frank de Planta


    Without wishing to teach you to suck eggs, could she mean Monte Cassino – with the monastery on top.

    As an MP it is likely that she would have travelled the route Salerno-Naples-Rome on traffic control so she would have passed Monte Cassino on the way.


  31. Christine Hall (nee Pearson )

    I’m looking for a book that was given out several years ago at a memorial service it has a photo of my uncle in it who is in the war cemetary in Salerno his name is Hiles Pearson British I would like very much to find and receive this book or another information about him or anyone who knew him he was my uncle.

  32. Tom Martin

    Dear Sis, My Father, George Henry Marin was in the Royal Devon Yeomanry attached to the Royal Artillery. His Army number was 1101739, and he was a driver of all types of vehicles, though mainly transporting water to the front line.
    I still have his Soldier’s Service Pay Book, but sadly very few photographs of his time in the war. He sadly passed away in 1990, and he rarely spoke of his active service. I know he sustained a shrapnel wound at one time, but that was not a problem for him. He was a quiet and gentle man having a strong spiritual faith and to my two sisters and I, was a caring and devoted father.
    There was a book of the Devon Yeomanry but this has disappeared and I remember seeing photographs of “mud” and “dust” as the vehicles moved around the country.
    Watching the Remembrance Day service today and seeing the members of the Italian Star contingent marching I felt constrained to contact you and tell you a little piece of my father’s history. Yours Faithfully, Tom Martin

  33. Tom Martin

    P.S Apologies for “Dear Sis “!!Father’s name was MARTIN

  34. Frank de Planta


    To be strictly accurate, your father served in 142 Field Regiment Royal Artillery. The Army needed gunners rather than cavalry at the start of the war so it converted a lot of units to gunners for the duration of the war. This is what happened to the Royal Devon Yeomanry.

    142 Regt RA were a unit of Eighth Army and they fought at the Fourth Battle of Monte Cassino in May 44. They were issued with self propelled Bishops and then Priests – a tank chassis with a large artillery gun mounted on top. They were highly prized for their mobility and their ability to move up in support of the infantry.

    I am taking a group to Monte Cassino in May 19 if you would like to see what 142 (RDY) Regt RA got up to.



  35. Robert hopkins

    My uncle Alexander Hopkins served with the Scots Guards and was killed in July 1944-he is buried in Florence CWG cemetry.
    Does anyone have any knowledge of the Scots Guards in Italy.

  36. Roger Freeman


    I am the nephew of a British soldier William (Bert) Goodwin who served in the Royal Artillery in North Africa and Italy during WW2. My Uncle held the Africa and Italy Star medals.

    Sadly my Uncle died last year at his home in Cambridgeshire, England and I attended his funeral there in January 2018. I myself was born in Cambridgeshire but immigrated with my family to Australia in 1988. I did however keep close connections with my Uncle and visited him many times in England since we moved to Australia.

    My Uncle left a very detailed dairy of his life in the army in Libya, Egypt, Palestine and Italy from 1940 up until his demob in Austria in early 1946. His diary is to be published as a book in England later this year.
    During his time in Italy his unit the 118 Bty 30th Regiment Lt AA Royal Artillery was attached to the 10th Indian Division where he befriended an Indian soldier of the 3/5 Mahrattas, 5th Mahratta Light Infantry. The soldiers name was (Niak) Yeshwant Ghadge and he subsequently was awarded the VC.
    My Uncle and Yeshwant Ghadge continued their friendship after meeting at Monte Cassino. They then saw one another again several times as the 8th Army and 10th Indian Div advance continued North along the Tiber River Valley.

    As part of the 8th Army advance up the Tiber Valley during June/July 1944 my Uncle was attached to the 10th Indian Division as an artillery spotter, he had had radio and morse training earlier in Egypt.
    After his attachment he was carrying the Type 18 field radio set on his back most of the time spotting for the Mahrattas to call up artillery support shoots when required.
    After passing through Assisi and Umbertide they found themselves just south of Citta di Castello near Montone.
    After Montone was taken by the 1st Batt Kings Own on the 6th July the 3/5 Mahrattas advanced across the ridges through Mt Cucco to the River Lana gorge, supported by the 8th Manchesters on their right.
    A unit of the Mahrattas eventually reached an old deserted farmhouse known as Morlupo on the south side of the gorge, this included Niak Yeshwant Ghadge and my Uncle as their artillery spotter.
    At dawn on the 7th/8th July Yeshwant Ghadge and his section of sepoys bid farewell to my Uncle and proceeded down into the river gorge with the aim of taking another old farmhouse on the north side of the gorge which had been observed to hold a German mountain unit.
    Just 30 minutes later my Uncle observed through binoculars the charge of Yeshwant Ghadge’s section on a German machine gun position located just below the farmhouse.
    The action is well gazetted in the official VC citation whereupon most of the brave Indian soldiers were killed in the assault and Yeshwant Ghadge went on to kill the German machine gun crew single handed only to be shot twice, in the chest and back, by two separate German snipers (My Uncle had told me that German machine gun positions were nearly always covered by at least two snipers).

    My Uncle describes all this in detail in his diary. He goes on to note his frustration in not being able to bring down an artillery support shoot for the Mahrattas as the Type 18 set failed to work in the River Lana gorge. He also said that the action was so close to the old farmhouse that any shoot would probably have killed the Mahrattas as well.

    Yeshwant Ghadge and his comrades have no known grave. Yeshwant Ghadge is only acknowledged at the CWGC at Cassino on the list of the missing.
    My Uncle always believed that Yeshwant Ghadge and his comrades (and possibly the Germans to) were buried near the old farmhouse by either a unit of the 3/18 Gurkha Rifles, the 8th Manchesters or Kings Own who all came through the area position after them later that day as they continued advancing towards Citta di Castello.

    My Uncle continued for many years to try and trace the grave location near the farmhouse without success visiting Citta di Castello and the area several times over the years.
    The only lead of any significance he spoke to me about was to be told by the elderly son of a farmer in the 1970’s, who had kept sheep on the same mountainside as the old farmhouse, that his father had found a body of a soldier buried when he was digging a culvert after the war in 1948/49, There was obvious reticence from the farmer to say any more as he feared the local authorities would in some way blame him for it not being reported at the time. The farmer went on to say that he thought the body was that of an Indian soldier by an ‘armband’ and his British style helmet. Unfortunately none of this can be verified now.

    In July 1994 at the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Citta di Castello my Uncle was welcomed by the mayoress and awarded an Italian civil award for his efforts and connections with the town. On that trip he was accompanied by the Bristol documentary film producer of ICON Films.

    My Uncle also spent many years fighting for Yeshwant Ghadge’s widow, Mrs Laxmibhal Ghadge, to receive a full army pension back in India appropriate for a VC award.
    At the time prime minister John Major had announced that VC pension awards were to be increased by 100 pounds. My Uncle continued to fight the MOD for several years over this only finally to gain a rather small one off payment for Mrs Ghadge and a letter of apology from John Major, a rather sad outcome I thought for the remaining family of such a brave man. They had no children.

    Since my Uncle died I have continued in my own research in trying to find out more information as to where Yeshwant Ghadge’s grave may be. I visit Citta di Castello regularly and will be doing so again this coming European summer to continue my search. I am seventy five years old now this year and admit that I am getting a bit long in the tooth for trudging over the Umbrian hillsides.

    In the continued hope of obtaining the least little bit of relevant information I wondered if any of your members who have, or had, relatives serving with either the Kings Own or 8th Manchesters in Italy during June/July 1944 have ever been told, or may even have seen mentioned in a dairy, anything to do with the action on the 7th/8th July by the 3/5 Mahrattas at or near Morlupo above the River Lana gorge ?.

    My Best Regards,

    Roger H Freeman.

    7 Semmens Road
    McLaren Vale
    South Australia 5171.

  37. Duncan machell

    Hello I am the son of a Royal engineer who served in Italy 43 45 . I would like to trace his records And route through Italy. I would be very thankful for any help .

  38. Duncan machell

    I have been reading more comments and would like to add I have my fathers service number and his Italy star would be very thankful for any help.

  39. Frank de Planta


    If you go on to the site, register and write down everything you know so far about your father than an expert will pop up very quickly and help you.

    In the meantime, go to and type in ‘Service Record’. This will take you to a page that tells you how to hold of a copy of his Service Record. From the Record, we will know which Field Company or Field Squadron RE he was part of. From there, it is a matter of getting the War Diaries for that sub-unit from Kew.




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