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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. 020 8241 0275
chairman@italystarassociation.org.uk

 

 

NATIONAL SECRETARY

Miss Sheila Edwards
Tel. 01708 469 235
secretary@italystarassociation.org.uk

 

NATIONAL TREASURER

Miss Maureen Hanlan
Tel. 01903 247 196
treasurer@italystarassociation.org.uk

 

EAST HANTS BRANCH

MR Graham Glanville-Cole
italystar2019@yahoo.co.uk 

 

EAST KENT BRANCH

Miss Terri Camm
teresacamm@yahoo.co.uk

SOUTH ISLAND BRANCH – NEW ZEALAND

Mr Peter Scott
peter.judy@actrix.co.nz

 

“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!

115 Comments

  1. Cor Roest

    Frank

    Thank you so much for all that. I have emailed you separately via your cassinobattlefields enquiries email address.

    Thanks again,

    Cor

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  2. Frank de Planta

    Cor.

    Capt EC Colville served on the staff of 128 Infantry Brigade which was made up of 2 Hampshires, 1/4 Hampshires and 5 Hampshires. It was known as the Hampshire Brigade.

    The Brigade had a very rough time in the Salerno Landings and then pushed north to cross the Volturno in mid-Oct 43. They were involved in the Second Battle of Monte Camino in early Dec 43 and the failed crossing of the Garigliano on 19 Jan 44 before spending Feb-Mar 44 in the cold, windy and wet hills beyond the Garigliano. It was a very grim two months. It was from these hills south of Cassino that he would have witnessed the bombing of the monastery on 15 Feb 44. In Mar 44, the Division was exhausted and withdrawn to North Africa for rest and rebuild. The Division returned to Italy in time for the assault on the massive Gothic Line at Rimini in Sep 44.

    Regards

    Frank

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  3. David TaggDavid Tagg

    Does the Association hold a list of everyone who was awarded the Italy Star?
    My late father,Eric W G Tagg, has one, but I cannot find any
    record of where he was stationed in 1944.
    Can you help me?
    Many thanks,
    David Tagg

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  4. Frank de Planta

    David.

    You need to get his Service Record. Go to http://www.gov.uk and type in ‘How do I obtain a Service Record’.

    That will show you exactly where he went and when.

    Regards

    Frank

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    1. David TaggDavid Tagg

      Thank you Frank, I’ve obtained his RAF record from MOD RAF records,(it’s taken 5 months due to Covid 19)but the only reference to a possible posting to Italy is a MACAF (Mediterranean Air Command Air Force) note dated October 1944,but no details to where he was stationed.
      Regards
      David Tagg.

      Reply
  5. Frank de Planta

    He could have just been passing through. The medal was awarded for 24 hours in country.

    Frank

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  6. David TaggDavid Tagg

    Oh, ok Frank thanks for that.

    David

    Reply
  7. Maria

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    Reply
  8. Richard Mathews

    Hi, This is my first post. My late father, Gwyn Bevan Mathews – army number 7909202. His service record shows HQ Squadron British 6th Armoured Division from 1941 -46. He fought in Tunisia, Italy and ended the war in Austria. I have been unable to identify the unit he served in and would appreciate any help to resolve this. Many thanks.

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  9. Frank de Planta

    Richard.

    Apologies. I see that you have his Service Record.

    His number is from the batch allocated to the Royal Armoured Corps.

    Go to http://www.ww2talk.com and post the Service Record. Someone will be along to have a look and see if they can work it out.

    Regards

    Frank

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    1. Richard Mathews

      Frank, thanks for your response. I will take your advice and post his service record to the website and hope that I can make progress in identifying his unit.
      Best regards
      Richard Mathews

      Reply
  10. Michael ROTHON

    My grandfather served in the Royal horse artillery 8th army he was Robert Thornton I know very little of his war be leave he was wounded would like to know more

    Reply

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