We have recently been contacted by Mike Sterling, who has sent us some marvellous photographs of the Monte Camino area where the 1st Battalion were involved in some extremely bitter fighting during December 1943.
Mike has also sent some photos of some of the men who were involved in the fighting and has asked if there is any possibility that any of them are London Irishmen - any feedback on this would be greatly welcomed.
In his notes, Mike told us:
"I have recently come across your most excellent web site which I found very informative.
I have attached some recent photos of the Goums Memorial which is at the head of the Mule Track on Monte Camino and the scene of some vicious fighting during November and December 1943 and where the 1st Battalion of your Regiment, along with others, fought magnificently in atrocious weather conditions. I have visited Monte Camino every year since 1990 and, last year, myself and others including a former 6th Bttn Grenadier Guards who fought there in both battles, visited the battle site on the 70th anniversary of the battle period, and held a short service of remembrance at the Memorial cairn which is situated on the slopes above the hamlet of Formela.
We are returning to the area in September to carry out repairs and clearance of the bushes etc around the Goums Memorial and also plan to build a firm base around the cairn to allow future visitors a safe stand whilst they are paying their respects. Should any of your readers wish to have any photos or should they wish us to visit a fallen comrade or family member at rest either in Minturno or Cassino cemetery we will certainly carry out their wishes.
Finally, and I know this is a long shot, but do you know if the men in some of these photos are London Irishmen - we know that the pictures were taken at Calabritto which made us think that they were men from the Coldstream Guards but reading the war diaries, we know that the London Irish Rifles were there during the second battle - the Coldstreamers had taken Calabritto in the first battle - and as there were few (if any) war correspondents there for the first battle. it has got me thinking - do you or your readers have any ideas?"
Many thanks to Mike for some stupendous photographs and the evocative memories.