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Pilgrimage to Italy, May 2014.

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A quite memorable week of pilgrimage was recently spent in commemoration of the actions of both battalions of the London Irish Rifles during the Italian campaign of 1943 to 1945.

A group of London Irishmen and Royal Fusiliers, with the assured guidance of Captain Bob Keating, combined emotional commemorative events and evocative battlefield review with a few days of relaxation on the beach at Sperlonga.

Special mention should be made of the three Second World War veterans in the party: Robert Randall, John Dudley and Tony Iacoppi, as well as the fantastic piping of Pipe Sergeant Robert Williams and fine bugling of Mark Goatcher.

A highlight of the week was the opportunity for the veterans to meet with His Royal Highness Prince Harry at a British Embassy Remembrance event at Cassino CWGC Cemetery.

Other remarkably moving occasions included a reception at Casa Sinagoga, the focus of the 2nd Battalion's attack on the Gustav Line on 16th May 1944, and a battlefield review of the Anzio 'Wadis' where the 1st Battalion spent a bitterly contested few weeks during February and March 1944.

We certainly look forward to our next pilgrimage with great anticipation..

Quis Separabit.

Click below to see photos from the week in Italy:

18th May - Casa Sinagoga.

19th May - British Embassy Event at Cassino CWGC cemetery.

20th May - Anzio.

22nd May - Monte Cassino.