Whilst reading Peter Cochrane's book ''Charlie Company'' I was particularly moved by how the author describes one of his fellow officers. [sharedmedia=core:attachments:120652] I asked Lesley (4jonboy) to take a photo of his headstone when she was in Italy earlier this month. Here's some extracts from the book about Captain Ian Jack. We first meet Ian Jack when the 4th Camerons are renumbered and become the 'new' 2nd Bn. page 97. The second-in-command was Ian Jack , a Captain as was I by then. He had started in the hotel business in the bad old days of the thirties , working for six months on a pound a week at the Royal British in Edingburgh, and then another six months on thirty shillings ....Ian had ended up as manager of a big hotel at Aviemore before enlisting ; he had switched to the paratroops , damaged a knee and returned to the regiment. page 102 ..while Ian Jack alternatively horrified us and doubled us up in laughter at his stories of hotel life above and below stairs . He talked well, with passion and wit. It was like having The Road to Wigan Pier and a Firbank novel within the same covers. page 116 Corporal Ball...To prove his point he went leaping down the hillside when a mule was killed by shellfire, waving his cleaver, and returned with a dozen fresh steaks to the shuddering horror of the company. I made Ian join me in eating several of them , telling him it would be invaluable experience for his return to post-war hotel keeping. page 119 Ian , with one of his forward platoons , rang up in great excitement to say his wireless set had with luck and some fiddling tuned into the German wavelength , and that he had Fairfax , our German Jock , listening in: now for some first-hand information on what the enemy was planning to do! An hour later he came through again , amid gusts of his unmistakeable laughter. that what they'd got was a German forces broadcast , and that all the hot news he could tell me was what the Jerries claimed to be doing in the Dneiper Bend. It was the only occasion anyone laughed on the phone. Page 120 ..steady trickle of casualties...We were short of officers too. Ian was badly wounded in the thigh. page 126-127 In the third hospital that we visited I was stunned to be told that Ian Jack had died there a fortnight earlier. His wound was serious , but I never dreamed it would be fatal, and I had been counting on finding him and having one of our usual uproarious laughing fits. His wife , I knew, was to have another baby in June, Bloody , bloody war, and another of the best men gone. I missed Ian as a friend and as an officer every single day of the campaign. http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2067313/JACK,%20IAN JACK, IAN Rank: Captain Service No: 137039 Date of Death: 23/03/1944 Age: 35 Regiment/Service: Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders 2nd Bn Grave Reference VII, C, 16. Cemetery CASERTA WAR CEMETERY Additional Information: Son of James and Jessie Jack, of Lanark; husband of Dorothy Jack, of Lanark. Whilst there , Lesley placed a poppy cross on the grave. Thanks Lesley.