1st Bn, Royal Fusiliers, 17th Indian Infantry Brigade

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  1. sliben

    sliben Active Member

    Hello guys,

    I recently discovered that my Great-Uncle served in the Second World War. His unit was 1st Battalion Royal Fusiliers, 17th Infantry Brigade, 8th Indian Infantry Division.

    Unfortunately he was killed in action on 28th November, 1943. I believe he was killed during the attack on Mozzogrogna, North of the Sangro river.

    I really would like to bring my Great-Uncle back into the family by sharing information about his unit, with the family, so he is not forgotten.

    Could anyone share some information about the attack on Mozzogrogna by the Royal Fusiliers and maybe when they crossed the river Sangro.

    Any information will be really appreciated, and I will be very thankful.

    Ben McGregor
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  3. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Hi Ben,

    Perhaps not exactly what you were looking for, but by using one of our other members (geoff501) brilliant search engine, here are the other Fusiliers that died that day.

    Best wishes


    RFCOLR1.jpg RFCOLR2.jpg
  4. sliben

    sliben Active Member

    Hi Bamboo,

    My Great-Uncle is on that list. 014. Jellyman RH. Robert Henry Jellyman.

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  5. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member


    If the family have not seen a photograph of Robert's grave at Sangor River War Cemetery, there is one available online here:


    TWGPP have done a wonderful job in photographing many casualty memorials from all over the world.
  6. lambretta

    lambretta Junior Member

    Ben, have just seen this post. My Grandfather was in the 1st Royal Fusiliers and killed the night of the 28th in Mozzagrogna. His name is Cpl Joseph Sears. I have a lot of detail about the battle and some audio tape from a veteran about the night of the 28th and the battle.
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  7. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    The battalions war diary on the day of his death-Possibly friendly fire.
  8. lambretta

    lambretta Junior Member

    Thanks for sharing.
  9. Sheldrake

    Sheldrake All over the place....

    I was in Mozzogrogna earlier this year as the historian and guide with 103 (V) Regiment who were revisiting the actions in which their predecessors 52 (Manchester) Field Regiment and 53 (Bolton) Field Regiments that supported this attack.

    There are two attachments. One is a map of the German defences and artillery positions. The second is the barrage trace of the fire-plan trace that supported the attack. Each pair of letters was a line in a creeping barrage. The detail of the map squares are hand drawn. There seems to have been a shortage of detailed maps.

    The fire plan didn't work very well. This was the division's first battle and there was an assumption that the artillery was falling short. It may have been. But it may not; as the German artillery opened up at the same time.

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  10. lambretta

    lambretta Junior Member

    I actually managed to find out how he was killed that night. We know he was ordered back to the lines after being shot in both hands. He was fighting house to house with Captain Roy Paddy Bates
    He was killed by an S mine on his way back. Glad we now know. It came from the recollections of a comrade from the battle. The book was only printed in Italian.

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  11. Sandra Doran

    Sandra Doran Well-Known Member

    Any chance you still have this memorabilia?
  12. lambretta

    lambretta Junior Member

    Hi Sandra, yes I do. I burnt it onto CD. It was originally on audio tape.
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  13. Sandra Doran

    Sandra Doran Well-Known Member

    Hello Ben,
    Any chance you could send me a copy? I'll pay the costs.

  14. lambretta

    lambretta Junior Member

    Hi Sandra, of course. Do you have an interest in the battle of the Royal Fusiliers?
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  15. lambretta

    lambretta Junior Member

    That was meant to say or the Royal Fusiliers. :)
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  16. Sandra Doran

    Sandra Doran Well-Known Member

    I am interested in any history of the Italian Campaign. I am also researching Dieppe Raid August 1942.
  17. Sandra Doran

    Sandra Doran Well-Known Member

    Can you private message me and I'll send you my address. Let me know postage costs.
  18. IKE26

    IKE26 Active Member


    he was a Warrant Officer second class, Company Serjeant Major.

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