6146099 Private Albert CROWLEY, 5th Bn. Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment): 06/01/1943

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  1. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

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    Casualty Details | CWGC
    Rank: Private
    Service No: 6146099
    Date of Death: 06/01/1943
    Age: 22
    Regiment/Service: 5th Bn. The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment)
    Panel Reference: Face 15.
    Additional Information: Son of James and Jane Crowley.
  2. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    From Algiers to Austria by Cyril Ray the 78th Div history pages 36 & 37.

    January 3 saw the first of the new ''limited'' attacks made by 36 Brigade on Green Hill and Bald Hill- the dominating positions ten miles short of Mateur, that they had come to know so well two months before.
    ...The plan was for the Buffs , with a parachute company , to take Green Hill, while a commando was to take Bald Hill; the Royal West Kents were in Reserve.
    The Buffs went into the attack- under a thirty gun barrage from 132 Field Regiment and 456 Light Battery - in a night of rain , and at dawn they were still on the lower slopes , being heavily and accurately machine gunned. They held on through the day while the parachutists took the summit - only to be driven off again . Meanwhile the fight for Bald Hill had taken a similar course : the commando took it , lost it, and took it again .
    We had to withdraw, and by January 5 we were back at our original position.

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