i have spent over thirty years researching, interviewing soldiers who fought in Africa and Italy and became part of a wonderful group of South Wales Borderers all sadly no longer with us. I just thought someone may like to see names with faces of some who were lost and a very special one who survived. The first is my beloved grandfather 4076193 Pte Thomas moss South Wales Borderers. Drummer in regimental band, boxer and started a choir to entertain the troops in Africa. A wonderful singer and master at reciting poetry in ‘vino dumps’ in Tunisia I am told. I was told so often of his bravery and how he looked after troops to keep them calm perhaps the one I recall most is strumming a mandolin whilst bombs were dropping. He didn’t mention it to me and was amazed when I received a letter out of the blue from a soldier who appreciated his humour and nerve. he went over to the artillery then from I believe 1943 having been in Norway and on various training camps helping train young recruits. His fellow Borderers were with him throughout Africa and Italy but as part of the 90th LAA Regt disbanded at wars end. He emotionally told me every name of those friends he lost and where they were lost and how. He was at Anzio not DDay as were other Borderers and so didn’t know who had survived that until the war ended. Their first reunion must have been fantastic because they continued practically to their last breath. He also visited their families in the valleys where he was from - so sad but having accompanied him to one he didn’t get to it was emotional. He would be annoyed to be considered special or a hero and boasted about but I think he - all of them - deserve praise and remembrance. However he was as were his friends a great bunch and an honour to know them. These are just a few. First two Pte Moss Gunner Raymond Hancock Kia Anzio Reggie Potts Kia Italy Pte J Cody Kia after D Day Original graves/crosses Norway of some close friends - a band member and one the son of a shoe manufacturer (Briggs) killed during air attacks. It Was poignant how he remembered them all then just sighed and moved on to a cheery note.