Mentioned in Despatches

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  1. Barney Rice

    Barney Rice New Member

    A Friends Father was mentioned in despatches in Italy on 8/11 /1943 he served with The Buffs he died at Monte Cassino on 23/03/1944 where could we find information on what he had done
  2. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

    Unfortunately you are unlikely to find the details of the MiD, there were no citations and the best you can hope for is a mention in the war diaries. As has been mentioned on this site numerous times there is only one place to start researching a soldier's service and that is to get hold of this service records.
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  3. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

    There are two soldiers buried at Cassino.,-anthony/,-john-oliver/

    The 5th Bn Buffs (Royal East Kent) Regiment served with 36 Infantry Brigade, 78th (Battleaxe) Infantry Division. One of the best books to read is “Algiers to Austria, A history of 78 Division in the second world war” by Cyril Ray.

    There are posts on this site with more information.
    i.e. East Kent Regt (Buffs) in Italy 1944

    Edit: On 8 Nov 1943, 78 Division were on the Adriatic coast of Italy, around the Vasto / Casalbordino area. Vasto

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  4. bofors

    bofors Senior Member


    You could try the local newspaper for a mention of the award or an obituary that might mention it.


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