Remembering Today 5/10/43 Trooper:Mark Read,7911640,RAC3rd County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters)

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  1. CL1

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

    Service No:
    Date of Death:
    Royal Armoured Corps
    3rd County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters).
    Grave Reference:
    XIV. D. 12.
    Additional Information:
    Son of Mark and Mary Elizabeth Read, of Manchester; nephew of Albert Hardman, of Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester.Casualty Details
  2. Guy Hudson

    Guy Hudson Looker-upper

    C Squadron Killed in action Termoli 5/10/43

    On the night 4/5 Oct 3rd CLY received order from 78 Div to send one squadron under command 11 Brigade and one under command 36 Brigade early next morning in the TERMOLI area. At first light on the 5th Oct the situation on 11 Brigade front was judged to be the most critical so that C Sqn who were first to cross the BIFERNO river, went to their support with all possible speed. Unfortunately after 6 tanks had crossed the ford became unpassable and owing to the size of the blow in the bridge and to continuous enemy shelling, the REs could not complete their work until 1420.

    By now C Sqn had been in action continually and 36 Bde on the left flank of the Division were being hard pressed on the high ground DIFESN GRANDE 8175 Northwest of the BIFERNO river. The enemy attacked with tanks and infantry and was threatening to drive our infantry off the high ground and the road leading into TERMOLI from the South thereby isolating 11 Brigade. Two enemy tanks had been destroyed by our A/Tk guns.
    B Sqn who were all across by 1430 were ordered by commander 36 Bde to counter-attack immediately up the high ground and advance to the TERMOLI - S. GLACONO road. Regimental HQ and the reserve Sqn had by now crossed the river and the attack became a Regimental operation.
    After advancing a mile along the ridge enemy infantry positions were overrun, 20 prisoners were taken and a number of MGs captured. Two tanks of B Sqn and one RHQ tank were knocked out by concealed Mark IV specials and an outflanking movement on the right was held was held by further enemy fire. By this time the light was failing and the infantry were ordered to consolidate the small amount of ground won.

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