January 23. Lisburn led Irish Brigade in Tripoli victory. Roll of Honour

On this day in 1943 the British Eighth Army entered the Lybian city of Tripoli exactly three months since they had launched the offensive against the Afrika Korps at El Alamein. To the forefront were men from Northern Ireland. Brigadier Nelson Russell MC from Lisburn was in command of 38 (Irish) Brigade. By the morning of 23/01/1943, the 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Fusiliers (1st Faughs) had relieved the 6th Battalion The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers on Grandstand Hill, a long and exposed feature east of the Bou-Arada – Goubellat road. In today’s Roll is Thomas Heriott, a veteran, who served with the RNAS during WW1 and played for Ulster v The All Blacks in 1919. He served with the RAF Pathfinder Force in WW2.

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