January 22. Belfast bishop on the beach as battle for Anzio begins. Roll of Honour

Company Serjeant-Major James Scott of the Royal Irish Rifles, 14th (Young Citizens) Btn. kept a diary during the Great War. One entry consisted of the names of the ten men who were killed in the fighting at Authuile, near Martinsart. When he went home to Finaghy on leave later in the year he visited as many of the families of these men as he could find at the time. Sadly he did not survive to return to find those remaining on his list. He died in action on this day in 1917. On this day, January 22nd, 1944, Allied forces launched an amphibious invasion near the Italian city of Anzio, in what was known as Operation Shingle. Arthur Butler was the senior chaplain. He later would serve as the C of I Bishop of Connor. In 1945 James Dumigan from Belfast, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and No. 1 Commando, and Matthew Raffell from Co. Londonderry, Royal Berkshire Regiment, died in the Battle of Kangaw. They are remembered at Taukkyan War Cemetery, Myanmar. Photo – Anzio War Cemetery. There are two British war cemeteries at Anzio. The other is the Beachhead Cemetery. The US cemetery is at Nettuno and is also the resting place of US personnel killed in the battles for Cassino.

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