City of London, England, United Kingdom
Mozzagrogna and Caldari War Memorial
In Memory of
1st Bn Royal Fusiliers
and officers of
1/5th Royal Gurkha Rifles
31st Field Ambulance
who were killed during
between 27th Nov and 17th Dec 1943
Topics. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, World II.
Location. 51° 30.994′ N, 0° 6.118′ W. Marker is in City of London, England. Memorial is at the intersection of Holborn Viaduct and Giltspur Street, on the left when traveling east on Holborn Viaduct. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: City of London, England EC1A 2DH, United Kingdom. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Charles Lamb (a few steps from this marker); Giltspur Street Compter (within shouting distance of this marker); The Royal Fusiliers (within shouting distance of this marker); The Church of the Holy Sepulchre (within shouting distance of this marker); The Golden Boy of Pye Corner (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Christ's HospitalGrey Friars Monastery (about 120 meters away); Royal College of Physicians (about 120 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in City of London.
More about this memorial. The memorial is mounted to the southeast corner of the St. Sepulchre-without-Newgate church.
Also see . . . The White Hackle - News. "In November 1943 1st Battalion Royal Fusiliers faced their first major engagement in Italy, the crossing of the River Sangro. Along with 1st/12th Frontier Force Rifles and 1st/5th Royal Gurkha Rifles they formed 17th Indian Brigade of 8th Indian Division. The plan was for the Gurkhas to capture the fortified village of Mozzagrogna on the far bank and for the Fusiliers to pass through them to take the village of Santa Maria. But the capture of Mozzagrogna proved a tough proposition, even for the indomitable Gurkhas. At 0130 hrs on 28 November the brigade commander ordered B and C Companies of 1 RF to go into Mozzagrogna to assist them....It was a murderous battle.... 1 RF suffered some 95 casualties, and 1st/5th Gurkhas even more. The close co-operation between the two regiments was later celebrated by the exchange of a silver kukri (now in the Museum at the Tower of London) and a silver salver; and a memorial naming both units was installed outside the Royal Fusiliers Memorial Chapel at the Church of St. Sepulchre-without-Newgate." (Submitted on December 11, 2017.)
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