Emotional trip to famous battleground

Troops from the Royal Wessex Yeomanry (D Squadron) are pictured during an emotion return to Monte Ca

Troops from the Royal Wessex Yeomanry (D Squadron) are pictured during an emotion return to Monte Cassino in Italy at the weekend. - Credit: Archant

TA troops retrace forefathers’ footsteps to Monte Cassino.

H Tucker, of the Royal Devon Yeomanry, was among the local men who fell at the battle of Monte Casin

H Tucker, of the Royal Devon Yeomanry, was among the local men who fell at the battle of Monte Casino. - Credit: Archant

TERRITORIAL Army troops from the Royal Devon Yeomanry retraced the footsteps of their forefathers during an emotional return to Monte Cassino in Italy at the weekend.

Reservists from Barnstaple were among those from the Royal Wessex Yeomanry (D Squadron) invited to mark the anniversary of one of World War Two’s bloodiest battles.

Devon Yeomen fought in the 1944 conflict to capture the historic hilltop abbey that stood between the Allies and Rome.

Sixty-nine years later, TA soldiers held a service at the Commonwealth Cemetery to remember and honour those who did not return from battle.


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Sqn Leader Major James Morley said that the headstones of three Devon Yeoman who fell at Cassino were spotted among the thousands that lined the cemetery.

He said: “It was an emotional but rewarding trip. To re-trace the steps of the men who fought during the battle and visit the abbey that was destroyed, as well as the German, Polish and Commonwealth Cemetery was an amazing experience.”

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