BEACH HEAD WAR CEMETERY
Cemetery pictures used with the permission of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission unless stated otherwise
The following two pictures courtesy of Brian Budge
Phillip James Valentine Rea
2/6th Bn. The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey)
Between 24th February 1944 and 27th February 1944.
Plot XXII. B. 8.
Son of Samuel Edward and Millicent Olive Rea, of Lichfield, Staffordshire.
Anzio is a coastal town 70 kilometres south of Rome.
The cemetery is permanently open and may be visited anytime.
On 3 September 1943 the Allies invaded the Italian mainland, the invasion
coinciding with an armistice made with the Italians who then re-entered the war
on the Allied side.
Victoria Cross Recipient
MAURICE ALBERT WYNDHAM ROGERS
Rank: Serjeant, Service No: 5568932, Date of Death: 03/06/1944, Age: 25, Regiment/Service: Wiltshire Regiment 2nd Bn. , Awards: V C, M M, Grave Reference X. D. 8., Son of Albert Edward and Dora Grace Rogers; husband of Lena Elizabeth Rogers, of Plaistow, Essex.
Citation: The citation in the London Gazette of 8th August, 1944, gives the following details; In Italy, a battalion of the Wiltshire Regiment was ordered to attack high ground held by the enemy. The carrier platoon of the leading company, dismounted were ordered to capture the final objective. They advanced under intense fire and sustained a number of casualties. The platoon, checked by the enemy's wire and the intensity of his machine-gun fire, took cover some 70 yards short of their objective. Serjeant Rogers continued to advance alone, and penetrated 30 yards inside the enemy's defences, drawing their fire and throwing them into confusion. Inspired by his example, the platoon began the assault. Serjeant Rogers was blown off his feet by a grenade, and wounded in the leg. Nothing daunted, he ran on towards an enemy machine-gun post, attempting to silence it. He was shot and killed at point blank range. This N.C.O.'s undaunted determination, fearless devotion to duty and superb courage carried his platoon on to their objective in a strongly defended position. The great gallantry and heroic self-sacrifice of Serjeant Rogers were in the highest tradition of the British Army.
1st Bn. Irish Guards
4th February 1944, aged 32.
Plot XVI. G. 10.
Son of William and Nellie Barker, of Burnley, Lancashire; husband of Phyllis Barker, of Burnley.
Neil Alexander Gray
93rd Sqdrn. (Spitfires) R. A. F.
12th April 1944, aged 20.
Plot XXI. J. 3.
Son of Reverend and Mrs J Meikle Gray, The Manse, Bressay, formerly Fetlar
6983037 Lance Serjeant
Leslie Henry Lewis
2nd Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
2nd May 1944, aged 23.
Plot XIV. C. 3.
Son of Jerimiha and Lidia Ethal Lewis, of Leicester
In memory of an uncle, brother and dear cousin, Eric Lewis (War Veteran)