Malvern College Second World War Casualty

Lieut. Francis Arthur Mahaffy

House and time at Malvern: 5, 1934 - 1939.

Regiment: Irish Guards.
Died: 27 April 1943 aged 22 in Tunisia. Killed in action.
Battle: Tunisia Campaign: November 1942 May 1943. Cemetery: Massicault War Cemetery V. M. 9.

Son of Robert Pentland Mahaffy, and of the Hon. Mrs. Mahaffy, of Greatash, Chislehurst, Kent
Class. VI. Warrington Exhib. Senior Chapel Prefect. Head of House. Cadet Officer. Fielder Exhib. For Greek,
Exhibitioner of King's College, Cambridge.
1st Bn. Irish Guards

'Tuesday 27th April 1943
The Battalion took part in the attack on the hills to the East of Djebel Bou Aoukaz, the objectives being Pts 212, 214 with zero hour at 16:00.
The Bn was subjected to continuous fire from shells, M/Gs, mortars, and, peculiarly unpleasant, six-barrel mortars. The Bn advanced in broad daylight, across an open yellow cornfield and finally reached an Olive Grove. This grove gave little shelter, and was in addition, a German registered mortar task.
19:00. By now the Coys were very weak - the cornfield and olive groves were strewn with wounded men.'
Unit war diary: WO 175/488

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