In Memory of
HARRINGTON ARTHUR WILLIS
Green Howards (Yorkshire Regiment)
on 14th July 1943
Son of John Willis Harrington and Margaret Harrington, of Darlington, Co. Durham.
... Next morning (14/07/1943), we progressed up the eastern side of the island to make an attack on Sortino and during our advance we encountered stiff opposition at certain strong points and a number of our men were killed, among them Sergeant Harrington and John Ryan. My pal, Charlie Lee, was missing; Jack Ramsden and all his section were blown to pieces; Jack Betley was also killed. The 7th Green Howards were also having a rough time. We constantly had to be aware of booby traps and hadn't to touch any civilian property in case of the lethal traps the Germans had left behind. I vividly recall patrolling along a railway line, which ran through a massive lemon grove. When we came to search some buildings we found four naked bodies; rigor mortis was complete and they were on their backs on a large bench. The bodies were black and were starting to decompose; they were being eaten by maggots and showed signs of having been tortured. I hoped the perpetrators suffered the wrath of God. During war, one sees many things and forgets but it has to be like that. We were soldiers, but I can still, after these many years, remember the bodies lying in that hut....
From Bill Cheall's memoirs, an ordinary soldier in the Green Howards
Posted by Paul Cheall ( http://www.grimdetermination.co.uk/)