RE Veterans of the Rapido Bridging Operations April - May 1944
4th BR Div Engrs:

7 Field Company RE
59 Field Company RE
225 Field Company RE
18 Field Park Company RE

Under Command:

8 Field Squadron RE
587 Field Company Corps Troops
586 Field Company RE
7 Field Company RE
3 Platoon 7 Field Company RE
Lt Malcom Sharland RE
Sprs Dennis Gorman & Joe Gilleard
6 Section 2 Platoon 7 Field Company RE

They were best pals for many years
Lieutenants Smart & Hobson MC
7 Field Company veterans
                            L to R. Brian Roberts,   Tommy Riordan MM,   Joe Gilleard,   Dennis Gorman,   Michael Low MBE MC (O.C.)

                           Three Sappers of 7 Field Company are buried in the CWGC Cemetery Cassino: Spr T. Appleby, Spr S.G.Gunns, Spr T.C Moore
7 Field Company Veterans at one of their reunions:
L to R Standing: Brian Roberts, Tommy Riordan MM, Jack Stamper, Bill Gardener, Paddy Maughan, Joe Gilleard,  Bob Lister, Ray Horn
Seated: Harry Footit
Joe Gilleard & Dennis Gorman
Lt A.Hobson MC
Lt Hobson MC with 1 Platoon
Sgt F. Clark DCM
7 Field Company Veterans at a reunion
2 Platoon 7 Field Company RE
L to R Standing: Joe Gilleard, Arthur Macklin, Dennis Gorman, Crooke, Bob Smiles, Kelman, unknown
Front L to R:  Noble, Fuller, Morris, unknown
Dennis Gorman             Joe Gilleard          unknown
7 Field Company veterans  marching through Cassino 1989
L to R. Michael Low MBE MC, Bill Hogg, Joe Gilleard, Brian Roberts, unknown, Tommy Riordan MM, unknown, unknown
Newspaper clips of reports on 'Amazon' Bridge 1944
225 Field Company RE
:2005860 Spr Cyril Eyre
225 Field Company RE
10 Bde
12 Bde
28 Bde

Under Command
26 Armd Bde
Spr T.Appleby    Spr S.G.Gunns  Spr T.C Moore
Shiny 7 Veterans
at CWGC Cassino
Cemetery
1 Platoon Nominal Roll 1944
59 FIELD Company RE
Below: A page from 578 Field Company War Diary. Their 2 Platoon did maintenance on the bridge and approaches for two days afterward the bridge was completed, they were still being heavily shelled as the Germans tried desperately to take the bridges out.

The first line of entry is reffering to worn out chesses on the bridge due to the volume of tanks and traffic crossing the bridge
Below: A page from 586 Army Field Company who also did a spell of maintenance on all three 4 Div bridges
This page will updated as new photos and material becomes available

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No 2155697 Spr Abraham Maurice Tribich 59 Field Company RE
Photo by kind permission Jeffery Tribich
Below: page from 225 Fd Company diary 14 May 1944
 
The four battles of Monte Cassino (27 min film made by RSME Chatham). Includes Jack Stamper and Joe Gilleard of 7 Fd Coy being interviewed by Brigadier A.N. Carlier OBE at Brompton Barracks 1987. Click on the link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jk8LXiwHwd8
The following awards were awarded in recognition of their services on the Rapido Bridging Operations in 4 Br Inf Div, May 1944

Military Cross:
Major R.C.S. Low MC                  7 Field Company RE
Lieutenant A. Hobson MC          7 Field Company RE
Major A.B.T. Daniell MC             59 Field Company RE
Lieutenant P.S. Boston MC        59 Field Company RE
Major R.E. Gabbet MC                225 Field Company RE
Lieutentant J.H. Rutherford       225 Field Company RE

Distinguished Conduct Medal:
Sergeant F. Clark DCM                7 Field Company RE

Military Medal:  
Sergeant T.M.J. Riordan MM     7 Field Company RE
Sergeant A. Parry MM                 59 Field Company RE   
Sergeant J. Woodcock MM        225 Field Company RE
Corporal A.D. Norton MM         225 Field Company RE              
Right: Sgt Tommy Riordan's Medals
Lt Bertie Hobson's Medals
Above photo taken 31 May 1944
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Cpl Victor Charles Botterill 225 Fd Coy RE
Photo by kind permission family of Victor Botteril
Cpl Thomas J Garrett 225 Fd Coy RE
Photo by kind permision family of Tom Garrett
Ted Waters, Bill Phipps, T Garrett. Naples August 1944
225 Fd Coy RE
Photo by kind permission family of Tom Garrett
Cutting by kind permission family of Tom Garrett
Photo above and below by kind permission family of Cyril Eyre
Photos above and below by kind permission family of Cyril Eyre
Photos above and below by kind permission Ronald Gilleard
Photos above and below by kind permission Peter Hobson