On the 3rd January 1944 preparations were made for an attack across the Peccia on the night of 4th /5th January. In this operation, the Brigade had the task of protecting the left flank of the 6th United States Armoured Infantry, who were to capture an isolated hill - Monte Porchia - covering the approaches to Cassino. The York and Lancasters were on the right and the 6th Lincolnshires were on the left. The enemy was known to occupy strong localities next to the river and to be extremely sensitive to any aggressive move. The country was comparatively flat and thickly wooded. The river was only 25 feet wide and in the dry season would present no difficulty to infantry; but in the winter, swollen by rain and snow from the mountains, it became a formidable obstacle. Two fords had, however, been found and these were to be used by 'B' Company and Battle Patrol, who would capture a small bridgehead upon which 'A' Company would pass through to the final objective.
Stan Pearson's story of how he and his mother returned to Italy to find the place where his father was killed, was first published in the journal of the Monte Cassino Society. On 11th April 2013, Stan sent his articles to us for publication on this web site.
Stan Pearson's Account of his research into the death of his father [PDF].