Born: 27th November 1911, Ipswich.
Died: 17th February 1944; age: 32.
Residence: 27, Bradley Street, Ipswich.
Rank: Sergeant; Service Number: 5824435.
Regiment: Royal Artillery, 2 Field Regiment (64 Field Regiment).
Images courtesy of Sean Winters.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Henry Robert W. J. & Martha Hannah Leftly, of 4, Tanner’s Lane, Ipswich; husband of Annie May Leftly.
Father: Henry Robert William James Leftly, born June 1880, Woolwich, Kent – Died during the First World War of wounds – 27th September 1914, at No. 5 General Hospital, Angers, France. Henry was ranked a Driver, service number 29203, for the Royal Horse Artillery, 3rd Brigade, Ammunition Column. He was laid to rest at Terlincthun British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.
Mother: Martha Hannah Leftly (nee Johnson), born 1885, Walton, Suffolk.
In 1937, Ipswich, George married Annie May Welham, born May 1916, Ipswich.
They had 1 son:
Robert R. Leftly, born 1938, Ipswich.
The Anzio landings commenced on 22nd January 1944, on the west coast of Italy. Known as “Operation Shingle.” Taking the two coastal towns Anzio and Nettuno, just 40 miles west of Rome, the capital city. The Italian campaign had come to a halt, hampered by mountain terrain and layers of fortified German and Axis positions, known as the Gustav Line. It had been decided to leapfrog around the coast setting up new beachheads, out flanking the German positions.
The Amphibious assault was a great success on the first few days, by midnight, 36,000 soldiers and 3,200 vehicles had landed on the beaches consisting of US and allied forces, but failed to push deep inland choosing to hold back, for more troops to be landed before moving. By January 24th, the Germans had moved over 40,000 troops into the area and surrounded the beachhead, shelling the Allied forces trapped in a small area. Fierce fighting continued until June when the Allied forces finally broke out from the beachhead taking Rome.
Ipswich have long historical links with the Italian coastal town of Nettuno, Ipswich’s Borough Council have a “Cooperation” ( Twinning) link.