Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Bury, John Richard - Private

7th Bn. Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Died 4th September 1944.
Age 31 

On 31st August 1944 the Battalion joined the Eighth Army on the Gothic Line, the German defensive position across Italy.  On 3rd September they were ordered to attack the mountain village of Montefiore.  This entailed advancing over three miles over mountain tracks in pitch darkness.  The Battalion came under heavy fire as it grew light.  From then on it was subjected to accurate and intense shell fire, which caused many casualties.  Attacks by German infantry were, however, driven off.  After a long day of attack and counter-attack Montefiore was captured on 4th September.  Private John Bury lost his life during this gallant action.

John was the son of Thomas and Mary Esther Bury and the husband of Alice. He was 31. They had two children, John and Joyce. He attended St.Peter's, Ewood Bridge. He worked at Porritt Bros. and Austin's Stubbins Vale Mill, and later for 'Betterware', before going into the Army in 1940.

John is buried in Coriano Ridge War Cemetery, Italy. The cemetery was formed by the concentration of graves from the surrounding battlefields. Almost 2,000 war graves are on the site. John lies in Plot 4, Row C, Grave 1.