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Famous London Irish Riflemen

We shall start to salute men, who have served with the London Irish Rifles over the past 150 years, some of whom later went onto make their name in a variety of fields. It will continue to be updated as more information comes to hand.

Click on each name to read more information about the men.


HEN ‘Bala’ Bredin – Soldier.

Commanding Officer, 2nd Battalion, London Irish Rifles from July 1944 to May 1945.

Lt-Col Bredin was awarded a Bar to his previously won DSO for his actions in command of the 2nd Battalion during the breakthrough at the Argenta Gap in April, 1945.


TPD ‘Pat’ Scott – Soldier.

Commanding Officer, 2nd Battalion London Irish Rifles, March 1943 to June 1943.

Lt-Col Scott was awarded a DSO for his actions in command of the 2nd Battalion during the battles north of Medjez-el-Bab in April 1943, which led to the breakthrough of German mountain positions and facilitated final Allied victory in North Africa.


John Horsfall – Businessman.

Commanding Officer, 2nd Battalion London Irish Rifles, February 1944 to July 1944 and from May 1945 onwards.

Lt-Col Horsfall was awarded a DSO for his command of the 2nd Battalion in their part in the breakthrough of the Gustav Live at Casa Sinagoga in May 1944. He had only just taken command after Lt-Col Ion Goff was killed during an ‘O’ Group near to Cassino on the afternoon of 15th May 1944.


Edward Charles Mayo

Ford Car Worker (click image to see full size).

Sgt Mayo served with ‘E’ Company, 2nd Battalion, London Irish Rifles from 18th October 1939 to 16th May 1944, when he was killed at Sinagoga. He was awarded an MM for his actions at Heidous, Tunisia in April 1943.

Sgt Mayo MM pictured right.


Nigel Stock – Actor.

Featured in many post war films and TV series and best known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in a BBC television series.
Nigel Stock served with the 2nd Battalion during 1939 and 1940.


Jack Allen.

Actor who, amongst his wide and varied career, played ‘Willoughby’ in Alexander Korda’s production of ‘The Four Feathers’.
Jack served with the 2nd Battalion during 1939 and 1940.


Sir Nicholas Mosley.

Author / Novelist.
Nicholas Moselt and Mervyn Davies in Italy, April 1945.Captain Mosley served with the 2nd Battalion, London Irish Rifles from 1943 to 1946, and was awarded an MC for his actions at Monte Spaduro in October 1944.


Sir Mervyn Davies.

High Court judge.
Major Davies served as OC ‘E’ Company, 2nd Battalion London Irish Rifles during 1943, 1944 and 45, and was awarded an MC for his actions at Monte Spaduro in October 1944.


Donald Zec.

Writer and journalist with the Daily Mirror for 40 years. Holder of the OBE for services to journalism.

Donald Zec served with the London Irish Rifles during the Second World War.