Platoon Commander Lieutenant I. Macdonald (with binoculars) ready to give order to attack at S. Leonardo di Ortona, Italy, 10 December 1943. Left to right, Sergeant J.T. Cooney, Privates A.R. Downie, O.E. Bernier, G.R. Young (kneeling, with Lee-Enfield rifle), Corporal T. Fereday and Private S.L. Hart (lying down with Bren gun) all of the 48th Highlanders. http://wwii.ca/content-49/world-war-ii/towards-ortona-the-moro/
Further investigation yields a family tragedy. The man crouched on the far right, directly above the Bren-gunner, is Lance Corporal Terry Fereday. A survey of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission register shows that Fereday would be killed in action eight days later on the 18th of December. Fereday is buried in the Moro River cemetery.
|Globe and Mail, 24 December 1943, p5.|
The tragedy of Fereday's death is heightened by the death of his brother, Eric J. Fereday, killed in an accident in Prince Rupert the day after Terry. The Fereday family in Scarborough would have a grief-stricken Christmas in 1943. The fate of Barney, the third son of the Fereday family, and also an airman in the RCAF, is unknown.
|Globe and Mail, 31 December 1943. p.2.|