No. 3709614, 1st (Airborne) Battalion, Border Regiment
Killed in action on Saturday 10 July 1943 (aged 28)
No known grave
Cassino Memorial, Italy (Panel 7)
Andrew Eccles’s birth was registered in the third quarter of 1914 in Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire and he was a son of Andrew and Mary E. Eccles (nee Richardson). Andrew Eccles Senior worked as a labourer and his marriage to Mary Richardson was registered in the fourth quarter of 1910 in Barrow-in-Furness.
Andrew Eccles enlisted in 1932 and he was a Private in the 1st Battalion, Border Regiment based at Palace Barracks, Holywood when he and Sarah (Sadie) Irvine Brine were married on 29 June 1936 in Belfast Registrar’s Office. Sarah (Sadie) Irvine Brine (aged 18) was a daughter of John Brine, 22 Spring Street, Belfast.
During the Second World War Corporal Andrew Eccles (No. 3709614) served with the 1st (Airborne) Battalion, Border Regiment and he was reported missing in action on 10 July 1943 during the Allied invasion of Sicily (Operation Husky). In November 1943 it was officially confirmed that he must be presumed killed in action. He was 28
Corporal Andrew Eccles’s body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Cassino Memorial in Italy. His wife Sadie and their little son were living at 3 High Street, Ballyhalbert, Co. Down.