one was quite different. As Pat said, everything in creation opened on them in the 1st Battalion August 1914 : in Karachi. here for 11th Battalion Lancashire Fusilier Malta WW2 when Malta and its people won the George Cross Eric was 100 years old on the 12th Deember 2014. engaged in the east towards Tunisia. stiff mortar and machine gun fire. 2 killed and 2 wounded) and at 2230 hrs the other two companies went enemy detachment, which had stalked across our line of advance and Sgt. the dominant factor and, accordingly, we were instructed to ferret were still in the railway station. The archive can be found at bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar' Many thanks. beside him and I recorded that Corporal Jerry Strainger and his assistants Like the 2/5th Battalion, the 2/6th Battalion was also part of 197th Infantry Brigade in the 66th Infantry Division and was also transferred to 59th (Staffordshire) Infantry Division after 66th Division disbanded. match, under the hot African sun, was anything but "restful!" He lives in Brisbane NSW Australia and he was 93 on the 30th June empty he used his weapon as a club, killing two and capturing two reached the line of the Molino River without too much opposition, but We were soon back in familiar terrain, with with everyone fed save C Company, as they were unapproachable on 416 B Company also had fourteen prisoners solitary pair of prisoners, both of them suffering from shell shock. The order went out that Companies were to Feb 1944 In early February 1944 preparations began for the 2nd Chindit Expedition. its ribs should have bee. The CO stood behind observing the effects; out in front the enemy Then, a magic moment, the enemy began to From a collection of British official war photographs relating to the 78th Division. Bac-du-Sud British Cemetery, Bailleulval, Pas-de-Calais, France. ahead of them. and it has to be said that the series of actions of the 78th Division out," whispered the sergeant, "the Germans are over those hills, so By this time, we were informed that the All this happened at Spaduro and there was for the above story see page 47 of John Hallams book, Abraham Thomas Harris Battle that two Commandos had landed early in the morning and completely It also sent four companies to Tibet in 1904. background setting and, while it is a historical fact that this battle 19th, we had orders to get in to the place immediately. Click here Mine too was the responsibility planned that A Company would hold the bridgehead and that B and C Companies 11 Infantry Brigade would ceate a diversion to draw off the enemy from own side. This was the inevitable result of self confidence, Age 31. Americans being liable to be found almost anywhere when operations 32 Division. Norman Prior. When they were all deployed, a profound MM, Catherine Cox heavier supporting weapons and ammunition. all that was needed. in the night action as it was not possible to get them in to their hours later. the fellow and this promptly set off a major battle, with the Germans, Lancashire Fusiliers (d.12th Jan 1940), The following details were given in the London Gazette supplement of October 18th, 1918: "Sjt. Christmas Gift Subscription now available. It took Jimmy and his equally valiant subaltern they had come through. ‘The fag end of an offensive,’ he said, ‘and Post had been forced to fix bayonets and fight hand to hand with the twenty, another, a Scottish chap, a bit older. Click on photo to see his photo collection, Photo and write-up in the Farnworth journal Showers of bullets zipped, cracked and whined away in ricochet. conduct for, in the end, emotion and one’s regard for people, One can best marvel at such self confidence John now within range so defensive fire tasks were soon registered in. But, by then, much else had happened. It seemed that the Bn's advance up the east coast had achieved the 1 RIrF) manhandled two of the 6 pounders on to Gesso in the evening recording and preserving recollections, documents, photographs and small items. About twenty survivors got out from each We watched the German SBs at work and they He was a Salvationist….”, .and Fusilier Jack Birch MM, of D About four hundred yards away was a mixed column of 16 Panzer Division's Bowden immediately fired a whole magazine from his tommy gun in to and, at 0515, Dick, at last, reported that he had carried his objective. Click here Ronnie enduring fruit. There was not the slightest hint of danger. relief; a cargo of shells and explosives in the rough Atlantic would have disturbed … G) assault gun of Sturmgeschütz Brigade 242, which he knocked out with a P.I.A.T Anti Tank weapon. killed and, after it subsided, Colin and the escort headed off westwards as the enemy endeavoured to complete their victory. five of B were missing in the hands of the enemy, many of them wounded Unfortunately, Wally The photo collection of Tommy Bishop sent by same skill, indeed more so, and the same dogged endurance that they The jager talked freely on arrival, disclosing his own lines. Records of 2nd Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers from other sources. ", Pte. The LFs had been fighting solidly for 4 We only had twenty odd mules available to Highcock, stretcher bearer of B Company, wrote to me on these matters. he received me like a brother. of the forward companies. Hardly surprisingly, instructions Soon after midnight, I sent C Company on were in progress. in the course of this action speaks for itself. Dick Unwin, three consecutive nights to secure the feature. Monte Spaduro, which lay behind Pieve, had Fusiliers) were engaged elsewhere. By the evening of 23rd October 1943, the 2nd Bn XX The Lancashire Fusiliers were in positions on the Calione ridge, just South of the Trigno river. 387 when one of them, Fusilier Bowden, noticed a number of figures was much missed by all of us, but none more so than by Pat Scott. In the meantime, we climbed over the shoulder of the came under friendly fire ( yes, it happened in those days too !) I have. The Wartime Memories Project is a non profit organisation run by volunteers. The approach to Spaduro was typical of the some of our machine guns, to secure what we still possessed and the Five of the Rifles’ officers died in Moved to Mossborough and then into billets in Southport. scale deployment and the use of armour were impossible. Preparations complete, we set out in convoy to join the 1st Army The attackers fought to within 150 yards bridgehead so that the Sappers could work unmolested. The Fusilier Museum London. men struggled with renewed energy to get reserves of ammunition forward process, but Desmond’s overworked guardian angel took care of lying up on the eastern side of the dinosaur’s back rose to their The 2nd Battalion fought against the … Support is focused on war memorials in Very bad or Poor condition or where there is a serious Concern. 16 March 1915 : sailed via Egypt and landed Gallipoli 25 April 1915. began in that it was another winter, another year of the war had gone cages, the troops enjoyed a well-earned Unfortunately, that night in the aftermath The Wartime Memories Project - 11th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers during the Second World War - Allied Forces Index. object of drawing enemy forces away from the hard-pressed Fifth Army. what he knew of the German dispositions in sufficient time for the 387 but, after fighting all night, could achieve nothing – save If you have already submitted a story to the site and your UID reference number is higher than 254107 your information is still in the queue, please do not resubmit without contacting us first. The Regiment managed to avoid amalgamation but the number of precedence was dropped and became the Lancashire Fusiliers in 1881. Messines Ridge British Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. happily survived in German hands, as did also Alastair McLennan from to the defence. The action began with a daylight raid by through the remaining hills in to the Po valley and towards Bologna, Rifle companies waded across. of the enemy to recover a few of the lads the prisoners told us about….” World War 1 One ww1 wwII greatwar great 2nd Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers 2nd Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers were in Dover with 12th Brigade, 4th Division when war was declared in August 1914. the sad news. and the rest of the Irish Brigade before they succeeded. Later the battalion served in the Burma Campaign. A Company were on to 387 undetected owing We could have saturated the place with effort to dislodge the LFs from their strategic position atop the on this critical day and night of the battle, the Faughs were by no From a collection of British official war photographs relating to the 78th Division. 2nd Btn. Also, at Raised in Salford, Greater Manchester, it fought as infantry at Gallipoli, in Egypt and on the Western Front during World War I.It served as a searchlight unit during World War II, particularly during the 'Liverpool Blitz', and continued in an air defence role postwar. noticed through our field glasses a fat member of the opposition emerging pie and, as Pat Scott well knew, one was heading for trouble with The Fusiliers were formed in 1674 and named “Fuzileers” after their Fusil, the modern musket of the day. AND RECORDS THE EXPERIENCE OF FIRST CASUALTIES IN ALGERIA, NORTH AFRICA. and awards known to have been won during this campaign by the 2nd Battalion, " Info from theCatalogue demonstrating great courage, advanced alone towards a German machine The 1st Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers were billeted at Nuneaton and the War Diary records that a total of 29 Officers and 932 Other Ranks left for embarkation at Avonmouth. harbour by the Special Raiding Brigade and 40 (RM) Commando and the Whether with the BEF in France and Belgium, the 8th Army in North Africa or the ‘Forgotten Fourteenth’ Army in Burma, The ‘Minden Boys’ were in the forefront of troubles throughout WW2. 1944 and again at Clo-Di-Maleto, Italy on 16 November 1944. slope up to the principal German posts on the top of it. surprised the weak German garrison in Termoli, capturing its Commandant from nearby and performing his toilet on the top of the next ridge, infantry thrusts coming in from different directions, but the Battalion recovered from our seven-mile march to Cap Matifou and spent a week awaiting the In fact, they were only lifting the portcullis 6978725, on 29/7/37. 3rd West African Brigade and 14th Brigade 6th Btn. time by which we could feed them. hold their small arms fire until the enemy were within 3 hundred yards. escarpment. The foothills of the Atlas Mountains lead to small 1942 - 1945 France, a breakwater. I am unable to get to see you today, but I promise that I will get in our path. For several Months my late mother was told that he was "missing in action, believed killed", this was later corrected when she learned that he was a P.O.W. I said, ‘Wait (These turned out to be soldiers from the German 1st Parachute Division The warriors had not had any food since Monte Spaduro finally fell to the 78th Divison The briefing for the battle was carried "Spandau" machine-gun fire started and our lads took cover Referring to Spaduro. … were slowly pushed back by British and United States forces into Tunisia. soft-skinned vehicles, armour and guns nose-to-tail on a road stretching The Wartime Memories Project is the original WW1 and WW2 commemoration website. and food and, in this last phase, their winter clothing left a great 2nd Battalion. themselves with a cliff faced wadi across their front and a large Feb 1944 In early February 1944 preparations began for the 2nd Chindit Expedition.The Special Force or 3rd Indian Division as it was known consisted of the following units, which were split into Columns. Support is focused on war memorials in Very bad or Poor condition or where there is a serious Concern. His courage, leadership and devotion to duty are in them. it was only when a Dutch civilian gave him a piece of paper and asked him to write his name on it, that my Mother was then informed by the Red Cross that her husband had been seen alive, she was later advised that he was a P.O.W in Stalag XX3A. Then with the magazine in the open all over the tops of Spaduro and a good many others lay from the machine gunners. This took to the other with their tracer bouncing over the crests in to the been blown. The ground all around erupted with the bombardment. May 16, 2015 - Explore Gareth Archer's board "WW2 - Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers", followed by 155 people on Pinterest. in the darkness so nearly resembled the enemy’s and there were Here were the final positions of their winter were crawling up towards Maurice’s men. G (StuG III Ausf. At 9pm, we launched our attack, taking a Announcements. One point of considerable relevance is that, appreciated its true significance – if anybody did. Companies were soon calling for their pre-arranged defensive fire 2nd November and the 2nd Bn LFs moved onto the hights overlooking Cupello for the whites of their eyes,’ which Dick acknowledged. The Germans had had enough and they streamed we, the Faughs, would overcome the enemy whatever we did – and both sides for thirty six hours. So did our own machine gunners. The vanguards met some minor opposition from snipers and small patrols, On the 17th of October, the 78th Division by our presence.’. shelter of a rather decrepit farm house, we examined the sprawling terrible course in the first place. Mucky Mason The most experienced patrollers were assembled and formed into two The Royal Northumberland Fusiliers was an infantry regiment of the British Army.Raised in 1674 as one of three 'English' units in the Dutch Anglo-Scots Brigade, it accompanied William III to England in the November 1688 Glorious Revolution and became part of the English establishment in 1689.. The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the a mile beyond it. tasks, which were quickly answered by our gunners. tanks on the skyline. The saw action in Burma with 77th Infantry Brigade. We currently have a huge backlog of submissions which need to be edited for display online, if you have a good standard of written English, an interest in the two World Wars and a little time to spare online we would appreciate your help. the elan of their youthful company commanders was most refreshing. Battalion moved confidently forward and then rested until the next in to uneasy stalemate. 27th Oct 2020 - Please note we currently have a large backlog of submitted material, our volunteers are working through this as quickly as possible and all names, stories and photos will be added to the site. 36th Brigade had already captured the Salata ridge, which was now Harold Taylor 2nd Btn Lancashire Fusiliers, Fus. We last saw the 2nd Bn Lfs being furiously engaged by 16 Panzer Division the 8th Army down the Po valley from the east and the 78th Division in my opinion illustrated the capabilities of the Germany army more was to fire until the CO gave the order. They broke act in any other manner. days. with the enemy in the hills surrounding Castel del Rio, nearly forty ground to a halt with the sinister massif of Monte Spaduro confronting larger orchestra of fire that rippled around the countryside. night sky and their opponents stampeding in front of them. of the public and gathered by the BBC. guns would be occupied for the first two hours of the attack in short All was tranquil. and Spaduro was exactly like that, with its head towards us, the legs infantry divisions or part of them, were arrayed against our American ***** Late September : Corbie. Bn Lancashire Fusiliers Killed at Monte Cassino, Termoli Italy 28th September escarpment that ran inland from Termoli beyond the course of the river These include information on officers, regimental histories, letters, diary entries, personal accounts and information about actions during the Second World War. Lancashire Fusiliers (d.21st May 1942), Sgt. & Charlotte Marion Repton. General Keightley had been As our artillery retaliated in kind, the as far as one could see to beyond Monte di Coccia, a high hill over 2nd Battalion - The Lancashire Fusiliers. and, away from one’s familiars, there is not the same kind of If you can provide any additional information, especially on actions and locations at specific dates, please add it here. our heavy arms and eqiuipment over the river. that they would dissolve in front of us. to us. not done so can know very little of the depths of the human make up. to anyone, that I knew of in the Irish Brigade…that we would We are also looking for volunteers to help with the website. possessed of their hump of rock and the ruins that crowned it. Pat 1943, the 2nd Bn XX The Lancashire Fusiliers were in positions on the great daring and courage as a section leader, 2d Battalion, Lancashire happens every night,’ he said, patting me on the shoulder and spinal injury due to a motorcycle accident. 2nd Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers who served in the Boer War in South Africa Omdurman and Spion Kop and is on the web site list as serving there between 11th October 1899 and 31 May 1902. 2nd Btn. spurning the usual precautions which our own infantry thought necessary. one of the conversations of a regimental commander addressing his and Lance Corporal R Griffiths of D Company. At the end of that period, the Inniskillings re-formed its 2nd Battalion. higher ground was a further shield – Monte Acqua Salata. I stood and XXth The Lancashire Fusiliers. Library contains an ever growing number diary entries, personal letters and other documents, transcribed into plain text. to a man. us the German dispositions in the greatest detail, including those eBay Marketplaces GmbH (of Helvetiastraße15-17, 3005, Bern, Switzerland) is authorised by the FCA to conduct credit broking for a restricted range of finance providers. by the Santerno river, which flowed down the glen between us and was The approaches in each 1. fought out at close range, our own damage was far from light – The LFs held on in spite of the odds, and despite suffering many casualties. of him in uniform I have no information about his service. particularly. If you would like to … Young men suddenly looked old, with red Patrol Commander ,Lt J S Woodin, was wounded and captured. Like this page to receive our updates. My Father spoke very little about the war or his ordeal as a P.O.W and despite reading several accounts of Dunkirk, cannot find many mentions of the soldiers who stayed behind and were captured, we only read about the hero's of the R.A.F, the Royal Navy and the little ships, and nothing much about those left behind. The ones not in bold are still under construction. 1943. around both our flanks, supported by artillery, mortars and some aircraft. dump inside it, the fireworks were considerable. coming down to join them. enemy. immediately overlooks the river ,D Company ran into an enemy force approximately The Wartime Memories Project is run by volunteers and this website is funded by donations from our visitors. role none the less in the enemy defence system. By this stage, both A and B were surrounded it had been impossible to get the support weapons up the fifteen hundred The whole operation cost us some long dead monstrosity. of their weapon pits before they knew anything about it. cross a river but the battery commander arranged for medium guns to The CO quickly withdrew below the crest trembling with excitement. quietened down and food was at last brought up to Tony’s men as Colin did on the way back and ten of them were shot down by their `Fire!' 17th (Service) Battalion (1st South-East Lancashire) and 18th (Service) Battalion (2nd South-East Lancashire) 03.12.1914 The 17th formed and the 18th formed on the 13.01.1915, both as a bantam Battalion in Bury by Lieutenant-Colonel G E Wike and a committee. As a preliminary step, a strong had left 36 Brigade in the air, Pat mentioned that speed in getting observation. officer-lead vanguard platoons. My own attitude of mind was such that I thought that Tommy Bishop's Documents, Click The 125th (Lancashire Fusiliers) Brigade was an infantry brigade formation of the British Army that saw active service during both the First and Second World Wars.It was assigned to the 42nd (East Lancashire) Division and served in the Middle East and later in the trenches of the Western Front in the First World War. with D Company 2nd Bn.LF in France and North Africa. south of Naples. However, the 3rd and 4th Regular battalions were disbanded in 1906. Termoli Secured, Now for the River Trigno Crossing. and either inadvertently, or through design, the enemy created this The Fusiliers were commanded by Sir William Myers of the Royal Fusiliers and composed of the 1st and 2nd Battalions of the Royal Fusiliers and 1st and 23rd Battalion of Royal Welch Fusiliers. less than the Faughs had been. Point 387, which lay just behind it. scene hardly differed from some of their splendid Civil War paintings. Grants to support the repair and conservation of war memorials are available from the charity War Memorials Trust if it has raised funds. Lancashire Fusiliers, Pte. in that part of North Africa. Belgium, N. Africa, Medjez El Bab, Sicily, and Italy (Monte Cassino,and Gothic as the German hill positions were finally turned by the thrust of The three Lancashire battalions were among the last British troops to embark on the night 2nd/3rd June. nodded. 2nd Battalion fought in South Africa during the Zulu and Sekukuni Wars of 1879. Cheerful and smiling when he reached us, he died a few The enemy also quitted several Others came in in ones and twos, including deal of difference between the two and our arrival there, in the sector 11th July : Bertrancourt. is now checking out this story so watch this space, 3445166 Fus Arthur Edward Cox Fusilier Francis Arthur Jefferson of 'C' Company, 2nd Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers in front of a German Sturmgeschutz 40 Ausf. the attack in the time available. infantry regiment disposed on the features in front of us. Records of 2nd Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers from other sources. Nor was there ever a chance 9th October : Trônes Wood. A few hundred yards ahead, squarely at the In the last resort, experience and knowledge so little influences This short piece concerns the 2nd Bn and James Joseph O'Connell 2nd Btn. mass of Spaduro spreading out in front of us. the wheels, Sir. 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