1st Bn Somerset Light Infantry in Burma and India

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  1. martinroe22

    martinroe22 Junior Member

    With the families permission i am allowed to upload the collection of Sgt A Webberley in the collection are several files one containing 877 scanned images of pictures and the Regimental diary issued to soldiers for 1939
    there is a pdf of a book written by a Pte Elgar who was posted into the Regt in 1942 from the oxfords to make up numbers.
    there is another smaller pdf to accompany said book which goes into a little more detail refering to the movements etc in Burma
    A pdf of a 1945 paper booklet of the campaign published in India
    and a couple other points of interest
    they can be found in the following links




    this is a free site the images can take some time to down load depending on your internet connection so please allow time for the files to download
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  2. sol

    sol Very Senior Member

    Superb, thank you very much for sharing this.
  3. zeezee

    zeezee Member

    Yes, great! Thank you!
  4. Farthing

    Farthing Member

    This looks brilliant - have you thought of scanning it as several .PDF files and 'minimised' to make it more manageable and simpler to transmit / download - if you have access to Adobe Editor.

    I did this with my Dad's 60+ page record of his time in India and Burma (including War Diaries, maps, photos etc) and have been able to email it in its entirely to family and friends.
  5. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member


    On the subject of the 1st Battalion Somerset Light Infantry, does anyone have information on:

    10 Platoon 'D' Company 1945 - 1947 based in North West Frontier (Peshawar, India later to become Pakistan)
  6. sambeam13

    sambeam13 New Member

    Martin, in the image lads 1942, there is a man named Art Mitchell, i belive he is my girlfriends grandad, Arthur Mitchell of 1st battalion Somersett Light Infantry c company. i am trying to get more info on him, do you have anything else that might shine more light in his period in burma?
  7. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Martin never came back to the forum after starting that thread.
    Last Active Aug 15 2013 08:09 AM
  8. millies51

    millies51 New Member

    Here is a photo of Somerset Light Infantry 1st Bn C Company Peshawar 1945. My father is Albert Maidment, standing extreme right 2nd row from the front.

    Attached Files:

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  9. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Thanks for posting, fantastic clarity for a photograph of that age. :)
  10. AshardA

    AshardA Member

    In the photo above, back row 3rd from right, is that Reginald Ashard?
  11. I don't think that is Reg... have posted a photo of him.
  12. martinroe22

    martinroe22 Junior Member

    I have never received any type of notification about the replys on this thread I was Contacted personally from a member over the last weeks If anyone wants a hard copy of everything i have please email me on martinroe22@hotmail.com and we can make arrangements to get the DVD to you
    I also went to the national archive and photographed a file from the Regt war diary which i seem to have misplaced I will try to find this and make it available also

    I need to go back as there are another 3 files of a lot larger size to photograph
  13. davidbfpo

    davidbfpo Patron Patron

    Marrin & others,

    I noted in recent research on Indian matters that Indian / Pakistani Independence was the 14th August 1947 (Pakistan the day before) and the Somerset Light Infantry left Bombay on the 28th February 1948. The cited reason was that most troops returned by sea there were not enough to go quicker. After Independence British troops appear to avoided "trouble". Just curious did you discover if they had an active part in the mayhem around Independence?
  14. Martin Hall

    Martin Hall New Member

    Hello Everyone. I’m trying to find out anything I can about my Grandad. His name was Herbert Henry Hall and we think he was in the Somerset Light Infantry in Burma during WW2. We think his service number was 6852185 as this is on my Dad’s birth certificate when Grandad registered him in April 1943. Herbert was known as “Bert” he went into the Army as A1 fit and came out very poorly. He struggles with his breathing for many years and passed on in 1990. I was only 11, but I remember SAAFA paying for some of the flowers and attending the funeral. Any ideas. Please let me know.
    Martin Hall
  15. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    His Army number 6852185 shows he originally enlisted into the KRRC.
    The King's Royal Rifle Corps 6837001 - 6905000
    Army Number Block Allocations
  16. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

  17. Martin Hall

    Martin Hall New Member

    Thank you chaps.

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