4th Bn Northamptonshire Regiment March 1945

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  1. Skoyen89

    Skoyen89 Senior Member

    Does anyone know what the 4th Bn Northamptonshire Regiment were doing on 1st March 1945? They were part of 115th Infantry Brigade. I am trying to find out what happened to a group of four Privates who were missing that day. Two are buried at Jonkerbos (after one being buried at Arcen and the other at Heumen ) and two seem to have survived.

    Google search and a search on here has not thrown up anything of note on the Battalion which only arrived in NW Europe the previous month.
     
  2. Owen

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  3. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    May or may not help

    304th Infantry Brigade (United Kingdom) - Wikipedia

    The 304th Infantry Brigade was formed on 22 January 1945 by conversion of the Headquarters of 38th Light Anti-Aircraft Brigade within the 2nd Anti-Aircraft Group. It was commanded by Brigadier C.A.H. Chadwick, followed by Brigadier F.W. Sanders from 24 May 1945, and comprised the following Territorial Army RA units:[4][5]
    630th (Essex) Infantry Regiment, Royal Artillery formed by 28th (Essex) Searchlight Regiment RA (TA).[6][7][8]
    637th (Northamptonshire Regiment) Infantry Regiment, Royal Artillery formed by 50th Searchlight Regiment RA (TA) (The Northamptonshire Regiment), which had originally been converted from the 4th Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment[9][10][11][12]
    638th (Royal Northumberland Fusiliers) Infantry Regiment, Royal Artillery formed by 53rd (Royal Northumberland Fusiliers) Searchlight Regiment RA (TA), which had originally been converted from 5th Battalion Royal Northumberland Fusiliers.[13][14][15][16]

    So it would seem between 22 Jan 1945 and 24 May 1945 they were part of 304th Inf Bde and named 637th Inf Regt

    Another avenue :
    4 Northamptonshire Regiment | The National Archives
    Reference: WO 171/5248
    Description:
    4 Northamptonshire Regiment
    Date: 1945 Jan-Dec
    Held by: The National Archives, Kew
    Legal status: Public Record(s)
    Closure status: Open Document, Open Description

    TD


    H.Q. | The National Archives
    Reference: WO 166/16460
    Description:
    H.Q. [304 Inf Bde]
    Date: 1945 Jan.-Apr.
    Held by: The National Archives, Kew
    Legal status: Public Record(s)
    Closure status: Open Document, Open Description
    Access conditions: Closed For 29 years
     
  4. Owen

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  5. Skoyen89

    Skoyen89 Senior Member

    Hi

    The 4th Battalion was reformed later in the war so it seems the 304th Infantry Brigade route is a red herring. The Jervois pages look interesting but they are hazed out - presumably by Photobucket. Does anyone know how I can access them?

    Thanks to all for your replies
     
  6. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Ask Rich Payne for better photos. I'm sure he won't mind. ;)
     
  7. Skoyen89

    Skoyen89 Senior Member

    Many thanks for Rich Payne for replacing the Jervois pages which set out what happened to White. Now to find a death cert for him so I can order his records. In his medal grouping is a Burma Star. It will be intetesting to see what Regiment he was in when earning that. He has a Northamptons number from about 1939/40 so it could be the 1st Battalion.
     
  8. Skoyen89

    Skoyen89 Senior Member

    I think I have found him through Ancestry/Findmypast/Freebmd. Have ordered his marriage cert which ahould confirm it is him as he married in 1945.
     

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