9th Battalion Royal Northumberland Fusiliers World War 2

Discussion in 'User Introductions' started by In Remembrance, Oct 3, 2016.

  1. Hi,

    I am trying to collate information relating to the fighting fifth and, in particular, the 9th Battalion.

    My Great Uncle volunteered for the Territorials prior to the war. France, Dunkirk, Singapore, Burma Railway and ended the war in Iruka Branch Camp (Nagoya 4 D) Japan.

    He was one of the lucky ones to survive but rarely discussed his experiences.


  2. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Barclays book on the regiment in WW2 is very good.
  3. A copy is on its way - arriving tomorrow via Amazon £22.
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  4. Richard Lewis

    Richard Lewis Member

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  5. Yep, that's "Wor Frankie". But, I'm trying to work out what does the "W" represent?

    Edited - Next of Kin - W = wife & F = father.

    It's been a fascinating 24 hours (spoiled by the fact that I had to go to work!). I subsequently discovered "Harry's War" on the Far-Eastern-Heroes.org site. It's his story from conscription, all the events that I've previously mentioned and reference to the 300 prisoners transferred to Japan and Iruka. I then checked the Mansell database and there they both are on the same page of survivors!

    Further research on Sergeant Harry Walton (FEPOW) lead to the finding that Mr Walton passed away a month before his 96th birthday in November 2014 (RIP Quo Fata Vacant).


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  6. Iruka Boys (9th Battalion Royal Northumberland Fusiliers)

    Following my earlier posts, I've done a bit of research and have now obtained a copy of Lieut. Col H S Flowers War Diary from the Imperial War Museum.

    Can somebody please advise as to how I can obtain a copy of the St George's Gazette for 1946? Apparently it contains an article about the release of the Iruka Boys and their reception by the Australian Navy.

    I've tried the IWM but they advise that Regimental Periodicals are stored at Duxford and not available for photocopying.
  7. papiermache

    papiermache WO 356 Mechanic

    The annual collection of the St. George's Gazette for 1946 appears to be in volume LXIV, or 64, which means it may be in Newcastle Public Library Local Studies because they have a brief listing of the title and " Total 65". Volumes are not for loan, if these are annual volumes, and not just 65 monthly instalments.

    Northumberland Public Library does not have that annual volume at their Woodhorn Library because it is not listed in the index for the 29 volumes they have there. Not for loan again. There is a fair chance that the library staff there would know where a copy of Volume 64 is to be found.

    Abebooks gives various 19th century volumes mostly at about £85 each.

    The British Library should have it. They list it as monthly regimental magazines from 1883. System number 001097237. Shelfmark: General Reference Collection P.P.4039.m. If you contact them they may copy it for you, for a price.

    The IWM is a mystery.
  8. Liam.M

    Liam.M New Member

    i am trying to find details on my grandfather to build my family tree. his name is Michael francis allen.he served i northumberland fusiliers..he is deceased now but would be approximately 97-98 years old now if he were alive. I am hopeful i can be given the information i am looking for with your help..
  9. Incredibledisc

    Incredibledisc Well-Known Member

    Hi Liam.M
    It’s probably better if you start a new thread to look for information rather than add to this one. There’s a specific sub forum called “searching for someone & military genealogy” which would be the best place for it.

    Standard advice in these situations is to contact the MOD and obtain his service records. The process is pretty straightforward and will cost £30. It’s really the only way to get started. From these records you’ll get his address, next of kin, height, weight etc. You’ll also get his service number, which units he was posted to and so on this will lead to other documents which might help you find out more about his service. Once you have these (usually takes a few weeks) take some photos/scan them and upload them to your thread and we can help you decipher all the Army jargon and acronyms.

    I would also suggest contacting the Northumberland Fusiliers museum at Alnwick Castle as they might be able to give you some info.

    I’m sure I saw elsewhere that Ancestry is having a free weekend tomorrow - another opportunity to find out some info if you’ve got a birthdate and an idea of where he lived.

    Hope that helps. I ended up here after starting to research my own family tree and the members here have been great and you’ll get the best results if you follow their advice.
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