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9th Bn Royal Sussex Regiment

Discussion in 'Burma & India' started by Owen, Feb 4, 2006.

  1. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    One of my Wiltshire lads, Pte 55777317 George Ponting died serving with 9th Susssex on this date.
    What were they doing at the time?
    With 36th Div I think.
    His Army Number shows he was originally Wilts Regt.

    Name:PONTING, GEORGE
    Initials:G
    Nationality:United Kingdom
    Rank:Private
    Regiment/Service:Royal Sussex Regiment
    Unit Text:9th Bn.
    Age:23
    Date of Death:06/08/1944
    Service No:5577317
    Additional information:Son of Charles Henry and Sarah Ellen Ponting, of Upper Stratton, Swindon, Wiltshire.
    Casualty Type:Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference:7. A. 19.
    Cemetery:TAUKKYAN WAR CEMETERY
     
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  2. jimbotosome

    jimbotosome Discharged

    (Owen D @ Feb 4 2006, 05:18 PM) [post=45282]One of my Wiltshire lads, Pte 55777317 George Ponting died serving with 9th Susssex on this date.
    What were they doing at the time?
    With 36th Div I think.
    His Army Number shows he was originally Wilts Regt.
    [/b]
    Where did he give his life? Do you know?
     
  3. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique MOD

    Owen - there is a history of this battalion in WW2. It is the only book on the regiment I don't have! Missed it when it first came out, and missed it time and again on eBay!
     
  4. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Found some info on Burma Star site but still a bit vague on what they were up to.
    I know 1st Wilts took a hammering April 44 and were sent to the NW Frontier. I assume Pte Ponting was transfered to 9 Sussex then.As yet I haven't found out much more.
    36th Division at the time were in north Burma working with the American/Chinese Forces under Gen. Stilwell.
     
  5. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Found this about 9th Sussex at the time Pte Ponting was killed.
    http://www.burmastar.org.uk/dawes.htm


    The wounded Lt., was B.Brewster of ‘D’ Coy and the one killed by the shell by Lt. P. Dunford of ‘C’ Coy. Both are buried in Taukkyan Cemetery, as is Pte Bright.


    Name:BREWSTER, MAURICE JOSEPH
    Initials:M J
    Nationality:United Kingdom
    Rank:Lieutenant
    Regiment/Service:Royal Sussex Regiment
    Unit Text:9th Bn.
    Age:23
    Date of Death:06/08/1944
    Service No:233262
    Additional information:Son of Joseph Stockbridge Brewster and Florence Brewster, of Southwick, Sussex.
    Casualty Type:Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference:6. G. 18.
    Cemetery:TAUKKYAN WAR CEMETERY


    Name.DUNFORD, PERCY
    Initials:P
    Nationality:United Kingdom
    Rank:Lieutenant
    Regiment/Service:Royal Sussex Regiment
    Unit Text:9th Bn.
    Date of Death:05/08/1944
    Service No:249228
    Casualty Type:Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference:7. A. 11.
    Cemetery:TAUKKYAN WAR CEMETERY

    Name:BRIGHT, WILLIAM
    Initials:W
    Nationality:United Kingdom
    Rank:Private
    Regiment/Service:Royal Sussex Regiment
    Unit Text:9th Bn.
    Age:21
    Date of Death:05/08/1944
    Service No:5350377
    Additional information:Ward of Mrs. B. Hanslip, of Redbridge, Southampton.
    Casualty Type:Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference:7. B. 8.
    Cemetery:TAUKKYAN WAR CEMETERY

    This Sergeant is mentioned in Len Dawe's account.
    I digress. Before going to the hill the Coy. Commander was I think talking to another Major and I and another chap were burying the two Sgts. Allen and Crunden, then an officer took a compass bearing of the graves for the Graves Registration chaps.


    Name:ALLEN, FREDERICK RICHARD
    Initials:F R
    Nationality:United Kingdom
    Rank:Serjeant
    Regiment/Service:Royal Sussex Regiment
    Unit Text:9th Bn.
    Age:24
    Date of Death:05/08/1944
    Service No:5337445
    Casualty Type:Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference:7. G. 4.
    Cemetery:TAUKKYAN WAR CEMETERY


    Name:CRUNDEN, FREDERICK GEORGE
    Initials:F G
    Nationality:United Kingdom
    Rank:Lance Serjeant
    Regiment/Service:Royal Sussex Regiment
    Unit Text:9th Bn.
    Age:36
    Date of Death:05/08/1944
    Service No:6396611
    Additional information:His brother, Ronald Allenby Crunden, also died on service.
    Casualty Type:Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference:7. G. 5.
    Cemetery:TAUKKYAN WAR CEMETERY
     
  6. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

  7. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Owen - there is a history of this battalion in WW2. It is the only book on the regiment I don't have! Missed it when it first came out, and missed it time and again on eBay!

    You mean this one?

    THE SHINY NINTH - 9TH BN. THE ROYAL SUSSEX: GILLINGS, MURRAY - AbeBooks - WORLD WAR II BOOKS

    THE SHINY NINTH - 9TH BN. THE ROYAL SUSSEX
    GILLINGS, MURRAY
    2001. Pinwe Club, rpt, 176pp, Special Edn, ills, plates, maps, card covered, NEW. This battalion was raised, in 1940, by Sir Gerald Templer. The Bn. was posted to Burma and after fighting in the Arakan, they were in action in N. Burma. With the 72nd Brigade of the 36th Division they won Battle Honours at Pinwe a nd Schweli River. The Bn. was disbanded in 1946. Bookseller Inventory # WIIBK00386
     
  8. englandphil

    englandphil Very Senior Member

    Owen, if you are still looking for info on GP, then Bert Maile maybe able to help. email him at ShinyNinth@aol.com
     
  9. bucklt

    bucklt Bucklt

    One of my Wiltshire lads, Pte 55777317 George Ponting died serving with 9th Susssex on this date.
    What were they doing at the time?
    With 36th Div I think.
    His Army Number shows he was originally Wilts Regt.

    Name:PONTING, GEORGE
    Initials:G
    Nationality:United Kingdom
    Rank:Private
    Regiment/Service:Royal Sussex Regiment
    Unit Text:9th Bn.
    Age:23
    Date of Death:06/08/1944
    Service No:5577317
    Additional information:Son of Charles Henry and Sarah Ellen Ponting, of Upper Stratton, Swindon, Wiltshire.
    Casualty Type:Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference:7. A. 19.
    Cemetery:TAUKKYAN WAR CEMETERY

    Owen: Have picture but need e-mail address from you in order to send it !
    Bucklt :poppy: nt872b(at)hotmail.com
     
  10. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Many thanks to bucklt for sending me this photo.

    http://www.ww2talk.com/forum/attachments/burma-india/16344d1241686006-9th-sussex-ponting-jpg
     

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  11. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Owen, if you are still looking for info on GP, then Bert Maile maybe able to help. email him at ShinyNinth (at) aol.com

    Just got this back.

    Delivery Status Notification (Failure)‏

    This is an automatically generated Delivery Status Notification.

    Delivery to the following recipients failed.
     
  12. englandphil

    englandphil Very Senior Member

    Sorry owen, that was the only contact details I had other a mail address, see below.

    P

    Mr. H.G. Stock (Henry)
    XXXXX
    Edit:
    Removed address.
    There's some funny old types that read the Interweb.

    ~A
     
  13. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    I've just checked my folder & have got Bert's address in Cambridgeshire.
    It was one of those jobs I didn't get around to doing.
    Must write to him.
     
  14. cosgrove70

    cosgrove70 Junior Member

    My father was in B coy 9th. Batn Royal Sussex Regiment in Burma in 1944.

    He died there on November 24 ( his 32nd birthday) I wonder if anyone can help me find a copy of the "Shiny ninth" the story of this Batn. I would be gratefull for any information relating to this Battalion.
     
  15. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Hello and welcome to the forum.

    Do you know the full title and author of the book? Do you have the battalions war diaries?

    Regards
    Andy
     
  16. sol

    sol Very Senior Member

    "The Shiny Ninth: 9th Battalion the Royal Sussex Regiment 1940-1946" by Murray Gillings

    I guess that this is your father

    CWGC :: Casualty Details
     
  17. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    "The Shiny Ninth: 9th Battalion the Royal Sussex Regiment 1940-1946" by Murray Gillings

    I guess that this is your father

    CWGC :: Casualty Details

    If that is your father I believe a forum member has photographed that cemetery and will have a shot of your fathers headstone.
     
  18. cosgrove70

    cosgrove70 Junior Member

    "The Shiny Ninth: 9th Battalion the Royal Sussex Regiment 1940-1946" by Murray Gillings

    I guess that this is your father

    CWGC :: Casualty Details
    Yes it is. I only saw him once when he was on leave.

    Thank you for answering my enquiry.
     
  19. cosgrove70

    cosgrove70 Junior Member

    Hello and welcome to the forum.

    Do you know the full title and author of the book? Do you have the battalions war diaries?

    Regards
    Andy
    Murry Gillings was the Auther. No I do not have and no I don't have the Batn's war diaries.
     
  20. cosgrove70

    cosgrove70 Junior Member

    If that is your father I believe a forum member has photographed that cemetery and will have a shot of your fathers headstone.
    I do have a photo of this cemetry and I have seen exactly where he is buried.
     

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