Duke of Wellington's Regiment? Anyone?

Discussion in 'British Army Units - Others' started by ethan, Sep 26, 2013.

  1. ethan

    ethan Member

    I haven't been able to find much in the way of pictures/photos/accounts on the internet for this regiment. I'd be especially interested to see photos;

    Does anyone here have a particular interest in this unit?

    Many thanks as always,
     
  2. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Ethan
    Just the fact that the 8th Battalion was converted to Armour in 1941 and became 145th Regt RAC.....at the same time the 9th Batt became 146th RAC and that my late wife's brother in law - Capt. Frank Donkersley served with the 1st battalion at Dunkirk - El Alamein - and I believe D Day ...but no pictures -sorry about that
    Cheers
     
  3. ethan

    ethan Member

    Thanks very much indeed for your reply Tom!
     
  4. bexley84

    bexley84 Well-Known Member

    My Dad met some of the 1st Bttn chaps on 14th/15th March 1943 as he/his mates were about to skedaddle from the Bou Arada area.
     
  5. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Richard

    The first Batt of the Dukes were held back after Dunkirk with 1st Div and took part in Torch of North Africa then on to Italy where they did well at Anzio...and along with 5th Div took off for France / Palestine- never could figure out which

    went where after Italy

    Cheers
     
  6. BrianM59

    BrianM59 Senior Member

    I know Drew has an interest, particularly in their 1940 incarnations and I've read some war diaries of the 2/6 and 2/7 as they fought in some of the places I was researching - do a search and you'll come across the material, including Drew's usual excellent photos of war diaries. Tim Lynch's excellent book, "Dunkirk 1940 - whereabouts unknown" has some excellent material on the 'labour' battalions including the DWR. You don't say where you are based but their regimental museum is in Halifax - they have an audio collection and did have an excellent archivist, very helpful.
     
  7. minden1759

    minden1759 Senior Member

    I was at Salerno CWGC cemetery tipping my hat to the Duke of Wellington only this morning.

    Regards

    FdeP
     
  8. SDP

    SDP Incurable Cometoholic Patron

    Ethan

    Are you referring to any particular battalion in your original post because I believe two battalions of the DWR fought with the 49th Division in Normandy and, indeed, had already been involved with the 'Polar Bears' for some time?
     
  9. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

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