Royal Inniskilling Dragoons/Fusiliers

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  1. DParks

    DParks Member

    Hi everyone

    I'm trying to research some information regarding my Grandfather.

    Corporal Emerson Carson McCarron
    DOB 7.6.14
    No 407323

    He enlisted at Omagh , Co Tyrone on 14.11.33 to The Cavalry of the Line, Royal Inniskilling Dragoons.

    Home 14.11.33 - 2.10.34
    China. 3.10.34 - 22.1.36

    On 31.5.34 he transferred to the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers as a Corporal.

    Malaya 23.1.36 - 25.10.38
    India 26.10.38 - 6.11.43 ( it was during this time that he was posted in Burma with the Chindits 1st Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers )
    Home 7.11.43 - 3.12.48 (I assume that this was due to poor health having contracted malaria )
    He was eventually discharged on 3.12.50 from 5th Inniskilling Fusiliers.

    He then enlisted to the Territorial Army on 4.12.50 No.22534236 in Omagh as a Corporal. He was finally discharged from the TA on 30.12.63.

    I would be ever so grateful if I could get more specific detail regarding his service particularly in relation to his time in Burma. Unfortunately he passed away just prior to my 4th birthday 3.9.1980. He never really spoke about his experiences apart from when he was in Omagh Legion and he met up with others who'd served alongside him . Any information or pictures would be particularly great.

    Many thanks again for your help in this matter.
    Denise Parks
  2. idler

    idler GeneralList

    If you can, it might be worth editting 'Chindit' into the thread title. The dates suggest Op Longcloth and we have an active member here whose thing that is.
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  3. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    I posted link to thread on bamboo43 's profile page.

    In saying that though were they actually Chindits ?
    They were in 14th Ind Div.
    14th Indian Infantry Division - Wikipedia
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2017
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  4. idler

    idler GeneralList

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  5. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

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  6. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Hi Denise,

    I've not come across any Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers soldiers that became Chindits in 1943 or before. However, during some of my sideways research over the years, I do have mention of Emerson. This comes in the form of a part listing of soldiers that fought with the 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers during the 1st Burma Campaign in 1942-43 in the Arakan region of Burma. This list was found in the file WO361/202, held at the British National Archives in London.

    Being part of this list would suggest that your grandfather took part in the first Arakan Campaign and was fortunate to survive some fierce fighting in what was very difficult terrain. Arakan Campaign 1942–43 - Wikipedia

    Here is the listing page with his name on it:

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  7. DParks

    DParks Member

    Bamboo 43 , Idler an Owen

    Thanks very much for getting back to me so quickly. I really appreciate the links attached re- Op Longcloth , 14th Indian Infantry Division as well as the 1st Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers listing of soldiers.

    If by any chance you come across anything else I would be really grateful if you could let me know.

    Thanks Denise.
  8. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Using Lee's search engine these are the relevant War diaries for 1st R Inn Fus held at National Archives, Kew:

    WO 172/863 1 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 1942 Feb. - May, July - Dec.
    WO 172/2513 1 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 1943 Jan.- Dec.
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  9. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Just in from work and you beat me to it Diane.:)
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  10. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Will do Denise.

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