Discussion in 'British Army Units - Others' started by saintconor, Jul 31, 2010.
WW1 meets WW2
Thanks for that, Drew...do you know what WO number that is all under in the national archives? Is it 167 something?
I just read that war diary and it looks like me auld granda was in the thick of it as he was in B Coy...
It's WO 167/758.
I have the full diary (254 photo's of pages) from Sept 39 to June 40 and I'm happy to provide you with a copy if you'll give a donation to a military charity.
The boring bit here:
It'd be great to get a copy, Drew, as I'm taking my uncle over to see my great grand-fathers grave in Loos (KIA 1916) and the Menin Gate and as my grandad was captured near there in 1940 we could go and have a look at that area too...I'd be glad to make a donation...
I am looking for some pictures of the 1st Bat HQ Company from Burma approx 1946-47. My great grandfather fought with them and when visiting today he mentioned that someone stole a picture he had of the company which had everyones names under it. I think it would mean a lot to him if I could track down this image and get him a copy.
If anyone has anything from the period 1944-48 I would be very grateful
Hi, Do you know which platoon/company this is?
A hasty post of dad (kneeling right) with some of his buddies. Note the little laddie to the 'R' rear getting in on the act.
Another one dad standing right. I think I have posted this before requesting a possible location?
The large photo is 18 by 14 inches and the smaller one is about 12 by 10,I will have to get my son to help me put them through to you,as im not that proficient at these things,it may take a few days for this to happen, as he is a bit busy at the moment.
By the way whats your uncles surname and I will see if I can find on the large photo?
Pictures of my dad in the 1st Inniskilling fusiliers circa 1942 to 1946 Durban South Africa,+ India.
[SIZE=12pt]Hi I was trying to trace my grandfather his Name was George Hamilton.[/SIZE]
[SIZE=12pt]He joined the army in 24/09/1940 and discharged on 15/08/1944 [/SIZE]
[SIZE=12pt]He was from Baronscourt/letterbin Address when listed was 37 Letterbin Cottages Baronscourt Co Tyrone.[/SIZE]
[SIZE=12pt]His army no is 6984253 and was with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers then formed in the 5th when he got to England and we are trying to trace his activities I was wondering if you can give me some more info about the triangle insignia worn on his uniform My Father thinks it was a dark red triangle with a dark red stripe above it. He apparently fought with ( Paddy) Blair Mayne Tamet raid and blew up planes in Italy how could I get more info on this ?[/SIZE]
Paddy, hallo. My uncle served in Burma with the 1st Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and was originally from just outside Omagh, Davy Thompson. I have recently been researching the Burma campaigns and would love to hear fo your progress. The two must have known each other. What was your grandfathers name?
Hi Alan my Grandfathers name was George Hamilton he was from Letterbreen Baronscourt so it's possible they embarked together whne they reached the UK he was assigned to the fith Infantry and had a white "Y" emblem on his left shoulder did your uncle have that too ?
His Brother Jimmy was a postman too in Sion Mills apparently he got th VC but I have only just found out about that one so still need to research it, My Grandfather joined up with the 8th army then into the 1st SAS with PADDY MAYNE so I'm waiting to get the service records back and see if I can get him the Burma star and Africa star with 8th army motif but i'm sure tha will be a hard fight unless I get some good info from his service record
Hi there how's you iam trying to find out some information on a fusilier who served with the 1st btn royal inniskilling fusiliers he was nicholas gyle 7015481 and he was kia in burmah 8 th April 1943 iam looking pics of him if there is any and to find out more about him and his unit as I am trying to piece together family history
A few years back I helped out another family whose uncle had died on 8th April 1943 serving with the 1st Inniskillings in Burma. The battalion were serving on the Arakan peninsula of Burma at the time which is on the coastline of the Bay of Bengal. I took some photographs of the war diary for that period for the family in question and have attached the pages for late March and April here for you to look at.
The war diary is held at the National Archives at Kew in London, the file reference is WO172/2513. Unfortunately, the diaries are not available on line, so to read them you may have to visit, or have someone copy them for you. Nicholas features on two lists, one for missing in action and the other for confirmed killed in action. Both have the same date 8th April. The fact that he is remembered upon the Rangoon Memorial, sadly means that his body was never recovered after the war and he has no known grave.
Attached are all the diary entries for the period and the two lists, also shown is a small map of the region in which he fought. The Arakan was an unhealthy and difficult place to operate in, with its high razor backed hills and mangrove swamps. The battles against the Japanese in the Arakan were some of the most vicious and attritional of the Burma campaign.
I hope these images will be of use to you in your ongoing research. There is not much else I can tell you about the 1st battalion, but perhaps someone else with a greater knowledge can offer more precise information.
I am looking to find out some information on a Willie Hargan that served in the burma campain for the skins.
If someone could point me in the right direction that would be great.
Also I visited Monte Casino whilst on honeymoon in Sorrento and will put up a few pictures I took.
I have some general photos (available on several websites). In addition, I have some photos of John Moore, my grandfather, a fusilier in the 2nd battalion who enlisted in 1938 and made it through to Italy where he was wounded (lost arm, most of hip) and subsequently saved by 2 gurkhas. He recovered after 10 weeks in a hospital in Italy to come home and raise a family with his wife Kathleen and 8 children (one of whom is my mother).
I am new to this forum and would appreciate any direction available to help me piece together the history of John Moore (Grandad) who sat me on his knee when I was very young and told me about exotic locations and strange people.
My mother is searching through many boxes currently for his log book, which she is convinced she has.
Hi there thank you so much for this information regarding fusilier nicholas gyle 1St bn royal inniskilling fusiliers kia 8/4/1943 I will use this information building up a profile on my gr8 uncle lest we forget
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