The Essex Regiment 1929-1950 History

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  1. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    Found a nice pre-war image here:

    2nd Battalion, The Essex Regiment
    "After seventeen and a half years continuous service abroad members of the 2nd Battalion, Essex Regiment, received a ceremonial welcome by the Lord Lieutenant of Essex when they arrived home at Warley Barracks, Brentwood... The Battalion has been in Malta, India, Egypt and Sudan." - This photo appeared in the 27 February, 1937 issue of The Sphere.

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  2. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

  3. EmmaH

    EmmaH Junior Member

    Colonel Newman also served with the 85th Field Regiment RA which was raised in Essex prior to the inauguration of the Independent Companies, which later became the Commandos
     
  4. EmmaH

    EmmaH Junior Member

    I am interested in any references to the 85th Field Regiment RA which was raised in Essex from a territorial unit and later converted to 85th Mountain Regiment RA, training in Lebanon before heading to Italy. 85th came under the umbrella of both 4th and 10th Indian Division, providing Mountain Artillery cover as and when required. With a letter of commendation from Major Gen Reid (10th Indian), they were highly thought of, however, are proving very difficult to research. Any references would be gratefully received
     
  5. idler

    idler GeneralList

    There is a book called Farewell Screw Gun by Wilf Goldstein, but it's a memoir rather than a unit history.
     
  6. EmmaH

    EmmaH Junior Member

    Many thanks, I have poured over this book for hours and also the unofficial war diaries of 337, 338 and 461 batteries.......they are a very poorly documented regiment. Even the war diaries at Kew are very scant by comparison to others
     
  7. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    Spotted this nice little scrap of ephemera online:

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  8. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    Am just this moment trying to find out more about the 19th Essex. It seems that the battalion was raised in Egypt by scouring the hospitals and aid posts for men WIA during the heavy fighting of 1942-43. Interestingly, a good number of the men (and officers) from this unit found themselves transferred to the Raiding Support Regiment, a unit tasked with providing heavy weapons support for the for Raiding Forces (1st SAS Regt). It was established in Palestine on 26th October 1943 and operated in Greece and then the Adriatic.

    With a tip of the hat to Skip of this parish.

    Edit: Anybody seen these?

    Reference: WO 169/10210
    Description: 19 Essex Regiment
    Date: 1943 Mar.- Dec.

    Reference: WO 169/16284
    Description: 19 Essex Regiment
    Date: 1944 Jan.- Aug

    Edit 2: The Official History has a mere two and a half pages, but they're interesting--will upload when time allows. Can anybody add more?
     
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  9. IKE26

    IKE26 Member

    Hi Nipper

    Can I have infos about 1/5th in the Battle of Sangro (nov.-dec. 1943) ?
     
  10. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    By chance, I already have the 1/5th Essex section scanned (43 pages). If you message me an email address, I will forward it to you.
     
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  11. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    As an addendum to the 2/5th Essex account of being overrun at Deir el Shein on 1/7/42 [See pages attached to quoted post, but pages are missing], I offer this vignette from WO 169/4006: XIII Corps (G Branch) June to August 1942. The 2/5th Essex's own diaries stop at the end of May and presumably were taken or destroyed when they went into the bag.

    That last sentence is positively poetic.

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  12. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    More random ephemera:

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  13. scott gandy

    scott gandy New Member

    Hi Nipper / Charley Fortnum,
    I am trying to piece together my Grandfathers involvement and would really like any information regarding the 5th Essex (1 /5th) during WW2.
    My Grandfathers name was Reginald Arthur Ardley, from Dunmow in Essex - he joined the TA in 1937 aged 17 at the rank of 'Boy', was called up for full service at the outbreak of the war. I understand he spent approx 6 months in Egypt (1941), 18 months in Iraq (41-43), 6 months Palistine (43), 4 months Syria (43-44), 10 months Italy 44-45, 7 months NWE - France & Germany (45) and was promoted at some point to the rank of CSM (Army No.6012330).
    I have copies of the documents from his service files, and I also have various letters photo's etc (which may be of interest to others - was going to try and post some on here if that is appropriate), but would would really like more detail on the regiments movements, battles, locations etc. that he may have been involved in (maybe a copy of the relevant 43 pages from 'The Essex Regiment 1929-1950 by Colonel T.A. Martin' if possible).
    Many thanks, Scott.
     

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