Uniform Collection Major C.H. Liddell MC

Discussion in 'WW2 Militaria' started by Donnie, May 8, 2009.

  1. Donnie

    Donnie Remembering HHWH

    Hi guys,

    I thought i would share this buy from yesterday, i found them in a box all scrunched up (excuse the creases) in a house clearence shop. All the Tunics are named and range from 1937 to 1954. They all came with the correct trousers too. Two are not included in the photos and that is a Spare Battle Dress (no insignia but named) and trousers and a civilian dress jacket.

    It seems that Major Charles Henry Liddell was a career officer in the Rifle Brigade and was awarded the Military Cross in 1941 but i cannot find a Citation for him. I have also googled him but found very little apart from him being in charge of training at the RGJ depot after the war.

    If anyone wants to comment on the uniforms feel free, also could someone explain what the TRF on the sleeve is.

    If someone has the Regimental History for the Rifle Brigade i would be very grateful for a lookup to see if he is mentioned.

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    Cheers, Donnie.
     
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  2. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

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  3. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    Donnie,

    A wonderful find. Thanks for posting the photos and for Diane tracing the citation.

    Regards
    Tom
     
  4. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    Nice one Donnie.
     
  5. Donnie

    Donnie Remembering HHWH

    Hi guys,

    Many thanks D, here is his citation for his MC award:

    This Officer was in command of night patrols round NIBEIWA camp on the nights of 2/3 and 7/8 Dec 1940. On the first occasion accompanied by 2 NCO's he crawled through the defences between enemy sentry groups only 50 yards apart and located the A/Tk Minefields and also a gap in the defences. On the second occasion accompanied by the same NCO's he found enemy Tanks patrolled by sentries stationed apparently in the minefield.
    Although the Tanks were only 10 to 20 yards apart he suceeded in getting in between them, unseen by the patolling sentries and locate the gap in the minefield leading to the camps.
    The information gained by this officers gallant action was of great value and was probably intrumental in saving many casualties when the tank attack took place on the 9th Dec.

    Donnie
     
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  6. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Donnie,
    Glad you got that, thanks for posting it. You must have know I'd have been curious..
    a well-deserved award, brave man.
     
  7. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    Donnie,
    It is good that you now have the providence of the uniform.

    The award sounded very well earned.

    Regards
    Tom
     
  8. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Donnie,
    Here goes ... from The Times, Saturday, March 11, 1944
     

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  9. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique MOD

    Nice find, Donnie.

    I have some Rifle Brigade Chronicles which I will check this weekend to see if there is any mention of him.
     
  10. Donnie

    Donnie Remembering HHWH

    Cheers Paul,

    Will look forward to seeing if there is anything. Also, anyone no where to get a cheap Manakin to put them on?

    Donnie
     
  11. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Donnie -
    According to his medals etc - he was probably with XXX corps in the desert - then came home with them for the NWEurope thing - then finished up at GHQ - Home Forces ...
    Cheers
     
  12. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

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  13. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    thePeerage.com - Person Page 1620

    Major Charles Henry Liddell
    Major Charles Henry Liddell was born on 2 July 1917.
    He died circa 25 September 1998.

    Had 3 children.
     
  14. Donnie

    Donnie Remembering HHWH

    Hi guys,

    Thanks for the info, any ideas how i could get hold of a photo of him?

    Donnie
     
  15. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    I'd try & track down a family member listed on Burke's Peerage , I've had a look at his children & grandchildren.
    I bet at least one of them is in the phone book.
    RGJ Museum bound to have one.
     
  16. Donnie

    Donnie Remembering HHWH

    Hi Owen,

    I will see if i can contact his family but seeing as it was his family that got rid of the uniform in the first place i dont think anyone will want it.........

    Also i will contact the RGJ Museum to see what they have to say,

    Donnie
     
  17. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    I will see if i can contact his family but seeing as it was his family that got rid of the uniform in the first place i dont think anyone will want it.........


    Yeah I realise that but they may have some photos is what I meant.
     
  18. militarycross

    militarycross Very Senior Member

    Nice catch, Donnie. Well done.

    cheers,
    phil
     
  19. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique MOD

    He joined 8th Rifle Brigade in Germany in 1945 as 2/ic and then became commanding officer. This is the photo from the regimental history:

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  20. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique MOD

    Plus mention of him in the book. The only other mention was him becoming c/o in 1945.

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