1/4 KOYLI May 1944

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  1. Peter Shovlin

    Peter Shovlin Member

    Hi again. Hope someone can help me again. From the information that I have received from the Polar Bear Facebook site (Route of 1/4 KOYLI from the Normandy Landings) I believe that I have a good understanding of the march routes of the battalion. However a bit more clarity on the following would be of great assistance:

    1/ Which towns and villages did the battalion pass through/or stop at in The Netherlands and Germany including relevant dates between May 1944 and October 1945

    2/ Does anyone know what the mens duties were during the same dates. Obviously in Germany they were Force of Occupation but in The Netherlands they were the liberators.

    Your help is greatly appreciated.
  2. davidbfpo

    davidbfpo Patron Patron

    If you click on the tag for the battalion you will see a small number of threads, hopefully they will provide clues and one refers to the relevant War Diaries: 328233 Daniel Evan Davies - LRDG, 1/4 KOYLI

    A clue is in: 4277759 Sjt. Richard William HENDERSON, 1/4th Bn. King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry: 22/06/1945 and checking the CWGC site you can plot their journey (assuming no other KOYLI were in NW Europe). Yes, the exact location may not be given, instead you would have the first burial point before post-WW2 concentration.

    They get a mention in Post 43: 24th Lancers - Tessel Wood (c25th June 1944) I assume they were also known as the Hallamshire Battalion? If so a search on that name could pay dividends.

    Do you know which brigade / division the battalion was with, that might help - tracking their journey.
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  3. davidbfpo

    davidbfpo Patron Patron

    The Hallamshire Batt.(York and Lancaster Regiment) was not the 1/4th KOYLI, the Hallamshire and 1/4th KOYLI they were brigaded together with the 4 Lincolnshire Regiment - in the 146 Infantry Brigade, as part of the 49th (West Riding) Division. From: 49th (West Riding) Infantry Division - Wikipedia Remarkably the brigade's composition did not change throughout WW2.

    A little from: Hallamshire Battalion - Wikipedia
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