3rd Spec. We all knew this before we went into action.” She then broke down and cried her eyes out and had to leave the room. After a number of bursts from Tommy guns by different men, we realised these Japanese must have been tied to the trees and were snipers. 1/5th 1/6th 10th Battalion 117th Battery, 26th Brigade 11th Battalion 122nd Battery 12th Battalion 13th Battalion 14th Battalion 14th Service Bn. The two Chindit invasions, coupled with an uprising of the Burmese Independent Army saw Burma return to British rule in 1945. (© IWM IND 2290). 15th Battalion 16th Battalion 177th Company 177th Siege Battery 17th Battalion 18th 19th Battalion 1st 1st Battalion 1st Btn. Welcome to the WWII Forums! Part of 6th Brigade, 2nd Division. The new battalions disbanded in 1901 and the militia reverted to their original designations. Robert enlisted on 31 August 1937 at the RAF 1 depot in Uxbridge, Hillingdon, North London. based at St Anne's Street, Liverpool. The Special Reserve reverted to its militia designation in 1921, then to the Supplementary Reserve in 1924; however, its battalions were effectively placed in 'suspended animation'. 1st Battalion August 1914 : in Aldershot. He caught malaria and it seems this is why he was posted back home in 1917. In their opinion the non-swimmers wouldn’t stand a chance. During WW2 he served with the King's Liverpool Regiment, later being transfered to the Royal Air Force. They were a multi-national Special Force comprised mainly of British battalions alongside the Gurkhas Rifles, Burma Rifles, Nigerian battalions, Royal Indian Army Service Corps and Hong Kong Volunteers, with airborne support from the Royal Air Force and the United States Air Force. Once there we had to put the clearing in shape ready for a Dakota (DC3) landing field, where troops would be landed for an assault on the ‘up till now supreme’ Imperial Japanese Army, who had swept through Burma from Malaya and were now on the doorstep of India. Log in or Sign up. Machete and scabbard used by Captain FC Freeman during 1944 Chindit expedition. Two of the stronger swimmers followed them, but within a minute they were back saying that the current was too strong and the water was very cold. This time the 1st Battalion would take part. By now we were all fully awake. 2/7th King's Liverpool Regiment (Bootle) At Aldershot Jan 1917 Photos Of The King's Liverpool Regiment A Raiding party of the 1/8th (Irish) ... 13th Battalion (Service) Dundon S J 2nd Lt : Photo Foster C W L/Cpl 95588 : Obituary Friend J B 2nd Lt : Photo and Obituary Moved to 10th Brigade in 4th (Quetta) Division December 1917. Small round baths were produced where we had a bath, washed our hair and de-liced ourselves with someone spraying powder of some sort on to us. Be outside on parade at 23:15 hours, ready for the transport to take us to the airfield, and good luck chaps”.". Up to now there had been no observation of the Japanese in the immediate vicinity of Broadway, but one never knew where the crafty fellows were. 13th (Home Service) Battalion ... 01.06.1918 Formed at Cromer and absorbed the 11th Battalion of the Kings’ (Liverpool) Regiment, and then moved to Brookwood as a Pioneer Battalion of the 14th Division. They were referred to as the New Army or Kitchener's Army. In dense forest, men could get lost if they strayed just a few metres away from their colleagues. To mark the 75th anniversay of VJ Day I would now like to focus on journal extracts and personal accounts from our archive relating to the part played by the King’s Regiment 13th and 1st Battalions who served in the Far Eastern region during the Second World War. Hampshire Regiment Herefordshire Regiment Hertfordshire Regiment Highland Light Infantry Honourable Artillery Company Household Cavalry Indian Army Kent Cyclist Battalion Inns Of Court Officers Training Corps Irish Guards King's Liverpool Regiment King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment King's Own Scottish Borderers King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry Sgt McGee decided to march towards the Chindwin, he was hoping our missing men might reach us there. Fortunately, where we went, there was a large boulder and a bank of earth, but we could not poke our noses over as they would have been shot off. Our beloved leader General Orde Wingate was coming to an ‘O group’ with our platoon officers. Landed at Le Havre 13 August 1914. Some were sick or wounded and couldn’t make the journey out. It was disbanded in 1908. Sgt McGee said “there will never be a better time to cross” and he and Pte Milburn waded in. Unfortunately due to defective eyesight, he was discharged in January 1915. So now there were eleven of us left and we were still on the wrong side of the river!". 1941, Transferred to the Royal Artillery, February 1942 and became, Formerly the 2/10th King's, September 1940, Formed from the 10th King's, September 1940, Amalgamated with 1st Manchesters to form the 1st Battalion, The King's Regiment (Manchester and Liverpool), 1958, Retained its identity until 1967, when it became a, This page was last edited on 28 August 2020, at 19:36. When the 8th (The King's) Regiment of Foot became The King's (Liverpool Regiment) in 1881 under the Cardwell-Childers reforms of the British Armed Forces, eight pre-existent militia and volunteer battalions of Lancashire and the Isle of Man were integrated into the structure of the King's Regiment. Uniquely, the 7th (Isle of Man) Battalion did not join the Territorial Force, instead remaining a "volunteer" battalion. The King's expansion during the Second World War was modest compared to 1914-1918. We burnt our new jungle greens because they were infested with lice and we then dressed in our new gear of shorts and shirts. While she was attending to me she asked why there were no seriously wounded amongst our lot. THE KING'S (Liverpool Regiment) 165th Brigade / 55th (West Lancashire) Division . As an example, the three-line battalions of the 5th King's were numbered as the 1/5th, 2/5th, and 3/5th respectively. A defence review by Duncan Sandys in 1957 decided that the King's would be amalgamated with the Manchester Regiment, to form the King's Regiment (Manchester and Liverpool). Part of 1st (Peshawar) Brigade, 1st (Peshawar) Division of Indian Army. He kept looking across to our side as if waiting for someone. By the end of March they received orders that their part of the mission had been successful and they were to return to India. The 19th is absorbed into the 14th Battalion of the Kings (Liverpool Regiment). The related objects pictured here, including the Chindit badge above, are all currently on display at the Museum of Liverpool’s City Soldiers gallery. In February 1915 they transferred to 76th Brigade in same Division. Printed for the Regimental Committee by Gale & Polden Ltd., Aldershot, 1920 Enos Herbert Glynne Roberts The 13th LRV amalgamated with the 54th Rifle Volunteers in 1880 and the resulting unit, retaining the senior title became, in 1888, the 3rd Volunteer Battalion, The King's (Liverpool Regiment). Private Arthur House was also with the 1st Battalion: "The Japanese searched for us deftly stabbing their bayonets into the undergrowth; as the noise of their search grew farther away, we re-grouped and found five men were missing, Sgt King, Ptes Blundell, Fairfield and Sammy Booth, as well as the American pilot. This story has been written by George Appleton's daughter, Jayne Cant. Daylight was shining through the jungle; the noise of guns and mortars could be heard very near. Orders of fixed bayonets were given, Bren guns were checked and we were now ready for battle. The Brigadier said “the enemy were to the East, North, South and West and in fact we were bloody well surrounded.” He also said that we had kept at least 100 Japanese looking for each one of us and we had kept them well occupied. Second World War Japanese occupation 5 Rupee bank note, issued by the Japanese government. 13th Battalion, Kings Liverpool Regiment; 14th Battalion, Kings Liverpool Regiment; 15th Battalion, Kings Liverpool Regiment; ... We would like to obtain digital copies of any documents or photographs relating to WW2 you may have at home. She returned later to do my 30 or 40 jungle sores and put ointment all over them. In December 1914 my Uncle John Lowther, brother of my father, enlisted in the Kings Liverpool Regiment 13th Battalion, his regimental number was 24197. 30th July : Fricourt area. History of the King's Regiment (Liverpool) 1914-1919 Massive history of the old 8th Regiment of Foot. 1/7th Battalion. The History of the 2/6th Battalion "The King's" (Liverpool Regiment… Served in the Kings Liverpool Regiment, 13th battalion. A Pals Battalion. The regiment fielded 49 battalions during the war from a pre-war establishment of two regular, two militia, and six territorial. 14th August : Ville-sur-Ancre. His idea seemed to be that if we were split up there would be less chance of a main party running into trouble. 1st Battalion. 77th Indian Infantry Brigade 13th King's Liverpool Regiment 3/2nd Gurkha Rifles 142 Commando Company Making an infernal racket, they proceeded to cross the Chindwin with storm lamps, floats, ponies and much shouting. “so chaps” ended Captain Freeman “get as much rest as you can for it’s a tough job. ORDER OF BATTLE - 1st Chindit Expedition 1943. Existing battalions formed duplicates as in the First World War, while National Defence Companies were combined to create a new "Home Defence" battalion. The first ‘Chindit’ expedition, Operation Longcloth, included the King’s (Liverpool) Regiment’s 13th Battalion, who marched into Burma in February 1943 - their task was to disrupt communication and supply lines. Robert said it was obvious Wingate knew they would not make it as a complete unit and stood more of a chance in smaller groups, his memoirs give us a good insight into his experience: "We slept that night in a dried-up river bed, with the moon shining very brightly. last surviving King’s Regiment Chindit living in Merseyside. In 1933 I was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant, 5th (Rifle) Battalion, The King's Regiment, (T.A.) 7th August : Talus Boisé. Members who served with Kings Regiment (Liverpool) Welcome to Forces Reunited the place where you can find information and friends from Kings Regiment (Liverpool).. We are the largest and fastest growing community of UK forces veterans on the web with over 500,000 members! I weighed only seven stone; my normal weight was 12 stone. The regiment's territorial components formed duplicate second and third line battalions. THE KING'S (Liverpool Regiment) 6th Brigade / 2nd Division 23rd July : Bois des Tailles. All volunteer battalions were renumbered to create a single sequential order. I replied “if you couldn’t walk you were left. The only change to the regiment's structure during the period of 1881-1908 occurred during the Second Boer War. Taking the Japanese from the rear, we would push right up North for 200 miles or so, eliminating the Japanese we contacted, and just behind a town called Mogaung, the Americans, under the famous General Stilwell, would have an airstrip ready to fly us out to India for recuperation, and then two months leave. Does anyone have any information regarding the battalion in Salonika and what they did ? Of higher formations, the Liverpool Pals sustained nearly 2,800 c… We set to work cutting lengths of bamboo to be tired together with our bedding lines. This is, of course, the acronym for King's Liverpool City Battalion and was scrawled across many an attestation paper in 1914 (and keyed-as-seen by Ancestry's transcription house many years later). In good condition. Private Robert Valentine Hyner was with the 13th Battalion and remembered the orders from their Commanding Officer, Orde Wingate: “I want you all to get back safely to India. Mules used for transport of supplies were vital. This is a list of battalions of the King's Regiment (Liverpool), which existed as an infantry regiment of the British Army from 1881 to 1958. History of the 2/6th (Rifle) Battalion "The King's" (Liverpool Regiment), 1914-1919, 368 pp. We reached the Chindwin two days later; Des Thompson and I were the first to reach it and we were surprised to see how wide and fast flowing it was. BATTALION: King's Liverpool had lots of BATTALIONS (approx 1000 men to each Bn and about 30 officers) BRIGADE: These Battalions were assigned to various BRIGADES along with Battalions from other Regiments. The 9th Battalion was one of four newly raised units of the King's Own Royal Regiment in February 1940. Branches of trees were falling above our heads, mortar bombs were exploding. 13th August : Carnoy area. 1st August : Carnoy area. Eventually he walked back into the jungle. The Chindits were sent deep behind enemy lines to sabotage Japanese communications during the British advance. On the other side was a Japanese officer, complete with sword, pacing backward and forward on the narrow strip of sand at the water’s edge. It took several weeks to get all of the survivors back to India. Please see our other items for more original WW1, WW2 & post war British military cap badges for sale including other King's Liverpool Regiment cap badges. Organised as "rifle volunteer corps", they were independent of the British Army and composed primarily of the middle class. My next post will concentrate on the personal account given by Philip Hayden who was the last surviving King’s Regiment Chindit living in Merseyside. By 1922, all of the regiment's war-raised battalions had disbanded. Private Vincent Worral, serving in the 1st Battalion of the King’s, was part of the second expedition in 1944, here he describes their preparations: "Yes, today was a very special day. 9th August : In front line in Maltz Horn Farm sector. Formed in Liverpool on 29th August 1914 by Lord Derby, in the old watch factory at Prescot. Unlike most British Army infantry regiments, which were associated with a county, the King's represented the city of Liverpool, one of only four regiments affiliated to a city in the British Army. The second expedition took place early in 1944. 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