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. 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. Regiment Battalion Any Battalion "M" Coy. 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. Our beloved leader General Orde Wingate was coming to an ‘O group’ with our platoon officers. 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'. 3rd (Reserve) Battalion August 1914 : in Seaforth, Liverpool. After the four month battle, the Japanese had suffered their worst ever defeat with 55,000 casualties, including 13,500 killed. Search our index of King's Regiment soldiers who served in the First World War to find out if they are in the database held by the King's Regiment. 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. 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. Then the journey back to India would begin. 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! As darkness fell, we were all ready, then to our amazement, the Japanese arrived a hundred yards from us. All rights reserved. The 13th Kings Liverpool were initally attached as Army Troops to 25th Division. King's (Liverpool Regiment) during WW2 Battalions of The Kings (Liverpool Regiment) 1st Battalion The Battalion took part in the 2nd Chindit Operation in Burma, 1944 2nd Battalion 1944: the Battalion served in Italy 5th Battalion 1944: the Battalion landed in Normandy on D-Day. Army: King's Own Royal Regiment, Lancaster - 9th Battalion by WW2_Database. The Chindits were sent deep behind enemy lines to sabotage Japanese communications during the British advance. 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. During WW2 he served with the King's Liverpool Regiment, later being transfered to the Royal Air Force. In addition to this, 16 battalions and four batteries of the Home Guard were affiliated to the regiment. Volunteer battalions had been created in reaction to a perceived … 30th July : Fricourt area. Of those 49 battalions, 22 served extensively, receiving 58 battle honours and six Victoria Crosses for service on the Western Front, the Balkans, India, and Russia. THE KING'S (Liverpool Regiment) 165th Brigade / 55th (West Lancashire) Division . They would fly in to a jungle clearing nicknamed ‘Broadway’ in gliders and clear a runway for powered aeroplanes. I weighed only seven stone; my normal weight was 12 stone. He kept looking across to our side as if waiting for someone. The King's Regiment fielded 49 battalions and lost 13,795 officers and other ranks during the course of the war. 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. Served in the Kings Liverpool Regiment, 13th battalion. © 2020 National Museums Liverpool. 25th July : Carnoy / Montauban. 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 Unfortunately due to defective eyesight, he was discharged in January 1915. Many battalions of the King's were formed as part of Secretary of State for War Lord Kitchener's appeal for an initial 100,000 men volunteers in 1914. The only change to the regiment's structure during the period of 1881-1908 occurred during the Second Boer War. Making an infernal racket, they proceeded to cross the Chindwin with storm lamps, floats, ponies and much shouting. We were soon pinned down under heavy fire. In dense forest, men could get lost if they strayed just a few metres away from their colleagues. At midnight we would leave Assam by glider and land in North Burma in a logging clearing which had been named ‘Broadway’. Battalion War Diary 13th Battalion the King's (Liverpool) Regiment This is the Battalion diary for 22-31 March 1918 with a transcript of the narrative for the 28th March, the day that William Noll was killed. 15th Battalion 16th Battalion 177th Company 177th Siege Battery 17th Battalion 18th 19th Battalion 1st 1st Battalion 1st Btn. In the immediate post-war period, the army was significantly reduced: nearly all infantry regiments had their first and second battalions amalgamated and the Supplementary Reserve disbanded. The King's expansion during the Second World War was modest compared to 1914-1918. The Chindit name was derived from ‘Chinthe’, a mythical beast shown on the badge, represented as half lion, half griffin, guardian of Buddhist temples. Then, when we had completed ‘Broadway’ we would join up with the other troops for the assault. last surviving King’s Regiment Chindit living in Merseyside. It had worked in training anyway! based at St Anne's Street, Liverpool. History of the King's Regiment (Liverpool) 1914-1919 Massive history of the old 8th Regiment of Foot. This story has been written by George Appleton's daughter, Jayne Cant. 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. ORDER OF BATTLE - 1st Chindit Expedition 1943. 27th July : Carrying parties to Longueval / Delville Wood. Japanese radio broadcast Emperor Hirohito’s recorded message of unconditional surrender, effectively ending the Second World War and allowing British soldiers to begin to return home. The History of the 2/6th Battalion "The King's" (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. The second expedition took place early in 1944. 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. This time the 1st Battalion would take part. Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, many planned events and commemoration services will inevitably have to be cancelled or postponed, for updates please see: Receive news about National Museums Liverpool, exhibitions, events and more. By the end of March they received orders that their part of the mission had been successful and they were to return to India. 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. The regiment's territorial components formed duplicate second and third line battalions. Log in or Sign up to interact with the community. I … Part of 6th Brigade, 2nd Division. 7th August : Talus Boisé. 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. A Pals Battalion. The new battalions disbanded in 1901 and the militia reverted to their original designations. 1 Battalion King's Liverpool Regiment Jan 1 - Dec 31 1917 1 Battalion King's Liverpool Regiment Jan 1918 - Apr 1919 2 Garrison Battalion Kings Liverpool Regiment Jan 1917 - Dec 1918 4 Battalion King's Liverpool Regiment Nov 1915 - Nov 1919 5 Battalion King's Liverpool Regiment Feb-Dec 1915 1/5 Battalion King's Liverpool Regiment Jan 1916 - Apr 1919 Then we would finally know what was expected of us. Mules used for transport of supplies were vital. We set to work cutting lengths of bamboo to be tired together with our bedding lines. Printed for the Regimental Committee by Gale & Polden Ltd., Aldershot, 1920 Enos Herbert Glynne Roberts As an example, the three-line battalions of the 5th King's were numbered as the 1/5th, 2/5th, and 3/5th respectively. During this encounter we had no idea of what was really happening. Landed at Le Havre 13 August 1914. 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