2nd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment in Burma 1944-45. This website uses cookies. [12] The 11th (Service) Battalion landed in France as part of the 78th Brigade in the 26th Division in September 1915 for service on the Western Front and then moved to Salonika in November 1915. The Worcestershire Soldier exhibition tells the story of the men of Worcestershire’s Regiments from 1694 to the present. [32] At least 6 men from 'D' Company were killed in the Wormhoudt massacre,[33] alongside other men from the 2nd Royal Warwickshire Regiment and 4th Cheshire Regiment, and men from the Royal Artillery. April 1915 Moved to Salisbury Plain. The Worcestershire regiment formed 3rd and 4th regular Battalions in February 1900,[4] when the existing militia battalions were relabeled as the 5th and 6th battalions. [26] However, for most of the early years of the war the battalion remained there on internal security duties[27] until August 1942, several months after the Japanese Empire had entered the war, and there the battalion became part of the 64th Indian Infantry Brigade, serving alongside the 5th Battalion, 10th Baluch Regiment and 1st Battalion, 6th Queen Elizabeth's Own Gurkha Rifles, both battalions of the British Indian Army. (Chairman CQMS Fred Weedman - 3rd on the right), CLICK HERE FOR LIST OF Kalyan, India, HERE TO VIEW THE FIRST PHOTO ALBUM, CLICK [36][37], The 10th Battalion was, like the 9th, also made up of former members of the 8th Battalion and was assigned to the 183rd Infantry Brigade, alongside the 7th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment and 4th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment, also of the 61st Infantry Division. With the division, the battalion was sent overseas in early 1940 to join the British Expeditionary Force in France. The Barracks was where the old 3rd Battalion had been disbanded in the 1920s. The 7th Battalion fought in the Burma Campaign and took part in the Battle of Kohima and the Battle of Imphal. The 29th Regiment of Foot was officially linked with the county of Worcestershire in 1782 to help recruit men to the British Army. colinstairs@hotmail.com RE:British Army Artillery units in Burma & Nepal during WW2 3/22/2002 7:30:32 AM I have a great-uncle who was a mountain warefare artilleryman in WW2 in the Khyber pass area. Together with the rest of the 214th Brigade, the battalion landed in Normandy, as part of Operation Overlord, on 24 June 1944, and soon fought in Operation Epsom. The battalion operated in the Burma Campaign from 1944 to 1945, fighting the fanatical Imperial Japanese Army and were involved in the recapture of Mandalay. [42], Gheluvelt Park in Worcester was opened on 17 June 1922 to commemorate the Worcestershire Regiment's 2nd Battalion after their part in Battle of Gheluvelt, a First World War battle that took place on 31 October 1914 in Gheluvelt (near Ypres), Belgium. [20] However, the regiment was awarded 36 battle honours. (click on the image for larger photos with names), 7th BATTALION PERSONNEL WEEDMAN PHOTO ALBUMS (7th Battalion), CLICK The Worcestershire Regiment. [12] The 3rd Battalion saw action at the Battle of Messines in June 1917. CLICK The battalion continued training in preparation for operations in North-Western Europe. [30], The 8th Battalion formed part of the 144th Infantry Brigade for most of the war. [35], Both the 9th and 10th battalions were formed in late August 1939, the 9th as a 2nd Line duplicate of the 7th Battalion, and the 10th a duplicate of the 8th. Both the 2nd and 7th Battalions of the Worcestershire Regiment saw service in Burma. [40], The 50th (Holding) Battalion was raised in Burton upon Trent on 1 June 1940 and, like with the 11th Battalion, originally consisted of three rifle companies of civilians conscripted for military service and a fourth formed from men returning from the Dunkirk evacuation. He joined us a few days after the road to Imphal was re-opened. [21] On 7 September 1939, just four days after the outbreak of the war, Private Darby of the 1st Battalion died in Jerusalem of wounds he had sustained earlier in the year, the first British soldier to die in the war. Logistics: Chinese and American troops pick up supplies dropped by parachute in Northern Burma An American mortar team bombard Japanese positions around Lashio, railhead of the old 'Burma Road'. (c. 1962) They arrived in Cape Town as war was declared, and rushed to Natal to join the force which was to be commanded by Sir Redvers Buller to relieve Ladysmith. The brigade was part of the 19th Indian Infantry Division, the "Dagger Division". It inherited the unique distinction in the British Army of wearing a badge on the back of its headdress as well as the front, a tradition that originated with the 28th Regiment after it fought in two ranks back to back at the Battle of Alexandria in 1801. Worcestershire Regiment in the Second World War 1939-1945 - The Wartime Memories Project -. This infantry unit was raised during the Army reforms of 1881 and recruited in Worcestershire. [10], During the First World War, members of the Regiment were awarded nine Victoria Crosses, 70 Distinguished Service Orders (and 12 bars), 288 Military Crosses (and 36 bars), 227 Distinguished Conduct Medals (and 8 bars). In June 1941, the battalion was sent to Iceland, serving alongside the Territorial 49th (West Riding) Infantry Division. As the Regiment was often abroad and rarely had its Depot in the county, there was little more than a formal connection for nearly a century. CHAPTER 1. Following the fall of Singapore in February 1942, the 2nd Battalion, who were in India, were moved to Madras as there was the belief at the time that the Japanese would … October, 1944. Welcome to Forces Reunited the place where you can find information and friends from Worcestershire Regiment.. We are the largest and fastest growing community of UK forces veterans on the web with over 500,000 members! The regiment fought in many conflicts, including both the First and Second World Wars, until 1970, when it was amalgamated with the Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment) to form the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment (29th/44th Foot). [21], The 2nd Battalion was also a Regular Army unit. A plaque inside the park commemorates Captain Gerald Ernest Lea, who died on 15 September 1914 while commanding D. Company of the 2nd Battalion. Two Battalions of the Regiment fought in South East Asia Command, the 2nd and the 7th. HISTORY OF THE WORCESTERSHIRE REGIMENT —WW2. [12] The 4th Battalion then took part in the Battle of Le Transloy in October 1916. On 18 November 1944, during Operation Clipper, the 1st Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment, moved across the Dutch-German border and commenced an attack on German soil to take the village of Tripsrath. [12], In December 1918, the regiment was used to suppress the Taranto Revolt, executing one of the rebels by firing squad. Pages in category "Military units and formations in Burma in World War II" The following 200 pages are in this category, out of approximately 204 total. CLICK ON PHOTO ABOVE FOR DETAILS, 7th Battalion - Sergents Mess at Secunderabad (1945) Leo Cooper 1970: A.B. Their job was to take the north-west side of Geilenkirchen to cover the left flank and support the American forces. [12] The 1st Battalion placed an important role at the Battle of Neuve Chapelle in March 1915 but lost their commanding officer, Lieutenant-Colonel E. C. F. Wodehouse, who was killed in action. Parker (Capt) A History of 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment in Malaya 1950-53 41pp: Worcester; In the Firm 1954-56. Almost as soon as they arrived, however, the 7th Battalion were exchanged for the 2nd Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment and became part of the 5th Infantry Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. He is buried at Hastings Cemetery.A photograph of Fred and some further information can be seen here.. 2 Militia and Special Reserve Battalions [34] The battalion remained with the 144th Brigade, until it was transferred to the 211th Infantry Brigade in July 1944. at B.O.Rs. The Worcestershire Regiment, 1922-1950. Great War>Allied Army. Together with their parent unit, 214th Infantry Brigade, they were the first British troops to fight on German soil. They saw action in France in … The 9th Battalion, formed from many former members of the 7th Battalion, was assigned to the 182nd Infantry Brigade, alongside the 2/7th and 9th battalions of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, part of the 61st Infantry Division and remained in the United Kingdom throughout the war, as training battalions to supply drafts of replacements for battalions of other regiments overseas. The Worcestershire Regiment was a line infantry regiment in the British Army, formed in 1881 under the Childers Reforms by the amalgamation of the 29th (Worcestershire) Regiment of Foot and the 36th (Herefordshire) Regiment of Foot. [1] The 1st Battalion was initially deployed to India, while the 2nd Battalion was initially deployed to Ireland, the Channel Islands, Malta, Bermuda and then Canada. The regiment was formed in 1881 under the Childers Reforms by the amalgamation of the 29th (Worcestershire) Regiment of Foot and the 36th (Herefordshire) Regiment of Foot. 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[43], The Worcester Soldier galleries (for the Worcestershire Regiment and the Queen's Own Worcestershire Hussars) is part of the Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum[44], The regiment's battle honours were as follows:[5], These were the 5th Battalion (Special Reserve) and the 6th Battalion (Special Reserve), with 7th Battalion at, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment), Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment (29th/44th Foot), Staffordshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's), 213th Independent Infantry Brigade (Home), The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment (29th/45th Foot), "Territorial and Reserve Forces Act 1907", "Llanelli's 'forgotten' riot – 100 years ago", "The Battle of Neuve Chapelle (March 1915)", "Battle of the St. Quentin Canal (29th September 1918)", "Roll of Honour - Second World War 1939-1947", "1st Bn, The Worcestershire Regiment: Deployments", "1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment - Palestine (1938-1939)", "1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment - Sudan and Eritrea (1939 - 1941)", "1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment 1941 - 1942: Tobruk", "2nd Bn, The Worcestershire Regiment: Deployments", "Waziristan (1940) - The North-West Frontier", "Dunkirk - 7th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment (1939-40)", "Dunkirk - 8th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment (1939-40)", "8th Battalion men attached to 138th Brigade (May 1940)", "9th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment - 1939 to 1945", "10th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment - 1939-1945", "11th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment - 1940-1942", "1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment - 1943: The First Battalion is Reborn", "1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment - Battle for Tripsrath 1944-45", "12th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment (1940-1942)", "Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment", 45th (Nottinghamshire) (Sherwood Foresters) Regiment of Foot, 38th (1st Staffordshire) Regiment of Foot, 80th Regiment of Foot (Staffordshire Volunteers), 64th (2nd Staffordshire) Regiment of Foot, 98th (Prince of Wales's) Regiment of Foot, Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment), Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry), Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment), Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment), Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), Prince of Wales's Volunteers (South Lancashire Regiment), Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment), Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment), Prince of Wales's (North Staffordshire Regiment), Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs, The Duke of Albany's), Princess Victoria's (Royal Irish Fusiliers), Princess Louise's (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders), Prince of Wales's Leinster Regiment (Royal Canadians), Liverpool Rifles, King's (Liverpool Regiment), Liverpool Irish, King's (Liverpool Regiment), Liverpool Scottish, King's (Liverpool Regiment), Leeds Rifles, Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment), Cinque Ports Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment, Hallamshire Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Worcestershire_Regiment&oldid=998861888, Military units and formations established in 1881, Military units and formations in Worcestershire, Regiments of the British Army in World War II, Regiments of the British Army in World War I, Military units and formations disestablished in 1970, 1881 establishments in the United Kingdom, Military units and formations in Burma in World War II, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Ramillies, Bellisle, Ushant, Mysore, South Africa 1900–02, This page was last edited on 7 January 2021, at 10:28. 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