Positioned directly in front of the German onslaught of his comrades on the beaches, Ervine-Andrews endeavored to hold them off. The 4th Border group that took the train was headed by Captain J.L. I know a little about the period and the Brittany area slightly, but not to the fine detail that you are seeking, David. The days 16 - 18 June 1940 were really vital to what happened in France, because it was when De Gaulle was trying to get the French Government to continue fighting the war, and Pétain took over and asked the Germans for an Armistice. A soldier from the 2/4th Battalion is listed as serving in the 4th Battalion. After returning to the United Kingdom, it spent time in South Wales on Guard duties before being posted to North Africa in 1941. After Dunkirk, 1st Battalion Border were converted to glider-borne troops. The Lancashire Fusiliers was a line infantry regiment of the British Army that saw distinguished service through many years and wars, including the Second Boer War, the First and Second World Wars, and had many different titles throughout its 280 years of existence. The terms of the BBC “People’s War” website have been read and understood. It provided a great boost to British morale, but left the remaining French to stand alone against a renewed German assault southwards. In October 1941, the brigade was selected to be converted to glider infantry, part of the British Army's newly-formed airborne forces, and became the 1st Glider Brigade, part of the 1st Airborne Division. The section has been taking part in reenactment / living history events since the early 1990's and is the main focus of VERA. Postscript. This was the old date for 'Empire Day'. The bravery of the 51 st Highlanders and the bond they forged with French Armoured Division while fighting at Abbeville played an important part in General Charles de Gaulle’s decision to continue the war and lead the Free French forces, fighting on the side of the Allies. It was formally disbanded in 1953. Leaving the desert, the 70th Division, including the 4th Battalion The Border Regiment, were now went to India and Burma. As darkness fell and both battalions having prevented the German attempt at encirclement, they moved out on the road to Goderville and finally to the woods and port of Le Havre. Y Gatrawd 4ydd o Glwy'r Traed- The 4th Regiment of Foot (1651) 5. Thank you for your detailed reply to my query and I await any further information. In May 1940, the Band of the 1st Loyals was forced to leave their musical instruments behind in the town of Lannoy du Nord, on the border between France and Belgium. , In the case of the Border Regiment, the regimental district comprised the counties of Cumberland and Westmorland, with the depot established at Carlisle Castle. The regiment was formed in 1881 under the Childers Reforms by the amalgamation of the 30th (Cambridgeshire) Regiment of Foot and 59th Regiment of Foot with the militia and rifle volunteer units of eastern Lancashire. The East Yorkshire Regiment was a line infantry regiment of the British Army, first raised in 1685 as Sir William Clifton's Regiment of Foot and later renamed the 15th Regiment of Foot. From there, they went by troop camels up the desert to Sidi Barrani. www.cumbriasmuseumofmilitarylife.org. At this point I should mention that the 51st Regiment of the Royal Field Artillery, comprising of men from Carlisle and all over Cumberland were present during the whole of the siege. It is no longer possible to leave messages here. I've just looked through some of my notes and various books in French and English to refresh my memory of what went on. The Home Counties Division was an infantry division of the Territorial Force, part of the British Army, that was raised in 1908. To view and read about a British helmet recovered from a cellar in the town of Cassel, click here. 225th Independent Infantry Brigade (Home), The King's Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster), "Border Regiment & King's Own Royal Border Regiment Museum", 59th (2nd Nottinghamshire) Regiment of Foot, 40th (the 2nd Somersetshire) Regiment of Foot, 82nd Regiment of Foot (Prince of Wales's Volunteers), 81st Regiment of Foot (Loyal Lincoln Volunteers), 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, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment), 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 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. This would have prevented later train traffic. The Royal Warwickshire Regiment, previously titled the 6th Regiment of Foot, was a line infantry regiment of the British Army in continuous existence for 283 years. In 1942, it moved to Ceylon and later took part in the Burma Campaign from 1944 onward with the 100th Indian Infantry Brigade, part of 20th Indian Infantry Division. The LSSAH paused for … The whole of the 70th Division became engaged in the fighting on Sidi Rezagh and El Duda. It would seem reasonable therefore to assume your Mr. Hutchinson and his comrades transited through Rennes shortly before. Anyway, I hope this helps you, David. Here in the Basse Forêt d'Eu, supported by the artillery of the 51st Highland Division. At one time or another these units were part of the garrison: 1st Royal Northumberland Fusiliers (Machine Guns)
The battalion was then assigned to the 23rd Infantry Brigade, part of the 70th Infantry Division. IT IS DONE! Her ended the war of the 4th Battalion, The Border Regiment. Most of the content on this site is created by our users, who are members of the
Fighting in the Forest continued for two days in support of the 5th Sherwood Foresters. , The 50th (Holding) Battalion was raised in June 1940. WO 169 / 1454 51st Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. The crew wear snow suits and the gun is camouflaged with white sheets. . Any information would be much appreciated. The Border Regiment served in many theatres of war during World War One – France and Flanders, Italy, Macedonia, Gallipoli, Egypt and the North West Frontier. The early dawn mist gave way to brilliant unclouded weather as the tanks and infantry moved to the attack. Y Gatrawd 3ydd o Glwy'r Traed- The 3rd Regiment of Foot (1651) 4. The Luftwaffe harassed the evacuation which is when your uncle was unfortunately killed. Find out how you can use this. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and I would really appreciate any information to that address post the closure. The South Staffordshire Regiment was a line infantry regiment of the British Army in existence for only 68 years. The German invaders over-ran Rennes on Tuesday 18th June and currently I have an account of their initial arrival and occupation in translation. After withdrawal, the Unit moved Northwards, their lines of communication being constantly dive-bombed by the Germans. The 34th was first raised in 1702 in East Anglia as ‘Lord Lucas's Regiment … However, the battalion left the brigade in November 1939, and was assigned to the newly raised 25th Infantry Brigade and served from 1939–40 in France on lines of communication duties before becoming part of the ill-fated "2nd BEF" that tried to maintain a presence in France after Dunkirk, finally leaving from the Cherbourg peninsular. The regiment was created in 1881 under the Childers Reforms by the amalgamation of the 38th Regiment of Foot and the 80th Regiment of Foot. [All the above relieved the Australian infantry. Please see my various contributions to this archive on the incident. Often for this kind of enquiry I've asked at the Town Hall and someone there can usually know where to start or who to contact. Another of the companies reached the north bank of the Somme and were engaged in mortar machine gun and rifle exchanges with the Germans. Have a look at pages 181-187. In October, it was redesignated as the 9th Battalion and was assigned to the 225th Independent Infantry Brigade (Home). So, all the units of the 70th Division were glad to take the airfield. ‘Tobruk’ by Frank Harrison [ISBN 1-85409-361-6], War Diaries:
Post war it served as a gunner regiment until 1971 when the title disappeared. After returning to the United Kingdom, the battalion was transferred to the mountain warfare trained 31st Independent Infantry Brigade. By the time of the armistice and the call for peace, the war came to a close at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. The 1st Airborne Division was all but destroyed. In 1924, it moved to Aden, returning to England in the following year. If I get a better reply I've got your e-mail and I will send a message to you that way. The Welch Regiment was an infantry regiment of the line of the British Army in existence from 1881 until 1969. The fighting took place in Picardy, Artois and finally in Normandy. Y Gatrawd 1af o Glwy'r Traed- The 1st Regiment of Foot (1651) 2. © Copyright of content contributed to this Archive rests with the author. A marble memorial was established at Dunkirk (Dunkerque), it translates in English as: "To the glorious memory of the pilots, mariners, and soldiers of the French and Allied armi… CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (, King's Regiment (Liverpool and Manchester), Duke of Lancaster's Regiment (King's, Lancashire and Border), List of battalions of the Border Regiment §. But knowing what is there and what to ask for is not easy. One of his comrades in the regiment, ... was amongst those who were lucky to be successfully evacuated from Dunkirk, following the German Blitzkrieg that had pushed the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) back to the sea. Under the reforms, each line infantry regiment was to have a defined regimental district, with two regular battalions sharing a single permanent depot. Under the reforms, each line infantry regiment was to have a defined regimental district, with two regular battalions sharing a single permanent depot. Obtaining information from official sources seems to be quite difficult. The South Lancashire Regiment was a line infantry regiment of the British Army in existence from 1881 to 1958.  , On 28 October 1950, the two regular battalions were formally amalgamated into a single 1st Battalion. The regiment was formed on 1 July 1881 as part of the Childers Reforms by the amalgamation of the 34th (Cumberland) Regiment of Foot and the 55th (Westmorland) Regiment of Foot. , In common with other infantry regiments, the Border Regiment was increased in size for the duration of the 1914–1918 war by the creation of additional battalions, either by the duplication of the existing territorial units or by the raising of new "service" battalions. Bombing and shelling here in Tobruk became the daily and nightly ‘portion’. Moving out from the Brittany towns of Brest, Morlaix and St Malo, and then finally arriving at Aumale, the 4th Border was allotted the task of capturing three bridges west of Amiens on the River Somme. L/Cpl. It has been transcribed and submitted to the website by Joseph Ritson, a volunteer story-gatherer with the BBC Radio Cumbria CSV Action Desk. In the meantime, I've had a look through your postings, and also the CWGC website about their cemetery at Rennes. 5th Bn Border Regiment War Diary, Apr–May 1944. In 1944, the entire division was broken up to become part of Brigadier Orde Wingate's 'Special Force' (the Chindits) and took part in the 2nd Chindit expedition in Burma, before finally returning to the United Kingdom in 1945. Originally part of the 4th Infantry Brigade of the 2nd Infantry Division, it was exchanged with the 1/8th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers and became part of the 125th Infantry Brigade of the 42nd (East Lancashire) Infantry Division. When the ’breakout’ came, more aggressive raids began, until they were relieved by the Polish Carpathian Division. There appears to have been strict censorship in operation at the time. They were also given the task of relieving the Black Watch Battalion who were in the village of Incheville. The battalion did not see active service for the rest of the war. The problem at this time is that there is only just over a week before the site is closing down for furter postings! Find out more about the site contributors. public. Ireland, Channel Islands and Malta 1881–1890, 4th (Westmorland and Cumberland) Battalion, 1909–1919: Maj-Gen. William John Chads, CB, 1936–1947: Brig-Gen. George Hyde Harrison, DSO. The territorial 5th Battalion and 56th Anti-Tank Regiment (the old 4th Battalion) went across to France and Belgium in 1940, along with the newly raised 6th Battalion, 7th Battalion, 8th Battalion and 9th Battalion.All were involved in the actions in May 1940 and were successfully evacuated through Dunkirk. I sourced a 1960 local newspaper article, in French, which gives the best account of June 1940 events in Rennes that I have so far found. First published in 2010, 'Forgotten Voices Dunkirk' is another in the 'Forgotten Voices' series drawing from the oral history archives held by the IWM, and focusses on the events leading up to, during and after the evacuation of the defeated British Army from Dunkirk in 1940. To view and read about a French Military Postcard posted from Dunkirk on 24th May 1940, click here. The Battalion remained in India, and on the outbreak of the Second World War was stationed in Calcutta. To be perfectly honest, until this last year when I have been a volunteer story-gatherer for this "People's War" project, most of the WW2 research I have done has been in France, and a little bit in Belgium and the Netherlands. As there is as yet so much more to learn about incident I ask perchance does your Mr Hutchinson have any knowledge of that incident? Regards,
 In April 1939, when it seemed clear war was likely to break out with Germany, the TA was doubled in size, with each existing unit forming a duplicate. Ivan Renwick with the B.E.F. The Loyal Regiment: The Dunkirk Drum. This was when your uncle would have been ordered to leave. , In 1945, the 1st Battalion formed part of the force sent to disarm the German occupiers of Norway, moving on to become part of the Allied Occupation Force in Trieste. Indeed, there is a little about this period in the book, which must also be based on the War Diaries and personal testimony only a couple of yearas after the end of the war. This was a regimental formation of men drawn from the towns and villages of Cumberland and Westmorland: Carlisle, Penrith, Keswick, Grasmere, Longtown, Brampton, Hexham, Alston and many others. The East Lancashire Regiment was, from 1881 to 1958, a line infantry regiment of the British Army. The relief of Tobruk, the capture of Sidi Rezegh and the capture of El Adem was thus the second defeat of the German land forces. If you can find these people I am sure they will share it with you as a relative. It mentions that Churchill and the Ministry of Information kept the disaster of this evacuation quiet at that time. Mr Hutchinson has written the article which was then sent it in to BBC Radio Cumbria, Carlisle. There was much suffering but also much success, including the taking of many prisoners. The 1st Battalion The Border Regiment were part of the 2nd Division at Aldershot in September 1939, and were amongst the first troops to cross the Channel on the outbreak of war.I In April 1940,42 (East Lancashire) Division TA, joined the B.E.F., and 1 Border joined 5 Border in this Division. T: 01228 532774 E: email@example.com. He returned to Europe after D-Day and fought through France and Germany with the Guards Armoured Division. Subsequently, in March 1941, the men of the 4th Battalion, The Border Regiment left on the troopship H.M.T. The BBC is not responsible for the content of any external sites
The Battalion saw action at Colenso and Spion Kop as part of the campaign to relieve Ladysmith.  , In July 1957, the Defence White Paper outlined a substantial reduction in the size of the British Army, with a number of regiments being amalgamated. The Westmorland and Cumberland Yeomanry was a Yeomanry Cavalry Regiment of the British Army that was formed in 1819. That night the OKW ordered the advance to halt, with the British Expeditionary Force trapped. One month after the invasion began the Germans finally accomplished what they had failed to do after four years of protracted warfare in the earlier war. Unfortunately for this account I do not have contact details for Mr Hutchinson personally. In April 1945, the battalion was transferred to the 36th British Infantry Division, which was previously an Indian Army formation, and became a Reconnaissance Regiment for the division. Part of the new brigade was the 4th Battalion The Border Regiment. It appears the British authorities at the time suppressed news of those left behind while, for understandable propaganda reasons, playing up the relative success of Operation Dynamo. The third element would be a screen of infantry divisions on the border dug in with, of course, lots of mines. In 1968 the regiment was amalgamated with the other regiments of the Fusilier Brigade–the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers, Royal Warwickshire Fusiliers and the Royal Fusiliers –to form the current Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. In October 1941, they were taken by destroyer to Tobruk. Two whole Divisions, plus many lines of communications and troops were drawn into battle with the Germans. There were so many that the newspapers at home dubbed Kendal, the hometown of most of them, 'The Town of Missing Men'. those of the BBC. David G. Thanks for taking the time to read the article about the 4 Bn Borders in WW2 and your most interesting question. The 5th Battalion was converted to armour as the 110th Regiment Royal Armoured Corps. At any one time, one battalion was to be on foreign service and one on "home" service.  Detachments of these battalions saw service in the Boer War of 1899 – 1902, and a 3rd Volunteer Battalion was raised in 1900. On November 1st 1938, German troops entered the Sudetenland area of Czechoslovakia, occupying the entire region with almost no resistance from the Czech forces – only 3rd Battalion of the 8th Border Regiment briefly resisted advancing German troops before being ordered to lay down their weapons by the Czech High Command. Disembarking, they moved to El Quassasin by rail. In the next few years, the 2nd Battalion was on garrison duty at various locations: Malta, The Sudan, Tientsin in China and Rawalpindi in India. Here, the 6th British Division was relieving the Australians who had been besieged there since the previous April and who had inflicted the very first defeat of German arms on land. The day after Churchill gave his 'Finest Hour' speech and De Gaulle his 'Appeal' to the French: for the war to continue.  , The 2nd Battalion returned to England in 1946. The views expressed are theirs and unless specifically stated are not
"Now little remembered, regarded and even by-passed in the history of the time, there were men who fought on in France after the main force of the B.E.F. He wrote out this contribution out long hand and sent it to Radio Cumbria. Subsequently, the regiment amalgamated with the Green Howards and the Duke of Wellington's Regiment to form the Yorkshire Regiment on 6 June 2006. The South Wales Borderers was a line infantry regiment of the British Army in existence for 280 years. The 1st Battalion moved to the North West Frontier of India, where it was engaged in the Waziristan campaigns of 1919–1920 and 1921–1924. I've left a message for Jemma, the co-ordinator for the Radio Cumbria volunteer story gatherers, asking for your question to be passed on to Mr Hutchinson, and if he has further details. The Battalion was part of the force that suppressed the Afridi and Red Shirt Rebellions of 1930 – 1931. , The 4th Battalion was a 1st Line Territorial Army unit, originally assigned to the 126th Infantry Brigade, 42nd (East Lancashire) Infantry Division. By then, they were surrounded. In 1958 the regiment was amalgamated with the South Lancashire Regiment to form the Lancashire Regiment which was, in 1970, merged with the Loyal Regiment to form the Queen's Lancashire Regiment. You might also try writing to (or visiting) the Town Hall in Rennes and asking what records they might have. So, men from Cumberland and Westmorland were present at both checks on Rommel and the German Afrika Corps! The fighting continued all day in the beautiful spring day until nightfall when all the companies withdrew, taking numbers of prisoners with them. Thanks again for your reply and interest, you have been most helpful. , The Border Regiment and its successors have a gallery at Cumbria's Museum of Military Life in Alma Block, Carlisle Castle. When war broke out in September 1939, the four TA battalions were as follows: , The 1st Battalion, Border Regiment formed part of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) in Europe from 1939–1940, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Robert Horton Farrar. It had been from this airfield of El Adem that the garrison of Tobruk had suffered the attentions of the Luftwaffe dive-bombers almost daily. 271943 and accredited under the Arts Council of England Accreditation Scheme. You should be able to get hold of a book in English entitled 'Finest Hour' by Tim Clayton and Phil Craig (1999), Hodder & Stoughton. The Drum was only returned to the Regiment after it had been kept as a war trophy at the SS Marine and Panzer Grenadier Guards Barracks in Holstein. The successful evacuation of 338,000 Allied troops from Dunkirk ended the first phase in the Battle of France. In September 1944, it fought in Operation Market Garden, a failed opening of an attempt to liberate the Netherlands and invade Germany before the end of 1944. Both Battalions were heavily engaged in the German Blitzkrieg of May 1940, which ended in the successful evacuation from Dunkirk. In 1969, the regiment reduced to a cadre and the Yeomanry lineage discontinued. Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-19, Volume 39, The Border Regiment does not differentiate between the three battalions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Territorial Force. In 1951, the battalion moved to Egypt and in 1955 to Germany, where it remained for the rest of its existence.  110 RAC was disbanded in 1943, and 5th Battalion, Border Regiment was reconstituted in April 1944 by redesignation of the 7th Battalion, a reserve battalion serving in 213th Infantry Brigade, originally created in 1939 as a 2nd Line duplicate of the 5th   It spent the rest of the war as a training battalion,  assigned to the 45th Infantry Brigade, which was initially part of the 80th Infantry (Reserve) Division and then the 38th Infantry (Reserve) Division. Apart from a brief spell in Shanghai in 1927, it remained in the United Kingdom until 1936, when it moved to Palestine to suppress the Arab revolt. The regiment saw service in the Second Boer War, and both World War I and World War II. After service in the Second Boer War, followed by both World War I and World War II, the regiment was amalgamated with the King's Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster) into the King's Own Royal Border Regiment in 1959, which was later merged with the King's Regiment (Liverpool and Manchester) and the Queen's Lancashire Regiment to form the present Duke of Lancaster's Regiment (King's, Lancashire and Border), which continues the lineage of the Border Regiment. The regiment saw service in many conflicts and wars, including the Second Boer War and both the First and Second World Wars. , The 2nd Battalion was in Italy at the end of the First World War, remaining there until 1919. Pictures of the 4th Border Regiment who held a large sector of the Somme during a vital stage in the German advance. Bren gun carriers of the 1st Battalion, Border Regiment move through Orchies near the Franco-Belgian border. But then at night, the Australian artillery returned the compliment tenfold! It was with these personal weapons that many fought as infantry in the last few days of the withdrawal to Dunkirk. In 1939 the 1st Battalion, Border Regiment, left their Aldershot barracks for France as part of the British Expeditionary Force. 4th Durham Survey Section
Border Regiment. By now part of the 6th British Division, the 4th Battalion of the Border Regiment were moved back to the Western Desert. It saw service for three centuries, before eventually being amalgamated with the West Yorkshire Regiment in 1958, to form the Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire. Fighting on in France in 1940 after Dunkirk. IWM (O 134) 13th May 1940 In Defence 21st May 1940 Orders 27th May 1940 On the Move 27th May 1940 Orders 28th May 1940 On the Move 1st Jun 1940 Reorganisation History. I will try to have it completed for contribution in advance of the imminent closure. The battalion, which had gone to Sicily with a strength of 796 officers and men, returned to North Africa with just 200. The regiment saw service in the Second Boer War, World War I and World War II. The Border Regiment was amalgamated with the King's Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster) to form the King's Own Royal Border Regiment on 1 October 1959. In any case, I hope you find out what happened. The regiment provided troops for the Imperial Yeomanry during the Second Boer War and served on the Western Front in the First World War, latterly as infantry. In that year, it moved to Ireland, where the War of Independence had broken out. , The 3rd (Reserve) Battalion was placed in "suspended animation" following the war, and was never embodied again. Exactly how many were killed in this evacuation I am unsure, but all together, with the Lancastria, other ships and on the trains it must have been 2000+. The regiment was created during the 1881 Childers Reforms by the amalgamation of the 63rd Regiment of Foot and the 96th Regiment of Foot as the 1st and 2nd battalions; the 6th Royal Lancashire Militia became the 3rd (Reserve) and 4th battalions and the Volunteer battalions became the 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th battalions. The Lancashire Hussars was a British Army unit originally formed in 1798. 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