We walked up the river bed for about 100 yards when an NCO beckoned us to proceed up the jungle path. 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 Commonwealth War Graves Commission has 812 recorded WW1 deaths for the 18th (Service) Battalion, (2nd City), The King's, (Liverpool Regiment). 1st Battalion. Part of 6th Brigade, 2nd Division. last surviving King’s Regiment Chindit living in Merseyside. Then the journey back to India would begin. Some 13,795 Kingsmen died during the course of the war, the battalions suffering an average of 615 deaths. As an example, the three-line battalions of the 5th King's were numbered as the 1/5th, 2/5th, and 3/5th respectively. ORDER OF BATTLE - 1st Chindit Expedition 1943. By 1944 the Japanese were being driven back on several fronts. 28th July : Bois des Tailles. Frederick, John Bassett Moore (1969), p.111, Frederick, John Bassett Moore (1969), p.128, 38th (The King's Regiment) Anti-Aircraft Battalion, 38th (The King's Regiment) Searchlight Regiment, 101st Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery, King's Regiment (Manchester and Liverpool), https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=List_of_battalions_of_the_King%27s_Regiment_(Liverpool)&oldid=975482709, Lists of British Army units and formations, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, 1st Battalion, 2nd Royal Lancashire Militia (The Duke of Lancaster's Own), 2nd Battalion, 2nd Royal Lancashire Militia (The Duke of Lancaster's Own), 5th (The Liverpool Rifle Volunteer Brigade) Lancashire Rifle Volunteer Corps, 18th (Liverpool Irish) Lancashire Rifle Volunteers Corps, 19th (Liverpool Press Guard) Lancashire Rifle Volunteer Corps, Amalgamation of 3rd and 4th Volunteer Battalions, 8th (Scottish) Volunteer Battalion (formed 1900), Absorbed by 1/8th King's on 31 January 1918, Absorbed by 1/9th King's in February 1918, Transferred to West Lancashire Reserve Brigade (WLRB), 1916, Became the 49th Training Reserve Battalion, September 1916, Absorbed by the 14th King's, 13 August 1918, Became 67th Training Reserve Battalion in, Possibly redesignated as the 27th; became the 2nd Labour Battalion, April 1917, Retained, though it became a "line infantry" battalion when its rifle distinctions were relinquished in 1937, Authorised March 1939; reformed October 1939, Authorised March 1939; reformed May 1939 as duplicate of 5th King's, Effective disbandment; placed in "suspended animation" on 21 March 1946, Redesignated the 30th (Home Defence) Battalion. 13th … 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. 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. She returned later to do my 30 or 40 jungle sores and put ointment all over them. While she was attending to me she asked why there were no seriously wounded amongst our lot. 15th Battalion 16th Battalion 177th Company 177th Siege Battery 17th Battalion 18th 19th Battalion 1st 1st Battalion 1st Btn. 3rd Spec. 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. 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. Making an infernal racket, they proceeded to cross the Chindwin with storm lamps, floats, ponies and much shouting. At about 3am Brigadier Wingate called us together and told us to surround him. Army: King's Own Royal Regiment, Lancaster - 9th Battalion by WW2_Database. 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. Planning for a second Chindit operation, Operation Thursday, began immediately. As World War II approached, the Territorial Army was reorganised in the mid-1930s, many of its infantry battalions were converted to other roles, especially anti-aircraft. His idea seemed to be that if we were split up there would be less chance of a main party running into trouble. The 9th Battalion was one of four newly raised units of the King's Own Royal Regiment in February 1940. 13th May 1918: The Pals battalions are sent to train American troops. Eventually he walked back into the jungle. 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. 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 The jungle had few established paths and they often had to hack their way through using machetes and locally made Kukris. 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. 25th July : Carnoy / Montauban. Mules used for transport of supplies were vital. On 17 September 1937 he was sent for traing at 1 Wing in Henlow near Luton. 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. After you've exhausted King's, Lpool and Liv* in the regiment field, just type in KLCB. Machete and scabbard used by Captain FC Freeman during 1944 Chindit expedition. Formed in Liverpool on 29th August 1914 by Lord Derby, in the old watch factory at Prescot. All rights reserved. Served in the Kings Liverpool Regiment, 13th battalion. Thousands more were wounded, sick, or taken prisoner. 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. In December 1914 my Uncle John Lowther, brother of my father, enlisted in the Kings Liverpool Regiment 13th Battalion, his regimental number was 24197. Orders of fixed bayonets were given, Bren guns were checked and we were now ready for battle. Welcome to the WWII Forums! Robert enlisted on 31 August 1937 at the RAF 1 depot in Uxbridge, Hillingdon, North London. They would fly in to a jungle clearing nicknamed ‘Broadway’ in gliders and clear a runway for powered aeroplanes. By 1922, all of the regiment's war-raised battalions had disbanded. Does anyone have any information regarding the battalion in Salonika and what they did ? 30th July : Fricourt area. So now there were eleven of us left and we were still on the wrong side of the river!". 3rd (Reserve) Battalion August 1914 : in Seaforth, Liverpool. 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 ‘columns’ were trained to fight together or disperse quickly if thing swent wrong, reassembling rapidly by radio contact. The related objects pictured here, including the Chindit badge above, are all currently on display at the Museum of Liverpool’s City Soldiers gallery. We burnt our new jungle greens because they were infested with lice and we then dressed in our new gear of shorts and shirts. 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. Printed for the Regimental Committee by Gale & Polden Ltd., Aldershot, 1920 Enos Herbert Glynne Roberts THE KING'S (Liverpool Regiment) 165th Brigade / 55th (West Lancashire) Division . 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 The orders from India Command were that we had succeeded in our job and we were to return to India. 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. 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! 1/5th 1/6th 10th Battalion 117th Battery, 26th Brigade 11th Battalion 122nd Battery 12th Battalion 13th Battalion 14th Battalion 14th Service Bn. My Great Uncle served with the 14th Kings Liverpool Regiment in Salonika from 9 Nov 1916 to 11 Apr 1917. A Pals Battalion. They were referred to as the New Army or Kitchener's Army. During the conflict, the regiment formed two additional regular battalions in Ireland in 1900, which required the militia to be renumbered the 5th and 6th battalions to accommodate them. In my post commemorating the 75th anniversary of VE Day I wrote briefly about the Chindits who were the largest of the Allied Special Forces trained in guerrilla warfare, sent into Japanese-occupied Burma (now called Myanmar). Second World War Japanese occupation 5 Rupee bank note, issued by the Japanese government. 7th August : Talus Boisé. Part of 1st (Peshawar) Brigade, 1st (Peshawar) Division of Indian Army. Suddenly I came across my 2 Platoon Officers who had found themselves a lovely cover behind a beautiful fallen tree and were shouting “Bren gunners forward”. The Territorial Force (later Territorial Army) was formed in 1908, which the volunteer battalions joined, while the militia battalions transferred to the "Special Reserve". He also told us that our last dropping would be this morning. We all knew this before we went into action.” She then broke down and cried her eyes out and had to leave the room. The second expedition took place early in 1944. It soon became apparent that Japan intended to maintain control over Burma and key trade routes to China. In February 1915 they transferred to 76th Brigade in same Division. This time the 1st Battalion would take part. 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. With our clothes and rifle secured on top, we hoped to kick and float across the river. The King's Regiment (Liverpool) was one of the oldest line infantry regiments of the British Army, having been formed in 1685 and numbered as the 8th (The King's) Regiment of Foot in 1751. 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. Firing was coming from the tops of the trees, so I fired a short burst from the Bren gun in that direction. 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'. The regiment's territorial components formed duplicate second and third line battalions. 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. All volunteer battalions were renumbered to create a single sequential order. Originally published in three volumes this reprinted work comes in one softback edition and include a roll of honour of 14,200 war dead. The simultaneous Battles of Kohima and Imphal were a turning point in the campaign in Burma. 27th July : Carrying parties to Longueval / Delville Wood. A nursing sister called me into a room as she wanted to tend my wounds, which only consisted of jungle sores. Log in or Sign up to interact with the community. It had worked in training anyway! Bn. During this encounter we had no idea of what was really happening. 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. based at St Anne's Street, Liverpool. I replied “if you couldn’t walk you were left. He was probably sent for training with the Battalion in Salisbury. 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. Orange silk map of Burma as issued to Chindit columns, printed both sides 'NORTHERN BURMA' and 'CENTRAL BURMA', 1:1,000,000. 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. 14th August : Ville-sur-Ancre. 1st Battalion August 1914 : in Aldershot. 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 Of higher formations, the Liverpool Pals sustained nearly 2,800 c… Existing battalions formed duplicates as in the First World War, while National Defence Companies were combined to create a new "Home Defence" battalion. © 2020 National Museums Liverpool. Next morning I went into Infal Hospital for a check-up. The 19th is absorbed into the 14th Battalion of the Kings (Liverpool Regiment). THE KING'S (Liverpool Regiment) 6th Brigade / 2nd Division 23rd July : Bois des Tailles. It takes the form of an Allegory (Victory) memorial with a pedestal of granite and bronze figures and commemorates the Afghanistan (19c), Burma (19c) and South African (Boer) Wars. 2nd Battalion August 1914 : in Peshawar in India. Organised as "rifle volunteer corps", they were independent of the British Army and composed primarily of the middle class. 13th August : Carnoy area. 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. 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 13th Kings Liverpool were initally attached as Army Troops to 25th Division. Sgt McGee decided to march towards the Chindwin, he was hoping our missing men might reach us there. 31st July 1918: The 19th Battalion is effectively disbanded leaving two surviving Battalions. 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. Daylight was shining through the jungle; the noise of guns and mortars could be heard very near. They united as the 1st Battalion on 1 September 1958. Rank: Private Number: 15797 Died 31st August 1918 Buried at Ecoust-St Mein Cemetery, France, in the Pas De Calais Area We don't have any surviving documents of his at all, and there are sadly no living relatives of ours who would have anything of his. 9th August : In front line in Maltz Horn Farm sector. As darkness fell, we were all ready, then to our amazement, the Japanese arrived a hundred yards from us. History of the 2/6th (Rifle) Battalion "The King's" (Liverpool Regiment), 1914-1919, 368 pp. 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. A training unit, it remained in U… Some were sick or wounded and couldn’t make the journey out. ", A Chindit column (or soldier formation) crossing a river in Burma, 1943. 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). The two Chindit invasions, coupled with an uprising of the Burmese Independent Army saw Burma return to British rule in 1945. You have my orders that you can go back with a column, a platoon, or with just one mate, as long as you get out.”. The only change to the regiment's structure during the period of 1881-1908 occurred during the Second Boer War. The King's Regiment did not, however, return to its original peacetime size; it lost the 8th (Liverpool Irish) and 9th battalions shortly after the war ended. Landed at Le Havre 13 August 1914. 30th June 1918: The 17th Bn returns to England. (In this instance 13th Bn were part of 25th Brigade, then 76th Brigade and then 8th Brigade in 1915 moving to 9th Brigade in 1916. Remained in India throughout the war. We set to work cutting lengths of bamboo to be tired together with our bedding lines. Original composition. 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. I … Regiment Battalion Any Battalion "M" Coy. We were soon pinned down under heavy fire. So that was it. We never saw them again. The new battalions disbanded in 1901 and the militia reverted to their original designations. Then, when we had completed ‘Broadway’ we would join up with the other troops for the assault. It took several weeks to get all of the survivors back to India. Uniquely, the 7th (Isle of Man) Battalion did not join the Territorial Force, instead remaining a "volunteer" battalion. (© IWM IND 2290). Branches of trees were falling above our heads, mortar bombs were exploding. In 1933 I was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant, 5th (Rifle) Battalion, The King's Regiment, (T.A.) 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