1/7th Battalion. 13th … While she was attending to me she asked why there were no seriously wounded amongst our lot. 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. 13th (Service) Battalion, The King's Regiment (Liverpool) was raised at Seaforth in September 1914, part of Kitchoner's Third New Army, which assembled in the area around Salisbury. This is a list of battalions of the King's Regiment (Liverpool), which existed as a regiment of the British Army from 1881 to 1958. It was disbanded in 1908. Volunteer battalions had been created in reaction to a perceived threat of invasion by France in the late 1850s. His idea seemed to be that if we were split up there would be less chance of a main party running into trouble. 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. 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! Welcome to the WWII Forums! Be outside on parade at 23:15 hours, ready for the transport to take us to the airfield, and good luck chaps”.". The regiment's territorial components formed duplicate second and third line battalions. The second expedition took place early in 1944. The 19th is absorbed into the 14th Battalion of the Kings (Liverpool Regiment). Regiment Battalion Any Battalion "M" Coy. 31st July 1918: The 19th Battalion is effectively disbanded leaving two surviving Battalions. Then, when we had completed ‘Broadway’ we would join up with the other troops for the assault. Landed at Le Havre 13 August 1914. Second World War Japanese occupation 5 Rupee bank note, issued by the Japanese government. Sgt McGee said “there will never be a better time to cross” and he and Pte Milburn waded in. 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). 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. Organised as "rifle volunteer corps", they were independent of the British Army and composed primarily of the middle class. 28th July : Bois des Tailles. The Chindits were sent deep behind enemy lines to sabotage Japanese communications during the British advance. Part of 1st (Peshawar) Brigade, 1st (Peshawar) Division of Indian Army. All rights reserved. The maps they carried, like the one pictured below, were printed onto brightly coloured silk so that they could be used to signal aeroplanes, but folded very small and easily hidden away if they were captured. 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. Orders of fixed bayonets were given, Bren guns were checked and we were now ready for battle. In their opinion the non-swimmers wouldn’t stand a chance. Myself and five other men ran forward to the position indicated by them. The regiment fielded 49 battalions during the war from a pre-war establishment of two regular, two militia, and six territorial. Some 13,795 Kingsmen died during the course of the war, the battalions suffering an average of 615 deaths. 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 Remained in India throughout the war. Formed in Liverpool on 29th August 1914 by Lord Derby, in the old watch factory at Prescot. 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 Some were sick or wounded and couldn’t make the journey out. Thousands more were wounded, sick, or taken prisoner. This is an original WW2 King's Liverpool Regiment Cap Badge for sale. 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. It had worked in training anyway! 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. Sgt McGee decided to march towards the Chindwin, he was hoping our missing men might reach us there. 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. 3rd Spec. By now we were all fully awake. Orange silk map of Burma as issued to Chindit columns, printed both sides 'NORTHERN BURMA' and 'CENTRAL BURMA', 1:1,000,000. 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. Originally published in three volumes this reprinted work comes in one softback edition and include a roll of honour of 14,200 war dead. On arrival here at Infal, we had to report to the stores, which had been set up by our own regiment, the 13th King’s, where we were issued with boots, socks, shirts, slacks, shorts, hose tops, razor blades, mess tins knife fork spoon and one pair of sharp scissors issued between us, which had to go to a barber to cut our hair and we had to hack away at our own beards before shaving. So that was it. A nursing sister called me into a room as she wanted to tend my wounds, which only consisted of jungle sores. 15th Battalion 16th Battalion 177th Company 177th Siege Battery 17th Battalion 18th 19th Battalion 1st 1st Battalion 1st Btn. 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. So now there were eleven of us left and we were still on the wrong side of the river!". He caught malaria and it seems this is why he was posted back home in 1917. By the end of March they received orders that their part of the mission had been successful and they were to return to India. Unfortunately due to defective eyesight, he was discharged in January 1915. This story has been written by George Appleton's daughter, Jayne Cant. We never saw them again. The simultaneous Battles of Kohima and Imphal were a turning point in the campaign in Burma. 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. Of higher formations, the Liverpool Pals sustained nearly 2,800 c… Log in or Sign up. We were soon pinned down under heavy fire. In 1933 I was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant, 5th (Rifle) Battalion, The King's Regiment, (T.A.) 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. 13th May 1918: The Pals battalions are sent to train American troops. last surviving King’s Regiment Chindit living in Merseyside. 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. With our clothes and rifle secured on top, we hoped to kick and float across the river. THE KING'S (Liverpool Regiment) 165th Brigade / 55th (West Lancashire) Division . By 1944 the Japanese were being driven back on several fronts. 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. 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. Next morning I went into Infal Hospital for a check-up. The ‘columns’ were trained to fight together or disperse quickly if thing swent wrong, reassembling rapidly by radio contact. 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. The related objects pictured here, including the Chindit badge above, are all currently on display at the Museum of Liverpool’s City Soldiers gallery. 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. This time the 1st Battalion would take part. 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. VE Day (8 May 1945) had already marked the end of the Second World War against Germany and her allies in Europe. They would fly in to a jungle clearing nicknamed ‘Broadway’ in gliders and clear a runway for powered aeroplanes. The 13th Kings Liverpool were initally attached as Army Troops to 25th Division. 9th August : In front line in Maltz Horn Farm sector. Does anyone have any information regarding the battalion in Salonika and what they did ? 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. Printed for the Regimental Committee by Gale & Polden Ltd., Aldershot, 1920 Enos Herbert Glynne Roberts 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. It was a desperate situation. Japan had entered the British Colony of Burma in 1942 promising them independence. As darkness fell, we were all ready, then to our amazement, the Japanese arrived a hundred yards from us. We all knew that the operation started today, but not exactly what the operation was. 77th Indian Infantry Brigade 13th King's Liverpool Regiment 3/2nd Gurkha Rifles 142 Commando Company The jungle had few established paths and they often had to hack their way through using machetes and locally made Kukris. The 9th Battalion was one of four newly raised units of the King's Own Royal Regiment in February 1940. 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.”. Existing battalions formed duplicates as in the First World War, while National Defence Companies were combined to create a new "Home Defence" battalion. A few were airlifted to safety, but many had to be left behind. “so chaps” ended Captain Freeman “get as much rest as you can for it’s a tough job. 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. 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. 7th August : Talus Boisé. 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. 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. 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