It would be almost impossible for me to source documentary evidence of kinship to my grand-uncle George. 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. 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 German invaders over-ran Rennes on Tuesday 18th June and currently I have an account of their initial arrival and occupation in translation. I only know a little about that area and that incident, but if 'Ouest France' has featured the story, then I am sure there must be many details available about what happened. The men continued to wear their Border Regiment cap badge on the black beret of the RAC, as did all infantry units converted in the same way. Y Gatrawd 4ydd o Glwy'r Traed- The 4th Regiment of Foot (1651) 5. By then, they were surrounded. After returning to the United Kingdom, the battalion was transferred to the mountain warfare trained 31st Independent Infantry Brigade. It was the only British Division of infantry in the Middle East at the time. Y Gatrawd 1af o Glwy'r Traed- The 1st Regiment of Foot (1651) 2. 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. In 1969 the regiment was amalgamated with the South Wales Borderers to form the Royal Regiment of Wales. Next day the force moved North to regroup. 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. To view and read about a French Military Postcard posted from Dunkirk on 24th May 1940, click here. 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. 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. 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. The Battalion was part of the force that suppressed the Afridi and Red Shirt Rebellions of 1930 – 1931. Line of Communication troops were brigaded together as infantry to act as support to those two Divisions. The Border Regiment was a line infantry regiment of the British Army, which was formed in 1881 under the Childers Reforms by the amalgamation of the 34th (Cumberland) Regiment of Foot and the 55th (Westmorland) Regiment of Foot. During that night, and still under constant harassment, embarkation took place on to ships and Naval craft. In October 1941, they were taken by destroyer to Tobruk. 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. [2], 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. IT IS DONE! ‘Tobruk’ by Frank Harrison [ISBN 1-85409-361-6], War Diaries: Exhausted, the 4th Battalion of the Border Regiment set sail. Many men from 'D Company' of the Borders were killed or captured. Unfortunately, this book doesn't specifically mention the train incident that your uncle lost his life. If your French is rusty that might be a problem, but it can be overcome. Finally, while still holding Incheville with 'D Company', the Borders and Foresters were driven back, suffering casualties from heavy German mortaring and shelling. 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. The Border Regiment was a line infantry regiment of the British Army, which was formed in 1881 under the Childers Reforms by the amalgamation of the 34th (Cumberland) Regiment of Foot and the 55th (Westmorland) Regiment of Foot. Whilst in Africa, it spent some time fighting the Africa Korps, including taking part in the relief of Tobruk before being posted to British India in 1942–1943. Following the Battle of France, it was evacuated from Dunkirk. Regards, 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. 1st Battalion, Border Regiment VERA's main section portrays the 1st Battalion, Border Regiment during World War 2. [19], The Border Regiment and its successors have a gallery at Cumbria's Museum of Military Life in Alma Block, Carlisle Castle. The two regular battalions were stationed as follows: The militia and rifle volunteers of Cumberland and Westmorland also became reserve battalions of the regiment in 1881: The Royal Cumberland Regiment of Militia and the Royal Westmorland Regiment of Militia became the 3rd and 4th Battalions respectively, while the rifle volunteers became the 1st (Cumberland) and 2nd (Westmorland) Volunteer Battalions. It returned to England in the following year, and was based at Catterick Garrison when the Second World War broke out. 4th Durham Survey Section The Westmorland and Cumberland Yeomanry was a Yeomanry Cavalry Regiment of the British Army that was formed in 1819. [11], The 4th Battalion was a 1st Line Territorial Army unit, originally assigned to the 126th Infantry Brigade, 42nd (East Lancashire) Infantry Division. The 34th was first raised in 1702 in East Anglia as ‘Lord Lucas's Regiment … 5th Bn Border Regiment War Diary, June 1944 – November 1945, TNA file WO 166/17146. The South Lancashire Regiment was a line infantry regiment of the British Army in existence from 1881 to 1958. During the daylight hours, shelling of the British positions in Raschid-el-Fokkar was continuous. 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 battalion was then assigned to the 23rd Infantry Brigade, part of the 70th Infantry Division. The regiment saw service in the Second Boer War, World War I and World War II. Like the 1st and 4th battalions, it was also evacuated at Dunkirk. The third element would be a screen of infantry divisions on the border dug in with, of course, lots of mines. The Border Regiment was a line infantry infantry regiment of the British Army, which was formed in 1881 under the Childers Reforms by the amalgamation of the 34th (Cumberland) Regiment of Foot and the 55th (Westmorland) Regiment of Foot. The fighting continued all day in the beautiful spring day until nightfall when all the companies withdrew, taking numbers of prisoners with them. The 1st Borders played a part in the desperate rearguard action towards Dunkirk in May 1940. [9]. Regards, An account of the visit is contributed to WW2 People’s War. 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. In the event that you consider anything on this page to be in breach of the site's House Rules, please click here. 1st Battalion, The Durham Light Infantry The South Wales Borderers was a line infantry regiment of the British Army in existence for 280 years. When war broke out in September 1939, the four TA battalions were as follows: [2], 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. The Battalion remained in India, and on the outbreak of the Second World War was stationed in Calcutta. The Welch Regiment was an infantry regiment of the line of the British Army in existence from 1881 until 1969. 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 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. 271943 and accredited under the Arts Council of England Accreditation Scheme. Occupying the village of Kiam in the central sector, the battalion were engaged in patrolling. From there, they went by troop camels up the desert to Sidi Barrani. The 4th Border lads were split into 2 groups and didn't meet up until they got back into Britain. Have a look at pages 181-187. Bren gun carriers of the 1st Battalion, Border Regiment move through Orchies near the Franco-Belgian border. In October, it was redesignated as the 9th Battalion and was assigned to the 225th Independent Infantry Brigade (Home). On 1 May 1963, the regiment was re-titled, for the final time, as the Royal Warwickshire Fusiliers and became part of the Fusilier Brigade. were evacuated. It was also atthis time that the 'Lancastria' was hit. He enlisted firstly to the Border Regiment on 15 November 1939. Bombing and shelling here in Tobruk became the daily and nightly ‘portion’. 5th Bn Border Regiment War Diary, Apr–May 1944. In 1969, the regiment reduced to a cadre and the Yeomanry lineage discontinued. Anyway, we can but try! Thank you for your detailed reply to my query and I await any further information. Pictures of the 4th Border Regiment who held a large sector of the Somme during a vital stage in the German advance. The regiment was formed in 1881 by the amalgamation of the 27th (Inniskilling) Regiment of Foot and the 108th Regiment of Foot. In 1924, it moved to Aden, returning to England in the following year. They were also given the task of relieving the Black Watch Battalion who were in the village of Incheville. Border Regiment. The day after Churchill gave his 'Finest Hour' speech and De Gaulle his 'Appeal' to the French: for the war to continue. At any one time, one battalion was to be on foreign service and one on "home" service. Subsequently, in March 1941, the men of the 4th Battalion, The Border Regiment left on the troopship H.M.T. But even so, the fighting patrols still went out, many of them at night. At any one time, one battalion was to be on foreign service and one on "home" service. 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. On the retreat of the German / Italian Forces, the 4th Battalion The Border Regiment occupied the airfield of El Adem. 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. You might also try writing to (or visiting) the Town Hall in Rennes and asking what records they might have. 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. 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+. After being earmarked for support in General Archibald Wavell's offensive 'Battleaxe' the next departure was for the Syrian campaign. At first they headed towards Dieppe. 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. He returned to Europe after D-Day and fought through France and Germany with the Guards Armoured Division. [2], The two territorial battalions were reformed in 1920 as part of the renamed Territorial Army (TA). They became part of Brigadier Orde Wingate’s ‘Chindit’ Long Range Penetration (LRP) groups. It saw action in the Second Boer War, the First World War and the Second World War. The lineage of the Sherwood Foresters is now continued by The Mercian Regiment. The Luftwaffe harassed the evacuation which is when your uncle was unfortunately killed. The successful evacuation of 338,000 Allied troops from Dunkirk ended the first phase in the Battle of France. This would have prevented later train traffic. The 1st Airborne Division was all but destroyed. 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. Most of the men were in deep slumber and in the morning, they found themselves in Cherbourg, where they disembarked to move inland and await further orders. 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. WO 169 / 1705 4th Battalion, The Border Regiment [17], The 50th (Holding) Battalion was raised in June 1940. Thanks again for your reply and interest, you have been most helpful. They were an ordinary Infantry Battalion, cut off from the main body of the British Expeditionary Force. In 2006, the Queen's Lancashire was further amalgamated with the King's Own Royal Border Regiment and the King's Regiment to form the present Duke of Lancaster's Regiment. 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 §. After Dunkirk, 1st Battalion Border were converted to glider-borne troops. 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. There seems to be some accounts in the Public Records Office about what happened. The battalion did not see active service for the rest of the war. The crew wear snow suits and the gun is camouflaged with white sheets. Her ended the war of the 4th Battalion, The Border Regiment. But then, on hearing that Rouen had fallen into enemy hands, Fécamp became the destination. ”The Nameless War” by Captain Ramsay [How Zionists use revolutions to destroy the Gentiles] – John de Nugent’s audio and online versions of the 1952 masterpiece by a British WWI hero, Member of Parliament — and Churchill’s irate political prisoner for 4.5 years in Brixton Prison! 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. A soldier from the 2/4th Battalion is listed as serving in the 4th Battalion. By now part of the 6th British Division, the 4th Battalion of the Border Regiment were moved back to the Western Desert. [10], The 2nd Battalion was serving in British India on the outbreak of war. 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. The problem at this time is that there is only just over a week before the site is closing down for furter postings! 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. 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. From May 26 to June 3 the British employed nearly 700 ships to evacuate more than 330,000 beleaguered forces (including 140,000 French Soldiers) from the port at Dunkirk. The HQ of the battalion was in Kendal, then in Westmorland. referenced. 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