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The Northamptonshire Regiment

Battalions during the Second World War.

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List of those who served with The Northamptonshire Regiment during The Second World War

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Alfred Clark 2nd Northamptonshire Regiment

My father, Alfred Clark, was in the 2nd Northamptonshire Regiment and was captured at Arras in 1940. He was then sent to Stalag V111B for the rest of the war. Was anybody in the same regiment in Arras who could tell me how they were captured?

Alf Clark

Bombardier Gunner Edward Richard Thomas Harris

My uncle, Tom Harris, was a regular in the Royal Artillery served in MEF and was transferred to Infantry served with 2 Btn Northants in NW Europe. He went missing two days after VE day and his body was found in Jan 1946 (believed murdered by Polish displaced persons.) Any information about his service would be appreciated particularly in the RA.

Mike Harris

Pte. Randolph Parker 1st Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment (d.14th June 1944)

I am trying to find as much information as I can on my Uncle Randolph Parker. He was killed in action in Burma on 14th June 1944. My Dad tells me that they were notified he had been injured, however the information I have been given so far is that there was no known body, therefore no grave. However he is remembered at the Rangoon war memorial. Also I only have one photo of my Uncle, is there by chance anyone out there got any photos that they could share with me?

Melanie Parker Smith

Pte. Anthony Francis Pook 4th Btn. Northamptonshire Regiment (d.30th Jul 1943)

I am trying to trace my Grandfather Francis Pook's movements during his service, he unfortunately was killed in 1943, we know that he is remembered at Cassino memorial. However there seems to be some confusion of where he met his end, I believe that his official death was recorded as being in Scilly, however several years after the war my Grandmother received a letter from a gent in Ireland who gave an account of my Grandfather demise, who claimed he was machine gunned by a German fighter plane in North Africa, however his body/remains was then moved to main land Italy where his battalion was serving?

There was also some confusion on whether he was serving away from his unit. I would really like to know where he served and of course where/how he died. Would appreciate any news or indeed where I would be able to find this information.

Francis Boustead

Cpl. Aldwyn Mitchell 2nd Battalion Northamptonshire Regt.

Aldwyn Mitchell was my Wife's Father. To the best of our knowledge Aldwyn was taken prisoner in France during the rea guard action at Dunkirk.

Aldwyn never mentioned his time as a POW, He would not have anything detrimental said about the Germans, he spoke excellent German and French. Talents he made very good use of when he visited our family in West Germany 1954, when I was then stationed in 4th Guards Brigade.

Alwyn Mitchell sadly passed way December 1965 at the age of 56yrs. according to the death certificate: Inhalation of vomit from haemorrhage from gastric erosiona.

POW number 12652. Camp number 357. We consider it possible he was in XXB, taking part in the march there in 1940, also the return march 1945, as he was released outside Follingbostel 'Oerrbke'? We hope some one may pick this information up. Yours sincerely

Roy N.Derbyshire

Pte. Robert "Roy" Daley 2nd Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment (d.30th Jan 1944)

Roy Daley was 20 years old when he was killed he is buried at Minturno War Cemetery. His mother, (my grandmother,) visited the site in (I think,) the 60's. Roy was my father's eldest brother. Dad said he thought Roy had not been in Italy long when he died.

Peter Daley

Tpr. Arthur David Coleman 4th Regt Reconnaissance Corps

My father joined the 5 Bat Northants Regt on 30 April 1939 aged 31 and was posted to France with the BEF. He was one of the lucky ones at Dunkirk. On 22 January he transferred to the new Recce Corps where he served with both 4 Regt and 1 Regt and saw action in North Africa and Italy.

He was discharged from the Army 18 September 1945 and settled back into civvy life in Peterborough where he was born and raised. He became a prominent councelor and served his community for many years and died in Peterborough Hospital in May 1988. He is sadly missed.

Stephen Coleman

W/Sgt. Sidney Green Northants Regt.

Dad was taken prisoner in North Africa on 24 Dec 1942 and went to Stalag 9c. On the page for the camp I came across his name in a photo of a book on the web site. He was at the camp until April 1944.

Alan Green

Pte. Clarence Cyril Sydney "Yaker" Ward Northamptonshire Regiment

My Dad, Clarence Ward, as far as I know, was wounded at Dunkirk and was taken off on a hospital ship and treated in a Hospital in Wakefield. He was transferd to the Corps of Miltary Police went back to France after D-Day and was demobed end of 1945

John Ward

Pte. Anthony Francis Pook 4th Btn. Northamptonshire Regiment (d.30th July 1943)

My grandfather Francis Pook was unfortunately was killed in 1943. I am trying to trace his movements during his service. We know that he is remembered at Cassino memorial. However, there seems to be some confusion of where he met his end. I beleive that his official death was recorded as being in Sicily. However, several years after the war my grandmother received a letter from a gent in Ireland who gave an account of my grandfather's demise. He claimed he was machine gunned by a German fighter plane in North Africa, however his body was then moved to main land Italy where his battalian was serving. There was also some confusion on whether he was serving away from his unit.

I would really like to know where he served and of course where and how he died. Would appreciate any information or indeed where I would be able to find this information.

Francis Boustead

Pte. Ronald George Beech Northamptonshire Regiment

My great uncle, Ron Beech, was captured at Ypres around 1940-41 just after finding the body of his 'old mate' 'Ginger' having been shot moments beforehand. I don't know a great deal about his story nor do I have any photos and if anyone has any information etc. on him I would love to hear from you. I know that he was held for around 3 years at Stalag XX-B Malbork in Poland and his prisoner number was 12560.

He was of medium height with a stocky build and the only distinguishing feature that I know of was a Bayonet like wound on one hand (the back and the palm). He was born on 8 July 1918 and passed away in Northampton General Hospital in 1981. I never really knew him but have heard bits and bobs about him over the years and wanted to share what little I did know of him as I'm extremely proud of what he and his brothers did for their country back then.

Dave Denton

W/O Frank Richards King Shropshire Light inf Northants Regiment

My father, Frank Richards, was in the K.S.L.I 1936-1939, Northants Regiment 1939- April 1944, Oxs and Bucks 1944-April 1945,the Queens Regiment April 1945-May 1946. I Know very little detail about his actual movements during the war except that he was at Dunkirk and that he learned Swahili and trained African troops. This was the reference his commanding officer gave him when he left the Army. Of which I am very proud. "Thoroughly reliable and has plenty of initiative. Can handle men well. Hopes to obtain appointment in police force, for which his leading, tact, and wide military experience including the handling of native troops in East Africa,should make him ideally suited. A fine type of man." signed by Captain Balding Commanding 2/7 Queens Royal Regiment. Any information relating to my father would be gratefully recieved. He passed away in 1997.


Pte. Noel Cox 2nd Btn. Northamptonshire Regiment

On 28 January 1944, during World War II, the Orvieto North railway bridge at Allerona, Italy, was the site of the inadvertent bombing by the American 320th Bombardment Group of a train filled with Allied prisoners. Most of the POWs had come from Camp P.G. 54, Fara in Sabina, 35 kilometres to the north of Rome, and had been evacuated in anticipation of the Allied advance. One of the men on the train, Richard Morris of the U.S. Army, wrote that the train was halted on the bridge over the river when the Allied bombs started to fall, and that the German guards fled the train, leaving the prisoners locked inside. Many escaped, Morris included, through holes in the boxcars caused by the bombing, and jumped into the river below. Historian Iris Origo wrote that 450 were killed when the cars ultimately tumbled into the river.

Noel Cox was captured at Garigliano. He survived the wreck with a probable fracture of bone in foot. He was sent to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf.

s Flynn

Pte. Denis Charles "Spud" Taylor Northamptonshire Regiment

Denis Charles Taylor served with the Northamptonshire Regiment during WW2 and was a POW in Stalag 20B Malbork Poland. His POW number was 12065. My father was a prisoner of war at stalag xxb (1940-45). He escaped on several occasions and was tortured by the Gestapo. They pierced his eardrums.

Pte. Stanley Drake Northamptonshire Regiment

Private Stanley Drake was wounded 16/05/1944 and survived.

Pte. George Tatt Northamptonshire Regiment

George Tatt served with the Northamptonshire Regiment

Rosemary J. Taylor

W/Bdr. Robert Davidson 50 Searchlight Regiment, 400 Bty. Royal Artillery

My father Bob Davidson served with 50 Searchlight Regiment (Northampton Reg.) RA TA, he was in 400 Indep FD SL Battery. From info I have found on the web using Google he was in the 400 battery, who were later attached to 30 Searchlight Reg. (Surrey Reg.) and was sent to North Africa and then over the Med into Italy, I don't know if he went through Sicily though. I've enclosed some snaps found of my dad's war days. I was surprised to see pics of him with the Northants cap badge on as I had always believed he was in the RA, still not 100% sure why this is, can anyone shed some light on it?

Editor's Note: 50th Searchlight Regiment were formed by the conversion of 4th Btn, Northamptonshire Regiment and wore the cap badges of their original regiment.

Andy Davidson

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