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Those known to have served with

Wiltshire Regiment (Duke of Edinburghs)

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

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There are 3 pages in our library tagged Wiltshire Regiment (Duke of Edinburghs)  These include information on officers service records, letters, diaries, personal accounts and information about actions during the Second World War.

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Pte. Jack H.D. Futter 2nd Btn. Wiltshire Regiment

Jack Futter fought with 2 Wiltshire Regiment at Cassino as part of 5 British Infantry Division, where they were involved in the crossing of the Garigliano. After being captured Jack was most likely taken to a transit camp at Frosinone, south of Rome. From here he was loaded onto a POW train bound for Germany on 26th January 1944, and it was on this journey that the Allerona tragedy took place. On 28th January 1944 at the Orvieto North railway bridge at Allerona, Italy, a train full of Allied prisoners, most of whom had come from Camp P.G. 54, Fara in Sabina, north of Rome, was hit by friendly fire from the American 320th Bombardment Group. U.S. Army member Richard Morris was on the train and wrote that the journey was stopped on the bridge over the river, and that the German guards fled as soon as the bombs struck. The prisoners were left locked inside the carriages. Many, including Jack Futter, managed to escape through holes in the boxcars caused by the bombing, and jumped into the river below. It was a great tragedy of the war resulting in the deaths of hundreds of men.

Jack Futter escaped the wreck with numerous slight wounds for which he was treated in Orvieto Hospital after being captured in Garigliano. He was then sent to POW camp Stalag 344 in Lamsdorf, Poland.

S Flynn



Pte. Alfred King 2nd Btn. Wiltshire Regiment

Alfred King fought with 2 Wiltshire Regiment at Cassino as part of 5 British Infantry Division, where they were involved in the crossing of the Garigliano. After being captured Alfred was most likely taken to a transit camp at Frosinone, south of Rome. From here he was loaded onto a POW train bound for Germany on 26th January 1944, and it was on this journey that the Allerona tragedy took place.On 28th January 1944 at the Orvieto North railway bridge at Allerona, Italy, a train full of Allied prisoners, most of whom had come from Camp P.G. 54, Fara in Sabina, north of Rome, was hit by friendly fire from the American 320th Bombardment Group. U.S. Army member Richard Morris was on the train and wrote that the journey was stopped on the bridge over the river, and that the German guards fled as soon as the bombs struck. The prisoners were left locked inside the carriages. Many, including Alfred King, managed to escape through holes in the boxcars caused by the bombing, and jumped into the river below. It was a great tragedy of the war resulting in the deaths of hundreds of men.

Alfred escaped the wreck, but was then captured in Garigliano and sent to Stalag 344 in Lamsdorf, Poland.

s flynn



Pte. A. Stamp 2nd Btn. Wiltshire Regiment

Private Stamp fought with 2 Wiltshire Regiment at Cassino as part of 5 British Infantry Division, where they were involved in the crossing of the Garigliano. After being captured he was most likely taken to a transit camp at Frosinone, south of Rome. From here he was loaded onto a POW train bound for Germany on 26th January 1944, and it was on this journey that the Allerona tragedy took place.

On 28th January 1944 at the Orvieto North railway bridge at Allerona, Italy, a train full of Allied prisoners, most of whom had come from Camp P.G. 54, Fara in Sabina, north of Rome, was hit by friendly fire from the American 320th Bombardment Group. U.S. Army member Richard Morris was on the train and wrote that the journey was stopped on the bridge over the river, and that the German guards fled as soon as the bombs struck. The prisoners were left locked inside the carriages. Many, including Stamp, managed to escape through holes in the boxcars caused by the bombing, and jumped into the river below. It was a great tragedy of the war resulting in the deaths of hundreds of men.

Private Stamp escaped the wreck but was then captured and sent to POW camp Stalag 344 in Lamsdorf, Poland.

s flynn



L/Cpl. Harry Clark 2nd Btn. Wiltshire Regiment

Harry Clark was Captured at Garigliano and was on his way from Camp PG 54 to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf on 28 January 1944 by train. Whilst crossing the Orvieto North railway bridge at Allerona, Italy, they were subjected to an inadvertent bombing by the American 320th Bombardment Group hitting 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 recalled 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.

s Flynn



Pte. George Frederick Cowley 2nd Battalion, C Coy. Wiltshire Regiment (d.21st May 1940)

returned letter after George's death

George Cowley was killed at the Battle of Arras on 21st of May 1940 at the age of 20.

Martin Cowley



Pte. Sidney Ellis Griffiths Wiltshire Regiment

This story, although there is not much of it, is for my late uncle Sidney Ellis Griffiths a private in the Wiltshire Regiment who was captured at Dunkirk in 1940. His Army service number was 5567902 and his POW number from Torun 20a (Thorn 20a) was 10575.

He died aged 79 in Bloxwich near Walsall without giving away much about his time in captivity. I know that at Dunkirk he was bayoneted in the left side of his head, face and neck, fortunately missing the jugular, he bore the scars for the remainder of his life. I also recall him telling me about a German guard nicknamed "Fingers". (Typical army humour, this guard was wounded and had no fingers on his one hand.) Uncle Sid said "He was alright and did us a few favours at risk to himself", others (guards) "were right buggers!" The march towards the end of the war was very, very hard and harrowing he said, "but we made it".

The really sad end to this story is the reaction of my grandfather, Sid's father, to the return of his two sons, my father (RAF) was the other one. When my father went to his room at home that he had shared with Sid prior to the war he found it empty of all of their belongings and on being asked what had happened to them my Grandfather replied, "I didn't think either of you would get back so I sold them". Unbelievable. I am ashamed to relay this part of the story but it is true, I wonder if anyone else has a similar tale...I hope not.

My dad told me the years of captivity affected Sid badly and he would have little to do with anyone apart from my dad and his long-time girlfriend, and later his wife, Nora. He suffered badly with his nerves for many years and developed alopecia because of it. In later years, like thousands of others, he rarely complained about his lot and as he said "We were the lucky ones, we made it". Thanks Uncle Sid'

John Griffiths



Pte. Albert Edgard Pelling Wiltshire Regiment

Bert Pelling was captured at or near Caen, France. He was a stretcher bearer who strayed picking up wounded. He was rounded up with others that had been captured and was moved across country to Stalag 4B Muhlberg (Elbe), where he was interned for a year.

A married man with a wife in England. He returned home to England and had a good life with his wife Jean, they had 5 Kids. They emigrated to Australia in the 70s following the kids who had emigrated before them. He died in 2002 at Langwarrin near Frankston, Australia, Jean died not long after. Rest in Peace.

Richard Pelling



Pte. Frank William Carter Wiltshire Regiment

Bill Carter

British Prisoners in a field on a farm working from Stalag XXA, Bill Carter is 3rd from right sitting down.

Bill Carter in group at Stalag XXB

Bill Carter of the Wiltshire Regiment became P.O.W. Number 6019 and was held in Stalag XX-B at Malbrook, Poland in WW2. He was made to work on a farm.

John Denley



Cpl. Ernest Reginald John Kyte 43rd Recce Regiment (d.24th Jun 1944)

My Grandfather Jack Kyte died when the MTS MV Derrycunihy exploded with huge loss of life. My father and brother visited the British Cemetery at Bayeux several times and found his name on the memorial. We haven't much info about his army career (as my father was only 10 at the time and can't remember so much about him). We are aware of some of the events leading up to the tragedy but little afterwards or whether any items were ever retrieved in the years that followed. I have tried unsuccessfully for many years now to find a copy of the book "Record of a Reconnaissance Regiment, a history of the 43rd Recon Reg (the Gloucester Regiment) 1939-45" but a copy remains elusive. If anyone knows where I could get a copy, my father would appreciate it.

Steve Kyte









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