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Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
- Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 1st Btn
- Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 2nd Btn
- Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 5th Btn
- Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 6th Btn
- Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 7th Btn
- Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 8th Btn
- Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 9th Btn
- Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 10th Btn
- Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 11th Btn
- Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 15th Btn
1st Battalion of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders was a regular unit of the British Army. During the Second World War the 1st Battalion saw action in Palestine, North Africa, Crete, Ethiopia, Sicily and Italy.
The 2nd Battalion of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders was a regular unit of the British Army. The 2nd Battalion were already in Malaya at the start of the Second World War. They fought the Japanese the full length of Malaya and held the Causeway into Singapore. The whole battalion became Prisoners of War of the Japanese after the final battles of Singapore.
In 1942 the 15th Battalion, who were serving in Orkney, was reconstituted as the new 2nd Battalion. They saw action in the Normandy battles and across western Europe, as far as the banks of the Elbe by May 1945.
The 5th Battalion of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders were part of the British Expeditionary Force and fought in France and Belgium. After the withdrawal they became the 91st Anti-Tank Regiment and took part in the Normandy Landings and the fought across Europe reaching the River Elbe.
The 6th Battalion of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders were part of the British Expeditionary Force in 1940 and saw action in France and Belgium. In November 1941 they became the 93rd Anti-Tank Regiment, they then fought in Tunisia, Sicily and Italy with the 5th Corps of the 1st Army (sometimes known as the D-Day Dodgers).
The 7th Battalion of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders went to France in early 1940 with the British Expeditionary Force, along with the 8th Battalion, forming part of the 51st Highland Division. Both battalions suffered grievous casualties in the retreat to Dunkirk with many men lost or taken as prisoners of war. The remainder of the battalion eventually escaped through Le Havre. The 7th and 8th were re-formed from men of the 10th and 11th Battalions who were still in Scotland.
The 7th Battalion remained in the 51st Highland Division for the rest of the war seeing action in North Africa and Sicily before returning to take part in the Normandy Landings, across Western Europe to the Baltic.
The 8th Battalion of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders went to France in early 1940 with the British Expeditionary Force, along with the 7th Battalion, forming part of the 51st Highland Division. Both battalions suffered grievous casualties in the retreat to Dunkirk with many men lost or taken as prisoners of war. The remainder of the battalion eventually escaped through Le Havre. The 7th and 8th were re-formed from men of the 10th and 11th Battalions who were still in Scotland.
The 8th Battalion saw action in Tunisia, Sicily and through out Italy.
The 9th Battalion of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders were part of the British Expeditionary Force in 1940. They then served as a Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment defending British shores and served in Holland towards the end of the war.
The 10th Battalion of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders were based in Scotland. After many men of the 7th and 8th Battalions had been lost or taken as Prisoners of War with the British Expeditionary Force in 1940, the trained men of the 10th and 11th Battalions transferred to the 7th and 8th to bring them back up to full strength.
The 11th Battalion of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders were based in Scotland. After many men of the 7th and 8th Battalions had been lost or taken as Prisoners of War with the British Expeditionary Force in 1940, the trained men of the 10th and 11th Battalions transferred to the 7th and 8th to bring them back up to full strength.
The 15th Battalion of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders were based in Scotland. In 1942 the 15th Battalion were serving in Orkney. They were reconstituted as the new 2nd Battalion to replace the Battalion lost in Singapore. They saw action in the Normandy battles and fought across Europe, reaching the river Elbe just before V.E. Day.
4th Mar 1943 In Defence
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Those known to have served with
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
during the Second World War 1939-1945.
- Adams Charles John. Pte.
- Anderson William Russell. Pte. (d.20th Nov 1943)
- Barker Tom.
- Barker Tom.
- Boyle Andrew.
- Brown William. Pte.
- Burns Robert.
- Chambers Charles. Pte. (d.3rd Apr 1944)
- Chambers Joseph. Lance Sargeant
- Conroy Patrick P.. Gnr. (d.4th Apr 1942)
- Conway John. L/Cpl.
- Cooper J. M.. Pte.
- Cowan Archibald White. Cpl. (d.9th July 1944)
- Dalrymple Robert. Pte.
- Dickenson Stanley. (d.August 1944)
- Donnelly Peter.
- Duffy William James. Pte.
- Duffy William James. Pte.
- Duncan Atholl A.. Capt.
- Dunion John. (d.13th Nov 1916)
- Dunne Frank Kevin. (d.23rd May 1941)
- Fagan John McGee McKay.
- Fairlie John. Sgt.
- Farrell Henry William.
- Fieldson T.. Pte.
- Forster Allan. Pte. (d.26th Jan 1943)
- Hall Edmund Robert. Pte.
- Hall Frederick. Pte. (d.23rd Apr 1943)
- Hammond James. Cpl.
- Harper Henry.
- Hubbert Norris Arthur. Pte.
- Hudaly Stanley B..
- Hunter George Whitehall. Sgt
- Kelly Jimmy. L/Cpl.
- Kerr Matthew. Pte.
- Klapper Francis Dennis. Pte.
- Klapper Francis Dennis. Pte.
- Lauder Alexander. Pte
- Lees Adam. L/Cpl.
- Mahoney Herbert. Sgt.
- Mann Frank James. Pte. (d.2nd September 1944)
- McAllister Fred. Sgt.
- McDonald Stanley. L/Sgt.
- McMenemy Peter.
- Mooney William.
- Morris Robert. Pte.
- Naylor Frank. Pte.
- Neill . Capt.
- Neilson William Walter. Lt. (d.12th April 1945)
- Partington Charles Clifford.
- Rae Samuel. Pte. (d.25th June 1944)
- Simpson Stephen. Cpl. (d.22th Oct 1944)
- Syme Wally.
- Thraxton John. Pte. (d.4th Jun 1943)
- Tracey Thomas. Pte.
- Tuckey Archibald Robert. L/Cpl. (d.20th November 1944)
- Ure Alexander Mcdonals. Pte.
- Walker James H.. L/Bdr. (d.21st Feb 1943)
- Webber Jack. 2/Lt.
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There are 6 pages in our library tagged Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders These include information on officers service records, letters, diaries, personal accounts and information about actions during the Second World War.
Pte. Robert Morris 7th Btn. Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Bobby Morris of 7th Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
Group of 7th Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders prior to going to France in WW2 Kneeling at right is Bobby Morris & next to him kneeling is Robert Dalrymple both of whom were captured near Dunkirk
Bobby Morris and others at Stalag XX1D
These photos belong to Bobby Morris of 7th Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders who was captured in France near Dunkirk. Bobby is still living, he is in his 90s. I don't know any of the other people in the photographs but would be interested to know who they wereJim Jamieson
Pte. Robert Dalrymple 7th Btn. Argyll and Sutherland HighlandersRobert Dalrymple was captured near Dunkirk in 1940, along with Bobby Morris and spent the rest of the war as a POW in Stalag XXID and Stalag IXc, his POW number was 648.Jim Jamieson
Wally Syme Argyll and Sutherland HighlandersWally was in Stalag 8b with my Father, Arthur Booker, if anyone remembers him or his fellow POW's please get in touch.Barbara Jutsum
Lance Sargeant Joseph Chambers Argyll and Sutherland HighlandersLooking on information on where Joe was captured when unable to escape from Dunkirk Where he was held. (which camp)maureen taylor
Pte. Charles Chambers 8th Btn. Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (d.3rd Apr 1944)Charles Chambers was my mothers uncle and she is looking for some background into his service record. He was married and was sent to war but was killed within 3 months. His grave is at Monte Casino, he was killed 3rd April 1944 aged 27.Barry Macklin
L/Cpl. Archibald Robert Tuckey 7th Battalion (d.20th November 1944)My brother Archie Tuckey died, aged 24 from injuries sustained, I believe from a land mine. He is buried in Woensel Cemetery, Eindhoven, Holland, I think he was taken to hospital in Eindhoven, as my parents were initially informed that he would be repatriated.Leonard Tuckey
Pte. Alexander Mcdonals Ure 3rd Battalion Argyll and Sutherland HighlandersI am trying to trace my granddads life in Argyll Sutherland Highlanders between 1940 and 1945.Alex Ure
John McGee McKay Fagan Argyll and Sutherland HighlandersMy Father, John Fagan, fought for the Argylls during the Second World War. He was in the Cameron Highlanders until WW2 broke out but his big brother was a Sgt in the Argylls and got him transferred. He is in a book in George 4th Bridge Edinburgh called the First Argylls 1939-1945 by F.C.C Graham. I saw the picture of him in a guard of honour for General Matt Clarke it was taken in Florence in 1944.Stuart Fagan
Cpl. Archibald White Cowan Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders (d.9th July 1944)My grandfather Archibald Cowan was a Corporal in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and was part of the Expeditionary Force. He was severely injured and captured in Belgium in 1939. He was then held at Stalag 23A (hospital) before being repatriated to Leith on the Drottningham in November 1943. Unfortunately he died of his injuries in Stirling Royal Infirmary on the 9th July 1944. If anyone has any information on him please contact me.Melanie McShane
Pte. Norris Arthur "Murray" Hubbert Princess Louise's Argyll & Sutherland HighlandersI'm trying to find any old photo's of my dad Norris Hubbert while in the Princess Louise's Argyll & Sutherland Highland Battalion during the Second World War. My Dad had passed away now and I am proud to have his medals. I'm trying to trace his movements and learn about his experiences with this Regiment.
Can anyone out there help me? I'd be most pleased to hear from you. My Dad was born in the Barrie area but his parents were living near Myrtle, Ontario when he went over seas. Any help to make his travels come to life for me would be appreciated. I'd be pleased to hear from youBarbara Graham
Pte Alexander Lauder 8th Battalion Argyle & Sutherland HighlandersSandy Lauder served in France in 1940 and went to North Africa, Tunisia, Sicily, Italy. He was captured at Termoli 1943 and spent rest of war as POW.
The camp he was in was liberated by the Russians who pointed them in the direction of the Allies. Eventually they reached the American Army who put them in trucks to take back behind the lines. Unfortunately the truck he was in was involved in an accident which left him with a fractured skull. After returning back to Britain and recuperating he was demobbed.
On the bus home he overheard someone saying that the village had organised a welcome home for him. He had the driver stop the bus and he walked a mile over the fields and slipped in the back door of his parents house to avoid the crowd. Like many of the returning soldiers he had that hidden guilt of surviving when so many of his friends had not.K. Lauder
Pte. William Russell Anderson 8th Btn. Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (d.20th Nov 1943)William Anderson was my great grandad's brother. He died in action at the age of 24 whilst stationed in Italy and is buried at Sangro River War Cemetery. His parents were Matilda and Thomas Anderson of Baillieston. He served with the 8th Bn Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Unfortunately this is all I know at this time and I have not found any pictures yet.K. Pitchford
Pte. Frederick Hall 8th Battalion Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders (d.23rd Apr 1943)Private Fred Hall 3715083, was my grandma's dearly loved brother. Uncle Fred was 27 when he was killed in action in Medjez de Bab in Tunisia where he is laid to rest, grave ref 4.E.15 in the war cemetery.
I have the original telegram reporting his death. I would love to find out more about his service records.Julie Stilwell
Pte. Frank Naylor 7th Battalion Argyll & Sutherland HighlandersFrank Naylor was my Grandfather and was in the 7th Battalion, 15 Platoon, C Company between 1942 and 1945. Unfortunately, he died around 1954, so I never met him, but I do possess some of his wartime letters to my Grandmother, along with various bits and pieces related to the Regiment (HD and 3 stripes sleeve insignia, glengarry, TOS cap badge, webbing belt and a silver "For King & Country Services Rendered" badge, which I assume was issued when he caught malaria in Sicily?). I understand from reading the letters and photographs, that he served in North Africa, Sicily and finally Northern Europe.
I would be very interested if anyone has any further information related to him and his friends and what they would have experienced at the time.Julie Guest
Pte. Edmund Robert Hall Argyll & Sutherland HighlandersMy Father, Pte Edmund Robert Hall, known as Eddie, served with the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders in North Africa and Italy. He didn't tell me very much about it, I think the memories were too painful but he was immensely proud to have served with this regiment. I have a newspaper cutting from the Shrewsbury News dated 5th May (1945?) towards the end of the war where he had been one of the first group of Eighth Army troops to cross the Senio and had captured a German prisoner. He did tell me, in tears, of an occasion where the piper leading them into battle had been shot and killed. He was also very bitter about being named a 'D-Day Dodger' and I found a flimsy, typed, copy of the words of this song with his papers after he died. I would love to find out more about his history with the Regiment.Shirley Whiteside
Sgt George Whitehall Hunter Argyll & Sutherland HighlandersMy dad, George Hunter landed on Gold Beach in the Normandy landings. Aged 91 he travelled back to Gold Beach.George Hunter
Gnr. Patrick P. Conroy 6/3 Maritime Regiment Royal Artillery (d.4th Apr 1942)Not much is known about my Uncle Patrick Conroy or his service other than he was buried at sea. He was about 20 years old when he died. The UK Army Roll of Honour gives his regiment at enlistment as Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, he was serving with 6/3 Maritime Regiment, Royal Artillery at the time of his death. Looking for information and photographs, can any one help?Brian MacDonald
Cpl. James Hammond 2nd Btn Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders (Princes Louise)My Father James left Madras, India in 1939 on the ship S.S.Egra, arrived Singapore. He played a part as did many soldiers in Malaya. He was listed as missing in 1942 but turned up as a POW in Kuala Lumpur and then in Thailand. He is mentioned in the Aitken's Diary Sadly many POW's never spoke too much about the experiences. My Father was no diferent. I only wished that I had asked before his death in 1982Lorraine
Pte. William James Duffy Argyll & Sutherland HighlandersIn my research, I found that my father Wullie Duffy was a Prisoner of War in Stalag 9C at Muhlhausen and his POW Number was 679. My father never spoke about his war history, nor that he had been in a prisoner of war. Can anyone shed any light on his Service or POW life? My Father died in 1973 and I have only just discovered this POW information.William James Duffy
Pte. Matthew Kerr Argyll and Sutherland HighlandersMy father Matt Kerr recently died aged 92 and he was one of the last soldiers from the Argyle & Sutherland Highlanders to leave Saint Nazaire. I am trying to find out if he actually left on the Lancastria or another boat? He always maintained he sunk three times during the Second World War and I wondered if the Lancastria was one. Anyone with any ideas please email me.M.Kerr
Cpl. Stephen Simpson 8th Btn. Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (d.22th Oct 1944)Stephen Simpson was my uncle, my father's brother. He was always spoken about in the family as a very gentle human being in that he was a keen follower of the Methodist order. My grandparents, as one can understand, were devastated by the loss of this son who still resided at home with them. But in an other sense classed themselves as lucky as they had another two sons serving in the forces at this time: the oldest brother, James, serving in the Royal Marines and my father serving in the Highland Light Infantry. Their coming home well helped to cushion the death of Stephen. Unfortunately, they were never financially well off enough to visit their son's grave and both died ignorant of any information about how, when, or where he was killed. Stephen was killed on 22 Oct 1944 and is interned at the Santerno War Cemetery Italy.Richard Simpson
Peter McMenemy Argyle and Sutherland HighlandersMy Uncle, Peter McMenemy was captured and made a POW shortly after arriving in the battlefield. He was with the Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders who responded to Hitler's invasion of Poland in 1939-1945. A German MD nursed him back to health when the prison camp was abandoned and reunited him with the British. He moved to Coventry and stayed there, alone, until he died in the 1960's or 70's. He never really recovered from his ill treatment as a POW.
Update: He was probably in the 6th, 7th or 8th Battalion each of which lost many in the retreat to Dunkirk, between the 5th and 7th June 1940.Dr Denis P Curran
Pte. Allan Forster 2nd Btn. Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders (d.26th Jan 1943)Allan Forster who died aged 28 was the son of John and Jane Forster of Jarrow and the husband of Emily N. Forster (nee Wilson) of Jarrow.
Allan is buried in Yokohama War Cemetery and is commemorated on the WW2 Roll of Honour Plaque in the entrance of Jarrow Town Hall.Vin Mullen
Henry William Farrell HMS RepulseHenry William Farrell was born in 1916 and enlisted in 1936. He lived in Plymouth, Devon. He was a Royal Marine on HMS Repulse when it was sunk by a Japanese aerial attack off Malaya on 10th December 1941 with the loss of 513 men. It seems that speculation still surrounds the subsequent actions of the Japanese pilots as they did not interfere with the rescue of survivors. The rescuing destroyers took them to Singapore naval base. Shortly after the sinking, the remainder of Marines from HMS Repulse and HMS Prince of Wales, which was also sunk, merged forces with remnants of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, becoming known as the Plymouth Argylls. They took part in a series of land actions against the Japanese. They were ill prepared for tropical warfare and without air-cover so it was a mission doomed from the onset. Subsequently on February 15th 1942, the Argylls were led by a piper from Tyarsell Park Singapore, into 3 and a half years incarceration.
Henry was held in the flowing camps: Changi, Havelock Road, Kinkaseki, Hindato, Non Pladuk and No 17 FukuokaS B Flynn
Pte. John Thraxton 7/10th Battalion Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders (d.4th Jun 1943)John was the son of William and Mary E Thraxton of Jarrow. He died aged 28 and is buried in Sfax War Cemetery. He is commemorated on the WW2 Roll of Honour Plaque in the entrance of Jarrow Town Hall.Vin Mullen
L/Bdr. James H. Walker 93 Anti-Tank Regiment Royal Artillery (d.21st Feb 1943)James Walker was the son of James Henry and Sarah Walker and husband of Ann McGreal Walker of Jarrow. He died aged 28 and is buried in Enfidaville War Cemetery. He is commemorated on the WW2 Roll of Honour Plaque in the entrance of Jarrow Town Hall.Vin Mullen
Pte. T. Fieldson Argyll & Sutherland HighlandersDouglas Mallett was captured at Tobruk and survived the train wreck on the Orvieto North railway bridge at Allerona, Italy, uninjured. He was sent to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf.s flynn
Pte. Samuel Rae 7th Battalion Argyll & Southerland Highlanders (d.25th June 1944)Samuel Rae was my uncle who was killed in action at the age of 30 years in 1944, and buried at Bayeux War Cemetery, Calvados, France. He served with the 7th Battalion Argyll and Southerland Highlanders. His two brother`s one of them being my dad both survived the war. Samuel was one of 14 children to Samuel & Jessie Rae of Glasgow.Christine Rae
L/Cpl. Adam Lees 2nd Battlion Argyll and Sutherland HighlandersMy Uncle, Adam Lees, was captured by the Japanese. He survived this ordeal. When he returned home my mother said she never recognised him. I don't think he ever fully got over it.Christine Alford
L/Cpl. John Conway 7th Btn Argyll and Sutherland HighlandersMy great grandfather John Conway served in the 7th Battalion, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders. The pictures I have included are from a scrapbook he kept whilst he was a POW. It is currently held by the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders museum in Stirling Castle who were nice enough to send me the photos when I contacted them about the book. My mum always told me that John had been Douglas Bader's batman while he was a POW and looking at the dates and camps listed in the book it certainly seems possible as they were both in some of the same camps at the same time. I'm not sure when he was captured. I think he took part in the desert campaign and the song in his book seems to support this.
From his book John appears to have been in the following camps:While he was a POW, John's brother Michael was serving with the 74th Field Company Royal Engineers. He was wounded in Normandy just after D-Day and died of his wounds 14th June 1944.
- Stalag IX-C in Bad Sulza in 1941
- Oflag VI-B in Dossel, Warburg in 1942 where it is possible he came into contact with Douglas Bader
- Stalag Luft III in Sagan between 1943-44
- Stalag VIII-A Gorlitz (and possibly also C) from 1944
- Stalag XI-B Falinbostel presumably up to the end of the war
John's father and one of his older brothers, James had both joined the Argyll's in September 1914. John Snr was in his fifties but lied about his age while James had been a Territorial before the war. Inevitably John Snr was invalided out due to poor health but James was posted to France and was killed in action 6th March 1917.Bill Robertson
John Dunion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (d.13th Nov 1916)John Dunion died when he was 23 years old, his daughter, my grandma Janet was just a baby when he died. My aunty found John Dunion's grave at Mailley Wood Cemetery in the Somme. Our family is very proud of everybody who fought in the war and are always in all our memories.Vanessa Bartholet
L/Sgt. Stanley McDonald Argyll & Sutherland HighlandersMy father in law Stanley McDonald was captured in Italy before being sent to Stalag 357. He had previously served in North Africa so I think he was involved in the push in to southern Italy before his capture. That's all we know and would be interested to know more!David Bevin
Pte. William Brown Argyll and Sutherland Highlandersmy mother's brother William Brown was captured at St. Valery and taken to Mühlhausen, Hesse where I believe he worked in the potassium mines at Dorndorf. He died in 1958 due the his lungs being damaged. I am looking for information or his family who could help me.Roy Baker
Pte. Thomas Tracey Argyll & Sutherland HighlandersMy father, Thomas Tracey, was in the Argylls, captured at Dunkirk and imprisoned at Stalag XX (A) 3.. He never talked very much about his time there and I have been fascinated to learn what things were link thanks to your project. I have a Daily Record from April 14th 1945, with his picture as also Private Spratt of the Argylls and Private Michael McCourt of the Seaforths. The paper also tells the story of his return home with Privates Michael McCourt of Govan, Joseph Young of Durham, George O'Neil of Ramsgate and Fred Johnston of Stepney. They had escaped from the German prison camp at Hildeheim near Hanover, which they reached after a terrible march from East Prussia and Silesia - over 700 miles in ten weeks. I would be interested to hear from anyone with any further details.James Tracey
Pte. Francis Dennis Klapper 6th Btn. Argyle & Sutherland HighlandersMy uncle, Dennis Klapper was the grandson of Raymond Klapper. While serving in WWII he kept a diary from the beginning of 1940 to the end of 1945. This time frame includes the time of his capture by the Germans until his release and the end of the war. During his capture Dennis was kept in the infamous prison camp Stalag VIIIB which was located in Lamsdorf, Silesia which is now Lambinowice, Poland. By coincidence, this camp was located only a short distance from Cieplowody, Poland in Silesia where his family originally lived before coming to the UK in 1860. Dennis was only 18 when he joined the 6th Battalion of the Argyle & Southern Highlanders. He was captured. The following is an exerpt from his diary:
1940 On January 4th we left Border for Southampton where we caught the boat for Cherbourg. From here after days of travelling we arrived at Armentieres where we stayed for a few weeks, then we moved to a village by the name of Auberchicourt near Douai where we remained until May 10th.
May 10th. Planes in morning, several shot down. Heard Germans invaded Belgium and Holland. Douai bombed. Stand to. Away in afternoon. Passing through Orchies, bombed. Took billets in Lessines for refugee control duties. Not much sleep. Crowds of refugees. Parachutists. Saw one or two air battles. 11 platoon got full load when German tried to gain height, four killed. Lessines bombed first morning. Church and shops gutted. Next week set off through Habsolth to wood. Shelled and bombed. Ammunitions truck went up. Champagne. Retreat to Lessines, through Engaden in flames. then for rest in a village. Bombed as we left. Next to Grammont to cover withdrawal. Next day set off for France. Roads bombed and gunned. Lost two trucks and two men. Refugees killed. Rest near Orchies. Back to Brumes as reserve coy; down to Douai for armoured units. Brumes to cover withdrawal on way to rest-camp, turned back to front near Gavion then to farm near Bethune for two days rest. Pleinar gunned and shelled.
May 25th. Set off for Bethune, just bombed. Driving down road, were machine gunned and shelled. Lorries in ditches. Radiator damaged. Dived in ditch with two other fellows. One on truck hit by mortar. Tried to crawl along ditch but blocked at one end and truck on side, blazing at other. Own guns used on us. Captured. Got some soup, bread, marge, cheese. Drome with planes. Heard Gray killed and Graham escaped. Officer said they had been waiting all morning for us. Shed for night, coffee in morning.
Dennis then keeps a (nearly) daily diary until 15th June 1942. He was taken to Stalag VIIIB, a camp known as Lamsdorf. “There were more than 700 subsidiary Arbeitskommandos (working parties outside the main camp)… Arbeitskommandos housed the lower ranks who were working in coal mines, factories, quarries or on the railways.
He was moved from Lamsdorf in July 1940 (in a closed wagon on a train) to a camp at Reigersfeld and sent to work on road and canal building and was then taken by horse truck in very cold weather with other POWs in January 1941 from the camp at Reigersfeld, to Klausburg, a coal mining camp. From now until the camp was evacuated in 1945 he was to work in the mines. He seems to have remained at Klausberg until the camp was evacuated and he took part in the `Long March' in January 1945: this was a forced march by an estimated 80,000 POWs westward across Poland, Czechoslovakia and Germany in extreme winter conditons between January and April 1945. He wrote an account of his experiences on the Long March, in the course of which he lost toes to frostbite. Dennis also contracted TB in the camps, he was invalided home because of his lungs (aggravating or being aggravated by malnutrition) more so than the frostbite. Dennis became a postman in Gateshead and died unmarried in 1987. He never recovered from his experiences.Josie Driscoll
Pte. Francis Dennis Klapper 6th Btn. Argyll & Sutherland HighlandersMy uncle Francis Klapper from Newcastle on Tyne joined the 6th Battalion of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders and was sent to France in January 1940, but was captured in Belgium in May that year and sent to Lamsdorf, Stalag VIIIB. He worked for a couple of Arbeitskommandos, one at Reigersfeld and one at Klausberg, working first on roads and then down a mine until on 22nd January 1945 they began the long march west and eventually came home.
While in the Klausberg camp, one of his colleagues Arthur Lewis died in a coal fall at the Niederbank mine and Dennis went to his funeral. Among my uncle's papers there is a photograph of the grave of Arthur Lewis, and I wonder if his family have seen this or knew about it. I would be more than happy to let any family members have this photo.Josie Driscoll
Tom Barker Argyll and Sutherland HighlandersI was born on 23rd May 1921 in Barton-on-Humber, Lincolnshire. I joined the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in 1938. I served in Palestine in 1939, the Libyan Desert and the Battle of Sidi Barrani in 1940. Then I was wounded and taken prisoner in Crete in 1941. The next two years were spent in forced labour camps. I then changed identities with Harry Tenny (RAF) to help him escape. Two years were spent in Stalag 4B, Muhlberg. I got out of the camp when the guards ran off because the Russians were advancing and reached home on VE Day.Tom Barker
Pte. Frank James Mann 2nd Btn. Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (d.2nd September 1944)My great uncle, Frank James Mann, is buried in the Florence War Cemetery. He died in battle in Italy aged 27. He was a very jolly man and left behind his wife, Emily, before they managed to have any children.
As a young girl I knew Emily, who gave me great uncle Frank's medals. Although I wanted to keep them, I sent them to my uncle (Franks's nephew) who was bed-ridden and severely disabled with multiple sclerosis and lived in Australia. I know those medals meant a lot to him. Rest in peace Uncle Frank.Janet O'Donnell
William Mooney Argyll and Sutherland HighlandersMy uncle, William Mooney, was in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. He was captured at Dunkirk. He spent all of the war as a POW. I have only one postcard that he sent to his parents from the camp. He died in 1970.Elizabeth Fox
Sgt. John Fairlie Argyll & Sutherland HighlandersMy father was Sgt. John Fairlie, from the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. He was captured in Tunisia in January 1943 and imprisoned in Stalag VIIIB (Lamsdorf) from about April 1943 to January 1945. He was force-marched 600 miles across Germany on the infamous death march. He refused to discuss details of his experiences. He died in 1991.Ian Fairlie
Charles Clifford "Spike" Partington 7th Btn. Argyll and Sutherland HighlandersMy brother sent me some photos of our father, Charles Partington when he was a POW. I know he was in either the 7th or 8th battalion, and was captured, but that is all the information I have.Julie Brown
Tom Barker 1st Btn. Argyll & Sutherland HighlandersMy regiment was 1st Btn Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, and I was a resident in Stalag 4B for two of my four years as a POW. I was wounded and captured on Crete in June. For two years I worked slave labour, then Harry Tenny - who had been shot down during a raid - swapped identities with me so he could get back to the UK and the RAF, so that he could bomb Germany again. I told him "If you do come back to bomb, just look out for me wavin' me hanky and don't drop any near me."Tom Barker
Pte. J. M. Cooper 51st Highland Div. Argyll & Sutherland HighlandersMy father, Pte. J.M. Cooper, POW No. 107, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders (51st Highland Division) was captured near St Valery, Sargneville on 5th June 1940. He spent nearly five years in Stalag IXc. I have his wartime log and he gives a short description of the march and places marched through.William Cooper
2/Lt. Jack Webber 8th Btn. Argyll & Sutherland HighlandersMy father was wounded and captured in June 1940. He spent some time in Stalag IXC and Oflag IX A/Z before being repatriated in October 1943.Mike Webber
L/Cpl. Jimmy Kelly 8th Btn. C Coy. Argyll & Sutherland HighlandersMy grandfather, L/Cpl Jimmy Kelly, was in the 8th Btn Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, `C' Coy and was taken prisoner at St Valery in France. He was taken to Stalag IXc and spent some time in the salt mines.Graham Kelly
Frank Kevin Dunne 2nd Btn. Attchd Argyll& Sutherland Highlanders Yorks & Lancs Rgt. (d.23rd May 1941)Frank Dunne served with the York and Lancs 2nd Btn., attached to Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. He is commemorated in Athens War Cemetery.Geoff Rooks
Peter Donnelly Argyll and Sutherland HighlandersMy grandfather, Peter Donnelly was taken prisoner on Crete in 1941 and sent to Stalag 8b.Billy Hart
Henry Harper 7th Btn. Argyle & Sutherland HighlandersMy father-in-law Henry Harper served with the 7th Btn Argyle & Sutherland Highlanders. He was captured at Dunkirk and sent to Stalag 9c. He was prisoner 431 and spent the war there until 16th September 1944 when he was repatriated to the UK on health grounds.David Coyle
Capt. Neill Argyle & Sutherland HighlandersMy grandfather served with the Argyle & Sutherland Highlanders in WWII. I believe he was a captain in the press corps.Ian Douglas Neil
Robert Burns Argyle & Sutherland HighlandersMy father, Robert Burns, served in the Argyle & Sutherland Highlanders and was taken prisoner at Dunkirk. He took part in the death march from France, through Poland and ended up in a camp in Germany. He was liberated by the Americans at the end of the war.Hilary Gavin
Sgt. Herbert Mahoney Argyle & Sutherland HighlandersHerbert Mahoney served in the Argyle & Sutherland Highlanders as a sergeant, although he may have been promoted beyond that rank.Phil Beaney
Sgt. Fred McAllister 8th Btn. D Coy. Argyle & Sutherland HighlandersI found three touching poems by Sgt McAllister in my father's (Sgt Curran, RAF) belongings. I think Sgt McAllister came from Strachur, which is, I think, near Dunoon where my mother came from. Does anyone know Sgt. McAllister or would like a copy of his poems?Maureen Hughes
Andrew Boyle Argyl & Sutherland HighlandersMy grandfather, Andrew Boyle served with the Argyle & Southern Highlanders. I don't have much information as he rarely talked about his experiences in the war. He was a POW for most of the war after being shot and captured at Abbeville as part of the rearguard action at Dunkirk. He was sent to Stalag 8b where he worked in a mine and was involved in several escape attempts - the most "successful" of which saw him escape through a tunnel and reach the Swiss border before being recaptured and sent back to 8b. I believe this escape may have been immortalised in the film "The password is courage". I am trying to find any information.Gordon Robertson
Capt. Atholl A. Duncan Argyl & Sutherland HighlandersMy father, Capt Atholl A Duncan, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, was a prisoner for three and a half years in Tandjong Priok, Java and Motoyama, Zentsuji and Miyata in Japan. I have his diaries and records and have much information about these camps which I'm willing to share with other interested parties. My book Notify Alec Rattray is the story of his survival.Meg Parkes
Stanley B. Hudaly Argyll & Sutherland HighlandersMy father was Stanley B Hudaly. He was in Stalag XXB and was captured at Dunkirk. He was in the 51st Division with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and I remember him saying he was captured at St Valery. I have some photos from the camp days. I have been trying to trace his army records as he returned all his medals when he received them and I would like to try and find them again.Nadia Goodman
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Trevor RoyleThe Argylls have a stirring history of service to the British Crown. The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders is one of the best known regiments in the British Army. When it was ordered to disband in 1968 as part of wide-ranging defence cuts, a popular 'Save the Argylls' campaign was successful in keeping the regiment in being. They served all over the empire, taking part in the Indian Mutiny and the Boer War, and fought in both World Wars.In the post-war period the Argylls captured the public imagination in 1967 when they re-occupied the Crater district of Aden following a period of riots. Recruiting mainly from the west of Scotland, the regiment has a unique character and throughout its history has retained a fierce regimental pride which is summed up by its motto: 'sans peur', meaning 'without fear'. "The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders" puts its story into the context of British military history and makes use of personal testimony to reveal the life of the regiment.More information on:
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