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Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment




   1st Battalion, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment served in the Middle East with 14th Infantry Brigade, 6th Division. They moved to British India in 1942, and served as Chindits in the Burma Campaign of 1944 where they, suffered heavy casualties mainly from disease.

   2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment served with 10th Infantry Brigade, 4th Infantry Division. They deployed to France in September 1939 with the British Expeditionary Force and evacuated from Dunkirk in 1940. The next two years saw then engaged in home defence in Britain against the imminently expected German invasion which never arrived. They saw action in the North African Campaign in 194142, the Tunisia Campaign in 19421943, the Italian Campaign of 1944 and the liberation of Greece in 19441945.

   5th Battalion, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment served with 55th Infantry Brigade, 18th (East Anglian) Infantry Division. After home defence duties in Britain they were deployed as reinforcements to Malaya in early 1942. The battalion surrendered to the Imperial Japanese Army at the Fall of Singapore and the men were held as POWs for the rest of the war.

   6th Battalion Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment was engaged in home defence and in training men.

   7th Battalion, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment was a war raised unit and was engaged in home defence and in training soldiers for deployment with other units.

   2/7th Battalion, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment was a war raised unit and was engaged in home defence and in training men for deployment with other units.

   8th Battalion, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment was a war raised unit and was engaged in home defence and in training soldiers for deployment with other units.

   10th Battalion, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment was a war raised unit and was engaged in home defence and in training soldiers for deployment with other units.

   10th Battalion, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment was a war raised unit and was engaged in home defence and in training soldiers for deployment with other units.


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Those known to have served with

Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Butcher William Percy. Pte. (d.17th July 1944)
  • Hall Charles John. Pte. (d.20th September 1943)
  • McPartlan Christopher. Pte. (d.7th Nov 1940)
  • Mills Harry William. Cpl.
  • Peak Alfred Edward. Pte.

The names on this list have been submitted by relatives, friends, neighbours and others who wish to remember them, if you have any names to add or any recollections or photos of those listed, please Add a Name to this List

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There are 8 pages in our library tagged Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment  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. William Percy Butcher 2nd Btn. Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment (d.17th July 1944)

Pte William Percy Butcher was my Great Uncle on my father's side. I was researching my family history and his information came up on a War memorial in Meppershall Bedfordshire at St Mary's Church. I also found his details on a site for war graves. He is buried at Arezzo War Cemetery in Italy. It is good to know that you can access these sites quite quickly as my father didn't know much about his life and what happened to him. I am sure he will be pleased to know that he has had a memorial in his name.




Pte. Alfred Edward "Knocker" Peak 2nd Btn. Beds and Herts Regiment

My dad, Alfred Peak fought for his unit as a boxer. My dad was a regular soldier who joined up in Colchester barracks. He used to tell us about his army days. I would dearly love to find out about his boxing and where he served. After the war my dad threw his medals into the river Ooze in Bedford. He met up with his brother Billy who was serving in the Royal Norfolk's on a beach when some stukas came down and shot the 1st and 2nd lines. My dad saw his brother killed and tried to bury him. He was at Monte Cassino where he got shot. He was also taken prisoner by the Italians for about 39 days.

I have my dads cap badge and also my grandads who was in the Beds and Herts in WW1. If anyone has any information I would really appreciate it, sadly my dad is no longer with us so we can't ask; I would dearly love to be able to tell my grandsons about their Great Granddad as they are very interested.

Sue Peak



Cpl. Harry William Mills 2nd Btn. Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment

My Dad, Harry Mills signed up in September 1932 and went off to India - I think with the 1st Battalion of the Beds and Herts - they then went on to Palestine. At the outbreak of WW2 Dad, I believe, transferred to the 2nd Battalion and went off to France and Belgium. He was then part of the BEF that were evacuated at Dunkirk. He then went off to North Africa and Egypt. From there to Italy, Sicily and Greece.

If anyone has any further information as to what the 1st Battalion did between 1932 and the outbreak of the Second World War, and the 2nd Battalion from 1939 to November 1945 I would be extremely grateful.

Andy Mills



Pte. Christopher McPartlan 1st Btn. Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regiment (d.7th Nov 1940)

Christopher McPartlan who died aged 24 was born in Jarrow in 1916 to James and Mary Catherine McPartlan (nee Eales) of Jarrow

Christopher is buried in Keren War Cemetery and is commemorated on the WW2 Roll of Honour Plaque in the entrance of Jarrow Town Hall.

Vin Mullen









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