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The Coldstream Guards are the oldest Regiment in the British Army, being formed in 1650.
In 1939, the 1st and 2nd Battalions went to France with the British Expeditionary Force. Two additional battalions, the 4th and 5th, were also raised during the war. The Coldstream Guards saw action throughout Europe and North Africa serving both as dismounted Infantry and Armoured Battalions with Sherman and Churchill tanks.
20th Sep 1939 On the Move
11th May 1940 Plan D
12th May 1940 On the March
13th May 1940 On the March
14th May 1940 Holding the Line
15th May 1940 Constructing Defences
16th May 1940 Constructing Defences
17th May 1940 Moving Back
18th May 1940 A New Line
19th May 1940 A New Line
20th May 1940 Digging In
21st May 1940 Under Fire
22nd May 1940 Withdrawl
23rd May 1940 On the March
24th May 1940 Platoon Under Fire
25th May 1940 Quiet Day
26th May 1940 Quiet Day
27th May 1940 Withdrawl
28th May 1940 On the March
29th May 1940 Confusion
30th May 1940 Holding the Bridges
30th May 1940 Casualties
31st May 1940 Under Fire
1st Jun 1940 Withdrawl
2nd Jun 1940 Withdrawl
4th Jun 1940 With the Wounded
8th Jun 1940 On the Move
22nd Jun 1940 On the Move
23rd Jun 1940 Digging In
24th Jun 1940 Costal Defence
25th Jun 1940 Officers and Men rejoin
26th Jun 1940 CO Visits Company
27th Jun 1940 Defences Strengthened
28th Jun 1940 Reorganisation
29th Jun 1940 Costal Defences
30th Jun 1940 Work Continues
27th Jul 1940 On the Move
1st Aug 1940 Wounded Moved
5th Oct 1940 Escape
17th Oct 1940 In Hiding
31st Oct 1940 Report to the Consul
22nd Nov 1940 On the Move
22nd Feb 1941 Back on British Soil
If you can provide any additional information, especially on actions and locations at specific dates, please add it here.
Those known to have served with
during the Second World War 1939-1945.
- Alcock John. L/Cpl.
- Anstruther Ralph.
- Anstruther-Gray William John St Clair. Mjr.
- Bennet Frank Henry.
- Best Frank Henry.
- Breakwell Roland.
- Brookes John Harold. GSM.
- Bunn Reginald Charles Herbert. Gdsm. (d.13th May 1940)
- Corbett James Frederick. Grdsmn.
- Hoggarth Frederick James. CQMS (d.1st June 1940)
- Joynes Len.
- Kilbey P.. RSM.
- McDermott Bernard. L/Sgt
- Potter Edward John. Pte.
- Rogers Fred. Cpl.
- Rushton Frank.
- Rushton Frank.
- Sarsfield Michael.
- Sutlieff John Leonard. Sgt.
- Tong Walter.
- Weeks William John Arnold. Gdsm.
- Wheeler William.
- Woodhall Rowland Thomas.
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 1 pages in our library tagged Coldstream Guards These include information on officers service records, letters, diaries, personal accounts and information about actions during the Second World War.
Frank Rushton 2nd Battalion Coldstream GuardsMy Granddad Frank Rushton, served with the 2nd battalion Coldstream Guards from 1938-1946. Anyone with information on Stalag 4B and 7B and Jacobstal would be very helpfulRebecca Rushton
William Wheeler Coldstream GuardsCSM Willliam Wheeler served with the Coldstream Guards. Bill died a year ago, he had sent to me a couple of chapters of a "book" which he was writing about his 17 years in the Guards. He was mentioned in despatches for actions in the rearguard at Dunkirk and in the armoured units advance to relieve Arnhem. I would like to know where his "book" ended up.Rodney Hyde
Frank Henry Bennet Coldstream GuardsMy father was a prisoner of war we think in Italy. I would like to find out which camp he was in. We think it was from 20/06/42 until 1944 when he escaped to Switzerland. His army no. is 2658732.Sue Proctor
Grdsmn. James Frederick Corbett Coldstream GuardsI'm interested in learning more of my Grandfathers exploits during WWII after joining the Coldstream Guards in October 1940. He seems to have been transferred to and from various Battalions within the Coldstream Guards and records state that he worked as a sign writer and despatch rider. He was shot and injured on 1st July 1944 by a German sniper whilst riding a motorcyle, he escaped by riding the vehicle into a corn field.
Sadly my grandfather died before I was born so I of my information comes via my father. I hope someone can help. I have my grandfathers full service history if this would help.Jim Corbett
Gdsm. Reginald Charles Herbert "Bunnie" Bunn 1st Btn. 14 Coy Coldstream Guards (d.13th May 1940)My older brother Reginald was killed at Dunkirk in 1940. I am now in Australia and have a few letters that Reginald wrote whilst in training and with BEF. I have no photos of my brother, the only one I have is when he was 12! Would it be posible to trace any squad pitures when he was in Caterham, Pirbright or No 1 Infantry base Depot BEF? I would love these and would be willing to pay for the time spent and cost, can anyone help?Keith Mills Bunn
Michael Sarsfield Coldstream GuardsMy uncle Michael Sarsfield served with the Coldstream Guards and was captured at Tobruk. He was four years in prisoner of war camp in Germany. He was freed at end of war and returned to Jarrow, Newcastle-on-Tyne, England.Pat McNamara
Rowland Thomas Woodhall Coldstream GuardsOur Grandad, Rowland Woodhall served in the Coldstream Regiment of the Foot Guards. We have a notification dated Feb 16th 1940.Jayne Jenkins
GSM. John Harold "The Duke" Brookes MID. Coldstream GuardsMy Father, John Harold Brookes joined the Coldstream Guards aged 16 in 1935. He was posted out to North Africa and served in the Desert Rats. Dad was mentioned in dispatches for distinguished service in the Battle of Sidi Barrani, when he and an NCO stormed an Italian machine gun nest. The NCO was given a DSO despite, according to legend, being behind my Father during the advance. The dispatch was recorded in the London Gazette on September 13th 1940.
Later, post war, Dad joined the Palestine police serving until the 1947 handover to the Isrealis.Vincent John Brookes
Len Joynes Coldstream GuardsMy late father, Len Joynes, was in the Coldstream Guards when he was captured on 20th June 1942 at Tobruk. My information is that he was held prisoner of war at Campo 73 and escaped when the Italians surrendered in September 1943.
His army records show him being a prisoner of war up until April 1944 during which time I am pretty sure he spent with Italian partisans near to Pescara as I have some wonderful letters from an Italian family and fellow escapees. I am presently trying to make contact with this family as well as trying to piece together any information that would enable me to put together what must have been a most wonderful journey in life.K.Joynes
RSM. P. Kilbey Coldstream GuardsI collect POW mail and have a preprinted card in respect of a money transfer sent from Stalag 383 by RSM Kilbey, P. serial number 2653008 sent to the Regimental Paymaster, Coldstream Guards on 30 Sep 1944 but not received by the addressee until 24 Feb 1945.Jim McKay
Pte. Edward John Potter 2nd Btn. Coldstream GuardsMy Father, Ted Potter, transfered from the RAF Regiment to the Coldstream Guards and afterwards was transported (by towed barge) to Italy for the Italian campagne. He, like many, never told us much about his time there but I understand that he was a front line soldier and was amongst the first to cross the river Po. He finished his war in Trieste. I recall one of his stories was about his mate given the task of emptying the latrine/cess pit and throwing a hand granade into it. I don`t know if this actually happened or if it was a tale, although his mates always said it had happened. Another story was about a time when he and a small group were in a forward position (I think in hours of darkness) and found a group of German soldiers playing cards, they took them by supprise and `confiscated/liberated` their gambling money before taking them back for questioning etc. Part of my father's duty was driving a `Bedford` truck (which his mates said was held together with bits of string) and he said that they had orders that if they came across a body lieing in the road (mountainous region) they were supposed to run over it as it was a tactic to stop trucks by doing this, he never said if he ever had cause to follow this command.
As I said my father never really said much about his time in Italy and I would love to find out more about that part of his service history. I understand that he was in the 2nd Battalion of the 56th Regiment, Coldstream Guards until 1946 returning to civilian life in Essex after that.Bill Potter
Walter Tong 1st Btn. Coldstream GuardsI have a portrait of my granddad, Walter Tong with various flags behind him of the 1st Batt Coldstream Guards dated. I would love to find history of him before my mother, his daughter, dies.Alan Bagley
Gdsm. William John Arnold "Lofty" Weeks 2nd Battalion Coldstream GuardsMy father, William Weeks, was in Stalag 4b when the Russians liberated the camp. All I know is he worked in the cookhouse and a story about his friend Jack Harris who was dying and he carried him to the gates and thought he and Jack were going to get shot. My father does not talk about it much.Colin Weeks
Sgt. John Leonard Sutlieff 3rd Btn. Coldstream GuardsJack Sutlieff joined up in 1936 and was posted to pre-war Egypt as 3rd battalion Coldstream Guards (he departed from Southampton in December 1937 on MV Dunera). He fought in North Africa, at Knightsbridge Box, amongst other places and then captured at Mareth in March 1943. Initially POW in Livorna (Leghorn) Italy and then transferred to Fallingbostal 4B and on eventual release was very thin. He spoke very little about his wartime or POW experiences.Peter Sutlieff
CQMS Frederick James Hoggarth 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards (d.1st June 1940)My father, Jim Hoggarth enlisted 9/3/32. He married Stella Mawston 26/1/35 and I was born two years later. He was killed during the retreat at Dunkirk. No known grave, and is on the Dunkirk memorial. I have a photo of Cpl. T. Baker's Squad Coldstream Guards July 1932 and another Warrant Officers, Staff Sergeants and Sergeants, 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards Wellington Barracks 1938. If any one would like me to check names or would like a copy please contact me.Brian Hoggarth
L/Cpl. John Alcock 2nd Battalion Coldstream GuardsMy father John Alcock was sent to a place near Wakefield after Dunkirk where the 2 Battalion the Coldstream Guards were being reformed and regrouped. My mother who lived on a farm near Goole cycled all the way to Wakefield to see him. She was able to speak to him through a wire fence. After landing at Dover after Dunkirk he spent one night in a warehouse on the docks. He told that men were screaming and shouting in their sleep.
Dad took part in the last battalion sized parachute drop in 1956 at Suez. He was their RSM and he dropped on bonfire night. He had joined the 2 SAS after the Battle of Longstop Hill in North Africa. In 1945 he was awarded the Croix de Gueure after he and his four man team blew up a German troop train near Benestroff in Alsace Lorraine. He escaped by passing into the American third army front lines. He did this by capturing one of their front line outpost.Graham Alcock
Roland Breakwell Coldstream GuardsMy father Roland Breakwell joined the Coldstream guards in 1935 and served in England and Palestine until leaving the service in January 1939. He was remobilized on 1st September 1939 and sent with the British Expeditionary Force to France on 29th September.
He then was transferred to Corps of Military Police on 25th March 1940 and evacuated from France on 4th June 1940. From then till 24th February 1943 I think he was with 177 provost company guarding Scottish ports, then he was in North Africa.
If anyone can fill in further information I would be very gratefulPaul Breakwell
Frank Henry Best 5th Btn. Coldstream GuardsMy Dad Frank Best has developed dementia at 89yrs of age his only real memory is of wartime, he was at Nimagan in Belgium fighting but I can find no records to that effect can anyone help? He served with the Coldstream Guards 5th Battalion.David Best
Cpl. Fred Rogers 1st Battalion Coldstream GuardsMy Grandfather, Fred Rogers, joined 1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards in 1929, signing up in Lincoln. He lied about his age, signing up a year early. He served both at home, in Egypt and Sudan and was made a corporal before leaving in 1935 and entering the reserve. He was called back on 15th August 1939 and mobilised on 1st September and was made a corporal again very quickly afterwards. He served with the BEF until evacuated from Dunkirk with the rest of the battalion in June 1940.
In 1941 the Battalion formed part of the Guards Armoured Division with whom he served until June 1945 when they reverted to Foot Guards as part of the Guards Division. The battalion went to Normandy in late June 1944 and fought its way into Germany, through Belgium and Holland. by the end of the war I believe he was a Quartermaster Sergeant. He was demobbed in December 1945 and remained in the reserve until December 1955.
Has anyone got any details of which specific units he was in (i.e. company's) stories or photographs? I only have one from his pre war service and a couple from the War but would love copies of any with his fellow Guardsmen, Tanks etc.Richard Stoney
Frank Rushton Coldstream GuardsFrank Rushton served from 1938 to 1946. Anyone with information on Stalag 4B and 7B and Jacobstal please get in touch.Rebecca Rushton
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Second to None: The History of the Coldstream Guards 1650-2000
Julian PagetAt last a wonderful book, that includes brilliant photographs and maps. Of interest in the way that the social aspect of this regiment is discussed, and all ranks are considered equally.More information on:
Second to None: The History of the Coldstream Guards 1650-2000
The Coldstream Guards (Men-at-arms)
Charles GrantThis book outlines the history of the Coldstream Guards from its inception to the end of World War II, detailing the uniforms and equipment of this prestigious unit.More information on:
The Coldstream Guards (Men-at-arms)
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