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Grenadier Guards

   1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards served with the Guards Armoured Division, took part in the Normandy landings and the action in North West Europe

   2nd Battalion, Grenadier Guards served with the Guards Armoured Division, took part in the Normandy landings and the action in North West Europe

   3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards served in France, North Africa and Italy

   4th Battalion, Grenadier Guards raised in 1940, served with the 6th Guards Tank Brigade, took part in the Normandy landings and the action in North West Europe and disbanded in 1947

   5th Battalion, Grenadier Guards was raised in 1941, they served in North Africa and Italy and disbanded in 1945

   6th Battalion, Grenadier Guards was raised in 1941, served in North Africa and Italy and disbanded in 1944.

8th Apr 1940 Training

18th May 1940 A New Line

19th May 1940 A New Line

21st May 1940 Under Fire

1st Jun 1940 Withdrawal

1st Jun 1940 Embarkation

28th Jan 1944 Aircraft Active

28th Mar 1945 Advance

29th Mar 1945 Orders

30th Mar 1945 Advance

31st Mar 1945 Advance

1st Apr 1945 Bridgehead

2nd Apr 1945 Shelling

3rd Apr 1945 Attack Made

4th Apr 1945 Attack Made

5th Apr 1945 Bridges

6th Apr 1945 Enemy Active

7th Apr 1945 Advance

8th Apr 1945 Advance

9th Apr 1945 Consolidation

10th Apr 1945 Moving Forward

11th Apr 1945 Advance Resumes

12th Apr 1945 Forwards

13th Apr 1945 Forwards

15th Apr 1945 On the Move

14th Apr 1945 On the Move

16th Apr 1945 Advance

17th Apr 1945 Advance

18th Apr 1945 Advance

19th Apr 1945 Moves

20th Apr 1945 On the Move

21st Apr 1945 Area Cleared

22nd Apr 1945 Preparations

23rd Apr 1945 On the Move

27th Apr 1945 Orders

29th Apr 1945 Wood Cleared

30th Apr 1945 Advance

1st May 1945 Reorganisation

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Those known to have served with

Grenadier Guards

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

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Daniel Robert Stichbury Grenadier Guards

My Father Daniel Robert Stichbury was caught May 30th 1940 near Brussels Belguim and was part of the BEF forces and was a Grenadier Guardsman, he survived extremely horrendous conditions, forced marched to the German border without food or water and only by the generousity of the local red cross barely survived the journey.

Suffering a ear infection from a motor attack which turned into a mastoid he was sent to a militarily hospital and treated for about 10 weeks, he was the only British soldier in amongst about 20 luftwaftte pilots who tried to make conversation in English with him.

Whilst there he saw the big military build-up of the German military forces sent to Russia and after going back to the camp he was in it was closed because of the very bad conditions. The treatment and food given to him in hospital most probably saved him and after working in the mines of Sternberg and building roads with the barest of food rations he managed to see liberty on May 10th 1945 and was repratriated by the American forces back to Britain and came home one night where I met my Father at the age of 6 years.

Many British soldiers died of poor treatment as they were not fed or clothed properly in captivity, it was a tough man and a matter of survival for those who came back. My Father lived to the age of 79 years and died in 1993. He was a tough man and served his country and mankind well. I never saw any medal given for all that service and suffering

Brian Stichbury

Sgt. Walter Mellor 3rd Btn. Grenadier Guards

My grandfather was Walter Mellor, he was a Sergeant in the 3rd battalion Grenadier Guards. In the photo above, my grandfather is sat down on the front row third from the left. He was taken prisoner and held in Stalag VIII B, he was an artist who helped forge documents and papers for prisoners to escape, please could you help me find something of him.

Nicholas Mellor

Robert J. Catterall Grenadier Guards (d.4th Sep 1944)

He died of wounds and was aged 19 at death. He is said to be interred at Longueval Cemetery in France. His uncle (my grandad William Henry Catterall) served throughout the First War. .

Peter A. Smith

Robert J. Catterall Grenadier Guards (d.4th Sept 1944)

He died of wounds and is said to have been buried at Longueval Cemetery in France. He was just 19.

Peter A. Smith

Gdsm. Jim Edward Horrocks 5th Btn. Grenadier Guards

I lived in Caterham just behind the Guards Depot in Wellington Road, and joined up in the summer of 1942 aged 19. I chauffeured Captain Sydney VC, the son-in-law of Lord Gort VC, while on maneuvers on Salisbury Plain in 1942. I served with the 5th Batallion in North Africa, landing in Algiers, marched 25 miles to Cap Matifu Camp, then on the cattle trucks we travelled to Tunis to join the 5th batallion. We spent 8 months in Tunisia, as the batallion was dessimated after the Battle for Tunis. Many had to recover before we could continue into action at full strength to Italy.

We sailed from Bizerte to Tarranto in Southern Italy. From there we transferred from the Adriatic side westwards towards Salerno where we'd be destined to land on the Anzio beach head in preparation for the capture of Rome. I served as a number two on the bren gun with my colleague Jack Titley, who was killed on the beach head in that battle whereupon I had to take up his position as number one for the rest of the campaign. After the campaign I returned to England where we were transferred to the 2nd batallion who were in Germany, until the time came for my demob which was in January 1947.

Jim Horrocks

Dvr. George Parkinson Royal Army Service Corps

My dad, George Parkinson,joined up at the start of the "phoney war" in 1939,-he didn't need to go,-he was married with three sons.

I was the middle one.He'd had a driving licence since he was eighteen,(unusual in 1919),and thought his driving skills may have been put to good use. He had joined the Grenadier Guards(1Bn)when he was nineteen,(which explains his "Guards" number). He did three years,-in which time he went to Constantinople to support some uprising against Kemal Ataturk,-then came out. I can remember him Blancoing his webbing,checking the contents of his "hussif" (housewife) and having a .303 SMLE rifle at home! Then he was gone... Because of his age,-he was 38,-he spent all his service in this country,-I believe he spent some time driving an ambulance in Birmingham; the rest of his time he was stationed in Cornwall,transporting stores of every kind countrywide.If ever he was coming to somewhere near Manchester,he would call in give us all a load of chocolate,(which he had saved), then he was gone again. One time he arrived in what he called an "eight legger"-an eight wheeled ERF with a drawbar trailer and parked it in our dead end street in Longsight, Manchester.How he got it out I have no idea!

He came home in various trucks,Chevrolets,Dodges etc., etc.,mostly stuff that presumably the country had had to buy from the USA or Canada because of the shortage of vehicles after Dunkirk. As I said he was mostly based in Cornwall,he thought it was the most wonderful place,his stories were full of names like Taunton,Truro,Bodmin,Penzance,Falmouth etc.,and that all true Cornishmen had names that began with either Pen or Tre,-it was a world apart... When he was demobbed,-and after all that effort,he was awarded three medals,Victory;War,and the TA; he "didn't qualify" for the '39-'45 Star,as he didn't serve abroad!

Rodney E. Parkinson

William Richard Dear Grenadier Guards (d.3rd Aug 1944)

William was killed on the 3rd of August 1944 aged 21. His brother Arthur was killed at Dunkirk aged 27 in May 1940.

Joan Gillies

Sgt. Ronald James McEvoy 2nd Btn. Grenadier Guards

In 1931 my father Ronald James McEvoy enrolled with the 2nd Battalion of the Grenadier Guards. In March 1936 his battalion was stationed at Mustapha Barracks, Alexandria, Egypt. As war was declared on Germany on the 31st August 1939, Ron had just finished his military service and had joined the Southampton Police Force, he put his uniform back on and headed for Wellington Barracks.

Ronís battalion then became part of the British Expeditionary Force on the French, Belgium frontier. He was one of the lucky ones and evacuated from Dunkirk. During his time in England he had prisoner escort duties and guard duties at Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace; he was also escort for the keys to the Tower of London. On the 9th May 1942 he married Eileen Hendry at St Boniface Catholic Church, Tooting.

Between the 9th and 18th of September 1943 Ron's battalion became part of the 8th Army and landed at Salerno Italy. Ron was captured by the German's in November 1943 and after two weeks in a cattle wagon he became incarcerated at Stalag 357 Thorn, Poland.

On the advance of the Russians the prison population was marched to Stalag XI-B in Fallingbostel, Germany. After liberation from there my father teamed up with a few friends and roamed through the German countryside living off the land. After about a week they met up with some allied troops and were flown back home. I have come across three aces "dated 18th April 1945" from a pack of cards, the ace of clubs is signed by someone called J W T Hurlley? of Green-Royd, Boston Road, Holbeach, Spalding, Lincolnshire. The ace of hearts is signed by a gentleman called Maxwell of 16 Green Walk, Greater, Manchester. The ace of spades belongs to Fred W Bernard, Box 226 Chathery, New Brunswick, Canada.

Ron was offered a commission in another regiment however Ron and Eileen wanted the freedom of life away from the army. On being demobbed Ron was sent on an engineering course based in Cambridge; however on finishing he joined as an Agent of the Prudential Assurance Co Ltd; he was based in Balham, London. One year later he joined the War Office Police Service, later to become the Ministry of Defence Police Service. He was able to retain his military rank of Sergeant and was based at the War Office, Whitehall, London. In 1955 Ron was transferred to The Government Research Establishment in Waltham Abbey, Essex seeing out his working life until retirement in 1976.

Ron McEvoy

Sgt. Harry Lawrence Ripley Grenadier Guards

In brief, my father Sgt H.L Ripley was shot in the leg at Anzio in, I believe May 1944. I still have his war diary and medals, but I'm a little naive to alot of it, as I was alot younger when he told me his war stories, hence I didnt take much interest. now I'm now somewhat older, and find it more interesting. Anyway, after he was shot he was taken prisoner, and ended up in Stalag 4b. Although, I believe, he may have begun his days in Stalag 4a, as I found a POW no. 40154 which stated it was Stalag 4a. The only other thing I remember was, after the war, and to the day he died-1991, he would not eat swedes. Too much of it in the camp, I believe.

Penny Ripley-Williams

Frank Bell Grenadier Guards

My Uncle Frank and my father both served in the Grenadier Guards. Frank was a prisoner of war at Stalag 11a having been taken prisoner at Anzio.

My father Joseph was with the 2nd Battalion Guards Armoured Division he was seriously wounded at Cagny, France.

Anne Hodson

Gdm. John Robert Large Grenadier Guards

My father, Jack Large, was captured at Anzio. He was one of 30 survivors of approx 300 Grenadiers who were killed in the landings. They were handed over to the Italian Army who illtreated them until the Germans put them in railway wagons to ship them to Germany. My father, with another Guardsman, broke up the wagon floor in the snow covered pass on route and escaped. They were recaptured and beaten then sent to a straff Kamp near Altengrabow. The name Gross Scheirstadt rings a bell. He lived in awfull conditions then as a slave labourer seeing others shot and murderd for the least thing. He was put working with 2 elderly German electricians who, risking death, brought him in a little food each day. He was beaten daily and at the war's end as a six foot two man, he weighed 6 stone. He then ended up in hospital with psycho neurosis. My mother often said he came back another person mentally they killed him.

David Large

L/Sgt Alan Lewis Marmont 2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards (d.11th Aug 1944)

My uncle, Alan Lewis Marmont, joined the 2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards in 1937. His Regiment was forced to retreat from the Belgian border to Dunkirk 1940 and was amongst the last to be evacuated from the beseiged port.

The 2nd Bn were part of the 5th Guards Armoured Brigade who fought in the Falaise Pocket Battle. He and several colleagues were killed when their tank ran over a land mine on August 11th 1944 near the Vassey to Vire road. Aged 24 he was originally buried at Burcy 4 miles north east of Vire before being re-buried at the CWG cemetrry at St Charles de Percy grave number III.F.3. The cemetery is the southern most of CWG cemeteries of the Normandy campaign.

Prior to the start of WW2, Alan took part in trooping the colour and was featured in pictures in the Daily Express during his preparation for the troop, he was pictured by the newspaper on Guard duty outside Buckingham Palace when crowds gathered outside the palace following Mr Chamberlain's return from his meeting with Hitler. This picture is proudly displayed in my home. I also have my uncle's scarlet tunic.

Terry Marmont

Lt. Philip Le Roy Shephard 5th Btn. Grenadier Guards (d.27th Apr 1943)

Philip Shephard was killed in action on the 27 April 1943 whilst serving with the Grenadier Guards. He is buried in Massicault War Cemetery, Tunisia

S. Flynn

Sgt.Maj. Arthur Sawyer Grenadier Guards

My grandfather Arthur Henry Sawyer was held in Camp No. 357 as POW No.:20282 at Oerbke, Nr. Fallingbostel He served with the Grenadier Guards.

Martin Truscott

L/Cpl. Dennis John "Duggie" Duggan 3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards

Dennis Duggan is my Granddad. He was trained at Caterham and went abroad to Algiers and Tunisia) in 1942. He went onto Sicily, up the west side of Italy via Anzio, Florence, Monte Cassino, Rome. A funny story he's told was whilst on guard he was showing this Italian policeman a flare gun, suddenly the flare went off - just then his CO came along who said "Keep awake Corporal Duggan"

He was a great boxer and once he had a fight where he and his opponent were blindfolded. My Granddad kept getting hit and he thought "crikey this bloke's good!" When they took the blindfolds off there was the sergeant with a boxing glove on a stick! During reconnaissance he had to return as he was getting fired on by his own shells.

Some of the names he talked about were:

  • Lord Harewood/Lascelles,
  • Captain Rowley,
  • Captain MacClean,
  • Sergeant Webb known as 'Boops'
  • Sergeant known as 'dad'
  • Jim Erskine.

Rebecca Horton

Gdsmn. Arthur Leonard Shortland Grenadier Guards

My father, Arthur Leonard Shortland, served with the Grenadier Guards, (1929-32). He was called up as a Reservist during WW2 and was stationed in London.

Chris Shortland

Grdsmn. George Edward Tilley 6th Btn. Grenadier Guards

George Tilley joined the 6th after Salerno, fought at Monte Casino and with the 6th until it was disbanded. Survivors transferred to the 5th Grenadiers to bring it up to strength. Fought with them until they too were disbanded and the survivors were transferred to the 3rd Battalion. Did not see any action with the 3rd and returned to the UK to be re-trained to fight the Japanese. Luckily war ended before they were sent overseas.

George Brett Tilley

Thomas "Ran" Ransley-Lightfoot 2nd Btn. Grenadier Guards

My great uncle, Thomas Ransley-Lightfoot (Ran), was interned in Stalag IXC. He was with the 2nd Btn Grenadier Guards and was captured in France in 1940. There is a photo of him on this site. I think it must have been taken early on as he lost the tops of two fingers in the salt mines when he grabbed the chains of a railway cart that had broken loose. I believe he used to take part in the plays performed in the camp. Does anyone have more information about him - he never talked about his camp experiences.

Neil Harris

L/Sgt Stafford Grenadier Guards

Does anyone remember L/Sgt Stafford, Grenadier Guards, who was taken POW at Anzio and was held at Stalag IVB? His widow has a small metal plate on whch is stamped Stalag IVB and a number. Can anyone inform me of its purpose?


I was in Stalag IVB in 1944. I was in the American Armed forces. The tag you refer to is the number and name assigned to a POW by the Germans. (Roland)

Vic Axworthy

William Baglow Grenadier Guards

My great uncle's UK army number was 2617178. We think he was in the Grenadier Guards during World War 2. In a letter he wrote from Wellington Barracks, he says he was in Number 2 company, Number 4 platoon. However, we don't know the battalion he was in. Is it possible to identify his battalion through his army number?

Rachel Bethell

Gdsm. Christopher Thomas Elijah Bassett Grenadier Guards

Our dad, Christopher Bassett was 18 when he was sent to war. He was a Grenadier Guard, and he was in the Battle of Anzio. He was taken POW three times during the war, and one of those times he was in Stalag X1A. He wasn't there for liberation day as he had managed to escape from the camp before that day.

After the war, he suffered with his nerves for the rest of his life and would often relive the experiences by telling us his stories frequently. He did see and experience some awful things as did so many others. He was understandably deeply affected by the experience. He died in 2008 at the age of 86.

Jane Bassett

L/Sgt. Albert Edward Steele 3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards

Albert Edward Steele, known as Ted enlisted in the 3rd Battalion, the Grenadier Guards on the 7th of August 1943 at Derby. He was 17 years and 11 months. Ted was sent to Caterham Barracks in Surrey for his training and whilst in the South, he met his future wife. His first deployment was on the 3rd of November 1944 in Italy and he remained there until the 2nd of August 1945. By that time his regiment had reached Austria.

After the war ended, his battalion was dispatched to Palestine from the 11th of October 1945 to the 28th of July 1947. He duly returned to the UK and lived a full and happy life.

Michael Alexander

L/Cpl. Albert John Unsted 1st Btn. Grenadier Guards

L/Cpl Unsted served in Germany in the last moments of WW2 and was at the relief of the concentration camp at Sandbostel.

Gdsmn. Alfred Edward Barton 3rd Btn. Grenadier Guards

Dad's training squad - Cpl H Handley's Squad - Grenadier Guards October 1939

Alfred Barton joined the Grenadier Guards in 1939

Peter Barton

Gdsmn. Wilfred Wilde 3rd Btn. Grenadier Guards

Wilf Wilde served in Palestine with the 8th Army.

Jeff Wilde

Robert Allnutt 2nd Btn. Grenadier Guards

My grandfather, Robert Allnutt, landed on the Normandy beaches (possibly a day or two after the initial landing) and pushed on towards Caen, where he and the battalion encountered fierce resistance as we all know. During this confrontation, his tank was hit. All escaped, some more injured than others, burnt and disorientated. My grandfather took cover by a hedge with another person. From what I remember, mortars were raining down and he was injured as a result. He was then recovered and taken out of the battle by half-track and eventually back to the UK. I hear that he visited one his other Sherman tank colleagues who was left with very badly burnt facial injuries. Another member of the tank team wanderered off blinded, after the tank being hit, into enemy positions and no one ever saw him again.

Simon Allnutt

Gdsmn. Wilfred Leonard Birch 5th Btn. Grenadier Guards

My uncle, Wilf Birch, was 33 when he joined the Guards and fought in Italy at Anzio and Monte Camino. His two elder brothers, Albert and Jim, had been killed in WW1.

Charles Birch

Gdsn. Frank William "Mick" Scarfe 5th BTn. Grenadier Guards

Frank Scarfe served with the 5th Grenadier Guards.

Michael Scarfe

Pte. Cyril Walker 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards

Cyril Walker was my late wife's older brother and our grand daughter is currently doing a school project on WW1/WW2.

We have some of Cyril's service medals and know that after the war he served in Palestine and later in Tripoli where he died. He was a Lance Sergeant and a member of his regiment's speedway team and died whilst undergoing an operation to remove his appendix on 15th November 1950.

Although two of his nephews are still around their detailed memories of Cyril are very sketchy as they were quite young at the time of his death. It would be nice to learn more of his wartime service and involvement.

Allan Barham

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