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   1st Battalion, Highland Light Infantry went to France in 1939 as part of the BEF, fighting during the withdrawal to Dunkirk and was eventually evacuated. After four years in Britain it returned to France as part of the 53rd (Welsh ) Division, landing in Normandy towards the end of June 1944. Battles included the crossing of the Odon, the Ardennes, the Reichswald and the final advance into Germany.

   2nd Battalion, Highland Light Infantry was in Palestine in 1939 and was moved to Egypt following the outbreak of war. It played a leading part in the battle of Keren. After a period in Egypt, Syria and Cyprus, 2 HLI went to the Western Desert, fighting at Fuka, Knightsbridge and the Cauldron. Returning to Britain in the latter part of 1942, the Battalion took part in the landings at Sicily, 1943. Later retaining as a mountain battalion, fought in Yugoslavia, Albania and Greece. Early in 1945 it was sent to Italy for the final advance in the North, where it remained until the end of the War.

   5th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry, along with the 6th Btn. were part of the 52nd (Lowland) Division, moving to France in June 1940 for a short period taking part a fighting retreat via Cherbourg in the middle of June. For the next four years it trained to become a Mountain Division in Scotland. With the approach of D-Day the role of the Division was changed and it landed in Belgium in October 1944, taking part in the capture of the Dutch island of Walcheren. Thereafter it fought throughout Southern Holland and into Germany, with the Divisionís final action resulting in the capture of Bremen.

   6th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry along with the 5th Btn. were part of the 52nd (Lowland) Division, moving to France in June 1940 for a short period taking part a fighting retreat via Cherbourg in the middle of June. For the next four years it trained to become a Mountain Division in Scotland. With the approach of D-Day the role of the Division was changed and it landed in Belgium in October 1944, taking part in the capture of the Dutch island of Walcheren. Thereafter it fought throughout Southern Holland and into Germany, with the Divisionís final action resulting in the capture of Bremen.

   10th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry was part of the 15th (Scottish) Division, although changes occurred throughout the early period of the War. The 15th Division landed in Normandy a few days after D-Day. Fighting included the Crossing of the Odon, the advance into Belgium, the attempt to reach Arnhem, the Siegfried Line, the Rhine Crossing and the advance into Germany.

   11th Battalion Highland Light Infantry was converted into an armoured regiment in 1942 and was later disbanded.

   12th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry was a home duties battalion.

   13th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry was a home duties battalion.

   30th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry was a home duties battalion formed from the 12th Battalion.

   14th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry existed in North Africa for a short period but was never in action.


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Pte. Bernard Ricketts Highland Light Infantry

My Father, Private Bernard Ricketts served with the Glasgow Highlanders HLI, he was a pow in Stalag 11b. He is also in the photo of the soon to be freedprisoners, he is the man behind the hand showing the victory sign.

June Howkins



Private Robert Edgar McLetchie 1st Btn. Highland Light Infantry (d.29th Jul 1944)

I would really like to find out more about my Uncle Robert Edgar McLetchie who, my Father never got over losing during the second world war. If anyone should know how and where he died I would be very grateful to hear from them. He is buried in the Bayeux War Cemetry

Alison Clarke



Robert Heaney 5th Battalion Highland Light Infantry

I am trying to find some history about my grandfather, Robert Heaney 22771761, who served in WW2 with the 5th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry.

Derek Sinclair



Private Bernard Francis Ricketts 2nd Battalion, 16th Platoon, D Company Highland Light Infantry

Does anyone remember Bernard Francis Ricketts, my dad, who was a prisoner at Stalag 11b, liberated 16th April 1945 with the appearance of tanks of the 8th Hussars? Or do you know anyone who was in his regiment: 2nd Battalion Glasgow Highlanders, the Highland Light Infantry, 16th platoon, D.Coy?

Forward platoons of D Company were taken prisoner and sent to Stalag 11B, Fallingbostal. His best friend's name was Cassidy, also held at Stalag 11b, and also served in the same regiment.

Please, if anyone knows any info on my dad, his regiment, or Stalag 11B I would be truly grateful.

June Howkins



Kenneth Charles Bruce Highland Light Infantry

My father, Kenneth Charles Bruce, served with the Highland Light Infantry, I believe he served in Sicily, Yugoslavia, Albania, Greece and finally in Northern Italy. Sadly he died in 1984 and I have not been able to get any information on his service. Did anyone out there know of him? He had a good friend Mac (I think his name was McIntire)

I would be very interested in any leads that would help me trace his military history.

Matt Bruce



Sergeant Ronnie Paynter 10th Battalion Highland Light Infantry

My father, Ronnie Paynter, served with the 10th Bn Highland Light Infantry during the second world war. He was proud to have served in this fine Battalion, which he fondly referred to as the Best Scots Regiment full of Yorkshiremen.

I recall stories:

  • when they were bored bloody stupid on the Shetland Isles prior to deployment on the Invasion of Normandy.
  • how he hated the skirl of the pipes.
  • the crossing of the River Rhine.
  • hiding booty never to be found again.

    Unfortunately my father passed away at the age of 78 in 1996. The memory of my father Sgt Ronnie Paynter 10th Bn HLI will be with me forever.

  • Davey Paynter



    Sergeant Ronnie Paynter 10th Battalion Highland Light Infantry

    My father, Ronnie Paynter, served with the 10th Bn Highland Light Infantry during the second world war. He was proud to have served in this fine Battalion, which he fondly referred to as the Best Scots Regiment full of Yorkshiremen.

    I recall stories:

  • when they were bored bloody stupid on the Shetland Isles prior to deployment on the Invasion of Normandy.
  • how he hated the skirl of the pipes.
  • the crossing of the River Rhine.
  • hiding booty never to be found again.

    Unfortunately my father passed away at the age of 78 in 1996. The memory of my father Sgt Ronnie Paynter 10th Bn HLI will be with me forever.

  • Davey Paynter



    Pte. Alfred Thomas Fieldhouse Queens Own Cameron Highlanders (d. )

    I am trying to trace anyone who remembers my late father Alf Fieldhouse. I am also looking for any information regarding the time my father was in The Queens Own Cameron Highlanders and also at some time, the Highland Light Infantry. Any and all information is welcome as I do not have much at present.

    Kevin Fieldhouse



    Alexander Ross Highland Light Infantry

    I am looking for anyone who knew Alexander Ross, he served in the Highland Light Infantry during World War 2, he came home to isle of skye for a family funeral in 1943 and has not been seen since. There was rumour he went to London, anyone who may have served with him or remembers anything about family please get in touch.

    Brenda Ross



    Pte. Albert Edward "Nipper" Buck B Squadron Border Yeomanry

    My Father, Albert Buck died last August aged 84. The family are very close and my brother and I, together with 3 male grandchildren are very keen to retrace our fathers footsteps. We have loads of memories and stories from my father and luckily I made a DVD of him talking about his war years in 2005. I also have a number of source documents , army book, 79th Armoured Division History book (which was printed just after the war) and many photographs.

    We are trying to piece together the chronological order of events from D Day to the end of the war. He was conscripted into the Highland Light Infantry in 1944 and joined his older brother William Buck at Fort George in Scotland for training. He was then moved into the 1st Lothians and Border yeomanry and embarked on his European adventure after D Day. His brother William was wounded at Sept Vents in Normandy in August 1944 , but my father continued through France, Belgium, Holland and into Germany.

    He drove a Sherman Flail tank for most of this time , and was transferred into the VIII Irish Hussars after the war ended and the 79th armoured div was disbanded .

    I have a letter sent from a Dutch family around Christmas 1944 where he was billeted for a while. I have many pictures of the B Squadron , some of which were taken at Bovington in Hampshire before D day. There is a large group photo which my father has added the names on the back. His commanding Officer was Lieutenant Peter Carter who is mentioned in the Divisional History book. My father also told us that his squadron won the Croix de Guerre , but I am unable to confirm this from anyone .

    We are hoping to retrace his steps next year and there are lots of gaps we need to fill in. I would be very grateful for any information , in particular about where the Lothians and Border Yeomanry went following the breakout of the Falaise Gap, or any information at all really.

    Michael Buck



    Sgt. George William Currie Hendry MM. Highland Light Infantry

    Written on citation:

    During the approach to Bremen on 18th April 1945 the btn was leading the advance from Verden to Achim the bn comd ordered Sgt Hendry to go forward to the advanced guard comand and obtain information of the battle in progress. On reaching a point on the axis previously cleared, he encountered a force of about 25 Germans who had penetrated from the north on the open flank and were lining the ditch on the right of the road. These opened fire on him with spandaus and rifles at very close range but he continued on his mission with great coolness until finally the last of the enemy and gained cover in a ditch by crawling forward along the ditch and shouting to some of his own troops to give covering fire, he managed to join them he then organised the defense of the rear of the advanced guard and by means of tank wireless passed situation reports to the advanced guard command and to battalion command. Sgt Hendry then continued his journey forward on foot and ultimately he reached the carrier platoon by this time the advanced guard company had suffered many casulaties and as one of those was losing a lot of blood, volunteers were called for to evacuate him. Fully aware of the situation Sgt Hendry volunteered to take back this casualty in a carrier, he did so running the gauntlet under heavy fire, he then once more ked forwad in a carrier and with the aid of covering fire from some tanks he joined his platoon at Langwedel.

    Throughout this day Sgt Hendry showed energy initiative and resource of a very high order and carried out his tasks with a complete disregard for personal safty his conduct set the highest example and was an inspiration to all who saw him.

    John Hendry



    George Cassidy Highland Light Infantry

    George Cassiby was my father, but I have never met him. I also served for 18 years in the army and like him married a greek girl. I just would like to know of him, if anyone can tell me anything please contact me.

    Peter



    Robert Mills Jack Williamson Highland Light Infantry

    I know that my father Robert Williamson, his father Martin Williamson as well as my dad's older brother John Williamson all served with the HLI. My father had many stories about Egypt and I am sure he was in Italy, he learned Italian in the war. I wish that I had listened so much more to his stories, now I am an adult, and about to marry a Captain in the Canadian Military. My Grandfather Martin was in the First and Second World War and died eventually with shrapnell problems and bouts of malaria. My Uncle JOhn also had shrapnel wounds. I do remember a story about his battalian coming home on ships and they were giving whisky to people which, knowing my Dad and his like of a dram, sounds doubtful! IF anyone can tell me his battalion or any information I would be grateful.

    Pamela Gridley



    Private William "Maurice" Hodge Highland Light Infantry (d.25th June 1945)

    One of those very unfortunate men to lose their lives young and far away from home, my Uncle Maurice (as he was better known) went to war for a Scottish regiment - why I'll never know. He died at the age of 19, as so many did, but did anyone out there know him? An accent so different I am sure to those around him so I am sure he must have stood out in some way.

    Robin Hodge



    Cpl. William Gray Highland Light Infantry

    My Dad, William Gray served in the HLI with either the 5th. or 6th. Battalation and I'm sure was at Maryhill Barracks in Glasgow around '39 to '40. He volunteered and trained as a Commando and was billeted in Buckie. He took part in night-time raids especially Walcheren Island, Holland where he was wounded. As his mates carried him on a stretcher back to their boat ignored the bullets, and brought a dressing gown from his home which he placed over him to keep him warm - a kindness remembered with great affection. We have always treasured this memory as an indication of the respect between the Dutch and the Scots. His C.O. sent my mother a lovely tribute as my Dad was hospitalised for some time. (He was to develop T.B. from his chest wounds and was in Hairmyres Hospital for approximately 10 years before being sent home to die around 1952. (We visited him there every Sunday via old, cold buses for the long trip.) My younger brother is extremely keen to access our Dad's records. We cannot find his Service number, and so we cannot effectively trace his progress I'm now a retired Church of Scotland Parish Minister who has the privilege of conducting the public Remembrance Service in Oban each year. Any help you can give (especially Dad's Service number) will be greatly appreciated.

    Rev. William Gray



    Cpl. William Frazer Glen 10th Btn. Highland Light Infantry

    Served with A company 10th HLI from 1942 until 1944 - wounded in Normandy.

    Bill Glen



    Pte. John Thomas "Scrive" Scrivin 10th Btn. Highland Light Infantry

    I was prisoner in Stalag XIB at Fallingbostal. Last year, care of the 2nd R.E.M.E. I was able to return to visit the camp.

    John Scrivin



    L/Cpl. Walter Whitehead Highland Light Infantry

    On the page regarding Stalag X1B there is a photo of troops being liberated at the camp gates. I am certain that the soldier on the right of the picture with his beret tilted back, is my Dad, Walter Whitehead, who was a bren gun operator, and taken prisoner on New Year's Eve 1944 near Fallinbostel. I would be interested to know if any of your contributors knew him.

    Stephen Whitehead



    Pte. Arthur William Dear 1st Btn. Highland Light Infantry (d.30th May 1940)

    Arthur Dear was killed at Dunkirk and is remembered at Dunkirk Memorial. He was 27 years of age. His brother William Richard of the Grenadier Guards was killed on 3rd August 1944 aged 21

    Joan Gillies



    George Hamilton McKelvie Highland Light Infantry

    My dad, George Hamilton McKelvie, frequently told us stories of his time with HLI. Up to his knees in snow with mules to look after.

    I would love to learn more or get some information if possible. If anyone knows anything, then please let me know as I know that my dad was so so proud of this part of his life.

    Audrey Colraine



    Leonard Anthony Highland Light Infantry

    I never met my uncle Len Anothony. He was from Hull in Yorkshire and joined the Highland Light Infantry. I know that he was blown up by a mine at the Battle of Cassino and no remains were found. We have a letter he sent to his sister saying where he was and how he was hoping to meet his brother (my father) Sgt Albert Anthony of the Royal Signals who was also at Cassino. Sadly they never met there.

    Neila



    Private Kenneth George Voisin 1st Battalion Cameron Highlandeers

    This is a brief outline of the story of my Uncle's war. He was evacuated from Jersey in the Channel Islands with his brother, mother, grandmother and some cousins. They reportedly saw the little ships on their way to evacuate Dunkirk as they crossed over to England.They had left everything they owned behind, including a family business. They were put into a basement of a church hall in Barnsley in Yorkshire until they were able to find somewhere to live. My Uncle then joined the Army. I am unsure when or where but he was in the Highland Light Infantry at one point. He was then transferred to the 1st Battalion, Cameron Highlanders. I am now going to type information from a very basic embarkation diary that he kept (not for very long) at the beginning of his journey to Japan. Thursday May 3rd 1945 Left Ayr, caught train for Greenoch and then joined ship on the Clyde (SS Corfu). Friday 4th May Still in the Clyde, awaiting rest of Convoy, beginning to settle down aboard Saturday 5th May Rest of convoy arriving and getting ready for sailing. Just before midnight sailed out of Clyde. May 6th Sunday On the way now but can still see England in the distance. May 7th Monday V.E. Day announced on the wireless for tomorrow. Sea very rough and not feeling too good. May 8th Tuesday V.E. Day. Churchill and King speak over ship's wireless. Sea still as rough. May 9th Wed. No work today and we are allowed 1 pint of beer to celebrate V.E. Day but did not feel too good to drink it all. May 10th Thursday nothing much to say only that sea is not quite so bad but still no sign of land. Drew weeks rations - 140 cigs, 4 bars chocolate, 7 packets of biscuits - 4/4d May 11th Friday Land at last.We sailed into Gibraltar for a few minutes and left most of convoy. Entered Mediteranean. May 12th Saturday Sailed past (Oman?) and Algiers in North Africa. Sea as calm as a lake and getting warm. May 13th Sun Passed (Bizerta?) and Cape Bon. Weather very hot. May 14th Passed Malta at 3 am and Tunis in evening. Sailing right along North African coast. May 15th Changed into tropical kit. Passed (Derna?) early this morning. Sadly he did not continue with his diary. By 1946 he was in Japan. I have to do more research to identify where he was in the interim but at Christmas 1946 he was at Kochi. Once I have furtherinformation I will update his story. I have a few interesting pieces from his time in Japan. before and after the bomb pictures, instruction cards about interacting with locals, silk handkerchiefs, a saki barrel and lots of photographs. He was a lovely man. Sadly he had no children of his own. But the war had a huge impact on him from a young age.

    Janet Young



    Pte. John McShane 2nd Battalion Highland Light Infantry

    My father John McShane, served in the HLI during WW11. He was very proud of this fact and often told us stories when we were children. Two of his friends that I remember him talking about were Colin Brown and Rab McGrath both also from Glasgow. If anyone knew my Dad I would be very interested in hearing from you

    James McShane



    Frank Jones Commandos

    Frank Jones was my grandfather, I am looking for anybody that can tell me more about the Special Service Brigade he was in, possibly 2 Commando. He was also in The Highland Light Infantry, I believe. I only have a few pictures and stories about his time in the services. He was young when he joined up and possibly lied about his age to join early. I'm awaiting his records from the MOD but without the date of birth he gave they don't think they'll be able to source them. He was definately stationed in Sicily during the latter years of WW2, along with his older brother Ted who joined up years before, also a commando but different Brigade and stationed a few miles down the road. Frank acheived a rank but we don't know what, could be Sergeant or Corporal.

    Apparently his superiors liked Franks attitude and leadership whilst in the field but he was a joker when not in action and he would regularly go AWOL to the pub or to visit Ted. He spoke of having to paint coal white and peel potatoes many times. He was apparently to be involved in Operation Market Garden in Arnhem but broke his ankle the week before playing football, lucky considering the outcome. At one point his unit were behind enemy lines and cut off from support. The unit's rations had run out and they were starving. Frank made his way to a local farm and staged a daring raid for chickens and eggs. He was to be awarded for bravery for this, but the motorcyclist carrying his commendation back to HQ was killed before he arrived and the award was never received.

    Any info on the commandos of the Special Service Brigade, the Highland Light Infantry would be appreciated.

    Neil Ormsons



    Pte. Robert Thomson Highland Light Infantry

    My mother-in-law was adopted and has now recovered her adoption records. They have disclosed that her father was Robert Thomson of the HLI. Her mother lived in Forfar and we presume my mother-in-law was conceived in December 1943. The records further show that Robert Thomson admitted to the Regiment's padre that he was the father of the child. However, he was posted abroad and never seen again. He came from Glasgow and may have been posted to the Forfar area for training. Would anyone have any information leading to the identity of Robert Thomson from this information? Any information would be appreciated. My mother-in-law is 67 years of age and would like to find out more about her natural father.

    John Kydd



    L/Cpl. John Groves Holmes Highland Light Infantry

    I have many black and white wartime photographs of my dad in Europe and India over a period from 1940 to 44 which show his buddies and places etc which might be of interest to other relatives.




    L/Cpl. Samuel Devennie 5th Btn. Highland Light Infantry (d.30th Dec 1944)

    My Uncle Samuel Devennie, after whom I was named, is buried in Brunsuum War Cemetery in the Netherlands. This is a small War cemetery adjoined to a civil cemetery. There are approximately 350 allied soldiers there. Since visiting his grave I have been in contact with a Mr Ruud Scholten who is a member of a group of local people who tend to all the Allied soldiers. Mr Scholten is currently building a dossier on any of the soldiers buried there who he can get information about. I have sent him a picture of my uncle for their records. He e-mails me regularly with information and pictures of the ceremonies they have for the boys who didn't come home.

    Samuel Devennie



    Pte. John Quinn Highland Light Infantry

    My father, John Quinn was a prisoner of war in the camp Stalag XXB in Malbork, Poland. Does anyone know or remember him?

    Catherine



    John Fielding Highland Light Infantry

    I would love to hear from anyone who knew my dad, John Fielding. I know he was a Desert Rat and I have a photo of him taken with a few of his army pals. It looks like the Middle East.

    Hazel Fielding



    Archie Broadfoot Glasgow Highlanders 9th Highland Light Infantry

    My Father, Archie Broadfoot, was a POW in Stalag 8b for the duration of the war. He was captured I believe on the way to Dunkirk. He was serving with the 9th HLI Glasgow Highlanders, although he wore a Black Watch uniform?

    He was forced to labour in the mines, then he took ill and was given "light" work in a sawmill. As the war came to an end, he and some others went their own way to try and get home. He tells the story of eventually being picked up by the Americans somewhere on the Czech border, though he can't remember the unit. If anyone can help with information regarding the above people or places it would be appreciated.

    Marion Wiggington



    L/Cpl. Robert Osborne Aspell 2nd Btn. Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment) (d.1st Aug 1944)

    Robert Osborne Aspell died ages 26 whilst serving with the 2nd Btn Highland Light Infantry. He was the son of Lancelot and Edith Ellen Aspell (nee Richardson) of Jarrow and husband of Elsie Aspell (nee Rowland) of Jarrow His older brother Lancelot was also one of the fallen.

    Robert is buried in Hottot-Les-Bagues War Cemetery.

    Vin Mullen



    Cpl. Bede Anthony Mulholland 10th Btn. Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment) (d.9th Dec. 1944)

    Bede Mulholland died aged 27, he was born in Jarrow 1917, son of James S. and Theresa Mulholland (nee Quinn) of Jarrow. He is buried in Venray War Cemetery and is commemorated on the WW2 Roll of Honour Plaque in the entrance of Jarrow Town Hall.

    Vin Mullen



    Pte. Austin Osborne 10th Btn. Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment) (d.8th Feb 1945)

    Austin Osborne died aged 19, he was born in Jarrow in 1926, son of William and Isabella Osborne (nee Corkin) of Jarrow. He is buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery and is commemorated on the WW2 Roll of Honour Plaque in the entrance of Jarrow Town Hall.

    Vin Mullen



    Ian Grant Highland Light Infantry

    My father Ian Grant enlisted with the Highland Light Infantry on 24/12/1936 until 27/9/1939. He served in the BEF from 28/9/1939 until 28/5/1940 when he was captured by the German army on 29/5/1940. He was held POW in Marbork Castle Poland until 10/5/1945. He was part of the 1945 March from Poland through Czechoslovakia to Germany. From 11/5/1945 until 9/10/1945 he spent at home in Scotland. He joined the Corps of Military Police on 10/10/1945 until 23/5/1946. In total Dad served 9 years and 151 days with the British Army. Dad died in 1975 in Bundaberg Queensland Australia.

    Mary Olsen



    Sandy Jamieson Highland Light Infantry

    Sandy Jamieson served with the Highland Light Infantry




    WO. Leonard Charles Norman Holding Battalion Highland Light Infantry

    Leonard Norman was a Warrant Officer with the Highland Light Infantry Holding Battalion.

    Terry Norman



    Act/CSM Wilfred Hansell Welsh Div. Highland Light Infantry

    My great uncle served in the Highland Light Infantry, Welsh Division between 1939 and 1945. He was at Dunkirk and fought through NW Europe until the end of the war. I believe he was acting CSM when he finished his service.

    Simon Metcalfe



    Charles Albert King Highland Light Infantry

    My Dad Charley King of Old Ford The East End Of London is no longer with me after dieing of lung cancer 29 years ago and he is still dearly missed by me and all his Family. I must say before I start he was so Proud to have been in the H.L.I. and also meeting so many great guys in Glasgow, and while he was alive he always told me so many story about his time with the H L I David Niven really gave him the hump. His only reaming brother has recently died which has brought a very big hole in my life because he was the only one left to tell me all the stories about my dad and all the family life.

    I was left alot of pictures regarding my Dads time in Stalag XXA. I have read and down loaded Private William Laws Diaries and on one day he describes an English solder being shot for smoking in a P O W Camp by a German solder, I have a photo of the Germans giving this poor sole a gun salute at his funeral. There are so many Faces, Football games Boxing Matches Concert shows, and unfortunately Funerals. Fortunately for him my Dad must have a few friends that he made while he was walking the P O W camps and a guest at Hitler's Hotels as we have no Photo's of him at all, only one and that was before the war, in full dress when he served in Egypt. He must given his to the boys who I've got photo's of, and he had a Photo of my mum which has the autograph of Marline Detrict on the back that's the only thing he could give her when she was there at his release. Any one who would be interested give me an E-Mail as its a shame for so much history to go to waste. As you know the Films never get it right!













































































































































































    Julie Freeburn



    William Cecil Harris Highland Light Infantry

    My great uncle William Cecil Harris was a POW from 1940. He was a doctor in the Highland Light Infantry and was captured at St Valery. I would like to find out more.

    Lorna Macgregor



    William Bidmead King's Royal Rifle Corps

    My father, Bill Bidmead, served in the King's Royal Rifle Corps, stationed at Winchester. On disbandenment he went on to serve in a tank regiment, the Highland Light Infantry where he volunteered for the Commandos. He then served with No. 4 Commando on D-day and throughout the Normandy campaign. He was also at Walcharen and later joined No. 6. Commando preparing for the attack on the Japanese mainland.

    Howard Bidmead



    Charles Albert King Highland Light Infantry

    My dad joined with Army long before the start of WWII and was in Egypt for some time with his reigment. He was captured and became a prisoner in Stalag XXA. His prison number was Heydebreck 0/553KGF.

    Julie Freeburn



    Pte. Harry "Happy" Whitfield 10th Battalion Highland Light Infantry

    Harry Whitfield is my late father-in-law. I have a copy of his service record and his medals.

    David Bentley



    WO1, RSM James Heath Highland Light Infantry

    I have the record of service of RSM Heath who joined on 25th September 1925 and served until 6 December 1945.

    Jim Napier



    Bill McKinley 1st Btn. Highland Light Infantry

    My father, Bill McKinley, was a bandsman in the 1st Btn Highland Light Infantry where he played the trombone. He was at Dunkirk. Does anyone remember him?

    Maureen McKinley



    Archie Broadfoot Highland Light Infantry

    My father, Archie Broadfoot, was in Stalag 8b/Lamsdorf (344) from 1940 to 1945. Although he wore the Black Watch uniform he was actually in the Highland Light Infantry/Glasgow Rangers. The only information I have been able to find is that the site is now a museum. My father was assigned to work down the mines, for which he suffered. In 1944, because of ill health, he was assigned to "light duties" in a mill where they made furniture and he had to cut down trees and plane them. He considered himself to be one of the lucky ones, as there was a lot of suffering and poor conditions, so his philosophy was better out of camp. He remembered some rather rough train journeys and a walk to the camp. At the end he was repatriated by the Americans in a Czech village.

    Marion Wigginton



    Pte. Duncan Munro 9th Btn. Highland Light Infantry

    Duncan Munro served in the Territorial Army HLI until he transferred to the Royal Artillery in June 1941.




    L/Sgt. Herbert Aveyard 2nd Btn. Highland Light Infantry (d.29th July 1944)

    Herbert Aveyard was the son of Thomas and Annie Aveyard. He was 29 when he died and is buried in Tirana Park Memorial Cemetery, but his grave can no longer be found.

    s flynn



    Pte. Alexander Barr 2nd Btn. Highland Light Infantry (d.29th July 1944)

    Private Alexander Barr was the son of Francis Barr, and of Janet Barr (nee McIntyre); husband of Helen Barr, of Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire. He was 29 when he died and is buried in the Tirana Park Memorial Cemetery in Albania.

    s flynn



    Pte. John Casey 2nd Btn. Highland Light Infantry (d.29th Jul 1944)

    John Casey was 22 when he died. He is buried in the Tirana Park Memorial Cemetery in Albania.

    s flynn



    Pte. Charles Leonard Knowles Highland Light Infantry

    Len Knowles was a printer by trade. He took a shrapnel injury to the right hand in Western Europe early March 1945. He had transferred to the Highland Light Infantry on 28th February 1945.

    Jonathan Knowles



    Lt. Alan MacDonald Sennett 2nd Btn. Highland Light Infantry (d.29th July 1944)

    Alan Sennett was the son of Noel Stanton Sennett, and of Nan Sennett (nee Macdonald), of Chelsea, London. He was 23 when he died and is buried in the Tirana Park Memorial Cemetery , Albania. He is remembered on the Special Memorial E his grave having been lost.

    s flynn



    Pte. Norman Swanney 2nd Btn. Highland Light Infantry (d.29th Jul 1944)

    Norman Swanney was 24 when he died and is buried in the Tirana Park Memorial Cemetery,Albania. He is remembered on Special Memorial "E" his grave having since been lost.

    s flynn



    Mjr. Joseph Hemelryk MC. 1st Btn. Highland Light Infantry (d.14th April 1945)

    My Uncle Joe Hemelryk lived in Canada at the start of the War. He joined the Canadian Infantry Corps and was attached to the 1st HLI in May 1944 under the CANLOAN scheme. He served with them as a Captain in B Coy as 2iC in Normandy, France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. He became Company Commander B Coy on 14th of December 1944. He won the MC (awarded posthumously)for an action on 14/15th March 1945. He was killed in the Aller Bridgehead on 14th April 1945. He was not married.

    Jeremy Platt









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