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Kings Liverpool Regiment




   1st Battalion, Kings Liverpool Regiment were stationed in the area around Meerut, north-east of New Delhi, India when war broke out in September 1939. They saw action in Burma with the Chindits. In 1945 they became 15th Battalion, Parachute Regiment.

   2nd Battalion, Kings Liverpool Regiment served in North Africa, Italy and Greece during World War Two.

   5th Battalion, Kings Liverpool Regiment were employed on home defence duties in Britain and were later deployed to France and Germany

   8th Battalion, Kings Liverpool Regiment reformed in October 1939 and were employed in Home Defence duties in Britain. They later deployed to France. The Battalion was effectively disbanded in August 1944.

   9th Battalion, Kings Liverpool Regiment reformed in May 1939 and were engaged in Home Defence duties in Britain.

   10th (Home Defence) Battalion, Kings Liverpool Regiment was formed in December 1939, they remained in Britain on defence duties and were redesignated the 30th (Home Defence) Battalion in 1941.

   11th Battalion, Kings Liverpool Regiment was formed in June 1940 and were engaged in home defence duties in Britain. In November 1941 they became 152nd Regiment Royal Armoured Corps.

   12th Battalion, Kings Liverpool Regiment was re-formed in July 1940, they were engaged in home defence duties in Britain. In November 1941 they transferred to the Royal Artillery and became 101st Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery.

   13th Battalion, Kings Liverpool Regiment was re-formed in June 1940. They were deployed to India and saw action in Burma with the Chindits.

   14th Battalion, Kings Liverpool Regiment was reformed on the Isle of Man in October 1940 and took on duties on the island. In February 1942 they transferred to the Royal Artillery, and became 184th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery

   15th (Home Defence) Battalion, Kings Liverpool Regiment was formed in September 1940 from the 2/10th Battlion, King's. They took on home defence duties in Britain until they were disbanded in 1941.

   30th (Home Defence) Battalion, Kings Liverpool Regiment was formed from the 10th King's and took on duties in the defence of Britain. The battalion was disbanded in March 1943

   50th (Holding) Battalion, Kings Liverpool Regiment was formed in Liverpool in 1939 as a training battalion. It was disbanded in 1941.


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Those known to have served with

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during the Second World War 1939-1945.

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There are 3 pages in our library tagged Kings Liverpool 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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WO11(CSM) Frederick George Nash Kings Liverpool Regiment (d. 01 Dec 1942)

My Uncle WO11 (CMS) Frederick George Nash ex 30th Battalion Liverpool Kings Regiment, was reported *missing* at sea 01 Dec 1942 then reported killed in action at sea on or shortly after 01 Dec 1942 Has any one any ideas or records as to what ship or action at sea for Fred to be Killed in Action

Ray Rylatt



George Gallagher 5th Btn. Kings Liverpool Regiment

My father George Gallagher joined the Liverpool 5th Kings Regiment in 1939, he took part in the D-day landings, I understand that they were resposible for clearing remaining local opposition and facilitating the landing of follow up troops. A few weeks later, its job done, the regiment as to be disbanded, to find reinforcements for other units. I understand that my Father was then transferred to the South Lancashire Regiment until his demob after the war. I have been trying to find the details of his movements during the war, but so far not much luck.

Sidney Gallagher



Donald Robert McColl Kings Liverpool

I am trying to find out any information and looking for any photos of my Dad, Donald McColl. I know he was in the desert at the beginning of war where he was riding motorbike as I've seen a picture. He could have been in Syria or Libya also. We grew up apart and he died 1990. I would be really grateful for any info or a picture would be fantastic.

Keith McColl



Charles Osborne Leech King's Liverpool Regiment


This is a picture of him in 1945 on his wedding day to mother, Lilian, who also died in 2001.

My father, Charles Osborne Leech was taken at Dunkirk and spent the whole of the war in Stalag 8b. He was from Liverpool and was with the King’s Regiment. Sadly, he died, aged 49, in 1968. He kept a kind of scrap book which included details of Red Cross parcels, some poetry and some calligraphy but I have no idea what happened to it. If anyone has any memories of him, I would love to get in contact.

Geoff Leech



George Arthur Jones King's Liverpool Regiment

George Arthur Jones, with the pipe in the front row.

My uncle, George Arthur Jones from Liverpool, spent three and half years in Stalag 8b during WWII. I don't know anymore but guess he was with the King's Liverpool Regiment. He's the chap with the pipe in the front row.

Jeremy Jones



Pte. John Maher The King's Regiment (Liverpool) (d.2nd Jan 1945)

John Maher who died aged 19 was born in Jarrow in 1925. He was the son of Michael Gerard Maher and Wilhelmina D. Maher (nee Carr) of Jarrow.

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

Vin Mullen



Pte. Leonard Underwood 5th Btn. The King's Regiment (Liverpool) (d.28th Aug 1940)

Leonard Underwood who died age 24 was the son of George and Esther Underwood of Jarrow. He is commemorated on the WW2 Roll of Honour Plaque in the entrance of Jarrow Town Hall and buried in Jarrow Cemetery.

Vin Mullen



Sgt George Percival "Sandy" Sands MM. 5th Btn. Queens Own Cameron Highlanders

Richard Sands



Pte. Kenneth Edmund Buck Kings Liverpool Regiment

I was eight years old in 1940. My mum's sister aunty Marjorie had been married to uncle Ken Buck since 1937. He was my best friend and mate. When he was on leave at 7 Finchley Road, Anfield, Liverpool, he taught me how to march properly, and all the different orders when carrying one's rifle, with and without the bayonet fitted. He was a pretty good instructor as I became the marching instructor for the 10th Life Boys and then helped with the Boys Brigade when I was older. It was when he was showing me how to present arms with the bayonet fitted that we had a wee bit of an accident. I had to order uncle Ken to present arms, which he did to perfection except that the bayonet went through the glass chandlier light, through the plaster cast moulding in the ceiling into the bedroom floor boards upstairs. We were both rolling around with laughter for a few minutes. Then he told me I had better go round to my own house and ask my mum if she would come round and give him a hand to tidy up. He started to push his rifle backwards and forwards to free it from the floor boards upstairs it had stuck into. He gave it a bit of a heave and it came free. What also came free was the real lovely scrolled plaster of paris decorative circle in the ceiling and about one third of the ceiling. He just stood there and said `Marjorie is going to be very annoyed with me'. He was covered in plaster of paris dust powder and just looked like a snowman. I don't think he or I had ever laughed so much. I went and got my mum and she helped uncle Ken and me to clean up. The room was spotless and if one didn't look up there was nothing wrong with the room. Uncle Ken and aunty Marjorie had a lodger - mum's youngest sister aunty dora and she was getting married to uncle John Feilding who was a pti in the Air Force Regiment. All mum's brothers and sisters had lived with my mum and dad and me, plus dad's father who was called "pa". He was captain of a Mersey tug boat the Bramley Moore.

This was because mum's dad had lost both his lower legs an inch or two below his knee's in the First World War. He was a ship's engineer and, unfortunately, an alcoholic. His wife died of a broken heart in 1935 and he became a bit of a tyrant. Anyway I tried to get in touch with my uncle Ken after the war. My mum went to the pier head to meet his ship. I think it as about mid 1946 as aunty Marjorie had been having a affair and just left a letter for mum to meet uncle Ken and tell him the bad news. I did get to speak to him in July 1953 by phone as I went to sea, when I joined the Rangitane in London. His mum had married again after the First World War, as his dad Edmund Brown Buck had been killed in France serving with the Cheshire Regiment in 1918. I visited the apartment his mum and stepfather lived in at 99, Essendine Mansions, Maida Vale, London just around the corner from Lords cricket ground. My mum and I went to London just before the war in Europe ended. Possibly it was because my mum had to tell Mrs Dowell about Marjorie. I have traced all uncle Ken's sister Cecelia's children and their children, but I am afraid they were just not interested. I want to put him in my family's genealogy which I have almost completed and for just over the last ten years have been trying to find out about uncle Ken. All his papers are still in the hands of the Defence Department. We have no photos of him as Marjorie destroyed them all.




Pte. Robert John Wilkins 1st Btn Kings Regiment (Liverpool) (d.22nd Mar 1944)

Robert Wilkins is recorded on both Chippenham Town Memorial and United Reformed Church, St Marys Street Memorial. According to the Wiltshire Times 15 April 1944: "Killed in Burma. Pte Robert Wilkins - Information received at Chippenham on Friday morning of the death on service in Burma of Pte Robert Wilkins, youngest son of Mr Frederick Wilkins and Mrs Charlotte Wilkins of Emery Lane. Pte Wilkins who was married with one six month old daughter whom he had not seen, was employed at Mr WJ Wheelers before he joined the Army nearly 4 years ago. He was heavily interested in the youth movement of the congregational church. His father who died about 20 years ago served in the last War and there are 2 brothers in the present war, Frederick and William."

James Barry



Lt. Robert Preston att. 2nd Airborne Ox and Bucks LI King's Liverpool Regiment (d.24th March 1945)

My uncle, Lt Robert Preston, was killed on 24 March 1945 during the glider assault on Hammenkein. He was attached to the 2nd Airborne, Ox & Bucks Light Infantry from the King's Liverpool Regiment. I would be keen to hear from anyone who knew him or anything about his army service prior to Operation Varsity.

John Preston



Malcolm Cuthbertson 4th Btn Dorset Regiment

I am looking for information about my father who was a POW at Stalag XIIA. I gather that he must have been captured during the 4th Dorset's crossing of the Rhine in September 1944. He was previously of the King's Regiment Liverpool, serving in the UK and Gibraltar. Anyone remember him?

Sandra Hughes



Pte. Robert Huddleston 1st Btn. King's Own Regiment

I am trying to research my grandfather's service records and would like to trace any remaining comrades who served with him. I have a German 1,000 mark note that some or all of his company have signed, it would be great if someone remembers that.

Paul Hardy



Harry Fitzgerald 5th Btn. King's (Liverpool) Regiment

Like many others, my dad Harry Fitzgerald never spoke a great deal about his time in Stalag 4b. He served in the 5th Btn King's (Liverpool) Regiment and was taken prisoner in Sicily in 1942 or 1943. If anyone remembers him I would be thrilled to hear from them. He had very red hair.

Lorraine Fitzgerald









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