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Lancashire Fusiliers

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Those known to have served with

Lancashire Fusiliers

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Abbott Geoffrey.
  • Allen Arthur Nelson.
  • Altham Brian Rigby.
  • Clark Leonard. Cpl. (d.21st May 1942)
  • Coverdale George. L/Cpl.
  • Cummings H.
  • Dalton William. L/Cpl.
  • Davies Robert. Sgt
  • Davis Joseph Conway.
  • Evans Walter. Fus. (d.30th Dec 1942)
  • Fee Joseph. Sgt.
  • Fox Charles James.
  • Garner James.
  • Helm Harold. Lt. (d.28th Feb 1945)
  • Heyes George. Fus. (d.23rd May 1940)
  • Redfern Leslie. Sgt.
  • Smith Edward. Lt. (d.12th Jan 1940)
  • Sullivan James Herbert. Sgt.
  • Taylor Harold. Pte.
  • Taylor Jack. Fus. (d.3rd June 1944)
  • Thomas Ernest Arthur. Cpl.
  • Thwaite John. A/LCpl.
  • Townley John Alston. Cpl.
  • Wood Jack. Sgt.
  • Woodhead Roland.

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There are 5 pages in our library tagged Lancashire Fusiliers  These include information on officers service records, letters, diaries, personal accounts and information about actions during the Second World War.

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Geoffrey Abbott 6th Btn. Lancashire Fusiliers

My Father, Geoffrey Abbott joined the 6th Battalion Lancashrie Fusiliers, the same battalion his father Gilfred Abbott has served with during the Great War. We would welcome any information on any known activities during the war.Any information on either my grandfather or my father would would be appreciated. Hoping for a response.

John Abbott

A/LCpl. John "Jack" Thwaite 2nd Btn. Border Regiment

My Dad Jack Thwaite joined the TA in March 1933 serving with 7th Bn Duke of Wellington's Regt hence his Regtl number. He joined the Regular Army in Nov 1934 at the age of 20. Initially he served with 1st Border in Belfast then with 2nd Border in India from 1935 to 1943, including service on the NW Frontier with another Btn as a reinforcement.

He returned to the UK in 1943 & was posted to 6th Border. He landed on D Day 6 Jun 1944 with this Beach Group Bn. He transferred on breakup of the Battalion to the Lancashire Fusiliers, East Lancs and finally 7th RWF. He was wounded in action on the 18th of September 1944.

Martin Thwaite

Fus. George Heyes 2nd Btn. Lancashire Fusiliers (d.23rd May 1940)

My Uncle, George Heyes, was killed while covering the evacuation of Dunkirk, he was part of a machine gun post that was ordered to hold off the advancing German forces for as long as possible while the remainder of the British forces were evacuated from the beaches. His brother, Frank was captured and spent most of the war in a POW camp.

Duncan Heyes

Sgt. Joseph Fee 11th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers

My Granddad Joseph Fee served on Malta during the whole of the Siege. He was then shipped to Italy and served in the Italian Campaign.

His greatest story was when he and a group of others were heading up the mountains to the front line. All their supplies were tethered to a group of donkeys, which in turn were tethered together in a line. The group were making their way under cover of darkness up a narrow pass when the first donkey stumbled over the edge and fell down the mountainside. Of course because all the donkeys were tied together the whole lot went over the edge. Next morning the soldiers made their way down the mountain to get their supplies back expecting to find a group of dead donkeys, but when they reached them they were all alive and grazing on grass. All the padding around them had protected them. Whether the story is true or not we never tired of hearing it and it always made us all laugh.

He saw the end of the war out in the Middle East including Palestine, where they were being regrouped for training in preparation for operations in the Far East. I just thought it important that he be remembered for the sacrifices that he and countless others made in protecting our great Nation at that time of great need.

Leasa Highley

Pte. Harold Taylor 2nd Btn Lancashire Fusiliers

My grandad Harold Taylor was a despatch rider in Egypt, I've been looking into my family tree and we have pictures of him eating melon in front of the Sphinx, he dodged bullets and delivered mail and documents. He was injured towards end of war very rarely talked of what happened. He did do a pilgrimage in the 80s to Egypt with his wife, where he visited old barracks and found that not much had changed.

Nita Taylor

James Garner Lancashire Fusiliers

My father, Jim Garner (Lancashire Fusiliers, Army No.3450469, POW No.1206) and his cousin, Gunner John Goring, (Royal Artillery, Army No.2043413, POW No.1053) were held prisoner at Stalag 344 during WW2. They were in Working Party E3 Blechammer. In Dec 1944 there was an allied air-raid on the oil refinery where they were working; Dad and John made it to an air-raid shelter, which was subsequently bombed. Dad was very badly injured, but sadly John was killed. As soon as it became known that a shelter had been hit, several men left their own shelter and before the aircraft had left the area, worked unceasingly until the last of the injured and last body had been extricated from the debris. One of these men was Albert (Happy) Eckersall, PKX/86772, L/Sto. Royal Navy. POW. No.5310. Not long after Dad recovered, he and others from the camp were made to march across Poland. My father never saw Happy again after that fateful day, until my brother came across a reference to the camp at HMS Dolphin some 46 yrs later. They met up again at Gosport submarine museum, where their story made the local paper. Dad and Happy remained friends until Dad sadly passed away in 1995.


Fus. Jack Taylor Lancashire Fusiliers (d.3rd June 1944)

My Great-Grandfather, Lancashire Fusilier Jack Taylor, was killed at Myanmar in Burma on the 3rd of june 1944 by the Japanese invasion. He is buried at Taukkyan War Cemetry. He left behind his wife Lavinia and his genes live on in mine. RIP Jack.

Jack Driver

Joseph Conway Davis Lancashire Fusiliers

My Dad Joseph Davis always referred to the 8th Army but that puzzles me when I try and trace him. I do not know his service number or how to find it with the limited details I have. He used to say that he swapped his clarinet for a rifle as he used play in a dance band before he joined up. He served on the 'front line' at Dunkirk and woke up one morning with shrapnel on his pillow.

I have all his medals and they are: Territorial George VI for efficient service, 1939-1945 Star, Africa Star, Italy Star, 1939-1945 Defence Medal and another 1939-1945 medal embossed with a lion. I just wish I could find out his regiment/service no. Can anyone advise please?

Audrey Naomi Williamson

Cpl. Ernest Arthur Thomas 2nd Btn. Lancashire Fusiliers

Arth Thomas served with the 2nd Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers

Sylvia English

Lt. Edward Smith VC, DCM. 2nd Btn. Lancashire Fusiliers (d.12th Jan 1940)

Edward Smith was lilled in action on the 12th of January 1940, aged 41 and buried is in Beuvry Communal Cemetery, France. He was native of Maryport, Cumberland

The following details were given in the London Gazette supplement of October 18th, 1918: "Sjt. Edward Smith, D.C.M., Lancashire Fusiliers, while in command of a platoon, personally took a machine gun post with rifle and bayonet, killing at least six of the enemy, regardless of the hand grenades they flung at him. Later he led his men to the assistance of another platoon he saw in difficulties, took command, and captured the objective. During the counter attack next day he led forward a section and restored a portion of the line. His personal bravery, skill and initiative were outstanding, and his conduct throughout an inspiring example to all."

s flynn

Charles James Fox Lancashire Fusiliers

My father, Charles James Fox, known to his friends as Jimmy was captured in North Africa in 1942 and spent the rest of the war in Stalag 7 he never spoke about his time there he always got upset whenever my brothers and I spoke about it .

William Fox

Brian Rigby Altham Lancashire Fusiliers

My mother, brother and myself lived on the Isle of Man at Peel for nine months around 1942/3 as my father was stationed there. I think that he was with the Lancashire Fusiliers, but I have no idea why he was there. Does anyone remember him? He was in London towards the end of the war, driving officers around. He was last heard of in Middlesex.


Lt. Harold Helm att. South Lancashire Regiment Lancashire Fusiliers (d.28th Feb 1945)

A friend's father, Lt Harold Helm, was killed on 28th February 1945 and is buried in the Reichswald Forest Cemetery. Although commissioned in the Lancashire Fusiliers, my friend believes his father was serving with the South Lancashires at the time of his death. I would welcome any information on where the South Lancashires were at that time and any book titles which deal with the fighting in the Reichswald Forest area.

Gaynor Greenwood

L/Cpl. George Coverdale 2nd Btn. Lancashire Fusiliers

George was captured in May 1940 and spent the rest of the war as a prisoner in Poland. His POW number was 4463. He really never got over it and never talked to the family about his experiences. The only story I remember was him saying that he did not like Americans because he had met one during the war! He was a gentle caring man who was convinced that he would die before his time because a doctor had foolishly told him that his experiences as a POW had shortened his life by at least ten years! Any information would be gratefully received.

Dorcas Garrett

Fus. Walter Evans 10th Btn. Lancashire Fusiliers (d.30th Dec 1942)

My grandfather, Walter Evans of the Lancashire Fusiliers was killed in Burma in 1942. I'm trying to find any photographs.

Gary Cullen

Sgt. Jack Wood Lancashire Fusiliers

My wife's father, Jack Wood, was a sergeant in WW2. We have different pictures of him during the war. In one he is in the Lancashire Fusiliers, in another he is with the 1st Battalion 'E'Coy RNF, which is a picture of their football team in 1941, we think this is likely to be the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers but are not sure.

The reason we are writing for help is we know that he was in the Paras as a Sergeant and was badly injured near Caen, Northern France. We have a newspaper clipping of him in a hospital bed being fed using a baby's cup telling his story, he was in a hospital in Wakefield.

Was it normal to keep changing regiment? What do the badges signify on his uniform - there are two strips saying 'Airborne' presumably for the top of each arm, a small purple badge with a parachute on and a small oval badge with a plane on.

Any help would be appreciated and, although he is now deceased, my wife would love to fill in the missing pieces of his WW2 life. (The story in the newspaper told of a pretty French girl from the French Resistance who led my wife's father and his men along a secret path through some marshes in France to avoid capture by the Germans).

L Gosling

Sgt. James Herbert Sullivan 2nd Btn. Lancashire Fusiliers

My Dad, Jim Sullivan, was injured during the withdrawal from Dunkirk, following his recovery he transferred to the Military Provost Staff Corps and I believe he served at Colchester detention centre.

Peter Sullivan

Cpl. Leonard Clark 2nd Btn. Lancashire Fusiliers (d.21st May 1942)

The only the information about Leonard Clark was told to me by my granny Ethel (Leonard's wife). I remember asking as a small child where grandad was. My granny answered he was run over by a tank in the war and that was it. I know his name is on the War Memorial in the town. My dad told me to go and look, so I did and found his name. He has always been a mystery, so now in 2016 I have decided to see if I can learn his story. All his family are no longer with us. I became a NAAFI girl and was an Army wife for over 21 years, I think I owe it to his memory to find out as much about his life, also where he is buried. Also what happened to him. Back then, asking my gran where he was, I remember (even though I was young) her tone and manner and I knew not to ask again. So it became a subject not to be spoken about, back in my day that was it.

Jacqueline Clark

Sgt. Leslie Redfern MM. 2nd Btn. Lancashire Fusiliers

Leslie Redfern served with the 2nd Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers and was awarded the Military Medal. His citation reads: "In August 1943, Sgt. Redfern's Platoon in attacking a prominent feature between Bront-Malleto came under very heavy and accurate mortar and shell-fire. The Platoon took cover behind a tall isolated rock on the enemy side of the feature. Sgt. Redfern, with total disregard for his own safety climbed out from cover and round the rock to observe where enemy fire was coming from. He remained on the exposed face of the rock with mortar bombs falling 30 yards from him, until he had located enemy mortar positions. This information was got back to the Artillery O.P. and the enemy guns were silenced. Through this N.C.O.'s very gallant action, the Platoon was able to get forward and capture its objective." Details were published in the Supplement to The London Gazette of 16th November 1943.

Arthur Nelson Allen Lancashire Fusiliers

Nelson Allen served during both world wars and was gassed at Passchendaele


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