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   2nd Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment were in France with the British Expeditionary Force in the early months of the war.


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Those known to have served with

North Staffordshire Regiment

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

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There are 1 pages in our library tagged North Staffordshire 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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Lance Sgt. Sidney Hare 2nd Btn. North Staffordshire Rgt.

After leaving the Merchant Navy where my dad was serving on the Blue Star Line to South America, he joined the East Surrey regiment before being transfered to the North Staffs. He saw action in North Africa (First Army) and Italy (Sicily and Anzio). He was captured at Anzio after heavy hand-to-hand fighting. The battalion had over 600 men killed in action. My father was eventually marched and transported to the prisoner-of-war camp Stalag 357. At the end of the war he served in several other almalgamated regiments before coming back home to Custom House, Canning Town, London.

Roy Hare



Major Peter Henry " 'Skipper'" Mornement 2nd Battalion (d.20th Apr 1944)

My father, Peter Mornement, went out to North Africa with the 1st/6th East Surrey Reg't, and was transferred across to 2nd Bn North Staffs in May 1943. He stayed with them through Tunis, Pantelleria,and into Italy. He was in charge of 'D' Company at Anzio during the defence of Carrocetto where he was wounded and taken prisoner on the night of 8/9 February on Buonriposo Ridge. He was taken up country to Mantova Ospidale Civile where he died of wounds on 28th February. He is buried in the Commonwealth War Cemetery on the outskirts of Padova.

I have been able to trace and meet with many of his Bn. members, including (Cpl) James Reeder, (Pt) Stan Leese (his runner), (Pt) Bill Godfrey (stretcher bearer), (Major) Basil Crutchfield, Dr Norman Cowley (Bn. Medical Officer), (Pt) James Lee, and also one of the Italian Croce Rosa nurses who had looked after him.

Allan Mornement



Dvr. Luke Morrisroe Royal Army Service Corps

Luke served with the North Staffordshire Regiment and the RASC was taken pow in Tobruk in 1942, he escaped from POW camp 133 in 1943, was interned in camp Moloney in Switzerland. He came home in 1944.

Steve Smith



Cpl. Maurice Ernest Shiers Royal Corps of Signals

My father joined the TA in 1938 and consequently was one of the first to be called up at the start of the war. Due to the fact that he had typhus in his teens he was not allowed to go to the Far East with his regiment. He, therefore, trained as a radio operator at Catterick Camp. He landed at Arromanches on D-Day +6 and was taken prisoner of war on his 23rd birthday (September 27th 1944)and sent to Stalag 4B. Here he acted as a medical orderly until the Russians liberated the camp in 1945. During his time in the camp he witnessed the German cruelty towards the Russian prisoners.

Roger Shiers



Pte Thomas Graham 6th Btn North Staffordshire Regiment (d.8th Aug 1944)

Its not so much a story but I am writing to find out if any other users of this site have a relative who survived the war and served along side my great uncle as I would like to hear his story, if possible, as my family have no information on him. Thank you

Dru Lunney



Sgt. George Buckley 2nd Btn. North Staffordshire Regiment

My Father was a regular soldier with the 2nd Battallion, North Staffs regiment, serving in Northern Ireland and Palestine before returning to the UK to prepare for the BEF and going into France and then into Belgium after the outbreak of War. He was in charge of a bren gun carrier and saw action against the German Army. On 21/5/40 he was involved in a battle with the Germans and his brengun carrier was hit by a German shell. His two companions were killed and Dad was also left for dead in the carrier for almost two days. Fortunately, before withdrawing on the night of 22/5/40 the carrier was checked and my Dad was discovered to be still alive. He was rescued and was evacuated through Dunkirk as part of Operation Dynamo. He was invalided out of the Army in September, 1940.

I am in the process of collating any information regarding my father's Regiment and his time in the Army so would be glad of any other people's recollections or stories, relevant from 1933 to 1940.

David Buckley



Sgt. Robert Garrood 2nd Btn. North Staffordshire

My Grandfather, Robert Garrood, enlisted in 1943 and served with 2nd Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment after basic training in Canterbury. He remained tight-lipped about his service years, but I do know he served in North Africa and was at Anzio with the USMC, where they took heavy fire upon landing. He was injured and spent some time in a field hospital in Switerland. He suffered from his injuries for the rest of his days, with various pieces of shrapnel rising to the surface every now and again to remind him of the horror.

I never saw his medals after he died, and don't know what he would have received. Are any veterans of this action still alive? I would love to make contact with them and talk at length about the campaigns in which they fought.

Robert Garrood



Pte. Albert James Brettle 7th Btn. North Staffordshire Regiment (d.29th Dec 1945)

My uncle Albert Brettle died of cancer in Italy at the age of 23 in December 1945. My mother was very young and memories are few. My grandparents have long passed but they never recovered the loss of their son. I am looking for any one who has stories or photographs. Any information would be much appreciated. On his records they have him has Alfred for some unknown reason. I have letters my uncle wrote to my gran, also letters from his C.O and Nurse Nightingale.

Janine Willetts



RQMS. Jack Edward Dyer North Staffordshire Regiment

I am Jack Dyer's daughter and am now writing my father's story: The trek out of Burma through the jungle. Daddy joined North Staffordshire Regiment in Calcutta 1942 and was sent straight to Bombay with rank of Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant and transferred to Royal Engineers. I am trying to have some acknowledgement from the North Staffordshire Regiment on his joining or something of his joining. I have been told previously that all records at Calcutta were destroyed due to the impending invasion of the Japanese into India. Could anyone direct me to someone who would at least have records of Calcutta or Bombay for 1942.

Patsy Evans



Sgt. George Buckley 2nd Battallion North Staffordshire Regiment

My father, George Buckley was a Sergeant in the 2nd Battalion of the North Staffordshire Regiment. He joined the Regular Army in 1933 and served in Northern Ireland and Palestine before the outbreak of WW2.

The North Staffs were sent into France as part of the BEF. Following the invasion of Belgium and the BEF withdrawal my father was I/C a Bren Gun carrier. During the retreat towards Dunkirk he was involved in a battle with the Germans on the 21st of May 1940 on the River Escaut near Tournai. On that same date Major Matthews of the North Staffs was killed. My father's bren gun carrier was hit by German shellfire and the two other crew members were killed: Lance Corporal George Reginald Bolton, 23yrs old Army No. 5049586 and Private Eric Wilcox, 25yrs old Army No 5047504, Son of Albert Leopold and Ethel Wilcox of Nottingham. All three are buried in the CWG Cemetery at Esquelmes, Belgium.

My father was left in the Bren Gun carrier for two days, assumed dead with his fellow soldiers. Before the next withdrawal on the 23rd of May the Bren Gun carrier was checked and my father was found to be alive, although severely injured. He was rescued and took part in the Dunkirk Evacuation and was evacuated on HMS Codrington. Following medical treatment he was disharged from the Army on the 5th of September 1940.

David Buckley



WO2 Albert John Cotterill North Staffordshire Regiment

My Dad, Jack Cotterill joined Nth Staffs in 1933 and was posted to Palestine in 1936. In 1939 he was shipped off to France and was evacuated from Dunkirk with 300,000 of his mates. In due time he served in North Africa and volunteered to be trained as a commando. After serving in 6th Commando and spending time with the Long Range Desert Group,he was sent to Italy where he was captured by the Italians. When Italy surrendered, he was handed over to the Germans and sent off to Germany to finish the war in a POW camp. He was repatriated by the Soviets and sent back to the UK.

In 1946 he was sent to Trieste (Betfor) where he met my mother,a local girl. They were married in 1947. I was born in the British Military Hospital and we stayed in Trieste until 1954 when the Regiment was sent back to England. In 1955, Dad left the Army and we emigrated to Australia.

Dad went through WW2 uninjured, survived the commandoes and spent two years in a POW camp. In 1973, aged 57,he died of cancer. Mum passed away last Xmas.

Dad did not talk about the war that much except to say that his most fondest memory was not the food or the thought of someone shooting at you or the wonderful RSM but the bond he had with his mates (even the RSM). I joined the navy in 1966 and two years later,I was in Vietnam. It was then I understood what he meant.

Joe Cotterill



Cpl. William Patrick Butler 2nd Btn. North Staffordshire Regiment

My Grandad, Bill Butler, joined the North Staffs Regiment in the early part of WW2. He served in the North African campaign and was wounded and taken prisoner in an attack near Medjez on 23 April 1943. Grandad was reported missing presumed killed in action. A requiem mass was said for him at the local Catholic church in Chesterton. Grandad always said that the attack was against Longstop Hill, and I would like to know if anyone knows where the North Staffs were on 23 April 1943. He said he and his mates advanced but the tank support never arrived and they were wiped out by a German attack supported by tanks. I have recently checked the CWGC website for burials of North Staffs soldiers in the Messicault Cemetery and 24 are recorded as killed on that day. He was captured by the Germans and operated on by German surgeons who sewed up his wounds (they left a rifle bullet in his chest which stayed there for 40 years until removed in the 1970s). He remembered recovering in Carthage Cathedral and then spending time in a military hospital in Tunis. One day a German medical officer came through the doors of the ward and announced: "Gentlemen, I have a visitor for you: an officer of your 8th Army". Tunis had fallen to the Allies. Grandad was repatriated to the UK and invalided out of the Army because of the injuries to his arm.

Grandad was not one for military reunions, but he told me a lot about his wartime experiences. He seemed to have enjoyed his time in the Army, though I was never too sure quite how his experience of the fighting had affected him. He had seen his friends killed in the attack in which he was wounded and he was quite matter of fact about the deaths of young men around him. He had a lot of respect for the Germans as soldiers and he himself had been very well treated after he had been wounded. He recounted patrolling against German paratroopers and his sadness at seeing dead Germans who from their photographs were clearly family men like himself. In 1994, we took him and my Grandma to Tunisia to visit Messicault. He had done a bit of research on where his friends were buried. It was a very moving visit. One particularly sad moment was that he discovered the grave of one friend who he thought had survived. A strange coincidence was that this chap was buried next to distant relative of mine from my dad's side, somebody we had no idea about, also from the Potteries but in the Reconnaissance Regiment. He died in 2003 aged 90. The priest made the point at his funeral that there are not many people who have had 2 requiem masses said for them. We often think that he was so lucky to have made it to the other side of the hill and a further 60 years of life. His friends weren't so lucky. It is a beautiful cemetery, but a sad and distant place.

Andrew Symms



Pte. Ivor Jones 2nd Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment

Ivor Jones was my dad he served as batman to Major John Osbourne in the 2nd Battalion, North Staffs, at Anzio and then later in Palestine. He and John stayed friends until the day John died. My sister and I lived the Battle of Anzio every day of our childhood as my father could not forget what he witnessed.

He hated a man called General Mark Clark for the murder of over 700 Rangers and for us subsequently giving him a medal! He wore his regimental tie every day of life even under his overalls he was a master bricklayer and had his regimental badge on his blazer breast pocket. He was very, very, proud of the North Staffs and died before this awful Government decided to merge the Regiment he would have been out on the street with his daughters demonstrating and emailing sadly to no avail. He used to say apparently I am a D.Day Dodger and that Nancy Astor she is not even British she is a Tory and she is a parasite!

I want to do something for my dad to stop Anzio being the forgotten campaign they had more than enough D.Days and whilst I do not wish to take anything away from those heroic men who fought at Normandy what about the heroes of Anzio? If anybody is reading this who knew my dad or John Osbourne or are the children or grand children of people who served with either of them please get in touch as I have no service number etc and cannot get his service record or medal s as he for whatever reason destroyed everything prior to his death. His very proud daughter

Patricia A. Jones



Capt. Allan Dearden 2nd Btn. North Staffordshire Regiment

My grandfather, Allan Dearden, joined the North Staffordshire Regiment in the 1920's, rising through the ranks. As part of the BEF he went to France in 1939 and was evacuated back to the UK from Dunkirk in June 1940 , after which he spent the next 2 years in Lincolnshire as part of home defence before they were sent to North Africa.

I believe that after this they went to Italy (Anzio) after which his record is a little hazy. He was discharged around 1947 with the rank of Captain (he had been a lieutenant whilst serving)and returned to his family in Nottingham. He died when I was quite young, but apparently spoke little about his war exploits or his time in the army.

Jayne Fletcher-Tomlinson



Frank Whiting 2nd Btn. North Staffordshire Regiment

My Dad, Frank Whiting served with the North Staffs but was invalided out of the Anzio landings with shrapnel behind his ear. He served in North Africa and Palestine. He never liked to talk of his war experiences as it had a profound effect on him. I would like to know more about the experiences that so affected his later life.

Ken Whiting



Col.Sgt. Frank Cooper 1st Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment

My father, Frank Cooper joined 1st North Staffords in early 1938, under age. He sailed to India in 1939, serving in Calcutta and Ahmednagar as Company Qtr Master Sgt/Color Sgt with D Company before being posted to supply work with PAI Force in North Persia/Iraq.

From there, en route to officer training in Bangalore, he served with 7th Leicesters whilst they were training for the second Chindit Campaign. He Commissioned into the Cameron Highlanders, serving with a training battalion in Scotland, and then with a Royal West African Frontier Force pioneer unit in West Africa and the Canal Zone, where he was Adjutant, Camp Branch GHQ Middle East until leaving the Army to come home in early 1947

Mike Cooper



Driver Frederick Herbert Pollard North Staffordshire Rgt.

My father, Frederick Herbert Pollard, joined the North Staffordshire Regiment and was attached to the 8th Army in North Africa. He saw service at Tobruk and El Alamein, then Italy and Germany. He was a driver in the 8th. He lost two brothers - one in Italy, and one on an Italian POW ship which had been torpedoed by a British submarine off the coast of Italy.

David Pollard



Leonard Bramley North Staffordshire Regiment

I am trying to get information about my grandad's service in the North Staffs Regt. He was originally discharged in 1938 but was then recalled in 1939. I know he served in India, was possibly a POW and was involved in Dunkirk. His name was Leonard Bramley and he came from the Nottingham area.

Robert Bramley









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