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Northamptonshire Regiment

1st Jun 1940 Evacuation

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Those known to have served with

Northamptonshire Regiment

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Beech Ronald George. Pte.
  • Beech Ronald George. Pte.
  • Bourke Brendan Francis. Capt.
  • Castle Henry Walter. Pte.
  • Charvill Harry. Pte.
  • Clark Alfred.
  • Clark Alfred.
  • Coleman Arthur David. Tpr.
  • Cox Noel. Pte.
  • Daley Robert. Pte. (d.30th Jan 1944)
  • Davidson Robert. W/Bdr.
  • Davies David Afon. (d.21st June 1940)
  • Drake Stanley. Pte.
  • Follis Peter David. Pte. (d.14th June 1944)
  • Francis Roland Wallace. L/Cpl.
  • Fulcher Alan Arthur. Pte.
  • Green Sidney. W/Sgt.
  • Groves Frederick Stanley. RSM
  • Harris Edward Richard Thomas. Bombardier Gunner
  • Howe Christopher Arthur.
  • Jackson Albert Cecil. Pte.
  • Matthews Harry Pengriff. Pte.
  • Matthews Harry Pengriff. Pte.
  • Mitchell Aldwyn. Cpl.
  • Murphy George William. Pte.
  • Parfect . Sargeant
  • Parker Randolph . Pte. (d.14th June 1944)
  • Pook Anthony Francis. Pte. (d.30th Jul 1943)
  • Pook Anthony Francis. Pte. (d.30th July 1943)
  • Porritt John. Pte.
  • Price Leonard George. Pte.
  • Price Leonard George.
  • Richards Frank. W/O
  • Studd James Thomas. Cpl.
  • Tatt George. Pte.
  • Taylor Denis Charles. Pte.
  • Taylor Denis Charles. Pte.
  • Tingle Jack. Pte.
  • Treharne Gerald Arthur George. Pte. (d.20th Jan 1945)
  • Ward Clarence Cyril Sydney. Pte.

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There are 1 pages in our library tagged Northamptonshire 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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Alfred Clark 2nd Northamptonshire Regiment

My father, Alfred Clark, was in the 2nd Northamptonshire Regiment and was captured at Arras in 1940. He was then sent to Stalag V111B for the rest of the war. Was anybody in the same regiment in Arras who could tell me how they were captured?

Alf Clark

Bombardier Gunner Edward Richard Thomas Harris

My uncle, Tom Harris, was a regular in the Royal Artillery served in MEF and was transferred to Infantry served with 2 Btn Northants in NW Europe. He went missing two days after VE day and his body was found in Jan 1946 (believed murdered by Polish displaced persons.) Any information about his service would be appreciated particularly in the RA.

Mike Harris

Pte. Randolph Parker 1st Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment (d.14th June 1944)

I am trying to find as much information as I can on my Uncle Randolph Parker. He was killed in action in Burma on 14th June 1944. My Dad tells me that they were notified he had been injured, however the information I have been given so far is that there was no known body, therefore no grave. However he is remembered at the Rangoon war memorial. Also I only have one photo of my Uncle, is there by chance anyone out there got any photos that they could share with me?

Melanie Parker Smith

Pte. Anthony Francis Pook 4th Btn. Northamptonshire Regiment (d.30th Jul 1943)

I am trying to trace my Grandfather Francis Pook's movements during his service, he unfortunately was killed in 1943, we know that he is remembered at Cassino memorial. However there seems to be some confusion of where he met his end, I believe that his official death was recorded as being in Scilly, however several years after the war my Grandmother received a letter from a gent in Ireland who gave an account of my Grandfather demise, who claimed he was machine gunned by a German fighter plane in North Africa, however his body/remains was then moved to main land Italy where his battalion was serving?

There was also some confusion on whether he was serving away from his unit. I would really like to know where he served and of course where/how he died. Would appreciate any news or indeed where I would be able to find this information.

Francis Boustead

Cpl. Aldwyn Mitchell 2nd Battalion Northamptonshire Regt.

Aldwyn Mitchell was my Wife's Father. To the best of our knowledge Aldwyn was taken prisoner in France during the rea guard action at Dunkirk.

Aldwyn never mentioned his time as a POW, He would not have anything detrimental said about the Germans, he spoke excellent German and French. Talents he made very good use of when he visited our family in West Germany 1954, when I was then stationed in 4th Guards Brigade.

Alwyn Mitchell sadly passed way December 1965 at the age of 56yrs. according to the death certificate: Inhalation of vomit from haemorrhage from gastric erosiona.

POW number 12652. Camp number 357. We consider it possible he was in XXB, taking part in the march there in 1940, also the return march 1945, as he was released outside Follingbostel 'Oerrbke'? We hope some one may pick this information up. Yours sincerely

Roy N.Derbyshire

Pte. Robert "Roy" Daley 2nd Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment (d.30th Jan 1944)

Roy Daley was 20 years old when he was killed he is buried at Minturno War Cemetery. His mother, (my grandmother,) visited the site in (I think,) the 60's. Roy was my father's eldest brother. Dad said he thought Roy had not been in Italy long when he died.

Peter Daley

Tpr. Arthur David Coleman 4th Regt Reconnaissance Corps

My father joined the 5 Bat Northants Regt on 30 April 1939 aged 31 and was posted to France with the BEF. He was one of the lucky ones at Dunkirk. On 22 January he transferred to the new Recce Corps where he served with both 4 Regt and 1 Regt and saw action in North Africa and Italy.

He was discharged from the Army 18 September 1945 and settled back into civvy life in Peterborough where he was born and raised. He became a prominent councelor and served his community for many years and died in Peterborough Hospital in May 1988. He is sadly missed.

Stephen Coleman

W/Sgt. Sidney Green Northants Regt.

Dad was taken prisoner in North Africa on 24 Dec 1942 and went to Stalag 9c. On the page for the camp I came across his name in a photo of a book on the web site. He was at the camp until April 1944.

Alan Green

Pte. Clarence Cyril Sydney "Yaker" Ward Northamptonshire Regiment

My Dad, Clarence Ward, as far as I know, was wounded at Dunkirk and was taken off on a hospital ship and treated in a Hospital in Wakefield. He was transferd to the Corps of Miltary Police went back to France after D-Day and was demobed end of 1945

John Ward

Pte. Anthony Francis Pook 4th Btn. Northamptonshire Regiment (d.30th July 1943)

My grandfather Francis Pook was unfortunately was killed in 1943. I am trying to trace his movements during his service. We know that he is remembered at Cassino memorial. However, there seems to be some confusion of where he met his end. I beleive that his official death was recorded as being in Sicily. However, several years after the war my grandmother received a letter from a gent in Ireland who gave an account of my grandfather's demise. He claimed he was machine gunned by a German fighter plane in North Africa, however his body was then moved to main land Italy where his battalian was serving. There was also some confusion on whether he was serving away from his unit.

I would really like to know where he served and of course where and how he died. Would appreciate any information or indeed where I would be able to find this information.

Francis Boustead

Pte. Ronald George Beech Northamptonshire Regiment

My great uncle, Ron Beech, was captured at Ypres around 1940-41 just after finding the body of his 'old mate' 'Ginger' having been shot moments beforehand. I don't know a great deal about his story nor do I have any photos and if anyone has any information etc. on him I would love to hear from you. I know that he was held for around 3 years at Stalag XX-B Malbork in Poland and his prisoner number was 12560.

He was of medium height with a stocky build and the only distinguishing feature that I know of was a Bayonet like wound on one hand (the back and the palm). He was born on 8 July 1918 and passed away in Northampton General Hospital in 1981. I never really knew him but have heard bits and bobs about him over the years and wanted to share what little I did know of him as I'm extremely proud of what he and his brothers did for their country back then.

Dave Denton

W/O Frank Richards King Shropshire Light inf Northants Regiment

My father, Frank Richards, was in the K.S.L.I 1936-1939, Northants Regiment 1939- April 1944, Oxs and Bucks 1944-April 1945,the Queens Regiment April 1945-May 1946. I Know very little detail about his actual movements during the war except that he was at Dunkirk and that he learned Swahili and trained African troops. This was the reference his commanding officer gave him when he left the Army. Of which I am very proud. "Thoroughly reliable and has plenty of initiative. Can handle men well. Hopes to obtain appointment in police force, for which his leading, tact, and wide military experience including the handling of native troops in East Africa,should make him ideally suited. A fine type of man." signed by Captain Balding Commanding 2/7 Queens Royal Regiment. Any information relating to my father would be gratefully recieved. He passed away in 1997.


Pte. Noel Cox 2nd Btn. Northamptonshire Regiment

On 28 January 1944, during World War II, the Orvieto North railway bridge at Allerona, Italy, was the site of the inadvertent bombing by the American 320th Bombardment Group of a train filled with Allied prisoners. Most of the POWs had come from Camp P.G. 54, Fara in Sabina, 35 kilometres to the north of Rome, and had been evacuated in anticipation of the Allied advance. One of the men on the train, Richard Morris of the U.S. Army, wrote that the train was halted on the bridge over the river when the Allied bombs started to fall, and that the German guards fled the train, leaving the prisoners locked inside. Many escaped, Morris included, through holes in the boxcars caused by the bombing, and jumped into the river below. Historian Iris Origo wrote that 450 were killed when the cars ultimately tumbled into the river.

Noel Cox was captured at Garigliano. He survived the wreck with a probable fracture of bone in foot. He was sent to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf.

s Flynn

Pte. Denis Charles "Spud" Taylor Northamptonshire Regiment

Denis Charles Taylor served with the Northamptonshire Regiment during WW2 and was a POW in Stalag 20B Malbork Poland. His POW number was 12065. My father was a prisoner of war at stalag xxb (1940-45). He escaped on several occasions and was tortured by the Gestapo. They pierced his eardrums.

Pte. Stanley Drake Northamptonshire Regiment

Private Stanley Drake was wounded 16/05/1944 and survived.

Pte. George Tatt Northamptonshire Regiment

George Tatt served with the Northamptonshire Regiment

Rosemary J. Taylor

W/Bdr. Robert Davidson 50 Searchlight Regiment, 400 Bty. Royal Artillery

My father Bob Davidson served with 50 Searchlight Regiment (Northampton Reg.) RA TA, he was in 400 Indep FD SL Battery. From info I have found on the web using Google he was in the 400 battery, who were later attached to 30 Searchlight Reg. (Surrey Reg.) and was sent to North Africa and then over the Med into Italy, I don't know if he went through Sicily though. I've enclosed some snaps found of my dad's war days. I was surprised to see pics of him with the Northants cap badge on as I had always believed he was in the RA, still not 100% sure why this is, can anyone shed some light on it?

Editor's Note: 50th Searchlight Regiment were formed by the conversion of 4th Btn, Northamptonshire Regiment and wore the cap badges of their original regiment.

Andy Davidson

Pte. Harry Charvill Northampton Regiment

My father-in-law Harry Charvill, who has just passed away aged 90 was a D-Day veteran. He landed on Sword Beach at Lion-Sur-Mer with his Lincolnshire Regiment. His best mate, Reg, was shot and Harry ran to his aid carried him up the beach where he was attended and they both survived and stayed great friends. Harry also served in Palestine.

John Drain

Pte. John Porritt 1st Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment

John Porritt enlisted into the Northamptonshire Regiment on the 16th of August 1934 and was posted out to the 1st Battalion in India where he earned the India General Service Medal 1936-37. The Battalion was in Burma from 1943 and he was finally discharged on the 16th of August 1946.

Clinton Lawson

Pte. Leonard George Price Northamptonshire Regiment

The Germans took us prisoner on the 28th of May 1940 at Ypres. One of our number was badly wounded and we had to carry him on a door which was the best stretcher we could find as the Germans had no medical equipment with them. We carried him for three miles through no-man's land past the German front line into their HQ where he was given medical attention. The Germans who captured us told us they had received no food for two days, and took our haversack rations, a tin of corned beef and biscuits.

After spending the night on a stone floor at the German HQ, we were taken with some other prisoners and marched for 10 to 20 miles per day through Belgium. The Belgians tried to bring us food and water but the German guards prevented us from receiving it. We had to live on the small ration the Germans provided - watery soup and one small loaf of bread among five men.

We were marched from dawn to dark, given our ration, and then we were locked in stables, pig sties or barns for the night. On reaching Holland we were packed into cattle trucks, 70 men in each truck, for a four-hour journey, then onto barges for the trip to Germany. A Red Cross boat came alongside, and a woman gave us food, and took names and addresses to notify our families back home (I was shown that same piece of paper when I arrived home five years later.) That meal was my last food for three days.

When we reached Mannheim in Germany we were given a small portion of black bread and a bit of sausage. After four hours we were piled into cattle trucks, with about 70 men crammed like sardines in each truck, and the doors bolted. The only daylight we saw for three days was what came through the ventilator. All our personal belongings had been taken from us, watches, rings, soap, towel and shaving kit. We were tired and dirty and worn out through travelling, marching and lack of food.

After a very trying journey we reached Thorn in Poland at about 3 am, all in a very bad condition and run down. We were issued with two blankets each, and told we would get "coffee" at 6.30 am - it turned out to be made with burnt barley and no milk. Our heads were shaved and our photos were taken, and we were given a number disc to keep with us at all times and show on demand.
I was sent on a small work party to labour on roads for about three weeks, then we were billeted on a farm. We worked for six days per week with Sunday off to wash and mend our clothes. We held our own Church service on the Sunday evening to pray for our loved ones at home.

Christmas 1940 I was sent back to the main camp at Marienburg, and I received my first letter from home, and my first Red Cross parcel. Life was pretty dull in the camp, rise at 6.30 am, get washed and clean our quarters, get our "coffee", and then wait until dinner-time dragged round. We considered ourselves lucky if we could get on a working party away from the camp, as civilians would give us a little extra food if and when the guards weren't watching too closely.

On the 25th of April 1941 I was moved from the big camp with a party of twelve men to work at a dairy. We were worked for 12 hours per day during the week and 18 hours at the weekend. The German guards searched our huts weekly for wireless sets, maps or anything else that might come in useful for escaping. They would pile everything in the middle of the room, pulling all the straw from our palliasses, but we managed to keep our wireless set well hidden under the floor-boards. It took us most of the night to tidy our quarters after these searches.
The Death March 1945

On the 23rd of January 1945 we were told to pack our kits as we were leaving for some unknown destination. I remember the morning very well as it was bitterly cold with about 30 of frost. Our breath froze on the lapels of our coats as we left the town of Marienburg. It was about 3 am and we were marched until dark with only a short break at midday. The only food we had was whatever we had managed to scrounge at the camp and bring with us.

That night we spent in an open field in the snow, with some of the fellows laying their coats on the ground and tried to sleep. In the morning one of the fellows was stiff with cold and frost bitten. We couldn't stir him at first, and had to warm him by rubbing him in the snow, and then running him around the field to get some circulation back into him. It was so bitterly cold that night one of the German guards died.

At daybreak we started marching again, carrying all our belongings with us. I started out with two suit-cases and two blankets. The most trying experience I ever had was the day we marched across an open and unprotected German air-field during a fierce blizzard. It was the middle of this winter, and we had about five miles of open ground to cross. I was wearing army battle-dress, two balaclavas, and had my two blankets wrapped around me. My legs were chapped for a week from the freezing wind.

Another day, during our midday rest after marching all morning, some were having a bite to eat if they had saved any food from the previous day. One of our fellows was a bit slow on getting back in the ranks ready to start marching again, so one of the German guards drew his pistol and shot him. We lost more fellows who died on the way or fell ill and were left behind.

After a time the weather improved, and I began to get fed up with marching with the column, and managed to hang back without being noticed until they were ahead of me. It was about four o'clock in the afternoon so I called at a house and asked for some hot water to make tea. The people there asked me to come in and gave me the best meal I had tasted for a very long while. I continued at my own pace, walking about 15 miles each day, knocking on doors for hot water for tea and a bit of food, staying in whatever shelter I could find for the night.

One night as it was getting dark, I came to a small house, where I asked for hot water to make tea. I was asked to come into the kitchen, where I was given a good meal. They also gave me hot water to wash my feet and legs which by that stage were rather dirty. They also darned my socks and made me stay there for the night. They told me they were evacuees from Hamburg and had lost their home in the bombing. I spent the night on their couch with two blankets and had my first good night's sleep for weeks. These good people also gave me breakfast next morning and I was very sorry to leave them, reluctantly resuming my journey at about ten o'clock.

At the next village I was directed to the school and told to ask for the Burgermeister.

Private Leonard George Price who served in the Northamptonshire Regiment

(Here my father's notes end, with his story incomplete. However, unlike many of his comrades he survived his ordeal was repatriated to England at the end of the war. He met my mother and they married in 1948. In 1951 they emigrated to Australia.)

Paul Price

Alfred Clark 2nd Btn. Northamptonshire Regiment

My father, Alfred Clark, was in the 2nd Btn Northamptonshire Regiment and was captured at Arras in 1940. He was then sent to Stalag VIIIB for the rest of the war. Does anyone know how they were captured?

Christopher Arthur "Steve" Howe 2nd Btn Northants

He was caught in May 1940 and became a PoW in Poland at Thorn (Stalag XXA). He was on long march. He died in 1988; I would like to have more information

Pte. Denis Charles "Spud" Taylor 2nd Battalion Northampton Regiment

My father was captured on the retreat to Dunkirk. He was sent to Stalag XXb.

Pte. Alan Arthur Fulcher Northamptonshire Regiment

Alan Fulcher served with the Northamptonshire Regiment.

Linda Slater

Leonard George Price Northamptonshire Regiment

My father, Leonard George Price of the Northamptonshire Regiment, was in Stalag XXB from 1941-45. I have found some group photos in his personal effects (he died in 1989).

Paul Price

Pte. Harry Pengriff Matthews Northamptonshire Regiment

My father Harry Matthews served in the Northamptonshire Regiment from 1939 to 1945 I believe. I know that he fought, as part of the Eighth Army, in North Africa and Italy. He never spoke much about the war but I did glean from an uncle that my father spent a time as a sniper. He passed away in 1985.

Dave Matthews

Pte. Ronald George Beech Northamptonshire Regiment

My uncle Ronald Beech was captured in France and eventually taken to Stalag XXB in Malbork. He was involved in the long march and said he ended up in Berlin, wearing Polish cavalry trousers and boots. He said that a member of the Red Cross found him and took him to safety. He didn't speak much about his experiences, but did say they ate a lot of potato peelings and black bread. He also said that before they were marched away the Allies were bombing the area and they had to paint POW on the roof in white paint to avoid being bombed. He returned home in 1946.


Pte. Peter David Follis 1st Btn. Northamptonshire Regiment (d.14th June 1944)

Peter Follis died in battle in Burma on 14th June 1944, age 20. He was the younger brother of triplets Philemon, Desmond and John Follis.

Lynette Bidder

Pte. Gerald Arthur George Treharne 1st Btn. Northamptonshire Regiment (d.20th Jan 1945)

My uncle Gerald Treharne died of wounds in Burma on 20th January, 1945 which was 36 days after his 20th birthday. I was told by my mother that he was a fun loving man but also a very considerate man. I was able to obtain his service records and it would seem that he decided to go AWOL on 14th December 1944 (the day before his 20th birthday) for several days and was subsequently charged for this misdemeanour by docking his pay. I do wonder where he could have gone AWOL in the jungle of Burma but that is something I will never find out!

J Morgan

L/Cpl. Roland Wallace Francis Northamptonshire Regiment

Roland Francis served with the Northamptonshire Regiment for over 13 years. He was with the BEF in France and was listed as 'missing in action', although he never made it back from the overall evacuation from Dunkirk, he was finally able to get home via Belgium. On his return home, he served with the Pioneer Corps until the end of the War.

J Brown

Capt. Brendan Francis Bourke 1st Btn. Northamptonshire Regiment

Brendan Bourke transferred from the Australian Army to the British Army.

Peter Bourke

Pte. Jack "Jacko" Tingle Northampton Regiment

My grandfather, Jack Tingle, served in Burma from 21st of March 1941 to 22md of February 1945. He had a choice to fight or flight and being the strong willed and brave man he was, he decided to to take flight and go. He was part of the 14th Army and told me loads of stories about being in the jungle and the forgotten army.

I hold all his memories and my memories of my grandfather close to my heart and I am so proud to have known him, one very couragious gentleman. I would love to share all my stories but it would take me weeks to post them all on here.

I have all my grandfather's papers, photos etc when he served in Burma and will treasure these for the rest of my life as I loved him so much. We used to sit together every Sunday talking about his experiences when he served in India and I used to imagine the smells and the intensity of the heat as my grandfather and his pals had to walk the miles through the jungle feeling exhausted and hungry and fearing the Japanese.

Tia Sorsby

Cpl. James Thomas Studd Northamptonshire Regiment

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I never got to meet my grandad, Jim Studd, as he passed away before I was born, although my nan would tell me stories about him. I know he served in Burma during WW2 and married my nan in 1945. I would love to find out more if at all possible.

Marc Irwin

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