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19th May 1940 A New Line


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Royal Hampshire Regiment

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

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There are 3 pages in our library tagged Royal Hampshire 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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Colour Sgt. Peter Till The Royal Hampshire Regiment

My Grandad Peter Till has written his story

I offer my story as follows, and trust it will enlighten, and at the same time ease the mental stress, which I experience at times. I am sure that true ‘comradeship’ carried us through.

I was captured in Tunisia, 1 March 1944. After POW Camps in Italy, and the German Army was retreating northwards, I was moved to Germany in May 1944. I went to Stalag V11 A at Moosberg – just outside Munich. It was relief to us, as we were de-loused, clothes fumigated, then after a shower, dusted over with DDT powder. We were all given a metal identity disc. On mine, which I still have in Stalag V11A No 129824: which means I must be on some records somewhere. Maybe Red Cross, who know.

From empty tins we made little stoves to brew tea in, from the Red Cross parcels. This meant that you needed fuel to burn in your little stove. Well the wooden floor of the huts was completely gone, just bare ground. You guessed right it had been used to ‘brew up’ by previous prisoners. When Red Cross parcels were issued, it was always 1 between 2. The first time I ate some of the rich food, I was really ill with stomach pains, which meant I sat for a long time on the outdoor toilet, which consisted of a trench with a pole across, supported by a trestle at each end. Oh! Well enough of that.

I did not stay long at Stalag V11A as a party of us were moved to a working camp No 3911 in Munich. Stalag V11A would have been released by the American 9th Army about 1 March 1945, as they advanced across Europe. True British spirit was always the mainstay of our existence, we had our ups and downs, what more can I say.

Lots of stories, but I only trust, and really sincere in wishing peace and happiness to all your family. Thank you.

Julie Gilby



Cpl. Michael "Paddy" Ryan 2nd Btn. Hampshire Regiment.

My father, Cpl Michael Ryan, usually known as Paddy, 2nd Hampshires, was captured in Tunisia at Tebourba in December 1942 and was a prisoner in Sicily and mainland Italy until June 1943 when the Germans transported him to Stalag IVB. He was Irish and served in the Irish Army until 1939. After his enlistment ended he went to England and enlisted in the Hampshire Regiment in November 1939 in Southampton. Because he was an Irish Army reservist he was treated as a deserter when he returned to Ireland after repatriation, so he came back to England and married a Land Army girl from London.

He remebered being liberated by the Russians and walking with a large group of others until they reached the American lines. His close friend in Italy and Stalag IVB was Brian Probyn, a tank driver captured at the same time as himself and who become a well known film cameraman after the war, finishing up in Hollywood in the 1970s.

Patrick Ryan



Hubert Stanley Wilfred "Joe" Bowring 5th Hampshire Regiment

My father, Hubert Stanley Wilfred (Joe) Bowring, of the 5th Hampshires(TA) was at Stalag VIIIB after capture in North Africa. During his life he never told us anything about his time as a POW, only that he was at first near Caserta in Italy then moved to VIIIB. I would love to find out more about his time.

Les Bowring



Hubert Stanley Wilfred "Joe" Bowring 5th Hampshire Regiment

My father, Hubert Stanley Wilfred (Joe) Bowring, of the 5th Hampshires(TA) was at Stalag VIIIB after capture in North Africa. During his life he never told us anything about his time as a POW, only that he was at first near Caserta in Italy then moved to VIIIB. I would love to find out more about his time.

Les Bowring



Arthur Reginald Smith The Corps of Royal Electrical Engineers

My Dad Passed away in November 1953 when I was only 3 1/2 yrs old. My only memory of him was that he had a Royal Enfield Motor Cycle, (Bright Red).I was 3 when he put me on the petrol tank & took me for a ride. Mum went off at him, I was fine & so began my life as a petrol-head.

Time passed. Mum re-married & we moved away from Lordshill, Southampton, Breaking all ties with Dad's Family.

Fast-Forward. to the 1990's. I'm a grown man with a wife, kids, mortgage, the full set. I went from my home in Milton Keynes to see my mother's cousin in Southampton near where I spent my early years, She welcomed us in with open arms, knowing Who I was, after 40 odd years. We talked for a long while and Aunt Shiela told us about my Dad & what he was like. She also told me about Dad's sister. We found her in the white pages & within half an hour we were re-united. According to my aunt Beatrice (Bunty) my Dad was in the Royal Hampshire Reg't sappers & my dad was a Saboture blowing-up enemy ammo & fuel dumps. During this period, either in North Africa or perhaps it was later in Italy or even in Normandy, Dad got very badly burned (60 Per cent) and was treated by regimental medics.

I recently located my father's grave in Hollybrook Cemetery, Southampton, Before saying a sad farewell & flying back home to Australia. When I married, back in 1971 I had no idea that it could have been my father-in-law (who was a medic in same reg't) that I had to thank for my life and that of my father and now my children & grandkids.

Peter Adams (formerly Smith)



George James Moody Royal Hampshire Regiment

George James Moody, was my grandfather and I would be interested to hear from anyone who remembers him. He was in the Royal Hampshire regiment and in Stalag IVb.

Gordon Moody



Jack Durey 2nd Battalion Hampshire Regiment

My Father Jack Durey has written an account of his army service 1939 -1945 with the 2ND Battalion Hampshire Regiment http://www.warlinks.com/memories/durey/index.htm Mark Durey Mark@cncrouting.co.uk

Mark Durey



Pte. Ronald Thomas "Darky" Hire Hampshire Regiment

We know very little of my uncle Ronald Hires's time at Stalag 8B as it was a subject he never spoke about. He died in the 1950's and the information of where he was a POW has only come to light through researching the family tree. We would love to hear from anyone that knew him or knew of him, any information will be gratefully received.

John Hire



Pte John George "Jack" Dalgleish No. 3 commando Hampshire Regiment

My fathe,r known as Jack Dalgleish, was in No. 3 Commando on the Dieppe raid and was captured and was sent to Stalag VIII B on 19/8/1942 .O.W no. 26503 camp Stalag 344 located Lambinowice,Poland.

Although promoted to the ranks of lance corporal and corporal, respectively, he chose, at his own request, to revert to private, shortly after transferring to No.3 Commando, and before the Dieppe raid.

He never ever spoke about his experiences as a Prisoner of War, only when extremely provoked in a Emsworth Pub, when a soldier was sounding off. I witnessed the tears and anger in his eyes when he retorted "when you see most of your comrades killed in your battalion on a beach, and only a handful are left alive, and then imprisoned for over 3 years and put on the Death March across Europe you won't crow about your experiences then "...... That was the one and only time I ever heard him speak of the personal war experience..dad passed away in August 1985

Trevor Dalgleish



Pte. Hubert Treeve Crowle Royal Hampshire Regiment

My father Bert Crowle was a POW in Stalag X1A Altengrabow. He escaped and was recaptured a few times but despite searching I have been unable to find anything out about him or the camps he was in. Sadly he would not say anything about his experiences. He did jump a POW train in Italy and was looked after by an Italian family who we are in touch with but he didn't tell them much. He always said he was treated okay in the camps but after escaping and being re-captured more than once I find this hard to believe. Hard as it may be I am interested to find out anything I can about this time in his life.

Marilyn



Pte. Roderick Dymott Royal Hampshire Regiment

Rod Dymott was a Private in the Hampshire Regiment and he was a POW in Camp Stalag IV-F. His POW number was 263242. I would be very interested to make contact with any one who has photographs or memories of this camp.

Susan Dymott



Maj. Herbert Wallace LePatourel VC. 2nd Battalion Royal Hampshire Regiment

Herbert Wallace Le Patourel was born in Guernsey and took up a career in banking. He joined the Hampshire Regiment at Lieutenant in 1938, and was promoted to Captain in 1941. Le Patourel was 26 years old, and a temporary major in the 2nd Battalion, The Hampshire Regiment when he was awarded the VC.

"On 3 December 1942 at Tebourba, Tunisia, enemy forces were holding high ground and resisting all efforts in dislodge them. Major Le Patourel called for four volunteers to go with him and they attacked and silenced several of the machine-gun posts. When all his men became casualties, he went on alone to engage the enemy, using his pistol and hurling hand grenades."

Initial reports from other wounded soldiers suggested that he had been killed in action, and he was awarded the VC posthumously. He was later discovered to have survived, been taken prisoner and was in hospital in Italy. He was repatriated in 1943, and awarded his VC at a ceremony in Cairo.

S. Flynn



Capt. Gerard Ross Norton VC, MM. Kaffrarian Rifles

Gerard Ross Norton was 28 years old, and a lieutenant in the Kaffrarian Rifles, South African Forces, attached to 1/4th Battalion, The Hampshire Regiment when was awarded the VC.

"On 31 August 1944 during the attack on Montegridolfo, Italy, Lieutenant Norton's platoon was pinned down by heavy fire. On his own initiative and with complete disregard for his own safety, he advanced alone and attacked the first machine-gun emplacement, killing the crew of three. He then went on to the second position containing two machine-guns and 15 riflemen, and wiped out both machine-gun nests, killing or taking prisoner the remainder of the enemy. Throughout these attacks he was continuously under fire from a self-propelled gun, nevertheless he calmly went on to lead his platoon against the remaining enemy positions."

S. Flynn



Cpl. Ernest Albert "Chalky" White 5th Battalion Hampshire Regiment

Having been captured by the Germans in Tunisia on 27 February, 1943 my father, Ernie White, was handed over to the Italians and embarked on an Italian ship at Bizerta for Naples and then by train to PG 66 at Capua.

He received his first letter from his wife, Iris, on 15 May, enclosing a photo of herself taken in February 1943. On 16 June he was moved to PG 82 at Laterina. On 23 August another move took him to a working camp - No. 82/XV at Borgo san Lorenzo - where he worked on building a sugar refinery.

On 8 September 1943 Italy signed the Armistice and the prisoners of war finished work the next day. The Italians deserted the camp and the prisoners, having heard (false) reports of Allied landings at Ancona and Leghorn, fled into the countryside. After 3 days of liberty Ernie bumped into a column of German tanks and was recaptured (13 September)and taken the following day to an evacuated officers' camp at Bologna. On 16 September 1943 Ernie, along with many other P.O.W.s, were herded into railway horse trucks and after a nightmare journey of 4 days and nights via the Brenner Pass arrived at Stalag VIIIA in Gorlitz in Lower Silesia.

Hilary Spon



Pte. Frederick Charles Worthy Royal Hampshire Regt

My father, Fred Worthy, served in North Africa in Tunisia and was then at the Salerno Landings. He was an old sweat having joined the Grenadier Guards in the mid 1920s. As war loomed in 1939 he rejoined the Army and enlisted into the Hampshire Regiment.

He was captured on the 9th of September 1943 the first night of the invasion. He told me that out of 27 men that he was with only he and one other were left when he was captured. I believe he was then taken to a place called Ocre in Italy and then sent to camp 8b in Fallingbostle Poland. He made an attempt to escape but was caught. When he was brought back to camp he was taken to the camp officer in charge. He asked my father where he thought he was my father replied Poland where upon my father received a beating as the officer told him Poland is now greater Germany.

As the Russians advanced so the Germans marched all the POW's towards Germany {The March} as it is known. During this time they sufferd many hardships which my father told me little about except that one night they stopped at a farm in German terrortry where he and another chap stole a duck to eat they were caught red handed. The German soldier that caught them should have shot them out of hand but as the war was nearly over he asked the owner of the farm what he wanted to do about it the farmer was the mayor of the village and just took the duck back and let them go lucky or what? Two weeks before the end of the war his column of fellow POW's were straffed by aircraft my father was shot in the leg his luck had run out his leg was eventually amputated in 1947. The doctors tried to save his leg but the pain of gangerene was to much to bear so he asked them to amputate it.

In my oppinion he wasn't looked after very well after the War. Having to fight the authorities for a war pension which he eventually recieved in the early seventies. He worked all his life after the war on a building site as a carpenter. He was a strong man and a good man along with many others of his generation their suffering was great but thier hearts were strong good men all

Fred Worthy



Pte. Frederick Charles Worthy Hampshire Regiment

My dad, Fred Worthy, joined the Hampshire Regiment in 1939 after a stint in the Grenadier Guards in the late twenties. He served in Tunisia and was then involved in the Salerno landings unfortunately, under the command of General Matt Clark.

He was captured on the first day 9th September 1943 with only him and one other from a squad of 27 men. I believe he was then taken to Ocri a transition camp in Italy. He was then taken to a POW camp in Poland Camp 8b or 357. As the Russians advanced towards this camp they were then taken on a march towards Germany now known as the Death March or The March. One night he and another POW stole a duck from the farm. A German guard caught them and asked the farmer what he wanted to do with them as this was a shooting offence! Luckily the farmer was the town Mayor and had the savvy to realise that the War was lost so he just took the dead duck and let my dad and his mate go.

Two weeks from the end of the War my dad was in a column of POW's that were straffed by the RAF and he was wounded in his right leg which after two years of trying to save his leg from gangerene he finally gave in to the pain and asked the surgeon to amputate it. He spent most of the rest of his working life as a carpenter on building sites.

He was tough old soldier and never complained about his lot in life he was also a kind man who loved children much to the chagrin of the parents as he would spoil them rotten. He died in 1982. God bless him and all who served with him I'm proud to have been christened with his name.

Fred Worthy



Pte. Phillip Haydn Biddle Hampshire Regiment

My dad Philip Biddle was a POW but I am unable to fill the holes.

Jeff Biddle



Cpl. Adam Atkinson 5th Btn Hampshire Regiment (d.9th Sep 1943)

Adam Atkinson died age 26 whilst serving with the 5th Btn Hampshire Regiment He was the son of Florence Atkinson (nee Richardson) and the late William Atkinson of Jarrow.

Adam is buried in Salerno War Cemetery. His name was missing off the old plaque in the Town Hall, Jarrow. His name is still missing off the new plaque in the Town Hall.

Vin Mullen



Pte. Harry Whitfield Brown S Company Royal Norfolk Regiment

Harry Brown served with S Company, Royal Norfolk Regiment from 12 February 1942. He was in France during WW2,attached to the Hampshire Regiment, from 11 July 1944 until 18 August 1944 when he sustained shrapnel wounds through both feet and left shoulder during a mortar attack whilst advancing to contact near Caen. He was evacuated to England for treatment and was finally discharged from service in July 1945.

Harry now lives in Newmarket, Suffolk and would like to hear from old pals

Chris Keech



Pte. Donald Joseph Walter Markey Royal Hampshire Regiment

Donald Joseph Markey was my Uncle (married to my mother's sister). He was in the Royal Hampshire Regiment. Service No. 14543238. I knew he was a prisoner of war, but have found out in the last year or so he was a POW in Stalag IVB, POW no. 34723. I do not know how long he was a POW.

Mary Treadgold



Sgt. John Ernest George Royal Hampshire Regiment

My dad, John George didn't talk much about his time in the war. Sadly, he passed away 17 years ago. His older brother Lesley George was in the same regiment. I know my dad spent some time in Italy and Palestine and would love to know more if anyone has any stories.

Sue Stacey



Pte. Donald Joseph Walter Markey Royal Hampshire Regiment

Joe Markey was my uncle. He was a Private in the Royal Hampshire Regiment. Surprisingly, I have found him listed on official records as a POW at Stalag 4b. There is a possibility he was also a POW in a Japanese POW Camp, because that is what he told the family. He married my Mother's sister in Bath, Somerset around 1948.

Mary Treadgold



Charles Saunders Middlesex Rgt.

Charlie Saunders was with the 8th Army in North Africa and Italy. I believe he started with the Middlesex Regiment but continued with the Royal Hampshires, possibly due to heavy losses. I also think he may have been a mortar man.

Keith Saunders



Pte Albert "Chunky" Hall MM 2/4 Btn Royal Hampshire Regt

Albert Hall was my grandad. Luckily he survived the war so I got to know him and do have very fond memories of him.

Like most soldiers he did not talk about the horrors he saw. He was decorated with the MM for his bravery in rescuing others whilst he himself was wounded. If only I had had the opportunity to ask him more questions about his wartime memories then I could have told you more. I do recall him having the nickname 'Chunky' because he was caught stealing pineapples when he was so hungry and away fighting the war. He drove an ambulance and rescued a lot of other soldiers - I have seen some of those photos etc that he sent home to my grandmother.

Wendy Brown



Pte. Thomas Gilmore 2nd Btn. Royal Hampshire Regiment (d.2nd Dec 1942)

Thomas Gilmore was a real teaser and when he took me to visit a friend he was always told 'Stop your blithering Tommy, gan oot and tak the little humbug wi you'. He had a great sense of humour which I have inherited and have kept it to this day. I shall always remember my dad! His ginger hair and blue eyes and great sense of humour. I am only sorry that I am thick using modern technology and so cannot post a photograph. I have one which he had taken with my brother and sister before sailing from Scotland and, sadly my brother, was killed 10 years later in Egypt. He also had a great sense of humour but now I find that having a sense of humour can get one into trouble!

Patricia Gilmore









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