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Royal Norfolk Regiment

   1st Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment was stationed in India when war broke out in 1939. They returned to England and were posted to home defence duties. In June 1944 they landed in Normandy and were in action across North Western Europe.

   2nd Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment saw action during the Battle of France and were evacuated from Dunkirk. They were posted to Burma and saw action against the Japanese.

18th Jan 1940 Reliefs

19th Jan 1940 Leave

20th Jan 1940 Recce

21st Jan 1940 On the March

30th Jan 1940 Weather Bad

26th May 1940 Road Blocks  In late May 1940 the 2nd Battalion of The Royal Norfolk Regiment were holding Le Paradis , Le-Cornet Malo and Riez-du-Vinage in an attempt to block the enemy's road to Dunkirk.

27th May 1940 Massacre

20th Mar 1941 Exercise

26th Mar 1941 Demonstration

27th Mar 1941 Excerise

If you can provide any additional information, especially on actions and locations at specific dates, please add it here.

Those known to have served with

Royal Norfolk Regiment

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Abrahams James Michael. Pte.
  • Barker George Henry. Pte. (d.26th Jan 1942)
  • Barker Stanley John. Sgt.
  • Barker Stanley John. Sgt.
  • Barker Stanley John. Sgt.
  • Barnes John. Cpl.
  • Barnfield Samuel.
  • Bates Sidney. Cpl. (d.8th July 1944)
  • Bedwell William Charles. Pte.
  • Beech Bernard. Private (d.1 Mar 1945)
  • Benns Arthur George. Pte.
  • Britcher Arthur Alfred. Pte. (d.21st May 1940)
  • Brown Harry Whitfield. Pte.
  • Budd Frederick William. Pte. (d.21st July 1944)
  • Bullard Donald John. Sgt.
  • Cator Frederick Charles. Pte.
  • Cator Fredrick Charles. Pte.
  • Conlon Frank. Pte. (d.20th Aug 1944)
  • Cooper Stanley Donald. Capt.
  • Davis Frederick Lloyd. Cpl. (d.25th May 1940)
  • Edgcombe Ronald. Drmr. (d.May 1940)
  • Evans Arthur James. Pte. (d.9th Feb 1945)
  • Farrow Harold Frederick William. L/C
  • Fryer Jonathan. Pte. (d.20th Jan 1942 )
  • Goose Alfred William.
  • Grange Arthur Cyril. Cpl.
  • Greig John Albert.
  • Guidotti Henry John. Pte.
  • Hampton Charles Richard.
  • Harrison Edward.
  • Heaton John.
  • Jickling Charles Benjamin Kemp. Capt. (d.14th Apr 1945)
  • Jobson Albert. Private
  • Johnson Charles. Private
  • Johnson Charles. Pte.
  • Johnson Charles. Pte.
  • Kay Ellis. L/Sgt.
  • Kay George Arthur.
  • Kerton Arthur Edward. Sgt.
  • Larter David John Wighton. Pte. (d.9th July 1943)
  • Lee George Ernest Charles. L/Cpl.
  • Lovegrove Charles Henry Robert. Pte.
  • Lygo William Francis. Pte.
  • Mann Horace Frederick. L/Cpl. (d.2nd August 1943)
  • Moores Jack Ernest. Sgt. (d.29th July 1944)
  • Morris Joseph Arthur. Pte
  • Nelson Clifford Reginald. Pte. (d.19th May 1940)
  • Oram Edwin Arthur. Pte.
  • Owen Nelson Robert. Pte.
  • Plane William Robert Edward. Pte.
  • Preston Percy. Cpl.
  • Raggett William Edward. Pte.
  • Randle John Niel. Capt. (d.6th Mary 1944)
  • Sales Albert George Sidney. Pte. (d.9th June 1944)
  • Smith Harry James. Pte.
  • Standford Leslie W.L.. Capt.
  • Taylor Frederick Noel. Pte.
  • Taylor Jack. Pte. (d.25th Sep 1944)
  • Taylor William Bertie. L/Cpl. (d.5th May 1944)
  • Thorpe Raymond Wilford.
  • Thorpe Raymond Wilford.
  • Unknown .
  • Watson Alfred William. Pte. (d.8th July 1944)
  • Woods Robert.
  • Wren Frederick Thomas. Pte.

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Alfred William Goose 2nd, 7th & 50th Btn Royal Norfolk Regiment

My dad came out of France on 16-june-1940(I have a telegram). While serving in France my dad went to Rouen, Paris, Le-Mans and St Marloi. I am unable to find St Marloi on a French map. Is there anyone that may have info as to the route they took ?

John Goose

Private Albert Jobson 1st Bucks, Company D, 13 Platoon Royal Norfolk Regiment

My father, Pte. Albert Jobson, crossed to Arromanches beach on D Day +1 June 8th 1944 with the Royal Norfolks and was transferred to the Ox and Bucks in Sept. 1944.

I have photographs of him in Hannover in May 1945 and Bremnen. He is also pictured as a member of 1st Bucks Coy.D 13 Platoon with the other members (names recorded on back of photo) with a captured German tank at Alterhunden. Glad to share with anyone interested.

Christopher Jobson

Private Charles Johnson 1st Royal Norfolk Regiment

I am looking to contact members or relatives of the 1st Royal Norfolk Reg who served in the battle Caen, on behalf of my grandad, Pte Charles Johnson (14418178, from E London) to share memories etc.

Richard Taylor

Pte. Frederick Thomas Wren

The date was May 25th 1940 and we were in France. Our guns were covering a canal five miles back, on a farm near the little town of Bbethune. We had just withdrawn from Tournay with the Germans hot on our heels, but we had time for breakfast that morning. Not eggs and bacon, but the next best thing, a pig had conveniently become a war casualty and roast pork was on the menu. I was about to tell Tich, our cook, that he had done a grand job, when my commanding officer asked me to take some of the pork down to our gun team in their nest in the wood, about five miles forward.

I was detailed to go with a sergeant and as I had driven the guns into position the previous night, I knew the way. We took a 15 cwt truck and a can full to the brim with meat.

The journey was a lonely one, all the French civilians had fled and the only living things we saw were a few stray cattle. Eventually we left the road and swung onto a cart track which led us to the wood and the guns. "Here's your breakfast" I told the gun team, "and make the most of it. God knows when you"ll get anymore." It was their first food for two days and they greeted us like a pack of wolves. There were howls of delight when they saw what we had brought. After a quick yarn about the battle, The sergeant and I turned the truck and set off back the way we had come. Then things started to warm up, mortar shells started to fall round us and shrapnel rattled against the side of the truck, it looked like shaping up for a full scale bombardment.

Suddenly the truck slipped into a ditch. I looked at the sarge. We needed a vehicle jack to get us out of this fix and we did not have one our only hope was lay in a farmhouse nearby. We slithered to it along a ditch, hugging the mud with our bellies. Luckily the farmer was still there after a lot of gesticulating, and a little broken French, he got the message and produced a big hand operated jack. By this time, snipers were peppering the ditch and the sarge stayed behind to give me covering fire. Carrying the heavy jack was no joke, but I got it back to the truck in one piece and started to extricate it. Then along came a German spotter plane. The pilot saw me and let go with his machine gun. all I could do was to lie low, curse the pilot and try to manoeuvre the jack into place. Every time he showed himself he had a go at me. I knew he had to run out of ammunition and he did. The cat and mouse game was over, but my troubles weren't

I raised my head for a look around and saw a figure waving in the shadows of the wood. The gun team, I reckoned,wanted me back. As I jumped up and dashed the last 20 yards a Ggerman Tommy-gunner appeared and let rip. He missed, but as the sound of shots rang in my ears, I crashed face-down in the ditch. As the muddy water wrapped itself round me, I wondered how much was left of me. Then a knee landed in the small of my back and shock turned to horror. Germans were crawling across the ditch over me, one by one thinking that I was a corpse and a convenient stepping stone and though I didn't know it at the time, an officer in my company had witnessed my "death" and reported it to the war office. My wife received the formal notification of my death, killed in action from the war office and a letter of sympathy from Buckingham Palace, so she claimed my life insurance and resigned herself to planning a new lonely life. But i wasnt dead.

The German troops pressed me painfully into the mud as they advanced across the ditch, their boots stirring up the mud round my ears. To avoid suffocation, I raised my head. "Raus schweinhund" said a voice, 'get up you pigdog'. I did so and wondered if the Germans were as surprised as I was that I could do so. They kicked me down again, then they prodded me into the wood where one of my mates, a lance corporal, lay wounded in the shoulder. I stood there looking at him and wondered what I could do to help him. One of the Germans pulled the pin out of a grenade and tossed it at me, I jumped aside and it exploded noisily but harmlessly. My captors then concentrated on the Lance Corporal, ordering him to get up he looked at me with a mixture of fear and hopelessness, "if I get up" he said "they will kill me". They didn't wait. Even as he said it, a soldier pushed me aside and opened fire. I wondered why I had been saved, as I was led to join the surviving gunners.

There were two of them they told me what had happened, the lance corporal had pulled a grenade at the time of the German attack held it almost until the point of the explosion and hurled it at the commander of the enemy, the death of the lance corporal had been brutal revenge. The Germans ordered me to take the dead officers personal effects. I was marched off to five years as a prisoner of war.

A few months later the my wife was told that my name had appeared on the latest list of war prisoners even though she had her doubts, till she received the first letter from me. I went the rounds of the POW camps including Stalag Luft 111.

Pamela West

George Arthur Kay 1st Battalion Royal Norfolk Regiment

I am trying to trace the service history of my late father, George Kay, for our family history. I know he enlisted in 1939 and my elder sister says he was in the "Loyals" as a Bren Gun carrier. We both have a photograph of him in uniform with the badge on the right sleeve showing "Royal Norfolk". We know he served in Germany and that is about all as he never talked about the war. As for his service number and rank I don't know. We are just looking for some advice as to how to trace his records.

Joyce Slack

John Heaton Royal Norfolk Regiment

My father, John Heaton has recently passed away, I have been in formed that he was in the Royal Norfolk Regiment and was in Germany till the end of war, and that he was a dispatch rider. He never spoke of the the war. Also my mum served, she was a barrage balloon rigger, her name was Linda Cockgrave, also from Wallasey.

John Heaton, jnr.

Pte. Frank Conlon 1st Battalion Royal Norfolk Regiment (d.20th Aug 1944)

I am trying to find information regarding my father Private Frank Conlon who served with the 1st Battalion Royal Norfolk Regiment and who died in Normandy in August 1944. He is buried in Bayeux Cemetery. I was 3 years old when he died and have only the information my mother told me. My father and mother were both from Belfast, Northern Ireland but met and married in Birmingham. I have tried on two occasions to obtain my father's Army Personnel records but have been told that they cannot be found. He died on the 20th August 1944 but, according to my mother, he was in hospital for a while before his death. I would dearly love some information on him or advice on any other source I can contact to assist me. I want to keep the memory of my father alive for future descendants.

Marie Dobbin

Pte. Arthur Alfred Britcher 2nd Battalion Royal Norfolk Regiment (d.21st May 1940)

Private Britcher is a relative of my wife's. All we know about him is that he was killed near Dunkirk and lies buried there. If anyone can give me some information regarding his death and service it would be gratefullly received especially as this month is the 70th anniversary of that terrible day. It would be good for us to remember him.

Alex Horton

Pte. Henry John Guidotti 1st Btn. Royal Norfolk Regiment

This is the story my Mum tells about my late Father. He was injured on D-Day and was thought to be dead, until by a stroke of luck someone saw his eye flicker. No details I'm afraid as Dad didn't talk about the War but I do have his Soldier's Service and Pay Book.

I would love to hear from anyone who knew him or, if possible, I would like to know where he was shipped back to. I have the large lump of shrapnel that was removed from his neck, it has tiny numbers on it (A39) is all that is discernable it is light weight and silver coloured. I have page 5/6 of the NAAFI News with a picture of Dad and

    L/C Farrow and
  • Cpl. Plinstone
the title being "The Three Musgetbeers".

Lorraine Knight

Pte. Arthur George Benns Royal Norfolk Regiment

Does anyone remember my grandfather Arthur Benns? He was captured at Dunkirk in 1940 and spent some time in Stalag VIII-B.

Rose Benns

Pte. Fredrick Charles Cator Royal Norfolk Regiment

I trying to find out about my father's POW experiences. He was Frederick Cator and he served in the Royal Norfolks and was captured at St.Valery-en-Caux and imprisoned at Stalag XXb. I know that he tried to escape on more than one occasion but was always recaptured. He took part in what is known as The Death March on which he was so hungry that on coming across a field of tomatoes he ate so many that he made himself sick and never ate a tomato again for the rest of his life. Like so many he hardly ever spoke of his experiences but kept everything bottled up.

Peter Cator

Cpl. John Barnes 2nd, 30th Battalion Royal Norfolk Regiment

I am researching my late Grandfather Jack Barnes no 3770890. I know that he served in The Royal Norfolk Regiment and I also know that at the end of the war he was stationed in Rawalpindi, India for a short time. He never really spoke about his time at the war and sadly I was probably too young to understand and ask him questions.

I have just been passed some wonderful photos of him during the war and am trying to piece them together. From what he said he spent a lot of time in Africa and also spoke of Italy too. I think I have photos from all 3 locations. In the photos he is with other Regiments and it looks like their camp. They show him being promoted from Private to Lance Corporal to Corporal. He always has the Brittainia badge on his beret.

I am interested in anyone that could have known him or that can help me piece together

Jess Ling

Pte. Frederick Charles Cator 7th Battalion Royal Norfolk Regiment

My uncle Fred Cator was taken captive and was a POW 18209 in Stalag XXB. Uncle Fred came back to the UK but I did not know anything about him until recently.

His brother, Corporal Herbert Robert Cator, was killed on 12th June 1940 after the last of the BEF had departed. As I understand it he died on the beach. Uncle Herbert is buried in the cemetery in Le Harve.

I would love any info regarding either of my uncles.


Capt. Stanley Donald Cooper Norfolk Regiment

My husband and I have recently inherited some albums that his Dad, Captain Stanley Donald Cooper, put together after the Second World War. I hope to be able to put all the photos on here as soon as possible but I have noted the information given in each of the albums in case anyone is interested. Some of the photos are of good quality [given their age]some not so, also some are just of countryside and places visited during the war. I believe my father-in-law was a keen photographer. I am hoping others might be able to give me some information regarding some of the inscriptions and would be very grateful for this. Stan died over 30yrs ago before we became interested in what had happened and had a chance to ask questions.

First Album: Grantham 1940. Friends mentioned Dick Kendall,Johnnie Walker,Laurie Whiting,Mike Mitchell,’Pint’ Aldridge,Fred Crossley and Culley? Feltwell 1940 – Dick Burton in photo, Cairo 1941, Kulgaachia Mar 1941 mentions Snipe Shooting, Queenie Site Bauria Feb-Mar 1942 Photos mention F Troop Camp, 189th H.A.A.Bty R.A. Subaltern Officers Bob,Pryce, Bill,Dick,Pat and Harry, Budge Mar- April 1942. ‘Nuts’ site swimming baths, Officers Mess, F Troop 189 SGT Felvus,SGT Brough,SGT Coleman,SGT Dyson,SGT Kay and SGT Mills, 3.7.1942 Cease Firing Asansol, June 1942 Asansol no 2 site and Ushergram School, More of Asansol SGT Felvus.F Troop Football Team, Assorted photos Damodar River Baradanga Village taken during Monsoon. Western Ghats between Pasna and Bombay. Snaps taken from train between Poona and Bombay Poona Sept 1942.

Another album has the following: Nov 1942 Villages Punolia and Ranchi near Damodar, Jan 1943 No 8 Site Ninga – Bill Catchside, Nov 1942 Ranchi, Bihar – Bill Crouch, Christmas Day 1942 Asansol- Bill Catchside, Jan 1943 Winching, Jamshedpur and Haludpukkar, Calcutta - Chowringhee/The Maiden, Jun 1943 Boat Club Karachi – Fitz, Peter and Jimmy, Apr 1943 - Manipur Road Asssan, June 1943 Boat Club Karachi – Jimmie Best,Peter Brown 66th Hy A.A.Regt, Peter Brown. July 1943 Malir Sind, Sept 1943 Malir Village Largest Oasis in the Desert, Oct 1943 Malir Sind – Ernie Pearce 95th Hy A.A.Regt. Nov 1943 - Malir Dougie Platt and wife.SGT Watson,SGT Goodfellow,SGT McPake,R.S.M.Smith, Eric ADJT.

Another album: Jenanairls Tomb[last of the Mogul Emperors ]Lahore 1943, 1943 Karachi Sind –Bradley, Coe,Anderson,Clive Shalimar Gardens Lahore, July-Aug 1944 [on leave]Kalimpong Eastern Himalays Foothills N. Bengal Himalyan Hotel Kalimpong, 1942 Sept Bombay

I also have a 6 Troop Dinner Menu dated April 5th 1941 Golf House Llandrindod Wells Signed by many of the people attending the names on the back are

  • Aidney,J.D
  • Amer,P.J.
  • Brundrett,J,E,
  • Cooper, S.D
  • Dalzell,E.L
  • Douglas,I.L
  • Eckett,K.S
  • Griffiths,K.G
  • Hastings, D.G
  • Hobbs,A.E
  • Jones,A
  • King,E.F.K.
  • Kitching,M.W
  • Leach,G.R
  • Leak,H
  • Le Mesureier,G.G.
  • Lindley-Jones,H.M
  • Logan,F,R
  • Maisman,H,W
  • Oldaker,A.I.
  • Phelps, A,S
  • Price,M,V
  • Pritchard,J.S
  • Saul,F
  • Seal,A.M.B
  • Sibert,E.A
  • Spooner,K.S
  • Standing,C.T
  • Stewart,C.M
  • Swaine,G.T.H
  • Sympson,R.T
  • Taylor,A.R.
  • Westover,S.S
  • Wilkins,K.N
  • Williams,P.J
Our guests –
  • Major E Banfield,
  • Major H.D.Stephens-Clarkson R.A,
  • Capt E.N. Butler-Cole R.A.
  • [crossed out are the names Lt A Adams R.A and 2nd Lt R.S.Gardner R.A.]
  • Lt J.E.Burke R.A.

I also have some other documents.

Sheila Cooper

Robert Woods 7th Btn. Royal Norfolk Regiment

My father, Robert Woods, was a prisoner of war in Stalag XXA and Stalag XXB. He was captured at St Valerie 12/6/1940 and arrived Stalag XXA (2A) 11/7/1940 He was transferred to Stalag XXB on 4/4/1943. I have several photos of him and colleagues in the camps including two which you have up on your website which must have been posted by someone else, it shows him in a band. I also have a photo with a few addresses and names on the back (difficult to make out but I am trying to research them) I am keen to find out more about his part in the Battle of St Valerie and his time in prisoner of war camps. He was on the death march back away from the advancing Russian and American forces and I believe he was liberated by the Russians. He was in the Royal Norfolk 7th Battalion. If you know of anybody who might be able to shed more light on his time during the war I would be grateful to hear from you.

Chris Woods

Pte. William Robert Edward Plane Royal Norfolk Regiment

William Robert Edward Plane was my dad. He was born & bred in Norwich, Norfolk. I knew he was in a prisoner of war camp, Stalag IX-C in Germany & he was made to work down a salt mine. I also knew the camp was next door to a concentration camp & dad felt so sorry for them, even though he was having a hard time himself. He told me how he was captured & how lucky he was to be alive as so many of them were never taken prisoner.

Unfortuantly, I was younger then & didn't take as much notice of his stories as I should have & wish I had now that he has gone. Dad died in 1999 & since then I have been researching our family tree.


L/C Harold Frederick William "Dick" Farrow 1st Battalion The Royal Norfolks

Harold Farrow was in The Royal Norfolk's 1st Battalion, S Company. He has told us, his 5 sons, many stories about when he was in the war and after. We didn't know when to believe him or not as he seems to have been near or where the action was when watching any war film or documentary on WW2! It was not until just lately that I realised there were many truths in his stories but like all of us we tend to exaggerated some times but in Harold's case it wasn't exaggeration, it was probably just like he said, the horror, the injustice and many laughs and of course the joy of coming though it.

I have many photos from the time and also he had in his possession a copy of No. 22 of "The Yellow Flash" the Official Journal of the 1st Bn. The Royal Norfolk Regt., dated May 1947. In this journal it has an entry about him and two of his friends from S Company getting demobbed together. They were known as The Three Musketeers and amazingly they all joined the army together and all served their time in S Company. The other two people mentioned were Pte Guidotti and L/C Sidell.

I have seen another article on this website which I can't seem to find now, where it mentions The Three MustGetBeers and I believe this to be referring to the same three people except in the other article it had L/C Farrow(my Dad Harold), Pte Henry John Guidotti and Cpl Plinstone, this was from the NAAFI news. I don't know if the names have got mixed up or not but my dad said it was definitely L/C Sidell in his threesome and he cannot remember a Cpl. Plinstone.

I have some pictures of my father and his friends n and after the war that I can share with you if anyone wants to have a look, these are a bit blurry but with a bit of computer photo edit they could be made to look better.

Charles Richard Hampton Royal Norfolk Regiment

Charlie Hampton was a Chelsea Pensioner and lived in the Royal Hospital Chelsea until his death.

Janice Tatham

Pte. Arthur James Evans 2nd Battalion Royal Norfolk Regiment (d.9th Feb 1945)

Arthur Evans was my great uncle. I know very little about him at all, except the details from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, he is buried at the Taukkyan War Cemetery outside Yangon formerly Rangoon. If anyone has any memories I would love to hear them.

Clive Taylor

John Albert Greig Royal Norfolk Regiment

My dad, John Greig was in the D-Day landings in Normandy he said they were given bikes when they landed. The bikes dragged them under the water and some were drowned. Dad was fighting in the hedge rows near Cains, Hitler's Youth Army was there. He was there to support Canada and the USA but they never arrived. Dad was 19. He suffered a head wound, we think, from shappnel on the left side of his head. I would like to say thank you to whoever saved his life. He had 2 years of treatment. It made him deaf in the left ear, poor sight in his left eye and difficulty walking in his left leg. When he was out of the war he had to wear a special badge as people would say why aren't you fighting for your country?

He married my mum whom he met when he was sent to Eastling near Faversham to train for D-Day. Before that he was a look out for Germans landing by sea at Ramsgate and Folkstone. He had to ride a bike along the sea front and on the pier and was billetd in a hotel.

He said he never received any pay from the Army all the time he was injured. He said he saw the sargent on the bus after the war and he said to Dad "I thought you was dead!" Dad worked all his life but he was effected by flashbacks. He was in the Royal Norkfolk Regiment.

janette ann belsey

Pte. Nelson Robert Owen 7th Btn. Royal Norfolk Regiment

Private Nelson Owen

My father, Nelson Robert Owen, was born in Heacham, Norfolk on the 4th of November 1918. He served with the 7th Royal Norfolk Regiment during the 2nd World War. He was captured at St.Valery on the 12/06/1940. His prisoner of war number was 15877. He was held in Stalag XXA in Poland.

Due to my father dying in 1971 at the age of 52 (I was only 13 years old) I didn't ever really get to hear anything much about his time as a prisoner of war etc. But one thing I do remember is him telling me about his friend (who later became a close family friend) John Hagen, who since the war lived near Melton Constable, Norfolk. He had one Christmas Eve when it was bitterly cold and snowing, picked up his banjo and played 'Silent Night'. Afterwards everyone was completely quiet and silence remained for quite some time, as obviously everyone was feeling very homesick and thinking of family back home. John Hagen had also told me how he had worked in the kitchen and also in the brewery at the camp, where they would prepare the food for the German's, and would regularly urinate in the soup! If anyone can remember anything about my father, please add to this message.

Steve Owen

L/Cpl. William Bertie "Billy" Taylor 7 Platoon A Comp 2nd Bn. Royal Norfolk Reg (d.5th May 1944)

William Bertie Taylor was my uncle. He died before I was born. But, he was always a very prominent name as I grew up his presence was always there with my Nanny and Grandad, my mother and her brothers and sisters.

When my father died, going through his papers, I found a letter from Billy's Commanding Office Major Christopher C Swainson informing my Nanny and Grandad of their son's death and information he had been killed by a sniper the day after an important position had been secured. His body had been buried in the Regimental Cementry the hill which had been captured. I expect at the time it must have been a great comfort to them although loosing him was devastating to the whole family. This letter I hope to take to the Norfolk's Museum in Norwich to hopefully preserve a peace of history for many years to come.

Sue Davidson

Cpl. Percy "Pat" Preston 2nd Btn. Norfolk Regiment

Percy, better known as Pat, is in the front row, centre.

My grandfather Corporal Percy "Pat" Preston from the 2nd Battalion Norfolk Regiment, was captured at Dunkirk and taken to the POW camp Stalag 8B. The photograph was taken around 1940 when he was first captured (at Dunkirk) and taken to Stalag 8B in Lamsdorf. Percy survived the camps and was repatriated back to the United Kingdom in 1943.

He passed away in 1966 in Kelling Army Hospital in Norfolk. He lived all his life in Bungay, Suffolk, married in 1945 and had four children.

Debra Watkins

L/Sgt. Ellis "John" Kay MM. 7th Btn Royal Norfolk Regiment

Sergeant Ellis Kay (4204388) served with the 7th Battalion Royal Norfolk Regiment in WW2. He was awarded the Military medal - London Gazette entry 21st December 1944.

Peter Kay

Sgt. Arthur Edward Kerton Royal Norfolk Regiment

Arthur Edward Kerton served with the Royal Norolk Retiment. He spent time as a Prisoner of War in Stalag 8b

Drmr. Ronald Edgcombe 2nd Batt, HQ Coy Royal Norfolk Regiment (d.May 1940)

My uncle, Ronald Edgecombe, joined the Norfolk Regiment in 1936, He was a bass drummer in the regimental band. We always assumed he was killed in the massacre, but in the 1970s I discovered he was wounded some two or three weeks before the massacre. Unfortunately, there is no record of this, and further searching has not found any trace of him or his great mate Sgt. Kelley.


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

Capt. Charles Benjamin Kemp Jickling Royal Norfolk Regiment (d.14th Apr 1945)

My Uncle Charles Jickling was captured at Dunkirk and imprisoned in a camp in Germany. He was a Captain in the Royal Norfolk Regiment.

On the last day of the war they were being marched from their camp. They were shot by Americans, who thought they were Germans as they flew over. This was on the 14th April, 1945. He was 29 when he died. Benjamin is buried at Durnbach War Cemetery. He was army No. 00238BA; service umber 67110.

I found out from my other Uncle that Ben had been in Eichstatt, Southern Germany; though I suspect not for the entirety of his time in captivity. He is mentioned in the book, 'The Last Escape', by John Nichol and Tony Rennell. You may be interested to have the following information.

The German commanders had been ordered to evacuate the camp and march to Moosburg due to the advance of the Russians. This event took place on the 14th April 1945. The brigade moved out in Battalions. Two aeroplanes had been circling overhead; American Mustangs. Six other planes arrived and circled the camp. The leading plane took a dive and burst into machine gun fire. Plane after plane then came roaring over the column blasting the men with machine gun fire. The Americans were in charge of much of the Airspace in Bavaria.

The total death toll was 11 British Officers with 50 wounded. It turned out that the Americans thought they were a column of Hungarian troops, who had similar uniform. After the incident they refused to march in the daylight and went by night. They reached Moosburg and were liberated 8 days later. Other methods they used to avoid similar incidents were to make a flag out of old sheets and paint it with a red cross. There is an article about the incident on the City of Kingston Historical Website.

How can I find out more information about where exactly he was. Did anyone serve with him?

Melissa Eisdell

Edward Harrison Royal Norfolk Regiment

Pte. Edward Harrison of the Royal Norfolk Regiment was my grandfather. He was captured & spent many years in a prisoner of war camp.

Jacqueline Last

Pte. James Michael Abrahams 2nd Battalion Royal Norfolk Regiment

My father James Abrahams, served in India during the thirties. He was not involved in the massacre in France but said he left France via a coalboat from St Malo. I know no more other than that his discharge papers mentioned REME and I think he spent the rest of the war years working on railway lines. He was friends with Bert Pooley and we socialised as families together after the war.

Pat Prince

Pte. Charles Henry Robert Lovegrove 2nd Battalion Royal Norfolk Regiment

My father, Charles Henry Robert Lovegrove, service no. 5767704 enlisted in the Nofolks on 16th July 1923. He served with the 2nd Battalion and was a drummer/bugler in the Battalion Band. He was an infantry man and was in the retreat to Dunkirk and was one of the fortunate members of the Battalion to get to the beach. However, several were killed and he was badly injured there but was fortunate to be brought back to U.K.

I was born in 1944 and never knew about his further experiences as he never ever spoke about it but had over twenty operations on his legs that were damaged by shrapnel. Now that WW2 is part of the curriculum in schools his grandchildren and great grandchildren want to know. If anyone can give us some information it would be gratefully received.

Robin Lovegrove

Cpl. Frederick Lloyd Davis 2nd Btn. Royal Norfolk Regiment (d.25th May 1940)

My grandfather, Frederick Lloyd Davis was a bandsman in the 2nd Battalion Royal Norfolks so he served as a stretcher bearer. He was reported missing in action on 25th May 1940 while defending Dunkirk. He was originally from Christchurch in Dorset and was married with two young sons.

Andy Davis

Pte. Jack Taylor 1st Btn. Royal Norfolk Regiment (d.25th Sep 1944)

Jack Taylor was my uncle. I don't know much about his life or why he would have joined the Royal Norfolks. He was a son of a scrap merchant and rag and bone trader from Woolwich, South East London. He was married with a daughter. His wife later moved to Canada I believe so any help in finding this side of my family would be great. Jack was killed driving a lorry liberating Europe. He is buried at Mierlo War Cemetery.

Samuel Taylor

Capt. John Niel Randle VC. 2nd Btn. Royal Norfolk Regiment (d.6th Mary 1944)

John Randle was the son of Dr. Herbert Niel Randle and Edith Randle; husband of Mavis Ellen Randle, of Holywell, Oxford. He qualified in Final Honour School in Law for the degree of B.A. (Oxon). He died on the 6th May 1944, age 26 and is buried in grave 2. C. 8 in the Kohima War Cemetery in India.

The citation for his VC was published in the London Gazette on the 8th of December 1944:- "On the 4th May, 1944, at Kohima in Assam, a battalion of the Norfolk Regiment attacked the Japanese. Captain Randle took over command of the company which was leading the attack. His handling of a difficult situation was masterly, and although wounded himself he continued to inspire his men until the company captured its objective. He then brought in all the wounded men who were lying outside the perimeter. Captain Randle refused to be evacuated, and despite his wound carried out a personal reconnaissance with great daring, prior to a further attack on the new enemy positions. At dawn on 6th May Captain Randle led this attack, and ran into heavy fire from a bunker. Appreciating that the destruction of this enemy post was imperative, if the operation was to succeed, Captain Randle charged the Japanese post single-handed. Although now mortaly wounded, he silenced the gun with a grenade thrown through the bunker slit. He then flung his body across the slit so that the aperture should be completely sealed. The bravery shown by this officer could not have been surpassed, and by his self-sacrifice he saved the lives of many of his men and enabled not only his own company but the whole battalion to gain its objective and win a decisive victory over the enemy."

s flynn

Sgt. Stanley John "Pug" Barker 2nd Btn. Royal Norfolk Regiment

I have been trying to trace my father Stanley Barker's wartime service. I know he was in the Norfolk's prior to the war serving on the North West Frontier, was discharged but then called up at the outbreak of the war.

He was then in the 2nd Battalion of the Norfolk's in France and evacuated from Dunkirk. He was then based around Hull somewhere. Whilst based in Hull he was court marshalled for spreading rumors that the "Babes in the Woods" were going to bombed by the Germans next.

The second Battalion were posted to India where at the completion of the war he took his discharge and married my mother there. She was a VAD nurse through out the war.

If anybody should have any information on my father I would appreciate it. He never made it back to the UK and we migrated to Australia in 1961. I intend coming over there next year and spending some time trying to track any info.

The reason I found this site was that I found a newspaper article regarding the La Paradise massacre, regarding the bullets used by the British saying that they spun on entry and this is what caused major wounds, although dad never spoke much about his war time service I clearly remember him telling me how they made Dum Dum bullets, by cutting across the nose of the bullets so when the bullet made contact it would open up and cause more damage, I always thought that was fighting the Japs, could they have been doing this in France?

John Barker

Pte. Edwin Arthur Oram 4th Battalion Royal Norfolk Regiment

Ted Oram was my father. He never spoke about the horrors he had seen and been involved with. Although I do remember him having nightmares. In the latter part of his life he had dementia and this is when he would talk a little about what had happened in the camps. Prior to his dementia he suffered a number of small strokes. Scans showed some older damage. When asked if he had ever suffered head injuries, he recalled being struck in the eye with a rifle butt by a Japanese solider. We were told this was the injury they could see after all those years.

He died in 2000, never wanting to go back to the Death Railway, which held too many memories for him. On his return to the UK after the war the first job he was given believe it or not was on the Railway! A lovely gentle man forever in my thoughts of whom I am very proud to say was my father.

Barbara R Dodds

Pte. Charles Johnson 1st Btn. Royal Norfolk Rgt.

My grandad fought with the 1st Btn Royal Norfolk Regiment in Caen, France.

Richard Taylor

Pte. Charles Johnson 1st Btn. Royal Norfolk Regiment

I would like to contact members/relatives of the 1st Royal Norfolk Rgt who served in the battle of Caen. My grandfather, Pte Charles Johnson from East London, took part in this action.

Richard Taylor

Pte. Alfred William Watson 7th Btn. Norfolk Rgt. (d.8th July 1944)

My grandfather, Pte Alfred Watson, was killed in action on 8th July 1944 while serving with the 7th Btn Norfolk Regiment.


He is buried in Row J12 Cambes-en-Plaine War Cemetery.

David Watson

Pte. William Charles "Joe" Bedwell 2nd Btn. Royal Norfiolk Regiment

I am trying to find any information on my father, William Bedwell (Joe), who served with the Royal Norfolk Regiment (2nd Btn I think). He was part of the BEF sent to France at the onset of the war. He was susequently captured by the Germans and shipped to a POW camp in Poland, where he stayed until being liberated by the Americans. He was originally from Ipswich. Does anyone remember him?

Paul Bedwell

Cpl. Arthur Cyril Grange Royal Norfolk Regiment

Mel Baker

Sgt. Jack Ernest Moores No 2 Commando Royal Norfolk Regiment (d.29th July 1944)

Jack Ernest Moores was the son of Walter and Alice Moores; husband of Vera Lucy Moores, of Cambridge.

He was 37 when he died. He is buried in the Tirana Park Memorial Cemetery in Albania.

s flynn

Pte. William Edward Raggett Royal Norfolk Regiment

I know my dad, Ted Raggett was a prisoner of war, but I cannot tell you at the moment any details. Dad was born in Bermondsey in March 1920 and died in Lewisham in 2001.

Sgt. Stanley John "Tanker" Barker 1st Battalion Royal Norfolk Regiment

My father, Stanley Barker, put up his age up and joined up 4 December 1928, just aged 15 years. Initially in the Royal Tank Corps but transferred to 1st Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment. On the 23rd March 1931 he was posted to India. He was discharged into reserves on or around 4th April 1938. He was called out of reserves 9th March 1938, to served in France with BEF. He was part of the rear guard until the last. Station at Hull after evacuation. He was Court Marshaled for spreading malicious rumors when he supposedly said that the "Babes in the woods would be the next ones to be bombed" The Germans had been bombing Hull regularly. Posted to India on 13th April 1942, Stanley was in Kohima to stop the Japs, he never spoke much about his war years and sadly passed away before I was old enough to ask all the questions that I have been trying find out. He took his discharge in India to join the Indian Police, with a rank of Sargent. He married my mother there, my brother was born in India. When the partition India and Pakistan happened they returned to England. But in May 1961, the family emigrated to Australia. He sadly passed away in March 1976.

John Barker

Pte Joseph Arthur Morris 6th Btn. Royal Norfolks

Joe Morris, a Far East PoW, was my dad. Sadly he died back in 1964. I never knew you Dad, as I was only one when you died in a car crash all them years ago. Joe's history has never been told to me. I have only researched Joe in the last two years including is PoW days. It may have been 70 yrs ago, but to me its yesterday today and tomorrow and way into the future. I would just like to add if you research the far east make sure you do it in bits, as all in one go will take its toll on your brain and emotions. RIP Joe Morris - I wish I grew up with you dad instead of this truly painful era of finding your past and my lost love of a father.

PS if anyone thinks japan was to long ago now to be fully remembered, just think of the people like myself who would totally disagree.

Pte. David John Wighton Larter 6th Btn. Royal Norfolk Regiment (d.9th July 1943)

Edwin Sabberton

My mother, Olive Hunt married her childhood sweetheart, David Larter, just two weeks before he sailed for Singapore. He enlisted with his three best friends, these were, his half-brother Edwin Sabberton, my mum's brother Tom Hunt and her sister's husband Horace Crisp. They were all captured by the Japanese and sent to work on the Thai-Burma railway. Only two of them returned home at the end of the war, these were Tom Hunt and Horace Crisp. David and Edwin's war graves are in the Kanchanaburi cemetary in Thailand.

June Melvin

Sgt. Stanley John "Tanker" Barker 2nd Btn. Royal Norfolk Regiment

My father Jack Barker first joined up aged 15 years, he enlisted on the 4th of December 1928 in the Royal Tank Corps T.A. He transferred to the Royal Norfolks on the 23rd of March 1931 and served in in India from 22nd of December 1933 and was discharged on the 4th of April 1938.

He was called from the reserves to go France with the BEF as part of the rear guard at Paradise, some how got away. He was Court Marshalled in Hull for saying something like the Jerry's will be bombing the babes in the woods, apparently the 2nd Battalion Royal Norfolk had earned the name The Babes In The Woods. He was with the Norfolk's at Kohima, took his discharge in India and became Police Sargent in Chittagong. He married my mother there. They returned to the UK on the separation of India and Pakistan. He died in April 1977

John Barker

Unknown Norfolk Regiment

I recently purchased medals with this soldiers photograph and would love to know anything about his life. I know he was in the Norfolk regiment he received 5 medals the war medal, the defence medal, 1939-1945 star, the Italian star and African star with the 1st army clasp. If you could please help me out in anyway to see if I can put a name to the photo that would be great.

Steven Marsh

Sgt. Donald John "Dinkie" Bullard 2nd Btn. Royal Norfolk Regiment

Donald Bullard joined the re-formed 2nd Battalion Royal Norfolk Regiment in 1944. He was moved to Sheringham in Norfolk from Norwich Barracks, then on to Great Yarmouth as a holding battalion. From there he moved to Liverpool and embarked on MV Georgic in 1945, landing in India. Donald returned from India after their Indepencence in 1947, on the same ship, MV Georgic.

Pte. Jonathan Fryer 6th Btn. Royal Norfolk Regiment (d.20th Jan 1942 )

Jonathan Fryer served with the 6th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment.

Kim Kemp

Capt. Leslie W.L. Standford Royal Norfolk Regiment

Nothing known is known about Captain Standford. Can anyone help please?

Ian Thomas

Samuel Barnfield Norfolk Regiment

My Grandfather Samuel Barnfield was a member of the Royal Norfolk Regiment during WW2.I remember him telling me very few details.I believe he was at Dunkirk.As i remember my Nan telling me that my Grandad dropped his rifle in the Channel while climbing onto a rescue boat. He was most upset that he had to pay for the rifle later. He was also a Prisoner of War of the Japanese and spent approx. three years in Burma. I am not sure of what Regiment he served with in Burma, any help would be appreciated.

As a side note my Grandfather on my fathers side was German and fought on their side, he was captured by the Russians but escaped and was captured by the British.

Heinz Rebing

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