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Those known to have served with

Worcestershire Regiment

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

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There are 3 pages in our library tagged Worcestershire 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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Sergeant Arthur Henry Lee 1st Batalion Worcestershire Regiment

Can you add my late fathers name to your list of POWs at Lamsdorf. He was captured at the fall of Tobruk. His POW number was 221445 and he was a sergeant number 5249432. Also a request for any memories/knowledge. His certificate of service is as follows.

Enlisted 9 August 1932 aged 18years and 16 days

China 22/9/33 until 13/11/36

India 14/11/36 until 13/2/39

Home until 1/9/39

Sudan 2/9/39 until 19/6/42

POW until 14/4/45

I know that he had two wounds, one in the upper thigh and one in his shoulder.

Kevin Lee

Pte. Harold Spencer Worcestershire Regiment 7th Btn.

No funny story I'm afraid. The above details belong to my Father who passed away some years ago. I have all his belongings from his time in service as a young man from 1941 to 1946. From these I know he served in the Worcestershire Regt in 7th battery but no more. If anyone who experienced service in India during this period can shine any light on the kind of experiences my Father would have endured I would love to be put in touch. Thank you for this opportunity.

David Spencer

Capt. Brian Courtney "Jack" Doyle Worcestershire Regiment

Captain Brian Courtenay Doyle was captured at Wormhoudt near Dunkirk in early June 1940 and spent the rest of the war in various POW camps. He spoke of a variety of camps including a Polish reprisal camp, I'm not sure what he meant by that. He definitely spent time in Laufen and ended the war at Eichstatt in Oflag V11B.

A Doyle

Pte. Edward George Cooke Worcestershire Regiment

My dad, Edward George Cooke, was a private in the Second World War. He was taken prisoner at Dunkirk along with his brother, Ron, both in the Worcestershire Regiment. Dad was held at Marienburg Poland. POW 11183. Stalag XXB Marlbruck E Prussia. They both survived the Camps.

Anne Piff

Pte. Ronald Cooke Worcestershire Regiment

My uncle, Ron Cooke, served in the Worcestershire Regiment along with his brother Edward (my dad). They were both taken prisioner at Dunkirk Ron was POW 11184, held at Stalag XXA Torun Poland. They both survived the Camps.

Anne Piff

Sgt. Thomas Partridge 8th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment

My grandfather, Sgt Thomas Partridge, was at Stalag 8A and 8b. He died when I was 14 and I have very little information about his wartime experiences. I found his POW release and a couple of other documents. I know he was captured nr Dunkirk on 29/5/1940 and was released on 1/5/1945 and I think spent most of the war at Stalag 8b. If any one has any information, photos or documents it would be greatly appreciated.

Craig Oakes

Pte. Jack Pritchard 7th Btn. Worcestershire Regiment

My uncle, Jack Pritchard was captured at Bethune on 28th May 1940, fighting the rear guard action at Dunkirk. He was marched to XXa POW camp and was moved to Lamsdorf 344 camp in 1941. He helped a soldier from Newcastle on one of the marches. I have been trying to find out who this soldier's family are.

M. Pritchard

Pte. Fredric Leonard Richardson 8th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment

Fredric Leonard Richardson was taken prisoner while serving with the 8th Battalion Worcestershire, Regiment. He was part of the B.E.F. company forces outside Dunkirk on may 29th 1940. I have found out through a photo that he was in a POW camp Stalag V111B (camp 344). I don't know if he was in any other camps yet. I have also been informed he worked in forestry & Polish coalmines.

He also was a keen football player. He was a POW from 29/may/1940 till 24/march/1945. He was also on the long march until released by the Americans. I have also been informed that he was known as Fritz in the camp because if you wanted anything he could get it. I have a photo of my Grandfather in the camp with another person called R D Brockenbrow, POW no 11090, army no 4128928 from Seacombe, Cheshire.

Michael Richardson

Frederick Leonard Richardson 8th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment

My father is on back row centre

My father, Frederick Leonard Richardson was taken prisoner while serving with the 8th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment BEF forces outside Dunkirk on May 29th 1940. Stalag 8b was one of the camps my father was in I think he was moved to others. He worked in forestry and Polish coalmines. He was a keen footballer and played for some teams. He was a POW from May 29th 1940 till April 24th 1945 and was on the long march until released by the Americans.

Ken Richardson

Corporal Thomas Percy Luty Worcestershire Regiment

Percy Luty was one of four brothers who enlisted, John, Alf, Cuthbert James (always know as James or Jim) and Thomas Percy (always know as Percy). Percy joined up in 1944 and was eventually posted to the Far East serving in Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore he met and married Mary Blackburn whilst being posted at the Nee Soon Transit Camp in 1948. Alf was captured and spent 4 years as a prisoner of war in Stalag 4C at Teplitz

John Luty

Pte. Alfred Harris 1st Btn. Worcester Regiment

In the summer of 1942 Alfred Harris and the 1st Battalion took part in the Gazala Battle and in the defence of Tobruk, Libya. on 20th June a general surrender was ordered following attack from the Germans and Italians. Alfred was made a Prisoner of War in Tobruk and ended up in Italy bound for Germany on a POW train. It was on this journey that the Allerona tragedy took place.

On 28th January 1944 at the Orvieto North railway bridge at Allerona, Italy, a train full of Allied prisoners, most of whom had come from Camp P.G. 54, Fara in Sabina, north of Rome, was hit by friendly fire from the American 320th Bombardment Group. U.S. Army member Richard Morris was on the train and wrote that the journey was stopped on the bridge over the river, and that the German guards fled as soon as the bombs struck. The prisoners were left locked inside the carriages. Many, including Alfred Harris, managed to escape through holes in the boxcars caused by the bombing, and jumped into the river below. It was a great tragedy of the war resulting in the deaths of hundreds of men.

He survived the wreck with a fractured left leg and upon recovery was sent to Stalag 344 in Lamsdorf, Poland.

S Flynn

Pte. William Homer Harrison 8th Btn. Royal Worcestershire Regiment

This is my dad William Harrison's story in his own words. He wrote this as he was 'under spotlight' in an edition of Firm & Forrester.

Joined up in September 1949. Worked on The Gort line winter early 1940, French/Belgium boarder. March 1940 maginotline. Forward outposts soar basin. Moved into Belgium 13/5/1940 took up positions in Waterloo. Fighting retreat back to Wormnoute. Where we made our last stand rear guard action Dunkirk, where a panzer division tore us to pieces. Myself and 6 others taken prisoner 31/5/1940 after hiding in a bull shed with 3 rounds of ammo between us. Very hungry and tired as not eaten or slept for at least 6 days. The following 3 weeks or so very hazy in mind, being march daily.

We came to a halt at Charleville and put to work unloading barges of sugar, cheese, jam etc from Holland. Sometime in August we were loaded into cattle trucks (60 to a truck). Did not get off until we arrived in Poland, which was days later. I was that weak and tired, I had to fall out onto the train track. The next for and a half years was put to work in various places and jobs from farming to mining. I did make 2 escapes. First one I was recaptured within a couple of days. The second time I went on the run for five weeks and spent a few days with the Polish under-ground movement. I was caught again and put into heavy punishment camp for 6 weeks. There I could not speak, if you did, it was a boot or rifle butt. (Dad did have a very deep hollow in his shoulder from a rifle butt). Hard labour by day, solitary confinement by night. In January 1945 thousands of us were taken to Marienburge as the Russians advanced. We were put on the march which lasted until April 29th when we were released by general Pattons army, close to the river Elbe, after marching around 1,200 kilometres mostly through snow and temperature around -30.

I did have some good times during the 5 years as p.o.w. as well as bad times. I always elected myself as 'confidence' man on working commandos demanding our rights under the Geneva Convention. One of the German control officers was about 6' 4" tall I called him Long Tom. We had many battles but gained mutual respect for each other. It was during the long march that I gave way and dropped exhausted into the snow wanting to die. The next thing I knew was a pain in my side and a German voice shouting 'Harrison, again! What. Get up you bloody dog! ' I could not get up so Long Tom picked me up and put me onto a German farm cart, as the civilians were being evacuated. They cared for me as best they could for a few days until I was strong enough to join the p.o.w. column again. I think of Long Tom often for he did save my life.

Jane Harrison

Cpl. John Underhill Worcestershire Regiment

My father was John Underhill, he was a POW in Stalag IVB. He and a few other sick prisoners escaped while on a march to cross the Elbe in the final days of the war. They hid in the woods for days then a German farmer took them in. We just found a book it belonged to dad who died 9 years ago; on the front is Stalag and in Dad's writing IV B inside on Wednesday April 18th is written "5th day. Landed on our feet, right in, feet under the table. Oh Boy a real meal, knife fork and spoon." There was also a name and an address and I contacted the family who still live there. The young farmer was only 22 years old yet he risked everything to give enemy soldiers a bed and meals for a few days. The men with my father were Arthur ,Slim and Bob, can anyone help? We are eager to know more. They joined up with the 11th Arm. Div Inns of Court Regiment and returned home to England.

Lorene Renshaw

Pte. Ernest Geary The Royal Worcestershire Regiment

Held in Stalag 4d.


Cpl. John Underhill Worcestershire Regiment

My father was John Underhill who served with the Worcestershire Regiment in the 2nd World War. He was a prisoner of war in Stalag 4B up to just prior to the end of the war. It was only after he died that my sisters and I found a diary with STALAG XX4 imprinted on the front. Inside on 6th of April 1945 it dad had written "issued with 6 days rations consisting of 1 loaf of bread, 2 pats of margarine, pearl barley, sugar and flour. Left Fallingbuttel on the march. Spent night in a barn. On April 9th "ever onward we know not where". The next day he wrote that they had come full circle. On the 12th April he wrote that they were marching for a bridge to get them over the Elbe.

On the 14th of April my Dad and 4 other POW's broke free from the others and hid in the woods for a few days, some were sick along with my Dad who had stomach pains and groin pain and very loose he writes on 15th "Arthur worse and Slim down." On 16th "Arthur better, Slim the same and Bob down."

Then on the 18th April he writes "Landed on our feet, right in, feet under the table. Oh boy a real meal at last." On the page was written a name and address Adolf Stegen Wholenbuttel, Amelinghausen, Luneburg Germany. Dad and his fellow POW's were fed and spent at least one night in the farm eating good meals which he lists. Then he writes of setting off and meeting 11th division, Inns of Court Regiment who got them home.

I would like to hear from anyone who knows who Arthur, Slim or Bob were. I wrote to the Stegen family and though Adolf himself had died I got to know his daughter over the internet. I wanted to thank her father for his kind treatment to dad and others. I also saw where Dad spent his time there.

Lorene Renshaw

Pte William Clifton 7th Btn. Royal Worcestershire Regiment

Bill Clifton, 2nd from left front row. Ernie Cameron, 3rd from left in back row.

I came across this photograph of my late uncle, Pte. 11719 Bill Clifton of the Worcestershire Regiment, amongst my mother's things after she died. The date on the back is March 1942. He was in Stalag XXA (176) and is second from the left on the front row. He would have been about 23 when this was taken.

I remember him coming home to Malvern after the war, although I was only about 3 at the time. The family and neighbours put flags across the street, and there was another soldier with him, but I can't remember a name. Perhaps someone remembers them, or this picture ?

Maggie Case

Pte. Ernest Cameron 7th Btn. Royal Worcestershire Regiment

Bill Clifton, 2nd from left front row. Ernie Cameron, 3rd from left in back row.

My Dad, Ernie Cameron, was a friend of Bill Clifton and he took Dad home in Malvern to have a bath before they got sent abroad. Dad recognised himself at once on the above photo, he is third from the left.

Ernie CameronErnie Cameron

Dad was captured in May 1940 and taken to Stalag XXA but most of the time he and many others were sent to out to work on the roads and the farms. The work they did was hard and no amenities, not a lot of food not much of anything. He was also on the march in 1945 where he saw some dreadful things, Dysentry, starvation, frost bite, it was about 800 to 900 miles, was'nt it ,up the Baltics and down them. He recalls the Germans being terrified of the Russians finding them, as Dad said the "Russians" had no discipline at all. The air cracked it was so cold, they starved, toes dropped off and many, many, dying along the way.

There are lots of things now Dad tells me, if I ask him but it is only now not when I was younger, it holds too many bad memories for him. He says he can't believe it actually happened, that he actually did it, his family didn't recognise him when he got home, he was that thin, and now he is saying, what was it all for.

I've enclosed the photos in case anyone recognises themselves. Dad knows the faces but not the names. Could anyone help?

Ernie Cameron 3rd from left

Ernie Cameron

Ernie Cameron

Ernie Cameron, far right marked with an X.

Dad enjoyed the site, we printed it off for him so he could read it quietly in his own time. Thank you very much.

Sue Black

Ernest John Hartley Worcester Regiment

My father, Jack Hartley of the Worcester Regiment, was a POW (No. 19227) in Stalag XXb from April 1940 until April 1945.

Jacquie Lowes

William Silvester Worcestershire Regiment

My great uncle was a prisoner in Stalag 4B. He served with the Worcestershire Regiment and was captured in the Middle East. If anybody remembers him or has photos please get in touch.

Ian Roberts

Thomas Mernagh Royal Berkshire Regiment

I would like to find information aboutthe regiments my brother, Thomas, served in during WWII and for a time afterwards:

Royal Berkshire 14th August 1939 to 2nd June 1940

2nd Rangers 3rd June 1940 to 12th July 1942

Cheshire Regiment 24th September 1942 to 25th September 1947

Worcester Regiment 26th September 1947 to 26th August 1952.

Kevin Mernagh

Cpl. Albert George Thompson 7th Btn. Worcestershire Regiment (d.9th May 1945)

My father-in-law was killed in the crash of Lancaster RF 230 (514 Squadron) which happened on 9th May 1945 near Roye Ami, France. It was bringing home POW officers who had been liberated.

Ian Le Sueur

Slater Worcestershire Rgt

My dad was a POW in Stalag 4c from 1943 to 1945 after being in camps CC55 and CC70 in Italy. He was taken prisoner in 1942 by the Italians and Germans at the Battle of Knightsbridge (south of Tobruk).

Keith Slater

Jack Hartley Worcester Rgt.

My father, Jack Harley, Worcester Rgt was wounded in the leg at Dunkirk, aged 20. His POW No was 19227 and he was in Stalag XXB from April 1940 to April 1945. During his time there he worked in a cheese factory. He was liberated by the American 9th Army. He was a good singer and a good football player.

Jacquie Lowes

Pte John Francis Tague 1st Btn. Worcestershire Regiment

M father, Jack Tague was a Private in the 1st Btn. Worcestershire Regiment. The only thing I have about him is a Christmas greeting sent to my mother from camp PG 53 Settore III on 18th December 1942. Also on the greeting is "Military Post PM 3300". He managed to escape and fight with the partisans. If there is anyone out there who could help with any information or photographs I would be grateful.

John Tague

Pte. Vincent Charles Busby 1/6th Btn. South Staffordshire Regiment (d.7th Aug 1944)

Vincent Busby enlisted on 19th March 1940 and joined the 9th Battalion Worcester Regiment on 12th June 1940. On 20th July 1944 he was transferred to South Staffs and embarked for France on that date. He was killed 18 days later.

Tom Busby

CSgt. Arthur William Church 12th Btn. Worcestershire Regiment (d.23rd August 1941)

Colour Sergeant Church was the son of Thomas A. and Emma L. Church, of Malvern Link, Worcestershire.

He was 27 when he died and is buried in Grave 1 in the Borg Churchyard in Iceland.

S Flynn

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