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Royal Essex Regiment

17th May 1941 Iraqi forces surrender

18th Jun 1944 In Action

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Those known to have served with

Royal Essex Regiment

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

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There are 4 pages in our library tagged Royal Essex 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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Doug Harris Essex Regiment

My father, Doug Harris, was in the Essex regiment and was captured in the desert, I believe in 1942. He was initially placed in an Italian prisoner of war camp then marched into Germany to Stalag 4B. He was liberated in April 1945. Like many others, dad would not share his memories of the camp so I have limited information of the time he spent there other than he captained the football team and played against the Germans. I recently found a photo of the lads proudly standing before the British flag after a match.

Dad died in 2000. He always intended to return to Stalag 4B, I believe to bury the ghosts; he like most other POWs suffered what we now know to be Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome and had many recurring nightmares. I intend to make the visit for him later this year. I would be grateful to hear from any POWs or their relatives who have made the journey and what they found.

It would also be wonderful to hear from anyone who knew him or remembers his regiment or the POW camp.

Tricia Harris

Pte. Sydney Suffield Essex Regiment

My uncle Sid Suffield spent time in Annaburg POW camp (Stalag 4d). Previously he had been held by the Italians after being captured somewhere near Tobruck. When the Italians surrendered the prisoners were told by the officers to stay in the camp, the next day the Germans arrived and took them all to Germany. Towards the end of the war uncle Sid woke up one morning to find the German guards gone. Rather than hang about this time Sid and a friend left the camp and made their way towards Allied Lines. After the war Sid lived in Wales. Unfortunately, he died in 2010 at a rather grand age.

Ron Suffield

Pte. George William Timcke Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private George William Timcke Soldier Number - 6022382 POW Number - 8339 Stalag 18A Wolfsberg I am the grandson of George W Timcke. I am trying to find out more details regarding his wartime experiences for my father. As far as we know, he started in the Essex Regiment before transferring to the Royal West Kent Regiment. During this time he was shot and injured somewhere in North Africa, and captured by the Italians. He eventually interned into Stalag 18A in Wolfsberg. This is all the information we have for him. If anyone could help us to find out more information regarding his experiences we would be very grateful. Many thanks.

Adam Timcke

Cpl. Percy Charles Barnard Essex Regiment

Essex Newsman, Friday 17 December 1943. Chelmsford Wounded and Missing: Mr.and Mrs. F.W. Barnard, Broomfield Road, have received official news that their youngest son, Cpl. Percy C. Barnard, Essex Regt., has been wounded and is missing in the Mediterranean theatre of war. He is 22, and had three birthdays in the Middle East. Being a Territorial, he was called up at the out-break of war. He was employed by Messrs. J. Debnam and Sons, tobacconists and hairdressers.

The Essex Chronicle, Friday 27 April 1945 War Report Free at Last, Essex Prisoners of War Come Home

Chelmsford POW Home: Mr and Mrs F.W. Barnard, of 7 Coopers Row, Broomfield Road, Chelmsford, have received word from their youngest son, Corporal Percy Charles Barnard, that he has been liberated and is in hospital in this country. Percy was taken prisoner while with the 1/15th Essex Regt., in Italy in November, 1943, when he was wounded. He writes that he is in the best of health and hopes to be home shortly. He was liberated by the Americans while in Stalag 13c.

Ashley Barnard

Pte. John Joseph Lindsay 2nd Battalion Essex Regiment (d.18th May 1940)

John Lindsay died aged 35, whilst serving with the Essex Regiment. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Lindsay of Jarrow and husband of C. M. Lindsay of Whitton, Middlesex

John is remembered on the Dunkirk Memorial and is commemorated on the WW2 Roll of Honour Plaque in the entrance of Jarrow Town Hall.

Vin Mullen

Pte. Leslie Richard Parker 1st Battalion Essex Regiment

My Grandfather, Leslie Richard Parker, joined the Essex Regiment as a 17 year old in 1938, and was part of the 2nd/4th Battalion based in East Anglia between 1941 & 1942 when he was posted overseas to India where he joined the 1st Battalion of the Essex Regiment which was posted to the(Special Forces) 23rd Indian Infantry Brigade Columns 44, 56 part of the Chindit force. He served in India & Assam until he was demobbed in April 1946, Sadly my Grandfather died before I was born and we have no pictures of him

Richard Fitzgerald

L/Cpl. John Victor Huggins Essex Regiment

John V Huggins

John V Huggins with others st Hartmannsdorf

John Victor Huggins was taken prisoner, his POW number being 260264 and was held at Stalag IV-f Hartmannsdorf, Saxony. There are photographs of him with others at the camp.

John Heyland

Pte. Nelson Ernest Brown Essex Regiment (d.29th July 1944)

Nelson Brown is commemorated on the Bayeux Memorial. He was aged 19.

neil brown

Pte. G. D. Curnow Duke of Wellington's Rgt.

My grandfather was captured at Anzio and taken to Stalag 4B in 1944. He was also at Stalag 7A. Does anyone remember him? He served first in the Essex Regiment.


P. S. Blakeman 1st Btn, C Coy. Essex Regiment

I have a photo of soldiers taken in Palestine: Trooper Bellesby of the Queen's Own Yorkshire Dragoons aka Halifax Cowboys on his horse Starlet, and Pte P S Blakeman, C Coy 1st Btn Essex Regiment, with others.

Anthony Sweeting

Eric Birkin Royal Artillery

My father, Eric Birkin, served in the Royal Artillery. He then went to the Essex Regiment on 6 pounders and after that went into the Suffolk Regiment, again on 6 pounders.


Cptn. Norman Duncan Sellar Essex Regiment (d.1st May 1945)

Captain Sellar is buried in St. John's Cemetery in Antigua.

s flynn

Pte. James Arthur Forrester 1st Btn. Essex Regiment (d.9th December 1941)

James Forrester was serving in the Western Desert and reported as POW on 29th November 1941, then as missing at sea, then as died at sea on 9th December 1941.

Robin Forrester

Sgt. Donald E. Blackwell 5th Btn. Essex Regiment (d.15th Apr 1944)

Donald Blackwell was my grandfather's brother. He is buried in the regimental cemetery in Bari.

Alex Lewis

Pte. John Beechey Essex Regiment

John Beechey served in North Africa from 12th November 1943 to 22nd February 1944. He was a POW from 23rd February 1944 to 12th May 1945. John was discharged on 12th November 1945

Andrew Beechey

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