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25th May 1940 On the Move

27th May 1940 Under Attack

28th May 1940 Consolidation

29th May 1940 Orders to Withdraw


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Those known to have served with

Royal Gloucestershire Regiment

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Comley Albert Edwin.
  • Handley John Henry. Pte
  • Holborow Albert. Pte.
  • Mallett Archibald. Pte.
  • McMahon Anthony John. Pte.
  • Smith George Charles. Cpl.
  • Worman Andrew Viviene. L/Cpl.

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There are 2 pages in our library tagged Royal Gloucestershire 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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Cpl. George Charles "Chubby" Smith Royal Warwickshire Regiment

As far as I know, my father, George Charles Smith, known as Chubby or Smudger, served with the Warwickshires and the Gloucesters, but I'm not sure of what order. He finished up with the Military Police towards the end of the War in India. He was posted to North West Frontier, Red Fort Deli, Calcutta, Rangoon. He returned to England aboard the ship SS Maloja out of Bombay on the 18th of December 1949 with my mother Enid Maisie Smith and four children. I also have an address in Calcutta, 30 Gobra Road, Entally, Calcutta. I would like to find more info on my father's travels from Thornbury, South Glouctershire, his place of birth. He had a brother Gilbert who also entered service.

Nigel Smith



Pte John Henry Handley Gloucestershire Regiment

My Grandfather was Jack Handley. From his service record and recent geneology studies I know that he was held in Stalag XXb. From family history passed down I know he may have been on the long march which took place from Jan-April 1945 when he may have been injured. My Mom said that he didn't talk much about the war but one friend said that he may have had in the camp emigrated to Australia after the end of the war.

I would love to find out more about my Grandfather as he sadly died of stomach cancer on 22nd November, 1966 5 years before I was born. After the war he was a postman in Dudley, West Midlands, he was survived by his wife Gladys and daughter Valerie, who piecing together fragments may have been named after the place where he was captured Saint Valery in France.

I would appreciate any help that anyone can give me or perhaps where to research further as i would like my children and grand children not to forget the sacrifices that these brave men gave to secure their future.

Yvonne Forrest



Pte. Anthony John McMahon Gloucestershire Regiment

My Uncle Tony McMahon is the chap on the left of the front row in the photo which Leonard Price is on the right of the front row. He was captured not far from Dunkirk where the Glosters and the Wiltshires were defending the line. He was in Stalag XXB and worked on a farm, the family wanted him to stay but he wanted to go home. He was on the death march and survived mainly because his Mother had sent him a pair of boots. He died when he was in his eighties, a bachelor.

Vanessa Killops



Albert Edwin Comley 2nd Btn. Gloucestershire Regiment

My father was Albert Edwin Comley known as Bert. He was called up for the third time, for the Second World War and served in the 2nd Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment. He was captured at Casel, France, on 30th May 1940, when his unit was covering the retreat at Dunkirk. I have Red Cross paperwork showing that he was held at Stalag 323 on 1st of November 1940 (prisoner no. 11000) and was also held in Stalag 8b. I have some messsage cards from him to my mother from there. My father was involved in the "Long (or Death) March" when POWs were force-marched from their POW camps in Poland into Germany in the freezing cold of winter. He was made to work in coal mines during his captivity and was repatriated to England in 1945.

I know that there are probably very few survivors of these times, but if you or your father or grandfather were in the Glosters 2nd Battalion, captured at Casel, and/or held in Stalag 8b, please get in touch.

Gordon Comley



Pte. Archibald Mallett 2nd Btn. Gloucester Regiment

Dad, Archibald Mallett was part of the BEF 145th Brigade sent to France in May 1940 and on to Orchies on the Belgium border. They were then sent on to defend the road to Dunkirk at Cassel. He was captured at Cassel on 27th May 1940 after receiving a shrapnel injury to his head. He was subsequently incarcerated in Stalag XX1B and he remained a POW until his release at the end of the war, suffering at the hands of the Germans.

His regiment was almagamated with the 1st Btn the Glosters and he went on to fight in Korea at the battle of Gloster Hill and the Imjin River, managing to survive and return home.

Dad never spoke of his war years and it is only in recent years that our family have learned of his past and how heroic he was. I am very proud of Dad, sadly he passed on in 1989. I have enclosed some of his papers showing different camps where he was held.

Terry Mallett









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