ORDER OF BATTLE - 1st Chindit Expedition 1943. 1 Battalion King's Liverpool Regiment Jan 1 - Dec 31 1917 1 Battalion King's Liverpool Regiment Jan 1918 - Apr 1919 2 Garrison Battalion Kings Liverpool Regiment Jan 1917 - Dec 1918 4 Battalion King's Liverpool Regiment Nov 1915 - Nov 1919 5 Battalion King's Liverpool Regiment Feb-Dec 1915 1/5 Battalion King's Liverpool Regiment Jan 1916 - Apr 1919 I replied “if you couldn’t walk you were left. Originally published in three volumes this reprinted work comes in one softback edition and include a roll of honour of 14,200 war dead. When the 8th (The King's) Regiment of Foot became The King's (Liverpool Regiment) in 1881 under the Cardwell-Childers reforms of the British Armed Forces, eight pre-existent militia and volunteer battalions of Lancashire and the Isle of Man were integrated into the structure of the King's Regiment. The maps they carried, like the one pictured below, were printed onto brightly coloured silk so that they could be used to signal aeroplanes, but folded very small and easily hidden away if they were captured. The 13th Kings Liverpool were initally attached as Army Troops to 25th Division. 13th (Service) Battalion, The King's Regiment (Liverpool) was raised at Seaforth in September 1914, part of Kitchoner's Third New Army, which assembled in the area around Salisbury. On arrival here at Infal, we had to report to the stores, which had been set up by our own regiment, the 13th King’s, where we were issued with boots, socks, shirts, slacks, shorts, hose tops, razor blades, mess tins knife fork spoon and one pair of sharp scissors issued between us, which had to go to a barber to cut our hair and we had to hack away at our own beards before shaving. By the end of March they received orders that their part of the mission had been successful and they were to return to India. Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, many planned events and commemoration services will inevitably have to be cancelled or postponed, for updates please see: Receive news about National Museums Liverpool, exhibitions, events and more. The simultaneous Battles of Kohima and Imphal were a turning point in the campaign in Burma. Private Arthur House was also with the 1st Battalion: "The Japanese searched for us deftly stabbing their bayonets into the undergrowth; as the noise of their search grew farther away, we re-grouped and found five men were missing, Sgt King, Ptes Blundell, Fairfield and Sammy Booth, as well as the American pilot. This is a list of battalions of the King's Regiment (Liverpool), which existed as an infantry regiment of the British Army from 1881 to 1958. The first ‘Chindit’ expedition, Operation Longcloth, included the King’s (Liverpool) Regiment’s 13th Battalion, who marched into Burma in February 1943 - their task was to disrupt communication and supply lines. Search our index of King's Regiment soldiers who served in the First World War to find out if they are in the database held by the King's Regiment. A nursing sister called me into a room as she wanted to tend my wounds, which only consisted of jungle sores. They united as the 1st Battalion on 1 September 1958. With our clothes and rifle secured on top, we hoped to kick and float across the river. The 9th Battalion was one of four newly raised units of the King's Own Royal Regiment in February 1940. While she was attending to me she asked why there were no seriously wounded amongst our lot. Frederick, John Bassett Moore (1969), p.111, Frederick, John Bassett Moore (1969), p.128, 38th (The King's Regiment) Anti-Aircraft Battalion, 38th (The King's Regiment) Searchlight Regiment, 101st Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery, King's Regiment (Manchester and Liverpool), https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=List_of_battalions_of_the_King%27s_Regiment_(Liverpool)&oldid=975482709, Lists of British Army units and formations, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, 1st Battalion, 2nd Royal Lancashire Militia (The Duke of Lancaster's Own), 2nd Battalion, 2nd Royal Lancashire Militia (The Duke of Lancaster's Own), 5th (The Liverpool Rifle Volunteer Brigade) Lancashire Rifle Volunteer Corps, 18th (Liverpool Irish) Lancashire Rifle Volunteers Corps, 19th (Liverpool Press Guard) Lancashire Rifle Volunteer Corps, Amalgamation of 3rd and 4th Volunteer Battalions, 8th (Scottish) Volunteer Battalion (formed 1900), Absorbed by 1/8th King's on 31 January 1918, Absorbed by 1/9th King's in February 1918, Transferred to West Lancashire Reserve Brigade (WLRB), 1916, Became the 49th Training Reserve Battalion, September 1916, Absorbed by the 14th King's, 13 August 1918, Became 67th Training Reserve Battalion in, Possibly redesignated as the 27th; became the 2nd Labour Battalion, April 1917, Retained, though it became a "line infantry" battalion when its rifle distinctions were relinquished in 1937, Authorised March 1939; reformed October 1939, Authorised March 1939; reformed May 1939 as duplicate of 5th King's, Effective disbandment; placed in "suspended animation" on 21 March 1946, Redesignated the 30th (Home Defence) Battalion. 13th May 1918: The Pals battalions are sent to train American troops. His idea seemed to be that if we were split up there would be less chance of a main party running into trouble. 1/5th 1/6th 10th Battalion 117th Battery, 26th Brigade 11th Battalion 122nd Battery 12th Battalion 13th Battalion 14th Battalion 14th Service Bn. 9th August : In front line in Maltz Horn Farm sector. © 2020 National Museums Liverpool. based at St Anne's Street, Liverpool. Our beloved leader General Orde Wingate was coming to an ‘O group’ with our platoon officers. Some were sick or wounded and couldn’t make the journey out. Rank: Private Number: 15797 Died 31st August 1918 Buried at Ecoust-St Mein Cemetery, France, in the Pas De Calais Area We don't have any surviving documents of his at all, and there are sadly no living relatives of ours who would have anything of his. By 1922, all of the regiment's war-raised battalions had disbanded. To mark the 75th anniversay of VJ Day I would now like to focus on journal extracts and personal accounts from our archive relating to the part played by the King’s Regiment 13th and 1st Battalions who served in the Far Eastern region during the Second World War. 7th August : Talus Boisé. Eventually he walked back into the jungle. In their opinion the non-swimmers wouldn’t stand a chance. He was probably sent for training with the Battalion in Salisbury. Branches of trees were falling above our heads, mortar bombs were exploding. He also told us that our last dropping would be this morning. Members who served with Kings Regiment (Liverpool) Welcome to Forces Reunited the place where you can find information and friends from Kings Regiment (Liverpool).. We are the largest and fastest growing community of UK forces veterans on the web with over 500,000 members! Hampshire Regiment Herefordshire Regiment Hertfordshire Regiment Highland Light Infantry Honourable Artillery Company Household Cavalry Indian Army Kent Cyclist Battalion Inns Of Court Officers Training Corps Irish Guards King's Liverpool Regiment King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment King's Own Scottish Borderers King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry I weighed only seven stone; my normal weight was 12 stone. Served in the Kings Liverpool Regiment, 13th battalion. 28th July : Bois des Tailles. At about 3am Brigadier Wingate called us together and told us to surround him. last surviving King’s Regiment Chindit living in Merseyside. You have my orders that you can go back with a column, a platoon, or with just one mate, as long as you get out.”. A Pals Battalion. The King's expansion during the Second World War was modest compared to 1914-1918. Organised as "rifle volunteer corps", they were independent of the British Army and composed primarily of the middle class. Sgt McGee decided to march towards the Chindwin, he was hoping our missing men might reach us there. At midnight we would leave Assam by glider and land in North Burma in a logging clearing which had been named ‘Broadway’. Two of the stronger swimmers followed them, but within a minute they were back saying that the current was too strong and the water was very cold. It took several weeks to get all of the survivors back to India. The King's Liverpool Regiment memorial stands in St John's Gardens, St Jonh's Lane, Liverpool. In dense forest, men could get lost if they strayed just a few metres away from their colleagues. Does anyone have any information regarding the battalion in Salonika and what they did ? Remained in India throughout the war. Private Robert Valentine Hyner was with the 13th Battalion and remembered the orders from their Commanding Officer, Orde Wingate: “I want you all to get back safely to India. Formed in Liverpool on 29th August 1914 by Lord Derby, in the old watch factory at Prescot. History of the 2/6th (Rifle) Battalion "The King's" (Liverpool Regiment), 1914-1919, 368 pp. The Brigadier said “the enemy were to the East, North, South and West and in fact we were bloody well surrounded.” He also said that we had kept at least 100 Japanese looking for each one of us and we had kept them well occupied. The Chindits were sent deep behind enemy lines to sabotage Japanese communications during the British advance. 1st Battalion. 27th July : Carrying parties to Longueval / Delville Wood. A defence review by Duncan Sandys in 1957 decided that the King's would be amalgamated with the Manchester Regiment, to form the King's Regiment (Manchester and Liverpool). Be outside on parade at 23:15 hours, ready for the transport to take us to the airfield, and good luck chaps”.". Members who served with Kings Regiment (Liverpool) Welcome to Forces Reunited the place where you can find information and friends from Kings Regiment (Liverpool).. We are the largest and fastest growing community of UK forces veterans on the web with over 500,000 members! Welcome to the WWII Forums! “so chaps” ended Captain Freeman “get as much rest as you can for it’s a tough job. All rights reserved. Orange silk map of Burma as issued to Chindit columns, printed both sides 'NORTHERN BURMA' and 'CENTRAL BURMA', 1:1,000,000. Uniquely, the 7th (Isle of Man) Battalion did not join the Territorial Force, instead remaining a "volunteer" battalion. Log in or Sign up. The 19th is absorbed into the 14th Battalion of the Kings (Liverpool Regiment). By now we were all fully awake. By the end of March they received orders that their part of the mission had been successful and they were to return to India. The regiment fielded 49 battalions during the war from a pre-war establishment of two regular, two militia, and six territorial. As darkness fell, we were all ready, then to our amazement, the Japanese arrived a hundred yards from us. We reached the Chindwin two days later; Des Thompson and I were the first to reach it and we were surprised to see how wide and fast flowing it was. Colour print by artist David Rowlands, shows the Chindits, 1st Battalion King's Regiment, landing at Broadway, Burma, 5 - 6 March 1944. The two Chindit invasions, coupled with an uprising of the Burmese Independent Army saw Burma return to British rule in 1945. The King's Regiment fielded 49 battalions and lost 13,795 officers and other ranks during the course of the war. It had worked in training anyway! During WW2 he served with the King's Liverpool Regiment, later being transfered to the Royal Air Force. After you've exhausted King's, Lpool and Liv* in the regiment field, just type in KLCB. 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