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The battalion was to remain in Burma until the 3rdJanuary 1948; they were the last British Battalion to leave the country. As time progressed and the situation stabilized whole platoons were drafted away to other units that required reinforcements due to battlefield casualties. They missed the battle of Loos being kept in the Somme sector and doing spells in and out of the trenches. The Last Twelve Years 1948-1959 by Major F Myatt, published by the Museum in 2001. The 8th Battalion were formed at Reading in September under the command of an Indian Army officer Colonel Walton. The battalion spent most of its time guarding areas of the United Kingdom against German invasion and grew to a size of well over 1,000 officers and men, with the hope that they would be able to see action overseas. By October they arrived in the teak forests of Malabar, comparable to the Burmese Jungle. The winter of 1916 was spent in and out of the trenches and training. The third engagement, also on the Somme on the 26th/27th September saw the 6th in mainly a supporting role in the battle for the Schwaben Redoubt just by Thiepval. On the 21st March when the German Spring Offensive started they were at Marteville. The Royal Berkshire Regiment, March 10th to 12th 1945. They were in continual action till the 19th May, some of their hardest fought battles. . It was decided that an assault moist take place on the ground held by the Germans that overlooked the battalion position (Point 411). Thus they missed most of the horrors of Passchendaele They returned to the Ypres area arriving there on the 30th October. On the 28th March they were moved to the Somme area as part of the build up for the coming offensive. This battalion was formed early in November 1914 as a service battalion, but the following year was re-designated as a reserve Battalion. They trained hard in this area and on Christmas day they were treated to a dinner by the townsfolk of Maidenhead. The battalion left Casanova on New Years Day to return to the front line and they were destined to play a major part in the crossing of the River Garigliano. In August they took part in a major attack on Iron Cross Redoubt acting as the spearhead for the 8th Division. The 17th/18th February saw them in action again in the battle of Boom Ravine when again they met all their objectives but had to withdraw as they had got too far ahead of the rest. On June the 18ththey received an order warning them to prepare to move the same day for an unknown destination. They remained in constant action up to July. At the end of 1918 nearly all the demobilized men from the front line battalion were processed through the battalion, including many Prisoners of war. Members who served with Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. What was left concentrated at Frome. The Royal Gloucestershire Berkshire and Wiltshire Light Infantry Cap Badge. Now their reward had come. In July they moved to Wymondham to carry out even further exercises for a month after which they returned to the coast remaining there for the rest of the year. 1.5 - 5th Battalion The Rifles. Christmas was spent behind the lines playing football. Extensively indexed, this new CD contains nearly 12,000 names, over 700 civilian organisations and a new section on the organisation of the Army and its many regiments during the First World War. In December the battalion were at Kailua ready to cross the Chin win. England, Copyright © The Rifles Wardrobe and Museum Trust  2019, The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment, The Duke of Edinburghs Royal Regiment (Berkshire and Wiltshire), The Berkshire Regiment 1881-1885 The Royal Berkshire Regiment 1885-1959, The 49th (Hertfordshire) Regiment 1743-1881, The Militia, Volunteers and Territorial Army. However various drafts were sent out to join the 2nd Battalion (the old 66th Regiment) which had embarked for South Africa in 1898. They had been overrun and virtually wiped out. On the evening if the 13th they made their first contact with the German Army when a patrol came into contact with them resulting in two dead and four missing, the regiments first casualties. They fought rearguard actions until the 27th when they were relieved. It was not until April 1917 that they began serious offensives. At Le Clipon (known as Hush Hush Land) they trained for amphibious warfare as they were designated to be part of the British force to land on the Belgian coast as the follow up to the 3rd Battle of Ypres. 10th Battalion soldiers making their way along a muddy Mountain track, North of Roccamfina, Italy, in 1943. In 2007 another round of amalgamations meant the Light Infantry was merged with The Devonshire and Dorset Light Infantry, The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Light Infantry and The Royal Green Jackets to form The Rifles. At the end of the year they were in camp at Thana, a camp infested with snakes. At the outbreak of war in August 1914 the 2nd Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment were in Jhansi, India. Here they lived in tents and the duties were a repeat of those carried out in England in as much as they were guarding. It was the memorial to Lieutenant Colonel Galbraith the CO of the 66th(Berkshire) Regiment who was killed in action at Maiwand in Afghanistan, 1880. To mark its conduct at Tofrek (which was sometimes referred to as "McNeill’s zariba") the Regiment received what was then a unique honour when on 1 October 1885 it was notified that: "Her Majesty has been graciously pleased, in recognition of the gallant conduct of Princess Charlotte of Wales’s (Berkshire Regiment) in the action at Tofrek, to approve of the Regiment being in future designated Princess of Charlotte of Wales’s Royal Berkshire Regiment. They remained in this position under very severe enemy bombardment, but held the line. At the beginning of the year they were still heavily involved to training at North Walsham, in Norfolk. By Mid December the battalion ceased to exist. In 1940 the younger soldiers of the battalion were split and formed a new 70th (Young Soldiers) Battalion and in 1941 the 8th Battalion was re-designated as the 30th Battalion. On the 8th May 1945 they were the first unit into Rotterdam; this was unopposed as the Germans had capitulated the day before. This unit moved to Reading in 1945 and was disbanded in 1946. On the 30th March the battalion carried out two very successful fighting patrols causing the enemy to withdraw. [21], The colonels of the regiment were as follows:[13], The regiment's selected battle honours were as follows:[33]. Light Role Infanteers are trained to fight on foot, but their flexibility means they can deploy by land, air or sea. This was cancelled as he Japanese army had arrived first. They then settled into trench warfare based at La Metz Farm. Ref: 0159-000-540-000. The Rifles Berkshire and Wiltshire Museum is based in Salisbury. This post however, concerns army service numbers and the dates on which these were issued between 1881 and 1914. The cost in deaths was heavy with the Royal Berkshires losing 6,688 men. The final action was at Poelcapelle on the 9th October when their CO, Lt Col H G F Longhurst was killed. On arrival at Ahmednagar they reorganised and continued training taking on board some of the lesson learned in the Arakan. They moved into a camp at Dimapur and learned straight away the situation was critical and that the Japanese were only 30 miles away. On the 9th at Thayetpinzu they were addressed by Field Marshal Slim who congratulated them for their outstanding week. The Germans were most appreciative of their windfall. They remained here for the remainder of the year. The 2nd Battalion attacked Ovillers on the first day of the Somme offensive and had 437 casualties. Light Infantry and Rifle companies of the 1st Brigade, 4th Division, reorganized 1 July 1834 as the Regiment of Light Infantry Volunteer militia of Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire Counties reorganized 24 April 1840 as the 6th Brigade, 3d Division, Massachusetts Volunteer Militia, to comprise the following units: Although the two communities had lived in reasonable amity for many years there was a long standing wish on the part of the Greeks for union with Greece. They spent Christmas day in the Trenches at Beuvry. The 51st became the new regiment's 1st Battalion. [1], The 70th (Young Soldiers) Battalion was raised in 1940 from the younger personnel of the 8th (Home Service) Battalion and mainly consisted of soldiers around the age of 18-19 who had volunteered for the British Army. The battalion started the move towards Kohima that was under siege and being held by a small but resilient band. On the 27th February the battalion returned to front line duties at Montello. The 6th lost 27 killed and 127 wounded. Thus they were at the sharp end of the German offensive on the 21st March and had a large number of men taken prisoner. In 1959 the regiment was amalgamated with The Wiltshire Regiment (Duke of Edinburgh's) into The Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment (Berkshire and Wiltshire) . In June, they lined the streets of Belfast during the visit of their majesties The King and Queen. 1.2 - 2nd Battalion The Rifles. On the 15th November the battalion was disbanded. Welcome to Forces Reunited the place where you can find information and friends from Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.. We are the largest and fastest growing community of UK forces veterans on the web with over 500,000 members! In October they moved to Hothfield and later Dover where in 1946 they amalgamation with what remained of the 1st battalion after their return from Burma. They were the for runners of the Home Guard. Some managed to penetrate the as yet unfinished zaribas and the Berkshires were able to grab their rifles only moments before the main body of the enemy attacked. 1st Battalion The Royal Berkshire Regiment deployed to Cyprus in October 1956, initially stationed near Episkopi and then shortly detaching a and B Companies to Dhekhelia. A number of moves followed with the training used to prepare them for the forth coming Battle of the Somme. Early January was spent in familiarizing themselves with the area and new language. 59th (Kings own Shropshire LI) Light Infantry. Movement by day invited a prompt and violent response, but night patrols were a regular feature. In August the battalion went to Scotland where they received training in secret at Gailles Camp, near Irvine. In mid January the battalion was training in South Brent, near Plymouth when they were ordered to transform themselves from a garrison battalion into a field force unit. Once an organised line was established the immediate danger was over but the Arabs continued to attack with fanatical bravery. They were in action again at Trones Wood on the 27th August and at St Pierre Vaast Wood on 2nd September. They came under attack at Bouzincourt on the 5th April but it was beaten off. During the Christmas period they were still in training. They were brought back briefly to Reading over the Christmas of 1915. One company was detached to Southampton docks to assist in loading supplies for the Normandy landings. January 1885 found the 1st Battalion of the Princess Charlotte of Wales’s (Berkshire) Regiment, (the old 49th) in the Suakin area of the Sudan. It was erected in honour of the men of the 2nd Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment who fought and died there and reads; Erected to commemorate the fierce fighting in the clearance and final capture of Mandalay Hill by the 2nd Bn. [1], However, the 2nd Division, 1st Royal Berkshires included, was sent to India in 1942, after the Imperial Japanese Army conquered much of Burma in early 1942. The battalion left Northern Ireland in January for Colchester, and later Aylesbury. The bridgehead was under constant attack and the battalion were soon involved. Its sides had an average slope of one in three. Miles Dempsey served with the regiment after being commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1915, where he was awarded the Military Cross for bravery. The summer was spent alternating between front line duty and billets. As things settled down the battalion spent their time maintaining order going between Zeyawadi, the hillsides of Kalaw, and the cantonment of Mingaladon. 29 April 1916 : Battalion was captured after surrender of garrison at Kut-el-Amara. As ‘C’ company approached the village they were fired on. The main attack took place on the 19th. Their sole purpose was to ‘hold’ men who were temporarily homeless, including the medically unfit, and those returning from abroad, awaiting orders, courses or reposting to other units. By September 30th the Bulgars had surrendered and the 7th were advancing towards Sofia as part of the Army of occupation. The combined Battalion was in action at Mosilikatse Nek where Pte William House was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for attempting to rescue a wounded comrade under heavy fire, and was himself severely wounded in the process. The battalion spent the first two months of 1918 holding the line near Passchendaele. They spent the year guarding Vulnerable points throughout the south of England up to December the 29th when the Home Defence title was dropped and they were re-named the 30th Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment. Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry during WW1 They initially acted as a mobile reserve in the Oxfordshire Area. They spent the first four months in the area of Noeux-les-Mines, Lillers and Allouagne. At the end of a second action at Oppy on the 3rd May the battalion was down to 2 officers, both wounded and 94 other ranks. This unit was raised in October 1916 and disbanded in December 1917. After the crossing they quickly advanced with the battalion marching 60 miles including a range of hills that seemed to rise perpendicularly from the plain. They were back in the line at Vimy Ridge on the 22nd July and were part of an attack on the 21st September when the advance to Victory began. They moved out on the 5thApril eager to carry out a re-match with the Japanese. In February the battalion was relieved of its costal defence duties and sent to join the 56th (London) Division. The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment (RGBW) was formed in 1994. A memorial plaque stands at the entrance to a pagoda near the top of Mandalay Hill. 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