1st battalion Cameron Highlanders, or not?

Discussion in 'British Indian Army' started by dogsbody21, Apr 19, 2016.

  1. kohimamuseum

    kohimamuseum Junior Member

    if he was not called up until 1944, its likely that he wouldn't have joined 2 Div until much much later in the war - prob not until '45
  2. Charpoy Chindit

    Charpoy Chindit Junior Member

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  3. dogsbody21

    dogsbody21 Member

    Service records now arrived. Looks like dad missed the majority of the fighting altogether so maybe why he enjoyed his time in India.
    Service No 14805472
    Originally posted to 9th Bedfs and Herts (9 S E ) R T C on 20/07/44
    Transfer to RA (HAA) 0n 14/09 44
    Underwent Driver Training with 52 R A T/Regt DVR IC . Passed 07/11/44
    Ranked as Gunner with 52 R A T Regt 29/12/44 and then posted to 3RA RES REGT (FIeld) Heavy AA
    Embarked 03/05/45
    Arrived India 25/05/ 45

    Not quite sure about next bit but looks like he was posted to 208 Field Regt but dont have Bty No 11/06/45
    Later posted to 100th A/Tk Regt ( Gordon Highlanders) 170 Battery 12/06/46

    Returned to UK 22/08/46 on 28 days leave(in addition to LIAP)
    Downgraded to WT RES on 16/11/46

    Records dont list where he was stationed during his time with 208 Field so if anyone has any further info on their movements it would be appreciated
    The 100th A/Tk was indeed a S/P regiment with Priests so I can date the pictures a little more clearly now

    There is also mentioned L A Field 260 but not quite sure where this fits in
  4. dogsbody21

    dogsbody21 Member

    as suggested earlier in this thread by IDLER he may well have been involved in operation ZIPPER. Any info on this would be very welcome
    Dates seem to tie in but would Field Regts be split ? As in one part in frontline and remainder staying in training ?
  5. idler

    idler GeneralList

    208 Fd Regt were in the order of battle for ZIPPER, and he joined them a couple of months before it was due (Aug 45), so that could explain the waterproofed Priests.
  6. dogsbody21

    dogsbody21 Member

    sounds like ZIPPER was a bit of a disaster so far as landings went. Would you know where to start looking for more detailed info IDLER ?
    I have seen references to National Archives but having time to go there is another problem
  7. idler

    idler GeneralList

    Well, it was a last-minute change from.an assault landing to a 'liberation', so I think things got missed.

    Now you have his units and dates, the best bet is to get the relevant war diaries and work out from there. It's very, very unlikely that he will be mentioned but it will give the best indication of what he was doing.

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  8. dogsbody21

    dogsbody21 Member

    Thanks IDLER. The records below are hopefully the right ones. On his service record there are references down the left hand side which I presume are movement orders ? Is there any way of getting to see these do you know ?
    WO 172/7426
    WO 172/10103
  9. dogsbody21

    dogsbody21 Member

    Came across the order of battle for Zipper along with the attached file which from page 122 recounts the logisitics involved in its preparation. Operation BUTTON ??

    Operation Zipper: The Invasion of Malaya, August 1945 Commonwealth Order of Battle (OOB)
    HQ 14th Army
    HQ XXXIV Corps
    Corps Troops
    11th Cavalry
    25th Dragoons
    1st Indian Medium Regiment
    8th Sikh LAA Regiment
    9th Rajput LAA Regiment
    18th Field Regiment RA
    208th Field Regiment RA
    6th Medium Regiment RA
    86th Medium Regiment RA
    1st HAA Regiment, Hong Kong; Singapore Regiment RA
    Major Formations
    5th Indian Division
    23th Indian Division
    25th Indian Division
    26th Indian Division
    50th Indian Tank Brigade
    3rd Commando Brigade
    5th Parachute Brigade

    Attached Files:

  10. dogsbody21

    dogsbody21 Member

    Doing a bit more research about the journey back from India and cant seem to get dates to tie in exactly. Dad came back on "Empress of Scotland" according to service records but the sailings I can find dont quite match dates on service record. It would appear that conditions on board were more than uncomfortable for the everyday soldier but not so bad for the officers etc.

    Would anybody have any further details on this ?
  11. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

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