New Resource 1st South Staffs War Diary 1944

1st South Staffs War diary-March, April and June

  1. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

  2. mikky

    mikky Member

    Thank you very much for posting. this, a remarkable period of a remarkable battalion. "Did we do our stuff Sir?"

    They certainly did.

    Mike
     
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  3. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Although we losing our veterans horribly quickly now, it is astonishing that there are still a number of South Staffs and King's Regiment soldiers still with us. They seem to have a longevity gene compared to other Chindit units.
     
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  4. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

    Does the diary exist for May 1944? I am running through my service books and trying a bit more in depth research than previously and have found one that I believe was a Colour Sergeant with 1st South Staffs at this point, he was wounded 18 May 1944 so am trying to do a bit more digging - he is 4913791 Ronald Turner
     
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  5. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    I'll take a look for him and come back to you Alistair.
     
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  6. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Here are the pages for May 44' not very much I'm afraid:

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  7. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

    Thanks for that, it sets the scene a bit but doesn't actually tie down an incident which is a shame but its great to have it. Below is the book, the actual casualty list has him as South Stafford's without a Battalion number but I believe the 1st were the only Battalion they had in the Far East, he was Mentioned In Despatches in 1946 for services in Burma


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  8. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Alistair, here are some pages from the 77 Brigade HQ war diary for the 18th May. It seems to me that the Brigade including 1 South Staffs were on their way to Moguang having given up White City a few weeks beforehand. On the 19th May it is said that they and the 1 Lancashire Fusiliers were at a place called Lamai:

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    Last edited: May 21, 2020
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  9. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Here's a little map showing where Lamai is located, might come in useful one day?

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  10. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

    Brilliant, thanks again for these - another one to add to the Service Files wanted list - its a big list and probably not going to happen any time soon
     
  11. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    That is very true. A couple of family inquirers who I suggested got their soldier's service records came back to me today asking if the MOD offices are still open. Sounds like Glasgow have ground to a halt and are attempting to move over to email inquiries from now on. All to do with the dreaded coronavirus I guess.
     

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