9th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment

Discussion in 'British Army Units - Others' started by VicInIbstock, Jul 20, 2016.

  1. VicInIbstock

    VicInIbstock Member

    Today's question is about the 9th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment. A local lad, Pte Ernest Chandler, is listed on the CWGC as dying on the 27th September 1940. There seems very little detail on the 9th aside from them being tasked with guarding Bristol Docks and I wondered if someone could confirm that I'm going down the correct track.

    Ernest is buried in Heather Leicestershire, the village of his birth, which could indicate he died within the UK mainland rather than on some foreign field.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    UK, Army Roll of Honour, 1939-1945
    Name: Ernest Chandler
    Given Initials: E G
    Rank: Private
    Death Date: 26 Sep 1940
    Number: 4860432
    Birth Place: Leicestershire
    Residence: Leicestershire
    Branch at Enlistment: Infantry
    Theatre of War: United Kingdom
    Regiment at Death: Gloucestershire Regiment
    Branch at Death: Infantry

    Ernest G Chandler in the England & Wales, Death Index, 1916-2007

    Name: Ernest G Chandler
    Birth Date: abt 1919
    Date of Registration: Sep 1940
    Age at Death: 21
    Registration district: Llanelly
    Inferred County: Carmarthenshire
    Volume: 11a
    Page: 1755

    A copy of the death cert would be revealing
  3. dryan67

    dryan67 Senior Member

    Here is a brief summary of the Battalion's service. It seems likely that it was guarding Bristol docks.

    9th (Garrison) Battalion, The Gloucestershire Regiment

    The battalion was raised on May 23rd, 1940 at Llanelly and was sent to guard vulnerable points in Wales shortly after being raised, having very little training. After a few more weeks of training near Carlisle it moved to Northern Ireland in October 1940 and spent the rest of its service near Belfast and Knock in a local defence role. It was disbanded on June 30th, 1943.
  4. VicInIbstock

    VicInIbstock Member

    Sadly the death certificate shows little detail. The description is 'Due to war operations', the district is Llanelly and makes me wonder if it were a training accident given they were raised in May and his death was in September.
  5. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    The battalion war diary may be worth a look. Home Forces diaries do tend (not always) mention the circumstances of a soldiers death if with the unit. However if he was on leave for example he's less likely to get a mention.

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