List of Officers of the 6th Battalion Nigeria Regiment

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  1. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    I am wondering if anyone knows of, or has access to, a list of the officers of the 6th battalion Nigeria Regiment who formed 66 and 39 Columns of the 3rd (West African) Brigade during Operation Thursday.

    I am particularly looking for information regarding 267199 Lt John Francis Hall of The Queen's Regiment, who may have been attached or transferred to the 6th battalion Nigeria Regiment.
     
  2. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Hi HW,

    Yes, see attached list with Hall present. This is from the 6 Nigerian War diary 1944/45 and is the list for October 1944. This is the clearest image from the document. Let me know if I can assist further.

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  3. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    Steve,

    many thanks, that has confirmed a theory regarding the original owner of some recently purchased ephemera. There are some very interesting items that I will share including a list of the personnel of the H.Q. Coy which includes home addresses.

    Simon
     
  4. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Simon,

    Sounds intriguing, I look forward to seeing these.

    Steve
     
  5. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    Here is the only document with the original owner's name amongst the ephemera. It took me a while to realise that the first initial was a J and not an I.
     

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  6. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    The 81st West African Division Association were clearly presented with some regimental silver by the R.W.A.F.F. Association of Rhodesia in 1967. Nigeria Regiment 001.JPG
     
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  7. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    Unfortunately, the list of members of the H.Q. Battalion of the 6th Nigeria Regiment is undated.
     

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  8. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    Here is the first page of the list which runs to 16 pages. I am happy to post all the pages if anyone is interested.

    Nigeria Regiment 004.JPG
     
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  9. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

  10. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    An excellent find, I am not sure if mine is for the Burma campaign or perhaps later. I have not yet found out when J.F Hall relinquished his commission. Do you have the complete War Diary for the 6th Nigeria Regiment as it might be useful to see if any of the names on my list appear in it.
     
  11. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Hi Simon,

    Yes I do. I'll send it over as before using We Transfer.

    Steve
     
  12. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    Steve,
    thank you for sending the War Diary which I have now read through. It would seem to confirm that the list of men serving in the H.Q. Coy did indeed serve in Burma. There are few mentions of African Other Ranks but one list of 19 men contains the names of three men in the H.Q. Coy list.
     

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  13. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    Lt J.F. Hall gets three specific mentions.

    7th September 1944. Lts Keren and Hall go on leave.
    4th October 1944. Lieuts Keren & Hall return from leave.
    I wonder if they spent their leave in Kashmir as apart from a photograph album of photographic views there was this booklet amongst the ephemera.

    The third mention states:
    13th November 1944. Lt Hall leaves for signal course at Special Forces Training Wing (Signals), Dhukwan.
     

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  14. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    A further reference after the evacuation of the Aberdeen stronghold on the 6th May 1944 shows that Lt Hall was the O.C. 15 Platoon, 39 Column.
     
  15. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Good to see that the diary has a few bits and pieces for you Simon. It has been an interesting year so far for Nigerian Regimental personnel, as far as family enquiries via the Chindit Society have been concerned.
     
  16. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    There is a superb hand written section about the evacuation of Aberdeen and their route out of the Meza valley that I will have to study carefully.
     

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