Originally depicted by Dad as B company, 6th Green Howards, but now this photo is believed to be 1st East Lancs, Circa Feb 1945, location possibly Germany. Identified through the clothing and medals being worn.
(Previous description was "Our first Territorial camp in 1939 at Marton, Bridlington, before the war started. Sorry I am not on it as I could only stay one week because I had to get back to the shop. Most of these would be killed or captured at Gazala, by Rommel, when he chased our army back and surrounded the battalions. In fact, up to the time of Alamein, 700 men were to be killed or captured - this number out of 950)."
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Sgt Charles V Wride MM D Company 1st Bn East Lancs
I believe my Grandfather is on the front row 6th from the right. He was with the regiment from Normandy to Hamburg so definitely would have been in the photo! It makes sense with all the sergeants being on the front row. I think I recognise another face or two from the book I mentioned so should have names for them too - If so then judging by the number in the photo and the familiar faces then I reckon it is probably all of D company.
Regards, Mark Wride
Hi - just started looking for my maternal Grandfather's war history. I found that at the time of his marriage in 1938 he was described as belonging to the ELR based at Fulwood Preston. Looking at your group photo it could be him on the back row 5th from the right. Thanks, Mark fisher
From Michael Percy - My great Uncle, Pte Harold Cox 3391039, served with the 1st Battalion East Lancs Regiment during the war. I have recently started to research his war participation and will be applying for his service record shortly. The photograph of the regiment on your webpage (top right) caught my attention as I too have the same photo in Harolds collection. On the reverse side is written the location as being Mulheim on Ruhr, Germany. July 1945. Regards.Michael