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Left to right standing:

Tommy parker, I have good reason to believe is still alive and living in Middlesbrough locality.

Henry Jefferies, from Bethnall Green, was called up the same day as myself (June 13 1940), a good bit to tell you about him in due course.

Wilf Shaw from Oldham (Me!)

Larry Latham from Manchester - we left him behind in England - never found out what happened to him

Stan Palmer from Ripponden, near Halifax, Yorks was the one who lived nearest to me. I used to go over and see him quite often. He died a few years ago, succumbed to Alzheimers. I attended his funeral.


L to R seated:

Laurie Abnett, London area, also left in England, never heard anything about him since.

James (Jimmy) Wilson Billinge, St Helens, Lancs - Killed in action on the 6th of April 1943 at the Wadi Akarit.

Morris Hancock - Taken prisoner near Mersa Matruh in the retreat to the El Alamein line from Gazala 1942.

Bill Wright, Worsborough Bridge, Barnsley - came through it all.

One lad not shown - Maurice Sutherland who, after the war, was knighted Sir Maurice Sutherland - all bloody good lads, "Bless em all"

"I am Wilfred Shaw, Ex 6th Battalion Green Howards and served with them from late 1940 to June 1946 - Now 95 years of age (2015) and living in Oldham. It was after Dunkirk when I joined the Battalion, they were at Marston House, Frome, Somerset.


I sailed on the Mooltan to North Africa in June 1941 and served in N Africa at Gazala in May 1942, in a rifle Coy, where I was wounded in my left foot in the fighting around Tobruk and was in 15th Scottish General Hospital until just before El Alamein. I went into action there, this time as a signaller attached to a rifle Company, and was wounded again and had to spend another spell in the 106 South African field hospital.


I left hospital and went back into action at Wadi Akarit in Southern Tunisia until Rommel was driven out of North Africa. I then took part in the invasion of Sicily landing at Avola on the 10th of July 1943. After the conclusion of the Sicily campaign we returned to England (Riddlesworth, near Thetford in Norfolk) then up to Loch Fyne, Inverary, in Scotland to train for the invasion of Normandy.


I then moved down to Boscombe and got married to Dora my first wife who was also in the armed forces. I was married on 10 April 1944, Easter Monday. We married at the Register Office in Oldham, 10 days’ compassionate leave with my wife then back to Boscombe - never thought I would see my wife again, but I was remarkably lucky.


I took part in the Invasion of Normandy but didn't land D-Day - it was D2 when I landed and was signaller with Support Company along with Fred Zilken. I was signaller to the Anti Tank Platoon, and was in the fighting right up to the Arnhem operation then 50 Div were broken up and I was sent to Warrenpoint in Northern Ireland.


I came back to England and had a cushy job at Pickering in Yorkshire, on the switchboard with my old mate Fred Zilken. With 6 months left to serve I was sent to Cyprus until demob, something I could have done without because I hadn't seen my wife and child since getting married on 10 April 1944, but ultimately it did finish and I got home to be demobbed on Thursday 13 June, both the day and the date exactly as it was when called up in 1940, 6 years to the day. That's the outline of things but, obviously a lot of unforgettable things happened during that time.


I recognised some of the names mentioned on your web site:


Jerry O’Grady was for quite a while my Sergeant Major down at Marston House Frome Somerset.


Arthur Harrington was in the same section as me up at Gazala in the Western Desert 1942, he was killed in action in Sicily July or August 1943.


Capt Carmichael was the officer in command of the anti tank platoon and I was the platoon signaller from D2 to after Arnhem.


No doubt I will come across others as I go through all the information.


I come from near Oldham. Most of the lads in the Battalion were from the North East, but not entirely. There were lads from South Yorkshire, Scots lads, Cockneys, Welsh, Irish - at various times I shared a dugout with a Welshman, a Scotsman, a lad from Gateshead and a Jew".

Memoirs of Wilf Shaw - World War 2 soldier story

"All bloody good lads - Bless 'em all!

Marston House intake, November 1940

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The following are notes and war photos received from Wilf, who was in the Green Howards and whose war follows Bill Cheall's so very closely. Although they don't appear to have known each other their paths must have crossed numerous times.

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