[53] In March and April 1917, the three battalions saw action in the advance to the Hindenburg Line south of the Somme. Meanwhile, the 2nd Battalion was posted to India, with a five-month interlude in Shanghai at short notice from February 1927 when warring Chinese factions threatened the Shanghai International Settlement. During the latter, the battalion was held up for nearly four hours until Private Francis George Miles went forward alone and knocked out two enemy machine-gun positions, for which action he was awarded the Victoria Cross (VC). By nightfall the situation was stabilised, and all battalions of the brigade were congratulated on their successful defence by the Commander-in-Chief and Corps commander. Carne received permission to attempt a breakout at 06:05. The POWs were also welcomed back to great fanfare following their release in 1953. B Company had followed behind D, then turned right to advance on Kruiseecke, but were stopped 800 yards (730 m) east of Gheluvelt. The Gloucestershire Regiment traced its roots to Colonel Gibson's Regiment of Foot, raised in 1694 in Portsmouth,[2] which first saw action in 1705 during the War of the Spanish Succession. [41] The battalion went into action in 1916 during the Somme offensive: on 29 July at Longueval during the Battle of Delville Wood; between 3 and 5 September during the Battle of Guillemont, in which it suffered some 300 casualties;[67][68] and on 25 September during the Battle of Morval. The 9th and 10th Battalions were also raised, the former serving in Northern Ireland, the latter in south Wales and then Lincolnshire. Sources do not give details of 10th Battalion casualties, though a search using the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Westlake p137. Four awards of the Victoria Cross (VC) were made to soldiers serving with the regiment. [41][64] It crossed to France in August 1915 and replaced one of the Guards battalions in the 1st Brigade of the 1st Division. 1st Battalion – assigned to the 3rd Infantry Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, 2nd Battalion – deployed to Tianjin, China, 3rd (Special Reserve) Battalion – based at the regimental depot in Bristol, This page was last edited on 13 June 2020, at 04:23. The battalion lost about 130 men this day, but "...had a good fight; all ranks were overjoyed when the time came to meet the attackers with the bullet, thus to get their own back, not only for the shelling that they had endured earlier in the day, but also for the never-forgotten 9th of May". 1881 Major-General Julius E. Goodwyn CB (Last colonel of the 28th Regiment of Foot), 1883 General John William Sidney Smith CB, 1897 Lieutenant-General Sir John Patrick Redmond CB, 1902 Lieutenant-General William Roberts CB, 1921 Lieutenant-General Right Honourable Sir, 1931 Brigadier-General Alexander W. Pagan DSO, 1964 Brigadier Philip C. S. Heidenstam CBE, 1971 Brigadier Anthony P. A. Arengo-Jones OBE, 1991–1994 Major-General Robin Digby Grist OBE (to RGBW), This page was last edited on 24 November 2020, at 16:53. The other units involved fared even worse than the Glosters. Regimental Ties, regimental Socks, regimental Watch Straps, regimental Cufflinks and Blazer Badges, Military Watches, regimental Braces, Belts, regimental Umbrellas, Army Berets, Royal Navy Ties, Royal Air Force Ties and regimental gifts for regiments including PWRR, Royal Gurkha Rifles, Royal Anglian Regiment… When a German counter-attack pushed the British from the east end of the village and killed or wounded all the other 57th Brigade commanders, the commander of 8th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment, Lieutenant-Colonel Adrian Carton de Wiart, assumed control of their commands. [58][59], In 1917, the 8th Battalion saw action in June during the Battle of Messines, fought two minor actions in July near Oosttaverne, south of Ypres, and was involved in the Battle of the Menin Road Ridge in August. The battalion saw its last action of the war supporting the 26th Indian Brigade attack at Myitson on the River Shweli, during which D Company was cut off for five days before the rest of the battalion was able to link up with it on 16 February. Discover (and save!) The battalion's last significant action of the war came on 12 April, when it assaulted across the River Ijssel at Arnhem, after which the rest of the 56th Brigade passed through to capture the town itself. In June 1918, the 1/5th and 1/6th Battalions were in action during the Second Battle of the Piave River, and the 1/4th and 1/6th Battalions fought their last actions of the war in the Battle of Vittorio Veneto at the beginning of November. Add to Cart. [24], The Gloucestershire Regiment began life quietly. [33], The 1st Battalion was deployed to France in August 1914 and saw action on the Western Front. It saw its first action on 25 September during the Battle of Loos when, as one of the brigade's assault battalions, it succeeded in carrying the German front line at the cost of all but 60 of its men. [118], Over the winter the German high command decided to evacuate the Bapaume and Noyan salients created by the Battle of the Somme and withdraw to a more defensible line. Home-based reserve battalions and the regimental depot accounted for 204 deaths. Completely surrounded, with our lack of weapons there was only one thing to do. Company C was in reserve near Hill 314, overlooking battalion headquarters (HQ) and Support Company at Solma-Ri. There is a list of ex Glosters who have been traced, for those that may want to contact their old friends. [123][127][d] The battalion's second-in-command, Major Digby Grist, was with rear headquarters ("F echelon") some five miles (eight kilometres) behind, on route Five Yankee (5Y) to Seoul. A search using the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. [92] On 17 and 19 August, 10th Battalion made two further unsuccessful attempts against the Intermediate Trench[93], On 21 August an attack by 1/4th Battalion succeeded in occupying the first two lines of the Leipzig Redoubt, just under 2 miles (3.2 km) west of Pozières. [61], The 9th Battalion was formed in Bristol in September 1914 and reached France in September 1915 as part of the 78th Brigade in the 26th Division. [112][113] In November, 61st Division was transferred to the Fifth Army, and the 2nd line territorials moved into positions on the Ancre around Grandcourt, Thiepval and Aveluy. [115] The Glosters arrived on the Arakan Peninsula (modern day Rakhine) in February 1944, were part of the relief effort in the Battle of the Admin Box, and fought in dispersed, company-scale actions in the capture of the Mayu tunnels and Hambone Hill. Daniell refers to Salonika as Macedonia. GLOUCESTERSHIRE REGIMENT ANODISED STAYBRIGHT SILVER CAP BADGE, J.R. GAUNT B'HAM. [90] Prompted by concerns of an Italian invasion following the Second Italo-Ethiopian War, the 2nd Battalion was sent at short notice to Egypt in January 1936, returning to the UK in January 1937. [21] Although both battalions were forced to give up their individual facing colours on their uniforms – yellow for the 28th Regiment and buff for the 61st Regiment – when the government imposed a standard white across all English and Welsh regiments, the Gloucestershire Regiment never accepted this change for their regimental colours. Some 750 yards (690 m) to the right of the 10th, 8th Battalion attacked the Intermediate Trench which ran south of the Switch Line. The origins of the regiment lie in the regiment formed in Portsmouth in 1694 by Colonel John Gibson. [65][66], The 12th Battalion was raised in Bristol in August 1914 by the Citizen's Recruiting Committee. Alongside 1/7th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment, 1/4th Battalion fought for two days to capture first the German trenches west and northwest of Ovillers and then, along with troops of the 25th Division who were attacking from the south, the village itself. Amongst numerous acts of heroism was that of Private Ingles, who rushed the German parapet alone and kept the defenders heads down while the rest of his unit got through the wire. By 1760, Gloucestershire had raised two battalions of militia, and these were organised in 1763 as the South Gloucestershire Militia based at Gloucester and the North Gloucestershire Militia at Cirencester. [125][c] Company A held Castle Hill (Hill 148) overlooking the ford, D Company was at Hill 182, 1,500 yards (1,400 m) to the south-east, and B Company was at Hill 144, to the east of D Company. [114] 8th Battalion spent the rest of 1916 out of the line at Gézaincourt, Beauval, and Bayencourt, with spells in the trenches around Hébuterne and Courcelles in January and February 1917. Complete with Silver Plated Cap Badge & Buttons. $8.09. In a subsequent battle near Padigong, 5 miles (8 km) from Paungde, D Company became isolated for 17 hours and had to fight its way back to the battalion at Shwedaung. Including attached troops, the total strength in the forward positions on the Imjin river was around 774 men. The battalion saw its last action in October, during the Battle of the Selle, and was disbanded in May 1919. Their web site www.glosters.org.uk has a free searchable database of over 40,000 names of soldiers who fought in the 24 Battalions of the Regiment during the First World War. Their presence also threatened the rear of the Chinese forces as they advanced and denied them the use of routes south for their artillery and mule trains. Nov 30, 2015 - This Pin was discovered by Barry Ranns. This mixed group of units under the command of Brigadier Nigel Somerset, until recently the 2nd Battalion commanding officer, fortified Cassel on the outer perimeter around Dunkirk. [103], In mid-April, the under-strength battalion became so dispersed while protecting demolition parties at oil installations around Yenangyaung and Chauk that when Bagot returned from hospital he was informed the battalion had ceased to exist. In the latter half of the 20th century, the regiment was reduced to a single regular battalion and completed tours of duty around the world, including Germany, Africa, the Caribbean, Central America and the Middle East, as well as in Northern Ireland during The Troubles. [134] Company B had not been pressed during the night, but the withdrawal of D Company on its left and the Fusiliers on its right left the company exposed, and it fell back to Hill 314, 800 yards (730 m) east of C Company. [104][103] The battalion was in action again during the Battle of Morval (25–28 September) when, along with 2nd Battalion King's Own Scottish Borderers, it captured the southern half of Morval. Year alongside the 2nd Battalion entered Germany near Osnabrück landings on 6 June 1944 and VE day on 8 1917. A further attack the US 24th and 25th Divisions in the Battalion was cut. Beret Badge with fixing small Crown ” variant – the widest part of the 5th Battalion Salmon! 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