Robert William Friend 6458484 1/7 Royal Fusilers

6458484
6458484 RW Friend
RW Friend
1 Battalion 7th Foot (City of London Regiment) Royal Fusiliers
Army Record of Service for 25 Yrs 289 days before colours

 

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2.5.35

30.9.36

INDIA

1.10.36

4.10.39

Egypt/Syria #

5.10.39

6.12.41

Iraq

7.12.41

29.6.42

Syria

30.6.42

29.9.42

Iraq

30.9.42

7.7.43

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11 Bn RF
1/6 Queens

8.7.43

3.6.44

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1/6 Queens

4.6.44

28.6.44

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No 13 Holding Battalion

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(Queens Own)

Royal Fusiliers

29.6.1944


Nov 1944

? 1945

Feb 1947

14.2.61


Nov 1944

Feb 1947

Feb 1961

Medals

Africa Star 1939-45
Start War Medal 1939-45
France and Germany Star - Defence Medal
QE II Coronation Medal
LS & GC

Marriage

29th April 1944

War Diaries

1939 >> Sep - Dec
1940 >> Jan - Dec
1941 >> Jan - Dec {Nov is missing}
1942 >> Jan - Dec {Nov is missing}
1943 >> Jan - Dec (RW Friend home July)
1944 >> Jan - June (injured & hospitalised

Great assistance in obtaining data by
 
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convoyweb.org.uk

 

 

References

"Always a Fusilier"  - the war history of  The Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment): 1939 - 1945*
War Diaries 1939 - 1942 1BN Royal Fusilers
War Diaries 11Bn Royal Fusiliers 1943-44

(*C Northcote Parkinson published Sampson Low)
 

 

# all that stood against a Nazi conquest from mid-1939 until mid-1941 was what was once called the British Empire.
On 13 September 1940, the Italian Tenth Army crossed the border from the Italian colony of into Egypt, where British troops were protecting the Suez Canal. The Italian invasion carried through to Sidi Barrani, approximately 95 km inside Egypt. The Italians then began to entrench. At this time there were only 30,000 British available to defend against 250,000 Italian troops.

R.W. Friend enlisted into Royal Fusiliers and served 26 years with the Regiment.
Some genealogy sites claim Robert served in Queens Royal West Surrey Regiment 1939 - 1947.
This is absolute nonsense because of his war record and medals. Full reasons given here.
Compiled by Marianne Holder (nee Friend) and her husband David Holder from

6458484 R W Friend's
service record and documents in their possession
and material from Indian Army, War Diaries 1939 - 1944 of 1 Bn Royal Fusiliers and 1/6 Queens

 

Royal Fusiliers (London Regiment) during WW2

WW2 Battalions of Royal Fusiliers (City of London) Regiment

1st Battalion
The Battalion were active in the Middle Eastern and African campaign and in the Italian campaign.
1943: the Battalion and 2nd Battalion almost fought alongside each other at the Battle of Monte Cassino

1st Battalion the Royal Fusiliers. (City of London) Movements during WW2 years.

  • 1937 Jhansi 5 Ind Inf Bde, 4 Ind Div.
  • May 1937 converted to MG battalion.
  • 23rd Sep. 1939 at sea (embarked at Bombay).
  • 3rd Oct. 1939 Egypt 5 Ind Inf Bde, 4 Ind Div.
  • 21st Dec. 1940 Abyssinia: Sudan 5 Ind Inf Bde, 4 Ind Div.
  • 13th Apr 1941 Egypt 5 Ind Inf Bde, 4 Ind Div.
  • 8th Jun. 1941 Syria 5 Ind Inf Bde, 4 Ind Div.
  • 16th Jun. 1941 captured by Vichy French in Syria.
  • 23rd Jun. 1941 re-formed in Palestine.
  • June 1941 Palestine 5 Ind Inf Bde, 4 Ind Div.
  • 15th Dec. 1941 Palestine 17 Ind Inf Bde.
  • 29th May. 1942 Iraq 17 Ind Inf Bde.
  • 28th Apr. 1943 Palestine 17 Ind Inf Bde.
  • 31st Jul. 1943 Syria 17 Ind Inf Bde.
  • 24th Sep. 1943 Italy 17 Ind Inf Bde.
  • 18th Jun. 1945 at sea.
  • July 1945 UK.
  • 1947 converted back to infantry.

Sourced http://www.wartimememoriesproject.com/ww2/allied/battalion.php?pid=1284

2nd Battalion
1940: the Battalion were engaged throughout the withdrawal through Belgium and France where the remnants were evacuated from Dunkirk
1943: the Battalion and 1st Battalion almost fought alongside each other at the Battle of Monte Cassino

As part of the Indian Army which in WW2 campaigned in Mediterranean, Middle East and African theatres of World War II (North African campaign): (Operation Compass, Operation Crusader, First Battle of El Alamein, Second Battle of El Alamein. East African campaign, 1940, Anglo-Iraqi War, 1941, Syria-Lebanon campaign, 1941, Anglo-Soviet invasion of Iran, 1941)

World War II, a British focus