Robert William Friend 6458484 1/7 Royal Fusilers

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

War Diaries Jan - Dec 1941 (Nov missing)

   

Month

Location Event

Jan

On route to fight Italians at Keren/Map

Feb

Under Heavy Fire
Map

Mar

Under Fire for 60 days
Map

Apr

Map/To Western Desert

May

Western Desert To Israel
Map

June
(1st - 16th)

 "C" Co/Map

June (16 - 30th)

Surrender & Recovery/Map

July

Bn now only 100 men!/Armistice/Move to Damascus/Afrine to recover /visit by De Gaulle/Map

Aug

Near Turkish border Afrine & Aleppo during month/Map Malaria hits brigade

Sep

Mezze/Map R&R and training & route marches

Oct

Full training because in last year they had been in full battle!/Mezze so lost 'training' mode!

Nov

Missing

Dec

2 week drive to Mosul, Iraq for a wet Xmas/Map
Now part of the
8th Indian Division

17th Indian Infrantry Bg
1/12th Frontier Force Rifles
1/5th Gurkha Rifles
1 Bn Royal Fusiliers

 

Press Releases
War Diary Pages


London Gazette Tuesday 24th November 1941

The Times Thursday 19th June 1941

R W Friend's "C" Coy becomes rallying point of units of Battalion not captured or who escaped

 The Battalion in captivity
16th June - 14th July 1941

 

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"Always a Fusilier"
  • 4th Indian Infantry Div

    • 5th Indian Infantry Brigade

      • 1st Battalion Royal Fusiliers

      • 3rd Bn 1st Punjab Regiment

      • 4th Bn(Outram's) 6th Rajputana Rifles

until Dec 1941 then  

  • 8th Indian Infantry Div

    • 17th Indian Infantry Brigade

      • 1st Battalion Royal Fusiliers

      • 1/5 Gurkha Rifles

      • 1/12 Frontier Force Rifles

JAN Battle of Bardia, Lybia Allies defeat Italy while across N Africa 1 Bn RF start serious fighting for Keren
FEB Benghazi falls to Allies/Rommel appointed head of Afrika Korp/ Keren finally captured
APR we recapture Benghazi. Greece capitulates. Anglo Iraqi War starts
MAY 1st British jet plane the Gloster flies. Battle of Crete starts. RN sinks Bismarck.
JUN Syria invaded
JUL Germany starts Russian invasion. Vichy France signs armistice in Syria & Lebanon.
AUG 1st Willies Jeep produced.
SEP 1st Liberty ship built
NOV Battle of Moscow starts. On 26th Japanese fleet sails for Pearl Harbour
DEC 7th Pearl Harbour attacked. Toobrook relieved against Rommel forces. 8th Battle of Hong Kong. Russia pushes back Axis forces around Moscow. Japs invade Malaya. Italians raid ships in Alexandria harbour. We recapture Benghazi (again)