8th Rifle Brigade - from Normandy to the Baltic - June 1944 - May 1945

PHOTO AND FILM – GROUP PHOTOS

It is believed photos of all companies, platoons and some other groups in 8th Rifle Brigade, were made in front of Beaumont Barracks’ Officers Mess, Aldershot, in May 1944, just before the battalion left for France. Many are still missing here. If you have one to add, please get in touch using the contact form on here!

COMPANIES (HQ, E, F, G and H Company)

G COMPANY – BEAUMONT BARRACKS, ALDERSHOT – MAY 1944 (Jeltes collection)

H COMPANY – BEAUMONT BARRACKS, ALDERSHOT – MAY 1944 (Jeltes collection)

COMPANY HQs AND PLATOONS (5 – 21 Platoon)

COMPANY HQ, F COMPANY – CIRCA AUGUST 1944 (Musee La Percee du Bocage collection)

Top row: -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, –

Middle row: -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, –

Seated: Cpl. Bottomley, (REME) -, -, -, Maj. Risdon*, Cunliffe (OC F Coy) , -, -, -, –

*): The reason for Major Risdon being in this CHQ photo is unknown; he was 2i/c of the battalion, until leaving to become instructor at Barnard Castle, on 9 September 1944.

9 ‘SCOUT’ PLATOON, G COMPANY – BEAUMONT BARRACKS, ALDERSHOT – MAY 1944 (Sgt. White collection – rec.)

Top row: -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, –

Middle row: -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, –

Seated: -, -, -, -, -, -, Lts. Chabot, Priestley, Sgts. Whitaker, Baldwin, -, -, L/C Austin, –

9 ‘SCOUT’ PLATOON, G COMPANY – PHOTO TAKEN IN NORMANDY, BEFORE 14 AUGUST 1944 (Musee La Percee du Bocage collection)

Top row: -, -, -, -, L/C Austin-, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, –

Middle row: -, -, -, -, -, -, -, –

Front: -, -, -, -, –

10 PLATOON, G COMPANY – ENGLAND OR FRANCE? – BEFORE JULY 1944 (Sgt. Fruin collection)

Top row: -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, –

Middle row: -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, Rfn. Pope

Seated: -, -, -, Cpl. McEwen, Sgt. Carr, Lt. Lane, -, -, -, -, –

11 PLATOON, G COMPANY – BEAUMONT BARRACKS, ALDERSHOT – MAY 1944 (Jeltes collection)

Top row: -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, –

Middle row: -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, –

Seated: -, -, L/C Henegan, -, -, Lt. Stileman, -, -, -, –

12 PLATOON, G COMPANY – BEAUMONT BARRACKS, ALDERSHOT – MAY 1944 (Sgt. White collection – rec.)

Top row: -, Rfn. Mansi, -, -, -, -, -, -, –

Middle row: -, Rfn. White, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, Rfn. Clapton

Seated: -, -, -, -, Lt. Oxley-Boyle, Sgt. Macauley, -, -, –

12 Platoon at Bree  Jan 1945

12 PLATOON, G COMPANY – BREE, BELGIUM – JANUARY 1945 (Sgt. White collection – rec.)

Top row: -, -, -, -, -, -, –

Middle row: -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, –

Seated: -, -, Sgt. White MM, Lt. Yetman MC, Sgt. Telford, -, L/Cpl. Powel, –

13 ‘SCOUT’ PLATOON, H COMPANY – BEAUMONT BARRACKS, ALDERSHOT – MAY 1944 (Jeltes collection)

Top row: Rfn. Denney A., Denney L., Wilson, Vicary, Barnes, L/C Beamont, Rfn. Gilder, Turner R., Bossom, Robinson, Salmon, Stormont

Middle row: Rfn. Gillate, Cpl. Boast, Rfn. Kirkland, Braine, Hodges, Williams, Crisp, Cpl. Birleson, Huckle, Read, L/C Wessel, Rfn. Day, L/C Holgate, Rfn/ Buttress, Brown

Seated: Rfn. Turner B., Shannon, Wright, Smith, Sgt.  Reed, Bowden, Lt. Davies, Neill, Sgt. Millwood, Macaree, Rfn. Cuff N., Cpl. Triggs, Connelly, Rfn. Cave

E Company HQ troops or one of E Company’s platoons (Rfn. Heron collection)

Standing: -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, Rfn. Batkin, -, –

Front: Rfn. Heron, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, –

OTHER GROUPS

G COMPANY FOOTBALL TEAM – ALDERSHOT, 1944 – all but three got killed or wounded later that year (Sgt. White collection)

Standing: Rfn. Brewer (wounded 8/7/’44), Rfn. Dodson (w. 24/7/’44), Cpl. Mansi (12 Pl.), Sgt. McEwen (10 Pl.), Cpl. Henegan (11 Pl., KIA 31/7/’44)

Front: Rfn. Fry, Rfn. Pope (10 Pl., wounded 18/7/’44), Sgt. Whitaker (9 Pl., w. 18/7/’44), Sgt. Baldwin MM (9 Pl., w. 28/7/’44), Rfn. Clapton (12 Pl., w. 18/7/’44), Sgt. Macauley (12 Pl., KIA 3/9/’44)

OFFICERS 8TH RIFLE BRIGADE – BEAUMONT BARRACKS, ALDERSHOT – MAY 1944 (Maj. Fiennes collection – rec.)

Top row: Lt. Yetman, Priestley, Johnston, Adams, Sedgwick, Davenport, -, Fyffe, Hughes, Ireland-Blackburn, Capt. Hodges (RAChD), Lt. Sudlow, Oxley-Boyle

Middle row: Lt. Mac Donald (REME), Neill, Whitaker, Graveney, Coryton, Osborne, Mac Ginnis, Davies, Stileman, Lane, Dancy, Bowyer, Hodge, Morley, Paton-Williams

Seated: Lt. Chabot, Capt. May, Bell, Townsend, Maj. Rowan, Mackenzie, Risdon, Lt. Col. Treneer-Michell, Capt. Fiennes, Maj. McCree, Cunliffe, Capt. Maidlow, Bond, Isherwood, Willcox (RAMC)

Sergeants 8RB, spring 1945, Germany

SERGEANTS 8TH RIFLE BRIGADE – GERMANY – SPRING 1945 (Sgt. Fruin collection)

Top row: -, -, -, -, -, -, –

5th row:  Sgt. Docker, -, Sgt. Fruin, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, –

4th row: -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, –

3rd row: -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, –

2nd row: -, -, -, -, -, Capt. Fiennes, Lt. Col. Hunter, -, -, -, CSM Millwood, -, –

Seated:  -, -, -, -, -, -, – ,-, -, -, –

G COMPANY SIGNALS – BEAUMONT BARRACKS, ALDERSHOT – MAY 1944 (Jeltes collection)

Top row: -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, –

Front row: -, -, -, Cpl. Kingsmill MM, -, -, -, –

Monty with 29AB, Ypres, 10 March 1945

FIELD MARSHALL MONTGOMERY WITH MEMBERS OF 29TH ARMOURED BRIGADE, AFTER MEDAL PRESENTATION – YPRES – 10 MARCH 1945 (Sgt. White collection)

Top row: – (3RTR), – (23H), – (23H), – (23H), – (2FFY), – (2FFY), – (2FFY), -,(23H), – (?), – (8RB), Sgt. White MM (8RB)

Front row: Sgt. Jackson MM (23H), – (3RTR), Sgt. Kitto MM (23H), Brig. Harvey DSO (CO 29AB), Montgomery, Sgt. Smith DSM (23H), – (23H), – (3RTR)

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