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)

PLATOONS (5 – 21 Platoon)

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

Top row: -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, –

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

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

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

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

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

Seated: -, -, -, -, -, Lt. Stileman, -, -, -, –

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

Top row: -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, –

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

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

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

OTHER GROUPS

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. Fruin, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, –

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

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

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

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), – (FFY), – (FFY), – (FFY), -,(23H), – (?), – (8RB), Sgt. White MM (8RB)

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

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