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!

Ranks shown with names are not always those held when a photo was made.

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

H.Q. 2ND LONDON RIFLE BRIGADE (renamed 8th Rifle Brigade in early 1941), BURLEY CAMP – 1939 (Rfn. D.W.G. King collection)

Top row: -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, Rfn. D.W.G. King, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, –

5th row: -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -,-, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, –

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

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

2nd row: -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, Lt.-Col. Bignold de Cologan, Capt. Stransom, Lt. Risdon, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -,-, -, -, –

Front row: -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -,-, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, –

HQ COMPANY – HUNMANBY HALL, GIRLS BOARDING SCHOOL, HUNMANBY – JULY 1943 (Sgt. A. White collection)

Seated, officers (sporting shoulder straps): Lt. -, CSM -, Lt. Straker, -, Capt. Townshend, Lt. Maidlow, Isherwood, Dancy, –

The number of officers and men in this photo is about 179, well over HQ Company’s nominal strength of 99. It is believed to include the battalion’s first line reinforcements

F COMPANY – HUNMANBY HALL, GIRLS BOARDING SCHOOL, HUNMANBY – JULY 1943 (Rfn. Oliver collection)

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

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

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

6th row: -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, L/Cpl. Gasper, -, -, -, –

5th row: -, -, -, -, -, -, Cpl. Connelly, Cpl. Triggs, -, -, -, Rfn. Gilder, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, –

4th row: -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, Rfn. Buttress

3rd row: -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, Rfn. Lee, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, Rfn. Manby, -, -, -, Rfn. Turner

2nd row: -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, Rfn. Kirkland, -, Rfn. Smith, -, -, -, -, Rfn. Hodges, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, –

Front row: Rfn. Gillate, Sgt. Millwood, -, Sgt. Rodwell, -, -, Capt. May, Lt. Coryton, -, -, Maj. Mackenzie, CSM Clifton, Lt. Osborne, Lt. Neill, Lt. Davies, Sgt. Macaree, -, Sgt. Reed, -, Sgt. Bowden, –

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.

5 ‘SCOUT’ PLATOON, F COMPANY – BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN MADE IN ENGLAND, SPRING 1944 (Rfn. D.W.G. King collection)

Top row: -, -, –

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

Seated: -, -, -, -, -, -, -, Lts. Adams, Sedgwick, -, -, -, -, -, -, –

5 ‘SCOUT’ PLATOON, F COMPANY – BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN MADE IN GERMANY, MAY-JUNE 1945 (Rfn. D.W.G. King collection)

Top row: -, -, -, -, -, -, -, –

Middle row: -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, –

Seated: -, -, Sgt. Cooper MM, -, Lts. -, Adams, -, -, -, -, –

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

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

Middle row: Rfn. Kedge, -, -, -, -, -, -, L/C J.D.W. Field, -, -, -, -, -, –

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

MEN of 9 ‘SCOUT’ PLATOON, G COMPANY – PHOTO TAKEN IN NORMANDY, BEFORE 18 JULY 1944 (Musee La Percee du Bocage collection)

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

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

Front: -, -, -, -, –

10 PLATOON, G COMPANY – ALDERSHOT – MAY 1944 (Sgt. McEwen / Sgt. Fruin collection – rec.)

Top row: -, -, -, -, Rfn. Isham, -, -, -, Rfn. Elmes, –

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

Seated: L/C Douse, -, -, Sgt. McEwen, Carr, Lt. Lane, -, -, -, -, –

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

Top row: -, Rfn. Patience, -, -, -, -, Rfn. Jenkins, -, -, -, –

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, -, -, -, Rfn. Sutton, -, -, –

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

14 PLATOON, H COMPANY – ALDERSHOT – MAY 1944 (Rfn. Affleck collection)

Back row:  -, -, -, -, L/Cpl. Gasper, –

Third row: -, -, -, -, -, -, –

Second row: -, -, -, Sgt. S.D. Read, Rfn. Chroustchoff, -, -, –

Front row: -, Rfn. Affleck, -, -, Lt. Osborne, -, -, -, –

Seated in front: Rfn. H. Webster

On the back, this photo of 14 Platoon is signed by 30 of its members: Rfn. D.E. Affleck (w.), D., G., S.A. or W. Anderson, L/Cpl. B. Bertrand (w.), Igor Chroustchoff (signature in Cyrillic!), H. Fitzhugh, Sgt. E.H. Frankham, Cpl. H. Fulton, Rfn. E.F. Ganderton (w.), L/Cpl. S.I.D. Gasper (w.), Sgt. F.E. Hancock (†), Rfn. W. Hindley (w.), A.O. Jones, Rfn. D.E. Matthews (w.), Rfn. J.T. Mills (w.), Rfn. C. Moakes (†), Rfn. D. Murphy (w.), Lt. G.B.S. Osborne (w.), S.J. Powell, G. Pratt, DCM, Sgt. S.G. Read (†), Rfn. H.G. Restall (w.), L/Cpl. M.P. Richards (w.), Rfn. F.W. Richardson, Rfn. N.H. or W. Sims (w.), Rfn. E.J. Tuffin (w.), Rfn. J.R. Turner (w.), Rfn. A.E. Unwin (w.), Rfn. C. Warrington (w.) and two names unclear.

16 PLATOON, H COMPANY – BEAUMONT BARRACKS, ALDERSHOT – MAY 1944 (Rfn. Wheatley collection)

Back row:  Rfn. W.F. Littlepage, -, -, Rfn. Manby, -, -, –

Third row: Rfn. Wheatley, -, -, -, -, -, -, –

Second row: -, -, Rfn. Mealand, -, -, -, -, Rfn. W.J. Hill, –

Seated: -, -, Sgt. Rodwell, Lt. Coryton, -, -, –

LT. GOULD’S 8TH KRRC PLATOON, TO BECOME 18 ‘ANTI-TANK’ PLATOON, E COMPANY, IN EARLY AUGUST 1944 – ENGLAND – BEFORE 9 AUGUST 1944 (Lt. Gould collection)

Top row: -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, –

Third row: -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, –

Second row: -, -, -, Lt. Gould, -, Sgt. Docker, -, – 

Front: -, -, -, -, -, –

19 ‘ANTI-TANK’ PLATOON, E COMPANY – ALDERSHOT – MAY 1944 (Lt. MacGinnis collection)

Top row: Rfn. Robinson, Hall, Jones, Sweetman, Friend, Clark, Hadley, Hemming, Read, Howes, Briggs

Middle row: Rfn. Bindley, Barber, Baker, Duncan, Gill, Denham, Alder, Pullinger, Hewison, Sutton, Kemp, Bates, Brigstock

Seated: L/C Murrell, Buckley, Cpl.  Pateman, Hughes, Sgt. Spong, Lt. MacGinnis, Ireland-Blackburn, Sgt. Page, Pedretti, Cpl. Barlow, Bint, L/C Guiden, Martindill

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

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

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

OTHER GROUPS

OFFICERS 8TH RIFLE BRIGADE – BEAUMONT BARRACKS, ALDERSHOT – MAY 1944 (Lt. MacGinnis collection)

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)

OFFICERS 8TH RIFLE BRIGADE – SCHLESWIG – MAY 1944 (Lt. Stileman collection)

Top row: -, -, -, -, Lt. Hughes-Onslow-, -, -, Lt. Sudlow, Phillimore, Adams, –

Third row: Capt. Isherwood, Straker, Lt. Davies, -, Lt. Hodge, Capt. Bond, -, Capt. Chabot, Lt. Bowyer, -, -, -, Lt. Whitaker, Capt. Sandell, –

Seated: -, -, Maj. Bell, Rowan, Liddel, Lt.-Col. Hunter, Capt. Fiennes, Maj. Bradford, Cunliffe, Capt. Townshend

Front row: Lt. Paton-Williams, -, Lt. Neill, -, –

SERGEANTS G COMPANY – BREE, BELGIUM – 21 JANUARY 1945 (Sgt. White collection)

Left to right: Sgt. White, Telford, Baldwin,  Hart, CSM Scott, Sgt. McEwin, Austin, Grindley, Young, Eastwood, Whittaker

SERGEANTS H COMPANY – HUNMANBY, YORKSHIRE – JUNE 1943 (Sgt. Taylor Collection)

Back row: Sgt. D.N. Millwood, -, M.W. Hicks, S.T. Macaree, G. Clifton, -, -, A.W. Taylor, –

Front row: Sgt. -, W.V.J Bowden, N.A. Reed, P.L. Rodwell

On the back, this photo is signed by 9 H Coy. Sergeants. Apart from Sgt. Bowden, Clifton, Hicks, Macaree, Millwood and Reed, these are Sgt. J.D. Aldred, F.E. Hancock and S.G. Read.

Sergeants 8RB, spring 1945, Germany

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

Top row: -, -, -, -, -, -, –

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top row: -, -, -, Rfn. Kedge, L/C J.D.W. Field, -, -, -, -, –

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

8TH RIFLE BRIGADE GROUP (NOTE MIX OF UNIFORMS AND OF RB AND LRB BADGES) – PENINSULA BARRACKS, WINCHESTER – EARLY 1941 (Rfn. Elmes collection)

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

Middel row: -, -, -, -, -, -, -, Rfn. Elmes, -, –

Front row: -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, –

Monty with 29AB, Ypres, 10 March 1945

FIELD MARSHALL MONTGOMERY WITH MEMBERS OF 29TH ARMOURED BRIGADE, AFTER INVESTITURE, YPRES, 11 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 DCM (23H), – (23H), Sgt. Cooper MM (3RTR)

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 (w. 8/’44), Rfn. Pope (10 Pl.), 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)