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The Mufti expressed great hope for peace in the future, but it was clear from his conversation that he was determined not to abandon his efforts until the principal Arab demands had been secured. During this action a number of Arabs were killed and wounded and two armed Arabs were captured. Haile Selassie, Emperor of Abyssinia, fled in a British warship to Palestine. Shops, closed throughout the strike, reopened, markets were busy again, the roads were filled with vehicles, and everywhere smiles and cheers indicated the general relief. The Palestine Regiment was an infantry regiment of the British Army that was formed in 1942. It lies at the base of a triangle formed by the towns of Nablus, Jenm and Tulkarm. Meanwhile divisional commanders will report what reduction in precautionary measures is possible. The Royal Lincolnshire Regiment and Lincolnshire Yeomanry collections are displayed in Lincoln's Museum of Lincolnshire Life. Age 19. The Tank Commander sent up the S.O.S., followed by a wireless message "hurry", after which there was silence and all communication ceased. The Striking Force ("C" Company), which had by now deployed, worked round the east end of the hill on which the Arabs had taken up their positions and the leading Platoons were close up to the sangars when a heavy fire was suddenly opened on our advancing troops, with the result that several casualties were suffered. Early in September, the Lt. General, J. G. Dill, C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O., arrived in Palestine and took over command, and Corps Headquarters were established in Jerusalem. Palestine – 1917. Each piquet had an Arab constable attached. The donkeys assisted in carrying up stores, rations and water to the piquets daily. It was during the final phase of the operations on the night September 13th/14th that the Commanding Officer (Lieut.-Colonel E. P. Lloyd, D.S.O.) "Sussex" under the command of Lieutenant R. Hughes, Royal Navy, and Lieutenant M. Napier, Royal Navy. From our special correspondent Some Palestine Regiment members were killed in Benghazi, where they fought heavy battles against the Germans. Acc 2009/080:00 Records relating to Leonard Gibson of the Lincolnshire Regiment, 1891-1985 Leonard Gibson was born at Great Gonerby on 11 July 1867. Lance Corporal J. Hickhng. After debussmg some 12 miles south of Jenin, the Striking Force advanced over very rough and broken ground. The day's work really calls for no special comment if it had not been for the return journey when the lorry convoy, carrying the troops, for over 10 miles of the journey back, came under the fire of Arab gangs who were occupying features on the hills on either side of the road. The following leading article, published in the Daily Telegraph of October 13, 1936, is of interest and describes the situation which resulted in clear terms: "PALESTINE RETURNS TO NORMAL Royal Lincolnshire Regiment This page summarises records created by this Organisation The summary includes a brief description of the collection(s) (usually including the covering dates of the collection), the name of the archive where they are held, and reference information to help you find the collection. In order to stop sniping of the camp at Tulkarm, "C" Company took over as billet a School, on a hill near the town, from where the snipers' posts could be overlooked. (Reserve) In August, 1935, it became apparent that Italy intended to undertake military operations on a large scale ; six or seven divisionsâFascist, Military and Nativeâhad been concentrated on the Italian territories adjoining Abyssinia. It was quite pleasant, after so long an absence of these features, to be jostled by donkeys, nearly knocked over by goats, importuned by peddlers, and drenched by water sellers as one descended David-street. During 1917 the Egypt Expeditionary Force (EEF) fought three battles against the Ottoman Turks as part of the Sinai and Palestine Campaign. The war ended in May though Abyssinia virtually remained unconquered, with large tracts still under the control of the various Rases and bandit groups. He seemed genuinely pleased at the settlement. The Piquetting Force ("C" Company), together with two Platoons of the Mobile Striking Force ("B" Company), left camp in the early morning. Lieutenant-General J. G. Dill, C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O., General Officer Commanding British Forces in Palestine and Trans-Jordan. During the day of October 9 the Striking Forces of Bedfords, Scots Fusiliers, K.O.S.B. 87 Airborne Field Regiment RA arrived on HMT Devonshire in 1947 after being newly-formed in India. And Jack Crompton (in my pics) who sadly died recently. Private R. Holmes was killed and Serjeant F. Burdett, Lance Corporals A. Haigh and L. Hillsdon and Privates W. Millmgton, E. Bull and W. Leeke were wounded. The Bermuda Rifle Volunteer Corps sent a contingent of 2 officers and 125 men, who served with 1st Lincolns from June 1915 onwards. Camp Pardes-Hana, Israel, April 1946. The general strike which started with the closing of shops in all the towns throughout Palestine developed gradually into a form of civil warfare as the Fellahin came under the control of the Arab political firebrands. Major-General (now Lieutenant-General) G. W. Howard, C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O., General Officer Commanding 5th Division. Newsletters - Palestine 1947-1948 Station, Calafrana, since that date. Sightseeing expeditions were organised to Jerusalem and Bethlehem, no less than 260 men undertaking the trip. … (Main Guard Valletta) The 10th Regiment of Foot was raised in 1685 during the Monmouth Rebellion as Colonel Sir John Greville's Regiment of Foot. Cookhouses and ablutions lay outside. It was due to the kindness and consideration shown by Mr. H. M. Heald (Principal of the School), and Mrs. Heald, that the troops who were billetted there were so comfortably housed. The many thousands who attended testified to their love of music and the enthusiasm displayed proved their appreciation of good playing, under the able direction of Bandmaster R. Williams. The trouble started when two tanks, carrying out a reconnaissance, broke down in the mountains about 7 miles from Tulkarm. Das erste Kontingent kämpfte ab Juni 1915 innerhalb des Ersten Bataillons der Lincolns bei Ypern. A. J. Cary-Elwes, Company Serjeant Majors H. Hopper and C. Haviland and Serjeants C. Semmens and B. Gell. Eventually some of the Mukhtars even invited piquet commanders to take coffee with them! Private 9937, 6th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. During the month of September, 1936, official sanction was given for the demolition of houses as a punishment for acts of sabotage. 23rd April, 1936 14 November 1915 : transferred to 62nd Brigade, 21st Division. It was tiring work and entailed long carries up mountainous slopes. It was only natural that this caused considerable excitement and, from a small beginning, the affair developed into a major action. On reaching the outskirts of the village of Beit Umrin a shot rang out from the olive groves near by, followed by heavier firing, until a fierce battle was very soon in prcgress. Regiment Archives: Lincolnshire Regiment Ajax Modal Box F467 Sergeant Arthur Read Morley of Grimsby, 2/5th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment, A Coy, 8th Battalion,Gloucestershire Regiment, wounded at Druids Farm 9/10th July 1917, prisoner of war from 10 April 1918, his wife, Gertrude, and family, 1919. On many occasions wireless "XX" Calls were sent out for air reconnaissance and the prompt arrival of machines in the air was always received with acclamation. The piquet positions consisted of sangars with an inner and outer wall of stone. Panel 35 to 37 and 162 to 162A. On the morning of July 15, the Royal Air Force at Calafrana sent a flight of flying boats about 70 miles out to sea to dip a final farewell to the Battalion. September 1916 mehr als die Hälfte der noch einsatzfähigen Soldaten dieses Kontingents getötet oder verwundet. MALTA The Palestine Regiment was an infantry regiment of the British Army that was formed in 1942. John Searby's War Department Driving Permits, A more recent Middle East campaign - Iraq, 2008, Newsletters of the 2nd Bn - Palestine 1947-1948, http://www.thelincolnshireregiment.org/newsletters/1947news05_p1.pdf, http://www.thelincolnshireregiment.org/newsletters/1947news05_p2.pdf. The whole area was thoroughly searched but no Arabs were located. "Neuralia" which was lying in harbour after a quick passage from England. Born Bingley, Yorkshire, enlisted Lincoln, resident Skegness. Several bad smashes occurred in the neighbourhood of the little village of Qalqilya, where the Battalion had one Company ("A" Company, later relieved by "B" Company) on permanent detachment. After four very busy days packing up, the Battalion left Calafrana in buses on the afternoon of July 14, the Band and personnel of the Royal Air Force Station at Calafrana giving the unit a big send off. This little column was frequently the target of snipers who were clever enough to take up their positions in the rocks, impossible to be reached in the dark. Donkeys were hired and a Battalion "donkey squad" formed! They had suffered 75% casualties by … It was only a single-line railway constructed by the British troops under Lord Allenby during the Great War. Two other troopships also lay at anchor - H.M.T. No. Our new Brigadier, Brigadier A. It is interesting to note that, on all occasions related above, the Piquetting Troops, with the co-operation of the Striking Force, fulfilled their primary duty of keeping open the road. Night patrols on the main roads seldom returned without having had to reply to the fire of Arab gangs lying in ambush to catch any traffic using the roads. Sunday 28-07-1918. It was later shown that the Arab casualties on this day were considerably higher. Subsequent information showed that the whole of Kawakgi's gangs were in the Beit Umrin area and had been completely surprised by our arrival and it was established that two of their important leaders were killed. The Palestine Regiment itself had been formed in August of 1942, and was comprised of separate infantry companies (“Palestine Infantry Companies”) first formed in 1940 from among Arabs and Jews living in Mandatory Palestine, these companies – at that time – having been part of the Royal East Kent Regiment, otherwise known as “The Buffs”. The troops returned to camp at 5 p.m., having spent nearly 24 hours in the field, climbing up and down precipitous hills on the hottest day of the year. These were provided by H.M.S. The District Commissioner (Mr. J. John Searby - Palestine 1947 Another armoured car followed up the rear of the column. Sgt Ash's name appears on the Roll of those who served in Palestine. The 10th (North Lincolnshire) Regiment . The hotel was the site of the central offices of the British Mandatory authorities of Palestine, principally the Secretariat of the Government of Palestine and the Headquarters of the British Forces in Palestine and Transjordan. On the night selected the Lewis Gun and searchlight held the attention of the snipers with occasional retaliation, while the tanks made a wide sweeping movement and came up unexpectedly behind the night raiders. Anabta, the scene of several encounters between British troops and Arabs, was the only place through which I passed where the inhabitants showed truculence. I entered it just after special prayers had ended in the Mosque of Akhsa. Fire was opened from both sides of the road by the Arabs who were well concealed in the rocky slopes. Sanctions were limited in their scope and several nations refused to come in-among the more important being Germany, Austria, Hungary and the United States. Details of the result were as follows:-, The following represented the Battalion :-, Lance Serjeant C. Bloodworth (Captain). A guard, being taken by lorry to the Civil Prison at Nur Adh Shams near Tulkarm, was fired on from the nearby hills and Private L. Harrison was wounded. On reaching the crest several Arabs were seen disappearing in the direction of Kfar Labad. Escorts for buses will be withdrawn. Private T. Welch. The wild and rocky country enabled the Arab gangs to escapeâthe tanks were found intact. With the ending of the Arab strike to-day Palestine resumed its normal life, for the first time for six months. To enable these convoys to get through in safety, the Battalion was called upon to piquet the heights for about five miles along the Tulkarm - Nablus Road, and also to provide military escorts, Naval Pom-Pom and armoured cars for the convoys concerned. Every man in the Battalion became quite at home in the water, and many gained Royal Humane Society silver medals and bronze medallions. Formed at Lincoln in September 1914. I have a memories of a ’Tut Tut’ Clarke who used to cry when I played ’No place like home’ on my mouth organ. Killed in action 1st December 1917. In Malta practice air raids became a common-place occurrence and schemes of defence were put into force and rehearsed - but beyond this the Battalion led a very peaceful existence during an unusually fine and pleasant winter. Under the covering fire of a Naval Pom-Pom and machine guns, and assisted by two light tanks and two armoured cars, the Piquets established themselves on the heights on either side of the road, the Arabs withdrawing into the hills as our troops advanced. As soon as the Battalion had embarked the 2nd Battalion The South Wales Borderers followed and the transport sailed at 5 a.m. on July 15. In the distance, and fringing the sea, are the Jewish settlements, some 12 miles away. Brigadier Arthur Sisson describes their time in Palestine. Das BVRC stellte während des Ersten Weltkriegs zwei Kontingente im Verbund des Lincolnshire Regiment. The Striking Forces of other units co-operated by surrounding other villages in the same district. Private W. Parsons. As punishment the village was fined but, being poor, it was sometimes found necessary to seize grain and animals. Son of Mrs. Annie Plant, of "Chez Nous," Roman Bank, Skegness, Lincs. Show more. The following letter published in the "Journal of the Royal Air Force College" and written by Group Captain J. Sowrey, D.S.O., Commanding the R.A.F. Second Lieutenant J. H. Vanan, C.S.M. On occasions the Arabs dug old Turkish 18-pounder shells into the road as mines, and were occasionally successful in blowing up a vehicle in the convoy on its way through. Inside each sangar were 5 tents, to house the small garrisons. Private J. Roberts was wounded early in the action. Malta was passed in beautiful weather on December 14, when greetings were exchanged by wireless with His Excellency The Governor, and with the Royal Air Force, Calafrana. "Valiant" with Midshipman W. D. O'Brien, Royal Navy and Midshipman L. C. Barnes, Royal Navy, in charge. It is one of the regiment's battle ho… Signaller P. Bryant. | See details . Aged 24. Convoys used to move at about 35 miles an hour, the space between vehicles being about 30 yards. All units were recalled back to their camps before any tangible results could be obtained. On average, for the three years of this conflict, five British soldiers were killed every seven days. A force of one company, with machine guns, was then sent out before dawn, by lorries, and surrounded the village while the search was Carried out. On October 2nd the Brigade Commander (Brigadier J. F. Evetts, M.C.) On many nights road patrols were sent out to ensure that the road was not being tampered with. Brigadier J. H. T. Priestman, D.S.O., M.C., Commanding 13th Infantry Brigade. Station at Calafrana - its home for the next nine months. As the months went by, the situation became more and more serious, and additional troops were drafted into Palestine to assist in keeping order. May we as a Battalion be allowed to express in print our sense of real and deep appreciation of the unstinted kindness and assistance given us at all times by Group Captain Sowrey and all ranks of the R.A.F. Among the many who helped to raise the standard of swimming and Water Polo, the following were prominent:- Extensive areas have been given over to the house-builders and a large modern city is springing up round the newly constructed harbour and on Mount Carmel behind. On Friday the position will be reviewed. Malta, in common with the Great Family of British Peoples, deeply mourned the loss of His Majesty King George the Fifth. Click photo to zoom "Neuralia" and H.M.T. Immediately any act of sabotage occurred, such as mines on the road or a railway derailment, the Striking Force of the Battalion was at once sent out and, before any warning could be given, surrounded the village nearest to where the incident had taken place. R to S. Kitchener New Army Battalion, (K2). Piquets, when taking up or withdrawing from their positions, were frequently fired on. Subsequent Divisional Manoeuvres took the Battalion by march route back to Cattenck. REID, John. It was estimated that their strength was 40 riflemen. A number of sangars, recently constructed, were destroyed by the Piquets. On October 7 our first piquet was established, and by October 17 six piquets in all had been established on either side of the TulkarmâRamin Road. Private E. Topliss. If possible such houses were those belonging to Arab leaders or organisers of terrorist gangs. Searchlight Detachment, Royal Engineers. As before they were fired on when near Windy Corner." An important action took place in the neighbourhood of Bala on this date, lasting from 9 o'clock in the morning until 5 o'clock when dusk was falling. This friendly gesture was much appreciated by all. Private K. Levack. will interest some of your readers. When on detachment at Qalqilya, "B" Company was disturbed one evening when a bomb, thrown by a villager, exploded immediately outside the School which served as a billet. The enemy had taken up carefully concealed positions behind rocky sangars and were skilfully led and directed. Towards the middle of November all piquets were withdrawn owing to the bad weather and heavy rains, and the piquet positions were left in the care of the Mukhtars of villages. On June 16, 1936, the League of Nations raised sanctions and life in Malta returned to normal, with the Battalion wondering what the future held in store. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Pleasure at seeing again this busy spectacle, so well known to every visitor to Jerusalem, was somewhat tempered by the clouds of dust and other refuse which emerged. By dark, however, most of this was completed, which was just as well as during the night the camp became the target of Arab sniping. The brigade was attached to 28th Division between 17 February and 2 April 1915. The Lincolnshire Regiment began as: 1. 1947: UK??.. Station at Calafrana, gives additional information and contains some most generous and kind remarks. Among the villages so searched were Zeita, Attil, Miska, Anabta, Bala and Kafr Rumman and, in nearly every case, rifles and ammunition were confiscated and the owners arrested. During its five months stay in Palestine the Battalion was at all times liable to annoyance from rebel Arabs. On no day while the Battalion was in Palestine, were the Daily Convoys unable to get through to their destination. The Battalion disembarked on September 28 and marched out, headed by the Regimental Band, to the R.A.F. The first efforts to load 8 donkeys in one lorry caused much amusementâthe "donkey squad" being anything but well drilled! A raiding force, "C" Company, was at once sent by lorries to seize these and blow them up. Nothing was too much trouble for any of them, and the happiest of associations resulted. The Corps of Drums was also able to show its merit when, under Drum-Major H. Butters, it played at the Ceremony of Beating Retreat in Valletta on the Square outside the old Palace of the Grandmasters of the Knights of Malta. Second Battalion the Lincolnshire Regiment on special service in Malta and Palestine 19th September 1935 - 20th December 1936. description. Our Striking Force ("B" Company) left camp at 6 p.m. but, owing to darkness and the rough country, was forced to remain by the roadside until the early hours of the morning. It was with the very deepest regret that we said goodbye. Landed at Le Havre on 14 August 1914. Villages, at which these demolitions were necessary, included Anabta, Dannaba, Umm Khalid, Kh Beit Lidd, Wadi Kabaneh, Qalansuwa, Kfar Labad and Bala. This triangle was known as "the triangle of terror" and it was justly so named as within that area most of the fighting took place. The importance of this large district is emphasised by the different units which were attached to the Battalion in order to assist in the task of maintaining order. Though kept a close secret at the time, it is now common knowledge that the 2nd Bn. Arabs frequently came to the positions to sell vegetables, fruit and eggs. At 6.50 a.m., on July 19 the Battalion left Haifa by special train for Tulkarm, with "A" Company under orders to go to Qalqilya on detached duties. 4 Platoon, "A" Company, leaving one section on the Piquet position, followed up the retreating Arabs. "Nevasa" making three troopships in all, a unique spectacle and one not seen since the Great War. At Hadera the train was held up for six hours owing to a derailment at Qaqun (the next station). Signaller H. Beckett. 1960 - amalgamated with The Northamptonshire Regiment to form The 2nd East Anglian Regiment If the word "Egypt" appears on an ancestor's headstone on a grave in France, it means that they got it for fighting on the Nile against the French (Napoleon) in 1801. H. Hopper, Bandsmen S. Perrin and R. Guttridge and Signaller R. Steele. As I am about to hand over the command of the R.A.F. Later in the evening the following message was received from the Brigade Commander:- "Please convey congratulations to troops engaged in to-day's operations which were very successful.". A nasty experience in the dark. In Jerusalem the dramatic change since yesterday was evident from the moment of awakening this morning.  During the Second World War, the regiment was deployed to Egypt and Cyrenaica, but most of their work consisted of guard duty. The 2nd Battalion The Lincolnshire Regiment, in September, 1935, formed part of the 14th Infantry Brigade which was in camp at Tow Law in County Durham. The people attending that waited for the special service at seven, which attracted one of the largest congregations he had ever known. Aircraft co-operated throughout the day, indicating the movements of the enemy to the troops on the ground and bombing and machine-gunning whenever Arab parties offered a target. He went on to serve in the Second World War and received a Regular Army Emergency Commission in the Royal Engineers as 2nd Lieutenant (War Substantive Lieutenant) on 19 March 1943, and was promoted Temporary Captain on 1 August 1944. And so after fifteen months of Special Duty in Malta and Palestine, the Battalion reached Home once more, in time to spend a happy and well-deserved Christmas in happier surroundings. © The Lincoln Branch of The Royal Lincolnshire and Royal Anglian Regimental Association. and the Commanding Officer then entered the village and selected the houses to be blown up. Within a month orders were received to proceed on special duty to Palestine. On arriving near Jaba the Royal Scots Fusiliers could be seen engaged with the enemy on the bare and rocky hills but, as daylight was failing, our troops were not called on to deploy. 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