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flower_85

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9th Battalion "D Company" WW2
« on: June 01, 2012, 08:44:44 PM »
Hello,

I am currently researching my family history and am looking for more information about my Grandpa in WW2. 

I know he served with the Manchester regt between 1942 and 1947.  I am not really familiar with the terms and how they apply so here is the information I have:

He was a private with:
No. 10 Platoon
"D. Company"
9th Battalion
8th Army.

I know he served in Italy and was a machine gun operator.

Any help / advice on finding out more information about this battalion would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks

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Re: 9th Battalion "D Company" WW2
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2012, 12:33:57 PM »
Hi there,
And welcome to the Forum.
If my memory serves me right the 9th Bn is the old Ashton-under-Lyne Battalion so there should be quite a bit about it in the records I am just back after a sabbatical so will see what I can find for you.
George.

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Re: 9th Battalion "D Company" WW2
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2012, 12:39:34 PM »
Hi George,

Thanks ever so much, that's very kind of you.  I look forward to hearing your findings!

Thank you!

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Re: 9th Battalion "D Company" WW2
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2012, 06:23:45 PM »
Hi again,
Unlike World War I or the Boer War the Second World War has very little massive histories written as yet, you have to go digging - however, here is a short summary of what you will find.

The 9th Battalion mobilised and went off to France in April of 1940, with the Blitzgreig Tactics of May 1940, like much of the British Army, it moved back into the Dunkirk region of Bray Dunes and evacuated as many as possible, then eventually reorganised in the Llandudno  area of North Wales.
In March 1941 as part of Iceland 'C' Force they went into Iceland, thence to Scotland and the Shetland Islands until by about December 1942 they were moved down in East Anglia.
In 1943 they took part in the advance up the Italian Peninsula, later in about January 1945 they moved across into Greece with part of the Battalion moved up into Klagenfurt. Austria from whence they returned to the UK in late 1945 for demobilisation and standing down to the Territorial Force once again.
Possibly further research via the Museum of the Manchesters in Ashton-under-Lyne will provide you will more
information and details, of course there are also his Army Records to be found.
Not a great deal I regret to say.
Cheers,
George.
« Last Edit: June 02, 2012, 06:25:22 PM by george.theshed197 »

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Re: 9th Battalion "D Company" WW2
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2012, 11:13:03 AM »
Thanks for this George!  Very useful information, I shall continue looking for info on Ashton-under-Lyne.

Thank you!

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Re: 9th Battalion "D Company" WW2
« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2012, 11:47:02 AM »
If you can, get a copy of Robert Bonner's book "Volunteer Infantry of Ashton-Under-Lyne 1859-1971"  this ook does cover the time you are researching.


For your G/f service record you should try here:

http://www.veterans-uk.info/recordsmedalsbadges.htm


Best of lock with your research

Roy
« Last Edit: June 07, 2012, 11:49:17 AM by themonsstar »

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Re: 9th Battalion "D Company" WW2
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2012, 05:27:56 PM »
The 9th Battalion served with the 128th Bigade in the 46th Division in from +/- May 1944.
You can occasionally see a copy of "The story of the 46th Division, 1939-1945" for sale which gives quite a good account of the campaign in Italy.
Bob B

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Re: 9th Battalion "D Company" WW2
« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2012, 09:49:41 PM »
Thank you ever so much for these suggestions!  So very useful and very kind of everyone to provide such help.

Thanks!