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Wingdk

Does anyone have any of the war diaries for the KRRC? In particular the 1st and 2nd Battalions, but all the others are of interest too, in fact anything KRRC!!!

If these are in electronic form, even better. I have no chance of getting to NA to look through the collection.

Cheers,

Derek

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Tony Lund

This is not a battalion diary, but if you are interested in the 2nd KRRC this may be useful. It is a link to the diary of Sergeant Bradlaugh Sanderson, (6336), from Far Cliff, Holmfirth, who was serving with the 2nd Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps. August 5th - November 1st 1914. There are about 12,000 words. I found it fascinating.

Sgt. Sanderson's diary.

Tony.

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Chris_Baker

Many of the KRRC diaries are available at the National Archives website.

Clickety click

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rap1943

If you do a search on the forum for "krrc", "kings royal rifle corps", "kings royal rifles" etc you will find lots of info and pictures that fit into your category of 'anything KRRC'. I have the 16th Batt diary and also the chronicle, which is an edited version of the diary printed after the war. If you have no particular interest in the 16th then the chronicle may be more appropriate.

Cheers

Bob

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MBrockway

Derek,

I too have a full set of the KRRC Chronicles. For significant Actions, the battalion war diaries are often quoted near verbatim.

As Bob suggests, if you do a search, you'll find there's already a lot of info on the KRRC across the Forum.

If you have any specific queries, best thing is start a new Topic and you'll find the KRRC specialists will usually dive in pretty quickly!

What's your interest in KRRC?

Cheers,

Mark

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shinglma

Derek

I have a full copy of 8/KRRC war diary and I'm transcribing it and putting it online here when time permits.

Once I've finished this one I will probably transcribe 7th Battalion (but only have bits of that at present).

Regards

Mike S

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MBrockway
Many of the KRRC diaries are available at the National Archives website.

Clickety click

And Mr Baker is forgetting that he's put parts of 2/KRRC's War Diary on the Main Site:

Long Long Trail - 2nd Btn KRRC War Diary extracts

:rolleyes:

Cheers,

Mark

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MBrockway

Derek,

If you're focussing on 1st & 2nd Battalions, KRRC, then you should also keep a look out for the following books. Both written by men serving in 2/KRRC:

Giles E.M. Eyre Somme Harvest

P.D.Ravenscroft, M.C. Unversed In Arms - A Subaltern On The Western Front (edited A. Bird)

Both well worth a read.

Cheers,

Mark

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Simonwpb

Gentlemen,

My interest in the 2/KRRC is based on my grandfather's 1914-1915 service in the battalion. Unfortunately I never found his service or pension records. Apart from a couple of anecdotal scraps all I started with was his regimental numbers from his medals. Some of you have aided me in my researches in the past (such as his medal roll!)

I have uploaded what I have learned of his military service and his units activities here. It is based on War Diaries etc.

Anyone interested in the 1st or 2nd KRRC, or from 1st Ypres to Loos check it out. Please tell me if you see any errors or misguided assumptions on my part.

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Cliff. Hobson

Gentlemen,

Simon

Clicked on your post re diaries 2 KRRC, sorry it didn't download, I am interested in a man that I knew his Son is a friend of mine,(Sgt) Frank Godley No 10370 who was awarded the D.C.M. quote - "As a Lewis Gun sgt., he especially distinguished himself on June 16th at Double Crassier, Loos"

I would like a report if at all possible on the on the doings of the 2 KRRC round about that time

Kind regards Cliff.

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keithfazzani

I have most of the 13th KRRC can do look ups. Also have the Annals.

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Simonwpb
Simon

Clicked on your post re diaries 2 KRRC, sorry it didn't download, I am interested in a man that I knew his Son is a friend of mine,(Sgt) Frank Godley No 10370 who was awarded the D.C.M. quote - "As a Lewis Gun sgt., he especially distinguished himself on June 16th at Double Crassier, Loos"

I would like a report if at all possible on the on the doings of the 2 KRRC round about that time

Kind regards Cliff.

Cliff,

Not sure why the link is not working for you. Copy and paste into your browser http://simon.smithb.com/soldierstory.pdf

As to Sgt Godley, I think he may have been at Double Crassier in 1916. According to his medal card his qualifying date was 20-10-1915 which was one week after the original battle of Loos. I recommend you read Somme Harvest referenced earlier in this thread. It covers the period of time you are interested in when the 2/KRRC was back in front of Loos in the summer of 1916. I may have some of the war diaries for 1916, I will check as well.

Simon

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Wingdk

Many of the KRRC diaries are available at the National Archives website.

Thanks Chris, much appreciated!

Regards

Derek

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harribobs

there is a potted history, including movements, casualties and the like of the 13th battalion from october 1914 to june 1916 on my site

13th Battn KRRC

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Martin Rob

Hi, how would I get a copy of the 16th KRRC war diary please?

 

Thanks, Martin 

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MBrockway
13 hours ago, Martin Rob said:

Hi, how would I get a copy of the 16th KRRC war diary please?

 

Thanks, Martin 

What date do you need?

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Martin Rob

It's OK thanks. I have found the link and downloaded it :hypocrite: Thank you

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Martin Rob

Also found my grandfathers name with his MM ribbon mentioned as distributed by the Corps Commander on 24th June 1917. He was gazetted on 18th July, although I cannot find reference in the London/Edinburgh Gazette to this, and wonder how long it took to appear in this publication? Also the medal award was made by King George V (presumably after the war) at Cadburys Sports Ground in Bournville, Birmingham, but I have not yet found a date for this.  

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27 minutes ago, Martin Rob said:

Also found my grandfathers name with his MM ribbon mentioned as distributed by the Corps Commander on 24th June 1917. He was gazetted on 18th July, although I cannot find reference in the London/Edinburgh Gazette to this, and wonder how long it took to appear in this publication? Also the medal award was made by King George V (presumably after the war) at Cadburys Sports Ground in Bournville, Birmingham, but I have not yet found a date for this.  

 

3 months is a (rough) rule of thumb for it to be gazetted (which is the appearance in the London Gazette).

 

What are his details ?

 

Craig

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Martin Rob

He was Pte Francis Frank Clarke 16th Battalion KRRC C/760 

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12 minutes ago, Martin Rob said:

He was Pte Francis Frank Clarke 16th Battalion KRRC C/760 

 

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Craig

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Martin Rob

Many thanks indeed Craig. Martin

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