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Officers of 2nd Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles - March 1944 - Hawick
Front Row Left to Right:Maj. J S C G de Longuevil, Maj J W Hyde, Maj C R P Sweeney M.C. , Capt W E S Sturgeon ; Lt/Col I H Richards, Lt/Col I C Harris, General Sir Bernard L Montgomery K.C.B D.S.O , Maj B J FitzG.Donlea M.C. , Maj W D Tighe Wood , Capt M D G Ryan , Capt J R St J Aldworth , Capt (QM) C H D Henniker
Second Row Left-Right:Lt G P Flack , Lt L F Laving , Capt J G Guinane RAChD , Capt N R V Watson , Capt H M Gaffikin , Capt K G Perona Wright , Capt C R Gray , Capt J Montgomery , Capt W H Baudains M.M. , Capt A C Bird , Capt C R Wright R.A.M.C
Third Row Left-Right:Capt H M Sheane , Lt R D Purcell , Lt H Greene , Lt F W McFaull , Lt R C Diserens , Lt R S Hall , Lt E J Bourke , Lt S E Frost , Lt S C N Beavan , Lt R Lyttle , Lt S M Lennox
Back Row Left to Right:Lt C C Rand , Lt H D D O'Neil , Lt W E Palmer , Lt D H Walsh , Lt D R R Greer , Lt M P Scanlon , Lt J H St.J.Cooper , Capt F Kirk M.C.

NCOs of 2nd Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles - Hawick - March 1944
Back row, 6th from the left - Charles Hughes, joined in 1936 with his brother Victor Hughes who transferred to 3 Para


Company of 2nd Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles (possibly D Company)
Front Row Officers believed to be:
RSM Fleming ; Lt S C N Beavan ; Lt G P Flack ; Capt W E S Sturgeon ; Lt/Col I C Harris; Capt J R St J Aldworth; Capt J G Guinane RAChD ; Maj J W Hyde
Sgt D Taylor - Front Row - third from right


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Royal Ulster Rifles - Hawick - St Patrick's Day 17 March 1944
(Image courtesy of Donlea family - copyright protected)

Major Basil Donlea MC and Montgomery - Hawick - St Patrick's Day 17 March 1944
(Image courtesy of Donlea family - copyright protected)


St Patrick's Day 1944 - General Bernard presenting the shamrock to Major de Longueuil (later awarded the MC). On the Major's right is Lieutenant Campbell; on the Major's left is Captain Watson, Lieutenant Diserens and Lieutenant Rand.

Major Donlea MC, Montgomery and Lieutenant Colonel Harris March 1944

Montgomery speaking to Rifleman Ryan MM. Ryan had been awarded his medal for action at Ypres in 1940 and was one of those responsible for the safe arrival of the 2nd Battalion on the beach on D-Day by securing a line to the beach.


Montgomery inspecting further members of 2 RUR

RSM Fleming speaking to Montgomery. Lieutenant Colonel Harris is in the background. Fleming would later be awarded the Military Cross for his actions in near Troarn, Normandy.





9th Platoon A Company 2nd Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles - Hawick - 1944




Platoon of C Company 2nd Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles - Hawick - 1944
Lt-Colonel I. C. Harris sat in centre


18th Platoon D Company 2nd Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles - Hawick - 1944
Back Row - Rifleman Harry Brown ; RFM Stevenson ; RFM Desmond Bradley ; RFM Jack Allshire ; RFM Richardson ; RFM Gallagher ; RFM Lomax

Middle Row - RFM Richard Keegan ; RFM Rawnsley ; RFM Williamson ; RFM Bradley ; RFM Faulkner ; RFM McAllister ; RFM Smythe ; L/Cpl O'Halloran

Front Row - L/Cpl McIlroy ; Cpl Killeps? ; Sgt Teague ; Lt H Greene ; Cpl Kohler ; L/Cpl Fitzgerald ; L/Cpl Houghton
Sat at Front: ?????? ; RFM Smith




Signal Platoon 2nd Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles  - Hawick - 1944
Front Row - Third from left - Sgt David Taylor
Possibly Lt F W McFaull in centre



A Platoon of 2nd Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles (possibly Co Company)  - Hawick - 1944
Possibly Capt (QM) C H D Henniker in centre


L/Cpl E. B. Bunston second from right in middle row
 Lt/Col J Drummond DSO (Battalion Commander from January 1945) in centre of front row 




Officers 2nd L.T. A.A. REGT R.A. (2 RUR) 1944








Montgomery talks to CSM Kelly (second from right) during visit and inspection at Droxford 19 May 1944.


Above and Below: Montgomery addresses troops of 2 RUR at Droxford 19 May 1944.



British infantry leaving Sword beach.


A Company, 2 RUR inland from Queen Red beach. Extreme right is Rifleman McNaul from County Antrim.

Sergeant Rainey MM (left) and Lieutenant Rand, C Company, 2nd Battalion RUR in Caen, July 1944.



Company Quartermaster Sergeant WJ Sharkey receiving his DCM from Montgomery awarded for his gallantry during the approach to Troarn - see http://royal-ulster-rifles-ww2.blogspot.co.uk/2010/11/18th-july-1944-approach-to-troarn.html 



Brigadier WFC Kempster OBE (Commander 9th Infantry Brigade) - Defence Platoon HQ - 9th British Infantry Brigade - Lenquick May 1945


Officers Mess - Lenquick May 1945
Captain M.P.Scanlon 1945
Brigadier WFC Kempster OBE (Commander 9th Infantry Brigade) and other unknown officers (M P Scanlon 2nd from left in back row)


Life in 2 RUR Barracks
Centre of Back Row: Sgt David Taylor

2 RUR Football
Far Left of Back Row: Sgt David Taylor

Band of Brothers - The Beck Family circa 1940
Bottom Left: Robert William Beck  - 7020200 ; Bottom Right: William Beck - 7018156
Top Right - Johnny Beck - 7018164 ; Top Left - Unknown friend of Johnny.
Robert Beck started in the airborne division before transferring to 2 RUR and joining 9th Platoon, A Company where he became best friends with Stanley Burrows and Hugh Crangles, the trio earning the nick-name BBC.


Another Band of Brothers - 2 RUR Band