2nd Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment

Little known facts

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Japanese Discipline:
"Japanese night discipline was not up to British Army standards you could at times here them talking and moving around. The Japanese wore a rubber boot with the distinctive divide between the big toe and the others which left a distinctive herringbone footprint which they made no attempt to conceal before moving off the track." Company Sergeant Major Theodore Martin Shave 14749852.
 
 

 
Couldn't Speak English:
"At the outset troops were told the Japanese couldn't speak English, how wrong could they have got it especially radioing messages in the open." (Not coded). Sergeant Bertram Samuel Miles King 14254119.
 
 

 

B Company Strength:
Allotment of 120 men per Company, B Company were often down to 20 or 24 men due to casualties and men not taking their Mepacrin tablets to combat Malaria. Men who never took the pills, suffered a lot more when they got home because the Malaria would probably come back every two or three months.

 
 

 
Rangoon's Wembley:
"On Boxing Day 1946 our Battalion football team played the Royal Engineers in the Final of the Burma Star Cup, on the B.A.A. ground, Rangoon. The Wembley of Burma. Our team won two goals to nil. After the game, XXXXX XXXXX received the Cup from Major Moore who deputised for the Area Commander, who failed to turn up." Lance Corporal William Joseph Lowe 14640525.
 
 

 
Thank Them For Me!:
Sometime after the war Cpl. Arthur Pike was contacted by an officer of the Sikh Regiment who at the end of their conversation asked Cpl. Pike to personally thank the 2nd Battalion, on his behalf for saving their lives at Kabwet.
 
 

 
Berkshire 1st!:
"The 2nd Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment were the first to enter Mandalay City as the leading company of the advance." Lance Corporal William Joseph Lowe 14640525.
 
 

 
Road Works:
"'B' Company, 2nd Royal Berkshire Regiment labored on building a section of the Kohima Hill Road. The sappers were so impressed by their work that their section was named 'Berkshire Lane' in their honour and that road was named Broadway." Sergeant Bertram Samuel Miles King 14254119.
 
 

 
A Lot To Learn:
"The training that we received here was very poorly planed, and very little practical knowledge was gained. On the last day of this training a number of fellows were swept over into the river while crossing a ford, and were found about 90 miles away about a week later." Lance Corporal William Joseph Lowe 14640525.
 
 

 
British POW's:
On entering Fort Dufferin our soldiers were greeted by the sight of some British POW's wearing loin cloths and near to starvation and covered in sores. Company Sergeant Major Theodore Martin Shave 14749852.
 
 

 
10% Casualties!:
"Live ammunition, was used to provide realistic battle conditions, sadly a number of trainees were killed during these exercises. The army concluded that 10% was an acceptable figure." Company Sergeant Major Theodore Martin Shave 14749852.
 
 

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2nd Battalion
The Royal Berkshire Regiment
(Princess Charlotte of Wales's)
1939 - 1959

Burma WWII

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