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Offline Zaphod99

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Why would a Londoner join a Yorkshire Regiment?
« on: Tuesday 10 November 20 11:52 GMT (UK) »
 I have a 3rd generation Londoner who joined the 122nd field regiment Royal Artillery, formed in Bradford in 1939. Unfortunately he spent most of the war in carcerated in a prisoner of war camp near Hiroshima. I am unable to find any connections with Yorkshire and I wondered why a Londoner would  join such a Regiment.

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Re: Why would a Londoner join a Yorkshire Regiment?
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 10 November 20 12:01 GMT (UK) »
It was war time, you were sent where you were needed. Even in peace time you didnít always get into the regiment of your choice.
CHOULES All ,  COKER Harwich Essex & Rochester Kent 
COLE Gt. Oakley, & Lt. Oakley, Essex.
DUNCAN Kent
EVERITT Colchester,† Dovercourt & Harwich Essex
GULLIVER/GULLOFER Fifehead Magdalen Dorset
HORSCROFT Kent.
KING Sturminster Newton, Dorset. MONK Odiham Ham.
SCOTT Wrabness, Essex
WILKINS Stour Provost, Dorset.
WICKHAM All in North Essex.
WICKHAM Medway Towns, Kent from 1880
WICKHAM, Ipswich, Suffolk.

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Re: Why would a Londoner join a Yorkshire Regiment?
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday 10 November 20 12:07 GMT (UK) »
As Jebber says - almost certainly because the army put him there - was he conscripted and when did he join?

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Re: Why would a Londoner join a Yorkshire Regiment?
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday 11 November 20 09:01 GMT (UK) »
Thanks, it was Sep 39.

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Re: Why would a Londoner join a Yorkshire Regiment?
« Reply #4 on: Sunday 20 December 20 05:57 GMT (UK) »
Hi. My father joined up in 1944 from West Hartlepool, Co. Durham. They posted him to the Cameronians at Inverness! He languished a few months before his older brother claimed him into the East Yorkshire Regt. So it was apparently quite a common occurrence to be posted outside one's county of residence.

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Re: Why would a Londoner join a Yorkshire Regiment?
« Reply #5 on: Sunday 20 December 20 11:10 GMT (UK) »
Cliff, welcome to Rootschat, might your father not have joined the Cameron Highlanders at Cameron Barracks in Inverness, rather than the Cameronians? a Lowland regiment.
 The batch of bewildered guys who were posted into the Camerons, pre their sailing for Italy, who came from the Midlands, Leicesters & Sherwood Foresters, soon settled down & were known by the Jocks as the Free British!  ;D

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Re: Why would a Londoner join a Yorkshire Regiment?
« Reply #6 on: Sunday 20 December 20 14:16 GMT (UK) »
I agree with the other posters - he went where he was sent.

My OH was in the Forces and in 1965 applied for a foreign posting.   

The response came back; "Request denied"...  "You are already on the list"
Aberdeen: Findlay-Shirras,McCarthy<br />MidLothian: Mason,Telford,Darling,Cruikshanks,Bennett,Sime, Bell<br />Lanarks:Crum, Brown, MacKenzie,Cameron, Glen, Millar
Ross, Urray:Mackenzie<br />Moray: Findlay; Marshall/Marischell<br />Perthshire: Brown Ferguson<br />Wales: McCarthy, Thomas<br />England: Almond, Askin, Dodson, Harrison, Maw, McCarthy, Munford, Pye, Shearing, Smith, Smythe, Speight, Strike, Wallis/Wallace, Ward, Wells<br />Germany: Flamme,Ehlers, Bielstein, Germer, Mohlm, Reupke

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Re: Why would a Londoner join a Yorkshire Regiment?
« Reply #7 on: Monday 21 December 20 15:41 GMT (UK) »
Cliff, welcome to Rootschat, might your father not have joined the Cameron Highlanders at Cameron Barracks in Inverness, rather than the Cameronians? a Lowland regiment.
 The batch of bewildered guys who were posted into the Camerons, pre their sailing for Italy, who came from the Midlands, Leicesters & Sherwood Foresters, soon settled down & were known by the Jocks as the Free British!  ;D

Skoosh.

Many thanks, Skoosh, for the correction: It was, of course, the Cameron Highlanders - equally bewildering to the brash 17-year-old Dad was at the time!

Cheers,
Cliff.