Three new updates have been posted on the Blacker’s Boys website:
One of the new photographs: 41110 Private John Morrison (right) and his brother, Sergeant William James Morrison, a regular soldier who served with the 1st Battalion.
Update 16 – July 2014: Appendix 2 – Roll of Honour & Appendix 3 – Cemeteries & Memorials.
This amendment includes information on the new CWGC cemetery at Lidzbark Warminski, Poland, in which is commemorated one soldier of the Battalion who died there while held as a prisoner of war. Continue reading
The Antoni Paszkiewicz project will examine the life and, in particular, the Second World War history of a young Polish man who was born in Vilno (now Vilnius, Lithuania) in 1921. During the Soviet invasion of Poland in 1939, he was arrested and imprisoned. Having been released to join ‘Ander’s Army’—the Polish Armed Forces in the East loyal to the Polish government-in-exile—he left Russia via Iran and Iraq in 1942. This army of Poles formed the basis of Polish II Corps, which fought in North Africa and Italy. Antoni Paszkiewicz subsequently joined the 1st (Polish) Independent Parachute Brigade. Following the war he settled in the United Kingdom. Continue reading
This Colonial Police Medal for Gallantry was awarded to British Sergeant Dennis Baily Richards, Palestine Police, in December 1947. Richards had served previously with the 15th/19th The King’s Royal Hussars. This group comprises: Colonial Police Medal for Gallantry; India General Service Medal 1908-35, with clasp ‘NORTH WEST FRONTIER 1930-31’; General Service Medal 1918-62, with clasps ‘PALESTINE’ and ‘PALESTINE 1945-48’. (Photo © Dix Noonan Web.)
Following the successful introduction of the Colonial Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in 1934, an award to reward members of the Colonial Police Service for their meritorious service and gallantry was suggested, first in March 1935 and then again in November 1936, by Inspector General R G B Spicer CMG, MC of the Palestine Police Force. The Colonial Police Medal was instituted in 1938. Continue reading
A soldier of the 9th Royal Irish Fusiliers has been commemorated in a new Commonwealth War Cemetery. A full report, video and slide show can be seen here: The Heilsberg 39.
Private John Ernest Partridge was born in London in 1899. He enlisted on 21 March 1917, aged 17, and was one of the large draft of men from The London Regiment that joined the 9th (North Irish Horse) Battalion, Princess Victoria’s (Royal Irish Fusiliers) on 6 April 1918. He was captured less than a week later on 12 April 1918 in the actions between Wulverghem and Kemmel.
Reported wounded, Private Partridge died of ‘general weakness’ at Heilsberg Prisoner of War Camp in East Prussia on 27 October 1918, aged 19. He was one of thirty-nine British soldiers who were buried in Heilsberg Prisoner of War Cemetery. Heilsberg, then a small town in East Prussia, is now Lidzbark Warmiński, Poland. The graves of these men, among a number of mass graves, could not be maintained and the men were commemorated on the Malbork Memorial, in Malbork Commonwealth War Cemetery. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has now erected headstones in a new Commonwealth War Cemetery at Lidzbark Warmiński, which was dedicated on 16 May 2014.