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The photographs and images in this gallery are either from my own family collection or very kindly loaned to me and are published with the owners permission, they retain copyright over the images. I would like to increase my collection and put names to some of the unidentified soldiers, please contact me. Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.

Index of collections:

George Attwood

Dr. David L. Evans

Cliff Dowding

Abraham (Sam Chapman)

George Nicholls

Sid Wigg

William Flatt

Fred Pepper

Ernest Schofield

Fred Digby

 

Victory Parade - 21st July 1945 

The following photographs of the 8th Hussars partaking in the Victory Parade are used with permission of Ian Patterson - more photographs and information about VE Day and the Victory Parade can be found at Ian's VE Day and Victory Parade Commemoration Page  and in my Photo Gallery

 

 

 

 

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Officers of "A" Squadron 8th (Kings Royal Irish) Hussars on the eve of the Normandy landing

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8th Hussars 9th June 1944
Tanks of A Squadron landing at Le Hamel
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4 Troop, A Squadron 8th (KRI) Hussars 1944

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George William Attwood RAC
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Trooper G. W. Attwood, RAC

The following photographs have been sent to me by Dr David L. Evans, who as 2nd Lt David Lewis Evans served with the 8H  until Sept , when he was injured in Belgium and air evacuated to UK. The photos were taken on the eve of DDay at Bognor Regis. Dr Evans also appears second from the left in the picture of "A" squadron officers above, taken at the same time.

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The Regimental Officer Corps -8th Kings Royal Irish Hussars - Bognor 1944

 

The following photographs are taken from a collection of over 200 in the possession (and published with permission) of Cliff Dowding formerly Trooper in Recce Troop 8th Kings Royal Irish Hussars.

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_Bedford Supply Lorry
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Berlin 1945
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Berlin August 1945
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On the road to Berlin 1945
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Bill Lewis, Cliff Dowding, Hoppy Osborne, Albert Simkins
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_Cliff Dowding
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Cliff Dowding - making preperation for the V E Day Parade 1945
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Chaffee Tank - issued to Recce Troop, HQ Squadron towards the end of the War
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Cliff Dowding
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Cliff Dowding
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Church of Scotland Canteen
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The Troop's Despatch Rider
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Sherman ARV
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The Elb bridge Sep 1945
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(extreme right) Cpl Sager
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George Joyson
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The Crew of Halcyon Recce troop HQ Squadron
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The Crew of Havelock (Troop Commander Capt Bill  Bellamy)
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A Honey (Stuart Tank) with the Turret removed as used by Recce Troop
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Honey (Stuart) Tank
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Itzehoe Sep 1945_( The tanks are Cromwell Mk iv's with 95mm Cannon)
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Ken_"Hoppy"_Osborne
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Ken Morley 1945
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Marcel Elsdorf 1945.
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Normandy 1944
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Potsdam Aug 1945
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Regimental Police Sgt
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Daimler Scoutcar
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Sgt Campbell Griffiths
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Sherman ARV
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Sherman ARV
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Transport to Berlin 1945

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transport 1945

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transport 1945
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transport 1945
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transport 1945
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unknown
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V E parade
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V E parade
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V E parade
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V E parade
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V E parade
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V E parade
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_V E parade
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V E parade
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V E parade
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V E parade

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The following photographs were taken in North Africa at about the time of El Alemein. The were from the collection of the late Abraham (Sam) Chapman, who was thought to have been a driver either in the R.C.T. or a Regimental Driver.

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8th army 1943
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8thArmy1943
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Cairo Policeman 1943
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8th Army1943

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The following photographs were sent to me by Dee Nicholls whose father, Sgt G Nicholls and uncle, Trooper Sid Wigg were both members of "A" Squadron 8th Kings Royal Irish Hussars.

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Trooper Sid Wigg 1945
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8th KRI 1944 (A Squadron)


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Glass Boot

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Thanks to Michael Kenny  mkenny50@hotmail.com who has given me the following explanation of the Glass boot Medal - The "Boot" was probably made up in a REME workshop or similar establishment.
The ribbon and suspension ring is for the Third Reich War Merit Medal, as opposed to the Cross. The Medal was issued to civilians for aiding the war effort.
Note the medal ribbon has the thin red stripe in the centre of the black stripe - the War Merit cross (military) does not have this stripe on the ribbon.

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_Sgt G. Nicholls
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KRI 1945_at The Olympic Stadium Berlin
Cliff Dowding has other photographs of the stadium in ruins.
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Hunting at Itzehoe
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G. Nicholls Spandau

In the centre wearing the paper crown and sword is  A J Burrows (Jack) who joined 4 RTR in 1935, after most of the regt were taken prisoner in N Africa, he was transferred to 8th Hussars where he served out the rest of his service as WO1( RSM). Information provided by Mr Burrows son Andrew. Sadly Mr Burrows died 10 years ago.

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The following three photographs were sent to me by Sandra Patchett whose father William Flat was killed in Saint Joost on 20th January 1945, the following is an extract from her email to me:

"In the group photos my father is in the middle of the front row of the one where they are in the tank. In the other he is at the end of the row, standing next to the man without a hat. My father was known as Bill Flatt, he was in 'C' Squadron, 8th Royal Irish Hussars,  and his CO was Major Henry Huth. He was a L/Corporal. He is buried in the British War Cemetery in Sittard, which I visited last year for the first time." 

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The following two photographs were sent to me by ex Trooper Fred Pepper, who served with the 8th Hussars in 1946 having transferred from The 2nd Fife & Forfar Yeomanry.

The first photograph shows the Fifes dinner this year, L to R Jack Maw, George Maggs, Allen Edwards and Fred Pepper, outside the Four Feathers at Worcester.
The second photograph shows 4 men of the 8th Hussars having lunch at the Montgomery
club in Brussels in 1946 and from L to R they are, A. Cameron, Jack Maw, G. Sharp and Fred Pepper.

2nd Fife and Forfar Yeomanry Reunion

Montgommery Club -Brussells 1946

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The following photographs have been sent to me on behalf of the family of Ernest Schofield, former Trooper 8th KRI who seems to have been the photographer for most of the pictures.   Unfortunately Ernest passed away about six years ago.  His family say that he never mentioned the war to them at all other than that he had been injured with shrapnel and that he was in tanks. The photographs were forwarded to me by David Morris.

BERLIN July 45 Parade for Churchill

 

SAVIOA, LIBYA 8-10-44 "with the boys"

VAALE June 45

OSTEND MAY 45 (all seated)

OSTEND MAY 45 (1) seated in a horse drawn buggy

PARADE FOR CHURCHILL "ALL THE CREW"

Trooper Pepper - Brandenburg Gate 1945

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