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Royal Warwickshire Regiment WW2



Hi All,

I am researching my Grandfather Owen James Alton (Jim) who joined the 1st bn Royal Warwickshire Rgt in October 1939. He was then posted briefly to Deolali before advancing into Burma.
His army number was 5114647 and his rank was Regimental Sgt Major.
He served under Lt Col A.C. Hordern.
Upon joining the army, Jim's trade was as Transport driver (Heavy) he went on to Mechanic, carrier and MT sgt, anti tank & Mortar Sgt
I have lots of images of my Grandfathers batallion if anyone else has relatives who served with Jim, I would gladly scan and email copies.
Sadly Jim died from cancer in 1969 (7 yrs before my birth) and Dad died in 2006 (leukeamia) so I have no family to ask about my Grandfather.

When my Dad was a boy, I remember him telling me that as a family they lived at 'the council house' in Birmingham under the clock? Does this make sense to anyone?

Please message me and I'll get back to you


Ian Alton :)


gone but not forgotten
Ian Alton, It is not a good idea to post your email address it might be used by scammers. Len.


My Brother was in the 8th Royal Warwickshire Regt. He saw service in France 39/40, came home via Dunkirk.
I cannot find anything about his service in the regiment. After the withdrawal from France he was transferred to the "Yorks and Lancs" and went to Burma. Can anyone help?

norfolk brummie

gone but not forgotten
003.jpg004.jpgJust found these two old newspaper cuttings of the Royal Warwicks on training exercise prior to WW2.

On the first photo my father is centre, with black hair very nicely parted, and on the second photo he is second fro the left. I think they were taken around 1936, because above the first photo is a race photo taken during an Olympics. It says L.A or Berlin, but as L.A. was 1932, I believe, looking at my father, it was Berlin in 1936. I remember my mother taking me down to see my father, on exercises, in South Wales, probably during the time of the second photo.


norfolk brummie

gone but not forgotten
Another photograph of my father. On the back it just says 1940, so I think it must have been upon his return from Dunkirk. He was a very strict disciplinarian. When he finally left the army, at the end of WW2, he continued to be very strict at home, and until I was 18, when I joined the army myself, he would never allow us talk at the Sunday lunch table, until we had finished our meal.

Living my life as a musician, this irked, and I could not wait to leave home. However in his later years, he mellowed enormously, and our children, (his grand children), could do no wrong.

Upon reflection, now I am in my later years, I realise that he was a fine family man.