More information needed about Highland Light Infantry in WW2!

More information needed about Highland Light Infantry in WW2!

This photograph shows my relative Smith ‘Sam’ Gilroy (seated right) and I have been told that the badge that he is wearing is almost certainly the Highland Light Infantry (HLI) Badge, which explains the Scottish connection. However it does not explain as yet what he was doing at Glevering Hall in Suffolk in World War 2, where he met his future wife Ruby in Easton Suffolk.

Both the 10 and 11th HLI were based in Suffolk in 1941 as part of the 15th Division, but both battalions were based in south Suffolk.

The 15th (Scottish) Division was a second-line Territorial Army Division, and during WW2 was reformed in the summer of 1939 as a duplicate of the 52nd (Lowland) Div. It was placed under the command of 21st Army Group in the autumn of 1943, landing in Normandy in June 1944. The Division played a part in the breakout of the beachhead, crossing the Orne and the sweep across France and Belgium to the Mass. The Division took part in the operations that drove the enemy from the west bank of the Rhine, and the drive across Westphalia and Hanover to the Elbe.

I have sent for a copy of Sam’s Army Records from the MOD but if anyone can help with any extra information about the links to Suffolk in the meantime that would be fantastic.

Many thanks

Simon

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One Response to More information needed about Highland Light Infantry in WW2!

  1. What a great picture! Maybe the army records you requested will yield some new treasures.
    Regards,
    Theresa (Tangled Trees)

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