The Officers

When the battalion left for France in October 1939, not every platoon was commanded by an Officer, some were led by WOIII Platoon Serjeant Majors.

If you read through some of their personal diaries, the younger officers attended the same basic training as the men. (See Lt. Kempthorne's diary) but afterwards settled into a more privileged lifestyle.

There seemed to be little offensive or tactical training given and many of their platoons were really run by the SNCO's.

When in March, the War Office decided to replace the WOIII's with very young and inexperienced officers many battalions found a way to keep their PSM's in the field to help mentor them.

When the battalion went into action at Arras and finally at the Ypres-Comines canal, they were a mixture of old WW1 commanders, those who served in Paltestine and the just graduated boys like McIntosh.

Whatever their background, when their backs were against the wall, they did what was asked and fought to the last.

These are the officers of the 2nd battalion in May 1940.

Capt Dwyer
Capt Dwyer
Lt Colonel Tod MC
Lt Colonel Tod MC

Commanding Officer Wounded and Captured

2Lt B P Thomson
2Lt B P Thomson

OC 14 Platoon

Major P D Morrison
Major P D Morrison

2i/c of the battalion Captured

Major Arkright
Major Arkright

Adjutant Wounded, Captured and Escaped

2Lt Maitland Makgill Crichton
2Lt Maitland Makgill Crichton

Intelligence Officer Killed 27th May 1940

2Lt Cholmondeley
2Lt Cholmondeley

OC Fighting Patrol Killed 27th May 1940

Major Adamson
Major Adamson

OC A Company Wounded and evacuated (Arras)

Capt Heisch
Capt Heisch

OC B Company Wounded and Captured

Lt. Mellish
Lt. Mellish

2i/c B Company Wounded and Captured

Lt Whitehead
Lt Whitehead

17 Bde Anti Tank Coy

Capt Ellis
Capt Ellis

OC C Company Captured

Lt Green
Lt Green

2i/c C Company Wounded, Captured and Re-patriated

Capt. Vaughan
Capt. Vaughan

OC D Company Captured

Lt Livingstone Bussell
Lt Livingstone Bussell

2i/c D Company Captured

Capt Holm
Capt Holm

OC HQ Company Captured

Lt Sinton
Lt Sinton

OC 8 Platoon Killed 27th May 140

2Lt Calderwood
2Lt Calderwood

OC 9 Platoon Captured

2Lt Robertson
2Lt Robertson

OC 10 Platoon Captured

2Lt Bowlby
2Lt Bowlby

OC 12 Platoon Captured

2Lt Marshall
2Lt Marshall

OC 13 Platoon Captured

2Lt Wilmot
2Lt Wilmot

OC 15 Platoon Wounded and Evacuated

2Lt Livingstone
2Lt Livingstone

OC 17 Platoon Captured

Lt Knight
Lt Knight

Signals Officer OC 1 Platoon Killed 28th May 1940

Lt Thomson
Lt Thomson

OC Carrier Platoon Killed 28th May 1940

2Lt Wakelin
2Lt Wakelin

2i/c Carrier Platoon Evacuated Sick 15/05/1940

Lt Cartright
Lt Cartright

QuarterMaster Escaped through Dunkirk

Lt Shakespear
Lt Shakespear

Motor Transport Officer Escaped through Dunkirk

2Lt Kempthorne
2Lt Kempthorne

Assistant Motor Transport Officer Wounded and Evacuated

2Lt Clement
2Lt Clement

Replacement Officer 27th May Captured

Capt McNeil Cook
Capt McNeil Cook

17 Bde Liason Officer Escaped through Dunkirk

Capt Goldie
Capt Goldie

17 Bde Anti Tank Company Escaped through Dunkirk

Capt Butterfield
Capt Butterfield

5th Division Liason Officer Escaped through Dunkirk