Second World War
1st Battalion, King's Own Royal Regiment, - Iraq
RAF Habbaniya, Iraq. In April 1941 the 1st Battalion King's
Own deployed from Karachi, India, the first strategic air move by a major
British unit, to defend the air station. The battalion took part in
the Defence of Habbaniya and then defeated pro-German Iraqi forces at
Falluja, thus preventing Iraq falling into the hands of the Axis powers.
Accession Number: KONeg0988
Officers of the 1st Battalion, Iraq, 1941.
Rear row, left to right: Captain M J Cook (East Yorkshire Regt),
Lieutenant M G Braund (Devonshire Regt), Captain T Atkinson (Lancashire
Fusiliers), Captain D E H Henning, Lieutenant S P Pitt (Lancashire
Middle row, left to right: Lieutenant T H Thorp, Captain N St G Gribbon,
Lieutenant R L J Pott, Captain G W B Hawkins, Lieutenant J D Leaning (East
Yorkshire Regt), Captain J Helme, Lieutenant A I M Clark (Welch Regt)
Lieutenant L H Glanville (Devonshire Regt) and Captain J A Addy.
Front row, left to right: Major R D Maclagan (Seaforth Highlanders), Major
W V H Robins, Captain & Adjutant R H C Bryers, Lieutenant Colonel C H
Kinnaird MC (Welch Regt), Major W O Walton (Green Howards), Lieutenant &
Quartermaster W G Spier, and Captain D G Clayton.
The units of officers attached to the King's Own are shown in brackets.
Accession Number: KO0679/24 & KO2378/03
Sergeant Olde, of the 1st Battalion, (standing
rear left) and other soldiers in Iraq, 1941/42.
Accession Number: KO1748/01
An unusual photograph described as 'Two man tank in Trans Jordan
where it was being tried out.' Photographed in
either Iraq or Syria.
Accession Number: KO1842/01
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