Soldiers of the Regiment
Major John Devonshire
Major John Devonshire served with the 7th Battalion of the King's Own
Royal Regiment during the Second World War.
Officers of the 7th Battalion at Marbury Hall, Northwich,
with one of the battalion's armoured carriers, June 1942. Left to
right is Lieutenant G Riches, unknown, Lieutenants Welbourn, Boughey and
Accession Number KO2105/01
Officers of 'A' Company, 7th Battalion, on the roof of
the house where they were billeted while in Gibraltar, just off Main
Street. Rear left to right, Lieutenants Barnes and Graham Thomas,
and seated Major A Burton and Lieutenant Cowan. Lieutenant J W
Devonshire took the photo, August/September 1942.
Accession Number KO2105/02
Officers of the 7th Battalion outside the Mess in
Lahore, April 1943. Left to right Lieutenants R A G MacIntosh,
Barnes, Graham Thomas and Islay Martin.
Accession Number KO2105/03
Company soccer team, 7th Battalion, Lahore, 1943.
Back row, left to right, Lance Sergeant W Irwin, Privates Seddon, Fleet,
Graham, Sergeant Mulholland, Company Sergeant Major J Farghar.
Seated, Corporal G Robinson, Corporal J Ashworth (played professional
football for Halifax), Lieutenant Jenkins (played professional football
for Blackpool) and Private A Hudson (played for Fulham).
Front row, Lieutenant H Rawcliffe (played for Blackburn) and Colour
Sergeant Stan Eastham (played for Blackpool and Burnley).
Accession Number KO2105/04 (and photo of rear KO2105/05)
7th Battalion, King’s Own Royal Regiment, Area Rugger Champions, Lahore
Back row, left to right: Lieutenant F Kenyon; Private Wilkinson; Captain
J W Devonshire; Lieutenant E G Thomas; Captain P A Hogg; Private M
Brace; Private J Bebbington; Corporal W Street and Major A N Burton.
Front row, left to right: Private H Bolton; Private R Williams; Private
L Turvey; CQMS H Mitchell; Lieutenant Colonel R P F White; CSM J Farghar;
Lance corporal J Cook; Private R Machell; Private Robinson.
Accession Number: KO2105/06
Officers of an Instructional Mortar Training Centre, 18th July 1945
Standing, left to right: Lieutenant F A P Taylor (Gloucester Regiment);
Lieutenant D Searle (Gloucester Regiment); Lieutenant N Bradley
(Lancashire Fusiliers); Lieutenant J A Ladd (Royal Norfolk Regiment);
Lieutenant Ian MacDonald ( King’s Own Scottish Borderers); Lieutenant C
Morgan (King’s Shropshire Light Infantry); Lieutenant R W Devonshire
(King’s Royal Rifle Corps) (brother of donor Major Devonshire, King’s
Own); Lieutenant D P Thwaites, (Royal Berkshire Regiment); Lieutenant B
Butler (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry).
Seated, left to right: Captain K G Brown (King’s Own Yorkshire Light
Infantry); Major P T Lawrence (South Staffordshire Regiment); Lieutenant
colonel R W Wycherley (King’s Shropshire Light Infantry); Captain A B
Fallow (Cameron Highlanders); Captain R A Roper (Royal Norfolk
Accession Number: KO2105/07
Photo of some of my Company in front of a 'basha' we
built in the jungle in southern India, 1945.
Back row, Major J W Devonshire, Colour Sergeant G Hone, Private H Lockwood
(Major Devonshire's batman).
Standing row, left to right, Lieutenant F Thompson, Captain S Islay
Martin, Lieutenant B A Green, Private C Mason, Company Sergeant Major
Meechan and Sergeant W Mulholland.
Kneeling row, Privates G Russell, A Osbaldeston, W Cash, and Corporal
Front row, Privates E Preston, Robinson and C Noble.
Accession Number KO2105/08
No 7 Platoon, A Company, 7th Battalion King's Own Royal Regiment,
Accession Number: KO2105/09
'A' Company soccer team, 7th Battalion, Lahore, 1943.
Accession Number KO2105/10
The King's Own Royal Regt Winners, Area Rugby Tournament, 1944
Accession Number: KO2105/11
Photocopy of Brief notes on the war service of John
Accession Number: KO2105/12
Photocopy of lists supporting War time service of John
Accession Number: KO2105/13
Photocopy of 9 Corps District Junior Leaders School, Jan 1942
Accession Number: KO2105/14
Photocopy of Western Command Driving and Maintenance School, Oct 1942
Report on J W Devonshire 7th King's Own Royal Regiment.
Accession Number: KO2105/15
Photocopy Battalion Orders, 7th Battalion, King's Own Royal Regiment,
13th November 1942
Accession Number: KO2105/16
Photocopy of Service Record of Corporal Devonshire, whilst with the
Royal Masonic School Cadet Corps. Oct 1939
Accession Number: KO2105/17
Photocopy of Sergeants Certificate, 1st Class, the 3rd Cadet Battalion
London Rifle Brigade to John Walter Devonshire
Accession Number: KO2105/18
7th Battalion, King’s Own Royal Regiment, Lahore Cantonment, Christmas
Day 1944, Outside ‘A’ Company Office, with many visitors to ‘A’ Company.
Accession Number: KO2105/19
Horse and Carriage, 7th Battalion, King’s Own Royal Regiment, Christmas
Day, 1944 All members of A Company.
Backrow, Private H Lockwood, Major Devonshire, Corporal Walsh, holding
the whip; Private Maskill or Machel, holding the horn, and possibly
Corporal Stackhouse standing.
Accession Number: KO2105/20
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