KSLI MEMORIALE: Peter ‘Buster’ Sisley RIP. 1930-2016. Anyone wishing further information can contact Buster’s niece Sarah on sarahbarnard@hotmail.com

A Blog Page for all KSLI through history. From the very beginnings of these Blog Pages, authored by Editor, Derek Lovemore 1DCLI, 1953, a strong internet friendship evolved with WO2 Bill Griffiths, 1KSLI, RAPC, resulting in regular email contact and exchanges of historical KSLI information. Subsequently Bill’s Memoirs have been posted on a dedicated website (hotlinked). Bill’s strong Regimental connections with KSLI, subsequently gave rise to the publishing of a separate Korea Blog Page (see above header title) where a cross link to the Yapp Family Memorial site is hotlinked. L/Cpl George Yapp KSLI was KIA Korea.

See also KSLI Memorabilia 1939 -2008 published for Bill Griffiths and ably supported by his wide recall of KSLI regimental events.

In May 2011 Bill’s wife Nancy passed away and in her memory the front of the family home in Eardisley now features a splendid reminder of her presence. Bill’s thoughtfulness is a lesson to us all and we perpetuate Nancy’s memory here on this blog page in her honour. The plaque reads.

From Fairview: Please take a seat, rest your feet for a while. Give passers by a warm friendly smile. And when you are ready to go on your way. Remember, Keep Smiling and have a GOOD DAY!

The brass plate reads “This seat is dedicated to Nancy Griffiths who fell in love with Eardisley and lived here from 1987 till 2011.”


The particular interest to the Editor is focussed on 1KSLI in Kenya in 1955 or thereabouts and specifically about the events surrounding the accidental death of Lt. Col Cuthbert Brooke-Smith (CBS) in August 1955. Considerable response has been generated through various channels and contact has been established with the immediate family in Truro Cornwall, which has kindly forwarded the photo of the gravesite in Nairobi. We are indebted to the joint efforts of Bill Griffiths and Keith A Forbes (webmaster bermuda-online), both of whom laboured industriously with the editor to rectify the omission of “Sunray’s” name from the National Memorial – now done.

Any KSLI trooper with information to offer is invited to post comment to this Page and add to the omissions in history that so far have been accorded the Lt. Col’s meritorious service to the British Army. Mention of CBS’ posting to Bermuda as GSO2 can be found at bermuda-online.

Carpe Diem!

A picture of Bill Griffiths in the Military Cemetry in Pusan with Pinky's brother Alex, who came to visit his grave, together with the RSM who took all the parades we went on in  2001.

A picture of Bill Griffiths in the Military Cemetry in Pusan with Pinky's brother Alex, who came to visit his grave, together with the RSM who took all the parades we went on in 2001.

3 Photos below are of Dave Stubbs and son Daniel, remembering the KSLI fallen. Bill Griffiths has supplied the photos and has indicated that Dave follows a long line of Light Infantry ‘Old Soldiers’ and he will be present at Shrewsbury on 19th June 2009. We look forward to meeting up with him.

Dave Stubbs and son Daniel remembering the KSLI fallen

Dave Stubbs and son Daniel remembering the KSLI fallen

Daniel Stubbs

Daniel Stubbs

Dave Stubbs and son Daniel remembering the KSLI fallen

Dave Stubbs and son Daniel remembering the KSLI fallen

PICASA ALBUM: A Tribute to Private Neville Hurst RIP. 22530285 KSLI Band & Bugles

Pte (Bandsman) Neville Hurst RIP. #22530285. KSLI/DCLI 1952-1958

We have compiled a Picasa Album of photos collected during the service postings of Neville in UK, Germany, Hong Kong and Kenya, 1952-1958. The collection has been kindly donated by Ken Hurst, Neville’s son, and we shall all appreciate any identification of faces and places shown. In one or two of the photos, Neville sports the DCLI shoulder flashes, cap badge, and 6th Armoured Div sign, so we presume his secondment at some time to the DCLI in Minden, Germany circa 1952-1953. Interesting too, he appears to take part in Ops and Exercises, so he may have posted out to the Companies, and given the band away.

WO2: Albert E Goff. BEM. KSLI #4035782

We have recently been contacted by Clive Goff, son of Albert. Clive is compiling a collection of historical KSLI photo memorablia dating back to the ’40s and advancing through the 50’s and maybe later than that. A Picasa Album has been published on the Picasa page, but is also shown here as a hotlink.



147 Responses to KSLI

  1. Peter ‘Buster’ Sisley RIP

    We regret to advise the passing of ‘Buster’ Sisley KSLI. The funeral was conducted on 1st November. Anyone wishing further information can contact Buster’s niece Sarah on sarahbarnard@hotmail.com

  2. Julie Williams says:

    Hi. I told my dad about this site and he gave me a few names of solders while we were in Malaya at Terendak and while he was in Australia and Singapore. 1969 was when we returned to Britain. Does anyone know where these men are or does anyone remember my Dad Alfred Arrowsmith? He was with 7th battalion I think he said. Here are some names he gave me. Phil Roberts he was a butcher, Sargent Kenword, Sargent Major Eargon (not sure how it’s spelt). Some Australians lived next door to us in Templa avenue, also Bill Griffiths. My dad has has fond memories and always tells us stories. Thank you. julie

  3. Chris Niblett says:

    Hi, just wandering if there is anyone who remembers or has any info available on RSM Cecil Palmer? He was my grandfather (long since departed) just curious! Our family has quite a lot of his memorabilia which will probably be going to the museum at Copthorne.

    • N L Rogers says:

      Hi Chris, just to update you on your information – the Museum is now in Shrewsbury Castle. I served in the KSLI until it became the 3rd Battalion LI, my grandfather was also a WOI – RSM of the Depot until his retirement in the early 1930s. All the best.

  4. Marc Clark says:

    Hi all. I’m looking for any information on my grandad Pte Charles Clarke 11366 of Hinstock, Market Drayton. Please email me (removed) Thanks Marc.

    ED: Hello Marc. In accord with site policy your email address is removed for privacy. Any contacts can be made via the weblog page or direct to me as Editor.

    • Marc Clark says:

      Thanks Ed.

      ED: Our former KSLI Boy Soldier and Sjnt Major Bill Griffiths is shortly to return from Hong Hong, when he no doubt will offer up some comment on his memories of your Grandad – if they served at the same time.

      • Marc Clark says:

        Ahh brilliant thanks Ed. I hope he has some info.

        • G’Day Marc. I have just communicated with Sjnt Major Bill Griffiths in Eardisley, former KSLI of the 40s & 50s and he has remarked that probably you are referring to a WW1 soldier. We of the LI of the early post war WW2 will help where we can, but unfortunately – a blank at this time. Maybe a contact with the KSLI Museum will help, if not already tried? Regards Editor

  5. Paul Brice says:

    Hello my name is Paul. I’m looking for any information on my uncle who served in KSLI in Korea. Private JB Straughan, he was KIA and is buried in Memorial Cemetery in Pusan. Any information would be really appreciated thank you.

    • Hello Paul. Sorry but the only info I have is that your Uncle was killed on 19 Nov 51, but you probably knew this already. I have visited the cemetery where our lads are buried on three occasions since leaving there on 17th September 1952 and was there when we, the survivors held a special Remembrance Service on the 14th. before packing up to leave. The graves then were just very basic with a wooden cross. They now have special plaques and a little green bush at each grave and the graveyard is kept in immaculate order by the Koreans, who are all so deeply grateful to all our lads who gave their lives. Sorry I can’t be more helpful. I have a Roll of Honour on the wall in my living room of all our lads that were killed and of course your Uncles name is there. God Bless. Bill Griffiths

  6. Dave Pasley says:


    A friend has found a medal belonging to Pte I Emerson (23250820) of KSLI for service in Kenya. If at all possible, we would like to reunite Pte Emerson (or his family) with this medal. Enquiries to the Regimental Museum have been unsuccessful. Can anyone here help please?

    • Dennis Hall says:

      Hi, my name is Dennis Hall now living in Canada, I was the KSLI in Kenya 8 platoon with Iver Emerson, did not know much about him but I know that he came from Cumberland. I hope that this might be of some help.

      • Frank Owen says:

        Hello Dennis. Remember me? Frank Owen, 16 four alls market drayton. Like to contact you. I was in Kenya. My email is (removed under site policy). I live in Australia.

        ED: Kindly contact Editor for email references or post a Comment.

        • Frank Owen says:

          Would like to hear from Dennis Hall or anyone else who served with me.

        • Frank Owen says:

          Do you have Dennis Hall’s email address please? Perhaps you could forward my email address to Dennis.

          ED: Will do Frank. Site policy is to not display email addresses.

          • DENNIS HALL

            I regret to advise failure in making contact with Dennis, his last known email address is bouncing back and I have none other to try. Maybe you’ll get lucky and he’ll read the weblogs. Note however that making a “Reply” to an ancient Comment, places your reply in threaded sequence to the original and in many instances will be several pages from view.

  7. Carl Mullinder says:

    Hi all. I’m looking for information on my father Thomas William Mullinder. I have all his information from the war records but would like to know more about what he did and I’m also after a photo of him in his Uniform as I don’t seen to be able to find any. He was in the KSLI 1939 – 1945 He was a POW in Burma. So if anyone could throw a bit of light I would be very pleased. You can contact me on carlmullinder@sky.com Many thanks and keep up the good work.

  8. John Jarratt says:

    Hello, I’m trying to find some information on Pte B Jones KSLI, who served in Kenya. Any help would be most appreciated. Cheers John.

  9. Billy Hull says:

    Hello, I found this website through my efforts of uncovering a family story that my great-grandfather fought with the KSLI throughout the First World War. I know that there will be no living members of the KSLI from that time and it is many nears ago (close to 100 to be precise) but I was wondering whether anybody has any groups or contacts that may be able to help me.

    Thank you

    • Bill Griffiths says:

      Hello Billy, I am ex KSLI 1946 – 1984. As you say, there are no living members now from all that time ago but we still have a Re-Union each year at Copthorne Barracks in Shrewsbury. which I still attend each year and the best way to find information is at The Castle Shrewsbury, the home of our Regimental Museum. Tel 01743 358516 or look at their Website http://www.shropshireregimentalmuseum.co.uk/#sthash.tnacVd17.dpuf

      Hope this helps. Keep in touch via this (Light Infantry Most Wanted) website. I hope you enjoy my Memoirs which I had set up for me some years ago by another old soldier from the DCLI. Have a great Christmas. Bill Griffiths ex 4042838 WO2 W D Griffiths KSLI

      • Andrew Howie says:

        Dear Mr Griffiths,
        Firstly, please forgive my intrusion on this post. Secondly, let me explain why.

        We have, by good fortune, come to know an ex soldier of 2KSLI. He has recounted amazing stories of WW2 to me and my wife. He told me that in his section(?) as a Scotsman he was known as Jock. He is from Dundee. He is 94 (born 1920) and had during conversation stated that he wondered how many of them were left? I am contacting you without his consent. I would be grateful for a reply.

  10. Laura Sheehan says:

    Hi, after loosing my grandfather Victor French recently I was looking to see if I could find anything about him online. I know he was in Kenya in the 1950’s, he was also in Korea, Khartoum, Germany and Palestine. Any information about his time in KSLI would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

    • Bill Griffiths says:

      Hello Laura, I can certainly remember the name French and believe he was a Sergeant in Korea, but can’t be certain. I was with the Battalion at that time as a young Corporal. You can I am sure find out more information from ‘The Castle’ in Shrewsbury where our Regimental Museum is. I have a a couple of photographs of all members of the Sergeants Mess members taken in Germany where I was also a member in 1953 where we received our new Battalion Colours with Battle Honours won in Korea, before the Regiment went to Kenya. I could send you copies if you wish.

      Our Editor Derek Lovemore of this site will assist. also. Let me know. OK?

      Bill Griffiths ex WO2 KSLI now 83 years old living in Eardisley near Hereford. I can let you have my Email address also if you wish.

      ED: Hello Laura, we’ll assist where possible and will forward Bill’s email address asap. Check the hotlink that opens para 2 at this page header and scroll to b/w photo of KSLI Serjeants Mess. This is an old Google site, so you’ll need to copy/paste the pix into Photo Shop to a larger view.

  11. Richard Sylvester says:

    Hi all. I was just wondering if anyone knew my grandad Henry Sylvester from Barnsley. i believe he served with the KSLI in WW2. I know he was in France and Germany that is all i really know and we have a lot of photos of when some high ranking German officers surrendered. Any information would be very much appreciated. Thank You

    • Bill Griffiths says:

      Hello Richard. WW2 was a long time ago and there are very few around these days who remember it, and who would remember individuals. But can I suggest you write to the KSLI Museum in Shrewsbury Castle, where the history of the KSLI through the ages is kept. You would need to provide as much information as you can about your Grandad including if possible his Army Number and which company he was in. I wish you well and I hope you also find the History of our fine Regiment interesting. Regards,

      Bill Griffiths ex KSLI 1946 – 1984

  12. Tony says:

    I am trying to find details about Private Alfred Talbot MM, after I noticed his grave in a Grimsby cemetery. He was awarded the Military Medal while serving in Korea in 1952/53. Any info about him would be very much appreciated.

    • Bill Griffiths says:

      Hello Tony, all I have found so far is that 19043240 Alfred Talbot is shown as a Corporal in a booklet I have (1KSLI Korea 1951-52 by Peter Duckers, available from the Shropshire Regimental Museum) and that he was awarded the M.M. on 10th October 1952. At this time, we the KSLI were on The Empire Trooper on our way home having embarked on the 14th September ’52 after seventeen Months in Korea. So, he must have been attached to another Regiment. I will try to find out more. Bill Griffiths Ex KSLI

      • Neil Haswell says:

        This was my uncle I believe, We were trying to track down his MM for his son. It was sold a long time ago by his 2nd wife we understand. You can reach me at (removed). (Email contact via Editor on request)

  13. Bridget Daly says:

    Hello All. I’m looking for my Grandad, Dennis Kenneth Richards, he was a Colour Serjeant in A Coy, #4031323. Believed to have got a Military Medal in 1945. Any information would be brilliant. Thanks a lot. Bridget.

  14. Bill Griffiths says:

    Hello all. I went to the Re-Union on the 16th June and although it rained for most of the day and this kept everyone in the beer tent, IT WAS PACKED and the beer was flowing fast. Then the rain stopped long enough for the parade which was great and we marched past at about 130 to the minute, not bad for a load of old uns’.

    I personally met up with quite a few of my old buddies, one that I had not seen since 1954 WOW! I was only a young soldier with eight years service then. The visiting General has promised that we will definitely have a parade at Copthorne next year, it will be on the weekend 7th to 9th June. Hope I will still be around. If I am see you there. Bill

  15. Albert Barkley (Dixie) says:

    I am 23122904 Barkley, Batt plumber 1KSLI Kenya QMS Dept. I used to visit all Companies when they were up country. Remember me?

  16. Bill Griffiths says:

    Hello Dennis. First of all, great to hear from you. The Re-Union is on June 16th. Beer tent open at 1100hrs. Parade at 14.15hrs followed by sounding Retreat. Hope you can make it. Bill

  17. Dennis Hall, "C" Coy Muthaga says:

    Hi Bill, always good to read your articles be they new or old. Names bring back the old days and many good memories, but not too many lads from the years of 55 to 57 seem to be getting in touch with you. I am sure that there are some good stories from our time in Kenya. I have not been back to the UK this year, have lost any contact that I had. When is the next Re- Union coming up? I will try and make it.

  18. Bill Griffiths says:

    HELLO HELLO, is there anybody out there? We are already nearly through the first month of the year. Lets hear from you guys.

  19. Bill Griffiths says:

    Hello Daniel. No, I was in NI in 1969 attached to the 1st Glosters, just after our return from Berlin. Yes a blog spot for KSLI thanks to our Editor Derek. If you are aware of any other ex KSLI let them know about this site. Nice to hear from you and have a Happy Festive season.

  20. Daniel Rees says:

    Hello all!

    Great to see a blog spot for the KSLI! Bill may I ask please when you served in Northern Ireland. Were you with the Light Infantry at the time?

  21. Bill Griffiths says:

    Hello everyone, yes I am indeed back from Hong Kong. ‘Sadly’ I would have loved to have stopped there much longer. It is of course nothing like the Hong Kong we knew back in 1949 to 1952, it is now a great big concrete jungle. No rickshaws , thousands of taxi’s, underground trains and tunnels under the harbour connecting Kowloon with the Island. All very efficient and clean, makes our London Undergound look terrible.

    The beer is still good, the food even better with literally thousands of restaurants to choose from and the pace of life so much faster than before. I had one meal in a restaurant on the 103rd floor of one building, quite scary looking out of the window. I didn’t get back to Sek Kong but apparently it is a big City now, as is Fan Ling and Sha Tin and the stinky little village ‘Yuen Long’. I went to Yuen Long and would you believe got lost there, it is such a big city now. Unbelievable.

    Anyway, looking forward to maybe taking another trip next year, God willing Merry Christmas everybody and a Happy New Year.


  22. Karl Wells says:

    My grandad 14440763 Thomas James Richardson served between 1943 and 1955 and one of the countries was Palastine. From what I gather was a W/Cpl. Would anyone know of this person? if so please can you contact me.

    Many Thanks

  23. Kenneth Hurst says:

    Hi Derek

    Thanks for the information on Archie Moulds let’s all hope his wife gets well soon, and I will look forward to viewing any comments he makes on my dad’s pictures, when it is a more suitable time for him to do so.

    Ive seen and responded to a comment posted on October 13th by Tony Stanton jnr, and have emailed him personally and also sent him copies of my dad’s Army photo collection to the email address he has left on here. As of yet I’ve not had a reply from him, but I’m hoping to, as his dad would maybe know a great deal more information on who’s who on the pictures which would be of great interest to me and no doubt everyone else.

    I recommended to Tony jnr to view the Album on here, as the quality of the pictures are much better to view.

    Good to hear from you, also pleased Bill is well, and as I write this, we in the UK are expecting gale force Winds, and with the cold air to go with it, makes me envious of you sunning it in the land of OZ.

    Have a good Christmas Cobber. Regards to all on this site. From the Hurst Family in Manchester.

  24. G’Day to Ken Hurst

    Thanks Ken for your recent comments – unfortunately lost within the “Reply” system – unless the blogger scans backwards. Maybe this entry will prompt ’em to scan the earlier comments. You mentioned Archie Moulds in one of your comments and I should mention that I’ve been in touch with him in November to return some KSLI photos to him that I had. He is well but his wife has been poorly. Archie promised to contact his Old Mates.

    Let’s keep this KSLI blog bubbling along Cheps. Bill Griffiths is back from Hong Kong and bursting at the seams to get us up to date.

    Merry Christmas too, all you Pommies. ‘Tis bloody hot here in OZ!!

  25. Mark Olden says:

    Hello all. My father 4031509 WO II William Olden MM, served with the 2nd Batt KSLI through the second world war and also Korea.

    If anyone has any memories of him I would be glad to hear them; sadly he passed away in the early eighties when I was too young to understand his service. I have some photos I would love to share. If someone could get in touch I would be eternally grateful.

    Thanks Mark Olden.

    ED: Thanks for making contact Mark, condolences on your loss, all those years ago. We shall be happy to create a Picasa Album for you, which can be published under our appropriate page heading. Kindly forward all pix in .JPEG format with captioning if possible and we’ll doctor ’em in PhotoShop. Send as an email attachment to the Editor on djkl157@gmail.com or publish up to Google Picasa Albums and send me the URL. We are still today in contact with Korea Vets.

  26. Mark Newill says:

    Hello, my name is Mark Newill my father (Peter Newill) and uncle (Richard Newill) served in KLSI in the during the mid 1950’s and both served in Kenya. If any one remembers them I would love to hear from you. My Father Peter is still going strong and living Nr Montgomery but my uncle Richard passed away a few years ago. Many thanks in advance.

    Mark Newill RN (rtd)

    • Karen says:

      Hello Mark

      I have just read your message re the KSLI and Newill’s and wonder if you are related to the Newill family of Welshpool, Wrockwardine, Lydbury, Ludlow. I have been researching my family history for many years and have strong links between Beattie and Newill families in these areas and would welcome any further information.

      The Newills in my family tree were involved in the initial days of the KSLI.



      • Mark Newill says:


        My Grandfather (Harold Newill) moved to Buildwas in Shropshire around 1910 where he had is own farm, his father was a bank manager (George Ernest Newill of Leicester). This is when my side of the family moved to the area. There were three brothers in all, Basil, Harold and Ernest. All three served in WW1 and all were wounded but survived. Only Harold moved to the Shropshire area though.

        I know very little of the other two apart from Basil, he was a career Royal Navy Officer, captained HMS Tigress during WW1, then was harbour master in Hong Kong and rescued the King and Queen of Norway & other Norwegian Royal family members from Norway in WW2 (apparently). He retired to South Africa where we lost contact.

        Prior to this I do not know much, but Newill is a rare name so there maybe a connection. Why would a young man move half way across the country to set up a farm in an area where other Newill’s reside! My parents currently live in Montgomery which is very close to Welshpool.



  27. Bill Griffiths says:

    Ken, many thanks for your kind words and thoughts. Yes it has been a very sad time for me, as it was for you when you lost your father last year. At my age, I don’t think I will ever get over this but, it is wonderful knowing that I have friends to help me through this terrible time. Thanks again

  28. Kenneth Hurst says:

    Hello all its been a while since I’ve been on here and I’m very sad to hear Bill Griffiths has suffered the loss of his wife Nancy. Bill may I offer you our deepest condolences on behalf of the Hurst Family. As you know we suffered the loss of my father Neville in Feb 2010 and can deeply sympathise in the heartache you and your family must be going through at this sad time. Kindest Regards
    Ken Hurst.

  29. Bill Griffiths says:

    Thanks Ed for all your kind words, and thanks to all our lads who have supported Nancy and me over these last few years.They time will heal, but there is not a lot of time left now. Thank you everybody for the wonderful support you have given me.


  30. NANCY GRIFFITHS: 1925-2011

    24th May, 2011: With great sadness we advise the passing of Nancy, dearly beloved wife of Bill Griffiths of Eardisley, Herefordshire. Nancy and Bill were together for over 58 years. Nancy had been in poor health recently but suffered a major trauma just a few days ago.

    Rest in Peace Nancy. We of the Light Infantry brotherhood will mourn Bill’s loss and you will forever be remembered in our hearts.

    Bill, our dear ‘Ole Mate whom we have grown to love and respect on our blog sites, we are with you in spirit as you take your dear wife on her last journey. God Bless You.

  31. Walton says:

    Anybody remember Richard WALTON- KSLI 1950 -1952, Hong Kong and Korea?

  32. Dennis Hall says:

    Abarycarnie, Archie,
    Not sure if the spelling is correct. Once again sorry for not getting back to you, this is the first time on your site since I last wrote. Please give Bert Rathbone my regards, the last time that I saw him he was playing cricket for Norton in Hales, and I was playing for Cheswardine, could be 1965. I was home again at the begining of this year, was supposed to meet Jacky but he did not turn up, got a message to say that he was sick. I did see Vic Burr, and Jerry Walton.

    We are all getting up in years, so I wonder who is still around from the Kenya days. I have followed the story about “Lt Col Brooke Smith”. I did not arrive in Kenya until the end of September of 1955. Of course we were told about it and by what I read seems to be very accurate, I also wonder if one more grave is being recognised, This one being of “Charlie Finch” who was on the “MT” killed on the way into Nairobi , in 1956. I think he came from Hereford. Regards all who may remember me, emails are welcome.

    Dennis Hall. 23164896

    • Frank Owen says:

      I am Frank Owen No. 23352056 served in Kenya with you and would like to contact you. I live in Australia.

  33. Buster Sisley says:

    While I can understand the feelings behind the demise of the late Colonel Brooke Smith and the good work done to bring home his remains, I feel I must make comment about “The One We Left Behind.”

    I refer to the late Bandsman Charlie Hinsley 2299965, who died following a vehicle accident 24th December 1956. [Charlie’s name appears on a wall of remberence in the National Arboritum Alrewas]. I have a photograph of Charlie’s last resting place which despite comments made about graves abroad is in immaculate condition. I shall be including this photograph in the booklet of the bands history 1945-57. I believe there is a photograph around taken when we laid Charlie to rest. I would love to include this so if anyone could let me have a copy I would be most grateful . Good luck to you all and remember the Regiment survives through you and yours.


  34. Bill Griffiths says:

    The sad news of yet another KSLI loss.

    Robin Yarwood, a member of the Korean Veterans Branch here in Hereford, and who was with us in Korea. Passed away last weekend.

    RIP Robin

    ED: Our condolences to Family and Korean Vets, Sjnt Major. I know that you are a close knit bunch of Old Mates.

  35. Scott Norton says:

    Looking for:

    James Frederick Norton. SGT KSLI, REG NO 5116613, DIED IN 1 MARCH 1945.

    A person has found handwritten letter from him, she would like to pass on to his surviving family. Any info on James Norton would be appreciated.

    Scott Norton.

    ED: Scott, this request might be better placed on ‘Lost Names & Faces’

  36. Bill Griffiths says:

    Another sad loss from our KSLI ranks.

    Bernard (Bunny) Harrison passed away on 13 Dec 2010. Cancer took his life. RIP. Bunny. Bunny and I were very close friends back in the early days (1946-1952)and I was Godfather to his daughter Christine. We have only been able to keep in contact via Christmas cards etc as he lived far away in Felinheli.

    His wife Beryl has just sent me the sad news and I know that I will be joined by all of you by sharing her grief at this sad tme.

  37. Bill Griffiths says:

    Thank you Ken for your words of comfort and I, like Ed welcome you back. We both know what it is like to lose someone, but we also know that by contributing to this site, and making regular visits, we meet new friends, who over a period of time become more than friends, we are like a big family, and we all need each other as the years slip by.

    I would have been completely lost without Derek, and all the hard work he puts in to keeping this site going, and all the wonderful new friends that have come in to my life as a result of this.

    Yes and I hope we ALL have a happy Christmas, and a great and prosperous New Year

  38. Kenneth Hurst says:

    First of all may I offer my condolences to Bill Griffiths and his Family on the sad loss of his Brother Bob. It’s been a while since I have logged in and it was sad to read Bill has suffered a loss.

    RIP and God Rest Bobs Soul.

    I see since I was last logged in here that Buster Sisley has left comments on some of my Dad’s photos. Thanks for contributing some more info Buster, it is nice to read these comments in fact thanks to all who have viewed and commented on who’s who and where’s where, it kind of helps me through accepting my Pop’s not with us any more, but in posting these pictures to your dedicated site it has given me a new interest to focus on with him. I’m hoping those who remember him can maybe tell me a few stories about what he got up to, like the story he told me when him and his mate (can’t remember who) were at a loose end one night in Hong Kong, and with hardly any money decided to go and play a game of Bingo to hopefully win some more cash.

    He said they both had enough to buy 2 books each and on sitting down, ooked around them and saw that all the local women were playing 24 books each. He said they thought they had no chance of winning but surprisingly his pal won much to the annoyance of the locals.

    It would be nice to hear of more stories involving my Dad, so I’m hoping to hear of anyone who remembers him. Also nice to see Bill’s Wedding Photo with his beautiful wife Nancy and his Brother Bob as best man and his army pals including my dad. It is a lovely picture Bill, you look very proud on it.

    Anyway I must go now, I’ve got work in the morning but I will keep checking the site for more comments, but in case I’m not on here before the festive season begins may I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Good Health and Prosperity for the Coming Year.

    Yours Sincerely
    Kenny Hurst.

    ED: Welcome back Ken, keep browsing now and then, we’ll keep the commentary up to date. Seasons Greetings to you and yours.

  39. Bill Griffiths says:

    Many thanks Derek
    I feel proud to have you all as my dear friends, and look on you as my family now that my own flesh and blood have deserted me. Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas, (and many more in the years to come)and of course a happy and prosperous New Year. Wish we could all be together for nice big party.

  40. Bill Griffiths says:

    Hi everyone, ex LI or indeed any ex servicemen, or serving servicemen or women.

    This is a season to remember, to love, to respect, and to thank God for all the wonderful friends we have made over the years. These years pass by all too quickly. Let we, who are still alive, enjoy our friendship, and let’s give thanks for the friendship we have enjoyed with those who have sadly left us. They are many, we are few.

    God bless the souls of those who have left us. Thank you God for those of us waiting to join them.
    Bill Griffiths

    • Hear! Hear! Sjnt Major. Too many have now passed on – too soon – we shall remember them.

      Sad too, the fact that of the many who are still upright, they’re still gettingaroundtuit, in terms of sharing goodwill via the LI Associations, the internet and the many blogs that are on offer. Beats me why an hour or so each month is so bloody difficult to fit in. Consider too, the hundreds, if not thousands of old photos in attics and garages, that will mean nought to the survivors of many an Old Soldier, but would bring pleasurable reminders to we who served.

      Bill, you are a living credit to the Regiment and I write on behalf of all your DCLI mates to applaud your industry and friendship. Thank you.

  41. Bill Griffiths says:

    Hi Swanny, and everyone.
    Yes Neil, I have JJ Oates name on my Roll of Honour in my living room. He was actually Middlesex Regt attached to us and was killed on 1st June 1951 very soon after we got there. Brother Bob had been wounded on the 20th May. I have the same feelings as you, and in fact just this morning went down to my Korean Veterans memorial in our village, and added Bob’s name to one of the poppy crosses there.

  42. Swanny Swanson says:

    Very sad week for us both Bill, your brother passed away and I lost a very close mate Derek Lawrence who served with me in Bermuda. RIP Bob and Derek.

    When I met you in the flesh at this years LI Re-Union at Shrewsbury after writing on the blogs and by email. we struck up a great friendship and I get so much pleasure from our friendship. This is a lovely photo of you and Nancy on your wedding day. I have posted it to my favourites on my photo gallery.

    With all our sadness over the last week I was thinking of a great close friend who came from the same village as me, Newlyn in Cornwall, who was killed in Korea serving with you in the KSLI. His name is JJ Oates. My mate Nobby Clarke’s son Sgt Ian Clarke RA went to Korea for the anniversary a couple of years ago and took a photo of Jack’s grave and Derek put it on the Korea blog on the DCLI site, and also a photo of another close friend who was killed while serving in the DLI, William Henry Thomas and this is also on this blog page. Henry came from St Ives just 8 miles from Newlyn, I feel so proud to have known these brave heroes and to have served in the Light Division.

    RIP to all who have served their Country in war.

    • Jacqueline Thomas says:

      Hi my name is Jacqueline, i was doing some research on my family online when this page popped up.

      I am wondering if the Henry you speak of is my uncle. Unfortunately I never met him, I was born 35 years after his death. but I do know that he came from St. Ives and died in Korea. I would be interested in finding out more if possible


      Jacqueline thomas

  43. Editor in Brisbane says:


    Neville Hurst, died February 2010: RIP
    Bob Griffiths, died November 2010: RIP

    The 1952 wedding of Bill & Nancy Griffiths. Hong Kong, forwarded by Bill Griffiths on the day of brother Bob’s funeral in Norwich. Bob Griffiths, Best Man & Neville Hurst far right.

  44. Bill Griffiths says:

    Thanks Sloop, to you both


    On behalf of our dear ‘Ole KSLI Mate, Bill Griffiths:

    Bill has advised that his older brother Bob has passed away and his funeral is to be held in Norwich on Saturday 4th December. Bill spoke often and fondly of Brother Bob and how the brothers echoed their father’s military career. As a small memorial to Bob, Bill has forwarded a few photographs which have been compiled into a Picasa Album, published at the page header section, and also hotlinked here.

  46. Archie Vaughan says:

    Jumbo Denns. Jack Timmis was in the same intake as me his bed space was next to mine. When we joined the Battalion at Lichfield he was in “D” Coy with me. I’m in contact with Bert Rathbone ex “A” Coy his wife originated from Market Drayton now living in Norton-in-Hales. On the 1st Saturday every August we hold a Kenya night at Bridgnorth.

  47. Dennis Hall says:

    Archie, I am sorry not to have gotten back to you, thanks for your message. Afraid I do not get on the site very often. Yes I remember the boys that you mentioned, are you in contact with them I often wonder how they are doing. I have lived in Canada for the last 43 years so have lost touch with every one that I served with. I was home last year, “Market Drayton” ran into Jacky Timmis, nothing changed, Still the same Jacky just older. Would like to hear from any one who remembers me. I did run into Jim Fletcher before I left in 1966.

  48. Bill Griffiths says:

    Many thanks to all of you for your kind thoughts on this sad occasion. Yes brother Bob was a good soldier and I am so proud to have served with him and to have had him not just as a brother, but as a good friend, a trusted comrade, and someone to look up to, as I always did.
    Thanks again guys

  49. Swanny Swanson says:


    Now had an email from Bill as I do on a regular weekly basis to give me up to date news. Bill said while his wife Nancy was home for the weekend Bill had a nasty fall, bruised a bit but not serious wounded, but sad news as you have said of the passing of his brother Bob Griffiths. Such sad news on top of all Bill’s problems. As Derek our DCLI Editor says in his comments we are all thinking of you as a good friend and mate.

    RIP Bob Griffiths from all members of the West Cornwall Branch DCLI-LI Association.

  50. Editor in Brisbane says:


    Just had a phone call from my young brother to say the my elder Brother Bob, (83 years old) passed away in hospital last night, following two major strokes. Very very sad news, another great old KSLI soldier, Korean Veteran, one of our first to be wounded, in our very first major battle in Korea on Hill 416, on 20th May 1951

    RIP. Dear BOB.

    ED: My condolences Bill, I know that you were close. I’m sure that I write on behalf of all Light Infantrymen, condolences from all. Bob Griffiths RIP.

  51. Don Parker says:

    I served in the regiment in Nairobi during the period of 1955. I’m seeking information as to whether C.B.Smith(Sunray) remains have been repatriated back to England.

    As I attended the funeral in Nairobi in an official capacity I would be interested to know whether any pictures are available as I know a mumber of pictures were taken during the funeral. At that time I was attached to Bugle Major Laidler’s Platoon. Any information that is available would be much appreciated .

    Yours faithfully
    Don Parker (reg no. 22936835)
    Tel 07973718585

    ED: Thank you Don. If not already done so, check out the KSLI Memorabilia website and scroll to the lower end of the pages for all the activity that a few of us were involved with during our search for the truth above Lt Col Brook-Smith. I shall email you privately with specific details.

  52. Bill Griffiths says:

    Hello Kate
    Further to my earlier message, my brother Bob is still alive, although sadly now in full time care in a nursing home in Norwich UK due to his failing health. I feel sure that this is due in some respects to the terrible conditions and effects of our time spent in Korea during that terrible and sadly, now ‘forgotten’ war.
    Again, sincerely, please keep in touch.

  53. Bill Griffiths says:

    Hello Kate,
    Although I didn’t know William personally, he was one of my elder brother Bob’s platoon. Brother Bob was wounded in the same battle, which was our first major battle during our seventeen months in Korea. L/Cpl George Yapp was also killed in that battle.

    Just this morning, I placed a poppy cross on a Korean Veterans memorial here in my village bearing the names of both William and George Yapp. I was accompanied by eight other members of my local branch of Korean veterans, of which I am the life Vice President. Please feel free to contact me at any time.
    Bill Griffiths

    Fairview, Eardisley, Hereford HR36PQ Tel; 01544327020
    Email; billgriff@fsmail.net

    • Hello Kate.

      Bill Griffiths is our dearest, oldest Light Infantry Mate with memories of yesteryear, which he ably shares with us all. As indicated he is able to provide some news of William, but we shall welcome any more detail you care to share.

      If you browse the “BlogRoll” to the right hand side of the opening page/s you will see a linked reference to KSLI Memorabilia and also to Bill’s Memoirs. Please advise any further contacts that arise through other sites. We shall gladly pass on your email address (not shown in the public view).

  54. Kate Hanlon says:

    Dear Sir,

    I’m seeking information from anyone who might remember Lance Corporal William Hanlon, KSLI who was killed in action in Korea in 1951.

    Thank you.

    Kate Hanlon, Oregon, USA

    ED: Kate, thank you for this comment. Our KSLI Memorabilia website lists L/Cpl W Hanlon in the Honour Roll, so at some time we have been advised by someone, to include his name. I suggest that you forward more detail, with possibly a .jpeg file photo and I shall publish on our Lost Names & Faces blog. I hope that you get some response to your inquiry.

    • Michael Mccolgan says:

      Hello Kate, my name is Michael McColgan, and I am one of William Hanlon’s many nephews and nieces, please give me a mail back and I can give you some details.

    • Clive Yapp says:

      Hi Kate. Bill was killed at the same time and place that my father was killed George Yapp. I have a website with some detail of Bill anything you would wish to add would be appreciated,

  55. Bill Griffiths says:

    Ken and Ed.
    So happy and delighted to be part of our Regimental history, and to be involved with recording memories of days gone by, happy days of friendship and great comradeship, of comrades, great friends, now sadly missed.

  56. Kenneth Hurst says:

    Thanks Ed.
    In fact, a big thanks to you and Bill Griffiths, for the upkeep of this site. But also for the promptness in response to me and my family in paying tribute to my Dad and publishing his Army Days photo collection for all to see. I hope more Children of Ex-Servicemen follow my lead and do the same!

    Kind Regards
    Kenny Hurst

    ED: Thanks Ken. It is our pleasure to read, view and admire the military history of all LI soldiers and your contribution on behalf of your Pa, has given many Old Soldiers great pleasure Thank you in return.

  57. Kenneth Hurst says:

    Thanks Ed.
    Yes now you mention it, I have observed the fact that Buster Sisley hasn’t blogged for two years now, I do hope he’s in good health. As I am keen to learn more info about my late pop and who’s who from his Army days, I’ll keep checking the site daily.

    Regards to all
    Kenny Hurst

    ED: Ken. Now that Buster is in discussion – I’ll email him later this day – OZ time – and alert him to the recent publications and invite comment from him. Letter to Archie leaving tomorrow – so I’ll also try an email to him. Stand by.
    Best Regards, Derek

  58. Kenneth Hurst says:

    G’day Ed
    Just wondering if you’ve heard anything from Archie Moulds or Buster Sisley? I reckon they will know a good few names on the pics! Hope to see more info soon.
    Kenny Hurst

    ED: Not so far Ken, Neither cheps mentioned have been active on the blogs – only Buster once to my recollection. I’ve been dragging my heels with Archie, I need to send some KSLI material back to him, at which time I shall prompt his access to the Picasa Album.

  59. Kenneth Hurst says:

    Hi Bill, many thanks for filling in some gaps on my dads pics, I’m pleased that you feature in some of them too, its a small world eh! It will be interesting to hear Archie Moulds comments, especially now you have identified him on the Beach Snap leaning over my dad.

    I’m hoping he will recognise a lot more of the people and time of place on the pics and also give him refreshed happy memories of his Army past.

    Kind regards

    Kenny Hurst

  60. Bill Griffiths says:

    Seeing these pictures of course bring back many memories, and I do remember Neville now, but I only knew him for a short while before I left the Regiment in Germany in 1954. I unfortunately can’t identify any of the other lads in the photos, but it is really great to see these pictures. Thanks Ken for sharing your pictures with us.

    ED: Thanks Bill. The captions that you sent have been uploaded to the appropriate photos. Fantastic that one Old Mate’s photo album of over 56 years ago, can be id’d by you today. I’ll be emailing Archie this week to let him know.

    BAND & BUGLES 1952-1958

    We have today compiled a Picasa Album of some 90 photos selected from the Military Memorabilia of Neville, by his son Kenneth. Browse this page header to find the Picasa link to view. Any additional ID that you the viewer can provide will be greatly appreciated. The photos are not in any specific order and will appear jumbled between the UK, Germany, Hong Kong & Kenya. As observed, Neville is sporting the DCLI badge and flashes, we believe during a possible secondment to the DCLI in Minden Germany circa 1953.

    Thank you Ken Hurst and Family for your interest and the privilege granted to us to add further KSLI Memoirs to our growing collection.

  62. Kenneth Hurst says:

    Hello again, just to let you know I now have my dad’s photographs of his days with the KSLI. Most of them are of Hong Kong in 1952 and there is also two large ones of the Band parading. I think one is through Shrewsbury, as on the back is printed “a shrewsbury chronicle photograph”.

    I have sorted the ones with writing on the back and these are as follows: One of DCLI band, (no date) slightly torn. Germany 1953, “coronation year pi**up !”. One with my dad on the end eating a sandwich with other band members and one american soldier, at Dudenstadt Germany,1953. DCLI parade at Bodmin Depot. One of either KSLI or DCLI Band playing alongside american army bandsmen (no date or place). One of Anthony Stanton with two dogs, (my dads best pal according to my mum). One again of Anthony with his Bugle. One of a Bugler signed on front “best wishes,Terry (says on back my pal from DCLI). One of Germany 1953″KSLI Band on Parade.And one of “Middlesex Dance Band, Hong Kong” (presumed date 1952). All in all there is approx 80 photos, in which a lot are small but very clear.

    I will now pester my nephew to scan them and send them on to your site. (I am unable to do this as I don’t have a scanner). This should be within a week or so, when I can get hold of the little bugger!

    Speak soon, Kenny, (son of the late Pte Neville Hurst KSLI) thank you.

    ED: G’Day Ken. It appears that you have amassed a considerable album of photos. Even after scanning you will then need to attach and email ’em to me on djkl157@gmail.com

    There is a better option. After scanning into your computer, you can file ’em in a Picasa (Google) Album and upload to the Internet. Just send me the URL for linking on the KSLI site. If your nephew needs further info – email me accordingly. Thanks for your interest.

    • Tony Stanton says:

      Hi I’m Tony Stanton’s son (I’m also called Tony Stanton!) and I’m on here looking for some things to show my dad. What was your father’s name? Could you send me the photos of my dad? If you could then please email them to me at supersonicoasis@live.com. That would be so very much appreciated, thank you very much.

      Tony Stanton.

      • Kenneth Hurst says:

        Hi Tony
        I have sent you via your email address all of the photos along with a message. My dad’s name was Neville, he played saxophone and clarinet in the band, and if I’m not mistaken did keep in touch with your dad after his Army days. He kept in touch with a few, and if I’m not mistaken your dad was one of them.

        My dad was a HGV driver and drove across the whole of the UK on a daily basis ,and I know he popped in to see a few of his old Army pals whilst delivering nearby to where they lived. Maybe your dad was one of them?

        Would love to hear anything your dad could tell me about my dad as a young Army private, he told me some of it but I know he wouldn’t have told all! Hope to hear back and let me know if you received the pics!

        Regards, Kenny Hurst.

  63. Bill Donnelly says:

    Yes Sloop, you are correct it is Johnny Allsop. Who could forget him, he was in the Somersets then.
    Bill Donnelly.

  64. Kenneth Hurst says:

    PS: I will now bookmark your website and only correspond via your internal messaging rather than my own email account. As you rightly state, I don’t want Spam! The tinned variety is good, internet ones aren’t. Ha Ha! speak soon.

  65. Kenneth Hurst says:

    Hello Ed and thanks for the reply. As Bill states in his response, I will send the site some photos of my dad’s army days and as you state, it will hopefully bring new interest to your website and also, bring memories flooding back. Unfortunately, I don’t know any of the people (apart from my dad) or places that the photos portray. That is my personal reason for displaying them, to hopefully find out more As soon as I obtain them from my mother, I will add them to the site for everyones benefit.
    Yours, Kenny Hurst.

    ED: Well done Ken. Send us everything, even if the pix are a bit tatty, we can restore to a great degree. Just scan in .jpeg. Thanks

  66. Bill Griffiths says:

    Ed, I have written personally to Ken, in response to this, and he has already replied. He is going to let us have some photos from his Dad’s collection. Hope this may lead to even more old boys getting in touch. I remember Ken’s Dad but he was a lot younger than me and obviously didn’t join us until near my time of leaving the Regiment. All best wishes to you and everyone.

    ED: Thanks Bill, I guessed that you’d be in touch before I removed Ken’s email address. As mentioned, anyone seeking contact with Ken can obtain that email address from me. The photos will be interesting in that they’ll fit a gap after your service time.

  67. Kenneth Hurst says:

    Hi to all on this most interesting website. My father Pte Neville Hurst, served with the KSLI and was in the Kenya Mau Mau campaign, also told me about Singapore, Germany and Hong Kong.

    He also played in the Regimental Band, Saxophone/Clarinet. I would love to hear of anyone who knew my father, who sadly passed away on the 16th February 2010, aged 74 years. He always told us with great fondness about his army days and also expressed his sadness on the death of Lt. Col “Tupper” Brook-Smith. Hope to hear from any of you who knew him. You can contact me via email if preferred. My address is (ED: removed for privacy reasons).

    Thank you.

    ED: Ken, thank you for this comment, we are delighted to hear from you as KSLI Family. We shall encourage response to you via the blog here, rather than private email, for the benefit of all. Bill Griffiths, who is our Senior Blogger and Old KSLI Bandsman will respond promptly, as he is very keen to keep the KSLI Regimental values going. Also he and Keith Forbes and I, were instrumental in proper recognition for Tupper Brook-Smith, your father’s CO.

    PS: If anyone requires your email, they can apply to me. We refrain from email publication here, because of SPAM.

  68. Bill Griffiths says:

    Sorry Sloop, can’t help with Johnny Allsop or the training platoon photo. We went to Borden just for a very short while before being sent to Hong Kong in 1949. As this was sixty years ago, perhaps my memory is flagging a bit.

    • Sloop JB says:

      Hello Bill,

      No problem mate, I’d lay my life on it being Johnny, he was one of those guys that you’d recognise instantly.

      Hope you and Nancy are keeping well.

  69. Sloop JB says:


    Browsing through KSLI Memorabilia I came across a photo of ‘Training Platoon Borden’, the corporal in the photo is Johnny Allsop, before he joined the DCLI. He told us when he started training us that he had been at Borden and if it’s not him I’ll eat my hat.

    ED: Thanks for that info Sloop. Maybe Bill can add some weight to detail, I think it was he who supplied the photo – or Archie Moulds.

  70. Bill Griffiths says:

    Hi Bethany,
    Yes Buffy was a great guy, he was in my elder brothers platoon when we were in Korea, but never had the chance to meet up with him after that. Keep enjoying memories.

  71. Bethany Bale says:

    Hello, I am Anthony Bale (Buff’s) granddaughter, I just googled my graddad’s name and it was lovely to read all these comments of people remembering my granddad. He was a great man and would never stop talking about when he was in the Korean War, and I’m sure he would be very thankful for your comments.

  72. George Ives says:

    Bill, I am trying to find a photograph of RSM McWilliams better known as the Screaming Scull, he was RSM with the KSLI in Malaya in 1966. I would be very grateful if you might know where can get a copy.

    ED: Thanks for comment George. I’m in touch with Bill and will refer him to this message.

  73. David Spencer says:

    Thanks very much. I can but hope.

  74. David Spencer says:


    My name is David Spencer. I am looking for information and anyone who knew my maternal great grandfather Pt John Harry Kellett No. 4373 DOB Abt. Feb 1875. I am trying to find out were he served between 02/04/1894 and 03/02/1895, where he was based in India between 04/02/1895 and 13/02/02and where he was in South Africa between 14/02/1902 and 06/09/1902. If anyone can help please contact me on dspencer@weyr.me.uk, Thank you very much.

    ED: Thank you for your comment David. However, this blog is not a research platform, particularly for an historical event so far back to over 100 years. We do have occasional contact with WW2, Korean and Kenya Vets with KSLI service, but in my experience, no one has volunteered any earlier responses to similar requests, beyond Korean times. Best of luck!

  75. Liam Buckley says:

    Looking for anyone that remembers Lieutenant Colin Buckley 1st KSLI N. Africa, Italy, Palestine from 1944-47. Have many photos of the battalion, including Lt Richardson. If anyone has any recollections would appreciate it.
    Thank You
    Liam Buckley

  76. jm grindle says:

    Any memories of my late uncle Sgt Major Peall KSLI in Korea?

    ED: Thanks for inquiry JM. Maybe Bill Griffiths, Korean Vet will pick up your comment.

  77. Brian Gittins says:

    My late uncle Wilf Talbot was wounded at Baron in 1944 when with 4th Bttn KSLI. Any chance anyone remembers him?

  78. Dennis Hall says:

    Hi! there I was in Kenya with the KSLI. From 1955 to 1957. Spent most of my time when not out on patrol working in the arms cote, “C” Company. I have heard stories of the ambush. I would like to hear from any one who was there at that time. Dennis Hall now living in

    We will raise again with increased splendor,

    • Archie Vaughan. says:

      Hi Dennis. Some of the lads in C coy joined D coy in August 1955. John Marston, Dick Bissell, Tom Morris and lots more. Lads I meet from time to time from C coy Mick Devereux, Brindly Powell, Jim Fletcher, the boxer from Leominster.

      If you look on this KSLI page under Gordon H Vaughan to read the messages I have left on the Ambush July 1955. Please get in touch.

      Regards Archie Vaughan.

    • Albert Barkley (Dixie) says:

      Dennis, were you in Somme Platoon in training? Sjnt John, Cpls Bundy & Lipyard.

      • Dennis Hall says:

        Hi there Albert, I do remember. The names that you mention, they were my training NCOs, but I was in Newport platoon. Intake August 1955, I will never forget Black John and Screaming Lipyard,

  79. Jack Rumfitt says:

    Hi Bill. Had a nice chat with your brother on the 30/1/09. I had sent him some photos – just wanted to know if he got them OK. We talked about old times, and I also looked at your book on the web – that brought good memories. I also still remember about the policeman waiting for us to come out of the gates, as I was in C company then and we were first on Royal Duties, to relieve Welsh Guards. I think he got a shock at the speed we were marching at but the next time was a copper on horse back. We had a good laugh at that.

    Bob was saying that your good wife is not too good, hope all will be well, I did not know that you had written a book on the Regiment, as I read it an it was quite interesting; brought some good memories back

    Well I hope all is well, hope to hear from you again, all the best.


  80. Jack Rumfitt says:

    Hi Bill, was on phone to your bro, Bob on thursday 15th 09, but phone was on answer, that was after six thirty but was engaged, so tried a bit later, still could not get through, so left a message on machine. At about between eight and nine the phone rang and I think it was his grandaughter saying he was in the bath and would ring later, which he did. We had a good chat about Chelsea Barracks, and Kow-loon and San-wai, plus Korea, I said I would send him some photos of Chelsea, and others.

    Thanks for letting me know which ship we sailed on to the Far East, and the one we came back on, I could not remember, sometimes my memory lets me down, but thanks. All I do remember was that when we got into warm weather, I and others slept on deck,whith our hammock and towel, that was just in case it got a bit cold ,so we would cover ourselves with the towel.

    I saw the photo with you at Pusan Cemetery and Pinky’s brother, I am sorry to say that I have never been to cemetery. We played the Last Post there before we left for home. The DLI were the ones who relieved us, so if you would like to see the photos I am going to send to Bob,some might interest you, or you can use on your web.

    Have a nice weekend, Cheers, Jack.

    Will be intouch later, t.t.f.n

  81. Bill Griffiths says:

    Hi Jack,
    Just a quick reply to your latest blog. I was at Kneller Hall when the Bn first went to Chelsea, and I came back in November ’48. The ship we went to Hong Kong on was The Empress of Australia and I also remember all the sea sickness.

    The ship we came back on was the Empire Trooper – sailed from Hong Kong the day after I got married, 56 years ago and to me it seems just like yesterday. I have asked Derek (Editor) if he can include the picture of me with Alex Pinkerton at The Military Cemetery in Pusan. Keep on submitting your memories, it is what keeps us Old Un’s going. Cheers for now

    ED: Photo requested now posted to lead page on this KSLI Blog. Scroll to end of leader (before the Comments).

  82. Jack Rumfitt says:

    Hi Bill. Yes we rise again with increased splendour. I have some photos of the band at Chelsea, but when this was taken I could not see your name at the time this was taken, so did you come later? I have all the names at that time and also all of the names of the Buglers. Your brother, B.Maj Curnow, Sgt. H Haynes, Cpl C Smith, L/Cpl H Morgan, Buglers, Clayton, Whittaker, Thorne, Bowyer, Hanlon, Cornish, Creed, Donald, Gould and then we had nine, transfered from the Som LI. How I went to the Buglr Section was after I did a lot of royal duties. I used to always stick my hand up for Bank Guard, as we got a shilling every time you went there. In those days – it got you five Players cigs, a cup of tea and a scone. As you know we only got ten bob a week then, the Players Weights, was cheap cigis in them days.

    I remember when the ship pulled into Hong Kong from our tour of Korea, and you and others got married, and came back with your wife. Was the ship called Empire Fowey, or was it some other name, cannot remember? – the ship we sailed on to go to the Far East.

    I think we were at Salisbury Plain Barracks weren’t we? and I do not remember the ship we went on.

    I remember it was rough at parts at sea, like the Bay of Biscay – I dont know if thats how you spell it, but it sounds the same, Ha Ha. It was also rough at the Indian Ocean, as I was down at the wash and toilet room doing my cleaning duties, and the ship was dipping and rolling, and a lot of lads were sea sick, it never bothered me. Should have been a sailor.

    Yes, Smokey Rolls came to my home town on leave and stopped at my home and we went to the big town fair, we called it the town moore, where all the show folk put up their rides and lots of other side shows. That’s where he met his wife to be. We were still at Chelsea and later on he said he was going to get married, so we made arangements for the wedding and got leave. I was best man and Buff Bale also came to his wedding. Had a good time but Buff and me had to come back to barracks after our weekend leave,and Somkey had a full weeks leave.

    Well Bill, will give your brother a phone call tonight after six 15/1/09, Cheers nice to hear from you, must go now and have my mid-day meal as I am diabetic plus lots of tablets, I have to inject my self twice a day, I suppose it keeps me going. So once again cheers.


  83. Bill Griffiths says:

    Hi Jack,
    Great to hear from you and all your memories of good times from yesteryear, when we were all young lads enjoying life, having fun, doing our job and most of all, making good friends. Yes I remember Smoky Rolls, he even used to have a fag in his mouth when he was duty Bugler. I even remember him on a sports day in Sek Kong, running in a sports race, round and round the track, puffing away and leaving a smoke trail behind him. A great character.

    I went back to Korea in 2001 with a party of ex KSLI guys, and Pinky’s brother Alex came with us, and received I think, a re-visit Medal. I have a picture of him with me, talking to the RSM who was in charge of the various parades we went on, he was wearing Pinky’s Korean Medals and I also visited Pinky’s grave, and took pictures of it.

    Yes Jack, we had great times, in a fine Regiment which we were proud to serve in, and as you also say, lost a lot of good pals during the Korean War. I have a Roll of Honour on my living room wall, which I look at every single day, without fail, remembering those who didn’t come back with us.

    Waiting to hear from you again
    All best wishes,
    “Aucto Splendore Resurgo”

  84. Jack Rumfitt says:

    Hi Bill, am pleased to hear from you. Yes Chelsea Barracks was some place; that was the place when all the battalion was on parade and we were guinea pigs for the now flu jabs. We were asked if we liked eggs and we had to go to one side of the square and the ones who did not like eggs had to go over the other side. Do remember that, as I said before I was in C company, when the regiment went to Chelsea, we were at Smithfield Barracks North Wales, to be trained up for royal duties. RSM Brittain and RSM Knight were the ones that put us through the drill for royal duties.

    I’m not too good on computers as yet, I will have to get a good friend of mine to send some photos, as he is the one who helps me.

    Some times it was hard to remember all of the things that we had to do, but we got there. We had a lad who came to the regiment from I think the Middlesex, came into the Bugle section – called Smokey Rolls, did you remember him? He was the only bloke who could go into the shower with a rolled cigi and bring it out dry. He used to roll it back into his mouth and when he was done roll it out dry and continue to smoke it.

    I lost a good friend in Korea who came back with me when I was on leave at the time. He had never been on a train before. I took him to Bordan Hants with me. He was not due to do his training for 4 weeks. I was then done with my training and had to join the KSLI 1st Batt in 1948, and later he came to Chelsea when his training was complete. I was down to go to the DLI, but there was a lot of other regiments that had to form the 1st Batt KSLI, so I was not alone for the regiment. All was well, yes I had good times, I was over the moon when we had to go to Kowloon, had some good times there and then to Korea.

    I think some of the lads had mixed feelings about going there, but it was to be – and we lost a lot of friends there. That’s where (I lost) my mate from home who came back with me from my leave, name John Pinkerton. When we came back from Korea, I went to see his family, who just lived in my home town, his dad had been in the 2nd world war.

    Well Bill as you say that the Barracks at Chelsea have been sold, but I have some good memories of that place, it’s also good to hear that your brother is well. I will try and send some photos,

    Cheers and all the best till next email


  85. Bill Griffiths says:

    Hi Jack,
    Me again. Just read an article saying that Chelsea Barracks has just been sold to a property developer for, wait for it -£900 million. And to think that we were paid peanuts to flatten the ground all those years ago with our hob nailed boots – all thirteen studs in each boot, polished till they shone like silver, ready for them to build. Ain’t no justice in this world is there?
    All the best again,


  86. Bill Griffiths says:

    Hi Jack,
    I was in Chelsea Barrracks 1948, the good old days. Bob is my elder brother now living in Norwich. Tel no; 01692 652966 if you would like to give him a call, I am sure he would be pleased to hear from you. He is now 81, living on his own and I am 78 same as you.

    He left the Bn in 1952 when we came home from Korea and I stayed on till 1970 having transferred to the Pay Corps in 1954. By the way, Chelsea Bks has just been sold and will soon become a big residential site. I went there last year, not a single soldier in sight, probably all still in bed.

    Great to hear from you – keep in touch, this is a great site maintained by our great Editor Derek. Best wishes for the new year.
    Bill Griffiths.

  87. Jack Rumfitt says:

    Hello All, served in KSLI from 1948 – 53 Anyone remember me. Look forward to hearing from you all.

  88. Jack Rumfitt says:

    Hi. I am sorry to see that Buff Bale has passed on, as he was with me in the KSLI. I was in C company at Chelsea Barracks in 1948, but transferred to the Bugle Section, in 1948. Bob Griffiths was my NCO, then also Cpl Crawley, plus many others. I was in contact with Buff, when I lived in Chester – Le – Street, Co. Durham; that was the last time I heard from him and that would be in 1996.

    I now live at, 33 Cheshire Ave, Birtley, Chester – Le – Street, Co. Durham DH 3 2BB and I am now 78. I have the Regimental Journal from when the Regiment was in London, and it has all of the names and what was there at that time.

    My regards to Buff’s wife, all the best to all who served with me at the time, and to all who served with the KSLI.

    Jack, 22201082 L/Cpl

    ED: Thanks Jack. I’m sure that Bill Griffiths, who is a regular contributor to these blogs will pick up your message and convey the content to his brother Bob.

  89. Bill Griffiths says:

    Hi Ted, (Bro Hambling) didn’t realize you were looking through this. How are things with you? Nancy and I are still plodding on, albeit a lot slower these days, not up to 140 to the minute these days. Great to hear from you

    WBro. Bill

  90. Bill Griffiths says:

    So sorry to hear the very sad news. Buffy was a great guy, loved by many, a very sad loss. He is now in safe hands. God Bless his soul, and God bless you too.

  91. Dorothy Bale says:

    Hi Bill,
    Just to let you know Buff Bale passed away on the 5th of November after a long illness. I previously said I would send you some photos. I have some but do not know who most are.

    Regards Dorothy Bale

  92. Editor says:


    Some of you Old KSLI & LI Soldiers might have been following my quest to identify ‘Tommy Atkins”, injured on or about 18th September 1944, near Merxem, Belgium. I’ve devoted an entire website – designated The Search for Tommy Atkins (hotlinked) and have compiled much information of the Allied action around the Albert Canal at this appropriate time. We are unfortunately no closer to closing our quest and clearly the chances in 2008 of finding a living identity who is aged at least 88, is fairly remote.

    However, intelligence continues to flow, albeit impacting indirectly on the theatre of war at that time. We are in contact with the son of Sgnt GR Jones, “A” Company 4KSLI and await further news of the Sgnt’s reports of the KSLI bridgehead established in the Battle for Antwerp, Sept 1944. While this detail might not clarify the Tommy Atkins identity, we can at least demonstrate that we can – all of us – with effort, bridge a timespan of some 64 years and still communicate with a living WW2 hero – who is willing to divulge his battle history.

    My website connects the reader to the book ” The Great Mistake” by Peter Beales and pages 135-136 relate (in part) the 4KSLI involvement in the fierce fighting against German armour.

    I’m posting an advance Thank You to Sergeant GR Jones for his forthcoming Memoirs, we look forward with pleasure to more accurate detail from someone who was there.

    Carpe Diem!

  93. P [Buster] Sisley 4042830 says:

    Having recently had my autobiography published – ‘A Shropshire Boy’ . I am now attempting to put together a pictorial record of the band of the Kings Shropshire Light Infantry 1945-1957 While I have a number of photographs I feel there are still a number of others of interest out there. If any one would care to submit said photographs I will of course ensure their return .

    A.P.Sisley 33 Allison Avenue. SWADLINCOTE DERBYS D E II 9 B S

    ED: Seems like a mission for our Senior NCO

    Buster, have you checked out our KSLI Memorabilia and also the Bill Griffiths Memoirs?

  94. Paul (Barney) Barnes says:

    Not sure if this is the right place for this, but this is a song that I’ve been known to stand up and sing, when Ive had a few sherberts, it was sung by one of the musicians of the Band and Bugles of the 3rd Battalion the Light Infantry (K.S.L.I.) I learnt it whilst serving in 3 L.I.

    It’s called SOLDIER BOY

    A brave young soldier boy named Geordie, is the hero of this song he crossed the sea to serve his country, he went to serve out in Hong Kong.

    His wife he left back home in Gateshead, but soon his heart began to long, for the company of a female though he knew that it was wrong.

    He crossed the harbour in a ferry, took a rickshaw to Wanchi, and in a dimly lighted bar there, a slant eyed maiden did aspy.

    Coca Cola for this maiden, art for eighty he did buy, but when he asked her for her favour he was greeted with this cry.

    Meee no likey Blitish Soldier, Yankee Sailor me adore, Blitish pay one dollar only, Yankee pay one dollar more.

    Yankee call me honey darling, Blitish call me bloody whore. Yankee here for one night only,,

    Blitish here for ever more.


    I thank You


  95. Dorothy Bale says:

    Hi Bill,
    I know it is sometime since I was in touch but with Tony being ill at the moment I have not had time to look for any photos but will look and if I find any will email them. I hope you and your wife are well. Regards Dorothy

  96. Ted Hambling says:

    Hi Bill
    You are doing a fine job. My step father was KSLI 2nd Batt joined up pre-war – was in East Indies at outbreak of WW2 – was evacuated at Dunkirk – retrained in Inverurie(?) – was attached to the Middlesex reg M.G. I have an old photo of Z Machine gun coy Aldershot, I think it is 1937’s.

    I had a number of years with 5 LI (V) Harold Street Hereford and loved it, Sergeant Major was Vernon Davies. All the best Bill

    Regards Bro,Ted

  97. wg52neg says:

    Hi Dorothy,

    Sorry I didn’t get in touch earlier – been sort of out of action. But spoke to Buff the other evening – had quite a nice chat. Have you been able to get on to the sites Ed gave you?

    There are lots of photos there now and we are always looking for more to add to it – so if you have any – let me or Ed have them and we will include them.

    All best wishes for now. The bugle is sounding for ‘Cookhouse’ better go – Nancy wants some breakfast

    Bill Griffiths
    my email address is

    ED: Just to add to Bill’s comments, Dorothy. Any photos that are scratched, torn, folded or faded can be retouched. If you can get ’em scanned – please use the .jpeg format – otherwise – we can probably arrange for that to be done for you.

  98. Dorothy Bale (Buffs wife) says:

    Hi ED,
    Any photos from Hong Kong, Korea, I believe Bill has some on web. We would be interested.
    Thank you. Dorothy

    ED: Chapter Four Dorothy – click this link to browse Chapter 4 – then try successive chapters that are linked internally. Try the KSLI Memorabilia site also

  99. Dorothy Bale (Buffs wife) says:

    Hello Bill,
    I can not seem to find photos. Can you give me the website please. (Or am I missing something here)

    Thank you

    ED: Hi Bill. Are you trailing this thread? Dorothy – if Bill doesn’t reply – just let me know which photos you are referring to and I’ll send you the URL.

  100. Bill Griffiths says:


    Let me add to Ed’s comments that we are all grateful for your contribution to this story which has been so long in reaching its truthful conclusion.

    Aucto Splendore Resurgo


  101. Gordon H Vaughan. says:


    The incident on 18th July 1955 as told to me by Pte Alfred Stokes of Ludlow Shropshire, ex A Coy KSLI.

    3 Platoon “A” Coy consisting of L/Cpl Fisher, Pte Roberts, Pte Alf Stokes, Pte Doug Edgerton were carrying out an ambush. Curfew was 19-00 hrs till 07-00 hrs. Pte Alf Stokes had finished his one hour stag at 0600 hrs, Pte Doug Edgerton took over the Bren gun. It was just breaking dawn around 0615 hrs, when the silhouette of a figure came into view. On seeing this, Doug opened up with two bursts on his Bren gun. When they approached they saw it was a white man; he had been hit by about ten shots in the groin and just below the heart. He was badly wounded and asked for pen and paper and put down a message congratulating the men and taking full blame for what had happened. He was carried out on a stretcher made up of two bamboo poles and a poncho. He died just as they got to the edge of the forest.

    Further down the track an ambulance was waiting, they handed the body over to two men. One could have been Captain George Pollock and the other Sgt Morgan RAMC. Within the next few hours this ambush was pulled out and the men sent back to the main camp of Muthaga. It was only then they were told that the man shot was Lt. Col. Brooke – Smith who had been on a surprise visit and had come up from the rear.

    When the funeral took place the men involved on this ambush carried a wreath each which were handed to the officers and one Sgt at the graveside.

    Please note that the only person the four men on this ambush saw till they got to the ambulance was Lt. Col. Brooke-Smith.

    Archie Vaughan, ex D Coy KSLI.

    ED: Archie. On behalf of the many ex KSLI troopers from other times and places, Family friends and connections seeking the truth and those of us ex LI soldiers from other regiments – all of whom have spent many hours seeking a description of the event, we record our thanks. Your description of the tragic simplicity and clear mistaken identity, resulting in Sunray’s untimely death, brings to an end a number of attempts to uncover the story. The KSLI website shows the industry that many have undertaken to bring a fitting final tribute to this gallant Officer.

  102. Gordon H Vaughan. says:

    Our first month in Kenya D Coy KSLI 1955.

    Arrived Kilindini harbour 9th June 1955, boarded train at dockside travelled overnight to Nairobi station where we were met by the 1st Battalion Royal Inniskillen Fusiliers on their way home. Then off to Muthaga about three miles away. After about six days “B” and “D” Coy where sent to the rift valley.

    We set up camp in the shadow of Longernot Volcano. After about three weeks 10 and 11 Platoons” “D” Coy were deployed to the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers up in the Aberdare forests to do their forest duties. 11 platoon were sent to A coy at their camp at a village next to a sawmill called Pencil Slats on the edge of the forest. After two days we set off with ten days compo rations Officer in charge was 2/Lt Halliday it was all up hill and absolutely hard going. We eventually arrived at our destination looking down into a valley, made a clearing and setup our bivvies.

    Next day out on patrol on the third morning we were getting ready to start out when the R.A.F came in bombing and shelling the valley below. Unknowing to us this was the start of Operation Dante. Back out on patrol after a short time the wireless operator received a message to get back to base camp at Pencil Slats. On this Operation 10 platoon had the 1st kill of the Battalion. This was all in the first month in Kenya.

    We left the lads of A Coy R.I.Fusiliers to get on with their admin, and we went to join our Battalion for Operation Dante. This was beginning of July.

    Nick name Archie.

    ED: Many thanks Archie for this contribution. We shall appreciate your recollections of the tragic death of Sunray later this same year.

  103. Bill Griffiths says:

    Hi ED.

    Derek, can you add my picture to these messages???


    ED: Yes Bill – ’tis called an “Avatar” and it’s loaded via the “My Profile” selection in the upper rhs of the site Menu Bar. I’m not sure of what it is that you see when you open this page – so you may need to ‘open an account’. I’ll advise more clearly when I return from Tasmania.

  104. Bill Griffiths says:

    Hi again Buff Bale..

    Still waiting to hear from you…I have been racking my memory and I am certain I remember your name now..and I saw Brother Bob yesterday…he would love to know if you remember him. He is now 80 years old, and not on the net, so will depend on me for keeping in touch. Please get in contact. I am living in Hereford at Fairview, Eardisley Hereford HR36PQ.

    Bob is living in Norwich now..and sadly his wife died last year..so he is in great need of comfort from old pals like you. LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU.
    ‘Aucto Slendore Resurgo’
    Bill Griffiths.

  105. Editor says:

    Hello Guys

    Just a quick reminder about your email address. It is not published unless you include it (accurately) in the body of your message text.


  106. Bill Griffiths says:

    Hi there Buff Bale. Where are you now? When were you a bugler? Do you remember my brother Bob, COs Bugler – 1945 to 1952? Get in touch would love to hear from you.

    Tel 01544 327020
    Address: Fairview, Eardisley Hereford HR3 6PQ

  107. Buff Bale 1st KSLI Bugler says:

    Hi Bill,
    You have done a great job, brought some memories back. Well done.

    Tony (Buff) Bale

  108. Brian George Taylor says:

    Hi, I’m just putting a comment on your website for my father L/Cpl Brian Taylor from the HQ49 Brigade if anyone remembers him (and yes he’s still with us kicking ass but a computer fobe). It would be nice to know he served in Kenya 1955 to 1957.

    ED: Thanks Nikki for this posted comment, which is a welcome addition to our growing contributor list. An industrious few of we former LI soldiers, KSLI troopers and Brooke-Smith Family friends have progressed down the path of proper recognition for “Sunray” who was tragically killed in July 1955 in the Aberdare forest. We are boldly attempting to gain family and government support to repatriate the remains of Lt. Col. CBS from Nairobi to Shropshire. Numerous letters have been sent to various ‘influential’ parties, including CBS’ former Officer comrades of the KSLI of that era in an attempt to rectify the (seeming) errors of omission. Any comment or assistance that Brian Taylor can offer will be greatly appreciated. Current progress on the matter can be viewed on the endpages of KSLI Memorabilia 1939-2007.

    If Brian can provide .JPEG photos and/or editorial contribution, we shall include said material in our progress report in due course.

    Thank You

    Editor Brisbane Australia

  109. Cindi Powell says:

    My Dad L/CPL Alfred Seymour was around you guys about that time please, if anyone recollects him and anything he may have done please contact me. He passed away 8/2/02 with so many questions unanswered, RIP.

    ED: Thanks Cindi, I’m sure that your post will be viewed by Old Mates, who will then contact me to establish a referral back to you if information turns up for Alfred.

  110. Denise Friswell says:


    My father was in KSLI Kenya 1955. He Sailed on the HMT Empire Halladale from Liverpool to Kenya. Dad remembers Lt. Col. Brooke- Smith and the ambush.

    He recently told me this following a brief telephone call and will explain more of his recollection.

    One thing that doesn’t seem to have been mentioned was the fact that the ‘African trackers’ usually wore yellow band around their head/hat. This was to show they were friendly and helping army to track terrorists (to prevent mistaken identities), but unfortunately on this particular day they were not wearing their yellow bands.

    Which was the reason (according to the writer) for the accidental shooting – the gunner shot at the unmarked ‘trackers’ believing them to be terrorists. My pater isn’t on line but is very interested in your site – I will be showing this to him. He has only just found out about your site through a recent article in his local newspaper in Ludlow.

    I will be getting some more info from him and try and send copies of his old photos.

    I hope this has been of some use?

    Denise, daughter of Douglas Friswell KSLI

    ED: Many thanks for your contribution Denise and we shall welcome any additional KSLI Memorabilia that Doug might have, additionally of course to further details of the Lt. Col Brooke-Smith accidental death episode.

  111. Editor says:


    On 5th December 2007, just 3 short days ago, we intercepted an appeal from a former German Soldier with a compassionate story of the 1944 battle fields of Belgium, just outside Antwerp. The (then) enemy soldier and his mate, befriended a defenceless British Tommy, who was crippled with 2 broken legs and hiding in a wood. The resultant story of compassion and assistance and now, 63 years on, an attempt to re-unite these WW2 soldiers is being developed on a website “Search for Tommy Atkins 1944”.

    It follows that Google Searches thus far have turned up the possibility, however remote, that Tommy was, and hopefully still is, a KSLI trooper.

    GO TO: the hotlinked website to study the captivating story, and maybe YOU have something to contribute – a long forgotten snippet of memory – or a friend or family connection who mentioned the event. Please post a blog message if so.

    Carpe Diem!


    The efforts of several interested parties that span the time window from 1949 to the present day, in the unravelling of the Brooke-Smith story – need to be recorded for KSLI history. From the early days of searching for answers in September 2006, the editor has been joined by Keith Forbes, webmaster of bermuda-online. Bill Griffiths 1KSLI from 1946, George Pollock (former Capt RAMC 1955-1957) and others – names yet to be revealed.

    To date the Town Council at Church Stretton, the Shropshire Star Newspaper and the Local MP have been appealed to by the parties above and Keith Forbes has individually approached the Armed Forces Memorial Trust asking why the Lt. Col’s service and memory has not been honoured in the time expected dignified manner for all soldiers who are killed while on active service. A reply from the AFMT has so far not been received, a tardiness and more disrespectful attitude that is difficult to fathom.

    Lt. Col. Brooke-Smith’s meritorious service to King, Queen and Country is detailed at the 1955 entry to bermuda-online by Keith Forbes, a family friend and British Army Historian.

    We hope that other 1KSLI Officers, NCO’s and O.R’s of the era who served with the Lt. Col. – some of whom attended the only occasion of recognition for him at the Church Stretton War Memorial, just a few years ago and long after his death – will join us in the appeal to repatriate the Lt. Col. remains from a nondescript, unkempt grave in Nairobi to his home town of Church Stretton, to be re-interred there with full Military Honours.

    Please email me on djkl157@gmail.com or post a comment on this Blog site to show your support.

    ED: Logged in on 8th November 2007

    The joint appeals from those of us sufficiently interested to see honour done to the memory of the Lt. Col. has met with part success. Keith Forbes has today been informed by the AFMT that a full entry for CBS has now been included, which Certificate can be viewed on our KSLI Memorabilia website (endpages). The complete grave location registry can be viewed on http://www.forcesmemorial.org.uk/ by entering “Cuthbert Brooke SMITH”. Our hopes now rely on a successful outcome for our appeals to the various organisations to repatriate the Lt. Col. from Kenya to Church Stretton with full Military Honours.

    ED: Logged in on 28th November 2007

    The joint efforts of our ‘Repatriate CBS’ group is showing further results, with fantastic co-operation from the Brooke-Smith Family in Truro that has released a sketch of CBS, now published on the KSLI website (see hotlink above) and additional details of past efforts to have the Lt. Col. properly recorded on the WW2 Memorial at Church Stretton. Jonathan Brooke-Smith is also in email contact with us from Iraq.


    WO 2 Bill Griffiths has uncovered a memorable Mess photo taken soon after the Regiment returned from Korea and was presented with new Colours. The quality of the photograph is first class and has digitalised exceptionally well.

    Many Old Soldiers of the era should recognise themselves and we shall welcome any Memorabilia that they – in turn – would like to contribute for publishing.

    Go to our KSLI Memorabilia 1939 – 2007 website. There is space for many more photos – so GOYA (Get Off Your Al-bums) you blokes.

    Tempus Fugit!

  114. Condolences

    We sadly report the death of Doris Griffiths, wife to Bob Griffiths KSLI, brother of WO2 Bill Griffiths KSLI, on Saturday 5th May. Doris would have been 80 years young on 9th May next. Doris had been poorly for some time and was cared for by Bob over many years.

    We pass on our condolences and supportive thoughts for Bob Griffiths and Family at this sad time. Bill’s email is available from this editor at any time, for suitable messages.

    Carpe Diem!

  115. Comment on 29th April 2007

    I’m pinning a (figurative) new medal on your chest Bill, for your undying devotion to your wife Nancy during her eye operation recovery. Best Wishes to you both, Nancy especially, for a quick and full recovery. I’m impressed Bill by your regimental attention to duties and look forward to many many more emails from you in Hereford, keeping me up to date with progress.

    For the record also on this Blog, this Editor actually met up with Archie Moulds, mentioned in earlier blogs. Archie is the boy soldier mate of Bill at Copthorne Barracks 1946, written of in Bill’s Memoirs. In February 2007 Archie and I, toasted Bill and Nancy in Te Anau NZ. A hand of friendship linked a world away over a timespan of 50+ years. Why not a similar event for others through this Blog medium.

    Carpe Diem!

  116. Update! Update!

    WO2 Bill Griffiths (now 76) 1KSLI, RAPC and more, has shown fantastic support to our many interlinked web and blog and LI Guestbook pages. His military story and travel on 6 different HMTroopships, a Carrier and an LST are now published for all his former mates and comrades to see and trigger memory recall. Can anyone improve on his travel record?

    Why not YOU? Just take a walk down memory lane. As Bill tells – it’s so rejuvenating!

    Postcript added 28th January 2007. Bill Griffiths’ story Long Service and Good Conduct? is now published and offers continuing interest as the chapters unfold. Bill mentions Archie Moulds 1KSLI in his story, and in a round about way, the Editor here will be catching up with Archie in NZ soon – some 54 years after he and Bill parted company in Hereford (?) in 1952. Such is the ‘connectedness’ power of messaging and commenting. Give it a go lads!

    Carpe Diem!

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