2 RUR Gallery



Officers of 2nd Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles - March 1944 - Hawick
Front Row Left to Right:Maj. J S C G de Longueuil, Maj J W Hyde, Maj C R P Sweeney M.C. , Capt W E S Sturgeon ; Lt/Col I H Richards, Lt/Col I C Harris, General Sir Bernard L Montgomery K.C.B D.S.O , Maj B J FitzG.Donlea M.C. , Maj W D Tighe Wood , Capt M D G Ryan , Capt J R St J Aldworth , Capt (QM) C H D Henniker
Second Row Left-Right:Lt G P Flack , Lt L F Laving , Capt J G Guinane RAChD , Capt N R V Watson , Capt H M Gaffikin , Capt K G Perona Wright , Capt C R Gray , Capt J Montgomery , Capt W H Baudains M.M. , Capt A C Bird , Capt C R Wright R.A.M.C
Third Row Left-Right:Capt H M Sheane , Lt R D Purcell , Lt H Greene , Lt F W McFaull , Lt R C Diserens , Lt R S Hall , Lt E J Bourke , Lt S E Frost , Lt S C N Beavan , Lt R Lyttle , Lt S M Lennox
Back Row Left to Right:Lt C C Rand , Lt H D D O'Neil , Lt W E Palmer , Lt D H Walsh , Lt D R R Greer , Lt M P Scanlon , Lt J H St.J.Cooper , Capt F Kirk M.C.

NCOs of 2nd Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles - Hawick - March 1944
Back row, 6th from the left - Charles Hughes, joined in 1936 with his brother Victor Hughes who transferred to 3 Para


D Company - 2nd Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles - March 1944
Front Row Officers believed to be:
RSM Fleming ; Lt S C N Beavan ; Lt G P Flack ; Capt W E S Sturgeon ; Lt/Col I C Harris; Capt J R St J Aldworth; Capt J G Guinane RAChD ; Maj J W Hyde
Sgt D Taylor - Front Row - third from right



9th Platoon of 'A' Company 2nd Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles - Hawick - 1944
Platoon leader Lt D H Walsh centre of front row (wounded at Cambes 09/06/44), Rifleman Hugh McCauley (7015312) is second from left on second row from front.


Unknown Platoon of 'C' Company 2nd Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles - Hawick - 1944
Lt R D Purcell sat in centre

Unknown Platoon of 'D' Company 2nd Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles - Hawick - 1944
Rifleman William Mcveigh is first on left, second row down.


Unknown Platoon of 2nd Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles (possibly 'D' Company)  - Hawick - 1944
Possibly Lt S M Lennox MC in centre (based on Officers group photo - see top of page)


18th Platoon 'D' Company 2nd Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles - Hawick - May 1944
Back Row - Rifleman Harry Brown ; RFM Stevenson ; RFM Desmond Bradley ; RFM Jack Allshire ; RFM Richardson ; RFM Gallagher ; RFM Lomax

Middle Row - RFM Richard Keegan ; RFM Rawnsley ; RFM Williamson ; RFM Bradley ; RFM Faulkner ; RFM McAllister ; RFM Smythe ; L/Cpl O'Halloran

Front Row - L/Cpl McIlroy ; Cpl Killeps? ; Sgt Teague ; Lt H Greene ; Cpl Kohler ; L/Cpl Fitzgerald ; L/Cpl Houghton
Sat at Front: ?????? ; RFM Smith



Signal Platoon 2nd Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles  - Hawick - 1944
Front Row - Third from left - Sgt David Taylor
Lt F W McFaull in centre


L/Cpl E. B. Bunston second from right in middle row
 Lt/Col J Drummond DSO (Battalion Commander from January 1945) in centre of front row 



Officers 2nd L.T. A.A. REGT R.A. (2 RUR) 1944



War Diary

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2 RUR drilling at the Ballymena Barracks 8 November 1940 - none of men have more than 3 months service (IWM)

2 RUR drilling at the Ballymena Barracks 8 November 1940 (IWM)

2 RUR drilling at the Ballymena Barracks 8 November 1940 (IWM)

Commander in Chief chatting to 2 RUR personnel 13 November 1942 (IWM)



Montgomery inspecting 2 RUR personnel - Hawick - 9 February 1944 (IWM)

Royal Ulster Rifles - Hawick - St Patrick's Day 17 March 1944 visit by General Bernard
(Image courtesy of Donlea family - copyright protected)
St Patrick's Day 1944 - General Bernard presenting the shamrock to Major de Longueuil (later awarded the MC). On the Major's right is Lieutenant Campbell; on the Major's left is Captain Watson, Lieutenant Diserens and Lieutenant Rand.

Visit by Montgomery at Droxford 19th May 1944


Montgomery greeted on arrival by Lieut Colonel IC Harris - Droxford 19 May 1944 (IWM)

Montgomery chats with Lieutenant Colonel Harris 19 May 1944 (IWM)

Major Donlea MC, Montgomery and Lieutenant Colonel Harris - 19 May 1944 (IWM)


Montgomery inspects Guard of Honour at Droxford - 19 May 1944 (IWM)

Montgomery speaking to matron Sister I Patrick at Camp Reception Station - 19 May 1944 (IWM)


Montgomery speaking to nurses at Camp Reception Station - 19 May 1944 (IWM)

Montgomery inspecting personnel - 19 May 1944 (IWM)

Montgomery inspecting personnel - 19 May 1944 (IWM)

Montgomery speaking to Captain WE Sturgeon of Newry - 19 May 1944 (IWM)

Montgomery speaking to Colour Sergeant Paterson of Belfast - 19 May 1944 (IWM)

Montgomery speaking to Left to Right to Sgt W McCatchin, Sgt J Patterson, Sgt Corbett and L Cpl J Curran all from Belfast

Montgomery speaking to Lance Corporal Nolan or Tampo, Inniskillen - 19 May 1944 (IWM)


Montgomery speaking to Lieut DH Walsh of Dublin - 19 May 1944 (IWM)

Montgomery speaking to Rifleman Michael Ryan of Birmingham who was awarded MM for action at Ypres 1940 and was one of those responsible for the safe arrival of the 2nd Battalion on the beach on D-Day by securing a line to the beach (IWM)

Montgomery speaking to RSM S Fleming of Belfast who had 25 years service with 2 RUR. Lieutenant Colonel Harris is in the background. Fleming would later be awarded the Military Cross for his actions in near Troarn, Normandy (IWM)

Montgomery speaking to Sergeant Cook McConville of Armagh who served with him at Brigade HQ in 1939 (IWM)

 Montgomery talks to CSM Kelly (second from right) during visit and inspection at Droxford 19 May 1944 (IWM)

 Montgomery speaking to Sergeants drawn up for inspection - 19 May 1944 (IWM)


Montgomery inspects Rfn McCracken wearing contents of D-Day landing kit list  (IWM)


Montgomery addresses troops of 2 RUR at Droxford 19 May 1944 (IWM)

Montgomery addresses troops of 2 RUR at Droxford 19 May 1944 (IWM)

Montgomery addresses troops of 2 RUR at Droxford 19 May 1944 (IWM)

Montgomery addresses troops of 2 RUR at Droxford 19 May 1944 (IWM)

Montgomery addresses troops of 2 RUR at Droxford 19 May 1944 (IWM)

Montgomery addresses troops of 2 RUR at Droxford 19 May 1944 (IWM)

 Montgomery addresses troops of 2 RUR at Droxford 19 May 1944 (IWM)


 Montgomery addresses troops of 2 RUR at Droxford 19 May 1944 (IWM)


Montgomery addresses troops of 2 RUR at Droxford 19 May 1944 (IWM)


Montgomery takes salute from 2 RUR at end of visit - Droxford - 19 May 1944 (IWM)

Montgomery takes salute from 2 RUR at end of visit - Droxford - 19 May 1944 (IWM)



2 RUR on Sword Queen beach 6 June 1944 (IWM)


 2 RUR pause in La Brèche d'Hermanville during their move inland 6 June 1944 (IWM)


 Riflemen of 2 RUR patrolling through ruins of Caen - 10 July 1944 (IWM)


 British troops in ruins of Caen with 2 RUR member in Caubeen on right - 10 July 1944 (IWM)


 Troops of 2 RUR passing through Caen on the way to secure bridges over the River Orne - 10 July 1944 (IWM)


Rifleman B Armstrong of Collyhurst, Manchester and Private Bannister of 1 KOSB of Newcastle read newspaper in
the ruins of Caen  - 10 July 1944 (IWM)



Rifleman E Willis of Hounslow and Lance Corporal BJ Smith of Birkenhead from HQ Company 2 RUR in Observation Post on the banks of the Rhine  - 22 March 1945 (IWM)


 2 RUR with South Lancashire Regiment clearing a street in Bremen - 26 April 1945 (IWM)


  2 RUR with South Lancashire Regiment clearing a street in Bremen - 26 April 1945 (IWM)


Funeral of Major Charles Sweeney - 13 May 1945 Major Sweeney was killed when his car crashed in to tree at Celle whilst escorting a German Admiral from Kriel












10 gun salute at Major Sweeney's funeral
Montgomery giving a final salute at Major Sweeney's funeral

Honours and Awards Photos

Corporal O'Reilly 7020028 receiving his Distinguished Conduct Medal from Montgomery 27th July 1944 (IWM)
Rifleman Jeremiah Long MM (7014577) and Rifleman Hugh Henry McGlennon MM (7012171), just prior to being decorated by Montgomery on 27th July 1944 for their bravery at the battle of Cambes (see IWM Video footage on separate page)

Company Quartermaster Sergeant WJ Sharkey 7010920 receiving DCM from Montgomery (IWM)

Corporal W Reid receives Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) from Montgomery - 18 November 1944 (IWM)

Corporal Reid DCM, Rifleman Charles MM and Sergeant Sharkey DCM having just received their awards from Montgomery


Major John Charles Stuart Grant de Longueuil receiving the Military Cross from Montgomery 28th April 1945 (IWM)
The award was for action with the 2nd Battalion at Troarn and presented after he had transferred to the 1st Battalion.

Other Photos of Known 2nd Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles Members




Lieutenant H.D.D. O'Neill (far right) - Unknown location
(Descendants would welcome any information relating to area where photo taken and/or other persons in photo)

Lieutenant H.D.D. O'Neill's modified Jeep


Rifleman Arthur Desmond Bradley - Killed in Action - 17/06/1944


Rifleman Arthur Desmond Bradley - Killed in Action - 17/06/1944



Rifleman Hugh McCauley (7015312), wounded at Cambes 28/06/44


Rifleman Edward Francis Bailey (7016406)


Rifleman Hugh Maguire - Awarded Legion d'Honneur in 2015


Lance Corporal Patrick O'Hagan





Rifleman John Shanahan





 Rifleman Sam Lowry



 Rifleman Hamilton Lawrence



 
 Rifleman Stanley Burrows



 Rifleman Hugh Crangle



Corporal Hugh Henry Millar (7014297)



Major Charles Sweeny
Killed in a road accident on 9th May 1945 after the German surrender on the north flank had taken place. Whilst escorting a German Admiral back to Kiel and the car left the road and crashed into a tree.


Lance Corporal Edward Brandon Bunston 7021050 (on left above), a stretcher bearer in C Company who was Mentioned in Despatches and also received a Commendation Card.
Below, Lance Corporal Bunston in Palestine.




Life in 2 RUR Barracks
Centre of Back Row: Sgt David Taylor



2 RUR Football
Far Left of Back Row: Sgt David Taylor



Band of Brothers - The Beck Family circa 1940
Bottom Left: Robert William Beck  - 7020200 ; Bottom Right: William Beck - 7018156
Top Right - Johnny Beck - 7018164 ; Top Left - Unknown friend of Johnny.



Robert Beck started in the airborne division before transferring to 2 RUR and joining 9th Platoon, A Company where he became best friends with Stanley Burrows and Hugh Crangles, the trio earning the nick-name BBC.



Another Band of Brothers - 2 RUR Band



Other (Unknown) Members of 2 RUR During World War 2