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-Colonel I. C. Harris 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.


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



Unknown Platoon of 2nd Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles (possibly Headquarter Company)  - Hawick - 1944
Possibly Capt (QM) C H D Henniker 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




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Royal Ulster Rifles - Hawick - St Patrick's Day 17 March 1944
(Image courtesy of Donlea family - copyright protected)

Major Basil Donlea MC and Montgomery - Hawick - St Patrick's Day 17 March 1944
(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.

Major Donlea MC, Montgomery and Lieutenant Colonel Harris March 1944

Montgomery speaking to Rifleman Ryan MM. Ryan had been awarded his medal for action at Ypres in 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.


Montgomery inspecting members of 2 RUR

RSM Fleming speaking to Montgomery. Lieutenant Colonel Harris is in the background. Fleming would later be awarded the Military Cross for his actions in near Troarn, Normandy.


Montgomery inspecting further members of 2 RUR



Montgomery talks to CSM Kelly (second from right) during visit and inspection at Droxford 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).


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


British infantry leaving Sword beach 6 June 1944 (IWM).



Troops of "A" Company, 2 RUR pause in La Brèche d'Hermanville during their move inland 6 June 1944 from Queen Red Beach. On the right are Rifleman McNaul from County Antrim and Rifleman Charles with his Bren Gun (subsequently awarded the Military Medal for his actions on 18th July outside Troarn (IWM image).




9th Infantry Brigade Headquarters post 1 April 1945
Brigadier WFH Kempster OBE (Commander 9th Infantry Brigade) and other unknown officers
(M P Scanlon 2nd from left in back row).


Officers Mess - Lengerich May 1945
Captain M.P.Scanlon second from right


Defence Platoon HQ - 9th British Infantry Brigade - Lengerich May 1945
Brigadier WFC Kempster OBE (Commander 9th Infantry Brigade) in centre, Captain M.P. Scanlon to his immediate right




Lieutenant H.D.D. O'Neill - 2 RUR January 1944 to 1946
From Leeds but family originally from Northern Ireland. Received Commander in Chief's Certificate for Gallantry for his actions with C Company 2RUR during the campaign in North West Europe.

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



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.


Company Quartermaster Sergeant WJ Sharkey receiving DCM from Montgomery.



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