The Hallamshire Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment

The York and Lancaster Regiment was a line infantry regiment of the British Army that existed from 1881 until 1968. The regiment was created in the Childers Reforms of 1881 by the amalgamation of the 65th (2nd Yorkshire, North Riding) Regiment of Foot and the 84th (York and Lancaster) Regiment of Foot. The regiment saw service in many small conflicts and both World War I and World War II until 1968 when the regiment chose to be disbanded rather than amalgamated with another regiment, one of only two infantry regiments in the British Army to do so, with the other being the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles).


The Hallamshire Battalion, were part of Mauriceforce (Norwegian Campaign) in Norway in April 1940. The battalion was part of the 146th Infantry Brigade attached to the 49th (West Riding) Infantry Division. The Hallamshires took part in the unsuccessful Namsos Campaign and were evacuated back to Britain by 5 May. The Hallamshires did not see active service until it was landed in Normandy soon after D-Day and fought its way through France, Belgium (where Corporal John Harper was awarded the regiment's fifth Victoria Cross), and into the Netherlands where they were part of the bitter fighting that led to the eventual capture of Arnhem in 1945.

Name: Wass, Reginald

Rank: Private




Missing since: 16-01-1945

Next of Kin:Son of Mr and Mrs F.R. Wass, of Sheffield.

Groesbeek Panel: 5


KIA Information: Known to have been killed during a patrol at Haalderen.

Name: Smirthwaite, Ronald

Rank: Lance Corporal




Missing since: 22-02-1945

Next of Kin:Son of Ada Baler of Firth Park, Sheffield.

Groesbeek Panel: 5


KIA Information: Known to have been killed in the Indoornik area.


Known to have been buried at Indoornik, but grave/body lost after the war.