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THE 81st WEST AFRICAN DIVISION

For Rob Palmer's excellent write up of the 81st (West African) Division, please CLICK HERE

Obituary - General Sir Antony Read - CLICK HERE

CLICK HERE for the Personnel Pages

CLICK HERE for the Divisional Structure

The Badge of this unit was

A Black Tarantula Spider on a Yellow Circular background, (in West African folklore the Spider always comes out on top) 

History

This Formation was the first Division ever to be formed from units of the West African Frontier Force, it was made up of the Troops from each of the Four African Colonies, it was assembled in Nigeria in March 1943, & was dispatched to India in August 1943, one Brigade was sent to help form part of Wingate's Chindits in Long Range Penetration.  

In December 1943 the Division crossed the hills into the Kaladah Valley & Operated on the Left Flank of the Main Force, thereby becoming part of the Biggest Formation to be supplied  wholly by Air.

In the following year it again Advanced down the Kaladah Valley & took part in the successful assault on Myowaung, & helping the "Fourteenth Army" in it's hard fought Battles that led to the Liberation of Burma. 

They were COMMANDED by

Maj/Gen C.S. Woolner (C.B. M.C.)

 

 

 

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DIVISIONAL COMMANDERS:
MAJ/GEN. C.C. Woolner (C.B. D.S.O.)
MAJ/GEN.  Loftus-Tottenham (D.S.O.)

Headquarters Brigade

Divisional Artillery
3rd.5th.6th. Light Field Regt (Royal Artillery)

5th West African Brigade
5th Btn Gold Coast Rifles
7th Btn Gold Coast Rifles
COMMANDED by
Brig. N.H. Collins
Brig. F.J. Jefferys ( O.B.E. D.S.O.)

6th West African Brigade
4th Btn Nigerian Rifles
1st Btn Sierra Leonne Rifles
1st Btn Gambian Rifles
COMMANDED by
Brig. J.W.A. Hayes (D.S.O.)
Brig. R.N. Cartwright
Brig. A.A. Crook (D.S.O.)

West African Service Corps
5th. 6th, Brigade G.P. Trt Coy's
Divisional Trt Coy

Medical Services
5th. 6th. Field Ambulances
5th. 6th. Field Hygenic Coy's

81st West African Provost Unit
81st West African Signal Coy

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NORMAN COTTON Keith Cotton is seeking information on his Uncle Norman.  If you remember him, could you please CLICK HERE
Corporal Michael (Bill) Cody
3rd West African Engineers
Family seeking information. Please CLICK HERE if you remember Bill

STAFF SGT BILL ORTON

Bill's son is seeking information about his father and the RWAFF in general.  If you can help, please CLICK HERE
81st WA Signals Football Team 1945-46 Are there any survivors from the team incl:
Sgt Eric Robertson (goalie)
L/Cpl Frampton
L/Cpl Eynott
Sgt    Sweet
Sgt    Leigh
Cpl    Carey
Sgt    Bommer
Cpl    Green
Cpl    Beer
Maj    Singleton
Sig    Saunders

Please contact Ian Robertson on irobertson0@talk21.com 

CAPT CHARLES HAYNES - 7th Bn Nigeria Regiment & Chindit  If you remember Capt Haynes, please CLICK HERE
CPL FRANCIS MCCULLOCH If you knew Cpl McCullough, please CLICK HERE
CAPT W.T.T.H. WHITE Can you help Capt White's daughter with information. Please CLICK HERE 
CAPT KEN YOUNG Trying to contact old friends.  Please CLICK HERE for details
ARTHUR (KOFI) MOSS Member of the 5th WA Field Ambulance crews.  If you can remember Kofi, could you please CLICK HERE
BISIKER F.G.B. Member of the Wigston & District Branch of the Burma Star Association
 

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