The reformed 1st and the 2nd Lothians
Following the catastrophic loss of the 1st Lothians and Border Yeomanry at St Valery on 12 June 1940, the 1st Lothians were reformed in Bovington, England, and rejoined the war. The reformed 1st Lothians and Border Yeomanry were attached to the 30th Armoured Brigade, 79th Armoured Division and returned to France on D Day, June 6, 1944. The regiment remained with 79th Armoured in North West Europe until the end of the war.
The following are the battle honours of the reformed 1st Lothians as part of the 79th Armoured Division:
Battle of Normandy
Battle of the Scheldt
The following is a list of the men belonging to 'B' Squadron of the reformed 1st Lothians:The following is a list of other 1st Lothians:
Photographs of the reformed 1st Lothians and Border Yeomanry
Photographs from Geleen, Netherlands
The following photographs were kindly contributed by a gentleman in the Netherlands, who received the photographs from an elderly lady in Geleen. They show the 1st Lothians passing through.
The following photographs were kindly contributed by Mrs Parramore and include photos from Belgium and Germany.
The following photographs were kindly contributed by various Lothians relatives, primarily original 1st who escaped from St Valery and went on to serve in the reformed 1st.
|PHOTOGRAPH A1C1: Bobby Mitchell and the reformed 1st|
|PHOTOGRAPH A1C2: Left half of a squadron photo of the reformed 1st|
|PHOTOGRAPH A1C3: Right half of a squadron photo of the reformed 1st|
Photographs of individuals
From June 1940 to October 1940, the 2md Lothians and Border Horse was a part of the British 1st Motor Machine Gun Brigade. In October 1940 it was renamed the British 26th Armoured Brigade, which then went on to form part of the British 6th Armoured Division.
The following are the battle honours of the 2nd Lothians as part of the 6th Armoured Division:
18 January - 25 January 1943: Bou Arada
7 April - 11 April 1943: Fondouk
22 April - 26 April 1943: El Kourzia
5 May - 12 May 1943: Battle of Tunis
18 May - 20 May 1944: Liri Valley
4 July - 17 July 1944: Arezzo
17 July - 10 August 1944: Advance to Florence
25 August - 22 September 1944: Gothic Line
13 April - 21 April 1945: Argenta Gap.
The following is a list of the men of 2nd Lothians:
The following are photographs of the Lothians post-war.