Bill's Itinerary

Bill's WW2 Itinerary - Second World War

The map above illustrates the regions Bill Cheall visited across the world during his World War 1939-45 story. He started WW2 in the Territorial Army, with horrific action at Dunkirk. Then he had a Queen Mary voyage to Egypt, sailing right around Africa to get there. There followed the bloody battle of Wadi Akarit (Operation Scipio in Tunisia, North Africa), then the Sicilian campaign (Operation Husky).  Then in Normandy, France, he was wounded in action and  later witnessed the post-war devastation in Germany. Bill was a Green Howard with the 50th division (50 Div) amongst others.

 

Link to Google map with interactive step by step narration from the book

 

Start

Crediton, Devon - on holiday - 3 September 1939.

Middlesbrough, Lytton Street. Regimental Barracks for the Green Howards

Marton, near Morecambe - First Territorial Camp held here before war started.

 

France: 1940

Calais

Irles

Saucy Caudry

Canal Du Nord

Cambrai

Saudemont

River Scarpe at Roueux

Farbus

Vimy Ridge

Gondecourt

Arras

Gravelines

Haeghe Meulen

Bray-Dunes

Dunkirk

 

Britain:

Folkestone

Fairwater, Cardiff - Bill arrived here shortly after Dunkirk.

Launceston

Highcliffe

Studland Bay, Swanage

Frome, Somerset

Bath

Richmond, Yorkshire, 1941

Northumberland:

Glencorse Barracks

Gosforth racecourse, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Fenham Barracks near Gosforth

Whitley Bay

Seaton Sluice

Seaton Delaval

Cullercoats

Blyth

Lincolnshire: 1942

Donna Nook

North Somercoates

Marsh Chapel

Mareham-le-Fen, Lincolnshire - Dad was stationed here for some time in 1942

Skegness pier

Lincoln - Passing through

Harrogate - Passing through

Newcastle - Passing through

Edinburgh - Passing through

Glasgow

Gourock

 

Africa: 1943

Freetown

Capetown

Cape of Good Hope

Madagascar (Coast line only)

Horn of Africa

Aden

 

Egypt:

Port Tewfik, Suez Canal

Suez

Sweetwater canal

Qassasin camp

Cairo

 

Libya:

Benghazi

Tripoli

 

Tunisia:

Medenine

Mareth

Gabes

Wadi Akarit

Enfidaville

Sousse

Sfax

Wadi Akarit, Tunisia, the location of a bloody battle

 

Libya:

Tripoli

Benghazi

Passing south of Tobruk

 

Egypt:

Sidi Bishr camp

Alexandria

Cairo

Kabrit

Port Said

 

Sicily:

Avola - Landed here in the invasion of Sicily

Sortino

Lentini

Primosole bridge

Catania airfield

Letojanni

Messina

Augusta

 

Algeria:

Algiers

 

Gibraltar

Bay of Biscay - passing through

 

Britain:

Liverpool

Riddlesworth

Thetford, Norfolk

Southwold, Suffolk, 1944 - Billeted not far from Southwold pier

Inverary on Loch Fyne, Scotland

Sterling railway station

Boscombe, Hampshire, England, 

Swanage

Weymouth

Studland Bay

Corfe Castle

Bushfield Camp, Winchester

Romsey

Southampton

 

France:

La Riviere

Villers-Bocage

Arromanches

 

Britain:

Southampton - 22nd Canadian Hospital, Southampton - Bill was operated upon here to remove the shrapnel when he was wounded after D-Day.

Dundee Royal Infirmary, Scotland - Bill was taken here to recover from his wounds. Met Mary Wiseman.

Killin, Perthshire (Auchmore House) - Convalescent home.

The River Dochart in Spate, Killin, Scotland

Glencorse Barracks

Penicuik

Edinburgh 1944 - Princess Street - Dad's first Hogmanay started here!

Bridlington

Dover

 

Belgium:

Ostend

Brugge

 

Holland:

Arnhem

 

Germany:

Hamburg

Oberhausen

Dussledorf

Duisburg 1946 - Wolfsburg House, Duisberg

 

Belgium:

Brugge

 

Britain:

Dover

Catterick Camp, Yorkshire

Middlesbrough (Twinned with Oberhausen)

Home again!

 

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