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Soldiers of the Regiment

Sergeant Frederick Winterburn

Frederick Winterburn enlisted into the King's Own Royal Regiment on 18th September 1931, as number 3710004, signing up for seven years regular service and five in the reserve.  He left the regiment in 1938, but was recalled from the Reserve on the outbreak of the Second World War.  In February 1940 he transferred to the Royal Engineers and served with Number 159 Railway Construction Company in Iran and Italy.  His peace time job appeared to have been with the permanent way department of London Transport, thus his service with the Railway Construction Company would appear logical.

This collection of documents and photographs covers his service with both the 1st Battalion, King's Own and the Railway Construction Company.

Railways and 159 Railway Construction Company, Royal Engineers, Second World War


Working party working on digging a hole, may be foundations, possibly Iran? Second World War.
Accession Number: KO2953/220


Buildings in snow, possibly Iran, Second World War
Accession Number: KO2953/225


Bridge, probably India, circa 1930s
Accession Number: KO2953/226


Three soldiers in accommodation, with kit hung up, Second World War, Middle East.
Accession Number: KO2953/237


Group of soldiers, possibly of the 159 Railway Construction Company, Royal Engineers, Iran, 1942
Accession Number: KO2953/238


Group of soldiers, possibly of the 159 Railway Construction Company, Royal Engineers, Iran, 1942
Accession Number: KO2953/239


Group of soldiers, possibly of the 159 Railway Construction Company, Royal Engineers, Iran, 1942
Accession Number: KO2953/240


Group of soldiers, possibly of the 159 Railway Construction Company, Royal Engineers, Iran, 1942
Accession Number: KO2953/241


Scene of a train runaway accident near Shahzand in Persia, now Iran, 4th November 1942, with recovery in operation, Second World War.
Accession Number: KO2953/242


Scene of a train runaway accident near Shahzand in Persia, now Iran, 4th November 1942, with recovery in operation, Second World War.
Accession Number: KO2953/243


Scene of a train runaway accident near Shahzand in Persia, now Iran, 4th November 1942, with recovery in operation, Second World War.
Accession Number: KO2953/244


Scene of a train runaway accident near Shahzand in Persia, now Iran, 4th November 1942, with recovery in operation, Second World War.
Accession Number: KO2953/245


Scene of a train runaway accident near Shahzand in Persia, now Iran, 4th November 1942, with recovery in operation, Second World War.
Accession Number: KO2953/246


Scene of a train runaway accident near Shahzand in Persia, now Iran, 4th November 1942, with recovery in operation, Second World War.
Accession Number: KO2953/247


Loading railway vans with sacks.
Accession Number: KO2953/248


Soldier stood next to railway line
Accession Number: KO2953/265


View of railway line towards tunnel
Accession Number: KO2953/266


View of country
Accession Number: KO2953/267


View of river and ravine
Accession Number: KO2953/268


Unknown soldier next to truck, circa Second World War
Accession Number: KO2953/269


Group of soldiers in snow, with winter clothing, large dog and railway line to the rear, possibly Iran, Second World War
Accession Number: KO2953/270


Group of soldiers in snow, with winter clothing possibly Iran, Second World War.
Accession Number: KO2953/271


Two soldiers in snow, with winter clothing, possibly Iran, Second World War
Accession Number: KO2953/272


Two soldiers in snow, with winter clothing, possibly Iran, Second World War
Accession Number: KO2953/273


Tehran Railway station, Persia, now Iran, Second World War.
Accession Number: KO2953/275


Railway sidings and station at Tehran, Presia, now Iran, Second World War.
Accession Number: KO2953/276


Railway locomotive, number 42 405
Accession Number: KO2953/277


Depot with a number of railway locomotives, possibly Iran, Second World War
Accession Number: KO2953/278


Railway locomotive in collision with runaway tanker wagons, between Samangan and Shahzand, Persia, now Iran, 4th February 1943, Second World War.
Accession Number: KO2953/279


Railway locomotive in collision with runaway tanker wagons, between Samangan and Shahzand, Persia, now Iran, 4th February 1943, Second World War.
Accession Number: KO2953/280


Recovering of railway locomotive which had run into the traverser pit at a locomotive depot. Tehran, Persia, now Iran, Second World War
Accession Number: KO2953/281


Train with two locomotives in the snow, possibly Iran, Second World War.
Accession Number: KO2953/282


Steam powered freight train, Persia, now Iran, Second World War.
Accession Number: KO2953/283


Soldier sat in truck, Middle East, Second World War
Accession Number: KO2953/287


Three soldiers, at least one of the Royal Engineers, possibly Iran, Second World War.
Accession Number: KO2953/288


Group of soldiers, at least one of the Royal Engineers, possibly Iran, Second World War.
Accession Number: KO2953/289


Group of soldiers, outside accommodation, circa Second World War
Accession Number: KO2953/290


Group of soldiers outside Nissan hut, circa Second World War
Accession Number: KO2953/291


Group of soldiers outside Nissan hut, circa Second World War
Accession Number: KO2953/292


Group of soldiers outside Nissan hut, circa Second World War
Accession Number: KO2953/293


Soldier at the door of a Nissan hut, in a camp, Second World War
Accession Number: KO2953/294


Two soldiers, Fred and Andy, 1942
Accession Number: KO2953/295


Group of soldiers next to army truck
Accession Number: KO2953/296


Building, unknown, possibly Iran, Second World War
Accession Number: KO2953/299


Derailed railway wagon in train, possibly Iran, Second World War
Accession Number: KO2953/300


Scene of derailment of train, possibly Iran, Second World War.
Accession Number: KO2953/301


Unidentified railway station, possibly Italy
Accession Number: KO2953/319


Group of soldiers in front of railway wagon of the USA War Department, possibly Iran, Second World War
Accession Number: KO2953/320


Group of soldiers in front of railway wagon, possibly Iran, Second World War
Accession Number: KO2953/321


Group of men including one soldier in front of a railway wagon, possibly Iran, Second World War
Accession Number: KO2953/322


Locomotive and tender, the tender of which is in the turntable pit, possibly Iran, Second World War
Accession Number: KO2953/323


Locomotive number 42 432 of the United States War Department, possibly Iran, Second World War with tender in turntable pit
Accession Number: KO2953/324

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