Isle of Wight Rifles - History - The Second World War

History

Second World War

The 530 Coast Defence Regiment was called up on 25 August 1939. Although the Regiment was employed manning the extensive coastal defences many personnel were drafted to service in other units. A contingent sailed to Alexandria on the Empress of Canada in 1941 and sent to reinforce Tobruk, aboard HMAS Voyager- a number being captured when it fell to Rommel on 21 June 1942. Another contingent was sent to Gibraltar aboard the S.S.Aquila to prepare defences against Franco's Spain. Another battery served with General Alexander in Burma.