Where were the East Yorkshire Regiment on VE Day?
During the Second World War, the East Yorkshire Regiment fought around the globe. The 1st Battalion was stationed in India in 1939 and fought in Burma; the 2nd was evacuated from Dunkirk in June 1940 before participating in the D-Day landings of June 1944; the 4th Battalion travelled to Cyprus, Palestine and Egypt where the majority of the men were taken prisoner in June 1942 during the Battle of Gazala at Tobruk – the battalion then ceased to exist. The 5th was posted in North Africa before participating in the Sicily landings in 1943 and the Normandy landings in 1944. It was back in England in December 1944 to train recruits.
VE Day found the 1st East Yorkshire Battalion in contact with the Japanese at Pyu in Burma; the 2nd East Yorkshires were just outside Bremen in Germany and the 5th Battalion was in a training role at Malton.