Where were the West Yorkshire Regiment on VE Day?
The two overseas battalions of the West Yorkshire Regiment, the 1st and 2nd, were fighting in Burma when they received the news of the German surrender. The 1st Battalion had been in India and Burma since the beginning of the hostilities. The 2nd Battalion, however, was in Palestine when war broke out. It had participated in the North African campaign of 1942 and had travelled a lot before moving to Burma, going from Palestine to Eritrea, Egypt, Iraq, Cyprus and Libya.
Another battalion, the 1/5th, was still in active service in May 1945. Located at York then Malton in 1939, the 1/5th West Yorks moved to Iceland, a Danish possession, in 1940. The island had a strategic importance in terms of communications and as a naval base. Their stay there went quietly. The 1/5th was back in Britain in April 1942 and was stationed at Haywards Heath on VE Day. This Japanese flag was taken by a soldier of the 1st Bn West Yorkshire Regiment.