|It has been almost 12 months since my book was released. Since that
time I have received many flattering and moving letters from those
featured in the book and those related to them.
The book has found its way to several museums in Normandy and Holland,
and it is most gratifying to know that so many people have read
of the great deeds performed by my Fathers regiment and indeed the
15th Scottish Division.
In order to keep the cost of the book as low as possible, I chose
not to take any royalties on the publisher's sales, I just want
as many people as possible to read it.
My web-site continues to attract enquiries and messages from all
over the world and has prompted many more contacts, my continued
thanks to Mark Smith and UK
The story of the Regiment is still coming together. Below are two
reviews my book received.
From - "The Silver Bugle". The Regimental magazine
of the Light Infantry.
THIS THOROUGHLY RESEARCHED AND EXCELLENTLY ILLUSTRATED BOOK TELLS
THE STORY OF 6 KSLI AND ITS REINCARNATION AS 181 FIELD REGIMENT
ROYAL ARTILLERY 1940-46. IT WAS INSPIRED BY THE WARTIME EXPLOITS
OF THE AUTHOR'S FATHER (6KSLI/181FIELD REGIMENT RA) AND IS THE CULMINATION
OF SIX YEARS OF PAINSTAKING WORK BY DON NEAL. THE BOOK IS HIGHLY
COMMENDED BY THE CURATOR OF THE SHROPSHIRE REGIMENTAL MUSEUM WHO
CONSIDERS THAT IT FILLS A SIGNIFICANT GAP IN THE CHRONICLED WARTIME
HISTORY OF THE KSLI.
From - "The Gunner". The Regimental magazine of the
FOLLOWING THE DEATH OF HIS FATHER IN 1990 AND INSPIRED BY HIS FATHER'S
WAR SERVICE, OF WHICH HE NEVER SPOKE, THE AUTHOR DECIDED TO RECORD
THE HISTORY OF HIS FATHERS WARITME REGIMENT AND OVER THE PERIOD
OF SOME SIX YEARS HE MANAGED TO TRACE A LARGE NUMBER OF THE SURVIVING
MEMBERS OF THAT REGIMENT AND BY SENSITIVE INTERVIEWING AND PERUSAL
OF PERSONAL LETTERS AND OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS HE WAS ABLE TO RECORD
THE STORY OF THE
6th Bn KING'S SHROPSHIRE LIGHT INFANTRY AND ITS SUCCESSOR UNIT THE
181ST FIELD REGIMENT RA
DESPITE HAVING NO MILITARY SERVICE OF HIS OWN DON NEAL HAS PRODUCED
A SIMPLE BUT EXCELLENT HISTORY OF HIS FATHERS REGIMENTAL SERVICE
FROM HIS ENLISTMENT INTO A LIGHT INFANTRY BATTALION MADE UP FROM
MEN DRAWN FROM SHROPSHIRE IN JUNE, 1940 AND ITS SUBSEQUENT CONVERSION
TO A GUNNER UNIT ON 1ST MARCH 1942. DURING THE ALMOST TWO YEARS
OF ITS EXISTENCE THE 6TH Bn KSLI WAS LARGELY ENGAGED IN A HOME DEFENCE
ROLE MOVING AROUND THE EASTERN COUNTIES BEFORE RETURNING TO THE
SHREWSBURY MARCHES FOR CONVERSION INTO A ROYAL ARTILLERY FIELD UNIT
AND SUBSEQUENT ATTACHMENT TO THE 15TH SCOTTISH DIVISION BEFORE THAT
DIVISION BECAME ENGAGED IN THE NORMANDY INVASION.
THE AUTHOR COVERS THE FIGHTING RECORD OF 181 FIELD REGIMENT FROM
ITS LANDING AT ARROWMANCHES THROUGH TO THE END OF THE WAR, BY WHICH
TIME THE REGIMENT HAD REACHED VORBURG. THE REGIMENT WAS DISBANDED
FINALLY ON 9TH JANUARY 1946. HIS DESCRIPTIONS OF THE REGIMENT'S
MANY ACTIONS SUPPORTING THE 'JOCKS' ARE GRAPHICALLY PORTRAYED AS
IT MOVED THROUGH
FRANCE, BELGIUM, HOLLAND, AND GERMANY AND IS A SOUND AND INTERESTING
RECORD OF THE COURAGE, STEADFASTNESS AND LOYALTY OF THE SHROPSHIRE
SOLDIER IN WAR AND THE HARDSHIPS THEY WERE REQUIRED TO ENDURE. IF
THE AUTHOR HAD NOT BEEN INSPIRED TO DEVOTE HIS TIME TO ASCERTAINING
WHAT HIS FATHER AND COLLEAGUES HAD DONE DURING THE WAR IT IS UNLIKELY
THAT THE HISTORY OF THIS UNIT WOULD HAVE BEEN WRITTEN. ALSO, THE
MANY EXCELLENT PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN BY MEMBERS OF THE UNIT, WHICH ARE
INCLUDED IN THIS BOOK WOULD HAVE BEEN LOST FOREVER AND ANOTHER PIECE
OF HUMAN HISTORY WOULD HAVE DISSAPEARED.
THIS BOOK IS, THEREFORE, A WELCOME ADDITION TO THE HISTORY OF THE
From -'Bookshelf' Medal News December 2002
Inspired by the wartime efforts of his father the author spent six
years researching the story of the 6th Battalion King's Shropshire
Light Infantry. He discovered that it was formed during World War
two and after a short period of coastal defence duties was retrained
and converted to a Royal Artillery Field Regiment. They became the
only Field Regiment of English Gunners affiliated into the Battle
Order of the 15th Scottish Division and after D-Day soon became
involved in every major battle in North-West Europe and into Germany
and the Baltic coast.
As expected with a book so well researched the appendices include
all the information the medal collector could wish for:
Roll of honour and casualty lists, honours and awards, citations,
etc, etc. No KSLI collector should be without it and anyone with
an interest in World War 2 will be enthralled.