the outbreak of War the 1st Battalion was in India. The Battalion was
brought back to England in 1940 and, much to their frustration, were allotted
to home defence. Finally, they
were part of the D Day invasion in June 1944.
The 2nd Battalion and 7th (Territorial) Battalion
arrived in France at the beginning of the War as part of the British
Expeditionary Force. The
2nd Battalion later served in Burma. The other three territorial battalions,
the 4th ,5th and 6th were sent to the Far East..
Three additional battalions were formed in 1939,
the 8/30th , 9th and 70th (Young Soldiers) Battalions. The
first two were initially made up of 1914-18 veterans. The 30 th Bn served
for a short period in North Africa and then from the end of 1942 to January
1946 in Sicily and Italy on garrison and guard duties.
With the very real threat of a German invasion, by the middle of 1943 there
were 17 Norfolk Home Guard battalions.