Sergeant Ernest Docherty of the 1st Battalion King’s Own Scottish Borderers, sits amongst his equipment near Denmead, Hampshire, 29th April 1944, a few days before Operation Fabius.Colour by Dan Steele
In April 1944, 1st Battalion King’s Own Scottish Borderers (KSOB) formed part of 9th Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, destined for the invasion of Normandy a few months later.
According to the IWM caption, we find Sergeant Docherty writing a letter home from a tented camp in Denmead, Hampshire in late April. According to Historian Stephen Fisher, the date would likely suggest that 1/KSOB would have been preparing to take part in the rehearsal for Operation Neptune, known as Fabius. Part of which would see 3rd Infantry Division practice landing on the shore at Littlehampton at the start of May 1944. Footage of the landing can be found in the IWM archive.