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Recce Decorations & Awards Reconnaissance Corps WO/373 Recce

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#1 Recce_Mitch

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 11:11 PM

Starting a thread on Awards to the Recce Corps. Starting with a list from "This Band of Brothers" by Jeremy Taylor. Did the list as a PDF so as to not have a huge list of names in the thread.

These list's are not complete especially the MIDs, any additions are most welcome.


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#2 MyOldDad

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 11:41 PM

Well done paul. Superb piece of work.
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Posted 13 February 2010 - 09:59 AM

Paul
I might have some of the citations for the Airborne Recce chaps if you want them however night take a while as have just disconnected printer etc, so no scanner.
If you can wait until Ive moved house! then I will do it all then when I am up and properly running again computer wise!

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In proud memory of

Lieutenant James Henry Woods 1st Airlanding Light Regiment
Killed in Action at Oosterbeek Arnhem 25th September 1944

Lieutenant William Stewart Donaldson 156th Battalion, Parachute Regiment
Killed in Action at Oosterbeek Arnhem 21st September 1944

Sergeant John Burge Glider Pilot Regiment
Killed in Action at Oosterbeek Arnhem 25th-26th September 1944

Corporal John Walter Bentley 12th Battalion, Parachute Regiment
Killed in Action on the Rhine 24th March 1945

LEST WE FORGET

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Posted 13 February 2010 - 11:14 AM

Paul,

Well done.

I looked at Appendix 2 of Only the Enemy in Front, which is the same list, save that the Mentions in Dispatches is just a paragraph, but slightly different from your list.

I Quote.

In all, 492 Mentions inm Despatches were awarded to the Corps. Of these, eleven were second mentions, giving a total of 481 individuals who received. A significant number of these men-thirty-three-were also recipients of other awards with one officer, Lieutenant-Colonel E A S "Raddy" Brett of 1 Recce, awarded the DSO as well as two Mentions.

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#5 Recce_Mitch

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Posted 17 February 2010 - 04:25 PM

Tom, Corrected typo in file.

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Posted 20 February 2010 - 09:56 PM

Hi Paul
I got in it another officer of my BRETT Fask Force reserch!!!

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Posted 21 February 2010 - 10:27 AM

Consistently, the most medals won by units, are the Royal Engineers. It certainly was in Monty's Ironsides, for there, the Sappers won 43. With far less men than the infantry battalion's, or come to that. Any other regiments or Corps.
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Posted 21 February 2010 - 11:34 AM

Excellent research Paul.

All awards given to 53rd Reconnaissance Regiment are listed here including Commander in Chiefs Certificate for Gallantry and Good Service.

http://www.ww2talk.c...e-regiment.html

Paul, what is the best way to send you a copy of the transcribed war diary you asked for? I have tried to scan it as a PDF but the file is massive. If you PM your address I could photocopy it and send it via snail mail?

Also another copy of this band of brothers has popped up on ebay if anyone is interested, still out of my price range at this point in time!!
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Posted 21 February 2010 - 01:45 PM

Dave PM sent

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Posted 21 February 2010 - 05:12 PM

PM'd back

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 07:48 AM

Starting a thread on Awards to the Recce Corps. Starting with a list from "This Band of Brothers" by Jeremy Taylor. Did the list as a PDF so as to not have a huge list of names in the thread.

Cheers
Paul

Hi Mitch,
I am new member to the Forum. My father 6918419 WS/SGT Leslie "Chunkie" Dunn MM, 5th (3rd Tower Hamlets Rifles) Recce Rgt, seems to be omitted from your list of Awards. I guess that this was due to the Regimental Records being fire damaged in Palestine. The subsequent Roll of Honour was then compiled from memory by the Adj Cliffe Prince. Dad is still with us, he is 90 tomorrow, and we are off to Italy with Poopy Travel in October.
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Posted 17 May 2010 - 07:56 AM

Hi Mick and welcome to the forum.

Let me know if you want a free copy of the citation ;)

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#13 Recce_Mitch

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 01:07 PM

Mick, Welcome to the forum. I have your fathers name and am still in the process of obtaining the citations (free) from the NA. Where in Italy are you going to travel? Are any cemeteries included in your trip? Have updated file with your fathers name.

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 02:39 PM

Mick,

Hello and welcome to the forum.

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Posted 01 August 2010 - 08:37 AM

Name David Allsopp
Rank: Temporary Captain, Lieutenant
Service No: 105457
Regiment: 1st Airborne Reconnaissance Squadron
Theatre: Foreign to British: Netherlands
Award: Bronze Lion
London Gazette: 08 November 1945
ReferenceWO 373/144

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Posted 01 August 2010 - 08:45 AM

Name Cecil Charles Bolton
Rank: Trooper
Service No: 6105318
Regiment: 1st Airborne Reconnaissance Squadron
Theatre: Foreign to British: Netherlands
Award: Dutch Bronze Cross
London Gazette: 08 November 1945
ReferenceWO 373/144

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Posted 01 August 2010 - 08:51 AM

Paul

Had a quick loook through your super list but couldn't find my good friend Donald Carlton:

http://www.ww2talk.c...ade-2009-a.html

Do you need any info on him ?
Just went back to my records & found this: BBC - WW2 People's War - Cambridge and Bethnal Green Boy's Club, The club that produced heroes

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Posted 01 August 2010 - 09:04 AM

Name Thomas Joseph Firbank
Rank: Lieutenant
Service No: 149129
Regiment: 1st Airborne Division Reconnaissance Squadron, Coldstream Guards
Theatre: Italy
Award: Military Cross
London Gazette: 13 January 1944
ReferenceWO 373/4

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Posted 01 August 2010 - 10:25 AM

Name Douglas Galbraith
Rank: Lieutenant
Service No: 240321
Regiment: 1st Airborne Reconnaissance Squadron
Theatre : North West Europe 1944-45
Award: Military Cross
London Gazette: 21 December 1944
ReferenceWO 373/49

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Posted 01 August 2010 - 10:35 AM

Name Charles Frederick Howard Gough
Rank: Captain
Service No: 31420
Regiment: 1st Airborne Reconnaissance Squadron
Theatre: Italy
Award: Military Cross
London Gazette: 27 January 1944
ReferenceWO 373/4

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Posted 01 August 2010 - 10:44 AM

Name David Robert Guthrie
Rank: Lieutenant
Service No: 262975
Regiment: 1st Airborne Reconnaissance Squadron
Theatre: North West Europe 1944-45
Award: Mention-in-Despatches
London Gazette: 19 March 1946
Reference WO 373/101

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Posted 01 August 2010 - 10:56 AM


Name George Kay
Rank: Serjeant
Service No: 3854428
Regiment: 1st Airborne Reconnaissance Squadron
Theatre: Escape and Evasion and Special Operations
Award: Mention in Despatches
London Gazette: 20 September 1945
ReferenceWO 373/64

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Posted 01 August 2010 - 11:01 AM

Name Francis Mann
Rank: Trooper
Service No: 14282186
Regiment: 1st Airborne Reconnaissance Squadron
Theatre: Foreign to British: USA
Award: Distinguished Service Cross
London Gazette: 14 November 1947
ReferenceWO 373/148

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Posted 01 August 2010 - 11:11 AM

Name Hubert Ellis Pearson
Rank: Lieutenant
Service No: 245254
Regiment: 1st Airborne Reconnaissance Squadron
Theatre: Escape and Evasion and Special Operations
Award: Military Cross
London Gazette: 26 July 1945
Reference WO 373/64

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Posted 01 August 2010 - 11:15 AM

Name James Pyper
Rank: Sergeant
Service No: 2697025
Regiment: 1st Airborne Reconnaissance Squadron
Theatre : North West Europe 1944-45
Award: Military Medal
London Gazette: 21 December 1944
Reference WO 373/49

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Posted 01 August 2010 - 11:19 AM

Name Thomas Douglas Victor Swinscow
Rank: Captain
Service No: 188263
Regiment: 1st Airborne Reconnaissance Squadron
Theatre: Foreign to British: Netherlands
Award: Bronze Cross
London Gazette: 08 November 1945
Reference WO 373/144

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Posted 01 August 2010 - 11:22 AM

Name John Graham Hilton Wadsworth
Rank: Lieutenant
Service No: 312500
Regiment: 1st Airborne Reconnaissance Squadron
Theatre: Foreign to British: USA
Award: Bronze Star
London Gazette: 14 November 1947
ReferenceWO 373/148

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Posted 01 August 2010 - 11:28 AM

Name George Edwin York
Rank: Craftsman
Service No: 1603588
Regiment: 1st Airborne Division Reconnaissance Squadron, REME
Theatre: Italy
Award: Military Medal
London Gazette: 13 January 1944
Reference WO 373/4

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Posted 02 August 2010 - 11:52 AM

Name James Alison Acland
Rank: Captain
Service No: 95507
Regiment: 1st Reconnaissance Regiment, King's Shropshire Light Infantry
Theatre: Italy
Award: Distinguished Service Order
London Gazette: 15 June 1944
ReferenceWO 373/6

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Posted 02 August 2010 - 11:57 AM

Name Lawrence Cyril Ashford
Rank: Lieutenant
Service No: 186298
Regiment:1st Reconnaissance Regiment
Theatre: Italy
Award: Military Cross
London Gazette: 15th June 1944
Reference WO 373/6

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