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#1 mariner1

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Posted 06 June 2010 - 07:27 AM

morning all,
i am new to this,my dad was a Guernseyman who came over just before they were invaded.My sister has found some pictures that cover the period 41-46.My dad had put dates and titles on them.There is a picture that says qwhat looks to be "7th Devons" but i am told there was no unit of that name?
the other pictures are snaps taken and sent back to mum,some are not of great clarity but go from Polony in France right through to the last unit picture before being disbanded in Feb 46.
Gloucester museum have been very helpful but the books theysay would be useful are all out of print.Is there any where i can find out more about the 43rd recce?
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#2 Drew5233

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Posted 06 June 2010 - 08:33 AM

Hi Kieth and welcome to the forum.

There was a Devonshire Regiment during WW2, They became the Devon and Dorsets after the war. Not sure if there was a 7th Battalion though. Any chance you can post the pictures with the captions-They may hold some clues.

Abebooks is always a good place to start looking for out of print books.

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Posted 06 June 2010 - 08:42 AM

Welcome to the forum, I'm sure there was a 7th Bn as there were 4th, 6th, 8th & 9th Battalions in 45th Wessex Division.
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Posted 06 June 2010 - 08:55 AM

The 12th was AIRBORNE !
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Posted 06 June 2010 - 09:05 AM

Hi and welcome to the forum.

Looks there was a 7th (Haytor) Battalion, The Devonshire Regiment but it existed only between 1939-1941 when it was, probably disbanded.
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Posted 06 June 2010 - 09:50 AM

thanks for that ,i will be posting the pictures,i have them on disc but i have to wait until i can get hold of my sister as i have lost my copy of what my dad had written on them.
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Posted 06 June 2010 - 09:53 AM

Kieth, do you know what the books are called?
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Posted 06 June 2010 - 10:08 AM

Hello Keith and welcome to the forum
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Posted 06 June 2010 - 10:46 AM

Welcome to the forum. Below is a very brief history of 43 Recce

October 1941: Formed mainly from the 5th Battalion of the Gloucesters.
14th October 1941 – 48th Reconnaissance Battalion
8th January 1942 - Renumbered 43rd Reconnaissance Battalion
6th June 1942 Renamed 43rd Reconnaissance Regiment
1st January 1944 – Renamed 43rd Reconnaissance Regiment RAC
31st August 1945: Disbanded

To replace the men lost on the Derrycunihy, a squadron was moved from 161st Recce - Green Howards. They sailed across to Normandy with a Canadian built Liberty Ship named Fort Kaskaskia. 30th June 1944


LOCATIONS SERVED

United Kingdom: 1.1.41 - 17.6.44
At Sea: 17.6.44 - 24.6.44
NW Europe: 24.6.44 - 31.8.45


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Posted 06 June 2010 - 11:22 AM

dad was on the derry cuhiny and the picture from polony in france states he "got wet in the crossing" and that he was well except"he has tasted fuel oil"
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Posted 06 June 2010 - 11:24 AM

i am looking for a copy of the band of brothers from about 1947
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Posted 06 June 2010 - 11:25 AM

i am looking for a copy of the band of brothers from about 1947


Do you know the author? I suspect searching for just that by title will return quite a few Stephen E Ambrose books ;)
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Posted 06 June 2010 - 11:34 AM

Your Dad was lucky as of the 600 men of the Regiment, 189 died and 150 were injured. 25 of the crew, including a number of army gunners, also lost their lives when the ship's movement triggered a German acoustic mine, which split the Derrycunihy in two. The forward section remained afloat, but the stern section, though still attached by the keel plates, sank within 20 seconds. To make matters worse, an ammunition truck on the ship exploded, igniting the spilled oil on the surface of the surrounding water. Most of the men who died had been trapped in the sunken stern section. It was the heaviest single British loss of life off the invasion beaches.

From the 43 Recce War Diary

June 19
19.30 set sail for Southend
June 20
Anchored off SWORD Beach
June 21
Still anchored. Sea rough with some shelling
June 22
As above. Enemy air activity at night. Minelaying.
June 23
As above
June 24
Move to JUNO Beach. Div HQ Fuminchon Acoustic Mine explodes aft. 2 aft holds full of sleeping troops flooded. 3 Ton Ammunition wagon catches fire and sets oil on water alight. Rescue by landing craft, SS Cap Tourain and HM Gunboat Locust. Wounded returned to GB. "Great gallantry by all troops in 2 aft holds". Great confusion as to who is where! 180 killed and 150 wounded from A & HQ Sqns
June 25
Better weather. Div HQ Brecy Fit troops concentrate Pouligny 804828 Sheet 7E/5 (N of Bayeaux nearVaux-sur-Aure) Vehicles unloaded. Visit by Major General Thomas. Div O Group down to Lt Cols.
June 26
Refitting and reforming Lts Charlton and Cammell wounded



Cheers
Paul

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Posted 06 June 2010 - 11:36 AM

Full detials of book.
Jeremy L. Taylor
This band of brothers : a history of the Reconnaissance Corps of the British Army
Bristol : White Swan Press, 1947
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Posted 06 June 2010 - 11:43 AM

I have digitised This Band of Brothers by Jeremy Taylor and if you would like a copy please PM me
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Posted 06 June 2010 - 12:18 PM

I bought my copy of this band of brothers from eBay, it may take a while for another copy to come up and may cost you a fair bit but it is well worth it!!

The glosters museum has a good collection of 43rd stuff

Gloucestershire Regiment - war museum collection
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Posted 06 June 2010 - 04:15 PM

i hope this is of interest;
picture 1 should be of the unit dated 7/2/46 and was sent to my mum,on the back dad had put"Darling this was taken 12 days ago and i think this will be the last picture i have taken with the troop"
picture3 the full regiment was dated May 45 at Immensen Germany
Picture2 Weeze Germany 1945.

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#18 Recce_Mitch

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Posted 07 June 2010 - 12:50 AM

Thanks for sharing photos. In the group photos which is your father?

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#19 mariner1

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Posted 07 June 2010 - 04:47 AM

hi again,
dad is the 2end from the right on the front row in the unit picture and 3rd from the right in the middle row in the larger picture.I will be posting a few more later when i get time.
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Posted 18 June 2011 - 09:50 AM

Mariner1,

From the last photo, it looks like 11 Troop, C Squadron. Troop Leader was Lt (later Captain) John Groves. What was your Father's name?

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Posted 08 October 2011 - 01:23 PM

My father, Roy Cockburn was in the 43rd and was on the Derrycunihy when itbwas blown up. He is still alive and very interested in was memories. Unfortunately he does not use the Internet so I thought I would register for him. I think he is in the regiment photo posted by Mariner1, far left in the back row. If anyone remembers him and would like to pass on a message I'd be glad to do so. I am scanning in some of his war photos and will put them up on the forum when I have worked out how to do it!
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Posted 08 October 2011 - 03:33 PM

Rdc23 welcome to the forum. Great another Recce! Please post any photos as other forum members will look forward to seeing them.

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#23 mariner1

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Posted 09 October 2011 - 07:10 PM

I hope Roy is well and hearty.My dad did not talk about his war service so i hope the pictures of the 43rd are of use to him
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#24 Recce_Mitch

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Posted 09 October 2011 - 09:03 PM

Rdc23 welcome to the forum, looking forward to seeing you photos. If you are having trouble posting your photos please PM me.


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Posted 11 October 2011 - 11:05 AM

Here is a photo from my father's collection of the officers of the 43rd regiment, Eastbourne 1944. That's the only information I have about the photo. I hope it is of some interest.

I hope this has worked! Please let me know if not and I will try again

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Posted 11 October 2011 - 11:09 AM

Super photo , thanks for sharing it.
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Posted 11 October 2011 - 11:23 AM

Not all the men in this photo are from the 43rd but some are. It is of the participants of a recce course held from 10th February 1944 to 8th march 1944 at Derwent camp, Keswick, Cumberland.

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Posted 11 October 2011 - 02:46 PM

Excellent photos thanks for sharing

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Posted 11 October 2011 - 06:52 PM

A bit more on 43rd recce here

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press the 43rd link for a PDF.

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Posted 15 October 2011 - 02:13 PM

Hi all, thank you for the messages and for the interesting photos etc you have posted. I have a few more photos to add. When the war finished, my father was posted to Hermannsburg. These three photos come from his time there.

The first and second photos were taken in the garden of the house where he was billeted. In the first photo, my father is is the middle, on his left is Dick Langham and on his right Jim Hornbrook. The same two men appear in the next photo with others. I do not know their names.

The third photo shows my father taking the salute at a march past of the squadron.

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