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Busty1959, Mar 3, 2014
    • Owen
      apply to the MoD for his service records then you will know who he was with & when. as said before in the photo you removed he has the badge of 6th Armoured Division on his sleeve.
    • Busty1959
      I have just found out from a family member that my dad was on 4 coy AB and he delivered supplies so that explains why he was not attached to a particular unit because he went where he was needed, also while he was in the middle east (Aden) he transported prisoners.
      He became friends with another driver called Dickie Bird ( perhaps his first name was Richard)
      His Medals were Italy Star
      War Medal1939/45
      General Service Medal with Clasps
      Palestine 1945-48 and Arabian Peninsula
    • Owen
    • Busty1959
      I would be please happy to hear if anyone has information relating to Operation Market Garden 20th Sept 1944 I am not sure if my late father was there at the time however it seems strange that when his older brother was killed on that day. Dad spoke to Nobby of men that was in the same vehicle as Private Stanley Buckley they had become friends Dad said Nobby was shaking, because my uncle's head landed in his lap Dad also had to pay for the blanket to wrap his brother in for his burial. We have had information passed verbally to us this was friendly Fire (Blue on Blue) all we want is the truth 71 years later I do not think that we are asking for too much.
    • Owen
      You Father would not have been there. He wouldn't have been involved in Market Garden as in the list of medals you gave there is no mention of the France & Germany Star.

      have you applied for his service records yet as suggested back in March 2014?
    • Busty1959
      Hi Owen
      Dad was in The RASC Transport division so he would not have been part of the operation however he may have been doing deliveries of amunition at the time in or around the area, if this was the case then that explains a lot of unanswered questions.
      Because Dad never talked about the war much particularly that date.
      Margaret and myself are trying to find the information for ourselves. Our Grandparents as Margaret has stated never got over the loss of Stanley but they were never told the truth either. It was bad enough that grandmother lost her only sibling in WW1 but you can not imagine the devastation of losing a son in a similar way.
      In answer to your qustion I have not been able to afford my dads service records and I have tried to get the cost of them from the MOD due to the fact that were 9 children I am not sure if they will allow the 3rd youngest and the youngest to purchase them.
    • Owen
      you are next of kin of course you can send of for his service records. as your Dad has the Italy Star & has the formation sign of the 6th Armoured Division on his sleeve that is a bit of aclue to where he would have been.
      service records are only 30 quid, can't you & your siblings share the cost?

      you'll get a lot more help if you were to start a thread on the forum itself where more members will see your request for help.
    • Busty1959
      Thanks for the reply Owen I will contact Margaret first and see if she is in agreement with me about sending for dads service records and will keep you posted.
    • dbf
      As for the story of your Dad speaking to his brother's comrade, that conversation could well have taken place after the war, not during it and later the timing of it has gotten a bit confused. When returning to UK men would seek out relatives of their mates, to give them news, to explain circumstances of death. Often chaps would promise each other they would do that, to let family know. Sometimes they'd write letters while still on active service.

      As for friendly fire, accidental deaths, etc: this was common enough during the heat of war. Own artillery firing at enemy with shells falling short into their own lines; cases of mistaken identity; men getting run over by their own tanks while in trenches/ditches; men getting killed laying their own mines; accidents with rifles while cleaning or dropping them, with grenades. Sometimes it would be difficult to tell whose fire killed whom as battle conditions were fluid and chaotic. My own father saw a mate killed by artillery from their own guns. At the time, they accepted the risk along with all the other ones. An officer in 5 Coldstream Guards, so the same battalion as your uncle, was accidentally killed by one of his own men who was acting as sentry guarding against enemy patrols active in their area. No blame was apportioned to the guardsman by the Commanding officer.

      Perhaps the replies on this thread weren't noticed
    • Owen
      lots of us on here love to help out but we can only do so if the person asking for help does a bit of background work & paying for things too. :)
    • Busty1959
      Hi Owen
      Thank you for your help recently both Margaret and I are going to send for dads and uncle Stanley's service records as this will help us to understand what happened better, we are both very grateful and will keep intouch with war diaries. unfortunately we can not speak for other family members as there has been a breakdown in our relationship since Our eldest sister passed away 2012 and mum 2014.
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