102 A/T Reg.Assoc. Branch or active unit?

Discussion in 'Royal Artillery' started by redtop, May 31, 2015.

  1. redtop

    redtop Well-Known Member

    Hi Blue Bell Minor
    My wife thought there was a Scottish connection but could not remember what it was,.being attached to the 15 Div may work out.
     
  2. redtop

    redtop Well-Known Member

    This photo just turned up.
    It is not marked but he was described as Leslie Woodvine's friend.
    I have no information as to whether he was a friend serving in same Unit, or just a wartime friend.
    I cannot make out the Badge but it would not seem to be RA.
    Was it usual to wear the badges as collar dogs on Battle Dress?
     

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  3. Swiper

    Swiper Resident Sospan

    Is it a Royal Armoured Corps collar dogs...

    Tends to be a Regimental eccentricity, I know some Regts did it - often NCOs in those who did.
     
  4. redtop

    redtop Well-Known Member

    Hi Tom OBrien
    Found another pic of K5 same date as other pics hope it is of interest.
    Back to thread looks like Tam O'Shanters and RA badge
    Just realised looking at the cab of the first picture that this is a different type.
    Assumed it was same truck taken from different angle as annotation on back was identical.
     

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  5. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member

    Hi Redtop,

    Thanks for posting the lorry photo, it's not an Austin K5 though. Anyone have any ideas?

    Regards

    Tom
     
  6. Swiper

    Swiper Resident Sospan

    30cwt Bedford.

    Cracking, not least as it shows the varied dress but so-called 'Mickey Mouse' camouflage on the canvas.
     
  7. redtop

    redtop Well-Known Member

    I wondered about the camouflage thought it might be damp patch.. :)
    Would the formation sign on the mudguard give a clue about unit?
     
  8. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron

    It's 15 Scottish Div. Pity someone's standing on front of the unit serial, otherwise we would know the unit!
     
  9. redtop

    redtop Well-Known Member

    Well that would confirm previous post referring to 15 Div.
    Only other information that has come to light is that his active service came to an end when he was blown up driving over a mine whilst acting as a dispatch rider .But no date or location.
     
  10. redtop

    redtop Well-Known Member

    Now have service records.
    Am plowing through some poor handwriting and acronyms.
    records have come through to large to scan on printer.
    Turns out he was posted to varying units between times in hospital once for GSW to hand and then Shrapnel wounds.
    His trade was Driver Mech.IC.
    The major units he served with were (Also several minor and holding units)
    4th Trg Reg RA (UK)
    131 Field Art. (UK)
    171 Field Art. (NWE)
    131 Field Art. (NWE)
    Seems he was only posted to 102 A/T ( UK) prior to discharge.
    Posted 02.06.46
    Discharged 05.06.46.
    So it would appear this was for his following service with the reserves.
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    Re the headdress question I snipped a picture (I. McLean) from Allied Artillery in the Netherlands it appears it was as worn by members of 131 Field Artillery.

    Just shows the value of Service records .
    A picture of headdress and the name of a unit that also wore it sent me in the wrong direction.
    Hopefully I have got it right this time. Cannot seem to find much on 171 Reg, keep coming up with an American unit
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  11. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Are you sure it's 171 Field Artillery ? I have the regiments war diary for 1944 and its in the WO 166 series which without reading it would suggest they didn't deploy overseas.
     
  12. redtop

    redtop Well-Known Member

    It was 171 Drew but you are correct it was in UK.
    He was wounded in France with 131,back to hospital in UK ,discharged ,posted to depot ,then posted to 171 ,after REPLP (whatever that is)
    Then interposted from 49 RHV Field to 31 RHV .(RHU?)
    Then posted back to 131 in France.
    All very confusing.
    Records came as A 3 will try to scan relevant parts.
     
  13. redtop

    redtop Well-Known Member

    Still a bit confused
    As I read it He was twice admitted to hospital ,I assumed the first time for wound to hand 13.07.44 and the second time 21.09.45.
    The first time is recorded as an accident in service.
    The second time is recorded as wounded but date of admittance after hostilities ended (Family lore has it that he drove over a mine )
    But his wounded section has shrapnel wounds at the same time as the accidental wound to hand.
     

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  14. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member

    Hi,

    Looking back at this thread, it now looks like the Austin K5 in post #1 is in fact one from 131 Fd Regt RA in March 1945. Which means I'm still not sure if 102 Anti-Tank Regt RA were issued with Austin K5's.

    Anyone got any pictures of Northumberland Hussars vehicles in NW Europe?

    Regards

    Tom
     
  15. redtop

    redtop Well-Known Member

    Hi Tom
    It Seems he was only posted to 102 A/T ( UK) prior to discharge.
    Posted 02.06.46
    Discharged 05.06.46.
    Looks like a paper posting ,doubt if he even visited 102 in the space of 3 Days just to confuse me Northumberland Hussars Cap Badge in his memorabilia.
    So it would appear this posting was for his following service with the reserves.after discharge
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