116 Road Construction Company Royal Engineers

Discussion in 'Royal Engineers' started by heatherannej, Sep 26, 2018.

  1. heatherannej

    heatherannej Junior Member

    Hi there
    Does anyone know if the 116 Road Construction Company Royal Engineers visited Nantes, France in 1940 please? I have been asked (by a French gentleman) to research a specific British soldier who served with the 116 Road Construction Company Royal Engineers. The soldier in question was George Herbert Wright, who was born on 27 November 1909, in Harrogate, Yorkshire. On the 17 June 1940, George became one of the victims of the Lancastria disaster off the French Vendée coast - so he was obviously somewhere in France at that time. I have been able to discover family information, from Ancestry, but I have asked if George could have been in Nantes in 1940 ... this is impossible for me to find out. Thus I am hoping that Forum members can help me in this quest. Many thanks in advance, Heather
     
  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    I am a little confused because if he was a victim of the Lancsatria disaster which happened off St Nazaire he would have to have been in Nantes in order to gain access to the Lancastria.

    Or am I missing something else??

    TD
     
  3. heatherannej

    heatherannej Junior Member

    Sorry, I did not appreciate that the Lancastria left from Nantes ... I think the Frenchman is looking to discover if a longer stay was involved though, other than a very swift embarkation. Is he likely to have been billeted in Nantes for long enough to have formed friendships? Thank you.
     
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  4. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Not sure how I would know that - or anyone else for that matter.

    Are you saying that your 'client' is French from Nantes and thinks that George Wright could be his father??

    Perhaps uploading the evidence you have would help

    TD
     
  5. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    this is the casualty
    however talking of liaisons should possibly be looked at on a personal basis and not broadcast openly

    Driver WRIGHT, GEORGE HERBERT
    Service Number 2189389

    Died 17/06/1940

    Aged 30

    116 Road Constr. Coy.
    Royal Engineers

    Son of Arthur John and Ida Ann Wright, of Harrogate, Yorkshire.


    INSCRIPTION
    GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS, THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS
     
  6. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Things happened very fast in the fall of France during 1940, chaos ruled and it was almost every man for himself during June 1940
    On [or around] the 5th June 1940 the Germans began to move west and south out of NE France following Dunkirk and St Valery, by the 16th June 1940 they had siezed Nantes. So any soldier that was in eastern France had very little time to move west. I would have thought his prime objective and thoughts would be to get himself back to 'Blighty'

    TD
     
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  7. heatherannej

    heatherannej Junior Member

    CL1 ... yes, I have identified and discovered much about him but not how long the Royal Engineers may have been in Nantes.
    Tricky Dicky ... not a client, nor a son :) just a rumour being investigated apparently - all dependent upon length of time the Royal Engineers may have been in Nantes. Looks like that is a fact not known.
    Thank you both for replying ... it's appreciated. I had to ask to know ...
     
  8. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    116 Road Construction Company Royal Engineers | The National Archives
    Reference: WO 167/938
    Description:
    116 Road Construction Company Royal Engineers
    Date: 1939 Sept.-Nov. 1940 May-June
    Held by: The National Archives, Kew

    ROYAL ENGINEERS: COMPANIES: 116 Road Construction Company. | The National Archives
    Reference: WO 166/3615
    Description:
    ROYAL ENGINEERS: COMPANIES: 116 Road Construction Company.
    Date: 1940 July
    Held by: The National Archives, Kew

    If you obtain copies of the War Diaries as above then you will know where the unit was from Sept 1939 until end of July 1940, ?they may have been based in Nantes but that to me is highly unlikely. But that of course is only the diary of the unit, where your particular man was at anytime during that period is a guess.

    TD

    Sorry should have added - the top one will obviously cover their time in France and the second their time back in the UK afterwards hence the difference between the WO 167 & WO 166
     
  9. heatherannej

    heatherannej Junior Member

    Tricky Dicky thanks very much for that information, much appreciated. Heather
     
  10. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    On the 15th the Coy was in Blain, St Nazaire 16th and 17th. Just 4 officers and 21 ORs from the whole company survived the Lancastria.
     
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  11. heatherannej

    heatherannej Junior Member

    Drew5233 Thank you very much ... I will pass that date information on. I'm much obliged, Heather
     

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