116th Light Anti Aircraft / 92nd Light Anti Aircraft ,Royal Artillery

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  1. CL1

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

    Hello
    looking to find more info re my father Idwal Lewis in the 53rd welsh division in wwII
    I have his pay book and have tried deciphering the hand writing and record of specialist employment (as stated in pay book)
    he enlisted 16/9/40 at Narborough (puzzled by this due to the fact he lived in sth wales and assume the narborough he enlisted in is in Leicester).
    It is stamped C Light A.A.
    no 6 search light unit dec41
    gun no l/a/a dec41
    driver i/c may 42
    passed standard trade test for dr mech jun 43
    mastered ?????( cant read writing) class II waf jun 43
    PT II no 97
    embarked UK 22/6/44
    again re the above not sure what his role actually was in the unit

    i have group photo of him and 2 x 40mm bofors guns
    and he appears to have gone through to Germany
    i have many memories of stories but not sure of the exact route his unit took.
    Any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated
    regards Clive
     
  2. Rob Dickers

    Rob Dickers 10th MEDIUM REGT RA

    53rd (W) Div RA
    Welcome to the forum
    Rob
    RA 1939-45 LAA Index
    RA 1939-45 Searchlight Index

    53 Div: 3.9.39 - 31.8.45

    RA

    81 Fd Regt: 3.9.39 - 31.8.45
    83 Fd Regt: 3.9.39 - 31.8.45
    133 Fd Regt: 3.9.39 - 31.8.45

    71 ATK Regt: 31.10.40 - 11.4.41 & 20.6.41 - 31.8.45
    63 ATK Regt: 12.4.41 - 20.6.41

    116 LAA Regt: 3.4.42 - 2.12.44
    25 LAA Regt: 1.12.44 - 31.8.45
     
  3. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Hi Clive and welcome to the forum..I think there is a chap on here researching the 53 Div. A quick search on here may reveal some info as he has been posting unit diaries from the Div I think.

    Andy
     
  4. CL1

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

    many thanks Rob

    im just not sure of his exact unit bar the C laa and his training records
    nothing else gives any details
    I have other docs
    christmas card with 53rd flash on
    pay book /id card and a few photos of him in uniform
    I have sent off for his army records (july 09) and still waiting

    regards
    Clive
     
  5. CL1

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

    many thanks Andy

    lets see where it goes

    regards
    Clive
     
  6. Philip Reinders

    Philip Reinders Very Senior Member

    Welcome from the netherlands, if you want to share any photo's for my site they would be most welcome.
     
  7. CL1

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

    thank you Philip

    I will be uploading soon

    regards
    Clive
     
  8. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

  9. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA

    Hi Clive and welcome.

    I am on the 5th year of research into my own Dad's LAA unit and would be happy to give you some advice. Found out loads and am still continuing to find things out.

    Regards - Robert

    PS - This is a duplicated thread.
     
  10. Rob Dickers

    Rob Dickers 10th MEDIUM REGT RA

    many thanks Rob

    im just not sure of his exact unit bar the C laa and his training records
    nothing else gives any details
    I have other docs
    christmas card with 53rd flash on
    pay book /id card and a few photos of him in uniform
    I have sent off for his army records (july 09) and still waiting

    regards
    Clive
    This thread is being duplicated.

    Clive
    From your info looks like his unit was;
    116 LAA Regt: 3.4.42 - 2.12.44
    RA 1939-45 116 LAA
    Cheers
    Rob
     
  11. Rob Dickers

    Rob Dickers 10th MEDIUM REGT RA

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by CL1 [​IMG]
    many thanks Rob

    im just not sure of his exact unit bar the C laa and his training records
    nothing else gives any details
    I have other docs
    christmas card with 53rd flash on
    pay book /id card and a few photos of him in uniform
    I have sent off for his army records (july 09) and still waiting

    regards
    Clive

    This thread is being duplicated.

    Clive
    From your info looks like his unit was;
    116 LAA Regt: 3.4.42 - 2.12.44
    RA 1939-45 116 LAA
    53rd Division
    Cheers
    Rob
     
  12. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique

    Threads merged.
     
  13. CL1

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

    thanks Rob

    looks good
    will update further when i get his army records back

    regards
    clive
     
  14. CL1

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

    for info

    regards Clive

    PS: glad the threads have been merged
     

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  15. Mike Leonard

    Mike Leonard Junior Member

    Greetings, Clive

    Just started to visit the site. My late grandfather was with 82 Battery 25th Light Anti Aircraft Regiment. Originally they provided Bofors cover for 50th (Northumbria) Division in the desert, invasion of Sicily, Normandy invasion, northwest Europe. Due to very heavy casualties and duration of hard fighting, 50 Div was sent back to England to become a training division, against Churchill's resistance. However, 25th LAA Regt did not go with them. They joined 53rd (Welsh) Division around a location which was known as "The Island", and stayed with them for the canal and river crossings involved in fighting into Germany, finally ending the war with 53rd Division at Hamburg when the Germans surrendered. Some of the troops stayed on during 1946 for law enforcement duties in Hamburg.
     
  16. CL1

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

    Hello Mike
    good to hear from you
    this is an excellent site with many people willing to pass on useful info.
    im still picking my way round but suprised at the level of info.

    regards Clive
     
  17. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA

    Welcome to the Forum Mike

    Nice to see another LAA associated post.

    Regards - Robert
     
  18. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    Mike,

    Hello and welcome to the forum.

    I think that you have just made Roberts day:D LAA resident expert.

    Regards
    Tom
     
  19. CL1

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

    Dear All
    Gunner Idwal Lewis Roval Artillery
    posted 431st searchlight battery 60th searchlight regiment 16/9/40
    posted to 11th AA driver training regiment 29/12/41
    posted 8th AA reserve regiment 21/3/42
    posted to 116th AA regiment 30/3/42
    posted to 92nd light AA regiment 20/12/44
    posted to light AA & coast wing depot 8/1/46
    posted to 12th light AA holding battalion 24/1/46
    released to royal army reserve 16/4/46


    regards
    Clive
     
  20. Mike Leonard

    Mike Leonard Junior Member

    Hello
    looking to find more info re my father Idwal Lewis in the 53rd welsh division in wwII
    I have his pay book and have tried deciphering the hand writing and record of specialist employment (as stated in pay book)
    he enlisted 16/9/40 at Narborough (puzzled by this due to the fact he lived in sth wales and assume the narborough he enlisted in is in Leicester).
    It is stamped C Light A.A.
    no 6 search light unit dec41
    gun no l/a/a dec41
    driver i/c may 42
    passed standard trade test for dr mech jun 43
    mastered ?????( cant read writing) class II waf jun 43
    PT II no 97
    embarked UK 22/6/44
    again re the above not sure what his role actually was in the unit

    i have group photo of him and 2 x 40mm bofors guns
    and he appears to have gone through to Germany
    i have many memories of stories but not sure of the exact route his unit took.
    Any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated
    regards Clive
    Hello Clive

    I haven't visited the site for a considerable time. Just saw your original enquiry to which i replied in '09. Just to let you know that 53 Div into Germany would have been covered by 25th LAA Regt, and since sending my last I have kindly been sent a regimental history. Happy to assist if possible.

    Regards

    Mike
     

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