173497 William Harkins McBETH, MiD, 1 SAS

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  1. dbf

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    Army Number: 173497
    Rank: Private
    Name: William Harkins McBETH, MiD
    Unit: No 3 Troop Special Raiding Squadron, 1 Special Air Service, 1 Parachute Regiment


    London Gazette : 20 September 1945
    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/37274/supplement/4685/data.pdf
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve that the following be Mentioned in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field: —
    Army Air Corps.
    173497 Pte. H. W. MCBETH [see LG entry below]

    London Gazette : 23 January 1947
    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/37861/page/445/data.pdf
    ERRATA.
    The London Gazette (No. 37274), of 20th September, 1945.
    For 173497 Pte. H. W. McBETH, A.A.C., Substitute 173497 Pte. W. H. McBETH, A.A.C.
     
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  2. dbf

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  3. Mcbeth

    Mcbeth Member

    Can I ask who posted this and why?
     
  4. dbf

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  5. Mcbeth

    Mcbeth Member

    Hi sorry it’s just this is my grandad who I’ve recently started trying to find information on
     
  6. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    I guessed you might be related by your Username.

    How far have you got with your research? Has anyone in the family applied for copy of his service records?
     
  7. Mcbeth

    Mcbeth Member

    I’ve sent away for his military records so waiting to hear back. He died in the seventies so we don’t have much information apart from what my dad was told which wasn’t much. We only have a few photos from family weddings. We don’t know what happened to his medals or beret.
     
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  8. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

    Casualty List No. 1292 Dated 16 November 1943
    Expeditionary Forces / Italy
    Missing believed POW
    Royal Army service Corps
    T 173497 McBETH Dvr WH, Commando, date of casualty 4.10.43

    Casualty List No.1508 Dated 26 July 1944
    Previously reported POW now reported not POW
     
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  9. Mcbeth

    Mcbeth Member

    Hi thank you. I’m new to this are these reports I can look at?
     
  10. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

    You can - but they are just lists and do not provide any additional information.
    McBeth.jpg
     
  11. Mcbeth

    Mcbeth Member

    Hi thank you. I’m new to this are these reports I can look at?
     
  12. Mcbeth

    Mcbeth Member

    Ok thanks
     
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    Tony56 Member Patron

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  14. travers1940

    travers1940 Well-Known Member

    There are not always medals to locate, as soldiers were expected to apply for their own WW2 medals & campaign stars, and some did not apply for various reasons.
     
  15. Mcbeth

    Mcbeth Member

    Ok thanks. My dad seemed to think he had them but doesn’t know what happened to them. Hopefully his service records can shed some light on whether he did or not.
     
  16. vitellino

    vitellino Senior Member

    There is an E & E Report in th NA. I have sent the details to McBeth by PM.
     
  17. Mcbeth

    Mcbeth Member

    This report is really interesting. I tried to find the escape reports of the others he mentioned in his but couldn’t. I thought they maybe would have mentioned him in theirs too. The part at the end worries me a bit also as said he was interrogated? Did this happen with all
    Escapees?
     

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