1RTR - looking for information about tank crew member/ crew

Discussion in 'RAC & RTR' started by yordie, Aug 13, 2020.

  1. yordie

    yordie New Member


    I am making a follow up for


    Service Number: 5193355

    Died 18 January 1945

    1st royal tank regiment

    Casualty Details | CWGC grave registration report.JPG

    on his grave registration paper 4 others are killed on the same day. Probably same tank but can’t find that anywhere. The temporary/ war grave was on schilberg (Echt) and was probably killed during the liberation of Echt(Netherlands). Date of death matches the fighting around Echt.

    I can’t find any war diaries about his unit hopefully somebody here can help me. Would like to read a few days prior to the 18th and some days after.

    If someone has some pictures of the liberation of Echt I can take some than and now photo’s I live in Nederweert so that’s no trouble

    Thanks in advance

    Gr yordie
  2. travers1940

    travers1940 Well-Known Member

    If it helps the Army roll of Honour 1939-45 gives this:
    Name: Ronald Gardner
    Given Initials: R H
    Rank: Trooper
    Death Date: 18 Jan 1945
    Number: 5193355
    Birth Place: Gloucester
    Residence: Gloucester
    Branch at Enlistment: Royal Armoured Corps
    Theatre of War: Western Europe Campaign, 1944/45
    Regiment at Death: Royal Tank Regiment RAC
    Branch at Death: Royal Armoured Corps

    If its family information or contact you are looking for, then Ronald's niece is a member of ancestry and has posted a tree on that site.
  3. yordie

    yordie New Member

    thanks travers1940 looking in to that right now.

    maybe the niece knows something or would like to know who adopted his grave.
  4. travers1940

    travers1940 Well-Known Member

    I made contact with Ronald's niece via ancestry, and she now has contact details for yordie & the person who has adopted Ronalds grave.
    yordie and SDP like this.

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