1st Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment M.M. Citation Sicily 1943

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  1. Guy Hudson

    Guy Hudson Looker-upper

    I am trying to find the Military Medal citation for:

    6408342 Pte. Albert Richard Edward BINSTEAD M.M. 1st Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment

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    Does anyone own a Royal Sussex Regimental history?
     
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  2. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    Most strange.

    Nothing on Discovery or the London Gazette even with lots of permutations of names and initials.

    Where is that text from?
     
  3. Guy Hudson

    Guy Hudson Looker-upper

    C.F. it is from the Worthing Gazette, i've drawn a blank with National Archive and London Gazette?

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  4. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Surrey, England, Regimental Rolls, 1914-1947
    Name: Albert Richard Edward Binstead
    Event Date: 1 Oct 1940
    Regiment Number: 6408342
    Regiment: Queen's Royal West Surrey
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    Shows he transferred to Essex's in 21/9/1945

    TD
     
  5. Tricky Dicky

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    England & Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1916-2005

    Name: Albert R E Binstead
    Date of Registration: Jan-Feb-Mar 1954
    Registration district: Colchester
    Inferred County: Essex
    Spouse: Jean Y Linzey
    Volume Number: 4a
    Page Number: 1236

    Name: Albert R E Binstead
    Date of Registration: Jul-Aug-Sep 1971
    Registration district: Worthing
    Inferred County: Sussex
    Spouse: Jean D M Artlett
    Volume Number: 5h
    Page Number: 1947

    Name: Albert R E Binstead
    Date of Registration: Dec 1985
    Registration district: Worthing
    Inferred County: West Sussex
    Spouse: Sheila A Knight
    Volume Number: 18
    Page Number: 1160
     
  6. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    Throwing knives? Was he on special service?

    Maj-Gen Hopkinson was 1 Airborne Div.
     
  7. Guy Hudson

    Guy Hudson Looker-upper

    Thanks TD, he is going to be a hard man to track down.

    6408342 is a Royal Sussex Regiment service number, he appears to have transferred to the Ox & Bucks Light Infantry. He transfers to the Queens Royal West Surrey Regiment 1.10.1940 and then the Essex Regiment 21.9.1945.
    He leaves the Army, rejoins, in 1947 he is serving with the Carrier Platoon, S.P. Company, 1st Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment.
    In 1949 he is serving with the 2nd Battalion Parchute Regiment.
     
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  8. Guy Hudson

    Guy Hudson Looker-upper

    C.F., I'm wondering, take a look at his portrait, I couldn't decide if he has S.A.S. wings. They appear to be upside down if they are?
    I'm struggling to find a Queens West Surrey Battalion in the Sicily campaign?

    He also saw action in Greece in 1944.

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  9. CL1

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

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    BRITISH ARMY JUNIOR PARACHUTE COMPANY WING ON MAROON QUALIFICATION BADGE

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  10. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

    He served with 2nd Parachute Regiment. He was charged with Bigamy in 1948 but theres no longer any mention of the medal or the deeds?

    19 November 1948 - Worthing Herald - Worthing, West Sussex, England
    15 December 1948 - Worthing Gazette - Worthing, West Sussex, England
    10 December 1948 - Worthing Herald - Worthing, West Sussex, England
    12 November 1948 - Worthing Herald - Worthing, West Sussex, England


    Kyle

    (Sorry I do not have access at present to upload the actual articles)
     
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  11. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    I'm thinking one of the units in 1 Airborne Div in Sicily and 4th Essex in Greece--at least I hope so!

    Edit: Mr Jinks has it. Bigamy? Could he have lied about the medal to the press??
     
  12. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Wow, following on from Kyles post

    So adding to the 3 marriages already above (post 5) there is also

    Name: Albert R E Binstead
    Date of Registration: Jul-Aug-Sep 1946
    Registration district: Eastbourne
    Inferred County: Sussex
    Spouse: June L Walmsley
    Volume Number: 5h
    Page Number: 444

    Name: Albert R E Binstead
    Date of Registration: Apr-May-Jun 1948
    Registration district: Worthing
    Inferred County: Sussex
    Spouse: Irene M Chester Or Shuttleworth
    Volume Number: 5h
    Page Number: 1236


    TD
     
  13. Guy Hudson

    Guy Hudson Looker-upper

    Exactly my thoughts, that is why I have been trying to trace the citation.

    Regimental attestation records rarely list transfers to the Special Forces.
     
  14. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    Very likely 1/4th Essex in Greece. You have him posted 21/9/45, the same day that the draft of 72 ORs joined the battalion at Edhessa.

    One more for my lists--cheers!
     
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  15. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

    Worthing Herald, Friday, November 12, 1948
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  16. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

    Also DCM
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    Worthing Gazette, June 30, 1948
     
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  17. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

    Discharged 1945 . Re-enlisted 1946 in the `courtship` he described himself as a Middle weight Army boxing Champion. He was jailed for 3 Days released immediately . He made a statement whilst in Germany?

    Kyle
     
  18. Tricky Dicky

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    UK, Military Campaign Medal and Award Rolls, 1793-1949
    Name: A R E Binstead
    Service Date: 1945-1948
    Service Place: Palestine
    Campaign or Service: Palestine
    Regiment or Unit Name: Royal Fusiliers
    Regimental Number: 6408342
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    So he was in Palestine - ?with the Royal Fusiliers, but the sheet notes 9 Para??

    Also where has the DCM arrived from as reported in the article in the last post ??

    TD
     
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  19. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

    Worthing Gazette 06 August 1947


    Here`s the pen pal request that started the `romance` Note the address and the `MM` reference is back.

    Kyle

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  20. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Walter Mitty??

    so in Palestine he was in 9 Para, 1st Royal Sussex Regt, & Royal Fusiliers - thats some service record notes, the poor bloke wrting them up must have ended up with writers cramp

    TD
     

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