1st Bn Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders In France

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  1. rickster1964

    rickster1964 Member

  2. Norman Young

    Norman Young New Member

    Hope this finds you as it has been over 9 years since you posted this. Do you have page one of your Uncle's report (You posted pages two and three). My grandfather (Norman Dick) served as a Company Sergeant Major and described once going into action with French tanks at Le Basse. He was wounded and captured during the defense of Dunkirk and that account seems to have been the same attack he described. I've read the war diaries but can't find his name mentioned anywhere although another Company Sergeant Major is mentioned who was described as wounded during that fight and later captured. I've wondered if it was possible they got the name wrong in the diary. (His awards had WO engraved on them which leads me to believe he was promoted to warrant officer after he was liberated).
     
  3. Norman Young

    Norman Young New Member

    Disregard my previous reply I scrolled down and found the missing part.
     
  4. 51highland

    51highland Very Senior Member

    Seems he was re-patriated in 1943 so he most likely was wounded when captured.
     

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  5. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Possibles:

    UK, British Prisoners of War, 1939-1945
    Name: N McL Dick
    Rank: Warrant Officer Class 3
    Army Number: 3235971
    Regiment: Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
    POW Number: 18829
    Camp Type: Stalag
    Camp Number: 383
    Camp Location: Hohenfels, Rhineland-Palatinate
    Record Office: Infantry Record Office, Perth
    Record Office Number: 16

    G Gair does not appear on the database, but as it seems he was repatriated in 1943 and the database I have on Ancestry shows details as at late 1944 or early 1945 there is therefore no surprise hes not listed

    TD
     
  6. stewarm

    stewarm Junior Member

    My father, Robert McNicol Stewart (2924580) served with QOCH 1931-1945. Served in Palestine, India and Egypt pre WW2. BEF in France, taken prisoner 27 May 1940. Remainder of war in Stalag VIII B. Funny thing, he was given two weeks leave in March 1940 to return to Inverness to marry my mum (you can guess why). Returned just in time for the German advance. Would anyone know which Company he was in in France? I have all his service records.
     
  7. LondonNik

    LondonNik Senior Member

    Hi Stewarm,

    A large proportion of those men from 1 QOCH who became POWs on 27th May were captured in and around La Bassee or on the way out of it. Few, if any, were captured around the HQ at Violaines, although the exact number isn't documented. HQ consisted of Bn Hq and the remnants of 'A' Company, so on the balance of probabilities, your father probably served in either 'B', 'C' or 'D' Company, but this isn't certain!

    Did your father speak about his experiences in France - particularly his capture? There could be some clues if he did - names of officers, places, etc. The action at Violaines was particularly fierce and confined to a small area.

    If he completed a POW return record (can be viewed at Kew when it re-opens) when he was released he may have stated where he was captured (some men were very accurate, some were as vague as hell - it should be remembered that not everyone knew where they were and, after years of captivity, may have either forgotten or assumed the same location as their fellow captives.)

    I hope that helped a little. Good luck with your quest.

    Nick
     
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  8. stewarm

    stewarm Junior Member

    Thank you very much for your reply.
     
  9. 51highland

    51highland Very Senior Member

    Can you check his number as I cannot find any trace of him on casualty lists. Tried using just his name also with no success.
     
  10. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    His Company may be listed in the BEF QOCH Regimental Missing Men File.
     
  11. 51highland

    51highland Very Senior Member

    His number is 2927580. Found him.
     
  12. stewarm

    stewarm Junior Member

    Thank you, you are correct, I copied the wrong service number. Attached are a few copies of some of the many records I have. You will see the date taken prisoner was amended from 31 May to 26 May.
     

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