226414 Joseph Robert Francis SMALLEY, 10 Rifle Brigade: ItalIan Campaign

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  1. Joseph 1921

    Joseph 1921 Member

    C8EA3765-8425-4C2C-B9E8-DFB29707E211.jpeg Hello all,
    Casualty
    My uncle Joseph Robert Smalley joined the Rifle brigade in 1942 he was a 2nd lieutenant and was captured in Italy in October 1944 and died in stalag V11A in December 1944. He served in the 10th battalion (2nd battalion The Tower Hamlet rifles) and I believe became part of the 61st infantry brigade.
    I was wondering if anybody could advise me on the battalions movements and in what area of Italy he may have been captured and would I be right in assuming he would have been in North Africa before the Italy campaign? For interest I have added a photo of him on the left the others are unknown to me.
    I am new to researching and would be grateful of any guidance.
    Many thanks in anticipation, Steve
     
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  2. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

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  3. Joseph 1921

    Joseph 1921 Member

    Many thanks Tony56 for the sound advice steve
     
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  5. Joseph 1921

    Joseph 1921 Member

    Thank you Owen for the advice....Steve
     
  6. BFBSM

    BFBSM Very Senior Member

    You should also consider obtaining the Battalion War Diaries from the Nation Archives at Kew:


    WO 166/4517 INFANTRY: 10 Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own).1941 Jan.- Nov.
    WO 166/8846 10 Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own) 1941 Dec.-1942 Oct.
    WO 169/10288 10 Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own) 1943 July- Dec.
    WO 170/1470 10 Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own) 1944 Jan.- Dec.
    WO 170/5064 10 Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own) 1945 Jan.- Mar.
    WO 175/518 10 Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own) 1942 Oct.- 1943 June

    if you are unable to get to Kew yourself, there are members here who may be able to help, specifically Drew5233 and PsyWar.Org .
     
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  7. Joseph 1921

    Joseph 1921 Member

    Thank you BFBSM, I’m not far from Kew so will definitely take that advice on board.
    Thank you again...Steve
     
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