239 Bty., 101 Lt. A.A./Anti-Tank Regt. Royal Artillery

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  1. Mavis Williams

    Mavis Williams Well-Known Member

    Hi Everyone, Can anyone shed any light on the above, as I am trying to tell the story of what happened on the 8th June 1940 when one of my soldiers died and who is remembered on the Dunkirk Memorial. I want to tell his story so he won't be forgotten, but I cannot find any information on the Unit above.

    Gunner
    OWENS, GEORGE THOMAS
    Service Number 1444744
    Died 08/06/1940
    Aged 26
    239 Bty., 101 Lt. A.A./Anti-Tank Regt. Royal Artillery

    Son of Mr. and Mrs. George Owens; husband of Florence May Owens, of Hawarden, Flintshire.

    Many thanks in advance, Regards, Mavis Williams
     
  2. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA

    From panel 14 of the Dunkirk Memorial.

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  3. Mavis Williams

    Mavis Williams Well-Known Member

    Many thanks Ramacal, I'll add it to his page when it gets published. Kindest regards, Mavis
     
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  4. Mavis Williams

    Mavis Williams Well-Known Member

    Hi again,
    Can anyone shed any light to what role the
    239 Bty., 101 Lt. A.A./Anti-Tank Regt. Royal Artillery played at Dunkirk please, so I can add to George Thomas's story. Regards, Mavis
     
  5. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    They weren't at Dunkirk. They were part of 1st Armoured Division Support Group. If he was with the AT part of the regiment there's a good possibility he would have been killed around/near Aumale fighting with the 2/6th East Surrey Regiment. They were supporting 51 Division and trying to slow the German advance as 51 Division was withdrawing eventually in to St. Valery.
     
  6. Mavis Williams

    Mavis Williams Well-Known Member

    Thank you Drew5233, I just couldn't find anything out about his unit, no matter where I tried, I assumed that as he was on the Dunkirk Memorial, he was at Dunkirk. I want to tell his story, but it has to be correct, so thank you again, Mavis
     
  7. MarkN

    MarkN Well-Known Member

    Adding to Andy's responses...

    Quite correct. 239 ATk Battery was not at Dunkirk and took no part in the withdrawal to Dunkirk at all.

    239 Battery was indeed one of the two ATk batteries in 101 AA/ATk RA. They were equipped with the standard 2-pdr ATk gun.

    On 7 June, G and H troops bore the brunt of the attack on Aumale which began mid-afternoon. The claimed several tanks destroyed. However, this attack was carried out by 2.Inf-Div(mot) of Hoth's XV Pz.Korps which probably had no tanks. Hoth's two Panzer divisions were attacking elements a little further south.

    The XV Pz.Korps KTB shows Aumale overrun and 2.Inf-Div(mot) well past it to the SW by the next day.

    On the otherhand, 239 Battery were only ordered to leave at 0300 on 8 June in a NW direction then later in the day SW. No action appears to have taken pkace on the 8th. Just plenty of moving.

    The Regiment was part of the force encircled with 51st Division around St.Valery.

    From the whole regiment, 7 officers and 303 men made it back to England; most of the rest became POWs at St.Valery.
     
  8. Mavis Williams

    Mavis Williams Well-Known Member

    Sorry about the delay in replying, but thank you so much for all your input, it will add to George's story. It won't tell us how he was killed but it gives just a little of what they all went through, bless them. Many thanks again, Mavis
     

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