Discussion in 'Royal Engineers' started by Korps Steiner, Dec 28, 2013.
Will let you know what's in it. Trying to get to Kew tomorrow but if not then next week.
As promised here's part of 24 Field Company RE war diary for October 1944.
The company was bridging on the 16 and 17 October and came under sustained mortar, shelling and machine gun fire.
It's not quite clear but your wife's uncle might have been killed by a sniper.
The war diary mentions 7 casualties. There's reference to a casualty from a sniper on the 16th October but doesn't say if the soldier was killed or injured. Another note, says 1 other rank killed during the bridging operation.
I've attached the relevant pages here.
Lee i'm very grateful for your efforts , wonderful information, many thanks !!
So it appears that ast the time of his death the Coy was attached to the 7th US Armoured Div which explains why they did not feature in the British Orbats for the Battle !
No problem, happy to have helped a little.
24 Fortress Coy, RE served in Malta up to 1943, then involved in the Italy campaign. See www.maltagc70.com.
This company was indeed the original 24th Fortress Company, RE, a pre-war regular Fortress Company that served on Malta on September 3rd, 1939. Here is a brief outline of their subsequent service:
Retitled 24th Field Company, RE on 20/6/43
To North Africa in 8/43
September 1943 – North Africa with 2nd and 4th GHQ Troops Engineers
December 1943 – Guildford
January 1944 – Horsley
March 1944 – Ripon
April 1944 – Halton
May 1944 – Southampton
June 1944 – West Horsley
July 1944 – North-West Europe with 4th GHQ Troops Engineers
March 1947 – Disbanded
Here is the Order of Battle of 4th GHQ Troops RE
24th Field Company, RE - ex-Fortress Company
55th Field Company, RE - ex-Regular
629th Field Company, RE - ex-Squadron
145th Field Park Company, RE - ex-Squadron
Here is more on the 24th Field Company RE. See attached
Here is the RE order of battle of Normandy, which includes 4th GHQ Troops and the 24th Field Company RE (ex 24th Fortress Company RE):
Very remiss of me, many thanks for all the new info provided on 24th Field Company RE (ex 24th Fortress Company RE) ,
Can't believe that this thread was four years ago !! I now have the full service record of George Jackson , he actually enlisted on 13th Jan 1937 so was a pre war regular .
He was posted to Malta on 14th Sept 1938 to 24 Fortress Company and he was there throughout the siege , they embarked to return to the UK on 6th Sept 1943 . He then deployed into Normandy on 6th July 1944 as part of 24 Field Company RE.
Does anyone by chance have the war diary of 24 Fortress Company ?
I have started recording the Royal Engineers units for my project and found the following:
24 Field Company – 4 General Headquarters Troops command 2 Army 10 Army Group RE – to 13 Army Group RE
19 Jun 45 – Marklone north-west of Nienburg
18 Oct 45 – 1 Corps District Troops command 18 Army Group RE – to Wetter south-west of Dortmund – to Marl north-west of Recklinghausen 29 Nov 45 to 29 Dec 45
No further details to disbandment but found there was a move to the 53rd (Welsh) Infantry Division area but there is a lack of location statements in their historical records only WO 171/9352, 24 Coy. (1946 Jan.- June) will confirm
I have the "The War Cry the Voice of the 24 Field Coy RE" edition 5 Vol 2 dated 2 Oct 45, please send a PM if interested
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