24th Lancers A Squadron

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  1. STEPHEN ROPER

    STEPHEN ROPER Member

    My grandfather was a tank commander on a sherman firefly tank with 24th lancers going in on Gold beach d day +1 corperal Ronald Roper (7897123) , does anyone have info or pictures please

    Stephen
     
  2. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

    Have you sent away for his service records? Get a copy of military service records You will see from other requests for information on servicemen that this is really the only place to start. Once you have them folks around here will be only too pleased to help you uncover his history. Good luck
     
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  3. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    You could also use the site search facility as we have members who specialise in the unit you are interested in

    TD

    RAC & RTR
     
  4. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

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  5. STEPHEN ROPER

    STEPHEN ROPER Member

    Yes I have sent off for them still waiting after 5 months
     
  6. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

    Nice one Tricky.
    :cheers:
     
  7. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    You should have had them by now - try giving them a call and chase the records up, normally they are taking 6 - 8 weeks

    TD
     
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  8. STEPHEN ROPER

    STEPHEN ROPER Member

    After alot of research found my grandfather was In A squadron but have limited information anybody have any information please
     
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  9. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Two threads merged and link to this one edited into your post elsewhere.
    I realise you're still finding your feet here on the forum but one thread started by you should be enough to attract attention from those who might be able to help.

    Good luck.
     
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  10. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Greetings-I'd chase them up-They only take 4 to 8 weeks.
     
  11. STEPHEN ROPER

    STEPHEN ROPER Member

    Sorry
     
  12. STEPHEN ROPER

    STEPHEN ROPER Member

    View attachment 238112
     
  13. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

    The link in #12, above, does not work.
     
  14. SDP

    SDP Incurable Cometoholic Patron

    What research suggests/confirms A Squadron in 24L ?
     
  15. STEPHEN ROPER

    STEPHEN ROPER Member

     

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  17. SDP

    SDP Incurable Cometoholic Patron

    Stephen

    This is getting interesting! Can you read the name on the front of the Firefly? (Note: I think I know what it might be but I need you to tell me...there is method in this madness as I hope we will find out...).

    That tank is definitely showing the triangle of an A Squadron and it has a yellow 'feel' about it....which means it could be 24th Lancers. So far so good...however, according to the Nominal Roll (effective about D Day) he was a Driver/Mechanic in C Squadron....

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    The Firefly Troop in C Squadron was led by Bertram Garai...(if Roper was in a Firefly at that time.....).

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    .....but Bertram's tank was KO soon after D Day and, as you will see in None had Lances, Bertram was hospitalised. That then raises several possibilities:
    1. Roper was made Commander of the replacement tank....but that means your photo is of a different tank....
    2. Roper was transferred to A Squadron where he became part of a Firefly crew because of his experience gained while with Bertram's Troop
    3. And other almost endless possibilities......but at least we have made a start.....
     
  18. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member

    Stephen,

    Have you any more photos? Any of lorries?:D

    Regards

    Tom
     
  19. STEPHEN ROPER

    STEPHEN ROPER Member

    Sorry I don't have any pictures of lorries
     
  20. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member

    That’s OK - it was just a long shot. Good luck with your research.

    Regards

    Tom
     

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