27th Battalion Royal Marines 25th April 1944 - 8th Jan 1946

Discussion in 'Commandos & Royal Marines' started by David Illingworth, May 5, 2017.

  1. Hi I am a newcomer to this website so please bear with me. I am attempting to find out about my fathers 2nd World War service record and especially between the dates above. My father was Ernest Illingworth and enlisted into the Marines 1st April 1941 at Eastney Barracks. I have received his service record from the Marines but frankly it's tells me nothing about his service in the force. I do have some photo's of him and some of his colleagues which I have attached. The photo with 3 men on it has my father on the left and written on the back are these details " Gunner Bradley 405 S/L Battery RA c/o B.P.O. Columbo Ceylon. The photo of the whole regiment was possibly taken at Eastney Barracks. One of the main reasons I am looking into my fathers army career is that my Mother told me he survived many hours in the North Sea which was also confirmed last year by his brother my Uncle, who also said he was one of only a few to survive. I would love to find out about his career in the Marines so if anyone knows any information regarding the whereabouts pf the 27th Battalion I would be very grateful. img003 (2).jpg img002 (2).jpg img005 (2).jpg img003 (2).jpg img002 (2).jpg img005 (2).jpg
     
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  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Hi David

    Welcome - can I suggest you also scan and post the service records you have for him, it helps to see the whole context.

    TD
     
  3. dryan67

    dryan67 Senior Member

    Here is a brief bit about 27th Royal Marine Battalion:


    27th Royal Marine Battalion
    Raised
    24 August 1944 at Dalditch

    The battalion trained in Scotland until December 1944. It then served under 116th Brigade, Royal Marines from 4 January 1945 until 31 August 1945. It was intended to command Beach Battalions for the Far East. The battalion was reorganized on 15 January 1945 as an infantry battalion at Gailes cp, Scotland. The battalion left the United Kingdom on 18 February 1945 and was at sea until 20 February. It served in North-West Europe in the Netherlands District under 1st Canadian Army until 27 June 1945, when it returned to the United Kingdom.

    On 12 April 1945, the battalion was detached from the brigade to the United States Army command at Bremerhaven, but it switched to 4th Canadian Armoured Division for the assault on Wilhelmshaven. Later A and B Companies were detached to take the surrender of ships at Emden and B Company also went to Sengwarden for similar purposes. On return to the United Kingdom, the battalion worked on the farms.
     
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  4. That's very interesting as I have a few photo's of my father somewhere out in the far east which I know included Columbo Ceylon but not sure if they went on to other areas out there. I am in the process f scanning some more photo's I have so hopefully someone will recognise some of the chaps in his Battalion.
     
  5. Hope these photo's help in my search for the 27th Battalion whereabouts during the War. The photo with 7 officers was taken 5th May 1941
     

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  6. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

  7. I got the service record via the Gov.uk website however as you can see from the content there's very little info on the sheet
     
  8. 4jonboy

    4jonboy Daughter of a 56 Recce

    Hi David and welcome to the forum.
    Sorry I cannot help with your query and hijacking your thread, but you had me worried for a moment-my father was called Ernest Illingworth too-but he was in the army:D. (Sorry guys, couldn't resist)
    Good luck with your research.

    Lesley
     
  9. Hi Lesley, Yes I did see your post about your father and incidentally my Father was from Bradford also as with a lot of us Illingworth's..
    Maybe there is a family link somewhere down the line, I have gone back to the 1700's with the Illingworth connection but have not come across another Ernest.
     
  10. I've just found out some more details of my fathers service during the 2nd World war. He was posted to Ceylon and then on to Gan in the Maldives where his Battlion were given the task of hacking out the jungle on Gan and creating a secret base out there. The task was called Port T and about 20% of the men fell ill through various insect bites, rats and the lack of fresh food. There is book by Peter Doling that describes the conditions on the Archipelago of the Islands. It is my intention to search this out and read his details of this task undertaken by the RM's.
     
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  11. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Might be some files at TNA - you havent said what year he was there

    Port T, Addu Atoll, Maldives: HMS Mauritius, War Diary of Col C T Brown; orders by... | The National Archives
    Reference: ADM 202/453
    Description:
    Port T, Addu Atoll, Maldives: HMS Mauritius, War Diary of Col C T Brown; orders by Defence Commander Force SHORTCUT
    Date: 1941 Sept-Oct
    Held by: The National Archives, Kew
    Former reference in its original department: 64

    1. MEETING WITH DIRECTORS OF INTELLIGENCE. 2. ENEMY INTENTIONS. JIC(42)75. 3.... | The National Archives
    Reference: CAB 79/19/17
    Description:
    1. MEETING WITH DIRECTORS OF INTELLIGENCE.
    2. ENEMY INTENTIONS. JIC(42)75.
    3. OPERATION "BLUDGEON".
    4. GARRISON OF FALKLAND ISLANDS.
    5. COMBINED BRITISH AND AMERICAN STRATEGY.
    6. STRATEGIC CONTROL IN PACIFIC.
    7. BASE COMMANDER AT PORT "T".
    8. RAIDING OPERATIONS.
    9. EXECUTION OF PLANS FOR COMBINED OPERATIONS.
    10. OPERATION "SLEDGEHAMMER".
    Date: 1942 Mar 17
    Held by: The National Archives, Kew
    Former reference in its original department: COS(42)87th
    Legal status: Public Record(s)
    Closure status: Open Document, Open Description

    TD


    Gan (Addu Atoll) - Wikipedia
     
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  12. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    Just in case you can swop info.

    Tim
     
  13. James Harvey

    James Harvey Senior Member

    Hi I have the port T book, I will have a look and see what I can find
     

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