2nd Searchlight Regiment Royal Artillery and Associated Batteries

Discussion in '1940' started by Drew5233, May 5, 2011.

  1. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Taken from the link below and identified by May 1940 (Andrew) and Rich Payne and the rest of the 1940 gang.

    BEF Vehicle Markings Thread Post Number 6.

    Now that vehicle units are being successfully identified I thought I'd pull any pictures out of the above thread that can have further information added to them from the war diaries I already have.

    Whilst the Thornycroft below has been identified as having the 2nd Searchlight Regiment formation sign its not possible to identify what battery it belonged to so I have attached all of the likely entries available for the units war diaries.

    WO 167/677
  2. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    5th Battery-No diary for May

    6th Battery

    7th Battery-No diary for May

    8th Battery
  3. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    BEF Vehicle Markings Thread Post Number 9.

    Either of the two battery pages posted could fit in with this vehicle.
  4. keith newman

    keith newman Senior Member

    My Father in Law was in 5 battery/2nd Searchlight Reg
  5. Laineyb

    Laineyb Member

    My Grandfather was a driver/mechanic in the 2nd Searchlight Regiment Royal Artillery. On 19 May 1940 his regiment were driving through French Countryside when they were bombed and ambushed by the German's with machine guns. I would be very interested in hearing from anyone who has more information regarding this incident. Many thanks in advance.
  6. Lettsm2

    Lettsm2 Member

    Hi LaineyB,

    My grandfather was a Gunner in 6 Battery, 2nd Searchlight Regiment. He was captured around the same time, 20th May 1940 at Abbeville and later at St Omer 10 days later.

    Do you have any more information? What battery was he in?
  7. mn757

    mn757 New Member

    Hi Laineyb,

    My Grandmother's childhood friend was in the 2nd Searchlight Regiment Royal Artillery. He was killed circa 19th May 1940, presumably in the incident you have detailed below. I visited his grave a few weeks ago and have photos of the other graves if you are interested.

    kind regards


  8. Ash555

    Ash555 New Member

    My great grand father was in the 8th battery 2nd searchlights and was captured around the dates said above aswell he was killed along with another person on the 22 May 1940. They were killed and buried near Phien Les Guines. If anyone else has any other information I would love you hear what they were doing at that point ? His name is Robert Mills Holt
  9. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Casualty Details

    A copy of his service records may help as he may not have been with 8 Battery. Their war diary as them near St. Omer on the 22nd May 1940.
  10. TrevorHH

    TrevorHH Junior Member

    Hi Laineyb
    I have noticed your comment above re the incident on the 19th May 1940 and the 2nd Searchlight Regiment and am wondering if you have managed to obtain any further info on this. I am researching for a friend his father who served in the same unit and returned to the UK on the 19/20 May 1940 which may mean he was also involved in the same incident. Thank you
  11. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    UK, Commonwealth War Graves, 1914-1921 and 1939-1947
    Name: Robert Mills Holt
    Age: 29
    Birth Date: abt 1911
    Death Date: 22 May 1940
    Cemetery: Pihen-Les-Guines War Cemetery Fr 373
    Burial Country: France
    Father: Richard Grimshaw Holt
    Mother: Christina Holt
    Regimental Number: 805861
    Region or Memorial: France

    Global, Find A Grave Index for Burials at Sea and other Select Burial Locations, 1300s-Current
    Name: Lance Serjeant Robert Mills Holt
    Death Date: 22 May 1940
    Cemetery: Pihen-les-Guines War Cemetery
    Burial or Cremation Place: Pihen-les-Guines, Departement du Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
    Has Bio?: N
    URL: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-...

    Lance Serjeant
    Service Number 805861
    Died 22/05/1940
    Aged 29
    8 Bty., 2 Searchlight Regt.
    Royal Artillery
    Son of Richard Grimshaw Holt and Christina Holt; husband of Dulcie Holt, of Farnborough, Hampshire.

    A search of this cemetery for May 1940 (Results) shows a variety of dates, units and services (all 3 in fact) so was it possible this cemetery was near to a hospital at that time??

  12. amberden

    amberden Junior Member

    I belive having done extensive research into the matter I believe that the Thornycroft belonging to 2nd S/L Regt
    might well be
    Hi all
    After doing a lot of digging and research I believe that the Thornycroft truck in the photo most likely belonged to 6 Btty or 8 Btty. In the diary for 8 Btty they are located with parts of 6 Btty at a location given as Moeres at a grid reference H 413835 which is a location approx. 3 km south of De Panne.

    The photograph below is a Google image for that location and clearly shows a very similar location. This was the last location for the unit and what remained of them were ordered at 15 mins notice to Dunkirk for evacuation. Lorry near Moeres.jpg
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  13. The Viking

    The Viking Member

    Good morning very interesting post. My uncle served with the 2nd searchlight regiment royal artillery before he was captured at Dunkirk and transported to 2 pow camps where he sadly pereished on his voyage home with a pint of his own blood. I get so confused with regiments and battery’s he was a gunner.
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  14. Laineyb

    Laineyb Member

    Hello, Thank you for your response. Sadly I do not know anything else as my Grandfather is now deceased.
  15. Laineyb

    Laineyb Member

    Hello Trevor, As yet I have no more information. I do know that my Grandfather did not return to England until 1943 as he was a POW until 1943. Thank you.
  16. Laineyb

    Laineyb Member

    This is my Grandfather in his uniform. I still do not know which battery he was in. How would I find that out please?

    Attached Files:

  17. Laineyb

    Laineyb Member

    This is my Grandfather's account of what happened to him and his comrades on the 19th May 1940 when they were attacked by The Germans.

    Attached Files:

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  18. Lettsm2

    Lettsm2 Member

    Great to see something so closely related to 2nd Searchlight Regiment and the day my grandfather was captured.

    In terms of finding the specific battery, there are 4 to pick from - 5, 6, 7 and 8. My own conclusion was quite fortunate in that I knew my grandfater’s commanding officer, and these officers were noted down in each battery diary. Do you know anybody of rank that your grandfather served with?

    Saving that, if there are any particular dates/locations during those first months in France, that may be able to be attributed to a particular battery location.

    Hope this helps.


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