3 RTR Dunkirk

Discussion in 'User Introductions' started by Simo, Feb 8, 2019.

  1. Simo

    Simo New Member

    Simo: hi all need some advice,[​IMG] re Dunkirk, grandad was a Signalman attached to the 3 RTR who were sent to defend Calais in mid March 1940 as the fall of France as in full swing, can someone help me figure out date conflicts his army book says he left France on 18 June 1940 and on the 4-5 June Op Dynamo ended any thoughts !!!!!
  2. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Op Aerial was later June 1940.
    Operation Aerial - Wikipedia

    Are you sure he was 3 RTR in 1940 ?
    Have you got his service records from the MoD ?
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  3. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    As above, those AB64s are not very accurate for following a mans postings through the war. You'd be better with a copy of his service records as Owen says above.
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  4. Simo

    Simo New Member

    As I personal info handed down to me from him, I know he was with the 2nd yeomanry signals att 3 RTR he spent most of his time, trying to upload a doc but it's not playing the game, which would get give enough info go with
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  5. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    UK, British Prisoners of War, 1939-1945
    Name: F R Eglen
    Rank: Serjeant Major
    Army Number: 2318546
    Regiment: Royal Signals
    POW Number: 5904
    Camp Type: Stalag
    Camp Number: XVIII-A
    Camp Location: Wolfsberg, Austria
    Record Office: Royal Signals Record Office, Caversham, Reading, Berkshire
    Record Office Number: 10

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  6. Roy Martin

    Roy Martin Senior Member Patron

    I suspect there are errors in this document. I do not know of any American v/ls at Dunkirk, or for that matter in Aerial. Given that he ended up in Plymouth I think that Owen is right, that he was rescued from the Breton peninsular during Operation Aerial in the middle of June, as were almost 139,812 British troops. I have come across this before, even reading reports that survivors have made. The reasoning seems to go: 'every last man was evacuated from Dunkirk, therefore he must have gone through that port' - far from the truth
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  7. Simo

    Simo New Member

    hi I did suspect this was the case, just wanted to ask you chaps
  8. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member


    Good advice above about obtaining service records from Glasgow.

    You should also consider applying to Red Cross for his POW records -

    Requests for information about people held during Spanish Civil War or the Second World War: Quarterly limit reached

    It’s a free service but you need to be quick off the mark about 8am on 20th May as previous application windows have been as short as 3 or 4 hours. Takes about 4 months to get a written reply from ICRC.

    You could also consider looking in National Archives to see if he completed a returning POW Liberation Questionnaire and on the same NA theme you could also look to see if his German POW Index Card etc has been digitised yet.

    If you can’t get to Kew several members here offer a look up and copying service.

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  9. MarkN

    MarkN Banned

    Have you asked this question before?

    I'm sure myself and others gave the same answers to the same question a few months back.

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