43rd (2/5th Bn. Gloucestershire Regt.) Regt Reconnaissance Corps Roll of Honour

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  1. Recce_Mitch

    Recce_Mitch Very Senior Member

    Unable to edit list so have added list as PDF
    If this list is incomplete please let me know


    Cheers
    Paul
     

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  2. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    There is a road named after him in Giverny , Clos Peter Edge.
    I took a photo of the sign, in 2007
    giverny - Google Maps

    Lieutenant PETER EDGE
    311013
    Who died age 23 on 27 August 1944 KIA Shellfire
    Son of Peter and Annie Edge, of Coventry.
    ST. DESIR WAR CEMETERY IV. C. 13.
     

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  3. Recce_Mitch

    Recce_Mitch Very Senior Member

    Owen, Very interesting, thanks for posting

    Cheers
    Paul
     
  4. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    :poppy: RIP :poppy:

    Especially those who were on the DerryCunihy.

    A very good friend of mine was with the 43rd wessex, standing on deck looking over from the next ship when he witnessed the Derry Cunihy explode.

    Regards
    Tom
     
  5. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron

    Lieutenant ALAN BERTRAM SCHOFIELD
    187753
    Who died on 16 August 1944 KIA
    Son of James and Margaret Schofield; husband of Marjory Elizabeth Schofield, of Bishopton, Renfrewshire.
    BANNEVILLE-LA-CAMPAGNE WAR CEMETERY VI. D. 3.

    From a display in Grosmont Church this summer:

    http://www.ww2talk.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=35043&stc=1&d=1282688167

    http://www.ww2talk.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=35044&stc=1&d=1282688167
     

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  6. Recce_Mitch

    Recce_Mitch Very Senior Member

    Thanks for posting

    Cheers
    Paul
     
  7. Souldier

    Souldier Junior Member

    my Granddad never forgotten never known :(
     
  8. Recce_Mitch

    Recce_Mitch Very Senior Member

    Welcome to the forum Souldier, can you post any information on your Granddad?

    Cheers
    Paul
     
  9. Chotie's Daughter

    Chotie's Daughter Chotie's Daughter

    Thanks very much for posting. Dick Williams (war letters being posted on website Chotie Darling Chotie Darling ) was in the 43rd Recconnaissance from July 1942 to March 1943 and I am interested in more information on those he served with. Lest we forget.:poppy:
     
  10. Philip Reinders

    Philip Reinders Very Senior Member

    Lieutenant LINDSAY SIBERTON BAKER MC
    268049
    Who died age 21 on 03 April 1945 KIA Sniper
    Son of the Revd. Walter Siberton Baker and Grace Maud Baker, of Herne Bay, Kent.
    JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY 6. G. 8.

    FIELDGRAVE NEAR HOUSE MR TIMMERMAN AT BENTELO ON THE ROAD FROM DELDEN TO NEEDE
     
  11. singeager

    singeager Senior Member

    Good work Mitch
     
  12. Recce_Mitch

    Recce_Mitch Very Senior Member

    Bio by Graeme Clarke who is researching the Walsall roll of honour


    Martin FINNEY
    Trooper 14291873
    43rd (2/5th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment), Reconnaissance
    Corps
    Royal Armoured Corps
    Died in France on Saturday 24 June
    1944


    Martin was the eldest son of Charles and Catherine (nee Dolan) Finney of 25, Brace Street, Walsall.

    After leaving St. Mary’s The Mount School he worked in the wages office at J. Garrington and Son Limited of Darlaston.

    Joining the Army in September 1942, Martin was killed when the ship he was being conveyed to Normandy in sank after striking a mine.

    The M.V. “Derrycunihy” was built by Burntisland Shipbuilding Company Limited, Burntisland and launched in 1943. She was a general purpose cargo ship of 10,200 tons, built for owners McCowen and Gross of London, and delivered to them in late February 1944. Although operated by her owners, she immediately came under the overall control of the Ministry of War Transport.

    43 Recce boarded the Liberty ship “Derrycunihy” in the Thames estuary on Sunday 18 June 1944 and headed for the Normandy coast. The vessel arrived off the coast on Tuesday 20 June 1944 but due to bad weather was not able to discharge her cargo of troops.

    It was not until the morning of Saturday 24 June 1944 that she could move inshore preparatory to disembarkation. Whilst manoeuvring from Ouistreham (Sword beach) to Juno beach she struck a mine which broke the ship in two. She sank almost immediately with the loss of 9 of her crew, 13 gunners and 150 troops. To make matters worse, an ammunition truck on the ship exploded, igniting the spilled oil on the surface of the surrounding water.

    Martin is commemorated on the Bayeux Memorial on Panel 6 and on the roll of honour at St. Mary’s the Mount Church, Caldmore. He was 20 years of age.



    Cheers
    Paul
     
  13. welshryan96

    welshryan96 Junior Member

    thanks for this recce mitch, my name is ryan and my great uncle, TROOPER stanley hughes was with the 43rd could you tell me how he died?
     
  14. 43rdrecce

    43rdrecce Junior Member

    Hello Ryan,

    Unfortunately it is not possible to know how he died with any certainty. I do not have any notes on your Great Uncle other than he was a member of A Squadron of 43rd Recce, and had originally been enlisted into the Royal Welch Fusiliers.
    He subsequently served with 38th Recce Regiment and was amongst a number of men from that Regiment who were posted to 43rd Recce as reinforcements.

    The bulk of the casualties lost during the sinking of the Derrycunihy were trapped in the sinking stern by the sudden inrush of water. Sadly many of these men were killed, stunned or injured by the initial explosion of the mine and the damage caused as the ship broke its back and eventually split in two.

    Many of the survivors swallowed fuel oil released during the break up of the ship but it is known that only four of those recovered from the sea subsequently died of their injuries. Your Uncle was not one of those listed. The survivors owed their lives to the speed and efficiency with which the recovery operations were carried out.

    I believe I was in contact with a member of your family a few years back.

    Kind regards

    Paul
     
  15. Recce_Mitch

    Recce_Mitch Very Senior Member

    Hi Ryan welcome to the forum. Do you have any photos of your Great Uncle that you could post?

    Cheers
    Paul
     
  16. welshryan96

    welshryan96 Junior Member

    thanks for the help, i will try and find a picture of him, would you happen to know if he has a memorial, and if he does where is it?
     
  17. Recce_Mitch

    Recce_Mitch Very Senior Member

    Hi Ryan he is listed on the BAYEUX MEMORIAL Panel 6. Also he could be on a memorial in his home town.

    Cheers
    Paul
     

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  18. welshryan96

    welshryan96 Junior Member

    thank you very much, his name is on our village rememberence hall wall, but i wondered if he had any anywhere else
     
  19. Recce_Mitch

    Recce_Mitch Very Senior Member

    Hi Ryan any chance you can get me a photo of the names on your village rememberence hall wall?

    Cheers
    Paul
     
  20. welshryan96

    welshryan96 Junior Member

    i can get it for you as soon as i can
     

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