49 Recce Lieurey France

Discussion in 'Recce' started by senojann, Nov 8, 2011.

  1. senojann

    senojann Junior Member

    I'm Ann and have just discovered my cousin is one of four soldiers buried in Lieurey Cemetery in France. I have a photo of his gravestone, but that's all.I'm trying to find out what happened to him and what was happening in that area at the time.
    The details I have are:
    They were all from 49th Recce Regiment and died in August 1944
    Mayor John Dain. Leicestershire regt
    Trp Donald Christmas--my cousin
    Trp George Ambrose
    Trp Frederick Johnson

    Can anyone help me please?
     
  2. Owen

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  3. Recce_Mitch

    Recce_Mitch Very Senior Member

    Welcome to the forum, Checked Only Enemy in Front unfortunately no details. One Question why do you say Major Dain was 49 Recce?


    Cheers
    Paul
     
  4. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Hello and welcome. The units war diary may give you a insight into what they were doing on the day they died.

    WO 171/506 49 Recce.Regt. 1944 Jan.- Dec.
     
  5. ramacal

    ramacal 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA Patron

    Lieurey must have only just been liberated, as a Battery of my Dad's Regiment (Royal Artillery) moved into Lieurey along with Regimental Headquarters on the day after the 4 men were killed. There were still German's in the vicinity, as even they took 7 german prisoners at 11-0am on the 26th. Without checking the war diaries of the Leicester Regt and 49 Recce, both of the 49th Division, you won't know for sure.

    Cheers - Rob
     
  6. senojann

    senojann Junior Member

    Sorry, my mistake, He was in Leicestershire regiment.
     
  7. ramacal

    ramacal 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA Patron

    Major Dain was definitely in the 1st Battalion Leicesters.

    Killed on the 26th August 1944 when a bren carrier he was in recived a direct hit from German artillery during a night move. They were in the Lieurey area.

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  8. ramacal

    ramacal 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA Patron

    49 Recce were definitely in the Lieurey area and on the offensive as the war diary entries state. No details on 49 Recce casualties sustained, only the enemy. 63 POW's and at least 30 killed.

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  9. Recce_Mitch

    Recce_Mitch Very Senior Member

    Rob thanks for posting the confirmation that Major Dain was definitely in the 1st Battalion Leicesters.

    Cheers
    Paul
     
  10. Astonia

    Astonia Member

    Hello
    I'm trying to find more information on the war diaries of the 49th Reconnaissance Regiment in France (around LE HAVRE) in September 1944. I found this reference but impossible to find the file on the web.

    WO 171/506 49 Recce Regiment Jan-Dec 1944

    In particular, on the died of the Lt Peter Ernest GILLHAM, On september 4th, 1944 at MANNEVILLETTE (small village around LE HAVRE).

    Thanks for your help

    REgards

    David
    Astonia Association
    'Astonia Souvenez-vous' on Facebook.
     
  11. ramacal

    ramacal 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA Patron

    Hi David,

    I have sent you a private message about Operation Astonia.

    Otherwise, the war diary does not specifically mention how Lt GILLHAM died. He is recorded as having been killed in action in the Officer Return for the week. See both below. Apologies for only a part of the page recording Lt GILLHAM's death.

    Regards

    Rob

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  12. Recce_Mitch

    Recce_Mitch Very Senior Member

    Lt Peter Ernest Gillham
     

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