49th West Riding Division

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  1. Philip Reinders

    Philip Reinders Very Senior Member

    Got hold off this nice item today:

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  2. Historic Steve

    Historic Steve Researching 21 Army Group/BAOR post VE day

    Got hold off this nice item today:

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    Hi Philip, would be interested in any content regarding after the war before disbandment Oct 46, regards Steve
     
  3. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Phillip
    Patrick Delaforce wrote his book 'The Polar bears" - Monty's left flank of which I have a copy and it follows the Division from 1939 to the end of the war.
    he tells that tale as it was and is an excellent read, my persoanl interest in this division is that my cousin was killed at Rauray with the 11th DLI in an abortive charge against the 12th SS Panzers - with rifles ! - in the late june '44 prior to the Epsom battle
    there are Polar Bear memorials at both Roosendaal and Utrecht

    ISBN - 0 -75370-265-7 Chancellor Press

    Cheers
     
  4. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron

    there are Polar Bear memorials at both Roosendaal and Utrecht

    And Arnhem - in St Eusebius IIRC.
     
  5. Philip Reinders

    Philip Reinders Very Senior Member

    just received the newsletter today Issue 35 with the following Last Post:

    Gunner H. Ingleton No.7021582 69 Field Regiment
    Sergeant T.W.J. Clarke No.4081290 South Wales Borderers and 10 DLI
    Private M.Plumb No.14396643 2 Glosters
    Sergeant H. Tolman No.2575795 Division HQ signals
    Sergeant B. Smith No.2068680 756 Field Company RE
    Major F. Wallerstein 7 Royal Tank Regiment
    Gunner S. Stringer No.1134103 55 Anti Tank Regiment
    Staff/Sergeant F. Lodge No.4691774 1/4 Lincolns
    Sapper W. Plumb No.2156034 757 Field Company RE
    R.Cross Essex Regiment
     
  6. SDP

    SDP Incurable Cometoholic Patron

    ...my persoanl interest in this division is that my cousin was killed at Rauray with the 11th DLI in an abortive charge against the 12th SS Panzers - with rifles ! - in the late june '44 prior to the Epsom battle
    there are Polar Bear memorials at both Roosendaal and Utrecht


    ....and an incredible Memorial only about a mile from Rauray itself!
     
  7. ramacal

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

  8. ramacal

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

    The memorial at Utecht.

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  9. ramacal

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

    And Roosendaal.

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  10. ramacal

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

    And Wuustwesel in Belgium.

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  11. Gert

    Gert Member

    Er zijn nog wel meer memorials. Loenen en Dieren
     

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  12. smdarby

    smdarby Well-Known Member

    Here's another, just south east of Loenen (which is north of Arnhem). Shame about the bird poo.

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  13. Gert

    Gert Member

    Also the they have a streetname in Ede Polar bear plein in Ede.jpg
     
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  14. Gert

    Gert Member

    Apeldoorn Polar Bear monument Apeldoorn-Loenen.jpg
     
  15. smdarby

    smdarby Well-Known Member

    Hi Gert - I'm fairly sure that is the same polar bear memorial I posted. It's near Loenen, not in Apeldoorn (perhaps in Apeldoorn district?). Apeldoorn was liberated by 1st Canadian Div.
     
  16. Gert

    Gert Member

    Hi smdarby, you are right, it is the same picture and it is in Loenen. Sorry for the mistake
     
  17. smdarby

    smdarby Well-Known Member

    No worries. Not far from Loenen is this memorial at Dieren commemorating where the 49th Div and 1st Can Div made contact on 16 April 1945.

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  18. John L Dixon

    John L Dixon Researcher


    Clarke's Memorial Page is a little thin - it can be seen here - Clarke Thomas William John Pte 4081290 - 70 Brigade
    Any more detail you can let me have on him?

    I don't have anything on Sapper Plumb 757th at all as the name did not appear in either the War Diary or as a Casualty. Any information available on him by any chance, and I'll add him to the Personnel List for the Field Company?

    Regards

    John L Dixon
     

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