Discussion in 'British Army Units - Others' started by HERITAGE PLUS, Feb 25, 2018.
Can anyone please tell me the location of the 52nd Primary Training Wing in July 1944?
From my memoirs:
"November 1942 : Posted to Whitby in Yorkshire. 52nd Anti Aircraft Driver Training Regiment, RA to be trained as a Driver/Wireless Operator. Twelve week course".
More, if you want it, here:
BBC - WW2 People's War - Training To Be A Driver/Wireless Operator
Thanks for that Ron.
My 18-year old father was at 52 PTW in July 1944 prior to moving to 2 ITC at Norwich for the Dorsets. He later transferred to the AAC and on to 8PARA in NW Europe and Palestine.
You may be further interested to learn a bit more about the Hotel Metropole which still survives today although it is now an apartment block.
(Look it up on GOOGLE)
My memoirs, again:
" In the UK, in 1942 and prior to being posted overseas, I found myself at Whitby, in Yorkshire and had a first hand experience of how the billeting system worked.
We found ourselves billeted, six to a room, in small houses scattered around the town. First thing every morning the troop corporals to whom we had been allotted called round each of the billets in turn and we 'fell in.' outside and joined an ever lengthening group of marchers.
When we were all finally assembled we marched to a local church hall where breakfast was ready for us.
After breakfast we marched to an imposing ex-hotel on the cliff top, the Metropole, which was to be our training college for the next three months. Here we were to learn the rudiments of both radio transmission and driving, in almost equal measure."
Thanks again Ron.
Ron , thats not 52 PTW. I've searched all over the forum & cant find its location. Only your own 53 PTW.
Blimey Owen !
Could it be that my memory has let me down (again) ?
I really must not rely on memory alone when posting
Am just off out for a couple of hours but will sort it all out when I return.
My sincere apologies for leading you up the proverbial "garden path" and my thanks to Owen for pointing out the error of my ways
Baffled as to why I should have made such a cardinal error as confusing you with talk of "my" 52nd PTW, I did what I should have done in the first place and went to my Army Records (see pic of the relevant page)
I can now clearly see that my PTW was the 53rd at Bury St.Edmunds (1/10/42)
and my Signals Training Rgt was the 52nd RA, in Whitby (11/11/42)
That will teach me not to post without checking first
(suitably clothed in sack-cloth & ashes)
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