53 Light Anti Aircraft Regiment, RA, Italy casualty help wanted

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  1. nigelshipp

    nigelshipp Junior Member

    I've just bought a set of medals to 1517506 Robert James Renaut of Romford died 09 Sep 1945, buried Florence, Italy. I'm presuming an accident

    but if anyone a war diary for 53 LAA (battery unknown) or knows what this unit was doing at the time please respond

    Ps anyone know what arm insignia they'd have worn

  2. gmyles

    gmyles Senior Member


    RA Attestations say he joined 53 LAA on 20 Oct 1941.

    RA Casualty Cards says he died from "Concussion".

    Army casualties 1939-1945 says he "died as a result of an accident"

    All info from FMP.

    Hope this helps

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  3. harkness

    harkness Well-Known Member

    Renaut Household (5 People)
    40 Elm Park Avenue , Hornchurch U.D., Essex, England
    Robert J Renaut - 12 Feb 1895 - Carpenter (Incapacitated)
    Lilian A Renaut - 14 Aug 1897 - Unpaid Domestic Dutie
    Robert J Renaut - 30 Dec 1918 - Cable Machine Driver, Electric Cable Industry
    William A Renaut - 19 Dec 1920 - Factory Hand, Medicinal Capsule Makers
    Sorry, this record is officially closed.
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  4. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    From Ancestry family tree

    Robert James Renaut
    BIRTH 30 DEC 1918 • West Ham
    DEATH 9 SEP 1945

    Italy, Find A Grave Index, 1800s-Current
    Name: Gnr Robert James Renaut
    Death Date: 9 Sep 1945
    Cemetery: Florence War Cemetery
    Burial or Cremation Place: Florence, Città Metropolitana di Firenze, Toscana, Italy
    Has Bio?: N

    UK, Army Roll of Honour, 1939-1945
    Name: Robert Renaut
    Given Initials: R J
    Rank: Gunner
    Death Date: 9 Sep 1945
    Number: 1517506
    Birth Place: London E
    Residence: Essex
    Branch at Enlistment: Royal Artillery
    Theatre of War: Italy
    Regiment at Death: Royal Artillery
    Branch at Death: Royal Artillery

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  5. minden1759

    minden1759 Senior Member

    Here are the movements for 53 LAA Regt RA:



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  6. nigelshipp

    nigelshipp Junior Member

    Thanks guys for ypur posts. Much appreciated
  7. vitellino

    vitellino Senior Member

    Morning Nigel,

    Looks like a hospital case to me. On the same row there are two sailors and army personnel from different regiments.

    Florence War Cemetery Plot I row J.jpg

    I've posted the Graves Registration form from CWGC. I suggest you contact them and ask where he was brought into the cemetery from.

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  8. nigelshipp

    nigelshipp Junior Member

    Many thanks Vitellino,

    now to find someone willing to take a headstone photograph for me
  9. vitellino

    vitellino Senior Member

    If it's not urgent I could do it at the end of March.
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  10. nigelshipp

    nigelshipp Junior Member

    Vitellino thats fantastic, many thanks

  11. vitellino

    vitellino Senior Member

    Hello Nigel,

    Here's the photo.


    Attached Files:

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  12. nigelshipp

    nigelshipp Junior Member

    Stunning, I cannot thank you enough

    Kind regards
  13. 5 koyli

    5 koyli New Member

    hi nigel i have the war diarys for 53 laa my father served in the regiment from 39 to 45. in august 45 the regiment was defending bridges pow camps and hospitals from sabotage partisans and looting etc the regimental hq was in florence the batterys were 157 rome 158 rimini 159 bologna will see if i can find any further info they were a ta regiment i do not know what arm insignia they wore but i know my father wore a koyli cap badge and and i think he also wore a koyli badge on his shoulders hope this helps regards peter
  14. nigelshipp

    nigelshipp Junior Member

    Hi Peter,
    Many thanks for responding, does the diary memtion any casualties around 9th Sept 45 ?

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