5952764 Private Thomas Robert Sibley 1/7 Bn The Queens died 18.6.44

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  1. krrc60

    krrc60 Junior Member

    Hi,
    Could anyone help with any information regarding the regiments position, and how this man was killed on the 18.6.44?

    Many thanks

    Dave
     
  2. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member Patron

    From his CWGC details, there is a concentration report that shows he was originally buried at Livry, complete with a map reference. This might be significant:

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  3. krrc60

    krrc60 Junior Member

    Great have now downloaded the sheets, thanks
     
  4. BFBSM

    BFBSM Very Senior Member

  5. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member

    This might be of use, although no direct evidence for you: (WO171/1368 - 1/7 Queen's War Diary)

    17 June 1944
    2300 1 RB took over our posns and 1/7 Queen’s moved to new posns which were dug and occupied by first light.
    B Coy relieved C Coy of 1/5 Queen’s in their posn area – 738608.
    A Coy took up posns in LIVRY.
    C Coy round X rds LA PAUMERIE.
    D Coy LIGNEROLLES.

    18 June 1944
    1000
    “B” Coy Comd report accurate shelling of his fwd pls. Some casualties in wounded and shell shock.
    1400 Lt. Clews killed by shell. During day Mortar Pl laid heavy concentration on enemy posns.
    1420 Major Bosanquet posted to Bn, assumed command of “C” Coy in place of Capt. Rich, who was evacuated with an old leg wound.
    1730 C.O. visited “B” Coy and arranged for their relief by “D” Coy. Throughout the day there was frequent shelling and mortaring of the Bn area. Personnel were by now well dug in and there were no casualties. In view of the danger of shells striking trees and bursting over the top of slit trenches, overhead cover was quickly improvised. 3 R.H.A. put down heavy concentrations on enemy posns.
     
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  6. BFBSM

    BFBSM Very Senior Member

    From the Queen's Regiment History, pp. 358-361

    The section does not mention Sibley by name. I would suggest obtaining copies of the Battalion War Diary from the National Archives. Contacting Drew5233 might help, as he may already have the relevant copies.

    Mark
     
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  7. krrc60

    krrc60 Junior Member

    That's very kind of you, thank you.
    So much info contained in the posts
     
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  8. krrc60

    krrc60 Junior Member

    Thanks Mark,
    I will contact Drew5233 and see if he can help
    Dave
     
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  9. krrc60

    krrc60 Junior Member

    Hello,
    One last question 'is their a photograph of the grave of private Sibley available' I hope this is the right place to request a photograph.

    Just a bit of background to this thread, My uncle (he drives an OAP minibus on days out) was chatting with Private Sibley's niece (they were at the RAF museum, Hendon, yesterday) and she said that "any information about him (Private Sibley) would be wonderful"

    Again many thanks all of you for your help

    Dave
     
  10. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    From my photo collection
    Harefield War Memorial,Middlesex


    There are 3 Sibleys on the war memorial

    His Brother
    Walter Edward Sibley also died in service

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    Private SIBLEY, THOMAS ROBERT
    Service Number 5952764

    Died 18/06/1944

    Aged 25

    1/7th Bn.
    The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey)

    Son of William Albert and Mary Beatrice Sibley, of Harefield, Middlesex.

    INSCRIPTION
    HIS PRESENCE WAS OUR GREATEST PLEASURE: HIS MEMORY NOW OUR DEAREST TREASURE
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    Buried at TILLY-SUR-SEULLES WAR CEMETERY

    Location: Calvados, France
    Number of casualties: 1143

    Cemetery/memorial reference: I. A. 6.
     
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  11. Buteman

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

    Headstone photo for Thomas Sibley.

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  12. Buteman

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

    From my 2011 trip.

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  13. krrc60

    krrc60 Junior Member

    Good morning Ramacal,
    Thank you very much for all of your help and photographs. This really helps to tell the Sibley story

    Dave
     
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