5th Recce Regt SGT 4390002 WALTON R.E.

Discussion in 'Recce' started by Fizzymagic, May 26, 2011.

  1. Fizzymagic

    Fizzymagic Junior Member

    Hi all new to forum so please bear with me. I am attempting to trace any info of my Grandad and his unit 5 Recce. Unfortunatley he died in 1978 when i was young and never got to speak with him much about his service. All that remains are these two photos and a record of service. He is the small Sgt at the front of the group photo and the guy on the right in the other. I presume the other guys are 5 Recce however the bloke in shorts appears to have a Welsh Guards??? cap badge.
    The guy in the second photo is wearing insignia of 78 Inf Division (Battleaxe) and appears to have a Buffs shoulder flash. any advice greatly appreciated. As you can see from his service record he started out in the Green Howards and then joined Recce in 1941. This i also find strange as he was born/bred in London and the Howards were a Northern Regt. Hopefully this will assist anyone looking for similar info or at least get a good disscussion going.

  2. Fizzymagic

    Fizzymagic Junior Member

  3. Fizzymagic

    Fizzymagic Junior Member

  4. 4jonboy

    4jonboy Daughter of a 56 Recce Patron

    Hello and welcome. Lovely photos.

  5. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Hi Jon and welcome to the forum...Some excellent pics you have there !

    I've replied to your PM.

  6. Recce_Mitch

    Recce_Mitch Very Senior Member

    Welcome to the forum

    5th Reconnaissance Regiment

    February 1941: Formed from 3rd Battalion Tower Hamlet Rifles (London Rifle Brigade).
    3rd February 1941 – Renamed 5th Reconnaissance Battalion
    6th June 1942 – Renamed 5th Reconnaissance Regiment
    1st January 1944 – Renamed 5th Reconnaissance Regiment RAC
    31st August 1945: Disbanded
    Commanding Officers
    Lt-CoI. N. R. Blockley, O.B.E., of the RB
    Lt-CoI. M. F. Douglas-Pennant, D.S.O., M.B.E. [King's Royal Rifle Corps]

  7. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Welcome to the forum.
    Post-War photos as they all have medal ribbons up, the Buffs chap has his overseas service chevrons on his lower right arm & they are wearing battledress with open collar & ties.
    Lovely pics.
  8. Terry Robbins

    Terry Robbins Active Member

    Hi love the photos , my Grandfather ( 4385412 trooper PERCY CHARLES BARNES ) served with the Green Howards and was from Croydon , he was transferred to the 5th Recce on the same day as your Grandfather ( did they know each other ??? )
  9. Terry Robbins

    Terry Robbins Active Member

    Have found photo ( NA15399 ) in the iwm archive , it looks suspiciously like your Grandfather , have tried to download with out success , sorry , just go on there website. Terry
  10. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

  11. Terry Robbins

    Terry Robbins Active Member

    Thanks very much owen , I'm using a smart phone and it's not brilliant at this stuff , am in the process of trying to purchasing a photo of 2nd squad 5th Recce from iwm as it can't be viewed online ( NA 14095 ) ? The picture NA15399 is the link up of British and American troops at Borgo Grappa on 25th May 1944 , am pritty sure the Two in the middle and the one on the left are Recce ?

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