5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards, from July 1944.

Discussion in 'NW Europe' started by Mattlane, Aug 21, 2013.

  1. Mattlane

    Mattlane New Member

    I’m trying to find out as much as I can about the WWII exploits of my Grandfather; Bryan Lane. Its my understanding that by the end of the war he was the RSM. I have heard countless stories as child but was too young to fully appreciate / understand what I was being told! I’m now keen to find out as much as I can and corroborate my early childhood memories where possible.

    As such, if anyone has any information about the exploits of the Inniskilling Dragoon Guards from July 1944 or better still has information regarding Bryan Lane, I would be most eager to hear from you!
     
  2. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Hello and welcome to the forum - Have you considered visiting the National Archives to copy the regiments war diaries? I've listed them below for you. If he was a RSM there's a fairly good chance he may be mentioned in them.

    WO 166/1382 ROYAL ARMOURED CORPS: 5 Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards. 1940 July- 1941 Dec.
    WO 166/6898 ROYAL ARMOURED CORPS: 5 Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards. 1942 Jan.- Dec.
    WO 166/11078 5 Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards 1943 Jan.-Dec.
    WO 171/839 5 Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards 1944 Jan.- Dec.
    WO 171/4686 5 Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards 1945 Jan.- Dec

    Cheers
    Andy
     
  3. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Doh......Stress made me miss the obvious one:

    WO 167/451 5 Royal Innniskilling Dragoon Guards 1939 Sept.-1940 June.

    I've just checked the regiments WW2 history by Evans and he's not mentioned in that.
     
  4. Mattlane

    Mattlane New Member

    Thanks for the info Drew5233, I wasn't aware that the Regimental War Diaries were available at Kew. I live close by so will certainly investigate this!

    Thanks again,

    Matt Lane
     
  5. RWM-1948

    RWM-1948 Junior Member

    Hi Mat,
    The book "CHANGE AND CHALLENGE"
    The Story of the 5th Royal Inniskilling
    Dragoon Guards
    1928-1978

    Chapter 4 Back to Europe; 1944-1945... covers the time from 18th July crossing the channel to Normandy and ending at Schleswig Holstein.
    I have had a quick read and could not see a mention of your Grandfather.

    Cheers
    Roger
     
  6. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Is it any good? I already have a copy of Story of the Fifth Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards by Roger Evans
     
  7. RWM-1948

    RWM-1948 Junior Member

    Hi Drew,
    It has has just 18 pages on the British Expeditionary Force; 1939-1940,
    and in the appendix Escape from Occupied Europe, Sergeant C Bevan, D.C.M., M. M. B Squadron, 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards,
    His Story; May 1940-July 1941.

    Roger.
     
  8. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Cheers Roger - Just treated myself :)
     
  9. Mattlane

    Mattlane New Member

    Hi Roger,

    Thanks for that, I 'll try and find a copy!

    Regards
    Matt Lane
     
  10. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Hi Matt - Some one tipped me off on another book on the regiment too, Tracks in Europe by Captain C J Boardman. I've added links to both books below where you can buy copies:

    Tracks in Europe: http://www.abebooks.co.uk/servlet/SearchResults?an=Boardman&bt.x=54&bt.y=16&sts=t&tn=Tracks+in+Europe

    Change and Challenge: http://www.abebooks.co.uk/servlet/SearchResults?an=Blacker&bt.x=50&bt.y=11&sts=t&tn=Change+and+Challenge

    And if you want to splash out, Story of the Fifth Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards: http://www.abebooks.co.uk/servlet/SearchResults?an=Evans&bt.x=43&bt.y=14&sts=t&tn=Story+of+the+Fifth+Royal+Inniskilling+Dragoon+Guards
     
  11. Ronny

    Ronny Junior Member

    Met Captain Boardman several times in 's-Hertogenbosch!
     
  12. ceolredmonger

    ceolredmonger Member

    'Tracks In Europe' used to be available via the RDG Regimental Museum in York. Drop a line to the Regimental Secretary - he is still in contact with veterans who may remember your Father.

    Keith
     

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