63rd Anti-Tank Regiment, RA

Discussion in 'Royal Artillery' started by Tyniesha, Oct 29, 2010.

  1. Tyniesha

    Tyniesha Junior Member

    Hi I am looking for information regarding the 63rd Anti tank reg my Dad was in this reg his number was 1491514 and I understand there is a museum that is associated with this I wondered if anyone has any contact details for it as I would like to pass on several photos and documents.
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  2. Philip Reinders

    Philip Reinders Very Senior Member

    welcome from the netherlands
  3. Recce_Mitch

    Recce_Mitch Very Senior Member

    Welcome to the forum

  4. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Hi Tyniesha and welcome

    I've slightly modified the title of your thread. Hopefully this will improve chances of attracting the attention of others with similar interests.

    As for photos, why not post here as well? Quite a few times in the past people have got in contact after recognising their relatives in group photos, or if their relative had the same photograph in an album.

    There might also be a few nuggets of information that can be gleaned from them by our RA experts here.

    Best of luck
  5. Derek Barton

    Derek Barton Senior Member

    Welcome. 63 A/Tk Rgt were converted to RA from the Worcestershire Yeomanry in March 1939 and the Oxfordshire Yeomanry were added to them on their conversion. It was mobilised at Oxford in Sept 39 as part of 61 Infantry Division. In Apr 41 in transferred to 53 Inf Div and back to 61 Div Jun 41.

    The regt went to NW Europe in Sept 44 as part of 2 Army.
  6. Tyniesha

    Tyniesha Junior Member

    Hi thank you for the information I have lots of photos and Dads discharge papers etc and his number was 1491514 I was hoping a museum would take them and his medals as this was my Mums wishes I will try to upload some photos as soon as I work out how to do it!
    I find this very interesting Dad would never talk much about the war and Christmas was not a good time according to my Mum I think it was something to do with going into a concentration camp.
    Than you again for your replies
  7. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD


    Here's a thread on how to upload. Personally I'd scan them and upload them into something like Photobucket or Flickr. That way you will have copies.

    Why not start a tribute to him here? Show anything you care to share, you might be surprised what can be gleaned from a photo or from his discharge papers. And, anything posted might just help the next person who comes along.

    It's a great idea to deposit your father's things in a museum for safe-keeping and for the Regimental history, but any images shown online before you do this would always be much more accessible to other interested parties.

  8. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

  9. Tyniesha

    Tyniesha Junior Member

    Hi there thanks for all the replies you are so kind I have put some photos on of my Dad's army days I don't know if anyone would recognise him his name was Jasper (Joe) Truelock.
    They may be of some interest to someone.
    Regards Tyniesha
  10. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    You may not be aware but your father was awarded a Mention in Despatches. The Oak Leaf is clearly visible on the post war picture with his medal ribbons.
  11. Buteman

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

    Some great pictures of your Dad and his unit. Thanks for sharing.
  12. Tyniesha

    Tyniesha Junior Member

    Hi thank you for that information is it possible to find out about the mentioned in despatches thing?
  13. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

  14. Tyniesha

    Tyniesha Junior Member

    Hi there he is Jasper Truelock he was always known as Joe though Thank you
  15. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

  16. m10

    m10 Junior Member

    Hi Tyniesha

    My father was also in the 63rd Anti-Tank Regiment RA. He was originally in the 91st A/T Regiment (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders). The link

    Royal Artillery Units Netherlands 1944-1945 - 63 Anti Tank Regt

    shows that his battery was transferred to a reformed 63rd A/T Regiment on 10th Dec 1944. They retained the A&S badges. I still have his A&S cap badge and a photo of him wearing it. I think I read somewhere that the 63rd took a bit of a battering in a fire fight over a river. This reorganisation may have been a result of that action.

    He was Gunner Wilfrid Ratcliffe. Where are your photos posted? I have a photo of his unit 146 Battery firing a 101 gun salute in what is left of Kiel Harbour on VJ Day.

    Units from the 63rd A/T Regiment were first to Bergen-Belson Concentration camp.


    I have not yet found out the details. Are you interested in following up your initial research? I am happy to share. My father would also not talk about his experiences when I was little. The best I got was "I fired 2lb loaves and the waste from the kitchen." He died when I was 10 but he kept all his army mementoes.

  17. Tyniesha

    Tyniesha Junior Member

    Hi there I think that my dad was one of the first regiments into Belsen I have been talking to a guy they are opening a museum the link is sofo.org.uk I am sending Dad's medals etc to them they are hopefully going to send me some published information from some one who was in the same group going in to Belsen if I get it would you like a copy?I have put some of the photos on here I have an album I am not sure how you find it maybe if you search for me I would be very interested in looking into it further as I said my Dad wouldn't say anything he died two years ago aged 90 years.
  18. m10

    m10 Junior Member

    Hi. Thanks for your response. I would love a copy if you get anything. I will see if I can find your photos and post my material.

    I am particularly curious about Belsen and whether my father was involved. As I said, he never spoke to me about his time in the army. It was clearly a time that must have meant something to him because all I have to remember him are items from that period. He died in 1965. All other close relatives are also dead, so I have no first hand references.

    I was told that if you write to the Regiment then they can supply the unit diary with details of movement and actions. I am not sure if you get more than the diary on the web though. I will write to them anyway and see what I get.

    There have been some useful suggestions made earlier in the thread. Thanks to everyone for these. I checked, but did not find any further material.
  19. Reforger

    Reforger Junior Member

    I did a little research on the first units to enter Belsen a while ago ,It seems to have been initially Two SAS jeeps of 1-SAS John Randall, Peter Weaver and others arriving about 3pm on Sunday the 15th of April 1945 and followed shorly after by 35 men and Crusader Gun tractors of the 249 (Oxfordshire Yeomanry) Battery of the 63rd Anti Tank Regiment under Lt Derrick Sington (the SAS left shortly after with the exception of Weaver who stayed on as a translator for the 63rd C.O). ,they controlled the camp overnight before other SP Artillery vehicles (that look like tanks but are actually not tanks being M10 17lb Tank Destroyers) and more batterys arrived the following day . I'm not sure but some of the arrivals the next day were probably the Worcester Yeomanry Battery or two Batterys of Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders which comprised the rest of the Anti Tank unit .There was also a loudpeaker van from 14 Amplifier Unit of the intelligence Corps . So there were quite a few troops from the 63rd present for some time .Neither of the two names mentioned appear on the Relief Staff list (but it is not complete and you may wish to ask to have the names added ?) see link below

    Relief Staff

    Hope this is of help

  20. jjarmstrong47

    jjarmstrong47 New Member

    Hello, my name is John Armstrong. My father Timothy was one of the Argyll and Sutherland soldiers who were transferred to the 63rd. I came across this forum when looking for details of my father's war record etc.

    Dad would never talk about the war and it was never discussed at home. When I grew old enough to understand and question, my mother told me that his experience at Belsen still gave him nightmares at times. He wrote to my mother every day that he could and she promised to give me the letters "one day". Unfortunately, on his death bed he made my mother promise to destroy them and she burned them so a valuable piece of history was lost.

    I hadn't realised until now that it was this regiment who actually were first into Belsen. My mother was a bit vague about it and because after being wounded my father had been retrained as a cook, I was under the impression he had been brought in to help with trying to feed the prisoners who had been found there. I was aware that he was there right from the start and this now explains it.


    The above is a picture of my father taken around 1942. I still have that cap badge which someone told me was the largest in the British army.

    Thanks to all those who posted above and gave me a few more pieces for the puzzle.

    Also for anyone who might be interested, I wrote a song about my father's life which can be viewed here http://youtu.be/IE9yIArtuN8

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