86th Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery

Discussion in 'Royal Artillery' started by Peter Beckett, Oct 15, 2006.

  1. Peter Beckett

    Peter Beckett Junior Member

    I am seeking more information about this unit and their locations and activities leading up to the 29th Dec 1944
    My Uncle Sergeant William John Beckett was killed on that date.
    I have the details and photos of his grave in Mook Cemetery, Holland but would like to know more about events leading up to his death.

    86(5th Battalion, Devonshire Regiment) Anti-tank Regiment, Royal Artillery.

    Thanks

    Peter
     
  2. MalcolmII

    MalcolmII Senior Member

  3. Peter Beckett

    Peter Beckett Junior Member

    Malcolm,

    Thanks for that and nice to hear from you

    Peter
     
  4. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Little bit more info. They were Corps Troops, allocated where needed.
    http://members.tripod.com/~nigelef/regtsumm.htm#atkregt

    <TABLE borderColor=white cellSpacing=0 borderColorDark=#999999 width=707 borderColorLight=olive border=1><TBODY><TR><TD width=112>86 ATk Regt

    </TD><TD width=38>TA

    </TD><TD width=111>Fm 5 Devons 11/41

    </TD><TD width=290>UK 1941-4
    NW Europe 1944-5 - 12 & 1 Corps Troops

    </TD><TD width=122>To Inf 1947

    </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>


    Someone else seeking info on BBC People's war site.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/user/96/u531996.shtml
     
  5. Peter Beckett

    Peter Beckett Junior Member

    Owen,
    another part of the jigsaw, thanks.
    can one access war diaries, etc?

    Peter
     
  6. Cpl Rootes

    Cpl Rootes Senior Member

  7. StephH

    StephH Junior Member

    Hi Peter, I know it has been some time since you originally started this thread, but I was wondering if you had managed to find any more information regarding the 86th Anti-tank Regiment. My grandad George Bowden was a Gunner in this regiment and I am keen to find out more about his time during the war since he passed away when I was little and I was unable to ask him myself.
    Many Thanks
    Steph
     
  8. Philip Reinders

    Philip Reinders Very Senior Member

  9. ramacal

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

    Hi Peter, I know it has been some time since you originally started this thread, but I was wondering if you had managed to find any more information regarding the 86th Anti-tank Regiment. My grandad George Bowden was a Gunner in this regiment and I am keen to find out more about his time during the war since he passed away when I was little and I was unable to ask him myself.
    Many Thanks
    Steph

    Hi Steph,

    Do you happen to know when your Grandad served with 86 AT and if he did until the end of the war? Do you also know his service number, as this might indicate whether he served with the 5th Devonshires before they converted from Infantry to 86 AT, Royal Artillery in late 1941. The Devonshire Service Nos were from 5608001 to 5662000.

    Cheers - Rob
     
  10. Hammond748

    Hammond748 Junior Member

    Hello Peter,

    I hope you are still following this post. My Grandad served on 86 ATK Regt RA (LAD) and had always wanted to see the war Diaries so in November 2011 I took him to the national archives in Kew gardens and dug them up. My Grandad is still alive and even on Facebook but he has some difficulty logging on as he is registered blind now. He thinks he was the youngest guy on the unit as he was only about 17 at the time. I photographed the diaries and have a soft copy that I can send you. I'll ask my Grandad tomorrow also if he remembers Sgt William John Beckett.
    The unit were in a place called HOEVE on the 29th I'll copy the page from the diary below
     

    Attached Files:

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  11. madpaddy

    madpaddy New Member

    Hello Peter

    I've just looked at this site and thought I would write and mention that my father was in the 86th Anti Tank Regt. (Devonshires). He was Sgt Walter Lee, later Major. I have his diary from June 44 onwards. He went through France via JUNO beach and through France (Coulombs)and on to Germany via Holland. He took part in Operation Mallard. They billeted in a town called Brunsumm in Holland where a family names Peters were instrumental in my family and theirs having a long friendship. If you would like any more information I can provide it.
     
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  12. auldy

    auldy New Member

    Hi, I've just discovered this Forum, my Great Uncle Gunner Adam Wright served with the 86th and died on the 8th August 1944 - his tank was blown up by a landmine two days earlier, he was driving the Tank at the time and was critically injured. As far as I know all the other crew members survived. I don't have much more than that and was wondering if any of the diary pages you have mention anything about the incident on or around the 6th August ??
    many thanks
    David.
     
  13. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Here you go Dave

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  14. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Looks like he was in 340 AT Battery
     
  15. auldy

    auldy New Member

    Drew - fantastic, thanks for the quick reply I have an Uncle in Canada who will also be delighted to see this bit of info. Looks like his M10 hit the mine on the 8th August. Adam normally manned the gun on the M10 but that day was driving . . . he was only 22. We have always wondered where he was when he died and now we know. I visited Normandy with my Mother and Uncle back in 2002, we were the first family to visit Adam's grave in Bayeux Cemetary, his family were from Glasgow and never made it over. I have a 14 year old son named after him and plan to take him over to France too when I get the chance.

    thanks again
    David
     
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  16. JBaron

    JBaron Member

    Hi

    I'm planning on visiting my Grandfather's grave in St Manvieu War Cemetery this year and just wondered whether anyone could shed a little more light on his regiment and what they were doing around the time of his death.

    He was killed when my mother was a baby and she always wanted to visit his grave but sadly passed away before she could.

    All I know are the following details:

    Name Stanley Turner - Gunner 3448851

    Died - 18/07/1944

    Any help would be much appreciated.

    Thanks
    Jo
     
  17. CL1

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

    Jo welcome to the forum

    you should send off for his service records

    https://www.gov.uk/requests-for-personal-data-and-service-records


    TURNER, STANLEY

    Rank:

    Gunner

    Service No:

    3448851

    Date of Death:

    18/07/1944

    Age:

    30

    Regiment/Service:

    Royal Artillery



    86 (5th Bn. The Devonshire Regt.) Anti-Tank Regt.

    Grave Reference:

    X. B. 14.

    Cemetery:

    ST. MANVIEU WAR CEMETERY, CHEUX

    Additional Information:

    Son of James W. and Mary J. Turner, of Old Glossop, Derbyshire; husband of Elizabeth Turner, of Glossop.

    http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2062050/TURNER,%20STANLEY
     
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  18. JBaron

    JBaron Member

    Thank you very much

    I have managed to find the link to the cwgc - I was just wondering whether I could find anything like War Diaries as pictured in earlier posts
     
  19. CL1

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

    Hello Jo

    Andy who posted copies Diaries for a small charge from the National Archives.
    I will message him to see if he can assist

    regards
    Clive
     
  20. JBaron

    JBaron Member

    Thanks very much
     

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