Airborne Service & Paybook scans

Discussion in 'WW2 Militaria' started by AB64, Apr 3, 2015.

  1. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member

    Hi Alistair,

    I doubt their paths would’ve crossed. Pte Scully would’ve done his 6 months initial training at the Regimental Depot and was then probably posted to the 2nd Battalion in Northern Ireland by late 1936 or even went out on draft to 1st Border in India.

    In pre WW1 days Special Reserve (forerunner of TA) recruits did the same 6 month initial training (likely different squads though) at the Regimental Depot as their Regular Army contemporaries but I ’m not aware that inter war TA recruits did any ‘initial’ recruit training at The Depot immediately following attestation.

    However I know that my Dad did a month long Signals Course at the Regimental Depot, Carlisle Castle in January 1936 (I have a photo of him with other Course attendees (various ranks) from 5th Border.

    Steve
     
  2. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

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    6211697, George William BARNES of 1st Parachute Battalion, he was wounded 8/3/43 which I believe was Tamera - he was awarded the Africa Star but also the Italy Star so looks like his wound wasn't too bad if he had recovered for Sicily. In August 1944 he was temporarily medically downgraded to C2 by 16th Para Field Ambulance so he was still with the 1st Airborne Div at that point - I'm thinking this may have ruled him out of Arnhem but I need to confirm this.

    On embarkation for North Africa he was on 3" mortars with No1 Detachment R Company
     
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  3. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

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    Latest addition, 326753 David HARRISON, originally Leicestershire Yeomanry, then RA (not sure if still with the Leicestershire Yeomanry after they converted or if he transferred to another RA unit) then on the Glider Pilot Regiment - he was in North Africa as shown below but not sure what unit at that point - Normandy and Arnhem he was 1st Pilot on Horsa's with Sgt Ward his 2nd Pilot - at Arnhem he was captured - casualty returns had said wounded and missing and the presence of the Silver Badge seems to back this up. For Normandy he carried either RUR or RAMC, for Arnhem he carried 2 jeeps of C troop 1st Airborne Recce. If anyone can add any info it would be most welcome - I have the Arnhem Raid report by his tug pilot thanks to Matt at the GPR society
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  4. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

    Little bit of info added - I knew both Martin and Barnes were with 1st Battalion the Parachute Regiment and I have now found both were on 3" mortars - Martin with HQ Company (not sure if he stayed with Mortars through to Arnhem)and Barnes with No1 Detachment in R Company. I'll need to have a look at Reg Curtis book as he was No2 Detachment so will have known Barnes well.
     

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