American Volunteers in British Army. (KRRC)

Discussion in 'General' started by Owen, Jun 20, 2007.

  1. Owen

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    Just read that early in the war in a deal between Anthony Eden and US Ambassador Winant that 17 American Volunteers were commissioned into the British Army most joining Eden's old Regiment the KRRC.
    They all spent part of their training with 1st Motor Training Battalion KRRC at Chiseldon.
    Anyone have a list of those 17 officers?
    How many survived ?
    Any more info would be welcome, thanks.
    Thought it apt they join the KRRC in their early history were the 60th Royal Americans.
     
  2. Paul Reed

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    Owen - I will see if there is anything in the KRRC Regimental History and post it later.
     
  3. Paul Reed

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    Ok, here's what it says in the Regimental History:

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  4. Paul Reed

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    This is a photo of some of them:

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  5. Owen

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  6. Paul Reed

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    The dead:

    Name:BRISTER, JOHN FREDERICKInitials:J FNationality:United KingdomRank:LieutenantRegiment/Service:King's Royal Rifle CorpsUnit Text:1st Bn.Date of Death:27/04/1943Service No:232556Casualty Type:Commonwealth War DeadGrave/Memorial Reference:2. A. 16.Cemetery:MEDJEZ-EL-BAB WAR CEMETERY

    Name:COX, ROBERT HILLInitials:R HNationality:United KingdomRank:LieutenantRegiment/Service:King's Royal Rifle CorpsUnit Text:2nd Bn.Age:24Date of Death:19/04/1943Service No:232557Additional information:Son of Archibald and Frances Bruen Cox, of New York City, U.S.A.Casualty Type:Commonwealth War DeadGrave/Memorial Reference:VIII. F. 29.Cemetery:ENFIDAVILLE WAR CEMETERY

    Name:CUMMING, GREVILLE COBBETT ELLIOTTInitials:G C ENationality:United KingdomRank:LieutenantRegiment/Service:King's Royal Rifle CorpsUnit Text:10th (The Rangers) BnAge:21Date of Death:28/02/1944Service No:289134Additional information:Son of Dorothy Cumming McNab, of New York City, U.S.A.Casualty Type:Commonwealth War DeadGrave/Memorial Reference:VI. H. 10.Cemetery:BEACH HEAD WAR CEMETERY, ANZIO

    Can find Mosseri - yet.
     
  7. Paul Reed

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    Hmm - Mosseri is not shown in CWGC or ABMC. Maybe he is not commemorated?
     
  8. Owen

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    If Mosseri killed with maquis he won't be on CWGC and he not on ABMC.
    Cross posted agian, great minds thinking alike.
    Maybe buried in hometown so not under care of ABMC.
     
  9. Paul Reed

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    This could be a very interesting one! Found this in London Gazette:

    K.R.R.C.
    War Subs. Lt. L. N. Mosseri (256094) relinquishes
    his commn., 2gth Aug. 1944.

    This is his probate details:

    MOSSERI, Lionel Nessim
    44, ''Upper Grosvenor Street, London, W.i; Lieutenant,
    French Army. 26th November, 1944.
    Slaughter & May, 18, Austin Friars, London, E.G.2, Solicitors. (Leo Frederic Alfred d'Erlanger and James wilfrcd Coveney.)
    12th September, 1946
     
  10. Paul Reed

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    Unfortunately WW2 French soldiers are not on the net yet.
     
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  12. Owen

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    Bloomin' 'eck Paul, that was some fine detective work there.
    Thanks.
     
  13. Paul Reed

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    Thanks - was interesting to trace that one. I am going down to that area next year, so might do a de-tour to visit his grave.
     
  14. Owen

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  15. Paul Reed

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    Picked up three volumes of KRRC Chronicle at W&P Show today. They have a lot about the American officers; I will post more when I am back at my main PC again.
     
  16. Paul Reed

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    Hope to get to this cemetery in late November. Will post some photos if I do.
     
  17. Owen

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    Speaking of American Officers in British Army, in History of Fourth Indian Division is a photo "Group of Sappers and Miners Officers Killed at Battle of Wadi Akarit".
    Second from left is Lieut Allan US Army.

    Anyone know more about him?
    Haven't got to that part of book yet so don't know if he mentioned in text.
     
  18. Paul Reed

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    No Christian name or unit identified?
     
  19. Owen

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    page 226,

    ...Lieut Allan an American liason officer who had first met the Fourth Division in Cyprus.

    That's all.
    Killled with other officers of 4th Field Company.
    These chaps killed by same shell
    06/04/1943

    Capt Baldwin CWGC :: Casualty Details

    Maj Murray CWGC :: Casualty Details

    Lt-Col Blundell CWGC :: Casualty Details




    Going back to CUMMING who is buried at Anzio, that's another one we could have looked for, Oh hum....
     
  20. Paul Reed

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