Anthony Barne, Royal Dragoons and 4th Hussars

Discussion in 'User Introductions' started by Charles Barne, Jul 30, 2018.

  1. Charles Barne

    Charles Barne Member

    Afternoon all

    I am currently editing and anotating the WW2 diaries of my grandfather (Anthony Barne). If anyone had an info relating to him I would be v appreciative

    Many thanks
     
  2. SDP

    SDP Senior Member

    Can you be more specific please about what you mean by 'Royal Dragoons'....
     
  3. Charles Barne

    Charles Barne Member

    1st The Royal Dragoons. British cavalry regiment
     
  4. SDP

    SDP Senior Member

    Charles

    Thanks for the clarification: other Royal Dragoon style Regiments exist(ed). Sorry I can't help with the 1st Royal Dragoons - was hoping you meant 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards.
     
  5. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    WWII veteran and forum member Ron Goldstein served the latter part of his War Service with the 4th Queens Own Hussars. You may wish to drop him a message, Chris.

    Best

    Steve.
     
  6. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron

    Charles

    Welcome aboard and so glad you took my advice about posting on this forum.

    Firstly, you need to understand, that to to "rankers" such as myself, The CO lived in a very rarified atmosphere and was rarely seen by the troops under his command other than on Regimental parades and so, regrettably my 9,000 odd postings on this forum will contain no references to him.

    Your best bet, if you haven't already done so, is to contact the Hussars web site and ask them to recommend reading matter that is freely available online.

    You should, of course, read the 4th QOH war diaries for the period 1939 to 1946 and there are some references to him in Major General John Strawson's memoirs and just one reference to him in Loopy Kennard's wonderful autobiography "Loopy".

    As a matter of amusement, the then OC of "A" squadron (my own particular unit) was Major "Paddy" O'Brien and on one of his birthdays his relatives "found" me on this forum and invited me to pen a few words of remembrance and felicitation :)

    Good luck with your research !

    Ron

    ps
    Thanks Steve !
     
  7. Charles Barne

    Charles Barne Member

    Thanks for your reply, Ron- I really appreciate you taking the time. I wonder if you had any recollections as to his reputation as a CO? I'm sure as in any situation of people living closely together there must have been a certain amount of chat / gossip...

    I will certainly have a look at the resources you suggest. Are the Strawson memoirs the book titled "Hussars, Horses and History"?

    Thank you for your good wishes too. I hope to have the diaries publised at some stage next year so I will certainly let you know in case of interest

    Without sounding corny, it is a privelege to be in direct touch with someone who served in WW2, especially with my grandfather. I/we all owe you a great deal...

    With very best regards

    Charlie
     
  8. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron

    Charlie

    Strawson's book is indeed "Hussars, Horses & History" and thank-you for your kind words.

    As for your Grandad's reputation, the mere fact that I can't remember any adverse talk about him should be sufficient for his reputation :)

    This link will take you to the 4th QOH war diaries....... your Grandad is first shown in 1945
    War Diaries For 4th (Queen's Own) Hussars

    You might find this small tale of interest:
    BBC - WW2 People's War - The Day I Should Have Died: 4th Queen's Own Hussars in Italy

    Ron
     
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2018

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