Army number

Discussion in 'Searching for Someone & Military Genealogy' started by rodbender, Jun 29, 2019.

  1. rodbender

    rodbender Junior Member

    Hiya ,
    My great uncle, I belive was in the buffs before the war & was a policeman in Palestine, is this possible?
    Also he joinded 4 para in Palestine in 1942.
    Did he keep his origin buffs number 6285440 or was he given another one?

    I can find information about Arnhem but very little else. What i know is he was Sgt. F. H. Chesson and jumped on the second day. He was a squad leader and was killed near the pumping station. His and 8 other bodys were moved round to the 6 mile arnhem marker. There is a picture in one of the German propaganda leaflet Das Searchlight & It never snows in September.
    If it helps with the TANK BIAS, he was up against SS 10th Panza
     
  2. rodbender

    rodbender Junior Member

    Hiya ,
    My great uncle, I belive was in the buffs before the war & was a policeman in Palestine, is this possible?
    Also he joinded 4 para in Palestine in 1942.
    Did he keep his origin buffs number 6285440 or was he given another one?

    I can find information about Arnhem but very little else. What i know is he was Sgt. F. H. Chesson and jumped on the second day. He was a squad leader and was killed near the pumping station. His and 8 other bodys were moved round to the 6 mile arnhem marker. There is a picture in one of the German propaganda leaflets Das Searchlight & the book It never snows in September.
    If it helps with the TANK BIAS, he was up against SS 10th Panza

    Thank you for looking at this thread.
     
  3. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Have spoken to Mods in an attempt to delete one of your threads as they are both the same

    To find out more about your relation you really need to obtain his service records before you go any further, and these records can ONLY be obtained from the MOD the forms are here Request records of deceased service personnel

    TD
     
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  4. harkness

    harkness Well-Known Member

    Wounded 1942:
    Chesson_01.jpg

    Chesson_02.jpg

    Chesson_03.jpg
     
  5. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    For the record:
    Casualty
    Serjeant CHESSON, FRANK HERBERT
    Service Number 6285440
    Died 19/09/1944
    Aged 30
    10th Bn. The Parachute Regiment, A.A.C.
    Buried at ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    Location: Gelderland, Netherlands
    Cemetery/memorial reference: 6. C. 18.

    As you can see from CWGC and from Casualty lists posted by Harkness, he kept 6285440. This would have been normal procedure.

    Army Number Block Allocations
    " The Buffs (East Kent Regiment) 6278001 - 6334000 "

    Good luck with your research.

    In order to avoid confusion I merged your identical threads.
     
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  6. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member

    Hi,

    He likely joined Palestine Police pre 1939 after he went on to Regular Army Reserve but he would've been liable for "recall to the colours" on the outbreak of war.

    The answer will be in his service papers.

    Steve
     
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  7. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    UK, Military Campaign Medal and Award Rolls, 1793-1949
    Name: F J Chesson
    Service Date: 1936-1939
    Service Place: Palestine
    Campaign or Service: Palestine
    Regiment or Unit Name: 1st Battalion The Buffs
    Regimental Number: 6285440

    Note he has initials F J not F H on the above record


    You still really need to obtain his service records
    TD

    UK, Army Roll of Honour, 1939-1945
    Name: Frank Chesson
    Given Initials: F H
    Rank: Serjeant
    Death Date: 19 Sep 1944
    Number: 6285440
    Birth Place: Kent
    Residence: Kent
    Regiment at Enlistment: Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment)
    Branch at Enlistment: Army Air Corps
    Theatre of War: Western Europe Campaign, 1944/45
    Regiment at Death: Parachute Regiment (not otherwise specified)
    Branch at Death: Army Air Corps
     

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  8. rodbender

    rodbender Junior Member

  9. rodbender

    rodbender Junior Member

    My goodness I have been looking for literally years for the Palestine info. Thank you.
     
  10. rodbender

    rodbender Junior Member

    Thank you for the advice. I now have enough information to feel confident in requesting the records.
     
  11. rodbender

    rodbender Junior Member

    My Fathers Uncles and Father seem to like using Names willy nilly Like George Chesson was known as Sid. Frank has J not H as his second initial sometimes. That just leaves the third brother Ron Chesson who was 18 when he joined up at the beginning of the war. For some reason he joined the Irish Fusiliers. But cannot find the name Chesson, R or otherwise :army:

    Thank you all again, I feel more confident now I have some information to base my questions and requests on.
     
  12. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

    Bear in mind that you do not need any service details to apply for service records, just name and date of birth. In this case you don't need a death certificate as he was KIA, I would include a copy of the CWGC certificate with the application forms.
     
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