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Battle of Rethem 1945 (Aller river crossing)

Discussion in 'NW Europe' started by Willem, Jun 10, 2019.

  1. that's amazing, thanks :) there is a V.J. Corkingdale as well, with a 'J' initial. Jacks were usually born John weren't they? Not sure how Johns became Jacks, but is there a way of knowing these 2 young men's full names? How nice it would be to send them my dad's poem & diary entry. How would I look for the Corkingdale man? Thanks again
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  2. JimHerriot

    JimHerriot Ready for Anything

    Dear Dr Penny,

    Guy has likely used Service Number (the one closest to your father's) as a start, plus the late Private Roberts given middle name is John, so highly possible he was called "Jack" by his mates, as Johns often were back then.

    Keep up the good work, kind regards,

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  3. JimHerriot

    JimHerriot Ready for Anything

    My current eyesight and typing speed render my post above superfluous!

    Guy, you are a better man than I.

    Kind regards,

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  4. Guy Hudson

    Guy Hudson Looker-upper

    14738062 Pte.Victor JAMES Corkingdale 2nd Battalion Monmouthshire Regiment
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  5. Found Albert John Vivien Roberts' 1939 Register entry on FMP, using the parents' names on his commemoration page. Wow! Thanks :)

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  6. JDKR

    JDKR Member

    Dear Penny - what a touching poem and thank you so much for sharing it. Your father was very fortunate to miss the attack mounted by his battalion on Rethem and it was interesting to see how leave seemingly took precedence over everything. Maintaining morale was a critical aspect for the Army, so this probably explains why he was allowed to go on leave. His entry for 10 April mentions a town name that looks like 'Nomery'; it was in fact Nienburg, which the battalion occupied that day (it had actually been handed over as an open 'city' by the mayor to C Squadron 3 RTR the day before). The last word in his entry for 11 April would be ' A Echelon', which was the battalion's grouping to provide logistic support to the rifle companies and so the first port of call for soldiers being moved rearwards. As SDP mentioned above, my book is due to be published early next year and is on Amazon at shorturl.at/wyIPX. I cover 2 Mons' action at Rethem in some detail so believe this would be of interest for you.

    Best wishes

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  7. Thanks for the extra info John. I can screenshot some pages from my dad's diary if it would add to your narrative for the book? I have photos of him and his parents as well. I lecture internationally in genealogy & family history and will be delivering a lecture in Salt Lake City next Feb, including one about the 1939 Register. I am including my dad's 1939 entry as a schoolboy in 1939 and comparing that to his war diary just a few years later. As an aside, my book ''Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy'' is available in paperback here - bit.ly/EDIG_Paper or on Kindle here - bit.ly/EDIG_Kindle
    Are you coming to Roots Tech London, 24-26 Oct? They will have a stall by MOD there as well. I'm doing 3 lectures
    best wishes
  8. JDKR

    JDKR Member

    Penny - Many thanks for your kind offer but I think your father would have been enjoying his well-earned leave during the period in which I am interested! Your book looks very interesting and I have always wondered about those aspects of finding out about relatives! Sadly I can't make the Roots Tech but all the very best for your lectures. John

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