BEF War Diaries - WO 167 Series

Discussion in '1940' started by Drew5233, Aug 13, 2010.

  1. 4jonboy

    4jonboy Daughter of a 56 Recce

    Hi Tom
    The National Archives are VERY expensive as you can see! Ridiculous prices! Andy (Drew) will be along soon to offer help.

    Lesley
     
  2. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Just to clarify before Andy gets here, although the NA charge a lot for copying, it is a public archive with free access and photography is allowed. The best option is to visit yourself as it's a fascinating place to be. If that's not possible then the second choice is to call upon the services of a 'talented amateur' such as Drew. :)
     
  3. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Hi Andy,

    I just got a quote back from the Nat. Archives for a digital copy of WO 167/766 (5th King's Own Royal). They want an amazing 630£ or so. Is this what you paid for your copy? I would feel I should need to contribute to your cost if I asked you for a copy.

    tom

    They must have made a mistake - there is only 38 pages in this file.
     
  4. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Hi Andy,

    I just got a quote back from the Nat. Archives for a digital copy of WO 167/766 (5th King's Own Royal). They want an amazing 630£ or so. Is this what you paid for your copy? I would feel I should need to contribute to your cost if I asked you for a copy.

    tom

    So they are charging £630 for a 38 page document !

    At my rate I would charge £3.80 for this file (Some folk think I'm expensive :lol: ) which is hardly worth the trouble - Send me a PM with your name and address and I'll send you a copy for free if you have a UK address I can ship the disc to.

    Cheers
    Andy
     
  5. autumnmiss

    autumnmiss Junior Member

     
  6. sonofjimmy

    sonofjimmy New Member

    Hi

    My father who was killed in a mining accident in 1960 was I believe captured at St Valery in June 1940 so I'd be interested in finding out as much as I can about whether this is true and what is recorded about it. I'm pretty sure from Ancestry that his army number in the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers was 4271420. He appears to have been in (at least Stalag IX-C but as a child of about 9 or 10 I remember him telling me he had been in several POW camps and had escaped / attempted to several times. How can I get hold of the war diary mentioned - WO 167/801 - to see if he is listed there?

    Mel
     
  7. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Hi Mel

    Would this be the same person (search via Service number only)



    UK, British Prisoners of War, 1939-1945 about J Dodds




    Name:

    J Dodds

    Rank:

    Fusilier

    Army Number:

    4271420

    Regiment:

    Royal Northumberland Fusiliers

    POW Number:

    1259

    Camp Type:

    Stalag

    Camp Number:

    IX-C

    Camp Location:

    Mühlhausen, Hesse

    Record Office:

    Infantry and Army Educational Corps Record Office, York

    Record Office Number:

    20
     
  8. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    The 7 Northumberland's war diary stops at the end of May and June is missing. Whilst you are probably correct regarding his unit my first step would be to apply for a copy of his service records to confirm his unit as there were a few RNF battalions in France during 1940.

    A
     
  9. Phen Hunter

    Phen Hunter New Member

    Is this list 100% correct?
     
  10. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    As far as I'm aware these are all the diaries in the BEF WO 167 series - Best guess I have around 700 to 800 of them now.

    There are also some unit war diaries in WO 166 that went to France for a short period of time.
     
  11. chris emsley

    chris emsley New Member

    Hi Drew

    I have to confess I have discovered this Forum late in the day.

    I would be very grateful to receive the following diary in whatever form it might be available and can asure you that unlike it seems some people who have
    made similar requests a donation will certainly be made.


    WO 167/982 228 Fd. Pk. Coy.

    I am mainly interested in the months September 1939 until June 1940.

    Many thanks

    Chris
     
  12. 8igh3@d

    8igh3@d New Member

    Also late to the site I would like WO 167/756 and WO 167/754 if available, thanks Don
     

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