Captain C.A. HOOD, 140th Field Regiment R.A., P.O.W., 1940

Discussion in 'Prisoners of War' started by dbf, Jun 24, 2010.

  1. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    From The War Illustrated, Mar 21, 1941

    Wonder - if anyone is inclined that is - how much info could be added to this - ticks a few boxes as witnessed by the thread's title.;)


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  2. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Can't see that it mentions his unit at Cassel. The only RA units I know that were there then were:

    209th Battery (reinforced), 53rd Anti-Tank Regiment, Worchestershire Yeomanry and 5th Royal Horse Artillery.

    Just checking a book....
     
  3. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    He must have been in one of the groups that attempted to leave Cassel on the 29th May. Brig Somerset was in charge at Cassel and gave the order that on the evening of 29th May they would try to reach Dunkirk after being surrounded. Only one or two groups reached the beaches with most of the defenders being captured.

    I have the route somewhere in my PC that they followed out of the town, it was initially east past 'Dead Horse Corner' then at a junction (I think) the groups were to head north. Shortly after the breakout started the Germans realised what was happening and opened fire on them in the area of the junction.
     
  4. The Hen

    The Hen Junior Member

    Hi
    Capt C A Hood is my husband's grandfather - we would love to know more - we have this article from the Surrey comet - but nothing else - all family records were destroyed.
    He was HAC - if that helps.
    best wishes
    Hen
     
  5. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    Diane,

    Another good post.

    Hen,

    Hello and welcome to the forum.

    You will still be able to apply for the service record, through your husband.

    Also one of our members may hold copies of the war diaries which would shed light on the locations etc.

    Army Personnel Centre - British Army Website is the website thast will point you in the right direction for obtaining the service record.

    I wish you well with the research.

    Regards
    Tom
     
  6. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Hen,
    Hello and welcome to the forum.

    As Smudger says apply for the service records; they won't make up for the personal records which were lost, but they will give you a timeline and some details. Do you have his Regimental No. at all? If not DOB should be sufficient.

    If you don't have a subscription to Ancestry, I am sure someone here might care to look up the brief POW details for you .. or the publication

    As for his time as POW, try contacting Red Cross and see if they can locate any information they might hold about him.
    ICRC Archives

    Do you have a photo of him that you'd care to post here?

    All the best,
    Diane
     
  7. The Hen

    The Hen Junior Member

    Hi
    Thank you!

    His DOB was 19th Dec 1905
    He worked before and after the war as a Stockbroker for the Union Discount Co (the Company that lent Bank to Bank money)
    He joined the HAC while there and when Princess Anne was born let off the 21gun salute to celebrate her birth!
    The HAC seem to have been very supportive of his wife in his absence.
    Apparently he helped several escapes - would love to know more about this, and also how he got home.
    His small children did not recognise their father on his return!

    Many thanks
    Hen
     
  8. ramacal

    ramacal 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA Patron

    Had a PM from Hen and have supplied her with the POW details from Ancestry.

    Am going to Kew next week and will check to see if there was a returning POW report. As an officer he may well have done. If so, we will have a unit and hopefully more details.

    Cheers - Rob
     
  9. The Hen

    The Hen Junior Member

    Diane
    OOPS - forgot to say I will dig out his photo and will post - he was rather dashing!
     
  10. The Hen

    The Hen Junior Member

    Rob

    You are a star - thank you SO SO much!!
    Best wishes
    Hen
     
  11. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Very decent of you Rob.
     
  12. The Hen

    The Hen Junior Member

    Diane,
    Having carefully read the article..there is much missing from 30th May to July...I will dig this out too and post Surrey Comet version....fabulous though to have Winter section - we have never seen that!!
    Can't believe you only posted this yesterday!
    Thank you!
    Hen
     
  13. ramacal

    ramacal 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA Patron

    Hi D

    Must not count our chickens yet.

    Capt Hood's POW details.

    Name: C. A. Hood
    Rank: Captain
    Army Number: 95963
    Regiment: Royal Artillery
    POW Number: 560
    Camp Type: Oflag
    Camp Number: VII-B
    Camp Location: Eichstätt, Bavaria
     
  14. ramacal

    ramacal 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA Patron

    Hen

    I know it's not the period you are looking at, but I found these entries in the 2 May 1947 issue of the London Gazette.

    The War Office, 2nd May, 1947

    The following Officer is awarded the Efficiency
    Medal (Territorial), 3rd Clasp: —
    ROYAL ARTILLERY.
    Capt. C. A. HOOD (95963).

    The following Officers are awarded the Efficiency
    Medal (Territorial), 2nd Clasp: —
    ROYAL ARTILLERY.
    Lt. (Hon. Capt.) C. A. HOOD (95963)-
     
  15. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Rob, quite: fingers crossed then for a Liberation report ...

    Hen with these details supplied by Rob and DOB you can apply to the Red Cross for their records. No idea what exactly is supplied but may be brief list of the camps he was at and perhaps a photo. As your husband is his grandchild, it should cost you nothing more than a stamp ... and a bit of patience.

    Looking forward to seeing the photo and to read the 'missing' parts of his diary.

    All the best,
    D
     
  16. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    I've been checking for a while now and I can't find any ref to the Honourable Artillery Company serving with the BEF as a unit. I can't find any casualties either (Still got the Dunkirk Memorial to check).

    I suspect he was either a Staff Officer attached somewhere within 48 Div or 145 Inf. Bde under Brig Somerset, CO at Cassel or he was with another RA unit during his time in 1940 France.

    Regards
    Andy
     
  17. ramacal

    ramacal 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA Patron

    Andy

    11 RHA were an Honourable Artillery Company unit. They have one casualty on the Dunkirk Memorial.

    Might be worth checking.

    Cheers - Rob
     
  18. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    I only have 1 RHA, 2 RHA and 5 RHA listed in the BEF's Orbat. What rank was he Rob?

    Any RA chaps can check what Battery's were in 140th Army Field Regiment, Royal Artillery ?

    I've just had a mention via PM from Hen that he may have been in the above unit. They were part of I Corps in 1940 as Corps Troops so it is possible some of them could have been at Cassel under the command of Brig Somerset.

    Cheers
    Andy
     
  19. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Cassel Cemetery holds at least two casualties from 140th Army Field Regiment, RA and quite a few east and west of Cassel so it looks a bit promising.

    I would as a matter of fact look to order his service records as has already been suggested-It will cut out any guess work and give you the facts.

    Cheers
    Andy
     
  20. Rob Dickers

    Rob Dickers 10th MEDIUM REGT RA

    Andy
    3 Sep 39
    140 (5th London) A Fd Regt
    Batteries
    366 (10th London), 367 (11th London)
    Rob
     

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