Cpl C Brown 5th Bn East Yorks

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  1. B20wnx

    B20wnx Member

    hello to one and all.
    Came accross this site on the beginnings of a family tree search, iam an internet/computer user but by no means competent.
    My grandfather (as above) never made it home like so many others nod with the recent loss of my own dad has sparked me to trace more information in the parts they played.
    It would be fantastic if anyone has anything relating to my grandfather or his units actions and can either guide me or share the information.
    I have just sent off the paperwork for his army records and await their return.
    ME - Retired, ex army, aged 55, lives in West Yorkshire and is a member of ex military vehicles group. Spend too much time in garden and shed and looking forward to tracing the family tree and military records.
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  2. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    Welcome to the forum, Steve.

    Is this him?

    Service Number: 4346313
    Died: 29/05/1942
    Aged: 34
    5th Bn. East Yorkshire Regiment
    Son of John and Mary Brown; husband of Ethel Brown, of Dudley Hill, Bradford, Yorkshire.
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  3. B20wnx

    B20wnx Member

    Yes Steve it is.
    I just found it and some other items that have come in useful from Geoff search engine.
    Thank you for your welcome and effort in the above, it is much appreciated.
    I also found a ww11 re-enactors group which I am hoping may find some extra info...
  4. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    welcome Steve

  5. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Re member

    UK, Army Roll of Honour, 1939-1945
    Name: Christopher Brown
    Given Initials: C
    Rank: Corporal
    Death Date: 29 May 1942
    Number: 4346313
    Birth Place: Bradford
    Residence: Bradford
    Branch at Enlistment: Infantry
    Theatre of War: Middle East
    Regiment at Death: East Yorkshire Regiment (Duke of York's Own)
    Branch at Death: Infantry

    Global, Find A Grave Index for Burials at Sea and other Select Burial Locations, 1300s-Current
    Name: Corporal Christopher C Brown
    Death Date: 29 May 1942
    Cemetery: Alamein Memorial
    Burial or Cremation Place: El Alamein, Matruh, Egypt
    Has Bio?: N
    URL: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-...

    I guess the next step is War Diaries once his details are received

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  6. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    I think I may have this diary - I'll check when I get home from work.
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  7. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    Hello Steve,

    Your grandfather died during the Gazala battles, which commenced on 26 May 1942 when Rommel's DAK + Italians attacked the British defences there.

    The 5th Bn East Yorkshire Regiment was brigaded with the 6th & 7th Bns Green Howards, 69th Infantry Brigade, 50th (Northumbrian) Division.

    It's sister battalion, the 4th Bn East Yorkshire Regiment, which was brigaded with the 4th & 5th Bns Green Howards, 150th Infantry Brigade, 50th (Northumbrian) Division, was overrun (along with the rest of the Brigade) during this battle; on 1 June 1942.

    No consolation to your grandfather or yourself, but the 5th Bn East Yorkshire Regiment achieved a great deal thereafter, at the 2nd Battle of El Alamein, Sicily (Operation Husky), D-Day assault battalion on Gold Beach, fighting in Normandy, Operation Market Garden, etc.

    Advise that you read-up on the Gazala battles, sometimes known as the Gazala Gallop.

    I have the battalion history and another regarding the East Yorkshire Regiment in WWII. He is mentioned only in the Roll of Honour in the latter book as 'killed in action'. The action in which he was killed is not mentioned, but if you require the book names, authors, etc. I am happy to provide.

    If Andy (Drew5233) does not get back to you first, I will see if I have the War Diary. Also, I will look at my other sources for the action the 5th Bn East Yorkshire Regiment were engaged in the day your grandfather was killed and revert.


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  8. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Here you go
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  9. 4jonboy

    4jonboy Daughter of a 56 Recce

    Hello and welcome to the forum Steve. I see you are in very good hands already:)

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  10. B20wnx

    B20wnx Member

    Thank you
  11. B20wnx

    B20wnx Member

    Thank you, very much appreciated
  12. B20wnx

    B20wnx Member

    Brilliant thank you
  13. B20wnx

    B20wnx Member

    Thank you all very much for your positive help.
    I have lots of reading to do now.

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