Discussion in 'Special Forces' started by jeffbubble, Nov 9, 2018.
Know he was in Berlin and Malaya. Last seen 30 Signal Regt 1962.
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There was a Cpl Shanahan who was a member of 3rd Parachute Battalion and was captured at Arnhem. He later went on to serve with the SAS in Malaya and then in Korea and was at one stage part of the Royal Signals motorcycle display team. Going through the POW book I think his number was 14428146.
UK, British Prisoners of War, 1939-1945
Name: V P Shanahan
Army Number: 14428146
Regiment: Army Air Corps
Camp Type: Stalag
Camp Number: XII-A
Camp Location: Limburg, Baden-Württemberg
If he served post 1948 he would be issued a different service number (when all 3 services started to use the same set of 8 digit numbers).
I might be wrong but I thought that if you had unbroken service you did not receive a new number but carried your original one until you left. I'm pretty sure the Shanahan I'm talking about kept the same number until he finally left.
Apologies. I think you are correct.
I was basing my response on the handful of post 1945 service records posted on the forum for men who re enlisted post 1948.
On reflection I can recall seeing mention of pre 1948 service numbers for then serving soldiers in Regimental Journals in the mid 1960’s.
Thank You for your replies - Paddy was my boss in the Mt Bays 30 Signal Regiment, Blandford 1962. I was inspecting Vehicles REME.
I think I have a photo of him somewhere if it would help in confirming if he is the same Shanahan as you knew. If I can find it would you like me to post it ?
Sorry I haven't visited the site for a few weeks. I will dig the photo out and post it later this week.
Attached is a photo of Cpl Shahanan
Thanks that's him but lost a stripe?
Definitely three stripes.
must have lost one later?
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