D-Day, Normandy: On which beach did 1st Bn Rifle Brigade land?

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  1. merseygirl

    merseygirl Member

    I am trying to find out which beach my father landed in on D Day. He was in the 1st Batt Rifle Brigade.
    The 50th Division landed on Gold but The 3rd Division landed on Sword.
    He was a desert rat in the 8th Army and went to Normandy on 4.6.44 till 21.7.44.
    His war record says NW Europe 1/RB39/44 on his posting to NW Europe.
    Can anyone help. My daughter, his granddaughter, is travelling to Normandy tomorrow August 3rd 2019. We have been trying for two months to find out.
     
  2. merseygirl

    merseygirl Member

    Can you help me. My father was at D Day. He was in the 1st Batt. RIFLE Brigade and had been a desert rat in the eighth army. He sent to NW Europe on 4.6.44 till 21.7.44. His posting says NW Europe 1/RB39/44. Do you know if he was on Gold or Sword please. My daughter, his granddaughter, is going to Normandy tomorrow for a holiday . We have been months researching on and off. Thank you.
     
  3. merseygirl

    merseygirl Member

    Can you help me please. I am seeking the beach my father landed on on D Day. He was in 1st btn Rifle Brigade and had been a desert rat in the 8th Army. His posting says NWEurope 1/RB39/44 from 4.6.44 to 21 7.44.
    I know its Gold or Sword but can't find out which one. Thank you.
     
  4. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron

    It's very unlikely he landed on D-Day itself. Apart from advance parties, 7th Armoured Division started landing on 7th June and it was the best part of a week until most of yhe division was ashore.

    On the plus side, he would have almost certainly landed at Gold Beach. Have you any idea which part of the battalion he was with: company/platoon?
     
  5. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron

    Copied here as this is probably the best thresad to develop:

    It's very unlikely he landed on D-Day itself. Apart from advance parties, 7th Armoured Division started landing on 7th June and it was the best part of a week until most of the division was ashore.

    On the plus side, he would have almost certainly landed at Gold Beach. Have you any idea which part of the battalion he was with: company/platoon?
     
  6. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member

    Hi,

    I’ve asked Admin to move your post to its own topic to attract more informed members.

    I can’t find anything specifically about 1st RB on D Day but this site says 22nd Armoured Brigade landed on the evening of 6th June 1944 - although the whole Brigade wasn’t ashore until the following evening.

    Battles 1944

    It says that they started to assemble behind 50th Division who landed on Gold beach -

    Gold Beach | World War II

    Hopefully once your post is in a stand-alone topic members with an interest in 1st RB will post the definitive answer.

    Good Luck.

    Steve
     
  7. merseygirl

    merseygirl Member


    I hope you can help me. My father was at Day Day. I am wondering which beach he landed on. He was in the 1st btn Rifle Brigade and had been a desert rat in the eighth Army.
    His posting says NW Europe 1/RB39/44 from 4.6.44 to 21.7.44.
    His army number is 6918116 Sgt Sidney Compton. Hope you can help me. With thanks x
    all i know is his service no 6918116. His unit was 1/RB39/44.
    From 22.7.44 to 13.4 45 it says 50/44 and something else I can't decipher. Dont know of this helps.
     
  8. merseygirl

    merseygirl Member

    Thank you so much.
     
  9. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Can you scan / take a photo of the original entry and attach to reply please?

    If it's a date, it might well read 3/9/44...



    Original post and several others moved to create dedicated thread.
    2 threads merged.
     
  10. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member

    Hi,

    I appreciate you are desperate given the weekend departure to Normandy but It doesn’t help to post on multiple topics....

    1st Battalion Rifle Brigade 1944

    There is information in this topic that I was about to post on the other topic where you posted but I may as well post here.

    Steve
     
  11. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member

    Last edited: Aug 2, 2019
  12. merseygirl

    merseygirl Member

    Sirry I'm new to this. Thank you x
     
  13. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron

    Right, I think everything is here now!

    Do you know if he was wounded or became a prisoner of war?

    21/7/44 is Operation Goodwood where 7 Armd Div were the third of three armd divs in a big attack near Caen. As we were advancing, getting captured seems less likely but perhaps the 22/7/44 to 13/4/45 might relate to being wounded or sick.

    I suspect 39/44 and 50/44 are serial numbers for the battalion's admin orders where he joins and (maybe) leaves them. As Di suggests, we might be able to pick more out of a scan.
     
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    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

  15. merseygirl

    merseygirl Member

    Thank you so much. The second set of dates did say something that looked like 'home ". I know he ended up the hospital for nervous diseases in London. He was discharged as medically unfit with 20% disability. It says he was agitated.
     
  16. merseygirl

    merseygirl Member

    Thank you so much. X
     
  17. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron

    Unfortunately, I don't have the war diaries for July. I've had a very quick look at what I've got for June but he's not jumped out - though it's unusual for personnel to be named in the diaries.
     
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  18. merseygirl

    merseygirl Member

    Thank you so much for all your help . My daughter is delighted that she now has more information for her visit to Normandy. I am indebted to you.
     
  19. merseygirl

    merseygirl Member

    Thank you so much.
     
  20. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member

    You're welcome.

    Perhaps when you have more time you might post copies of the service papers so members can interpret them for you.

    Steve
     
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