Did any of your family serve during WW2; if so what did they do?

Discussion in 'Searching for Someone & Military Genealogy' started by nickc, Apr 12, 2006.

  1. ypres5

    ypres5 Junior Member

    My Grandfather was wounded ww1 with the 15th Cheshire's, then went into the Liverpool's. Then WW2 come's along and at the age of 42 joins the Pioneer corps, and he was one of the lucky one's to get off the beach at Dunkirk. I had a Great Uncle who died as a Pow at the hands of the Japanese, i believe he was in the Royal Artillery. Mick
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  2. KevinC

    KevinC Slightly wierd

    Can't believe I have missed this thread after all these years
    My grandfather was in No. 5 Commando and was involved in Madagascar
    My uncle was in the Engineers and was killed in the retreat to El Alamein
  3. Tolbooth

    Tolbooth Patron Patron

    Yes, I missed it too

    Dad was Lothian and Border Yeomanry, went in D+30, through Normandy, Holland and on to Germany.
    My uncle Tom, his brother, was also L&BY, having joined slightly earlier than Dad, went over with BEF and captured just outside St. Valery.
    Both of them were called back for Korea and served '50-'51 with 8th Royal Irish Hussars

    On Mum's side Uncle Greg was Royal Navy in the Med and Uncle George in the Marines, served in Italy where he met and married his Italian wife;-
    George and Amalia wedding, Messina, 8th July 1945.jpg

    Mum worked for Armstrong Siddeley in Coventry and was once chased down the Holbrook Lane on her bike by a German raider - does that count ?
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  4. Vince Edwards

    Vince Edwards New Member

    My father Ronald Phillip Albert Edwards served in the Royal Navy from early 1939 after running away to sea at the age of 15 to join the merchant navy. From what I can gather he spent some time in the Arctic initially on minesweepers, but later from HMS Cairo taking part in attacks on German positions in Norway. He did land at Narvik where he sustained minor injuries from a bullet. His ship was also hit by a bomb. Dad's arm was injured enough, by a falling table, to make playing the piano harder later in life. He was then transferred to a corvette for North Atlantic duties.

    Later he trained as a naval commando. He reported to me that he trained in Persia for some of the time. He had an aptitude for languages so ended up being dropped behind enemy lines in North Africa and the Low Countries to direct naval fire onto enemy positions. He liaised with the locals. He spoke Arabic and French fluently. I have a photo of him with his section in July 1944. No. 17. R.N. Beach Signal Section. He landed at Sword Beach on D-Day assigned to work his way inland with radio to direct naval fire on German positions. He told me his companion was crushed by a friendly tank when he got stuck in a tidal gully by Quistreham. so Dad made his way inland ,with a folding bike, alone.

    Earlier in the war he was assigned to the Greek Navy. He spoke fluent modern Greek. His ship spent time hunting German Submarines, but he did go on one excursion gun running to supply weapons to Serbian resistance. He also told me he was posted onto Mount Etna to man a signals hub for the Invasion of Sicily and Italy. He spoke fluent Italian too.

    After D-Day, and presumably after the group photos were taken, he was dropped into the Low Countries, (not sure where) . His group dropped into water and most were killed. He made it to dry land, but then can't remember what happened. He thinks he was hit by shell blast and can only remember waking up in an aircraft on the way home. He recalls thinking that he was in heaven. My Uncle Pete remembers seeing him on leave shortly after that. He was definitely 'bomb-happy' he recalls.

    I have inserted two images. One is a formal photo of his signals section from July 1944 and the other, with many of the same comrades, is informal.

    My family and I would very much appreciate any information available in connection with my father's war and particularly his No. 17. R.N. Beach Signal Section.comrades.

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  5. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Hi Vince & welcome

    Our normal initial reply is 'do you have his service records' - if you do thats great and would suggest you start a new thread so that details for him are in one place. If you dont have then would suggest you open the link - Request records of deceased service personnel and obtain them - they are only available from the MOD - once you have them start that new thread

    He sounds as though he had a busy war


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