My father, Cor Booij, joined in September ’44 the 53rd Welsh Division. He was member of the resistance, taking care for communication with the allied forces. After the liberation of Eindhoven he took part in the campaigns in the corridor to Nijmegen, the Ardennes and the Reichswald. From there we are not sure. We know that he stayed in Germany (the Rheinland) during the first months after the end of the war. The military authorities used the fact that he was fluent in English, German and French for communication with civilian authorities and (probably) the French. He left the English army (probably still serving in the 53rd) somewhere in the late summer, beginning of the autumn as a sergeant. (according to the insignia’s on his uniform when he came home and on photo’s) We are searching for more information about him and other Dutch or Belgians serving in the 53rd . The MoD can’t find his service records and requests a service number (which we don’t have). They suggest that he may have been registered as ‘attached personnel’. Can anyone help me for more information or give suggestions where to find records about these ‘international’ soldiers in the 53rd?