Ernest Millward 40 R.M Commando Mortar Platoon

Discussion in 'Searching for Someone & Military Genealogy' started by Stuart W Millward, Mar 20, 2018.

  1. Stuart W Millward

    Stuart W Millward New Member

    Hi there,

    For a few years now I have been trying to find out information about my Grandad Ernest Millward during WWII or his platoon, the 40 R.M Commando Mortar Platoon. I would be very grateful if anyone has any info.

    I've attached a picture of his platoon (he is in the middle row third from the right).

    I'm afraid I've hit a brick wall otherwise in finding anything else about his time during the war.

    Many thanks,

    Stu Millward

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  2. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    What date range was he with them?
  3. CL1

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

  4. Stuart W Millward

    Stuart W Millward New Member

    Hi Drew,

    This is the problem I'm afraid I don;t know. When I was a child he had dementia and then he died when I was a teen so I never could ask him.
  5. Stuart W Millward

    Stuart W Millward New Member

    Hi there,

    I did think about that but do you need a service number as I was under the impression that you did? I freely admit that I could be wrong.
  6. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Just a date of birth or service number to apply. Both is better but one will do it.
  7. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

    Stuart, the more information that you can provide the better the chance of success. When and where was he born, when and where did he die? Did he have a middle name? Even some rough idea might give us a chance of locating him so that you can get his birth/death details to enable you to apply for his records.

    Is he the ex commando Ernest B Millward, born 1922, who played golf, was amateur champion and was in the British Walker cup side?

    Any connections with Branksome Wood Road, Bournemouth?
  8. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    If you know his date (or approx date) of death and it was in the England then we can find his details for his death certificate and usually that has his date of birth on it

  9. Stuart W Millward

    Stuart W Millward New Member

    Hi Tony & TD,

    I wish he was an amateur golfing champion but alas no!

    My Ernest Millward was born 16th October 1919 and died in 1988. He had no middle name.

    Really I was trying to find out his history during World War II as I can find nothing detailing it. I only found out his platoon a few weeks ago.

    I have now though a book called 'Jock of 40 Commando Royal Marine - My Life from Start to Finish'. and that has a great deal of info of what actions his platoon undertook.


  10. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Hi Stu

    Then I would revert you to post 3 above and suggest you obtain a copy of his service records (onlly available from the MOD via that link) these will tell you what he did where and when, its really the only place to start any quest like this.

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