Discussion in 'WW2 Militaria' started by AB64, Apr 2, 2012.
4394806 Jack Comins, CMP (previously Green HOwards) MiD 1946 for service in the Med
40020, Samuel Hardman RFA, MiD Italy 1918
3041680 Hugh Harrison, awarded Air Force Cross in Queens Birthday Honours 1956
J27998 John William Kaiser, RCAF, 90 Squadron, Awarded DFC
"This officer's determination to attack his objectives under all circumstances has been exceptional. On at least two occasions he has, in spite of an engine failure on the route to the target, carried on to deliver his attack on heavily defended localities. His refreshingly aggressive spirit and his disregard for enemy opposition have earned for him a high reputation. Although willing to accept risks in his attempts to carry out accurate bombing attacks, and although willing to subject his crew to the same dangers, he has, nevertheless, displayed a standard of pilotage and airmanship, and has shown a keen sense of his responsibilities towards his crew, which have earned their entire respect and backing. Flight Lieutenant Kaiser is a fine operational pilot"
"completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty"
B83344, John Henry Kimberley, Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, wounded and POW at Dieppe - awarded DCM for repeated escape attempts which ended with him making it to Sweden in 1944 - citation reads
"Kimberley was captured on 19 August 1942 after the Dieppe Raid.
Notwithstanding the wounds he had received he escaped from the column of route the following day but was apprehended by a patrol eighteen hours later.
After spending three weeks in hospital he was sent to Stalag 344 (Lamsdorf). In March 1943 by exchanging identities with another prisoner Kimberley secured inclusion in a working party employed at Breslau. He eluded the guards and reached Dresden when his presence on a goods train was discovered.
In August 1943 he escaped from Stramberg in a similar manner. On this occasion he had a companion and they decided to try to reach Switzerland. At Valis in Czechoslovakia they came into the hands of Partisans but after staying with them for three weeks continued their journey only to be arrested by the German border police on 7 September 1943 near Bratislava. For a month they were in the custody of the Gestapo at Goding. They were thoroughly interrogated but when it was realized that they would not divulge any information they were sent back to Stalag 344.
Kimberley's fourth attempt to try to leave Germany was made from Stalag IID (Stargard) to which all Canadians had been sent at the beginning of March 1944. Having in his possession documents proving his identity as a French mechanic and authorizing him to travel from Posen to Stettin, Kimberley reached the latter place on 2 June 1944. A fortnight later he returned to Stargard to obtain cigarettes which he might barter for sugar to bribe members of the crew of a Finnish boat. Although he secured the cigarettes he was detected at Stargard railway station, apprehended and returned to the camp.
In spite of receiving almost a month's solitary confinement, he again escaped from a working party on 3 August 1944. The next day he again reached Stettin and on 6 August 1944 succeeded in boarding a Swedish ship where with the cooperation of members of the crew he and another prisoner of war remained hidden in a dry tank.
Whilst the ship was passing Dalara the two fugitives swam ashore and were sent by the local police to Stockholm."
The full citation from the NA has several pages going into more detail - he wrote his story and which the RHLI have and hope to publish online, however his family life sounds as eventful as his military life and with 4 or 5 wives and a number of children there seem to be issues getting agreement on it, but it is being worked on.
7912316 Hubert Francis Lester, RAC, MiD 1945 for service in N W Europe
461 William John Mash, Rifle Brigade
MiD 1/1/16 & 21/12/17
DCM citation "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This warrant officer, by his disregard for personal safety under heavy shell fire, thoroughly carrying out his many duties under all conditions, has always set a fine example to all ranks."
The regimental history gives this info on his MSM "On the 26th (of May, 1918) No 461 T/RSM W J Mash, DCM, performed an act of courage for which he was subsequently awarded the MSM. Whilst superintending a class of American soldiers in the firing of live rifle grenades he saw that an accident was imminent: by siezing a rifle and grenade and flinging them out of the trench he saved several men from death or injury and, in doing so, was himself slightly wounded."
For some reason the pages of this book appear like they are oily or greasy and have gone see through - any advice on a safe way to restore this would be welcome
453958 Lyndsey Holmes McKinney, NZ Military Forces MiD 1946
B98382 Richard Kenneth Montgomery - RCASC - MiD 1946
S/10719 Thomas Webb, RASC awarded MBE
I need to go back over the last few and add the details.
Hopefully thats the basic details added
7596803 Joseph Austin Gusterson REME, Mentioned in Despatches for Gallant service in N W Europe
6726 John Chilvers 3rd Norfolks, he went to France in August 1914 with the 1st Battalion, he went on to serve as 61236 in the MGC (103 Company) with whom he won the MM and also the Romanian Virtute Militari
7912440 Jack (citation has John) Pullen, No1 AFV Inspectorate REME, awarded the BEM, his citation reads
"This NCO has worked in Most of the Sqns of 2 A.D.R. RAC, stepping in cheerfully when special efforts were required. Due to the initial shortage of officers he was frequently soley responsible for inspections. His wide experiences were particularly valuable in the early stages, and his keeness and capacity for hard work have been an inspiration to others. His sole concern has been to produce the best possible tanks for the fighting men"
930758 Joseph William TAYLOR-LOWEN, 114 Field Regiment RA who was killed at Imphal and posthumously Mentioned in Despatches, see
http://ww2talk.com/forums/topic/32130-casualty-service-and-paybook-collection/#entry389533 for more details
DM2/151156 then 321106 Cyril Wood, ASC then RAF, awarded the Meritorious Service Medal in 1918
R80154 then J15811 Robert STEWNER, RCAF of 40 Squadron Awarded the DFM in 1942
746817 John Thomson FOY of 120, 200 & 206 Squadron who was awarded the DFC
4913791 Ronald TURNER who was with the South Stafford's then transferred to the 7th Gold Coast Regiment, he was wounded in 1944 and at some point was Mentioned in Despatches
7385502 Albert Edward GILES, RAMC who was Mentioned in Despatches for service in North Africa
Separate names with a comma.