Great grandad research

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  1. Fraser Angus

    Fraser Angus Member

    Hi all,

    I’m new to the forum. I have a major interest in WW2 history and am currently undergoing a project to unearth some information about my great grandad. I’m planning on creating a map with a story about where he was/what he did and giving it to my gran for Christmas.

    In terms of information, there is very little to go by and I’m struggling to work out who he was and what he did. My gran doesn’t know much information either as he didn’t talk about the war. But she’d love to know more.

    What I have so far:
    His name is William Mackie Baird. He was from Forth (Scotland) and was in the British 8th Army. I’m 99% sure that he was in the Royal Artillery and served in North Africa and Italy. The biggest clue I have is the postcard that I have attached to this post (see image). I think it says the following:

    141 light anti air battery/btn royal artillery.
    29 light anti air regiment royal artillery
    7 company
    *i have looked up both of these and they don’t seem to match up or make sense. So I think I’ve read the numbers wrong.

    I don’t have a service number. He has the 1939-45 star, the Africa star and the France and Germany star. This is a little confusing for me. I don’t know why he has the France and Germany star if he served in NA and Italy. Maybe someone could shed some light on this? My gran says everyone called him gunner (presumably because of RA) but he was also a dispatch rider later in the war.

    The main thing I have to go on is post cards. They were stuck into a book with superglue so I can’t see what was written on the back of them. But he has a number of postcards from various places, so I have made some notes. There aren’t many from North Africa. I’m guessing it was either harder to get post cards or the fighting was too bad/there wasn’t much r&r time. My notes are as follows:

    William Mackie Baird

    Light anti air

    Peebles (post card)
    Troon (post card)
    Perhaps stationed in perranporth before North Africa (post card)
    Coatbridge (post card)

    North Africa - until 1943
    Danse des ouled nails - Algerian (post card)
    Annaba (post card)
    Skikda (post card)
    • from bizerte or sicily?
    Italy

    Taranto landings - but not first wave. Possible route:??
    • Taranto > brindisi > bari > pompei > Rome? 1944 June > Assisi > Ancona
    • All of the above locations were on post cards. Not sure about the route that was taken.
    Clues - Italian Christmas card Christmas 1943 or 44?

    Any help would be much appreciated! I’m going to keep working on this and I hope I can get something made for my gran before Christmas.

    Thank you!
    Fraser
     

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  2. Fraser Angus

    Fraser Angus Member

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  4. CL1

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

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