H Surridge R.A.F

Discussion in 'Searching for Someone & Military Genealogy' started by Oldleg, Feb 23, 2017.

  1. Oldleg

    Oldleg Well-Known Member

    I am wanting to learn as much as I can on Mr H Surridge who in June 1940 stayed in Bonnemare-Radepont with a Mrs Lefevre and then with madame Huguette Verhague, both in the Normandy region of Eure between June-December 1940. His name has cropped uo in the book 'La Resistance dans L'Eure. I have no other information but was hoping that all you chaps and lasses out there might be able to help. I have no service number or first name or type of aircraft he was flying etc. I don't know what squadron he belonged to.
  2. alieneyes

    alieneyes Senior Member

    Oliver Clutton-Brock's excellent "Footprints on the Sands of Time" lists 2 POWs with that surname:

    a) P/O AE Surridge, No. 158 Sqn, lost 30 March 1944,
    b) Sgt. GH Surridge, No. 15 Sqn, lost 25 April 1942, died of injuries 28 April 1942.

    His "RAF Evaders" has no mention of this man in his list of RAF evaders. But on page 22 there is the story of a Sgt. Blaydon escaping St. Hippolyte internment camp on 2 April, 1941 with "Corporal HWC Surridge, AMPC, Corporal Frost (no record) and Pte. EJ Small, East Surreys". On 8 April, 1941 they were arrested in Spain, interrogated by a German in civilian clothes.

    While Blaydon got home, via Gibraltar, six weeks later, the book does not tell the fate of Surridge or Small.

    This may answer all questions: Corporal H W C Surridge (service number 6284681). Service: Army, AMPC [Auxiliary... | The National Archives

    MI9 nos 1 to 499


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  3. Oldleg

    Oldleg Well-Known Member

    Dave, HWC Surridge sounds like the man I am looking for. I think the author got it wrong saying RAF. I now have problem as I live in France and not sure when I will be able to go the archives.
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  4. horsapassenger

    horsapassenger Senior Member

    Save you a trip

    Attached Files:

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  5. Oldleg

    Oldleg Well-Known Member

    This looks must be my man. Fleury is less than 5 miles away from Lisors where madame Verhague lived. Have you got a full copy of his file that I could have? I would love to learn more about him and see if I can get in touch with his relatives if there are any alive.

    I wonder if we can find a photo of the man.
  6. Oldleg

    Oldleg Well-Known Member

    I noticed that in peacetime he was a 'Trounncer'. Does anyone know what Trouncers were at that time? I have never heard of the phrase.
  7. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    How about this guy as a possible

    Harry William C Surridge in the England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007
    Name: Harry William C Surridge
    Birth Date: 10 Aug 1913
    Date of Registration: Jan 1997
    Age at Death: 83
    Registration district: Canterbury
    Inferred County: Kent
    Register Number: A16S
    District and Subdistrict: 5601A
    Entry Number: 134

  8. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Harry W C Surridge in the England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915
    Name: Harry W C Surridge
    Mother's Maiden Name: Lowe
    Registration Year: 1913
    Registration Quarter: Jul-Aug-Sep
    Registration district: Mile End Old Town
    Parishes for this Registration District: View Ecclesiastical Parishes associated with this Registration District
    Inferred County: London
    Volume: 1c
    Page: 737


    edited to add

    It looks as though he might have been one of seven kids - maybe someone has created a family tree
  9. DaveB

    DaveB Very Senior Member

    Apparently a relatively archaic British term -

    Trouncer (British)
    : a helper on a truck or delivery wagon
  10. Oldleg

    Oldleg Well-Known Member

    Have you got a full copy of his file? I would love to read it.
  11. Blutto

    Blutto Plane Mad

    According to a genealogy site (Old Occupations - T) a Drayman's assistant (Brewers)

    A better fit than the one given in the online 'Urban Dictionary'.
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  12. horsapassenger

    horsapassenger Senior Member


    I'm afraid that the report posted is all there is for him
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  13. Oldleg

    Oldleg Well-Known Member

    Blutto, that is fascinating. thanks for that. I wonder if we could find out which brewery he worked for, if he did work for a brewery.
  14. Oldleg

    Oldleg Well-Known Member

    What information is there on his regiment? Also, if he was in the land army why was the report owned by Bomber Command?
  15. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    As he lived in Canterbury and was a 'trouncer' perhaps he worked for one of these labels:

    Brewers in Kent

  16. Oldleg

    Oldleg Well-Known Member

    Blimey, there are a few there!!!! Thanks for that Tricky, I will see what I can unearth.
  17. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Remember the above
  18. Blutto

    Blutto Plane Mad

    Yes quite a few, I even started to look at the address given vs brewery locations.
  19. Oldleg

    Oldleg Well-Known Member

    Have you got anymore of his file?

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