Help Required. 104 Army Troops, Royal Engineers.

Discussion in 'Royal Engineers' started by Smudger Jnr, Jun 24, 2009.

  1. PsyWar.Org

    PsyWar.Org Archive monkey

    Struggling to read that Mel. This is the best I can come up with. Hopefully others can assist:

    - With Effect from 19 March 1942 with 5 Training Batalion, Royal Engineers
    - 6 July 1942 to the 181 Railway Operating Company
    - 12 November 1942 ???
    - 1 December 1942 ???
    - With effect from 8 January 1943, 104 Army Troops Company
    - Embarked for West Europe on 7 August 1944

    So basically he was with the 104 Army Troops Coy from the begining of 1943 to the end of the war.

    Lee
     
  2. 4jonboy

    4jonboy Daughter of a 56 Recce Patron

    12 November 1942 3 C.R.E. Aero Con? Company

    1 December 1942 20 B.R.E.
     
  3. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    Mel,

    It looks like he qualified for Operating an Excavator (BIII) Model? or MOD Class?

    Also I can read:

    Previously posted as missing.
    Now confirmed drowned W. Europe 8.5.45

    Regards
    Tom
     
  4. mel mitchell

    mel mitchell Junior Member

    Thank you for this help
    181 railway operations any idea where they were based
    What does 3 c r e aero con com mean?
    And 20 bre
    Here's a closer picture
    We thought he was a roof tiler by trade but it looks like he was a stoker
    I also found this report in the local paper
     

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  5. mel mitchell

    mel mitchell Junior Member

    Record image
     

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  6. mel mitchell

    mel mitchell Junior Member

    Oops upside down
     

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  7. mel mitchell

    mel mitchell Junior Member

    Here with help from ww2 talk members are some of the abbrieviations

    5 T B = 5 training battalion

    181 rly op coy =181 railway operations company general headquaters company

    3 C R E aero con coy= 3 commander royal engineers aerodrome construction company

    20 B R E Still don't know

    104 army troops company. general engineers mainly used in bridge building .were in the 21 st army group sent to Europe august 1944

    Thanks for all the help so far
    X
    Mel
     
  8. mel mitchell

    mel mitchell Junior Member

    Here with help from ww2 talk members are some of the abbrieviations

    5 T B = 5 training battalion

    181 rly op coy =181 railway operations company general headquaters company

    3 C R E aero con coy= 3 commander royal engineers aerodrome construction company

    20 B R E Still don't know

    104 army troops company. general engineers mainly used in bridge building .were in the 21 st army group sent to Europe august 1944

    Thanks for all the help so far
    X
    Mel
     
  9. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Rly Op Coy is Railway Operating Company

    Closest I can think of for B RE is BD RE which is Bomb Disposal Royal Engineers. Could be Brigade RE but never heard of that.
     
  10. 4jonboy

    4jonboy Daughter of a 56 Recce Patron

  11. mel mitchell

    mel mitchell Junior Member

    Hi what was a depot battalion he was only there for a short time I think 104 was a reinforcement troop could it be something to do with that

    Kind regards mel
     
  12. mel mitchell

    mel mitchell Junior Member

    Just a thought could it be 2 Obre ?
     
  13. 4jonboy

    4jonboy Daughter of a 56 Recce Patron

    Just a thought could it be 2 Obre ?

    I still think it is 2 DBRE, unless of course anyone else reads it differently;)
    Pretty sure it means Depot Battalion Royal Engineers

    Lesley
     
  14. 4jonboy

    4jonboy Daughter of a 56 Recce Patron

  15. mel mitchell

    mel mitchell Junior Member

    Hi Lesley
    Once again thanks for your input
    William was at DBRE for a very short time before embarking the uk so depot battalion makes sense I think depot battalions were holding places for lots of different units before troops were sent off abroad.
    I've ordered the war diary s for aug so I will soon know where William was sent
    Kind regards
    Mel
     
  16. 4jonboy

    4jonboy Daughter of a 56 Recce Patron

    My pleasure :)
    Let us all know how you get on with the war diaries.

    Lesley
     
  17. mel mitchell

    mel mitchell Junior Member

    Here's the war diaries for 104 army troop starting with embarkation
    Thanks to a great service from arcre website
     

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  18. mel mitchell

    mel mitchell Junior Member

    104 army troops r e
     

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    mel mitchell Junior Member

    104 army troops
     

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  20. mel mitchell

    mel mitchell Junior Member

    Hello
    Looking for information on a bailey bridge built over the river orne named bunch bridge in august 1944 by the royal engineers
    Thanks mel
     

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