Henry / Harry Foxall 14788737 Burma

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  1. Mike foxall

    Mike foxall Member

    Hi, totally new here, trying to find some info on my great uncle, we've found some paperwork of his, a Northamptonshire regiment button and a black beret with a queen's own royal Glasgow yeomanry badge on it. We believe he was in Burma as he bought back a Japanese officers sword my dad used to play with as a kid. Any info would be great. His dog tag has the number 14788737 on it. TIA
     
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  2. CL1

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

    Welcome Mike
    First point of call is to get his service records
    Get a copy of military service records

    A long wait currently so read the detail
    You will not find his records on pay for sites on the internet

    Once you can confirm which regiment he served in then you can get the war diaries. A couple of members on the forum offer a copy service at a reasonable rate. They use the National Archives at Kew

    Regards
    Clive

    Hello Mike the service number you have shows when he first joined up.
    You will need the service records to confirm further.
    Also if you have any photos then upload them here and members will be able to assist further

    The army number: 14788737 indicates that the soldier's original unit or date joined was:


    "General Service Corps"
     
  3. Mike foxall

    Mike foxall Member

    Awesome, thanks for that, on the case!
     
  4. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Seems the Queens Own Glasgow Yeomanry in WW2 was 2 x anti tank regiments (54th & 64th) and both of these it appears where Europe based

    54 (The Queen’s Own Royal Glasgow Yeomanry) Anti-Tank Regiment RA(TA) - The Royal Artillery 1939-45
    64 (The Queen’s Own Royal Glasgow Yeomanry) Anti-Tank Regiment RA(TA) - The Royal Artillery 1939-45

    Looking at details for Northamptonshire Regiment the 1st battalion were in the Burma campaign

    So definitely would appear you will need his service records

    TD
     
  5. Mike foxall

    Mike foxall Member

    Yes, I'm not at all sure why he has thar cap in his stash. Hopefully we can find out. He never spoke of the war.
     
  6. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

    Any chance you could post up some images of the paperwork? it may give some clues, also any photos of him in uniform? again there may be little details that well practiced eyes can pick out.

    Odd that the Glasgow Yeomanry badge is on a black beret, as far as I know during the war they didn't wear Black Berets - that could possibly tie in to post 1947 when they became part of the Royal Armoured Corps as a TA unit - after the War did he serve with the TA?
     
  7. Mike foxall

    Mike foxall Member

    I'll ask my cousin if she has any, she sent me these last night
     

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  8. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

    Is it possible to get a photo of the full beret? are there any markings on the inside? there is a line of stitching that is confusing me a bit, also how the badge is attached looks a bit odd, cheers
     
  9. Mike foxall

    Mike foxall Member

    I'll try get some more
     
  10. Mike foxall

    Mike foxall Member

     

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  11. Mike foxall

    Mike foxall Member

    Different cap badge
     
  12. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

    This badge looks like Northamptonshire Regiment - he has something on his epaulet but I cant make it out, hopefully someone can
     
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  13. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Cap Badge
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    Button
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    TD
     
  14. Mike foxall

    Mike foxall Member

    Hi I've been doing some digging and have found out this info on my great uncle Harry. Some more pics which confirmed he was Northamptonshire regiment. Is he a corporal in the pic as I see 2 stripes?
     

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  15. Mike foxall

    Mike foxall Member

    Heres some more info above.
     
  16. Uncle Target

    Uncle Target 25 pdrs 67th Field Regt Bou Ficha Tunisia 1943

    #7 is not a beret it looks like a forage cap #'10 and #14 definitely a forage cap some countries call them side caps.
    1st Northants were in Burma my relative came home getting married in Jungle Greens wearing a slouch hat like the Chindits wore.
    They were at Imphal with 32 Indian Infantry Brigade amongst other actions.
    Sorry its a damaged photo taken at his wedding when he came back.
    Second photo example of forage cap these have RA Cap badges
     

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  17. Mike foxall

    Mike foxall Member

    Thats awesome, thanks for your input, it's great hearing stories like the wedding in his camo!
     
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  18. Uncle Target

    Uncle Target 25 pdrs 67th Field Regt Bou Ficha Tunisia 1943

    A bit cheeky but I mentioned him on another post about his cousin my Uncle Bill recently. He was at Dunkirk with the 5th Northants and went down with the hospital ship he was a stretcher bearer not wounded. He learned to swim in Swansea Docks so was able to swim away to be picked up by a French Trawler which took him home. He was with a Searchlight Regiment for a while and was awarded a Life Saving Medal for rescuing a young girl from a river. He was then sent to the 1st Northants and off to India. His older cousin (Bill from Bristol) was a signaller in the 1st Wilts and at 14th Army HQ for a while, fighting in the same area but they never met.
     
  19. Mike foxall

    Mike foxall Member

    Your uncle Bill was at Dunkirk?
     
  20. Mike foxall

    Mike foxall Member

    What a story, jeez.
     
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