Herbert E. North , Royal Artillery

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  1. Researcheroo

    Researcheroo Member

    Dear Sirs,

    I am trying to find out more information, from the small bits of info that I've been told about one of my great Uncles.

    Herbert "Butty" E. North, born 5.6.1919 in Tempsford, Biggleswade District, joined the Royal Artillery, and it is said he served alongside the Gurka's in Burma, whilst in service with the Riyal Artillery.

    Herbert liked to play football, and played for the local football Team.

    I always remember, he was kind to me, and didn't marry.

    Butty died in August 1984, in Kettering, Northamptonshire.

    Any information, will be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you,
  2. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member

  3. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1916-2005
    Name: Herbert E B North
    Mother's Maiden Surname: Cullip
    Date of Registration: Jul-Aug-Sep 1919
    Registration district: Biggleswade
    Inferred County: Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Huntingdonshire, Northamptonshire
    Volume Number: 3b
    Page Number: 418

    England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007
    Name: Herbert Edward B North
    Death Age: 65
    Birth Date: 5 Jun 1919
    Registration Date: Aug 1984
    Registration district: Kettering
    Inferred County: Northamptonshire
    Volume: 7
    Page: 1982

    Kettering Registration Office

    Order a registrar’s copy certificate

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  4. Guy Hudson

    Guy Hudson Looker-upper

    1540752 NORTH Herbert Edward Gnr. Royal Artillery
    Enlisted in 1938
    'Z' (T) Reserve 26th June 1946

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  5. Researcheroo

    Researcheroo Member

    Thank you for this.
    Do you please know what the shorthand stands for:
    • S / L. .. ?
    • (FLD) .. is it field ?
    Thank you for speaking to me about this.

  6. Guy Hudson

    Guy Hudson Looker-upper

    S/L - Search Light
    FLD - Field
    Good luck with your research
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  7. Researcheroo

    Researcheroo Member

    Thank you very much for your help
  8. Researcheroo

    Researcheroo Member

    Thank you for saying, can I ask please why they would write search light please ?

    Thank you
  9. Guy Hudson

    Guy Hudson Looker-upper

    Men transferred inbetween branches of the Royal Artillery. Herbert could have served within a Search Light unit which was disbanded and then he was transferred to a Field Regiment?
    All will be confirmed within his service records.
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  10. Researcheroo

    Researcheroo Member

    Thank you kindly again, that makes sense, I'll send for his records.

    Kind regards
  11. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member


    Shot in the dark that may be a red herring but the 118/92 under his surname on the RA Attestation could mean he was in 118 Battery 92nd Field Regiment.

    I can find loads on internet re 92nd F R but nothing with a breakdown of the component batteries.

    92 (5th London) Fd Regt -

    Kennington 1938 - Army Regt
    France 1939-40 - 5 Inf Div
    UK 1940-2 - 5 Inf Div
    India, Iraq, Persia, Syria 1942-3 - 5 Inf Div
    Mid East 1943 - 5 Inf Div
    Sicily 1943 - 5 Inf Div
    Anzio 1/44 - 5 Inf Div
    Italy 1943-5 - 5 Inf Div ‡
    NW Europe 1945 - 5 Inf D

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  12. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    This only lists the Batteries in 1939. :(
    RA 1939-45 92 Fld Rgt

    3 Sep 39

    365 (9th London), 368 (12th London)
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  13. minden1759

    minden1759 Senior Member


    If he was in 5 Inf Div, he saw the world. They were known as The Globetrotters.


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  14. Researcheroo

    Researcheroo Member

    Thank you, I admit, I know so little about his service.
    I am told by my father that Herbert and the Royal Artillery served in Burma, fighting alongside the Gurkhas.

    I'd love to know more .. but they never spoke about it.

    I know he went to Burma, if you have any info on that please ?

    Thank you
  15. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Well that rules of the 92 Fd Regt idea.
    Maybe best wait for service records so we know exactly what unit he was with.

    Have you got any photos of him in uniform?
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  16. Researcheroo

    Researcheroo Member

    Sorry, I don't have any dressed in uniform, in service.
    I have found a photo of him, as he played football in the local football Team at Tempsford, where he grew up.
    Thank you for your information, it is very interesting.
    I am trying to research his story, and tell it for posterity.

    I think it is always nice to put a face to a name.

    Kind regards

    Attached Files:

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  17. Researcheroo

    Researcheroo Member

    I thought I would look for a reference to the RA, where they fought in Burma.
    I came across this reference _ please see attached file below.
    I have kept the reference of where the info has been obtained, to cross reference where the info has been taken.

    It would be nice for me to find out which unit he served. etc.

    Thank you

    Attached Files:

  18. CL1

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

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  19. Researcheroo

    Researcheroo Member

    So it looks like the RA, had units out in Burma.

    I will see if I can link any further... ?

    Thank you
  20. Researcheroo

    Researcheroo Member

    Thank you, I am interested in Herbert's story, and will get his records, hoping this will point me further.

    Thank you for your help.


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