Discussion in 'User Introductions' started by Stackridgeman, Nov 26, 2017.

  1. Stackridgeman

    Stackridgeman New Member

    Hi all
    Only found this site by accident when trying to find out more about my dad's war service. I've just sent off a request for his service record but from what I've read here that may take some time!
    My dad, Richard George Dunn, was a Royal Engineer and served in France as part of the BEF. He was part of the last line of defence of Dunkirk and was one of those men told it was every man for himself after Dynamo finished. He escaped with three others in a canvas boat they found on the beach. After one false start where they drifted back onto the beach where two men jumped out and were presumably killed or captured, they made it into the channel where they were picked up by HMS Sharpshooter.
    He then served in North Africa, Sicily, Italy and later Palestine. From something written on this site I'm assuming he was in 238th Highland Field Company.
    I've got some original German propaganda leaflets that dad said they used for toilet paper. These ones haven't been used! If anyone would be interested I could upload them (if someone tells me how to do it!).
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  2. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    Welcome to the board, Kelvin.

    Not my family, but I have literally just today begun researching a sapper with the BEF--do you know which unit your dad was with at that stage?

    I'm sure we'd all be keen to see the propaganda, too.
  3. 4jonboy

    4jonboy Daughter of a 56 Recce

    Hello and welcome to the forum Kelvin. Quite a few 1940's obsessives here so you are in good company;)

  4. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Welcome to the forum.
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    Then select image from your device.

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  5. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Welcome Kelvin.
  6. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Re member

    Theres a couple of R Dunn - RE - that appear in the medal rolls for Palestine - whats his service number??

  7. minden1759

    minden1759 Senior Member


    238 Fd Coy RE was one of the engineer sub-units that supported 1 British Infantry Division throughout its time at Anzio from Jan-May 44.

    I am taking a group to Anzio on 7-10 Jun 18 if you would like to see exactly what your father had to endure during his time in Italy.

    At Anzio, particularly in the early phase during the attempted 1 Inf Div thrust towards Campoleone, 238 were employed more as infantry than engineers because the shortage of infantry forced commanders to put everyone in the line.


  8. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Sharpshooter was a Fleet Minesweeper and completed two crossings to Dunkirk before being involved in a collision on the 30th May and took no further part in Operation Dynamo.

    She landed 69 troops at Dover around 1200hrs on the 29th May and 273 troops at Dover around 0805hrs on the 30th May.
  9. Stackridgeman

    Stackridgeman New Member

    Hi TD - dad's service number was 1884111
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    Stackridgeman New Member

  11. Stackridgeman

    Stackridgeman New Member

    And another one.

    Attached Files:

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  12. GillB

    GillB Member

    Hi Kelvin, regarding your father’s service papers, I sent for my father’s recently on 17 Oct. I received a letter from acknowledgment to say there might be a delay and I received the papers on 2 Dec. So I was pleasantly surprised. Hope you don’t have to wait too long.

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