Lance Corporal Ronald George Blackham - 3rd Bn. Coldstream Guards, KIA Hill 270, Salerno

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  1. VincenzoITA

    VincenzoITA New Member

    Hi, my english is elementary. I'm an Italian journalist. I'm trying to gather useful information about World War II, precise operation on avalache. I'd be looking for information on the 3rd Battalion Coldstream Guards, exactly on the British soldiers missing in Salerno. I read the book written by Christopher Bulteel, a book in which he recounts his journey from Sicily to Salerno, Capezzano (HILL ​​270). I am looking for relatives of the missing soldiers or relatives of Christopher. I ask you for help. My e-mail is vinc_pellegrino@libero.it. Have a nice evening
     
  2. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Moved post to own thread from one about 5 CG - wrong battalion.
     
  3. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member

    Hi,

    Christopher Bulteel died in 1999. Here is a link to one of his obituaries printed in an English
    Newspaper.


    http://www.theguardian.com/news/1999/nov/05/guardianobituaries

    I am away from home at the moment but I will look up contact details for Coldstream Guards HQ and the Cdstream Guards Association (former soldiers group) for post them for you.

    There are a number of internet references for Christopher Bulteel on the internet.

    Regards

    Steve Y
     
  4. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    It's in reference to this story.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/10654433/Skeletons-of-unknown-British-soldiers-discovered.html




    Probably best to wait until the authorities 100% ID the chaps involved .
     
  5. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Hello and welcome to the forum. I have the 3 CG war diary for the period you are interested in and the Regimental Missing Men file for that period as well. Drop me a PM if you want a copy.

    Good luck
    Andy
     
  6. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member

    Thanks Owen.

    Wasn't aware of that background. Agree it is premature enquiry on the forum. MOD need to investigate.

    Steve H
     
  7. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Here's Bulteel's MC citation in case it helps:

    176754 Lieutenant Christopher Harris Bulteel MC, 3rd Battalion Coldstream Guards
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  8. VincenzoITA

    VincenzoITA New Member

    Hi, my english is elementary. I'm an Italian journalist. I'm trying to gather useful information about World War II, precise operation on avalache. I'd be looking for information on the 3rd Battalion Coldstream Guards, exactly on the British soldiers missing in Salerno. I read the book written by Christopher Bulteel, a book in which he recounts his journey from Sicily to Salerno, Capezzano (HILL ​​270). I am looking for relatives of the missing soldiers or relatives of Christopher. I ask you for help. My e-mail is vinc_pellegrino@libero.it. Have a nice day
     
  9. VincenzoITA

    VincenzoITA New Member

    Hello, thank you all for the answers. The bodies of British soldiers were found by an association of Salerno near my house on the hill 270. Were found by a group of researchers finds the Second World War. I have more photos of discovery: the first body told me that he was lying, the bones were not broken, and the second appeared to have been torn apart by a bomb. For more info please do not hesitate to ask. What interests me, as I said, are documents of those days, military maps, local newspapers. The British troops, Capezzano came from Avellino, not from the sea, after the ascent. On September 17, she was released the Apulia region, on September 22 Cristopher Burteel was Capezzano, near Salerno, even if there was the landing at Salerno September 9.
    I'd love to, Mr. Jacob, get a copy of those documents.
     
  10. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

  11. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

    British Army Casualty list No 1273 Dated 25 October 1943

    L/Cpl Blackham is listed along with 23 of his comrades, all KIA, on 25 October 1943. The list also contains the names of 60 of the battalion wounded on the same day, 2 reported missing and 1 believed POW.
     
  12. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

  13. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member

  14. matteo00

    matteo00 Active Member

    On H270 there were also Grenadier Guards. About Coldstream Guards the other soldier, Raymond Rose, was he reported missing or killed?
     
  15. matteo00

    matteo00 Active Member

    I think... KIA?
     
  16. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member

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