Lots of information required. 151 Light Field Ambulance

Discussion in 'Searching for Someone & Military Genealogy' started by Ivor Williams, Sep 26, 2018.

  1. Ivor Williams

    Ivor Williams Member

    Hi,
    I do a lot of ancestry and I am writing 'stories' on what I have found out about my family history. (personal use only)
    I am currently rewriting my fathers story and I have my father's war records but I have a few questions which I can not find answers to. I have checked everything I can and believe it or not, I am an ex 22 year serviceman, so I should know my stuff especiallly as I served some time with the RCT, but sadly I'm stuck.
    My father served with the RAOC with the 8th Army. He served with 151 LFA. I can not find a lot of details on 151 Light Field Ambulance but no real problems but further information gratefully received.
    WIth problems at home my father travelled back to UK in 1943, via IFTC Clairwood in SA. He eventually arrived back at Gourock 3 months later. So far so good.
    What I would like to know is that from there he was posted to 1Btn Holding Company. and then to 122 CMT. Does anyone know where these two units were? His records state he was also TOS (taken on strength) from Movement Control W.Byfleet. Is that where 1st Btn Holding Company were or were they in Gourock?
    Also it looks like 122 CMT were at Rowfont or Balcombe, ( near Crawley, Sussex) but where I thought the CMT stood for 'Company Motor Transport' the records say '122 Cmd (Mxd) Tpt Coy RASC'. I assume this is '122 Command (Mixed) Transport Company RASC'? Does the 'Mixed' mean he was attached to Canadian Regiments which I know were around that area? I can not find these Units in any Army listings.
    He then spent around 6 weeks in 2 hospitals, downgraded to Cat C2, in both Haywards Heath Hospital and Brighton Sussex County Hospital. This was 'In accordance with ACI 1643 of 1943'. I have no idea what 'illness/injury' would cause this although I know he was blown up by a landmine during the El-Alemein campain but that was back on 9th November 1942 so that injury can not be related and he continued service after that event. He was also return to his unit after hospital.
    My father wrote a 'War Diary' from 23rd October 1942 to 9th March 1943 and shows some interesting times during that El-Alemein period, both funny, serious and personal.
    Sorry I have waffled on, so to recap, any information on 1st Btn Holding Company or 122 CMT?
    Thank you for any expert advice.
    Ivor Williams
    Ex REME
     
  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

  3. Ivor Williams

    Ivor Williams Member

    Thank you very much for this information. It may mean a trip to the N.Archives. They may even be interested in a copy of my Fathers diary.
     
  4. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Not sure the TNA would be interested - the IWM might be though

    If you cant get to the TNA yourself we have some members who are regulars there and offer a copying service for a very good price

    TD
     
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  5. Ivor Williams

    Ivor Williams Member

    Ok thanks.
     
  6. CL1

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

    Ivor if you publish yourself you will get a bigger audience of interest instead of it just being archived and never seeing the light of day or even try a regimental museum.


    regards
    Clive
     
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  7. Ivor Williams

    Ivor Williams Member

    Thanks Clive but some of the photos I use in my stories are not mine and trying to get copyright permission becomes a pain. I have written a lot of stories of my Ancestry but that is purely my hobby and doesn't just cover 'Military'. I am purely an amature interested in my family history.
    I have done Voluntary work for West Sussex Libraries on WW1 soldiers, including my own Grandfather, Uncles' etc and these have been published on their website. One story is in a book 'Voices of the Past' which contains many stories from Servicemen and Women compiled by a few volunteers like myself. Our next project, hopefully, will be on the Royal Sussex Regiment after we digitise all their archive records never seen by the Public before. So any 'Sussex Regiment' fans on this site please look for this in 2019-20 (lottery funding allowing).
     
  8. Ivor Williams

    Ivor Williams Member

    Sorry Clive, an afterthought. Did you mean put my Father's Diary on this website? I could do that no problem.
     
  9. CL1

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

    Hello Ivor yes if you put on here members would enjoy and benefit from his diary.

    I always have concerns when items are passed to museums etc whilst its a great idea most of them end up in a black hole

    regards
    Clive
     
  10. Ivor Williams

    Ivor Williams Member

    Excuse my ignorance Clive, I am willing to do this but where does it go? Gallery? Here and someone else moves it?
    I would still like any information on 1st Btn Holding Company or 122 CMT unless it's a mystery to all?
     
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    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

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