My Dad 5th RECCE...Arthur W. ROBINSON 6919092

Discussion in 'Recce' started by robbo1252, Dec 16, 2013.

  1. robbo1252

    robbo1252 Member

    Hi all....have been delving into family history and have just received a copy of my Dad's Service History which covered June 1940 to Jan 1946.
    He enlisted into the 3rd Btn The Tower Hamlets Rifles but was soon detached to the 5th Btn Reconnaissance Regt and served in India, Iraq, Middle East, North Africa, Scicily, Italy, France and Germany.
    That's about as much as I know, so I'm hoping there maybe someone out there that has some sort of reference to him.

    Regards,
    Mike Robinson (robbo1252)
     
  2. Mike L

    Mike L Very Senior Member

    Hi Mike,

    Lots of interest in Recce amongst members here.
    I know they will ask you to scan and post some pages from your Dad's record so they can give you some more information about his service.
     
  3. 4jonboy

    4jonboy Daughter of a 56 Recce

    Hello Mike. Great to have another Recce on board. As mentioned, could you please scan the records if not too personal and any photos of your father would be welcome too :)

    From This Band of Brothers:

    The 5th Reconnaissance Regiment..
    The Regiment was formed in February 1941 from the 3rd Battalion Tower Hamlet Rifles (London Rifle Brigade). The 5th became the most travelled Regiment of the Corps. Sailing for India in March 1942, the Regiment served in Persia and Syria before arriving at an early stage of the Sicilian campaign. The Regiment was the first unit of the Corps into Italy fighting in that campaign until June 1944. Finally the 5th came up from the South of France to take part in the last drive into Germany after the Rhine.

    Lesley
     
  4. minden1759

    minden1759 Senior Member

    Mike.

    Your father was part of two major parts of the Italian Campaign. In Jan 44, he would have been part of the US Fifth Army assault on the Gustav Line below Rome as part of X (BR) Corps. 5 BR Infantry Division had the horrible task of crossing the River Garigliano and attacking the Minturno-Tufo Ridge on 17 Jan 44.

    In Mar 44, the Division was sent to shore up the Anzio beachhead and stayed there until the breakout on 23 May 44.

    He would have had quite a time of it. The nicknames of the Division was the Globetrotters.

    Regards

    Frank
     
  5. Recce_Mitch

    Recce_Mitch Very Senior Member

    Mike glad you have joined us. Please post his records and the photo that you have.

    Cheers
    Paul
     
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  7. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Here are the 5 Recce War Diaries ref's at the National Archives. I had copied most of these but lost them all in a hard drive accident. Drop me a private message if you are interested in getting copies and can't visit yourself. Some of them are quite thick though with over 500 pages per diary.

    WO 166/424 DIVISIONS: 5TH. DIVISION: Reconnaissance Battalion. 1941 Feb.-Dec.
    WO 166/6222 5 Recce Regt. 1942 Jan., Feb.
    WO 169/4081 5 Recce Regt. 1942 Mar.- Dec.
    WO 169/8724 5 Recce. Regt. 1943 Jan.- Aug.
    WO 169/8725 5 Recce. Regt. 1943 Sept.- Dec.
    WO 170/433 5 Infantry Division: 5 Recce Regt. 1944 Jan.- June
    WO 169/15777 5 Recce. Regt. 1944 July- Dec.
    WO 169/19929 5 Reconnaissance Regiment 1945 Jan.
    WO 171/4146 5 Recce.Regt. 1945 Feb.- Dec.
    WO 171/4147 5 Recce. Regt. L.A.D. 1945 Mar-Apr.


    Cheers
    Andy
     
  8. robbo1252

    robbo1252 Member

    Hi all...sorry it's been a while since I last posted, been busy. Bit of news though, I have sent a request to Army Medals Office at Imjin Barracks, Gloucester as my Dad's records showed that his Campaign Medals were "undelivered". They have replied and my request is being dealt with (fingers firmly crossed).

    Thanks to those that took the time to reply to my first post....MikeL, 4jonboy (Leslie), minden1759 (Frank), Recce_Mitch (Paul), Owen and Drew5233 (Andy). I will do my best to get back to you all soon with copies of my Dad's records and the only photo I have of him in uniform.

    Mike
     
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  9. Waylonburt

    Waylonburt New Member

    What was the make up of the 5th Reconnaissance Regiment in Italy? Was it universal carriers, light tanks, medium tanks, etc?
     
  10. robbo1252

    robbo1252 Member

    Hi Paul,
    Sorry its been such a long time since I last chatted....very poor of me after you've all been so kind with providing information.
    I would be happy to send copies of my Dad's Records. If you contact me on my new e-mail... marobinson2712 ( at ) outlook.com
     
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  11. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

    Mike, never a good idea to put your email on a public forum, plenty of people and trolls who look out for these things, suggest you edit the post and remove it. Better to start a 'conversation' with a member, these are private. If you are happy to, the records and photos can be posted here and members will be able to chip in or help with translations.
     
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  12. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD


    I've obfuscated your email slightly. You can always Edit your post and delete it completely later.

    The simplest method would be to add an album to the Gallery.
    Find Add Media button (on top right-hand side) and follow the directions
    General | WW2Talk

    Paul may not be able to help as much at this point in time, but as Tony has said other members can chip in
     
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    Tony56 Member Patron

  14. Simontrigg

    Simontrigg Junior Member

    Hi.

    My Grandfather served in the 5th Reconnaissance Corps. Lance Corporal William Eric Trigg - 6919501. A very private and proud man who never spoke of his time during WW2, and would never show me his medals when I was a child. However when he passed away, he left me all of his medals and items relating to the Recce. There is reference on this site to the 'Bravery In The Field' medal he received when out on patrol. A very brave and courageous man as were all that did their service for king and queen.

    Would appreciate any further info if anyone has some. I've attached a picture of William and his award for all to see.

    Simon Trigg
     

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  15. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

    Hello Simon and welcome. Not 'just' an award, the Military Medal.

    First step, get hold of his service records if you haven't already got them:
    Get a copy of military service records

    The citation for his award can also be obtained, if you are lucky someone here may have it and post a copy for you.
    Recommendation for Award for Trigg, William Eric Rank: Trooper Service No: ... | The National Archives

    Might be a good idea to start a new post with his name, number and regiment (like this one for Robinson) to keep everything together and tidy.

    Good luck.
     
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  16. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

  17. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

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    Tony56 Member Patron

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  19. Simontrigg

    Simontrigg Junior Member

    Thanks Tony for your message. Thankfully the citation for this award is on here and have taken a copy of it.

    I will certainly start a new thread and look forward to learning more about the 5th Recce.

    Simon





    [QUOTTony56, post: 824885, member: 18099"]Hello Simon and welcome. Not 'just' an award, the Military Medal.

    First step, get hold of his service records if you haven't already got them:
    Get a copy of military service records

    The citation for his award can also be obtained, if you are lucky someone here may have it and post a copy for you.
    Recommendation for Award for Trigg, William Eric Rank: Trooper Service No: ... | The National Archives

    Might be a good idea to start a new post with his name, number and regiment (like this one for Robinson) to keep everything together and tidy.

    Good luck.
    [/QUOTE]

     
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  20. Simontrigg

    Simontrigg Junior Member

    Thanks Tony. That's great to see.
     

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