Discussion in 'Searching for Someone & Military Genealogy' started by davey war years, Jan 5, 2010.

  1. Hello Ladies and Gents

    I am new to the forum and starting to find my away around the site

    and I must add a great site it is too congrats to all involved

    I am researching my family tree and found that I have loads of military history

    The guys on the great war forum have helped me find some WW1 stuff and more required

    Paul recommended me to use this site back in September to search for help with my WW2 family and I must add a Private Ryan scenario but due to ill health being taken in to hospital for a major op then having my house burgled while at hospital im glad to see the back of 2009

    I think rather than list details here if you see the about me page on my website War Years Remembered; Bringing History Alive for all Generations

    I need help especially with the white side of my family

    was uncle Samuel killed at Le Pardis or some where else 27 May 1940

    his brother William was in the Ulser Rifles

    his cousin Hugh White no idea of service army navy or airforce the only thing i am sure of is that he was a POW for 5 and half years went missing before Sammy must of been on 26th May 1940

    and now John White KIA London Irish need Grave pic (purchased photo via steve at cwgc thanks phil)

    another John Whiye also known as Jack White possibilty was RN

    and Samuel McBrinn RN no other details as yet can any one help thank you

    Davey and a Happy New Year All
  2. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Hi Davey and welcome to the forum.

    What is your Uncle Samuels name who you believe was killed at Paradis?

    My 'ears' did prick up a little when I read that bit of your post. :)


    After visiting your website I see he is remembered on the Dunkirk Memorial. Do you have a picture of his name, if not do you want one ?
  3. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    OMG ! Great website !
  4. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA

    Welcome Davey - Great Site you've got there.

    Andy - The person who may have been at Le Paradis

    In Memory of
    5772633 Lance Corporal Samuel Whyte

    2nd Battalion

    The Royal Norfolk Regiment
    Killed in Action

    on the 27th May 1940

    Aged 21

    Remembered with honour

    on Column 43


    PS - I hope the weather is like this when we go.
  5. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Ofiicers, Warrant Officers, Senior and Junior Ranks remembered on the Dunkirk Memorial.

  6. Samuel White

    not sure if he was killed at Le Pardis but because he was KIA on the 27th May 1940 I was told may be a possibilty see my web for his details
  7. Un beliveable thats a first im hoping to go this year being the 70th ann to lay a wreath at that memorial
  8. Ramacal When are you going im hoping to be there for the 27th may the 70th to lay wreath on behalf of family
  9. Thank you Drew
  10. Apology Andy no photo have now thank you

    Swift n sure
  11. Andy I take by the pic that you visited the memorial and do you have a link to the 2nd Bn Norfolks my uncle was a signaller with them
  12. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Davey over recent times (Andrea blames this forum!) I have become a self confessed 1940 France addict and have been over a few times in the last 12 months. Me and Rob (Ramacal) are going over together next month. I was planning on walking around Paradis and documenting the battle before the massacre in pictures but I'm struggling at the moment with time to read the material I have to identify the locations. Sadly I decided the other day to leave Paradis until later in the year and focus on another two murder sites one at Wormhout and the other at Nieppe Forest.

    You can see some of my previous trips in the link below including some shots of the massacre at Paradis.
  13. Would love to chat on phone i am going to fly into merville near leistream i hope for a recce before taking over the jeep in july
  14. sorry dont have link
  15. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

  16. Great job looking forward to going
    have you any ideas on how i would find out were my uncle was killed in action
  17. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    The first stop is normally unit war diaries but unfortunately most of the time they only list Officers by name and the a total number of OR's (Other Ranks) killed.

    I would think the best bet would be via veterans accounts or in person if any are still alive.

    I have two books on the 2nd Bn. Norfolks and a file from kew on the massacre, I'll have a quick skim through for his name.

    I'm sure off the top of my head either Pooley or Callaghan (sp) or both were Battalion Signallers, they both survived the massacre and latter gave evidence.
  18. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Hi Davey,

    Just had a quick flick through 'Last Stand at Paradis' and 'At The Sharp End' and althought there are lots of accounts about and from Signals chaps I didn't see any mention of a LCPL White.

    You may want to consider getting both books. The first one I have read and is slow at first but excellent once it gets going. The later I haven't read yet but looks equally as good.
  19. I hope some one could put me in contact of any remaining Norfolks so I can ask the question

    I got the book retreat from Dunkirk as a Christmas box so I have a brief outline were they were in order of battle on the day of his death

    I often wonder why he has no known grave and other people would hint about Le Pardis I would rather know the area he was lost in so I can place the wreath in the right place and why would his name be on the Dunkirk memorial

    the plot thickens lol
  20. ok amazon it is I will get both books and give it a go at least it will give me a battle picture of the time

    Andy what signal unit were you with

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