New Member looking for information on "A"Company 7th Royal Norfolks

Discussion in 'User Introductions' started by robin waistell, Jul 25, 2016.

  1. robin waistell

    robin waistell New Member

    Hi My Name is Robin, My Father served with "A" company the 7th Royal Norfolk Regiment in Normandy 1944. Has anyone any information regarding this Unit. They were the lead company in the Battle for the Orne Bridgehead on the 6th 7th 8th of August 1944.Only around 40 of them survived. My father was captured, eventually he turned up in Stallag 4B in Eastern Germany . He escaped and made it home in the Spring of 1945. He Passed away on Christmas Eve 2014. I would like to hear any information the 7th Norfolks and especially "A" company. Regards Robin.
  2. CL1

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

    Hello Robin
    If you havent already apply for his service records

    I am sure someone will be along soon who may have the war diaries or there are members on here who will copy for a reasonable fee from Kew
    Might be an idea to post his full name forum members might be able to assist further

  3. Lotus7

    Lotus7 Well-Known Member

    Hi and welcome to the forum Robin, good luck with your research.

  4. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    From the battalions war diary
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  5. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    And as ever...The all important appendices
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  6. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    UK, British Prisoners of War, 1939-1945
    Name: T W Waistell
    Rank: Private
    Army Number: 14701375
    Regiment: Royal Norfolk Regiment
    POW Number: 70654
    Camp Type: Stalag
    Camp Number: IV-B
    Camp Location: Mühlberg, Elbe, Brandenburg
    Record Office: Infantry Record Office, Warwick
    Record Office Number: 21

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  7. robin waistell

    robin waistell New Member

    Thank you so much for this information. It is so incredible to see for myself the official documentation relating to my Fathers first hand experiences. To read the names of the officers commanding "A" coy and to see the casualties. My Father tried to tell me how desperate their position was and how it ended for them.He wanted "A" coy to be remembered, he was incredibly proud of them and what they had achieved.
    He was taken prisoner at the scene, removed to the rear where he was interrogated. In the early hours of the morning he managed to "slip away" only to be recaptured the following day attempting to get back to the British lines. He was not a good prisoner. He never gave up.

    Thank you Robin.
  8. RCG

    RCG Senior Member, Deceased

    For those who are unaware.
    "D" Coy's Gallant fight. page 3

    Capt D Jamieson was awarded the V.C. for the action described.

    The citation for Captain David Jamieson in the London Gazette of 26 October 1944 ends

    ...Throughout the thirty six hours of bitter and close fighting and in spite of the pain of his wounds, Captain Jamieson showed superb qualities of leadership and great personal bravery. There were times when the position appeared hopeless, but on each occasion it was restored by his coolness and determination. He personally was largely responsible for the holding of this important bridgehead over the River Orne and for the repulse of seven German counter-attacks with great loss to the enemy.

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