Newbie seeking guidance: researching my grandfather SSM J. Harrison

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  1. Critch

    Critch New Member

    I have just joined WW2 Talk and am amazed at all the information and the knowledgeable people.

    I have just started researching my grandfather, Joseph (Joe) Harrison, who was a Royal Engineer in a parachute squadron. I know very little about him and do not even have a photograph. I do not know his service number.
    I would really appreciate any information and/or suggestions about him and where he served.

    1940 He married my grandmother, Hilda Clarkson (nee Yeomans) in Singapore. He was a L/Sgt, serving with the 30th Fortress Company RE Changi

    1941 He escorted his new wife and her 3 daughters back to England aboard the SS Nestor, arriving in Liverpool 05 Nov 1941.
    I understand that he returned to active service almost immediately and did not return for 6 years.

    1943 SSM J.Harrison listed under 2nd Parachute Squadron Royal Engineer, Taranto
    2nd Parachute Squadron Royal Engineer
    I did find mention of a Squadron Sergeant Major: SSM J.Harrison, Squadron Headquarters, 2nd Parachute Squadron, RE. (Major C.D.H.Vernon was the Commander).
    There is a photo with a Sgt Harrison WO's Mess, Airborne Forces Depot, 1950s | ParaData looks like him, I am told.

    1952-56 (?) Joe and his family were living in the Suez Canal Zone as that is where my parents met.
    Many thanks,

  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

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  3. Critch

    Critch New Member

    Thank you for the advise. My problem is that I do not know his service number and I understand that he was a Royal Engineer but also a Paratrooper. The RE Association does not have him listed.
  4. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    If you read the forms you do not need his service number, its useful but not necessary, the most important thing is a copy of his death certificate and if you are a relative then fill in the next of kin forms, specifying what relation you are


    Also check out the web site Paradata they may also include details of him

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