Non Combatant Corps

Discussion in 'British Army Units - Others' started by Paul Reed, Dec 11, 2008.

  1. Osborne2

    Osborne2 Well-Known Member

  2. Drayton

    Drayton Senior Member

    Thanks for this.

    Pritchard, C H was C Hardinge Pritchard (c 1920-2007), whom I have mentioned previously. After Bomb Disposal, he transferred to RAMC, Parachute Field Ambulance, and was one of a group of conscientious objectors who parachuted into Normandy on D Day. He was taken prisoner around July 1944.

    A few more details on some of the NCC Bomb Disposal men mentioned earlier:

    Frederick Agar, 1919-1992
    Ernest Baxter, transferred to RAMC, Parachute Field Ambulance, Normandy, D Day
    Cyril John Dain Bennett, born c 1917
    Thomas William Chantrell, 1916-2001
    Peter Eaton, 1914-1993
    Alec Forster, born c 1918
    Bernard Lionel Home, attd, 75 Bomb Disposal Section, RE; transferred to RAMC, Parachute Field Ambulance, Normandy, then SE Asia
    George H Jones
    John Edgar Leach, transferred to RAMC, Parachute Field Ambulance, landed Normandy D Day, died, CWGC
    Arthur John Marsden
    Victor Noel Newcomb, transferred to RAMC, Parachute Field Ambulance; landed Normandy; PoW, repatriated
    Henry Rowell, Oliver, born 1915, transferred. RAMC, Parachute Field Ambulance, Normandy and Far East
    Wilfred A Reeves
    Stanley Rickman, transferred to RAMC, Parachute Field Ambulance, Normandy
    William Rowe
    Christopher Saunders
    Robert Frederick Arthur Smith
    Ernest Carl Trope Spring
    Kenneth Arthur Spring, resigned CO status, Oct 1941, enlisted RE, 15 Bomb Disposal Coy, Dec 1941; commissioned, RA, Jul 1944
    Norman Basil Town, 1915-1987
    Anthony White
    Christopher Wren
     
  3. Don B

    Don B Member

    I was delighted to come across your exchange about the NCC with mention of my wife’s late uncle, William John Pudney from Hornchurch, Essex and another member of the same Pioneer Corps NCC Bomb Disposal Company - ‘Wilkie JH’. According W John Pudney’s widow, it was a John Alexander Scott Wilkie in the same Bomb Disposal unit who suggested to John Pudney that he go back with him to his home in Abernethy Perthshire after the war (where he was to meet the lady who became his wife). I wonder if Wilkie JH and JAS Wilkie are one and the same person? Have you perhaps come across any more info, photos etc about the war service of these two conscientious objectors. I would be grateful for your advice. Many thanks.

     
  4. ChrisR

    ChrisR Senior Member

    Don,
    I'm afraid I have no more info, though the 'H' in JH could easily be a typo misread from an 'A'.
    You could try getting their records from the MoD for more info.-
    Get a copy of military service records
    If you do find anymore info/photos, please come back and add them to this thread.
    Good Luck!
    Chris
     
  5. Don B

    Don B Member

    Many thanks for this useful advice, Chris.
    Regards,
    Don
     
  6. Drayton

    Drayton Senior Member

    You refer to "the same Pioneer Corps NCC Bomb Disposal Company". The Pioneer Corps and the Non-Combatant Corps were two separate Corps. All the conscientious objectors mentioned in this thread were members of the Non-Combatant Corps. None of them was a member of the Pioneer Corps. They were members of the NCC Bomb Disposal Company, pure and simple.
     
  7. Don B

    Don B Member

    Thanks for the useful correction, Drayton. It was the NCC Bomb Disposal Company (therefore not the Pioneer Corps).
     
  8. Drayton

    Drayton Senior Member

    I acknowledged this post at the time, when I had not paid much attention to the intracies of Army service numbers.

    With greater experience, I can make two points in response:

    It appears that all men enlisted in the WW2 Non-Combatant Corps, who were necessarily registered combatant objectors exempted from combatant service, were allocated numbers beginning 9700. They retained the number when transferred to a unit such as RAMC, where they could retain their conscientious objector status, and even when transferred to a unit such as RE, where they lost their CO status (the latter kind of transfer could only happen on the initiative of the man concerned).

    The 9700 series of numbers are all 8-digit, whereas "ordinary" Army numbers appear to be 7-digit.
     
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2018
  9. Don B

    Don B Member

    Thanks for this, Drayton - helpful information.
     

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