Normandy Landings - 405 Battery,123 LAA, 6th City of London Rifles

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  1. celia P

    celia P Junior Member

    My father is in his 93rd year and is a Normandy Veteran. He often talks about 3 close friends, who were killed just after The Landings in '44. He would love to know of anyone that might know the families of:

    Tom Kirby - from Romford, Essex
    Bert Roper - from Rainham, Kent
    Les Wilshire - from Sutton, Surrey

    All were from 405 Battery, 123 LAA, 6th City of London Rifles.

    Thank you.
     
  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Hi Celia

    In order to trace the families of the people above there would need to be more information than given. One way to do that would be to apply for their service records https://www.gov.uk/requests-for-personal-data-and-service-records#how-to-apply-for-service-personnel-records which would provide their dates of birth, their next of kin (either wife or parent (s)). Is it possible there is a veterans association for the unit? if so contact them.

    Whatever amount of information you can find and post should help

    TD
     
  3. Sheldrake

    Sheldrake Gunner Tours

    Or try the Normandy Veterans Association.-but be quick because they are fading fast.
     
  4. Sheldrake

    Sheldrake Gunner Tours

    PS if he is interested in travelling to Norm,andy for the 70th Anniversary I am organising a Gunner oriented visit for West Middlesex NVA 4-8th June 2014 which will coincide with the RA commemorations. . We can provide help applying for Heroes return funding for a veteran and carer
     
  5. Hi celia. My grandad was also in 405 bty, he was the BSM Alfred Dishman from Morden I would love to find out more?
     
  6. CL1

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

  7. Thank you, seems like there is plenty of people info about. just hoping to find anything personal
     
  8. CL1

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

    I will send a private message to the op on your behalf to see if they can help you
    Regards
    Clive
     
  9. Thank you kindly
     
  10. celia P

    celia P Junior Member

     
  11. celia P

    celia P Junior Member

    Have this moment picked up your message.
    It was so nice to hear from someone with the same connections as my father.
    My dad's pals who were in the TA and went through the war together were:-
    Leonard Stevens and Albert Stone.
    They remained friends and in contact all their lives.
    To my sorrow my dad died on the 19th July 2016 he was nearly 95.
    I am certain I remember them talking about Alfred Dishman. Because of your grandfather's address being Morden I feel he would have known Albert Stone.
    For many many years they attended the yearly dinner held in the Trafalgar Club?.
    If you would like to talk to me please let me have your telephone number.
    Kind Regards. Celia Peters
     
  12. CL1

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

    Gunner KIRBY, THOMAS HENRY
    Service Number 967934

    Died 16/06/1944

    Aged 28

    405 Bty., 123 (The City of London Regt.) Lt. A.A. Regt.
    Royal Artillery

    Son of Thomas Henry and Florance Maud Kirby; husband of Martha Louise Kirby, of Romford, Essex.
    Buried at HERMANVILLE WAR CEMETERY

    Location: Calvados, France
    Number of casualties: 903

    Cemetery/memorial reference: 1. S. 10.

    Gunner ROPER, ALBERT GEORGE
    Service Number 1590021

    Died 23/06/1944

    Aged 32

    403 Bty., 123 (6th Bn. The City of London Regt.) Lt. A.A. Regt.
    Royal Artillery

    Son of Benjamin and Edith Roper, of Rainham, Kent; husband of Summer C. Roper, of Rainham.
    Buried at HERMANVILLE WAR CEMETERY

    Location: Calvados, France
    Number of casualties: 903

    Cemetery/memorial reference: 1. P. 21.

    Gunner WILSHIRE, LESLIE RAYMOND
    Service Number 2045488

    Died 23/06/1944

    Aged 24

    123 (6th Bn. The City of London Regt.) Lt. A.A. Regt.
    Royal Artillery
    Buried at LA DELIVRANDE WAR CEMETERY, DOUVRES

    Location: Calvados, France
    Number of casualties: 1025

    Cemetery/memorial reference: VIII. C. 5.
     
  13. ramacal

    ramacal 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA Patron

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    Kirby, T.H.

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    Roper, A.G.

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    Wilshire, L.R.
     

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