Operation Demon

Discussion in 'Royal Signals' started by keith Sullivan, Jun 19, 2019.

  1. keith Sullivan

    keith Sullivan New Member

    My uncle was Signalman Frank Laurie Richards 2581935,2nd Armd. Div. Sigs., Royal Corps Signals.
    He died in action between 27th April and 30th April 1941 in Operation Demon. Apart from tracing his name on face number 4 of the memorial stone at the Phaleron War Graves Cemetery in Greece I have not so far been able to establish what happened to him during the evacuation of Greece. Any help would be appreciated.
     
  2. Tricky Dicky

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  3. gmyles

    gmyles Senior Member

    Hi

    I visited the CWGC cemetery at Pharelon back in May.

    Here is a pic I took of face 4 of the Athens War Memorial.

    Hope this helps

    Gus
     

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  4. keith Sullivan

    keith Sullivan New Member

    Hi That is very kind of you, but I visited the cemetery in June of this year and also took a photo of face 4.

    Regards Keith
     
  5. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member

    Keith,

    I think there are some “missing” personnel files at Kew which cover those lost at sea during Op “Demon”. You might have to work your way through them one by one though to try to identify which ship your uncle was on.

    I’ve got quite a lot of war diaries from Greece especially for the British armoured brigade - I’ll see what I can dig up. There are definitely plans that contain lists of units against evacuation beaches so that might narrow down your search somewhat.

    Regards

    Tom
     
  6. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member

    Keith,

    There are a couple of war diaries for 2 Armd Div signals at Kew:

    WO169/1150 and WO169/1151. They are both for Jan - Feb 41 though, so will not have any information re DEMON but might explain how your uncle ended up in Greece (I expect as part of 1 Armoured Brigade Signal Squadron, but I'm not sure).

    The "missing" personnel files for the evacuation from Greece start around:

    W361/139 - Casualties at sea, Mediterranean (evacuation of Greece and Crete): HMS Diamond, sunk on 27 April 1941; had picked up survivors from SS Slamat and Pennland.

    I assume that these will contain some sort of record of who the authorities thought was on each ship - but given the very few survivors from some of the sinkings during DEMON I'm afraid you won't know until you open up the first files.

    I hope that helps.

    Regards

    Tom
     
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  7. gmyles

    gmyles Senior Member

    Hi

    From Middlesex County Times 01 November 1941.

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    Hope this helps

    Gus
     
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  8. keith Sullivan

    keith Sullivan New Member

    Thank you everyone for your assistance I will look into all of your links and hopefully achieve some facts around the mystery of Operation Demon.
    Regards Keith
     
  9. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member

  10. keith Sullivan

    keith Sullivan New Member

    Thanks Tom how do I contact them?
    Regards Keith
     
  11. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member

    Keith,

    Both Andy (username Drew 5233)
    and
    Lee (username Psywar.Org)
    run TNA copying services and can be contacted by clicking on their user names and starting a conversation with them.

    Good luck with your research,

    Tom
     

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