Photo 89 or 90 RE July 1945 Germany

Discussion in 'Royal Engineers' started by MSGrover1, Feb 7, 2012.

  1. MSGrover1

    MSGrover1 Member

    Photograph of either 89 or 90 Field Coy RE July 1945 Germany (date location on back of photo).
    My Grand Father is right in the middle of the middle line Richard Snelgrove 2133350 89 RE. I say 89 or 90 as he was posted to 90 RE July 1945 from 89 so this could be of either or both as the photo is dated July 45.

    Long shot but if you are related and have any names then let me know. Otherwise posting for general interest.

    Looks like a few of them have just come down the chimney! Joking a side is that tan purely from the Sun or caused from working in other conditions. Which might help to show the photo is of a couple units that have been brought together? A question I am asked when people see it.



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  2. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Interesting photo-If only there was more of those signs. Does anyone recognise the cap badge on the officers cap in the centre? Its not Royal Engineers.
  3. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    The fouled anchor indicates a Beach Group. The formation sign has the GHQ diagonal bar indicating 21st Army Group in this case but the serial ending in '2' is not immediately apparent.
    This would be a good one for Mike 'Trux' I think.
  4. MSGrover1

    MSGrover1 Member

    Have added enlarged photo of cap badge as per Drews post to original post.

  5. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    Hello Malcolm,

    I can confirm that the service number is from the RE block of numbers!


  6. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Officer's cap badge makes me think it could be REME . :unsure:
    Remembering the WW2 REME cap badge was different to what it is now.
  7. Trux

    Trux 21 AG

    Mike 'Trux' agrees that the fouled anchor is a Beach Group sign. All personnel except the officer holding cap seem to have the same badge on the sleeve.

    The officers cap badge is 'The Rifles'.

    An interesting set of uniforms. Close inspection shows that they are not in the least uniform. Different style, different shades, different ties, different linings.

  8. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

  9. Trux

    Trux 21 AG

    Yes Owen I see the subtle difference now. In that case the sign on the left of the picture says Padre.

  10. MSGrover1

    MSGrover1 Member

    Thanks Guys,

    Your comments extremely helpful! Any names or anything else no matter how small is appreciated, I am starting to piece the puzzle together!

  11. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    76 Chaplains listed at the National Archives being awarded a MC.
  12. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Has the chap in the centre row, 2nd in from the left got a MM ribbon on his blouse?
  13. MSGrover1

    MSGrover1 Member

    Added zoomed shot of chap to original post as per above, if it helps?
  14. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Africa Star with 8th Army pin?
  15. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

  16. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Hopefully the Padre will be listed in the war diaries as will the other officers. The OR's maybe a bit more tricky.
  17. MSGrover1

    MSGrover1 Member

    Hopefully yes, the only question is the second war diary for 89 RE ends July 1945 and this photo is dated July 1945, which is also when G'Dad is supposed to of been posted to 90 RE. So we might be on the cusp of the two! Heads or Tails?
  18. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    I bet its a disbanded unit photograph then. Probably for the Padre.
  19. MSGrover1

    MSGrover1 Member

    Fingers crossed the last page of the diary might hold an entry!
  20. bern

    bern Senior Member

    Is that a cig in his hand? Unusual for a group photo like that!.

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