Queen's Regiments

Discussion in 'General' started by Al London, Jun 25, 2006.

  1. Al London

    Al London Member

    I think that is probably very unlikely.

    My grandfather, like many men I think, seems to have come back from the war hating it and never wanting it to even be spoken of.

    My mum was born in 1951 and this is certainly her memory of her father.

    My grandmother, who was married to him in 1944, also always said he couldn't stand mention of the war after 1945, but I admit she is not as reliable a source as my mother.

    His service records show him as "permanently unfit" for further duty when he was disharged in 1944 also.

    My nan always said he took Dunkirk very badly and this made him ill and he had to have occupational therapy over this for a long time. I can't be 100% sure it was directly after the war he was ill with this though, as I think it is possible the case was he came back from Dunkirk, was then given occupational therapy, then went back to the war, rather than it was directly after the war but before my mother was born that he was ill with this.

    Come 1945, he'd done a solid 15 years of the Army, and I think this was enough for him.

    Thanks
     
  2. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    I wonder if as a reservist he was called back to the Colours when the Korean War was on.
    I'm not saying he went there but he could have served at the Regimental Depot?
    Brian C on here had two relatives who served in WW2 and were called up for Korea.
     
  3. Al London

    Al London Member

    I guess I can't totally discount these ideas, but they seem unlikely to me. My mum was born and baptised in 51 and my uncle the same in 56. I've located all these records and in all of them he is described as occupation motor mechanic, not as being in any army job.
     
  4. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Al,
    If you ever find out the truth can you let us know.
    Cheers, a confused Owen.
    :)
     
  5. Al London

    Al London Member

    Al,
    If you ever find out the truth can you let us know.
    Cheers, a confused Owen.
    :)

    Thanks Owen.

    I will find the truth one day, and I will let you know when I do!

    My grandfather is my personal enigma, his WW2 service being just one of his many mysteries.
     
  6. Al London

    Al London Member

    Thanks Owen.

    I will find the truth one day, and I will let you know when I do!

    My grandfather is my personal enigma, his WW2 service being just one of his many mysteries.

    I have finally identified the photo! It was taken in Ghent in the early 1950s. It is of 1/6 Queens men and a Belgium officer at the 10th Anniversary of the liberation of Ghent celebrations. So I finally now know my granddad was in 1/6!

    I found this out by visiting the Surrey History Centre a few times and going through all the photos they have of Queens in WW2. Eventually I found a copy of the same photo I had in an album of theirs, and it was identified in their album.
     
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  7. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Cheers for getting back to us.
     
  8. Bala

    Bala Member

    I have read this thread with interest - detectives at work! Hope you are still winning.

    I would guess he was in 131 Brigade part of 7 Armoured Division. The Queens had 3 Battalions 1/5, 1/6 & 1/7 in that Brigade. Searching the June War Diaries of those would highlight which were active on the date he was wounded. Other Ranks are not normally mentioned by name but you may get nominal rolls from the Museum. Then home in on his Company.

    Just a suggestion - Happy hunting.
     

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