It is unlikely (but possible) that your great grandfather landed on Gold Beach on D-Day. That date was when the Infantry and immediate supporting units went ashore. In the case of the Royal Artillery, the 50 Div had the 86th (Hertfordshire Yeomanry) Field Regiment and the 147th (Essex Yeomanry) Field Regiment attached for the landings and immediate aftermath. These were not usually 50 Div units. More-so they were special units with self-propelled guns; rather than the then towed 25-pounders found in the 74th Field Regiment. That said, the 74th would have been ready to move, first, to a landing table and second, should the Infantry have advanced quickly and need them in Normandy. Therefore they would likely be somewhere in the Solent ready and waiting to go. I was going to add a link to the Gold Beach landing tables so you could see when the 74th landed, but the site is down... Edit: Site now working: D-Day : Normandy 1944 - GOLD BEACH : British Troops The first wave on the east of Gold Beach was the 69th Infantry Brigade (5th Bn East Yorkshire Regiment, and 6th & 7th Bns Green Howards) and their usual Arty was the 124th Field Regiment, RA. The landing table shows mainly the 86th Field Regiment landing with the 69th Infantry Brigade, but with some of the 124th Field Regiment woven in. The second wave on the east of Gold Beach was the 151st Infantry Brigade (6th, 8th & 9th Bns Durham Light Infantry) and as previously mentioned, their usual Arty was the 74th Field Regiment, RA. The landing table shows mainly the 86th Field Regiment landing with the 151st Infantry Brigade, but with again some of the 124th Field Regiment woven in. However, at H+6 (six hours after the first scheduled landing on Gold Beach) some of the 74th Field Regiment start to land. It is therefore possible that your great grandfather landed on Gold Beach on D-Day, but we currently have no evidence of fact. Did he leave any memoirs, notes, family letters, etc. that discuss his service and may help?