Remembering Today 25/9/44 Private H.H.Dawber 14723650 Lincolnshire Regiment 4th Bn.

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  1. CL1

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

  2. CL1

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

  3. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    CLI

    by the look of that 147***** number Harold Dawber was only a year into his service

    cheers
     
  4. ramacal

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

    Harold Dawber must have been a reinforcement, as his service number is not that of one who originally joined the Lincolnshire Regiment.

    His grave at Leopoldsburg War Cemetery:-

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    A general view of the cemetery:-

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    The war diary of the 4th Lincolns showing what happened that day.

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    They were successful in putting a bailey bridge across that day, after a number of costly failures by other units of the 49th Division across the Turnhout Canal. It was called Plumbridge. and here is a photo of Plumbridge in later use and a couple of photos of the actual bridge in 2009.

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    A photo of the now disused brickworks mentioned in the diary entry for 25 September 1944:

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    A memorial is situated close to the where the bridgehead was put across the canal. An annual camp takes place to commemorate this event at Sint Josef, Rijkevorsel. You can see the chimney of the brickworks in the background. The veteran on the left of the photo, next to my Sister actually served with the RAMC (Field Ambulance) of the 49th Division at this time and they used the oven of the brickworks to treat casualties.

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  5. CL1

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

    Thank you Rob
     
  6. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Ramacal
    He may very well have been a reinforcement as the recruiting system had changed in early '42 - instead of being recruited into a formation - they all went into the General Service Corps to learn the initial ways of the Army - AND to be tested as to where they might be of more use - as a consequence their numbers started at 142***** so by my reckoning he was inducted around the fall of '43 at age 20

    Cheers
     
  7. ramacal

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

    4 Lincolns had sustained casualties of 30 Officers and 484 Other Ranks (killed, wounded, missing) from June to the end of September '44 and had even received some replacements from the Royal Artillery back in August '44.
     
  8. ramacal

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

    This is the 75 Anniversary weekend to commemorate the bridgehead put across by the 49 Infantry Division in 1944, a week after Op Market Garden.

    The bailey bridge was called Plumbridge and the annual Plumbridge camp weekend still thrives. The Polar Bear trail from Rijkerforsel to the John Harper VC memorial was created to commentate the liberation of the area.
     
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