Researching a Soldier from Wrexham

Discussion in 'Searching for Someone & Military Genealogy' started by mikereme, Oct 9, 2021.

  1. mikereme

    mikereme Member

    Hello Everyone,

    Would it be possible to help me with a soldier from WW2..

    He is from Wrexham, North Wales.

    Name - Ronald Leslie Edwards
    Born - 27 August 1920
    Where - Wrexham North wales
    Unit - Believed to be Royal Artillery - see attached picture
    The family dont know anything apart they were told he was bringing in wounded but attached to RA...any info with regt greatly appreciated.

    I thank you in anticipation
  2. CL1

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

    only way to go is get them to apply for his service records

    Date of birth
    Death certificate

    is required no service number required
    they wont find anything online about him on pay for sites

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  3. mikereme

    mikereme Member

    Hi mate, I dont need this info just what unit he was with etc...
    Thank you for your help my friend...
  4. CL1

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

    I know but unless a forum member can find him on a casualty list (if he was wounded) or an ancestry time line you wont find out anymore details.
    The info for WW2 servicemen and women is not on line unless a family member has bothered to get the service records and uploaded it themselves onto the internet
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  6. vitellino

    vitellino Senior Member

    Two records on findmypast:

    GBM_ROYALART_1763001-1764000_01221.jpg GBM_ROYALART_876000_00094.jpg
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  7. travers1940

    travers1940 Well-Known Member

    Although not sure from the image you posted the collar badges look like the "flaming grenade" badges of the Royal Artillery, but several other regiments such as Royal Engineers & Fusiliers had similar badges.

    The lanyard on his left shoulder is also suggestive of the Royal Artillery.

    The tunic he is wearing suggests he could be a pre-war recruit, as once the war started & progressed recruits would usually only have been issued with the different Battle Dress uniform. In 1938/39 the Territorial Army was increased in size after the Munich Agreement & many men joined then with TA units often forming duplicate battalions.

    There are Royal Artillery Tracer cards (by no means a complete set) on the ancestry website but no Ronald Leslie Edwards are listed. These cards just give you name, service number, date of enlistment & very basic details of postings within the RA. My search gave this one possible of his name for a pre/early war enlistment, but nothing to tie it to him.

    6287247 Ronald Edwards enlisted 13 Oct 1938 no postings listed till Nov 1945 when he joins 121 HAA Regiment (not formed till 1941). Discharged to Class Z Reserve 3.8.1946. He was a TA soldier.
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  8. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

    Ronald Leslie Edwards, dob 27 Aug 1920, is shown in the 1939 Register living at 36 Glanydon Estate, Holywell, occupation listed as joiner. The register does not generally include military personnel, unless on leave, but then normal shown military details.
    "Registration of members of the armed forces was dealt with by the military authorities, so the 1939 Register does not include service personnel in military, naval and air force establishments. Nor does it include members of the armed forces billeted in private homes, including their own homes. However, since conscription did not begin in earnest until January 1940, most people who subsequently served in the armed forces during the Second World War were still civilians in September 1939."
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  9. travers1940

    travers1940 Well-Known Member

    Further to Vitellinos post above, there is no tracer card for 1763251, but of the twenty five cards found for numbers in the range 1763208 to 1763288, all enlisted on 16 Jan 1941.

    No card for 876887 but men around him in the FMP record enlisted between 5-7 March 1938.
  10. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    As stated in post 2 for exact information service records are required

    Request records of deceased service personnel

    England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007
    Name: Ronald Leslie Edwards
    Death Age: 75
    Birth Date: 27 Aug 1920
    Registration Date: Aug 1995
    Registration District: Delyn
    Inferred County: Clwyd
    Register Number: 8
    District and Subdistrict: 8031
    Entry Number: 68
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  11. mikereme

    mikereme Member

    Hello Everyone,

    All the information that you have provided has been "Gold dust" to the family and will certainly pass this on.

    Thank you so much for your input these forums are one of the possitive sides to the internet am sure you will agree with me.

    If you are in this area of North Wales a cold one is waiting for you..
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  12. mikereme

    mikereme Member

    Hello Everyone,

    In Vitellinos post there is Red ink Capitals "Extracted NSRW" what does these mean?
  13. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

    National Service Reserve Wing
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