Researching my SOE Grandfather

Discussion in 'SOE & OSS' started by waynetta67, Jan 13, 2014.

  1. waynetta67

    waynetta67 New Member

    Hi, this is my first post and like many others I'm researching a family member. Sorry if this is long winded or I'm asking questions that have been answered elsewhere.

    I'm trying to work out what my late Grandfather did while he was in the SOE in North Africa, possibly Italy and in India. From the few details my mother has he may have been involved, somehow, with air despatch. This kind of ties in as, for some reason, in the few bits and pieces she has from his time in the Army/SOE is a squadron photograph of 624 (SD) Sqn RAF.

    A brief history is that he served in North Africa with 6th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers before transferring to SOE in June 1943. According to his army records he served in No 6 ISSU, including being posted or attached to several ME units. If I've done my research correctly he went to Italy in late 1944 before returning to the UK briefly in mid-1945 before heading to India and Force 136 until January 1946 when he was transferred back to the army, returned to the UK and discharged/transferred to the army reserve.

    His details are:

    Sgt Arthur John Holmes
    Army number 6983566

    I know my next step is to contact the National Archives to find out if they have a P/F for him. I was wondering if there is anyone out there who already knows if a P/F exists and what I should be asking for when I send in my FOI request.

    If anyone can help I'd be eternally grateful.

    Many thanks. Wayne
  2. PsyWar.Org

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  3. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Welcome to the forum

    It may also be a good idea to contact another member (Jedburgh22) who specialises in SOE operatives via the internal messaging system. Find his name under members and use the option to 'send a personal message' - otherwise he will probably pick this thread when he's online next.

  4. PsyWar.Org

    PsyWar.Org Archive monkey

    Meant to add "6 ISSU" (Inter-Service Signals Unit) was the covername for the SOE Massingham mission in Algiers. The "ME"s mentioned in this case probably refer to SOE "Military Establishments" rather than "Middle East".

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