Richard C E Powell 1st Northamptonshire Yeomanry 1944

Discussion in 'Searching for Someone & Military Genealogy' started by Mrsbush, Mar 13, 2014.

  1. Mrsbush

    Mrsbush New Member


    Please excuse my military ignorance!

    I am looking for some info on Richard Charles Evans Powell who was born in Northampton in 1917.
    He was a Squadron Quartermaster Sergeant in the 1st Northamptonshire Yeomanry from 1942-44 and his service number was 7892096. He died in France on 16th August 1944.

    I would like any info on what his role would've been as a Squadron Quartermaster Sergeant, any operations he was part of (I think 1st NY played a significant role in Operation Totalise but is there any way of knowing if Richard "Dick" Powell was involved in this). Basically any information that would give us an insight into his years in the army, including his death. In particular I would like to see if there are any photos of Dick as my auntie was just 3 months old when he died so does not really know what he looked like, but any info would be great.

    Thanks in advance
  2. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive


    I would consider getting a copy of his service records from the MoD - They do cost £30 but worth it in my book. Below are his units war diaries held at the National Archives. If you can't get there I offer forum members copying service that's as cheap as chips :)

    WO 166/6908 1 Northamptonshire Yeomanry 1942 Jan.- Dec.
    WO 166/11085 1 Northamptonshire Yeomanry 1943 Jan.-Dec.
    WO 171/859 1 Northamptonshire Yeomanry 1944 Jan.- Dec.,%20RICHARD%20CHARLES%20EVANS :poppy:
  3. CL1

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


    i would take Andys advice and his offer



    Squadron Quartermaster Serjeant

    Service No:


    Date of Death:





    Royal Armoured Corps

    1st Northamptonshire Yeomanry

    Grave Reference

    VIII. C. 18.



    Additional Information:
    Son of Harry and Kate Florence Powell, of Northampton; husband of Kate Evelyn Powell, of Northampton.
  4. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Mrs Bush

    the first Northants were apart of the 33rd Armoured Brigade which landed on D day and fought through to the Bulge in 1945..

    squadron Quarter master was responsible for discipline along with the Sergeant Major in the squadron and bringing up

    meals generally in Battle as well asremoving the dead for burial-all sorts of tasks but mainly looking after supplies

  5. Mrsbush

    Mrsbush New Member

    Thanks everyone.

    Am I able to get his service records from the MoD if I am not his next of kin and can't get their permission (I am trying to gather all this info as a surprise for my auntie as she has a big birthday coming up!)?

    Drew5233- I will pm you
  6. CL1

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

    link below for service records

    Request for Service records of deceased Service personnel
    Under the scheme, and in recognition of the duty of care owed to the family of the deceased subject, for a period of 25 years following the date of death of the subject and without the consent of the next of kin, MOD will disclose only:
    • surname
    • forename
    • rank
    • service number
    • regiment/corps
    • place of birth
    • age
    • date of birth
    • date of death where this occurred in service
    • the date an individual joined the service
    • the date of leaving
    • good conduct medals (for example, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (LS&GCM)), any orders of chivalry and gallantry medals (decorations of valour) awarded, some of which may have been announced in the London Gazette
    After this period, and if it is held, in addition MOD will disclose without the requirement for next of kin consent:
    • the units in which he/she served
    • the dates of this service and the locations of those units
    • the ranks in which the service was carried out and details of campaign medals awarded
    The administration fee of £30 will be waived for requests from those who were the spouse or civil partner of the subject at the time of death (or parent if there was no spouse or civil partner).
    Where the consent of the immediate next of kin has been given for its release to a third party, the 25 year threshold will not apply allowing the release of all the information available under the publication scheme at any time, subject to the payment of an administration fee of £30 per record and the provision of a death certificate (except where death was in service).
  7. Mrsbush

    Mrsbush New Member

    Thanks for this, would the MoD service records go into much detail as I have the basic info about service dates, unit, rank etc? Also, did you get my pm?
  8. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Not checked my PM's yet.

    Service Records contain the things you have listed, along with any injuries, a copy of his attestation, disciplinary matters, courses attended and so on. They are an employment record like today. There's quite a few different ones been posted on here that you can look at for examples.
  9. Patrick Jeffcoate

    Patrick Jeffcoate New Member

    I realise I'm late to the party but I've just come across this thread while trying to find something about my father's war experiences. Dick Powell was my parents best man so I actually have photos of him at the service: I'm sure we can find a way to get copies to you if you would still like some.

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