RN: 6088668 702 AW SQN Royal Engineers / GHQ 2nd Echelon RE

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  1. Bean1136

    Bean1136 Member

    Hi All,

    My Granddad past away when my mum was only 7-years old, so we do not know a lot about him and I would really like to find out more. This is my first time starting something like this so any advice would be greatly received.

    I have tried the usual sources such as Ancestry, Find my Past, but I cannot find a lot.

    What I do know:

    I have found his enlistment into the Queens Royal West Surrey on 5th July 1940

    His Regiment Number was: 6088668

    By the looks of the book I believe It states he Transferred to the Royal Engineers and was posted No6 TRNG BM 19th July 1941. Am I right in thinking this means No 6 Training Battalion?

    I know he was based in Italy, around Treviso or Trieste because he met my Nan and they Married in Venice in 1947. I have a marriage certificate however there are lots of irregularities. His Regiment number on it is listed as 6088688, their Ages are wrong. I'm worried the rest I have isn't quiet right

    The Residence of the Marriage is 702 AW SQN RE.
    702 - ?
    AW - Artisan Works
    SQN - Squadron
    RE - Royal Engineers

    There is some references of GHQ 2nd Echelon RE

    Despite all this information, I cannot find anything. Is this information irrelevant. Can someone point me in the right direction please.

    I would really like to find more information about him, any help would be great
  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Hi & welcome

    The very first move you need to make is to obtain his service records and these are only available from the MOD - the link is - Requests for personal data and service records: a detailed guide

    From these we can see which units he was in and when. Following this the War Diaries will help explain in more details where he was and what he was doing

    His name etc would help others to try and trace details of him

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  3. Bean1136

    Bean1136 Member

    Cant Believe I forgot to put his Name!

    His Name was: Donald Matthew Burgess

    Thank you for your reply. This is helpful to do.

    Because I havent been able to find much I am worrying the MOD service records will be the same. Will they show medals etc received
  4. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Have a look around this site for service records and see they sort of detail they show.

    They should include medal entitlement, maybe even when issued

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  5. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    As TD says look at other service records on this site. The sites that you say you have looked at are all commercial and the information they have has been compiled from other available sources. They do not have access to the MOD Service Records which are only available to the next of kin or with the consent of the next of kin.
  6. Bean1136

    Bean1136 Member

    Is there anything you recommend I search.

    Am I on the right tracks with regiments etc?
  7. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

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