Royal Artillery Captured at Tobruk, June 1942

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  1. Uncle Jack

    Uncle Jack Member

    "Sounds like the enemy" is the story of Kenneth Ashton Brooke who was called up in October 1939. He was sent to Larkhill. He joined the 4th Durham Survey Regiment in Egypt after the fall of Tobruck. He was one of many from Survey Training regiments posted to rebuild 'S' Troop in August 1942.

    The book was privately published by Andreas Sarker in 2003 and he did post a copy on the web.

    The text is also on the BBC website
    BBC - WW2 People's War - My life

    I have a .pdf of the book which Andreas Sarker sent me in 2004.

    Robin
     
  2. JOHN AP BENNETT

    JOHN AP BENNETT New Member

    My father served in the 4th (Durham) Survey regiment> Hi name was Fred Bennison Bennett. He joined in 1939 I beleive. Does anybody have any info on him.
     
  3. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

  4. Uncle Jack

    Uncle Jack Member

    Just seen this .. will get out our files and take a look for him.
    Joining in 1939 suggests a Tynesider -- is that right?

    Robin
     
  5. Uncle Jack

    Uncle Jack Member

    Margaret just spotted him in the Old Comrades Nominal Roll for 1945.
    Bennett F. B. 904155 (oddly no rank stated) Joined 25 April 1939 (Same month as her father) Address 121 Two Ball Lonnin, Fenham, Newcastle 4. However there is no "B" against his name which suggests that he did not go out to Egypt with the Regiment in November/December 1940.
     
  6. Uncle Jack

    Uncle Jack Member

    Margaret adds "That is the same day as my dad joined!"
     
  7. Uncle Jack

    Uncle Jack Member

    Margaret adds "That is the same day as my dad joined!"

    But Regimental numbers are not very close ... any suggestions
     
  8. Uncle Jack

    Uncle Jack Member

    I've made contact with John and following up with him
     
  9. JOHN AP BENNETT

    JOHN AP BENNETT New Member

    I have since obtained the service records of FB Bennett 904155 and I believe he was in R troop and something called the X lists. His rank was gunner/surveyor.
     
  10. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    John - Use the search facility on this site to search for 'X-Lists' to see what the various categories are. If you're struggling to understand the Service Records, I would suggest you post them on a new thread and many members will help in interpreting them.

    Tim
     
  11. JOHN AP BENNETT

    JOHN AP BENNETT New Member

    Thanks Tim. Yes I found some info on X lists. I will take your advice though and post the records online. There is one curious note in which he relinquish voluntarily the role of Gunner/surveyor to be simply gunner. I wonder if there was a problem either disciplinary or personal.
     
  12. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    In case you haven't discovered it there is a large thread on this site for the 4th (Durham) Survey Regt.
    4th (durham) Survey Regiment

    Tim
     

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