Royal Engineers - Port Said, 29th September, 1943

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  1. Mavis Williams

    Mavis Williams Well-Known Member

    Hi Everyone,
    I am researching Thomas Henry WIMBUSH:-
    Sapper
    WIMBUSH, THOMAS HENRY
    Service Number 1898452
    Died 29/09/1943
    Royal Engineers, who is buried in Port Said, but remembered on his parent's grave in Broughton, Flintshire. I would like to know what the Royal Engineers were doing there on that day, indeed, what part of the Royal Engineers Thomas was in and possibly any information of what happened to him and his army pals. Any information greatly appreciated. I know all about his family history. Kindest regards, Mavis Williams
     
  2. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    Thomas Wimbush is listed on Casualty List 1262 under 'Died'. I strongly suspect he died of illness or he would have been listed as 'Killed in Action', 'Died of Wounds' or 'Died as a result of accident'. I cannot find him on any other Casualty Lists.

    Tim
     
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  3. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Thomas Henry Wimbush
    1919–1943
    BIRTH 31 MAR 1919 • Hawarden, Flintshire, Wales
    DEATH 29 SEP 1943 • El-Ḥusseinîya, Ash Sharqiyah, Egypt


    UK, Army Roll of Honour, 1939-1945
    Name: Thomas Wimbush
    Given Initials: T H
    Rank: Sapper
    Death Date: 29 Sep 1943
    Number: 1898452
    Birth Place: Chester
    Residence: Chester
    Branch at Enlistment: Other Corps
    Theatre of War: Middle East
    Regiment at Death: Royal Engineers
    Branch at Death: Other Corps

    https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/18968941


    England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1916-2007
    Name: Thonas H Wimbush
    Registration Date: 1919
    Registration district: Hawarden
    Inferred County: Flintshire
    Re-registration Year: 1919
    Mother's Maiden Name: Liversage
    Volume Number: 11b
    Page Number: 319

    Only his service records will provide an accurate part of the RE Corps he was working in - eg could have been bomb disposal, port operating or many other sections - unless with luck you come across something.

    TD
     
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  4. Mavis Williams

    Mavis Williams Well-Known Member

    Thank you Tim and TD, I think we all have come to the same blank wall, I appreciate your help. I was hoping that I would find out what the Royal engineers were doing on that day in Port Said. Thanks again, Kind regards, Mavis
     
  5. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    As mentioned, unless you know what section/arm of the RE that this man was in then it could have been a mulitude of trades. The other thing is that this may not help you find out how/why he died as it may not have been associated to that particular trade within the RE - he could have had an accident when not working, or have caught something like a virus etc etc as Timuk has suggested previously

    TD
     
  6. Mavis Williams

    Mavis Williams Well-Known Member

    Very true TD, I will have to accept that you cannot find everything out, thanks again. Kindest regards, Mavis
     
  7. ploughman

    ploughman Junior Member

    Just a possibility.
    The RE's were involved with the operation of the Suez Railway.
    Probably after deployment from Longmoor camp in Hampshire.
     
  8. Mavis Williams

    Mavis Williams Well-Known Member

    Thank you Bryan, apologies for the late reply. I have just found another Royal Engineers man with a Regimental number quite close to Thomas, (on another local Memorial) and I am wondering if they may have been in the same unit - 503 Field Coy., I know they died close in date to each other, but very far away, perhaps the Royal Engineers moved to Egypt by the 29th September 1943, so I am wondering if they would have enlisted together and it might throw a clue to Thomas's Unit or Company.:-
    Sapper
    EDWARDS, HARRY
    Service Number 1890711
    Died 17/09/1943
    Aged 25
    503 Field Coy. Royal Engineers
    Buried at SALERNO WAR CEMETERY

    I know it is grasping at straws really. Just a thought. Regards, Mavis
     
  9. CL1

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

    Only clue will be service records Mavis unless someone has the war diary otherwise guessing will be the game
     
  10. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    Sapper Harry Edwards listed:
    Casualty List 1266 - Wounded - Italy
    Casualty List 1273 - Died of wounds
    Above Casualty Lists show casualties from numerous RE Companies. List for Thomas Wimbush does not show his Company. I would think any link unless otherwise substantiated would be very tenuous.

    Tim
     
  11. Mavis Williams

    Mavis Williams Well-Known Member

    Thank you CL1 and Tim, apologies for late reply, you are both right, it's so frustrating being unable to add a little more at least to his story. Well I will have to until more comes on line or I have another clue, perhaps from his family eventually. Kindest regards, Mavis
     

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