Hello Everyone, I am new to the forum and have been overwhelmed with both the knowledge and courteous responses shown by the members. I just wanted to say what a great environment this site has. I am currently trying to research my grandfathers time in the service. I know that he was an artillery sergeant in the 80th Field Regiment and was attached to the 52nd Lowland Division. In the book "A History of the 80th Field Regiment R.A., T.A. 1939-1945", he is listed as Bdr. RC Holmes (his name was Robert Charles Holmes) in Appendix E subtitled "List of O.R.s who embarked with 80th (L) Fd. Regt., R.A." This creates a bit of confusion for me, as I know that he was definitely a sergeant, yet my understanding of RA ranks is that a Bdr. is the equivalent of a corporal. He also spoke one time of being a part of the liberation of a concentration camp where large numbers of bodies needed to buried. If memory serves me right, and this conversation took place almost thirty years ago, he said that they made the Germans bury the bodies because "They made the bloody mess, so they could damn well clean it up." This sounds to me like it could have been Bergen Belsen. However, although his unit was very close to Belsen on the 15th of April, there is no mention of them actually going in there. I have begun the process of requesting his service record, but realize that this can take a long time to receive and that they quite often don't have as much information as people expect them to. So, I was wondering if anybody could suggest any other ways I could research him at least until the request for the record goes through? I have included four photos that I have of him from the war. The first is a portrait clearly showing his rank and regiment, the second is him during a break of some sort, the third is him and two friends on a disabled German tank, and fourth is him and possibly the same two friends in front of an ambulance. I don't know the exact places or dates of any of these photos. Thank you for any responses in advance. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Sean.