Searching for information 1878071 Trooper Ronald John Charles WILSON, I RTR

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  1. spitfire1940

    spitfire1940 Junior Member

    Hello Everyone,

    I'm trying to do a research about Trooper Wilson,R.J.C.,and I need any help with it.

    Till now I only,have the following info:

    Name: Wilson,Ronald John Charles
    Armynr: 1878071
    Regiment: Royal Tank Regiment
    Unit: 1st
    Died: December 22nd,1944
    Buried: Jonkerbos War Cemetery (The Netherlands)

    According to information that I found,did Trooper Wilson died at the Dutch German Border.
    He was buried in a paddock in my hometown Sittard.
    His wife and the parents of Trooper Wilson have visited this town in 1946.

    Till now,I have the following question: does someone can tell me more about the actions of 1RTR in December 1944 ?
    Does there excists Squadphoto's of 1 RTR,and where do I find them ?
    Does Trooper Wilson,has got any relatives ?

    I hope someone can help me with this,any info or leads will be much appreciated.
  2. idler

    idler GeneralList

    Very little on that period in Delaforce's Battles With Panzers as the regiment were out of the front line at that time. It wasn't a complete rest, they were still patrolling and wary of German attacks, bearing in mind the Battle of the Bulge had started.
  3. idler

    idler GeneralList

    ... December 20 moved down to Broeksittard (north-east of Sittard) and occupied a defensive sector, although there were no infantry in the line there. This time they did not abandon their tanks but set up a chain of patrol posts, partly dismounted but always backed by tanks. At this time C Squadron was in Germany, B half in Holland and half in Germany, A and R.H.Q. in Holland, and B Echelon in Belgium. Thus the 1st R.T.R. and other R.T.R. units were not altogether idle from mid-November until mid-January.

    The Tanks Volume Two 1939-1945 by Liddell Hart.

    As there was ample time to write up the war diaries, there's a good chance there would be some useful detail in them. The Tank Museum at Bovington sell transcripts of the diaries so you could see how much Dec 44 would cost?
  4. grunson

    grunson Member

    Name:Ronald Wilson
    Given Initials:R J C
    Death Date:22 Dec 1944
    Birth Place:Yorkshire
    Regiment at Enlistment:Royal Engineers
    Branch at Enlistment:Royal Armoured Corps
    Theatre of War:Western Europe Campaign, 1944/45
    Regiment at Death:Royal Tank Regiment RAC
    Branch at Death:Royal Armoured Corps

    Possibility of him having married in the Holderness district in late 1943.
  5. spitfire1940

    spitfire1940 Junior Member

    Thank you,for this information.
  6. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Here's the units war diary at Kew

    WO 171/865 1 Royal Tank Regiment 1944 Jan.- Dec.
  7. spitfire1940

    spitfire1940 Junior Member


    Here is a copy of the letter about trooper Wilson,that I found. scannen0001.jpg

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