Seeking information on RASC 67co

Discussion in 'RASC' started by Matthew Arkle, Jun 29, 2019.

  1. Matthew Arkle

    Matthew Arkle Member

    Hi

    I’m hoping someone may be able to help?

    I am researching my grandfathers service and have already received documents that state he was posted to RASC 67co

    He unfortunately passed away last year and despite asking, didn’t talk about where he was and what he had been involved with. All I really know is that he was in North Africa and he was shot in the leg by a colleague accidentally.

    It would mean a great deal to know more about his service, especially for my mum who has taken his death extremely hard.

    His name was Robert DUNSTER

    Any help would be greatly appreciated
     
  2. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron

    Hi Matthew

    If you've received a his service records from the MoD it would be worth posting a scan of them.

    If you've got something else from somewhere else you will need to request his full service record from the MoD - it's the only place you can get them. They should be able to find him from full name and date of birth, don't worry about his service number if you haven't got it. It will cost you £30 and you'll need his death certificate.

    67 Company on its own may not be enough to identify his unit as there were probably several different types of company with that number.
     
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  3. gmyles

    gmyles Senior Member

    War Diaries available at Kew
    There are chaps on this forum who can obtain copies of them for you and a more competitive than Kew.

    But I'd only get these after you have his service records as he may have not stayed with the same unit throughout his wartime career.

    Hope this helps

    Gus
     
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  4. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member

    In the NW Europe campaign, 67 Coy RASC was part of 7th Armoured Division, I’m not sure when they joined them though. I’ll have a trawl through some of my incredibly badly organised research files and see what I can find.

    Regards

    Tom
     
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  5. Matthew Arkle

    Matthew Arkle Member

    Hi Tom

    Yes i had seen that they had been involved with 7th Armoured. It just seems quite challenging trying to find anything out even with the internet. I have contacted a few of the associations for royal logistics as they are now called but can't seem to get a reply anywhere so if you have anything at all i would be grateful

    Many thanks

    Matt
     
  6. Matthew Arkle

    Matthew Arkle Member

    Hi Idler

    Thank you for your reply.

    Sorry for the delay everyone but we have just lost my nan this week and things are a little up in the air.

    I have scanned what i received from MOD. I think it is his service record although there doesnt seem to be a lot of information contained. I am familiar with a few of the abbreviations but i am finding them a little hard to follow sometimes.

    It appears he was a bit of a naughty boy by all accounts. For what ever reason he was AWOL fora short time and got CB Confined to barracks and fined a days pay.

    Many thanks

    Matt
     

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  7. Matthew Arkle

    Matthew Arkle Member

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  8. Matthew Arkle

    Matthew Arkle Member

    Thanks Gus

    All seems quite confusing

    Are the records easy to get hold of? I have uploaded the paperwork i have received but cant really make sense of a lot of it
     
  9. gmyles

    gmyles Senior Member

    Hi Matt

    This should get you started.

    Basic Timeline.

    Joined General Service Corps – 19/11/42

    Transferred into RASC – 31/12/42

    2nd Training Battalion – UK RASC Training till 22/04/43

    Posted to 16 Tank Brigade Company RASC 22/04/43

    Embarked British Army Of Rhine (Germany) – 13/07/44

    Unit renamed as 16 Company (Armoured Brigade) - 22/05/45

    Posted to 172 Infantry Brigade Company RASC - 21/07/45

    Embarked for ME from BAOR 08/10/45

    Arrived ME 19/10/45

    Back in UK 27/04/46 with 1 Holding Brigade

    Hope this helps

    Gus
     
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  10. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member

    Matthew,

    I was very sorry to read that you had lost your nan.

    I'm definitely not one of the service document experts on here but on looking through the documents you have posted up it seems clear that your grandfather served in 16 Coy RASC (Tank Bde) - where did the clue to 67 Coy come from?

    I've got quite a bit of the diary for 16 Coy transcribed for 1944 - they actually landed in Normandy in mid-June 1944 under command of 31 Tank Brigade. It looks like your grandfather was part of one of the residues (small parties of men and vehicles who followed the main parties of units to the continent days or weeks after the initial deployment).

    If you have a look in the RASC section of the forum I've posted up some of the war diary for the unit for 1944.

    Regards

    Tom
     
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  11. Matthew Arkle

    Matthew Arkle Member

    Thanks Gus

    seems like i was looking at what was potentially his initial training regiment on join up

    That breakdown will certainly give me something to work with
     
  12. Matthew Arkle

    Matthew Arkle Member


    Hi Tom

    Thank you, was quite a shock

    I think it was a lack of knowledge in looking at the documents that gave me 67 coy but on reflection it would seem that it was his first training regiment before joining RASC.

    Be interested to read that, i'll take a look, thank you

    Regards
     

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