Service records 886741 C. Sowerby RA

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  1. Paul sowerby

    Paul sowerby New Member

    Hi all,

    I’m new here so forgive me if I’m asking the wrong questions.
    I have recently started looking into my grandfather’s service record and was hoping if any of you could point me in the right direction to find out any more information.

    I’ve attached photos of his service record. I also have his medical records and his medals but for now I’m just looking at where he served. He used to tell me a few stories (he would not tell them to anyone else other than me)

    If you can spare the time to have a look at the attached photos that would be great.

    Many thanks


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  2. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Welcome to the forum.
    That's a good start but his FULL service records are obtainable from the MoD.
  3. wibs12

    wibs12 Well-Known Member

    Unless I'm being dim (not unheard of) I can't see anything in those 4 pics that notes which specific part of the Royal Artillery he was attached to. Whilst he was no doubt a very well travelled bloke with a heck of a service in the expeditionary forces in France 1940, the Med, North Africa and North West Europe, it's difficult to pinpoint further without knowing which bit of the RA he was with etc.

    Applying to the MOD for his full service records is the way to go........ see here for guidance. Other than that, post images of his medical records see if that helps us?
  4. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

    March 1940 he was with 16th Heavy Battery, 1st Heavy Brigade according to the casualty returns which have him dangerously ill at that time
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  5. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

    Confirmation of the above two posts who were quicker off the mark.

    Casualty list No. 163 dated 27 March 1940
    Expeditionary force / Dangerously ill / Date of casualty 23.3.1940
    886741 Sowerby Dvr C / 16th Hvy. Bty. 1st Hvy. Bde.

    His Royal Artillery Attestation states "Extracted to NSRW". I stand to be corrected but believe this is 'National Service Reserve Wing'.

    But, as suggested above, send off for his official records:
    Get a copy of military service records
  6. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

    BEF = British Expeditionary Force
    MEF = Middle East Force
    BNAF = British North Africa Force
    NWE = North West Europe

    Note that your grandfather had the Africa Star with the 8th Army clasp.
  7. Paul sowerby

    Paul sowerby New Member

    Hi Thanks do much for your information, I will apply for the records but see it could take a few months for these to come through.

    What we do know is that he was in the desert rats 8th army and also served in Arnhem
    I've attached his medical records if this helps.

    Any information you can provide before the records come through would be amazing.

    Here are the medals that we have

    I also have his Attestation , He actually lied about his age as he was born in 1922 but signed up when he was 16 so lied to say he was born in 1920

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  8. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member


    Thanks for sharing the images.

    FYI Another reason to apply for his service records is to clarify the inconsistency between his Medal Entitlement recorded in his B108 book and the actual medal images you’ve posted above. His B108 entitlement shows 39/45 Star but no Defence Medal and you've posted a Defence Medal image but no 39/45 Star.

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  9. Paul sowerby

    Paul sowerby New Member

    Hi thanks for your reply.
    I think a medal or 2 went missing over the years.

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