Sig COLEBY: with 75th Field Regiment RA 1940

Discussion in '1940' started by nosmig, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. Seddy57

    Seddy57 Member

    Thanks for your reply and for that very informative page. I've noticed further back in this thread the movements of 299th battery. The movents from 1.6.40 Somme area to 6.6.40 Bresle area look like the critical time. I have left a private message for Drew5233 so maybe he could throw some more light on it. If its appropriate - I'd like to post a couple of pictures.
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  2. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Jamaica actually :lol:
     
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  3. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    Research...

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  4. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Ref further info there's only the diary really. That goes up to the 30th June 1940 when the unit was back in the UK. It's unlikely the diary will mention your chap by name anywhere than the list already posted.
     
  5. Seddy57

    Seddy57 Member

    Thanks for the reply Drew5233. From the info available, I think I've learned as much as I am going to learn. The important thing is keeping his memory alive.
     
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  6. MarkN

    MarkN Well-Known Member

    There is quite a decent amount written in the official history and other commercially written narratives regarding the efforts of the 51st Highland Division during that period. The Battery itself will not pick up many name drops, and the family member you are researching is unlikely to feature at all. Nevertheless, unlike many other areas, this particular spot is well documented and readble. If he went missing on the 5th in or near Quesnoy, it was at the very beginning of the German push south from the Somme.
     
  7. Seddy57

    Seddy57 Member

    Thanks MarkN - that sounds like something I would like to read. If you have any links or book suggestions I would be grateful. I have attached (hopefully!) the newspaper story that mentions Quesnoy. It was published some months after he went missing.
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  8. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Is that a 51 Div History or a 75th Field Regiment history? If the later do you have the book name and author please?
     
  9. MarkN

    MarkN Well-Known Member

    Hell no! ;)

    I was thinking of Ellis' War in France and Flanders. Of all the formations/units of the BEF, the 51st Highland Division gets the greatest attention by Ellis. General in nature, but excellent for providing the background canvas to orientate oneself.

    I don't possess any books myself, but I know plenty exist regarding the 51st Highland Division in France. There was even a TV documentary aired this summer. And whilst people like you and I may have a deep frown on some of the historical 'facts' (nothing bigger than a boyes AT rifle to take on the panzers!!!), even that provides a decent all round background to what they got up to.

    Seddy57 seems already to be doing a fine job of drilling down individual pieces of the jigsaw. When he orientates those pieces to the bigger picture, it will all look rather good I expect.
     
  10. MarkN

    MarkN Well-Known Member

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