Sword Beach and 1624 Platoon 106 Bridge COY

Discussion in 'NW Europe' started by mike lade, Jul 28, 2013.

  1. There are pages and pages of his diary.. from signing up to 106 Bridge Coy in Edinburgh where he learnt to drive the trucks. Right through to 1947 and the 30th Corps B.o.a.r. and 51st Highland Division. I'm happy to share any information that he wrote.
     
  2. Hi. Is anyone still active on this thread please? Would love some advice please. I have lots and lots of info on the 106 Bridge Company with original photos and documentation etc.
     
  3. Trux

    Trux 21 AG Patron

    Carly,

    Sorry no one responded earlier. The person who started this thread has not visited the forum for five years.

    Feel free to ask questions and I will watch this thread and help where I can. If I cannot help there will be someone who can.

    Before retiring I had a business manufacturing scale model WW2 military vehicles and made most of the bridging vehicles and the bridges they carried.

    Mike
     
  4. serge69

    serge69 New Member

    What is the AoS marking of this RASC company, please? Is it a corps or army unit?
     
  5. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member

    Carly,

    I’ve got a copy of the war diary - if you need to see any of it to confirm details etc just ask.

    Regards

    Tom
     
  6. Hi Serge,

    The AoS is readable on a large version of IWM B5288 as found by Trux in Post #9 above.

    It is 1317d ('d' for "descending" white bar, denoting a GHQ/Area unit), with the Formation Sign for GHQ & L of C Tps. Note the shipping mark 16468/LST/3112 (well, the Mobilisation Serial Number '16468' is not really legible on the photo, but is inferred from the Landing Table):
    [1317d] 21AG=106 Br Coy RASC, 1624 Pl - 16468-LST-112- - B5288.jpg
    Source: File:Pegasus Bridge, June 1944 B5288.jpg - Wikimedia Commons

    LST LTIN 3112 was one of the five LST (LTIN 3109 to 3113) bound for Sector QUEEN joining Sailing Group 5 (Convoy ETM 1) from Portsmouth Area at K1 Buoy at 2330 hrs D Day for the passage, and planned for reaching the Lowering Position at 0800 hrs D+1 and to beach from 0900.

    Michel
     
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  7. serge69

    serge69 New Member

    Thank you Michel.
     
  8. Tom Melson

    Tom Melson New Member

    Hi Carly
    My father was in 106 COY from early 1940's through to 1945. I have a small booklet issued after the war by the then called 106 club. It details the early formation of 106 and it's progress throughout the war. Listing all locations from 6th June to 1945 in Germany.
    Contact me if you are interested in a copy.
    Tom Melson 07747635205
     
  9. Andrew S Harris

    Andrew S Harris New Member

    Hi Tom, interesting to hear the recent thread. My Grandad was also in the 106 club, I have a booklet from Jan 1952 with a summary of where the company went and members. I wonder if there is an electronic version somewhere. Hope to scan in his war time pics at some point. Andy Service Book Inside Cover E A Harris.jpg
     
  10. James Waller

    James Waller New Member

    Hi Tom,

    Looking through my Grandad’s RASC records, he was a 2LT and seemed to bounce around a few different RASC companies in 44 and 45. It looks like he was in 106 COY for a short while.

    If you still have copies of the leaflet I would be very interested,

    Thanks
     

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  11. martin1028

    martin1028 New Member

    Hi
    My dad was a driver in 106 Coy from 1943 - 1945 and then got moved around while in Germany until 1946 when he was discharged. He was later recalled in 1951 but for only 6 weeks. He told me about landing on the beaches on 6th June but never said which platoon he was in, but did tell me he spent time attached to the 51st Highland Division. I have a photo of my dad with 3 other men who I don't know, I will dig it out and post it to see if anybody knows them.

    The booklet you mentioned sounds like it could fill a few blanks for me if you are still happy to copy it.
    martin
     
  12. martin1028

    martin1028 New Member

    Hi
    Here is the photo I mentioned in my last post. My dad 'Jack' is third from the left, does anybody know the other 3?

    martin
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  13. Bacchus

    Bacchus New Member

    Hi,
    My father served as a driver with 1624 platoon and he has a list of operations carried out by 1624 platoon. It states that the platoon landed at Juno beach at11.11 hrs and proceeded to Benouville on the 7th. On June 9th Driver Ketley was Killed and Drivers Etherington and Symes were wounded. On June 11th the platoon moved to Colleville and on the night of the 12th the were bombed and driver Garrett was killed and Lance Corporal Freeman, Drivers Whitmill, Samworth, Thompson, Waller, Williams and Sapper Brown were Wounded. The list outlines all the operations of the platoon up to May 5th 1945 when the cease fire sounded at 0800 hrs.

    Bacchus
     

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