Trying to trace an RC Padre

Discussion in 'British Army Units - Others' started by ethan, Aug 23, 2014.

  1. ethan

    ethan Member

    Hi everyone;

    I'm trying to find out information about GEORGE LONG, who was a Roman Catholic Padre, possibly with the 45th Reconnaissance regiment.

    I believe he went to Haileybury School, and I know that he was serving in India in 1943, I'm pretty sure with 45 Recce. I believe he was on operation Thursday but I'm not sure.

    Apparently (got from some letters of my grandfathers) a few of the officers got together to put a subscription for his grave together when he died in the (judging by the letter) late 70's.

    Not much to go on, but if anyone can find confirm that he was a recce man that would be a good start. the Padre in the officers photo is named as Kingston, so - unless it's an error- it's not him. One of the pic in my gallery is him on leave with my grandpa in India, so I know he was there at some point!

    Many thanks for reading this far,

  2. ethan

    ethan Member

    Thanks to the generous sharing of Info by Eddie Chandler I now know that Captain (Reverend) George L Long was part of 51/69 Regiment Royal artillery, and his number is given as 120426.

    If anyone could help with a date of death or grave location I'd be most pleased.
  3. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Good old Eddie.


    I found these online, not conclusively your Padre, but date of birth makes him a possible candidate.

    Probate.jpg Passenger list.jpg
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  4. ethan

    ethan Member

    Bamboo- thank you very much, I'm pretty sure that'd be the man.

    I'm going to start calling churches in Co. Down and see if I can find his grave- apparently several of his former comrades clubbed together to pay for it.
  5. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Hi ethan,

    There were many George Longs listed, but those files were the only mention of Reverend. Good luck with your continued search.

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    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

  7. ethan

    ethan Member

    Many thanks! I'll give them a shout.

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