Uncle's RA pathway

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  1. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Hi Everyone,

    My grandfather's brother, Sidney James Howney served at home with the Royal Artillery during 1943-45. I finally received his service records this week after a 8 month wait! The records are fairly straight forward although he was medically discharged in April 1945 and sadly died a few months later in August.

    I have a service summary with units and dates and wondered if any flesh could be added to these entries; locations of units etc.

    Any assistance gratefully received.

    Service Summary

    13th PTC on enlistment (06/05/1943).

    227 AA Royal Artillery (17/06/1943).

    12 HAA Regiment (11/11/1943).

    177 HAA Regiment (21/05/1944).

    211 HAA (Mobile) T/Regt. (25/05/1944).

    Y List B (13/07/1944).

    211 HAA (Mobile) T/Regt. (24/11/1944).

    E Battery Depot (01/12/1944).

    8th Reserve Regiment (11/01/1945).

    Y List B (08/02/1945).
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  2. Guy Hudson

    Guy Hudson Looker-upper

    It looks like he was sent for driver training :

    227 A.A. Driver Training Regiment, Royal Artillery at Kimnel Park Camp, North Wales
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  3. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Thanks Guy, absolutely spot on there, Sid became a Driver/Mechanic before something went wrong for him in late 1944, when he was downgraded to Medical Category C2--30% disability.

    The family have always thought that he died in a road traffic accident in his home town of Willesden, London. He is remembered in his local cemetery.

    Howney SJ. CWGC cert.png
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  4. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    From a family tree [there are 5 in total]

    Sidney James Hawney/Howney
    BIRTH ABT 1910 • London, United Kingdom
    DEATH 28 AUGUST 1945 • London, London, England

    Birth 10/11/1910 london
    Death 28/08/1945 London London England
    Father charles hawney (1878-1942)
    Mother margaret goodenus (1878-1937)
    Spouse eva edith fabray (1913-1994)

    UK and Ireland, Find A Grave Index, 1300s-Current
    Name: Sidney James Howney
    Death Date: 27 Aug 1945
    Cemetery: Willesden New Cemetery
    Burial or Cremation Place: Willesden, London Borough of Brent, Greater London, England
    Has Bio?: N

    England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007
    Name: Sidney J Howney
    Death Age: 34
    Birth Date: abt 1911
    Registration Date: Jul 1945
    [Aug 1945]
    [Sep 1945]
    Registration Quarter: Jul-Aug-Sep
    Registration district: Chelsea
    Inferred County: London
    Volume: 1a
    Page: 276

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  5. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Thanks TD, that is probably my brother's Ancestry family tree. :)
  6. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    There are at least 5 family trees that he appears in, having said that some people have multiple trees - I know I have

  7. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    I have the panel which I photographed at the cemetery.

    Service Number 14599422

    Died 27/08/1945

    Aged 34

    8 Reserve Regt.
    Royal Artillery

    Son of Charles and Margaret Howney; husband of Eva Edith Florence Howney, of Willesden.

    Location: Middlesex, United Kingdom
    Number of casualties: 257

    Cemetery/memorial reference: Screen Wall. X. 541
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  8. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Many thanks for those Clive. I knew you would have them all the time!! :D
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  9. bofors

    bofors Senior Member

    Not service, but Ancestry has electoral registers for him from 1933 in Willesden East England, 1939 register and his probate records. You could apply for his death certificate to see what he died from, as noted by TD.
    For the different regiments he was in you could get someone to get the war diaries from NA-
    Here are 12 HAA records for example - Search results: 12 AND HAA AND Regiment | The National Archives
    you would need to just pick the right one for the dates he was in it.


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  10. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Thanks Robert. I'm going to chase the various diaries when I next get to Kew. I still have a family contact for one of my grandfather's other brothers, so all is not lost for an explanation of Sid's demise.


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