Discussion in 'RASC' started by Mavis Williams, Nov 28, 2020.

  1. Mavis Williams

    Mavis Williams Well-Known Member

    Hi everyone,
    I am trying to find out why the serviceman below was is Uganda, I know that the RASC were responsible for equipping Army Regiments and Units of the British Army, so I am presuming that they were attached to such a regiment in Uganda, but cannot find out which, can anyone help please.
    Service Number: S/94260
    Regiment & Unit/Ship - Royal Army Service Corps
    Date of Death - Died 15 April 1944
    Age 43 years old

    Buried or commemorated at
    AA. 15.

    Country of Service - United Kingdom

    Additional Info : -Son of Ernest and Elizabeth Holloway; husband of Lily Holloway, of East Saltney, Flintshire.

    I have all the information re his family.
    Of course I would love to know how and why he died, perhaps through disease or accident? Was there fighting in Uganda in 1944?
    Any help would be much appreciated.
    Kindest regards,
    Mavis Williams
  2. gmyles

    gmyles Senior Member


    From Brit Army casualties 1939-1945 on FMP. Just says he died. So he didnt die of wounds, nor was he killed in action, nor die as a result of an accident.


    Probably died of an illness.

    Hope this helps

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  3. davidbfpo

    davidbfpo Patron Patron


    Best to apply for his service record (PM in a moment on directions etc).

    Jinja has long been an army barracks, from memory and in WW2 is likely to have been the home of parts of the Kings African Rifles (KAR), the colonial regiment for East Africa and parts of which formed a division that fought against the Italians in Abbysinia (Ethiopia) and the Japanese in Burma. Starting points: King's African Rifles - Wikipedia and History | Kings African Rifles

    Might there be something here that helps?

    This suggests someone has been to the cemetery and refers to your subject: Luuk Eickmans

    The KAR depended upon British officers (I stand to be corrected as WW2 went on) and a cadre of NCOs. I suspect Jinja was a training site, so all trades would be present. For many Uganda then was a delightful place to be.
  4. Mavis Williams

    Mavis Williams Well-Known Member

    Thank you so much for this valuable information, so much clearer now. The CWGC did refer to the Kings African Rifles. Thank you so much, Mavis
  5. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    He was probably on secondment to the Kings African Rifles (KAR), which would, initially anyway, have had British officers and senior NCOs.

    There are 7 men of WWII era buried in Jinja War cemetery that are from UK domestic regiments, e.g. Cambridgeshire Regiment, 52nd Recce Regiment, RAMC, etc.

    Edit: I started this note before lunch and finished it afterwards. Others have added similar comments in the interim. Apologies for the duplication.
  6. Mavis Williams

    Mavis Williams Well-Known Member

    Thank you Steve Mac and all the others, I feel much better about what I know now to add to his story. Regards, Mavis

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