Welsh Guardsman - trying to find my grandfather

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  1. Doc jay

    Doc jay Member

    my father was born a few weeks after the death of his father
    A welsh guardsman
    I found him on brookwood panel 3 column 8

    Reynolds Morgan George Howard
    Died 20 October 1945

    My father has dementia and has no knowledge of his father
    No siblings alive

    Any help to find documents etc would be appreciated or advice on how to go about it
  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member


    The only way to start this is to obtain his service records

    All personnel who have served with The Brigade of Guards (The Grenadier , Coldstream , Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards) up to the present day – records are held by their Regimental Headquarters. Written applications can be made to the Regimental Headquarters. Fees and restrictions apply.

    I believe this details are:
    Welsh Guards R H Q
    Wellington Barracks
    Birdcage Walk
    SW1E 6HQ
    T: 020 7414 3291

  3. CL1

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

    Brookwood panel from my photo collection

    Service Number 848788

    Died 20/10/1945

    Welsh Guards
    Commemorated at BROOKWOOD 1939-1945 MEMORIAL

    Location: Surrey, United Kingdom
    Number of casualties: 3416

    Cemetery/memorial reference: Panel 8. Column 3.
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  4. Guy Hudson

    Guy Hudson Looker-upper

    848788 Reynolds Morgan George Howard Guardsman Welsh Guards
    1915 Neath - 20th October 1945 Neath, Glamorgan Age 30
    He originally enlisted in the Royal Artillery in 1935. He was posted to 81st Field Regiment R.A.
    He transferred to the Welsh Guards on 7th Spetember 1936
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    He was wounded in action in Italy on the 15th April 1944 serving with the 3rd Battalion Welsh Guards.
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  5. Doc jay

    Doc jay Member

    Wow thank you
    I wondered how he died 20/10/45 yet was in the memorial so I assumed he was wounded in action

    So many thanks
  6. Guy Hudson

    Guy Hudson Looker-upper

    Doc Jay,
    You would be able to order a copy of his death certificate.

    First name(s) MORGAN G H
    Last name REYNOLDS
    Gender Male
    Birth day -
    Birth month -
    Birth year 1915
    Age 30
    Death quarter 4
    Death year 1945
    District Neath
    County Glamorganshire
    Volume 11A
    Page 728
    Country Wales
    Record set England & Wales Deaths 1837-2007
    Category Birth, Marriage, Death & Parish Records
    Subcategory Civil Deaths & Burials
    Collections from
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  7. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member


    Welsh Guards records went to MOD last year - see link to topic I posted Jan 2018 -


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  8. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

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  9. CL1

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

    He has no known grave that is why he is commemorated on the Brookwood memorial.
    The BROOKWOOD 1939-1945 MEMORIAL commemorates nearly 3,500 men and women of the land forces of the Commonwealth who died during the Second World War and have no known grave, the circumstances of their death being such that they could not appropriately be commemorated on any of the campaign memorials in the various theatres of war

    There is a chance he is buried somewhere in a cemetery or possibly he was cremated but due to possible admin issues this was missed by the authorities hence the commemoration on Brookwood.This is not unusual.
    With the death cert and service records you might be able to trace his grave assumed in the UK somewhere.

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  10. CL1

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

    Just a thought might be worth giving a call to Cemeteries
    chance he could be buried in one of the cemeteries
    but do send off for the service records and death cert
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  11. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

    This does not tell you about your Grandfather but theres Pension records on Ancestry for a Reynolds Reynolds (Gt Grandfather?) a Pte in the Middlesex Regt his papers list his family as;-
    Name Relation to Soldier
    Reynold Reynolds Self (Head)
    Martha Howard Spouse
    Violet Howard Reynolds Child
    Jonah Grenfell Reynolds Child
    Olive May Reynolds Child
    Morgan George Howard Reynolds Child (Born 19/08/1015)

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  12. Doc jay

    Doc jay Member

    How did you find this out
    I always wondered why he was called Gunnar Reynolds yet we were told he was welsh guards

    My son and daughter are both RA.
    My son is 16 Air Assault at Thorney island daughter transferred out 3 weeks ago to the Vet corps as a dog handler but both we Gunnar
    Thank you so much for this

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  13. Doc jay

    Doc jay Member

    This has been mentioned on a veterans site on FB earlier

    Many thanks my friend
  14. Doc jay

    Doc jay Member

    You guys are amazing thank you
  15. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920
    Name: Reynold Reynolds
    Regiment or Corps: Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex) Regiment
    Regimental Number: PW/573

    UK, WWI Service Medal and Award Rolls, 1914-1920
    Name: Reynold Reynolds
    Military Year: 1914-1915
    Rank: Lance Corporal
    Medal Awarded: 1914-15 Star
    Regiment or Corps: Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex) Regiment
    Regimental Number: PW/573

    UK, Silver War Badge Records, 1914-1920
    Name: Reynold Reynolds
    Discharge Unit: 29th Battn. Middlesex Regiment
    Regiment: Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex) Regiment
    Regimental Number: PW/573
    Rank: Pte.
    Badge Number: 138229
    Piece: 3043
    List Number: E 0001/2-0400/2
    Record Group: WO
    Record Class: 329

    British Army WWI Pension Records 1914-1920
    Name: Reynold Reynolds
    Gender: Male
    Regimental Number: 573
    Regiment Name: Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex) Regiment
    Form Title: Confidential
    Number of Images: 9

    Below is 1 image of the 9 but it explains his discharge

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  16. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    There are 2 other pages but they are basically blank

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  17. CL1

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

    Message sent to Chris Harley just in case casualty did die in UK and possibly buried here
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  18. chrisharley9

    chrisharley9 Senior Member


    I am going with the fact that he died in the UK at Neath. We will on this occasion need a death certificate if you are prepared to obtain it?

    I have a contact at the local council so will get the question asked.

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  19. Doc jay

    Doc jay Member

    Yes I am prepared to get Death certificate

    Many thanks for your help
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  20. chrisharley9

    chrisharley9 Senior Member

    Let me know when you have it and we will take it from there

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