Whatever happened to gunner Stanley F Davis 22nd Field Regiment RA?

Discussion in 'Searching for Someone & Military Genealogy' started by SteveDee, Sep 28, 2018.

  1. SteveDee

    SteveDee Well-Known Member

    Following the brilliant responses to my search for info on fusilier Syd Pullen, I thought I'd test your patience and ask for information on Stan Davis who was reported missing by 11th December 1944.

    I tried searching the CWGC website/database but without success.

    From my dad's returned letter to him, it looks like he would have been in Italy earlier in 1944, so if he was killed, Italy is likely where he died. However, who knows, he may have survived.

    Any input will (once again) be very welcome.

    Dad's letter to his cousin Stan Davis is here: Sergeant ACK-ACK: You've got post
  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    What was the address your father sent the letter to? Was it his UK address - in which case was it bombed etc

    Do you know where 22nd Field Regt RA where in Dec 1944?

  3. SteveDee

    SteveDee Well-Known Member

    Here is the envelope:-
    Letter to Stan Davis envelope.jpg

    ...it looks like:-
    11421 next digit(s) covered
    (Sigs ) ...signals?
    "E" troop 36/551
    22nd Field Regt RA

    I don't know where the Regt was at the end of 1944.
  4. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

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  5. gmyles

    gmyles Senior Member


    11421523 Gunner (Driver Operator) S F Davis

    22 Field Regiment

    Missing believed POW ITALY 26 October 1944 (1)

    Later changed to Missing believed POW in German Hands 26 October 1944 (1)

    Camp 7A POW Number 141716 (2)

    Stalag VII-A - Wikipedia


    (1) British Army Casualty Lists 1939-1945 on findmypast.co.uk

    (2) Prisoners Of War 1715-1945 on findmypast.co.uk

    Hope this helps

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  6. vitellino

    vitellino Senior Member

    Did he fill in a liberation report?

  7. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

    Well done Gus, I couldn't find it as I was using the wrong initials.

    Steve Dee as the originator, can you see if you can change the title of this post?
  8. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    I'll do it.
  9. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

    No sooner said, thanks
  10. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    UK, British Prisoners of War, 1939-1945
    Name: S F Davis
    Rank: Gunner
    Army Number: 11421523
    Regiment: Royal Artillery
    POW Number: 141716
    Camp Type: Stalag
    Camp Number: VII-A
    Camp Location: Moosburg an der Isar, Bavaria
    Record Office: Royal Artillery (Field) Record Office, Foots Cray, Sidcup, Kent
    Record Office Number: 5

    Thanks Gus - I looked earlier but for S J

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  11. SteveDee

    SteveDee Well-Known Member

    Sorry, I'm an idiot. I should have noticed the "F" in field is in the same style as Stan's middle initial.

    Despite giving you guys duff information you've dug up some brilliant info. I just need some time to digest. I can't remember anyone ever saying we had a POW in the family!

    I thought I'd share this photo with you, as its my favourite family picture;

    Probably taken c1925, Stanley F Davis is the little chap in the front row, 3rd in from right. My dad is next to him (2nd from right). This picture also contains my granddad Albert and great granddad Robert (in centre). How they got all those kids to sit still I'll never know.
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  12. minden1759

    minden1759 Senior Member

    22 Fd Regt RA were one of the three integral artillery Regts of 4 Inf Div - they wear wherever the Div went and fired their 25 pounder guns in support of the three Inf Bdes in the Div - 10, 12 and 28 Inf Bdes.

    4 Inf Div were at both Cassino and on the Gothic Line. They played a major part in the Fourth Battle of Cassino in May 44 as part of XIII (BR) Corps in the Liri Valley and on the Gothic Line at Rimini in Sep 44 as part of 1 (Cdn) Corps.


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