Your WW2 Ancestors

Discussion in 'Searching for Someone & Military Genealogy' started by Paul Reed, Mar 3, 2004.

  1. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin


    That is a wonderful collection you have shared with us all.
    Like Paul I only recognise the ones mentioned, but the Cap Badge stands out on the mug.
    My late uncle, (fathers younger brother) was called up and served in the RE just prior to the end of the war. He ended up in North Africa de-mining and harbour work.
    Then to Palestine, where his memories were not happy.


  2. Korps Steiner

    Korps Steiner Senior Member

    HM Forces veterans badge , i wear mine with pride as i'm sure you do too Brian , the main ID Badge for those who have served :)


  3. sapper

    sapper WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    My Company went to Palestine Tom. So he may have been in one of the three RE sister Companies of the Third Div.
    By the way all of these medals were awarded by the UK. Holland. or France. Though the one in the box is special. I thought that there would have been many suggestions on these awards..Odd that!
  4. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA

    My Father, Samuel McAllister (see my Avatar) was called up on the 17<SUP>th</SUP> July 1940 and joined the 7<SUP>th</SUP> Battalion, The Lincolnshire Regiment commanded by Lt. Col W.E. Tolley MC. After training, they became part of 205 Infantry Brigade (Other Battalions in the Brigade consisted of the 7<SUP>th</SUP> Battalion, Royal Norfolk’s, 8<SUP>th</SUP> Battalion, North Staffs, 7<SUP>th</SUP> Battalion, Leicester’s) and were deployed on anti-invasion duties between Grimsby and Sutton-on-Sea on the East Coast.

    The 7<SUP>th</SUP> Battalion, the Lincolnshire Regiment were then converted in December 1941 to become the 102<SUP>nd</SUP> Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery now commanded by Lt. Col N.G. Thompson. After training they were deployed to numerous locations between Essex and Kent and in December 1943 moved to Hartley Wintrey, near Basingstoke to become 1 Corp’s LAA Regiment and prepared for the invasion of Europe.

    The Regiment arrived in Normandy on 16 June 1944 under command 1 Corp and became part of the First Canadian Army upon it’s activation. They fought as ad-hoc Infantry in October 1944 under command 49 Infantry Division near Hoogstraaten in Belgium and arrived in Breda, Noord Brabant on 10<SUP>th</SUP> November 1944.

    Two batteries of the Regiment (337 and 338) were retrained in November 1944 in the use of the Land Mattress Rocket projectors, whilst 336 Battery continued to operate the Bofors self propelled.

    Ironically, my Dad’s regiment arrived in Breda on the day of my Mother’s birthday and were billeted in a bus garage, where my Mother worked. My Father was to get married to her after the war was over, so if it were not for the war, my Family would not exist today. A mixed blessing some would say.

    I’ve always had an interest in WW2, but never talked to my Father about the war. Like so many others, he kept his thoughts to himself. I then undertook research into My Father’s Regiment and have uncovered a wealth of information as well as spending a fortune on old books.
  5. macrusk

    macrusk Proud Daughter

    My Father, (Chamberlain) Lloyd Cochrane, joined the 15th Coast Brigade Royal Canadian Artillery in the spring of 1939 when he was 17. On August 26, 1939 the brigade was mobilized and ordered to man the partially readied coast artillery forts defending Vancouver and the northern appraoch between Vancouver Island and the mainland of B.C. In October 1939 he was posted to the 58th Heavey Battery, RCA. Then reposted in Sept 1940 to the 16th Battery 3rd LAA with whom he landed in England April 1941 as member of the 2nd Division. He was badly injured by a parachute bomb while on despatch duty in the South of England in the spring 1942. Following 4 months in hospital he rejoined the 3LAA just as the 16th Battery had left for Dieppe - many never returned, others at War's end having been POWs. He would serve in NW Europe landing July 7, 1944. He would proceed as a gunner, signaller, despatch rider and driver through the campaigns in Normandy, and into Belgium. In mid Sept he was attached to HQ RCA 2 Canadian Infantry Divsion at 21 Army Group as a Signaller until 31 May 1945. He is pictured in my avatar and in the wedding photo under my signature.

    My Mother, Olive Madge Rayson, worked for the "War Department" from just before the declaration of war, through the loss of her fiance early in the War, eventually meeting my Dad in late 1941 and then waiting until May 43 before they were able to wed in London. Her service ended in the spring of 1944 when she was expecting the birth of my eldest brother who arrived in fall 1944 and was seen for a total of about 6 days by my father between April and June 1945 until June 1946 when my mother arrived in Canada. My Mum is pictured in the wedding photo below my signature.

    I don't know much about my aunt's husband's service in WWII, her brother and cousins were in reserved occupations as tool & die makers for De Havilland and other firms. One discovered in later years he worked on something to do with the decoding of the Enigma coding machines. My grandfather was on fire watch at the British Museum - having been a veteran of the British Artillery in WWI.
  6. China Hand

    China Hand No Longer A Forum Member

    Great thread guys !

    Most of the details of the following are back in store in UK, but anyway for now, if I can trust my memory...

    * my late father Gordon Thompson was too young for WW2 but believe helped Civil Defence as a Boy Scout in Belfast

    * my mother was a teenager in Aberdeen and has some hairy tales of German raids, notably the big one in April 1943 when a stick of 3 x 500lbs came down on her street, but, as the houses were granite, did limited damage - thankfully !

    * my great uncle was TA RAMC Colonel and served in France in 1940 (left on "the last boat from Boulogne", according to family stories) and in India later in the war in charge of 80 General Hospital...done quite a lot of research on him, his hospital supported Merrill's Marauders during their workup for their 1944 campaign

    * another great uncle was in Home Guard in Scotland and - allegedly - was one of the Auxiliary "stay behind" force of Home Guards preparing to harass the Germans had they invaded, but never proved this

    * my late uncle Jimmy Barr served with RAF just after the end of the war, helping dispose of German nerve gas stocks into the North Sea

    * another uncle was in RAF and was part of crew of personal aircraft (B-25 I think ???) of AVM John Slessor, CinC RAF Mediterranean and Mid East

    I think that's it for WW2 (small family). My grandfather William Barr was RE Sergeant in M Special Company (i.e. chemical weapons) in WW1 (ironically it was his son who was disposing of the stuff after WW2 !), and several other relatives were in 36th Ulster Division.

    I am back in UK (Edinburgh) from mid May and am looking forward to digging out some of the detail on all this from my old files/books to share...

    Keep up the good work !
  7. cheekyphil

    cheekyphil Junior Member

    my grandfather was Francisco Geronimo

    he began fighting in the spanish civil war in 1936 ( dont know unit yet but would be comunist) took part in the battle of ebro and finaly escaped ove rthe pyrenees into a french internment camp.

    after a spell there starving, he and many of his comrades joined the legion as a way of getting out of the camps ( other joined teh reg french army)

    he was sent to syria as aprt of the 6th RE FFL at which point france capitualed and he and between 50 and 70 spaniards were allowed to take thier weapons and two cameron trucks and escape to palestine ( a long walk) to join teh british.

    he joins 50 commando in 1940 which later became layforce. he fough on crete and was captured and then escpaed from teh holding camp on crete ( he got hungry again) he spent teh next twelve months hiding on crete ( with two officers one would later be executed when he tried to surrender. would love to find out who these two men are) his time on crete would give him a life long aversion to raisans.

    he escaped via greek submarine I beleive ( the same tub as dudley perkins captain vassili ) and was taken back to alex after being depth charged ( still subject to verification)

    after a stint in hospital for malaira he is attached to 1 special service regiment and I beleive takes part on operation agreement which goes horribly wrong

    he is then amalgamated into the sas which is expanding into a 2nd regiment. his name is changed in 1943 in algeria to frank williams

    he spends teh rest of teh war with teh sas and serves ( I have in writing so only two for definate so far) on op Trueform 2 and operation tombola.
    he is demobbed in 1946

    and never says very much to his family, I had to assemble this mostly myself so goes to show you can do it if you do it logically.

    #anyone who is a relative of the spaniards who make up a large contingent of the british commandos and sas please get in touch. or anyone who wants to add to my reserch or wants my help with theirs please get in touch

  8. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    See Post Number 13.

    This is my great-uncle Stanley Peppiatt. Stan served in the 13/18th Hussars and in the Wiltshire Yeomanry.

    He was a Tanky in North Africa (with, I believe, the WYs) when he won the Military Medal. I have been told he had driven a truck into a minefield to rescue some injured soldiers.

    After Africa he went onto fight at Monte Cassino, he died in 1995 at his home in Southall.

    Sergeant Stanley Harold Peppiatt MM, Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry.

    Recommended for Distinguished Conduct Medal.

    Awarded Military Medal.

    On the attack on Mitereiya Ridge on the night of 23/24 Oct this NCO was ordered through the minefield with the leading tanks in a Daimler Scout Car. When the tanks started blowing up on minefields this NCO swanned about locating clear paths thereby assisting the tanks in getting through. His scout car was then blown up by a mine at 07.15 hrs. Un-injured this NCO took his driver and Bren gunand joined in with the infantry. At 09.30 hrs under heavy shelling this NCO withdrew and assisted the stretcher bearers, until 11.00 hrs when he discovered a scout car with a damaged wheel. He was ordered to obtain the wheel and put it on his own all under heavy fire. He withdrew with the Regt. in the evening. Throughout this NCO showed exceptional courage, calmness and iniative and complete disregard for his own personal safety, and his conduct was an example to others.

    Dated 28.1.43
  9. James Daly

    James Daly Senior Member

    My Granddad - Private Henry Miller (1922-1995)

    Shipwrights Apprentice at Vosper Thorneycroft in Portsmouth before the war, he served with the 17th (Portsmouth) Bn of the Hampshire Home Guard before being enlisted in the 10th Bn Royal Berkshire Regiment in January 1942. Going overseas in August 1942, he landed at Basra in September 1942. Moving to Palestine in 1943, he joined the 11th Bn Parachute Regiment. Returning to England in early 1944, he was wounded and captured at Arnhem. Held at Stalag XIB and Stalag IIIA, he was liberated and repatriated in May 1945. He was transferred to the RAOC, and demobbed in 1947.

    My great-uncle - Leading Stoker Thomas Daly (1920-1943)

    Joined the Royal Navy in January 1940. After training he was posted to HMS Enterprise in June 1940. On Enterprise at Mers-el-kebir, Med convoys, South Atlantic patrols, Indian Ocean convoys, supporting the invasion of Iraq in 1941, and convoys to Burma and Singapore. In 1942 he left Enterprise in South Africa and boarded SS Laconia. On passage to UK the Laconia was sunk in the South Atlantic off Ascension Island. Rescued by the Vichy French Navy, he was interned at Mediouna in Morrocco, where he caught Dysentry. Liberated during Operation Torch, he was brought back to England but died in March 1943 at Shenley Military Hospital. He is buried in Kingston Cemetery, Portsmouth.
  10. Trpr Hughes

    Trpr Hughes Member

    My late father, Robert Louis Hughes, volunteered 1939.
    Was with 331 Btry RA out in Ireland when he requested to be attached to 53rd Recce regt.
    Remained with them managing to avoid being killed by bullets, bombs mortars and shells until the end of hostilities. Was with the 53rd Welfare and Entertainments from then on, he was in the Division concert band, and had been since join-up, on drums.
    He returned home, was a pro musician, owned a garage and then went on to be an artist. He married a much younger woman and had two sons at the grand old age of 50 and 53. Died a horrible death with the cancer in Jan 2000. Was my hero, still is.

    My Uncle Richard John Hughes was with the Queens Own Hussars, captured at Tobruk, escaped and made his way back to allied lines, went on to serve in Italy and Northern Europe until the end of hostilities.

    Another uncle, Jack Cooling, was a dispatch rider, we think he served in the desert, Italy and Northern Europe.

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  11. Dieppe

    Dieppe Senior Member

    See Post Number 13.

    Sergeant Stanley Harold Peppiatt MM, Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry.

    Recommended for Distinguished Conduct Medal.

    Awarded Military Medal.

    Dated 28.1.43

    Thank you so very much for this info.
    I know that Stan had a history of his regiment and there was a piece on him (possibly this citation) in it, but I saw it once, many years ago and I can't recall what it said now.
    Once again, thank you very much!
  12. E McVeigh Family

    E McVeigh Family Junior Member

    My Grand Dad, E McVeigh, served with RHA K Battery. He was killed somewhere between St Sylvestre and Hondeghem on 29th May 1940.

    My Great Uncle Jack Dickinson was a navigator in the RAF during the war. He moved to Canada in the 1950's. He never spoke about his service. I don't know much more about him and his service. Maybe this will become another passion of mine!!
  13. drumaneen

    drumaneen Senior Member


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  14. drumaneen

    drumaneen Senior Member

    Some pictures of my maternal grandfather, Roy Mears and his Dog Pongo.


    Hope you like these photo restorations.

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  15. Yorkshireman

    Yorkshireman Junior Member

  16. dovermarine

    dovermarine Senior Member

    My wifes two uncles, Thomas Brownson and Hugh. Also my late Canadian brother-in-law Al Grant of the 1st Canadian Radio Location Unit(later 1st Canadian Radar Battery) who survived the war but has since passed away. Derek

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  17. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    I have only researched my late fathers army service and know very little about my other relatives wartime units etc and experiences as they never talked about their service during the war.

    My father served with the 4th Recce Regt in Italy and Greece during WW2.

    My late mother, worked for English Electric during the war on aircraft parts production.

    Father's younger brother Ron was in the RE in North Africa and post war Palestine.

    I had an uncle James who served in the RN in the Pacific.

    Uncle Edward who served in the Pioneer Corps.

    Uncle Walter who served in the RAF as Mechanic in North Africa.

    Uncle Cyril who also served in the RAF (Meterology/weather) on the Azores.

    All survived the war to return home.

  18. mfmonkey

    mfmonkey Junior Member

    I am just starting to research all service records of any family members after starting my family tree 25 years ago.

    Maternal grandfather Kenneth James Fuller RNVR, HMS Montclare & HMS Jervis

    His brother Vernon George Fuller "Bob", Middlesex Regt, injured in 1944 in the attack on Gemmano, Italy with the 8th Army. Then REME, aquired rank of Major. Died from his severe injuries in 1956 in Stonehouse, Plymouth. ( I have a copy of his sickness record, makes your heart break to read it)

    Their brother Ronald Harry Fuller, RAF navigator stationed at Elsham Wolds. On returning from a bombing raid on Leipzig his Lancaster was in collision with another over the airfield and lost his life.

    My nan's brother Albert Henry Green, I know nothing of other than he was in the Army. He lived in Southwark, London

    His brother Frederick John Green "Bunny". East Surrey Regt. April 1944 trfd. to Queen's Regt. prior to D-Day,7th armoured division "The Desert Rats". Saw service in France (Normandy Invasion), Belgium, Holland. Demobbed 1947.1951 joined 21st SAS Regt.of the TA,10 years service with the climbing division.

    Any help with any of it would be so appreciated.

    Regards to all

  19. CL1

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

    would be a good idea to post photos if you have also
    forum members will then try to assist you
  20. mfmonkey

    mfmonkey Junior Member

    Scanning as we speak!

    Thanks CL1

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