140 Field Ambulance RAMC - N Africa and Italy

Discussion in 'RAMC' started by Somersetgoose, Feb 5, 2012.

  1. Somersetgoose

    Somersetgoose Junior Member

    I am trying to discover where 140 Fd Amb were in the desert and Italy. My father was a Nursing Orderly with the unit and was awarded the MM at Mulazzano and I would like to find out how he got there. Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks, Colin
     
  2. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Hi Colin and welcome to the forum.

    Two things I can help with:

    Tell me his name and I can look for the MM citation for you.

    His unit will have a war diary at the National Archives but the medical ones normally cover a couple of years and are in my experience quite thick.

    Cheers
    Andy

    Ps got any pics you can share of your father in uniform or his medals?
     
  3. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Here's the units diary references:

    WO 177/717 140 Fd. Amb. 1939 Aug.- 1943 Dec.

    WO 177/718 140 Fd. Amb. 1944 Jan.- Dec.

    WO 177/719 140 Fd. Amb. 1945 Jan.- 1946 May
     
  4. Somersetgoose

    Somersetgoose Junior Member

    Thanks Drew for that info. I have the citation and have had a display made up which I will try to post.
     
  5. Somersetgoose

    Somersetgoose Junior Member

    I had this display set up recently as a result of obtaining the citation for his MM.

    Colin
     

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  6. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Thats a blinking good job mate !

    Have you seen the original citation? I'll see if its available later unless some of the others 'work the magic' and beat me to it.
     
  7. Somersetgoose

    Somersetgoose Junior Member

    Yes, I have a copy of the original, found it through military records at Ancestry.co.uk, £3.50 delivered in seconds! I typed it up in fair copy for the frame.
     
  8. Medic7922

    Medic7922 Senior Member

    Yes, I have a copy of the original, found it through military records at Ancestry.co.uk, £3.50 delivered in seconds! I typed it up in fair copy for the frame.

    Can you put the citation on the forum, I would like to read it.
     
  9. Somersetgoose

    Somersetgoose Junior Member

    The text of the citation is on the thumbnail above. If you view the image and enlarge, you should be able to read it. Cheers.
     
  10. minden1759

    minden1759 Senior Member

    Somersetgoose.

    I see that your father supported 168 Inf Bde. I have lots of stuff on the Bde's role on the Garigliano in Jan 44 and then at Anzio through to May 44. My interest is 10 Royal Berks, 1 London Scottish and 1 London Irish.

    Do you know if your father served in these two locations over the period Jan-May 44?

    Regards

    FdeP
     
  11. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

  12. Somersetgoose

    Somersetgoose Junior Member

    Sorry I haven't got that far yet, but he was with 140 Fd Amb from 1 Feb 44 to July 45 so there is a chance he could have been there. However I can't remember him talking about Anzio which he probably would have done had he been there. This is really my first foray into the military side and thought I'd start with the more interesting bit as far as I know, Sept 1944 where he got the MM.

    Regards, Colin
     
  13. Somersetgoose

    Somersetgoose Junior Member

    Sorry Drew, but I really stumbled on it whilst looking on Ancestry for other things and it seemed too good to miss, just like I stumbled on this site at the weekend! I will send a PM ref the War Diaries for 140 Fd Amb though.

    Regards, Colin
     
  14. Somersetgoose

    Somersetgoose Junior Member

    Following up on some really good advice from Andy, I read through the 'Kew Tips' thread completely yesterday, took a while, and found a really useful search tip. I now have the diary references for all the units my father served with and am making plans to visit TNA in the very near future. Thanks for the tip Andy, made my search very easy, seriously recommend the 'Kew Tips' thread.
     

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