1st Battalion Dorsetshire Regiment

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  1. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

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  2. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    Thanks, Tony. I have that War Diary link somewhere but couldn’t find it.

    All that the War Diary for that day confirms is 1 Officer and 7 ORs killed, 1 Officer and 18 ORs wounded. The Officer in point named as 2nd Lt VC Robinson, as per my earlier CWGC Roll.


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  4. Polly P

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    Incredible fellas!! What a FANTASTIC help you have all been. And here it is!!! I really can't thank you enough.
  5. Tony56

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  6. Russ123

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    Hello i am trying to find some further info on Grandads brother Private Samuel Sydney Jeffery of the 1st battalion . He died in July 1943 and his sevice number is 5106903
    Thank you
  7. Tricky Dicky

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    Hi Russ

    It helps to provide as much information as you have for instance posting his CWGC details helps others find out where he died and therefore what part of the world needs to be covered
    Service Number 5106903
    Died Between 20/07/1943 and 21/07/1943
    Aged 30
    1st Bn.
    Dorsetshire Regiment
    Son of Samuel and Annie Jeffery.

    Italy, Find A Grave Index, 1800s-Current
    Name: Pvt Samuel Sydney Jeffery
    Maiden Name:
    Death Date: 20 Jul 1943
    Cemetery: Cassino Memorial
    Burial or Cremation Place: Cassino, Provincia di Frosinone, Lazio, Italy
    Has Bio?: N
    URL: https://www.findagrave.com/mem...

    Other members who specialise in Italy will be able to help answer some of your questions.

    One important document you need is his service record - if you do not already have them I would suggest you do - the link to obtain them (official records are ONLY available from the MOD) is Request records of deceased service personnel

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  8. Russ123

    Russ123 Member

    Thank you . Was hoping to find a little bit more info on what happened on that day . Maybe i will have to pay the £30 fee. Do you know how detailed service records are ?
  9. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    Evening Russ,

    The reason why your great uncle’s service records are important is that they will tell you who he served with, when and where. For example, his service number is from the Royal Warwickshire Regiment block of numbers - 5094001 - 5172000.

    So, when and where did he serve with them, and when and where did he serve with the Dorsetshire Regiment, etc.

    The 1st Bn Dorsetshire Regiment was attacking Point 462 slightly south east of Agira, Sicily, on 20 July 1943.

    Your great uncle is included in the Roll of Honour in the Battalion history: Three Assault Landings (Bredin).


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  10. Russ123

    Russ123 Member

    Thank you so much . So he was a bit of a hero then ?. My grandad would have been so proud.
    Can i ask how you found this out ? I have googled the three assault landings and books are coming up.
    Three Assault Landingsthe Story of the 1st Bn. the Dorsetshire Regiment in Sicily, Italy and N.W. Europe by Bredin, Col A. E. C.: Naval and Military Press Ltd 9781845749675 PAP - Books2Anywhere
    I have found amongst my late grandads belongings lots of pictures of war but i think they might be ww1 as there are lots of by planes.
    I also have a letter from the Mod stating that he was killed in action.
    Hope to find even more out
  11. Tricky Dicky

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    Finally found him here - mis spelling of his name

    UK, Army Roll of Honour, 1939-1945
    Name: Samuel Jeffery
    Given Initials: S S
    Rank: Private
    Death Date: 21 Jul 1943
    Number: 5106903
    Birth Place: Warwickshire
    Regiment at Enlistment: Dorsetshire Regiment
    Branch at Enlistment: Infantry
    Theatre of War: Sicily
    Regiment at Death: Dorsetshire Regiment
    Branch at Death: Infantry

    Interesting they have him as Dorset' Regt at enlistment ???? - but confirms Sicily

    Service records will give you the start you need

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  15. Doug Smith

    Doug Smith New Member

    I think that Samuel was the same man commemorated on the Birmingham Transport Ground War Memorial. I've written a book about the First World War deaths called Trams to Trenches. I'm now writing a book about the Second World Deaths and Samuel is the only Jeffery commemorated on the Hall of Memory site.

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