22470 Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Irwin Bishell DSO, 94 (The Dorset and Hampshire Yeomanry) Field Regi

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  1. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    This guy would be the great grandfather of someone I work with if he survived the war. From what I've heard so far he seems a very interesting character and suspect some of you may know more about him. If no one has it I'll pull his units war diary this month to check the circumstances of his death.

    What Owen and Diane has found out so far is below-Particularly interested how old he was when he joined up during WW1. He was born in 1901 so wouldn't have been old enough? This made me wonder if he was in France during 1940.

    Cheers as ever for any help

    http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2644309/BISHELL, THOMAS IRWIN :poppy:
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  2. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Aged 45 in 1944 therefore 19 in 1918.
    Old enough.;)
  3. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Citation thanks to dbf

  4. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

  5. Owen

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  6. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Page 146 of Essame's book on 43 Wessex Div.

    2nd Oct.
    94 Field Regiment sustained a great loss in this battle when their commanding officer , Lieut-Colonel T.I. Bishell , was hit by a shell fragment at brigade headquarters and mortally wounded.
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  7. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    He did say he thought he was killed at a meeting of officers-Seems the family pretty spot on with that.
  8. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    From Ancestry, military related info:
    (there are also BMD, census, probate and passenger entries but I haven't added those )

    Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators’ Certificates, 1910-1950
    Sadly no photo :
    Name: Thomas Irwin Bishell
    Birth Date: 7 Jul 1899
    Birth Location: Turvey, Beds
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    CWGC Register entry:
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    Notice in Times, 10 Oct 1944:
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  9. Buteman

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

    Headstone photo from Flikr and entry from the war diary of 94 Field Regiment:-

    "1 October 1944: RHQ was hit by enemy shelling this resulted in casualties among the men of the Survey Party. Sgt Whitehouse was killed, Sgt Philpott wounded, as were Gnrs Champkins, and Francis, the latter died of his wounds. The same day, also killed was Gnr Whitfield of 218 Battery. That same day the Regiment lost its well beloved CO, whilst visiting 129 Brigade HQ he was fatally wounded by a shell fragment."


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  10. CL1

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

    Larger Image Aldbourne,St Michael Church,Wiltshire

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  11. sol

    sol Very Senior Member

    From "The 94th (Dorest & Hants) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery, 1939-1945"

    On 1st October the regiment suffered its severest loss when the Colonel was hit by a shell fragment at 129th Brigade H.Q. and fatally wounded. Every single man in the regiment had the greatest confidence and admiration for him, and whenever he visited the gun position during lulls in the battle he always had a cheery word and smile for everyone. He was held in the same high regard by many other officers in the division, as the present writer can well testify.
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  12. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Marvellous !

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