3 Grenadier Guards 1940 Enquiry

Discussion in '1940' started by ancestorgirl, Nov 10, 2014.

  1. ancestorgirl

    ancestorgirl New Member

    Helloo, i am pretty new to this but i wonder if anyone can help me, im am trying to find out any information about my great grand uncle who died at Dunkirk, he was in the 3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards, his name was Harry Hill he died may 30th 1940 at Dunkirk, his service number was 2614938 he was 22 years old and recently married when he was killed, i have his service records but they are very brief, any help to find any other information would be much appreciated.
  2. TTH

    TTH Senior Member

    Welcome, Ancestorgirl.

    The places to start are:

    1) The unit/regimental histories, and for the Grenadiers in WWII I am sure there must be several of those.
    2) The unit war diary for the relevant dates.

    Good libraries (IWM, British Library, etc) will have the histories. For the war diaries you can either go to the Public Record Office (PRO) at Kew yourself or ask/pay someone to copy them for you. Andy on this forum (Drew5233) has copied a lot of them. I should warn you, though, that unless he was an officer or a key/senior NCO your ancestor's death is not likely to be mentioned specifically in the war diary. However, the diary will tell you what the unit was doing on that day and enable you to pinpoint the place and circumstances of his death. I would also check with the regimental museum and/or any old comrades' association.
  3. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Hi ancestorgirl

    He appears on an Ancestry family tree - is it yours?

    harry Hill
    Birth 26 feb 1918 in Pickering, Yorkshire North Riding
    Death 30 May 1940

    He married Myrtle Armstrong 22 Jan 1940

    UK, Army Roll of Honour, 1939-1945 about Harry Hill
    Name: Harry Hill
    Given Initials: H
    Rank: Guardsman
    Death Date: 30 May 1940
    Number: 2614938
    Birth Place: Yorkshire
    Residence: Yorkshire
    Regiment at Enlistment: Grenadier Guards
    Branch at Enlistment: Foot Guards
    Theatre of War: France and Belgium Campaign, 1939/40
    Regiment at Death: Grenadier Guards
    Branch at Death: Foot Guards


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