Hello, one and all. First-ever post and I am sure you get plenty of these. I'm ex forces (army) myself of 24yrs myself so know how to apply for service records etc. I have come on here to see if there is any information that I can learn about my Grandad. So here goes. David Coleman Born Belfast 1909 Enlisted into The King's Regt at Liverpool 26th Oct 1937 Discharged at Perth, 13 Nov 1945 WIA on day of landing OP VARSITY 1945 SERVICE RECORD: King's Regt UK 26 Oct 37 - 19 May 38 King's Regt Gibraltar 20 May 38 - 23 Dec 38 King's Regt India 24 Dec 38 - 30 Apr 39 RUR India 01 May 39 - 17 Jul 40 RUR UK 18 Jul 40 - 22 Dec 44 RUR Europe 23 Dec 44 - 07 Mar 45 RUR UK 08 Mar 45 - 23 Mar 45 RUR Europe 24 Mar 45 - 19 Apr 45 RUR UK 20 Apr 45 - 13 Nov 45 My Grandfather left Belfast and went to Liverpool. There he joined the King's Regt. During his time in India, he transferred to the RUR (on account that, in his own words, "They were my people".). He saw active service on the Northwest Frontier and was awarded the India General Service Medal 1936 with clasp North West Frontier. During the war, he saw active service in Belgium and took part in OP VARSITY. He was badly wounded during OP VARSITY. He had a limp for the rest of his life and became an alcoholic but lived to the ripe old age into his mid-80s. All of the tales he told are fragmentary and have been relayed to me by my Dad and his brother. My Grandad very rarely ever spoke of his wartime experiences, although he did tell me a few things over the years. I am hoping, other than applying for his service records (I already have a copy of his certificate of service) if anyone on here can help me with any information about him, particularly the 1st Bn on the first day of OP VARSITY. I would like to try and find out which Coy he was in, his landing zone, and any links to a casualty list for that day. Or anything about where he was, India etc. What I know about his experience during OP VARSITY, as told by him, over many years to his two sons is this: He was sitting at the back of the glider where the ammo barrow was stowed. They got hit by flack and started to go straight down. Many of the lads, including himself, were hit by shrapnel. He believed that they were going to crash and die but they levelled out. The glider cashed into an orchard with branches piercing the canvas sides of the glider caused injury to many more of the lads. The ammo barrow broke loose and fell on top of him, pushing him onto the floor, pinning him down (He attributed this to saving his life as he did not get hit by gunfire soon afterward). The glider came to a stop and came under fire and started to burn. He crawled out with two other lads, who both caught fire, he could not do anything for them. He dragged himself away to a nearby bush and kept lapsing in and out of counciencounous. He remembers the Germans coming forward and shooting whatever there was lying around. He then only remembers two other Ulster lads finding him and dragging him away after the Germans had left. He had shrapnel wounds to his lower legs and shoulders, was hit by several rounds in one leg, and had a damaged back due to the weight of the ammo barrow. It took him a lifetime to tell that information in a way for me to write it in such a way as if it is a war time tale in one go. Thanks in advance for any replies etc. As I will be away from home due to work for a few days. Regards.