7th Loyals / 92nd (Loyals) LAA Regiment, RA website

Discussion in 'Royal Artillery' started by tmac, Oct 10, 2009.

  1. tmac

    tmac Senior Member

    I am the author of True Loyals, a history of 7th Battalion, The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire) / 92nd (Loyals) Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery, 1940-1945.
    My late father served in these units and I researched and wrote the history as a tribute to his memory.
    For the past ten years or so, this history has been displayed on my website at index along with pictures and documents and has attracted much interest.
    However, later this month, Geocities is unilaterally deleting its websites and there is no way at the moment that I can save the content elsewhere on the Internet. Because I am unable to edit the website, I cannot tell people of the impending deletion.
    It is a great shame that the website is being deleted, because over the years it has led to me finding numerous veterans of 7th Loyals / 92nd LAA or their families and has brought together several old comrades, resulting in two trips to Normandy and some firm friendships.
    If anyone is interested in viewing the website, they should do so before 26 October, after which it will disappear. If they wish to copy any text, pictures or documents from the website, they should do so as soon as possible.
    I hope some time to put a revised version back on to the Internet.
    In the meantime, if anyone would like a recent copy of the regimental history, which is more detailed than that currently on the website, I would be glad to e-mail it to them.
    I would also appreciate it if members of WW2Talk would keep a lookout for anyone who may be interested in 7th Loyals / 92nd LAA and put them in touch with me.
    Thanks for any help you can give.

    Tom McCarthy
  2. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron

    Hi Tom

    Welcome aboard !

    I feel for you............... I really do.

    You produced an excellent site and I'm sure that as a direst result others were able to make contact with "missing" comrades.

    Geocities, like many other servers, would inevitably have pulled the plug at some time or another and I'm sure that you must have all the vital data backed up somewhere.

    At the risk of telling someone how to suck eggs have you considered the temporary solution of Blogging ?

    When the BBC WW2 Peoples War closed its site for any further contributions I , helped immensely by my good friend Peter Ghiringhelli Peter Ghiringhelli, started Blogging:
    Blogger: User Profile: Ron Goldstein .

    I was then able to transfer all of the various articles that I had previously posted.

    I am fully aware that the Blog is considered by many to be the poor man's website but I would urge you, if you havn't already done so, use these free facilities as at least a temporary port in a storm.

    Please do let us know how you get on.

    Good luck !

  3. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Welcome to the forum.
    As yours is about to disapear feel free to copy & paste EVERYTHING onto this thread if you like.
    At least , like Ron says, it will exist somewhere on the internet until you can find another home for it.
  4. Buteman

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

    Hi Tom

    Having found out your news the other day, it's great to see you on here.

    Regards - Robert.
  5. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Hi Tom,
    We discussed Geocities rather rapid closure recently, I think there'll be a few more in the same boat as yourself.

    As Owen says, do feel free to 'stash' your stuff online here until you're back on your feet. You can edit posts permanently so you can retrieve or redirect to your own site when things are sorted.

  6. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Hi Tom and welcome to the forum.

  7. Philip Reinders

    Philip Reinders Very Senior Member

  8. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    Hello and welcome from another Tom from Lancashire:D although now living in Berlin.

    Sorry to learn about your website being closed down, but as the Moderators have stated, just download it all on this forum until you can set up again.

    You may even receive more contacts, which would be great news.

    All the very best.

  9. tmac

    tmac Senior Member

    Thank you all for your kind words and helpful suggestions about my True Loyals history - I really appreciate it. It's heartening to know that it will soon have a new home on your wesbite where others can read it. When Geocities said it was closing, I thought all was lost. I'm just going through the text of the history to do a bit of tweaking and I'll paste it on as soon as possible. Thanks again.
  10. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Tom, can I suggest you start a new thread for it & we'll keep it just for your website with none of us posting on it.
    One of us Mods can lock it when finished so no-one can post on it.
    Just an idea.
  11. CL1

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

    Hello Tom
    great site

    my father was in the 92nd from Dec 1944 onwards
    and im trying to get more info
    the experts on here have been great and something i have been trying to do for years has really kicked off due to this site
    regards Clive
  12. Rob Dickers

    Rob Dickers 10th MEDIUM REGT RA

    Tom welcome.
    So glad you have decided to place your history here on the forum and that you have found somewhere safe so store and display your work of many years. I have gone down the old-fashioned route and decided to publish in book form my Regt History, so I know how you would feel if it was all lost.
    Rob D
  13. tmac

    tmac Senior Member

    Thanks once again, everyone, for your further helpful suggestions regarding my True Loyals history. I'll post the text shortly as a new thread. I'm totally useless tech-wise, so please do with it what is needed.
  14. CL1

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

    Tom please see attached photo


    Attached Files:

  15. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    clive, what's that circular badge under the 3rd Div sign?
    OK I've seen it on tom's website.
    red rose of lancashire.

  16. CL1

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

    Hello Owen

    yes it is the lancs reg (loyal) badge a red rose (of lancashire) according to Toms info it shows that the they were originally a lancs formation
    when Tom uploads there is info re the badges

    i have always been puzzled by this pic until i saw his army postings showing the 92nd LAA and i too spotted it on Toms site

    other bits from the small amount i have from him points to the 116th and the 53rd welsh div

  17. tmac

    tmac Senior Member

    Just to let everyone know that I've now posted my True Loyals history as a separate thread on the WW2Talk website.
    I've initially posted only the text, which is updated from the version currently on the Geocities website. But that is the most important aspect and I am delighted it will continue to be available on the Internet.
    The remaining pictures, documents, etc, are still viewable on the Geocities website until October 26, but I have everything from the website saved.
    Thank you all once again for your help - it has been marvellous to find such a sympathetic, responsive and knowledgeable bunch of people.
  18. Buteman

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


    I noted that you state that you might have some missing names from your list.

    Here are 4 I found on my RA casualty lists for you to look at that don't seem to appear on your lists.

    Initials: J
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Gunner
    Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery
    Unit Text: 317 Bty., 92 Lt. A.A. Regt.
    Age: 22
    Date of Death: 10/04/1943
    Service No: 3862057
    Additional information: Son of Ernest and Betty Hobson, of Little Lever; husband of Elsie Hobson, of Little Lever.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Grave E. 203.

    Initials: J L
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Bombardier
    Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery
    Unit Text: 92 Lt A.A. Regt.
    Age: 37
    Date of Death: 07/11/1947
    Service No: 3863710
    Additional information: Son of Samuel and Elizabeth Ann Knight, of Runcorn. Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. 12. Grave 1209.

    Initials: F
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Gunner
    Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery
    Unit Text: 92 Lt. A.A. Regt.
    Age: 34
    Date of Death: 16/04/1945
    Service No: 3863738
    Additional information: Son of William James Lysaght and Agnes Lysaght, of Liverpool.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. 11. Nonconformist. Grave 410.

    Initials: A C
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Serjeant
    Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery
    Unit Text: 317 Bty., 92 Lt. A.A. Regt.
    Age: 29
    Date of Death: 20/05/1944
    Service No: 3862793
    Additional information: Son of William A. Phillips and Louise Phillips, of Liverpool; husband of Marianne Cynthia Phillips, of Liverpool.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. C. Gen. Grave 223.

    I hope that these are of some use to you.

    regards - Robert
  19. oldloyal

    oldloyal Junior Member

    Tom,just been reading this thread.As an ex-loyal i have read your website on the old
    Regiments website. Although the Regiments closed down it is still possible to access
    through web archive. Just had a glance at the Loyals and there it is.

  20. oldloyal

    oldloyal Junior Member

    Tom,just put this on the wrong thread .Not used to posting.Your story is still on the old
    Regiments website which can be accessed by web.archive.Hope this helps.


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