Artillery FOOs embedded with the Infantry on D-Day

Discussion in 'Royal Artillery' started by IanTurnbull, Jun 21, 2019.

  1. IanTurnbull

    IanTurnbull Well-Known Member

    Hi there. I have done virtually nothing on my research since this thread so coming back to it today I was thrilled to see your post and Captain Foreman's letter. Some of what he says about his experiences later in the War are fascinating. The delay he experienced on D-Day prevented him joining up with the 47th RM Comandos on their assault on Port-En-Bessin, and eventually one of his Troop, Lt Irwin fulfilled the FOO role with them before getting wounded. Of course he then went on to serve with distinction alongside the 4/7th Dragoon Guards as did my Father a signaller to the other FOO with the Dragoon Guards, Captain Munro, the D Troop Commander.
    There is a picture of Captain Foreman, with his tank, in the official 4/7th Dragoon Guards history, The First & the Last

    Do you have any other personal testimonies/correspondence from that source? Thanks Ian
  2. DJB Saunders

    DJB Saunders New Member

    Yes, Capt. Foreman MC was my grandfather. Some letters recounting his experiences and an informal war-diary recently re-surfaced amongst his personal papers. It mostly covers the period of Nov '44 and Jan '45 (Operation Clipper) but some notes from Normandy are there.

    Feel free to PM me.
  3. IanTurnbull

    IanTurnbull Well-Known Member

    Andy Hi
    Sorry its been so long to respond to your post but I have had to set aside my research for about a year. The loading table came courtesy of General (Tony) Richardson's widow, now in the EY Association archive. Tony was the GPO of D Troop on D-Day
    I have also followed up your subsequent posts and pictures which are fantastic. IMG_102 looks like the vehicles lining up before the Regiment's ceremonial march past before General Dempsey in Hanover 8th June. If the Troop in the picture is D Troop then my father is in it (its impossible to confirm as it is from a distance and its blurred). He was the OP Signaller in D Troop Commander's Ken Munro's Sherman which would have been on the left of the picture I presume, the next Sherman belonging to Tony Richardson, GPO.
    I am working on a "book" for my father's war so am following the fortunes of D Troop from 1939 onwards; presently picking up D-Day + 2 so a long way to go!

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