Every tombstone a face 14602969 Gunner Wilfred John ACKERMAN, 186 Field Regt, RA: 01/03/1945

Discussion in 'Searching for Someone & Military Genealogy' started by Captain Roel, Aug 14, 2023.

  1. Captain Roel

    Captain Roel Junior Member

    In 2025 we commemorate 80 years of liberation of the Netherlands, marking the end of 5 years of war in the Netherlands (1940-1945).
    For this occasion, we want to give each headstone a face, so that the men and women will forever remain in our thoughts. Those who made the highest sacrifice for our freedom should never be forgotten.
    We place the photos next to the headstone during remembrance on May 4 and 5.
    And on December 24, we place a candle by each gravestone so that in these dark days around Christmas a little light may shine for these heroes.
    During school visits to the cemetery, we visit the graves and show the pictures and tell the story of the soldier, which often makes a deep impression on the youth when they realize how young these men and women are.

    Today we are looking for a photo of:

    Service Number: 14602969
    Regiment & Unit/Ship: 186 Field Regt. Royal Artillery. Part of 52 (Lowland) Infantry Division
    Date of DeathDied 01 March 1945
    Age 36 years old
    Son of Henry and Ada Ackerman;
    husband of Lucille Ackerman.
    Buried or commemorated at MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY I. F. 10.

    We are also looking for the War Diary of the
    186 Field Regt. Royal Artillery from March 1945 so we can find out where he was killed and with what action.

    Please help us with as much information as possible so this man will remain in our memory.
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  2. travers1940

    travers1940 Well-Known Member

    There was a 40 page book written about the regiments activities from 1942-1945 called History of 186 Field Regiment R.A. A copy is held at the Imperial war Museum. Pre pandemic they had a copying service but not sure now.
    The history of 186 Field Regiment R.A.

    There may also be a copy at the Royal Artillery Museum but its collections look like they are in storage at the moment.
    Royal Artillery Museum - Wikipedia

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