Help needed -what did this regiment do?

Discussion in 'Royal Engineers' started by General Knowledge, Jun 30, 2020.

  1. General Knowledge

    General Knowledge Well-Known Member

    I need help again please. Can anyone tell me about 161st Railway Construction Company, Royal Engineers when they were out in Algeria. I can't seem to find anything about them. I am obviously looking in the wrong places.
    Many thanks
  2. hutt

    hutt Member

    Hi several diaries at the National Archives. Search 161 AND RE and 161 AND Railway
    However, I couldn't seem to find anything for late 42 / early 43 (restarted July 43) which I assume you would need for your place of interest.
  3. davidbfpo

    davidbfpo Patron Patron

    Within this large list of photos @ IWM is something: Collection: WAR OFFICE SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION

    Likewise a medal awarded in this list, possibly Army Number 87065: http://www.******** Africa.html

    One burial in Kent yields up:

    At an auction in 2013:

    For background on the situation in French North Africa try the Railway Operations section within this American report and it does mention the help from the British: US Army TS Transportation 3: Chapter 4: North Africa

    Previous thread, not on North Africa though: 161 Railway Construction Company

    Is this officer with them in North Africa?
    Link and info is behind a "wall": Crafford - Web: UK, Recommendations for Honours and Awards Index, 1935-1990 -
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  4. General Knowledge

    General Knowledge Well-Known Member

    Thank you for all your help, much appreciated and very helpful.

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