For over a decade we have been researching our grandfather. He joined the Brittish forces at the end of WWII. We are still looking for new information. At the top of our wishlist: is there information about why he got a Military Medal and could there transscripts of his interrogations (he was an interpretor). Of course any pictures with him on it, or mentions of him in documents would be a great find. Below a compleet record of our inquiries and extra information A thread with more info from 2007 (yep, we've been looking for a long time (;p A video of the soundtrack for the book My grandfather served with the English army at the end of WWII. He was an interpreter and hullgunner on a sherman tank. He has passed away about 15 years ago, but has always keept us thinking of him. I'm now trying to find out more about his time during the war and really want to know why he got the Military Medal? I have travelled to Hamburg (Elmshorn) and through Germany to the camps of Bergen Belsen and was even allowed to visit the Deserts Rats in the Bergen Belsen Training facility. There are a few question I would love the have answered. I hope you can help me find these answer or forward me to the persons or institutes that can. First a little more about my grandfather. His name like mine is Piet van Beurden he signed the many letters he wrote my grandmother (we resently rediscoverd all his loveletters) as follows: 102623 P.v.Beurde 3/4 C.L.Y. (we think this meant County London Yeomanry) B.L.A. (we think this meant British Leberation Army) Sometimes it said Sgt. after his name. Sometimes it said R.H.Q. (We think this meant Regimental Head Quarters) As I said earlier he was interpreter and hullgunner probably on the tank also occupied by the regimentalcommander Major Woods. He did have contact in 1987 with an organisation in England: Sharpshooters Yeomanry Association 10 sone Bulding, Lincolns Inn, WC2 3TT. He fought hard here in his hometown Tilburg (was born in Goirle I believe) to get an official statue for the English and Scottish part in the liberation of our town. The credits before his efforts all went to our 'homeguard' who he proved didn't deserve them all (they did play a big part though we now know). He actually succeeded in getting the statue but died before it was erected: Questions - Why did my grandfather receive the militairy medal? Is there more info that can be found than just: Bravery in the field? (he was awarded the medal by general Montgomery himself in februari 1946 in The Hague. - What we would really like to find are transcriptions of one of his 'interrogations' they must have been kept on records and it would really give us a look into the way our grandfather worked during the waring. He was described by John Fisher who wrote a book about the Deserts rats as a tower of strength. - where was his compagny or my grandfather in particular on the 15th-16th and 7th of april 1945. Al lot can be traced back but movements during that period are hard to discover. - What happened in Bergen Belsen. This had to be an event that made a big impact on my grandfather. - we read about a man named Harold Blumenson who drove my grandfather around in a jeep in Hamburg to and from his interrogation missions. We know a lot of veteran stories have been documented, is there anything we can find about him or the missions he went on with my grandfather? - Is there any information on a battle that occured when crossing the Rijn. The battle he called 'Bazooka-Alley" - Of course any pictures of my grandfather would be great. - My grandfather tried to permanantly join the Britisch army there should be letter somewhere he wrote about his wish. --- supplement The official document that came with the medal: Sjt. Van Beurden has been attached to this regiment (3/4 County of London Yeo) since november '44 and his services as an interpreter in both Dutch and german have been invaluable. From the Reichwald battles until the cessation of hostilities, he travelled in one of the Regimental Headquarter taks as a hull gunner. After crossing the Rhine he was on numerous occasions sent up to the leading Squadron, often under heavy mortar fire and shell fire to interogate prisoners. The information he was able to obtain on two of these occasions, at BOCHOLT (A 2361) on the 28th of March at VERDEN (X 0182) on the 17th April, was of the utmost value to the Squadron leader and the Commanding Officer and enabled them on both occasions to ou manouvre an enemy position, thereby saving time and probable loss of life. Sjt van Beurden Throughout the whole campaign in Germany has set a very high example and shown great devotion to duty. questions: Can the information be traced? BOCHOLT (A 2361) on the 28th of March at VERDEN (X 0182) on the 17th April are there any audio recordings or documents of interrogations?