Staffordshire Yeomanry March 1945

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  1. mark abbott

    mark abbott Junior Member

    I was wondering if anyone has access to the War Diary for this unit covering 23 March 1945. Ten men were wounded on that day:

    14356656 Tpr C.A. Grainge
    557832 Cpl F.J. Gregory
    14258061 Tpr G. Hamlett
    4610405 Tpr E.Jackson
    7954816 Tpr H Larkin
    5835421 Tpr E.M. Lee
    14314473 Tpr w. Low
    324021 Tpr S.J. Machin
    3529012 Tpr F. Rowley
    14365367 Tpr A. Wood

    Any assistance would be welcome.

    Thank you

    Last edited: May 23, 2019
  2. stolpi

    stolpi Well-Known Member

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  3. mark abbott

    mark abbott Junior Member

    Many thanks for that.

    The info on the wounded is on FMP.
  4. stolpi

    stolpi Well-Known Member

  5. 51highland

    51highland Very Senior Member

    Find my past
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  6. harkness

    harkness Well-Known Member


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  7. jacksdad

    jacksdad Junior Member

    On the list of wounded on on 24th March and saw my dad Bernard Newsham's name. I didn't know he had been injured and this is completely new information. I knew he was injured after D-Day but not later on. Can I ask where this information is from as I would love to find out more information.

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  8. stolpi

    stolpi Well-Known Member

    jacksdad - the Staffordshires were the first tanks to arrive in de bridgehead across the Rhine at Rees. The Sherman DDs 'swam' across the dark river during the night of 23/24 March 1945 to support the infantry of the 51st Highland Division that had gained a first foothold on the opposite bank.

    The tanks and infantry had to fight hard for several days (and nights) to expand the bridgehead. For more details of the Staffordshire see the link I mentioned above: RHINE CROSSING 1945: The Rees bridgehead (30 Corps in operation 'Turnscrew')
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  9. harkness

    harkness Well-Known Member

    jacksdad - more info about your Dad - from Find My Past.

    British Army Casualty Lists 1939-1945:


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  10. jacksdad

    jacksdad Junior Member

    Thank you guys for this info its been really helpful in understanding what happened to my dad during the war as he died when I was really young and never got the chance to talk to him about it.
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  11. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member


    If you want to discover the full story of your father’s WW2 MIlitary Service you ought to apply to MOD for his service records via this link -

    Get a copy of military service records

    If you any need any help understanding/interpreting the papers when you receive them just start a new topic and post them on the forum and a member will assist.

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