Tommies names in the attic

Discussion in '1940' started by Frenchconexxion, Feb 8, 2020.

  1. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

    This one is perfect.
     
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  2. 2185556 Sgt R Tosh ... ?
     

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  3. Guy Hudson

    Guy Hudson Looker-upper

    Lance Corporal H.M. CASTLE 1/4th Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry from Doncaster
    He looks as though he has added his service number in the brackets, can you read the numbers?
     
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  5. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Backing up Guys find

    UK, British Prisoners of War, 1939-1945
    Name: J K Graham
    Rank: Private
    Army Number: 5383 1
    Regiment: Royal Army Service Corps
    POW Number: 1036
    Camp Type: Miscellaneous Establishments
    Camp Number: BAB 20
    Camp Location: Kedzierzyn-Kozle, Poland
    Record Office: Royal Army Service Corps Record Office, Ore Place, Hastings, Sussex
    Record Office Number: 29

    TD
     
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  6. 9868?9 Sgt Parkin ...
    9th Field Training regt
    Royal Artillery
     

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  7. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    It might be Spr (sapper) R Tosh and not Sgt Sargeant

    TD

    to back that assumption up service number given as 2185556

    Royal Engineers 1842001 - 2303000
     
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  8. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    Just picking up this interesting thread.

    I was just going to post that H M Castle was a KOYLI...how images tend to tell the full picture.Off the cuff they used to be KOYLIs based at Pontefract Barracks....will look further

    A quick scan through the CWGC Records suggests that HM Castle survived the war and a quick check of the 1939 Register does not identify the name....he may have been already in the army.
     
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  9. Pte J Ingle 9th West Yorks ...
     

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  10. As you say, Harry ... I had no idea what "KOYLI" was! Thanks for your ongoing help.
     

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  11. Guy Hudson

    Guy Hudson Looker-upper


    936849 Sapper Frank PARKIN Royal Engineers

    Originally conscripted into the Royal Artillery in 1939. Transferred to the Royal Engineers on 15th December 1939
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  12. veronicad

    veronicad Well-Known Member

    Hello and welcome. Going back to the photograph showing 9th West Yorks , Duke of Wellington's. Was a name also given?
    Veronica
     
  13. Thanks Veronica, well there does seem to be something written above "9th West" in the photo, but it is hardly discernible. I didn't take the photos myself and haven't yet been over to the old "Mairie" to see for myself. I am making a note of questions like yours, and Guy's question about the service number of H.M. Castle, which I also can't read on the photo. When I do get over there to see the writings, I will check these and any other questions with the real thing in front of me. Of course I will report back any new findings and take more photos if needed.
    Ian
     
  14. Guy, I can't read them on the photo (which I didn't take) but when I go over to see the writing on the wall for myself, I will try to make them out.
     
  15. Pat Atkins

    Pat Atkins Patron Patron

    I agree, would definitely read that as Spr, TD. The rest is a bit of a blur - is that "1st Batt"? (which doesn't seem very relevant to the Royal Engineers, but I'm no expert), followed by... maybe... "Royal Engineers"? I'm not at all sure, to be honest.

    Fascinating thread, thanks to all. Pat
     
  16. veronicad

    veronicad Well-Known Member

    What a wonderful and fascinating thread. When you do see the writing's,( hope it will be soon) please keep us all up to date.
    Veronica.
     
  17. I'm pleased to say that I managed to visit the attic this morning. Here are some general views ... Lucarne 1.jpg Lucarne 2.jpg Attic view.jpg Attic and door.jpg Doorway 2.jpg
     
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  18. This seems to be one we haven't already seen ... the number is fairly clear, but not the rest ...
     

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  19. A certain "Chippy" was here in April 1940 ...
     

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  20. Trying to get a clearer view of the number for HM Castle. Funnily enough, the camera shots seem easier to decipher than looking directly at the writing. I went in daylight and the roof window affords some natural light and I had the Assistant Mayor help with a spotlight. However, we didn't have a lot of time and will try to get some clearer shots, though the writing has really deteriorated, being only in pencil on clay/straw daub.
     

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