Bill Beadle Travells
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17th September 2017 at 2:59 pm #4549Chris HarrisGuest
Lt. Bill Beadle (266/67 FR) had a number of friends who all joined up at the start of the war.
They met up in Amersham for a goodbye meal. He met some of them after the fall of Tunis in 1943.
One named Bert turned up in the 266/67 Officers Mess when Bill was camped near Tunis. He was a Captain in an anti tank regt. part of the New Zealand Division having been involved in the Mareth Line and the NZ Divisions “Left Hook”.
He found another, Roy a Lt in an AA Regiment when passing the site recently occupied by the regiment. He went off to “defend the skies of Pantellaria” and lost contact.
A third named Merlin appeared from the water while Bill was swimming in a harbour (possibly Bizerta) having returned from Italy. He had crash landed his glider in Sicily and was captured defending the bridge at Catania, released by the 8th Army and made his way back to Tunisia. Yet another friend Jack was with 8th Army Vampires (Blood Transfusion) and followed Bill (on a different route) from hospital in Sousse to Rome where they lost touch.
LT.Bobby Birch who was on Coastal Guns and at OCTU with Bill was in a Medium Battery in an AGRA attached to his Division at Banana Ridge. They failed to make contact.
Anyone recognise them so far or found their memories jogged by the events mentioned.
19th September 2017 at 10:17 pm #4578Chris HarrisGuest
I think that I have fallen across one of Bills friends purely by accident when looking up Gazetted records of the M.C.
Bertram Webster 227 Anti Tank was awarded an MC on 21.12.44 in Italy.
Cant find any citations for MC’s or MM’s. What is the point of awarding a man such an honour without publishing why. Surely it is the deed that counts not the medal.
21st September 2017 at 6:53 pm #4579Chris HarrisGuest
National Archives now have a chat contact option. Just type in a question and they reply.
It is quick, informative and free. I have found all the decorations to 67 FR from 1939 to 1946 and can (for a fee) get copies of the official citations depending if they are on line or sometimes not even listed.
28th September 2017 at 1:25 pm #4656Chris HarrisGuest
All Questions now resolved.
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