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My wife Janet is having trouble getting a message to you via your website so please can you contact her direct on email@example.com she can then send you photographs of the book if you so wish.
Janet has reached me. Thank you so much.
I had not seen that book before.
My late father, John Leedale was in the Royal Artillery, he served in North Africa and then in the Italian Campaign. He was wounded and taken prisoner by the Germans at the Battle of Monte Casino and spent the rest of the war in a POW camp until he was repatriated by the Americans. He lived in Blackpool.
Do you know specifically which Regiment in the Royal Artillery he was in when he was captured? The majority of the Royal Artillery manned the guns a few miles back but small numbers were up with the infantry units controlling the fire of those guns. I suspect that he was one of these men.
My father Charlie Corden was in the RASC. He was in Italy and in October 1944 they received a commendation for their work involving a mule train.
I am going to apply for his service record. We know nothing about this part of his life as he never spoke about it.
Any knowledge would be much appreciated.
Please share his Service Record when you get. I am very keen on mules in Italy, and it would be good to know where he was operating in Italy.
Hi, My Grandfather was posted from 1st HAA England to Sicily in Aug 1943. He was transferred to X(4) RATD February 1945, Then the following month he was transferred to X(4) A.
He later signed up after being awarded his Italy star to draft RAJPN India.
The reason why i’m here for any help is that i cannot find any mention of the X list, RATD RAJPN abbreviations even through military websites. Can anyone help piece my Grandads service please..
If you go to http://www.ww2talk.com, one of the experts on the site will explain all three to you.
If I recall, there is a whole thread devoted to decyphering Service Records.
Hi my grandad Ronald whittle (2720644) Irish guards was in North Africa and Italy 10.05.43 – 04.02.44 and then POW in Germany Leipzig I think he was captured in Anzio (05.02.44 -15.05.45 ) . I am interested to know how he was captured – also no idea why he joined the Irish guards as is from West Yorkshire – was there a recruitment drive – mainly interested to see what articles there are about how he was captured etc . My dad is 70 and my grandad is dead – I never met him – he had stomach complications they said this was because at the end of the war the POW were left with no food – not sure if this is true or how bad this was – can you help thanks
Get me through my website http://www.cassinobattlefields.co.uk and I will give you what I have on 1 IG at Anzio. Your grandfather was fortunate to survive because 1 IG got brutalised in an attack towards Campoleone on 29-30 Jan 44 and most of the Battalion was destroyed.
If he was captured on 5 Feb 44, it was when the German were counter-attacking the area around Aprilia.
Hi all , I have got many years remembered my mums cousin who died during the campaigns.
He was trooper Bertie Coote from Luton of the north Irish horse and who died 5 aug 1944.
You should get in touch with the North Irish Horse Association. I guided members of the Association at Cassino last year where we looked in detail at the NIH’s attack on the Hitler Line in support of 2 Canadian Indian Brigade.
They were absolutely delightful.
Thanks for the info, I’ll contact them and start my journey with you and the remaining few
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