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WWII understanding Grandad's military record

Postby nimblejacks » Sun Nov 17, 2013 1:22 pm

This our first attempt to find out more about our Grandad's military past in greater detail. He spoke only little about it when he was alive, understandably telling us the good bits as he had seen awful things. We recently received his military record but it is very brief and really we don't fully under stand how the numbers etc apply to batteries, regiments and so on. What we know is he started in the Royal Welch. He was Royal Artillery and went on to become a Regimental Sergeant Major, you'd never have known as he was the most gentle of men.
19030-3 Home/Depot 635 LAA Regt RA TA
1931-35 Malaya
1935-8 Malta Depot RA 221/54 (civil affairs & anti-aircraft) attached to 57 HAA reg 165/54
1938-40 Home
1940 France, Belgium attached to 57 HAA reg 165/54
1940-44 Home Unit 76?
1944-47 Home, Belgium, Holland, germany

This is exactly as is written in his record and all we have. We have attempted to look on line and match up Royal Artillery records to these numbers above but got very confused. He talked about having Searchlight training, he helped set up the VW factory post war in germany. He was part of the rear guard at Dunkirk. He at one point served with a group of men mostly from the Midlands... and that is all we know. If anyone can help us understand how the battery/ regiment numbers etc apply we would be so very grateful as we got more confused the more records we looked at. If only we had been older and written down what he did tell us! At some time in his Army service he became very proficient at football, hockey and rugby.

Oh Just also recalled he was in The Royal Welch
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Re: WWII understanding Grandad's military record

Postby g w aldous » Sun Nov 17, 2013 3:16 pm

Hi I will try to translate from military gobbledegook to english.
1930-33 653 light antiaircraft Artillery regiment Royal Artillery Territorial Army, Probably when photo was taken, he is wearing WW1 pattern uniform for royal artillery.
I will guess the next date is a mistake probably should be 1934-35 Malaya.
The Malaya Command was a formation of the British Army formed in the 1920s for the coordination of the defences of British Malaya[1], which comprised the Straits Settlements, the Federated Malay States and the Unfederated Malay States. It consisted mainly of small garrison forces in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Taiping, Seremban and Singapore.
1935-38 Malta. Malta Depot Royal artillery 221 battery 54th brigade attached to 57th Heavy Antiaircraft Artillery Regiment 165 battery 54th brigade.
1938-40 home.
1940 France,Belgium still attached to same battery. Dunkirk?
1940-44 home unit 76? probably one of the AntiAircraft Batteries.
1944-47 home, Belgium, Holland, Germany. this shows he probably went over sometime after D-Day direct to Belgium. Unfortunately it don't say which unit he was with then.
There is no mention of the Royal Welch.
Oh and ALL RSM's are gentle pusseycats thats why all soldiers love them so much..LOL..
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