This section may be used as a means for veterans of the 6th Airborne Division and attached units to get in touch with their former comrades, or for friends and relatives of these men wishing to hear from anyone who knew them or anything of them, and also by researchers who are seeking assistance. Should you wish to place an advert, contact me at pegasusarchive@googlemail.com and I'll publish it here asap.

 

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Gnr Denis Jarratt (advert placed 14/01/16)

I am looking for any information that may be out there regarding 14774546 Gunner Denis Jarratt of the 210th Light Battery RA, 53rd Airlanding Light Regiment. Denis served in France, Germany & Palestine. Sadly, Denis passed away on the 16th December 2015 so any help would be gratefully received by his widow and family. Alan Austin, oldtyke@btinternet.com

 

Robert Arthur Jenkins
Looking for Bob, last heard of by me living in Wales. Was in the 9th Battalion, would now be in his 80's. Formerly of Braintree Essex, during the war at Beazley End Shalford, Braintree. keith.overall@btopenworld.com

 

Wilfred Ronald Johnson (advert placed 27/01/15)

My father Wilfred Ronald Johnson, 2582358, served in the 6th Airborne Divisional Signals. He was with 48th (SM) Divisional Signals TA on the 26th April 1939, then 61st Divisional Signals on the 18th August 1939. He joined the 6th Airborne Division in 1943, and served with them in Normandy, the Ardennes and the Rhine Crossing. He was treated for an accidental gunshot wound on the 8th May 1945. After serving in Palestine, he returned to the UK for demobilisation on the 14th May 1946. I would be interested in making contact with anybody who knew or knew of my father. Steve Johnson, SteveJohnson@s-johnson.co.uk

 

C.S.M. Johnston

Can anybody help me? I am looking for info of C.S.M. Jonhston, he served in RASC Airborne. vcp70@hotmail.com

 

Gordon Edgar Jolliffe

I'm looking for any information or anyone remembering my great uncle Gordon Edgar Jolliffe who was killed in action 13 June 1944 somewhere on the road to Caen I believe. He was in the 1st Batt Ox and Bucks Light Infantry and he moved a truck that was booby trapped. Does anyone remember him? Has anyone a photo? We really would love to hear from anyone who has any information. Chris Jolliffe, c.ht@unison.ie

 

Arthur Jones

My late father-in-law, Arthur Jones of Pwllheli, Wales, landed at Ranville, Normandy as part of the REME detachment of the 6th Airborne Division on D-Day. I am trying to build up a picture of this unit on that day and would be grateful if anyone who served with it could contact me to fill in any missing details. I believe that his unit was part of the REME Divisional Workshops that formed part of the 6th Airlanding Brigade. Arthur, a motor mechanic, set up a workshop in the centre of Ranville. He was later part of the 3rd Parachute Brigade Advanced Workshops on the Rhine Crossing of 1945 and then went to Palestine as part of the 5th Brigade, 6th Airborne Division serving at Sarafand, attached to the 3rd Hussars. Alister Williams, bridgebooks@btconnect.com

 

Pte Edward Ronald Jones

I would be interested to know if anyone has information about 6th Airborne Division, 9th Parachute Battalion, 'C' Company and their actions at Merville Gun Battery on 'D' Day. My Father, who passed away four years ago, served with this Company. He was Private Ron Jones (No: 4199758) from just outside Wrexham, North Wales. Does anybody remember him or know anything about him? I would also be interested to hear from any survivors from 'C' Company and any details of what happened to them afterwards. I have a photograph of 'C' Company. Kevin Jones: kevin.jones1@tiscali.co.uk

 

Pte Glynn Jones (KIA 19/08/44)

My great uncle was Glynn Jones, Private, 4193644, 9th Bn Parachute Regiment. He died 19/08/44, aged 21 and is buried at Ranville War Cemetery. The only details I can find was that he was killed in Action in Normandy, I'd be grateful for any information on the circumstances of his death. Mark Jones, bearandt@aol.co.uk

Private Glynn Jones The grave of Private Glynn Jones

 

Cpl Reginald Woodrow Jones

I am trying to find information about a friend's father, Cpl R. W. jones (service no. 3663368) who served with the 13th (2/4th Bn. The South Lancashire Regt.) Bn. and was killed in action on January 3rd 1945 outside Bure in Belgium. My friend's name is David Jones and was the only child of Cpl Jones and his wife Mary. Any information relating to him would be most appreciated. Mattias Green, m.green@bangor.ac.uk

 

Sgt Thomas Frederick Jones

My late father was a sergeant in the 6th Airborne Division, and from my recollections took part in the glider landings on 6th June 1944. Originally from Liverpool, he may have been known as Fred rather than Tom. This was how he was known to his brothers and sisters. I would very like to hear from anyone who served with my father, I sat for many evenings as a child transfixed by his recollections of the war, particularly the freezing conditions he and his comrades endured in the Ardennes Forest. Peter Jones, p.jones612@btinternet.com

 

Pte Kenneth Keeping

I am trying to obtain information regarding my brother, Kenneth Keeping. Ken was born on 17th April 1924 at Ringwood Dorset. He was a private in the R.A.S.C. attached to the 6th Airborne Division during the years 1942-45. He joined to be a paratrooper, but was told he was too tall, 6ft 7inches. I am fairly sure he served some of his army service at Bulford. I believe he was on D-Day + 3. This is just vague recollection on my part because he was 13 years older than me. As was usual with the soldiers who served at around this period he spoke very little of his experiences. I have seen a photograph, even a video of V.E.day in Wimborne Square, where he featured with two of his mates all in army uniform. My brother had wings on his tunic and was wearing a red beret. He had R.A.S.C. on one arm and 6th Airborne with Pegasus on the other. I would greatly appreciate any information regarding his war service. Especially the significance of the wings as presumably he would never have jumped from an aircraft. Peter Keeping,  peter.keeping@talktalk.net

 

Pte Herbert Kent

I am trying to get information about my father during the war. He was in the 22 Independent Para Corp. His nickname was Duke. I only know that he was in Burma, Singapore, Israel and Holland. He was also wounded a couple of times. Lynn Shaw, lynn.bert@ntlworld.com

 

Sgt Edward Kilkenny

I believe he was with 6th Airborne after transfering from the Durham Light Infantry. He was in the 12th Yorkshire Battalion machine gun platoon. I would be really interested if anyone knew my grandad who passed away in 1997 and could fill in the big holes that seem to surround the 12th Yorkshire. Lee Kilkenny, leekilkenny@btinternet.com.

 

Lt Rex Laycock

My grandfather, Rex laycock was a lieutenant in the 6th Airborne Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment, I was wondering if anybody might have any stories about him or any pictures of him during his time in Normandy and the rest of the war. If you could help I would be much obliged. Robin Ashcroft, gemeni_xo6@hotmail.com

 

Edward "Teddy" Lennon

I have recently acquired my dad's war records, Edward (Teddy) Lennon, and find that he was transferred from the 8th (Irish )Bn The Kings Regiment to the 1st Royal Ulster Rifles in July 1944. His records also state that he was a battle casualty by the 25th August 1944 arrived home in September 1944 and before leaving the army in 1947 was sent to Austria as a BTA. He died in 1971 at the age of 53, at this time I was in my early teens and didn't know much of his war time past as he didn't say much about it to me and I didn't really get the chance to ask him. I was wondering if anyone knew him or anything of him during the war years or could advice me on how I could start to research so I could find out what battles he may have been involved in and what these men in the 1/RUR endured. Veronica Lennon, veronlennon@hotmail.co.uk

 

Pte Sidney Lewis

I am looking for any one who may of know a Private Sidney Lewis. He had volunteered from the Worcestershire Regiment, Norton Barracks for airborne duties and think he may have been with the 8th Battalion on D-Day. The only other information I can remember is that is was a bugler at Norton Barracks. Gary Lewis, gslewis@supanet.com

Private Sidney Lewis

 

CQMS Norman Lobell

My late father Norman Lobell 4393438 was a CQMS, 12th Parachute Battalion, he was parachuted onto Pegasus Bridge in 1944 but because the soldier in front of him stumbled they both overshot and landed near to Ranville, having to find their way back to the Bridge. I don't know much detail and he passed away around 1984/5 but I do know he spent around 10 days on Pegasus Bridge before being badly wounded by shrapnel from an incendiary bomb and bought back to the UK where he was treated at a hospital in Bradford. I would be interested in any information regarding him during this time. Richard Lobell, richard@ftpuk.org

 

Cpl Cyril Long

14577639, 224th Parachute Field Ambulance R.A.M.C, attached to 8th Parachute Battalion. My dad's brother Cyril Long was a daredevil. My best friend. I lost contact with him when I was 8. 1939. I recently discovered that he volunteered and became a member of the Parachute Regiment during WW2. I was told that he had died. But recently I discovered that after the war , he married and settled in the village of Lightehorne in Warwickshire. I have found his grave there and feel so sad because I was never able to contact my best friend, Uncle Cyril. I have a picture of him in uniform. Corporal and with the Pegasus badge on his sleeve. Does anyone know anything. Please help. Ian in Wales age 80, nookinwales@yahoo.co.uk

Corporal Cyril Long

 

Dennis Long

My dad Dennis Long served with the Devonshire Regiment 6th Airborne Division Platoon 19, his army number was 14679059. He was dropped shortly after midnight on D Day. I know that he fought in Normandy for a while and later in the Ardennes at the battle of the bulge. Although his short term memory is not good he does remember a lot about the war. He will be 80 on 13th November and I would love for him to make contact with some old comrades if possible. Mich Hardingham (daughter), mh007g1293@blueyonder.co.uk

 

Anton "Toni" Lucas/Löwenthal

Does anybody remember my late uncle Anton (Toni) Lucas/Löwenthal? He came to UK from Vienna in 1938. He was interned in Hutchinson Camp, I.of M. in 1940, then joined the Pioneer Corps and in 1943 the Royal Armoured Corps. It is my understanding that he landed in a glider in support of D-Day operations and/or took part in Operation Varsity and/or Operation Market Garden. At some point he was injured and alternately taken captive, retaken until being repatriated to UK. It would seem that his injury turned gangrenous and his leg was amputated in Germany, possibly by German surgeons. He died in 1974 and his family knows next to nothing. If anybody has any information, please contact me s.mcnichol@dial.pipex.com

 

Eric Ludlam

I am looking for information on Eric Ludlam's involvement in the 6th Airborne Division (my Grandfather). I would like to know if any of his comrades that remember him are still alive. We visited Pegasus bridge together many times, but I was too young to realise the significance of the bridge or to have had the sense to record his stories, or indeed what it meant for him to introduce his granchildren to Mme Gondree! Any information would be gratefully received. Graham Ludlam, graham.ludlam@googlemail.com

 

Sgt Daniel Frank Lyons

I would like to find anyone who served with my father in law who was in the 6th Airborne, his name is Sgt Daniel Frank Lyons, service number 14426143, he was in 6th Airborne Divisional Signals, he jumped just after midnight on D-day with a crew of Canadian engineers, I believe to demolish the glider poles near Ranville, unfortunately he landed on his own and finally met up with one of his crew who went to a farm house before locating the chateau that was to be their HQ. All he can remember of his plane was that it was a stirling with the name Gloria Anne painted on it. Terry Glynn, daddywarbuck@hotmail.co.uk

 

James McManigan

Did anyone know James McManigan (Jim), 6409792, from Dublin? I would love some information about him. Francesca McManigan, chescacarding@hotmail.com

 

Cpl Michael McSherry

I am looking for anyone who may have known my Grandfather. My family has very little information on him and any info is appreciated. He served with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Ulster Rifles in the Korean War and was killed on the 4th of January 1951 in the Battle of Happy Valley. His name was Michael McSherry and he was a corporal. He would have been about 31 years old when he was killed. He was from Dublin in Ireland. Sean O'Neill, seanathome27@gmail.com

 

Lt Leslie James Patrick Magee

My grandfather was in 21 Independent Coy as a L/Cpl from June 1942, then served with the 8th Parachute Battalion as a 2nd Lt from August 1944 until early 1945, and after the war with 22nd Independent Coy, the 5th Parachute Battalion, and 16th Parachute Brigade, retiring in 1977 as a Lieutenant-Colonel. Would love to hear from any veterans still alive that may have known him, as sadly he passed away in 2000. See http://www.paradata.org.uk/people/leslie-j-p-magee for more information. Sean Nash, keep.smiling37@ntlworld.com

 

James (Jim) Mangan

I plan on attending the 70th Anniversary of D' Day. 6th Airborne Division, 12 Yorkshire Battalion. I have booked to stay at the Chateau Gerunon de Ranville - which was the "Main Dressing Station" where I was a medic. Please email me at patmb123@gmail.com

 

John Vowel Marchant

My grandfather, John Vowel Marchant, was born in Kent 1917, but was brought up in Aberdeen. He joined up in Acton, London and was a sapper in the Royal Engineers. He then completed training and was awarded his wings. In 1942 he was in the 2nd Para Squadron (Kent) and then joined the 3rd Parachute Squadron - 25/5/44 to 24/12/44 - thereafter 6th Airborne Division until discharge 11th October 1945. I don't know whether anyone would know of him at all, but this is all I really know about him. Amy Fry, fearsofgun@hotmail.com

 

Cpl / Sgt William Alfred Marriott

I'm seeking any information on Sergeant 119335 William Alfred MARRIOTT who served with 12th (Yorkshire) Battalion Parachute Regiment during World War Two. He jumped at D-Day and was in the Rhine crossing also he was wounded on the D-Day landing. Any further information would be greatly appreciated. Stephane Clement, clement-st@orange.fr

 

Henry William Marsh

I am trying to trace the movements of my Grandfather during the second world war - Henry William Marsh of the 6th Airborne Division. I believe he served the entirety of the war in this division. Simon Marsh, Simon.Marsh@health.wa.gov.au

 

Cpl R. Douglas Maw

I am looking for more information about the role that my father played in the D Day landings and hope somebody may be able to help in response to one of your Veteran Ads. My father rarely talked about the war and died in 2001. I know that my father was a Para in the 6th Airborne Division and was dropped on D Day. His name was Douglas 'Dougie' Maw and he was a Corporal at the time. I see from the website that a Corporal Maw of 22nd Independent Parachute Company was dropped as a Pathfinder on Aircraft P 1383 Albemarle with 297 Squadron. I would be grateful for any information on this person that can determine whether or not it was my father or any other information that anybody may have. John Maw, johnmaw21@yahoo.co.uk

 

Sgt John May

I have been desperately trying to trace the movements of my father, who was in the Royal Corps of Signals with the 6th Airborne and was dropped on D-Day with the advance party. He died in 1996, and was interviewed for the book "The Longest Day". We have a letter from him to an aunt stating that he was sent in prior to the gliders. He explains he landed in a chateau (German HQ) made his way back to unit and collected a number of stragglers, taking a machine gun on the way, then returning to capture the chateau the next day, and capturing two Germans and one Frenchman (in German uniform). He then goes on to explain the view of the gliders coming in. Any help is much appreciated. Stewart May, samay_uk@hotmail.com

6th Airborne Divisional Signals, May 1944

 

Richard "Dickie" Meadows

My late father-in-law Richard Meadows served with the 1st batalion Royal Ulster Rifles in Normandy in 1944 and was involved in the crossing of the Rhine. In 1947 he joined the parachute regiment (3 para). He was at El Gamil and eventually left the army in 1961. His rank was then Colour Sergeant. My wife and I would love to hear from anybody who knew him and any other information about him. John & Diana Gable, Johngable@btinternet.com

 

Arthur Mellows (KIA 24/03/45)

I have found scrap books made by the mother of Arthur (Kim) Mellows of the 3rd Airlanding Anti-Tank Battery under drawers in a beside cabinet. He was killed in action on the 24th March 1945. I would like to return these to the family. Philippa.Danks@yellgroup.com

 

Pte Bert Milne

Private Albert Milne (Bert), 12th Devonshires - 14327313 - formerly Somerset Light Infantry - 2nd Division - date of birth 19.9.23. When he was called up he was based, we think, at Higher Barracks Exeter, before "volunteering" for the 6th Airborne. Prior to D Day he was, as far as my mother recalls, stationed in Greece and North Africa. After D Day he was in Cyprus. I would like to know if anyone lives on who knew him, or if there is anything "filed" away somewhere. Also can anyone tell me a bit more of what the Devons did and which places they went to from June - September 1944? Anything at all would be helpful. It's for the grandchildren and great grandchildren and great great grandchildren!! Kathryn Milne, KMilne@abd1.com

 

John Barrington "Barry" Mitchell

I am looking for any info someone might have regarding my grand father. He was in Sarafand in 1946, with the Paratroopers. Not sure of any regiment details (sorry). If the name John Barrington (Barry) Mitchell seems to sound familiar, please drop me a line. David Mitchell, davidhome@blueyonder.co.uk

 

Lt Thomas Mockler

My father Lieutenant Thomas Mockler was a Troop Commander in the 3rd Airlanding Anti-Tank Battery RA and we know that he fought at D Day and at the crossing of the Rhine. Does anyone on the site still remember him or is able to tell us anything about his service. We know from his medals that he was in despatches at some point. John Mockler, john.mockler@btopenworld.com

 

Pte Sidney Moore

I am trying to trace anyone who served with, or who knew my dad Sid Moore, born in Leicester in 1920, or anyone who's farther could have served with him. He was in the Leicester Regiment in 1940 and fought in France in March of that year, evacuated from Dunkirk on 1st June. Later he qualified as a parachutist on the 3/12/41. He dropped with 6th Airborne at Ranville on 6th June 1944, possibly 5th or 6th brigade. He trained as a paratrooper at Hardwick Hall near Chesterfield, Derbyshire. Any info or pictures would be much appreciated. David Moore, davidmoore.7131@googlemail.com

 

Taffy Morgan

We are looking for any information regarding a friend of the family. We knew him as Taffy Morgan from the Bridgend Port Talbot Glam area. He was stationed at Ringway Manchester WW2 1945, we have often wondered what became of him. Susan Keenan, susankeenan@TalkTalk.net

 

Ray Morrall

I am researching a pathfinder named Ray Morrall who was one of the first pathfinders at the Pegasus bridge in aircraft 1383, Albermarle, 297 squadron. I'd welcome any information and photographs. Jim Darby, jdarbyatelier@aim.com

 

Clifford W. "Mike" Morris
I am the niece of a Para veteran, C W Morris who was always known as 'Mike'. He was 18 years old when with the 6th Airborne, 5th Brigade, 13th Para in 1944.  He took part in the Liberation of Ranville, operations up to Wismar on the Baltic, and then India on his way to Burma. He was in Singapore in 1945 and Malaya in 1946 as well as Palestine after the War. He had a good friend in the battalion, an Irish volunteer called Des 'Paddy' O'Reilly, I'd very much like to contact him or his family and friends. I would also welcome contact from any comrade who knew him. He was also with 1 Division 2 Para before joining the 13th. As an historian, as well as family to a Para Veteran, I am particularly interested in recording the 13th Para's experiences in the Far East, pre and post VJ Day, and would welcome contact with any veteran or anyone with photos, links or information on the 13th Battalion to the time it was disbanded. Lisa de Francis, l.defrancis@ntlworld.com

 

Pte Thomas Morrow (KIA 07/06/44)

My Father was Private Thomas Morrow of the 6th Airborne, Oxford and Bucks regiment, and is buried in Ranville cemetery. I believe that he may have landed in one of the gliders by Pegasus bridge, and therefore fought until the 7th of June when he was killed. Would there be anyone alive who may have known him as I cannot seem to find a list of glider personnel. June Humm (nee) Morrow, junehumm@hotmail.co.uk

 

Pte Louis Mortimer (advert placed 22/12/16)

I am doing research on the father of my sister-in-law and her half-sister. His name was Louis Henry Mortimer and he was in 9 Para, 6th Airborne Division. He was born in Norfolk in 1921 and died in 1980 in Norfolk. If anyone can help I would be grateful. I have attached a photograph of him in uniform, this was taken in 1944. Ken Jeffries, ken161144@hotmail.com

Private Louis Mortimer

 

Ernest Charles Mould

My father was Ernest Charles Mould of A company 12th Battalion Devonshire Regiment and he and his comrades landed by glider around 0200 on the 6th of June around the Ranville area to defend the Orne river/canal. Like many men he never really said much about that time and he died before I got to know his story in full. Although there is a very blurred photo in the Pegasus museum of A company I would like to know more so if any one has a story of those times please let me know. Colin Mould, colin.mould@ntlworld.com

 

Sgmn Jack Mustoe

I am tracing my grandads past and have found he was in the 6th Airborne and trained at Harwick Hall in 1943 where on November the 7th his life was saved by a parachute, and was awarded a golden Caterpillar from Irwin parachute company. This I have. Jack Mustoe was a signalman when he was awarded the caterpillar pin. Hopefully somebody may have came accross his name or have knowledge of him. Tracy Gibson, T2GIBS@aol.com

 

Sgt Frederick Arthur Neale

Does anyone remember Sergeant Fred Neale? He was involved with gliders, unit unknown, may have been stationed at Bulford Camp on Salisbury Plain at one time or another. He survived the war, any information gratefully received. susan.cee@virgin.net

 

Capt Laurence Nicholson (KIA 24/03/45)

186198, 2nd Battalion Ox & Bucks L I, 6th Airborne Div. I'm searching for any information about Capt Nicholson's (a distant relative) war-time activities. He was a Lieutenant in Normandy and was the Battalion's Loading Officer and Weapon Training Officer, injured during in a crash landing on 6th June and evacuated. In September he was made Acting Captain. He is buried in Reichswald Forest Cemetery Germany. Andrew Heywood, andrew.heywood@eur.cushwake.com

 

Lieutenant Gordon O'Brien-Hitching (KIA 12/07/44)

I would be most grateful for any more than the scant information that I have in relation to my late mother's only brother Lieutenant Gordon Harry O'Brien-Hitching. He was with the the 13th Parachute Battalion as part of the D-Day Normandy landings. I understand that he was wounded and at Le Mesnil in area of hedge junction 146725, he died later but has no known grave. Maureen O'Malley, moment3@mac.com

Lieutenant Gordon O'Brien-Hitching

 

Allan Orpin

Would like to be in contact with any members of my old regiment of which I was a serving member in HQ squadron throughout all of their campagns till eventually we were disbanded in Palestine and taken over by The 3rd Kings Own Hussars. I an now 88years old. Allan G. Orpin, allanorpin@hotmail.com

 

Bill Osborne

I recently found that I have a relative who was with the Ox & Bucks and landed by glider in Normandy on D Day in 1944. My guess is that he came in later in the day with the heavy equipment. His name was Bill Osborne who died in 2003. He went to Normandy a few times, with the Normandy veterans. I do not have many details on him; I have been visiting to Normandy for many years and may have even met him with other veterans and never knew he was a relation. I was also told that he appears on a photo in the museum near Pegasus Bridge but don't know which photo it is yet. If you can help please get in touch. Pino Lombardi, pino357@btinternet.com

 

Cpl Leslie Parker

I'm trying to find the records of a dear friend of mine. He jumped in on D-Day as part of 6th Airborne Division also jumped into Arnhem and stayed in the Division till they disbanded after Palestine. I would love to find more out about his war and where he fought etc. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Kyle Reed, buster.reed@icloud.com

 

Pte Alfred Leslie Parsons (advert placed 12/02/15)

I am researching the above named young man who served with the 2nd Warwicks and landed on D-day at Lion Sur Mer, Normandy as part of the 185 Infantry Brigade. During the war my Mother (who is now 86 years) worked at the Lucas factory in Birmingham on the production line making the fin tails for spigot mortars. Whilst there she got to know one of Pte Parsons three sisters called Edith. Edith later asked my Mother if she would be a pen friend to her brother. She agreed to do so and they began to correspond. On leave they would meet and go to the cinema etc. Both my Mother and Pte Parsons lived near to each other in Severne Road Acocks Green. Prior to D-day, Pte Parsons came home on a fortnights leave. It would be the last time he would see his family. He was killed in action at or around Lebisey Wood near Caen on the 7/6/44 and is now buried in Ranville War Cemetry, Normandy. Pte Parsons Mother once said to my Mother prior to his return from leave "If Alfie goes on this big push, I do not think I will see him again". A mothers intuition? Following D-Day my Mother continued writing to Alfie but suddenly got no letters back. After several months she only received her own letters back bound in black silk twine and marked Killed In Action aged 19 years. Nothing else. Any information whatsoever would be gratefully received. I intend travelling to Normandy later this year to pay my respects to this young man who died serving his Country. David Cutler, david.cutler10@ntlworld.com

 

John "Pat" Patrick

My late father was Para Signals 6th Airborne Division. He was very proud of his unit but spoke little of its exploits and I would love to know details of his unit and its part in WWII. He took part from Normandy onwards, ending up in Norway. Colin Patrick, colin@sheenagh.plus.com

John Patrick

 

Norman James Pennels

I am interested in knowing any information about my late father Norman James Pennels. Dad died in 2003 and did not say much about what happened to him during the war. I know he was a member of the Ox and Bucks light infantry, and took part in the glider mission that landed at Pegasus Bridge, he did say that he went over the day before D-day in the second glider. He was later wounded during the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes and subsequently was returned home.

Sally Hardy, neilsal@btinternet.com

 

Spr Cyril Robert Perchard

I am trying to find out some information regarding my Great Uncle who according to this records went into Pegasus Bridge on 6th June 1944. His details are as follows: Spr Cyril Robert Perchard, 1881896, 249 Field Company Royal Engineers 6th Airborne. We know very little of what he did as he was, as can be expected, reluctant to talk of his experiences. However we would dearly like to know more about him. We would love to hear from anyone who has information regarding Cyril. Joel Richardson, joel@bloomingdirect.com

 

L/Cpl Lawrence Reginald Perry (KIA 11/06/44)

My dad was in the 3 Parachute Sqn, RE and I beleive was in one of the first gliders to land on D-Day. He was killed in action on the 11th June. I would like to hear from anyone who remembers him or knows anything about him. c/o mattgunn@ukintpress.com

 

Capt Sidney Petts

My Great Uncle was Sidney Petts. He was born in Newport Pagnell in 1907 and was a Captain in 6th Airborne Reconnaisance Regiment RAC. He died in 1947. I'd like to hear from anyone who knows when the photo was taken or who has any has any more information on the attached photo and the people in it. trevor.cambers@lineone.net

Sidney Petts

 

Cpl Joseph Frederick Pincombe

Joseph enlisted on the 17th December 1942 and after passing his driving test he was posted to 195 Airlanding Field Ambulance RAMC and accepted for airborne duties as an ambulance driver. My Dad was finally discharged on 7th May 1947 and I would love to hear from anyone who would remember him or who has seen/heard his name mentioned. Jill Wilson, dave_e_wilson@btinternet.com

Corporal Joseph Frederick Pincombe Men of the 195th Airlanding Field Ambulance Men of the 195th Airlanding Field Ambulance Men of the 195th Airlanding Field Ambulance

 

Caleb "Kay" Whitley Philips

My Grandad was in the 6th Airborne. All I know is that he served in Germany and then Palastine. I would love to hear from anyone who knew him or of him with any stories or more general information. Lesley Barker, barker.assoc@eclipse.co.uk

 

Sgt John Pilcher

Looking for information about my late great grandfather. Before his death he said that he served within the 6th Airborne Armoured Recce Regiment, army number 14428875. If anybody had information in regards to where he served and when would be really useful. Nathan Davis, ndavis@princesrisborough.bucks.sch.uk

 

John Porter

My father, John Porter, was in the 6th Airborne Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment and saw action from Normandy through to meeting the Russians at Vismar, and then on to peace keeping in Palestine. He was known to his comrades as 'Yorkie'. I have made contact with some of his comrades in the past, but would be very keen to hear from anyone who has memories of him. Nick Porter, nporter@silwoodtechnology.com

 

Sgt John (Jack) Robertson Pryce

I am attempting to gain as much information about my late Grand Father; Sergeant John (Jack) Robertson Pryce. He was in or attached to the Airborne; my father and uncles remember him on arriving on leave and wearing his burgundy beret and Pegasus badge. He was wounded on 6th June 44, 2nd wave. The family story; as vague as it is, has him on Gold Beach and a Universal Carrier crewman. Is there anyone out there with details on him or information as to how Airborne troops were on the beach. I do not think he was a Paratrooper, but rather an Airlanding Brigade soldier. Randy Pryce, randypryce1@gmail.com

 

Flying Officer George "Paddy" Barton Purdon

Navigator, 644 squadron. I am looking for any information regarding my grandfather. If you knew him or a family member knew him please do not hesitate to contact me at david.purdon@gmail.com. It would mean a lot, thanks. Major David P Purdon.

 

Sam Rafferty

My father served in WW2 with the 6th Airborne Div, 3rd Parachute brigade, 8th Battalion Parachute Regt and also in Palastine. I have a picture of him with 18 of his brave comrades in front of a Dakota aircraft just prior to jumping into France on D-Day 1944 (attached). I would like to find some more information on my Dad, like which company he served in. Samuel Rafferty died in 1993 he spoke about his friends in the Paras often but not what happened over there. nickraf@tiscali.co.uk

Sam Rafferty with his comrades shortly before D-Day

 

Albert Rand

My father in law Albert Rand served with the 12th Devons in 6th Airlanding Brigade during and after the D-Day landings including Operation Varsity. The family would love to know of Bert's wartime history and would like to hear from anyone who knew him. Bert was a Londoner born and bred but was justifiably proud to wear the Devonshire regiment cap badge. Bob Smith, bob.smith12@btopenworld.com

 

L/Cpl George Edward Reeves (KIA 07/06/44)

hello im trying to find out about a relative of mine who was killed on the 7/6/44 at Ranville. His name was L/Cpl George Edward Reeves. Does anybody remember him and does anyone have a photo of him? I would like to know the circumstances of how he was killed. Any help would be appreciated. albert.lunn@virgin.net

 

Pte Cyril Richards (advert placed 25/02/16)

Private 5617547 Cyril Richards served with the 12th Battalion Devonshire Regiment from 1943 to 1945 but I have no knowledge of which company he was in or if he took part in the Normandy campaign. I would be grateful for any information about him or his service, please contact me at lockon1@ntlworld.com

Private Cyril Richards

 

Sgt John Edmund "Jack" Rixson

I would welcome any help, information in trying to trace my father Sergeant John Edmund Rixson (Jack) 22nd Independent Parachute Company. I've been trying to trace my father for 36 years and I've tried every possible avenue. Jonathan Rixson, Rixson@aol.com

 

L/Cpl Charlie Roberts

My grandfather, who died in 1991, served with 12 Para in Normandy and the Ardennes. He was part of the battalions original formation and may have served in A Coy as a private soldier (promoted to LCPL at Ranville). He was one of the 55 uninjured to survive Breville but was injured (shelling) at Putot-en-Auge. It appears that he lost his promotion on the return to the UK. As an ex-para myself who had many questions to ask my grandfather but was not present near the end of his life, I would really love to hear from anyone who knew Charlie (from Leeds) during his 12 Para days. Ian Roberts, ianroberts25@btinternet.com

 

Pte William Handel Robertson

I am trying to find somebody that knew or has information on my Great Grandfather, Private William Handel Robertson, 12th Devons A Company. I believe he was a runner/storeman, I would dearly love to know anything more about him and his experiences. Jamie Harkness, harknessjamie4@googlemail.com

 

John Henry "Jack" Robinson (advert placed 21/11/14)

My grandfather served with the 13th Lancashire Battalion (Luard's Own), also mentions Park Battalion, 6th Airborne Division as a paratrooper. He was severely wounded on 3rd January 1945 (I assume at Bure) but ultimately survived his wounds. He died several years ago, but I am just wondering if any other veterans remember him at all and if they have any information. Gillian Dickenson, gilliantwin@msn.com

 

"Rogers", B Company, 2nd Ox and Bucks Light Infantry (advert placed 06/01/15)

My name is Jean-Michel Selles and I live at Caen in Normandy. I have been collecting WWII airborne memorabilia from the battlefields since the past 25 years. I just found an MKI airborne helmet with regimental Oxf & Bucks flags painted on each side. Inside the helmet, in the leather band the trooper has written his name ROGERS and his company "B Coy". I will be very grateful for any help about this soldier as I have no information about him. jmselles14@aol.fr

 

Fred Rogers

I have found a piece of paper of my late fathers which had the information 1st R.U.R 6th Airborne written upon it. I'd be interested to find details regarding the company he was attached to any possibly any surviving members of the same. My fathers name was Fred Rogers and from an old photograph of him I have with what I presume are the others in his company at I believe demob. My father would never speak of his experiences in the war and I feel there is a hole in my knowledge of him at this time. Glenn Rogers, wp4054@yahoo.co.uk

 

Sgt H. F. Rowe

212th Airlanding Light Battery of the 53rd Air Landing Light Regiment. My father was a W/Sergeant 799770 Rowe H F during the action on 24/03/1945 and was taken prisoner then liberated in May 1945. I have his service record and it is my intention to visit the scene of the action if I can find it and to visit the site of Stalag XIB Fallingbostel. The only information I have is he was with Captain Thomas and it was near LZ P, can you help? Is there any record of events 24/03/1945 Horsa chalk mark 356? Gunners Jeffs & Young were present at the time, are they still with us? I would like any information that exists. chrisrowe@btopenworld.com

 

Pte John Rowland

I believe that John Rowland, 142860, served with the 8th (Midlands) Battalion, and also that he joined the army with the R.A.S.C. Can anybody give me information on this lost relative as I've come to a dead end? Jon Kirby, patbar68@gmail.com

 

Maj John Royle

I am researching former pupils of the King's School Canterbury. We are gathering as much detail as we can on former pupils who died in the two world wars for a website to go on line later this year. Any information, contact John Hamblin, jc.hamblin@btopenworld.com

 

Sgt Alex C. Runacres (advert placed 04/01/16)

Died Nov 2007. I have photo of 13th Batt 1943 plus all dads gear, i.e. drop area photos, compass, bins, knifes, maps ect. Would like to know more. Also looking for information on Privates Simpson "Simmo", Crossland and A.B. Watson, who we think were all in No.5 Platoon and landed with the advance party on D Day. Roy Goodey, rgoodey1@btinternet.com

 

Pte Douglas Vincent Rushton

I am looking for anyone who knew Pte Douglas Vincent Rushton 5347414, 8th Battalion, 3rd Parachute Brigade, 6th Airborne Division. He landed at DZ K (Touffreville-Sannerville) on June 6, 1944 and died June 16, 1944. He was from Staffordshire and was my mom's first husband. He was 20 years old when he died. Sharon Stewart, ts.stewart@wightman.ca

 

S/Sgt Herbert Sands (advert placed 15/06/16)

I am currently undertaking research into the war service of my late father-in-law, 325637 S/Sgt Herbert Sands, Glider Pilot Regiment. I have quite a bit of detail, but missing vital information surrounding D-Day. Born near Dewsbury in 1920, he enlisted on 26 April 1939 in the Duke of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry (TA) and then transferred to the Army Air Corps in 1942 and then to the GPR. I have his war record and flying log book and this shows that he eventually went to North Africa and took part in the airborne assault on Sicily as 1st pilot in a WACO but landed in the sea (Chalk No 54 with Sgt Jones). He returns to England and trains through to 22 May 1944 at RAF Fairford on a Horsa with Sgt Ogg as his second pilot. The log then ends and the next detail is 9 June 1944 when he is transferred to XII list, which "comprises all ranks evacuated on medical grounds beyond Regimental First Aid Post." So did he take part in Mallard or Tonga? My mother-in law (age 94) says he got blown off a wall. Did he get to France? He had the Africa Star, 39/45 Star, War Medal, Defence Medal and Efficiency Medal, but no France/Germany Star. He stayed in the GPR until 7 April 1946 but in a non-flying role. I can be contacted on roger.lamming@btinternet.com

 

Marifat Shah

My name is Mr. Shah from Pakistan and son of a Veteran (Mr. Marifat Shah Havldar/Clerck) who participated at the Middle East Front along with a number his British friends from 6th Airborne Division Signals. I do have their letters preserved with me but am searching since long to find anyone or his descendants who are alive. My father Mr. Marifat Shah along with some of his British friends moved to India after ending the WW2 and stayed there with 3rd Squadren, 1st Indian Armed Division, Signals, India Command. I shall be highly grateful and obliged if any contacts of my father's friends could be found as am eager to meet them/their decendents, which would be a great treasure of my life before going to rest. Among them are Sergeant R.E.D. Poulton 2361730 6th Airborne Divisional Signals, Signalman J. Newton, Cpl Edward John Nichols, A.C. Critchley, and Clyde Naylor. Syed Nawazish Ali Shah, anbarshah@yahoo.com

Marifat Shah

 

David Graham Russell-Sharp

My dad was at ranville in 1944, his number was T69958. He was in the RASC. He lives in West Sussex. I'm looking to find if anybody knows him from then. Simonbugatti@aol.com

 

Gnr Dennis Simmons (KIA 06/06/44)

I am searching for information about 2nd Airlanding Light Anti Aircraft Battery during 6th June 1944, my mum's brother was Dennis Simmons 1807632. On the original letters from the war office about his death it says he crashed in a glider and was found on the beach, along with 2 others which were found in the sea on the 6th June 1944. I have been unable to find anything about his unit. Colin Winfield, wnfldclan@ntlworld.com

Gunner Dennis Simmons

 

Sgt James "Smudger" Smith

My dad was a sarg. No.7899909 James (smudger) Smith 6th airborne RAC at this time. He is no longer with us, and like many of us I wish I had asked more. I have been to Normandy and found the headstone of one of his friends in the cemetary at Ranville. Arthur James William Elsey. I was born on the 14th June 1944 and my name is I belive a favourite of the 6th Airborne - Valerie. Dad was 'called up' at the beg. of October 1939 and was then a trooper in the Tank Reg. I have had his military records and they make good reading. He was finally 'De-mobed' in March 1946. Would love to hear from anyone who knew him or his friend 'Jim' Elsey who was killed on the 10th Aug 1944. Vhackett5@aol.com

 

Maurice Heathwood Smith (advert placed 12/02/15)

I am trying to find out more about my father's military service. I do have some paperwork that was released as his service record. He enlisted with the Royal Ulster Rifles on 29 August, 1940, and was posted (as far as I can tell on 21 April 1942) to the 1st Battalion. He clearly lied about his date of birth, 29th March 1922, which is the year before he was actually born. Under a heading relating to countries in which he served during the 'present war' and the approximate length of service, it says only BLA [British Liberation Army] Jul 1944-Sept 1944, Mar 45 - May 25, MEF [Middle East Forces] Oct 45 - to date. Family tradition is that he was among the soldiers dropped in Normandy on 6th June 1944, and he served in Palestine after the war. My father died in January 1959. Linda Ballard, lindamayballard@yahoo.co.uk

 

Sgt William Spencer (KIA 10/06/44)

I'm trying to find information on my great uncle, Sgt William Spencer who is commemorated at the Bayeux war cemetary but has no known burial (place). Sgt Bill or Will Spencer, as he was known, was a RAMC medical orderly before being transferred into the 6th Airborne, 9th bttln. and was then a PTI instructor in preparation for D-Day. We have left it late but we are wondering if there is still anyone around who might remember him or have some informaton of his last few days before, we understand he died on 10th June 1944 which would appear to place him at or near Chateau St Come at the date that he is listed as being killed. We understand that his body has never been found. I am trying to find information on behalf of my mother, Barbara Spencer, who has been grieving ever since his loss as her 'Uncle Bill' was effectively her joint guardian while she was at school. Will Spencer had three friends in their local church choir before the war and he and all his chorister friends were killed in active service in different services and regiments) during WW2 and are all jointly commemorated in the local church where they were all choir members and friends. Any information or leads would be much appreciated. blaque7@ntlworld.com

 

Michael Stevenson

My wife's father served in the Airborne forces during D-day onwards, but we do not know anything of his service and would love to find out. His name was Michael Stevenson DOB 29/01/1924 and Scottish. John Maestri, johnmaestri@btinternet.com

 

Gnr Colin Stott

In May 1944 I was a gunner in the 2nd Air landing Anti Aircraft Battery of the 6th Airborne Division stationed at Bulford, and on D Day accompanied a party of two young lieutenants and approximately 25 gunners from the Division to fire captured German field guns. I did not know their names. We embarked on a Landing Craft Infantry ship, along with members of No.4 Commando. We arrived at Ouistreham Beach at 6.30am on D Day, and being one of the first to disembark, soon found myself in about 8ft of water. Fortunately, I was a good swimmer and succeeded to find one of the officers and a gunner about 30 years of age already exhausted on the beach. There was no sign of any others from 6th Airborne when after a few minutes we decided to run inland. As we progressed over the marshland we were hit by shrapnel from a German Mortar bomb and the officer and gunner were severely injured. I helped them back to the shore where the Medical Corps had set up a first aid post. I have often wondered about other survivors of my D Day party and despite making enquiries have not had any success. I fear all of my colleagues from 6th Airborne were lost. I would very much appreciate any knowledge or guidance in finding out more about their fate. Contact via Martin Stott, martin.stott@homeatberko.fsnet.co.uk.

 

Reginald Stratton

My Grandfather was Reginald Stratton and I know he was a member of the 6th Airborne Division, in a glider and that Caen was a significant place to him, other than that I know nothing of where he was during the war or what he did and sadly he passed away in March 2004. I deeply regret not asking him to tell me his tales of the war. If any one has any information on him I would be exceptionally grateful. Please contact me at dcelston@aol.com

 

Ernest Stringer

My name is Dominique Potier, I'm a Belgian soldier and also an airborne. I have met a veteran from the 6th Airborne 7th Batalion. He was at the Pegasus Bridge on June 6. He signed my book and I think the name is Ernest Stringer but I'm not sure. Could you help me to identified this hero? Dominique Potier, paracsm@hotmail.com

 

Pte Christopher Frederick Sutton (KIA 06/06/44)

I am try to get information about my Grandfather 5835746 Pte Christopher Frederick Sutton KIA on the 6/6/44 alongside 278546 Lt M.R. Hill. I have worked out that Lt Hill was Plt Comd MMG, 7th Para Battalion, but I am unsure if my Grandfather was part of the same Plt, I know that they are buried side by side in Ranville and they are both mentioned in the New Pegasus museum but no more. I would be grateful if anybody had any information or photos of the MMG Plt. I do have the April 44 group photo but I am unable to confirm both of their whereabouts in the picture. Alan Sutton, alansutton9@btinternet.com

 

James Taylor

Of the Ox & Bucks. He's in a picture posted by Jim Wallwork, but wasn't on the 180 strong list that Denis Edwards provided. He's in the 3rd row, right at the centre http://www.britisharmedforces.org/graphix/wallwork/dco_ox_r600.gif. His Service number was 5671910 and all of the information that he mentioned when he was alive, matched up with being at Pegasus. Mom always said that he was a sapper, but that list just does not match it. Any information would be so greatly appreciated. Grandad would never talk about the war until one day on the 50th anniversary, he saw Prince Charles at Pegasus Bridge, and started telling us about it. That was some time ago, and I was young not realiszing the importance of what he was saying. Chris Johnson (James Taylor's Grandson), chris.johnson.m@gmail.com

 

Ron Taylor

I'm trying to contact an ex Para in the name of Ron Taylor. I have only met him once but we have communicated a great deal on a football message board. All I know is that he emigrated to Mission, BC, Canada about ten years ago. Rich Moore, obrist.uk@ntlworld.com

 

Griffith Richard Thomas

Over the years I have tried to find out more of my late fathers war service with the 22nd Independent Parachute Company. His name was Griffith Richard "Taffy" Thomas, service no 7887421. We have discovered that he was with his CO, Lt J Vischer, in an Albermarle from Harwell on D-Day. Although he seldom talked about the war, I know he was with Lt. Vischer on D Day. He was badly injured in a road accident in a RAF transport some time after his return to England while travelling I believe to another operation. We have a letter from Capt. Midwood  to my mother after fathers accident. I was two at the time and was taken to a hospital in Marlborough to see him. Graham Thomas, gtom34@live.co.uk

 

Kenneth Thornton

My father was in 239 Squadron at West Raynam from 1944 - 1945 then the 644 Squadron in Qastina Palestine from 1945 - 1946. He worked on Mosquitos. Could any one who remembers him please contact me on kaz5803@hotmail.com. It would make his day.

 

L/Sgt Jack Thorpe (advert placed 29/11/16)

I am looking for information about my late dad, Jack Thorpe, 4393943, who served in the 12th Parachute Battalion from 1943 to the end of the war. I have a record of him being wounded on 05/09/1944 and possibly him being reported missing Jan 1945. Any info or stories about him or the battalion would be welcome. Graham, grahamthorpe@outlook.com

Men of the 12th Parachute Battalion's Machine-Gun Platoon

 

Pte Walter Francis Thorpe

I am looking for any information regarding my father-in-law Walter Francis Thorpe (14407042) 'C' Company, 9th Battalion The Parachute Regiment who participated on D-Day. I believe that he was wounded in the operation on D Day but have no details, apart from family anecdotes that he was in hospital in France. Any information would be much appreciated for his family. He died in 1970. Tony Barrett, pardeloup@aol.com

Private Walter Thorpe

 

Private George Tough

Assisting my father George Tough with his personal story of Pegasus Bridge. He was part of the 6th Airborne Division, 5 Para Brigade, 7th Battalion. Not sure what Company when parachuted in (thinks he may have been transferred) but remembers defending a farm building with Bren gun. After being shot and crawling back to the bridge he was taken to a Chateau for first aid. This came under fire so he left this and was eventually picked up and transferred back to the beaches and evacuated. Anyone remember him? A slim built Scotsman with a deformed ear. graeme.tough@baesystems.com

 

Pte Frederick Samuel Tovey (KIA 21/08/44)

My fathers brother was killed in France on the 28th August 1944, his name was private Frederick Samuel Tovey, he was in the 12th Devonshire Battallion, he was aged 20. I would be grateful of any information that someone may have regarding him and his death. He is buried at the Airborne Forces Cemetery in Ranville, France. Colin Tovey, Colt3508@aol.com

 

Arthur Turner (added 19/05/08)

I am searching for any information regarding my great uncle, a British paratrooper named Arthur Turner. Unfortunately I do not have any unit or rank information. I do know that he was wounded after he jumped. I believe he may have been shot under his chin. He did survive and was evacuated. Unfortunately, my other surviving family members don't have much information about him. I now have children of my own and as a father and a veteran myself, would like to know more about him and be able to educate my children as they get older about their family history. Any information would be greatly appreciated. I may be contacted at jacksonmitch75@yahoo.com

 

Pte Doug Underhill

I am looking for any info on my grandfather, Private Doug Underhill who was in 3 Tp, 6 Commando on D Day and afterwards I believe. Would be intersted in any info on his exploits, where he served etc and photos if possible. Steve Underhill, Steveunderhill@Hotmail.co.uk

 

Sam Valentine

Served with corp/sgt Tommy Jones in Germany and possibly at Arnhem. Battalion unknown. 6th airborne (attached to 1st) for Arnhem. Sam Valentine was Tommy's pal and was Scottish. Any information on him would be grateful. Or from/of any one else that served with Tommy. I know the story about him driving a German halftrack into the woods and getting it stuck between the trees.(Sam that is). dylane@ntlworld.com

 

John Makie Walker

I am writing in the hope that someone may have in their possession war time photographs of my father in law the late Mr John Makie Walker 6th Airborne - Operation Tonga 644 Squadron, Rank Captain, service number 932, captured after D Day and a POW until liberation. Captain J M Walker passed away in 1977 at his home in Buenos Aires Argentina and is buried at the British cemetery. He went to Argentina after the war to run the family sheep station where he met and married his wife Mrs Ines Green  and where they had their only child Sandra Walker (my Wife). I seek any information or photograph that his comrades may have of Mr Walker to hand down to his grandchildren. Robert Torralba, BTorralba@bh.com.au

 

William J. Walsh

My father served in the 6th Airborne Division in Normandy. I believe it was the 12th battalion. He parachuted into Normandy the night before D-day and they captured the Bridge over the River Orne, near Caan. He passed away in 2002 but I would be interested in hearing from any of his former colleagues or their relatives. Maureen Johnston, Maureen_Johnston@gov.nt.ca

 

Private Albert Wattam (KIA 19/08/44)

I am an ex-Para having served 1965 to 1979 in 1 Para. My relative, Albert Wattam, 14546155, was a member of the 9th battalion at Normandy who was killed on the 19th August 1944 and is buried in Ranville Cemetery. I would like to know the circumstances of his death. mwattam@btinternet.com

 

Sgt Clifford "Cliff" Joseph Weaver

My grandfather was Clifford "Cliff" Joseph Weaver we believe he was a Sergeant serving with the 13th (Lancashire) Parachute Battalion, 6th Airborne Division. Our understanding is he took part in operations in Normandy, Germany, Burma, Singapore (Changi Jail) and Malaya. We would love to hear from anyone who knew him and we would be very appreciative if they had any photos of his company. ianr@simpsonwinslow.com.au

Sergeant Clifford Weaver

 

Pte Leonard Webb (Died 08/04/43)

My grandfather, Leonard Webb 6024923, was in 9th Bn, Parachute Reg; according to death cert. he also boxed for his regiment I believe and was into most sports. He died in a parachute ''accident'' while on base at Amesbury 08/04/1943 aged 23yrs, and was originally from Eastwood, Essex. His death was reported as follows: "FUNERAL OF PTE. L. WEBB. Six of his former associates bore the coffin of Pte. Leonard Webb, of the Parachute Regiment, when his remained were buried at Eastwood Church on Wednesday week. Pte Webb had been a member of the Essex Regiment for two years, during which period he won many trophies for boxing - two of his opponents being the heavy-weight coloured boxers, Tommy Martin and Larry Gains. Aged 23 years, he joined the Paratroops six months ago. His Lieut-Colonel flew by plane in order to attend his funeral, and Rev. John Gwinnett, C.F., of the Parachute Regiment, officiated at the service. Pte. Webb leaves two sons, one aged one year and ten months and the other eight months." I would like to be able to add some names to the enclosed picture. Amanda Antoniou, aa1webb@sky.com

Leonard Webb

 

John Webster

My late father was in the 1st Batallion Kings Own Scottish Borderers who landed on Sword Beach on 6th June, 1944. I'm trying to piece together exactly where he was and when. I've done some research and with help from other veterans am doing not too badly, but if anyone out there can help with more info please don't hesitate to contact me. denspark156@nacho1560.wanadoo.co.uk

 

Pte William "Bill" Wetow

I'm seeking information about Private William "Bill" Wetow, 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion. His tag number is B147760, and he was a POW for nearly a year, until the camp he was in last was liberated. I know he was packed into a boxcar with other POWs and shunted around France and Germany (possibly elsewhere) for a month. He was issued a Stalag XIIA tag that includes "Nr. 80942". Pte Wetow was injured when his parachute was caught in a tree, but managed to carry out his orders (amongst these was blowing up a bridge at Varaville). For about a week, he was able to avoid capture, but his hiding place in a culvert was revealed by a young French boy. Along with a Brit and an American, he narrowly avoided being shot by what I now believe was a Hitler Youth firing squad. Ironically, he recognized the German officer who prevented the shooting. The man had lived in the same city in Canada. This rescue was no favour, as the officer felt the three might have useful information. Pte Wetow was incarcerated in France, and at Meuhlburg and in Czechoslovakia. I would be interested in tracing his path from early June 1944 until his release, which I think was at Belsen. He also paid off a German doctor (with cigarettes) to perform an "emergency" appendectomy to get him out of the work detail. He received the George VI medal. Linda MacKinnon, linda1_mackinnon@sympatico.ca

 

L/Sgt Arthur Donald White (KIA 07/06/44)

I am seeking information on my late father's nephew. L/Sgt 5385972 Arthur Donald WHITE, Ox & Bucks LI (Airborne) KIA 7/6/44, buried in Bayeux cemetery. Any information gratefully received. John Kent, jtckent@yahoo.co.uk

 

Sergeant Robert J. Williams

A friend of mine is attempting to locate information on her father who was with the 4th Special Service Brigade (Royal Marines) who landed at Sword Beach. All we have is that he was a Sergeant Robert J. Williams born in 1924 and his officer was Captain Carr. He also stated he was in a photo with 6 or 7 other Royal Marines holding a Germany Flag in Aachen after the Germans surrendered. If you could assist on this it would be greatly appreciated. Seaward.MJJ@forces.gc.ca

 

Maj Graham Donald Wilson

When trying to trace a Major Graham Donald Wilson 12th Battalion Parachute Regiment around 1947-48, I came across the group photograph below. The man in the back row, right hand corner, may be Wilson before he was commissioned. We believe we have some information on him, but would be grateful for much more. Wilson's granddaughter never knew her granddad and would like to know of his service record. Sylvia Knight, sylvia.knight29@googlemail.com

Major Graham Donald Wilson Believed to be men of the 22nd Independent Parachute Company

 

Sgt James Wilson (advert placed 01/04/15)

7041132 1st Btn RUR. I'm seeking any information on my grandfather James Wilson. I believe he joined the army in 1929 or 1930 and he served until after the 2nd WW. He was wounded before being invalided out of the army after the war. Jim Wilson, jimmyboywilson@yahoo.com.au

 

Pte Dennis Henry Walter Wise

I am trying to locate more information concerning my first cousin who served with the 9th. Battalion (C Company), Parachute Regiment and was killed on the early morning of D-Day. Dennis (no. 6216032) was killed by friendly fire on a track not far (I think) from Varraville with others that had met up after a scattered night drop. Dennis was batman to his CO Captain Robby Robinson, who later sent a letter of condolence to my Grandmother who was next of kin. Can you please help with any further information. With thanks in advance. Martin Wise (ex. Parachute Regt. 1956), sas.212@bigpond.com

 

Pte Arthur "Timber" Parker Wood

I am seeking any information on my Father, 14002827 Private Arthur "Timber" Parker Wood, who served with "A" Company 7th (L.I) Btn Parachute Regiment during World War Two. He volunteered from the Black Watch at only 18 years old (although he wasn't Scottish) in 1944. He was originally from Leyland in Lancashire and did his training at Hardwick Hall, joining the Battalion in I think September 1944 as re-enforcements to the "Overlord" loses. He went into battle with "A" Company when they were sent to the Ardennes, Christmas 1944 and was wounded in early January 1945, where he lost the lower part of his right leg on a Shu-mine. This was at a place called Waverille, he was recovered and taken to a dressing station, and later back to England to Roehampton. Demobbed due to his wounds October 1945. Unfortunately Dad died at the age of 54 in 1982 after a long illness, I was only 16 and didn't really get to know him alas.  It has been a life long search for me to find any information on Dad, either from his colleagues or any official information as to how, when he was wounded and his time spent with the Battalion. Or any photos that may have Dad in would be just fantastic!!! I would be grateful of anything that may help in my quest, please contact me on geoff.wood@sunwin.co.uk or sam@body-concepts.net

 

Cpl Eric Arthur Sinclair Woodcock (KIA 21/08/44)

I am searching for anyone who may have known Cpl Woodcock SN 5628471 6th Airborne, 12th Battalion. He was killed on 21 August 1944, Buried at Cahn in the Ranville Cemetery. We have no history or photos. Any information would be appreciated. Richard Joslin, brjoslin@att.net

 

Sgmn Ronald Harry Woodward

Uncle Ron was a memeber of the 1st Airborne 6th Regiment, Parachute Regiment. We know he served at Arnhem, there is film footage of him. He told my husband an interesting tale about the D-day landings which involved him being hidden by nuns. Tragically Ron was killed in March 1945, aged 21 near Nijmagen, reportedly serving with 6th Airborne Divisional Signals. The family were told that he died when jumping from a plane and landed on a mine. His name is on the memorial at Grosbeek in Holland. We would love to hear from anyone who remembers Ron or who can tell us anything about him. This is for our family archive and for my husband to whom as a 5year old Ron was a hero and role model. Thank you. bull26rosie@aol.com

 

Walter Thornton Woolhouse (KIA 26/08/44)

Could anybody give me any information on Walter Thornton Woolhouse who was killed 26th Aug 1944. He served with the 13th (2/4th Bn. The South Lancashire Regt.) Bn., Parachute Regiment, A.A.C. He was the last man killed in France before the Regt was sent back to England. I am due to visit France in June and would love to have some news of his movements for me to try and trace. Gary Woolhouse, gary@woolhouse.wanadoo.co.uk

 

John Clint Wray

My father John Clint Wray joined the Lancashire Fusiliers in 1935 when he was 15, his army number was: 3447545. He served in China from 12.12.1935 until 23.10.38, then in India from 24.10.1938 until 8.4.1943. He then joined the Army Air Corps (The 6th airborne 13th Battalion Parachute Regiment) on 18 August 1943. Do any veterans recognise the name or can fill me in on places he was posted to. I know he was in Normandy (Ranville) dropping on the 6th June, he was also on the Rhine Crossing, he also fought in the Ardennes. If there is anyone who has any information please get in touch with me at: patlynne16@hotmail.com.