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Pte Henry Francis Taplin (KIA 07/06/44) (advert placed 11/07/18)

I'm looking for any information on a Pte Dessie O'Neill who was in the 7th Battalion. He was a good friend of my late uncle Pte Henry Francis Taplin KIA 7/6/44. I don't know if Pte O'Neill survived WW2 but the last my father heard of him was that he was wounded in Belgium sometime in 44/45 and I'm not too sure if that's accurate. Pte O'Neill was from County Dublin in the Republic of Ireland and apart from that I don't have any more information about him. If anyone has any info about him, please email me at briantaplin@hotmail.co.uk

 

L/Sgt Reg Dovell (advert placed 11/06/18)

I am the daughter of Reg Dovell from Combe Martin, Devon, who was with the 6th Airborne/12th Devonshire. I am trying to find information regarding his movements on 6/7 June as he would not talk about it. I know he was at Ranville and named his first home this. In 1945, he was at Venlo to do a secret evacuation. At his wedding his best man was W (Bill) Larkham or Larcombe, a Commando. I had never heard this man mentioned and only recently found this detail in a newspaper report. I hope someone can provide some information. Tricia Dovell, triciadovell@talktalk.net

 

Alf Richards (advert placed 28/02/18)

My uncle, a London lad from Wandsworth, served with the 6th Airborne, possibly 22nd Independent Parachute Company, and he took part in Operation Overlord. I hope that somebody out there knew him. arichards84@btinternet.com

Alf Richards

 

Sgt Jack Welch (advert placed 12/01/18)

I am trying to find which company my Grandfather served in. I know he was in the 6th Airborne, 7th battalion, name John Earnest David Welch (sergeant - known as Jack) now deceased. Served on D-day at the bridges river Orne. I have acquired his army records, Army number (2658008) and parachute course number 50 - Feb. 1943. On none of the documents does it appear to say which company he was in. Does anyone have further information that may help? Rick Welch, rickstar@mail.com

 

Dvr Kenneth Brierley (advert placed 11/12/17)

My father, Kenneth Brierley, who fought with the 6th Airborne Division in June 1944, January 1945 and March 1945 - as well as serving in Palestine after the war - sadly passed away on 18/11/17 peacefully in his sleep aged 96. On D-Day he was in the 716th Light Composite Company, whose job was to collect supplies and distribute them throughout the Division, and they were photographed by an army photographer which later appeared in the Daily Herald (see below). The three occupants of the Jeep were soldiers of 716 Company R.A.S.C. 6th Airborne Division: Driver Hiram Clough, L/cpl Joe Wilkenson and 1131395 Driver Kenneth Brierley. The occupants of the trailer were glider pilots. With their mission accomplished they were making their way to a beach-head to find a vessel to return them to England to prepare for their next engagement. The 2nd Lift on D-Day landed after 7pm. Perhaps 20 of the Horsa gliders in that Lift carried three-men RASC teams each with jeep and trailer. Their objective being to collect parachuted supply drops and to create an ammunition and supplies dump. Unlike the Hamilcar glider which would open at the nose to allow the small tank or Bren carrier that it might carry to drive directly out, the Horsa glider had a side exit door. First the trailer and then the jeep had to be man-handled inches at a time to turn 90 degrees to go through the side exit. The task was made more arduous due to the weight of stores and ammunition with which both vehicles were loaded. Eventually when the vehicles were on the ground and ready to move off, the men became aware that an army photographer had chosen Kenneth’s glider and had cine-filmed the unloading procedure. It was believed that all cine-film of the 6th Airborne landing was sent in one of 716 Coy RASC jeeps to the Beach Head for urgent dispatch back to England. On the way the trailer in which the cine-film was stowed was blown up. The driver was unhurt. Such rumours were in abundance. Nevertheless, throughout the years that Kenneth watched D-Day airborne landings on TV it was invariably American airborne troops that were featured. 6th Airborne troops might be shown boarding aircraft before take-off from England, but not once have they been shown travelling inside aircraft or shown on the ground in Normandy on D-Day. Is anyone out there able to confirm that all cine footage of 6th Airborne Division D-Day landing in Normandy is lost? And are there any other memories, photos and stories to add from anyone in the 716th or otherwise who witnessed this? Frances Brierley, Kenneth.brierley@googlemail.com

Driver Kenneth Brierley in Palestine Men of the Royal Ulster Rifles leaving LZ-N in a Jeep