The following adverts have been placed recently and are shown in the order in which they were added. This is intended for the benefit of people who check the Veterans Ads section regularly and find it difficult to sort between the new and the old in the main alphabetical A-Z list. Copies of all these adverts can also in the A-Z section, and will be removed from this section after a period of several months.

 

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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

 

L/Cpl James Arthur Bright (advert placed 31/08/17)

I am researching my fathers' history. He is James Arthur Bright Army Number 3385528. I have a copy of his army records, but would like more detail of his deployment at D Day. I know he was paratrooper and from his records he was posted to 6 Airborne Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment RAC unit in January 1944, and promoted to Lance Corporal in May 1944. He emplaned on 6/6/44 and disemplaned in NWE 6/6/44. On 30/6/44 he sustained accidental injuries - shot whilst cleaning sten gun, and admitted to 195 Airlanding field ambulance. I would be interested to hear from anybody who knew him, what actual squadron he served in, or any related information. Neil Bright, neilsbright@btinternet.com

 

Bourg-Neuf (advert placed 04/07/17)

I am the grand-daughter of the Robert family who was the first family liberated during the night of June 5th-6th in Ranville. They lived in Bourg-Neuf in a well situated, tiny rural house that served to administer first aid to a badly wounded soldier (foot injury) whose stretcher was laid upon their kitchen table. My grand-mother tried to do her best. He was later evacuated back to England (the soldiers told my aunts and uncles). Some soldiers came knocking at their shelter (cellar) asking: Bosch ici? then almost simultaneously, about 7 to 8 soldiers brought the wounded soldier. They then secured the area. Anybody who was part of this story can contact me at: nathaliemonsaint@aol.com

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Pte Albert Batty (advert placed 12/06/17)

My father Albert was in 6th Airborne Royal Engineers around 1944-45. He passed away 26th May 2017 aged 94. I would love to hear from any surving comrades and desparately need a recomendtion as to an army tune to be played at his cremation. Paul Batty, paulbatty24@hotmail.com