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2nd Searchlight Regiment, Royal Artillery
2nd Searchlight Regiment, Royal Artillery was made up of 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Battery. They saw action in France with the BEF in 1940 notably in the Defence of Calais. The Regimental Standard is housed at Cranborne Parish Church.
27th May 1940 In Action
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Those known to have served with
2nd Searchlight Regiment, Royal Artillery
during the Second World War 1939-1945.
- Baker Francis. Gnr. (d.23rd May 1940)
- Bates George Charles. Gnr.
- Bates George. Gunner
- Campbell Charles S.. L/Sgt.
- Giddings Sidney Walter. Gnr.
- Johnson John Joseph. Gnr. (d.24th May 1940)
- Lansley William. Driver
- Loader Arthur. Gnr.
- Tansey William Alfred. Gnr.
- Wilson Christopher Fegellan. Pte.
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Pte. Christopher Fegellan "Tug" Wilson 2nd Searchlight Regiment, 5 Battery Royal ArtilleryMy father in law, Christopher Wilson, was captured at Dunkirk 1939, he was marched to Blechammer, BAB21 and he remained at the camp until Jan 21st 1945 when he took part in the death march back into Germany, arriving at Moosburg, where he was freed by Gen Patton. I have a list of the dates, and places passed through on the march, the list is written on the back of red cross parcel lists. I also have photographs of him and approx 50 other prisoners at BAB21, on the reverse of some of the photos are names and addresses of other prisoners. I also have a list of bricklaying terms, these are his notes for a lecture to other prisoners, to alleviate boredom. The list of places contains 42 place names, the last entry reads. "April 29th 1945. Battle of Moosburg. Free at last. Gen Patton"Keith Newman
L/Sgt. Charles S. Campbell 2nd Searchlight Regiment, 5th bty. Royal ArtilleryCharles Campbell was held as a POW in Stalag 8B in Lambinowice, Poland.
Gnr. George Charles Bates 2nd Search Light Regiment Royal ArtilleryMy father George Bates was captured near Frevent on 20th May 1940 as the German spearhead advanced towards the coast. He arrived at Stalag XXB via XXIA, XXIB and XXIC on 14th June 1941. Dad spent much of his time working on a farm at Workcamp 299 (later re-numbered Workcamp 34) at Wesseln, which I understand is now known as Lelkowo. I have a photo of dad with his fellow prisoners on the farm and another of the farm itself which was taken by a local Polish man.
Dad took part in the long march in the winter of 1945 and was eventually liberated by the Americans and flown home to England from Reims to Ford Aerodrome by Lancaster flown by a mixed English and Canadian aircrew on 10th May 1945. There is a photo of the Lancaster given to my dad by the crew and signed on the back. If anyone recognises any of the men in the photo and would like a copy or has any information about the farm please let me know.David Bates
Gnr. Francis "Walter" Baker 4th Bty. 2nd Searchlight Regiment (d.23rd May 1940)A tragic story like so many others during wartime. Doreen Yarlett Thayer married Gunner Walter Baker on 7th January 1940 in Pill, Somerset. Her father, who had just turned 61 on the day before, was a ship's carpenter, and he died ten days after the wedding on 17 January in Garston Hospital, Wavertree, Liverpool of acute broncho-pneumonia. It may be he did or could not attend his daughter's wedding as he must have been very ill.
The 4th Bty, 2nd Searchlight Regiment, RA joined the line of battle north of Calais on 23 May 1940 as foot soldiers - something they were not trained for. Walter with many of his comrades was killed in action on 23rd of May 1940. The valiant action from those fighting in Calais gave time for the evacuation Dunkirk.Anthony John Robinson
Gnr. John Joseph Johnson 2nd Searchlight Regiment, 3rd Btty. Royal Artillery (d.24th May 1940)John Johnson served with the 2nd Searchlight Regiment, Royal Artillery. He is remembered on the Dunkirk Memorial.Gemma Barker
Driver William Lansley 2nd Searchlight Rgt. Royal ArtilleryMy grandfather, Bill Lansley was POW 31049 in Stalag IXA from 1940 until 1943. On 19th May 1940 he was a driver/mechanic with the 2nd Searchlight Regiment, Royal Artillery when they were captured by the Germans. During the battle his leg was so badly damaged it had to be removed. He went to a hospital in Delans, onto Devens, then to Belgium and finally to Germany, where he remained in Stalag IX until he was repatrited in 1943.Lorraine
Gunner George Bates 2nd Searchlight Royal ArtilleryMy father, Gunner G C Bates, was captured near Frevent on 20th May 1940 as the German spearhead advanced towards the coast. He arrived at Stalag XXB via XXIA, XXIB AND XXIC on 14 June 1941.
Dad spent much of his time working on a farm at Workcamp 299/34(Old No/New No)at Wesseln, which I understand is in two possible locations, one near Elbing and the other near what is now Lelkowo. I have a photo of dad with his fellow prisoners on the farm and another of the farm itself which was taken by a local Polish man.
Dad took part in the Long March in the winter of 1945 and was eventually liberated by the Americans and flown home to England from Reims to Ford Aerodrome by Lancaster flown by a mixed English/Canadian aircrew on 10th May 1945. There is a photo of the Lancaster given to my dad by the crew and signed on the back. If anyone recognises any of the men in the photo and would like a copy or has any information about the farm please feel free to email me.David Bates
Gnr. Arthur Loader 2nd Searchlight Rgt. Royal ArtilleryMy grandad, Gunner Arthur Loader, was in the 2ns Searchlight Regiment RA and was captured at the beginning of WWII.Georgina Symonds
Gnr. Sidney Walter Giddings 2nd Searchlight Regiment Royal ArtilleryMy dad, Sid Giddings, was wounded 30th April 1945. He lost his left arm, right leg and two other limbs had gunshot wounds. Although it shows he served in the 21st Searchlight Regiment his real unit was a 25 Pounder crew. I do not know which one and I am having a great deal of trouble trying to trace this 25 Pounder unit.Sid Giddings
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