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Royal Army Service Corps
- 2nd Motor Boat Coy., Royal Army Service Corps
- 2nd Squadron, Royal Army Service Corps
- 3rd Amb. Car Coy, Royal Army Service Corps
- 10th Gen Transport Coy, Royal Army Service Corps
- 13th Field Bakery, Royal Army Service Corps
- 13th Coy. Royal Army Service Corps
- 14th MT Coy, Royal Army Service Corps
- 14th Res MT Coy, Royal Army Service Corps
- 19th MT Coy. Royal Army Service Corps
- 19th Coy Royal Army Service Corps
- 20th Coy. Royal Army Service Corps
- 21st Coy, Royal Army Service Corps
- 22nd LTC Coy, Royal Army Service Corps
- 24th Coy, Royal Army Service Corps
- 27th AA Bde, Royal Army Service Corps
- 29th Station Transport Company, Royal Army Service Corps
- 31st Field Bakery, Royal Army Service Corps
- 31st IB Coy, Royal Army Service Corps
- 33 Transport Coy. Royal Army Service Corps
- 37th res MT Coy, Royal Army Service Corps
- 43rd HQ Transport Column, Royal Army Service Corps
- 43rd Anti-Aircraft Brigade Company, Royal Army Service Corps
- 43rd Wessex Coy, Royal Army Service Corps
- 46th Div Supply Coy., Royal Army Service Corps
- 4th Divisional Ammunition Company RASC
- 52nd Lowland Div, Royal Army Service Corps
- 73rd GT Coy, Royal Army Service Corps
- 83rd Mobile Field Bakery, Royal Army Service Corps
- 119th Mobile Field Bakery, Royal Army Service Corps
- 145th Coy, Royal Army Service Corps
- 147th (Bridge) Coy. Royal Army Service Corps
- 180th Gen Transport Coy, Royal Army Service Corps
- 182nd Coy, Royal Army Service Corps
- 183rd AAM Transport Company, Royal Army Service Corps
- 221st Coy Royal Army Service Corps
- 224th Coy, Royal Army Service Corps
- 229th Coy, Royal Army Service Corps
- 236th Bridge Coy, Royal Army Service Corps
- 240th Coy, Royal Army Service Corps
- 255th Car Coy, Royal Army Service Corps
- 257th Ambulance Car Coy. RASC
- 258 General Transport Company RASC
- 279th GT Coy, Royal Army Service Corps
- 298th GT Coy, Royal Army Service Corps
- 308th Res. Motor Transport Coy. Royal Army Service Corps
- 309th Coy RASC
- 384th Company, Royal Army Service Corps
- 430th Gen Transport Coy, Royal Army Service Corps
- 432nd Coy, Royal Army Service Corps
- 465 Supply Platoon RASC
- 501th Coy, Royal Army Service Corps
- 502nd Coy. Royal Army Service Corps
- 514th Coy, Royal Army Service Corps
- 517th Petrol Coy, Royal Army Service Corps
- 535 Petrol Coy. Royal Army Service Corps
- 543 Gen. Transport Coy. Royal Army Service Corps
- 545th Tank Transporter Coy. , Royal Army Service Corps
- 552nd Coy. Royal Army Service Corps
- 635th Coy, Royal Army Service Corps
- 716th Company, Royal Army Service Corps
- 721 GHQ Car Coy. Royal Army Service Corps
- 909th Gen Transport Coy, Royal Army Service Corps
- 909th Company, Royal Army Service Corps
- 912th Motor Transport Company, Royal Army Service Corps
- 922nd Coy, Royal Army Service Corps
- 925th Company, Royal Army Service Corps
- 928th Ambulance Convoy, Royal Army Service Corps
Those known to have served with
Royal Army Service Corps
during the Second World War 1939-1945.
- Alecock Frederick Derrick. Dvr. (d.15th Dec 1944)
- Allen Joseph. Sgt.
- Andrew George Simpson. Sgt (d.1st Jun 1945)
- Anthony Robert Cummings. Private (d.17th June 1940)
- Aquilina Raymond.
- Argent Ernest. Drvr.
- Arnold F.. Driver (d.10th May 1942)
- Ascough George Richard Nicholson. Mjr (Act. Col.)
- Ash Arthur William.
- Ash Charles. driver
- Ashby Charles Henry.
- Ashby Frank Stephen.
- Atkinson Cyril George. Pte.
- Ball Leslie. Cpl.
- Banks George. Lt-Col
- Barham Henry William . Lt.
- Barrett Royden Whittaker. Cpl.
- Bass Edwin John. Cpl.
- Bates Leslie. L/Cpl.
- Beadleson Cyril Bernard. Drvr. (d.1st November 1941)
- Beck Robert. Dvr.
- Beliskey H.. Pte.
- Bell Clarence. Cpl
- Bending John Levi.
- Bennett Frank John.
- Bennett William Millar. Dvr.
- Bethell Robert Henry. Pte.
- Bigg Albert Andrew J.. Dvr.
- Black John Francis. L/Cpl.
- Boden Stanley Walter. Dvr.
- Braithwaite George.
- Bramham George Robert. Sgt.
- Briggs Reginald John. Drvr.
- Bright Thomas. Driver
- Briley John.
- Broadway Ronald Robert. Pte.
- Brown William Arthur. Pte. (d.6th Nov 1941)
- Buckley Albert Henry.
- Buckley William. Dvr.
- Budd Arthur Henry. (d.1st August 1942)
- Burrows George Frederick Thomas. Sergeant (d.5th July 1941)
- Burton George.
- Butcher Victor James. Sgt.
- Butler John Tyson. Drvr.
- Cain Charles. Pte.
- Campbell Christopher Joseph. Pte.
- Carter Albert . Dvr. (d.27th Mar 1945)
- Castel George Farquar.
- Catchpole Cyril.
- Catley Alfred. Pte.
- Cheese Arthur William. Sgt.
- Cheesman Cyril Tracy. L/Cpl
- Christie Atherton Ffolliot Powell. Staff Sgt.
- Clark Albert Arthur. Cpl.
- Clark Frederick Arthur.
- Clarke Leslie George. Pte.
- Codling James William. Dvr.
- Collingwood Sidney Derek. Cpl.
- Colthorpe Cecil Walter. Cpl.
- Compton Henry Thomas.
- Connelly Charles Edward. Pte. (d.16th Jan 1942)
- Cooper Basil Seymour. Mjr.
- Cooper Edgar Roy. Pte. (d.12th Feb 1944)
- Cowing Charles Henry. Cpl.
- Cox Leopold.
- Cox Robert Hutchinson.
- Criddle Francis. L/Cpl.
- Cullen Maurice Patrick. Sgt.
- Cumming David . Cpl.
- Cushnie William. Dvr.
- Daniel Martin Charles Campbell. Capt. (d.24th Sep 1942)
- Daniels Samuel Clifford. Pte.
- Dargue Thomas. Drvr.
- Darling James George Robert. Sgt
- Davis Harold.
- Dellar Douglas William.
- Denness Charles Arthur. Sgt.
- Denny Alfred Frank. Pte.
- Dilks Verdun Bramley. Pte.
- Dobney John Gordon. S.Sgt. (d.11th Aug 1943)
- Dore Leslie Robert. Drvr/Cpl
- Drake Leslie Claude. Dvr.
- Driscoll Jeremiah. Drvr.
- Dukes John.
- Dukes John.
- Dukes John. Cpl.
- Duncan James W.. Pte.
- Dunnage Reg Arthur. L/Cpl
- Earnshaw George. Dvr.
- Edward W H. Private
- Elliott R.. CQMS (d. )
- Ellis James Edward.
- Emery Albert Henry.
- Evans Albert Edward. Pte. (d.17th June 1940)
- Everett Patrick Denis. WO.
- Evison Harry. Pte.
- Farmer Frank. Pte.
- Fielden Harry. Pte.
- Fletcher James. Dvr.
- Fogg Edward George.
- Fountain Gerald. Dvr.
- Fox Sidney. Mechanised Sergeant Major
- Francis John Charles. Sgt.
- Fuller G. H.. Dvr.
- Galliers Charles Henry Francis. Cpl.
- Gannon Charles Edward. Sgt.
- Gannon John. Driver (d.7th February 1945)
- George John William.
- Gibbs William Alexander. Drvr.
- Gilbert Frederick John. Dvr.
- Gilbert George Alfred.
- Gill Harry. Sgt.
- Goodwin James.
- Goodyer-Pain F. C.J.. Maj.
- Gough Kenneth Roy. 2nd Lt.
- Green Ralph Kent. A/Maj.
- Griffiths Edward Charles. S/Sgt
- Grove Alexander Norman Walter. Sgt.
- Guest Cyril Jack.
- Hall Samuel Robert. Capt.
- Hallam Gilbert Dennis. Sgt.
- Hann Edwin George. Sgt.
- Haskell Thomas Edward. Dvr. (d.20th Mar 1941)
- Haswell Sam Crossley. Pte.
- Hayes Jimmy. Cpl.
- Hayward Roy.
- Hearnden Cecil. Pte.
- Heaton Robert. Sgt.
- Heaven Frank Gordon. Pte.
- Heinink Anthony Frank. Pte. (d.5th August 1943)
- Heseltine . Sgt.
- Heslop Thomas Waugh. L/Cpl. (d. 28/3/1944)
- Hewer-Hewitt Alexander Robert Clifford. Maj.
- Higgins John Arthur. Pte.
- Hilton Jack. Pte.
- Hodgson George Caleb. Pte. (d.2nd Jun 1941)
- Holt Bernard Arnold.
- Horsman Horace.
- Hughes John Nursall. Pte.
- Hughes Wilfred Henry. Pte.
- Hunt George Derrick.
- Hunt Wilfred Henry. Cpl.
- Hunter Ian Bruce. Lt Col.
- Huntley George E.. Capt.
- Hynds Herbert John.
- Ireland Thomas Patrick. Dvr. (d.11th Aug 1944)
- Ireland Thomas Patrick. Drvr. (d.11th Aug 1944)
- Isherwood George Wallace. Sgt.
- Jacobs Joseph.
- James Llew.
- James Llew.
- James William Griffith.
- James William Griffith. Sgt.
- Jeffery Roy.
- Jenkins William Rees. SQMS. (d.17th June 1940)
- Johnston David Ballantyne. Dvr.
- Jones Harold. Dvr.
- Jones John Victor. L/Cpl.
- Jones Samuel Emlyn. Cpl,
- Kadigawe Kanchana Senerat. Pte.
- Kelly Thomas. L/Cpl (d.11th Jun 1940)
- King Reginald.
- Lambert Stanley. Dvr.
- Larkin Martin Stanley. L/Cpl.
- Lawrence Cyril.
- Lawson Joseph.
- Lay William.
- Lee Bob.
- Lee Jack. Cpl.
- Little John.
- Longhurst Kenneth Bernard. QMS.
- Lowe William.
- Lowing William. Cpt.
- Lyde Bernard.
- Mabb Richard J.. L/Cpl.
- MacKenzie Francis Walter. Pte.
- Mahoney Patrick.
- Manchester Charles. Sgt Mjr.
- Martin Albert. Dvr.
- Martin Bill. Pte.
- Martin William. Private
- Matthews Sydney. (d.15th Feb 1942)
- Mawer Jesse Frederick. Lt/Capt
- May Frank William John. Mjr.
- Maynard Wally.
- McArthur . Cpl.
- McCormick Ronald. Dvr.
- McCulloch James George.
- McDougall Charles. Driver
- Mead Robert Lional. Private (d.2004)
- Meagher Bernard Peter. WO1.
- Moore Harold Arthur. Lt. (d.22nd Jan 1945)
- Morgan Leonard Raymond. S/Sgt.
- Morris Reginald William. L/Cpl
- Morrisroe Luke. Dvr.
- Moulton Frederick. L/Cpl.
- Muirhead Hugh White. L/Cpl.
- Nimmo John Taylor.
- Oliver Douglas Phillip. Cpl.
- Orton Arthur. Cpl. (d.16th July 1945)
- Outram Jack. Driver
- Owen Edward. Dvr.
- Parker James. Driver
- Parkinson George. Dvr.
- Parkinson Rex.
- Parratt H.. Cpl.
- Pascoe Arthur Sidney. Pte.
- Passmore Arthur Victor. Pte. (d.26th April 1941)
- Paterson William. Major
- Payne . Pte.
- Perkins Cecil Roy.
- Perkins James. Sgt.
- Perris George Albert. Capt. (d.7th Dec 1941)
- Pettit Henry William John. L/Cpl.
- Pinder Arthur. Dvr.
- Pinnell Frederick J.. (d.17th July 1941)
- Pinnell Frederick J.. (d.17th July 1941)
- Player Gwilym Ernest.
- Pollard Frederick James. Dvr.
- Pope Frederick George. Pte. (d.2nd July 1941)
- Powell Alfred James. Pte. (d.5th Dec 1941)
- Price Fred J.. Cpl. (d.26th October 1942)
- Price William Henry. Pte.
- Read Christopher Harold. Dvr.
- Redpath Walter Thomas. L\Cpl.
- Revill Horace. Pte.
- Reynolds Norman Frank. Drvr.
- Richmand Frank. Drvr.
- Rigby Thomas. Driver
- Rippin Douglas Haig. Dvr.
- Roberts Cyril Edward. Capt.
- Robinson Fredrick James.
- Robinson Jack. Dvr.
- Rootes William Frank. Pte.
- Rout Gordon Henry.
- Rowland H.. Cpl.
- Rowlands Bertie John.
- Sadler Joyce. Pte.
- Sales Cyril. Dvr.
- Sanders Harold. Dvr.
- Saunders Arthur. Dvr.
- Saunders Charles Richard. L/Cpl.
- Savage Richard George. Pte.
- Scott Leslie Gilbert. Dvr. (d.29th Nov 1941)
- Seale John. L/Cpl
- Sheen Joe. Dvr.
- Shepherd Ronald Frederick. Pte.
- Sheppard Jack Percival. Pte.
- Shotter Ralph William John. L/Cpl. (d.17th Jun 1940)
- Sinderson John. Dvr.
- Skerritt Edgar Maitland. Dvr.
- Slight Thomas William. Pte.
- Smallwood William Henry. RSM
- Smith Leslie Arthur. Pte.
- Smith Noel Stephen. Sgt.Mjr.
- Sossick Janes Hercules. S/Sgt.
- Spavins Albert Edward. SQMS
- Staples Jim. Capt.
- Still James. Drvr. (d.16th April 1945)
- Sturman Cecil Douglas. Cpl.
- Symonds Jack. Dvr.
- Taylor Leonard Henry. Pte.
- Taylor Robert Gladstone. Lt.
- Thackray Percy. Corporal
- Thackray Percy. Cpl.
- Thomas Walter. Pte.
- Tonlinson Reginald Samuel. Cpl.
- Tossell Richard George.
- Troutt Henry William. Dvr.
- Tuck Harry Arthur. Pte.
- Tucker Reginald Martyn. Lt.
- Turner William John Thomas. Sgt.
- Tysoe-Smith E.. Cpl.
- Usher Harry. Dvr. (d.31st Mar 1945)
- Vaughan David Elwyn. Cpl (d.14th Aug 1940)
- Voase Les.
- Walker Harry. Pte.
- Wanaguru P.. Pte.
- Wardle Nornan R..
- Warren Edmund R.A.. Dvr.
- Watson Reginald Herbert.
- Weeks Harry John. Pte. (d.4th Aug 1943)
- Wenham Leonard John Albert. Corporal
- Weston Leonard. Capt. (d.13th Feb 1942)
- Wharmby Harold. Pte.
- Whitelock Alfred James. L/Cpl.
- Whiting Richard Henry James. (d.17th Sept 1945)
- Wightman William P. K.. Pte. (d.28th Jan 1947)
- Wilby George. Drvr.
- Wilde John. L/Cpl.
- Wildes James Thomas. Dvr.
- Wilkinson Ronald Hubert. Sgt.
- Williams Frank Patrick.
- Williams Robert John. Staff Sargeant
- Williams William Morris. Sgt. (d.21st July 1946)
- Williamson John Derek. Cpl.
- Wilson Martin Sidney.
- Winn William Edward.
- Wodhams Horace Edward . Capt.
- Wooley-Lane Philip J L . Lieutenant-Colonel
- Wray Arthur Albert Philip. Pte.
- Wright John Coyle. Dvr. (d.21st Sep 1943)
- Wyman Fredrick . Corporal
- Wynn-Werninck Willliam. Mjr.
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There are 8 pages in our library tagged Royal Army Service Corps These include information on officers service, letters, diaries, personal accounts and information about actions during the Second World War.
Cpl. Charles Henry Francis "Carl" Galliers 14th Reserve MT Coy, C Section Royal Army Service CorpsMy paternal grandfather Corporal Charles Henry Francis Galliers, RASC "C" section, 14th reserve MT coy, middle east forces in 1941 was in the POW Camp PG78 in Italy after 1942 (not sure of dates) and then stalag IVB during spring 1944 (I have a letter sent home with april 1944 on it). He died 3 years ago, the only memories he told were of being starving hungry in the Italian camp and chewing boot leather to stave off hunger and when a donkey was brought into camp pulling a cart it didn't live to leave! He was treated better by the Germans. I have some photos with a couple of other POWs names on the back - Geoff Galloway and George Frick (?can't read the writing properly looks like Frick) - also some photos of my grandad working on building a war memorial and on the back it reads "newborderf am elbe, (again not sure of spelling) prisoners of war cemetary, taken 7th may 1944". There is also a photo of a german guard - his name on the back " ? officer Siebel". Anyone who has any info about my grandad, his platoon, the camps he was in I would be interested to hear from them. I will send scans of the photos I have later when I have mastered the technology!Sam Galliers
L/Cpl. Ralph William John Shotter Royal Army Service Corps (d.17th Jun 1940)My grandmother was romantically involved with Ralph Shotter, who was in the Royal Army Services Corps and has heard that he was on board the Lancastria when it sunk. He was 21 years old. Apparently he has no known grave, but his name appears on a war memorial in Dunkirk, France, which I would love to take her to see. Also, she would love to hear from anyone who may have known Ralph and to hear of any last memories of him or see any pictures. Please email me if you have any further information. Many thanks.Claire Wilmot
Pte. Harry John Weeks 2 Motorboat Company RASC (d.4th Aug 1943)I discovered some pictures and info in my Gran's bits and peices about two of her brothers who were killed in WW2. I would appreciate any info on Harry Weeks or just about his unit, no 2 or no 247 motorboat company. Thanks in hope and anticipationRoy Strickland
Cpl David Elwyn Vaughan Royal Army Service Corps (d.14th Aug 1940)I am desperately trying to trace my Grandfather, David Vaughan who died in the Second World War aged 27. His wife was Annie may Vaughan and she died aged 33 in 1950. They lived in Glyneath, South Wales and the circumstances surrounding his death are vague. His only son died in 1993 and his only daughter, my mum is unable to recall any memories due to his death when she was only 9 years oldKeithForward
Pte. Cecil "'Pop'" Hearnden Royal Army Service CorpsMy father served in WW1 having falsified his age to join up. He was in the reserve at start of WW2. and went with the BEF to France. During retreat to Dunkirk, he was in ambulance with other wounded and didn't make it to the beaches. They holed up in a barn for a few days but was captured by the Germans and ended up in Stalag XXB. From what I can find out this was the only camp in that area,but I distinctly remember my Mother addressing letters' Nr Konigsburg'. He said very little about his experiences, but he told us he was on the' Long March' he owed his life to a german soldier who dug up vegetables from the fields. I'm just getting around to doing my family history! If anybody can help I'll be very grateful.Charles Hearnden
John DukesHello. My grandad, John Dukes, passed away a couple of years ago, and I am trying to find out anything I can about him. He was called up for duty as a baker on the 25th of April 1941, and he was demobed on the 19th of June 1946. He left a story of his life in the army from 1941 to 1946, but I would like to know more information if there is any. I hope someone can help. Thank you.Richard Pryor
Bernard Lyde 384 CompanyI'm writing on behalf of my grandad, Bernard Lyde, who has just celebrated his 91st birthday. He and my Nan, Margaret, have been married for over 66 years. Nan & Gramp have lived for nearly all their lives in Weymouth, Dorset. He served in the North African desert in 1941/42 in 384 Company, Royal Army Service Corps (RASC). Gramp was called up and enlisted at Sutton-on-Trent on 27 June 1940. He spent the war in N Africa and Italy before being demobbed in January 1946. Gramp is especially keen to make contact with his mate, Bob Lee, or his family. In late 1946 Bob was on holiday with his wife in Burton Bradstock, Dorset. Nan & Gramp met up with them in the Dove Inn at Burton Bradstock. Intending to keep in touch, Gramp made a note of Bob's details on the back of a packet of cigarettes, but subsequently lost it and they never made contact again. Gramp believes that Bob was originally from the London area. It would be fantastic if Gramp heard from Bob or any of the other lads in 384 Co.Mark Honnor
John Dukes baker Royal Army Service Corpshello, this is my grandad. He passed away a couple of years ago and I am trying to find out anything I can about him. He was called up for duty on the 25th April 1941 and he was demobbed on the 19th June 1946. He left a story of his life in the army from 1941 to 1946, but I would like to know more. If there is any more about him, I hope someone can help. Thank you.Richard Pryor
RSM William Henry "Harry" Smallwood Royal Army Service CorpsMy husband's father has recently passed away and my husband would love to know about his service record, His Name is William Henry Smallwood, and he was a Regimental Sargeant Major, and he served in Burma during WW2. I believe he joined the RASC in Haydock near St.Helens (which was then in Lancashire) around 1939 at the beginning of the war. He was also a great bandsman and may have played in an army band I would be very greateful for any information anyone can give me.Gillian Smallwood
Private W H Edward Royal Army Service CorpsLooking for information on the above Service Man he is on Fetcham War Memorial WW2 all the others I have managed to identifyO Steele
Private Robert Lional Mead Royal Army Service Corps (d.2004)My Dad, Private Robert Lional Mead, served with the Royal Army Service Corps. He was captured at Dunkirk and spent the duration of the war in Stalag XXB. He is in the picture sent in by Robert Hedges' family. We have several photos taken in Stalag XXB. He died in 2004 aged 91.Val Pearce
Corporal Fredrick Wyman Service CorpsFredrick Wyman was my grandfather. I am trying to find some information on him as our family has so little. We know that he was a driver in the Royal Army Service Corps and that he drove some quite influential people around but that is it, we would love to know more.Sadie Barnard
Arthur Henry Budd 3 Amb Car Coy Royal Army Service Corps (d.1st August 1942)I am trying to research my uncle's war years. Arthur Henry Budd was in the royal army service corps, he was killed 01/08/1942. Does anyone remember him?Colin Budd
Richard Henry James Whiting Royal Army Service Corps (d.17th Sept 1945)My grandfather Richard Henry James Whiting, died in Rimini at the end of the war on 17 Sept 1945. He was waiting for his date to come home to Croyden after having served 6.5 years - he went in with the Territorial Army and served with the Royal Army Service Corps. He had written to the Croydon Advertiser complaining at how long it was taking to get them home - especially as he had not had any leave (or seen his little girl) for 2.5 years. His little girl (my mother) was 2.5 years old when he died - he never did get home to see her. He offered to do a 'run' for his mate and was either shot by a sniper or had a road accident - nobody knows. He was 27 when he died.
I am going to Coriano Ridge war cemetery in Rimini to pay my respects to my Grandfather, of whom I am very proud. I wondered if there was any way of finding any one who might have known him, or what had happened to him. I know it is a tall order but nothing ventured nothing gained.Amanda Newman
George Alfred Gilbert Royal Army Service corpMy grandad, George Alfred Gilbert RASC, was mentioned in despatches during World War II and I would be very interested to know how I can find out what he was mentioned for.Karen Moore
William Lowe 545 Tank Transporter Company Royal Army Service CorpsCan anybody please tell me which beach the 545 Tank Transporter Company, Royal Army Service Corps arrived at on D-Day and what direction they took as the weeks unfolded?
My father William Lowe was a driver in the 545 from 1940-1946. He took tanks into N.France travelling through Belgium and eventually ended up in the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. His Service Number was T/293822 and we have many documents from around the 1943 era.Beverley Hateley-Lowe
Joseph Lawson 37th Reserve MT Royal Army Service CorpsMy name is Joseph Lawson. I enlisted in 1940, although I wanted to join RAF, when I told the recruiting Officer I could drive, there was only one place for me: as a driver with the RASC. After basic training, I joined the 37th Reserve MT and was sent off to North Africa to join the Middle Eastern Expeditionary Force, later to be known as the 8th Army. During my time in the Desert, I was attached to many different Regiments and Divisions: 4th Indians, New Zealand, British 10 Corps. After El Alamein, I then joined up with 1st Army for the Italian campaign, landing at Salerno, near Naples. And in Italy I stayed until 1945, eventually being de-mobbed in 1946, six years after saying goodbye to my family and friends. I am proud to say that I was a D Day Dodger!
It would make me very happy to make contact with anyone who also got their "knees brown" and possibly swap some stories of leave in the Cairo souks, Alex, or Rome. In Winston's words: "Hello My Dear Desert Rat"Joseph Lawson
Gordon Henry Rout RASC 8th ArmyI am trying to trace anyone who may have have known my great uncle Gordon Rout. He served in the RASC in East Africa and then in Italy. He was attached to the Eighth Army.
I have recently discovered a diary he appears to written after the war in which he recounts his experiences from setting off up the Clyde in May 1942, to arriving in Egypt 9 weeks later.
I would be interested to hear from anyone who has information about him as all I have are his diary, some photos and his medals which although give a good picture of the war and his experiences, I would like to know more about what he was like as a person.Catherine Starling
Sergeant George Frederick Thomas Burrows (d.5th July 1941)My father, Sergeant George Frederick Thomas Burrows, R.A.S.C. had been in France in the BEF and managed to get home on one of the little ships at Dunkirk. I would love to know who rescued him. After a convalescent, he was sent out to Africa, not sure quite where they intended to land. His ship was the HMS Anselm and he was one who didn't get off. I was about 6 years old at the time with 'ovaltiney' sisters of 4 and 2 and Mum expecting a baby in the November as Dad was killed in July
He was the sun in my sky and it took me over 60 years to be healed of the grief I felt at his death. This being through my Christian faith and a loving counsellor. War doesn't end with the peace treaty, as I and many others can testify.
I have a Liverpool Echo report of the incident and Padre Cedric Pugh, who, eventually received his well earned medal. It took my local councillors 50 years to get our lost loved ones names put on a monument.I also have many photos of Dad and one of Mum that he carried with him all through the BEF and Dunkirk. Also a small cutting about someone who was rescued from the Anselm. I am not very good with the computer but would be very willing to get good copies if anyone cared to have one.
Sincerely and thanks for the site. I will try and send a donation but am now an OAP and it isn't financially easy in this 'land fit for heroes'.Maureen Bessie Bentley
Pte. John Nursall Hughes EFI ( NAAFI ) Royal Army Service CorpsI am the son of the above man. I believe that he was a Clerk working for the NAAFI in Liverpool prior to the outbreak of the war. NAAFI needed staff to go overseas, so to enable them to be in uniform, they were asked to volunteer. They were attached to the Royal Army Service Corpsin an organisation called Expeditionary Forces Institute, EFI. He was in France in 1940 and was evacuated through St. Nazaire on 17th June 1940. He told me that he was waiting on the quayside, awaiting embarkation. I believe that he was waiting on the quay when the Lancastria was sunk. He was evacuated to Falmouth. and was married on 23rd June 1940 I would be interested in contacting other RASC/EFI families or St.Nazaire survivors. Additionally, Our Family later new and lived close to James Dunbar O.B.E. Chief Engineer of HMT Lancastria on 17 June 1940, and who I believe was awarded his OBE for his role that day.Colin Hughes
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