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during the Second World War 1939-1945.
- Aspell Lancelot Morris. Pte. (d.27th Dec 1941)
- Axcell B.. Pte. (d.17th Jun 1940)
- Braidwood George. Corporal (d.17th june 1940)
- Brook S.. Pte. (d.17th Jun 1940)
- Butcher . Cpl.
- Catlin Herbert Edward. Pte. (d.17th July 1940)
- Chapman H. J.. Pte. (d.17th Jun 1940)
- Cope A.. Pte. (d.17th Jun 1940)
- Croston Walter. Pte.
- Dodds William.
- Dorrington George.
- Easterbrook W. H.. Pte. (d.17th Jun 1940)
- Foy Michael Patrick. Pte.
- Francis Roland Wallace. L/Cpl.
- Harrison F. G.. Pte. (d.17th Jun 1940)
- Hicks Horace Victor. (d.17th June 1940)
- Holzer Herbert. L/Cpl.
- Jackson F.. Pte. (d.17th Jun 1940)
- Kesson . L/Cpl.
- Khan P.. Pte. (d.17th Jun 1940)
- Lally John. Pte.
- Langford P.. Pte. (d.17th Jun 1940)
- Larty A. Apetu . Pte. (d.17th Jun 1940)
- Latham Albert Ernest.
- Lowther Charles . L/Cpl (d.17th June 1940)
- Maher Denis. Pte. (d.13th July 1943)
- Melvin G. A.. Pte. (d.17th Jun 1940)
- Mills G.. Pte. (d.17th Jun 1940)
- Murray Thomas.
- Niedzveki Ephraim. Pte.
- Noy William John. Gnr.
- O'Neill W.. Pte. (d.17th Jun 1940)
- Page . Pte.
- Pattison H.. Cpl. (d.17th Jun 1940)
- Pemberton A.. Cpl.
- Pick M.. Cpl. (d.17th Mar 1944)
- Potton H. V.. Pte. (d.17th Jun 1940)
- Ridley J.. Pte. (d.17th Jun 1940)
- Rye Bertie. Cpl.
- Scott C. A.. Capt.
- Smith T. E.. Pte. (d.17th Jun 1940)
- Staines . Sgt.
- Sullivan William. Private (d.17 June 1940)
- Thompson . Sgt.
- Tynan . Pte. (d.17th Jun 1940)
- Wharmby Harold. Pte.
- White William. Cpl
- Winstanley William. Pte. (d.17th Jun 1940)
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Cpl William White Royal Pioneer CorpsMy father's eldest brother, Cpl William White, had been a regular in the Royal Dragoons in the 1920s and served in India. He was transferred to the Pioneer Corps and went to France with the B.E.F. He was captured at Abbeville, after Dunkirk. He was marched with others, through various countries and ended up at Stalag XXa. Bill remained a POW until his release in 1945. He survived and returned to Shoreham by Sea in Sussex to his wife, Nell, and children, Gordon, Terry, and Renee. He lived until old age and died in 1977. He was a member of the Dunkirk Veterans Assn in Brighton. His pal was Edward Goldring.Gerald White
Private William Sullivan Pioneer Corps (d.17 June 1940)My uncle was one of the servicemen who lost their life on the Lancastria. He was Private William Sullivan B1904 of the Pioneer Corps, from Sculcotes, Hull. He had 7 children at the time the oldest was just 15. God Bless all those who lost their lives.J Porter
Albert Ernest Latham 73 Company Pioneer CorpsAlbert Ernest Latham of 73 Coy, Pioneer Corps, was on the Lancastria when he sunk. He was my great grandfather; I would like to find out more about it.Kathleen Sibson
Corporal George Braidwood 75 Company Pioneer Corps (d.17th june 1940)My grandfather, Cpl George Braidwood, 75 Coy Pioneer Corps, lost his life on the Lancastria.Pauline Clare
L/Cpl Charles Lowther Pioneer Corps (d.17th June 1940)For years when my father was alive, he told us how at the age of twelve he had to take over the roll of his father as he was killed off the coast of St Nazaire, France in the evacuation on the ss Lancastria. He also told us that his grave was somewhere on the cost of St Nazaire. About ten years ago my eldest brother went on the search to France to see if he could find his grave, to no avail, he searched for almost a week hunting around all the war cemeteries.
I served 12 years with the army and each year I don my blazer with badge on my pocket, poppy tucked into my epaulette to attend the annual remembrance parade where I live. On returning from the ceremony this year I decided to try my luck with the war graves commission and low and behold up pops my grandfather's grave. I was sickened to read about the awful way the ss Lancastria was overloaded and sunk so quickly and of how the survivors were in the water still been shot at.
My grandfather was 42 when he died and what I'm after is his history before that. My father died 17 years ago and my mother died last year, there are no more survivors of my father's family to retrieve information about my Grandfather so I'm asking in hope that someone reading this might just spark a memory of him whether in the forces or out. Thank you for reading this and I hope some one could fill this little gap I have for my very respected grandfather. I remain in your debt Granddad, God bless.Robert Lowther
George Dorrington 172 Coy Royal Pioneer CorpsMy Dad, George Dorrington, gave me this photograph and I wanted to share it with you. There may be some relatives of the people in the photo that would like to see it.
It was taken in 1942 at Arncot Camp, Bicester. On the back of the photograph he has named the men in it as; Slipper Ellis, Jackie Fisher, Charlie Game, Corporal Girdlestone, Joe Figoff, himself (George Dorrington), Fred Elwood, Harry Fathers. It was Sec 5 (could be S), 172 Coy, AMPC. This may mean something to you but not to me.
My Dad is still alive and aged 91 but I have not been able to get him to talk very much about his experiences of the war, apart from the fact that he was in France and Sicily.Patricia Langham-Service
Cpl. Bertie Rye Pioneer CorpsBertie Rye was my grand father. He was wounded at Gallipoli during the Great War.
He re-enlisted in the Pioneer Corps in the Second World War aged 44. Was captured by the Germans, but escaped and then served with Monty. I am currently trying to research more of his history, a little difficult as I live now in Australia. I'd love to get more info on the 1/4th during World War 1 as I would like to build a history for his future generations to be aware of.Ivan Rye
Horace Victor Hicks Pioneer Corps (d.17th June 1940)I have a friend who lives in Australia and whose father, Horace Victor Hicks died on the Lancastria on 17th June 1940. My friend is hoping to visit England some time next year and would like to go to Dunkirk to visit the spot where his father died when he was a young boy. He would like to find out if there is any memorial or if, in fact, there may be a named burial site to the soldiers who died on the Lancastria. Can anyone help?Therese Hayes.
Pte. Herbert Edward Catlin Pioneer Corps (d.17th July 1940)Whilst researching my family tree I discovered that my great great uncle, Herbert Edward Catlin, died upon the Lancastria, I was just wondering if anybody had any information on him. He was in the Pioneer Corps.Claire
Pte. John Lally Pioneer CorpsMy grandfather, the late John Lally was a POW at Stalag 8b after he was taken prisoner at Dunkirk. He was wounded in his left leg which he then lost. He was in the camp for almost 4 years until his repatriation in late 1943. His details are- Pte. John (Jack) Lally. Army No.13006468. Pioneer Corps and his POW number was 30842. I would be very grateful if you can help me with any of this. I'm attaching some photos I have of when he was in the camp. Could you advise on the best way to trace any of the men in the pictures? If they are still alive or even just the names. I do believe the ships involved in the repatriation were the SS Drottningholm and the Hospital Ship Atlantis. This is not very much to go on but I would greatly welcome any information about any of the above. I'm trying to gather information on his days as a prisoner.Malcolm Lally
Pte. Lancelot Morris Aspell Pioneer Corps (d.27th Dec 1941)Lancelot Morris Aspell died at the age of 28 whilst serving with the Pioneer Corps. He was the son of Lancelot and Edith Ellen Aspell (nee Richardson) of Jarrow. His younger brother Robert was also one of the fallen
Lancelot is buried in Jarrow Cemetery.Vin Mullen
Pte. Tynan 50 Company Auxiliary Military Pioneer Corps (d.17th Jun 1940)Died Age 40. he was the son of Patrick and Mary Ann Tierney and husband of Mary E. Tierney of Jarrow He is remembered on the Dunkirk Memorial and is commemorated on the WW2 Roll of Honour Plaque in the entrance of Jarrow Town Hall.Vin Mullen
William Dodds Pioneer CorpsAn uncle of mine, William Dodds, is recorded as having been a POW at Stalag XXA. He had the dubious distinction of being gassed in WWI and then of spending most of WWII as a POW. He was captured at Dunkirk in 1940. He was always regarded as something of a black sheep and his father's only reported comment on hearing of his capture was that 'Hitler would have to watch out.'
Although I remember him, most of what I know about his experiences is second hand. I was told that the POWs had a radio under the floorboards which kept them informed of progress throughout the War. This story may be somewhat exaggerated in the telling, although I see from the information on the Web that the POWs certainly did hear about the end of the War before their German captors. I also heard that he had a Polish girl friend who used to help with supplies of food.
I had heard he was on a march out of Poland at the end of the War, which is presumably the one described by many of the other POWs. He apparently jumped into a ditch in the course of the march, but this only resulted in his being liberated after the other POWs. My father met him at Newcastle Central Station about a week after everyone else had already arrived home. He got frostbite on the march and in later life had to have the affected leg amputated.
It is a long shot, but it would be interesting to know if this stirs any memories with anyone else. William Dodds came from Bedlington, Northumberland, and was with the Pioneer Corps. He would be in his early 40s when he was taken prisoner.Chris Fisher
Sgt. Staines Pioneer CorpsMy father was a Sargeant in the Pioneer Corps, serving in North Africa, where he was wounded. I am trying to find people who remember him.John Staines
Pte. Denis Maher Pioneer Corps (d.13th July 1943)Denis Maher was the son of Michael and Mary Maher, of Abbeyleix. He died aged 39 and is buried in the Abbeyleix New Cemeterys flynn
Pte. William Winstanley 46th Coy. Pioneer Corps (d.17th Jun 1940)My grandfather was amongst those who lost their lives on the SS Lancastria. He was Private William Winstanley of 46th Coy, Pioneer Corps.Janice Horrocks
Thomas Murray Pioneer CorpsI am searching for a Thomas Murray who was in the Pioneer Corps. My mother has told me that he was on the Lancastria when it was hit by German aircraft on the 17th July 1940 . To bring my records up to date it would be nice to put his army number and rank next to his name on my family tree. We have tried other avenues to get this information but have drawn a blank. We know he was born on the 1st July 1900 which would have made him 40 years old. although my Grandmother was told that he was missing he later turned up alive and well and lived until 1969. Any information received would be gratefully appreciated as I am currently researching my family history.M. Murray
Pte. T. E. Smith Pioneer Corps (d.17th Jun 1940)Pte. T. E. Smith of the Pioneer Corps lost his life in the sinking of the Lancastria.
Pte. J. Ridley Pioneer Corps (d.17th Jun 1940)Pte. J. Ridley of the Pioneer Corps lost his life in the sinking of the Lancastria.
Pte. H. V. Potton Pioneer Corps (d.17th Jun 1940)Pte. H V Potton of the Pioneer Corps lost his life in the sinking of the Lancastria.
Cpl. H. Pattison MM. Pioneer Corps (d.17th Jun 1940)Cpl. H Pattison, M.M. of the Pioneer Corps lost his life in the sinking of the Lancastria.
Pte. W. O'Neill Pioneer Corps (d.17th Jun 1940)Pte. W O'Neill of the Pioneer Corps lost his life in the sinking of the Lancastria.
Pte. G. Mills Pioneer Corps (d.17th Jun 1940)Pte. G Mills of the Pioneer Corps lost his life in the sinking of the Lancastria.
Pte. G. A. Melvin Pioneer Corps (d.17th Jun 1940)Pte. G A Melvin of the Pioneer Corps lost his life in the sinking of the Lancastria.
Pte. P. Langford Pioneer Corps (d.17th Jun 1940)Pte. P Langford of the Pioneer Corps lost his life in the sinking of the Lancastria.
Pte. P. Khan Pioneer Corps (d.17th Jun 1940)Pte. P Khan of the Pioneer Corps lost his life in the sinking of the Lancastria.
Pte. F. Jackson Pioneer Corps (d.17th Jun 1940)Pte. F Jackson of the Pioneer Corps lost his life in the sinking of the Lancastria.
Pte. F. G. Harrison Pioneer Corps (d.17th Jun 1940)Pte. F G Harrison of the Pioneer Corps lost his life in the sinking of the Lancastria.
Pte. W. H. Easterbrook Pioneer Corps (d.17th Jun 1940)Pte. W H Easterbrook of the Pioneer Corps lost his life in the sinking of the Lancastria.
Pte. H. J. Chapman Pioneer Corps (d.17th Jun 1940)Pte. H J Chapman of the Pioneer Corps lost his life in the sinking of the Lancastria.
Pte. S. Brook Pioneer Corps (d.17th Jun 1940)Pte. S Brook of the Pioneer Corps lost his life in the sinking of the Lancastria.
Pte. B. Axcell Pioneer Corps (d.17th Jun 1940)Pte. B Axcell of the Pioneer Corps lost his life in the sinking of the Lancastria.
Pte. A. Apetu Larty Pioneer Corps (d.17th Jun 1940)Pte. A Apetu Larty of the Pioneer Corps lost his life in the sinking of the Lancastria.
Pte. A. Cope Pioneer Corps (d.17th Jun 1940)Pte. A Cope of the Pioneer Corps lost his life in the sinking of the Lancastria.
Cpl. Butcher 67th Coy. Pioneer CorpsCpl Butcher, 67th Pioneer Corps survived the sinking of the Lancastria.
L/Cpl. Kesson Pioneer CorpsL/Cpl Kesson, Pioneer Corps survived the sinking of the Lancastria.
Cpl. A. Pemberton Pioneer CorpsCpl A Pemberton, Pioneer Corps survived the sinking of the Lancastria.
Pte. Page Pioneer CorpsPrivate Page, Pioneer Corps survived the sinking of the Lancastria.
Capt. C. A. Scott Pioneer CorpsCapt C A Scott, Pioneer Corps survived the sinking of the Lancastria.
Sgt. Thompson Pioneer CorpsSgt Thompson, Pioneer Corps survived the sinking of the Lancastria.
L/Cpl. Herbert Holzer Palestine Pioneer CorpMy grandfather, Herbert Holzer was born in February 1918 in Vienna, Austria. My grandfather was Herbert Holzer born Feb. 19. 1918 in Vienna. Between 1938-1940 he made his way to Palestine where he enlisted in the British Army at Sarafand. He served with the Palestinian Pioneer Corp and was captured. he was held as POW # 6737 in Stalag 344 Lamsdorf, Poland from 1941-1945. At this point I do not know too much of his story but I know he worked in the coal mines. He later moved to New York. If there are any suggestions to find information I would appreciate it.Monika
Cpl. M. Pick Pioneer Corps (d.17th Mar 1944)Corporal M. Pick was buried in the St. Eugene Jewish Cemetery in Algeria.S Flynn
Gnr. William John Noy 25th Med & Heavy Training Unit Royal ArtilleryMy grandfather William Noy served for a short while with the 25 Medium & Heavy Training Regiment RA, he was posted there on the 28/05/42 till 16/11/42 in C Battery which was based at Marske, North Yorkshire. He was then transferred to the Pioneer Corps and posted to No 12 Training Centre, then to 332 company which was formed in Oldham Lancs, 13 group on 30/11/42, disbanded in Hamburg 08/08/45.Norman Noy
Pte. Harold Wharmby Leicestershire RegimentHarold Wharmby was born in July 1914. He served with the Leicestershire Regiment from 12th of Dec 1940 to 13th of Feb 1941. He transferred to the Pioneer Corps then to the Army Catering Corps on the 16th of December 1943. He was discharged in March 1947, but rejoined, continuing to serve with the Catering corps until 1950.
L/Cpl. Roland Wallace Francis Northamptonshire RegimentRoland Francis served with the Northamptonshire Regiment for over 13 years. He was with the BEF in France and was listed as 'missing in action', although he never made it back from the overall evacuation from Dunkirk, he was finally able to get home via Belgium. On his return home, he served with the Pioneer Corps until the end of the War.J Brown
Pte. Ephraim Niedzveki 601 Coy. Palestinian Pioneer CorpsEphraim Niedzveki was taken prisoner in Kalamata, Greece on the 29th of April 1941 and send to Stalag 8b at Lamsdorf.Yehiam Sharon
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