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Staffordshire Yeomanry

    3rd Dec 1942 On the Move

    4th Dec 1942 On the Move

    5th Dec 1942 Recce

    6th Dec 1942 Observation

    8th Dec 1942 Observation

    9th Dec 1942 On the Move

    11th Dec 1942 Patrol

    14th Dec 1942 In Action

    15th Dec 1942 In Action

    17th Dec 1942 On the Move

    23rd Dec 1942 Training

    24th Dec 1942 Visit

    25th Dec 1942 Visit

    7th Jan 1943 Training

    17th Jan 1943 Advance

    18th Jan 1943 Advance

    19th Jan 1943 Advance

    20th Jan 1943 In Action

    21st Jan 1943 In Action

    22nd Jan 1943 On the Move

    23rd Jan 1943 On the Move

    6th Feb 1943 Forward

    8th Feb 1943 Forward

    9th Feb 1943 In Action

    13th Feb 1943 Enemy Quiet

    14th Feb 1943 On the Move

    15th Feb 1943 On the Move

    16th Feb 1943 Patrol

    17th Feb 1943 In Action

    18th Feb 1943 Reliefs

    19th Feb 1943 Reliefs Completed

    20th Feb 1943 In Action

    21st Feb 1943 Heights Occupied

    22nd Feb 1943 Enemy Withdrawal

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    There are 1 pages in our library tagged Staffordshire Yeomanry  These include information on officers service records, letters, diaries, personal accounts and information about actions during the Second World War.

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    Capt. Denys G Meakin Staffordshire Yeomanry

    My uncle, Capt. Denys Meakin of the Staffordshire Yeomanry, was captured in the Peloponnese in 1941 and ended up in Oflag VIIB. I have several postcards and letters from him there to his brother (my father). They seem to have corresponded every two months. Apparently he was well treated by the Germans, and they were allowed to do "pretty much anything". He also mentioned several times that beer was available. However, his mental health deteriorated in captivity, and he was repatriated on medical grounds around the beginning of 1945; he was never able to work again. >

    John Meakin

    Cpt. Denys Gray Meakin Staffordshire Yeomanry

    Denys Meakin

    Denys Meakin was my uncle, and joined the Staffordshire Yeomanry in about 1938 as a Territorial lieutenant. He saw service in Palestine and subsequently in Egypt at Mersa Matruh.

    He was then part of the ill-fated British force sent to Greece in 1941, which soon had to be re-evacuated from the Peloponnese. Unfortunately, the evacuation was not total, and Denys was amongst those captured. He was transported in cattle trucks up through Yugoslavia and Austria, and ended up in Oflag VIIB. I have a number of Kriegsgefangenenpost letters written by him to his brother Rodney (my father), who was a captain in the Royal Engineers. The letters are carefully written in pencil and show a mixture of weariness, resignation and occasionally a sort of grim humour.

    His health was not strong, and deteriorated to the point that in January 1945 he was repatriated to the UK via Switzerland. He found it very hard to settle down to normal life after the War, and indeed never worked again; nor did he marry. He did, however, find a sort of contentment in retired seclusion as time went by; and I remember him as a kind, sensitive man who might have had much to offer society had history turned out differently.

    John Meakin

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