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W/O H. E. Gell .     Royal Air Force 78 Sqd.




Pte. John Stanley Gell .     British Army 11 LoC Royal Signal Regiment   from Doncaster)

One of the stories my father, John Gell told me about his service in North Africa during the period 1942 - 1944 comes particulary in mind especially when I brood about Fate and Destiny.

Together with his mates, after working on the phone lines near Bizerta - Tunisia, a place known to the troops as Messerschmit Alley, he was resting at camp. Just as dusk was setting in, a sort of rumbling noise was continuosly heard. To be on the safe side, Dad coaxed the group out of their billet and had them move nearby. Only one of his mates refused to go, saying they were scared for nothing, it was only the sound of distant guns. Shortly after the group had moved, a section of Ju 87 dive bombers, in an effort to destroy allied comunications, hit the site, killing the one soldier who decided to stay back. Sometomes it's better to follow one's instinct than turn it down!

My beloved father passed away a couple of months ago and with this short story I would like to honour his memory. Thank you.

Stephen Gell



Flight Sergeant Charles Dewitt Gellatly .     RCAF 83 Squadron (d.9th April 1942)

RAF 83 Squadron operation: Avro Manchester Mk.I on mission to Hamburg, the 8th of April 1942. It was last heard from just after midnight on the 9th of April, thought to be in the Lastrup area of Germany. It crashed northeast of Cloppenburg. The crew killed are buried at Sage War Cemetery.

The only survivor was P A Lovegrove who later died in captivity and is buried in grave 6 A 14 Poznan Old Garrison Cemetery, Poland.

  • Pilot: P/O 67046 Jack Heathcote Morphett RAFVR killed.
  • Pilot: P/O 62324 Peter Anthony Lovegrove 22 RAFVR PoW, died in captivity 12Nov42.
  • Obs: Flt/Sgt 402188 Geoffrey Douglas Hutchinson 27 RNZAF killed, age 20.
  • Wop/AG: Flt/Sgt 647009 Albert Henry Salter 20 RAF killed, age 20.
  • Wop/AG: Sgt 923926 Reginald Stanley Williams 22 RAFVR killed, age 22.
  • AG: Flt/Sgt R/66159 George Charles Fisk RCAF killed.
  • AG: Flt/Sgt R/69897 Charles Dewitt Gellatly RCAF killed.

    Michael Allbrook



  • Sqd.Ldr. John Gellatly .     Royal Air Force   from Surrey )

    I recall my Uncle Jack Gellatly lived with his wife and daughter, Ann, in the south of England. I lived in the North East with my family and recall my gran and grandad going to watch the Pathe News in a Gateshead cinema because her beloved son Jack, as he was known, was coming down the stairs of an aircraft with the King. I believe he also drove the King at times. Sadly when I was young we had so little information about our family. After the war my uncle and aunt bought a small hotel. I think it was called The Kings Head in Surrey. I would love to know if his daughter Ann is still alive and also if she had a family. Any info. would be appreciated.

    Joycelin Franklin



    Eric Gemmell .    

    I'm searching for Eric Gemmell, who took part in the convoys to Arkhangelsk in 1941.

    Quirine



    Pte. George Gemmell .     British Army Queens Own Cameron Highlanders   from Glasgow)

    My Grandfather George Gemmell enlisted 27.6.1940 in the 5 Bn Cameron Highlanders (TA). On the 24th April 1942 he joined L Det SAS, transferring to 1 SAS (A Squadron) 21.9.1942 to 1.2.1943. On the 10th of March 1943 he rejoined 5 Bn Cameron Highlanders then served with 11 Infantry Holding Bn (attached 9 Bn Seaforth Highlanders) from 1.12.1944 to 1.5.1946. He was released to Army Reserve 15.1.1947

    I am interested in the specific battles in which he may have fought.

    Alex Ford



    James Gemmell .     Royal Navy SS City Of Benares   from Glasgow, Scotland)

    My uncle, James Gemmell, was 4th Engineer aboard SS City Of Benares, a British steam passenger ship built for Ellerman Lines by Barclay Curle & Co. of Glasgow 1n 1936. On 17th September 1940 this ship was torpedoed 4 days/600 miles out of Liverpool, heading for Canada. The passengers included 77 children, evacuees from war-torn Britain.

    J. A. Morrison



    Pte. John Stanley Gemmell .     British Army 1st Btn. East Lancashire Regiment (d.23rd Sep 1944)

    Stan Gemmell was my grandfather. Sadly, he died on 23rd September 1944, so I never got to meet him. He died while fighting for his country and he is buried in The Netherlands. I would love to know more about his history in the war.

    Patricia Watson



    Annabell Gen .     Civilian

    It was horrible. I was evacuated but my mum and sister were not and they were killed in the London Blitz. I stayed in my aunt's house. I was eight years old. My dad came home and came to me in Wales. We could not face London.

    Annabel Gen



    Pte Leonard Gent .     British Army 2nd Btn. West Yorkshire Regiment   from Whinny Hill, Thrybergh)

    (d.17th Mar 1941)




    Alan George .     Royal New Zealand Airforce No. 139 Squadron   from Manaia, NZ)

    Bruce M. Petty



    WO. Constantine George .     Royal Australian Air Force 83 Squadron   from Melbourne, Australia)

    Chris Carr



    F. C. "Dick" George .     Royal Navy




    Warden. Florence Gertrude George .     Air Raid Precautions Auxiliary Reserve First Aid No 4 District Lancashire   from Walton, Liverpool)

    Florence George served in the Air Raid Precautions Auxiliary Reserve No 4 District Lancashire from 1940 to 1945. As well as warden duties to ensure the community were alerted and directed to air raid shelters in an emergency, she also administered first aid to those injured.

    John Proffitt



    Pvt. Gus F. George .     US Army 90th Infantry Division   from Corona, Flushing, New York)

    My father, Gus george, received shrapnel wounds prior to be taken prisoner by the Germans. He was part of the assault on Cherbourg, France and was captured there. Dad never spoke much of the war. He simply used to say two things. First, if he didn't "hit the ground" when someone yelled "grenade" I wouldn't exist. Second, all he got to eat as a POW was a bowl of soup (which consisted of boiled water and maggots) and a piece of stale bread. It's amazing what you will eat when hungry.

    Dad died in 1996. I have recently been trying to put together any info I can. Just a few days ago, my son was talking with his grandmother (my mom and Gus' wife) about Pop Pop's involvement in the war. She showed him a belt buckle that Dad made for her while in Stalag IVB. It has her photo, and his POW number, and other info (see photo). She also told my son that when finally captured by the Germans, dad and the other soldiers were eventually marched towards a train, then lined up against it, and told to turn their backs to their captors. He believed they were all about to be executed. Instead they were eventually told to board the cars and were taken to Stalag IVB. This was all new information for me. Neither my mom or dad had ever mentioned it.

    This is also the first time I have visited this site. It is moving to read some of the stories. I hope everyone requesting info finds what they are looking for. I would love to here from anyone who may have known my dad at any time during the war or POW camp. Thank you all for your service.

    Rich



    PO. Henry George .     Royal Navy HMS Dorsetshire   from Swansea, South Wales)

    My father, Henry George joined the Royal Navy before the outbreak of the war as a boy. He was aged about 14 or 15. He was at HMS Drake in Plymouth, (I was also a cadet there in the late 1950s). I believe his first seaborne duty was on HMS Dorsetshire, training with torpedoes and catapult launching of the amphibian aircraft. His rank on joining the ship was of Ordinary Seaman, and I believe he was a gunnery specialist and a Navy 'sharpshooter'.

    I know that he spent some time in South Africa, (maybe Durban), and also in Canada. He did not speak much about his wartime ships. I believe he was on convoy escort ships in the North Atlantic. The words Golden Fleece come to mind; I do not know if it was a ship or a shore establishment. (HMS Golden Fleece was a Royal Navy Minesweeper.) Towards the end of the war, or shortly after, he served on Minesweepers. His final rank was of Petty Officer, and was a 'Captain of the Gun'.

    At the end of the war he joined the Royal Naval Fleet Reserve, and I think served annual training again at HMS Drake or HMS Excellent. If you or anyone else could confirm or deny any of these facts I would be grateful. He died around 2006.

    Ken George



    Engineer Wtr. J. C. George .     Naval Auxiliary Personnel HMS Forfar

    J.C. George was one of the crew members to survive the sinking of HMS Forfar. He had served on the ship before the outbreak of war and remained with her under the T124X Agreement.




    John William George .     Army RASC

    I hope that someone can help. My grandfather was John William George T/129507. He was a driver with the RASC and was, I believe, captured at St Valery around the time of the Dunkirk evacuations. From there he went to Brahnau Camp 2 and was most certainly there over Christmas 1942 - I have a small piece of paper signed by other servicemen in way of a Christmas card.

    Like so many others, would not speak about his wartime experiences. I have managed to piece together very little from the few documents I found at his house when he passed away.

    I would love to hear from anybody who knew him or anyone who can lead me in the right direction to find out what his experiences were. Many thanks for any help offered

    Adam Dingle



    Sgt. John Ernest George .     British Army Royal Hampshire Regiment   from Abbotts Ann)

    My dad, John George didn't talk much about his time in the war. Sadly, he passed away 17 years ago. His older brother Lesley George was in the same regiment. I know my dad spent some time in Italy and Palestine and would love to know more if anyone has any stories.

    Sue Stacey



    Bmdr. John Reginald George .     British Army Royal Horse Artillery

    My father John George, was known by his middle name, Reg. He was a Bombadier in the R H A, 'B' Troop. He was captured at St Valery on 12th of June 1940. He spent 5 years as a prisoner of war and was at Stalag xxb. Although I seem to remember him telling me that he was billeted in the village and he worked for a haulage company. Unfortunately he died in 2000 before I began my research. Hope someone can help me find more information.

    Anita Wells



    Megan George .     Land Army   from Leicester, England)

    My Mum Megan George served in the Land Army during the war and I have a photograph of her in her uniform. All I know is that she was on a farm in Leicestershire and that she had a really good time whilst there. The work was hard but the girls had fun. My Mum died in 1973 at the young age of 52 years but I would love to hear from anyone who may have more information as to where she was stationed and what are their recollections of her.

    Diane Dickins



    Megan George .     Woman's Land Army   from Leicester)

    All I know is that my Mum, Megan George served in the Woman's Land Army during the 2nd World War somewhere in Leicestershire. I have a couple of photographs from that time.

    Diane Dickins



    1st Lt. Paul T George .     (d.8th February 1945)

    Held as a Prisoner in Fukuoka 3b.




    F/Lt. Reginald Owen George DFC..     Royal Australian Air Force 582 Sqd.   from Sydney, Australia)

    Reginald Owen was born on 2nd Nov 1922. He enlisted in the Australian Army in October 1941 and joined the Royal Australian Air Force in October 1942. He flew with 550 & 582 Sqns. He trained as a navigator and was later commissioned. His DFC was awarded in May 1945

    David



    Sidney Horace George .     Royal Navy HMS Nelson

    My father, Sidney Horace George, now deceased, served on the HMS Nelson. Does anyone have any information about him please?

    Amanda George



    Able Seaman. W. R. George .     Royal Navy HMS Forfar

    Able Seaman George was amongst those brought ashore when HMS Forfar sank.




    Sgt. William Arla George .     Royal Air Force air gunner. 460 Sqd. (d.2nd Feb 1945)




    PFC Joseph Frank Geositz .     US Army 12th QM Regt.

    Joseph Frank Geositz was held in Fukuoka #17. His name appears on a roster containing the names of the 500 Americans sent from Manila to Moji, Japan, aboard the Clyde Maru from 23 July to 9 August 1943. The men were transported by train from Moji station to camp Fukuoka 17 at Omuta, Kyushu, arriving on 10 Aug 1943.

    Ray



    F/Sgt. Gerald Francis Geraghty .     Royal Australian Air Force 101 Squadron   from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia)

    (d.5th Oct 1944)

    Gerald Geraghty died in flying in an RAF Lancaster (Designation: LL758, Lancaster III), during an attack on Marshalling Yards in Saarbrucken, Germany. Plane came down in the Ardennes region of Belgium. Boot belonging to Gerald was identified. This appears to have been only his 2nd mission his first was on 26-27/09/1944 to Karlsruhe, Germany.

    Drew Hayes



    Sergeant Hugh Michael Geraghty .     British Army Black Watch

    A. Geraghty




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