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7th Bn., Parachute Regiment, A.A.C.

Discussion in 'Information Requests' started by astonabbotts, Sep 5, 2008.

  1. David Tough

    David Tough New Member

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    Hi Michael
    I am looking for any information on KSLI reserve draft that were attached to 7th Para LI during July to September 1944
    My Grandfather was attached to A coy during this period , His name was E W Ralphs (army no 4034779)
    We have letters from him that he wrote to my grandmother with a counter signature from a gentleman with the name of Rogers on the envelope .Would this have been a officer of some sort .
    What were the KSLI reserves role within the regiment and what uniforms and insignia would they have worn , would this have been the same has their parent regiment
    (KSLI ) or from Airborne issue .
    I would be very grateful for any information that you may have

    Regards

    David
     
  2. Dunkeswell

    Dunkeswell recruit

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    This post is related to the one dated September 2012 from Mark Bale regarding his relation "Terry" Martin.
    Apologies for taking such a long time replying but it has been a while since I visited this site.

    Terry was a particular friend of my father's, CQMS Bill Cooper, he wrote a letter to him after they had met at a reunion many years later. Terry was convinced that my father saved his life at the time a Corporal Christopher was killed during an action in Germany toward the end of the war. The letter is very touching and I still have it. I also have a photo of Terry and Bill together with two other C Company paras, Ernie Gay and Norman Toop.

    If you read this Mark (or if any one knows how to contact him) I will gladly send a copy of the letter and photo to you.

    Sincerely
    Matt Cooper
     
  3. Daggers

    Daggers New Member

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    I am new here, drawn by a reference earlier in the thread to Lieut David Hunter, wounded and perhaps "deserving the VC". I had a cousin of that name who won the MC as a Brigade Major with 1st Parachute Brigade in Sicily, 1943. My cousin was commissioned with the Liverpool Scottish TA pre war and transferred to the Camerons, but I have no date. Any information on his career would be most welcome, especially the battalions he served with.

    Daggers
     
  4. Michael Pine-Coffin

    Michael Pine-Coffin Member

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    Daggers,
    Despite having the same name of David Hunter, they are not one and the same.
    The 7th Bn David Hunter came from the Royal Scots and only served with the 7th Bn of 6TH Airborne Division.
    Good luck with your Search

    Yours
    Michael
     
  5. Michael Pine-Coffin

    Michael Pine-Coffin Member

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    After years of searching the battalion history I have finally come across this old newspaper article from The Bucks Herald dated 6th July 1945

    Death of Sgt Paratrooper John Humphreys
    A popular Local Sportsman

    Aston Abbotts learned with regret of the death of Sgt Paratrooper John Humphreys aged 25, which occured in Tindal House, Emergency Hospital Aylesbury, on Friday. The second son of Mr and Mrs Tom Humphreys of "The Bull and Butcher." He received injuries to the spine, when his regiment jumped the Rhine and was taken to various hospitals. His condition gradually got worse and he developed meningitis, which was the ultimate cause of his death.

    The article then goes onto to describe his military service with the T.A. at Dunkirk and later with the 7th Bn Parachute Regiment.

    Although the article states "when his regiment jumped the Rhine," He is not recorded as being wounded/injured on the 24th March, as all the wounded, killed or missing on the drop were marked as such on the list, for the issue of Parachutes for 24th March 1945. It is highly likely that he was wounded on the 27th March.
     
  6. Drew5233

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  7. dibdabcr01

    dibdabcr01 New Member

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    View attachment 22971 View attachment 22970

    Hi Micheal Rine-Coffin,

    I'm trying to find out some more information about my great granddad Stanley Rhodes. I have attached 2 images one is a picture of him and his address from in the war.
    I know he was in "C" Coy 7th (LI) Para BN, but i cant find any records of him from the war and i've been on www.paradata.org.uk and theirs only on image with him on it.

    website: http://www.paradata.org.uk/media/20040?mediaSection=Photos


    if you find any information on him please email on
    chloeruther14101997@gmail.com

    from
    Chloe Ruther
    :flag_uk:
     

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  8. alex1975uk

    alex1975uk recruit

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    If this thread is still active...did anyone get any contact details for the relative of Capt Woodburn who posted on this thread? My grandad, Albert Breen of the mortar platoon was in chalk number 241 with Capt Woodburn....
     
  9. David Brown

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    Have been asked to look into Peter Oliver William Ely 7th Btn Parachute Regt., by a family member. MIA/KIA on the 10th August 1944 along with A.L. Burden and John David Webster. D. Webster buried at Ranville but no remains found for the other two. Are there regimental diaries available (I know they aren't brilliant sometimes), or is the Pine Coffin book going to be the most accurate. I have all the details from CCWG sites. Just trying to work out the troop locations for a later recce in France. With Webster being buried at Ranville and suggestions an action fought near Breville, a combination of the two should give a reasonable location. Any extra info will be gratefully received.
     

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