1/5 Queens Royal West Surrey's Stretcher Bearers note book from Villers Bocage to 26 July

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  1. Clive Wiley

    Clive Wiley Member

    This is from my Dads note book Cpl Robert Wiley that he used to note down the men he picked up from the 13 June 1944 to the 26 July.
    I have transcribed it as it is hard to read, i hope that it may help some readers finding out what happened to some one they knew , also if any one can add [SIZE=11pt] any information they may have, including if they have copies of the War Diaries, or information from the official histories. i would be [/SIZE]grateful[SIZE=11pt] .[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=11pt]​He [/SIZE]didn't[SIZE=11pt] say much about this time but he did say that they were burying men so fast they had to leave some of them with their boots still sticking out from the ground.[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=11pt]The note book he used he took from a German Tank just a day or so before.[/SIZE]

    Page 1
    13 June 1944
    6095665 Pte Alexander,“C” coy
    G(un) S(hot) W(ound) R(ight) Shoulder

    3390019 Pte Herefield“A”Coy
    exhaustion


    6092220 Pte May “H” coy
    Malaria- Clinical

    6103252 Pte Hunt ? 1/7 Q(ueen’s) R(oyal) R(egiment)
    S.W. R(ight).scapula region FB present

    6143639 Pte, Gray1/7 Q(ueen’s) R(oyal) R(egiment)
    S.W. R. Scapula Region
    ? F.B. Present



    5888398 PTE Mountord1/7 Q(ueen’s) R(oyal) R(egiment)
    Head wound :- ???? with R Hemiplegia

    From CWGC:
    MOUNTFORD, LEONARD AINSE
    Rank:
    Private
    Service No:
    5888398
    Date of Death:
    28/06/1944
    Age:
    28
    Regiment/Service:
    The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey)

    1/7th Bn.
    Grave Reference:
    Sec. L/19.Grave 18.
    Cemetery:
    NOTTINGHAM NORTHERN CEMETERY
    Additional Information:
    Husband of M. Mountford, of Old Basford, Nottingham.

    From Ancestry:
    UK, Army Roll of Honour, 1939-45
    Name:
    Leonard Mountford
    Given Initials:
    L A
    Rank:
    Private
    Death Date:
    26 Jun 1944
    Number:
    5868398
    Birth Place:
    Nottingham
    Residence:
    Nottingham
    Branch at Enlistment:
    Infantry
    Theatre of War:
    Western Europe Campaign, 1944/45
    Regiment at Death:
    Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey)
    Branch at Death:
    Infantry



    England & Wales, Birth Index, 1916-2005
    Name:
    Leonard A Mountford
    Mother's Maiden Surname:
    Hufton
    Date of Registration:
    Jul-Aug-Sep 1916
    Registration district:
    Nottingham
    Inferred County:
    Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire
    Volume Number:
    7b
    Page Number:
    785

    This may or may not be Leonard, but the location matches:
    England & Wales, Marriage Index, 1916-2005
    Name:
    Leonard A Mountford
    Spouse Surname:
    Brandham
    Date of Registration:
    Jan-Feb-Mar 1938
    Registration district:
    Nottingham
    Inferred County:
    Nottinghamshire
    Volume Number:
    7b
    Page Number:
    534

    Name:
    Millicent Brandham
    Spouse Surname:
    Mountford
    Date of Registration:
    Jan-Feb-Mar 1938
    Registration district:
    Nottingham
    Inferred County:
    Nottinghamshire
    Volume Number:
    7b
    Page Number:
    534



    14 June 1944

    6089790 Sgt Raeburn “D” coy
    S.W. elbow-L & arm- L fracture

    6086553 Pte Stapleton
    G.S.W. arm L
    Page 2
    14 June 1944

    5441518 L/Sgt Wright “D” coy
    S.W. Leg & thigh L

    14679203 Pte Seldon
    S.W. perf(orated) abdomen & buttock

    6093078 Pte Harrington W.
    S.W. Thigh L Perf(orated)

    1797570 Pte Bleemire J
    S.W. thigh R Pen(enetrated)

    5678893 Pte Buckton D
    G.S.W. Legs

    6106252 Pte Haydon A
    S.W. Perf L thumb & R forefinger

    5121097 Pte Wood
    S.W. Scalp and shoulder L


    Page 3
    24-7-44

    5624387 Pte EPPS G
    Exhaustion

    Pte Bone HQ
    S.W. (GW)(Chin)
    ______________________________________________________
    "25 July 1944
    14 Cas ADS

    6105105 Pte Foster ? B Coy
    G.S.W. Forearm R. perf

    985300 L/C Ayres B Coy
    G.S.W. Foot-R-Perf

    Pte Booebek C Coy
    Exhaustion
    _____________________________
    93rd FDS

    6460781 Pte Glover F. “HQ” Coy
    Gastritis




    975579 Gnr Barnes (15L A/A)15 Light Anti-Aircraft
    S.W. Calf -L-Perf
    From FindMyPast, Royal Artillery Attestations 1883-1942:
    First name(s)
    Stanley Thomas
    Last name
    Barnes
    Age
    -
    Birth year
    -
    Birth place
    -
    Service number
    975579
    Former service number
    -
    Attestation year
    1939
    Image at http://search.findmypast.com.au/record?id=gbm%2froyalart%2f975000%2f00061&parentid=gbm%2froyalart%2f847072 shows he went to 91st AA on 16 May 1940. It also looks like on 19 April 1946 he was transferred to Z/T class (could be 2/T)



    14442246 Pte. Murray S. J(?)
    S.W. Thigh L – Pen

    6390435 Pte.Skinner ?
    Exhaustion

    Pte.Barton D Coy

    Page 4
    5538646 Pte.Wisbey D Coy
    N.Y.D. Diarrhoea

    7887914 Sgt. Elvy A [1st
    S.W. Ankle L Pen(etrating)

    4673670 Pte Smith L C Coy

    Pte. Luff H Coy
    Exhaustion

    14552931 Pte.Russer C Coy
    S.W. Pen(etrating) L Arm

    6095651 Pte. Haywood D Coy
    S.W. Ankle L Pen(etrating)

    6402950 Sgt Bowdery D. “B” Coy
    S.W. Nose Pen(etrating) Minor

    M106167 Pte.Keityel (S. SASK)
    S.W. Back L Pen(etrating)



    Pte. Simms “A” Coy
    Both Legs blown off.
    Died at Canvilier A.D.S.
    From CWGC: http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2340213/SIMMS,%20ERIC
    SIMMS, ERIC
    Rank:
    Private
    Service No:
    4921037
    Date of Death:
    25/07/1944
    Age:
    22
    Regiment/Service:
    The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey)

    1/5th Bn.
    Grave Reference:
    III. D. 10.
    Cemetery:
    LA DELIVRANDE WAR CEMETERY, DOUVRES
    Additional Information:
    Son of George Frederick and Lily Simms, of Heanor, Nottinghamshire.
    From Ancestry: UK, Army Roll of Honour, 1939-1945
    Name:
    Eric Simms
    Given Initials:
    E
    Rank:
    Private
    Death Date:
    25 Jul 1944
    Number:
    4921037
    Birth Place:
    Nottinghamshire
    Residence:
    Nottinghamshire
    Branch at Enlistment:
    Infantry
    Theatre of War:
    Western Europe Campaign, 1944/45
    Regiment at Death:
    Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey)
    Branch at Death:
    Infantry


    Page 5

    13808227 Pte.Mence A Coy
    Blast Eyes

    18 July 44
    6090582 Pte. Turner H Coy
    Exhaustion

    19 July 1944
    14548824 Pte.Estabrook F H Coy
    F.B. R Eye Multiple Phosphorus?

    6105973 Pte. Parsons C Coy
    W Thigh R – Perf
    Neck Pen

    Page 6
    6101834 Pte Derrick
    Pef S.W. R Foot

    6098163 PteMuckrell B Coy
    Com frac (compound fracture) femur L
    has W(oun)d R Hand

    6095671 Pte Archer B Coy
    GSW Throat Large
    Haematoma R ?



    1471685 GNR Pipe E
    65 A/T 260 Bty
    GSW Shoulder R – Scap(ula)

    From FindMyPast: Royal Artillery attestations 1883-1942
    First name(s)
    Albert Edwin
    Last name
    Pipe
    Age
    -
    Birth year
    -
    Birth place
    -
    Service number
    1471685
    Former service number
    -
    Attestation year
    1938

    Discharged in 1954 due to the age limit.
    England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index:
    Name:
    Albert E Pipe
    Mother's Maiden Name:
    Croucher
    Registration Year:
    1915
    Registration Quarter:
    Jul-Aug-Sep
    Registration district:
    Fulham

    England & Wales, Death Index 1916-2007
    Name:
    Albert Edwin Pipe
    Birth Date:
    22 May 1915
    Date of Registration:
    Feb 1985
    Age at Death:
    69
    Registration district:
    Camden
    Inferred County:
    London
    Volume:
    14
    Page:
    2517



    1115425 Gnr Byrne
    65 A/t
    S.W. Thigh – Pen –L

    FindMyPast:Royal Artillery attestations 1883-1942
    First name(s)
    Robert
    Last name
    Byrne
    Age
    -
    Birth year
    -
    Birth place
    -
    Service number
    1115425
    Former service number
    -
    Attestation year
    1940
    Shown as an Eire Recruit, discharged 13.11.46 transferred to Z Class



    6090535 Pte Wallace B C
    Pen S.W. Back & Spinal

    6106612 Pte England B Coy
    S.W. Arm L Shoul(der) L neck

    Page 7


    Tpr. Fenning (1 R.T.R)

    Tpr Dibley (1 R.T.R.)

    3910875 L/C Lewis (3rd MONS R.)

    6095731 Pte. Dorman (A/T)

    Capt Wells (RAME 1. R.T.R.)

    Dairy A/T
    S.W. Back Small

    RFN (Rifleman) Miles 2Bn R.B. (Rifle Brigade)
    S.W. Leg R

    26th July
    11425108 L/Bdr Henry
    65 A/T R.A. S.W. Knee L Perf(orating)

    6089216 Sgt Smallbones H.Q.
    ?Crush of chest

    26th
    6101874 Pte Godsmith H.Q.



    Many thanks to Mark for all your help with this
     

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  2. nickgrace1

    nickgrace1 Member

    I will try to send you the relevant war diary sections if I get a chance tomorrow. I should be able to get you the June/July 44 parts from the National Archive diary but I still need to read through the other bits for you.
     
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  3. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member

    Clive,

    Thanks for posting these details, I have just transcribed the relevant war diary and will try to post here tomorrow. It is interesting that he seemed to deal with casualties from such a range of units rather than just those from 1/5 Queens. Even though it is just a simple list, I found it moving in its simplicity.

    Thanks,

    Tom
     
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  4. Clive Wiley

    Clive Wiley Member

    Hello Tom, Thanks i look forward to seeing what you have ,
    Yes i too was surprised at just how many regiments he was involved in , one of the reasons i wanted to transcribe it for. and just another small part that every man had during these days, and why so may never spoke about it. They make the bigger picture and bring the reality of it all .
     
  5. BFBSM

    BFBSM Very Senior Member

    The 1st/5th Queens Royal Regiment were members of the 7TH Armoured Division, an order of Battle for said Division for June 1944 is shown below:

    7TH ARMOURED DIVISION
    ORDER OF BATTLE
    JUNE 1944

    22nd Armoured Brigade
    1st Royal Tank Regiment
    5th RTR
    4th CLY
    5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards

    131st (Queens) Brigade
    1st/5th Queens Royal Regiment
    1st/6th Queens Royal Regiment
    1st/7th Queens Royal Regiment
    No. 3 Support Company, Royal Northumberland Fusiliers

    Divisional Troops
    8th Hussars
    11th Hussars
    Divisional Signals

    Royal Artillery

    3rd RHA
    5th RHA
    15th Light AA Regiment RA
    65th Anti-Tank Regiment RA


    Royal Engineers
    4th Field Squadron
    621st Field Squadron
    143rd Field Park Squadron

    RASC
    No. 58 Company
    No. 67 Company
    No. 507 Company
    No. 133 Company

    RAMC
    2nd Light Field Ambulance
    131St Field Ambulance
    29th Field Dressing Station
    70th Field Hygiene Section
    134th Mobile Dental Unit

    RAOC
    Divisional Ordance Field Park
    22nd Armoured Brigade Ordnance Field Park
    131st Brigade Ordnance Field Park

    REME
    7th Armoured Troops Workshop
    22nd Armoured Brigade Workshop
    131st Brigade Workshop
    15th Light AA Workshop

    Royal Armoured Corps
    No. 263 Forward Delivery Squadron

    (Source: From “The Desert Rats – 7th Armoured Division 1940 – 1945” Robin Neilands, George Weidenfield & Nicolson Ltd, 1991)
     
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  6. BFBSM

    BFBSM Very Senior Member

    From ‘A Short History 7th Armoured Division June 1943-July 1945’

     
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  7. BFBSM

    BFBSM Very Senior Member

    From “The Desert Rats: The History of the 7th Armoured Division” Major-General G.L. Verney. Hutchinson, London. 1954

     
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  8. BFBSM

    BFBSM Very Senior Member

    From “The Desert Rats – 7th Armoured Division 1940 – 1945” Robin Neilands, George Weidenfield & Nicolson Ltd, 1991

     
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  9. Clive Wiley

    Clive Wiley Member

    Many thanks for all this extra info BFBSM for all this extra info . This really shows what they went through.
     

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  10. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member

    Gents,

    From WO171/1366

    11 June 1944 T819743
    At 0700 hrs Bn moves via Bayeux, S along Tilly sur Seulles Rd.
    At 0900 hrs Bn established in area around 819743.

    12 June 1944 T834695
    At 0245 hrs Bn moves S along Tilly Rd.
    At 0500 hrs Bn established at Pont de La Guillette 8369.
    “B”, “D”, “A” Coys pushing S.W. around Tilly with CL of advance track 834694 – 832682 are held up particularly by Spandau nest at 832685.
    At 1310 hrs all Coys form defensive position just east of this strong point.
    From 2145 hrs Bn retires to concentration area around X Rds 821726.
    5 x O.Rs wounded. Lt. D. Sadler and 22 O.Rs reinforcements received.
    2nd Flight sail in convoy from West India Docks.

    13 June 1944 T782580
    At 0230 hrs, Advance Party and at 0520 hrs Bn moved via St Paul du Vernay 742701 to St Honorine de Ducy 730652.
    At 0900 hrs Bn H.Q. at 728632.
    At 1145 hrs Bn H.Q. at 734620.
    At 1515 hrs Bn moved via X rds 732617 to St Germain 775579, arriving approx 1530 [?] hrs.
    1 x O.R. wounded.

    14 June 1944 T782580
    Coy patrols night 13/14 and during morning (strong opposn) show enemy in close contact all along our front.
    At 1640 hrs + 1730 hrs enemy inf reported moving forward.
    At 1735 hrs to 2000 hrs many enemy tanks, armd cars + inf (1 Bn) advancing on our front + being engaged.
    At 2020 hrs attack in full swing on a 2 coy front (A + B Coys).
    At 2030 hrs “A” Coy hard pressed. Bn H.Q. personnel moved to their support. 1 R.T.R. + 65 A/Tk Regt brew up some enemy Tks.
    At 2048 hrs slight enemy infiltration between “A” + “B” Coys.
    At 2056 hrs line holding everywhere. “D” Coy at Bn H.Q. for counter attack role.
    At 2100 hrs infiltration dealt with successfully by carriers + 4 CLY.
    At 2126 hrs AGRA D.F. fire falls short and inflicts casualties on us.
    At 2215 hrs Brig. M.S. Ekins reports “Attack is over”.
    6 x O.R. killed, 2 offrs (Capt. V. Tweedie + Lt. R. Churchill) and 36 x O.Rs wounded.
    5 x O.Rs reinforcements received.
    2nd Flight lands during morning.

    15 June 1944 T742614
    At 0030 hrs Bn retires via Briquessard and at 0200 hrs arrives at Livry.
    2 P.Ws brought in but patrols unable to contact enemy.
    2nd Flight rejoins Bn.
    5 x O.Rs wounded.
    Capt. D. Barton + 62 O.R.s reinforcements received.
     
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  11. Clive Wiley

    Clive Wiley Member

    Thanks Tom.
     

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