1 East Riding Yeomanry at Mont Cassel 1940

Discussion in '1940' started by Jack Hester, Aug 19, 2010.

  1. Jack Hester

    Jack Hester Junior Member

    I am researching my Grandfathers time as a member of the ER Yeo at the beginning of WWII. My grandmother and mother have told stories of him being captured and spending the war as a POW and was presumed dead until 1942 when word got back to my grandmother via a convent in the east riding. I know very little of his time in the POW camps and would like to find out how he spent the war. there has been talk of him spending time at Colditz and several photographs of him in various stalags. any help would be appreciated in methods of research for the east riding yeomanry in particular.

    many thanks
     
  2. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Hi Jack and welcome to the forum. Without stating the obvious it would help if you provided us with more details like his name.

    Have you applied for his service records to confirm what unit etc he was serving with. From my own reserach never rely on what the family says. I was told my GF's grandfather was in one unit - It turned out he served in three when we received his records!

    Cheers
    Andy
     
  3. Jack Hester

    Jack Hester Junior Member

    Hi Jack and welcome to the forum. Without stating the obvious it would help if you provided us with more details like his name.

    Have you applied for his service records to confirm what unit etc he was serving with. From my own reserach never rely on what the family says. I was told my GF's grandfather was in one unit - It turned out he served in three when we received his records!

    Cheers
    Andy

    Hi Andy,
    Sorry about that I have done some more research. He was a SSM in the east riding yeomanry in an armoured vehicle. his name is John Arthur Hester No5223491 and spent a good period of the war in stalag 383. How can I go about getting his war record. He was presumed dead until 1942 as my grandmother was receiving his war pension for over a year until he was reported captured and alive.
     
  4. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

  5. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter 1940 Obsessive

    East Riding Yeomanry were part of 1st Armoured Reconnaissance Brigade and remained defending Cassel when the rest of the Brigade moved on. They sufferred the same fate as most of the other defenders.
     
  6. nfh249

    nfh249 Junior Member

    Jack,

    I would recommend you get hold of a copy of "Yeoman Soldier, Prussian Farmer" by Richard "Dick" Harvey. He served with the ERY at Cassel and was captured spending the war as a PoW and this should give you a good idea of your grandfathers story. There is also "Forrard" by Pace Mace and Ted Wright which gives an account of the ERY in WW2. According to my database your grandfather was mentioned in despatches although I'm not sure what for. If you have any info I can add to my database I would be grateful, likewise if you have any photos you would care to share I would love to see those too!

    Cheers,

    Neil.
     
  7. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    He was in A Squadron according to this entry in the March section of the diary.

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