1944 War diaries for 11th Btn West Yorkshire and 2/6th South Staffordshire regiments

Discussion in 'British Army Units - Others' started by Tim Havard, Aug 2, 2020.

  1. Tim Havard

    Tim Havard Member

    Hi all, could somebody please point me in the direction of the War diaries for 11th Btn West Yorkshire and 2/6th South Staffordshire regiments for May to August 1944 at all please?

    My grandfather, Maldwyn Douglas Havard served in both units, transferring from the West Yorks to S.Staffs on 15th July, 44.

    Through a combination of his service records and anecdotal family stories I’m aware of the following:

    > He arrived in Normandy after 6th June
    > He arrived at Arromanches
    > He may have been on grave digging duty
    > He had dispatch rider duties at some point
    > He transferred to 2/6th S.Staff on July 15th
    > 2/6th were involved in Operation Pomegranate attacking Noyers-Bocage on July 16th, he was reported missing the same day

    Where I need help understanding is:

    > What date the 11th Btn West Yorkshire Regiment we’re transported to Normandy?
    > Were the Battalion tasked with digging graves?
    > Did 2/6th South Staffordshire Regiment numbers need replenishing before Operation Pomegranate?
    > How many others would have been reported missing on the same day?
    > What the war diary says about Noyers-Bocage?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks in advance. Regards, Tim
     

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