2nd Bn King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 1941/42

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  1. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    The name Joby was taken from the roll compiled by Corporal John Heald which appears in the Tanner book. I assumed that it was his nick name rather than a typo.

    4689819. Barton. Pte. (Rotherham) Joby Batman to Capt Baxter. "B" Coy.
     
  2. Steve1234

    Steve1234 New Member

    Should this read Joby Barton to capture Baxter ?
    4689819 A Coy Pte Barton Joby? Thought the question mark was querying his name.
    Thanks for the reply.
    Granddad went Missing in burma for around a year any ideas where he went. ? Grandma thought he was dead when he turned up a year later. She said she fainted when she saw him. Gran was Burmese.
    Any guidance where I can find what he got up to would be much appreciated.
     
  3. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    The Heald list is notoriously inaccurate and I spent a lot of time researching and correcting the names. The question mark was questioning his name but I assumed that it was his nickname. The list gives a few nicknames, e.g. Abbott. J. (Bud), Ashcroft "Joey" Pte. PoW. (Real name John), Birch A.T. (Atty) Sgt signal section, Arundel "Darky" L/Cpl. (Real name Leslie), and so on.

    The reference to his role states that he was Captain Baxter's batman.
     
  4. Steve1234

    Steve1234 New Member

    Wow thank you so much for that .
     
  5. DeeDee!

    DeeDee! Member

    Hi there
    I'm desperately trying to trace my grandfather George Hewitt's war history, but we have no real information other then what my Aunty has told my mum who is 19 years her junior. My aunt believes he was in the York and Lancaster as was his father before him. We have a photo of him in uniform with my nan, but can't really see much of the insignia if any. We do know that he was stationed at Ebrington barracks in Derry Northern Ireland, as it is his given address on his wedding certificate when he married my Gran in Ireland in 1932. My Aunt said that he had served in Tobruk and El Alamein, and had also been a prisoner of war in Italy. does anyone know how we can find his numbers with so little info?
     
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