421330 Cpl J.A Morland, East Riding of Yorkshire Yeomanry

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  1. auzz77

    auzz77 Junior Member

    Hi Guys,
    I'm trying to research the following for a mate of mine, it's his grandad:
    421330 Cpl John Alexander Morland East RidingYorkshire Yeomanry.
    He served in WW2 from 1939 - 1946, I have court mounted his medal and he has the following:
    1939-1945 Star, France and Germany Star, Defence Medal, Victory Medal, and Territorial Efficiency.
    I am really struggling to find anything on him at all, its almost as if his Regt number is not registered or known, pretty strange one.
    Any help, assistance or guidance would be greatly appreciated.
    Many Thanks
     
  2. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

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  3. gmyles

    gmyles Senior Member

    Hi

    1st Battalion Info here - 1 The East Riding Yeomanry

    2nd Battalion Info here - 2 The East Riding Yeomanry

    Nothing coming up when searching 1939-145 casualty database on FMP which suggests he wasn't killed, wounded or taken POW.

    Brief history here: http://www.museums.eastriding.gov.uk/EasySiteWeb/GatewayLink.aspx?alId=431093

    And if you can afford £45 much more info here: FORRARD THE STORY OF THE EAST RIDING YEOMANRY written by Mace, Paul, STOCK CODE: 1708894 : Stella & Rose's Books

    But you cant be absolutely certain this is the right stuff until you have his Service Records

    Hope this helps

    Gus
     
  4. stolpi

    stolpi Well-Known Member

    The East Riding Yeomanry was part of the 33rd Armoured Brigade (Sherman tanks). In January 1945 - after being committed in the Ardennes or "Battle of the Bulge" as the Americans called it - the regiment converted to 'Buffaloes' for the Rhine Crossing operation in March 1945.

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    British Shermans in the Ardennes - Jan 45; in this case tanks of the 144 RAC, 33rd Armoured Bde.

    For the buffaloos also see: Public Tanks and RHINE CROSSING 1945: The Rees bridgehead (30 Corps in operation 'Turnscrew')
     
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  5. auzz77

    auzz77 Junior Member

    Thanks for all your comments and advice guys - appreciated
     
  6. nfh249

    nfh249 Junior Member

    His number is in a group that suggests he joined the 26th (East Riding of Yorkshire Yeomanry) Armoured Car Company, Royal Tank Corps, in around May 1938. That became the East Riding Yeomanry in 1939 when it was expanded to full regimental strength (and doubled, creating the 1st and 2nd ERY).

    Many of that group appear to have gone to France in 1940 with the 1st ERY as a large number ended up as PoWs (4 KIA) so it is possible that Corporal Moreland did as well; if so then he was one of the lucky ones to have escaped via Dunkirk. The award of the Defence Medal confirms he was at home in the UK in the period after Dunkirk and the Efficiency Medal confirms he was a pre-war member of the TA (awarded for 12 years efficient service with war service counting double).

    Alternatively, it is also possible that he remained at home in 1940 with the 2nd ERY (several of this group did). The severely depleted 1st ERY was brought back up to strength after Dunkirk by drafts from the 2nd ERY the rump of which then formed the cadre for the 10th (East Riding Yeomanry) Battalion, Green Howards. Again, if this scenario is correct for Cpl Moreland, he would have been one of the drafts from the 2nd ERY to the 1st assuming the Efficiency Medal lists his regiment as the ERY.

    Cheers,

    Neil
     

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