62 Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery - War Diaries (and anything related)

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  1. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA

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  2. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA

    Last edited: Jan 27, 2018
  3. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA

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  4. Alamar

    Alamar Junior Member

    Message also for "Rob" ref Sint Annaland - 247 battery -My uncle was one of the three men killed - Many thanks Rob - thi diary account runs counter to what we were infomed on Friday - that they had been stabbed to death by the German raiding party. Is there any further info on the following pages of the diary (pages 6 and following)?? Still doesn't answer yet the question as to how many men were deployed at St Annaland or when they arrived! Thanks for your help. I look forward to the "mystery" being clarified. I suppose the other question is, how many men were actually at the emplacement that night? The local Dutch community would really like further contact with any relatives/descendants of Callan. Are you aware of any??
  5. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA


    War diaries rarely go into the sort of detail that you are seeking to find. The unit and troops of this Battery were constantly moving around on patrols and won't necessarily record every single movement and how many men were involved. The war diary clearly states though when they went to Sint Annaland?

    I don't know of any relatives of Callan that the Dutch Villagers can contact, although people have been tracked down with some research. Can you ask one of them to contact me to see what we can do.

  6. Alamar

    Alamar Junior Member

    Many thanks Rob! I'd still appreciate the next couple of pages of the war diary for 247 (pages 6 & 7) if that's possible, or point me to the source so that I can investigate myself.

    Just looked online at today's edition of "eendaachtbode" - local paper for Tholen and Sint Annaland and there are a couple of photos of myself and my sister and party at the Tholen memorial last Friday.

    If I get further info on the Brown and Callan families, I'll let you know.
    Kind regards.

  7. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA

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  8. Dubman

    Dubman Well-Known Member

    great read, thanks for putting online. And their typed. My grandfathers regimental diaries, (73rdAnti tank are mostly hand written. It's taking me ages to de cypher them..lol
  9. Grinderboy

    Grinderboy New Member

    Hi there,

    New here today but I am looking for information about 62 Anti Tank, I believe My late Grandfather Herbert Bosworth 998245 Served with 62, I say believe because the scans I had of his demob book have been lost from my hard drive. Would there be any manning records out there that I could investigate?



    *EDIT* Found the scans of Grandad's Demob Book, He was serving with 247 Battery 62 Anti Tank Regt according to the stamps on the book, Would anyone have access to 247 Battery War Diaries?, would be very much obliged if anyone could point me in the right direction?.
  10. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Here's the refs for the 247 Battery diaries from 1944 to 46 at the National Archives

    WO 171/946 247 Battery 1944 June- Dec.
    WO 171/4787 247 Battery 1945 Jan.- Dec.
    WO 171/9036 247 Battery 1946 Jan.

  11. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA

    I've got the 247 Battery war diaries. Send me a Private Message with your e-mail address and I'll send them to you. For some reason, I forgot to finish adding a link to this thread.

    Cheers - Rob
  12. Grinderboy

    Grinderboy New Member


    did you get a PM from me? just wondering if i gave yo the correct e-mail address?


  13. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA

    Hi Matt,

    PM sent.
  14. Trackfrower

    Trackfrower Member

  15. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA

    They were 1 Corp's Anti-Tank Regiment, but the 4 individual batteries were attached to various divisions/brigades in North West Europe.
  16. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA

  17. A.C.E. van T.

    A.C.E. van T. Member

    Wow, My grandad was a resistance fighter who served at the Coy at Stavenisse. The pillbox next to them was raided by para's of the Hermann Göring Division. 2 of them became POW and were executed later on.

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  18. Ronald William

    Ronald William New Member

    Hi, I've just come across the posts on this thread and realise it went quiet some time ago. I have been asked by the Liberation Day Commemoration Commemoration Committee at Sint Annaland Cemetary to trace any living family members of John Little Brown. The families of the two other casualties at Tholen on the 21st Jan 1945 have been successfully contacted They wish to invite representatives of all three soldiers on 4/5 May 2020. I have traced many of the descendents of John Brown's bothers/ sisters / cousins etc to almost the present day and managed to speak to one family member.

    Please let me know if you can help with contacts. I am also after any photographs of John Little Brown, perhaps as part of a group.
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  19. Sheldrake

    Sheldrake All over the place....

    There is an excellent personal account of service in 62nd Anti Tank Regiment called " A Soldier Of The Second World War’ By John Hall. 1986. 95 pages. Maps

    Hall first joined a Royal Engineer’s TA. unit before the war & was later commissioned into the Middlesex Regiment, before finally transferring to the Royal Artillery with whom he spent the rest of the war serving with the 62nd Anti-Tank Regiment. He describes his training & then the fighting in Normandy & through to the end of the war.

    This a very well written account and includes poetry written by some of the gunners in his troop in the field in Normandy.

    Yes I left my England
    Not so very long ago
    On a mission to free millions
    Whose hearts were filled with woe.
    Of course, I'm one of many
    Hundreds went in before
    Didn't I see the dead and wounded
    As I set foot on the shore.
    My heart went out in anger
    When I saw one or two horrible sights
    Good clean Flesh and Blood shed
    So that millions could have their rights
    God was with us on ‘D’ day
    Of that you can be sure
    Otherwise there would have been hundreds
    In Eternal Sleep on that shore.
    So let's pray that God be with us
    All the rest of the way
    While all of us keep in Remembrance
    The lads that died on ‘D’ day

    Hallo! ‘ere comes the blooming truck
    Loaded up wiv lots o’ tuck
    Wonder wot we've got today,
    'Ope it's a change from yesterday.
    Stewed steak we ‘ad the day before
    Please Gord don't give us any more,
    You and I know 1t's blooming good stuff
    But when yer've ‘ad 'eaps it gets kinda tough
    on Yer, when yer sleeps at nights;
    O my Gord turn on them lights.
    Stewed Steak, Stewed Steak! everywhere
    Gordluvaduck anuver nightmare.
    Now we look wiv anxious eyes'
    Back to where that blooming truck lies
    Nervous, biting fingernails
    ‘Ere it comes, go get it pals
    Cautiousiy; open Compo lid
    It ain't Stewed Steak-(bet half a quid)
    Give me a cliff, I’ll dive over the edge
    Mortar me quick its Meat and Veg!

    Just three initials that stand for three words
    Vital to your country at war
    Poor, Bloody, Infantry, that's what they mean
    A necessity to every Corps
    Without them, battles would never be won
    And victory erased from our sight
    See them go in at the break of dawn
    Silhouettes, in the coming light
    The heavens open, daylight streaks through
    The barrage has already ended
    Comes the deadly splatter of Spandau guns
    The objective is well defended,
    but the P.B.I.'s courage never fails,
    The advance through the weaving corn.
    Many of them won't be back
    to see another dawn.
    Nerves are strained to breaking point.
    There's eighty eights and machine guns galore
    Tiger tanks in concrete boxes,
    And snipers, a score or more.
    Still they advance,these gallant men
    Not knowing what they'll meet
    On they go, because they know
    There must be no retreat.
    Of course the objective was taken
    And they'll take many more.
    Just give them a bit more credit.
    And remember them after this war.
    P.B.I. I salute you all,
    and so should everyone.
    Infantrymen , you're glorious:
    Reap the harvest when its won

    Anon Gunners 248 Battery 62st Anti-tank Regiment RA
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  20. Spenceee

    Spenceee Grandad was 246Bty 62 Anti-Tank Royal Artillery

    Thank you!

    I've been trying to find out more about my grandfathers experience pre normandy and during the campaign. To think someone in the 62nd wrote a book about their experiences! I can only hope that there might be a story or anecdote thats relevant. Ridiculously expensive but I found a copy and bought it.

    Buteman has already given me a huge amount of info, but if by chance someone else here has a relative that was wounded (or worse...) around the 10th of October I'm trying to dig into the circumstances. Unfortunately there is nothing in the 246 battery war diaries from the 10th to 14th so whatever happened, how he was rescued is all a bit of a mystery. Cool to know that there is a whole group here though that want to remember.

    My grandad was Gunner William Spencer in 246 Battery, on the incredibly off chance that somone has a record or note about him I'd be forever grateful!


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