Captain P R J Tilley

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  1. jerrymurland

    jerrymurland Junior Member

    P R J Tilley was a soldier with the 2/Welsh Guards in 1940 and took part in Operation Harpoon force to rescue the Dutch Royal Family. He described his escapades in an article published in the BBC People's War site. He wrote the article under the name of Captain Tilley so presuming he was commissioned from the ranks I searched the London Gazette to find the enclosed mention:

    My question is which battalion was this man in and what were his forenames?
     

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  2. wtid45

    wtid45 Very Senior Member

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  3. jerrymurland

    jerrymurland Junior Member

    Yes I think you are right -Percival accounts for the P in PRJ. Now all that remains is which battalion of RWF was he commissioned into.
    Thanks

    Jerry
     
  4. wtid45

    wtid45 Very Senior Member

  5. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Think the info below provides his full forenames

    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/37944/supplements/1944/page.pdf
    2nd Lt. (War Subs. Lt.) Percival Ronald James
    TILLEY (289936) from Emerg. Commn. to be Lt, ist
    Oct 1946, with seniority, 28th Feb 1944-


    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/36228/supplements/4806/page.pdf
    R.W. Fus.
    2735242 Percival Ronald James TILLEY (289936)

    London Gazette http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/38626/supplements/2734/page.pdf

    R.W. Fus.
    Short Serv. Commn.
    Lt. P. R. J. TILLEY (289936) to take rank and
    precedence in his Corps and in the Army as if his
    appt. as Lt. bore date 28th Feb. 1945.

    Interesting as he is noted here as a 'Lt'

    I assume this is the article http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peopleswar/stories/21/a4678121.shtml
    This BBC article shows he was in 2nd Battalion, but how precise that is????
     
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  6. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

  7. jerrymurland

    jerrymurland Junior Member

    That will be his 'officer' number

    Jerry
     
  8. jerrymurland

    jerrymurland Junior Member

    Great stuff Guys, Very many thanks for your time.

    Jerry
     
  9. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

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    TD
     
  10. jerrymurland

    jerrymurland Junior Member

    It would appear that the BBC article is accurate as it fits into other 'official' accounts . I'm trying to piece together the Harpoon Force story for a new book on the 1940 rearguard actions. Thanks very much for your help it's much appreciated.

    Jerry
     
  11. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    I used to have all the Harpoon file at the National Archives until my computer accident. Have you tried a search on here for them ? I think the person I copied them for transcribed all the good detailed ones and posted them on here.

    A
     
  12. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Ps anything 1940 related I'd post in the 1940 section of the forum ;)
     
  13. jerrymurland

    jerrymurland Junior Member

    Thanks Andy.

    Jerry
     

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