GHQ Liaison regt - Phantom - member look ups available.

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  1. mac657

    mac657 Junior Member

    Hello all, i now have a copy of the nominal roll for 'Phantom / GHQ regiment' and am willing to do look ups for anyone interested.

    Mac.
     
  2. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron

  3. mac657

    mac657 Junior Member

    Yes, Henry is in there, although with a few differences to the Mail article;

    "Henry George Hammond (No 6341087) enlisted Royal West Kent regiment. Hammond joined No. 3 military and Air mission on 2 March 1940 in France. He served in GHQ Liaison regiment. He served with 'H' squadron. Sgt Hammond avoided capture in Greece and rejoined 'H' squadron in the western desert. He joined Lieut. Forshall's detachment on 31 May 1941."

    Seems an interesting story all round.

    Mac.
     
  4. idler

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  5. GHQPhantom

    GHQPhantom New Member

    Hi Mac,

    My father, Geoffrey Castle, was an officer in Phantom serving in NW Europe, crossing the Rhine at Xanten, moving up through Germany landing up in Hamburg. Immediately post war he moved into Denmark and took part in de-nazification work.

    He had previously been in Infantry Regiments and spent a period as an instructor at Sandhurst.

    At the time of moving through NW Europe he was a Captain but left the Army in 1946 on de-mob as a Major.

    He wrote some limited memoirs but there are gaps. I have his original handwritten notes in an extensive training exercise book from his time training for Phantom which is fascinating, showing German formation structures. set up of wirelesses, morse code and other good stuff.

    If you have any information from the roll I'd be most grateful.

    I'd especially like to know if he was supporting 11 Armd at the time they took Antwerp as I have an interesting series of quotes from another officer regarding a Capt Castle who is quoted as being an "intelligence" officer involved in interrogating the German commander of the Antwerp Garrison.

    Thanks in anticipation, Dave
     
  6. mac657

    mac657 Junior Member

    Hello Dave, just to let you know that i'm not ignoring you. I do have some information for you which i will be able to upload to this site either tonight or tomorrow (probably tomorrow). I can email it to you if you prefer to DM me your address in the meantime.

    Mac.
     
  7. GHQPhantom

    GHQPhantom New Member

    Hi Mac,

    PM sent.

    Cheers, Dave
     
  8. ash0212

    ash0212 Member

    I have gathered more information since publishing the book online. Always on the hunt for more personal accounts, photographs and information about GHQ Liaison Regiment (Phantom). With best wishes Asher Pirt (asher.pirt@gmail.com)
     
  9. mac657

    mac657 Junior Member

    Asher, i have a few of your excellent books. They shed a lot of light on the history of J service, for which i am grateful as a relative of mine served with them and i was really struggling with my research until i bought your books.

    What is the further information that you have gathered and do you have any plans to publish it ?

    Regards,

    Mac.
     
  10. ash0212

    ash0212 Member

    Hello Dave

    If you would like further information about your father's service. Do please let me know.

    With best wishes

    Asher Pirt
     
  11. ARYEH

    ARYEH New Member

    HI Mac:
    I'm trying to find any information on SIDNE BERNARD KNOPP. I think that he may have served in Phantom. He once told his family that David Niven had been one the officers in his unit which was a kind of Special Forces unit. Thats all that the family know and SID passed away a number of years ago. Curious if his name appears in the Nominal Roll.
    Thank you
    With best wishes
    Aryeh Ben-Ami
     
  12. mac657

    mac657 Junior Member

    Sorry Aryeh, no trace. I've checked officers and other ranks.
    It sounds like there could be something in it though. I'll check another book that I have although that one is not indexed (it's not very big).

    Mac.
     
  13. ARYEH

    ARYEH New Member

    THanks very much Mac. The family are searching to see if they can find anything they might have - documents, photo's etc.

    Aryeh
     
  14. Sharpergriffin

    Sharpergriffin New Member

    Hi Mac,

    Looking for some details for my great grandfather, unfortunately only have very limited details.
    What I do know is he spoke of the Phantoms and David Niven being his OC.

    Stanley M Grant
    DOB - 02/01/1925

    Believe he may have been a driver but again, only going off snippets of information we got from him before he passed away a few years ago.

    Thanks in advance

    Scott
     
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  15. ash0212

    ash0212 Member

    Scott it would be interesting to hear more information as I do not have him listed in my book or my database. With best wishes Asher
     
  16. IrisT

    IrisT New Member

    My father's CO at one point was David Niven - Edward Frank Sturgeon embarked for Egypt 13th May 1943. He was a Morse code radio operator - in Alexandria for sure and Cairo I think. Embarked for home end November 1943. K squadron. It would be great if there is a record of him!

    Many thanks, Iris Taylor - new recuit
     
  17. mac657

    mac657 Junior Member

    Iris, I hope this is useful, from Asher Pirts book.

    CQMS E F Sturgeon ( service no. 5837515 ) was born in 1922. Edward Frank enlisted into the Suffolk regiment on 12 February 1942. Sturgeon served in GHQ Liasion Regt. He was permanently attached to K Squadron on 18 Feb 1942. Pte Sturgeon was posted overseas with the assault squadron on 13 March 1943. Pte Sturgeon was admitted to 13 General hospital on 22 May 1943. Pte Sturgeon left GHQ Liaison regt on 12 Jan 1944. Edward Sturgeon was entitled to the 1939-45 Star , the Africa star, the Defence medal and 1939-45 War medal. Edward died in 1992.

    Mac.
     
  18. IrisT

    IrisT New Member

    Thats great Mac! Its so good to see that Dad's name is included in Asher's book - he actually went on to be posted to in September 45 to East Africa, seconded to the KAR. He had to learn Swahili as he was in charge of native troops in Kenya and Uganda. Became CQMS in June 46. As a child he used to "talk" to us in Morse or Swahili which we thought very funny! EdwFrankQMS.jpg
     

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