GHQ Liaison regt - Phantom - member look ups available.

Discussion in 'Higher Formations' started by mac657, Nov 22, 2015.

  1. MongoUK

    MongoUK Junior Member

    Hi Iris, my step-grandfather, Gordon Turvey, a driver with 12th Lancers, was also in K Squadron.

    K left on the 19th February 1943, 14 officers, 91 other ranks, embarking on the SS Boissevain from Glasgow, and arriving in Algiers on the 5th March. E and K squadron were disbanded in November 43.

    3 officers and 35 other ranks from K, including Gordon, were posted to the reformed H squadron, continuing through Africa and Italy, whilst the rest of the squadron returned home.

    I'm sure they would have known each other!

    Please feel free to drop me a message, I'd love to hear more of you know any details of his time with K.
  2. Diana Davis

    Diana Davis New Member

    3995894C-03CF-4038-B3F6-6E4B064EB5A0.jpeg Hello, I’m trying to see if my grandfather served with Phantom. He told me tales of riding his Norton with a sidecar, and sent me maps and ordinance charts he mentioned were at one time classified, but probably ok now.

    His name was Fred Beverly Merrick, and I believe his service number was 99717, and he at least achieve second lieutenant.

    Any help you can give would be much appreciated.
  3. mac657

    mac657 Junior Member

    Sorry Diana, he is not listed in the book.

    I suggest contacting Asher Pirt. He is the author of the book and has access to other records. He is on this forum and on Twitter and has helped me in the past.

  4. 19RKING49

    19RKING49 New Member

    Hi Mac, my father William Pearson King was in Phantom. His regiment was the Royal Scots Fusiliers. He was with Lord Lovat’s 4 Commandos at Dieppe under Captain Sedgwick and under Christopher Mayhew in Egypt/ Italy. He may also have been at Alamein. Any info that you have would be very much appreciated
  5. mac657

    mac657 Junior Member

    Unfortunately, there is nothing obvious listed for W.P. King.

    However, the below is a good bet due to the OP Jubilee reference;
    "Fus King (service No. (N/K)). King served in GHQ Liaison Regiment. He served in "J" Squadron. He served on Operation Jubilee."

    There are more extensive entries for Mr's Mayhew and Sedgwick if it helps ?

  6. 19RKING49

    19RKING49 New Member

    Many thanks for your swift reply and informing me that he was in J squadron.

    I found my Dad mentioned on a commando veterans website listing everyone involved in Operation Jubilee with 4 commando. He is, incorrectly, named there as Fus C King.

    I have 3 photos of my Dad with Phantom companions and their wireless kit. On the back of each photo is written, “A remembrance of Dieppe. A R H Sedgwick”. I believe the photos were taken during training at Weymouth rather than during the raid.

    I would be interested in any info that you have about Christopher Mayhew’s service in Egypt and Italy. I have a copy of his autobiography but it has little about his WW2 activities.

  7. mac657

    mac657 Junior Member

    No problem Bob.

    Info re. Mr Mayhew from Asher Pirts 'Nominal roll with short biographies' below;
    "Capt. C P Mayhew (service No. 149091) Christopher Paget Mayhew was born on 12 June 1915. He was educated at Haileybury College and Christ Church college Oxford. Mayhew joined the Army as a Gunner in the Surrey Yeomanry (Royal Artillery). He was in the British Expeditionary Force between September 1939 and May 1940. On 14 September 1940 Mayhew was commissioned into the Intelligence corps. He served in GHQ Liaison Regiment. On 27 July 1942, Lieut. C P Mayhew was posted to "J" Squadron. Mayhew received a Mention in Despatches in 1944. He was entitled to the 1939-45 star, the France and Germany star and the 1939-45 War Medal. Following the war, he returned his career as a Labour MP. Christopher Mayhew died on 7 January 1997".

    I'll post info re. Mr Sedgwick when I can.

    I would also love to see the pics you have if you are willing to post.

    All the best , Mac.
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2021
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  9. GD1968

    GD1968 New Member

    I only have a name, which is George William Ellis Meller, who served under David Niven and was wondering if he showed up in any records you may have?
    Might of served in A Squadron, born in 1906
  10. MongoUK

    MongoUK Junior Member

    6897393 Cpl G.W. Meller, 2nd Bn Queen Victoria Rifles, was with the Hopkinson Mission (Phantom) during the BEF.
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  11. mac657

    mac657 Junior Member

    Nothing in the book re Meller.
  12. mac657

    mac657 Junior Member

    Bob, sorry about the delay supplying this info but it completely slipped my mind. Hopefully not too late for you.

    From Asher Pirt's book;

    "Capt. A. R. M. Sedgwick (service No.160737)
    Alastaire Robert Masson Sedgwick was born on 13 February 1919. Alastaire Sedgwick was commissioned into the Royal Tank Regiment on 7 December 1940. Alastaire Sedgwick served in GHQ Liaison Regiment. On 27 July 1942, Capt A R M Sedgwick was appointed second in command 'J' Squadron. He served as a patrol commander at Dieppe during Operation Jubilee with No.4 Commando. He took part in Operation Husky. On 12 August 1943, he returned from Middle East. Capt. A R M Sedgwick was entitled to the '1939-45' Star, the Africa Star, the Italy Star and '1939-45' War Medal'.
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  13. GD1968

    GD1968 New Member

    thank you so much we have been looking for ages so hopefully this is him!
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  14. MongoUK

    MongoUK Junior Member

    Do you have any photos of him? Can try and cross reference some that I have, see if he pops up?

    We think my grandad served under Niven too.

    Some other QVR Phantom veteran descendants knocking around here too.
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  15. MongoUK

    MongoUK Junior Member

    Should be noted that the QVR guys were volunteers to go to BEF. On IWM, I think the JAT Morgan oral history talks about it, he led the QVRs who joined Phantom. Worth a listen.
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  16. MongoUK

    MongoUK Junior Member

    Will have a look through my other files tonight to see if I find anything else.

    Working through transcribing names and war diaries... although that has been the plan for years haha
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  17. Brian Dann

    Brian Dann New Member

    Hi , is 6349363 Arthur Sidney Dann in your Phantom Regiment Roll? Thanks
  18. MongoUK

    MongoUK Junior Member

    Pte AS Dann (Service No.6349363) Mr. A S Dann enlisted in the Royal West Kent Regiment. He served in GHQ Liaison Regiment. He was reinforcement for 21 Army Group Regiment on 9 February 1944. He served with 'F' Squadron.
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  19. MongoUK

    MongoUK Junior Member

    I can have a look for further details later on if you'd like?

    Feel free to drop me a pm.
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  20. Brian Dann

    Brian Dann New Member

    Thank you so much for the prompt reply. My Father was very secretive about his war service and all he really told me about was that he parachuted from gliders behind enemy lines, was a codebreaker (he deciphered the message that Peenemunde had been bombed) and spent a lot of his later service in Norway.

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