Help researching Grandfather, Royal Artillery

Discussion in 'Searching for Someone & Military Genealogy' started by munchkin, Mar 3, 2011.

  1. munchkin

    munchkin Junior Member

    How do i find my Grandfather who fought in WW2. I know he was in the Royal Artillery and went over to France on a metal pontoon or similar. He joined up immediatey and was in the Army for 6 years reaching the rank of Sergeant an his name, Partick May b December 6th 1915.
    Any help would be much appreciated
    Regards
     
  2. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Munchkin,
    I've edited your title to include appeal for help about RA.

    Best of luck,
    Diane

    PS You are going to be asked if you've applied for a copy of his records, so ... have you? :)
     
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  3. munchkin

    munchkin Junior Member

    Hi Diane,

    Thank you for the edit & help. No is the answer to your question because i did not know how to or that i had to, sorry
     
  4. CL1

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

  5. RemeDesertRat

    RemeDesertRat Very Senior Member

    How do i find my Grandfather who fought in WW2. I know he was in the Royal Artillery and went over to France on a metal pontoon or similar. He joined up immediatey and was in the Army for 6 years reaching the rank of Sergeant an his name, Partick May b December 6th 1915.
    Any help would be much appreciated
    Regards
    Do you know where/when he joined up?
    When did he go to France?
    Is that his full name (middle names?)

    Post all info u have and we'll do our best 'till u get his service papers.
     
  6. Drew5233

    Drew5233 Members Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Hello and welcome to the forum
     
  7. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    Hello and welcome to the forum.

    Good luck with your enquiries.

    Regards
    Tom
     
  8. munchkin

    munchkin Junior Member

    Hi Everyone and thank you for your warm welcome and support.
    Clive - Thanks i will do this
    Reme - Joined up start of the war in Sheffield. Went to France a couple of dats after D Day and no middle name.
    Drew - Thank you
    Tom -Thank you

    Well i hope i can find him
     
  9. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    Welcome to the forum munchkin!
     
  10. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Have you got any photos of him you can post here ?
    Any letters home , souvenirs etc that may give us a clue to help you on your way.
     
  11. Rob Dickers

    Rob Dickers 10th MEDIUM REGT RA

    Hello & welcome Munchkin
    It sounds like the metal pontoon you refer to was a Rhino Barge which would probably rule out SP (self propelled) & AA artillery, but was used by field, medium and heavy arty, 90% of which went over after D-Day.
    Good luck with your search as without more details i'am afraid we can't be of much help.
    Best
    Rob
     
  12. KevinBattle

    KevinBattle Senior Member

    Marriage to Edith Tew Coulsdon registered 1st Qtr 1937 in Sheffield area?
    Son Michael, registered 3rd Qtr 1938?
    If that's him, then the Sheffield location might help one of the expert Pals here narrow down which RA unit he may have joined. It seems likely that self propelled and anti aircraft units might be eliminated, so we're getting closer to his unit, at least. From there we might get the War Diary and perhaps some mention of him.
    Do apply for his Service Records without delay, the waiting time is nearly a year now....
     
  13. steviebyday

    steviebyday Junior Member

    There's a Patrick May attested royal Artillery 1940, service number 1584108 transferred to 127th L/AA on the 27/2/1942.
     
  14. munchkin

    munchkin Junior Member

    Just to update you all.
    I have now received all of my Grandfathers paperwork from the MOD and as a bonus four medals (39-45 Star, War Medal, Defence Medal & 39-45 France Germany star), image attached . Many thanks to all of you who helped me get this information.

    Regards

    Munchkin
     

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