Looking for units for individual PWs

Discussion in 'Royal Artillery' started by sirjahn, Feb 12, 2014.

  1. sirjahn

    sirjahn Member

    I am doing research on individuals held in the Rennes Military Hospital where wounded Allied PWs were treated. Using the Forces War Records site I have found some individuals who are identified against the Royal Artillery. I know that these individuals are associated with specific units and I was wondering if any of these names ring a bell.

    Any way I am listing below those individuals from the Royal Aritllery and would like any input from you on which unit these guys belong.

    Rank Svc No. Name Diagnosis Comment Arrived Left
    GNR 4928098 Bissell, K. Sprained Back Royal Artillery ended up at
    Stalag IV B 11-Jun-44 16-Jun-44
    PVT 14266850 Stubbs, Stanley J. GSW in back Royal Artillery ended up at
    Stalag IV B rank of Gunner 2-Jul-44 18-Jul-44
    PVT 14373884 Corbridge, Ernest GSW left mastoid Royal Artillery ended up at
    Stalag IV D has rank of Gunner 2-Jul-44 5-Jul-44
    GNR 956374 Smith, R. W. Shrapnel lower jaw Royal Artillery ended up at
    Stalag XII A 5-Jul-44 19-Jul-44
    GNR 14358272 Brookes, A. Shrapnel to head Royal Artillery ended up at
    Stalag XII D 16-Jun-44 18-Jun-44
    SGT 4924621 Evetts, F. Bruised shoulders Royal Artillery ended up in
    Stalag 357 18-Jun-44 1-Jul-44
    PVT 14610393 Watkins, G. A. GSW left leg Royal Artillery ended up in
    Stalag IV D rank listed as Gunner 22-Jul-44 27-Jul-44
  2. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Have you considered seeing if they completed a PoW Liberation report?
  3. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    I have checked all the names against the Ancestry data base for British POW's 1939 - 1945 and that only shows them as Royal Artillery - nothing more specific than that I'm afraid.
    Someone on here may have a better idea, or perhaps the RA Museum/Association/Veterans Site (note I have no links to these) may be able to assist further.

  4. sirjahn

    sirjahn Member

    I have looked at a lot of E&Es from Rennes but these guys are not in my listing of E&Es. I will look into the RA Association and see what they have to say.
  5. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    If they were PoWs until the end of the war they wouldn't have completed Escape and Evasion Reports but they may have completed a liberation report.
  6. sirjahn

    sirjahn Member

    Every one of these guys did go into a Stalag somewhere. Is there a listing of liberation reports somewhere or do I have to get a researcher at KEW?
  7. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Researcher at Kew, there's over 100,000 of them so they won't be online anytime soon. I don't do them as a rule but Lee does for a small fee.
  8. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

    Bissell and Everts both numbers originally from South Staffs Regt blocks

  9. sirjahn

    sirjahn Member

    So that means they are likely to have been enlisted in the S. Staffords but transfered over to the Artillery at some point.

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