Spr William (Billy) Gorman RE service record and memoires

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  1. simonevans

    simonevans Junior Member

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  2. simonevans

    simonevans Junior Member

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  3. simonevans

    simonevans Junior Member

    please see new thread with missing scans. Thanks
     
  4. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    Hello Simon,

    I can't access the skydrive attachment and the service records are not very clear.

    That said, it looks like he had two periods of service from 1940 to 1946 (circa 6.5 years) and 1948 to 1950 (circa 2.0 years), all served in the UK except for 17 months - with 927th IWT Light Aid Coy, RE - in NW Europe; embarking on 3 June 1944 for D-Day, etc.

    The IWT stands for 'Inland Waterway Transport'.

    Are you able to post clearer copies?

    Best,

    Steve.
     
  5. simonevans

    simonevans Junior Member

    Hello Simon,

    I can't access the skydrive attachment and the service records are not very clear.

    That said, it looks like he had two periods of service from 1940 to 1946 (circa 6.5 years) and 1948 to 1950 (circa 2.0 years), all served in the UK except for 17 months - with 927th IWT Light Aid Coy, RE - in NW Europe; embarking on 3 June 1944 for D-Day, etc.

    The IWT stands for 'Inland Waterway Transport'.

    Are you able to post clearer copies?

    Best,

    Steve.
    they are probably being reduced in quality from being stored online, if you pm me you email, i can send you the scans,
     
  6. simonevans

    simonevans Junior Member

    Hello Simon,

    I can't access the skydrive attachment and the service records are not very clear.

    That said, it looks like he had two periods of service from 1940 to 1946 (circa 6.5 years) and 1948 to 1950 (circa 2.0 years), all served in the UK except for 17 months - with 927th IWT Light Aid Coy, RE - in NW Europe; embarking on 3 June 1944 for D-Day, etc.

    The IWT stands for 'Inland Waterway Transport'.

    Are you able to post clearer copies?

    Best,

    Steve.
    they are probably being reduced in quality from being stored online, if you pm me you email, i can send you the scans, and allow you access to the skydrive.
     
  7. simonevans

    simonevans Junior Member

  8. simonevans

    simonevans Junior Member

    What I can work out from the various documents sent form MOD
    Enlisted Territorial Army – 13th June 1940, aged 20yrs an 1 months, 5’5, and 118 lbs,
    Army Form B102
    RE ayo?
    Engagement – TAW (territorial Army W?)
    Trade Pioneer RE, Fitter AIII (3/3/43), Reclass Fitter AII (23/9/44)
    Postings
    Longtown, Carlisle, 5/2/41 – Trans Det COD
    Trans Trg Ctr, Longtown, 1/3/43
    Depot Wing TNTC 13/3/43
    955 Rly W/shop Coy – 6/10/43
    927 Rly W/Shop Coy – 29/12/43
    Redesignated 927 IWT Light aid Coy 5/1/44
    EMB UK 3/6/44
    XII list? 17/4/45
    XIII (53RHU) 26/4/45
    927 IWT/LA W/S coy – 29/4/45
    XII List 29/8/45
    XList BAOR SOS BAOR to Y List (Hosp) – Injured
    On Evac to Uk 5/10/45
    Evac UK Ex NEW Y List (1) 5/10/45
    6R + ROBRE 6/2/46
    Perm staff
    Posted to Y List 16 June 46,
    Released to Class Z (T) Royal army reserve 27/8/46
    13/6/40 – RE Constructional Companies Ctr, Chatham, Kent (Sapper)



    Enlisted Regular Army – 27 October 1948 aged 28yrs and 5 months, 5’6, 126lbs
    Army Form B102
    Gorman, William
    RE270 (Royal Engineers 270)
    Enlisted 27/10/48,
    Non effective 16/11/50
    Perm Med Unfit 390(XVI)(130(11)
    Number 1930924 changed to 22236279
    Postings
    29/10/48 – ITRRE
    19/11/48 – 30 A?E
    19/11/48 – 620 Fld sk sqn
    1/2/49 – 20 Eng Sqn, 10HQRegt


    From his memoires, he mentions deloying to beaches prior to DDay, to blow up obstructions to aid the landing of craft, and moving inshore and working with the resistance, blowing up german supply depots etc. he also worked in London during the blitz as bomb disposal

    And from my mothers memory, he worked at HQ as a batman (steward) in his later career (regular?) due to his injuries – shrapnel.

    A little about me, I am his Grandson, and served from 28/6/1994-06/04/2006 in the RAF, so understand some of the abbreviations above,
     
  9. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    Hello Simon,

    He appears to have been at the Railway (Rly) Training Centre at Longtown/Longmoor. This was numbered in November 1939 as No. 1 Railway Training Centre. This also functioned as the Transportation Training Centre (TNTC).

    Docks, Port and IWT training were handled initially at Longtown, then in 1943 personnel were sent to No. 6 Docks Group at Penarth Docks. When that unit was mobilized for Operation OVERLORD, a Port Operating Technical Training Wing was established.

    He appears to have served with 955th IWT for two months and then to 927th IWT for the duration. Both served with the 21st Army Group in NW Europe, doing what - I don't know?!

    His post war service is not familair to me.

    Best,

    Steve.
     
  10. simonevans

    simonevans Junior Member

    Hello Simon,

    He appears to have been at the Railway (Rly) Training Centre at Longtown/Longmoor. This was numbered in November 1939 as No. 1 Railway Training Centre. This also functioned as the Transportation Training Centre (TNTC).

    Docks, Port and IWT training were handled initially at Longtown, then in 1943 personnel were sent to No. 6 Docks Group at Penarth Docks. When that unit was mobilized for Operation OVERLORD, a Port Operating Technical Training Wing was established.

    He appears to have served with 955th IWT for two months and then to 927th IWT for the duration. Both served with the 21st Army Group in NW Europe, doing what - I don't know?!

    His post war service is not familair to me.

    Best,

    Steve.
    A batman (or batwoman) is a soldier or airman assigned to a commissioned officer as a personal servant.

    if you have a read of the memoires in the link, he describes what he was doing during ww2
     

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