The Essex Regiment 1929-1950 History

Discussion in 'British Army Units - Others' started by AussieNipper, Jan 5, 2012.

  1. Stuart Avery

    Stuart Avery In my wagon & not a muleteer.

    westwired, when you find out which battalion your Grandfather was in , then please do come back. I do have the War Chronicles for the Ox & Bucks- 42 to 44 Vol. III.(Along with Vol.II-1940-42.) Large parts of Vol III are scanned.

    Stu.
     
  2. westwired

    westwired Junior Member

    Hi Stu,

    Thanks so much for your offer of help. Some of the documentation regarding regiments is quite convoluted, it appears that my grandad is on the regimental rolls for Queen´s Royal West Surrey which stated a transfer to the Essex Regiment, however, in his ID booklet that mentioned OBLI. All quite confusing. However, I think that he could have only been in the OBLI for a matter of weeks...

    I've attached a photo of the regimental roll, just in case my explanation is confusing.

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    Richard
     
  3. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

    To be honest it will be until you have sight of his service records, especially as you are suggesting three regiments. Records are really the only place to start.

    https://www.gov.uk/get-copy-military-service-records
     
  4. IKE26

    IKE26 Member

    Hi Westwired

    I'm writing a book on 8th Indian Division in Italy and I can tell you, if your infos are correct, that your Grandad was wounded in Villa Grande near Ortona, the second day of the battle.
    Essex Regiment lost a lot of men from november to december 43, so it received many reinforcements from Ox and Bucks and also from Cameronians.
    I send to you a private message.
     
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  5. westwired

    westwired Junior Member

    Sorry - just replied to you before reading this :)
     
  6. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    Given that this is the only place where 18th Indian Infantry Brigade's action at Deir el Shein is discussed, I'll add this--a perspective from 4/11 Sikhs, who held the NW Corner of the box (with 2/5 Essex in the NE and 2/3 GR roughly the East):

    Extract from Saragarhi Battalion: Ashes to Glory By Col Kanwaljit Singh, Maj H S Ahluwalia (pp. 102-111)

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