View attachment 87768 Hi, "The Story of my Fathers WW2 Army Service" Charles Edward (Ted) Domoney was born in Wallsend, Newcastle-upon-Tyne on the 16th of October 1918. This is a brief account of my fathers Army service during WW2. The first photograph, see "St_Peters_June_1939.jpg" shows a smart young man 20 years of age standing relaxed outside the front door of his family home at 90 St Peters Road, Willington Quay, Wallsend. Later that month my father received his Military Training Act certificate for medical assessment, see "Mil_Trg_Act.jpg", with the medical result of "A1", and "Med_cert.jpg". Having been a Grammar School lad my father volunteered for service with the Royal Air Force hoping to become Aircrew, see "RAF_Volunteer_Reply.jpg" for the reply he received. My father received his enlistment papers dated the 10th of October 1939 for service with the Territorial Army. He was ordered to report to the Third Cavalry Training Regiment, Redford Cavalry Barracks, Edinburgh, see "Call_Up_10_Oct_39.jpg". Strangely the photograph see "Trooper_Ted_October_1939.jpg" is dated on the back "Oct 1939" and shows him in uniform. Perhaps he had kitting out and training locally before reporting to Edinburgh ? see "Dads_Spurs.jpg" which is a recent photograph showing their condition, plus both the name of their manufacturer and the date when made. The photographs see "XMas_Party_1939.jpg" and "Trooper_Ted_Edinburgh_1939.jpg" were taken during his training. On completion of his cavalry training "Trooper Ted" was given leave and then ordered to report to the "Forth Cavalry Training Regiment" at Colchester on the 14th of March 1940, see "4th_Cavalry-Trg_Regt.jpg". "Trooper Ted" arrived in the Middle East expecting to join The "Royal Scots Greys", due to an administrative error he joined "The Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry". I have no record of when my father was posted to the Middle East, but his first photograph from there is, see "On_Digger_Jenin_Palestine_1940.jpg". The photograph see "Italian_POWs.jpg" shows Italian POWs being fed at a "C Squadron" field kitchen. I can only assume that this photograph was taken in Palestine because it is mounted in my fathers album with other photographs named Jenin, Hadera and Nathanya all dated 1940. "The Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry" deployed to Iraq in 1941, see "Iraq_Pipeline_Patrol_1941.jpg". "Trooper Ted" is rear left in the photograph. The photograph see "Iraq_Syrian_Border.jpg" is dated 1941, the truck in the centre of the photograph see "Iraq_Syrian_Border_Truck.jpg" has the number "57" painted on the radiator, also there are 2 x Armoured Cars "Rolls-Royce ?" in the shot. I`m not sure if this photograph was taken before or after the action at Palmyra against the Vichy French. Many years after the war my father had told me about an incident at Palmyra in Syria when the "Vichy French" enticed British troops into the open by showing a White Flag and then opened fire on them killing and wounding the troops in the open. There is a newspaper clipping which was published in a British newspaper in "Trooper Teds" Photo Album with the handwritten note "Syria" next to it. The clipping describes the murder of British Troops by Vichy French Forces during an engagement at Palmyra, see "FFL_Murders.jpg". My father told me that during the final assault he and his mates armed with Thompson Sub Machine Guns loaded with Drum Magazines had chased the Vichy French Foreign Legionnaires through the pillars at Palmyra ... they took no prisoners. I have no records of the deployment of "The Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry" to North Africa. All I know is his regiment had been issued, first "Honey" then "Grant" and then finally "Sherman" Tanks and "Trooper Ted" had became a Wireless Operator/Loader in a Troop Commanders tank. The following is taken from "The Army at War", "The Eighth Army September 1942 to January 1943" page 86. (Action on the 2nd of November 1942.) Quote "The 3rd Hussars had twelve tanks left, the Warwicks seven, and the Wilts none at all." That`s when "Trooper Ted" became a casualty, an 88mm Anti-Tank Gun had knocked his tank out in front of Miteirya Ridge. Quote from my Fathers Diary. "3 Years Late" "Lost in the dark so moved forward slowly then stopped. Opened up on dark shapes to the front, no return fire. Waited until dawn came and German guns fired at us hitting our tank" --- Editors Note. However, there is much more to the action than this simple description describes. The following information was related to both my Father, Mother and Sister by Mr Daws (spelling of surname ?) at a regimental reunion after the war. --- "When the Sherman Tank was hit it caught fire, the commander who had been sitting on top of the turret was blown out, the gunner was killed and the driver "Trooper Daws" escaped from the tank and started to run for cover. Looking over his shoulder he saw "Trooper Ted" hanging in the remains of the shattered turret, he doubled back, grabbed "Trooper Ted" and carried him to cover whilst the tank burned and it`s ammunition exploded. The remnants of the crew waited and soon a British jeep joined them. There was no room for all of the remainder of the crew, so the tank commander was taken back in the jeep." The 2 remaining troopers waited for rescue but were captured by a German patrol. Both troopers were taken to a German Field Hospital and were given First Aid, "Trooper Teds" left arm was so badly damaged it was amputated above the Elbow. "Trooper Teds" family received a Telegram informing them that their son was missing in the Middle East with effect from November the 2nd 1942 see "Tel.1.jpg". They then received a Red Cross Post Card see "RED_X_Post_Card_Front.jpg" and "Red_X_Post_Card_Text.jpg" dated exactly 3 weeks after "Trooper Ted" was wounded and captured. Further information about "Trooper Teds" progress to Germany was by 2 more telegrams see "Tel.2.jpg" and "Tel.3.jpg". --- Editors Note. My Father told me that when his Hospital Ship crossed the Mediteranian Sea from North Africa it was attacked by Royal Australian Air Force Beaufighters causing deaths and further wounds among the allied POWs. --- "Trooper Ted" became a POW in Stalag IX A/H which is a large monastery in Kloster-Haina South of Kassel. The reason the monastery in Kloster Haina was chosen as a POW camp was to house prisoners in the monks cells and also to be able to provide some medical aid using the monasteries medical centre for the more badly wounded prisoners. See "POW_Group_Front.jpg" and "POW_Group_Rear.jpg". This Post Card appears to have been sent in an envelope see "POW_PC_Env_Front.jpg" and "POW_PC_Env_Back.jpg". "Trooper Ted" was repatriated back to England via the Swiss Red Cross. The repatriation process started in the middle of 1943, "POW_German_Repat_doc.jpg" He first landed in Sweden see "Welcome_RX.jpg" and then sailed on to England by Hospital Ship in late 1943 see "HS_Atlantis.jpg" and was moved to a military hospital for examination. see "Im_Home_Post_Card_Front.jpg" and "Im_Home_Post_Card_Text.jpg". Finally "Trooper Ted" met his Mother and Father at Newcastle-upon-Tyne Central Station on the 23rd of November 1943, see "Hello_Mum_and_Dad.jpg". Photograph "Copyright Newcastle Chronicle Limited". Whilst on home leave "Trooper Ted" and other ex POWs were introduced to the Lord Mayor of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in early January 1944, see "Meeting_The_Lord_Mayor.jpg." Photograph "Copyright Newcastle Chronicle Limited". Then "Trooper Ted" was discharged from the Army on the 23 of February 1944, see "Discharge.jpg". My father joined "The British Limbless Ex Service Mens Association" (BLESMA) as a volunteer helper and served for 50 years giving men like himself help to get work and support. After returning to Wallsend my father applied for a job as a Teacher. However, even though he was accepted by letter when he went for his interview the committee changed their mind.Explaining that the articulated (12 pound in weight) false left arm my father wore would frighten the children because it creaked when it moved see "Dad_and_Raffles_1945.jpg". Unperturbed my father applied for and got a job in "The Neptune Offices" of a major shipyard, "Swan, Hunter and Wigham Richardson" ... as a Draftsman. My father married a local girl "Mary Bradley" in 1947 and they raised 4 children. Michael, Paul, Catherine and Marie during the dire post war times. Living in Walker in a Victorian slum for 14 years with no electricity only Gas for lighting and 2 Coal fires for heating, a single cold water tap in the scullery and an outside toilet. The family moved to a modern house in 1961. My Father passed away on the 28th of August 2002 and my Mother passed away on the 18th of August 2012. Without their love I could never have told this history. Regards, Mick D.