113th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, The Royal Artillery. Following their journey through Europe

Discussion in 'Royal Artillery' started by EdOs, Aug 12, 2015.

  1. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

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    Just for additional info one of your casualties 2061888 L/Bdr Ling died of wounds he received in action on 18th July 1944 .
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  2. Ron Salt

    Ron Salt New Member

    Just started to try and find out more about my father who was in 113 I think 370bty.
    His name was Sidney Salt and I think he was listed as a mechanic on the transport.Definately went to Belsen and also Bad Pyrmont where we have visited and stayed in actual guest house he was billeted in
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  3. Andy Fawcett

    Andy Fawcett New Member

    Hi all

    I have just joined this forum. My grandfather died almost 24 years ago, he never really spoke too much about his war time service. however, I do know he was in the 113th LAA and I know most of the route he took from D-Day by reading around general histories and some personal accounts. His name is Arthur Messer Lance Bombardier 1st Class No 1658027. Has anyone come across his name and if so which battery did he serve in? Any info would be much appreciated. Thanks
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  4. Neil Murrell

    Neil Murrell New Member

    I have been reading the posts on here about the 113th LAA Regiment with interest, my stepfather was Major PE Murrell who was c/o of 369 battery and was at Belsen in command of one the camps. I have 369 Battery photo albums and various artifacts from the camp which I inherited after he passed away.
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  5. Nick P

    Nick P Active Member

    Gosh - I have just read this, and a couple of the previous ones that throw up new names.
    Bergen Belsen Concentration Camp – A NEW ONLINE ARCHIVE has progressed really well and now has a number of 113th names in addition to some names from some of the other early units that were at Belsen. I'll send you a PM Neil as I'd love to see what you have (my Grandfather was 369 and spoke very highly of Major Murrell when at the time most seniors weren't seen in the best lights!)
  6. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

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  7. Hi all

    just doing some reserch on my great grandad who is buried in Hermanville cemetery he was in the 113th Light A.A Regiment 2nd/4th Battalion attached to the Durham light infantry, he was killed in action on the 20th July 1944, there are some conflicting stories as to what area of Caen he may have died in and i was wondering if anybody knows or can help me in trying to narrow down this area. his name is Gunner S Rowbotham 37 Of Manchester if that helps.

    Kind Regards
  8. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    You are misunderstanding the regiments title.
    They were a DLI battalion that became a RA regiment.
    113th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, The Royal Artillery - Durham Record Office

    113 (Durham Light Infantry) Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment RA(TA) - The Royal Artillery 1939-45 (ra39-45.co.uk)
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  9. Hi Owen

    thanks for getting back to me, A lot of the information i have is bit part i've attached a picture of my grandads grave with the inscriptions maybe you will be able to tell me which regiment/battalion he would have been part of.

    kind regards

    Attached Files:

  10. Nick P

    Nick P Active Member

    I have a date of KIA on the 19th July. Ouistreham. - but also marked as 20th of July in other accounts.
    Sadly in range of heavy enemy motar shelling.
    He was 368 Battery, 113.
    Is that his photo on your profile? If so I'd like to add him here: Roll of Honour
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  11. Hi Nick

    much appreciated for the speedy reply, do you by any chance have any documents you could send me of his battery (war diary's) locations during that time it would be great to have something to look at and show the family if possible.

    Kind Regards
  12. Hi nick

    by all means if you need any information on him i can try and send an email with everything (pictures etc) i know about my grandad.

    kind Regards
  13. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

    Rowbotham enlisted originally into the Manchester Regt. He wasnt Killed in Action he died of wounds. Docs below
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  14. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

  15. Hi Kyle

    much appreciated for the speedy reply the information is really interesting is there any more information have on my grands regiment by any chance ?

    kind regards
  16. Hi Owen

    this would make sense as he was born a born and bread Mancunian this is also really interesting

    kind regards
  17. Glorious

    Glorious Member

    Hi Neil,
    My father was born in 1943. His father was Jim McLennan who was in 369 Battery of the 113th LAA Regiment.
    Unfortunately, my father did not know his father, Jim McLennan as my father's mother was not married to him and they did not stay together.
    All we have is a couple of letters from Jim to her and that is how we know of his service number/battery etc.
    Of course 1943, was a different time to now and this type of thing would not have been discussed. Therefore, my father does not know Jim's date or place of birth or death.
    We have no photos of him and all we know is his Regiment and Battery (as above) and his service number: 11425219.
    My father tried a few years ago to obtain Jim's service record from the MOD but of course, has no proof of next of kin etc. (Jim's name does not appear on my father's birth certificate)
    If you have any photos of 369 Battery, of any knowledge of Jim McLennan, then my father and I would be extremely grateful.
    Thank you.
  18. Nick P

    Nick P Active Member

    So thanks to this fab forum we can ID any unmarked photos positively as 113th LAA Royal Artillery.

    Michel Saberly (WW2Talk.com) confirms: To be exact, Serial 162 over RA Flash with the Army white bar below AND Second Army Formation Sign can only be 113 LAA. One could imagine the same Serial with white bar below but with a different Arm of Service Flash and/or a different Army Formation Sign, and this would not be 113 LAA. However, the odds for such a marking to have existed are low.
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  19. Glorious

    Glorious Member

    Fantastic! I wonder if the second photo in at the top is of Jim McLennan, my grandfather??!! "" Bonnie Scotland"" !!
  20. CL1

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

    you dont need to be next of kin to apply for the records

    all you need is date of birth,death cert and £30

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