Hello to everybody, as I already mentioned in other threads related to 3 RTR, I'm starting this thread: a) to trace my Grandfather's movements in the war from when he joined 3 RTR till the end of the war, and b) (hopefully!) to put names to faces and places, and build up a picture of 3 RTR B squadron from D-Day till VE Day. I'm sure there are many of you undertaking similar quests, so it doesn't have to be just about B squadron, or just limited to the dates mentioned above, and, there will be those who, as in my case, are researching people who joined 3 RTR from 24th Lancers in August '44, so maybe we could include information on 24th Lancers' brief but intense campagne in Europe, too (or perhaps it would be better in a separate thread, what do you think?). I'll be posting all the photos I have, I apologise in advance for the quality, some of them are quite small, so I've had to enlarge them, and even with high-resolution scans, the images are rather poor, but they exist! To set the scene, I'll give you his background, although unfortunately, prior to joining 3 RTR, there aren't many pics (more of that later). I do have a scan of his Tracer Card, and in a few months' time, I shall be requesting his service record (he passed away in 1995, and not until 25 years have elapsed do they release the full service record), and apart from some regiment 'portrait' photos and some photos from his wireless operator courses at Catterick and Bovingdon, that's about it. My Grandfather's name was Frank Curzon, born in London in 1917. He volunteered for the 4th County of London Yeomanry either on the 29th or 30th November 1939 (depending on which photo you look at! - or maybe he was so eager he joined two days running!). I know nothing of his days with 4 CLY, but according to his Tracer Card he was posted on 14/6/40 (HQ?) and then on 30/6/40 to 51 Training Regiment at Catterick (see scan). I guess this is when he started wireless training. Then, on 16/4/41 he was posted to 24 Lancers ( 'Y' listed 3/6/42, and back to 24 Lancers 22/7/42, I suspect this was when he did his Wireless Operators Instructor course at Bovingdon– see scans) He served with 24 Lancers until their disbandment, being then posted to 3 RTR on 3/8/44. The fact that he had so few photos pre-1944 maybe due to an incident he mentioned once, when his Sherman was destroyed by a plane (the crew were sleeping outside the tank, under a tarpaulin attached to the hull, and were unhurt). My grandmother received a letter from the war office, and was understandably upset, only to find a request for a new blanket and other items to replace the ones lost in his big pack! I suppose whatever photos he had of 24 Lancers in France were lost along with the rest of his stuff, but I'm only guessing. More to follow!