6 AGRA & Illustrated History

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  1. kevparker

    kevparker Junior Member

    I am trying to trace the activities of my Grandfather, Edgar Joseph Parker, Ser No. 2364076, Royal Signals Corp.
    I have his Service record which shows that on 24/6/43 he was transfered from 13 Corps Sigs to Eigth Army Tps Coy. I guess he was detached from Royal Signals Corp to Royal Artillery. The next entry reads:
    ME/5046/H/43 6. AGRA S/S (8. Army Tps) Moved. Tripoli to 'H' Force ME L/Cpl 18-7-43
    I have searched the web but can not find any mention of 'H' Force. Any information on 'H' Force would be most useful.
    I believe he stayed with 6 AGRA until 9-11-45 when he was posted to 35 Sig Park.
  2. Rob Dickers

    Rob Dickers 10th MEDIUM REGT RA

    Hi Kev + welcome
    Try the war-diaries of 6 AGRA at the NA Kew.
    wo169/9408 - Mar-Dec 1943
    Later in the war the Signals Section had their own diaries, and there was a separate 6 AGRA CB (Counter Bty) unit.
  3. kevparker

    kevparker Junior Member

    Hi Rob,
    Thanks for that. I've asked for an estimate of cost for the diary.
    Also found a couple of entries for 1944 and 1945 for 6 AGRA.

  4. kevparker

    kevparker Junior Member

    Whilst I'm waiting for info from NA, I've been doing some scanning.
    Here are the pages from a book left to me by my grandfather.
    The last page has some signatures. I think they are:
    R Reed, W Spracklen and H Clemmel. Does anyone know of these guys?
    I'd be interested to find out.
    If anyone wants copies or better resolution pages, please let me know.

    Cheers. Kev.
  5. kevparker

    kevparker Junior Member

    Having problems uploading pdfs. Will try one at a time.

  6. kevparker

    kevparker Junior Member

    Here are the contact sheets


    Attached Files:

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  7. kevparker

    kevparker Junior Member

    I've finally managed to scan all the pages, keep the size down to a workable level and kept as much detail as possible.
    Hope everyone can use it in some way to maybe 'fill in some gaps' in their history records.
    If anyone wants individual pages or better quality pictures, please PM me and I'll forward them on.

    Attached Files:

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  8. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Bumping this old thread, for the illustrated short history attached in previous post. I hadn't seen it before, or the illustrations.

    A few screenshots:
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    and a nice little observational cartoon; March Discipline: England 1942 / Sicily 1943
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  9. dryan67

    dryan67 Senior Member

    Thanks for sharing the booklet.
  10. Guy Hudson

    Guy Hudson Looker-upper

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  11. Guy Hudson

    Guy Hudson Looker-upper

    Also :
    Frank Clifford Ward
    5th March 1914 - 13th October 1998
    Suffolk Artists
    Independent Obituary

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    Teacher residing in Ashford, Kent in 1939

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    After the war, in Epstein's studio, Ward met Winston Churchill. They had encountered each other before in very different circumstances during the Allied advance through Italy, when Ward was serving with 6 Army Group Royal Artillery (6 Agra). 6 Agra saw some of the fiercest fighting. Its story is told in The Guns of 6 Agra, published at the end of the campaign and profusely illustrated by Ward.

    His sketching was mainly linked to topographical preparations for heavy bombardments, often under cover of darkness. "The drawings had to be exact. If not, your friends might be killed," he recalled. The Imperial War Museum holds some of his wartime sketches, bought by the War Artists' Advisory Committee when he was in Italy. One of the best is of Churchill with Brigadier Julian St Clair Holbrook, 6 Agra's commander. Holbrook allowed Churchill to fire a round, the Prime Minister autographing the shell "with his personal greetings".

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    JOHN BRADBURY New Member

    My dad had this book.
    The guns of 6 AGRA. Now in my eldest brother's possesion. Thanks for posting.
    My dad was Gunner E H Bradbury
    504 battery,75th Highland Heavies.
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