Anyone require War Diaries or other files from the National Archives?

Discussion in 'For Sale & For Trade' started by Drew5233, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Hi Samuel-I have a copy of the diary, just drop me a private message if you'd like a copy :)
  2. Wim

    Wim New Member

    Hi Andy, do you have the war diary of the 2nd battalion King's Shropshire Light Infantry jan-dec 1944? Reference WO 171/1325? If so, I'm interested.

    Hope to hear from you.
  3. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    I do, I'll send you a PM.
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  4. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian

    Hi Drew,

    By any chance do you have WO 204/7234, "5 Corps Royal Artillery: operation orders and notes"? Can't imagine it's a popular choice.
  5. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    It's always worth asking Chris, sadly in this case though it's a no. NW Europe 1944 Diaries and 1940 BEF diaries are the two areas I'm most likely to have.
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  6. Colin Church

    Colin Church New Member

    Hi Drew
    Was wondering if you had any of this batch? If so could you PM me a price. Cheers

    WO 166/1557 ROYAL ARTILLERY: FIELD REGIMENTS: 145 Field Regiment. 1939 Sept - 1940 Nov; 1941 Jan- Dec
    WO 166/7039 ROYAL ARTILLERY: FIELD REGIMENTS: 145 Regiment. 1942 Jan-Dec
    WO 166/11295 145 Field Regiment 1943 Jan.-Dec.
    WO 166/14974 145 Regiment 1944 Jan.-Oct.
    WO 172/7422 Field Regiments: 145 Regiment 1944 Nov.- 1945 Dec.
    WO 172/8400 Signal Sections attached Royal Artillery: Sigs Section att. 145 Field Regt 1945 Sept.-Oct.
    WO 172/10099 145 Field Regiment 1946 Jan.- May
  7. simonc

    simonc Member

    Hi Andy

    Like yourself, I'm not able to visit NA presently due to restrictions, so thought I'd ask you if you happen to have any of the following available without my making a visit please?

    WO 172/2565 9th Bt York & Lancaster Regt 1943
    WO 172/4937 9th Bt York & Lancaster Regt 1944
    WO 172/7683 9th Bt York & Lancaster Regt Jan-Nov 1945

    Please let me know either way - Many thanks - Simon
  8. Paul BThomas

    Paul BThomas New Member

  9. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Hi Colin-Sorry, No 145 Field Regt diaries in my archives at this time.
  10. MargaretF123

    MargaretF123 New Member

    Hi I was wondering if you already have copies that I could purchase RA 48 LAA Regiment 95 Battery please - the period I am most interest in finding details for is November 1941 - 21 March 1942. I am sorry I don't have the reference number. Thank you
  11. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive


    Unfortunately I don't have that regiments diary in my archives. I will be able to copy it for you at some point this year when the archives returns to some degree of normality but I have no idea when that will be. Possibly June at the earliest I would think.
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  12. CL1

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

    Some info here that might help you from another forum member
    Have a read through

    The Regimental Diary is in WO 166/2721 and goes from July 1940 to October 1941.
    From May 1941 the Regiment was based in the Essex and Suffolk area and continued in an anti-aircraft role with the Battery and Troop detachments being widely spread at locations of importance.
    22/08/1941 – Regiment moves to Yeovil and is informed it is due to be mobilized for overseas service (tropical climate).
    15/09/1941 – Regiment moves to Southend on Sea to complete mobilization.
    The 48th LAA Regiment, 'Bofors Guns', had three Batteries, 49, 95, 242. We sailed from Gourock on the river Clyde the day Japan declared war, December 7th 1941. We and many other regiments were on the 'Duchess of Athol'. We thought we were going to Basra (where the problems are now). We stopped at Freetown, and had our Christmas dinner there, then on to Durban. We changed ships there and after about six days there we boarded the 'HMT Dunera' with the possibility of Singapore, but we and other ships were diverted to Batavia, Java, and docked at Tanjong Priok harbour.
    There are no diaries for the period for November 1941 to the capture of the Regiment by the Japanese.

    48 LAA Regiment RA, on arrival in Batavia, sent 95 Battery to Oosthaven in Sumatra en route for the airfield around Palembang (P1 and P2) to reinforce the air defence already
    there. When they arrived in Palembang they found that the evacuation was beginning and they had time only to turn round, retire to Oosthaven and return to Java. 95 Battery, on its return, was deployed around Andir airfield near Bandoeng (now Bandung). 49 Battery was deployed around Kalidjati airfield, North of Bandoeng and 242 Battery with RHQ were deployed in Batavia. 95th Battery was over-run by Japanese tanks at Bandoeng on 20/03/1942 and a file on ‘missing’ men includes some detail. Those men who survived were shipped to Singapore on 14/04/1942 and from there Alfred is listed as being sent to Japan on 29/10/1942.
    02/04/1945 – Alfred dies at Omine Machi Camp at Hiroshima. His body is cremated and his ashes (in an urn) added to a shrine but moved in 1946 to the Yokohama cemetery.

    49 Battery 48th LAA Royal Artillery. 53 died 21/02/42.
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  13. MartinArthurGash

    MartinArthurGash Junior Member


    I note you copy war diaries. I live in Brittany France. . I want to know how much would be the diary for the 50th Divisional Signallers Northumberland for 1942. I believe they are under PRO reference 169/4150. I am looking in particular for the death of Signaller John George Moore Doidge in May 1942. The date is under dispute.
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  14. CL1

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

    the last seen alive on or abouts 27/5 confirmed dead 28 May
    I would assume the CWGC received this info from his unit.

    Service Number: 2330526
    Regiment & Unit/Ship

    Royal Corps of Signals

    50th Div. Sigs.

    Date of Death
    Died Between 27 May 1942 and 28 May 1942

    Buried or commemorated at

    1. D. 25.


    • Country of ServiceUnited Kingdom
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2021
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  15. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Hi Martin-Unfortunately I don't have the diary and whilst the archives is closed I'm not sure when I'll be visiting again.
  16. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

  17. Fran Sandham

    Fran Sandham New Member

    Re: War Diaries copies - very good, quick service!
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  18. MartinArthurGash

    MartinArthurGash Junior Member

  19. MartinArthurGash

    MartinArthurGash Junior Member

    Thank you for the information. I found JGM Doidge in number 200of some notes. Do these notes come from the McKenzie Diary . I found a what I thought was a transcript of the diary on the front page but this seems to end in April 1942. Would you please clarify. His son, a friend of mine really wants to know actual date of death as he was in dispute with the mod about it several years ago. Many thanks in advance
  20. BrianHall1963

    BrianHall1963 Well-Known Member

    Good evening Andy I am would be very interested in anything 7para pre12th August 44my uncle was killed on the 11th and we know nearly zero about his time up I’ll then ,I don’t think anything personal about him can be found but it would be good to find out more about them if you have any ., please PM me with a cost of your services and time . Regards Brian

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