Guards' photos please

Discussion in 'The Brigade of Guards' started by dbf, Sep 16, 2009.

  1. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

    A Vickers Valentia aircraft was employed from the 1st May to 12th August, 1938, for troop carrying. Coldstream Guards (in two parties of twenty) fly from Odiham to Catterick, a journey of two hours rather than two days by road.

    coldstream 3.jpg
    The one below shows this squad far too close to that propeller!
    coldstream 6.jpg
    All images posted with permission of Uncleshifty (Flickr)

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  2. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

    Two more from 1939 . `September 1939 somewhere in france men of a battalion of the Coldstream Guards take a break in their preparation of front line positions` [That Officer on the right doesnt look too impressed!]
    coldstream 1.jpg

    Uncleshifty (Flickr)


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  3. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

    One more,same source. 1931 Gdsmn Tom Milburn, Coldstream Guards.
    thomas milburn.jpg

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  4. Antony Thole

    Antony Thole Member

    Hi All,

    This is a photo of the crew of the Churchill Tank Eagle which was the Commanding Officer tank of the 4th Batt. Coldstream July 44 to May 45, WW2. My grandfather served with this crew (believe he is the one taking the photo) - We would like to know the names of others in this photo. We believe third from left is Major A C Pilkington himself (Commanding Officer) but who are the others? The Lads (2).jpg
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  5. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

    Mystery Grenadier Guardsman (Source as previous c/o uncleshifty flickr)
    238651811 atherton.jpg
    Strangely enough the same photo appeared on ebay recently ,together with a cap badge/shoulder title/39-45 star/france & germany star and war medal . With the photograph/recipient titled 23865181 Gdsmn I Atherton ? (The number appears to be a 1960 enlistment!)

  6. Quarterfinal

    Quarterfinal Well-Known Member

    Hello Diane,

    In the course of following up another character, an old chum who is connected with The Military Heritage of Ireland Trust has reminded me of George Arthur Boyd-Rochfort VC.

    A WW1 man, but technically a WW2 period grave, which sort of chimes with your remit and a very worthy one at that, several images at:
    George Arthur Boyd-Rochfort
    and perhaps not the run of the mill for Westmeath, but clearly well thought of.
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  7. madcyclist

    madcyclist Junior Member


    Reference photograph above. Apologies for any confusion caused by the lack of text.....finger trouble.
    [Mod edit, dbf: posts now merged]

    Figure lying down second from the Army right is my Father 2657980 Gdsmn David Blyth 1st (Armoured) Battalion Coldstream Guards. Other 3 men are unknown but reasonable to assume they are of the same unit.

    Early 1944 Dad was detached to 268 Forward Delivery Squadron (FDS). Subsequently disembarking with them in Normandy 1 July '44. 1 August '44 a Coldstream crewed Sherman was deployed as a Battlefield Replacement to 2nd (Armoured) Battalion Irish Guards. 4 August the tank was knocked out. The crew were;

    Lt JCF Keating Irish Guards
    Gdsmn William Bayliss Coldstream Guards
    " David Blyth " "
    " Leonard Markham " "
    " Eric Wyatt " "

    Keating was mortally wounded,Wyatt died of wounds 9 August. They are buried at St Charles de Percy & Bayeux respectively. The other 3 have No Known Graves.

    Million dollar question; are the unknown men in the photograph,Dad's 4 August '44 fellow crew members?
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  8. rachsmitt

    rachsmitt New Member

    Bit of a long shot here, and apologies if this isn't allowed - I've been searching for months now, endlessly trying to find a photograph of a Thomas John Gibson of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards, Service Number 2719629. He died in January 1944 in Anzio, so any pictures with him would be before that date! I've scoured the entire internet, and I fear he could be in a photograph that hasn't had names listed alongside it...

    Again, sorry if this isn't allowed - I just am not sure where else to look! After this, I think I might have to give up o_O:banghead::unsure: (this is the one photo I have of him, which I found on Ancestry. Unfortunately the man who uploaded it didn't get back in touch with me so I'm not sure where it's from).

    Attached Files:

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  9. Quarterfinal

    Quarterfinal Well-Known Member


    Have you tried the Tandragee angle; local papers of the time etc? Thomas is listed amongst the Fallen on the War Memorial near the Castle gate. The Lockarts may have been prominent local shop owners then too, I don’t know about the Gibsons. Could he have been in a local Orange lodge? Might Thomas have belonged to the Home Guard before joining the Irish Guards? A few did. I know of a local platoon photo circa 41-41, but can’t recall whether it is annotated with names and if it is Tandragee-centric or Poyntzpass leaning. I won’t get a chance to see a copy for a few months, but as a long shot, will keep your quest in mind.
    Hope you have some luck, anyway.
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  10. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

    On the 30th of June 1944 Gdsmn Jones was wounded in a flying bomb attack.
    2739394 Robert Trevor Jones
    Welsh Guardsman

    with the permission of uncleshifty(flickr)

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  11. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Thanks very much for adding that.
  12. Nigel Joy

    Nigel Joy Member

    I don't know if this helps but Leonard Markham 2659047 was in the same training squad as my father 2659042 Ronald Joy and his photo is attached Gdsn L Markham.JPG
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  13. madcyclist

    madcyclist Junior Member

    Thank you for that Nigel. Every little helps.....apparently.
    Leonard Markham was from Hornsea,East Riding Of Yorkshire. Coincidentally,Dad was from Sutton-on-Hull,Aldo in the East Riding.
    Please excuse the tardy response. Recently moved & been off the air.
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  14. CL1

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

    Remembered Stanstead Abbotts War Memorial, Hertfordshire

    Service Number: 68895
    Regiment & Unit/Ship
    Grenadier Guards

    5th Bn.

    Date of Death
    Died 23 April 1943

    Age 29 years old

    Buried or commemorated at

    9. C. 1.

    • Country of ServiceUnited Kingdom
    • Additional InfoSon of Henry Fowell Buxton and Katherine Buxton; husband of Elizabeth Langley Buxton, of Tring, Hertfordshire.

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  15. CL1

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

    Remembered Bath Abbey

    Service Number: 2621815
    Regiment & Unit/Ship
    Grenadier Guards

    6th Bn.

    Date of Death
    Died 17 March 1943

    Age 29 years old

    Buried or commemorated at

    III. AA. 21.


    • Country of ServiceUnited Kingdom
    • Additional InfoSon of Charles and Eliza Ann Rainey, of Marston Magna, Somerset.

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