New user - 1943 sept Salerno

Discussion in 'User Introductions' started by Leec, Dec 22, 2018.

  1. Leec

    Leec New Member

    Hello everyone. I’m new to the site I have a high interest in ww2 like the rest of you guys. I’m involved with living history group who portray 101st 82nd US airborne. US 2nd 3rd armoured div and British airborne.

    I’m looking to find out some information during 8th/9th September 1943 Salerno. My uncle died at age 21 on 9th sept 1943 his grave is at Salerno cemetery. He was with 5th Bn Hampshire regiment.

    Photos, footage diary info etc be helpful. Even a captain log for a boat the bn was on.

    Appreciate any help. This information I can pass onto my 92yr old grandad my uncles brother. My grandad memory is fading and he mentions his brother before fighting the war. Heart breaking to see his tears. My grandad was stationed in Egypt, Tunisia, Africa during 1944-1956 in the RAF. He has done well to live his life to see 92. His wife (my Nan) has also served her time during ww2 as a nurse. She is still going about her daily life at 94yrs and still fit as a fiddle.

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  2. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Welcome to the forum. There's been quite abit posted on the forum on 5th Hampshires. Have you visited his grave ?
  3. Leec

    Leec New Member

    I’m planning to go and visit the cemetery mid next year
  4. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member Patron

    Welcome to the forum.
  5. Stuart Avery

    Stuart Avery In my wagon & not a muleteer.

    Gary Tankard may be able to help you out with the diaries of the 5 Hampshire Regiment? He has a shed load of War diaries of 56 Division. You could try & obtain a copy of D. Scott Daniell's book on the Regimental History of the Hampshire Regiment Vol III. If Gary has not got the diaries, then Tom OBrien may have them?

    Welcome to the forum.

  6. minden1759

    minden1759 Senior Member


    In addition to your interest in 5 Hampshires, were you aware of 82 US Airborne Division, at very short notice, jumped into the Salerno beachhead to reinforce the American sector?

    I am there in Mar 19 guiding a group. I am happy to stop and get you a photo of his headstone if that helps.


  7. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    There's also a book called 'Hampshire Boy' by Douglas J French who was a Pre-war Regular who was a Sgt in the 5th Bn.
    He was in the Mortar Platoon at Salerno.
  8. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member

    Hi Leec,

    Welcome to forum. I’ll have a look at my stuff after Xmas and get back in touch then to let you know what I’ve got. Happy to share anything I’ve got.

    Best wishes

  9. CL1

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

    Welcome to the forum

    Do you want to post his name to enable forum members to try to help

  10. Stuart Avery

    Stuart Avery In my wagon & not a muleteer.

    Owen, i did not know about this book! Is it worth obtaining?

  11. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Yes, if you can find a copy.
  12. Stuart Avery

    Stuart Avery In my wagon & not a muleteer.

    I'm not up to speed with what went on at Salerno,( but its about time i started to read more on it.) It looks has if died on the opening day to me? Until someone comes up with the War diaries, then this is the best that i can offer.. The scans are from the Regimental History that i mentioned in my post 5.Edit. Owen, thanks for that.

    Last edited: Dec 23, 2018
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  13. Gary Tankard

    Gary Tankard Well-Known Member

    Hello Leec,

    I do have the 5 Hants diaries for Sept 1943. I'm a bit snowed under at the minute because of Christmas but can send them when I get chance. Note they are handwritten in pencil. However, the summary in Stuart's post above gives a good summary of the disaster that overtook 5 Hants on Hampshire Lane.

  14. Stuart Avery

    Stuart Avery In my wagon & not a muleteer.

    Some more detail about Owen's post 7 (see image below!) ISBN 10: 18582184X & ISBN13: 9781858218427. It was published by Scottforth books in 2001. 253 pages ( First Edition) illustrated with b/w photographs. I will not name & shame the Shysters who want £75.00 for them (That must be a typing error.?)

    Cheers Owen ;)

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