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Re: Regiment Identification
« Reply #10 on: May 06, 2017, 11:42:30 »
Thanks Paolo. Like many war vets he had difficulty in settling into civilian life after that.  As a child, I had no idea of course.

He was a Bolton lad and worked down the coal mine at around 14 and then in a cotton mill.  He joined the T.A. not long before war broke out and then the Hussars.  He came out without a real trade and settled in Canterbury. He took on various labouring jobs ending up as a reelerman at Chartham Paper Mill.

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Re: Regiment Identification
« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2017, 10:27:32 »
What a brave man, JW.    Good timing with your post with Monday being VE day.

Googled "Rushden 15/19 Hussars", fascinating information to be seen.

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Re: Regiment Identification
« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2017, 23:36:30 »
Thanks Grandarog

So, I think I'm safe in thinking that it's definitely the 15th/19th in the photo.  Everything fits - the photographers address being the same as my Dad's story, the badges and the date.

He later volunteered for the parachute regiment and dropped at the Pegasus Bridge on D-Day.  He was part of a two man Vickers Machine gun crew.  He helped hold the bridge until reinforcements arrived and then moved inland and was involved in many skirmishes.  Not many of his battalion survived unfortunately.  He later fought in the Ardennes and then after the war he rejoined the 15th/19th and was posted in Palestine on peacekeeping duties.

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Re: Regiment Identification
« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2017, 22:01:42 »
That`s their Cap Badge JW :)

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Re: Regiment Identification
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2017, 21:56:09 »
This is the same as the badge my Dad had kept for many years after the war.  15th/19th Kings Royal Hussars ?

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« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2017, 21:44:59 »
The collar dogs for the RA would be a flaming grenade,  entirely differen to their cap badge shape which bryn refers to. In fact they resemble the shape of the Hussars badges more.

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Re: Regiment Identification
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2017, 18:58:18 »
Thanks Grandarog and Bryn Clinch.  I'll follow up your leads.

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Re: Regiment Identification
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2017, 17:55:22 »
The badges have the general shape of the Royal Artillery.

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Re: Regiment Identification
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2017, 16:13:17 »
If you can`t get a result on here, try the Military WW2 Board on Rootschat, Scrimnets boyyos are the real experts at ID`ing. :)

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Regiment Identification
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2017, 11:44:54 »
My father James Walker (arrowed) was living in Kent and was in various regiments.  I do know he was in the 15th/19th Hussars and the Parachute Regiments.

He was at Cranbrook at one point.

The faded photographers address on the back looks like Rushden?

Can any of you military buffs identify this regiment please?

Thanks
John

 

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