The Chagford Photos

The regiment had a series of photos taken during it’s time in Devon. It’s clear a number of men held copies of these and I’ve featured the ones sent to me on this site. It wasn’t until I received the band photo (below) from Lin Sharland that I had could place the images. All ofContinue reading “The Chagford Photos”

“A Stylish Batsman”

This week I was contacted by Mark Rogers, who is researching men on Worcester’s King’s School war memorial. Lieutenant Thomas Norman Gray is listed on this memorial. Gray was killed with his batman, Gunner Richardson, by enemy shelling at Testour, as they were having breakfast on 4th May 1943. Mark kindly provided the following information:Continue reading ““A Stylish Batsman””

Gunner Marsh’s Unit

Researching granddad’s regiment had two positive outcomes. One was correcting an error in Harry Marsh’s burial records and the second, via the help of the members of, was putting Freddie Friend in touch with Harry Marsh’s family. I will cover that story in another blog post. Gunner Henry “Harry” Marsh, 4126455, was killed onContinue reading “Gunner Marsh’s Unit”

John Green

Some time ago I found a web entry by Stephen Corcoran about his grandfather, John Green, who¬†served in 7th Devons/87th Anti-Tank. Before joining 7th Battalion, he served in 1/9 Manchester Machine Gun Regiment, then after 87th, 60th Anti-tank Regiment. Stephen sent me the below images. Unfortunately the Troop and Company information is unknown, but theContinue reading “John Green”

Alfred & Leslie Jones

This little blog is already having some success. I’ve been contacted by two people in the last couple of weeks who had family in 7th Devons/87th Anti-Tank. The first is Lin Sharland. Lin’s father, Alfred James Jones (1919-2002, from Teignmouth) and his brother Leslie Frank Jones (1921-2002), were in the regimental band. Both played drums.Continue reading “Alfred & Leslie Jones”

The Wilcox Citation

There are few surviving accounts of 87th’s war in Tunisia. The Devons by Jeremy Taylor offers little beyond the content of the War Diary. What I can find, I will share. The Wilcox citation came from the National Archives. It’s not a great copy, so I will transcribe what I think it says. The GazetteContinue reading “The Wilcox Citation”