Post by davidworsfold on Jul 22, 2013 4:52:58 GMT -5
I am trying to find more detail on the movements of the main RASC units in France during May 1940. My father - Frederick Howard Worsfold (T/126235) - was a driver with 1 MT Works Services Co in France from December 1939 until 27/28 May 1940 when he was evacuated from Dunkirk. I would love to get an idea of his line of withdrawal to Dunkirk and find out which ship he came back on. Any help, however small, would be greatly appreciated. I have his service records which are very detailed on the units he served with later in the war and where they were (13, 158, 318 and 5 MTR feature a lot) and some photographs from various training courses. I am happy to share them with anyone who thinks their relative may have served with him.
My father Stephen Sweeney was also with the RASC BEF in France and was evacuated from Dunkirk. I have his Army Record Book. I would be interested in seeing your photos. I remember him saying they were brought back on all sorts of ships large and small to get them quickly out of France. You can contact me by email on email@example.com.
I too am trying to trace my dads war history, his units were
Initially enlisted in the Pioneer Corps July '39
2 Military Training Corp - July '39
27 Company RASC - Sept '39
1st Coy RASC - date unknown
288 Coy (2nd London Div) RASC - July '40
118 Coy (47 London Div) RASC - Sept '41
Transfered to Pioneer Corp - Dec '41
No 12 Centre ? - Dec '41
Discharged as unfit, unable to fulfill Army medical requirements.
we know he was with the BEF Sept 39 - June 40 which I guess means he was at Dunkirk? I did manage to get his 'Dunkirk Veterans medal' but sadly after he died, it would appear that he suffered badly from PTSD, unknown at the time!!
His number was T/1075041 - Henry William Troutt.
any help or info on where to look would be much appreciated. If you could see if any units correspond that would be appreciated
Post by johnmelling1979 on Dec 22, 2016 6:40:50 GMT -5
My great grandfather served in the RASC during WW2.
According to his letters home to family... which I am reading .
Driver / Cpl Harry Clitheroe, no 3435140, C section, No 1 GHQ, RASC, BEF... as of 6 December 1939
also in 20 Coy.. 7 Jan 1940
L / Cpl 5 March 1940
same upto 5 April 1940
In MAY he is in Belgium , when the Germans attack..... causing his to go on the retreat and walking 20 miles to Dunkirk, he had a bit of money and bought Bully, chocolate and bread and biscuits
managed to reach Dunkirk, walking over miles of sand dunes
He was on the beach for 2 days and 2 nights, trying to get to a boat, almost drowning twice
quote "They managed to get a couple of destroyers to the pier at Dunkirk about 6 miles away, so I set off to walk and was lucky to reach there & get a way at 4 o clock in the morning"
After seeing one destroyer with 700 soldiers on board get sunk. They reach Dover 12 hours later cold and wet.
Im trying to trace where he may of been in Belgium, but the diary for his unit is not digitised ... I am wondering if anyone can tell me anything about C section, No 1 GHQ, RASC upto the events at Dunkirk