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    Hi,

    I’m trying to find out some information on a British soldier who served during WWII. What’s the best way to find out where he served and when. We know he served in Normandy 1944 but we have some conflicting information when he landed. Possibly July. The chap has recently passed away at 97 but did say he landed a few days after D-Day but I’ve found his regiment landed 13th July. He was with company HQ on ack ack guns. How can I find out more accurate information?

    Service number is 6299923 private

    82nd Btry

    9th Medium regt

    Royal Artillery

    The Buffs.

    http://www.jonspaintingservice.com/

    #130661
    jeffersjeffers
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    Jon

    Try here: https://www.gov.uk/get-copy-military-service-records/apply-for-someone-elses-records

    You need to be next of kin or have permission to get the full record. Hope this helps.

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    #130668
    Jemima FawrJemima Fawr
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    The trouble with researching RA Regts or any of the supporting arms is that they very rarely had published unit histories, unlike most of the infantry battalions and armoured regiments.

    One thing I would say is that 9 Medium Regiment was a Medium Artillery Regiment, not AA guns.  He may perhaps have been on a Light AA or Heavy AA Regt before being transferred to 9 Mediums, perhaps?  9 Medium Regt consisted of 81 & 82 Medium Batteries (so that fits), equipped with either 5.5-inch or 4.5-inch guns (most regiments at that stage of the war had two batteries of 5.5s, though some regiments had one battery of each – the 5.5 had much heavier hitting-power, but the 4.5 had longer range, so they complemented each other).

    Medium Regts were grouped together in AGRAs (Army Group Royal Artillery); in NW Europe there was normally one AGRA per Corps, plus another at Army level and they provided the heavy hitting-power.  9 Medium Regt belonged to 9 AGRA and spent most of the campaign in support of I Corps or II Canadian Corps, on the left flank of 21st Army Group.  An AGRA in NW Europe usually had four Medium Regts, a Heavy Regt (155mm & 7.2s), a Field Regt (25pdr), a Heavy AA Regt (3.7s) and sometimes a Super-Heavy Regt, Light Regt, Rocket Battery or some other oddity.

     

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    #130677
    John D SaltJohn D Salt
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    One thing I would say is that 9 Medium Regiment was a Medium Artillery Regiment, not AA guns.

    True. I suspect that our gunner may have been on one of the 20mm LAA guns as shown in the W/E at

    http://nigelef.tripod.com/medregt44.htm

    which gives two 20mm guns in the regiment’s B echelon, and two in each battery’s ammunition group. There is of course no such thing as “company HQ” in an RA organization.

    All the best,

    John.

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    Jemima FawrJemima Fawr
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    One thing I would say is that 9 Medium Regiment was a Medium Artillery Regiment, not AA guns.

    True. I suspect that our gunner may have been on one of the 20mm LAA guns as shown in the W/E at http://nigelef.tripod.com/medregt44.htm which gives two 20mm guns in the regiment’s B echelon, and two in each battery’s ammunition group. There is of course no such thing as “company HQ” in an RA organization. All the best, John.

    Thanks John, I’d totally forgotten about the LAA section. 🙂 That sounds extremely likely.

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    #130721

    This is a letter addressed to him.

    http://www.jonspaintingservice.com/

    #130722

    Another couple of letters. There is an awful lot of unpublished documents that I’m hoping to have a good look through.

    http://www.jonspaintingservice.com/

    #130731
    Jemima FawrJemima Fawr
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    I forgot to add earlier that 8 Buffs (i.e. 8th Battalion of The Royal East Kent Regt (‘The Buffs’)) were one of many infantry battalions that were ‘re-badged’ to Royal Artillery.  As you’ve probably guessed, 8 Buffs became 9 Medium Regt RA, converting in December 1942.  Seeing that address on the first envelope explains the earlier confusion, the ‘AA Platoon of the Battalion HQ Company’ refers to his earlier existence as an infantryman, before becoming a Gunner.  After conversion to RA he’s clearly gone to a different role in one of the two Gun Troops of 82 Med Bty.  81 Med Bty had ‘A’ & ‘B’ Troops, while 82 Bty had ‘C’ & ‘D’ Troops.  The ‘BLA’ bit means ‘British Liberation Army’ (i.e. 21st Army Group).

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    #130732
    Jemima FawrJemima Fawr
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    I was just having an idle Google and came across this: https://www.9thmediumregimentra.com/history-of-the-9th-medium-regiment-ra-8-buffs.html

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    #131647
    John D SaltJohn D Salt
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    I was just having an idle Google and came across this: https://www.9thmediumregimentra.com/history-of-the-9th-medium-regiment-ra-8-buffs.html

    What a splendid find!

    I reckon it’s going to be pretty hard to improve on that.

    All the best,

    John.

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