Information for Veterans and their families
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Gale, Jeanotte Peter
Gardner, Charles (Cleve)
Gavin, John James
Gibbard-Thatcher, Eric William
Gibbs, Stuart William Charles
Gidlow, Leslie Lascelles
2nd Gloster Regiment
Goodall, Ernest Norman
Goodman, W.E. (Bill)
Graham, Robert Andrew II
Greeves, George Alfred
Griffith, William H.
Grimes, Hugh (aka Freddy)
He was born in 1914 in Bromley, Kent and died in 1993 in Chertsey, Surrey.
He served in 'B' Company, 1st Bn Queen Victoria's Rifles (also known in 1937 as Kings Royal Rifle Corp). His army number was 6142398. Click here to find out more about him.
His first marriage was to Mrs F A Edwards and they lived at 16 Albany Road, Hersham, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey. Dad's father's name was John Lionel Edwards and his mother's maiden name was Emma Grim.
Dad was camp tailor (he also made costumes for the theatre productions) and played violin.
Can anyone help Susan trace fellow members of the Royal East Kent Regiment of the BUFFS, who were confined with her father, Sydney, as a PoW in 1940-45?
Private 6286696 Sydney Grindy was taken prisoner at Le Milliard on 24th May 1940.
He was confined in Stalag XXA at Thorn (9/6/40 - 16/4/41), Stalag XXB at Marienberg (18/4/41 - 17/5/43) and Stalag XXA at Thorn (27/11/43 - 23/1/45).
He was also posted to the following work camps - Elbing Camp from 20/5/41 - 17/2/42 and Konitz Camp from 11/4/44 - 23/1/45.
Susan is particularly interested to trace any members of Sydney's regiment who may have been confined with him during this period. Please contact Susan directly if you have any information.
Vincent is looking for information on his father, 3449947 Vincent Patrick Nield, Pte, 8th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers. He was sent to Dunkirk from Eccles Drill Hall (TA) and his friends were Stan Johnson, Bill Johnson,Chris Griffin and Eric Heap.
Vinny has a picture of the 8th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers (TA) taken in (approx.) 1939.
If you know anything about Vincent or, indeed, any of his friends, please get in touch with Vinny directly.
John is seeking information on his father, Corporal George Moodie, Number 305814, Seaforth Highlanders. He was a PoW in Stalag XXB from 1940 to 1945. John now believes he was on the Death March but hey don't know where he was repatriated.
On letters to the Camp it is addressed Stalag XXB (60) - what does the 60 stand for?
John also believes George tried to escape on 2 or 3 occassions.
He was a medic and he also worked on a German officers farm - there is a photograph of this. John also has a photo of him with 5 other prisoners in camp - inscribed g.b.304.
At the end of the war he returned to his home town of Edinburgh.
Here is a picture of George on his own and also one with his commrades in Scottish Barracks before they set off for France. Do you recognise anyone in the second picture? Were you one of George's commrades?
Please have a look at the Stalag XXA/XXB photographs page to see more photographs of George Moodie and other PoWs that we would like to identify.
John has come across some more information in a notebook of his fathers. His father and 3 other PoWs were due to meet up in Aberdeen after the war. John is unsure whether this happened or not. The entry was dated 1st June 943. The names and addresses were:
Moodie, 34 Milton Street, Edinburgh
If you are or know any of these people, please get in touch.
Please contact John if you have any information on George.
Tim has visited Poland in search of his father's PoW locations, but needs to research his father's history further before he returns and is looking for any information on the locations his father was at or, indeed, information about his father himself.
Tim's late father, Hugh Grimes (aka Freddy Grimes), was captured at Hazebrouk and was liberated by the US Army near Schwerin on 2nd May 1945. During this period, Hugh seems to have been at Stalags II A; II E?; XXA from 1st July 1940 to 22nd October 1941, including Forts 12 and 13, and camps 13A; 3A, and 24; but mostly at Stalag XXB (Marienburg/Malbork) from 22nd October 1941, including AKs 170 (roadmaking at Marienau/Marynowy) and 717 (Behrent/Koscierzyna Sawmill) as well as working on farms and at a sugar factory (at Altefelde/Starepole ?), until marching west to liberation.
If anybody has any information, please contact Tim directly.
John is looking for information on his partner's grandfather who was German but served with the RAF. All that is know is his name was Eric William Gibbard and at some time he added the Thatcher after living with a family of that name. He served at R.A.F Stroud & Filey and was a navigator on Lancasters, Whitlys and Wellingtons. Apparently he suffered some kind of accident and was discharged. He was married on 31/10/42 but died in a motorcycle accident in Solihull on 06/06/55, aged 35.
Please contact John if you can help him with any information.
20th June 2017. Robert says "If you would be so kind as to send my contact details to the person John who is seeking information on Eric Gibbard-Thatcher who died in Solihull in 1955. My wife is Eric's wife's niece on lived with his wife Peggy at Elmdon or some years. We would love to be in contact with this part of the family."
Philip's uncle, Charles "Cleve" Gardner, was captured outside of Neubrandenburg, Germany in Linnich. He was in the 102nd Division 407th Regiment Company C Machine Gun Unit and his PoW ID was 160405 and he was incarcerated in Stalag IIA. Philip is trying to put some things together for his children so they never forget the sacrifice these people made. His uncle just got his overdue PoW medal just before Christmas which was a real surprise to him and Philip trying to get the Purple Heart he never recieved. Charles was beaten weekly and lost his sight in one eye. His Army ID was 3352068.
If anyone help with information on Charles or how to obtain the Purple Heart, please contact Phil.
Janelle would like to know if there are any pictures of her grandfather, William H. Griffith, during WWII.
He was captured 5 miles into Germany, between Nancy and Mitze in France. He was then a PoW at two different camps - firstly, Stalag XIIA in Limburg, Germany and then at Stalag IIIC in Altdrewilz, Germany.
If anyone has information on these camps or pictures of any American soldiers in them, Janelle would like to hear from you.
If you can help at all, please contact Janelle
Edward is looking for information on his grandfather, Private Edward Goddard. He has recently died and Edward has discovered he was captured and sent to Stalag XXA between the years of 1941 to 1943.
If anyone has any information or remembers him, please email Edward
Pete's father was George Alfred Greeves. He was born in 1926 and Pete knows he was at the crossing of the Rhine. He mentioned Goch Riechwald and the surrender of Germans either at Bremen or Cuxhaven.
George ended up in hospital in Hamburg and then for three months in Warminster.
George said he was a Bren gunner. He went in to the War a boy who lived a sheltered life and came out quite the opposite. After the War he went back to France with a mate, Ronnie Simmonds.
Pete has seen only one photo of him during War in kilt and with his grandfather.
George was born in Bermondsey and sadly died in 1990.
If you can help, please email Pete
Monica is searching for the name of the unit her father, Henry Gomez served with in WWII. She has is his SSN: 326-05-7374. He served from February 1943 to December 1945. He was in North Africa and Europe.
If you can help, please email Monica
Sharon's grandfather, Private George Greenwood, was a PoW in Stalag XXB in Marienburgh (PoW number 17141). George was reported missing and the War Office presumed he died shortly after 12th April 1946 whilst evading the Germans as a PoW. Another number that Sharon has is D/194007 but she is unsure what this refers to.
George was in the Seaforth Highlanders and his Army number was 2817815. He was born on 6th March 1911.
Sharon would like to find out if anyone knew George, what he was like and what happened to him as sadly he died in 2000.
If you can help, please email Sharon
Pamela's father, Robert Andrew Graham II, was stationed in Bari, Italy in WWII and flew a P-38. It is possible that he spent some time in the hospital in Bari.
If you can help with information on Robert, please email Pamela
Adrian is looking for information on his grandfather, Walter Greaves, who served with the Tigers in France in 1940.
Walter was captured after being wounded by German mortar rounds outside of Dunkirk. He was transferred as a PoW and spent the rest of the War interned in Poland. He was posted, presumed dead, in 1940, around June/July. Adrian's grandmother received a Red Cross letter from him in September 1940 and confirmation from the War Office that he was alive and a PoW in Poland.
Walter lived on the New Parks Estate, Leicester and was serving with the Leicestershire Regiment stationed at Alton Towers in 1939 and from there he went to France with the BEF.
He was marched across Poland in 1945 by the Germans and hid, with the help of surplus British Army clothing, a Russian PoW. The PoWs were liberated by the Americans and he returned to England in 1946 and was demobbed that year.
If you can help with information on Walter, please email Adrian
Chris has been trying to find details of his grandfather's military past. All he knows of his time during WWII is as follows:
Ernest Norman Goodall (of Wolverhampton, born 1918) was captured at Tobruk and shipped to Italy. He escaped from a Prisoner of War Camp with his best mate and somehow met up with partisans in the mountains. Chris believes he spent his time there blowing up German trains and remembers his Nan mentioning that he was the second most wanted person in Italy, after Churchill.
Ernest never mentioned the War, but then Chris was only 14 when he passed away.
If you can help with information on Ernest, please email Chris Pollard
Chris sent me the following additional information - "I have just found some more details about Private E.N.Goodall from an old newspaper cutting that goes some way to confirming the stories I'd heard. The piece was actually about his marriage: "Twice reported missing, taken prisoner and at liberty for six months behind the German lines in Italy before rejoining the Allies, Private E.N.Goodall, of The Bracken, Long Knowle, Wednesfield, who has been mentioned in dispatches, was married . . . Private Goodall is one of four brothers serving in the army.""
If you have any information on this regiment, please contact either myself or Paul Law.
Margaux is looking for information on her grandfather, Roger Gilquin who was a PoW at Stalag XXA in Torun (Thorn), Poland.
She has provided the following information:
de naissance : 11-10-10
If you can help, please contact Margaux
is searching for information about his father in law, James Green, who
served with the Royal Artillery at Dunkirk.
If you have any information on James, please contact Brian
Janet is looking for information on Jeanotte Peter Gale, her father who she believed served with the 3rd Corps RASC during WWII. He has sadly died and never spoke of his War years but he was born in 1918 and Janet knows he had an address (during WWII) at one stage which was No 12 (Dub) Bk Amm Pk A section c/o Army Post office BE7. His number may have been 122400.
Janet has no surviving family who can help her so any information would be much appreciated.
If you have any information on Jeanotte, please contact Janet
Doug's father, Ian Goodyer, was a PoW in Stalag XX1A.
His regiment was the Royal West Kent. He pasted away many years ago but Doug wondered if any body rembers him.
If you have any information on Ian, please contact Doug
Michelle is trying to find out more about her grandfather, who was captured at Dunkirk and was a PoW at Stalag XX1D.
He was with the KRRC and believed to be in the 2nd Batallion.
His name was Cecil Gurnett he passed away in 1986.
If you have any information on Cecil, please contact Michelle
"I am looking for some information on my pop his service number is WX 7853 his name is William Gelmi. He was in the WWII between 1940-1946. I have no other information than this and would like to find out something about him."
If you have any information on William, please contact Donna
Gill emailed. She is looking for information on her father Bill Goodman:
signed up 8 Aug 1940 RAF
7 Squadron based at Oakington – on Stirling Bombers
If you have any information on Bill, please contact Gill
Bob emailed to say:
"My Dad, Lesley Lascelles Gidlow (R.A.) was captured in Belgium and spent the war in a farm camp attached to Stalag XXA. (Torun). He would have been on the long march your dad endured. My dad was finally liberated by the Yanks and was flown home in a US Army uniform. Dad was a non-smoker and reckoned he stayed relatively healthy by swopping the cigarettes in his Red Cross parcels for food in others\' parcels. Dad did not speak much about the war (like many young men, he just wanted to make up for \'lost time\') until very recently. He died in 2011 aged about 90-91. He was a lovely man and a great father. His firstborn son, Mike, who alas predeceased him, was almost 5 when my dad first saw him face to face. What a moment that must have been.
attach 3 images: One is the Red Cross notification to my mother that Dad
was a POW. (It was posted in July 1940 and as far as I am aware that was
the first news my mum received that he was alive.). The second was a group
prisoner photo. My dad alas is barely visible at the very back. My understanding
is that although Dad was in ‘20A’, they somehow got moved
for the photo and the German stamp on the photo says ‘20B’.
The third is a photo of ‘Gunner Gidlow” taken in December
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If you have any information on Lesley, please contact Bob
"My granddad was Prisoner of War Frergeben Stalag IIID. His name was John James Gavin and he was with The Royal Highlanders. Could any one help me find out a bit more about my granddad?"
If you have any information on John, please contact Angela
"Seeking information about Stuart William Charles Gibbs, born 1922 Kent, missing early 1943, reported PoW in Italy, may have emigrated to Australia. Any info would be very grateful."
If you have any information on Stuart, please contact Hazel
Ray is looking for information on his father Joseph Gumme. He was in the Royal Artillery and his army number was 1433142. He said he was known as “Darkie” by his regiment friends.
If you have any information on Joseph, please contact me.
Carla wrote in with the following information on her uncle, Donald Gamble, to see if anyone can help with more detail:
NAME: Donald C. Gamble
FULL NAME: Donald Charles Gamble
DONALD INFO: Donald is in the book called "U.S. Navy PB4Y-1 (B-24)
Liberator Squadrons: in Great Britain during World War II" by Alan
Carey - he is pictured on page 58 with the rest of his VB-110 squad members.
We also created a Facebook page to collaborate and obtain information/pictures
of Donald during his service life. The family has also participated in
many data gathering websites that are committed to documenting every WWII
serviceman that was either killed during the war and/or received medals
during their tenure or posthumously. I have a list of the website if required.
If you have any information on Donald, please email Carla.
Please send all replies to enquiries to me using the Contact page.