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Armed Forces / Re: Windsor Foresters/Fencibles
« on: Tuesday 10 December 13 21:38 GMT (UK)  »
Hi Spiny

Glad to oblige. Send me an email to and I'll send you a copy


Hampshire & Isle of Wight / Re: Army Camp Hursley info wanted
« on: Friday 16 August 13 10:09 BST (UK)  »
Hi Dave
The addresses for RHQ and each Bty from the war diary are as follows

145 (Berks Yeo) Fd. Regt R.A.
Camp 016
C/O GPO Hursley

395 (Berks Yeo) Fd. Bty R.A.
Camp 016

396 (Berks Yeo) Fd. Bty R.A.
Camp 017

509 (Berks Yeo) Fd. Bty R.A.
Camp 022

So the camps are C16 C17 and C22 not C18 - my bad memory. Do you have a copy of the map you can post ?

Also I found this on the web
Nightingale Wood, Romsey (C16 & C17) WWII D-Day Marshalling Area Camps C16 & C17 (camp capacity 3,250 personnel & 465 vehicles)
Southampton Common (C18, C19, C20 & C21) WWII D-Day Marshalling Area Camp C18, C19, C20 & C21 (8,500 personnel & 1,000 vehicles).12th Hospital Train, 12th Medical Dispensary
Toothill (C22) WWII D-Day Marshalling Area Camp C22 (camp capacity 2,000 personnel & 285 vehicles)

I have two tapes with memories about the camps of which I will transcribe and will post them for you after my summer hols. (off tomorrow

Hampshire & Isle of Wight / Re: Army Camp Hursley info wanted
« on: Thursday 15 August 13 10:53 BST (UK)  »
Hi  both
I came across this post while googling Hursley in connection with DDay

145 (Berkshire Yeomanry) Field Regt RA ran three camps during the summer of 1944 C16 C17 and C18. The postal addresses of these was Hursley. 

My paperwork is not with my so I cannot give the full address. Our regimental history states that they processed troops of the 50th Div with C18 having Durham Light Infantry and Seaforth Highlanders go through. Also C18 accommodated Americans & ATS either side of the camp. At night the our men used to mount a guard between the two and whack any American soldier with a pickhelve who was trying to sneak under the wire to the girls' billets

C17 although postally Hursley was located where the M27 services are now.

I will add some more when I have my papers to hand


World War One / Re: Info on these photographs, please!
« on: Tuesday 06 November 12 08:58 GMT (UK)  »
Hi Matt
In regard to your first photo, It was taken after outbreak of WW1 as the men do not have leather leggings which were replaced by cloth putties seen here on the men. The IY below the capbadge is easily explained - With a large increase in men joining the regiment supplies of the existing cap badge were soon exhausted and before new ones could be made, the old Berks Imperial Yeomanry capbadge (worn 1902-1908) was issued instead.

I recognise FG Ford, a Corporal shoeing smith in 3rd Troop B (Reading) Squadron of the Berks Yeomanry, and from memory lived in Upper Basildon. I would guess the chap on the right is also from the B Squadron. I will check our archive to see if I can spot his face.

I enclose another one of Frank Ford.

Should you or your relatives wish to visit our museum in Windsor to learn more about the Berks Yeo, please let me know.


(Asst Curator - Berks Yeomanry Museum)

Armed Forces / Re: Windsor Foresters/Fencibles
« on: Tuesday 05 October 10 10:31 BST (UK)  »
Dear Prue
I came across this string while searching for something else.

I have a 38 page pamphlet ref the Yeomanry Cavalry of Berkshire which covers quite a bit ref the Windsor Foresters.
An excerpt for 1797

A notice inserted in the Reading Mercury offered a reward for the apprehension of any person inciting any soldier to desert. This was placed on behalf of the Non commissioned Officers, trumpeters and Private Men of the Windsor Foresters Regiment of Fencible Cavalry gave the ranks as set out below:
Colonel Rooke's Troop   
John Bowles, Serj Major,        Thos Goode, Corporal.
Wm Cooper, Serjeant,        R.C. Smith, Do.
James Day, Do.        John Chadwick, Do.

Lieutenant Colonel Sir N Dunkinfield's Troop   
Wm Bullock Serjeant.        John Allen Corporal
John Bradnock Do        Thos Fletcher Do.
Wm Franklin Do.        Thos Rowley Do.

Major Sturges' Troop   
George Wise Q.M. Serjeant        Wm Elborough Corporal.
Thos Osborne Serjeant        James Ellison Do.
John Marshall Do        James Peggotter Do.

Captain Ximenes' Troop   
Luke Marvelly Serjeant.     John Mathews Corporal.
George Rowley Do.        Luke Perdue Do.
George Ellis Do.        Richard Dobson Do.

Captain Culbert's Troop   
Wm Ethilny Serjeant        Wm Parker Corporal.
Charles Knott Do.        John Cuth Do.   Reg CL
Wm Musgrove Do.        Wm Wain Do.

Captain Collier's Troop   
George Miles Serjeant.        Corporal Wm Gardiner.
Thomas Lee Do.        John Bridge Do.
George Millar Do.        John Mills Do.

This notice dated 9th June 1797 gives the regiment's location as Perth Barracks.

If you send me you email address I will send you whole document

Andrew French
asst hon curator Berkshire Yeomanry Museum

World War One / Re: help with medal card
« on: Tuesday 27 October 09 16:34 GMT (UK)  »
Hi Gig

Large draft of men were sent from the 2/1st Berks Yeo were transferred to the 4th Bn Green Howards in circa 1917. The 2/1st by the mounted on bicycles not horses were engaged both on home defence duties and the training up on conscripts. Wil conscription your were generally sent where needed and not nesessarily where you wanted hence a Birmingham man ending up with the Berks Yeo.

Andrew French
Asst Curator Berks Yeomanry Museum

World War One / Re: Who is this soldier?
« on: Wednesday 01 July 09 09:40 BST (UK)  »
Hi just to let you know
Graham McKeknie of BBC Radio Berkshire is doing a documentry feature on Fred Potts and will be in contact in due course. If you want to chat to his direct his email is (Available by PM!!)


Pse do not use private emails on RC, it will lead to oodles of spam...Thanks

Armed Forces / Re: Real or not?
« on: Friday 05 June 09 10:31 BST (UK)  »
Glad to be able to assist

Armed Forces / Re: Real or not?
« on: Thursday 21 May 09 12:14 BST (UK)  »
Hi Matt

Smith RT OF Becksford, Upper Basildon. Killed in action 29th November

Joined Berkshire Yeomanry at Yeomanry House Reading and allocated number
2808 so enlisted mid to late August 1915. Posted to 3/1st Berks Yeo where he carried out initial training at Aldemaston then Tidworth. Trained in UK as signals specialist.
He was posted overseas after 1916 as he has no 1914-15 star but before April 1917 as his old number is shown on his medal card
Name   Reuben Thomas Smith 70706
Born    Bucklebury, Berks
Enlisted   Reading
Regt   Berkshire Yeomanry
Casualty   Killed in Action on 29th November 1917 in Palestine
Soldiers died in the Great War 1914 - 1919

I have a photo him in the 3/1st Berks Signal Troop
and his medal card which I will attach.

As you cannot come on a Tuesdays evening try emailing my colleague as he is sometimes in during the day


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