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754 army field royal enginners
« on: Friday 11 November 11 22:36 GMT (UK) »
can anyone give me any info on this unit i think they were enginners not 100% they were in italy in 1943 maybe earlier sorry i know so little

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Re: 754 army field royal enginners
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 12 November 11 07:51 GMT (UK) »
Try the Royal Engineers Museum, Prince Arthur Road, Gillingham, Kent ME4 4UG
Website: www.royalengineers.org.uk
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Re: 754 army field royal enginners
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 12 November 11 09:00 GMT (UK) »
754th Field Company Royal Engineers were part of 1210 GHQ Troops, 16th Army Group RE. 170th Chief Engineer Works  8th Army

Dependant upon when he joined them, he mayy well have fought through North Africa, through Italy and up towards Austria and germany.

best bet is to apply for his records via the veterans Agency website, and try and marry them up with the unit war diary (if available) at Kew
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Re: 754 army field royal enginners
« Reply #3 on: Sunday 13 November 11 18:26 GMT (UK) »
is kew the only place i would get these records i live in bootle so would have to visit london to get them

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Re: 754 army field royal enginners
« Reply #4 on: Sunday 13 November 11 20:42 GMT (UK) »
can anyone give me any info on this unit i think they were enginners not 100% they were in italy in 1943 maybe earlier sorry i know so little

There is a book called Game of Soldiers by my father Cyril Eke who was in 754 Company Royal Engineers in North Africa, Sicily and Italy invasions and right through to Austria.
What info do you want to know ?

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Re: 754 army field royal enginners
« Reply #5 on: Sunday 13 November 11 21:03 GMT (UK) »
Joined this site today because I saw your request on the web. My father is 92 and was a member of 754 Field Company Royal Engineers throughout the war. He has kept his diaries and has written a book. He would love to help as I think he believes he may be the sole remaining sapper from his platoon.
Not sure how to get in touch with you via this site.
Happy to exchange email addresses if you want ?

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Re: 754 army field royal enginners
« Reply #6 on: Sunday 13 November 11 21:37 GMT (UK) »
hi zara
i am looking for info on my friends grandad james draper who died italy  17 nov 1943 he was from liverpool  he is buried in moro river canadion cemetery i am sorry that is really all i know about him

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Re: 754 army field royal enginners
« Reply #7 on: Sunday 13 November 11 22:31 GMT (UK) »
hi, just looked at my dads book and have also spoken to him.           
My dad remembers Jimmy Draper well and he features in a story on D day.
He was in the same platoon as my father
Page 23 is almost all about him.
He was quite a character and left quite a mark on all who met him.
He described him as "A typical Liverpudlian "rebel" with no love for the Army and authority and whose sole aim was to get out and back home to his wife and family".
He surprised everyone with an incredible act of courage and heroism that first day.

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Re: 754 army field royal enginners
« Reply #8 on: Tuesday 15 November 11 07:51 GMT (UK) »
sorry i just reread your posts you have give me the name of the book thank you i will order it