Just an (eventual) update (??)……...in 2017,I did indeed receive my favourite Uncle's military record. (see enclosed pics), the stand-out date being; "Deplaned to NW Europe on 5/6/44"...….the night before 'D-Day'.
Can't imagine his thoughts as he prepared to parachute in (with a bicycle) !!.
Anyway, I was delighted & proud to see he got promoted to Sergeant just one month later & chuckled to see he got a right royal rollicking for letting a POW escape in 1945. (Although, he was a compassionate man)
Then in November last, I visited ; http://www.lancashireinfantrymuseum.org.uk
It's FREE ….just get the 'X2' bus to Preston then the #6 bus to the barracks...…….it's 'Jam-packed' with stuff...……..well worth a visit.
During my visit, I noticed some photos & information regarding "2/4 Lancs Regiment" during 'D-Day', …...Bill's regiment, with incredible timing, one of the volunteers from the Museum asked me; "Need any help Sir ?".
He was obviously a retired military man, dapper, red'g tie, well spoken in clipped terms. So I asked for more information & explained about my Uncle & that he had indeed landed the night before.
I'd been to my cousin's funeral that day before & inside my jacket pocket, & by pure chance, I had Charlie Wallace's letter addressed to my Uncle with me,as his brothers (my other cousins) would be interested.
I produced the letter as if to illustrate my credentials. (!!), he read the address; "Bill Roberts, Carrier Platoon, 2/4 redg, Cheltenham"...…….his eyebrows raised & he asked me two quick questions;
"Did he come back alive ?" & after I answered 'Yes'.....his promptly asked; "Was he wounded ?"...….I replied 'No'.
He then informed me that 'The Carrier Platoon' was the elite squad & that he will have seen "Heavy Heavy Action"...……..he then further informed me of where my Uncle would have been involved...….another 'Big One' was a battle in 'BURE' connected with the 'Battle of the Bulge"...….then into the Rhine...…...then out to the Baltic to meet Russian troops.
I was in a trance & struggled to take it all in.
I know he is featured on the famous "World at War" series...Episode 'Nemisis'……...he appears for a single second, sitting on an Allied tank as they met up with the advancing Russians...…….he later said it was 'stage managed' for the cameras.
It was when I got home that I finally decided to look for 'Charlie Wallace'. (!!)
Happy New Year Y'all.