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A Sherwood Ranger

Post by karlo » 13 Feb 2011 15:21

hi...my grandfather, Trooper William Reid, served with the Sherwood Rangers ...Here are a few pictures and items that some may find interesting...many thanks K
Born in Dublin in Feb. 1923
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Post by karlo » 13 Feb 2011 15:26

he travelled back and forth dublin / staffordshire where he worked for a company called TARSLAG Ltd.
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Post by karlo » 13 Feb 2011 15:28

In Dublin he was a member of the LDF...Local Defense Force, here pictured with my grandmother
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Re: A SHERWOOD RANGER

Post by karlo » 13 Feb 2011 15:32

He joined the army and did his basic training in Beverly Yorkshire
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Post by karlo » 13 Feb 2011 15:34

Finally he joined the NOTTINGHAMPSHIRE SHERWOOD RANGERS YEOMANRY
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Post by karlo » 13 Feb 2011 15:35

TROOPER WILLIAM REID SRY
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Re: A SHERWOOD RANGER

Post by karlo » 13 Feb 2011 15:41

The Regiment hit Gold Beach on the morning of june 6th losing alot of tanks in the process mainly from the rough sea swamping the DD Sherman tanks....a letter dated June 28th has him "somewhere in france"......
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Re: A SHERWOOD RANGER

Post by karlo » 13 Feb 2011 15:58

The regiment saw alot of fighting in Normandy, in fact they saw more action than any other regiment in the war.
the poet Keith Douglas who served as a tank commander in the Sherwoods was KIA June 9th in Normandy when he exited his tank to recce ahead on foot. A splinter from a mortar round killed him instantly.
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Post by karlo » 13 Feb 2011 16:01

The Regiment captured intact the first TIGER1 ever captured, near Raury in Normandy. It was sent back to england completely covered in graffiti by the hands of any Ranger who got a chance!..A pic of said Panzer.....
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Post by karlo » 13 Feb 2011 16:06

The tank crews lived in, around and under their tanks....Tho made in great numbers the Sherman tank had a petrol engine and frequently ,when hit ,immediatly burst into flames...drivers would often keep there hatches open in case the tank was hit and they were unable to open their hatch if the gun was stopped above it....William was a Sherman driver..
pictures of some crews of the Sherwood rangers.....
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Post by karlo » 13 Feb 2011 16:19

After fighting his way thru france and belguim William found himself outside a town called Gheel just over the Albert canal in Northern Belguim...The town needed to be taken and held in order to secure a bridgehead that would allow the British to push men and material towards the Dutch border which would eventually become the start of Market garden....Fierce fighting ensued.....
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Post by karlo » 13 Feb 2011 16:32

When Williams tank was hit that night of sept, 10th...he never stood a chance
It was only the next day , while the battles still raged,that the Regiments Padre, Leslie Skinner managed to recover what was left of the crews of two tanks and brought them back over the canal to a little churchyard in Stelen.
There, he buried the two crews along with some members of the Durham Light Infantry whom the Sherwoods had been supporting during the attack. they were buried while Stelen was coming under mortar fire, a shell hitting the church roof above them at one point..Padre Skinner always retrieved the bodies of crews himself without help as he thought that if other Sherwoods helped him it would have a very demoralising effect on them...usually " there was not much more then a piece of skull or a hipbone" Skinner
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