Any ideas for locating grandad india 1940's


noticed you guys might be able to help. All i know is my grandad was in India at the end of the war was in the glosters and came home a year after the war ended as he didn't want to fly home and caught a boat instead. Have contacted the glosters but they say according to the files he wasn't with them. I have attached the only photo i have of him in uniform but i'm a little stuck at where to go from here. The cap badge is to blurred but i was just hoping someone might have a little insite into that period. Many thanks.


thank you for your quick replies im sorry i don't understand it dropshorts wah shields and whatnot but thank you for the royal artillery bit gives me a new direction.


Sometimes it's like people speak a different language round here. I think they are trying to say he was in Royal Artillery, and possibly transferred at a later date, or was attached to the glosters
Many infantry battalions were converted to RA and it's entirely possible that he was in a battalion of the Glosters that got converted. There was a very similar thread only a week or two ago, where someone's relative had ended up in the RA, having joined the Lincolnshires.

The opposite is also possible - towards the end of the year a lot of RA personnel were transferred from RA anti-aircraft regiments and other under-used units to reinforce infantry battalions that were being bled white. So he might have joined the RA only to be transferred to the Glosters.

I do know that the 10th Battalion of the Glosters, having been converted from infantry to armour (becoming 159th Bn Royal Armoured Corps), was converted back to infantry (10th Bn Glosters) near the end of the war. However, armoured regiments were quite weak in terms of manpower, so a few hundred redundant RA personnel were drafted in to bring them back up to infantry battalion strength. The reformed 10th Bn was then sent to India and from there to Burma.
thank you this is helping. He lived in Lincoln and i couldn't understand why he would join the RA as they based in London. so it is possible he started off in the Lincolnshire Regiment then transfered to the RA then possible transfered again to the Glosters. Have ordered a copy of his death certificate so we can get his service history from the MOD
I also think that towards the end of hostilities it mattered not a jot where you were from in relation to the Inf unit you ended up in, it was more a case of were bodies were needed. My great uncle ended up in the London Scottish iirc, despite being a Lancashire lad through and through.
I believe there was an RA Concert Party somewhere near Deolali (or Doolaley) - You could always try there !!!
I also think that towards the end of hostilities it mattered not a jot where you were from in relation to the Inf unit you ended up in, it was more a case of were bodies were needed. My great uncle ended up in the London Scottish iirc, despite being a Lancashire lad through and through.
The Royal Artillery were/are not locally-based. Woolwich Arsenal might be in London, but the RA have always recruited on a national basis, along with lots of other specialist regiments and corps. Thus you'll probably find men from the RA on every single war memorial in the country.

As JT says - towards the end of the war you generally went where you were sent and local affiliation meant very little. The Army made a conscious effort to disperse recruitment following the decimation of communities caused by the loss of 'Pals' Battalions in WW1. There was always a local 'theme' running through a regiment, but a large proportion of any regiment would be dragged in from all over the country. A relative of mine was commissioned into the Welch Regt, but he and his (75% Welsh) reinforcement company were sent to the Gordon Highlanders after arrival in Normandy, as that's where they were needed.
According to this site British Artillery Regiments there were no RA regiments that originated by conversion from Glosters or Glos Yeomany or were RA TA that were Glos. Although there were quite a lot from counties around Glos.

Towards the end of the war RA did start disbanding regts and sending the men to infantry (usually). Most of the regts so disbanded were anti-aircraft and a bit of coast artillery. Unfortunately the above site doesn't cover AA and Coast.


Just bringing this back the the first page after puttees very impressive effort in breaking it. :)
My Dad started the war in the Navy where he spent a few years sailing the high sea's before being transferred to the Army in the lead up to the land invasion of Europe.

People were moved around anywhere they were needed not just between different cap badges but also even between different services.

Good luck with your search!
Ploppy: Did your granddad come back with any photos or postcards? If there are some of a tented camp, they may match my dad's which could indicate that he was with 2 KOYLI - my dad was at Deolali from late 1944 to early 1947. Another feature of Deolali was the New Cinema which probably featured in a lot of squaddies' photos. MV Georgic was a troopship that made regular runs back to Blighty, you may find a postcard of it in your granddad's belongings though that wouldn't tell you much about what he was doing in India.

In my dad's case, his arrival was intended to be the start of a foray into Burma to heroically win the war. By the time he'd overcome the compulsary dysentry and finished jungle training, WW2 didn't need him. Instead, he amused himself by quelling riots in New Delhi. You could do that with pick helves in those days.
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