what is your family military history...


thell us about your families millitary history... dads, grand pa's, great grand pa's etc

my great grand pa was a Lieutenant Colonel in the HHC during ww1 in india and was put out of action (not killed) in ww2...
my grand pa was a 'gunner instructor' in the RAF... then worked at BaE and worked on the design of the rapier...


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My uncles Tp OC was Paddy Pantsdown, and upon hearing the news of me joining the Army flew a track. Still threw banter at me on his deathbed.

RIP uncle.


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My great-great-great grandad marched into Russia with Napolean.

My Great-Grandad fought in the German Army in WW1 and was taken prisoner by the Brits at Paschendale (I think) and spent the rest of the war in Wales.

My Grandad was a German linguist in the RN and RM during WW2.


My Great Grandfather won the MM in WW1 for rescuing some wounded colleagues stuck in no mans land....


a second cousin was at arnhem, an uncle (sigs then badged as sigs officer into several infantry units including KSLI and gurkhas) at dunkirk (and then wounded as bodyguard to David ben Gurion in Palestine post war), two great grandfathers and several great uncles in the KSLI in WW1
Grandfather, soldier in WW1 (don't know the regiment).

Father, RHA.

Son, serving soldier.
Grandfathers on both sides and father/mother's uncles in WW1 & WW2 Army, Father, Sister, Brother, partner Army. Our future children don't stand a chance!
Grandfather, joined in 1920, left in 1935 only to be called back in 1939. Never did find out what he did as he never told anyone, but I know he was heavily involved in Ireland in the 20's, and was at Dunkirk, Normandy and was apparantly one of the first into Bergen/Belsen

Other Grandfather was a German Jew, escaped in 1932 and served in the Royal Navy.

Father served in Merchant Navy, then joined the RAPC. Served in Oman, Cyprus (when the Turks invaded). Left in 1976 due to him "borrowing" money from the cash till and not putting it back.


nothing military in my genealogy aside from our John 15/19 H (still serving) :thumleft:
have been told Grandad served in WW1 no evidence to prove it though! on wifey's side her Dad ex 5th Fld. Sqn. RE
Father (biological) RAF, father (adopted) RAF, mother (biological) RAF, brother RN (can't be helped), me Army.

Just hope that my kids (if / when they appear) will get a chance to serve.


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Wench3000 said:
My Great-Grandad fought in the German Army in WW1 and was taken prisoner by the Brits at Paschendale (I think) and spent the rest of the war in Wales.

Lucky that news never filtered out, we'd never have won the war; "Fight to the death lads, I've just heard what happens if we surrender"

Great Grandad fought in WW1, not sure what Regt. Grandad (Dad's side) WW2 British Para. Grandad (Mum's side) RAF. Dad RCT and self RLC (v)
Great, great Uncle Morris served with 8th Bn, The Gloucesters in WW1 and was KIA at the age of 20, he is buried in France.

My great Uncle Ernest was a paratrooper in WW2 and served in Italy and Greece, he is still alive and living in Australia.

My grandfather on my mothers side served with 1st Bn Royal Berkshires and grandfather on my dads side served full service in the RAF....but don't hold that against me!


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All from my Dads side.
My Great-Grandfather was Black Watch, killed in action (Mesopotamia) My Grandfather was in the Gordon Highlanders.
My Great Aunt (still knocking about) was at Bletchly Park codebreaking
My Dad was R Signals, and also spent 9 years with "them", mainly in and around a jungle environment, he was medically discharged in 1974.

I'm not sure about my real Mums side as she died when I was very young. Lately I've been trying to get a bit more info though, it's a future project I think.


My grandfather on my dad's side was an officer in the Royal Navy during WW1 and for some time after.

My dad did his National Service in the army, serving in Eritra during the early 1950s.

My granfather (mother's side), served in the Polish Army during WW2.


Grandfather ( Father's side ) WW2 1st Air Landing Bde ( 2nd South Staffs ) was at Sicily & Arnhem.

Grandfather ( Mother's side ) WW2 RE ( built Bailey Bridge at Son ) also was at Dunkirk.

Great Grandfather ( Father's side ) RHA 1896-1908 ( India & South Africa) then called up from reserve for WW1.
Great Grandad father won the DCM on the Somme and was discharged in 1921. Was a CSM in the Home Guard, fell out with the Platoon Commander and stole a load of AMFO. This caused ahuge problem when they went to build a new house.
My Grandad was in the RASC in the 8th Army.
A great uncle and a second cousin were in the RAF after WW2.


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All 4 grandparents served during ww2, 2 army, 1 RAF and 1 merchant navy.
My only aunt and uncle served in the RAF.
My dad did 22 in the RE, my mum did a couple in the WRAC.
My sister did 5 in the RCT/RLC and my brother in law has done 12 in the REME and is still serving.


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Grandfather (father's side) was at the Somme (and survived).

Grandfather (mother's side) built Spitfires.

Father was a Royal Engineer at the time of Korea (but ended up in Paris).
Father KRRC WW1
Grandfather ASC - Boer War onwards
Maternal Uncle - Longterm regular pre-39-45 with ASC/RASC
Maternal Uncle #2 RA
Son Gren Gds


My Grandad was in the RA starting in the 1st Light Brigade in 1936 then on to 20th AA, 1 RHA and 40 Heavy Field Regt, he has recently had a stroke but is in fine form apart from that.

My Nan was in the ATS as a driver at a mixed battery

My Great Uncle on my Grandad`s side was RQMS and then later a Lt in 1 RHA he died in 1944.

My Great Uncle on my Nan`s side was a lance jack in the 2nd Bn Lancashire Fusiliers who died in 1942.

My Great Grandad was in WW1 as a gunner in 5th s Bty RGA then comissioned into 62 s Bty RGA, he was retired through a wound in 1920. He was officially in the observer corp in WW2, but also used to get picked up in an army car with a driver and disappear for periods of up to a month. So far he is still a man of mystery as he died in the 50s and his records are not released yet.

and me an ex REME bod.

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