Letter of thanks…

 

Oxfordshire Family History Day at Marlborough School 4th October 2014

 

 

We attended your day at the Marlborough School for the first time on Saturday and were very impressed with the organisation and helpfulness of the various stall holders.

 

We received some very useful information and pointers from the Oxfordshire records Office stand which will hopefully help in the search for information on my father’s family history and service in WW11.

 

However the best tip was from Malcolm Austen who told us we needed to speak to Graham Bandy on The Living Military History stand. This proved invaluable as Graham had a huge amount of information at his fingertips that was really helpful and gave us a much better insight into the war in Burma and the Far East where my father served. We spent nearly two hours talking and being given hints and tips and contacts where we can obtain further details and every minute was really appreciated.

 

It might be an advantage for future events to consider promoting Graham’s special interest in identifying and dating uniforms etc from old photos as we would certainly have been keen to bring some of our photos along for him to see.

 

We are very grateful to Graham and to your group for staging the event and will certainly try and attend future shows where possible.

 

Well done for a most interesting day.

 

An Interesting WW2 Northamptonshire Regiment Picture

Nptn SL RA

An interesting picture from my collection…401 Searchlight Battery Royal Artillery….They are all badged Northamptonshire Regt, including the officers, but they have RA collar dogs.

This unit formed part of 50th (The Northamptonshire Regiment) Anti-Aircraft Battalion, R.A. (T.A.) – South Midland Area, Southern Command

HQ, Northampton

400th Company – Northampton

401st Company – Northampton

402nd Company-Peterborough

403rd Company-Kettering

They were converted from the 4th bn The Northamptonshire Regt

A couple of other points to note…x2 of the ORs are wearing the Northamptonshire black FSC, and the officers are all wearing the silver and gilt cap badge, although this wasn’t “officially” sanctioned until late 1944/early 1945

The ATS girls are seen also to be wearing Northamptonshire cap badges just above the left breast pocket. When attached to a unit is was the norm that the badge of the parent unit was worn thus

The picture was taken at Quebec Bks which later became Simpson Bks, home of the Royal Pioneer Corps, now sadly demolished and built over

Weedon War Memorial Project Open Day

Open day for memorial project

WEEDON War Memorial Project hosted an open day on Saturday and Graham Bandy was there to identify all the military photographs and memorabilia brought in by the hundreds of visitors.

Photographs and documentation from the war were view between 10.30am and 3.30pm in the village hall and anyone with military memorabilia was encouraged to bring it along for identification by historian Captain G Bandy.

The children of Weedon Primary School read the names of the 90 men from the village who died in the war and there was a display of great war medical artifacts.

The Rifles Living History Society were at the hall as well as a display of WW artefacts including deactivated weaponry. Weedon History Society also displayed items from their collection.

Before the event, organiser Jenny Copeland said: “It should be a really good day. There will be something for everyone.”

http://www.daventryexpress.co.uk/community/open-day-for-memorial-project-1-4877501

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Weedon War Memorial Project Open Day

Daventry Express 13th march 2013

Who Do You Think You Are Live!

Graham appeared for the second year at Who Do You Think You Are Live this weekend. Alongside author and historian Neil Storey, he identified and dated hundreds of vintage military photographs brought to the helpdesk by visitors to the popular genealogy show.

Meanwhile, Janet was helping out on the Rootschat stand – promoting the biggest and best Free Family History Forum in Britain!