Ian G Mclean
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Royal Artillery

I am looking for any information on the 171st Field Regiment Royal Artillery based in Northern Ireland from 1942 to 1944,also the 208th Field Regiment,608/609 battery in India from 1945 to 1947.Any…Continue

Started Nov 23, 2011

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My father who served with the 131st City of Glasgow Field Regiment Royal Artillery , was used by the powers that be as a witness to the Belsen Attrocities , are there any other memories of this from…Continue

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At 19:03 on April 17, 2013, Edward Seymour said…

OK, how do I correct the spelling?


At 18:59 on April 17, 2013, Edward Seymour said…

Thanks for that Ian, I will be in touckl.


At 20:41 on November 24, 2011, Kenneth John Russell said…

Hi Ian

I guess you are right about Vancouver, seems odd though considering it on the other side of Canada and about as far as you can get from the UK.


Thanks for the link and info on Yangtse Garden. I must visit when I am passing next time.

Regards Ken

At 21:42 on November 23, 2011, Kenneth John Russell said…

Hi Ian

I think I may have a photo of my uncle in his uniform somehwere amongst my Mums photos, I will have a look and see if I can find it. One thing I remember my uncle telling me was that the singer David Whitfield was also in the crew of Black Swan. As you can imagine he got a fair amount of stick for his singing on board. Strange coincidence I guess but my uncles aunt, my Gt Aunt also emigrated to Canada but a little earlier than your uncle but ended up in Vancouver. I still have a cousin there who lives on Saltspring Island in Vancouver Bay.

Uncle Ken went to work at Vauxhall Motors after his service and used his knowledge of diesel engines learnt from the navy to good use in the engine developement department there. He was the youngest of my Mums family and sadly passed away in 2007. He never spoke about his expeirience of the Yangtse Incident but I am not surprised by this as my Grandfather who served in WWI never spoke about that and he lived with us for over 10 years. From reading the reports it must have been a traumatic experience as he was still quite young then.


Regards Ken



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