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Private  0677870 George Henry Jones  signed up by  2nd Lieutenant  ***  Suter, Officer Commanding D Company for Infantry Training Centre Somerset.   (Not sure where this Training camp was SLI HQ was in Taunton ). So he would be in the Somerset Light infantry (P.A.). PA = Prince Albert.


Somerset Light infantry.


< Raised in 1685 by James II to suppress the Protestant rebellions led by the Duke of Monmouth and the Earl of Argyll, the regiment has gone through several reincarnations - from the 13th Regiment of Foot to the 13th Somersetshire Light Infantry, before being awarded the honour in 1842 of being re-titled the 13th or Prince Albert's Light Infantry. In 1959 the regiment amalgamated with the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, before defence cuts saw the amalgamation of all the Light Infantry regiments in 1968.>


All other info shown on this page date of birth next of kin etc.


Attestation paper : B200 D would show more personal details such as hair colour, build and distinguishing marks.  


14th May 1940 his birthday he was then classed as having A1 fitness.  


This looks to be halfway through his basic training. As on 26th June 1940 he was transferred and posted to 6th Battalion Royal West Kents.


Other bits and pieces on this page have been added at a later date.


Such as this:  Overseas  service of one year and 325 days, Age and service group 25c.


Which would determine when he was eligible for demob.


26th June 1940 he was transferred and posted to 6th Battalion Royal West Kents.    Field.


Not sure whether is an actual place or if it was an outside camp.


The 6th  and 7th Battalions Royal West Kents had been part of the BEF in France and Belgium and had been overrun at Doullens and Albert so by the time they got back to England via Dunkirk they would be in a bad state. So I am guessing that this is why your dad was posted there to build up the strength again. This would also account why he was lucky enough to get leave every three months.


4th June 41 it seems that the battalion was fit and ready to go as he received 7 days embarkation leave, but seems the embarkation was cancelled (not figured out where they would have been going to yet). So they carried on doing what they were doing.

Until suddenly on the 13th of Oct 1942, they embarked from the UK.


And on 8th Nov  42. Disembarked and entered theatre of operations North Africa.


In other words were involved in operation Torch.


13th Oct 1942, Embarked from the UK.

8th Nov  42.     Disembarked and entered theatre of operations North Africa.

24th April 43.    Admitted 159th field ambulance    Effects of blast (B C) Battle Casualty

26th April 43.    Discharged R.T.U.  Returned to unit.

24th April 43.   Reported missing   (BC)

24th April 43.  Not Missing, admitted to 217th field ambulance.    

18.4.43    4 has been altered to 5 so correct date is

18th May 43. Pay Classified Scale D Class 1 (A)

26th June 43.  Appointed unpaid L/CPl    (Lance Corporal )

26th June 43.  Granted pay of appointment

27th July 43.  Embarked Craft LCI/L02   Landing Craft  Infantry    Large 02

26th June 43.  Granted pay of appointment

1st Aug  43  Wounded (BC)                       CMF.     Central Mediterranean Force.

8th Aug 43   54 G H  to X(ii)

9th Aug 43 to Hospital ship Somersetshire.  

8th Aug 43.  Disembarked Tripoli.


Entries 13th Oct 42 to 8th Aug 43. Appear to be entered on the form sometime after 8th Aug 43 as signed off by one person enclosing them by curly bracket or brace.

This might also explain the two reports of his wounding on,  24th April, the clerk was just copying from other reports.   Not sure if the 159th field ambulance was in the 78th division in Nth Africa or is a copying error and should be 152nd as both 152 and 217 were in the 78th Division in Sicily.

78th Division in Sicily.

11th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps

152nd Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps

217th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps

47th Field Hygiene Section, Royal Army Medical Corps


The Field Ambulance was a mobile front line medical unit (it was not a vehicle), manned by troops of the Royal Army Medical Corps.


54 British General Hospital was at Floridia just inland from syracuse Sicily from 7/43 to 9/43.


THE X (ii) LIST comprises all ranks evacuated on medical grounds beyond RAP [Regimental Aid Post]. Personnel so evacuated cease to be on the effective strength of their units.

The 78th Infantry Division was formed on 25th May 1942 in the U.K. It had fought in

the North African campaign of late 1942 and early 1943. The division remained in

North Africa, until sailing for Sicily on 23rd July 1943. It began to arrive in Sicily from

the 25th July 1943 and was involved in the Battle for Adrano between the 29th July and 3rd August 1943. The division left Sicily on the 22nd September 1943, moving onto the Italian mainland and served the rest of the war in Italy.


At a guess your Dad was wounded somewhere nr centuripe close to Adrano nw of Catania.


8th Aug 43.  Disembarked Tripoli.


29th Dec 43.     Discharged 5 C.D. To X(4)

                       To M.E. ITD

                       S.O.S  BNAF to MEF X(4) list

30th Dec 43     TOS MEF from BNAF X(IV)a lists ME ITD

                       Compulsory transferred to Hamps Regt

17th April 44     Posted to 5th Bn  SOS RWK & X(IV)a


To recap George was wounded 1st Aug 1943 in Sicily, taken to 54 General Hospital, Florinda, then evacuated to Tripoli where he spent 5 months recovering, actual place unknown.


Then on 29th Dec 43 he was discharged from 5 C.D. (Possible Casualty Division) and put on the X (4) list, which is for unposted reinforcements. (Be pointless to send him back to his regiment the RWKs as they were now somewhere in Italy.) and was assigned to M.E. ITD Middle east Infantry training division. Which explains the next two lines.

S.O.S  BNAF to MEF X(4) list.

Struck off Strength, British North Africa Force to Middle East Force (Another area of Command).

30th Dec 43     TOS MEF from BNAF X(IV)a lists ME ITD

Taken on Strength, Middle East Force from British North Africa Force X(IV) a Middle east Infantry training division.

Compulsory transferred to Hamps Regt.

This is possible due to the Hamps Regt gearing up to reinforce or relieve other troops in Italy. (Will check later)

17th April 44     Posted to 5th Bn SOS RWK & X(IV)a.

Now as he was giving a defiant  posting with 5th Battalion Hampshire Regt he was Struck off strength of the Royal West Kents and the X list.


Note: Different writers using Roman and Arabic numbers in x lists.


The a on the end of X(IV) indicates, fit for general service at home and abroad.

George is also back to private due to this rule of X lists. Temporary or acting rank will be relinquished 28 days after being so transferred to X (ii) list.


Saleno 9th Sept 1943. 5th Battalion Hamps.

5th Battalion had been landed in the wrong place and suffered heavily. A German counter-attack overran ‘B’ Company and the Battalion HQ of 5th Battalion. The 5th Battalion lost 40 men killed and over 300 were wounded or taken prisoner.

The Hampshire Brigade was relieved later in the month. It moved south to Naples and on 16 March 44, they sailed for Egypt, and subsequently moved to Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, and back to Egypt. All battalions were brought up to strength, largely from gunners from disbanded Middle-East Anti-Aircraft units who were retrained as infantrymen. On 27 June 44 the 128th Brigade sailed from Alexandria, and subsequently landed in Taranto.



27th June 44.      S.O.S  MEF to BNAF.

10th Aug 44.      Appointed Local (unpaid) L/C (Para 290 KR40 )

19th Sept 44.      Promoted unpaid acting Cpl  (Two letters undecipherable)

                         Complete To W.E.                              CMF              

19th Sept 44.     Gtd pay at A/Rank    


                        [ Changed command area again.

                          Kings Regulations 1940 paragraph, 290 which defines the rank and pay etc.

                          Not sure what this means Complete to W.E. could be a spelling mistake and

                          should read complies with War Establishment.                      

                         Now back with  Central Mediterranean Force.

                               Granted pay at acting rank.]


13th Oct 44.       Wounded in action (BC).

13th Oct 44.       Adm 185 fd Aum (BC) & fd 1 C.C.S.

14th Oct 44.       gha 59 gu hoop 14/10/44 gha 71 gun hosp

26th Oct 44.       gha 64 gu hoop 21/10/44 gha 11 con depot

                         X(11) (BC) gos x(ii) list.


                        [ Think I have worked this out the g’s are T’s

                        Admitted 185th Field Ambulance (BC) and Forwarded to 1 Casualty clearing

                        Station, then transferred to 59 General Hospital 14/10/44 transferred to 71

                        Gen Hospital, transferred to 64 (Assuming it’s a 4)21/10/44 transferred to

                        11 Convalescent Depot x(ii) (BC) TOS x(ii) list. Location of 11 Con Depot

                        Unknown. Most likely cause of transfers would be to make space for more

                        Patients still coming in from the battle fields.]


                        ( undecipherable word) Paid as acting rank of C/pl for a

                        period of 4 months under AO/155/44

20th Dec 44.      Dis 11 con depot to 177 or 199 or even 144 T/C TOS X(1) LMCP

25th Dec 44.     Posted to reallocation centre.   X(1) LMCP.


                       [ AO = Army Order.   Discharged 11 convalescent depot to 177 T/C  guessing

                       Tactical Command.     X(1) list comprises all ranks posted to fill vacancies in authorised war establishments of a headquarters or an extra-regimental unit such as a base depot school etc.    LMCP no idea yet, MRN  more research needed.


 From there, the battalion headed for Strensall Camp, or to give it its full name " No.6 Military Disembarkation Camp, Strensall", some 7 miles from York city centre moving on the next day for demobilisation, and transfer to the reserve at "No 2. Military Dispersal Unit York


No. 6 Military Disembarkation Camp Unit.        Queen Elizabeth Barracks, Strensall, York.        Strensall 33


18th Dec 44.      Granted war Sal (May mean salary) rank of Corporal W.E.F. (With effect from) 18/12/44.

8th April 45      Listed X(ii)b

(b – unfit for general service abroad but fit for base or garrison service at home and abroad.)

12th Feb 45        Attached to 92. Gen Hosp.  

(Which was in Naples, as he was listed X(ii)b, he would be working there not a patient).

23rd Aug 45     Granted 28 days leave in UK. & desp from in N.

30th Aug 45     Despatched from 310 T/camp and TBE med allowance.

                       (T/camp Transit camp. Should be CTBE Ceased to be Entitled to Mediterranean Allowance which was 3d(pence) there were 240 pence in a pound then).

1st Sept  45      Embarked to UK.

  4th Oct 45      Rejoined CMF from 28 days leave in UK

                        Eut to med allowance WEF 4/10/45

                        (think  Eut should be returned).

18th Dec 45      Had a medical examination and signed off Class A release

                       Authority is granted of award of African Star with first army clasp

                       Italian Star and 1939-45 Star.

                      Posted to assembly centre (CL A release)

7th Jan 45       And TOS X(8) A list. WEF 7/11/45.  (8 means return to England).

14th Jan 45     SOS CMF to UK MED/ED allee ceases.

                     (Struck of strength Central Med Force to UK and allowances stopped).

18th Jan 45     Posted to Y list.  ( A list of those due to be demobbed).

22nd April 45  Released to Class Z (T) Army Reserve.

(Where he would be held in reserve in case of another emergency, the time would vary depending on age of soldier or other factors).


These items found on the other documents.



31st Aug 45 Attached to this camp Lap (LIAP) F81

4th Oct 45  Detrained  Milan from leave in UK.     


Notification of release.


Rubber stamp on 15th Jan 1945 reveals that he was  at No 6 Military Disembarkation Camp, Queen  Elizabeth Barracks Strensall (about 7 mls from) York Tel Strensall 33 then went to No2 Military Dispersal Unit York to complete his demob.


All Hospital information from here.