Royal Army - 29th Independent Infantry Brigade Group Brigade H Q (Brigadier T Brodie)


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Entry: 95462
Subject: BAPTISM BY DEFAULT

Bernard Bowler wrote on April 9, 2018


City and State: LEEDS

Unit: ROYAL SIGNALS

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: I was a 2 year National Serviceman and on completion of trade training embarked on HMT Empire Fowey for the 3 week voyage to Pusan, arriving in early April 1952. After an overnight train journey to Tokchon I was taken to 1st Commonwealth Division HQ for an overnight and the next day to 29th Brigade HQ. I replaced `another Corporal who had been recalled from the Reserve and was ready to go home. The handover took maybe 10 minutes before he was off to celebrate and I did not see him again. I was the only person in my trade in the Brigade and had charge of a Bedford signals truck with a lean to in which I slept. On the first night there was a lot of gunfire and I could not distinguish between outgoing and incoming, so I got little sleep. In the daylight I realised we were surrounded by 25 pounders so could have relaxed! I spent about 3 months at 29th Brigade, followed by spells at Division HQ, briefly at 28th Brigade and for 3 months as one of the few Brits in 25th Canadian Brigade. I returned in late July 1953 again on the Fowey and we were about half way home when the ceasefire was announced.

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Entry: 94682
Subject: 29 INF BDE KOREA 1954

James Purdy wrote on June 6, 2017


City and State: SWINDON

Unit: BRITISH 29 INF BDE KOREA

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: Hi All,
I served as a young Sgt in the British Commonwealth Division Korea 1954-5.
I was stationed at the foot of Kamaksan, known by us Brits as Gloster Hill.
I was a signaller wireless operator where we had a rear link back to Divisional Headquarters.
I was lucky in a way as the war was over and we were getting used to a peacetime environment. We started to transfer our men from tented accommodation to quanset huts.
There was a lot to do except keeping fit and alert for any would be active problem. After service of four months, we were entitled to one week's R & R leave to Japan. We flew there in a C119 Boxcar manned by the US then stayed at a camp run by the Australians at a place called Ebisu.
The following Spring of 1955 I was transported by troop ship the Egypt to continue my military service. Good times in Korea especially meeting the US Army and Marine Corps.
I will never forget my time there and have never been back.
Best Regards
Jim

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Entry: 80760
Subject: 173 LOCATION BATTERY COUNTER BOMBARDMENT UNIT

Dick Glover wrote on October 20, 2011


City and State: SEAHAM GB

Unit: ROYAL ARTILLERY

Service or Relationship: Other

Comments: OUR CO WAS MAJOR VAUGHN THOMAS.SIG SGT WAS DANNY
WINSTONE. FORT GEORGE NEAR RIVER IMJIN HQ.

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Entry: 77487
Subject: KOREAN WAR MEMORIAL, WASHINGTON DC

John Laird wrote on January 16, 2011


City and State: LEIGH-ON-SEA EX

Unit: 29 BRIGADE HQ 1ST COMMONWEALTH DIVISION

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: On Saturday 26th Sept 2009 I had the good fortune to visit the Korean War Memorial In Washington DC and was very impressed by the imposing figures portraying a foot patrol. There were many people there and most of them were veterans of this conflist.

I felt a bit self-conscious as I was wearing a baseball cap with my UK and UN medal ribbons sewn on to it but was taken aback when several people came up and shook my hand and said " Thank you for serving". Never before had anyone said that to me. It was very emotional.

The main reason for my visit to the US this time was to find where my father was born in Newport News in 1902. The area is now rather run down and sad looking.

My father enlisted into the British Army in 1939 and came out a Lt in 1945. I was very proud of him.

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Entry: 61163
Subject: ANY INFORMATION, PHOTOS ETC

Gary Measham wrote on May 30, 2007

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City and State: MELBOURNE

Unit: 29TH BRIGADE, ROYAL ARMY SERVICE CORP

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments:

Keywords: Any information unit photos etc for my father. Jack Ramsey MEASHAM (30/05/1929) he was a truck driver with the 29th Brigade, Royal Army Service Corp. He was shipped out from Liverpool on the Empress of Austrailia. He was wounded and sent to Japan before returning to service.







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