2nd Derbyshire Yeomanry

...a pictorial tribute

Trooper Bob Smith

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This is almost certainly in January 1945 in the middle of the 'Battle of the Bulge'. "That January would turn out to be the coldest in living memory: men on both sides would be lost in the raging blizzards to die alone and forgotten. They were not killed by an enemy bullet but by the weather, their bones, encased in pieces of rotting uniform, being found many years later." (Whitting, Charles, “The Battle of the Bulge, Britain’s untold story”, p.171. ISBN 0 7509 3180 9)

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Bob Smith - 2nd from the right on the back row

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Bob in the middle. Do you know any of the other four?

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Bob Smith on left...who is the sergeant?

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l to r - L/C Courtney, Bob Smith, unknown, unknown, Harry 'Wigan' Heaton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

thanks to 'seedytea' for names

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The wings on the tank are almost certainly the Phoenix of the Kings Hussars, making this after the war, probably 1946.

 

Anyone know what the make of motorbike is?...

The m/c is a Matchless ..the M has wings on both sides of the M. I rode one

in the army it had telescopic front forks a big improvement over the girder

front forks of the Norton,etc. (thanks to William Cruickshank).

 

 

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This newspaper clipping is almost certainly the Manchester Evening News and the date was written on the left hand edge. Aug 44, can be made out and the actual day is 2-? possibly 28th

 

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January 1945 - the 'Battle of the Bulge'.

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A staff car of the 14th / 20th Kings Hussars, probably 1946 in Wuppertal.

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January 1945 - the 'Battle of the Bulge'.

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