2nd Derbyshire Yeomanry

...a pictorial tribute

Group photographs 1

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'The photo was taken only weeks after the war ended outside our Sqdn HQ, which was in the Amtsgericht in the village of NEUHAUS AN DER OSTE. We ended the war effectively in BREMERHAVEN, but the following day we moved to a lttle town called BEDERKESA. We were there a short time and then moved to NEUHAUS'.


back l to r: ? Hollinrake, 'Ticker' Hughes, unknown, ? Cant, 'Taffy' Carr, Leslie 'Geordie' Chaffe, Cpl. Jones.

front l to r: Eris Rhodes, Bob Tanner, Lt. Dennis 'Jumbo' Randall, Dennis Williams, ? Swindells.



 'My lot were a great bunch - they deserved better than me!'



kindly supplied by Dennis Randall

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3 Troop A Squadron, taken at Maresfield camp just before embarkation in May 1942

L to R...Harry Heaton,  Jack Little,  Jack Sands, Cyril Briggs,  Frank Barnes,  unknown,  ? Tanner,  ? Naylor


Seated...L/C Jess Hughes, SGT. Les Earp,  2 L/T O.H.W. Clark, CPL. Jim Perkins, Ernie Blair,  Vic Neal







kindly supplied by Charles Till

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Reverse of photo has ''Desert Rats'' in biro


Leslie Chaffe back row, 12th r

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Leslie Chaffe front row, 2nd r 


Frank Knappett (Author of 'The Mad Recce') in centre, front row. A copy of this picture features in 'The Mad Recce'

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Leslie Chaffe 3rd from left 

DY CHA 0005 'The Cricket Team' 

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'Parkmacduff' writes: 'I was taken aback when I looked at this photo, there on the front row, 1st on the left is my dad, Sgt John (Jack) Roundhill. I believe he was a tank driver. His pals from his army days, who I was lucky enough to meet were George Mawbey (known as GBM - for George Bloody Mawbey!), he lived at Mappleton near Ashbourne for many years and worked for Col Sir Ian Walker-Oakover at Oakover Hall (if my memory serves me right), also Stan Lee from Ashbourne, Jack Hodson who emigrated to Australia and Phil Clarke who lived in Huddersfield for many years and then retired to a remote Scottish island. Sadly they have all passed away but they had many happy hours together often at my family home in Leeds. I don't know if they are on any of the photos. My dad used to go to army reunions with George Mawbey right up to just before dad's death in 1984 and he regularly kept in touch with such people as Col Noel Wall'.

DY CHA 0021 Leslie Chaffe and ''Ginger''


Leslie Chaffe standing


Is this 'Ginger' Watts his best friend sitting?


Was Ginger from Poole?



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Reverse of photo has Qassasin in pencil - (I believe this is South East Cairo)


Do you recognise anyone?

DY CHA 0003 4 pals 


Not sure about the cap badges - does anyone have any ideas?

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Leslie Chaffe (standing) 

If you recognise anyone then please email with the photo code number, position of person, name and any other details

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