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World War 2 => 1939 - 1945 => Topic started by: Dusty3 on July 09, 2014, 08:47:22 PM

Title: Manchesters in Tenby & Carmarthenshire circa 1939/40
Post by: Dusty3 on July 09, 2014, 08:47:22 PM
I know my father was in the Manchesters, having been in the T.A. before the outbreak of war.  I believe he was stationed at The Rectory, Tenby before 'camping out' at Coygen near Laugharne, Carmarthenshire where he met his wife-to-be, my mother on a nearby farm.  Any details at all about this particular 'posting' would be gratefully received.  One story of his I remember was that one of his roles was to train a local Home Guard unit - interesting because they were Welsh speaking....

Title: Re: Manchesters in Tenby & Carmarthenshire circa 1939/40
Post by: Wendi on July 10, 2014, 08:31:33 AM
Hi Dusty and Welcome to our forum  ;D

The majority of the Home Guard unit would have been bilingual speaking both English and Welsh.

Wendi  :)
Title: Re: Manchesters in Tenby & Carmarthenshire circa 1939/40
Post by: themonsstar on July 11, 2014, 09:57:34 AM
Hi Dusty

Do you now which Battalion he was with.

The 2/9th Battalion moved to Tenby,Pembrokeshire 11th April 1940 then onto Pontypool Oct 1940.


Roy
Title: Re: Manchesters in Tenby & Carmarthenshire circa 1939/40
Post by: Dusty3 on July 27, 2014, 12:20:18 PM
Thank you for your follow-up query.  My mother's old address book cum farm accounts book cum recipe book seems to suggest 2/9 ('B' Company) but I don't think he went on to Pontypool.  He was certainly camped on Coygen in Llansadurnen, Carmarthenshire in September 1940.  He did a spell in Portsmouth training on 'radio location' but I am unclear whether this was an attachment to RAOC or whether he changed regiments.  I know his Army record would clarify things but his immediate next of kin - my mother - at nearly 95 would prefer her memories to paperwork.....

Dusty3