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Taff_Davies
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Hi There

Am looking for information on my uncle who was wartime army commando..

The only info I have is his name - Tydfil Ronald James.

I know he served in Italy, and that's it..

I also have a photo of his battledress tunic, with green beret, but what appears to be Special Air Service cap badge

Many thanks if any one can help

Taff Davies - former Royal Marine

Yours aye..
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The image of my Aunt with his Battledress and Green Beret with SAS Cap badge is in the attached file.
Thank you.
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Hi Taff,

I can't find anything on Tydfil at the moment but that isn't too much of a worry as there wasn't a nominal roll for Army Commandos as such as they were all 'on loan' from their parent regiments to which they returned after the War when the Army Commandos were disbanded.

I would however, recommend you apply to the MoD for a scan of his service records - see link below.

http://forum.commandoveterans.org/cdoForum/posts/list/179.page

The MoD is the only custodian of WWII Service Records. If you need any help or have any questions, we're here to help...

Yours Aye,

Nick

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Hi Nick

Very many thanks for your response - very much appreciated.

I'll do as you say, but our problem is that we don't know which Regiment, Corps etc., he enlisted with, nor do we know his service number - still searching family for this, and as I'm living in the Falkland Islands - tis somewhat long winded.

Again many thanks

Yours Aye

Taff
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Taff,
Tydfil also served North West Europe 1944-1945. The medal ribbon to the right of the Italy Star is the France Germany Star. There also appears to be an African Star ribbon partially obscured by the tunic collar.

Was he a professional boxer post-war?
Guy


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Taff_Davies wrote:Hi Nick

Very many thanks for your response - very much appreciated.

I'll do as you say, but our problem is that we don't know which Regiment, Corps etc., he enlisted with, nor do we know his service number - still searching family for this, and as I'm living in the Falkland Islands - tis somewhat long winded.

Again many thanks

Yours Aye

Taff


Hi Taff,

Not knowing his regiment/Corps or his service number is not a problem!

As long as you know his date of birth and his full name then that should be sufficient for the Records Office.

Here are the links to the two forms you'll need - you'll also need a copy of his Death Certificate (also available from Gov.UK if you haven't got a copy).
If your aunt (his wife) is still with us then if she signs the form, then the MoD will waive the 30 fee.

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/711147/20180524-request_service_details_NOK_part1_v6.2.pdf

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/545060/request_for_service_details_army_application_part2_1_.pdf

https://www.gov.uk/order-copy-birth-death-marriage-certificate

All very straightforward.

Yours Aye,

Nick

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Hi Nick

Thank you for your info.
Very much appreciated.
Will get it all done, and will keep you informed of the progress.

Yours aye

Taff
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GUY wrote:Taff,
Tydfil also served North West Europe 1944-1945. The medal ribbon to the right of the Italy Star is the France Germany Star. There also appears to be an African Star ribbon partially obscured by the tunic collar.

Was he a professional boxer post-war?
Guy



Hi Guy

thank you for the information,

We know he was a professional boxer 1938/9, but he used the name of "Teddy Coombes".
You see he was born out of wedlock abd we wonder why he used this name (which was his family's name) then used Tydfil Ronald James?
We are now trying to find out why he used that name.

Many thanks

Taff
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Taff, I have sent you a PM...

Nick

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For some reason I cannot respond via pm - so please send to my email address?

Cheers

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Hi All,

I'd like to say a huge thank you to one and all for all the assistance and information provided about our Uncle Teddy (Tydfil).

Whilst some of it shows he was a "scallywag" at certain times, we know a huge amount more than when I first posted here; although still a long way to go.

Finally.
If anyone has any further information, or possible leads, would welcome this, even if it showed he was still a scallywag.

Again thank you one and all.

Perhaps if any of you come to the Falklands, look me up, we'll have a whet or three or more.
And visit to my distillery

Yours aye

Taff

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