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Sonia Limm
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I am looking for information about my grandad Douglas George Lilburn Huddlestone who served in the 4th Batallion Lincolnshire regiment in Ww2.

A recent letter that was given to me confirmed that he was sent to Glenfeshie Kincraig prior to him being sent to Normandy. I am aware he was also sent to Iceland in 1941.

My dad who is 78, only discovered the identity of his real father through DNA matching last year and I am keen to learn as much as I can about my grandad.
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Sonia,
Your grandfather's Battalion were trained as a specialised mountain warfare unit while garrisoned on Iceland. This was due to the Battalion's experiences during the Norwegian campaign in 1940.

Men of the 4th Lincolnshire Regiment at Skagge after marching 56 miles across the mountains to escape being cut off by the enemy, April 1940. A Norwegian soldier is seen examining one of their rifles. (photograph attached)

As a N.C.O., I believe that your grandfather would have been seconded to the Mountain and Snow Warfare Training Centre to to impart his knowledge and skills to Commandos who were posted there.

On WW2 Talk, there is your grandfather's entry in the Lincolnshire Regiment's attestation record books which makes interesting reading.

http://ww2talk.com/index.php?threads/the-lincolnshire-regiment.80996/page-34#post-879124

Good luck with your research

Guy

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This is so helpful Guy, I can't read the attestation sadly wish I could see it, I'm so keen to learn as much as I can about him.
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Sonia,
Here is a copy of your grandfather's attestation record, courtesy of Rob on WW2 Talk who photographed all of the Lincolnshire Regiment's AB358 record books.
Guy

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Thank you so much appreciate all your help.
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Tributes in the newspaper, an account of his wedding, and the link to the CWGC page.

https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/2218828/douglas-george-lilburn-huddlestone/
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Pete Rogers, son of LSgt Joe Rogers MM & nephew of TSM Ken McAllister. Both No2 Commando.
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Thank you Pete appreciate this cannot wait to get his war records.
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Report of his death... he was a very good boxer by all accounts.
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Pete Rogers, son of LSgt Joe Rogers MM & nephew of TSM Ken McAllister. Both No2 Commando.
God and the Soldier, all men adore, In time of danger and not before.
When the danger is passed and all things righted, God is forgotten, and the Soldier slighted.


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