Hi. Wonderful discovery, your site! Am researhcing my own late father's war record, but the actual link within that is that his brother, Victor Rogers, served in the 2DY; he was killed in action at Goldenstedt, Germany on 13/4/45, aged 20. We still have the hand written letters sent to his parents by Lt Reg Jackson and Maj. RWN Weston. Great to find the photos by Lt randall - I wonder is uncle Vic is in them?
Hi, I am trying to trace anything my father Trooper John Madden may have contribted to the Yeoman magazine. I beleive he wrote under the byline of Mad'n'Happy. He was in the 2nd from 1943 til demob in 1947. please contact me if anyone has any copies of the Yeoman with the afore mentioned byline. Thank you.
I've added photos from my grandfathers, Jack Little to the flickr group 'Second Derbyshire Yeomanry' if anyone is interested as this site is not currently being updated.
My father William John (Jack) Howells enlisted in in the Yeomanry on 12th December 1939;his story is told in Frank Knappet's book "The Mad Recce"he was finally released from service on 25th April 1946 having fought both in North Africa & on mainland Europe right through to Berlin;I would love to know if anyone has any details of him during his time in the forces
Any news on the new website?
My Dad, Percy Higginson, served in the 2DY. He joined up under-age and served in the "Skins" while they were still horsed. He was later transfered to the 2DY seving in North Africa and Northern Europe from D Day to VE Day.
I think he was in HQ troop, a photograph shows him next to a Dingo with the diamond markings.
How is the madrecce website rebuild going?
Hello - My father, Sydney (Syd) Newton served with the 2nd Derbyshire Yeomanry during WW2 - very keen to fing out more about his war history.
My Father, Eric Sydney Kings (Yes, Sydney was spelt incorrectly on his birth certificate!) who died in 2006 served with a reconnaissance unit of the Derbyshire Yeomanry. I know little about the operations he was involved in other than he was in North Africa and drove up through Italy. He was in armoured vehicles and latterly in Sherman Tanks, which although not as good as German tanks, he thought highly of. As far as I know, the recon unit spent most of its time assessing where the front line was and relaying that information back to HQ. They therefore spent much time behind enemy lines. Any information would be great. Thanks in advance.
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I remember my Dad saying 2DY moved to the cold around Christmas Day - not nice! What was the village you moved from was that Mery in France?
My grandfather, Harold Pery Poxon, was with the Derbyshire Yeomanry. He fought at Suvla Bay, Gallipoli in August, 1915. I wish I knew more about his army service. I do know that he worked for Rolls Royce when he was younger, as did other members of the family..
I have lived d in Australia for more than thirty years and sadly, knew very little about my family history when I lived in the UK. I have made up for it since then and have traced many family members back to the 1700's, including the Poxon family and the Pegler family, my mother's and father's family respectively.
Gallipoli has a very special place in the hearts of Australians and this year is the 100 year anniversay of battle of Gallipoli and The Anzacs, being the first time that Australian and New Zealand troops had fought alongside each other in battle.
Barbara Welsh, Victoria, Australia
I served with theREME lad, att 2nd derby yo in normandy, I was the youngest member of the lad, being 18 years old,I think there was 12 or 14 of us, with a wo2 in charge, I remember we were in the village of mery when we moved to the ardennes on christmas day1944, what a winter that was
my father Fred Cooke served in the Derbyshire yeomanry from 1939 to 1946. He sadly passed away in 2006 after a short illness. We are very proud of him and wondered if anyone remembers him. He told us of his long distance running and always coming second to "darky" bowen. We would love to hear from anyone who knew him
there was, not sure whats happened
Is there anyone monitoring or updating this website?
Our thoughts are very much with Peter especially at this time. Had he still been with us, he would have been over in France now commemorating the 70th anniversary. We visited the D Day beaches with him a few years ago and we were so proud of him - as was everyone we met who wanted to shake his hand.
Best wishes to anyone reading this who knew Peter. He was a very special man.
Fiona Kermack (neice)
I am referring to Sgt Peter deGraeve as my message below.
I noticed Fred Knight was in Italy with the 2nd derbyshire yeomanry, as was my father edwin parsons ,who went there with the 1055th stevedore battalion and then served with the 1st armoured reinforcement regiment. i think there were about 8 derbyshire yeomanry men attached to the stevedore battalion. Im not sure if the 2nd derbyshire yeomanry ever served in italy. Id love to see the pics
My father Fred (Mac) Knight was in the Derbyshires, I've Found a few photo's that my late mother kept, which I will gladly pass on. He ended up as a QMSM, but he never realy spoke about the war, except when they went on holliday back to Italy. He told of having to sit on the hill looking Florance and watching the Germans ransacking the town before they retreated, unable to stop them on orders.
My neighbour is 94 and is dieing of cancer, his name is walter thomas wright and served with the 2 Derbyshire yeomanry 1942/43/44/45, I dont get much out of him but his wife will try to help,she tells me he was part of the company who relieved the glider troops on PEGASUS BRIDGE.
i am writing this to see if anyone remembers him or have any large pictures of him or is anyone still alive from those days.
allan taylor, ex serviced man whosaw some action in malaya/ borneo 1966