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Reply gwweamn
4:09 AM on March 27, 2017 
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Reply betty
6:04 PM on April 3, 2015 
George Baker says...
Hallo. Sorry to have taken so long to reply. I found your note as I was trying to let the site know that I have pictures of the war graves in France of L. Johnson, P. Ford, W. Benn and E.A. Norman and if any member of their family would like them I'd be happy to send them. Unfortunately, my lovely Dad died 8 years ago but we did manage two trips to France with him, the first because he still mourned the loss of his mates on the gun which was blown up and wanted to find that they had graves and that's when we laid flowers. The second visit was the 60th anniversary when he collected a medal at Ranville. We felt very privileged to be with him and to meet some of his old comrades. I'm sorting through his photos and if I find any to put on the site I shall certainly let you know.
Warm regards, Betty


Hello Betty
Thank you for contacting me.
My Son Keith is the one who own's this site and has done a considerable amount of research on the Regiment over the years. I have been able to help a little with what I was told regarding my Dad as I grew up, I think what knowledge I had, helped him a little,
I was only 7 at the time of his Death.
You are quite right, both Gnr P Ford and Gnr L Johnson died on the 13th August 1944 and as you will already know laid to rest at Douvres, as you laid flowers on their graves. My Farther Sjt F J Baker died the following day as a result of his wounds and laid to rest at Bayeux.
We have had two meet ups, with one of Drivers who towed the Guns and was able to confirm what I had been told! My grateful thanks to his daughter who joined the website and contacted my son, he is a wonderful Man who is now in his early 90 s, with a wonderful family.
There are still one or two of the old Veterans still alive and I'm hoping that you can tell me that your Father is one of them.
Anything that you can add to the site I know will be gratefully received by my Son and to all the members and if you have any photographs that you are willing to send please do.
I would like to hear from you again and thank you again for contacting me.
George Baker
Reply George Baker
3:21 PM on December 18, 2014 
betty says...
Message for George Baker. I think my Dad, George Fawke, was on the same gun and was injured at the same time as your dad and P. Ford, who died the day before your dad. Dad was cared for by the 23rd Canadian Field Ambulance too. We took him to France some years ago to find the graves of his mates and laid flowers.


Hello Betty
Thank you for contacting me.
My Son Keith is the one who own's this site and has done a considerable amount of research on the Regiment over the years. I have been able to help a little with what I was told regarding my Dad as I grew up, I think what knowledge I had, helped him a little,
I was only 7 at the time of his Death.
You are quite right, both Gnr P Ford and Gnr L Johnson died on the 13th August 1944 and as you will already know laid to rest at Douvres, as you laid flowers on their graves. My Farther Sjt F J Baker died the following day as a result of his wounds and laid to rest at Bayeux.
We have had two meet ups, with one of Drivers who towed the Guns and was able to confirm what I had been told! My grateful thanks to his daughter who joined the website and contacted my son, he is a wonderful Man who is now in his early 90 s, with a wonderful family.
There are still one or two of the old Veterans still alive and I'm hoping that you can tell me that your Father is one of them.
Anything that you can add to the site I know will be gratefully received by my Son and to all the members and if you have any photographs that you are willing to send please do.
I would like to hear from you again and thank you again for contacting me.
George Baker
Reply K G Baker
1:13 PM on December 18, 2014 
betty says...
Message for George Baker. I think my Dad, George Fawke, was on the same gun and was injured at the same time as your dad and P. Ford, who died the day before your dad. Dad was cared for by the 23rd Canadian Field Ambulance too. We took him to France some years ago to find the graves of his mates and laid flowers.

Hi Betty George Baker is my dad I will let him know and get him to contact you thanks
Keith Baker
Grandson of Sjt Frederick John Baker
Reply betty
1:08 PM on December 18, 2014 
Message for George Baker. I think my Dad, George Fawke, was on the same gun and was injured at the same time as your dad and P. Ford, who died the day before your dad. Dad was cared for by the 23rd Canadian Field Ambulance too. We took him to France some years ago to find the graves of his mates and laid flowers.
Reply Stephen Paget-Brown
12:58 PM on June 24, 2014 
My grandfather, Robert Eglington, served with the 53rd from 20 July 1940 to 15 October 1945. I know little about what he did as he died when I was 9, in 1968.He was born in 1911. If anyone recalls him I would be interested to hear from them. I could upload a photo of him in uniform but am not sure how to do so. Stephen Paget-Brown
Reply George Baker
12:16 PM on February 23, 2013 
Hi Ron Flood
The War Diaries tell us, also the Unit Chronology, that the 53 reg moved on the 9th August to "Hubert Foile" in the middle of the Caen Plain, where it was in action continually for six days. this is where your brother would have been wounded. It is also where my father was wounded on the 13th and died of his wounds on the 14th August. He was also attended by the 23rd Canadian Field Ambulance.
On the 15th August the Regiment moved to Estrees-La-Campagne
I hope this information has been of some help.
George Baker

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Reply Durendal
7:17 AM on December 4, 2012 
My brother, Henry, (still living) was wounded on 11th August 1944 whilst serving with the 53rd (London) Med.Art.Regt, 209/210 Batteries, who were part of 1st Corps, who were assigned to 2nd Canadian Divn at that time I believe. 23rd Canadian Field Ambulace attended him until repatriation to UK a few days later.
Anyone know where the 53rd would have been operating at that date? Part of "Operation Totalize" perhaps? Backing the 51st Highland Divn (also assigned to the Canadians)?
What shoulder patch would they have for recognition? Ist Corps "Spearhead" perhaps (white spearhead on red diamond background).
Any help or comments appreciated.
Ron Flood
Reply jason clark
5:06 PM on November 11, 2012 
Hi Keith,

Really enjoyed the site. My grandad was george (ted)shopland. It was great to see a oicture of my grandad as well as a copy of the history I posted back in 2004.

Thanks again for creating such a great site.

Kind regards

Jason
Reply Mike Symmonds
11:34 AM on September 23, 2012 
Great website Keith, full of information.
Mike