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Rob Dickers says...Hi Kieth hope your good.
Could you mail me June 44 from 1st - 14th of the 53rd war- diary mate , can? t seem to get it up here.
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
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.
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.