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This page will be used to:-
Mark Anniversaries that are special to the Brigade.
At the end of June, and on 1st July we mark the 70th Anniversary of the engagements in Normandy in 1944 in which so many men of the Brigade were wounded, and a significant number lost their lives.
This culminated in the key battle for the Defence of RAURAY in which the 70th Infantry Brigade distinguished itself, inflicting heavy casualties on the German armoured forces in what proved to be their last major attempt to halt the Allied advance in that part of Normandy - a struggle documented in detail in Kevin Baverstock's book "Breaking the Panzers", and described in the Brigade and Battalion War Diaries of the period. These can be accessed from the "List of Units" link towards the top of the Main Page.
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We have recently learned of more surviving Brigade Veterans and are trying to make contact with them direct, or through their families, in order to add to the information on the Website and make them aware of the work that is underway.
Keep users up to date on Website changes.
A major update to the lists of men who served in the Brigade, adding several hundred names, was completed a few months ago and has already helped family history researchers to track down servicemen they were seeking. Work is currently underway to ensure that the "old" information has been completely deleted, as many individual "pages" have been replaced with newer versions containing more comprehensive information.
The use of the Website is now being regularly monitored, using Google Analytics, and this gives a very useful indication of the scale of access by the public.
Record the work being done to improve and enhance the information held.
Some family photographs have been recently uploaded and annotated - though there are more to process.
Work is still underway to document the material on the Brigade's Officers held at the Durham County Record Office, and the help and support of the staff there is gratefully acknowledged. It is hoped to find similar material on the Black Watch Officers who served in 1st Tyneside Scottish, but the relevant reference books are proving elusive!
The biggest outstanding information task at present is that of processing the data on the men who transferred to the various Corps, including the Royal Engineers, Royal Army Ordnance Corps, Royal Pioneer Corps, Army Catering Corps, Royal Corps of Signals and the Royal Military Police - collected on our research visit South in January 2014. This will be added to their individual "pages" on the Website and, in most cases, will complete their "mini service record". I have just completed adding the information we traced at the Royal Logistics Corps Museum at Deepcut on the transferees to the Royal Pioneer Corps to both the Website pages and the Project databases. The help of former Curator Andy Robertshaw and Archivist Gareth is gratefully acknowledged.
During this exercise we discovered one RPC soldier - Private Hugh GRANT, formerly of the DLI, who died in service on 6th January 1943 and is buried at Gateshead East Cemetery. Until we researched the RPC Books, we were unaware of this. No mention is made in the DLI records, as he had left the Regiment, and this is not unusual. This is not an uncommon find amongst those who served with the Brigade and we try to ensure that all post-70 Brigade casualties are properly recorded.
Work is continuing to process the War Diary of the 187th Field Ambulance.
Queries and information from users of the Website should continue to be sent to the Lead Researcher - preferably by e-mail - by clicking here.