Wilby Ronald John Major 79246

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Name Wilby Ronald John
Army number 79246
Rank Major
Decorations M.i D. 20/12/1945 and 14/2/1946. T.E.D. 3/11/1950.
Date of birth 3/2/1900. Baptised 29/4/1900 at Byfleet St Mary.
Age 0
Unit Formerly Indian Army- Cavalry Officer Rawalpindi, Royal Artillery TA Commissioned as 2/Lt 4/1/1939. Transferred to The DLI as 2/Lt 4/1/1939, Embodied 24/8/1939, Transferred to the Black Watch 20/12/1939. Posted to the 1st Tyneside Scottish 1/2/1940. (Posted 41 Group National Defence Corps September 1939, Posted 13th (HD) Battalion DLI December 1939, Posted 1/13 (HD) Battalion 9/40. Posted 30th Battalion DLI Nov 1940. Demobilised 1945. This transfer is likely to have been recorded in error.) TARO - ceased liability 26/4/1950 as Hon Major.
Company/Battery 23rd Division. Attached to RAF.
Platoon or other sub-unit
Task or role Bn 2 i/c
Joined Brigade
Promotions Captain 28/6/39, T/Maj 1/12/39.
Prisoner of War Yes - Oflag IXA, then O12B, PoW Number 557
Died/Killed in action Died 19/1/1951, St David's Hospital, Cardiff. Death registered March 1951, Cardiff.
Home address Son of William John Wilby and Rose Louisa Wilby. Educated King's School, Canterbury. 52, Reid Park Road, Jesmond, 146, Carlton Rd. Lowestoft. 38 Pencisely Rise, Cardiff. Married Frida Pondz Wilby.
Source table 1TS

The information indicating that Major Wilby was part of the Home Defence Battalions (drawn from the McGregor Card Index) may not be entirely correct as he apparently was taken Prisoner of War with the BEF. These items of data, drawn probably from the McGregor Index at County Record Office, need to be further checked against other sources.