Named kit can be fascinating to research. I recently bought a lovely condition 1942 British airborne bedroll at Marway's auction. There were three names on it - two ORs with British regimental numbers and an officer (no number).
British Airborne Sleeping Bag, Maker marked WARING & GILLOW LTD 1942. Heavy dull tan canvas bottom, camo coth top. Has names on it PTE ROSS stroked out, LT H.G. MacWILLIAM, PTE. E REYNOLDS 4922451 stroked out and J ROSS 14410275 stroked out.
Auctioneer said bedroll had belonged to a 1 Canadian Parachute Battalion man - and they are trying to find out his name for me. One of the names on the bedroll was for Pte Ross whom I have positively identified now as being with the Parachute Regiment, attached to 3 Parachute Brigade Headquarters (Brigadier James Hill commanding, and much beloved by 1 Canadian Parachute Bn which was in 2 Para Bde), and Ross was reported as missing in action 1944-06-06. He is still missing and is commemorated in France.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission record says:
ROSS, JOHN WILLIAM
Date of Death:06/06/1944
Regiment/Service:Army Air Corps attd. H.Q. 3rd Parachute Bde
Panel Reference Panel 18, Column 1.Memorial BAYEUX MEMORIAL
Additional Information: Son of John Phillip and Alice May Ross, of Neasden, Middlesex.
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