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The Smalley Family

Photographs and text kindly supplied by Nigel Smalley.

14 January 2015

I have been researching my maternal great Uncle's WW2 history and have discovered that prior to WW2 he served with B Company, 2nd Battalion, The Lincolnshire Regiment, during the Special Service in Malta and Palestine Sep 1935-Dec 1936 and as featured in an article on your website. Douglas subsequently served with the Parachute Regiment during the latter part of WW2 and sadly was killed in action on D-day. It is possible that he also served with the Lincolnshire Regiment earlier in WW2 then transferred to the Parachute Regiment. I have recently requested his military records from the MOD, so these may shed some light on this.

I have also found a Christmas card sent by Douglas to his family in 1936 that has some photographs from this period which I thought may be of interest.

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Douglas Victor Harness Douglas Victor Harness

In a similar vein, my maternal Grandfather, Charles Reginald Harness, 4806972, also served with the Lincolnshire Regiment during WW2, so I have requested his records from the MOD as well.

Going even further back to WW1, it seems that my paternal Grandfather served in the Lincolnshire Regiment (William Cook Smalley, 1/4th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment, 1936, then later the Tanks Corp, 111519).

William Cook Smalley and Frederick Smalley, date unknown. William Smalley 1914, reverse inscribed: 'we are all company, Scouts 1914'. William Cook Smalley 1915, reverse inscribed 'France 1915'. William Cook Smalley 1916, reverse inscribed 'September 1916 after leaving hospital'. William Cook Smalley, date unknown, reverse inscribed: 'horse transport section'. Frederick Smalley 1913(14?), reverse inscribed: 'Bridlington, 1913'.

My paternal Great Uncle (Frederick Smalley, Durham Light Infantry, 76275, KIA April 1918) also appears in photographs with his brother where both are in the uniform of the Lincolnshire Regiment, so it seems that he also served with the Regiment for some period. One photograph is the annual camp at Bridlington (1914?), so perhaps both were Territorial's before the outbreak of war.

Nigel Smalley