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Hi all, have just come across this forum, my Grandfather George Charles Bramham was a Water SGT with the 247 coy R.A.S.C Motor boats, I have quite a few photos of him with some of his men etc, i will endeavour to post them soon.
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Hi Grant,

Many thanks for this and welcome to the forum, be great to see pics of your Grandfather in service there, all the best.

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My father also served in 247 Coy and I wondered if anyone could help with a question I have. The War Diary entry for 24th April 1944 reads “Cutters H268 & H269 on passage from Torre del Greco to Reggio machine-gunned whilst crossing Salerno Bay by American Air Force. No damage or casualties!” I have tried to find more info or pictures of H268 or H269 with no luck and I wondered if anyone could help.

I also have some pics of water transport and people (unidentified) which I could post (when I find out how to attach an image...) if anyone is interested.

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Hi all i too seem to be having trouble uploading images, my grandfather George Bramham water sargeant 247 coy is on left of pic facing one of his men, not sure who other men are or where pic was taken if going off the writing behind them on the wall could well be France?
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Hello Grant

I can’t help with the picture location and others with more knowledge/experience may contradict me, but from the War Diaries (available in the National Archive in Kew) this company was operational in Sicily and Italy. My father was posted to 247Coy  in January 1944 and I have a few pictures of him (unusually, with annotations on the reverse!) in both of these places.

Whether 247 was in France until the Dunkirk evacuation I don’t know, but you may get more info if you post this on the “WW2 Talk” website.

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My Grandfathers trawler capsised at sea off Greece, from what i understand he was on a mine sweeping mission, this is a letter of recommendation for bravery, quite incredidle how it was asked for the boots to be returned! He never spoke of this event

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Another pic of 247 coy RASC (not sure where pic was taken) Grandfather has written on back left to right George Bramham Isle Of Wight, Harold Greer Isle of Wight and Paddy Bowman (Irish) I have other pictures of Grandfather in Palermo Sicily, looking at the columns behind this pic could be from there

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Hi again Grant

I have a number of pics of War Diary entries showing the various reports and witness statements, including one from your grandfather, on this incident. The documents suggest that this ship was carrying supplies from Piraeus to Kalamata and was lost in heavy seas. Do you have the entire diary, or would you like me to send the pics I have? If so, send me a private message with your email and I’ll gladly forward them.

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I dug up the original photo and yes it has details written on the back it says its at Bouzin Court nr Albert, Somme France 1940
My grandfather has also written 2 mens names on the back of pic aswell but not sure which men they are but he writes.... with George Peters L/CPL and Solly Solomans 
I shall endeavour to dig up more pics if i can recall where ive stored them
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