George William COWELL 3855604, RA – 2nd Maritime Anti Aircraft Battery

Living History

Greetings alll.

I’m new to the forum and after lurking and reading many posts, I’m hoping someone will be able to assist with my grandfather’s war record, as I’ve hit a bit of a brick wall.

So far I have the following details:

Enlisted into the Loyal Reg (Chorley), TA & posted to 4th battalion 16/4/35

Discharged on reorganisation 31/10/38

Re-enlisted into RA (TA) Chorley posted to 437/62 Searchlight Reg. 31/3/39

Embodied 2/9/39

Posted to 2nd Maritime AA Battery 30/10/41

Served on the following ships:

TIBA 27/5/41 – 31/5/41

EMPIRE LYNX 11/7/41 – 22/9/41

St MAGNUS 24/10/41 – 5/12/41

LOCHNAGAR 12/3/42 – 14/10/42 (Iceland with US NOBI)

ROSENBORG 14/10/42 – 18/11/42 (Iceland US NOBI)

LANCASHIRE COAST 15/6/43 – 15/6/43

BANFORA 28/6/43 – 22/5/44 (KMF26 – Sinking of the Rohna, Nov 1943)

EMPIRE ROSALIND 20/6/44 – 31/8/44 (TM1 – Operation Anvil/Dragoon)

ORBITA 14/9/44 – 18/12/44

39-45 Star

Atlantic Star

Burma Star

Italy Star

War Medal

TA Efficiency Medal

It’s been difficult to find information about his service prior to TIBA, although I know he was in Kirkwall, Orkney Islands in 1941, as I have a photo of him with another Gunner – Ivor Davies.

I already have the movement cards for each of the ships, and Convoyweb.org has been a fantastic source of information too.

All suggestions are welcome with open arms, as to how I should proceed. :)

TIA

Nanette

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