Help Required finding RAOC War Diaries

Living History

Partly following on from my previous thread…ullet-mechanic/

Eventually after about 9 months my Grandad’s service records have turned up, but they tell me very little more than i already knew from the above thread.

They are quite detailed regarding his time in the UK (training, trade tests etc), but then become quite sparse in detail regarding his tenure overseas.

They confirm he was posted to the 8th Ordnance Beach Detachment in 1943 (in time for the Sicily Invasion). The next relevant info is him transferring to 140 Ordnance Depot (in Greece) in mid 1945. Other than that the only info of significance, is that he appears to have hospitalized for about a week soon after landing at Sicily.

My next avenue of research would be to get hold of the War Diaries for the 8th Ordnance Beach Detachment (8 OBD), but this is where i’ve hit a brick wall.

Using either ARCRE’s or the NA’s Discovery search engines i can’t find any 8 OBD War Diary references.

I can find War Diaries refs for the 1,2,3,4,5,6 & 9 OBD’s but none for the 8 OBD.

Have tried various searches like OBD, beach detachment, beach det, ordnance beach etc with no luck.

The nearest i have come across is WO 166/13316 which has a vague heading of 8 Gp which makes reference to Beach Group & Detachments in the sub-headings. As Beach Groups & Ordnance Beach Detachments are totally different i’m not sure this is what i am after.

So if anyone can provide any help, suggestions or point me in the right direction as to how to find the War Diaries for the 8th Ordnance Beach Detachment (RAOC) for the dates mid 1943 to mid 1945 it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in Advance


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