Royal Engineers BEF September 1939 to 19 June 1940

Living History

Hi there,

I’m new to this so don’t know if I am adding this to the right area.

I have not put anything in Topic Tags as I don’t know what they are.

My late father was Arthur (known as Sid) Warren 21818223 Royal Engineers.

He joined up on 19 September 1939 and was sent to France with the BEF on 25 September 1939. No hanging about there then!

I have got photocopies of my fathers service file from the Army Personnel Centre.

It shows that he was initially with the No.1 Docks Group in France but that is all until he comes back to the UK.

Can anyone out there help with what he did and where he was in France?

I know from relatives that he came out of France from Brest and the records show that he disembarked on 19 June in the UK.

Can anyone help as to why he came to be in Brest and how he got out? The family story is that he had a bad time at this point.

On the first night of the Blitz 7/8 September 1940 most of his family were killed by a High Explosive bomb which hit the shelter they were in in Bermondsey, London. His mother, father, two sisters, grandmother and the baby of one of the sisters died. The only two that survived were him and his brother who went off to fight in the war.

In March 1942 he was taken to Bellsdyke Mental Hospital, Larbert, Falkirk, Scotland suffering from neurosis. He reverted back from sergeant to the rank of Corporal on his admission to hospital and was released in July 1942. His Medical Condition was now Class C and so he was posted for the rest of the war in the UK. Can anyone give me any information about Bellsdyke Hospital?

I would be most grateful for anything you may know so that I can add it to my family history for my grandchildren.

Many thanks,

Andrew Warren

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