The 59th Heavy Anti Aircraft regiment arrives in Algiers and undertakes exercises. Bone is a small, picturesque town outside Algiers, now known as Annaba ( Annaba (Arabic: عنّابة lit "Jujube Town", Berber languages: Aânavaen). Below is a view of the sea coast. This is a map of Annaba from Google Images Map of Bone from … Continue reading December 1942-September 1943. North African Campaign, the Battle of Tunis, and the King’s visit.
The certificates arrived today. The new online service only takes 4 days instead of two weeks, and it's cheaper, because you don't get a physical piece of paper - only a PDF. The two children (one who died and one who lived) were not Grace and William's children. They were born to a different Wright … Continue reading Red Haired Girl: Part II
Dennis attended the Military University at Schrivenham from 5/9/1941 until 19/3/1942. He was posted as a cadet to 133 OCTU group. The note in his records reads “W.O.U.M. 695/ A.B.I.E. Lt 8/8/41 and RA records letter AA/60/34/695 dated 15/8/41.” WOUM refers to a note that allows an officer to wear slightly different uniform because of … Continue reading May 1942 – December 1942 59th Heavy Anti Aircraft Essex Regiment, fatherhood, and preparation for African Campaign
I'm working on the wording for Dennis' headstone. I imagine writing an epitaph for somebody you knew and loved is hard enough. Writing one for a person who you never knew at all, only from papers and other people's memories, is... well let's say it's difficult. I want to honour his life in Tamborine Mountain, … Continue reading Epitaphs
A very brief note today in lieu of a blog post - I've spent all my time and energy emailing so there's none left for uploading military records. Dennis' mates in Tamborine Mountain, led by Geoff Baldwin of Tamborine Mountain Electrical Services, and generously funded by the Bowls Club on Beacon Road, are organising a … Continue reading Memorial Service
On 20th April, 1939, Hitler’s 50th birthday, Dennis William Trinder joined the army. It was the year of the first nylon stocking, the first rocket test, and the first animal (a rabbit) conceived by artificial insemination. It was the year of the last execution by guillotine (in Paris). Britain had just signed the mutual assistance … Continue reading 66th Leeds Rifles, Heavy Anti Aircraft Regiment, TA, 184 battery, April 1939 until May 1942
Dennis with (probably) his brother Geoffrey on his bike Dennis was born on 16/12/1916 at 16 Hannover Road in Willesden, Middlesex, which is part of London. His mother is Grace Lilian Ada Trinder (nee Wright) and his father is William Thomas Trinder, who works in the boot trade. They may have met through the boot … Continue reading Dennis’ life before WW2 (December 1916-April 1939)