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What is a Lance Bombardier

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Re: What is a Lance Bombardier

Posted: 3 Dec 2004 7:15PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 17 Dec 2005 10:29AM GMT
Karen,

The NCO [Non-commissioned Officer] rank of Bombardier is peculiar to the Royal Artillery and is equivalent to a Corporal in the rest of the army. The rank of Lance Bombardier being equivalent to a Lance Corporal.

The "Lance" ranks of Corporal or Sergeant were appointments [by a man's commanding officer] rather than a formal promotion to Corporal or Sergeant and as such were a temporary rank.

Lance Bombardier W F Rendall served with the 71st Anti-tank Regiment RA and died 18 Sept 1945. The fact he is buried in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery gives no real clue to where he died as those who died in most of Western Germany were brought there when the cemetery was created.

As the war in Europe was over in May 1945, it's possible he was wounded and hospitalised in Germany and died of wounds later. I would contact the CWGC to see if they have any more information; at least for confirmation the date they give was in fact when he died and not either an error [1944 rather than 1945] or when he was interred in Reichswald Forest Cemetery.

The 71st Anti-tank Regiment RA were part of the divisional units of the 53rd {Welsh] Infantry Division. Part of the 21st Army Group, the 53rd Division served with VII Corps, [Normandy], XII Corps and XXX Corps [Battle of the Ardennes]. See http://orbat.com/site/history/historical/usa/21starmygroup19...

If you follow some of the links from the Royal Artillery page of the Land Forces of Britain, the Empire and Commonwealth at http://www.regiments.org/regiments/uk/art-eng-sig/RA.htm , you can find out about Anti-tank gunnery during WWII as well as links to other sites.

If that's not enough, enter 71 "anti-tank regiment ra" in google for more.

Good luck
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