Sunday, February 14, 2010

A Happy Interlude in Cairo, Egypt, 1942

Troopers Pat O'Brien (left) and Martin Quin (right)
Showing off their newly-acquired tatoos in Cairo, Egypt, 18 November 1942

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Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

A happy interlude

The above photograph shows two great pals, Trooper Patrick (Pat) O'Brien (Service No 3598007) and Martin Quin (Service No 3599456), proudly showing the newly-acquired tatoos while in Cairo, Egypt. The date written on the back of the original photograph is 18 November 1942.

At this time time Pat and Martin were serving with the Royal Armoured Corps (R.A.C.) in the Middle East Forces. Also written on the back of the photograph is "Two of Lieut. C.R. Williams' men". Lieutenant Clifford Roger Williams, like Pat and Martin had originally served with the 5th Battalion (T.A.) The Border Regiment before the Second World War.

Trooper Martin Quin and Lieutenant Clifford R. Williams were both killed in early 1943 during the North African campaign. Pat O'Brien survived the war and went on serve in Italy and Greece, and after the war had ended, to be part of the British Army of Occupation of the Rhineland.

Sunday, 10 November, 2013  
Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

Commonwealth War Graves Commission citation

Below is the CWGC citation for Martin Quin:

Rank: Trooper
Service No: 3599456
Date of Death: Between 25/04/1943 and 26/04/1943
Age: 22
Regiment/Service: Royal Armoured Corps, 9th Queen's Royal Lancers
Grave Reference: VI. F. 3.

The CWGC citation incorrectly spells Martin's surname as "Quinn" and does not mention either his next of kin or his home town of Whitehaven, Cumberland.

Martin Quin is also commemorated on the WW2 memorial of St Begh's R.C. Parish, Whitehaven.

Sunday, 10 November, 2013  

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