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Kent Corps Troops

Engineers in Greece 1940 - 1941

A request from the son of Spr William (Bill) Beaumont to HQ REA.

By 1940, Spr William (Bill) Beaumont from Ipswich, who was in 584 Army Field Company, Royal Engineers, had joined companies 582, 583 and 297 Field Park Coy, at Milton Barracks, Gravesend. They then trained at Gilford in Northern Ireland and were known as Kent Corps Troops Engineers. A few weeks after arrival, a detachment of about 80 men was sent to Greece to destroy fuel and other installations if the Germans invaded, which they did.

After completing their operations they made an eventful escape to Crete via Kythnos and Milos.  Bill, who is 90 years old and lives in Suffolk went on to serve in Palestine, North Africa and Italy.  He has asked me ( his son ) to find out the whereabouts of his RE mates, Vic Woodhead, Ray Watson and John Richard Hibbert ( later a Lieutenant ), or their friends or relatives.  I was hoping you may be able to help.

I would also like to make contact with anyone who has any information about any of the detachment or the mission.  I am writing an article about the operation, which is described in a chapter of "XD Operations" by C.C.H. Brazier.  Perhaps you might be able to point me in the right direction.

Many thanks, 

Michael Beaumont, Sydney, Australia. <>


If there is anyone who can help Michael, they are encouraged to contact him direct via the email address above.