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Pvt William Adcock

Mr Alfie Adcock sent in details of his father William (Bill) Adcock who served as a Private with S company, 4th Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment during the Normandy campaign and beyond.

The first photograph was taken in 1942 and shows Pvt Adcock extreme right centre row, whilst in the Royal West Kent Boxing Team.
Bill served with the 1st Battalion and saw his first action as part of the BEF in 1940.

 

The second picture was taken later in the war somewhere in the Reichswalde forest, and shows the Wiltshire's moving to the front on the back of Sherman Tank's of the Nott's Yeomanry.
Pvt Adcock is seated upper far right and wears the distinctive leather jerkin and carries a shovel slung across his back.

   

Letter from "the Wardrobe" in response to Alfie's  research into his Fathers wartime years.

 

Unfortunately Bill Adcock passed away some years ago, his son Alfie recalls his Dad telling him how lucky he was to have come through the whole experience relatively unscathed. He was one of only a handful from his company to survive and so decimated was his unit that for a while at least they were receiving Canadian replacements.

 

The 4th Wilts LHG are very grateful to Alfie and his family for sharing these precious photographs and memories with us and for allowing their use on this website.

"We would be pleased that my Dad would be mentioned",
"Our family would be only to pleased to help with keeping his memory & many others alive in words & pictures".
Alfie Adcock

 

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