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by mrmichaeljohndavies

Reginald G Davies soon after capture.

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10 August 2004

Home and away

Reg Davies joined the Territorial Army in the 1930s then went onto become a soldier and bandsman in the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry. He married before the advent of WW2 , by then he had fathered two sons. Subsequently, he was captured at Hazebrook, France, on the 28th of May 1940, at 6 pm (his group had been engaged in delaying the enemy advance on Dunkirk. See copy of newspaper photo. Reg was imprisoned at Stalag XXA from the 29th of July 1940 until 3rd of March 1942, at BAB (not sure what that was) for six months then at Stalag VIIIB from 23rd September 1942 until the 15th of October 1943.
His wife, uncertain of her husband’s health or whereabouts, was busy looking after two young boys and working at a tailor’s shop. She worked altering uniforms to fit the various British and foreign military personnel stationed in the neighbourhood (the boys were oft engaged in picking up pins from the floor of the tailor’s workroom).
Meanwhile, The Bucks Free Press, (date not certain of) reported under the heading Bucks Roll of Honour:
“Mrs Davies, of ‘Marie Villa’, Wycombe End, Beacosnsfield, has received news that her husband, Corporal Reginald G Davies, Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, who had been reported missing, is a prisoner of war and is well. Mrs Davies received three letters together, one was written in May and another in June.”
Reg finshed the war as a medical orderly in the RAMC, and wore a red Tudor style rose as insignia on the left arm of his uniform to show that he had been a POW.

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Message 1 - Red Rose insignia

Posted on: 11 August 2004 by Ron Goldstein

Hi Mike (is it Mike?)
Many thanks for your very interest piece about Cpl.Reg Davies and in particular the item about the Red Rose insignia.
This is the first time I have ever seen anything written about this and certainly in nearly five years wartime service I never came across such an emblem.
Looking forward to seeing the attached photo.
All best wishes


Message 2 - Red Rose insignia

Posted on: 21 August 2004 by Peter - WW2 Site Helper

The Tudor Rose was the insignia of the 212th Independent Infantry Brigade, but the Ox and Bucks were never part of that formation. The 1st Ox and Bucks, however, were in the 71st Infantry Brigade. Its insignia was the Red Rose of Lancaster (the Tudor rose) and the White Rose of York side-by-side on a black background.

Who would issue insignia to British PoWs? The Germans? All freed PoWs qualified for priority demob in 1945 and had no need of special insignia on their return.

I look forward to seeing the photo, but my guess is that it will show that he was in the 71st Infantry Brigade. Aside from this minor issue, yours is an excellent contribution to the archive.

Best regards,


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