This page is in the memory of both my Granddads one of whom served with the famous Queens Royal Regiment, a infantry battalion of the 7th Amoured Division attached to the Eighth Army. He served in North Africa, Italy and Europe where he was fatally wounded. The Second served with The Royal Marines for 26 years, he joined in 1916 at the age of 18 and was discharged on medical grounds in 1942.

Cyril John Jackman

1/6th Bn The Queens Royal Regiment (West Surrey)

Private 6093903

Who died Tuesday 15th August 1944. Age 25.

8th Army War – 1940 – 1944

Mediterranean Expitionary Force


Central Mediterranean Force


 7th ARMD. DIV. Wounded in action Normandy on 25th July 1944

Died in Bath Hospital Somerset on August 15th 1944

Son of Alice Martha Jackman; Husband of Florance Joan Jackman, of Chobham



Below my Granddads Medal entitlement and cap badge.

Defence Medal, War Medal, France & Germany Star, Italy Star, Africa Star with 8th Army Clasp and 1939-45 Star.


The Collect of The Queens Royal Regiment

O Lamb of God, in whom we behold the

Saviour of the world in whom we triumph

Even in adversities, keep, we pray Thee, Thy

Servants of The Queens Royal Regiment ever

Mindful in all duty by sea and by land of Thy

Valour of old unto death, who livest and reignest

With the Father and the Holy Ghost,

One God world without end. Amen




Brief History of The 7th Armoured Division

“The Desert Rats” 

Created: 1938 in Egypt as a mobile division near Mersa Matruh

Battles: 1940 Sidi Barrani

Battles: 1941 Bardia, Tobruk, Beda-Fomm

Battles: 1942 Gazala, Alam el Alfa, El Alamein

Battles: 1943 Tunisia, Sicily, Naples, Volturno

Battles: 1944 18-23/7 Bourguebus Ridge, 17-27/11 Nederrijn

Battles: 1945 23/3-1/4 Rhine Crossing

NW Europe Campaign: 8/6/1944-31/8/1945


Divisional Commanders:


Major-General G.W.E.J. Erskine

Major-General G.L. Verney assumed command 4/8/1944

Major-General L.O. Lyne assumed command 22/11/1944


Primary Units:


22nd Armoured Brigade under Brigadiers W.R.N. Hinde, H.R. Mackeson (10/8/44), H.T.B. Cracroft (16/9/44), A.D.R. Wingfield (18/10/44) (1st and 5th Royal Tank Regts. 4th County of London Yeomanry {relieved by the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards on 29/7/44})


131st Infantry Brigade under Brigadiers M.S. Eskine, E.C. Pepper (2/7/44), W.R. Cox(8/10/44), J.M.K. Spurling (2/12/44) (1/5, 1/6 and 1/7 Battalion Queens Royal Regts {1/6 relived by the 2nd Battalion Devonshire Regt and 1/7th relived by the 9th Battalion Durham light infantry in November1944})


Photo Album



                                               Myself, a camel and some Arab boys                   Jerusalem, Street of Chains            Myself and a friend overlooking Jerusalem City



                                    Taken 11th Dec in the sea and not cold either. I am still in                               Church of all Nations

                                                a convalescing home here and you can still just see where

                                                I was wounded in my left arm. Bathing is recommended by

                                                the M.O. as it helps to get our limbs back to normal


Church of Nativity


                                             The wailing wall                       Garden overlooking Jerusalem City and the Golden Gate          My Granddad Christmas 1940

My Granddad, Nan, Uncle David & Uncle Graham


Brief History of the 1/6th Bn. The Queens Royal Regiment after leaving Boston up to 1945+

1940 - 1/6th The Queens Royal Regiment left Boston for S.E. England

1941 - Remained in S.E. England

1942 - May - Embarked at Glasgow for North Africa

1942 - August - Took part in the Battle at Adam-el Halfa followed by the Battle of El Alemein

After El Alemein. the battalion became part of the 7th Armoured Division, probably

better known as "The Desert Rats".

1942/1943 - Served with the 7th Armoured Division through Egypt. Libya and Tunisia before

taking part in the Salerno landings in Italy in September 1943.

1943 - December - Returned to the United Kingdom to prepare for the D-Day landings.

1944 - June - Landed in Normandy, still as part of the 7th Armoured Division

1944/1945 - Served in N.W. Europe, through France and Belgium through to the German Border.

1945 - Returned to the United Kingdom to serve as a Training Battalion, before being posted

to the Lebanon on peace keeping duties.



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Hebert Hill

Royal Marine

PO 19359

My Granddads Marines badge

My Granddad and Nan on their wedding day


This is part of my Grandads medal entitlement, The British War Medal, The Victory Medal and the Long Service and Good Conduct medal for his 26 years service. I am still researching his entitlement and hope to replace all his medals.

My Granddads belt buckle


26 Years Service Records



Translation of Service Records

First entry in the service on enlistment 16th May 1916 at the age of 18 years

To the 18th May 1942 – 26 years of service.


Recruit, depot deal 16th May 1916 – 29th Nov 1916

Portsmouth Division 30th Nov 1916 – 31st Dec 1916

~Do~ 1st Jan 1917 – 28th May 1917

HMS Andes 29th May 1917 – 31st Dec 1917

HMS Andes

HMS Andes was an Armed Merchant Cruiser, she was a merchant ship taken over by the Royal Navy and armed.

Built in 1913 by Harland & Wolff for the Royal Mail Line.

Size: 15,620 tons, measuring 590' x 67'

Armament: In March 1915 she was armed with 6 x 6in and 2 x 6 pdr guns.

Service: In 1915 she was taken over from the Merchant Navy by the Royal Navy and used as a armed cruiser patrolling the North Atlantic. She was released back into commercial service in October 1919 and later renamed the 'Atlantis'. When the Second World War broke out she was again converted from a luxury cruise ship called the 'Atlantis' into hospital ship No.33 and made many voyages carrying the wounded to safety from the beaches after the Normandy Landings in 1944. She was scrapped in 1952.

HMS Andes 1st Jan 1918 – 31st Dec 1918

HMS Andes

HMS Andes 1st Jan 1919 – 26th Feb 1919

Portsmouth Division 27th Feb 1919 – 30th May 1919

HMS Fox 31st May 1919 – 10th Oct 1919


HMS Fox Built Portsmouth Dockyard, laid down 1891, completed April 1896.

Size: Length 320 feet pp 339 feet 6 inches overall, beam 49 feet 6 inches, draught 19 feet, displacement 4,360 tons load.

Propulsion: 2 shaft TE engines, 7,500 ihp, 18kts

Armour: 6in gun shields, 2in decks

Armament: 2 x 6in QF (2 x 1), 8 x 4.7in (8 x 1), 10 x 6 pounder QF (10 x 1), 1 x 3 pounder, 4 x 18in TT

Comments: All ships were sheathed for overseas service. Crew 318. Service: Indies. August 1914 Captured two German merchant ships off Colombo. Involved in the blockade of SMS Konigsberg. 1915 East Africa and Egypt. 1917 Red Sea. 1920 Sold for scrap

Portsmouth Division 11th Oct 1919 – 24th Nov 1919

HMS Colombo 26th Nov 1919 – 31st Dec 1919

HMS Colombo

HMS Colombo Built Fairfield, laid down December 1917, completed June 1919

Size: Length 425 feet pp 451 feet 6 inches overall, beam 43 feet 6 inches, draught 15 feet 6 inches, displacement 4,290 tons normal 5,250 tons deep load.

Propulsion: 2 shaft Parsons turbines, 40,000 shp, 29kts Trials: Colombo 40,65 shp = 29.48 knots

Armour: 3-1.5in belt, 1in decks

Armament: 5 x 6in 45cal Mk XII (5 x 1), 2 x 3in (2 x 1), 8 x 21in TT Comments: Crew 432.

HMS Colombo 1st Jan 1920 – 31st Dec 1920

HMS Colombo 1st Jan 1921 – 31st Dec 1921

Haokino 20th Jan 1921 – 12th Apr 1921 (Haokino is just a guess, unable to read)

HMS Colombo 13th Apr 1921 – 31st Dec 1921

HMS Colombo 1st Jan 1922 – 14th Mar 1922

~do~ in passage 15th Mar 1922 – 10th Apr 1922

Portsmouth Division 11th Apr 1922 – 16th Jul 1922

HMS Dido 17th Jul 1922 – 17th Sept 1922

HMS Dido

HMS Dido Built London & Glasgow Co, Glasgow, laid down August 1894, completed May 1898.

Size: Length 350 feet pp 373 feet overall, beam 53 feet 6 inches, draught 20 feet 6 inches, displacement 5,600 tons load.

Propulsion: 2 shaft TE engines, 8,000 ihp, 18.5kts

Armour: 3in gun shields, 3-1.5in decks

Armament: 5 x 6in QF (5 x 1), 6 x 4.7in (6 x 1), 8 x 12 pounder QF (8 x 1), 6 x 3 pounder QF (6 x 1), 3 x 18in TT

Comments: Enlarged follow on to the Astraea class with similar speed but increased protection and armament. Crew 450.

Service: 1914 Depot ship 3rd Submarine Flotilla. 1914 Depot ship 3rd Destroyer Flotilla Harwich. 1915 Depot ship 9th Destroyer Flotilla Harwich. 1918 Depot ship 10th Destroyer Flotilla Harwich. 1926 Sold for scrap.

Portsmouth Division 18th Sept 1922 – 19th Sept 1922

H.B.L Porto (11thRM Bn Mid) 20th Sept 1922 – 20th Dec 1922

~do~  21st Dec 1922 – 31st Dec 1922

~do~  1st Jan 1923 – 26th Jan 1923

~do~  27th Jan 1923 – 26th Mar 1923

Portsmouth Division 27th Mar 1923 – 3rd May 1923

Barham 4th May 1923 – 31st Dec 1923

HMS Barham

HMS Barham Built John Brown, laid down February 1913, completed October 1915, cost £2,470,113.

Size: Length 634 feet 6 inches waterline 639 feet 9 inches overall, beam 90 8 inches feet, draught 33 feet, displacement 27,470 tons light 33,260 tons deep.

Propulsion: 4 shaft Parsons/Brown Curtis turbines, 56,000/75,000 (normal/overload) shp, 23/24 kts.

Armour: 13-6in belt, 10-4in barbettes, 13in turret faces, 3-2in decks.

Armament: 8 x 15in 45cal MK I (4 x 2), 14 x 6in (14 x 1), 4 x 3 pounder (4 x 1), 2 x 3in (2 x 1), 4 x 21in TT

Service: October 1915 Grand Fleet joining 5th Battle Squadron in November. 3 December 1915 collision with HMS Warspite 1 January 1916 rejoined Grand Fleet after repairs. Present at the Battle of Jutland 1916 as flagship of 5th BS. Fired 337 15in rounds. Received 1 11 inch and 5 12 inch hits and sustained 26 killed and 46 injured. 4 July 1916 rejoined Grand Fleet after repairs 27 May 1941 sunk by German submarine U331

Barham 1st Jan 1924 – 31st Dec 1924

Barham 1st Jan 1925 – 11th Nov 1925

Portsmouth Division 12th Nov 1925 – 31st Dec 1925

~do~ 1st Jan 1926 – 9th Apr 1926

Iron Duke 10th April 1926 – 24th May 1926

HMS Iron Duke

HMS Iron Duke Built Portsmouth Dockyard, laid down January 1912, completed March 1914, cost £1,945,824.

Size: Length 614 feet 3 inches waterline 623 feet 9 inches overall, beam 90 feet 1 inches, draught 32 feet 9 inches (deep), displacement 26,100 tons load, 31,400 tons deep.

Propulsion: 4 shaft Parsons turbines, 29,000 shp, 21kts. Trials: Iron Duke 30,040 shp = 21.6 knots

Armour: 12-4in belt, 10-3in barbettes, 11in turret faces, 2.5-1in decks

Armament: 10 x 13.5in 45cal MK V (5 x 2), 12 x 6in (12 x 1), 4 x 3 pounder (4 x 1), 2 x 3in (2 x 1), 4 x 21in TT

Service: August 1914-January 1917 Flagship of Grand Fleet under Admiral Sir John Jellicoe and then Sir David Beatty. 12 January 1916 collided with oil tanker Prudentia which sank. Present at the Battle of Jutland 1916. Fired 90 13.5in rounds and received no damage. January 1917 ??? Battle Squadron Sold for scrap 1946.

Portsmouth Division 25th May 1926 – 20th Aug 1926

Yarmouth 21st Aug 1926 – 31st Dec 1926

~do~ 1st Jan 1927 – 4th Feb 1927

HMS Yarmouth

HMS Yarmouth Built London and Glasgow Co., laid down January 1910, completed April 1912. Average cost £396,363.

Size: Length 430 feet pp 453 feet overall, beam 48 feet 6 inches, draught 15 feet 6 inches, displacement 5,250 tons normal 5,800 tons full load.

Propulsion: 4 shaft Parsons turbines, 22,000 shp, 25 knots Trials: Yarmouth 24,000 shp = 26.0 knots

Armour: 2-0.5in decks Armament: 8 x 6in 50cal Mk XI (8 x 1), 4 x 3 pounder (4 x 1), 2 x 21in TT

Comments: Crew 475.

Service 1914 China Station. 1914 Involved in hunt for SMS Emden. October 1914 Captured German collier and captured another. December 1914 2nd Light Cruiser Squadron Grand Fleet. February 1915 3rd Light Cruiser Squadron Grand Fleet. 31 May-1 June 1916 Battle of Jutland.

Ports division 5th Feb 1927 – 31st Dec1927

Ports division 1st Jan 1928 – 28th Dec 1928

HMS Gormorant 29th Dec 1928 – 31st Dec 1928

HMS Gormorant 1st Jan 1929 – 31st Dec 1929

HMS Gormorant 1st Jan 1930 – 31st Dec 1930

HMS Gormorant 1st Jan 1931 – 5th Aug 1931

HMS Gormorant in passage 6th Aug 1931 – 9th Aug 1931

Ports Division 10th Aug 1931 – 3rd Oct 1932

HMS Iron Duke 4th Oct 1932 – 19th Feb 1935

Portsmouth Division 20th Feb 1935 – 6th May 1935

HMS Iron Duke 7th May 1935 – 30th May 1935

Portsmouth Division 31st May 1935 – 11th July 1938

Portsmouth Division 28th Sep 1938 – 2nd Oct 1938

Portsmouth Division 25th Aug 1939 – 25th Aug 1939

~do~ 25th Sep 1939 – 1st Nov 1939

HMS President III 2nd Nov 1939 – 14th July 1940

HMS President III was a shore base in London

HMS Gaglet 15th July 15th July 1940 – 17th July 1940 (could be baglet, laglet, saglet)

HMS President III 18th July 1940 – 31st Dec 1940

HMS President III 1st Jan 1941 – 10th Jan 1941

Portsmouth Division 11th Jan 1941 – 26th June 1941

HMS Canopus 27th Jun 1941 – 28th Jul 1941

HMS Canopus was a Royal Navy shore base in Alexandria, Egypt a bit like a transit camp for incoming personel

HMS Afrikander IV 29th July 1941 – 19th Jan 1942

HMS Afrikander IV

Afrikander IV was a Royal Navy shore base in Simonstown, Capetown, South Africa. The above picture is as it looks today.

HMS Afrikander IV in passage 20th Jan 1942 – 19th Feb 1942

Ports Division 20th Feb 1942 – 18th may 1942


Discharge papers first engagement

Royal Marines Certificate education


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