Old 08-11-2017, 05:05 PM   #11
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Default Histor of the Governor General's Horse Guards

Two days ago Temujin posted a link to the library record for a history of the Governor
General's Horse Guards, a Toronto tank regiment. This book contains an appendix
entitled "Nominal Roll" that lists the members of the regiment for the period 1939-1945.
There is no "Reginald Sparkes" in that list. The closest is "Sparks, W.J.". I've been
referring to my own copy of the book.
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Old 08-13-2017, 05:17 PM   #12
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Two days ago Temujin posted a link to the library record for a history of the Governor
General's Horse Guards, a Toronto tank regiment. This book contains an appendix
entitled "Nominal Roll" that lists the members of the regiment for the period 1939-1945.
There is no "Reginald Sparkes" in that list. The closest is "Sparks, W.J.". I've been
referring to my own copy of the book.
Interesting. I suppose he may not have been with them for his service from 1941 to 1945, I'll have to wait for his records.
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Old 08-14-2017, 11:49 AM   #13
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B-4824 was A-8 Cdn Amd Corps Training Centre (HWE). Believe the latter is Home War Establishment.
Where might I find information on A8? It's not listed here,

http://militarybruce.com/abandoned-c...-world-war-ii/

But it would jive with the verbal history I've been furnished with detailing that he was a tank instructor in WW2.
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Old 08-14-2017, 01:18 PM   #14
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Where might I find information on A8? It's not listed here,

http://militarybruce.com/abandoned-c...-world-war-ii/

But it would jive with the verbal history I've been furnished with detailing that he was a tank instructor in WW2.
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Old 08-15-2017, 11:56 AM   #15
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I've gotten a hold of some photos and clippings that shed some light on Reginald Sparkes WW2 service. Articles relating to the,

No. 3 Canadian Armored Corps Holding Unit

As well as some photos. Articles attached to the next reply. Any information on this unit would be appreciated. Cheers.



I believe Reginald Sparkes is pictured third from left in the above photo.



And again I believe Reginald Sparkes is pictured second row from front, third from left in the above photo.
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File Type: jpg Reginald Sparkes Unit Tank- 194x.jpg (276.7 KB, 12 views)
File Type: jpg Reginald Sparkes Unit - 194x.jpg (263.2 KB, 12 views)
File Type: jpg Reginald Sparkes - 1942.jpg (157.0 KB, 3 views)

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And two news paper clippings,



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And this article amidst items labelled Governor General's Horse Guard days and 1941.

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Old 08-15-2017, 05:25 PM   #18
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This No. 3 Canadian Armored Corps Holding Unit seems closely tied to the Governor General's Horse Guard somehow. The book a few have cited,

Governor General's Horse Guards 1939 - 1945

Has a forward written by Lieutenant-Colonel R.P. Locke, with Lieutenant-Colonel R. Y. Eaton as a contributor and you can see in the articles posted above that Lieutenant-Colonel R.P. Locke went on to be a member of the No. 3 Canadian Armored Corps Holding Unit, along with one Staff Sergeant R. G. Banbury.

I've found mention that the "Holding Units" were redesignated "Reinforcement Units," but I've yet to find much more on them.

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Old 08-15-2017, 05:57 PM   #19
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This No. 3 Canadian Armored Corps Holding Unit seems closely tied to the Governor General's Horse Guard somehow. The book a few have cited,

Governor General's Horse Guards 1939 - 1945

Has a forward written by Lieutenant-Colonel R.P. Locke, with Lieutenant-Colonel R. Y. Eaton as a contributor and you can see in the articles posted above that Lieutenant-Colonel R.P. Locke went on to be a member of the No. 3 Canadian Armored Corps Holding Unit, along with one Staff Sergeant R. G. Banbury.

I've found mention that the "Holding Units" were redesignated "Reinforcement Units," but I've yet to find much more on them.
You can read about Holding and Reinforcements from this document (it downloads for free)

http://www.cmp-cpm.forces.gc.ca/dhh-...ype=2&RfId=133
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