WW2 Medal Groups
WW2 Casualty Group, 666 Artisan Works Company, Royal Engineers - Attributed To Pocock
A WW2 medal group awarded to 1916609, Sargent Edward Charles Pocock, who served with the 666 Artisan Works Company, Royal Engineers (a unit that served in Iceland and in the UK and France deploying P.L.U.T.O. for the Normandy invasion force).
Whilst he appears to have survived the war and returned home after hostilities (he was awarded a certificate of service by his local community), it seems he subsequently died (probably of wounds) in December 1945.
The details of his awards are as follows:
1939-45 Star unnamed as issued.
France & Germany Star unnamed as issued.
Defence Medal unnamed as issued.
British War unnamed as issued.
Further details of WW2 medal award criteria, can be viewed by clicking on here and scrolling to the relevant medal entry.
Pocock was born in 1899, I’ve not been able to locate him in the 1939 Register, and I have no indication as to when he joined the Royal Engineers.
He died on the 18th December 1945, his Commonwealth War Graves Index entry can be viewed by clicking on here, and he is buried at the Mill Hill Cemetery in Middlesex. He was the Son of Jack and Rhoda Pocock and husband of Ethel Marian Pocock of Paddington, London.
His Commonwealth War Graves Index identifies him as serving with the 666 Artisan Company, Royal Engineers.
In regards to the 666 Artisan Company, Royal Engineers, they formed a part of the B.E.F. in France in 1940. They were evacuated from the port of St. Nazaire by the destroyer HMS Highlander and some members were to board the HMT. Lancastria which was later bombed with huge loss of life.
They returned to Plymouth and from there, were sent to Southampton, where they boarded a train to Leeds. After being re-equipped for Arctic weather, they were dispatched on the HMT Georgic, along with the cross channel boat ‘Konigam Emma’, and escorted by the cruisers, HMS Norfolk and Suffolk, to Iceland were they were given the task of constructing the Naval Base at Hvalfjiordur - which became important in the winning of the Battle of the North Atlantic.
They were in Iceland for some time and returned to Great Britain in 1943, and were assigned to assist in the deployment of P.L.U.T.O. (Petrol Line Under The Ocean). Leading up to the invasion they were stationed with the navy at HMS Abatos, a shore station adjacent to Southampton Waters.
This was the building in which R.J. Mitchell did the design work for the Spitfire. The unit’s part in the invasion of Europe did not start until 40 days after the invasion had commenced and the underwater pipeline had been completed from the Isle of Wight to Cherbourg.
From storage tanks, near Cherbourg, they laid two pipelines alongside the roads and through the countryside to storage tanks near Rouen and onto the Dutch border.
When hostilities were coming to a close, they undertook garrison duties and the day before V.E. day, we were stationed in Le Touquet, France. More details regarding P.L.U.T.O. can be viewed by clicking on here.
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