Senior NCO in unit under J M Langley
Chief Clerk IS9 (WEA)
Brussels 218 Avenue de Tervueren
Authority to interview issued. Stamped 6/6/44
Chief Clerk GSI HQ 8 Corps
Transfer to army reserve from RASC
Back of photograph
Back of photograph
Certificate form NC9
Every book I read, every document I found got so close to mentioning my husband without actually ever seeing his name. To our excitement, below is a IS9 WEA Battle Order that someone kindly found for us, that clarifies Jimmie's role, listing James Smith in the Advance HQ. We knew he managed to get his cousin an administrative job, what we didn't know until we saw this document was that his cousin, Harry Sykes, was in the same unit as him.
We are very keen to understand if the Advance HQ of IS9WEA would have been with the Advance HQ of the 21st Army.
We would also like to understand the route of the Advance HQ of IS9WEA through Europe.
My family took me to Brussels a few years ago and we found 218 Avenue de Tervueren and I now have photo’s of my family outside the same door 68 years apart and the tree opposite the building has grown but is still there. We also visited the Musee de la Resistance in Brussels, a tiny place and they didn't know that this building was used in Brussels. The museum was fascinating and well worth taking the time to go there.
We were kindly sent this from a private collection - the most fantastic drawing of the three witches on a postcard. We understand that it was drawn by Leo Fleskens who worked with IS9 as an S Phone operator in Mosquito aircraft flying close to the occupied territory to receive information from contacts on the ground. This one is signed down near Maastricht by Leo and was sent to Hilda Bergsma, another Dutch operator.
And finally the unit was disbanded and instructions issued to take the three witches badge off uniforms and vehicles.