Oliver Perks' Wartime Photo Gallery

For quick reference all the photographs on this site are shown here with dates and detailed captions. Click on any image for a larger view.

1941 and 1942

A Troop at Weston-super-Mare

March 1941: A Troop, 285 Battalion, 72nd Field Regiment R.A. at Weston-super-Mare. 931569 lance-bombardier O.H. Perks (4th from right).

King George VI inspection

2 April 1941: H.M. King George VI inspects 72nd Field Regiment R.A. at the Beach Lawns, Weston-super-Mare (C.O. Lt. Col. Mould-Graham in tin hat).

Oliver (left) playing golf

May 1942: Oliver (left) playing golf while at number five convalescent camp at El-Arish.

Cadet O. H. Perks

November 1942: Cadet O. H. Perks at OCTU (Officer Cadet Training Unit).

1943

Gunners at OCTU, Almaza

March 1943: Gunners at OCTU (Officer Cadet Training Unit) at the R.A. base depot at Almaza, on the outskirts of Cairo (cadet Perks is 6th from left, 2nd row).

Gun Laying Competition at OCTU

April 1943: Gun Laying Competition, R.A. OCTU, Acre, Palestine. Oliver can be seen 2nd from the right.

Gun Laying Competition at OCTU

April 1943: Gun Laying Competition, R.A. OCTU, Acre, Palestine. Oliver can be seen on the gun furthest from the camera.

1944

LCT 2005 being taken in tow on D+3

9 June 1944: LCT 2005 being taken in tow on D+3.

LCT 2005 being taken in tow on D+3

9 June 1944: LCT 2005 being taken in tow on D+3.

Aerial view of gun positions for E and F Troop

June-July 1944: Aerial view of gun positions for E and F Troop, 465 Battalion, 90th Field Regiment R.A. at Abbaye Saint-Martin de Mondaye, Juaye-Mondaye, Calvados, France.

'Furious' near Villers Bocage

June-July 1944: F Troop crew with 'Furious' near Villers-Bocage, Normandy.

Oliver enjoys a smoke at Gacé in Normandy

21 August 1944: Oliver enjoys a smoke at Gacé in Normandy.

Taken by Willy Dumont in Brussels

5 September 1944: Taken by Willy Dumont in Brussels. Message on the back reads "To our liberators THANKS!". Oliver can be seen standing behind Willy's wife Mevr Dumont. The other gunners are (left to right) Stratton, Horner and Hugo.

Letter from Willy Dumont

17 September 1944: Letter from Willy Dumont enclosing photo taken in Brussels of Oliver and one of his gun crews on 5 September 1944.

1945

F Troop in Holland

February 1945: F Troop, 465 Battery, 90th (City of London) Field Regiment R.A. in Holland.

F Troop in Holland

February 1945: F Troop, 465 Battery, 90th (City of London) Field Regiment R.A. in Holland.

Self-propelled gun 'Fee' and crew

February 1945: Self-propelled gun 'Fee' and crew, F Troop, 465 Battery, 90th (City of London) Field Regiment R.A. in Holland.

Self-propelled gun 'Fee' and crew

February 1945: Self-propelled gun 'Fee' and crew, F Troop, 465 Battery, 90th (City of London) Field Regiment R.A. in Holland.

Self-propelled gun 'Fie' and crew

February 1945: Self-propelled gun 'Fie' and crew, F Troop, 465 Battery, 90th (City of London) Field Regiment R.A. in Holland.

Self-propelled gun 'Foe' and crew

February 1945: Self-propelled gun 'Foe' and crew, F Troop, 465 Battery, 90th (City of London) Field Regiment R.A. in Holland.

Self-propelled gun 'Fum' and crew

February 1945: Self-propelled gun 'Fum' and crew, F Troop, 465 Battery, 90th (City of London) Field Regiment R.A. in Holland.

Lt. Col. I.G.G.S. Hardie DSO R.A. takes a nap

March 1945: Lt. Col. I.G.G.S. Hardie DSO R.A. takes a nap on the grass at RHQ (Regimental Headquarters) Mess, Vlijmen (North Brabant).

'Excalibur' after a premature in the bore

April 1945: 'Excalibur' after a premature (detonation) in the bore, Vlijmen, Holland.

Regimental line-up

May 1945: F Troop regimental line-up, 'Aurora', 'Achilles' and 'Beau Geste', Waalwijk, Holland.

Oliver Perks identity card photo

8 December 1945: Identity card photo, 277651 Lt. O.H. Perks R.A.

Postwar

Russian Gun at Frie Baton

1947: Russian Gun at Frie Baton, Guernsey.

Russian Gun at Frie Baton

1947: Russian Gun at Frie Baton, Guernsey.

Oliver at the 1994 D-Day Remembrance

6 June 1994: Oliver at the D-Day Remembrance at Bayeux cemetery.

The Times 6 June 1994.

6 June 1994: D-Day Remembrance on The Times front page.

The Times 7 June 1994.

7 June 1994: D-Day Remembrance on The Times front page.

Front page photo from The Times 7 June 1994

7 June 1994: Front page photo of the D-Day Remembrance from The Times. Oliver can be seen marching past at the far right.

Oliver at an R.A. event

2006: Oliver at an R.A. event.

Oliver at an R.A. event

2006: Oliver at an R.A. event.

Oliver with his adopted tree at Westonbirt Arboretum

2010: Oliver celebrating his 90th birthday with his adopted Wellingtonia tree (Sequoiadendron giganteum) at Westonbirt Arboretum.

Memorabilia

Thanksgiving Service cover page

June 1945: 2nd Army Thanksgiving Service on Conclusion of the Campaign in North West Europe 6 June 1944 to 5 May 1945. Cover page.

Thanksgiving Service title page

June 1945: 2nd Army Thanksgiving Service on Conclusion of the Campaign in North West Europe 6 June 1944 to 5 May 1945. Title page.

Thanksgiving Service timeline

June 1945: 2nd Army Thanksgiving Service on Conclusion of the Campaign in North West Europe 6 June 1944 to 5 May 1945. The Path of the Army timeline page.

The german version of Lili Marlene

The german version of Lili Marlene.

Photo Album 1943 - 1946

Photo Album Page 1

Photo Album Page 1
December 1943, The "Black Bull" Sawston; Whittlesford; Lane near Sawston; Rhyl February 1944: Waterproofing course; F Troop lines.

Photo Album Page 2

Photo Album Page 2
January 1944: Whittlesford; Presentation of 'Footballer of Loos' replica by London Irish Rifles to 465 Field Battery.

Photo Album Page 3

Photo Album Page 3
3-9 June 1944: Waiting to embark D-3; LCT 2005 being taken in tow D+3; Deck of LST.

Photo Album Page 4

Photo Album Page 4
June-July 1944: Normandy; F Troop at Juaye-Mondaye; Near Villers-Bocage.

Photo Album Page 5

Photo Album Page 5
August 1944: Gacé; F Troop at Quesnay-Guesnon; Pat Ross; Mike Norris; 'Grub-Up!'; Oliver enjoys a quick smoke; Gunner Winnard shaving.

Photo Album Page 6

Photo Album Page 6
3 September 1944, Prisoners at Mons-en-Pévèle; 5 September 1944: Gun position at Brussells; Near to Albert canal; Sergeant Scott (centre) on 'FEE'; November 1944, Nijmegen, Mike Shepheard at work; Useful Padre.

Photo Album Page 7

Photo Album Page 7
October 1944: French 75mm AA (anti-aircraft) gun; F Troop gun position, Ressen-Bemmel (near Nijmegen); John Winder (Signals); Dutch girl.

Photo Album Page 8

Photo Album Page 8
November 1944: Nijmegen 'Island'; RHQ (Regimental Headquarters); Flooded Rhine; Ressen-Bemmel, looking towards Arnhem.

Photo Album Page 9

Photo Album Page 9
Xmas Day 1944: CO's tank 'Mary' with crew; Terheijden, North Brabant, Holland, January 1945.

Photo Album Page 10

Photo Album Page 10
March 1945: water tower at Vlijmen (North Brabant).

Photo Album Page 11

Photo Album Page 11
March 1945: RHQ (Regimental Headquarters) Mess, Vlijmen (North Brabant); Doc, Harry Brunkhoff and Padre; Lt. Col. I.G.G.S. Hardie DSO R.A.

Photo Album Page 12

Photo Album Page 12
April 1945: E Troop guns passing through Vlijmen; 'Excalibur' after a premature (detonation) in the bore.

Photo Album Page 13

Photo Album Page 13
April 1945, Waalwijk, Holland: Views from CO's car (90th Field RA). Pat Ross, Arthur Stait, Eric Morrow and Doc.

Photo Album Page 14

Photo Album Page 14
June 1945: River Maas at Drimmelen; Misuse of grenade no. 36!; Francis Holland.

Photo Album Page 15

Photo Album Page 15
May 1945: F Troop at Waalwijk; Major Wells and OHP party; Regimental line-up.

Photo Album Page 16

Photo Album Page 16
June 1945: German SP 7.5cm (assault gun) near Bochum; Lake in Ruhr valley near Essen; Roy Johnsen by river Ruhr.

Photo Album Page 17

Photo Album Page 17
April 1946: Course shooting at Bir 'Asluj; Mike Minford after a tiring day; Sergeant Bowen; 39 battery firing on regimental target; Bombardier Frewin.

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