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PostSubject: Find Sgt Eddi Barrett   16/3/2012, 15:16

I'm looking for my friend Peter, who is not able to speak english.
His father was around1950 in Oldenburg, Germany.
His name is Eddi Barrett (maybe only with one r) he is born on 20th Nov 1924.
Came from Manchester This number and letters are written on a paper :
157 Veh. Coy
R.A.O.C - BAOR 5
I don't know what this means.
It would be great to get some information about Eddi.

Greatings from Oldenburg
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Places Served : Troon, Lippstadt, Devizes, NI, Paderborn, Dortmund, Colchester, Belize, Canada, Cyprus, Gutersloh
Registration date : 2010-10-26

PostSubject: Re: Find Sgt Eddi Barrett   17/3/2012, 10:38

Hi Manfred,

Have a look at the following and then select the link that you/your friend requires. Best of luck:-
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PostSubject: Re: Find Sgt Eddi Barrett   17/3/2012, 18:07


It will take some time to research a detailed answer to your question but this is a quick holding response. Steve and I are currently researching the British Army presence in North West Germany in the period 1945-50 but are currently concentrating on the 1945-48 period. However I do have a certain amount of information on the Oldenburg (Nieder Sachsen) area

Clearly your friends father was serving with part of the British Army Vehicle Supply and Stores organisation. If you go to the Home Page of this site, click on Regiments, click on 17 Company RAOC and you will find a brief history of part of one of the major units. In 1945 this was in the Hamburg area but in 1948 there was a reorganisation of the Vehicle Supply and Storage and the unit now known as Central Vehicle Depot RAOC moved to Oldenburg (later the unit moved to the Rhineland to a new build location at Viersen. 157 Vehicle Company must have been part of this organisation

BAOR 5 was a military Post Code indicator but there is a problem, BAOR 5 was the code for the Hannover area, the code for Oldenburg was BAOR 25.

I shall be away for a few weeks but on my return will see if I can find any more information ( you are probably aware that the Canadian Forces were based in the Oldenburg area immediately after the surrender of Nazi Germany. They were replaced by a British Artillery Brigade and for a short time (1947/48)part of a Danish Brigade. The British Army left the Oldenburg area in the late 1950s after West Germany became a full partner of the NATO military alliance)
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