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Service Records of a Cartographer

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posted on 2024-06-05, 19:32 authored by Their Finest Hour Project Team

The contributor shared the story of his father, Robert Joseph Leary, who worked as a cartographer transferring information in photographs into maps. The contributor noted that Robert was called up in 1942-43, and he had worked in the print industry prior to being called up to serve as a cartographer. The contributor advised that Robert had worked with aerial reconnaissance photos, and he had travelled to the D-Day beaches a month after the invasion. Robert was then relocated to printworks in Brussels. The contributor stated that Robert did not speak much about his wartime experiences, and he spent much of his time playing cards. He also discovered Calvados (apple brandy) in Normandy, and he was called up to be on the roof of a printworks. The contributor had obtained Robert's unit's war diary from KEW National Archives in the Royal Engineers map reproduction section.


Item list and details

1. Military tags belonging to Robert Joseph Leary 2. Shoulder badges belonging to Robert Joseph Leary 3. Medal ribbons belonging to Robert Joseph Leary 4. Statement of accounts on discharge for Robert Joseph Leary 5. Detailed record of service for Robert Joseph Leary 6. Miscellaneous records for Robert Joseph Leary 7. Post-war account of a commanding officer regarding map reproduction units

Person the story/items relate to

Robert Joseph Leary

Person who shared the story/items

Michael Leary

Relationship between the subject of the story and its contributor

Robert Joseph Leary was the contributor's father.

Type of submission

Shared at National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire on 17 February 2024.

Record ID

116980 | NMA006