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Does anyone know anything about a British unit, that operated in North Africa during the Second World War, named Beddy's Scouts?

Any information would be appreciated.

Richard

Hi Richard,

The unit called Beddy's scouts that I know of was formed around 1900 in South africa and took part in the 2nd Anglo-Boer War. Is it possible that you mean this one?

Beddy's Scouts

This corps was raised for service in the extreme north of the Transvaal, the same wild district in which the Bush Veldt Carbineers had worked until disbanded. Beddy's Scouts made sundry small captures of prisoners during the period January to April 1902. At Spelonkin on 23rd March 1902 their post was attacked, but held out; Captain Beddy and several men were wounded. On 16th April they had fighting at Haenertsburg, and suffered some losses. Captain W. Beddy was mentioned in Lord Kitchener's final despatch, under the heading, "Intelligence Department".

Regards Eddie.

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Hi Richard,

The unit called Beddy's scouts that I know of was formed around 1900 in South africa and took part in the 2nd Anglo-Boer War. Is it possible that you mean this one?

Thanks for the reply Eddie. I was aware of the Boer War "Beddy's Scouts" but I'm looking for a Second World War unit that may have gone by that name as I have a set of WW2 medals named to an individual in Beddy's Scouts.

Richard

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Your welcome Richard,

I haven't seen any info on a WW II unit that went by that name yet, If I find anything I'll let you know. Scout is a rather unusual name for a WW II unit I would have thought they would have used Recce or reconnaissance unit more. Several irregular units were formed in the western desert though, Specialising in behind the lines raids and recon maybe it was one of those.

The LRDG used Bedford trucks for re-supply they were nicknamed Beddy's :D

Regards Eddie

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Could be a South African unit, standard issue British WWII stars and medals were not named.

Regards,

Pete

Thanks Pete. That's kind of what I was thinking and I'd also considered the LRDG Bedford trucks that Eddie mentioned. Hopefully some one will have the answer as it would be nice to know for sure.

Richard

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