Janet - My Dad was definately with 53rd Bgd, 18th Div. I believe it was "D" batallion, does that make sense ?
What would the 53rd have consisted off?
Ron - My pop told me all these once, I might get them wrong.
A Division (Div.) is made up of three or four Brigades and is commanded by a Major-General making a complete fighting unit of infantry and artillery.
A Brigade (Bde.) is made up of three or four Battalions of infantry or artillery.
A Battalion (Batt.) at full strength it usually has around 1,000 men and is made up of four Companies (Coy.)
Your dad was in the 53rd Brigade - R.A.S.C. - ‘D’ Company ? Does anyone have any idea as the ‘D’, I thought it was company. but according to Nelson, this could be 18th Division - R.A.S.C. - 53rd Brigade Group Company
The following is from The Story of Changi by David Nelson
The complete ‘Battle Order’ as on the 8th December 1941 is now on the site at Malaya Command although the 18th Division were not in the battle at that date, they are included.
The 18th Division is below: