94th Heavy Anti Aircraft Regiment Royal Artillery
Posted 26 March 2013 - 12:41 PM
HQ, 291st Bty: Turnhouse, Edinburgh
228th (Edinburgh) Bty: Edinburgh
292nd Bty: Musselburgh
The regiment recruited from the banks, insurance, law and other professional offices in Edinburgh. At the outbreak of war, the regiment was serving under 36th AA Brigade and mobilized at Edinburgh. On 7 March 1940, 228th Battery was deployed to defend Aberdeen. 261st Battery replaced 228th Battery on 14 February 1941 when that battery was sent to Gibraltar. 261st Battery was independent from 22 April to 23 July 1941. The regiment was sent to Egypt in April 1941 and arrived on 13 June. It was sent to the desert and served under 12th AA Brigade in the rear areas of the front. It remained under the brigade in the desert campaign from November 1941 until January 1943, when it transferred for a short period to 2nd AA Brigade in the Tripoli area. It returned to 12th AA Brigade by May 1943 under 8th Army. It then remained in the Middle East including Palestine and Egypt until the regiment and batteries were placed into suspended animation on 26 July 1944.
Posted 28 March 2013 - 08:10 PM
I've just started on the WD of 292 HAA Bty, 94 Hy. A.A. Regt., here are some snippets:D:
26 April 1941
2000 Sailed in convoy [from Gourock on HMT Aronda F.4].
13 June 1941
1100 Arrived at Port Suez.
14 June 1941
1045 Disembarked at Port Tewfik and entrained for Cairo.
1545 Detrained at Ghiza 1630 hrs. Arrived at Camp D. Beni Yusef.
[then training at Beni Yusef camp until...]
18 July 1941 Helwan
292 Bty. less rear party, + 291 Bty, less R.H. Bty. + B.H.Q., take over P.O.W. Guard [at Helwan POW Camp No.304].
28 July 1941 Helwan
700 (approx) German prisoners depart en route for Australia.
9 August 1941 P.O.W. Camp, Helwan
Battery relieved of P.O.W. Camp Guard duties by unit of N.Z.E.F.
No signs of guns yet!!
Don't tell Churchill, he'll go apoplectic:mad:. Wasted shipping space, 2 months in Middle East without guns, why ask for (or send) AA personnel if you're not going to use them, etc.
Posted 29 March 2013 - 01:00 PM
Here's the 94th locations from Aug to Dec 1942 extracted from the diaries.
24/10/1942 El Kanabish
05/11/1942 El Alamein
10/11/1942 Charing Cross
11/11/1942 Sidi Barrani
09/12/1942 Melah El Nogra
21/12/1942 El Merduma
My father was a driver with the 94th Regiment RAOC/REME Workshop.
Edited by gmyles, 01 May 2013 - 09:22 PM.
Posted 05 April 2013 - 01:41 PM
292 Bty moved to Matruh at the end of August and were "in action" at Matruh from the beginning of September - extract from movement order:
"292 Hy AA Bty will move by road GERAWI to MATRUH as follows.
Adv party strength Offrs 3 ORs 27 Vehs 2 M/Cs 1 departed under unit arrangements 25 AUG.
Main party moves in two speed groups.
Slow Convoy strength Offrs 4 ORs 120 Vehs 22 M/Cs 2 Guns 8 dep 28 AUG.
Fast Convoy strength Offrs 5 ORs 200 Vehs 28 M/Cs 2 dep 29 AUG. Det RASC ORs 5 Vehs 5 accompanies".
292 Battery then remained in Matruh until 14 November, joining 22nd Guards Brigade on 17th November (1/2 battery with 3 Coldstream Gds and 1/2 with 9 Rifle Brigade) with the following roles:
"3 Coldstream Gds (and attached forces) are detailed for protection of forward F.S.D. at 4532 and 9 R.B. and attached forces for protection of forward F.S.D. at 4634."
By the end of December 1941, the Battery was in Benghasi.
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