112th Field regiment

Discussion in 'Royal Artillery' started by Anne Mullis, Nov 18, 2009.

  1. Anne Mullis

    Anne Mullis Junior Member

    Hi Everyone
    I am trying to find details of the regiment in Europe. My Father-in-Law was killed in action on Oct 3rd 1944, he is buried in Oosterbeck war cemetary. His name was Graham Glyne Mullis and he came from Swindon in Wiltshire. If anyone can giv me any information of what happened at the time. I would be very grateful
    Thank you
  2. nicks

    nicks Very Senior Member

    Hi Anne and welcome to the forum.

    The 112th Field Regiment were part of the 43rd Wessex Division, they would have been involved in fighting in an area of Holland known as 'The Island' just south of Arnhem, at the time of your Father-in-Law's death.

    43rd Division

    I have a couple of books on the Division when time permits I will see if there is any mention of the regiment around the 3rd October 1944.

  3. Pike

    Pike Senior Member

    Hello Anne,

    Hopefully your search will be a successful one.
  4. Capt.Sensible

    Capt.Sensible Well-Known Member

  5. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Looking at their history , 112th (Wessex) Field Regiment RA.TA 1938-1946 by Goddard, Rankin & Vigers I can tell you he was in 217 Battery. He's listed on page 201 in the regimental casulaty list.

    it says on page 93.

    The German shelling and mortaring with the dreaded multi-barrel Nebelwerfers saturated the area and caused casualties on the gun positions and at the OP's. At one stage 217 battery received about twenty direct mortar bursts killing Gnrs Ives and a young cook, MULLIS.

    Welcome to the forum from another Swindonian.
  6. Rob Dickers

    Rob Dickers 10th MEDIUM REGT RA

    Hello Anne and welcome.

    112 (The West Somerset Yeomanry) Field Regiment RA(TA)
    Div Arty 43rd (Wessex) Infantry Division - 25 Pounder XXX Corps.
    This regiment was a second line regiment formed from the 55 (Wessex) Field Regiment. It consisted of three batteries, the 217,220 (Wiltshire) and 477. It remained in the United Kingdom until June 1944 when it was deployed to France with the 43rd Div.
  7. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Map from their history page 84.
    Showing 112 Field Regt gun postions for 23rd Sept and 24th Sept to 8th Oct.
    [spot the error on the map, someone got their months muddled up]

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  8. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Might be worth asking if some kind soul would look up the War Diary at The National Archives.
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    Field Regiments
    WO 171/985
    112 Regt.
    Covering dates1944 Jan.- Dec.

    The history says there is NO war diary for 217 Battery, which is a shame.
  9. Philip Reinders

    Philip Reinders Very Senior Member

    If you go to my site there is information about the Regiment, also about the book written by one of its members, will check the WD tomorrow to see if his name is being mentioned
  10. Anne Mullis

    Anne Mullis Junior Member

    Hello Nick
    Thank you very much for the information, and would be very grateful for any further info you can send me.
    Look forward to hearing from you again
    Many thanks
  11. Anne Mullis

    Anne Mullis Junior Member

    Thank you for your good wishes
  12. englandphil

    englandphil Very Senior Member


    You may already have a photo Anne, but if not...
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  13. Anne Mullis

    Anne Mullis Junior Member

    Hi Captain Sensible
    The book Master of None by L Goddard I am trying to get from the local library where I live in Weymouth, but I think they are struggling.
    Thanks for the info. Much appreciated.
  14. Anne Mullis

    Anne Mullis Junior Member

    Hi Rob
    Thank you for all the info about the regiments etc.
    My husbnd and I are very grateful for all this help
    Many thanks
  15. Anne Mullis

    Anne Mullis Junior Member

    Dear Owen
    We are both very grateful and moved by all the information we have had tonight, more than we had dreamt, and you have been so much help, I cannot say. We have been in touch with the War Records in Glasgow, but they say unfortunatley a lot of the records were destroyed. Once again a very big thank you for the information you have let us have. Should you come up with anything else, we would be indebted to you.
  16. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

  17. Anne Mullis

    Anne Mullis Junior Member

    Hi Owen
    Thank you for yourtrouble and you certainly know your way around, I have only had my laptop 2 weeks, and am still learning, so I hope I am doing things right, and not leaving anyone out in my replies. This is the first time I have ever been on a website talking to people. Yes I went on the website of the war grave, is it German?
    Glasgow have sent some information, as we did have the service number, but they said some of it was lost.
  18. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    That's a Dutch website, Anne.
    I really should look into 112 Fd Regt more as it's local, I tend to be more into the infantry myself.
    The Drill Hall they used was up Prospect Place in Swindon.
    I worked up there for awhile in 1990 when we used it to sort & deliver parcels from there. We parked out vans in the large shed where the TA lads would have parked their vehicles.
    They've since knocked it down & built flats there but the front wall still has the Royal Artillery badge on it.
    I ought to take a photo of it sometime.
  19. Anne Mullis

    Anne Mullis Junior Member

    Hi Owen
    We both come from Swindon and know "Old Town" well, and Prospect Hall. Peter remembers shooting in the TA rifle range many years ago, and then the GPO took over the sight.
    Looking on the records we have, his father was shipped out on the 17th June 1944, do you know where the regiment landed?
    Also where they left from?
  20. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    They left from Tilbury Docks, arrived & landed Normandy coast on 22-24th June.
    RHQ War Diary says JIG Beach on GOLD (Tracey sur Mer & Arromanches) but some of unit unloaded at Courselles on JUNO due to weather causing disruption.

    Page 36-37 of Regt History.

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