3rd Field Regt Royal Artillery

Discussion in 'Royal Artillery' started by TonyB44, Jul 10, 2011.

  1. TonyB44

    TonyB44 Junior Member

    Evening all

    My father served in 3 RA for pretty much the whole of the war, 'touring' the middle east and Italy, up-to Trieste in late '45, and then back to a tough year in Cairo until being de-mobbed in late '46. He ended as a sergeant, specialising in artillery observation. He went on to be a chartered surveyor and then town planner, and now lives in Nottingham aged a relatively healthy 88!

    I've decided to visit Italy this summer to trace his steps, particularly to Cassino. He has given me his 'memoirs' of the war, but there is some detail lacking. I'd be interested if anyone knows of any official histories of the regiment or if there are any users on here either directly connected or through relatives / friends, to the regiment.

    Many thanks

    Tony
     
  2. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Welcome to the Forum Tony


    Does he have his service records?
    Please post any info you have im sure forum members will be interested and possibly be able to add more.

    regards
    Clive
     
  3. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Hello Tony and welcome to the forum.

    The unit has quite a few war diaries if you can get to the National Archives. They should give you a day to day account of where your father was and what he was doing.

    WO 166/16886 3 Regt. 1945 July - Nov.

    WO 169/1444 3 Fd. Regt. 1941 Mar.- Nov.

    WO 169/1445 3 Fd. Regt. Det. 1941 May- June

    WO 169/4574 3 Fd. Regt. 1942 Jan.- Dec.

    WO 169/9469 3 Fd. Regt. 1943 Jan.- Dec.

    WO 170/923 Field Regiments: 3 Fd. Regt 1944 Jan.- July

    WO 170/924 Field Regiments: 3 Fd. Regt 1944 Aug.- Oct.

    WO 170/925 Field Regiments: 3 Fd. Regt 1944 Nov.

    WO 170/926 Field Regiments: 3 Fd. Regt 1944 Dec.

    WO 170/4726 Field Regiments: 3 Regt. 1945 Jan.- Mar.

    WO 170/4727 Field Regiments: 3 Regt. 1945 Apr.- June, Dec.

    WO 170/7913 Field Regiments: 3 Regt. 1946 Jan.-June

    WO 172/7534 Field Regiments: 3 Regt. 1945 Oct.- Dec.

    WO 172/10139 3 Fd. Regt. 1946 Jan.- June

    Regards
    Andy
     
  4. Evening all

    My father served in 3 RA for pretty much the whole of the war, 'touring' the middle east and Italy, up-to Trieste in late '45, and then back to a tough year in Cairo until being de-mobbed in late '46. He ended as a sergeant, specialising in artillery observation. He went on to be a chartered surveyor and then town planner, and now lives in Nottingham aged a relatively healthy 88!

    I've decided to visit Italy this summer to trace his steps, particularly to Cassino. He has given me his 'memoirs' of the war, but there is some detail lacking. I'd be interested if anyone knows of any official histories of the regiment or if there are any users on here either directly connected or through relatives / friends, to the regiment.

    Many thanks

    Tony

    Hi Tony

    I am in contact with another Veteran from the 3rd Field Artillery, John Mallen, and over the the last year have picked up some information for him which you are welcome to have. John was captured in North Africa in early June 1942 so only made it to Italy as a POW.

    What was your Fathers name ? I am hoping to see John again in the next week or two so can ask him if he remembers your Father although he says he now only remembers the faces rather than the names as he is 92.

    I will PM you to exchange information.

    Kind regards

    Chris
     
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  5. Philip Reinders

    Philip Reinders Very Senior Member

    welcome from the Netherlands
     
  6. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    Welcome to the forum Tony - enjoy!

    Best,

    Steve.
     
  7. bunkle69

    bunkle69 Junior Member

    Tony.
    My father Lewis Ralph Ward served in the 3rd Field Reg R.A. and ended up as a W/ Sergeant . His journey began in India,to Iraq,North Africa, Alamein,then on to Sicily,to Monte Cassino and ended in Assisi at the Hotel Windsor Savoie at a Celebration dinner to mark the end of the war. Would you be so kind as to ask your father if he remembers my Dad as sadly he has now passed away. Any memories of of their war time experiences would be a bonus as it is a period of my late father life that remains a mystery. Thank you in anticipation.
    R Ward (son)
     
  8. minden1759

    minden1759 Senior Member

    Bunkle69.

    That would place your father at Cassino in May 44 in support of 8 Ind Div in the Liri valley during Op DIADEM.

    Regards

    FdeP
     
  9. bunkle69

    bunkle69 Junior Member

    Tony B44
    Would you kindly ask your father if he has any recollection of my father Lewis Ralph Ward as he served with the 3rd R.A during WW11 and according to his papers followed the same journey as your father.
    Thank you. R Ward (son)
     
  10. 4jonboy

    4jonboy Daughter of a 56 Recce

    Unfortunately Tony B44 hasn't been on the forum since July 2011. You could try sending him a PM -Private message; if he has registered to receive e-mail notifications he will see your message.

    Lesley
     

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