67 Field Regt RA

Discussion in 'Royal Artillery' started by Scott1975, Feb 23, 2018.

  1. Stuart Avery

    Stuart Avery In my wagon & not a muleteer.

    Nice to see your normal humour when you have been corrected. Not that it happens much!:D Its a good enough defence for me.

    Stu.
     
  2. Stuart Avery

    Stuart Avery In my wagon & not a muleteer.

    Scott, is your Grandfather in either of these photos & is there some handwriting on the back?

    Regards
    Stu.
     
  3. Scott1975

    Scott1975 Member

    This pic has no writing on it,my grandfather is on the far left in all the pics,the officer is 5th in from the left.

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    This one i have two identical photos,one says - Dad first left 1941.
    The other says Bor wood,19 watson crescent edinburgh.

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    This next one is the same group of four and on the back it says.
    North shields 70307

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    The gent on the right of the last two pics has the same rank as the officer in the first pic,not sure if it's the same person or not,can anyone tell me what that rank is please?
     
  4. minden1759

    minden1759 Senior Member

    Scott.

    The 67 Regt RA book arrived safely. Thank you.

    The rank slide is not a rank slide. That is not a pip.

    Regards

    Frank
     
  5. Scott1975

    Scott1975 Member

    Thank you for checking,any idea what that is?
     
  6. minden1759

    minden1759 Senior Member

    It is two triangles joined together. It could well be a white triangle and a blue triangle.

    If I am right, the badge is the tactical recognition flash for the Royal Corps of Signals. Each Arty Regt had R SIGNALS troops attached to run their communication systems back to headquarters further back.

    Regards

    Frank
     
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  7. Scott1975

    Scott1975 Member

    Sorry for the late reply but thanks again Frank.

    One question i have after my google fu has failed.

    My g'dad received the rank of Bdr in the TA before the war started.
    Why during the war would he be listed as W/Bdr? Is that due to him being ranked in the TA and not the regulars?

    Cheers.
     
  8. minden1759

    minden1759 Senior Member

    W is War Service.

    F
     
  9. Scott1975

    Scott1975 Member

    Is that not a rank you hold for the war? This is what's confusing me as he was a Bdr before the war started.
     
  10. Stuart Avery

    Stuart Avery In my wagon & not a muleteer.

    That would really be a shame:excl: You can pick your mates & all that. History can't be changed.. I speak from experience when it comes to family members in the Second World War. I've enjoyed taking part in this thread.. Criminal for parts of it to be deleted. I'm sorry to hear that you wish these posts to be deleted.

    Regards
    Stu.
     
  11. Scott1975

    Scott1975 Member

    All good Stu, i'm sure between us both we can get round to adding more.
     
  12. Stuart Avery

    Stuart Avery In my wagon & not a muleteer.

    All good at my end. Respect for your wishes. Another disc will be in the post..

    Regards
    Stu.
     
  13. Scott1975

    Scott1975 Member

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    Just to add a pic from my Grandfathers pics. He is not in it, but on the back i think it says, 90 Upper Tollington London.
     
  14. Scott1975

    Scott1975 Member

    From post #14

    6/7/42: Proceeded to 4th Field Training Regt R.A. for the purpose of attending potential No’s 1 Course. Assembled 6/7/42, Dispersed 3/8/42. (Never heard of this: perhaps for those thought destined for promotion or for posting overseas)

    I've spoken to a nice gent and he explained it as this.

    On 7/7/42 Bertie was ordered to proceed to 4th Field Training Regt to
    attend a
    Potential No1 Course. This was a course to command a gun and would
    possibly lead to promotion to Sergeant in the future.
    He was obviously working on the guns not driving trucks etc.

    25 Pounder Gun Crew
    No. 1 - the commander, made large traverses of the gun and normally
    positioned to the rear.
    No. 2 - held the rammer, as well as operating the breech lever and stood
    to the right of the gun.
    No. 3 - the 'Layer',sat on the wooden seat on the left-hand side of the
    gun, adjusted the sights, signalled adjustments to the No. 1 in big
    traverses and fired the gun.
    No. 4 - the 'Loader'.
    No. 5 - passed ammunition to the No. 4 and checked the fuses.
    No. 6 - the second-in-command (2IC) who set the fuses and the charges,
    as well as being responsible for the movement and braking of the
    trailer.
     
  15. Uncle Target

    Uncle Target Active Member

    I transcribed letters written by an officer in 266 Bty 67th Field Regt RA (TA) he was previously stationed on Mersea Island Essex 373 Bty Coastal Artillery. I went on to research these units and have accumulated info particularly on 67th Field Regt. I would like to help those particularly with relatives who served in the Regt. to find out what these men really did. As a lad I was a cadet in a unit sponsored by 267 Field Regt. RA (TA) so met some of the men from the preceding Regt the 67th.
    Where is a good place to start on your site.
     
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  16. Uncle Target

    Uncle Target Active Member

    I am currently struggling with an old tablet as my pc is gone for repair. I will be more active in 10 or so days.
    I deposited the original letters in Worcester Archives as they were deteriorating but still retain digital copies and have put the transcribed letters in a book with an index for ease of reading. The book remains unpublished.
    Worcester CC have several deposits from 67 FR members and the staff are familiar with the Regiment who were local.
    The author of the letters was killed in Florence in 1944 and lies with his three comrades in Florence War Cemetery.
    I have obtained records from the archive and can refer to them and if necessary go there to look up more info.
    It is a labour of love rather than a commercial venture as over the years I got to know the guy well.
    He has style and humour in his letters having been in a company writing travel brochures. The avitar is a cartoon caricature of himself before he joined the TA.
     
  17. Stuart Avery

    Stuart Avery In my wagon & not a muleteer.

    I do have the war diaries of the 67 Field Regiment RA for the all of 44. Another decent chap has also sent me a diary from when they landed in North Africa in 43.. I cant remember which month? I also have a rare copy of a book that is called, The EYES and EARS of the Regiment 67th Field Regiment RA 39-45. Its by Richard Whitfield.. The war diary is rather neat.

    Regards,
    Stu.
     
  18. Uncle Target

    Uncle Target Active Member

    One set of documents Worcester are a copy of those used by Richard Whitfield deposited bt a colleague in1994.
     
  19. Stuart Avery

    Stuart Avery In my wagon & not a muleteer.

    I do hope you get a jog on with the repairs to your PC.. Welcome to the forum by the way. I'm looking forward to seeing what you have..

    Stu.
     
  20. Uncle Target

    Uncle Target Active Member

    Are you anywhere near Worcester.
     

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