67 Field Regt RA

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

  1. Scott1975

    Scott1975 Active Member

    Hello Helena.

    There's a small group of us researching the 67th Field, I'll send you a message.

    Scott
     
  2. HelenaFetto

    HelenaFetto Member

    Thank you. I am suddenly quite emotional about the thought of finding out about him and his war. He died of a heart attack when I was 4, I was the last person he spoke to.... We have a stash of letters he wrote to his mother, that I now really want to archive and read in detail. With my grandmother's permission obviously.
     
  3. minden1759

    minden1759 Senior Member

    Helena.

    If you get hold of Stuart Avery on this site, he has a copy of 'The Eyes and Ears of the Regiment' which is the story of 67 Fd Regt RA during 39-45.

    Regards

    Frank
     
  4. Scott1975

    Scott1975 Active Member

    I have that covered, Stu sent it to me and I did a copy.
     
  5. Scott1975

    Scott1975 Active Member

    Florence is in a mess. Last night Major Kerr and Captain Mennel went to call on one of the adjutant's cousins who was staying in the north side of Arno and they got involved in a first-class major street fight. No sooner had the jeep entered the courtyard of Palozzo Ruscillai than a bomb exploded on the opposite side of the street (Via Della Vigna Nuera) and a tremendous outburst of small arms fire, tommy guns, pistols, carbines and grenades. Major Kerr witnessed it and compared it to a major Chicago gangster film except the Italians dressed variously from boy scouts to Apache type. There was a short pause while a jeep of military police came up to take away four fascists and they continued again full swing with bombs and all accoutrements including screaming women. This was typical, so they said, although unbelievable to us of what had been going on for many days.

    From the diaries.

    Scott
     
  6. HelenaFetto

    HelenaFetto Member

    Thank you!
     
  7. minden1759

    minden1759 Senior Member

    Helena.

    If you ever want to go and see what 67 Fd Regt RA got up to during their time at Anzio - Jan-May 44, go get in touch. It is a pretty grim story of endurance.

    Regards

    Frank
     
  8. HelenaFetto

    HelenaFetto Member

    I am fairly sure that I will want to do this. I have family in Italy as well, including an uncle who had done most of the family research up to this point but had never got further than the basic military records.
     
  9. Uncle Target

    Uncle Target Well-Known Member

    PM was the original inspiration for Eyes and Ears. Dickie Whitfield used his documents adding notes from his own diary to give it a personal touch.
    The original documents were written using extracts from the War Diaries as a dissertation at Cambridge University in 1946. It was much modified by others over the years with additions by at least four people.
     
  10. Stuart Avery

    Stuart Avery In my wagon & not a muleteer.

    How does David Hartridge come into this? I'm sure he will pop along & add to the thread.

    Regards
    Stu.
     
  11. Uncle Target

    Uncle Target Well-Known Member

    It seems there is quite a crossover with WW2 type sites. It is to be expected I suppose.
    He is the relative of the friend of the guy whose letters I transcribed who was killed a month or so later.
    He is mentioned in the letters.
    I have contacts within the community of the Regiment who do not normally use the internet.
    I was surprised to find him on here.
    However it is the 75th Anniversary of not only D Day but of those who fought (and died) in Italy.
    I think I accidentally deleted the message and attachment to you but if you can use Scott as an intermediary he now has the attachment for you.
    I put my email address on the forum but removed it on advice of a senior member. It seems you did not use it.
    Scots grandad was of course in the 67th so we have a common interest.
    If I find anything that might help you I will get in touch but I am not comfortable doing over this site or any other that is public.
    I need a private email if I am to send you anything.
    It will be for your personal research not to impress others with.
     
  12. Stuart Avery

    Stuart Avery In my wagon & not a muleteer.

    No problem: If we make contact in the future? Then so be it. I use my personal research to help forum members out with research they need.

    I've no need to (impress others with!)

    Regards,

    Stuart.
     
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2019
  13. HelenaFetto

    HelenaFetto Member

     
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