Lost family member - 366th batt Royal Artillery?

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  1. AlexJD

    AlexJD New Member

    Hi all,

    I'm currently researching my family tree and have come across someone who served. His name was Albert E Wheeler Jr and was 19 in 1939.

    All I have is the attached entry from the 1939 England and Wales Register, but I can't seem to find anything else about him.

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    I think I can work out that he was part of the 366th battery for the Royal Artillery, possibly a Lance-Bombardier, and then 140th something. 873917 might be his service number, but noting comes up when searched.

    Any help would be appreciated!

    Many thanks

  2. Enigma1003

    Enigma1003 Member

    The 140th Field Regiment, had batteries 366 and 367.

    The 140th Field became the 140th Medium Regiment in Aug 1943.

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  3. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

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  4. minden1759

    minden1759 Senior Member


    140 Med Regt RA would place him in 2 Army Group Royal Artillery (2 AGRA) as part of the artillery fire support for the Eighth Army in Italy from Sep 43. He would initially have been on the Adriatic side of Italy up to the River Sangro battles and then he would have moved over to the Tyrrenean side for the May 44 Fourth Battle of Monte Cassino. The Regt was closed down in Feb 45 during its time in Italy. His Service Record will be able to tell you where he was posted to after that.


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  5. gmyles

    gmyles Senior Member

    From FMP

    First name(s) Albert Edward
    Last name Wheeler
    Age -
    Birth year -
    Birth place -
    Attestation year 1937
    Service number 873917
    Former service number -
    Record set Royal Artillery Attestations 1883-1942

    Hope this helps

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  6. AlexJD

    AlexJD New Member

    Thank you everyone! It's all really helpful.
  7. harkness

    harkness Well-Known Member

    Royal Artillery Attestations 1883-1942:
  8. John West

    John West Member

    Dear Alex

    I've just posted a brief history of 140th Regiment on the web, hope it helps. John Here's the URL: 140th (5th London) Army Field Regiment, Royal Artillery – Their story between the 10th and 31st May 1940
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  9. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007
    Name: Albert Edward Wheeler
    Death Age: 62
    Birth Date: 27 Sep 1920
    Registration Date: Apr 1983
    [May 1983]
    [Jun 1983]
    Registration Quarter: Apr-May-Jun
    Registration district: Melton Mowbray
    Inferred County: Leicestershire
    Volume: 6
    Page: 2226

    Possible birth ?

    England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1916-2007
    Name: Albert E Wheeler
    Registration Date: Oct 1920
    [Nov 1920]
    [Dec 1920]
    Registration Quarter: Oct-Nov-Dec
    Registration district: London City
    Inferred County: Greater London
    Mother's Maiden Name: Finchard
    Volume Number: 1c
    Page Number: 4

    Parents marriage?

    England & Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1916-2005
    Name: Albert E Wheeler
    Registration Date: Oct 1919
    [Nov 1919]
    [Dec 1919]
    Registration Quarter: Oct-Nov-Dec
    Registration district: St Olave
    Inferred County: Greater London
    Spouse: Mildred A Finchard
    Volume Number: 1d
    Page Number: 417

  10. AlexJD

    AlexJD New Member

    Thanks everyone, I've managed to start building a good picture of his life!
  11. S C

    S C Member

    Wow - that's a lovely photograph of the record. I don't suppose you might be able to do similar for Sheppard, Alfred James, 823617, please? I have put together a lot on his history with 366/140, 504/140, 504/75 - and he must have been attached to 367/504 because he was at Cassel rather than making the boats with 366/140.
  12. minden1759

    minden1759 Senior Member


    If AJ Sheppard was in 504 Bty, 75 Heavy Regiment RA in May 44 then that would place him at the massive Fourth Battle of Monte Cassino for which, on 11 May 44, 1,089 guns were assembled. The firepower at 2300 on 11 May 44 when every gun fired must have been awesome.


  13. S C

    S C Member

    Yup he absolutely was there.

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