144 (Surrey & Sussex Yeomanry, Queen Mary’s) Field Regiment RA(TA)

(Title authorised February 1942)

3 Sep 39Eastern CommandChichester, Sussex, UK
Sep 3912 Infantry DivisionBrighton, Sussex, UK – LMG detachments provided
for cross channel shipping
Apr 404 CorpsDursley, Gloucestershire, UK
Jun 404 Infantry DivisionHambledon, Hampshire, UK
Jul 404 Infantry DivisionBroughton, Hampshire, UK – Less 390 Battery
who remained under command 22 Field
Regiment. Rejoined 10 Aug 40.
Aug 404 CorpsAmersham, Buckinghamshire, UK
16 Nov 40British Troops EgyptSuez, Egypt
Nov 40British Troops EgyptAlmaza, Egypt
Dec 405 Indian DivisionHaiya, Sudan – 390 Battery less F Troop to
Gazelle Force at Mekali Wells on 11 Dec.
F Troop to Gebeit on 20 Dec, rejoined
390 Battery on 17 Jan.
Dec 405 Indian DivisionGedaref, Sudan
Jan 415 Indian DivisionGallabat, Abyssinia
Jan 41Gazelle ForceWachai, Eritrea
Jan 41Gazelle ForceKeru Gorge, Eritrea – 390 Bty were charged by
about 60 Eritrean cavalry, almost certainly the
last cavalry charge on the British Army
Jan 41Gazelle ForceAgordat, Eritrea
Feb 415 Indian DivisionWahni, Abyssinia
Feb 415 Indian DivisionGedaref, Sudan
Mar 415 Indian DivisionKeren, Eritrea – Regiment reunited
Apr 415 Indian DivisionMassawa, Eritrea
Apr 415 Indian DivisionAsmara, Eritrea
May 415 Indian DivisionAmba Alagi, Abyssinia
Jun 415 Indian DivisionQassasin, Egypt
Aug 415 Indian DivisionAlamein, Egypt – Preparing Fortress A, 9 Indian
Brigade Box
Sep 41GHQ Middle EastAlexandria, Egypt – All stores except small arms
handed in, in preparation for move to Tobruk
Sep 4170 Infantry DivisionTobruk, Libya
Jan 424 Indian DivisionMarrua, Libya
Jan 424 Indian DivisionSlonta, Libya
Jan 424 Indian DivisionCarmusa, Libya
Feb 424 Indian DivisionTmimi, Libya
Feb 424 Indian DivisionAcroma, Libya
Feb 421 Armoured DivisionCherua – 390 Battery operated as part of a
mobile column during February, March & April with 389 Battery joining Mooncol in April
Apr 421 Armoured DivisionBir Igheila, Libya
Apr 425 Indian DivisionSollum, Egypt
May 4210 ArmyHabbaniya, Iraq
Jul 4217 Indian Infantry BrigadeAleppo, Syria
Aug 4231 Indian Armoured DivisionHamadan, Persia (Iran)
Nov 4231 Indian Armoured DivisionSha’iba, Iraq
Apr 4331 Indian Armoured DivisionQaiyara, Iraq
Oct 4331 Indian Armoured DivisionAlmaza, Egypt – Detached as Depot
Regiment, Middle East School of
Artillery, Almaza
Dec 4331 Indian Armoured DivisionBurg-el-Arab, Egypt
Feb 4431 Indian Armoured DivisionPalestine
Mar 4431 Indian Armoured DivisionArtouz, Syria
May 4431 Indian Armoured DivisionBsarma, Syria – Depot Regiment,
Mountain WarfareTraining Centre
Jun 4431 Indian Armoured DivisionTripoli, Lebanon
Aug 4431 Indian Armoured DivisionSidon, Lebanon
Dec 4431 Indian Armoured DivisionBaalbek, Lebanon
Jun 4531 Indian Armoured DivisionDamascus, Syria – 390 Battery with guns,
remainder as infantry
Jul 4531 Indian Armoured DivisionBaalbek, Lebanon
Sep 45Suspended AnimationAlmaza, Egypt

Batteries

Sep 39389, 390
May 42389, 390, 103 Anti-Tank
Jun 42389, 390
Jan 43389, 390, 552 (Initially 526 Battery)

Equipment

Sep 3912 x 4.5 inch Howitzers (2) – Within days of receiving the guns, all WD vehicles
were transferred to 98 Field Regiment and 8 guns to 123 OCTU
Oct 394 x 4.5 inch Howitzers, 8 x 18 pdr MkII
Nov 394 x 4.5 inch Howitzers, 12 x 18 pdr MkII, 15 assorted civilian vehicles
May 404 x 25 pdr & Quad Tractors
Jun 4024 x 25 pdrs
Sep 41389 Battery – A Troop, 4 x 100mm Italian guns (pre 1914) + spares,
B & C Troops, 4.5 inch Howitzers (1904)
390 Battery – D Troop, 18 pdrs (Anti-Tank role), E Troop, 105mm
Italian guns (1914), F Troop, 4 x 60 pdrs (WW1)
Oct 41E Troop changed to 4.5 inch guns, D Troop to Italian 100mm guns,
B & C Troops to 18 pdrs
RHQ manned a section of Italian (Austrian) 150mm Howitzers
Jan 4216 x 25 pdr
May 4225 pdr, Karrier Spider tractors
Nov 4325 pdrs fitted with muzzle brakes
Feb 44Sherman Observation Post tanks