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

(Title authorised February 1942)

3 Sep 39 Eastern Command Chichester, Sussex, UK
Sep 39 12 Infantry Division Brighton, Sussex, UK – LMG detachments provided
for cross channel shipping
Apr 40 4 Corps Dursley, Gloucestershire, UK
Jun 40 4 Infantry Division Hambledon, Hampshire, UK
Jul 40 4 Infantry Division Broughton, Hampshire, UK – Less 390 Battery
who remained under command 22 Field
Regiment. Rejoined 10 Aug 40.
Aug 40 4 Corps Amersham, Buckinghamshire, UK
16 Nov 40 British Troops Egypt Suez, Egypt
Nov 40 British Troops Egypt Almaza, Egypt
Dec 40 5 Indian Division Haiya, 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 40 5 Indian Division Gedaref, Sudan
Jan 41 5 Indian Division Gallabat, Abyssinia
Jan 41 Gazelle Force Wachai, Eritrea
Jan 41 Gazelle Force Keru Gorge, Eritrea – 390 Bty were charged by
about 60 Eritrean cavalry, almost certainly the
last cavalry charge on the British Army
Jan 41 Gazelle Force Agordat, Eritrea
Feb 41 5 Indian Division Wahni, Abyssinia
Feb 41 5 Indian Division Gedaref, Sudan
Mar 41 5 Indian Division Keren, Eritrea – Regiment reunited
Apr 41 5 Indian Division Massawa, Eritrea
Apr 41 5 Indian Division Asmara, Eritrea
May 41 5 Indian Division Amba Alagi, Abyssinia
Jun 41 5 Indian Division Qassasin, Egypt
Aug 41 5 Indian Division Alamein, Egypt – Preparing Fortress A, 9 Indian
Brigade Box
Sep 41 GHQ Middle East Alexandria, Egypt – All stores except small arms
handed in, in preparation for move to Tobruk
Sep 41 70 Infantry Division Tobruk, Libya
Jan 42 4 Indian Division Marrua, Libya
Jan 42 4 Indian Division Slonta, Libya
Jan 42 4 Indian Division Carmusa, Libya
Feb 42 4 Indian Division Tmimi, Libya
Feb 42 4 Indian Division Acroma, Libya
Feb 42 1 Armoured Division Cherua – 390 Battery operated as part of a
mobile column during February, March & April with 389 Battery joining Mooncol in April
Apr 42 1 Armoured Division Bir Igheila, Libya
Apr 42 5 Indian Division Sollum, Egypt
May 42 10 Army Habbaniya, Iraq
Jul 42 17 Indian Infantry Brigade Aleppo, Syria
Aug 42 31 Indian Armoured Division Hamadan, Persia (Iran)
Nov 42 31 Indian Armoured Division Sha’iba, Iraq
Apr 43 31 Indian Armoured Division Qaiyara, Iraq
Oct 43 31 Indian Armoured Division Almaza, Egypt – Detached as Depot
Regiment, Middle East School of
Artillery, Almaza
Dec 43 31 Indian Armoured Division Burg-el-Arab, Egypt
Feb 44 31 Indian Armoured Division Palestine
Mar 44 31 Indian Armoured Division Artouz, Syria
May 44 31 Indian Armoured Division Bsarma, Syria – Depot Regiment,
Mountain WarfareTraining Centre
Jun 44 31 Indian Armoured Division Tripoli, Lebanon
Aug 44 31 Indian Armoured Division Sidon, Lebanon
Dec 44 31 Indian Armoured Division Baalbek, Lebanon
Jun 45 31 Indian Armoured Division Damascus, Syria – 390 Battery with guns,
remainder as infantry
Jul 45 31 Indian Armoured Division Baalbek, Lebanon
Sep 45 Suspended Animation Almaza, Egypt

 

Batteries

Sep 39 389, 390
May 42 389, 390, 103 Anti-Tank
Jun 42 389, 390
Jan 43 389, 390, 552 (Initially 526 Battery)

 

Equipment

Sep 39 12 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 39 4 x 4.5 inch Howitzers, 8 x 18 pdr MkII
Nov 39 4 x 4.5 inch Howitzers, 12 x 18 pdr MkII, 15 assorted civilian vehicles
May 40 4 x 25 pdr & Quad Tractors
Jun 40 24 x 25 pdrs
Sep 41 389 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 41 E 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 42 16 x 25 pdr
May 42 25 pdr, Karrier Spider tractors
Nov 43 25 pdrs fitted with muzzle brakes
Feb 44 Sherman Observation Post tanks