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

3 Sep 39 Eastern Command Worthing, Sussex, UK
Sep/Oct 39 British Expeditionary Force Le Forêt & La Coquerie, France
After completing gun positions, half the Regiment
moved back to Le Forêt leaving one Troop
per Battery forward
Jan 40 1 Infantry Division Lille, France
May 40 I Corps Wavre, Belgium
17-19 May 40 I Corps Kruis & Tournai, Belgium
392 Battery detached to 46 Division at St Pol but
diverted to Aire
22 May 40 46 Infantry Division La Couture, Belgium
28 May 40 44 Infantry Division Outtersteene, Belgium
29 May 40 44 Infantry Division Saint Jans Cappel, France
Guns caught in traffic jam. Guns & vehicles
destroyed, troops proceeded on foot
for evacuation over the beaches at Dunkirk
Jun 40 Home Forces Okehampton, Devon, UK
Jun 40 1 Infantry Brigade RA Bourne, Lincolnshire, UK
Detachments sent to Sussex for
anti-invasion duties. They formed
C 20 Anti-Tank Battery (391) &
C 7 Battery (392) armed with Albion
mounted 12 pdrs & Scammel
mounted 4 inch Naval guns
Jul 40 Home Forces Hall Green, Birmingham, UK
Equipped with vehicles for West coast
defence. Vehicles were tradesmen’s vans
and 1 old Rolls Royce car
Jul 40 Home Forces Ince Blundell Park, Lancashire, UK
Sussex detachments rejoined. From here
and later Huyton, detachments were sent
out to man roadblocks and static guns
Oct 40 Home Forces Huyton, Lancashire, UK
Part of 391 Battery with Hotchkiss 6 pdrs at
Barford forming part of outer defences of
Birmingham. Remainder of Battery on airfield
defence in Tarvin. 392 Battery in detachments
from Maryport to Speke with weapons ranging
from 6 pdrs (obsolete submarine guns)
to 1913 vintage 13 pdrs
Dec 40 5 Corps Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK
Aug 41 Depot Regiment Larkhill, Wiltshire, UK
Nov 41 Home Forces Sturminster Newton, Dorset, UK
Mar 42 Home Forces Isle of Wight, UK
Apr 42 Home Forces Wimborne, Dorset, UK
Sep 42 10 Armoured Division Kabrit, Egypt
Oct 42 10 Armoured Division Alamein, Egypt
Nov 42 10 Armoured Division Galal, Egypt
Nov 42 10 Armoured Division Mersa Matruh, Egypt
Dec 42 Middle East Forces Cairo, Egypt
Feb 43 Middle East Forces Alexandria, Egypt
Jul 43 8 Army Sicily
Sep 43 8 Army Reggio, Rosarno & Taranto, Italy
Oct 43 8 Army Manfredonia & Foggia, Italy
Nov 43 8 Army Termoli & River Sangro, Italy
Dec 43 8 Army San Vito, Italy
Jan 44 8 Army Naples & Mondragone, Italy
Feb 44 8 Army Cassino, Italy
Apr 44 8 Army Nola, Italy
May 44 8 Army Mignano & Roccasecca, Italy
Jun 44 8 Army Tivoli & Lake Trasimene, Italy
Jul 44 8 Army San Marino & Poggibonsi, Italy
Aug 44 8 Army Strada, Italy
Sep 44 8 Army San Martino, Italy
Oct 44 8 Army Castel del Rio, Italy
Dec 44 8 Army Monte Grande, Italy
Jan 45 8 Army Tamborella, Italy
Feb 45 8 Army Vicchio, Italy
Mar 45 2 Army Menin, Belgium
Apr 45 2 Army Dunkirk, France
Apr 45 2 Army Duiven, Huissen & Dodewaard, Holland

 

In April 1945 the Regiment moved to the Lubeck area of Germany as occupation forces. Demobilisation was started in October 1945 and the Regiment finally placed in suspended animation in June 1946.

 

Batteries

3 Sep 39 391, 392 (Surrey Yeomanry)
1 Jan 41 391, 392, 471

 

 

Equipment

1940 18/25 pdr
Jan 41 4 x French 75mm guns (471 Battery), 2 x 25 pdrs each (391 & 392 Batteries)
Apr 41 24 x 25 pdrs
Sep 42 Stuart Observation Post Tanks
Apr 43 M7 105mm Self Propelled Priest
Mar 45 25 pdr Self Propelled Sexton