140 Bty., 40 Lt. A.A. Regt.

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  1. gunner74

    gunner74 Member

    I have a great Uncle who was killed in North Africa but aside from the details I have from the cwgc site and some passing references in obituaries I know nothing about his unit, what job he may have done, how he died or even where he died.

    I know he's buried in Benghazi war cemetery, Libya and even managed to track down his grave pic but I have an uncle who thinks he was killed at El Alamein. This seems to be quite a distance from Benghazi though. Also I have it from two sources that he was either killed in action or died of wounds.

    Can anyone help me take my research further? Is there anyone on here who was connected to his unit? I have included all the information I have below.

    United Kingdom
    Royal Artillery
    140 Bty., 40 Lt. A.A. Regt.
  2. Rob Dickers

    Rob Dickers 10th MEDIUM REGT RA

    The 8th Army at EL ALAMEIN, October 1942

    51ST (Highland) INFANTRY DIVISION [Major General Wimberley]
    51 Recce Battalion
    1/7 Bn Middlesex Regiment (machine gun bn)
    126 Field Regiment RA
    127 Field Regiment RA
    128 Field Regiment RA
    61 Anti-tank Regiment RA
    40 LAA Regiment RA
  3. gunner74

    gunner74 Member

    Thanks Rob
  4. idler

    idler GeneralList

    Salmond History of the 51st Highland Division 1939-1945:
    When troop carriers finally became available the Division concentrated on Adjedabja, which had been captured by the armoured columns. Thence 152 Brigade was moved forward to hold a position across the main road opposite Mersa Brega, taking over from the Rifle Brigade Battalion of the 7th Armoured Division which was forming an outpost screen, while 153 Brigade were filling the gap to the salt marshes at Abu Suivera. The 154 Brigade relieved 152, and by 8th December the Division was once again in the front line, and 152 preparing to attack. The village of Mersa Brega was reported as having been developed by the enemy into a very strong position. It was a kind of bottleneck with high ground all round which dominated the whole area. No-man's-land was some 5000 yards in width and the enemy had sewn it with thousands of mines, both anti-tank and anti-personnel. Owing to the fact that forward landing-grounds were not yet complete, the Division had no fighter cover, so that German planes were more troublesome than usual.
    (The 'sewn' is the original spelling. Any other mistakes are probably mine.)

    On this map to the south of Benghazi:
    Adjedabja is now Ajdabiya
    Mersa Brega is now Marsa al Burayqah
    Al Uqaylah at the bottom of the bay is better known as El Agheila.

    It's a bit of an if but it's likely that 40 LAA Regt were forward to deal with the fighter threat and quite possibly attacked. The Regimental war diary and the battery war diary would be the best places to look.
  5. gunner74

    gunner74 Member

    Thanks idler. Is there any way of getting the information without going to the National Archives? My problem is location. I'm in Northern Ireland you see.
  6. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA

    D Troop of 140 Battery, were machined gunned by JU-88's, resulting in 2 men killed, 2 fatally wounded and 4 injured.

    The names of the men who died, followed by copies of the Battery and Regimental diary describing the event.

    Name: KIRK, JOSEPH
    Rank: Gunner
    Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery
    Unit Text: 140 Bty., 40 Lt. A.A. Regt.
    Age: 19
    Date of Death: 06/12/1942
    Service No: 6984413
    Additional information: Son of Samuel and Thomasena Kirk, of Drumreaney, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 8. D. 1.

    Rank: Gunner
    Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery
    Unit Text: 140 Bty., 40 Lt. A.A. Regt.
    Age: 36
    Date of Death: 06/12/1942
    Service No: 1681834
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 2. C. 25.

    Rank: Gunner
    Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery
    Unit Text: 140 Bty., 40 Lt. A.A. Regt.
    Age: 29
    Date of Death: 07/12/1942
    Service No: 1703462
    Additional information: Son of Alexander and Elizabeth Buchan Dunbar, of Aberdeen.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 2. B. 7.

    Name: SMITH, HARRY
    Rank: Gunner
    Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery
    Unit Text: 140 Bty., 40 Lt. A.A. Regt.
    Age: 34
    Date of Death: 06/12/1942
    Service No: 1824298
    Additional information: Son of Charles and Maud Smith, of Bolton, Lancashire; husband of Esther Smith, of Bolton.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 2. C. 24.

    Battery Diary


    40 LAA Regt diary.


  7. gunner74

    gunner74 Member

    I cant thank you enough for this ramacal. You have answered a question that the family has been asking for years and behalf of them and myself I sincerely thank you. Its always sad to know how young Gunner Kirk was when killed and Ive been told that he only joined up because he was sacked from his job as a messenger from a local factory for refusing to cycle to the local town in heavy rain. Youve helped complete a big part of the what happened to him puzzle. Once again thanks

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