In Memoriam – 140th Field Regiment Royal Artillery

The following Officers were recorded as members of the 140th Regiment Royal Artillery in March 1940

Lt Col C.J. Odling TD
Major Nevill Christopherson
Major H.R. Graham Brooks MC
Major Edward Milton
Capt T.G. Greenwood
Capt H. Wesley
Capt C. Lorne MacDougall
Capt Cecil Arthur Hood (Adjutant)
Lt L.S. Muir
Lt Ronald Baxter
Lt Jack May
Lt E.F. Jeffrey
2nd Lt /Act Capt Frank Henry (Paddy) Sirkett

2nd Lts:
M. Roland
D.W. Clarke
C.T. Hackett
D.V. Mackay
G.E. Booth
B.J. Strachan
R. Crichton-Brown
J.H. Leaman
H.A.A. Baird
G. Cook
R.J. Hawes
R.J. Fitch
D. (Blossom) Budd
G.L. Somerwill
Charles J. Bennett

Lt.Q.M. FG Bower MC
Chaplain A. Beale
Lt D.W. Lacey RAMC
Lt F.G.D. Dwight RAOC OME
Lt Norman (Tubby) Layton RCSig
Georges Kemir (French Army Agent de Liaison)

The following 140th Regiment Officers were recorded as Prisoners of War in a Roll of Honour in ‘Grand Party’:

Lieutenant-Colonel C.J. ODLING T.D. (wounded at Cassel)

Major N. CHRISTOPHERSON M.C. (wounded at Cassel)

Captain H. WESTLEY

Captain C.A. HOOD

Captain C.L MacDOUGALL

Captain F.N. SIRKETT

Lieutenant R.N. BAXTER

Lieutenant J. JEFFERY (wounded)

2nd Lieutenant C.J.L. BENNETT (wounded)

2nd Lieutenant F.W.W. STEPHENS (wounded)

2nd Lieutenant M.R. ROWLAND

2nd Lieutenant J.H. FITCH

2nd Lieutenant D. BUDD

Lieutenant D.W. LACEY (R.A.M.C.)

Lieutenant E.N. LAYTON (Royal Signals)

Agent de Liaison Georges KEMIR (French Army)

 

140th Field Regiment’s Combat Casualties, 1940-46

140th Field Regiment’s casualties from the 1940 conflict are buried in five different countries across Europe.  There are burials in the UK (3), France (21), Belgium (12), Poland (3)  and Germany (1).

There are forty 140th Regiment casualties listed by the Commonwealth War Commission, of whom three died later in the war in captivity.   Sadly, one casualty, Gunner George Lucas, died just days from his potential liberation in March 1945.

Fourteen men from the 140th Regiment are recorded as having died in the most bitter fighting that took place between 24th-29th May 1940, most of whom have no known grave and are commemorated on the Dunkirk Memorial.  Five men are listed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission as having died during the battle of Cassel on 29th May 1940, although some of these may have died of wounds sustained earlier.  The majority of 367 Battery were captured, wounded or killed during the battle of Cassel and the breakout towards Dunkirk.

Lt-Colonel Graham Brooks, whose 1941 book Grand Party is an essential record of this Regiment and its men, was invalided out of the Army after an illness precipitated by his prolonged immersion in the sea at Dunkirk.   Brooks lived to see the end of the war and the return of most of his fellow officers and men from captivity in 1945.  He died in 1946 at the age of 51 and is buried in Golders Green Crematorium, London.

This site is dedicated to the men of the 140th Regiment listed in the order of the 1940 battle below:

 

‘PHONEY WAR’ APRIL-MAY 1940

Commonwealth War Graves Extension, Douai Communal Cemetery, France

Gunner John LEE, died 10/04/1940, age 23 (Died from asphyxiation during a training manoeuvre)

 

ADVANCE INTO BELGIUM, MAY 1940

Hotton Commonwealth War Cemetery, Luxembourg Region, Belgium

Gunner Edwin STRAHAN, died 10/05/1940, age 24 (died at the outbreak of hostilities)

Gunner William DAVIS, died 19/05/1940, age 26

 

Dunkirk Commonwealth War Memorial, Dunkirk, France 

Gunner Alfred BRIGHT, died 10/05/1940, age 28 (died at the outbreak of hostilities)

 

DEFENCE of the ESCAUT LINE, MAY 1940

Bruyelle Commonwealth War Cemetery, near Tournai, Belgium

Lance Bombardier Thomas BENNETT, died 22/05/1940, age 19 (killed by German shellfire at Ere)

 

RETREAT to DUNKIRK, MAY-JUNE 1940

Dunkirk Memorial, Dunkirk, France 

Gunner Bernard VANDENBOSCH, died 25/05/1940, age 19

Gunner Robert HIGHET, died between 25/05/1940 and 29/05/1940, age 21

Lance Sergeant Harry SWINDLE, died 26/05/1940, age 20

Sergeant Henry GOODRUM, died 26/05/1940, age 31

Bombardier Joseph BETH, died 29/05/1940, age 23

Gunner William READ, died between 29/05/1940 and 02/06/1940, age 24

Gunner William WEEDEN, died 29/05/1940, Age 21

 

BATTLE of CASSEL, 26th-29th MAY 1940

Commonwealth War Graves Extension, Cassel General Cemetery, France

Gunner Charles WILLIAMS, died 26/05/1940, Age 19

Gunner Reginald WOOLSTON, died 29/05/1940, Age 19 (killed by mortar fire manning a field gun alongside Major Christopherson)

 

BREAKOUT TO WATOU, 29th-31st MAY 1940

Hotton Commonwealth War Cemetery, Luxembourg Region, Belgium

 

 

The following were killed on 30th May 1940 alongside Major Ronald Cartland MP and re-interred from the temporary burial ground at Watou in 1948:

2nd Lieutenant Graham COOK, age 26

Gunner Horace NICHOLLS, age 20

Gunner Sydney VANGROSY, age 25

Lance Bombardier James HARDY, age 26

Gunner Alfred THORPE, age 21

Gunner John DUFFIELD, age 21

All of 140th Regiment’s casualties are buried alongside Major Cartland in Plot X, to the rear of the cemetery.

 

Nine Elms Commonwealth War Cemetery, near Poperinghe, Belgium

Gunner Albert SMITH, died 29/05/1940, aged 21

Bombardier William WILLS, died between 28/05/1940 and 16/06/1940, age 25

Gunner Frederick HART, died 30/05/1940, age 18

 

Longueness Souvenir Commonwealth War Cemetery, St Omer, France 

Major Edward MILTON T.D., died 31/05/1940, Aged 47 (died from wounds following capture during the Cassel breakout)

Sergeant Richard FOGGO, died 01/06/40, age 22

Bombardier John NORMAN, died between 10/5/40 and 01/06/40, age 26

Gunner Leo O’KELLY, died between 10/5/40 and 01/06/40, age 21

Gunner Edward MURPHY, died 30/05/40, age 21

Gunner Walter PETTIT, died 30/05/40, age 21

Bombardier Arthur ROSS, died 03/06/40, age 22

 

CASUALTIES in FIELD HOSPITALS, FRANCE, MAY-JUNE 1940

Lille Southern Commonwealth War Cemetery, Lille, France

Lance Sergeant John OVERY, died 30/05/1940, age 34

 

Calais Southern Commonwealth War Cemetery, Calais, France

Sergeant Allison BUCHANAN died 26/05/1940.

 

Dunkirk Town Cemetery, Dunkirk, France

Lieutenant Donald WATERMAN, died 28/05/ 1940, age 29

 

UNITED KINGDOM, 1940

Bromley Hill Cemetery, Bromley, London 

Lieutenant Jack MAY, died 21/06/1940. (died from wounds after Dunkirk evacuation)

 

Alperton Cemetery, Wembley, London

Gunner Edward LIDDLE, died 09/08/ 1940. (died from wounds after Dunkirk evacuation)

 

DEATHS IN CAPTIVITY, 1940-42

Krakow Commonwealth War Cemetery, POLAND 

[Stalag VIIIB temporary burial ground, Lamsdorf]

Gunner Edward FORD, died 13/01/1941, Aged 20 (POW Stalag VIIIB, Lamsdorf)

Gunner Jack DOWN, died 13/02/1941, Aged 20 (POW Stalag VIIIB, Lamsdorf)

 

Malbork Commonwealth War Cemetery, POLAND

Gunner George MEASURES, died 15/07/1942, age 24 (POW Stalag XXA, Thorn)

 

THE LONG MARCH 1945

Durnbach Commonwealth War Cemetery, Bavaria, Germany 

Gunner George LUCAS, died 22/03/1945, age 45

 

POST WAR 1945-6

All Saints Church, Willian, Hertfordshire

 

Gunner Leonard STRINGER, died 18/04/1946, age 27 (died from complications of Pulmonary TB after repatriation as POW in 1944) 

 

Golders Green Crematorium, London

Lt-Colonel Graham BROOKS, MC, Commanding Officer 366 Battery 140th Regiment, and author of ‘Grand Party’  died 27/10/1946, age 51