67th Medium Regiment, R.A. (T.A.)

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Do you have a family member from this Regiment? we are researching all who served during WW2 in the 67th. We hold a unique collection of photos and personal accounts of men who served during this period. Many were captured in North Africa, Some members are still living and may hold more information. Please help to keep the 67th memory alive.

Please contact: Mrs Jane Bradburnjbradburn4464@gmail.com

 

Royal Artillery

67th Medium Regiment, R.A. (T.A.)
HQ, 232nd (Suffolk) Bty: Ipswich
231st (Suffolk) Bty: Sudbury

67th Medium Regiment served under command of IV Corps Artillery in the autumn of 1940. It was sent to North Africa in October 1941 as part of the Crusader convoys. It served under 8th Army in the campaigns in the Western Desert from November 1941 until June 1942. It supported the South African attack on Bardia in December 1941. The regiment added (Suffolk) to its name on 17 February 1942. It was captured at Tobruk on 20 June 1942. Due to causalities the regiment was reduced to a cadre on 7 September 1942.
The regiment was reformed at Hunstanton, Norfolk on 7 February 1943 from 167th Field Regiment. It joined 3rd Army Group RA on its formation on 11 February 1943 at 49 Trant Road, Tunbridge Wells. It served in Northwest Europe with this formation from June 1944 until the end of the war.

14th November 1942
On the 13th November 1942, over 800 PoWs weak from the lack of food and medical treatment were loaded onto the S.S.’Scillin,’ at the Spanish Quay in Tripoli Harbour. The men were penned into the severely overcrowded hold, with insanitary conditions. The only air and light came through a small hatch. A further 195 PoWs were left behind to board another ship after the British Captain Gilbert, of the R.A.M.C. made a strong forceful and intense protest that the ship was already overcrowded.
With an Italian Naval gun crew and guards, the ship set sail three hours late on it’s passage from Tripoli to Trapani, Sicily.
The British P212 submarine H.M.S. ‘Sahib’ (Lieutenant John Bromage), was on patrol in support of the Axis campaign in North Africa. When S.S. ‘Scillin’ appeared on their radar. In the darkness, 9 miles north of Kuriat, Tunisa Lt. Bromage, believing that the ship was carrying Italian troops, ordered open fire of their 3inch gun as a signal for the ship to stop. She did not respond. At 19:50hrs a torpedo was fired. The torpedo blew out the bottom of the hold in which the PoWs were penned. There was little chance of survival and the ship sank rapidly.
H.M.S.’Sahib’ rescued 27 PoWs (26 British & 1 South African), plus S.S. Scillin’s Captain and 45 Italian crew members, before an Italian warship arrived and H.M.S. ‘Sahib’ was forced to withdraw. Only when the survivors (who later landed in Malta) were heard speaking English did Lt. Bromage realise that the ship had been carrying PoWs.

The ‘friendly fire’ tragedy was investigated as a war crime, due to the captivity of the men kept in the hold and the subsequent inquiry absolved Lt. Bromage of any blame. The Ministry of Defence kept the incident a secret for 54 years. Telling families that their loved ones had died as PoWs in camps, or ‘lost at sea.’ In 1996, after repeated requests from the families the truth was revealed.

S.S.’Scillin.’67th Medium Regiment information used from the work of Brian Sims (1997) and courtesy of Pat Dowsing.

A family note:
Linda Stollery Crowder
“Thank you so much for this article, it makes sense to a family story I was told over thirty years ago. After trying to research and not finding much this has really helped. Alfred was my great uncle although we never met his name had never been forgotten. my nana had been deeply saddened by his death and the story of his death has always stayed with me.”

 

Ipswich men in the 67th Medium Regiment R.A. 1939 – 1942 (fall of Tobruk)

Addison Charles William Arthur
Ayden Cyril James
Allard Raymond L.
Andrews W. A.
Argent Douglas Edward T.
Arnold Reginald Henry
Arrell Leslie Ernest
*Atherton Joseph Francis Neville
Avis James
Austin Charles William
Bailey Kenneth Herbert
Baker Eric John
*Banyard Frederick William
Barber Richard Leonard
Barnard Leonard Harry
Barker John Curtis
Barker Ronald Horace
*Barnes Dennis Edward Adin William
Beard Frank Joseph
Beecroft Frederick Charles Edward
Bergdahl Leonard Ellis George
Bevis W.J.
Burchett
Blackwell Robert John
Bloomfield Norman
Blowers R.G.
Borrett R.L.
Borrett William Henry F.
Bradbrook F.
Brasher Ernie
Brookes S.
Brown C.W.
Brown Harold c.
Brown T.H.
Bruce Jack Douglas
Buckles Cyril Stanley
Bugg Horace William
Bunn John William
Burrows Harry
Burrows John Leslie
Calver Douglas Albert E.
Calver Harold S.
Canham George Henry
Capocci Joseph Victor C.
Catling Eric Charles
Chandler Terence Claude


*Chamberlain Frederick
Charles Peter Thomes
Chenery George R.F.
Cherrington Frederick William
Chisholm Cyril Albert S

*Chisnall Arthur
*Chittock Stanley Horace
Churchyard Douglas Denis
*Clarke Charles Reuben
Clements Jack L.
Clough W.J.
Coates Walter Henry
Cobb H.S.
Colthorpe
Cooper James Harris
Cooper S.G.
*Culf Eric Harold
Culley Eric Russell
Curl Stanley Arthur
Curtis Douglas Claude
Dale Archibald Ernest William
*Daniels Douglas Henry James
*Davey Arthur Henry
Davey Herbert John
Day Cyril Reginald
Day Raymond Herbert John
Dickerson Stanley Franklin
Dixey Albert George
Dobson Frank Albert George
Downard Alan C.
Downs J.E.
Doylend Anthony Thurgill.
Drane Frederick William
Drane Leslie C.
Eaves Leonard Sydney
Evans Stanley
Fairweather Leonard A.
Fenton Arthur Henry
Finbow Clifford Burwood
*Finbow Leonard Stanley
Fincham Harold Clement
Fletcher Alan


*Foulger Edward Bertie
Francis Douglas James
*French Jack Edwin
Fudge Alfred James
Fuller Herbert Leonard
Fussell William Charles
Garnham Walter E.
Garrod Edward John
Girling R.W.
Goldsmith Charles Philip W.
Gould Russell Jack
Gray James Frederick F.
Green G.F.
Grimwood H.W.
Hall Eric George
Hall Ernest c.
Halliday Leslie Stanley
Hammond A.
*Hammond Eric Harold
Harper George
Harris Donald Arthur
Haste Harold Russell
Haxell Ronald C.
Hayden John M.
Hogger Frederick Arthur
Hollis L.B.
Horton Arthur
Hoskins R.D.
Howes Harry Arthur W.
Hunter Leslie
Innes Alexander Edward
James George
Jay Philip Albert
Keeble Reginald Victor
Keeble S.
Keeman Fred
Keen John Robinson
King L.
Knight Jack
Lake Kenneth Victor
Lamb W.G.
Lauder I.F.J.
Lee Roy
Leech
Leeks M.C.T.
Leggett Douglas Kenneth
Lowe Kenneth A.
Macklin William Frederick


*Mallett Alfred William
Mallett S.G.
Mann Rodney John
Manning Reginald Alfred Valentine
*Maplestone Frederick Charles
Maskell Stanley William
Mason H.
Mather Kenneth Elliot Scott
Mayes H.
Mayhew Arthur
Mee Cyril Stanley


*Meadows Reginald Alfred
Meredith Eric Charles
Miller C.F.
Moore William George
Moorey William Charles E.
Moorman Charles Frank
Murrell Raymond James L.
Murton Sidney Arthur
Murton F.C.
Newman Victor W.S.


*Northrop Frederick Walter
Norton Douglas Victory
Noy Maurice
Nunn Thomas Basil
Offord Arthur Edward
Page Frederick C.
Palmer J.A.
Palmer Leslie C.
Pearce Raymond William
Peake Harold
Pendle Dennis
Philpot R.E.
Pipe A.
Pryke J.W.A.
Quinton Alfred
Quinton Norman Basil
Ramsey D.E.
Ransby R.F.
Robinson I.E.
Rookyard J.W.
Rowe Jack W.C.H.
Rumsey Harold George
Russell J.F.
Salmon Frank Edward
Scott Sydney Douglas
Sharman C.D.
Sharpe C.D.
Shaw Edward
Shepherd J.F.
Sherwood Donald J.
Simpson
Slimm F.E.
*Smith A. E.
Smith J.R.
Smith J.H.
Smith S.J.
*Smith Russell Sylvian-
Smith Thomas W.
Smy C.A.W.
Smy Ernest
South G.A.
Spall Leslie M.
Spinks H.S.
Stollery Herbert
Strowlger J.
Talbot Cyril F.
Talbot A.E.
Tetlow S.W.
Theobald Stanley
Thomas Len
Thomas A.L.
Thompson Edward Charles V.
Thorpe C. G.
Tinley Hugh Curtis
Todds Ken
*Todd Stanley Charles
Tolley Alec
Tooke Dennis Frederick
Tricker Russell Oliver
Wade F.A.
Wale Thomas Henry
Wallis Albert Edward
Ward Alfred Stanley
Ward Frank George S.
Ward D.N.
Warne Albert George
Warne E.J.
Waters Stanley Reginald D.
Webb Harold Douglas
Whittaker Cecil Henry E.
Wilson George Edward


*Wilson Peter
Wright Jack
Wright R.G.
Wright Thomas R.
*Youngman William Charles

*Indicates death during WW2 – 23 men

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