Artefacts - Pictures of the men from the units that served with the Division

 

 

The purpose of this page is to provide a source of pictures and other information relating to the men and units that served with the Division. It will change as and when items are available to be added to it. Please be patient as one or two pictures may take a little while to load. The main sections are;

3rd Royal Horse Artillery 4th Royal Horse Artillery 5th Royal Horse Artillery
8th Hussars 11th Hussars Queen's Royal Regiment
1st Bn. Rifle Brigade 1st Royal Tank Regiment 2nd Royal Tank Regiment
3rd Royal Tank Regiment 5th Royal Tank Regiment 6th Royal Tank Regiment
4th South Africa Armoured Car Regiment 15th (Isle of Man) Light Anti-aircraft Regiment
4th County of London Yeomanry 65th (Norfolk Yeomanry) Anti-Tank Regiment  3rd Support Company, Northumberland Fusiliers
Divisional HQ 22nd Armoured Brigade HQ 22nd Armoured Brigade REME

3rd Royal Horse Artillery

The set below are from the collection by Capt G Lawrence (3RHA) courtesy of his son Ray Lawrence.

2 pdr Portee Crew resting by their vehicle 

(The man in the middle is Thomas Drury)

Distributing the water ration. This was 2 pints per man per day. Note cloth RHA Titles on the Sergeants epaulettes.

2 pdr Portee Crew resting by their vehicle

Distributing the water ratio. This was 2 pints per man per day. Note cloth RHA Titles on the Sergeants epaulettes.

Enjoying a warm by the fire.

AOP Stuart, rather baddly packed by the side of the road.

Enjoying a warm by the fire.

AOP Stuart, rather baddly packed by the side of the road.

3RHA J Battery Sub-Section E. Note the RHA badge on the shield and the letter E.

RHA J Battery Sub-Section F. Note the RHA badge on the shield and the letter F

3RHA J Battery Sub-Section E. Note the RHA badge on the shield and the letter E.

3RHA J Battery Sub-Section F. Note the RHA badge on the shield and the letter F

3RHA J Battery Sub-Section G. Note the RHA badge on the shield and the letter G.

3RHA J Battery Sub-Section H. Note the RHA badge on the shield and the letter H.

3RHA J Battery Sub-Section G. Note the RHA badge on the shield and the letter G.

3RHA J Battery Sub-Section H. Note the RHA badge on the shield and the letter H.

Probably the same gun crews as above, but this time in overalls working on the guns.

3RHA on parade after the end of the N African Campaign in Tunisia, 1943.

Another photo of 3RHA on parade after the end of the N African Campaign in Tunisia, 1943.

3RHA on parade after the end of the N African Campaign in Tunisia, 1943.

Anothor photo of 3RHA on parade after the end of the N African Campaign in Tunisia, 1943.

Offices of J Battery, probably after the end of the N African Campaign in Tunisia, 1943.

Officers of J Battery, probably after the end of the N African Campaign in Tunisia, 1943.

Resting by the beach. Probably near Homs before going to Italy.

Resting by the beach. Probably near Homs before going to Italy.

Resting by the beach. Probably near Homs before going to Italy.

Resting by the beach. Probably near Homs before going to Italy.

Quad Tractor, probably in Italy

25 pdr on tow, probably in Italy

Quad Tractor, probably in Italy

25 pdr on tow, probably in Italy

Loading a HQ truck ready for Normandy.

Part of the Normandy Armada.

Loading a HQ truck ready for Normandy.

Part of the Normandy Armada.

Onboard the LCT

Onboard the Landing Ship, with smalled landing craft alongside.

Onboard the LCT

Onboard the Landing Ship, with smalled landing craft alongside.

A ship on the way to Normandy.

Unloading the HQ Vehicle in Normandy. The the background between the wheels there is an AA tower on a Mulberry Harbour.

A ship on the way to Normandy.

Unloading the HQ Vehicle in Normandy. The the background between the wheels there is an AA tower on a Mulberry Harbour.

Battery command post map table.

Other end of Command Post vehicle.

Battery command post map table.

Other end of Command Post vehicle.

A Bridge not for crossing!

Pontoon Bridge

A Bridge not for crossing!

Pontoon Bridge

Divisional HQ Jeeps crossing ther bridge.

One of the Division's command vehicles crossing ther bridge. I believe this is ACV1. ACV1 was described as 'G' - controlling the hour by hour direction of battle tactics

Divisional HQ Jeeps crossing ther bridge.

One of the Division's command vehicles crossing ther bridge. I believe this is ACV1. ACV1 was described as 'G' - controlling the hour by hour direction of battle tactics

Triple 20mm Polsen AA team guarding the bridge.

Jeep somewhere in Europe, clearly showing the Gothic J Battery badge.

Triple 20mm AA team guarding the bridge.

Jeep somewhere in Europe, clearly showing the Gothic J Battery badge.

With a Division HQ vehicle behind it (AoS 40), No 5 command vehicle, denoting Divsional REME, stuck in some mud. The Divisional Artillery vehicle was No 3.

With a Division HQ vehicle behind it (AoS 40), No 5 command vehicle, denoting Divsional REME, stuck in some mud. The Divisional Artillery vehicle was No 3.

More pictures of 3 RHA

2pdr Anti-Tank Gun from J Battery 3 RHA mounted Portee in 1941.

The men of 3rd RHA being inspected by Montgomery in 1945

2pdr Anti-Tank Gun from J Battery 3 RHA mounted Portee in 1941.

The men of 3rd RHA being inspected by Montgomery in 1945

25 pdr of D Bty, 3rd RHA in action near Boissey, August 1944.

Commanding Officers AOP Sherman in Normandy. Note Z on the hull denote CO's Tank.

25 pdr of D Bty, 3rd RHA in action near Boissey, August 1944.

Commanding Officers AOP Sherman in Normandy. Note Z on the hull denote CO's Tank.

M Battery HQ Vehicle. The H denotes it as being the vehicle of the Command Post Officer.

Quad Tractor from 3 RHA. The Letter A denotes it as being the tractor for the first gun in the senior troop of D Battery.

M Battery HQ Vehicle. The H denotes it as being the vehicle of the Command Post Officer.

Quad Tractor from 3 RHA. The Letter A denotes it as being the tractor for the first gun in the senior troop of D Battery.

A 25 pdr Gun and crew from 3 RHA near Stramproy December 1944.

A 25 pdr Gun and crew from 3 RHA near Stramproy December 1944.

Battery Commanders AOP Sherman from M Battery, 3rd RHA

Battery Commanders AOP Sherman from M Battery, 3rd RHA. The Gothic M is visiable on the turret.

Battery Commanders AOP Sherman called Pegasus IV, from M Battery, 3rd RHA. The Gothic M is clearly shown on the turret.

Battery Commanders AOP Sherman from M Battery, 3rd RHA

Battery Commanders AOP Sherman from M Battery, 3rd RHA. The Gothic M is visiable on the turret.

Battery Commanders AOP Sherman called Pegasus IV, from M Battery, 3rd RHA. The Gothic M is clearly shown on the turret,

 

 

4th Royal Horse Artillery

Three Pictures of 4th RHA In the Desert

1941

1942

Gun and Limber in Tow

25pdr Gun, Limber and Crew, from 4th RHA ready for action in 1941.

Men from 4th RHA digging a gun pit, while the 25pdr Gun, Limber and Quad Tractor wait in the background.

Quad Tractor, Limber and 25pdr gun, of 4th RHA, on the move in 1942.

25pdr Gun, Limber and Crew, from 4th RHA ready for action in 1941.

Men from 4th RHA digging a gun pit, while the 25pdr Gun, Limber and Quad Tractor wait in the background.

Quad Tractor, Limber and 25pdr gun, of 4th RHA, on the move in 1942.

 

5th Royal Horse Artillery

Men from K Battery, 5 RHA, with an improvised oven made out of old Ammunition boxes, cooking in the desert, September 1942. L - R: Bdr Colin Tovey (TOSKA), L/Bdr Lesley Vince, L/Bdr Bob Lerche (JOCK). Courtesy of 'Jock' (Rob) Lerche (K Bty) and Barry Forbes

Another of the men from K Battery, 5 RHA, with an improvised oven, cooking in the desert, September 1942. L - R: Colin Tovey (TOSKA), Arthur Rose (Mary), Harry Dormer, Jim Cromley, Lesley Vince, Eric Smith, Bob Lerche(Jock). Courtesy of 'Jock' (Rob) Lerche (K Bty) and Barry Forbes

Men from K Battery, 5 RHA, with an improvised oven made out of old Ammunition boxes, cooking in the desert, September 1942.  L - R: Bdr Colin Tovey (TOSKA), L/Bdr Lesley Vince, L/Bdr Bob Lerche (JOCK).  Courtesy of 'Jock' (Rob) Lerche (K Bty) and Barry Forbes

Another of the men from K Battery, 5 RHA, with an improvised oven, cooking in the desert, September 1942.  L - R: Colin Tovey (TOSKA), Arthur Rose (Mary), Harry Dormer, Jim Cromley,  Lesley Vince, Eric Smith, Bob Lerche(Jock).  Courtesy of 'Jock' (Rob) Lerche (K Bty) and Barry Forbes

The Troop Leader's Half Track from 'D' Troop, K Battery, 5 RHA, (as denoted by the TLC markings) near St Joost in early 1945. Courtesy of James and David Allen.

The rear of the Troop Leader's Half Track from 'D' Troop, K Battery, 5 RHA, (as denoted by the TLC markings) near St Joost in early 1945. Courtesy of James and David Allen.

The Troop Leader's Half Track from 'D' Troop, K Battery, 5 RHA, (as denoted by the TLC markings) near St Joost in early 1945.  Courtesy of James and David Allen.

The rear of the Troop Leader's Half Track from 'D' Troop, K Battery, 5 RHA, (as denoted by the TLC markings) near St Joost in early 1945.  Courtesy of James and David Allen.

Sextons, Half-tracks and an Armoured Ammunition Truck in the field, from K Battery 5th RHA. Courtesy of 'Jock' (Rob) Lerche (K Bty) and Barry Forbes.

Sexton from K Battery, 5th RHA. Courtesy of 'Jock' (Rob) Lerche (K Bty) and Barry Forbes.

Sextons, Half-tracks and an Armoured Ammunition Truck in the field, from K Battery 5th RHA. Courtesy of 'Jock' (Rob) Lerche (K Bty) and Barry Forbes.

Sexton from K Battery, 5th RHA. Courtesy of 'Jock' (Rob) Lerche (K Bty) and Barry Forbes.

A Sexton SPG and Creew from K Battery, 5th RHA.

Sexton 5 RHA Europe 1944, named Bubbles III, from 'B' Troop, 'G' Battery (Mercers Troop). NB. It is the '76' below the Divisional TAC sign, above the drivers hatch, which denotes that it as a Sexton from 5th RHA

5th RHA Sexton in action near Sittard.

A Sexton SPG and Creew from K Battery, 5th RHA.

Sexton 5 RHA Europe 1944, named Bubbles III, from 'B' Troop, 'G' Battery (MercersTroop). NB. It is the '76' below the Divisional TAC sign, above the drivers hatch, which denotes that it as a Sexton from 5th RHA

5th RHA Sexton in action near Sittard.

Men of CC Battery in Sains en Gohelle, France 1944

AOP Cromwell, Hollenstadt, Germany 1945

Men of CC Battery in Sains en Gobelle

K Battery AOP Cromwell and crew 29th November 1994. (James Allen is second from right). Courtesy of James Allen & David Allen.

K Battery Sexton called 'Dagwood'.

Sexton 5 RHA Europe 1944, from 'H' Troop, 'CC' Battery. NB. It is the '76' below the Divisional TAC sign, above the drivers hatch that denotes it as 5 RHA. The 'H' above denotes the troop which is different to normal practice. Courtesy of William Parfitt & Mark Smith. Another Sexton from 'H' Troop, CC Battery, showing the compartment cover and the various items stowed above the engine

Sexton 5 RHA Europe 1944,  from 'H' Troop, 'CC' Battery. NB. It is the '76' below the Divisional TAC sign, above the drivers hatch that denotes it as 5 RHA. The 'H' above denotes the troop which is different to normal practice.  Courtesy of William Parfitt & Mark Smith.

Another Sexton from 'H' Troop, CC Battery, showing the compartment cover and the various items stowed above the engine

Men from the Light Aid Detachment for 5 RHA, Holland December 1944. Courtesy of William Parfitt & Mark Smith.

Haltrack 'F1' with Articifiers sign above the cab from the Light Aid Detachment for 5 RHA, Holland December 1944. Courtesy of William Parfitt & Mark Smith.

Men from the Light Aid Detachment for 5 RHA, Holland December 1944. Courtesy of William Parfitt & Mark Smith.

Haltrack 'F1' with Articifiers sign above the cab from the Light Aid Detachment for 5 RHA, Holland December 1944. Courtesy of William Parfitt & Mark Smith.

Men from CC Battery (most likely from 'H' Troop), 5 RHA, Europe 1944 or 1945, with a well laden lorry behind them. Courtesy of William Parfitt & Mark Smith.

Men from CC Battery (most likely from 'H' Troop), Hamburg 1945. Courtesy of William Parfitt & Mark Smith.

Men from CC Battery (most likely from 'H' Troop), 5 RHA, Europe 1944 or 1945, with a well laden lorry behind them. Courtesy of William Parfitt & Mark Smith.

Men from CC Battery (most likely from 'H' Troop), Hamburg 1945. Courtesy of William Parfitt & Mark Smith.

Sexton of Sub-section H, 'H' Troop, CC Battery, 5th RHA, denoted by the HH on the AoS. Photograph from Leonard Smith, courtesy of his family.

Picture of same Sexton S234682, showing the CC Battery badge on the side. Photo Leonard Smith and courtesy of his family.

Sexton of Sub-section H, 'H' Troop, CC Battery, 5th RHA, denoted by the HH on the AoS.  Photograph from Leonard Smith, courtesy of his family.

Picture of same Sexton S234682, showing the CC Battery badge on the side. Photo Leonard Smith and courtesy of his family.

OP Cromwell from D Troop, CC Battery. 5 RHA somewhere in Germany 1945. Behind it is the same Sexton as in top right, second row down S233704. Photograph from Leonard Smith, courtesy of his family.

D Troop, CC Battery, 5th RHA somewhere in Germany in 1945. Note AOP Cromwell in the foreground and Sextons behind it, some with their covers in place. Photo Leonard Smith and courtesy of his family.

AOP Cromwell from D Troop, CC Battery. 5 RHA somewhere in Germany 1945. Behind it is the same Sexton as in top right, second row down S233704. Photograph from Leonard Smith, courtesy of his family.

D Troop, CC Battery, 5th RHA somewhere in Germany in 1945. Note AOP Cromwell in the foreground and Sextons behind it, some with their covers in place. Photo Leonard Smith and courtesy of his family.

The A2 Ammunition Lorry from D Troop, CC Battery, 5 RHA, complete with armour. This is in the background of the above right Troop photo. Photo Leonard Smith and courtesy of his family.

Two men from D Troop, CC Battery, 5 RHA probably in 1945. Photo Leonard Smith and courtesy of his family.

The A2 Ammunition Lorry from D Troop, CC Battery, 5 RHA, complete with armour. This is in the background of the above right Troop photo.  Photo Leonard Smith and courtesy of his family.

Two men from D Troop, CC Battery, 5 RHA probably in 1945.  Photo Leonard Smith and courtesy of his family.

A member of D Troop, CC Battery, 5 RHA probably in 1945. Photo Leonard Smith and courtesy of his family.

Men of CC Battery, 5 RHA enjoying a 'picnic' probably in 1945. Photo Leonard Smith and courtesy of his family.

A member of D Troop, CC Battery, 5 RHA probably in 1945.  Photo Leonard Smith and courtesy of his family.

Men of CC Battery, 5 RHA enjoying a 'picnic' probably in 1945.  Photo Leonard Smith and courtesy of his family.

The crew of a Sexton from H Troop, CC Battery, 5 RHA, preparing for the Victory Parade in July 1945. Second from left in the photo is Leonard Smith and the photograph is courtesy of his family.

Two of the same crew in a less formal pose before the Victory Parade in July 1945. Photo Leonard Smith and courtesy of his family.

Men of K Battery, 5th RHA at the Olympic Stadium, Berlin 1945. Top Left: Sgt (Dodger) Green, Top Right: Bdr Colin Tovey (Toska), Bottom Left: L/Bdr Johnny Gallon, Bottom Right: Sgt Guy Lewis. Courtesy of 'Jock' (Rob) Lerche (K Bty) and Barry Forbes

The crew of a Sexton from H Troop, CC Battery, 5 RHA, preparing for the Victory Parade in July 1945.  Second from left in the photo is Leonard Smith and the photograph is courtesy of his family.

Two of the same crew in a less formal pose before the Victory Parade in July 1945.  Photo Leonard Smith and courtesy of his family.

Men of K Battery, 5th RHA at the Olympic Stadium, Berlin 1945. Top Left: Sgt (Dodger) Green, Top Right: Bdr Colin Tovey (Toska), Bottom Left: L/Bdr Johnny Gallon, Bottom Right: Sgt Guy Lewis. Courtesy of 'Jock' (Rob) Lerche (K Bty) and Barry Forbes

Men of K Battery, 5 RHA, before the Berlin Victory Parade. Courtesy of 'Jock' (Rob) Lerche (K Bty) and Barry Forbes.

Men of K Battery, 5 RHA, relaxing on some logs before the Berlin Victory Parade. Courtesy of 'Jock' (Rob) Lerche (K Bty) and Barry Forbes.

Men of K Battery, 5 RHA, before the Berlin Victory Parade. Courtesy of 'Jock' (Rob) Lerche (K Bty) and Barry Forbes.

Men of K Battery, 5 RHA, relaxing on some logs before the Berlin Victory Parade. Courtesy of 'Jock' (Rob) Lerche (K Bty) and Barry Forbes.

More men of K Battery, 5 RHA, before the Berlin Victory Parade. Courtesy of 'Jock' (Rob) Lerche (K Bty) and Barry Forbes.

Sextons and Half-tracks probably from K Battery, 5 RHA, before the Berlin Victory Parade. Courtesy of 'Jock' (Rob) Lerche (K Bty) and Barry Forbes.

More men of K Battery, 5 RHA, before the Berlin Victory Parade. Courtesy of 'Jock' (Rob) Lerche (K Bty) and Barry Forbes.

Sextons and Half-tracks probably from K Battery, 5 RHA, before the Berlin Victory Parade. Courtesy of 'Jock' (Rob) Lerche (K Bty) and Barry Forbes.

The Troop Leader's Half Track from 'E/F' Troop, K Battery, 5 RHA, (as denoted by the TLC marking) before the Berlin Victory Parade. Courtesy of 'Jock' (Rob) Lerche (K Bty) and Barry Forbes.

'Jock' (Rob) Lerche with his Sexton and some of the crew, K Battery, 5 RHA, before the Berlin Victory Parade. Courtesy of 'Jock' (Rob) Lerche (K Bty) and Barry Forbes.

The Troop Leader's Half Track from 'E/F' Troop, K Battery, 5 RHA, (as denoted by the TLC marking)  before the Berlin Victory Parade. Courtesy of 'Jock' (Rob) Lerche (K Bty) and Barry Forbes.

'Jock' (Rob) Lerche with his Sexton and some of the crew, K Battery, 5 RHA, before the Berlin Victory Parade. Courtesy of 'Jock' (Rob) Lerche (K Bty) and Barry Forbes.

Men from K Battery, 5th RHA beside a Sexton. Courtesy of 'Jock' (Rob) Lerche (K Bty) and Barry Forbes.

Men from K Battery, 5th RHA beside a Half-tracks and Sextons during the Berlin Victory Parade 1945. Courtesy of 'Jock' (Rob) Lerche (K Bty) and Barry Forbes.

Men from K Battery, 5th RHA beside a Sexton. Courtesy of 'Jock' (Rob) Lerche (K Bty) and Barry Forbes.

Men from K Battery, 5th RHA beside a Half-tracks and Sextons during the Berlin Victory Parade 1945. Courtesy of 'Jock' (Rob) Lerche (K Bty) and Barry Forbes.

CC Bty Mess Queue. My father is fourth from the left, so this is probably Battery HQ.

Men from CC Battery HQ. My father Dvr/Op Alex Paterson is second the right.

 

CC Bty Mess Queue. My father is fourth from the left, so this is probably Battery HQ.

 

Men from CC Battery HQ. My father Dvr/Op Alex Paterson is second the right.

Men from CC Battery HQ in the snow by a AOP Cromwell, clearly showing the CC Bty Badge, with a local. This  probably in the Netherlands in late 1944 or early 1945. My father is in the leather Jerkin, smoking a pipe.

Men from CC Battery HQ in the snow by a AOP Cromwell, clearly showing the CC Bty Badge, with a local. This is in Hingenderstraat in Sint Joost the Netherlands in late 1944 or early 1945. My father is in the leather Jerkin, smoking a pipe.

L-R Gnr Ronald Hobbs (G Bty), Mia de Brouwer, Gnr Alexander Paterson (CC Bty), unknown

Below is a film from the Imperial War Museum Archive called Artillery In Action In 12th Corps' Sector Of Hell's Highway (Part 1) at about 1 minute 4 seconds into it there is a section showing a Sexton RAM Self-propelled Gun called "Lili Marlene" from C Troop, CC Battery, 5th RHA in action