World War 2
154th (Leic. Yeo.) Field Regt. R.A
8th Army, 13 Corps, 50 Div. SP Regt for 151 Brigade.
Oct 1942: Middle East Forces, North Africa
November 1942: Briefly in support of the 154 Brigade of the
21st Nov 1942: Beni Yusef Camp, Cairo, Egypt.
Jan 1943: 6th Indian Div, Persia
April 1943: 7 AGRA, North Africa
May 1943 to March 1944: 10th Indian Division, North Africa,
Palestine ('43), Syria ('43), Italy ('44)
July 1945: 78th Infantry Division, Austria
Brig. R A G (Dolly) Tilney DSO
(Pictured above as a Lieutenant)
Commanding Officer 
He took over command of the ill fated island of Leros in the
Autumn of 1943 and when the island fell to the Germans, 16th
November 1943, was taken prisoner.
This photograph was published in the Express, February 1999, and
shows Brigadier Dolly Tilney surrendering the Garrison on the
Greek Island of Leros to the German army. The nonchalant pipe
smoking Brigadier does not look like a defeated man, but the
Nazis distributed it widely as propaganda. The action which led
to the fall of Leros was ill fated from the start. Nearly the
whole of 243rd Brigade was lost, 1st Btn Durham Light Infantry,
2nd Btn Royal West Kents and 2nd Btn Royal Irish Fusiliers. Only
some survivors remained from the Brigades endeavours and only
those that could swim the distance to Turkish shores.
Below is a Christmas card sent to relatives by Col. Tilney
(Dolly & Francis Tilney). Inside is a
drawing of a field gun and quad tractor leading to a mounted
Yeoman. Col Tilney was captured on, Leros, Crete and spent time as a
Lt.Col. I O'B MacGregor
A "regular" Gunner from the M.G., R.A. in Cairo. October 1943
Lieutenant Colonel 18220 IAIN O'BRIEN MacGREGOR 154 (The
Leicestershire Yeomanry) Field Regiment., Royal Artillery. Who
died in a motorcycle accident on Friday 16 June 1944 . Age 43 .
Son of Colonel John MacGregor, Indian Army, and Mabel MacGregor;
husband of Diana Evelyn MacGregor, of Camberley, Surrey.
Cemetery: CASSINO WAR CEMETERY Italy Grave or Reference Panel
Number: XVIII. D. 10
Lt.Col. Norman Foster
Commanding officer. 3rd July 1944 
He took command whilst fighting was taking place at Monte Acuto
in Italy. He was CO for thirteen months until his departure in a
field in Venezia Guilia, Colonel Foster never failed to give the
Regiment all he had: he quickly won the respect of everyone and
is remembered with grateful affection.
Major GE Bouskell-Wade
Commanding Officer, October 1944 
Mjr. E L Thwaites
Killed in action on the island of Leros whilst acting as Brigade
Major for Brigadier Dolly Tilney in the autumn of 1943.
(153500) Mjr. E V E White MiD
Died 20th August 1944, aged 35.
The photo above is of a memorial on his fathers grave.
Eric was one of many "Mentioned in Dispatches", as recorded
on page 316 of the supplement to the London Gazette
published on 11 January 1945. In Eric's case, this
announcement was posthumous: after several years in harms
way, he was (as noted in Casualty List No. 1533) killed on
20 August 1944 in a road accident in Egypt. He is one of the
of the 1,789 Commonwealth WW2 casualties buried in the
Heliopolis War Cemetery in a suburb of Cairo, Egypt. His
Grave at 6.N.14.
Lt. D H Whyte
Lt. David henderson Whyte In 1940 he
enlisted in the Royal Artillery and was commissioned in 1941
into the Leicestershire Yeomanry. 1942 saw him serving in the
Middle East. In 1943 he was transferred to the Raiding Support
Regiment where he served in Yugoslavia and Albania.
Lt. W R H Joynson
Cpt. L Watt (R.A.M.C)
Lt. M P M Ollard (R.C.S)
Lt. (Q.M.) W I Simmonds
Lt. H E Skelson
The photo was taken in 1943 in Jerusalem, and it was that
year he went to OCTU.
Sgt. Eric Hoare, BSM Harry Skelson, Sgt. Harlod Hacking
Giza, Cairo, Egypt, 9th of December 1942.
154th on a practice shoot near Lebanon in June 1943.
W.O. (R.S.M) L Lumb
Cpl. O F (Ossie) Jordan
RHQ Office Staff
154 RHQ Survey Party
L/Bmdr H E SUTHERLAND
Herbert Elijah 154 (The Leicestershire Yeomanry) Field
Regt. Royal Artillery. Died 27/9/1943 Age 29. Son of Charles
Elijah & Rose Sutherland. Husband of Lucy Mary Sutherland of
Brancaster. Beirut War Cemetery, Lebanese Republic. Brancaster
(St Mary) Church Cem.
"P" (594) Battery
10th Indian Div:- Supporting 1/2nd Punjabis Btn then 1st D.L.I.
Major The Hon. J P Phillips
Capt. R Tom D Wilmot
Born in 1915, the younger son of an army doctor, he was
educated at Tonbridge. His career began with the Alliance
Insurance Company during the Depression. By the outbreak of war
he had risen to secretary’s assistant. Having joined the Inns of
Court Regiment as a Territorial in 1936
(Inns of Court
Regiment (3rd Cavalry Officer Cadet Training Wing) [personal
he was commissioned into the Leicestershire
Yeomanry on 22/10/1939 (Emergency Commission) and spent most of the war in
North Africa, including Alamein, the Middle East and Italy.
15/2/1940 he transferred, Royal Regiment of Artillery. In
1944 he volunteered to act as liaison with the partisans and
during street fighting in Florence was wounded when the partisan
leader he was assigned to was killed. He ended the war in
Germany, back with the Leicester Yeomanry as part of the Guards
He became chief executive of the British Insurance
Association after the industry moved to establish its first
Major. The 2nd Lord Hazlerigg
(86777) Major T H Hazelrigg
Photo:- While attending a course at Camberley in 1943.
The 2nd Lord Hazlerigg, who has died aged 92, was awarded an
MC in Italy in 1944; he also captained Leicestershire and
Cambridge at cricket.
In the last six months of 1944, Hazlerigg, a major in 154
(Leicestershire Yeomanry) Field Regiment Royal Artillery, was
responsible for controlling the artillery and other supporting
arms of the 1st Battalion, the Durham Light Infantry. His fire
plans played a key role in the capture of two strategic features
overlooking the Tiber valley, Monte Acuto and Monte Cedrone, in
the defence of the Anghiari ridge, and at the crossing and
holding of the bridgehead over the Montone river. His courage,
coolness and organisation in these successful actions, in
circumstances of considerable personal danger, were recognised
with the award of the Military Cross.
The Hazleriggs have been prominent in England's affairs since
1066, when Simon de Hesilrige came over with William the
Conqueror. A baronetcy was created for Sir Thomas Hesilrige in
1622, and the spelling of the surname was altered to Hazlerigg
by Royal Licence in 1818. The Noseley estate in Leicestershire
came into the family by marriage in the late 13th century;
Noseley Hall itself was built in 1729 by the 7th baronet shortly
after his marriage to Hannah Sturges, said to have been the
inspiration for Samuel Richardson's Pamela.
advertisementThe most celebrated member of the family was the
2nd baronet, Sir Arthur Hesilrige. In 1642, with his guardian
John Pym, Hesilrige was one of the five Members of Parliament
whom King Charles I attempted to arrest for treason, so sparking
the Civil War. Oliver Cromwell is believed to have stayed at
Noseley for several days in 1645, having concealed his horses in
the chapel in the grounds, while he made his preparations for
the decisive battle at Naseby. Sir Arthur Hesilrige's
descendant, the 13th baronet, was raised to the peerage as Lord
Hazlerigg in 1945 for services to Leicestershire.
His eldest son, Arthur Grey Hazlerigg, was born at South
Kensington, London, on February 24 1910. Arthur was educated at
Eton, where he was in the cricket XI for three years, captaining
the side in his last two years before going up to Trinity
College, Cambridge, to read Land Management. A right-handed
batsman and a medium-pace off-spinner, he took seven wickets for
66 runs in the Varsity match as a freshman, and was captain in
1932. He went on to play for Leicestershire and, in 1934, like
his father before him, he captained the county side. Between
1930 and 1934 he played in 66 first-class matches, taking 112
wickets at an average of 31.03 and scoring 2,515 runs, including
three centuries, at an average of 25.92.
In 1939 Hazlerigg was commissioned into the Leicestershire
Yeomanry. This converted from cavalry to field artillery the
following year, and divided into 153 and 154 Field Regiments.
With the latter, Hazlerigg saw service in North Africa, Syria,
Palestine and Italy as a battery commander.
In September 1944, in the rugged, mountainous terrain of central
Italy, an officer of the 1st Battalion, the Durham Light
Infantry, led a patrol of 20 men to the village of Bulciano to
reconnoitre the strength of the enemy there, and to occupy it if
it was not held. Just short of the village, the patrol came
under intense small arms and artillery fire which caused several
Hazlerigg, in command of "P" Battery, directed his guns with
such skill that the patrol was subsequently able to withdraw
without further loss. In thanking him for the magnificent
support provided by his battery, which had saved many lives, the
commanding officer of the DLI paid Hazlerigg the compliment of
saying: "Arthur, you shoot guns even better than you play
Having finished the war in Austria, Hazlerigg retired from the
Army in the rank of colonel, then qualified as a chartered
surveyor. He joined the firm of John German at
Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire; Guy German, one of the
partners, had been the senior British officer at Colditz.
Hazlerigg succeeded to the peerage and in the baronetcy on the
death of his father in 1949. He retired in 1972, but retained
his enormous zest for life into great old age. A passionate
golfer, he was still playing at the age of 85.
In 1999 Hazlerigg sold seven paintings at auction to pay for
pressing repairs to Noseley but, much to his frustration, a
planning inspector later decided that, as they had been in the
family's possession for 270 years, they were part of the fabric
of the house and therefore could not be disposed of.
Hazlerigg was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Leicestershire in
Arthur Hazlerigg died on September 30. Patricia Pullar, whom he
married in 1945, died in 1972. They had a son and two daughters.
Their son, Arthur Grey Hazlerigg, who was born in 1951, succeeds
to the titles.
Capt. F R Bishop MC
Decorated for actions while serving in Italy in 1945, "for
courage and resourcefulness over a long period of determined
assaults on stubbornly held positions ideally suited for
Military Cross was Gazetted 13 December 1945 and full
citation reads "Captain Bishop has commanded A Troop, P Battery,
154th (Leicester Yeomanry) Field Regiment, RA for the past year.
During this time he has been almost continually in action as a
field observation officer or observation post officer in support
of the first Battalion Durham Light Infantry. His courage,
cheerfulness and resource have been outstanding and he has
enjoyed the fullest confidence both of his battery commander and
of the officers of the battalion.
"He acted as F.O.O. in a hard night attack by the first
Battalion DLI on the to the Quarada feature, just north of the
river Senio on 15 December, 1944, controlling fire and sending
back valuable information in spite of almost continuous mortar
and shellfire. When the river Senio was reached he occupied the
most forward position in the sector at Tebano and between 22
December 1944 and 2 January 1945 carried out excellent shoots on
to enemy houses and defences from it.
"Throughout the winter months he was continually manning
observation posts on the hills and mountains where weather
conditions were extremely bad. In spite of this, his work and
enthusiasm never slackened. Finally he was with the DLI in the
attacks across the rivers Sillaro and Quarderno from 16 to 20
April 1945, where, by his courage and experience, he was able to
give valuable support."
Also mentioned in dispatches.
Cpt. Frank Hayton
Cpt. A B Harvie
Lt. S G Woolgar
2/Lt. B W Hagar
2/Lt. F G Hannell
2/Lt. C C Douglas-Jones
2/Lt. F H Walker
2/Lt. M C Terry
2/Lt. D L Hooker
"A" Troop, P Battery at Burgess Hill 1941
"Q" (595) Battery
10th Indian Div:- Supporting 4/10th Baluch Btn
Major Sir Eric O F Faulkener MBE TD
Battery Commander 
Note the Leicestershire PAO Yeomanry FFSCap with the "LIY"
bullion wire cap badge.
Mjr. A B Harvie MC
His MC was awarded for his work in supporting his own infantry
and also that of the 43rd Brigade. His battery was the only link
in communications up to Corps. Q Bty were able to provide
unfaltering support to the four battalions, on Strigara
ridge, under his guns care. 6th-12th October 1944.
Capt. P J E Male MC
16th April 1945, see page 127 of the 154ths book.
Cpt. W R N Maxwell
Cpt. A H Dunn
Cpt. E L Thwaites
Lt. L V Hurst
Lt. J M Donald
2/Lt. G N Stone
2/Lt. I C Blair-Fish
2/Lt. I L Lampitt
2/Lt. D Menzies
Gnr. V Buffrey
Note the RA FFSCap with the LY Cap badge. From his diary:-
Italian Ansaldo-Fiat Armoured Car AB41 3
16th November 1942
"Our souvenirs from the battle (2nd El Alamein) are many both in
number and in type, ranging from the Italian armoured car
"found" by the Battery Commander, which has more than once led
our column, down to most useful items of cooking equipment etc,
which almost everyone has managed to acquire."
154th's Book page 64:- "Queen Battery, after many anxious
trials, finally started the engine of an abandoned Ansaldo-Fiat
Armoured Car. Every known test for booby traps was tried and,
when the starter button was finally pressed the engine
roared into life, everybody's relief was intense: It was a
fine vehicle, making a proud and dashing noise and it was kept
for the next month or so until it had to be surrendered as
"Captured enemy equipment" since it was far too conspicuous a
trophy to hide from inquistitve eyes of the Enemy Equipment
Driver/Op Bdr. Jack Hayto MM
16th April 1945, see page 127 of the 154ths book.
Was a member of R Bty.
1083906 L/Bmdr. Ernest Furze
Pictured "then & now", we are delighted to report that Ernest is
in his 100th year (2013)
Ernest is pictured with Bert Woodward (left) and an image of
Ernest's war medals.
Fred Barrett, Tony Felgale, Tubby Tunord, Stan Loach, Les Loach
& Walter Smith.
Les, Reg & Stan Loach
Cpt. K Lomas
Dog Troop Leader 
"R" (596) Battery
10th Indian Div:- Supporting 2/4th Gurka Btn
Major the 2nd Lord A G Hazlerigg
The 2nd Lord Hazlerigg, who has died aged 92 (2002), was awarded
an MC in Italy in 1944; he also captained Leicestershire and
Cambridge at cricket.
In 1939 Hazlerigg was
commissioned into the Leicestershire Yeomanry. This converted
from cavalry to field artillery the following year, and divided
into 153 and 154 Field Regiments. With the latter, Hazlerigg saw
service in North Africa, Syria, Palestine and Italy as a battery
In September 1944, in the rugged, mountainous
terrain of central Italy, an officer of the 1st Battalion, the
Durham Light Infantry, led a patrol of 20 men to the village of
Bulciano to reconnoitre the strength of the enemy there, and to
occupy it if it was not held. Just short of the village, the
patrol came under intense small arms and artillery fire which
caused several casualties.
Hazlerigg, in command of "P" Battery,
directed his guns with such skill that the patrol was
subsequently able to withdraw without further loss. In thanking
him for the magnificent support provided by his battery, which
had saved many lives, the commanding officer of the DLI paid
Hazlerigg the compliment of saying: "Arthur, you shoot guns even
better than you play cricket."
Mjr. J Peter Du Croz MC
General Mark Clark of the US Army presented the Silver Star to
Major Peter Du Croz in Vienna in 1945. He was throughout the the
whole of the period 15th to 22nd April in close contact with the
enemy and was frequently moving to his OPs and conducting shoots
from positions exposed to Spandau and small arms. His courage
leadership and determination earned him a Military Cross.
Cpt. K Lomas
Cpt. G P Smith
Lt. P A Mathews
Lt. W J Kerr
Lt. I P D Collett
2/Lt. G Lewis
2/Lt. P V W Score
2/Lt. R H Ellison
L/Bdr. E Livesey MM
Gnr. J Lavelle MM
Lt. J A KINCAID MC
"Captain" Kincaid was one of the first Officers in the 154 to
receive and award, it was the Military Cross (see page 100
in the 154th's book), Gunner A Gooder (Bty Signaller) also received the Military Medal
for operating two wireless sets with only the protection of a
Jeep whilst under heavy shelling and Mortars at Monte Cedrone (A
key "feature" for the 8th Army in July '44).
Gnr. A GOODER MM
Arthur is seen above with Lt. Kincaid after receiving their
medals. After the war Arthur became Dr. A Gooder MM and received
the Long service medal from the University of Birmingham.
"OTTER" Light Recce Car,
E Troop, O Party, La Verna, Italy in October 1944.
Upcraft, Webb, Lt. Kincaid, Brace (in the vehicle), Owen, Wall,
Otter Light Recce Car Mk.1
The markings, in this case, are for the 23rd Amd Bde on a car
that was photographed near Rio Volturno, Italy, in October 1943.
E Troop, B Sub section, south of Talla, Italy, in September
James, Burdett, Sadler
Bliss, Crooks, Brinkley, Radford, Cook.
E Troop, C Sub Section, south of Talla, Italy, in September
Smith, Flint, Salter
Stafford, Buckley, Allsop, Turner, Farrow.
E Troop Line Signallers, La Verna, Italy, in October 1944.
Pawley, Brown, Pratt, Bamford.
An F Troop Stuart Light Tank, possibly an M3A3 MkV, used for OP
Venafro Italy, June 1944.
Bdr. E D
Staton MM (OPA), T Quarmby MM (Sig NCO), Bowler (Dvr), Capt.
Miller (W/O), Clarkson (W/Op)
Bmdr. T Quarmby MM
Bombadier Quarmby, by his courage and determination, made it
possible for the Infantry in his sector to hold their positions
under heavy and sustained enemy pressure: he was awarded an
immediate Military Medal for gallantryand devotion to duty in
the face of the enemy. (See page 110 of the 154ths book.)
Bmdr. E D Staton MM
17th/18th July 1944 the Uppiano feature, Captain Collet,
and his "O" Party reached the objective at first light with the
leading company and after four counter attacks, at about 19:00
hrs that evening, Captain Collet was seriously wounded and the
Company Commander killed. Bombadier E D Staton, his OP Ack,
organised the evacuation of the wounded and himself carried out
with conspicuous success the duties of F.O.O. with the remnants
of the leading company of Gurkhas. This was one of several fine
performances which eventually earned Bmdr. Staton his MM.
Unassigned (at the moment)
Lt. R F Wilson
(LY, D Sqn) Battery Not known?
Lt. Robert Filmer
"Robin" Wilson, born 26 April, 1903, died 14 August, 1944 in a
car accident in Italy while on active service as a Lieutenant in
the Leicestershire Yeomanry, and is buried in the Military
Cemetery at Assisi, Italy. He married 11 September, 1937 to
Patricia, Countess of Jersey (only daughter of Kenneth Richards
of Cowcumbla, Coota mundra, New South Wales, Australia).
Serjeant Edward Kenneth Hayward McAvoy,
326124, 29 April 1942, 154th (The Leicestershire Yeomanry),
Field Regt., Royal Artillery - Grave Ref: Grave 54. Buried in
Seagrave Cemetery, Leicestershire.
Name and rank
Gunner Richard Thompson
Date of death
19th February 1941
154 (The Leicestershire Yeomanry) Field
Regiment, Royal Artillery, Service no 986656
Son of Richard & Gertrude Thompson,
Cause of death
Saint Bartholomew’s - New cemetery
14306638 Gnr. Anthony
Anthony "Tony" Thomas, Gunner 14306638, 154 (The
Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 15th February
1944. Age 21. Son of Edward J. Clowery and Lucy Clowery, of
Plaistow, Essex. Buried in
RAMLEH WAR CEMETERY, Israel.
Grave 5. H. 15.
1126099 Gnr. Alan DOBBING
Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery
Unit Text: 154 (The Leicestershire Yeomanry) Field Regt.
Date of Death: 01/06/1942
Service No: 1126099
Additional information: Son of John Alfred and Hannah Elizabeth
Dobbing; husband of Isabella Dobbing, of New Herrington.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Row 10B. Grave 2.
Cemetery: HERRINGTON (ST. CUTHBERT) CHURCHYARD
Gunner I Prouse
A member of the "Easy Dog" Gun Crew, his medals below. His
Battery or Troop are not known at the moment.
555988 Sgt. Thomas Henry OLIVER
Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery
Unit Text: 154 (The Leicestershire Yeomanry) Field Regt.
Date of Death: 29th April 1942
Service No: 555988
Additional Information: Son of Thomas Henry and Polly Oliver.
Husband of Iris Margaret Oliver.
Grave/Memorial reference: Shepshed Cemetery, Plot 92 Grave 44.
Artificer Jack Maunder
Jack Maunder enlisted into The Royal
Artillery at Woolwhich on 1st July 1937 aged 15.
Following Artificer training he was posted to 154
Leicestershire Yeomanry Field Regt RA in 1941 and served with
them at El Alamein , in the Middle East and in Italy. After the
war he continued to serve joining the REME on its formation.
During the late 50s he was an instructor at Abborfield and he
also served overseas in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaya.