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101st H.A.A Rgt. Royal Artillery

A group of men from the 101st H.A.A Rgt. Royal Artillery, including some of the Kirkwall men from the 226 (Orkney) Battery. Regret I don't know the date accurately or the location but can name a few of the Kirkwall contingent as follows.

Front row:-
No4 from the left- B.S.M. P. Williamson.
No 3 from the right- Sgt. J.W.Laird.

Middle row:-
No5 from the left -L/Sgt. J.C.Dowell.
No 5 from the right- Bdr. W.Burges.

Men from all over the U.K. served with the regiment of course,so this picture could include men from all over the country. It is to be hoped that anyone familiar with this photo or anyone in it, will send in comments.

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Picture added on 09 October 2007
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101st Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment
This is the first time I have seen this photograph but I immediately recognized my grandfather. He was Lance Bombardier 1500114 Herbert Green. He is on the top row seventh from the left. He was from Manchester and trained in the Orkneys before going on to the conflict in Burma. I have a photograph taken during his Orkney training but I do not know the names of any of the men in the picture.
Added by Rosalind Green on 16 January 2008
Back row 2nd from left - My grandfather Henry Stevenson, of Stromness. Former foreman joiner at Brownlies.
Added by Steven Spence on 04 February 2008
Back row 8th from left is Alan Rosie.
Added by Grant Leonard on 04 February 2008
Sorry i mean middle row, no. 4 from the left, not back row ! Thats Henry Stevenson.
Added by Steven Spence on 04 February 2008
Great to see this photo. Do not recognise anyone but I know my grandfather John O'Neil served in anti aircraft on Orkney at his time. Only thing he mentioned was responsible for Italian prisoners. Anyone who knows anythig more I'd be really grateful
Added by Deb on 19 August 2010
Having been researching my Grandfather`s WWII service with the 101st HAA, it`s been nice to find this site during the past few weeks and see some of the wonderful photographs.

Although I know quite a bit about what the unit did in Burma I`d really like to correspond with anyone who might be able to share information on the Regiment`s time in South Africa and India. I`d like to find out more about where the unit went and what it did.

I hope someone responds, it`s getting so difficult to find out things nowadays because so many men have passed on.

Added by John Heard on 18 November 2011
My dad colin richard laing served as a regular in the british army,, 8 th. Field regiment , royal artillery as war bombardier during w, w . 2...they were stationed in lucknow.....he served for 10 years and his service no. Is 868268 ....saw action in the northafrican campaign and n.w..europe ...he joined in india in 1936 or 1937
Added by Eugene Laing on 09 June 2015
Proud of my dad
Added by Eugene Robert Laing on 21 January 2016
I think front and centre is my grandfather, Major Francis Maddocks.
Added by Gareth Jones on 13 January 2017

Is that the Gentleman with the glasses,or sat to his right?

T/Major F.C. Maddocks served as CO of both 226 Bty and 297 Bty on two occasions during the war. In 1945 he also became CO of the 101st until its disbandment.
Added by John Heard on 14 January 2017
Trying to decide which individual could be best described as the centre of a row of 14, I've closely scrutinised the Large version for the rank insignia of the bespectacled officer and the man on HIS left. The spectacle-wearer seem to have too many 'pips' to be a major (a single crown) while I can see nothing at all on the shoulder-straps of the other. Nevertheless, on balance I'd guess that he is Major Maddocks. Perhaps Gareth will enlighten us.
Men were always striving to defy the force of gravity in the wearing of the field-service 'forage' cap; the man 5th from right in the middle row has done rather well - much of his cap, designed to be roughly vertical, is in fact at or below the horizontal.
Added by Ian Hourston on 16 January 2017
@ John Heard, the guy to the right of the guy with the glasses. I'm not 100% but pretty close. His service number was 170001
Added by Gareth Jones on 26 February 2018
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