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WW2 African group, POW later died in Italy – Royal Artillery

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WW2 African group, POW later died in Italy – Royal Artillery

1939-45 Star; Africa Star; 1939-45 War medal; Army Council condolence slip, Gnr A.E. Edwards.

Adam Edwin Edwards served in the 4th Field Regiment Royal Artillery, he was born in Langton, Staffordshire, and loved in Barnsley. He died on the 25th July 1942, being buried in the Caserta War Cemetery near Naples Italy.  The cemetery has many P.O.W.’s and given the date of death and where his unit was at the time he was probably a P.O.W himself, and held near Naples.

n 1939, the Regiment was formed as 4th Regiment Royal Horse Artillery (RHA) at Helmieh, Egypt on 28 May 1939. Shortly after the outbreak of war in September 1939 the Regiment moved to Mersa Matruh in early 1940. 4th RHA fired the opening rounds of the campaign in North Africa against the Italians at Sidi Barrani on 8 December 1940. As part of the newly formed 7th Armoured Division, 4th RHA advanced westwards across the desert, seeing action again in January 1941 at Bardia, the capture of Tobruk, and at Beda Fomm. 16 October 1941 saw the formation of DD (Jerboa) Battery and the men of G (Mercers Troop) returned to England to join 5th RHA. During the battle of Sidi Rezegh on 23 November 1941, Bombardier William Bradley of F (Sphinx) Battery was immediately awarded the Military Medal for one of many acts of utmost bravery. In the same battle, BrigadierJohn Charles Campbell, who only a few months earlier had been commanding 4th RHA, won the Victoria Cross.