HELY, Brig Alfred Francis (1902-1990)

Scope and Content

Copy of 'Tim', a typescript account of Hely's life and career, 1902-1990, notably his service with 60 Field Regt in the Western Desert, including action around Sidi Rezegh, Nov 1941, and with 7 Indian Div in India, 1942 and Burma, 1943-1945, including the Japanese attack on 15 Indian Corps' administrative base at Sinzweya, Burma, Feb 1944, written in 1991 by 'L R L', Hely's Bde Maj, Royal Artillery, 7 Div, 1942-1944. Includes extracts from Hely's descriptions of actions at Sidi Rezegh and Sinzweya written for The Royal Artillery Commemoration Book, 1939-1945 (G Bell and Sons, London, 1950).

Administrative / Biographical History

Born in 1902; educated at St Edward's College, Liverpool and Liverpool University; qualified as a dental surgeon, 1923; worked in private practice, 1923-1926; Liverpool University Officers' Training Corps, 1921-1925; Cadet Corporal, Duke of Lancaster's Own Imperial Yeomanry, 1925-1926; served with 106 (Lancashire Hussars) Yeomanry Regt, Royal Horse Artillery, 1926-1941; served in Palestine, Western Desert, Greece, Crete, and Syria, 1940-1942; commanded 106 Regt in UK, 1937-1940, Palestine, 1940, Western Desert, 1940 and Greece, 1941, and Crete, 1941, and 60 Field Regt, Royal Artillery in Syria, 1941, and Western Desert, 1941-1942; Commander, Royal Artillery, 7 Indian Div, India, 1942, and Burma, 1943-1945; commanded 7 Indian Div, 1945; North West Frontier, India, 1942; Burma, 1943-1945; Commander, Royal Artillery, 42 (Lancashire) Infantry Div (Territorial Army), 1947-1950; Chief Dental Officer, Cheshire County Council, 1957-1968; died in 1990.


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Access Information

Open, subject to signature of reader's undertaking form.

Acquisition Information

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1994.

Other Finding Aids

Summary guide entry on-line at http://www.kcl.ac.uk/iss/archives/cats/, and detailed catalogue available in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

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