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Armed Forces / WW2 - 466/135 (M) HAA Regiment Royal Artillery
« on: Tuesday 02 April 19 17:12 BST (UK)  »
I should be grateful for any info that would help me to find where 466/135 (M) HAA Regiment Royal Artillery [Territorial Army] was stationed in the Second World War.

Edward Crawford (1904 - 1984) was my father-in-law. In civilian life he was a Monumental Sculptor in Edinburgh.

His Second World War Territorial Army Record of Service includes these details:

Army Number 1815898.

Due to join up on12 June 1941

Granted a deferment

Deemed to have on 24 July 1941

Actually joined on 7 August 1941.

Spent the whole of his period of war service in the UK.

First posting - 210 AA Training Regiment Royal Artillery, Oswestry

Subsequent posting - 466/135 (M) HAA Regiment Royal Artillery

Served 4 years and 177 days - from 7 Aug 1941 to 30 Jan 1946

Awarded War Medal 7999/45.

Family folklore says he was billeted/on a gun in a London Park.

The Commanding Officer, who signed Edward's Notification of Impending Release, may have been stationed in Dover.

I should be grateful for any help that points me in the direction of on line records of the birth of JOHN GEOGHEGAN, born in Edinburgh – possibly in Potterrow - about 1905. Chats with some descendants of his sister Margaret Geoghegan – mentioned below - suggest he spent the whole of his life in Edinburgh.

Edward Crawford (born Jamaica Street, Edinburgh on 14 March 1904) married Margaret Geoghegan (born Potterrow, Edinburgh on 11 October1909) at Lady Glenorchy Parish Church, Edinburgh, on 13 Jul 1928.

Margaret was the fourth child of Thomas Geoghegan (born Ireland about 1874) and Mary Ann Geoghegan (née Rogan).

Mary Ann Geoghegan was the daughter of John Rogan, a Mason's labourer and Bridget Rogan (née McGuffy). Mary Ann had two brothers: James Rogan (born about 1876), Patrick Rogan (born about 1880).

[Searches are not currently being undertaken for ancestors born in Ireland].

Margaret Geoghegan had 5 siblings: Marie Geoghegan (born 3 May 1901)), John Geoghegan (born about 1905), Francis Geoghegan (born 11 June 1908), Thomas Geoghegan (born 7 June 1912) and Maria Geoghegan (born 14 August 1914) . Marie and Maria were also known as Kate and Maree Geoghegan respectively.

The dates of birth mentioned above were found on images and transcripts of Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms Scotland records downloaded from

The 1911 Census entry for the family of Thomas and Mary Ann Geoghegan has them living at 88 Potterrow, Edinburgh. The members of the family listed are
Thomas Geoghegan, Head, aged 39, Masons Labourer
Mary Ann Geoghegan, wife, aged 37
Kate Geoghegan [aka Marie], daughter, aged 8
John Geoghegan, son, aged 6
Francis Geoghegan, son, aged 3
Maggie Geoghegan [presumably Margaret], daughter, aged 2.

Civil and parish searches - including wild card, fuzzy and sounds like on Ancestry, Findmypast, ScotlandsPeople and FamilySearch -
for the birth of John Geoghegan have drawn a blank.

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