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HELY, Brig Alfred Francis (1902-1990)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0099 KCLMA Hely
Held at: Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London
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Full title: HELY, Brig Alfred Francis (1902-1990)
Date(s): Created 1991
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 file
Name of creator(s):


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.


Scope and content/abstract:

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).

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Single item

Conditions governing access:

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

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archive Services.

Finding aids:

Summary guide entry on-line at,and published in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1994.

Allied Materials

Related material:

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

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Description Notes

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Date(s) of descriptions:
Nov 1996

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