Henry Whelan’s Story
The Henry Whelan Story is semi-fictional and was written by Henry’s son, Les Whelan.
Henry Whelan (QX11914) was a member of the 2nd/4th Australian Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, which was formed in the Middle East in January 1942.
Fifty-six members of the 2nd/3rd were also transferred to the 2nd/4th upon its formation.
The 2nd/4th comprised three Batteries – 10, 11 and 12 Batteries, with 10 and 11 Batteries being primarily drawn from the 2nd/1st and 2nd/2nd Anti-Aircraft Batteries and 12 Battery drawing heavily on the 2nd/3rd Anti-Aircraft Battery.
We are pleased to include the Henry Whelan Story on our web site due to the very close relationship between the 2nd/3rd and the 2nd/4th Anti-Aircraft Regiments.
For additional information regarding the 2nd/4th in particular and anti-aircraft warfare in general, readers are referred to:
(1) The history of the 2nd/4th set down in the book by Francis West and entitled “From Alamein To Scarlett Beach” (Deakin University Press, 1989, ISBN 073001407X),
(2) The history of the 2nd/3rd (available on our web site) set down in the book by R.K. Bryant, A.L. Harris and C.J.E. Rae and entitled “On Target” (2nd/3rd Australian Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment Association, 1987, ISBN 0731600495), and
(3) The article (available on our web site) written by Russell Luckock (son of Charles Luckock, 2nd/4th) and entitled “Days In The Desert”, an extract of which is included in the 2011 edition of “Take Post”.