WORLD WAR ONE WAR DIARIES

WO 95/338   NO. 3 DISMOUNTED MOBILE TRAFFIC CONTROL UNIT MFP    4/1917 TO 6/1917

2 ARMY TROOPS

14/4/17  THIS COMPANY OF MFP AND ARMY CYCLISTS WAS ORGANISED FROM DETACHMENTS SUPPLIED FROM CYCLIST BATTALIONS FROM CORPS IN 2 & 4 ARMIES UNDER THE ADMINISTRATION OF XIX CORPS.   THE CONSTITUTION BEING AS FOLLOWS:   CAPT N K PEACE- VIII CORPS CYCLIST BN.,   CAPT H F MOLLETT - X CORPS CYCLIST BN.,   S/LT C E RHODES -  XIV CORPS CYCLIST BN.,  2/LT C H LOVERIDGE -  VII CORPS CYCLIST BN., 2/LT R T ANNESLEY - VII CORPS CYCLIST BN.   THE CSM, QMS AND SGT’S & CPL’S FROM THE MILITARY FOOT POLICE.   OTHER RANKS ATTACHED FROM 3,4,7,8,9,10,14,15 & 19 CYCLIST BATTALIONS.   THE COMPANY WAS FORMED INTO GROUPS.   ESTABLISHMENT -  5 OFFICERS AND 102 OTHER RANKS.   TRANSPORT - BICYCLES.   OTHER UNITS IN DISTRICT: 2,3,4 TRAFFIC CONTROL SQUADRONS, MMP, AND 4 TRAFFIC CONTROL COMPANY, MFP.

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THE FOLLOWING PART DIARY WAS FOUND IN THE ABOVE DIARY.

NO. 3 TRAFFIC CONTROL SQUADRON, MOBILE POLICE, MMP

JUNE 1917  HEALTH - THE HEALTH OF THE SQUADRON IS GOOD, ONLY 13 MEN REPORTED SICK, 5 ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL.

JUNE 6  OFFICERS - SINCE ITS FORMATION MAJ YORK, COMMANDING AND 3 SUBALTERNS HAVE RE-JOINED THEIR UNITS AND MAJ A C SLOANE, 2 DRAGOON GUARDS TOOK OVER COMMAND AND WE HAVE RECEIVED 3 SUBALTERNS FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM.

JUNE 7  REINFORCEMENTS -  IT HAS BECOME NECESSARY TO APPLY FOR 5 OR’S OWING TO MEN HAVING RE-JOINED THEIR UNITS

JUNE 13  TRANSFER OF 1 MMP CPL WHO HAS BEEN PROMOTED TO SGT AND TRANSFERRED TO 1 DIVISION.

JUNE 19  SQUADRON MOVED FROM W CAMP, POPERINGHE TO FASSOUR FARM ON THE PROVEN ROAD,VLAMERTINGHE.

HONOURS & AWARDS.   SGT W VENNING HAS BEEN AWARDED A BAR TO HIS MM FOR GREAT COOLNESS AND GALLANTRY UNDER HEAVY SHELLFIRE ON THE 29/30 MAY 1917.

JUNE 21 CASUALTIES - 1 MAN AND 1 HORSE HAVE BEEN SLIGHTLY WOUNDED.

JUNE 29  REMOUNTS, - 8 RI AND 11 RII RECEIVED IN PLACE OF 19 EVACUATED FOR VETERINARY REASONS.

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WO 95/409  4 DISMOUNTED TRAFFIC CONTROL UNIT, 3 ARMY    APRIL 1917 TO BEF 1919.

3 ARMY TROOPS

APR 4  FILLIEVRES, FORMATION OF COMPANY.   LT W SALMON 2 CORPS CYCLIST BN, 2/LT E C RUCK XIII CORPS CYCLIST BN, 2/LT W WITTS V CORPS CYCLIST BN.

APR 7/12  74 OTHER RANKS, PART MFP AND PART ARMY CYCLIST CORPS ARRIVE.

APR 13 CAPT R N THOMPSON AND 7 OR’S  ARRIVE FROM XVII CORPS CYCLIST BN.

APR 14  CAPT F J HEMMING AND 2 OR’S ARRIVE FROM XVII CORPS CYCLIST BN.

MAJ YORK ASSUMES COMMAND.

APR 18  2 GS LIMBERS AND 4 LIGHT DRAUGHT HORSES SENT AS UNIT TRANSPORT.

APL 25  1 RIDING HORSE ARRIVES TO COMPLETE ESTABLISHMENT.

APL 26  2/LT L W WITTS TO UK FOR INTERVIEW AT INDIA OFFICE.  

APR 29   COMPANY COMPLETE AND TO ESTABLISHMENT.   DURING THE PERIOD TRAINING CARRIED OUT DAILY INCLUDING PHYSICAL EXERCISE, ARMS DRILL AND MOVEMENT, LECTURES AND SITUATIONS ON THE GROUND FOR APPLICATION IN TRAFFIC WORK.

APRIL 30  COY ENGAGED IN ROAD REPAIRS AT FILLIEVRES UNDER 2/LT RUCK.   LPTE SINGLETON J H PROCEEDED TO XIX CORPS CYCLE BATTALION FOR INSTRUCTION IN CYCLE REPAIRS.

MAY 1 P/1481 SGT LEE TO ROUCH TO ATTEND A FGCM.

MAY 2   3.30 PM THE COY WAS INSPECTED BY PM III ARMY.

MAY 3   9.15 TO 12.15 PHYSICAL TRAINING AND ROAD DISCIPLINE ON CYCLES.   1.30 TO 4.00 PM ENGAGED IN ROAD REPAIRS FILLIEVRES.   S/LT W WITTS REJOINED FOR DUTY FROM UK AND AGAIN RESUMED COMMAND OF NO. 2 GROUP, (SECTIONS WERE CALLED GROUPS).

MAY 4   9.15 TO 12.15 PM SCHEME TAKING OVER RELAY POSTS IN TRAFFIC DURING AN ADVANCE.   2.00 TO 3 PM DRILL AND INSTRUCTION IN GAS APPLIANCES.

MAY 5  THE COY FOOTBALL TEAM PLAYED NO. 3 TC COY AND WON.

MAY 6 10.00HRS CHURCH PARADE.

MAY 8 2/LT RUCK TOOK OVER DUTIES OF TOWN MAJOR FILLIEVRES.

MAY 10  THE UNIT WAS INSPECTED BY GENERAL WATTS, COMMANDING XIX CORPS.   AT ITS CONCLUSION HE WAS PLEASED TO EXPRESS HIS APPROVAL OF THE SMART APPEARANCE AND TURNOUT OF THE UNIT.

MAY 11  PREPARATION FOR INSPECTION BY PM, GHQ.   COMPANY WAS SITUATED AT FREVENT AND AUVESNES LE COMPE, TRAPPING FOR EXCESSIVE SPEED OF CARS AND LORRIES UNDER ORDERS OF APM XIX CORPS.

MAY 12  FILLIEVRES 10.00 AM THE MEN WERE INSPECTED BY BRIGADIER GENERAL HORWOOD, PM III ARMY

MAY 17 08.30 HRS COMPANY MOVED FROM FILLIEVRES BY ROAD TO VALHUON VIA ST POL, THE MARCH DISCIPLINE WAS EXCELLENT AND THE NCO’S HAD THEIR FIRST LONG CYCLE RIDE.   VALHUON WAS REACHED AT 12.07PM.   BILLETS AT VALHUON WERE ARRANGED BY LT. W SALMON.   ARRIVAL OF UNIT WAS REPORTED TO MP II ARMY AND THE TOWN MAJOR.

MAY 18 VALHUON TO FONTES.

MAY 19 FONTES TO HAZEBROUCK, TRAFFIC CONTROL IN TOWN.

MAY 20 HAZEBROUCK  THE COY WAS ENGAGED AT BILLETS AND ALSO LEARNING THE TRAFFIC RULES AND ROUTES IN HAZEBROUCK.

MAY 21  MET WITH PM II ARMY AND APM II ARMY AND DISCUSSED WORK OF UNIT WITH THEM.   IT WAS ARRANGED THAT THE UNIT SHOULD TAKE OVER THE FOLLOWING TRAFFIC COMMENCING AT 6.00 AM ON THE 22/5/17 VIZ. ALL TRAFFIC IN THE TOWN OF HAZEBROUCK FROM X ROADS (INCLUSIVE) 650 YARDS SOUTH OF THE JUNCTION OF THE RUE DE MERVILLE AND RUE D’EGLISE TO X ROADS 400 YARDS NORTH OF THE CHURCH IN RUE NOTRE DAME INCLUSIVE.      FROM X ROADS 400 YARDS NORTH OF CHURCH IN RUE NOTRE DAME, EXCLUSIVE TO STEENVOORDE.

MAY 22  HAZEBROUCK  6.00AM THIS UNIT TOOK OVER TRAFFIC DUTIES FROM THE TOWN MAJOR.

MAY 25 LT W SALMON  ARMY CYCLIST CORPS AWARDED MID.(29/8/17 TRANSFERRED FROM ARMY CYCLIST CORPS TO GENERAL LIST).

MAY 30  AT TRAFFIC DUTIES.   A LOT OF TRAFFIC PASSED THROUGH BETWEEN 8PM AND 11 PM.

MAY 31  90 BUSSES PASSED THROUGH WITH TROOPS FOR ST. OMER AT 8.05 AM.   UNIT ENGAGED IN TRAFFIC DUTIES, HAZEBROUCK.

JUN 1 LT W SALMON OC 1 GROUP APPEARED IN THE LONDON GAZETTE AS DESERVING OF SPECIAL MENTION.

NO. 7800 PTE WAGNER ACC AWARDED 29 DAYS FIELD PUNISHMENT NO.1.

JUN 10 NO 1 GROUP MOVE TO STAPLE IN WALLON CAPELLE AREA, HQ AND  NO 2 GROUP TO SAN SYLVESTRE CAPELLE.   MOVED AT 5.30 PM ARRIVED 6.30 PM.

JUN 11  SYLVESTRE CAPELLE. 6AM. TOOK OVER TRAFFIC ON ORDERS OF PM II ARMY IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS, VIZ: CAESTRE (LT SALMONS GROUP) EECKE (LT WITTS GROUP), WALLON CAPPEL (2/LT RUCKS GROUP), LT E DOWNEY TO REMAIN WITH MR RUCK’S GROUP FOR DUTY.

JUNE 13    THE FOLLOWING WAS RECEIVED FROM THE PM II ARMY:-  THE ARMY COMMANDER WISHES YOU TO EXPRESS APPRECIATION TO THE OFFICERS AND OTHER RANKS OF THE UNITS DEPLOYED WITH THE II ARMY.   THE ARRANGEMENTS DURING THE RECENT OPERATIONS WERE MOST SATISFACTORY AND EFFICIENTLY CARRIED OUT.  

JUN 18  NO. 2213 PTE G DIXON ACC, AWARDED 42 DAYS FIELD PUNISHMENT NO. 1 FOR DRUNKENNESS.   HANDED OVER TO PM. 2 ARMY 20/6/17.

JUN 26/30  CAESTRE, WALLON, CAPPELL, ECKE ENGAGED AT TRAFFIC DUTIES IN II ARMY AREA AND POLICING ROADS USED BY THEM.

JUL 19  LT A W SACRE, ESSEX REGT ARRIVES.

JUL 23  COY HQ BRAY DUNES.

AUG 1 TO 4  BRAY DUNES, COXYDE, ADINKERKE, LE PANNE AT TRAFFIC DUTIES.

AUG 7  1 NCO AND 9 MEN RETURNED FROM BERQUES WHICH IS NOW BEING CONTROLLED BY APM DUNKERKE.   COXYDE BEING SHELLED THIS AFTERNOON FAIRLY REGULARLY.

AUG 10  LT T H JENNINGS, EAST YORKSHIRE REGT ARRIVES.

AUG 14  29 OTHER RANKS FROM 743 LABOUR COMPANY ATTACHED FOR TRAINING, DISCIPLINE AND RATIONS.   ON THIS DATE COXYDE HEAVILY SHELLED AND TWO BURST IN OFFICERS BILLETS.   NO CASUALTIES.   THE FOLLOWING NCO AND EAN DISPLAYED GREAT GALLANTRY AND DEVOTION TO DUTY, REMAINING ON THEIR POSTS DIRECTING TRAFFIC DURING INCESSANT SHELLFIRE UNTIL RELIEVED:  A/CPL LAY A, L/CPL JUDD J, PTE SIDNEY.   FORWARDED RECOMMENDATION FOR IMMEDIATE MILITARY MEDALS TO THESE 3 MEN.

AUG 22  UNDER THE AUTHORITY DELEGATED BY THE FIELD MARSHAL COMMANDER IN CHIEF, THE ARMY COMMANDER HAS AWARDED THE MILITARY MEDAL TO P/1262 A/CPL A LAY, 20359 L/CPL TODD J AND 5215 PTE SIDNEY J.

AUG 25  THE FOLLOWING CASUALTIES IN THEIR UNIT AT OST DUNKERKE 299 PTE A MASKELL AND THE FOLLOWING ATTACHED MEN OF 743 LABOUR COMPANY WERE KILLED, PTE’S CROMACK C P, PTE JONES W H, PTE POOLE AND THE FOLLOWING MEN OF 742 LABOUR COMPANY WERE WOUNDED PTE’S SHAW & CHILDS.   THE KILLED WERE BURIED AT COXYDE CEMETERY AT 3.30 PM TODAY.

AUG 30  3993 PTE MOUNCER WOUNDED BY SHELL FIRE AT LA PANNE.

SEPT 1  BRAY DUNES, ADINKERKE, LA PANNE, COXYDE, OOST DUNKERKE.  THE FOLLOWING INSTANCES OF GALLANTRY AND DEVOTION TO DUTY WERE BROUGHT TO THE NOTICE OF ALL RANKS.   DURING THE NIGHT OF 29/8/17 COXYDE WAS HEAVILY BOMBARDED BY THE ENEMY, A NUMBER OF SHELLS EXPLODING IN THE VICINITY OF THIS POST.   THE FOLLOWING WERE ON DUTY DURING THIS PERIOD AND REMAINED AT THEIR POST CONTROLLING AND DIRECTING TRAFFIC UNDER HEAVY SHELL FIRE.

P/11901 L/CPL SALWAY J, 13870 PTE MITCHELL T, 14262 PTE WEBB R, 20367 PTE ASHTON R, 13688 PTE GOODFELLOW A W.

SEPT 5  11903 L/CPL COLLINS M 28 FIELD PUNISHMENT NO.1.   COXYDE HEAVILY SHELLED.

SEPT 7   REPORT SENT TO GHQ RECOMMENDING THE IMMEDIATE AWARD OF THE MILITARY MEDAL TO CPL’S DIFFLEY, POLLARD, PTE SCOTT A FOR GALLANTRY AND DEVOTION TO DUTY AT COXYDE ON NIGHT OF 5/9/17.

SEPT 10  P/1284 SGT J HOOPER TO 3 TC COY AS CQMS.

SEPT 11  ORDERS TO MOVE TO II ARMY RECEIVED TODAY.   REMOVED MEN FROM POSTS AND HANDED OVER TO APM XV CORPS, APM 32 DIVISION AND APM 49 DIVISION.   ALL MEN OF 743 LABOUR COY HANDED OVER TO APM XV CORPS.   LEFT ADINKERKE BY RAIL FOR HAZEBROUCK AT 9AM.   ARRIVED AT HAZEBROUCK 7PM, ARRIVED CASTRE 1.30 AM.   ARRIVED SAN SYLVESTRE CAPPEL 3.30AM.   REPORTED ARRIVAL TO APM II ARMY AND GOT INSTRUCTIONS FROM HIM.

SEPT 13  SAN SILVESTRE, CAPPEL, STEENVOURDE, ABEELLE..  

SEPT 14  ACTING UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF THE FIELD MARSHAL, COMMANDER IN CHIEF DELEGATED TO THE ARMY COMMANDER, 4 ARMY THE MILITARY MEDAL IS AWARDED TO P/2014 CPL DIFFLEY J, P/1267 CPL POLLARD M J, 6726 PTE SCOTT A OF THIS UNIT.   THE PARTICULARS OF THESE ACTS OF GALLANTRY AND DEVOTION TO DUTY ARE AS FOLLOWS;   ATR COXYDE ON 5/9/17 6726 PTE SCOTT A WAS ON DUTY AT THE CROSSROADS WHEN HIS POST WAS BEING HEAVILY SHELLED, ONE SHELL THROWING THE ROOF OF A HOUSE ON TO HIS POST AND TELEPHONE WIRES WERE ALSO CUT, BEING ACTUALLY ENTANGLED WITH THE SOLDIER’S LEGS.   HE ASSISTED TO CLEAR THE DEBRIS AND COLLECT THE WIRES AT THE SAME TIME AS DIRECTING AND CONTROLLING THE TRAFFIC.   DURING THIS PERIOD THE HORSES IN AN AMBULANCE BOLTED, THESE HE ASSISTED IN STOPPING.   SHELLING WAS CONTINUOUS DURING THE WHOLE PERIOD.   ON THE SAME OCCASION CPL’S DIFFLEY AND POLLARD CAME TO PTE SCOTT’S ASSISTANCE, VOLUNTARILY THEY ASSISTED HIM IN CLEARING UP THE DEBRIS, COLLECTING THE WIRES AND STOPPING THE HORSES.

SEPT 16  STEENVOORDE.   HQ AND WHOLE COY MOVED TO STEENVOORDE.

SEPT 20 THE FOLLOWING SOLDIERS TRANSFERRED TO THE MILITARY FOOT POLICE: PTE’S SUDLEY, TURNBULL, SHACKLETON, SAYER, HARKNESS, SUMMERTON, SHEWFOU, BRADBURY, TAIT, TAYLOR, MITCHELL & BRAITHWAITE.

SEPT 23 2/LT F M SCOTT 1/10 KINGS REGT ARRIVES AS A LEARNER.

SEPT 28 THE FOLLOWING WERE WOUNDED BY BOMBS: LEES P, BEEBY G, LAWTON A, JEFFERSON H E   (DIARY DAMAGED).

SEPT 30  INSPECTED POST & BILLETS AT YPRES.

OCT 4  HANDED OVER POST AT STEENVOORDE TO NO. 2 TC COY AND TOOK OVER POSTS AT ST. SYLUGOHRE CAPPEL AND LA BREARDE X ROADS.   HQ & 1 GROUP MOVED TO ST SYLVESTRE CAPPEL.

OCT 5  CAPT W F CLARKE PROCEEDED TO HQ 1 ARMY AS LEARNER APM.   LT W SALMON ASSUMED DUTIES OF SECOND IN COMMAND.

OCT 6  2/LT F M SCOTT LEFT TO JOIN NO. 1 TC COMPANY.  P/1682  CPL LUND A PROCEEDED TO UK TO JOIN OFFICER CADET CORPS.   (BECAME 2/LT IN THE WEST RIDING REGT, 29/5/18).

OCT 9  HQ & NO2. GROUP MOVED TO ST JEAN - WIELTJE, SPREE FARM FOR DUTY.   CAPT R N THOMPSON WAS APPOINTED O/I/C TRAFFIC FOR OPERATIONS ON THIS ROAD.

OCT 10  THE ROAD IS A BAD ONE AND NEEDS VERY CLOSE ATTENTION.   IT IS SHELLED AT ODD INTERVALS.

OCT 14 LT SALMON APPOINTED SECOND IN COMMAND AND LT S C MYERS POSTED TO NO.1 GROUP.

OCT 19  ANZAC CORPS RELIEVED BY CANADIAN CORPS.   HANDED OVER TO CANADIAN APM AND RETURNED TO S. SYLVESTRE CAPPEL.

OCT 20   TOOK OVER POSTS AS S SYLVESTRE CAPPEL AND LA BREARDE X ROADS AT 6PM FROM NO. 2 COY

OCT 30 YPRES, SAN SYLVESTRE, CAPPEL

RECEIVED NOTIFICATION THAT THE MILITARY MEDAL HAS BEEN AWARDED TO P/1467 SGT SWEET S J, P/13005 L/CPL BRADBURY L, P/11908 L/CPL WARD F FOR GALLANTRY AT YPRES WIELTJE RESPECTIVELY.

OCT 31  YPRES, 1 GROUP RELIEVED 2 GROUP.

NOV 5  YPRES.   P/1287 SGT W STEADMAN, P/1587 CPL CASSAM R L AND 4969 PTE GURNEY H, ACC KILLED IN YPRES BY A HEAVY SHELL.   8006 PTE WILLIAMS P V WOUNDED AND EVACUATED.  

NOV 6  ATTENDED FUNERALS OF SGT STEADMAN AND CPL CASSAM AND PTE GURNEY AT PRISON (YPRES) AT 2.30 PM.

NOV 8  775 SGT G C CLARKE MFP JOINED UNIT TO REPLACE SGT STEADMAN.

NOV 10 P/1605 CPL HOWARTH C S, P/7289 L/CPL SHAW J, P/7764 L/CPL WELSH JOIN UNIT.

NOV 12 MOVED TO STEENVOORDE.

NOV 18  1 L/CPL AND 19 PRIVATES OF ARMY EMPLOYMENT COY ATTACHED FOR DUTY AT LA BREARDE AND ST SYLVESTRE CAPPEL.   P/7765 L/CPL HARVEY J, P/3112 L/CPL ROBERTS R JOIN UNIT.

NOV 19  RECEIVED ORDERS FOR THE UNIT TO CONCENTRATE IN READINESS TO MOVE ON 20 INST. CONCENTRATING COY AND PREPARING TO MOVE.

NOV 20  MOVED BY LORRY FROM YPRES TO STEENVOORDE TO BAPAUME WHICH WAS REACHED AT 6 PM.   REPORTED TO TOWN MAJOR FOR BILLETS, REPORTED TO APM V CORPS.

NOV 21  BAPAUME.   ENGAGED IN RECONNOITRING POSTS ON TRAFFIC CIRCLE AT BAPAUME.   SAW APM V CORPS AND GOT INSTRUCTIONS FOR POST TO BE TAKEN OVER FROM 5PM TO 7AM DAILY.   PLACED MEN ON POSTS AND ARRANGED RELIEFS.

NOV 27 P/13802 L/CPL BRAITHWAITE C INJURED BY LORRY AND CONVEYED TO HOSPITAL.

NOV 29  RECEIVED ORDERS TO RELIEVE IX CORPS CYCLIST AND HAVE RELIEFS COMPLETED BY 12.00 HRS ON 30TH INST.

NOV 30  3PM RECEIVED ORDERS FOR HQ AND 2 GROUPS TO MOVE TO HERMIES TO UNDERTAKE TRAFFIC CONTROL DUTIES ON THE CANAL ROAD.   MOVED 4PM AND ARRIVED AT HERMIES 6 PM.   TOOK OVER POSTS ON CANAL ROAD.

DEC 2   ROAD UNDER CONTINUOUS SHELL FIRE.   4995 PTE WOODWARD WOUNDED AND EVACUATED.

DEC 4  RECEIVED ORDERS TO WITHDRAW FROM CANAL ROAD AT DAWN 5.30 HRS ON THE 5TH, FIRST HAVING SEEN ALL GUNS, TRANSPORT AND INFANTRY THROUGH THE CANAL ROUTE.   I REINFORCED ALL POST AT 8PM AND MADE ARRANGEMENTS FOR WITHDRAWAL.   SOME GAS SHELLS WERE NOTICEABLE IN THE AFTERNOON.   THE PLANKED PORTION OF THE ROADS WAS FIRED BY HOSTILE SHELLING, MOVEMENTS BEGAN AT 12PM.

DEC 5  FROM 12.05 PM TO 4.30 AM MOVEMENT TOOK PLACE AT 5.30 AM ALL POSTS WERE WITHDRAWN BACK TO BAPAUME,   PROGRESS WAS DIFFICULT AS THERE WAS A HEAVY FROST AND ALSO WE HAD NO TRANSPORT, BUT IN SPITE OF DIFFICULTIES THE UNIT AND ITS POSSESSIONS REACHED BAPAUME WITHOUT LOSS.   EVERYBODY BEHAVED SPLENDIDLY.

DEC 6 BAPAUME  -  RESTING.

DEC 8  TOOK OVER TRAFFIC DUTIES AT BAPAUME.   LT RUCK AND HIS GROUP TOOK OVER TRAFFIC DUTIES AT YPRES.

DEC 21  BETINCOURT.   RECEIVED NOTIFICATION THAT P/13011 L/CPL SHACKLETON F V AND 20903 PTE RICHARDSON W J HAD BEEN AWARDED THE MILITARY MEDAL FOR WORK ON THE CANAL ROAD.

DEC 31  THE HEALTH AND DISCIPLINE OF THE TROOPS UNDER MY COMMAND IS GOOD.   DURING THE YEAR THE UNIT WON 11 MILITARY MEDALS.   CAPT  R W THOMPSON.

JANUARY 1918

YPRES, ROCQUINEY, MESNIL, BARASTE, HAPLINCOURT, VELU, BERTINCOURT

JAN 7 BERTINCOURT   RECEIVED ORDERS TO CONCENTRATE COY IN BAPAUME ON RELIEF DUE BY THE NORTH IRISH HORSE.   CONCENTRATION COMPLETED BY 6.30PM

JAN 8  RESTING AND PREPARING TO MOVE.

JAN 11  COY MOVED TO BOUZINCOURT FOR 2 WEEKS REST.

JAN 12 11 NCO’S AND MEN TO POZIERES AND LE SARS FOR TRAFFIC DUTY ON BAPAUME - ALBERT ROAD.   REMAINDER OF COY CLEANING KIT AND CYCLES.

JAN 15  CYCLE INSPECTION.   P/11907 L/CPL SHEPHARD B W AWARDED THE BELGIAN CROIX DE GUERRE FOR GOOD WORK.

JAN 16  PHYSICAL TRAINING AND CYCLE ROUTE MARCH.

JAN 17  POZIERES AND LE SARS DOING TRAFFIC DUTIES.

JAN 18  08.30HRS COY CALLED OUT TO QUELL RIOTING BY CHINESE LABOUR CORPS AT ?.   ON ARRIVAL ALL WAS QUIET AND THE COY RETURNED AT NOON.

JAN 19  PHYSICAL TRAINING, COMMANDING OFFICER’S INSPECTION, DRILL, MARCHING.   THE CHINESE LABOUR CORPS MOVED TO BOUZINCOURT.   THIS COY DETAILED TO TURN OUT AT A MOMENT’S NOTICE TO QUELL  AN EXPECTED RIOT.

JAN 22 COY ROUTE MARCH TO SENLIS FOR HOT BATHS.

JAN 25  12.00HRS   INSPECTION OF THE COY BY PM III ARMY.   HE ADDRESSED THE COY AND PRAISED IT FOR THE GOOD WORK IT HAD DONE.  

JAN 27  9.15 HRS THE COY CYCLED TO ALBERT AND WAS PUT THROUGH ANTI-GAS DRILLS AND ALL BOX RESPIRATORS WERE TESTED IN THE GAS CHAMBER.

JAN 28 8.30 AM THE COY MOVED FROM BOUSINCOURT.   HQ & NO. 1 GROUP TO ARRAS,  NO. 2 GROUP TO DUISANS, NO. 3 GROUP TO BRETENCOURT.

JAN 30  CAPT R N THOMPSON, LT S C KUPERS, LT W WITTS TO ALBERT, III ARMY HQ TO ATTEND A COURSE, 3 DAYS.

JAN 30  P/1735 L/CPL S J BENTLEY, P/7217 L/CPL MCMANUS H, P/2739 L/CPL EASTHAM W H & P/3676 L/CPL SHANNON A W S JOINED UNIT.

FEBRUARY

FEB 1  ARRAS, DUISANS, BRETENCOURT, POZIERES, LA SARS, AUBIGNY, HAUTE AVESNES.   UNIT EMPLOYED ON TRAFFIC DUTIES AT THE ABOVE PLACES.

FEB 8  769 ACTING COLOUR SERGEANT BREWER LEFT FOR PM III ARMY AND WAS RELIEVED OF DUTIES OF CSM.

FEB 16 1168 ACTING COLOUR SERGEANT DALE C NEW CSM.

FEB 18 THE UNIT’S BOX RESPIRATORS WERE EXAMINED AND FITTED WITH NEW CONTAINERS.

FEB 22  ARRAS PTE JORDAN WOUNDED AND EVACUATED.

MARCH

MAR 1  ARRAS, DUISANS, BRETENCOURT, POZIERES, LE SARS, AUBIGNY, HAUTE AVESNES, AGNES LES DUISANS, LACHAUCHIE, BAILLEULVAL, RANSART, ADINFER, ESSARTS, HANNES CAMPS, BIENVILLERS, MONCHY AU BOIS, POMMIER, AYETTE

MAR 14  18266 L/CPL WILLIAMS G & P/1467 SGT SWEET S C EVACUATED.

MAR 18  NO.1 GROUP RELIEVED OF DUTIES AT ARRAS BY NO. 2 GROUP.   NO 1 GROUP TAKING OVER DUTIES OF NO. 2 GROUP.   HQ MOVES TO AGNES LE DUISANS.

MAR 21 ARRAS HEAVILY SHELLED.

MAR 22  ARRAS HEAVILY SHELLED, PTE JORDAN WOUNDED AND EVACUATED.

MAR 23  HQ MOVED TO HAUTE AVESNES.  

MAR 26  DETACHMENT AT LE SARS.   POZIERES DETACHMENT RETURN TO JOIN II ARMY HQ.

MAR 27  II CORPS GROUP MOVED TO GOVY IN ARTOIS, ARRAS GROUP EVACUATED TO HQ AT HAUTE AVESNES.

MAR 30 TOOK OVER NEW POST AT LAGHON LIEU.

APRIL

APR 1  DUISANS, AUBIGNY, HAUT AVESNES, AGNES LES DUISANS, LAGHON LIEU,, HARBARCQ, LAARISOT, ARRAS, ST POL ROAD, AUCHIE, GOUY.

APR 7  P/1467 SGT SWEET SG ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL.

APR 10  7 MEN FROM 278 AREA EMPLOYMENT COY ATTACHED FOR WORK AND RATIONS.

APR 11  POW CAGE HEAVILY SHELLED, MOVED MEN FROM THERE TO HAUTE AVESNES.

APR 14  18266 L/CPL WILLIAMS G AND P/1467 SGT SWEET S EVACUATED.

APR 15  DETACHMENT FROM AUBIGNY REJOINED HQ.

APR 22 CAPT W SALMON REPORTED TO MP III ARMY FOR TEMPORARY DUTY AS LIAISON OFFICER FOR TRAFFIC BETWEEN SOMME & ST OMER.

APR 23  7 OR’S OF 278 AREA LABOUR COMPANY STRUCK OF STRENGTH.

APR 29  HQ & NO.1 GROUP ORDERED TO MOVE TO DOULLENS AT 10.30 AM AND TOOK OVER POSTS FROM II CORPS CYCLIST BN. VIZ: MONDICOURT, POMMERA, BEAUVAC, HAUTE VISEE, AUTHIEULE AND PATROLS ON MAIN ROAD OUT OF DOULLENS.

MAY

MAY 1   DOULLENS, GOUY, ARTOIS, MUNDIVOURT,PUMMERA, HAUTE AVESNES.

MAY 5 8 REINFORCEMENTS FROM VII CORPS CYCLIST BN REPORT FOR DUTY.

MAY 6  MOVED FROM DOULLENS TO ? (UNREADABLE).

MAY 10   P/14786 L/ CPL BEAUMONT TRIED BY FGCM FOR DRUNKENNESS.

MAY 17  TOOK OVER POSTS AT BOUGUEMAISON ON THE NUNCOY ROAD FROM DOULLENS TO FREVENT.   AIR RAID.   OC CAPT RM THOMPSON WOUNDED AND ADMITTED TO CASUALTY CLEARING STATION WITH SLIGHT WOUND, DISCHARGED.

MAY 28  L/CPL MCMANUS TRIED BY FGCM FOR WEARING THE 1914 STAR.

JUNE

JUN 1 DOULLENS, GOUY, HESDIN, NUNCQ, MONDICOURT, POMMERA, BOUQUEMAISON, AUTHIEULE.

JUN 10  CONVICTION OF L/CPL MCMANUS QUASHED BY THE JUDGE ADVOCATE.

JULY

JUL 1  DOULLENS, GOUY, HESDIN, NUNCQ, MONDICOURT, POMMARA, BOUQUEMASON,AUTHIEULE.

JUL 8  BOUQUE MAISON 20 OTHER RANKS FROM THE 80TH UNITED STATES DIVISION JOINED FOR INSTRUCTION IN POLICE DUTIES.   RETURNED TO UNIT 20/7/18.

JUL 15  PM III ARMY INSPECTED THE CAMP.

JUL 21  20 OR’S FROM 80 US DIVISION ATTACHED FOR TRAINING IN POLICE DUTIES.

AUGUST

AUG 1  1V ARMY POULAINEVILLE, VILLERS BRETONNEUX, DOMART.

AUG 18 MOVED HQ AND NO.1 AND NO.2 GROUPS FROM 4 ARMY TO 3 ARMY.

AUG 19  STANDING TO.

AUG 20  III ARMY LABRET, SOMBRE METZ, BELLEVUE, LACAUCHIE, POMMIERS, GAUDIENPRE, HUMBERSCAMP, THIEVRES, AMPRIER, AUTHIE, LOUVENCOURT, HENU, VAUCHELLES, SOUSTRE, FONQUEVILLERS, BUCQUOY.   LT MYERS AND NO.2 GROUP MOVE TO THIEVRES.   LT WITTS AND NO. 3 GROUP MOVE TO HUMBERSCAMP.

AUG 22  BOMBED BY AEROPLANES THIS EVENING.   NO CASUALTIES.

AUG 34 LT MEYERS AND NO. 2 GROUP MOVED FORWARD TO SOUASTRE AND FONQUEVILLERS.   LT RUCK AND NO. 1 GROUP MOVED TO THIEVRES.

SEPTEMBER  BOUQEMASON, AMPRIER, AUTHIE, PAS, MARIEUX, MONDICOURT, BAPAUME, ERVILLERS, MORY, VRAUCORT VROX, GOMIEFOURT, MORCHIES, BEUGNY.

SEP 2  LT MEYERS AND NO.2 GROUP MOVE FORWARD AGAIN TODAY.

SEP 3  CAPT R N THOMPSON PROCEEDED ON A FRENCH TRAFFIC COURSE.

SEP 11  P/13006 L/CPL SHENTON WOUNDED BY SHELL FIRE AT VRAUCOURT.

SEP 24   1 CPL, 10 L/CPL’S TO VI CORPS FOR DUTY AT AUX VRAUCORT.

SEP 28  NO. 3 GROUP MOVE TO HERMIES.

SEP 30  1 SGT, 2 CPL’S , 16 L/CPL’S TO XVII CORPS FOR DUTY IN CAMBRAI.   CAPT R N THOMPSON RE JOINED FROM FRENCH TRAFFIC COURSE.

OCTOBER

MARIEUX, MORDICOURT, BOUQUETMAISON, BAPAUME, HERMIERS, CANAL DU NORT, HAVRINCOURT, THIEVRES, CAMBRAI, LIGNY, CAUDREY, LE CATEAU, ACHIET LE GRAND.

OCT 6   INTERVIEW WITH PM.

OCT 10  HQ REMOVED TO BAPAUME, POST AT MARIEUR, MONDICOURT AND BOUQUEMAISON TAKEN OFF.

OCT 9  SGT BRADSHAW AND 19 OTHER RANKS ENTER CAMBRAI FOR DUTY.

OCT 12  LT MYERS AND NO.2 GROUP MOVED TO LIGNY.   POSTS AT ACHIEL EL GRAND REMOVED.

OCT 13  9 OR’S REPORTED FOR DUTY FROM THE TOWN MAJOR DOULLENS UNDER DPM ARMY.

OCT 16  BAPAUME, HAVRINCOURT, GOUZEACOURT, FINS, BAPAUME, CAMBRAI ROAD, RIBECOURT, GIRDER BRIDGES, MARCOING, MASNIERES, CAUDRY, CAMBRAI, ESTOURMEL, CAUDRY, SOLESMES, MARCOING, NOYELLESM, ARRAS BAPAUME.  12.00 NOON TOOK OVER ARMY AREA VIS: BAPAUME - ARRAS - PERONNE ROAD TO CANAL DU NORD FROM XVII CORPS AND FROM BAPAUME 0 ARRAS - PERONNE ROAD TO CANAL DE L’ESCAUT FROM IV CORPS AND VI CORPS.

OCT 24  P/1005 SGT BRADSHAW A B ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL FROM CAMBRAI.

OCT 25 12 NOON HQ GROUP TOOK OVER POSTS AT MARCOIN AND NOYELLES FROM NO. 3 GROUP.   MOVED TO ESTOURMEL.

OCT 26  MFP RELIEVED 1 SGT AND 18 OR’S AT CAMBRAI AND TOOK OVER VI CORPS POSTS.

OCT 27  NO. 3 GROUP MOVED FROM ESTOURMEL TO SOLESNES FOR DUTY THERE.

NOVEMBER  MARCOING, SOLESNES, CAUDREY, LE QUESNOY, CAMBRAI, BAUAY, GIVRY, MAUBEUGE, BEAVOIS, ESTOURMEL,  COMMIGNIEGE.

NOV 3  HQ MOVED TO BEAUVOIS FROM MARCOING.   L/CPL WRIGHT G WOUNDED AND ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL.

NOV II  ARMISTICE WITH GERMANY CAME INTO OPERATION AT 11 AM TODAY.

NOV 15  HQ AND 2 GROUP MOVE TO MAUBEUGE ON TRANSFER TO 4 ARMY.

NOV 16  LT WITTS AND NO.1 GROUP MOVED TO MAUBEUGE FROM VI CORPS ON TRANSFER TO 4 ARMY.   SAW DAPM 4 ARMY AND ARRANGED WORK FROM SOLESMES TO BAUAY.

NOV 18  2 BUSES AND 1 LORRY ATTACHED TO UNIT FOR MOBILITY.

NOV 19  TOOK OVER ROAD FROM SOLESMES TO GIVREY.

DECEMBER   MAUBEUGE, BEAUMONT, LE CATEAU.

DEC 1  MOVED FROM MAUBEUGE AND LE QUESNOY TO AVESNES AND BEAUMONT.

DEC 2  TOOK OVER POSTS AT AVESNES.

DEC 16  1 OFFICER, 27 OR’S REPORTED FOR DUTY TO APM CAVALRY CORPS AS SPA.

DEC 21  DETACHMENTS REPORTED TO X & IV AUSTRALIAN CORPS RESPECTIVELY.

DEC 23   HQ MOVES TO NAMUR.

JANUARY 1919   SPA, WAVRE, BEAUMONT, MOUBEUGE.

JAN 16  CAPT SALMON LEFT TO ACT AS DAPM CHARLEROI.

JAN 17  LT S C RUCK LEFT TO ACT AD APM SERAING..   MANY MEN TO DEMOBILIZATION.

FEBRUARY    WAVRE, SPA, ANDENNES, BEAUMONT, MAUBEUGE.

FEB 6  CAPT R N THOMPSON TO APM 56 DIVISION.

FEB 8  CAPT R N THOMPSON HANDED OVER THE COMMAND OF THIS UNIT TOGETHER WITH ALL ARMS, EQUIPMENT CYCLES AND IMPREST ACCOUNT TO CAPT W SALMON THE NEW OC.

FEB  LT C E RUCK APPOINTED UNIT 2 I/C.

FEB 15  DETACHMENTS RETURN TO HQ FROM WAVRE, ANDENNES, BEAUMONT.

FEB 23  LT RUCK REJOINS UNIT FROM DAPM LIEGE.   DETACHMENTS PROCEED TO RAILHEADS AT BEAUMONT, CINEY, GEMBLOUX, HUY, MONTIGNIES, CHARLEROI, AND NAMUR.

FEB 24 BEAUMONT, CINEY, GEMBLOUX, HUY, MONTIGNIES, CHARLEROI, NAMUR.

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END OF DIARY

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WO 154/8                                   APM IX CORPS                  DEC 1916 TO MAY 1918

1916

DEC 20, BAILLEUL   APPOINTMENTS.   JOINED FOR DUTY AS A.P.M. IX CORPS, RELIEVING MAJ. COCKAYNE-CUST ON TRANSFER TO XV CORPS. MAJ T. G.  RUTTLEDGE, CONNAUGH RANGERS AND LATER YORKSHIRE REGIMENT).

DEC 21  VISIT TO 25TH DIVL. AREA.   WITH LT. RIMMINGTON (LEARNER) ACTING A.P.M.   SAW TRAFFIC CONTROL POSTS AND M.M.P. DETACHMENTS.

VISIT.   P.M 2 ARMY VISITS ME AND EXPLAINED HIS REQUIREMENTS AS REGARDS BATTLE TRAFFIC CONTROL SCHEMES.

GENDARMERIE.   A.P.M. 36TH DIVISION REPORT THAT SOME OF HIS GENDARMERIE (BELGIAN) ARE BILLETED IN LOCRE, WHICH IS IN 16TH DIVISION’S AREA.   WISHES TO KNOW IF HE MAY MOVE THEM.

DEC 22   PROSTITUTION. FACILITIES FOR.   LETTER FROM P.M., G. H.Q. ENQUIRING WHETHER IT IS A FACT THAT PASSES ARE GIVEN FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROSTITUTION, BEING MARKED WITH “SAFE” ADDRESSES.

TRAFFIC BOARD.   RECEIVED COPY OF PROCEEDINGS OF MEETING ON 11/12/16.

PRIORITY  TELEGRAM AND TELEPHONE MESSAGES.   LETTER FROM C.G.S INSTITUTING A NEW FORM OF “URGENT OPERATION PRIORITY” TELEGRAM - ONLY CORPS OFFICERS HAVING AUTHORITY TO SEND THESE ARE G.G.G.S. & G.O.C.R.A:  ALSO PRIORITY TELEPHONE CALLS, - G.O.C’S TO ISSUE A LIST OF OFFICERS ENTITLED TO MAKE THESE.

ARMY CHAPLAIN’S DEPT.   LETTER FROM A.G. NOTIFYING CHANGES IN THE ORGANISATION.

THEFTS, BAILLEUL STATION.   COMPLAINT FROM IX CORPS TROOPS S.C REGARDING THEFTS AT THE RATION DUMP, TO BE LOOKED INTO BY M.P.

DEC 23  VISIT 18TH DIVL. AREA.   WITH CAPT STEVENSON-REECE A.P.M.   SAW TRAFFIC CONTROL POSTS AND M.M.P. DETACHMENT.

Y.M.C.A.  LETTER TO P.M. 2 ARMY RECOMMENDING THAT ORDRES DE SERVICE FOR NEW WORKERS COMING OUT SHOULD BE MARKED “VIA BAILLEUL” IN ORDER TO ENABLE THEM TO CALL THE LOCAL SECRETARY.

TRAFFIC CONTROL.  A.P.M. 18TH DIV. FORWARDS AN AMENDED.EXTRACT FROM HIS CIVIL DEFENCE SCHEME SHOWING THE TRAFFIC CONTROL ARRANGEMENTS.

MILITARY POLICE - TEMPORARY TRANSFERS.   WAR OFFICE RULED THAT MEN OF THE HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY SHOULD REMAIN “ATTACHED” RATHER THAN “TRANSFERRED”.

DEC 24  KEMMEL AREA.   LETTER FROM “G” DIRECTING THAT THE GUARD NOW FOUND BY CYCLIST BN. BE ABOLISHED AND 1 NCO AND 3 MEN APPOINTED AS POLICEMEN TO TAKE THEIR PLACE.

BATTLE SCHEME.   SENT P.M. 2 ARMY A ROUGH SCHEME FOR POSITIONS OF TRAFFIC POSTS, BATTLE STRAGGLERS POSTS, STRAGGLER COLLECTION POSTS AND P.O.W. CAGES IN CASE OF OPERATIONS ON AN EXTENSIVE SCALE.

WEEKLY REPORT.   SENT TO P.M. 2 ARMY.

PRIORITY TELEPHONE MESSAGES.   LETTER FROM “G” GIVING LIST OF OFFICERS ENTITLED TO SEND THESE.

PROSTITUTION, FACILITIES FOR.   REPORT TO P.M. 2 ARMY THAT THERE IS  NO FOUNDATION FOR THE STATEMENT MADE IN THE NEWSPAPER ARTICLE QUOTED BY MR. BECKER SO FAR AS THE IX CORPS IS CONCERNED

DEC 25  Y.M.C.A.   DISCUSSED QUESTION OF ESTABLISHMENT WITH D.A.A. & Q.M.G.:  NONE LAID DOWN BY THE CORPS, MATTER IS ENTIRELY REGULATED BY THE ARMY.

BAILLEUL - DISCIPLINE.   ARRANGED WITH A.P.M. 2 A.N.Z.A.C CORPS AND A.P.M. 25 DIVISION FOR 9 EXTRA M.P. TO INCREASE NUMBERS OF PATROLS - OWING TO NOISY BEHAVIOUR OF TROOPS THE PRECEDING NIGHT.   RESULT 2 CASES OF DRUNKENNESS.

DEC 26  BATTLE SCHEME.   P.M. TELEPHONED TO SAY THAT A GAP OF 3,000 YARDS HAD BEEN LEFT IN THE BATTLE STRAGGLERS POST LINE BETWEEN NEUVE EGLISE & NIEPPE AREAS.   WILL I FILL THIS UP AND ALSO SEND SUGGESTED TRAFFIC CONTROL POST FOR BAILLEUL TOWN.

FRONT LINE EXAMINING POSTS.   P.M 2 ARMY APPROVES CERTAIN CHANGES IN THE LOCATION OF THESE:  TO TAKE PLACE AS SOON AS HUTS, SENTRY BOXES., CAN BE BUILT.

TORCHES FOR M.M.P.   A.P.M. 25TH DIVISION APPLIES FOR A SUPPLY OF ELECTRIC TORCHES: REFERRED TO A.D.C.S WITH STATEMENT THAT THEY HAD BEEN ISSUED ON L OF C: FAILING THESE CAN HE ISSUE BULLS-EYE LANTERNS.

Y.M.C.A.  ASKED P.M. 2 ARMY WHAT THE PROCEDURE IS WHEN WORKERS GO ON LEAVE:  A.P.M.BOULOGNE DOES NOT APPEAR TO BE RETURNING THE RED PERMITS TO ME.

THAW TRAFFIC.   2 ARMY ISSUED MAP AND COPY OF RULES REGARDING RESTRICTIONS TO BE ENFORCED IN CASE OF A THAW.

GENDARMERIE.   A.P.M. 18 DIVISION ASKED IF HE COULD HAVE A FEW FRENCH GENDARMERIE ATTACHED FOR WORK IN HIS FRENCH TERRITORY.

DEC 27  VISIT TO 36TH DIVL. AREA.   SAW A.P.M. AND DISCUSSED POSITION OF TRAFFIC CONTROL AND BATTLE STRAGGLER POSTS.

THEFTS.   DUNKIRK GENDARMERIE CARRIED OUT AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE LOSS OF 2,000 FRS., ALLEGEDLY TO HAVE BEEN STOLEN FROM AN ESTAMINET AT THE CROIX DE POPERINGHE.

A.P.M. LEARNER.   LT. REMINGTON WENT TO 16TH DIVISION TO ACT FOR CAPT. STEVENSON-REECE, ON LEAVE.

DEC 28  CARNETS D’ETRANGER.   LETTER FROM PERMIT OFFICE, G.H.Q. AMENDING RULES AS REGARDS FRENCH OR BELGIAN WOMEN WHO MARRY BRITISH SOLDIERS:  THEY ARE IN FUTURE TO BE DEALT WITH AS BRITISH SUBJECTS AND MUST OBTAIN CARNETS.

RED PERMITS.

DEC 29  KEMMEL DEFENCE AREA.   D.C. FORWARDED THE ORDERS ISSUED BY HIM REGARDING THE DUTIES TO BE PERFORMED BY THE POLICEMEN WHO HAVE REPLACED THE SENTRIES.

TRAFFIC CONTROL POST.   LIST OF PERMANENT POSTS.

Y.M.C.A.-CHANNEL OF COMMUNICATION.   LETTER TO THE LOCAL SECRETARY REQUESTING HIM TO ARRANGE FOR HIS WORKERS TO REFER THEIR REQUESTS TO ME THROUGH HIM.

CARD PASSES.   LETTER FROM P.M. 2 ARMY NOTIFYING THAT A SUPPLY OF NEW CARD PASSES HAS NOT YET BEEN RECEIVED FROM ENGLAND AND THAT A G.R.O WOULD BE PUBLISHED CONTINUING  THE PASS IN FORCE INDEFINITELY.

DEC 30  PRISONER OF WAR ESCAPED.   CALLED AT 2 A.M. TO DEAL WITH THE CASE OF ESCAPES FROM NO. 22 COY, PRISONER HAD GOT THROUGH WIRE AT 12.55 AND THREE SHOTS FIRED AT HIM BY THE SENTRY FAILED TO TAKE EFFECT: O.C. LOST SOME TIME IN CALLING THE ROLL.   MET DIVISIONAL A.P.M.’S AT THE COMPOUND AT 3.00 A.M., SENT OUT SEARCH PARTIES AND ARRANGED FOR DRIVE.   DRIVE COMMENCED AT 8 A.M. AND INCLUDED ALL COUNTRY BETWEEN BAILLEUL, LOCRE, DRANOUTRE, NEUVE EGLISE AND DE SEULE.   THIS BEING UNSUCCESSFUL ANOTHER COMMENCED AT 2.00 P.M., EMBRACING THE AREA LOCRE, KEMMEL, RESERVE TRENCHES, PLOEGSTEERT, NEUVE EGLISE AND DRANOUTRE.   THIS ALSO FAILED.   ABOUT 110 MEN TOOK PART IN THESE DRIVES:  INTELLIGENCE WARNED ALL INHABITANTS.

PROMOTION.  638 A/SGT. MAJOR TOWNLEY, M.M.P., GRANTED THE PAY OF HIS APPOINTMENT ON INCREASE OF ESTABLISHMENT UNDER W.O. LETTER 20/MILIT. POLICE/1744 (Ab3) DATED 13-10/16, AUTHY. D.A.G., 3RD ECHELON NO. 870/4/1134 DATED 26/12/16.

DEC 31  PROMOTION.   P.M. 2 ARMY FORWARDS COPY OF PAST CORRESPONDENCE RELATING TO THE APPOINTMENT OF ACTING SQN. SGT. MAJOR OF DIVISIONS.

THAW TRAFFIC.   SENT OUT NOTICE BOARDS AND LISTS OF PLACES WHERE THEY ARE TO BE PUT.

WEEKLY REPORT.   TO P.M. SECOND ARMY

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1917

JAN 20

APM 16 DIVISION CAPT STEVENSON-REECE TO 3 DIVISION, MAJ MATTHEWS RESERVE OF OFFICERS TO SUCCEED HIM.

FEB 8 BALLEUL CAESTRE.   RETURN OF DETECTIVE L/CPL BEALE TO 2 ARMY AT PM’S REQUEST.   HE IS TOO WELL KNOWN AND HAS DISCOVERED NOTHING.

FEB 17  CAPTURED AIRCRAFT, A COMPLAINT FROM GHQ RE LOOTING OF ALL ACCESSORIES FROM A GERMAN AEROPLANE SHOT DOWN NEAR PLOEGSTEERT ON THE 15TH INST.   ANY OFFICER OR SOLDIER WHO NEGLECTS TO COMPLY WITH THE ORDERS ON THE SUBJECT IS TO BE TRIED BY COURT MARTIAL.

FEB 18  BEER PRICES, A PROCLAMATION ISSUED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF WEST FLANDERS FIXING PRICE OF BEER PER GLASS AT 5 CENTS A SMALL (⅙ LITRE) GLASS.

FEB 24  CAPT JENNINGS TO 25 DIVISION ON ATTACHMENT.

FEB 25  CLOTHING MFP.  A DEVICE HAS BEEN INSTITUTED TO CARRY A WATERPROOF CAPE ON A MANS BELT.

MARC3  EXECUTION OF NO. 26028 PTE J ROGERS, 2 SOUTH LANCASHIRE REGT, 25 DIVISION.   SHOT AT WESTHOF FARM AT 06.18 AM.   ( HE IS BURIED AT BALLEUL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, NORD).  PRESENT CAPT SIR F ROBINSON APM AND CAPT G G H JENKINS LEARNER.

MAR 21  DRESS.  TRAFFIC ARMLETS ARE ONLY TO BE WORN WHEN ON TRAFFIC CONTROL DUTIES IN FRANCE AND BELGIUM.

APR 8  MILITARY POLICE DRESS.   LETTER FROM PM 2 ARMY STATING THAT SQUADRON SERGEANT MAJORS OF CORPS AND DIVISIONS ARE WOII’S AND NOT ENTITLED TO WEAR A SAM BROWN BELT.

APR 9   SIGN POSTING.

MAY 6  TRAFFIC CONTROL CASUALTIES.   1 MAN WOUNDED AND 2 INJURED IN ENEMY BOMBARDMENT OF LA CLYTTE.MAY 22  APM LEARNER.   LT H FAUNDEL-PHILLIPS, RESERVE OF OFFICERS WITH 5 ARMY POSTED TO IX CORPS IN SIMILAR CAPACITY.   SENT TO 36 DIVISION.

MAY 29  APM LEARNER 2/LT HENDERSON-CLELAND, 2 SCOTTISH RIFLES TO 4 ARMY ATTACHED TO 11 DIVISION.

JUN 4  DETECTIVE SGT TEASDALE AND 3 MEN REPORT FOR SPECIAL DUTY IN CONNECTION WITH ENQUIRIES AS REGARDS LOOTING OF THE DEAD.   16/6/17 LEFT FOR 5 ARMY.

JUN 5  APM LEARNER.   CAPT VISCOUNT POWERCOURT JOINED HQ FROM 16 DIVISION.

JUL 31  STEEL HELMETS.   LETTER FROM “G” STATING THAT STEEL HELMETS ARE TO BE WORN BY ALL RANKS EAST OF THE KEMMEL VIERSTRAAT ROAD.

AUG 1  EXECUTION.   NO. 17402 PTE. F BROADRICK, 11 WARWICKSHIRE REGT, 37 DIVISION SHOT AT 05.05 AM BY SENTENCE OF FGCM FOR DESERTION.   (HE IS BURIED AT DRANOUTRE MILITARY CEMETERY, SOUTH EAST OF POPPERINGE).

AUG 20  APM LEARNER.   CAPT MCKECHNIE FROM 37 DIVISION TO 19 DIVISION.

AUG 26  MMP HORSES.   LETTER FROM GHQ TO EFFECT THAT 7 HORSES WITH DIVISIONAL MMP ARE TO BE REPLACED BY BICYCLES.   ORDER CANCELLED 30/8/17.

AUG 29  EXECUTION.   NO. 6730 PTE S STEWART, 2 ROYAL SCOTS FUSILIERS, 30 DIVISION SHOT AT 05.44 AM BY SENTENCE OF FGCM, DESERTION.   (HE IS BURIED IN KEMMEL CHATEAU MILITARY CEMETERY).

AUG 31  MMP EMPLOYMENT.  LETTER FRO PM GHQ STATING THAT MMP ARE STILL BEING IMPROPERLY EMPLOYED AND THAT STEPS TO BE TAKEN TO REMOVE FROM HIS APPOINTMENT ANY APM WHO PERMIT THE CONTINUANCE OF THIS PRACTICE.

SEP 5  EXECUTION.  NO. 52929 PTE SMITH, 17 LIVERPOOL REGT, 30 DIVISION WAS SHOT AT 05.51  AM.

OCT 8  MILITARY MEDAL.   AWARDED TO NO. 1021 L/CPL PARK, 9 CORPS CYCLIST BATTALION TRAFFIC CONTROL WITH 19 DIVISION.   (LONDON GAZETTE 30424, PAGE 13018, 12/12/17).

OCT 25  EXECUTION.   NO. 15954 PTE JONES, 9 ROYAL WELSH FUSILIERS, 19 DIVISION SHOT BY SENTENCE OF FGCM, DESERTION AT 06.25 AM.   (BURIED AT LOCRE HOSPICE CEMETERY, BELGIUM).

NOV 27  TRAFFIC CONTROL DISOBEDIENCE.   PM 2 ARMY SENT SUPPLY OF CARDS, ONE ISSUED TO EACH MAN FOR PRODUCTION IN CASE AN OFFICER DISOBEYS THEIR INSTRUCTIONS.   OFFICER TO STATE REASON AND SIGN CARD.

EXAMPLE OF CARD SHOWN BELOW:

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Control Post……………………………….

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Army Standing Order 253, para 5.

        Traffic Control Posts and traffic patrols are to be regarded as exercising authority under a Provost Marshal or under an Assistant Provost Marshall, and will be held responsible that their instructions are obeyed.

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        Passing a Control Post against the orders of the Post will be regarded as “forcing a soldier when acting as a sentinel.”

        Any officer who fails to comply immediately with the orders of a Traffic Control Post will write on the back of this card:-

                (a) His name, rank, unit and formation to which he is attached:

(b) His reason for disobeying the order.

                                                        H. C. HOLMAN Major-General.

                                                                   D. A. & Q. M. G, Second Army

24-11-17

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NOV 28  DETECTIVE.   PM 2 ARMY SENT CPL GRAY MFP FOR DUTY IN IX CORPS AREA.

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JAN 1 1918  MONT NOIR.

LORRIES SPEED OF.   PM SENT COPY OF LETTER FROM A.D. ROADS COMPLAINING OF EXCESSIVE SPEED AND THAT MANY ROADS ARE NOT BEING CLOSED TO LORRIES AS THEY SHOULD BE.

JAN 2   CHINESE LABOUR.   LETTER FROM A.A.D.P. STATING THAT 105 COY HAD BEEN INFORMED THAT NO CHINESE ARE TO BE PERMITTED TO GO TO BAILLEUL.

JAN 3  CONFERENCE OF CORPS A.P.M.S AT A.H.Q.

        1. MOTORCYCLIST SUITS HAVE BEEN APPROVED FOR ISSUE TO T.C. PERSONNEL.

        2.  LORRY AND H.T. SIGNS (A.S.O) ARE TO BE PUT UP NOW FOR PRACTICE.

        3.  DESIRABLE TO OBTAIN MORE PROVOST AGENTS.

        4.  G.H.Q. ARE ISSUING INSTRUCTIONS REGARDING TREATMENT OF CHINESE.

        5.  AT END OF EACH MONTH P.M. WANTS STATEMENT REGARDING ANY ALTERATION DESIRED IN PROMOTION ROLLS.

        6.  AN ATTEMPT SHOULD BE MADE TO GET STOP WATCHES FOR EACH DIVISION.

JAN 4  CIVILIAN CONTROL.  LETTER FROM 4 ARMY STATING THAT G.H.Q. HAD DECIDED THAT CIVILIANS EVACUATED FROM DICKENBUSCH ON JULY 15TH ATH THE REQUEST OF 5 ARMY SHOULD  BE ALLOWED TO RETURN TO THEIR HOUSES, BUT NOT TO THE VILLAGE ITSELF.   BONA FIDE FARMERS HAVING HABITABLE OR EASILY REPAIRABLE DWELLING TO GO TO MAY ALSO BE ALLOWED TO RETURN, BUT NO COMMERCE AND NO ESTAMINETS MAY BE OPENED BY THEM.

PETROL TINS, WESTOURE.   AS A RESULT OF A CENSUS DISCOVERED CIVILIANS IN POSSESSION OF 412 TINS.

JAN 5 YMCA  LETTER FROM “A” TO EFFECT THAT THE SECRETARY, 4 ARMY, HAD AGREED NOT TO ALLOW CIVILIANS TO ASSIST IN Y.M.C.A. HUTS.

CIVILIAN CONTROL.   LETTER FROM P.M. 4 ARMY STATING THAT PASSES FOR THE FORWARD AREA SHOULD NOT BE ISSUED BY A.P.MS. UNLESS THEY ARE THOROUGHLY SATISFIED FROM THE KNOWLEDGE THEY POSSESS OF THE CIVILIAN MAKING THE APPLICATION, OTHERWISE THEY SHOULD APPLY TO INTELLIGENCE POPERINGHE FOR THE NECESSARY INFORMATION.

VENEREAL DISEASE.  COPY OF ROUTINE ORDER BY S.M.S., 4 ARMY STATING THAT MO’S ARE TO QUESTION PATIENTS AS TO WHETHER THEY CAN IDENTIFY A WOMAN BEFORE HANDING OVER THE CASE TO THE A.P.M.

TRAFFIC CONTROL, INTERVALS.   G.S. ISSUED CIRCULAR TO DIVISIONS TO EFFECT THAT INSTRUCTIONS ISSUED ON THIS SUBJECT WERE NOT BEING OBSERVED.

CIVILIAN CONTROL, METHOD OF AFFIXING SQUARE STAMP.   LETTER FROM  P.M. CANCELLING HIS OF 16/11/17, WHICH INTRODUCED AN AFFICHE ON WHICH TO AFFIX THE STAMP.

JAN 6  THAW PRECAUTIONS.  LETTER FROM S.M.T.C., CONFIRMED BY “Q”, TO EFFECT THAT MAXIMUM SPEED FOR LORRIES SHOULD BE SIX AND NOT FOUR M.P.H.

TRAFFIC CONTROL, HINTS.   P.M. SENDS COPIES OF A LEAFLET ON THIS SUBJECT.

SEE COPY BELOW.

TRAFFIC HINTS

(a) Before going on duty.

 Become thoroughly acquainted with Army Traffic Orders, and all Special Orders which you                                                      have to enforce.

(b) When on Duty.

1.  Be smart, clean, alert and soldier like.

2.  Take immediate action when necessity arises.

3.  Be courteous, but firm.

4  Make signals, and give instructions, which are clear and easily understood

5.  Having given them, see that they are carried out.

6.  If anyone - officer or man - fails to comply report him.

(c)  On Arrival at Post.

Find out:-

1.  Where all roads lead to.

2.  Local geography.

3.  Nature of traffic allowed on roads.

4.  Points of the compass.

(d) When Regulating Traffic.

1.  Stand in the middle of the road.

2.  Halt vehicles you wish to stop well away from you - never allow traffic to get on top of you, which prevents anyone seeing your signals.

3.  When breaking a column, catch the eye of the driver of the third or fourth vehicle away, and halt him;  this gives the necessary space.

4. Keep your back to halted traffic and face that you are moving.

5.  To halt a vehicle throw up the hand above the head, pointing in the direction of the vehicle you wish to halt.

6.  All movements are to be directed by signs given below the waist line.

7.  Control is instituted to keep traffic moving;  one stream should always be moving at the post.

8.  In cases of necessity any passing soldier may be called upon to assist, and should be reported if he fails to do so.

9.  Do not wave your arms about when roads are clear and there is no necessity for instructing approaching vehicles;  one signal to come on is sufficient.

(e) If a Block does occur.

1.  Send a man to each end to stop “double banking,” and create gaps between groups of six vehicles.

2.  If a lorry sticks, move the next to the front and tow it out.   If this fails unload it at once.

3.  If horses won’t pull, take them out and man-handle the wagon to the side of, or off the road.

(f) If Offenders have to be reported.

1.  Get number, name and unit.

2.  Confirm by comparison with Pay Book or Identity Disc,

3. No. of vehicle.

(g) Reports.

1.  Head with date (of reporting).

2.  Give time, date (of offence), place (map reference if possible).

3.  State offence clearly, avoiding irrelevance and verbosity.

4.  Each offence to be stated in a separate para.

5.  Sign (giving unit).

6.  Obtain corroborative evidence, or name and unit of such witness.

7.  Send report as soon as possible to A.P.M.   If traffic is heavy and it is not desirable, or possible, to take particulars, merely take the No. of the motor vehicle.

(h) The uninterrupted flow of traffic is of the utmost importance, and it should be a point of honour with every man on duty that no interruption of that “flow!” occurs at his post.

Salutes should be given when possible, but are of minor importance to the proper control of traffic.

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Field Survey Coy., R.E SO 34  30-12-17

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XI LORRY.JPEG

TRAFFIC MAP SHOWING LORRY ROUTES IN THE IX CORPS AREA IN 1917

IX C.JPEG

TRAFFIC CIRCUITS IN THE IX CORPS AREA, EAST AND SOUTH OF SOISSON

JAN 6  CHINESE LABOUR.  OPENED P.O.W. CAGE AT LOCRE FOR RECEPTION OF CHINESE OF 105 COY, WHO WERE IMPLICATED IN THE RECENT RIOT.

M.P. TORCHES.   P.M. ASKS WHETHER I CONSIDER MILITARY POLICE SHOULD BE PROVIDED WITH TORCHES.

JAN 7   MOVE OF DIVISIONS.  20TH DIVISION RELIEVED BY 30TH IN NORTHERN SECTOR, 30TH DIVISION TO BLARINGHEM AREA.

TRAFFIC TELEPHONES.   ASKED A.D. SIGNALS TO REMOVE INSTRUMENTS AT CANADA CORNER, LA CLYTTE AND VIERSTRAAT ON 12TH INST AND INSTAL THEM WHEN SHELTERS ARE READY AT KRUISTRAATHOEK AND SHRAPNEL CORNER.

JAN 8  ESTAMINET CONTROL.   LETTER FROM P.M. 4 ARMY STATING THAT IT IS CONSIDERED DESIRABLE DURING PRESENT SEVERE WEATHER TO SOMEWHAT RELAX THE REGULATIONS REGARDING MEN NOT BEING IN ESTAMINETS EXCEPT BETWEEN 12 - 2 AND 6 - 8 PM, AND UP TO 8 PM NO ACTION SHOULD BE TAKEN AGAINST MEN WHO GO INTO ESTAMINETS FOR THE WARMTH ONLY, PROVIDED THAT NO DRINK IS BEING SERVED:  THE RELAXATION IS NOT TO BE ANNOUNCED.

JAN 9   LEAVE, STOPPAGE OF, AS A PUNISHMENT.   COPY OF CIRCULAR FRO “A” STATING THAT CORPS COMMANDER HAD DECIDED THAT  IN THE CASE OF CERTAIN OFFENCES, E.G. DISREGARD OF TRAFFIC REGULATIONS, THE BEST METHOD OF PUNISHMENT IS BY STOPPAGE OF LEAVE.

MOVE OF DIVISIONS.   30TH DIVISION LEFT BLARINGHEM AREA TO JOIN XVIII CORPS, 5 ARMY.   4 AUSTRALIAN DIV. ARRIVED FROM VII CORPS, 5 ARMY AND MOVED TO GODE AREA PREPARATORY TO RELIEVING 37TH DIVISION.

JAN 10  TRAFFIC CIRCUITS.   ISSUED COPIES OF CORPS TRAFFIC MAP TO A.P.M. 20TH DIV (50), A.P.M. 4 AUSTRALIAN DIV. (25) AND S.M.T.O. (150).

JAN 11  GOVERNMENT PROPERTY.   BELGIAN MISSION AT G.H.Q ISSUED PROCLAMATION REGARDING THE DUTY OF CIVILIANS TO RESTORE LOST OR ABANDONED PROPERTY OF THE BRITISH ARMY.

SIGN POSTING.   LETTER FROM G.S., 4 ARMY REGARDING THE NECESSITY OF PLACARDING ALL FARMS, WOODS, ETC., ROAD JUNCTIONS, ETC.

PETROL TINS, WESTOUTRE.   COLLECTED ALL FROM INHABITANTS.

CHEVRONS, ACTIVE SERVICE.   P.M SENDS ROLLS TO BE COMPLETED AS REGARDS CLAIMS MADE BY A.P.M’S., MILITARY POLICE AND TRAFFIC CONTROL PERSONNEL.

JAN 12 THAW TRAFFIC.   RESTRICTIONS PUT IN FORCE.

VENEREAL DISEASE.   LETTER FROM P.M. G.H.Q., STATING THAT MEDICAL OFFICERS HAS BEEN DIRECTED TO INTERROGATE PATIENTS BEFORE A.P.M. SAW THEM AND TO HAND OVER ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED TO THAT OFFICER.

BELGIAN ARMY ZONE.   P.M. 4 ARMY SENDS COPY OF RULES REGARDING THE CROSSING THE BOUNDARY OF BELGIAN AND BRITISH ARMY ZONE BY BELGIAN SOLDIERS AND CIVILIANS.

CORPS AREA.   4 AUSTRALIAN DIVISION RELIEVED 37 DIVISION IN SCHERPENBERG AREA, WHICH WAS THEN TRANSFERRED TO AUSTRALIAN CORPS.   37 DIV MOVED TO BLARINGHAM AREA.

JAN 13 TRANSPORT ORGANISATION.   AN EXPERIMENTAL SYSTEM OF PLACING ALL M.T AND H.T. BELONGING TO CORPS TROOPS UNDER AN A.D OF S & T. INTRODUCED.

PLACE NAMES.   “Q” RULED THAT A.P.M’S. ARE RESPONSIBLE THAT THE PAINTING OF PLACE NAMES ON WALLS OF VILLAGES, ETC., IN ACCORDANCE WITH S.R.O. 1628, IS CARRIED OUT.

TRAFFIC TELEPHONES.   KRUISTRAATHOEK CONNECTED TO LA CLYTTE EXCHANGE.

JAN 14 OFFICERS’ MOTOR CONTRO LS.   CONVERSATION WITH CORPS COMMAND RE THESE: HE DOES NOT WISH CARS CARRYING DISTINGUISHING FLAGS TO BE STOPPED.

THAW TRAFFIC.  NORMAL TRAFFIC RESUMED, IN CONSEQUENCE OF FRESH FROST.

CONFERENCE OF CORPS A.P.M’S.  P.M. 4 ARMY HELD CONFERENCE OF CORPS A.P.M’S. AT A.H.Q. P.M., G.H.Q. PRESENT.   PRINCIPAL POINTS:-

        1. CORPS CONFERENCES TO BE HELD ABOUT ONCE A MONTH.

        2. DIVISIONAL A/P/M’S. AND TRAFFIC OFFICERS (1 PER CORPS) WILL IN FUTURE BE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THE LAST 5 DAYS OF EACH POLICE COURSE.

        3. DIVISIONAL T.C. MEN WILL SHORTLY BE RELIEVED BY “B” MEN FROM HOME.

        4. STANDARD ROAD SIGNS WILL SHORTLY BE MADE AT ARMY F.P. CAMP.

        5. DIVISIONAL POLICE TO OCCASIONALLY BE INSPECTED BY CORPS A.P.M’S AND RESULT FORWARDED TO P.M.

JAN 15 WALKING ON RAILWAYS.   P.M. DRAWS ATTENTION TO CLASS OF OFFENCE, WHICH IS BECOMING TOO COMMON, TO THE GREAT DETRIMENT OF THE LIGHT RAILWAYS.

PROVOST GAZETTE.   CIRCULAR FROM P.M. G.H.Q, INAUGURATING THIS - PRINCIPAL POINT BEING THAT ESCAPED PRISONERS OF WAR, SPECIAL ABSENTEES, LOST PASSES AND MOTOR CYCLES ARE REPORTED DIRECT TO P.M., G.H.Q., WHO  ISSUES A DAILY SUMMARY TO P.M’S. AND A WEEKLY SUMMARY TO EVERY A.P.M.

EXAMPLE OF COVER AND 1 PARTIAL ENTRY IS SHOWN BELOW:

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PART 3.

LIST OF ABSENTEES

REPORTED TO

PROVOST-MARSHAL,

GENERAL HEADQUARTERS,

UP TO AND INCLUDING 8TH DECEMBER , 1916.

(B16751) 500  1/17  H & S  4017wo

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LIST OF ABSENTEES

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Number               Rank               Name                Unit             Date of  absence                 Description                 Reported by

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45476               Sergeant         Austin           22nd Bde, R.F.A.          12.11.16           Height 6 feet, broad build        4th Army

                                                                                                                                          acquiline nose: brown hair;

                                                                                                                                          blue eyes.

4431              Lce-Corporal  Atkinson R       54th Bn. A.I.F               29.10.16           Age 22, height 5 feet 6 inches,       “

                                                                                                                                          dark complexion.

763                 Private            Armstrong A    49th Bn. A.I.F               16.1.16            Age 35-40, height 5 feet 6 inches   “

                                                                                                                                          dark complexion, clean shaven

                                                                                                                                          stout build.

9214                Private            Armstrong R    1 Bn. South                23.11.16           Height 5 feet 6 inches, dark           “

                                                                             Staffordshire Regt                           complexion, grey eyes,

                                                                                                                                          suffering from frost bite in feet

there are 32 names on this page and 7 pages in this issue.

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JAN 15 MOTOR CYCLES LOST.  P.M. SENDS REVISED LIST.

THAW TRAFFIC.   REVISED ORDERS FOR SPECIAL CONTROL POSTS ISSUED.

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ORDERS FOR SPECIAL THAW TRAFFIC POSTS

1.   All M.T. except Cars and Ambulances are to be stopped and examined.

2.   Particulars will be taken of all such vehicles whose drivers do not carry a special Thaw Pass.   (IX Corps specimen is attached, other Corps have a somewhat similar one).

3.   Speed limits are :-

                                Cars………….20 m.p.h.

                                Other M.T…….  6 m.p.h

4.   Horsed Transport vehicles must carry light loads and will be drawn by one pair of horses only.

5.   No horses may be exercised on the road.

6.   Civilian Transport will be dealt with by the Gendarmerie.

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TRAFFIC CONTROL - PERSONNEL.   LETTER FROM A.A.G. 4 ARMY STATING THAT ARMY COMMANDER CONSIDERS THAT THERE ARE TOO MANY MEN EMPLOYED ON TRAFFIC CONTROL DUTY IN THE ARMY AREA, AND THAT THE DIRECT THAT ONLY THE ABSOLUTE MINIMUM OF MEN BE NOW SO EMPLOYED.

TRAFFIC CONTROL - CYCLISTS.   ARRANGED TO RELEASE ALL OF THESE EXCEPT 7 TOMORROW.

CHARGE REPORTS.  P.M. WRITES THAT THESE SHOULD NOT BE SENT TO UNITS THROUGH ARMY.

JAN 17 ARMY COURSE OF INSTRUCTION.   “A” WRITES FOR NAME OF 1 A.P.M. AND 1 TRAFFIC OFFICER TO ATTEND COURSE FROM 25TH TO 31 JAN. - SUBMIT NAME OF 2/LT. CROSS, TRAFFIC OFFICER, 37TH DIVISION.

SPEED OF VEHICLES.   P.M. 4 ARMY ASKS FOR A SPECIAL WEEKLY REPORT ON THE SUBJECT OF CASES OF M.T. VEHICLES DRIVEN AT EXCESSIVE SPEEDS

JAN 18  LEAVE.   MAJ  MARTIN, A/P/M. 20TH DIVI. PROCEEDED ON ONE MONTH’S SPECIAL LEAVE: 2/LT SERVANTE, RIFLE BRIGADE, TRAFFIC OFFICER, ACTING FOR HIM UNTIL 21ST JAN.

LEAVE.   LETTER FROM P.M., G.H.Q. DIRECTING THAT IN NOTIFYING PERIODS OF LEAVE GRANTED THE ACTUAL DATES OF COMMENCEMENT AND EXPIRATION SHOULD BE STATED.   EXTENSION SHOULD ALSO BE REPORTED.

POLICE, CORPS SCHOOL.   1 CPL. AND 2 L/CPL’S., M.F.P., REPORTED FOR DUTY FROM ROUEN.

JAN 19  TRAFFIC CONTROL.  MEN EMPLOYED BY A.P.M, 20 DIVISION REDUCED FROM 53 TO 40.

JAN 20  NIL.

JAN 21  LEAVE.   A.P.M. PROCEEDED ON FOUR DAYS’ LEAVE TO PARIS: CAP., LEMARCHAND, A.P.M. 37TH DIVN. ACTING: LT. WAINWRIGHT, PROVOST LEARNER, FOR HIM.

THAW TRAFFIC.   PRECAUTIONS WITHDRAWN FROM MIDNIGHT 21/22.

JAN 22  MMP PROMOTION.   P.M., 4 ARMY ASKS FOR A LIST OF M.M.P. RECOMMENDED FOR PROMOTION TO BE SENT TO HIM ON 25TH OF EACH MONTH.

ESTAMINET CONTROL.   P.M. 4 ARMY SENDS SPECIMEN AUTHORITY TO BE GIVEN TO HOTEL PROPRIETORS TO SERVE OFFICERS ONLY WHEN 5 KILO. AWAY FROM THEIR MESSES.

JAN 23 NIL.

JAN 24  TRAFFIC CONTROL, PERSONNEL.   18 ADDITIONAL MEN GIVEN TO A.P.M., 37 DIVISION FOR TRAINING.   WHEN THEORETICAL PLART COMPLETE TO BE ATTACHED TO A.P.M. 20TH DIVISION IN LINE FOR PRACTICAL TRAINING.

LEAVE.   A.P.M. RETURNED FROM LEAVE., CAPT. LEMARCHAND REJOINED 37TH DIVISION AND LT. WAINWRIGHT IX CORPS H.Q.

JAN 25  DESERTERS.   LETTER FROM A.G REGARDING EVIDENCE TO BE GIVEN IN THE CASE OF MEN WHO WHEN APPREHENDED REFUSE TO GIVE THEIR PROPER NAMES OR ANY NAME AT ALL.

JAN 26  STOP WATCHES.   LETTER FROM P.M. 4 ARMY STATING THAT Q.M.G. HAS AGREED TO ISSUE OF 2 STOP WATCHES PER DIVISION.

JAN 27  TRAFFIC CONTROL PERSONNEL.   LETTER FROM A.G. TO EFFECT THAT THE 40 CLASS “A” MEN NOW EMPLOYED WITH EACH DIVISION WOULD BE REPLACED AT THE RATE OF 5 PER WEEK BY b1 MAN PROVIDED BY D.A.G., 3RD ECHELON.

JAN 28  SPEED OF MOTOR VEHICLES.   A.G RULED THAT DRIVERS OF VEHICLES NOT BELONGING TO 2 ARMY COULD NOT BE BOUND BY THE LOWER SPEED LIMIT IN FORCE IN THAT FORMATION.

JAN 29  ARMY CLASS OF INSTRUCTION.   GAVE LECTURE ON POWERS OF ARREST, ETC.,

JAN 30  LEAVE.  A.P.M. PROCEEDED ON 15 DAYS’ LEAVE TO U.K., LIEUT. WAINWRIGHT PROVOST LEARNER, ACTING.

CORPS AREA.   THE WHOLE AREA, TOGETHER WITH 20TH AND 37TH DIVISIONS, HANDED OVER TO XXII CORPS.

ABSENTEE OFFICERS.   LETTER FROM P.M., G.H.Q., ASKING FOR FULL REPORT IN CASES OF ABSENTEE OFFICERS BEING ACCOUNTED FOR.

JAN 31  CONFERENCE OF  CORPS A.P.M’S.   HELD AT A.H.Q.,: DID NOT ATTEND.

WIVES OF OFFICERS AND SOLDIERS.   A.G. ISSUES AMENDED DEFINITION OF ZONE OF THE ARMIES, FOR THE PURPOSE OF THE REGULATIONS REGARDING WIVES.

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FEB 1   NIL

FEB  2 WEEKLY REPORT.   TO P.M. 4 ARMY.

FEB 3   NIL.

FEB 4   CIVILIAN CONTROL.   P.M. 4 ARMY SENDS COPIES OF HIS INSTRUCTIONS REGARDING PASSES, ETC., FOR FORBIDDEN ZONE.

CIVILIAN CONTROL.   P.M. 5 ARMY SENDS LOCATION OF EASTERN BOUNDARY OF “PREFECTORAL AREA”.

PRISONERS OF WAR.   P.M. 5 ARMY SENDS INSTRUCTIONS AS TO REPORTING CAPTURES.

PRISONERS OF WAR - ESCAPES.   P.M. 5 ARMY SENDS INSTRUCTIONS REGARDING STEPS TO BE TAKEN.

FIELD PUNISHMENT.   P.M. 5 ARMY SENDS INSTRUCTIONS REGARDING THE ACCEPTANCE BY ADM. COMMDT., ARMY RAILHEADS OF MEN BELONGING TO ARMY TROOPS FOR FIELD PUNISHMENT.

FEB 5   MILITARY POLICE, TRANSFER TO.   LETTER FROM P.M., G.H.Q. STATING THAT A/F/B/24 IS TO SHOWN THE  APPLICANTS MEDICAL CLASSIFICATION.

FEB 6   TRAFFIC CONTROL - SPEED OF VEHICLES.   LETTER FROM 5 ARMY “Q” STATING THAT F.W.D. LORRIES WHEN TOWING GUNS WERE NOT TO EXCEED 6 M.P.H.

FEB 7  RUSSIANS ESCAPED FROM ENEMY.   A.G. NOTIFIES THAT THE DEPOT FOR THESE MEN HAS BEEN CHANGED FROM LE MANS TO LAVAL.

FEB 8  ABSENTEES.   P.M. 5 ARMY DIRECTED THAT NAMES OF OLD ABSENTEES BE PUT ON BACK OF THE WEEKLY A.F.E. 3701.

FEB 9  MOTOR CONTROL, ARMY COMMANDER’S CAR.   P.M. 5 ARMY WRITES THAT THE ARMY COMMANDER’S CAR HAS A BLACK CROSS 1” THICK PAINTED ON OFF HEADLIGHT - THIS CAR IN ON NO ACCOUNT TO BE STOPPED.

EXAMINING POSTS.   P.M. 5 ARMY SENDS MAP LOCATIONS OF FRONT AND BACK POSTS.

LORRY DRIVING SCHOOL.   P.M. 5 ARMY SENDS PARTICULARS RE 6 DAY COURSE OF INSTRUCTION FOR LORRY DRIVER.

WEEKLY REPORT.   TO  P.M. 4 ARMY.

FEB 10  NIL

FEB 11  NIL

FEB 12  MOVE OF CORPS.   CORP H.Q., WITH SIGNAL COY., CYCLIST BN., SUPPLY COL. HQ., CORPS TROOPS SUPPLY COL. AND “E” AMM. PARK MOVED BY RAIL TO NOYON ON TRANSFER FROM 4 ARMY TO 5 ARMY.

FEB 15  NOYON, CORPS AREA.   CORPS H.Q. ARRIVED AT NOYON AND TOOK OVER ROYE AND MONTDIDIER AREAS (BACK AREAS IN 5 ARMY).

FEB 14  COLOURED LABOUR - DISCIPLINE.   G.H.Q. ISSUED CIRCULAR ON THIS SUBJECT.

LEAVE.    APM RETURNED FROM LEAVE AND RESUMED DUTY.

FEB 15   NIL

FEB 16  APM LEARNERS.   LIEUT WAINWRIGHT LEFT ON 15 DAYS’ LEAVE, TO REJOIN 4 ARMY, XXII CORPS ON RETURN.

WEEKLY REPORT.   TO P.M. 5 ARMY.

 CARD PASSES.   SEND ESTIMATE FOR MARCH - MAY PERIOD, 130.

FRENCH AREA -  RECONNAISSANCE.   VISITED PREVET OF XI FRENCH CORPS AT SOISSONS AND DISCUSSED TRAFFIC, CIVILIAN CIRCULATION, ETC., IN HIS AREA.

FEB 18  COLOURED LABOUR - DISCIPLINE.   LETTER FROM A.G. TO EFFECT THAT WHENEVER IT BECOMES NECESSARY TO USE ARMED FORCE IN SUPPRESSION OF A RIOT OR DISTURBANCE IN COLOURED LABOUR COYS., G.O.C. ARMY IS TO REPORT THE FACT BY TELEGRAM AND SUBSEQUENTLY TO SEND A WRITTEN REPORT.

PRISONERS OF WAR, BRITISH. ESCAPED.   INSTRUCTIONS FROM A.G. RE SENDING THESE TO ENGLAND.

FRENCH AREA - RECONNAISSANCE.   VISITED PREVOT OF XXXV FRENCH CORPS AT LIME AND DISCUSSED TRAFFIC, CIVILIAN CIRCULATION, ETC., IN HIS AREA.   VISITED COMMISSION REGULATRICE AUTOMOBILE, 6 FRENCH ARMY, SOISSONS, AND DISCUSSED TRAFFIC CONTROL.

FEB 19 E.F.C (EXPEDITIONARY FORCE CANTEENS WWI NAAFI).   P.M., G.H.Q. WRITES THAT ITALIANS ATTACHED B.E.F. MAY USE E.F.C.

CORRESPONDENCE WITH HOME OFFICIALS.   P.M. G.H.Q. WRITES THAT ALL COMMUNICATIONS WITH HOME AUTHORITIES (P.M. HOME FORCES, CHIEF CONSTABLES, SCOTLAND YARD, ETC.) WILL IN FUTURE BE CARRIED ON THROUGH HIS OFFICE, EXCEPT IN CASES OF EXTREME URGENCY, WHEN A COPY MUST BE SENT TO HIM.

CONFERENCE OF CORPS A.P.M’S. AT A.H.Q.  

        STRAGGLER POSTS.   CORPS ARE MAKING 3 LINES, A.P.M. III CORPS WILL      SEND ME COPY OF HIS SCHEME.

        CAMERAS.   SOME WORKER AMONG TROOPS HAVE THESE.

        CIVILIANS, EVACUATION OF,   IF NECESSARY THIS COULD BE DONE TO AMIENS, FULL INSTRUCTIONS WILL BE SENT BY LETTER SHORTLY.

        PRISONERS OF WAR.   ARMY CAGE IS AT NESLE.

        PRISONERS CAPTURED.   APPROX MAP REFERENCE OF CAPTURE SHOULD BE STATED IN DAILY RETURN.

FEB 20  FRENCH AREA RECONNAISSANCE.   MOTORED TO BEAUVAIS, CREIL AND COMPIEGNE, 120 MILES.

ROYE AREA.   VISITED FOYE, 1 SERGT. AND 4 M.F.P. - ABOUT 1500 TROOPS, MAJOR WILLIAMS IS TOWN MAJOR:  QUIET: ESTAMINET NOTICES NOT POSTED: ARRANGED FOR WEEKLY REPORT TO BE SENT IN THURSDAYS.

MONTDIDIER AREA.   VISITED MONTDIDIER, 1 SERGT. AND 6 M.F.P. - ABOUT 150 TROOPS - VERY QUIET, MANY REFUGEES.   SAW CAPT REID, O.C. TROOPS, K GROU, CENTRAL PURCHASE BOARD.   ARRANGED FOR WEEKLY REPORT TO BE SENT ON THURSDAYS: 6 GENDARMES HERE AND AN ADDITIONAL 4 AT FIGNIERES. - ESTAMINET NOTICES NOT POSTED.

LABOUR ITALIAN.   LETTER FROM P.M. 5 ARMY REGARDING 20,000 ITALIANS WHO ARE NOW ARRIVING FOR WORK IN ARMY AREA.

PINK AND BLUE PERMIS.   LETTER FROM P.M. G.H.Q. DIRECTING THAT EXPIRED PINK AND BLUE PERMIS BE SENT TO HIM MONTHLY THROUGH THE USUAL CHANNELS FOR DISPATCH TO FRENCH MIS

FEB 21  FRENCH AREA RECONNAISSANCE.   MOTORED 100 MILES IN THE SOISSONS DISTRICT.

THAW PRECAUTIONS.   PUT INTO FORCE 6P.M, PASSES NOT REQUIRED FOR CARS, BUT OTHERWISE ARRANGEMENTS MUCH THE SAME AS IN 4 ARMY, EXCEPT THAT CORPS THROUGH WHOSE AREA PASSES ARE GIVEN MUST BE NOTIFIED.

ABSENTEES.   P.M. G.H.Q. ISSUED QUARTERLY LIST TO 30/9/17.

FEB 22  ITALIAN LABOUR.   LETTER FROM A.G. STATING THAT BRITISH MILITARY POLICE MAY ‘DETAIN’ WORKMEN COMMITTING OFFENCES OUTSIDE THEIR CAMPS BUT MUST HAND THEM OVER TO THEIR OWN UNITS AT THE EARLIEST OPPORTUNITY.

SAUF CONDUITS.   LETTER FROM A.P.M. III CORPS STATING THAT, AS AGREED, THE SAUF-CONDUITS OF CIVILIANS APPLYING TO CROSS THE LINE OF EXAMINING POSTS FROM THE WEST WILL IN FUTURE BE SUBMITTED BY III CORPS INTELLIGENCE TO ME FOR VISA.

FRENCH AREA RECONNAISSANCE.   CALLED ON PREVOT XXXV FRENCH CORPS AND CENTRAL C.R.A., 6 FRENCH ARMY.

FEB 23  WEEKLY REPORT.  TO P.M. 5 ARMY.

FEB 24  CIVILIAN CONTROL.   LETTER FROM FRENCH MISSION G.H.Q. DETAILING THE REVISED PROCEDURE FOR BRITISH SUBJECTS OBTAINING PERMISSION TO VISIT THE BRITISH ZONE.   (CARNE d’ETRANGER ETC.).

FRENCH AREA RECONNAISSANCE.   MOTORED 75 MILES IN THE COUCY, SOISSON AREA.

THAW PRECAUTIONS.   REMOVED AT 6 PM.

FEB 25  CIRCULATION - AMERICAN AND PORTUGUESE.   LETTER FROM S.G. TO EFFECT THAT MILITARY POLICE ARE TO DEMAND THE PRODUCTION OF PASSES FROM PORTUGUESE  AND IDENTITY CARDS FROM AMERICANS.  IN HIS FORWARDING MINUTE P.M. 5 ARMY DIRECTS THAT THESE PAPERS BE EXAMINED AT THE FRONT LINE POSTS AND IN TOWNS IN ARMY AREA;  PROVOST AGENTS TO REPORT MOVEMENTS TO NEAREST A.P.M.: A NOTE TO BE MADE IN THE WEEKLY REPORT WHETHER OR NOT THERE IS ANY CIRCULATION.

FRENCH AREA RECONNAISSANCE.   MOTORED 105 MILES IN THE BRAIGNE DISTRICT.

FEB 26  FRENCH AREA RECONNAISSANCE.   MOTORED TO COMPIEGNE AND RECONNOITERED ROADS TO WEST OF NOYON - COMPIEGNE.

FEB 27   CARD PASSES.   P.M. 5 ARMY WIRES THAT THE CARD ASS WILL REMAIN VALID UP TO 31ST MARCH: NO ALTERATIONS TO PASS NECESSARY.

FEB 28  NIL

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MAR 1  CIVILIAN CONTROL.   P.M. 5 ARMY SENDS STATEMENT SHOWING NUMBER OF CIVILIANS IN EACH COMMUNE IN THE FORWARD AREA.

M.M.P. TRANSFERS.   NO. P/12965 L/CPL HOLLINGS TRANSFERRED TO VII CORPS TO COMPLETE ESTABLISHMENT OF 9 DIVISION.

MAR 2  CARD PASSES.   G.R.O. PUBLISHED STATING THAT AFTER 31ST INST. THE ISSUE OF CARD PASSES WILL BE DISCONTINUED (G.R.O. 3485).

NOYON TOWN ORDERS.   THE A.P.M. III CORPS SENDS A COPY OF THESE.

MAR 3  WEEKLY REPORT  TO P.M. 5 ARMY.

CARD PASSES.   REPORTED TO P.M. 5 ARMY THAT HAD ISSUED 532 CARD PASSES DURING PERIOD ENDED 28TH FEB.

MAR 4  ROYE AREA.   VISITED ROYE AND MET MAJOR E.S. WILLIAMS, ACTING TOWN MAJOR.

MONTDIDIER AREA.   VISITED MONTDIDIER AND MET LT. COL. RYAN AREA COMMANDANT.

TRAFFIC CONTROL.   LETTER FROM A.G. STATING THAT THE 40 “B” MEN ARRIVING FOR TRAFFIC CONTROL DUTIES SHOULD BE ATTACHED AS SUPERNUMERARIES TO DIVISIONAL EMPLOYMENT COMPANIES, PENDING APPROVAL FOR AN INCREASE IN THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THOSE UNITS.

MAR 5  FRENCH AREA RECONNAISSANCE.   MOTORED 85 MILES IN THE SOISSONS AREA

MAR 6  FRENCH AREA RECONNAISSANCE.   MOTORED 135 MILES IN THE SOISSONS - BRAISNE AREA.

MAR 7  PRISONERS OF WAR, RECAPTURE.   A.G WRITES THAT AUTHORITY CANNOT BE GRANTED FOR A REWARD TO BE PAID TO BRITISH SOLDIERS WHO RECAPTURE ESCAPED PRISONERS OF WAR, SEEING THAT IT IS THEIR DUTY TO DO SO.

AIR RAIDS.   G. ISSUED RULES REGARDING WARNINGS, ETC.

CIVILIAN CONTROL.   P.M. 5 ARMY SUGGESTS THAT, IN ORDER TO SAVE CONGESTION OF WORK DURING OPERATIONS THOSE CIVILIANS WHOSE CASES WERE APPROVED SHOULD HAVE THE SQUARE STAMP ON THEIR SAUF-CODUITS STAMPED “SPECIAL” NOW.

MARCH 8  FRENCH AREA RECONNAISSANCE.  MOTORED 85 MILES IN THE SOISSONS - COMPIEGNE AREA.  D.A.& Q.M.G HELD CONFERENCE AT WHICH HE EXPLAINED THE PRINCIPAL POINTS ON WHICH INFORMATION WAS DESIRED.

MARCH 9  SUMMER TIME.   CLOCKS ADVANCED ONE HOUR AT 11 P.M.

MARCH 10  WEEKLY REPORT.   TO P.M. 5 ARMY.

WEEKLY REPORT.   LETTER FROM P.M. 5 ARMY ASKING FOR A.F. W.3430 AND W. 3737 TO REACH IM BY FIRST POST ON MONDAYS.

FRENCH AREA RECONNAISSANCE.   MOTORED 120 MILES IN THE SOISSONS - COMPIEGNE AREA.

MARCH 11  FRENCH AREA RECONNAISSANCE.   MOTORED 110 MILES IN THE SOISSONS, CREPY, COMPIEGNE AREA.

MARCH 12  FRENCH RECONNAISSANCE.   MOTORED 115 MILES IN THE SOISSONS, CREPY, COMPIEGNE AREA.

A.P.M.’S HORSES.   SURRENDERED 2ND CHARGER, SPECIALLY ALLOWED IN 2 ARMY.

MARCH 13  ESTAMINET CONTROL.   LETTER FROM A.P.M. AMIENS STATING THAT HE HAD HAD SOME WHITE WINE ANALYSED WITH THE RESULT THAT THE PRESENCE OF SULPHURIC ACID WAS DISCLOSED.

VISIT BY P.M. 5 ARMY.   LIEUT.-COL. ROGERS PAID HIS FIRST VISIT.

MARCH 14  FRENCH AREA RECONNAISSANCE.   MOTORED 120 MILES BETWEEN SOISSONS, FISMES, FERE EN TARDENOIS AND VILLERS  COTTERETS.

M.M.P., CORPS H.Q.   P/8142 L/CPL KERRISON JOINED FROM 9 DIVISION IN RELIEF OF L/CPL. HOLLINGS.

MARCH 15  MONTDIDIER AREA.   VISITED AREA COMMANDANT.

ROYE AREA.   VISITED TOWN MAJOR AND EXPLAINED TO HIM THE SYSTEM OF ERECTING  STANDARD ROAD SIGNS, OF WHICH HE NOW HAS A SUPPLY.

DRESS, A.P.M’s.   LETTER FROM P.M. G.H.Q REPUBLISHING FORMER Q.M.G AUTHORITY FOR A.P.M’s TO WEAR STAFF UNIFORMS.

MARCH 16  FRENCH AREA RECONNAISSANCE.   MOTORED 140 MILES IN THE SOISSONS, VILLERS COTTERETS, VERBERIE AREA.

WEEKLY REPORT TO P.M. 5 ARMY.

MARCH 17  NIL.

MARCH 18  FRENCH AREA RECONNAISSANCE.   MOTORED 80 MILES IN THE SOISSONS - COMPIEGNE AREA.

MARCH 18  LEAVE - VENEREAL CASES.   A.G. ISSUES A MODIFICATION OF THE ORDER PROHIBITING LEAVE FOR 12 MONTHS AFTER DISCHARGE FROM VENEREAL HOSPITAL:  ORDER NOW READS FOR 6 MONTHS AFTER DATE ON WHICH PATIENT WOULD ORDINARILY HAVE BEEN GRANTED LEAVE, PROVIDING THAT 6 MONTHS HAVE ELAPSED SINCE HE WAS DISCHARGED FROM HOSPITAL, AND THAT HE IS FREE FROM VENEREAL DISEASE.

CENSORSHIP - ITALIAN LABOUR.   P.M., 5 ARMY WRITES THAT ITALIAN CONTINGENT ARE SUBJECT TO THE CENSORSHIP REGULATIONS AS PUBLISHED IN G.R.O.

AMERICAN RED CROSS.   LETTER FROM A.G. REGARDING PROCEDURE TO BE ADOPTED IN THE CASE OF EXISTING VOLUNTARY INSTITUTIONS IN THE 5 ARMY AREA - EACH INSTITUTION DEALT WITH SPECIFICALLY.

 MARCH 19 FRENCH RECONNAISSANCE.   MOTORED 150 MILES IN THE FISMES AREA.

MARCH 20  FRENCH RECONNAISSANCE.   MOTORED 110 MILES IN THE FERE-EN-TARDENOIS AREA.

TELEGRAMS.   LETTER FROM G.H.Q TO EFFECT THAT TELEGRAMS REFERRING TO MOVES OF TROOPS MUST BE SENT IN CODE.

MARCH 21  OPERATIONS.   ENEMY ATTACKED 5 AND 3 ARMIES ON A FRONT OF ABOUT 60 MILES AND PROGRESSED AT SOME POINTS TO A DEPTH OF 10 MILES.

MARCH 22  AMERICAN E. F.   P.M. G.H.Q. SENDS COPY OF RULES UNDER WHICH BRITISH MISSION WITH AMERICAN E. F. ISSUE CARD PASSES TO AMERICAN TROOPS.

FRENCH AREA RECONNAISSANCE.   MOTORED 140 MILES IN THE CHATEAU THIERRY - FERF-EN-TARDENOIS AREA - MAKING A TOTAL OF ABOUT 2050 MILES SINCE FEB. 17TH.

MARCH 23  MOVE - CORP H.Q.   CORPS H.Q. MOVED TO MONTDIDIER.

CORPS AREA.   XVIII CORPS H.Q. MOVED TO ROYE, AND TOOK OVER ADMINISTRATION OF THAT AREA.

MARCH 24  MOVE - CORPS H.Q.  CORPS H.Q. MOVED TO BERNAVILLE , ON TRANSFER TO 3 ARMY, REMAINING, EXCEPT CYCLIST BATTN., IN G/H/Q/ RESERVE.

MARCH 25  MOVE, CORPS H.Q.   Q ISSUED INSTRUCTIONS REGARDING THE DIVISION OF OFFICES INTO ESSENTIAL AND NON-ESSENTIAL PORTIONS.

MARCH 26  ITALIAN LABOUR.  LETTER FROM A.G., G.H.Q. RE CIRCULATION OF ITALIAN LABOURERS IN THE BRITISH ZONE:  M.P. SHOULD DEMAND PRODUCTION OF BUFF PASS, A.F. W.3105.

FRONT LINE EXAMINING POSTS.   P.M. 3 ARMY SENDS COPY OF HIS ORDERS RELATIVE TO THE FALLING BACK OF THE SOUTHERN SECTOR OF THESE POSTS.

WEEKLY REPORT.  TO P.M. 5 ARMY.

MARCH 27  STRAGGLERS.   LETTER FROM 3 ARMY STATING THAT STRAGGLERS WHO CANNOT BE DEALT WITH BY CORPS SHOULD BE SENT TO FREVENT.

MARCH 28  Q DUTIES.   EMPLOYED ALL DAY IN CONNECTION WITH MOVEMENT OF INDIAN LABOUR UNITS NEAR CANAPLES.

STRAGGLERS.   LETTER FROM P./M. 3 ARMY REGARDING COLLECTION OF STRAGGLERS, WHO ARE DEMORALISING BOTH TO SOLDIERS AND CIVILIANS.

MARCH 29  TRAFFIC CONTROL.   P.M. 3 ARMY WIRES ME TO TAKE CONTROL OF ROAD FROM DOULLENS TO PROHEN-LE GRAND, AND TO SEE HIM AT FIRST OPPORTUNITY:  Q WIRES HIM THAT I CANNOT BE SPARED AND HAVE NO PERSONNEL.   INFORMED P.M. THAT I HAVE BEEN CONTROLLING ROAD FIENVILLERS TO BEAUMETS.

MARCH 30  TRAFFIC CONTROL.   VISITED LONGPRE RAILHEAD, (L OF C) WITH A VIEW TO PREVENTION OF CONGESTION,   TWO DIVISION CEASE TO DRAW SUPPLIES THEIR AFTER TODAY, WHEN MATTERS SHOULD BE NORMAL.

STRAGGLERS.   LETTER FROM P.M., 3 ARMY ASKING FOR A DAILY RETURN OF STRAGGLERS, TO BE MADE UP TO 6.00 P.M.

STRAGGLERS.   LETTER FROM 3 ARMY GIVING INSTRUCTIONS AS TO DISPOSAL OF CHINESE AND INDIAN STRAGGLERS.

PRISONERS OF WAR.   LETTER FROM P.M., 3 ARMY RE OPENING OF ARMY CAGE AT CANDAS.

FALSE REPORTS.   LETTER FROM P.M., 3 ARMY REGARDING THE SPREADING BY BRITISH SOLDIERS OF FALSE REPORTS IN ORDER TO INDUCE INHABITANTS TO LEAVE THEIR HOUSES AND PROPERTY.

MARCH 31  VISIT.   TO P.M., 3 ARMY AT BEAUQUESNE.

WEEKLY REPORT.   TO O.M., 3 ARMY

SPEED OF VEHICLES.   LETTER FROM 3 ARMY CALLING ATTENTION TO THE EXCESSIVE SPEED OF M.T. NOW SPECIALLY IMPORTANT OWING TO THE DIFFICULTY OF OBTAINING ROAD MATERIALS.

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APRIL 1  VISIT.   TO CORPS SCHOOL AT AUTHIES.

PRISONERS OF WAR.   LETTER FROM P.M., 3 ARMY TO EFFECT THAT IN FUTURE ALL FRESHLY CAPTURED PRISONERS OF WAR WERE TO BE SENT TO HAVRE INSTEAD OF TO ABBERVILLE.

APRIL 2  NIL.

APRIL 3  MOVE - CORPS H.Q.   CORPS H.Q. MOVED TO FLETRE, JOINED 2 ARMY (RELIEVING AUSTRALIAN CORPS) AND TOOK OVER 9TH, 19TH, 21ST AND 25TH DIVISION IN THE LINE.

STRAGGLERS AUSTRALIAN CORPS.   LETTER FROM P.M., 2 ARMY, DIRECTING THAT A SHARP LOOKOUT SHOULD BE KEPT FOR STRAGGLERS AFTER DEPARTURE OF AUSTRALIAN CORPS, MEN APPREHENDED SHOULD BE SENT TO ARMY FIELD PUNISHMENT CAMP.

APRIL 4  VISIT.   P.M., 2 ARMY VISITED ME THE FIRST TIME SINCE HIS APPOINTMENT IN NOV. 1917.

OPERATIONS, CONGRATULATIONS OF C IN C.   COPY OF LETTER FROM A.G. TO P.M., G.H.Q., CONGRATULATING THE MILITARY POLICE ON THEIR PERFORMANCE.

LETTER READS:

PROVOST MARSHAL,                                                                                                     H/5039

         FIRST ARMY.

        SECOND ARMY.

        THIRD ARMY.

        FOURTH ARMY.

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        I forward for your information and distribution copies of a memorandum which I have received from the Adjutant General in the name of the Commander - in- Chief.

        The message which it conveys will, I am sure be most highly valued by all ranks of the Corps of Military Police as it proves how fully the hard work of the past, which has resulted in the attainment of so high a standard of efficiency, added to the discipline and esprit de corps which exists in the Military Police, has been appreciated.

                        (sd.)   W. HORWOOD       Br. - General

                                                         Provost Marshal.

G.H.Q.,

3rd April, 1918.  

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P.M.                                                                                          AG/1421/PRS

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The Field Marshal Commanding - in - Chief has expressed his satisfaction at the work of the Corps of Military police since the commencement of the present battle.

He congratulates you on the efficiency of your organisation, and wishes you to convey to your p.m.s and a.p.ms and those serving under them, his appreciation of the manner in which they have discharged their duty, and stood to their posts.   The orderliness which has prevailed behind the front is directly attributable to their efficiency and devot

 (sd.)   G.H. Fowke.           Adjutant General.

            G.H.Q.

2/4/18        

PASSES.   P.M., G.H.Q. RULES THAT OFFICERS TRAVELLING O0N DUTY IN MOTOR CARS IN THE BRITISH AREA SHOULD NOT BE CALLED UPON TO PRODUCE ANY FORM OF PASS OR IDENTIFICATION PAPER UNLESS THERE IS SOME REASON TO SUSPECT THEM;  DUTY ORDERS WILL BE REQUIRED IN THE CASE OF THE SENIOR OCCUPANT OF A CAR NOT CONTAINING AN OFFICER AND IN THE CASE OF THE DRIVER OF A SINGLE LORRY.

APRIL 5  PASSES  - BELGIAN MISSION.    CONVERSATION WITH BELGIAN LIAISON OFFICER ON THE SUBJECT OF NECESSITY OF ISSUE OF CARD PASSES TO HIS SUBORDINATES - HE AGREES THAT THEY ARE NOT NECESSARY AND THAT THE PASS STAMP ON THE BELGIAN LAISSER-BASSER WILL BE SUFFICIENT.

APRIL 6  VISIT.   VISITED A.P.M. 9TH AND 21ST DIVISIONS AT BAILLEUL.   A.P.M 19 DIVISION VISITE ME.

WEEKLY REPORTS.   LETTER TO A.P.Ms. TO THE EFFECT THAT THE MONTHLY RETURN OF THEFTS AND MONTHLY POLICE STATS WAS TO BE SENT IN WITH THE LAST WEEKLY REPORT OF EACH MONTH.

APRIL 7  WEEKLY REPORT.   TO P.M. 2 ARMY.

SUMMARY OF INSTRUCTIONS.   SENT COPIES OF SUMMARY OF INSTRUCTIONS ISSUED TO DIVISIONAL A.P.Ms. TO 9TH, 19TH, AND 25TH DIVISIONS.

MOTOR CONTROLS.   ALLOTTED 2 DAYS PER WEEK PER DIVISION FOR MOTOR AND SPEED CONTROL.   ON SUCH CONTROL TO BE HELD BY EACH DIVISION PER WEEK.

STAFF CIRCULAR.   D.A.&Q.M.G. ISSUED TREATIES ON HIS FUNCTIONS AS COORDINATOR OF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND DEPARTMENTS.

VISIT.   A.P.M. XXII CORPS VISITED ME.

APRIL 8  MOVE OF DIVISIONS.  21 DIVN, RELIEVED BY 19TH DIVN. AND TRANSFERRED TO XXII CORPS.

VISIT.   VISITED A.P.M. 21 DIVISION.   A.P.M. 19TH DIVISION VISITED ME.

APRIL 9  OPERATIONS.   ENEMY ATTACKED 1 ARMY AND MADE PROGRESS, CAPTURING BAC ST. MAUR, ETC.: BAILLEUL VERY HEAVILY SHELLED.

APRIL 10  A.P.Ms. ARMS.   P.M. SECOND ARMY ISSUED INSTRUCTIONS THAT ALL A.P.Ms., WHEN IN FRONT OF CORPS H.Q. ARE TO BE ARMED WHEN RIDING OR WALKING.

LEVEL CROSSINGS.   LETTER FROM A.G. STATING THAT STEPS SHOULD BE TAKEN TO REPLACE OR SUPPLEMENT CIVILIAN CROSSING KEEPERS AT IMPORTANT PLACES, AS THE CIVILIANS HAVE, IN SOME INSTANCES LEFT THEIR POST ON ACCOUNT OF AIR RAIDS: A IN THEIR FORWARDING MINUTE SAY THAT DIVISIONS AND AREA COMMANDANTS ARE RESPONSIBLE.

OPERATIONS.   GERMANS ATTACKED IX CORPS AND GOT INTO PLOEGSTEERT, ETC.

MONTHLY STATES.   P.M. 2 ARMY DIRECTS THAT POLICE STATE AND THEFT RETURNS BE DESPATCHED SO AS TO REACH HIM FIRST SATURDAY IN EACH MONTH.

TRAFFIC CONTROL.   TOOK OVER TRAFFIC CONTROL IN LOCRE AND METEREN WITH LT. JACK AND 12 CORPS CYCLISTS.   ADDITIONAL CORPS CYCLISTS WITH ME FOR COMMUNICATION PURPOSES.

TRAFFIC CONTROL.  2 OFFICERS AND 50 OR’s CORPS CYCLISTS ALLOTTED TO DIVISIONS FOR DUTY FROM 7P.M. TO 7A.M.

APRIL 11  STRAGGLERS.   LT. BUNNON, LATE AREA COMMANDANT, PLOEGSTEERT, SENT TO ME FOR DUTY IN CONNECTION WITH THE COLLECTION OF STRAGGLERS.

DIVISIONS.   23RD, DIVISION AND 49TH DIVISION JOINED CORPS.

TRAFFIC CONTROL.   2 OFFICERS AND 50 OR’S CORPS CYCLISTS ALLOTTED TO DIVISIONS FOR DUTY FROM FROM 7P.M. TO 7A.M.

PRISONERS OF WAR.   18 CAPTURED.

APRIL 12  MOVE - CORPS H.Q.   MOVED TO ST. SYLVESTRE CAPPEL.

DIVISIONS.  9TH DIVISION TRANSFERRED TO XXII CORPS.

LEARNER.  LT WAINWRIGHT, PROVOST LEARNER, JOINED FROM XXII CORPS.

TRAFFIC CONTROL.   TELEGRAM FROM G. CALLING ATTENTION TO THE IMPORTANCE OF TRAFFIC CONTROL AND ALLOTTING VARIOUS ROADS AMONG THE THREE DIVISIONS.

APRIL 13  DIVISIONS.   34TH AND 59TH DIVISIONS JOINED CORPS.

PRISONERS OF WAR.   ARMY NOTIFIED THAT THESE SHOULD NOW BE SENT TO CAESTRE, BAILLEUL CAGE HAVING BEEN EVACUATED: 44 CAPTURED.

TRAFFIC CONTROL UNIT.  NO.1 TROOP, 3RD T.C. SQUADRON, UNDER LT. BARNETT JOINED AND SENT TO CAESTRE FOR DUTY IN METEREN & ST. SYLVESTRE ROAD.

MOVE - CORPS H.Q.   MOVED TO GODEWAERSVELDE.

STRAGGLERS POSTS.   P.M. 2 ARMY DIRECTS THAT A BLACK LINE OF CORPS STRAGGLER POSTS BE ESTABLISHED: SENDS ME 20 M.F.P. FOR THE PURPOSE.

STRAGGLERS.   P.M., 2 ARMY ASKS FOR A DAILY WIRE REGARDING NUMBER OF STRAGGLERS COLLECTED UP TO 6 P.M.:  678 COLLECTED IN 48 HOURS ENDED 6 P.M. TODAY.

APRIL 14  TRAFFIC CONTROL UNITS.   A GROUP OF NO. 3 T.C. COY. UNDER LT. RHODES JOINED AND SENT TO CAESTRE FOR DUTY UNDER LT. BARNETT (3RD T.C. SQUADRON), FOR EMPLOYMENT ON ROADS BETWEEN CAESTRE - EECKE - GODRE - FLETRE.

PRISONERS OF WAR.   OPENED CAGE AT GODENWAERSVELDE - 59 CAPTURED.

STRAGGLERS.   OPENED COLLECTING STATION AT GODENWAERSVELDE STATION - 705 COLLECTED.

TRAFFIC CONTROL.   G. WIRES TO ALL DIVISIONS AGAIN IMPRESSING UPON THEM THE VITAL NECESSITY OF KEEPING ROADS CLEAR.

MOVE OF DIVISION.   25TH DIVISION WITHDRAWN INTO CORPS RESERVE.

CORPS H.Q. MOVES.   Q. ISSUED ROUTINE INSTRUCTIONS ON THIS SUBJECT.

STRAGGLERS POSTS.   LINE OF CORPS STRAGGLER POSTS ESTABLISHED ALONG RAILWAY, CAESTRE TO GODEWAERSVELDE INCLUSIVE.   (19/9862) LT. JACK, 9TH CYCLIST BN. IN CHARGE, WITH 6 CYCLISTS WITHDRAWN FROM LOCRE TRAFFIC CONTROL.

APRIL 15  TRAFFIC CONTROL - DIVISIONAL PARTIES.   WIRE FROM P.M. 2 ARMY TO KEEP T.C. PERSONNEL OF DIVISIONS GOING INTO BACK AREAS.

TRAFFIC CONTROL - INTERVALS.  AT MY REQUEST A. WRITE TO DIVISIONS CALLING ATTENTION TO RULES ON THE SUBJECT.

STRAGGLERS.   A.P.M. 34TH DIVISION MADE A SPECIAL SEARCH FOR STRAGGLERS IN BAILLEUL AND FOUND 22 IN CELLARS.

TRAFFIC CONTROL.  G. ISSUED A MAP GIVING DIVISIONAL BOUNDRY.

TRAFFIC CONTROL.   CAPT HOWES, TRAFFIC OFFICER, VIII CORPS, LENT TO ME FOR DUTY.

STRAGGLERS.   840 COLLECTED.

PRISONERS OF WAR.   60 CAPTURED.

MOVE OF DIVISIONS.   59TH DIVISION RELIEVED 34TH DIVISION IN THE BAILLEUL SECTOR.

APRIL 16  OPERATIONS.   59TH DIVISION LOT BAILLEUL AND ROAD UP TO S.3, d,3,7.

STRAGGLERS.     911 COLLECTED.

PRISONERS OF WAR.   3 CAPTURED.

CIVILIAN CONTROL.   P.M., G.H.Q. ISSUED INSTRUCTIONS UNDER WHICH AMERICAN Y.M.C.A. ETC, MAY CIRCULATE IN BRITISH ZONE.

PRISONERS OF WAR.   P.M., 2 ARMY ISSUED REVISED INSTRUCTIONS REGARDING THE REPORTING OF PRISONERS OF WAR.

CIVILIAN CONTROL.   P.M., SENDS COPY OF LETTER TO O.C. FRONT LINE EXAMINING POSTS TO EFFECT THAT NO CIVILIAN MAY CROSS THE LINE WITHOUT “SPECIAL” STAMP FROM A.P.M.

APRIL 17  VISIT OF COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF.   C IN C VISITED CORPS H.Q. AND EXPRESSED HIS PLEASURE AT THE CONDUCT OF ALL RANKS IN THE RECENT OPERATIONS AND AT THE ORDERLINESS IN REAR OF THE FIGHTING TROOPS.

PRISONERS OF WAR.   LETTER FROM C/G/S/ TO EFFECT THAT PRISONERS OF WAR FREQUENTLY CLAIM TO HAVE GOT RID OF VALUABLE DOCUMENTS WHILE BEING ESCORTED TO THE REAR.

ESPIONAGE.   LETTER FROM 2 ARMY DIRECTING THAT ALL UNITS BE WARNED TO DETAIN CIVILIANS SEEN ENTERING THE LINE FROM OCCUPIED TERRITORY UNTIL 1 (b) HAVE BEEN COMMUNICATED WITH.

MOVE - CORPS HQ.   OWING TO SHELLING OF GODEWAERSVELDE CORPS H.Q. AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND DEPARTMENTS MOVED TO FARM 1 MILE WEST OF THE TOWN.

STRAGGLERS.   320 COLLECTED.

PRISONERS OF WAR.   34 CAPTURED.

MOVE OF DIVISIONS.   59TH DIVISION WITHDRAWN IN CORPS RESERVE, RELIEVED BY  34TH DIVISION.

APRIL 18.  TRAFFIC CONTROL.   AREA UP TO ABEELE - RENINGHELST TAKEN OVER FROM XXII CORPS: MOVED THE GROUP OF NO. 2 T.C. COY TO ABEELE AND ALSO 15 OF 59TH DIV. T.C.  PARTY - RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ROAD ASSIGNED TO MAJOR FULLER.

DETECTIVES.  2 DETECTIVES REPORTED FOR DUTY FROM 2 ARMY.

STRAGGLERS.  156 COLLECTED.

PRISONERS OF WAR.  6 CAPTURED.

MOVE OF DIVISIONS.  28TH FRENCH DIVISION RELIEVED 19TH DIVISION IN LINE TONIGHT.

POLICE BATTLE CASUALTIES.   LETTER FROM 3RD ECHELON, G. H.Q. STATING THAT BATTLE CASUALTIES TO POLICE SHOULD BE REPORTED AS SOON AS THEY OCCUR AND NOT ONLY THROUGH THE MEDIUM OF THE WEEKLY CASUALTY REPORT.

CHINESE LABOUR.  A.C., G.H.Q. ISSUED A CIRCULAR ON THE SUBJECT OF DISCIPLINE OF CHINESE LABOURERS.

APRIL 19  TRAFFIC CONTROL.   P.M. 2 ARMY SENT A SERGT. AND 10 L/CPLS M.M.P TO ABEELE FOR DUTY UNDER MAJOR FULLER.

APRIL 20  STRAGGLERS.   95 COLLECTED

PRISONERS OF WAR.   6 CAPTURED.

RELIEF BY FRENCH TROOPS, TRAFFIC AND STRAGGLERS POSTS.   ARRANGED THAT TRAFFIC POSTS SHOULD REMAIN ON FOR 24 HOURS AND STRAGGLERS POSTS 72 HOURS AFTER RELIEF:  NOT TO APPLY TO ABEELE - RENINGEELST ROAD, ON WHICH WE PROPOSE TO RETAIN CONTROL.

TRAFFIC CONTROL.  ISSUED MAP TO A.P.M’s. SHOWING TRAFFIC CONTROL AREAS FROM 6 A.M. TOMORROW.

APRIL 21  MOVE - CORPS H.Q.   CORPS H.Q. MOVED TO HOUTKERQUE, IN ARMY RESERVE.

MOVE OF DIVISIONS.   19TH DIVISION MOVED TO PROVEN, 25TH DIVISION TO COUTHOVE CHATEAU, 34TH DIVISION RELIEVED BY 133RD FRENCH DIVISION AND MOVED TO ABEELE.

STRAGGLERS.   25 COLLECTED.

APRIL 22   MOVE OF DIVISIONS.   34TH DIVISION TO M.28 CENTRAL.

STRAGGLERS.   10 COLLECTED.

TRAFFIC CONTROL.   WITHDREW T.C. POSTS FROM GODEWAERSVELDE AND RENINGEELST.

REFUGEES.   LETTER FROM 2 ARMY TO EFFECT THAT LORRY DRIVERS SHOULD PICK UP REFUGEES, PROVIDED THEY ARE GOING IN THE SAME DIRECTION AS THE LORRY.

SUMMARY OF INSTRUCTIONS.   ISSUED COPY TO A.P.M. 34TH DIVISION.

APRIL 23  STRAGGLERS.   4 COLLECTED.

WEEKLY REPORT.   TO P.M., 2 ARMY.

TRAFFIC CONTROL.   VISITED A.P.M. II CORPS AND ARRANGED WITH HIM THE AREA FOR WHICH IX CORPS SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE - CANCELLED AT 10 P.M.

APRIL 24  STRAGGLER POSTS.   AT SPECIAL REQUEST OF II FRENCH CAVALRY CORPS ARRANGED TO LEAVE CORPS LINE OF STRAGGLER POSTS ON FOR 2 OR 3 MORE DAYS,  FRENCH TO ADD THEIR PERSONNEL: P.M. 2 ARMY ARRANGED WITH TRAFFIC OFFICER, ABEELE TO TAKE THEM OVER: WITHDREW LT. JACK AND HIS CYCLIST PATROLS.

DIVISIONS - TRANSFER OF.   19TH, 25TH AND 34TH DIVISIONS AND ALL CORPS TROOPS TRANSFERRED TO VIII CORPS AT 4 P.M.

TRAFFIC CONTROL - CORPS CYCLISTS.   THE TWO EACH WITH 19TH AND 25TH DIVISION WITHDRAWN AND RETURNED TO THEIR UNITS.

STRAGGLERS.   1 COLLECTED, MAKING FOR OPERATIONS A TOTAL OF 3875, OF WHOM 451 WERE COLLECTED AT THE CORPS COLLECTING STATION.

CIVILIAN CONTROL.   VISIT TO BRITISH ZONE - PERMIT OFFICE G.H.Q. ISSUED CIRCULAR ON THE SUBJECT OF THE METHOD OF APPLYING, ETC.

APRIL 25  MOVE - CORPS H.Q.   cORPS HQ  LEFT HOUTKERQUE EN ROUTE FOR FERE-EN-TARDENOIS, VIA ST. OMER AND ABBEVILLE.

A.P.M. LEANER.   LT. WAINWRIGHT TRANSFERRED TO XV CORPS.

APRIL 26  MOVE - CORPS HQ.   CORPS H.Q. ARRIVED AT FERE-EN-TARDENOIS AND JOINED 6 FRENCH ARMY.

APRIL 27  DETECTIVES.   APPLIED TO P.M., G.H.Q. FOR 2 DETECTIVES.

APRIL 28  TRAFFIC CONTROL.   6 CORPS CYCLIST JOINED FOR TRAFFIC CONTROL DUTY IN FERE.

DIVISIONS.   50TH DIVISION JOINED AND MOVED TO ARCIS AREA.

APRIL 29  VISIT.   VISITED “COMMISSION REGULATRICE AUTOMOBILE” OF 6TH FRENCH ARMY AT HARTENES, ALSO BRANCHES OF BRAINE AND FISMES AND DISCUSSED ARRANGEMENTS WHICH WOULD BE NECESSARY ON CORPS TAKING OVER A SECTOR IN THE LINE.

WEEKLY REPORT.   TO P.M., G.H.Q.

APRIL 30  TRAFFIC CIRCUITS.   FIRST EDITION OF MAP (IN SKELETON) SENT TO FRENCH 6TH ARMY FOR APPROVAL.

SUMMARY OF INSTRUCTIONS.   ISSUED TO A.P.M. 50TH DIVISION.

VISIT.   A.P.M., 50TH DIVISION VISITED ME:  DISCUSSED ESTAMINET HOUR, ETC.

PINK PERMITS.   RECEIVED A SUPPLY OF 50 FROM 6TH FRENCH ARMY.

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1 MAY  FERE-EN-TARDENOIS.   NIL.

2 MAY  VISITS.  VISITED A.P.M. 50 TH DIVISION AND C.R.A. FISNES.

3 MAY  TRAFFIC ORDERS.   CORPS TRAFFIC ORDERS APPROVED AND ISSUED.

SIGNPOSTING.   ERECTED FIRST SET OF STANDARD SIGNS IN NEW AREA.

MAY 4  DETECTIVES.   P/9992 SERGT. STICHLING AND P/9996 L/CPL GREIG ARRIVED FROM G.H.Q. FOR DETECTIVE DUTY.

VISITS.   VISITED PREVOT OF 6TH FRENCH ARMY NEAR  BEELEU  C.R.A. CENTRE AT HARTENNES AND C.R.A. AT OEUILLY.

DIVISIONS.   8TH DIVISION JOINED - H.Q. AT CHERY CHARTREUX.

TRAFFIC CIRCUITS.   ISSUED 2ND EDITION OF   MAP.

MAY 5  DIVISIONS.   50TH DIVISION TRANSFERRED TO XXXVIII FRENCH CORPS IN ORDER TO TAKE OVER A SECTOR OF LINE.   D.A.Q. MOVED TO BEAURIEUX.

WEEKLY REPORTS.   DIRECTED A.P.M’S TO SEND ME WEEKLY REPORTS  BY SUNDAY EVENINGS IN FUTURE:  PROVOST GAZETTE CONTAINS RULING THAT THEY SHOULD BE MADE UP TO SATURDAYS INCLUSIVE.

PASSES, PORTUGUESE.   A NUMBER OF THESE HAVING FALLEN INTO THE HANDS OF THE ENEMY, A NEW EDITION, ON DIFFERENTLY COLOURED PAPER IS BEING INTRODUCED.

PROVOST TELEGRAPH CODE.   RECEIVED A COPY FROM P.M., G.H.Q.

 VISIT.   VISITED PREVOT OF XXXVIII FRENCH CORPS AT JONCHERY, AND OBTAINED FROM HIM VARIOUS PARTICULARS REGARDING THE AREA.

WEEKLY REPORT.   TO P.M. G.H.Q.

MAY 6  DIVISIONS.   21ST DIVISION JOINED - H.Q. AT ROMIGNY.

MAY 7  VISIT.   VISITED A.P.M. 8TH DIVISION AT CHERY CHARTREUX.

DIVISIONS.  50TH DIVISION TOOK OVER FRONT OF 51ST FRENCH DIVISION, XXXVIII FRENCH CORPS.

CONFERENCE, ADMINISTRATIVE.   D.A.& Q.M.G WRITES THAT HE WILL HOLD A BI-WEEKLY CONFERENCE - TUESDAYS AND FRIDAYS AT 9 A.M.

VISITS.   D.A.& Q.M.G. WRITES THAT HE WISHES TO BE INFORMED IN WRITING WHENEVER OFFICERS LEAVE CORPS H.Q. ON DUTY.

POLICE ARRANGEMENTS - FISMES.   ARRANGE FOR 8TH DIVISION TO PATROL FISMES IN AFTERNOONS AND EVENINGS.

MAY 9  VISIT.   VISITED A.P.M. 21ST DIVISION AND PREVOT OF XXXVIII CORPS.

RAILHEAD POLICE.   D.A. & Q/M/G/ AGREES THAT SOME RAILHEAD POLICE SHOULD BE ASKED FOR: WIRED G.H.Q. FOR 2 MEN FOR FERE AND ASKED R.T.O. LE BOURGET WHETHER HE REQUIRED ANY.

VENEREAL DISEASE.   DIRECTED A.P.M’S. NOT TO SEND MEN FOR IDENTIFICATION PURPOSES TO AMIENS AS ALL PROSTITUTES HAVE BEEN EVACUATED.

MAY 10  MOVE, CORPS H.Q.   CORPS H.Q. MOVED TO MONTIGNY -SUR-VESLE.

CORPS AREA.   CORPS TOOK FRONT OF 50TH DIVISION AND 21ST FRENCH DIVISION - FROM FRENCH XXXVIII CORPS.

MAY 11  DIVISION.   25TH DIVISION TRANSFERRED TO CORPS: :  H.Q. AT ARCIS-LE-PONSART.

MAY 12  DIVISIONS.   21ST DIVISION TRANSFERRED FOR TACTICAL PURPOSES TO FRENCH XXXVIII CORPS:  8TH DIVISION TOOK OVER LINE FROM FRENCH 71ST DIVISION AND MOVED TO ROUCY.

MAY 13  GAS PRECAUTIONS.   G. ISSUED CIRCULAR ON THIS SUBJECT.

LE BOURGET REGULATING STATION.   VISITED THIS WITH D.A.A.G. AND ARRANGED WITH PARIS AREA STAFF THAT THEY SHOULD POLICE IT.

MAY 14  WEEKLY REPORT.   TO P.M. G.H.Q.

MAY 15  POLICE, RAILWAY. VISITED D.A.D.R.T. FERE REGULATING STATION AND R.T.O., ST. GILLES RAILHEAD, NEITHER NOW WANT ANY POLICE.

VISIT.   VISITED PREVOT, XXVIII FRENCH CORPS.   CAPT. VIET, C.R.A. CENTRAL,  6 FRENCH ARMY VISITED ME.

MOVE OF DIVISION.   21ST DIVISION TOOK OVER LEFT SECTOR OF 38TH FRENCH CORPS, THEIR H.Q. MOVED TO CHALONS-LE -VERGIER.

MAY 16   EXECUTION OF NO. 13612 PTE F O’NEILL, 1 SHERWOOD FORESTER, 8 DIVISION WAS SHOT AT 4.40AM FOR DESERTION.   (HE IS BURIED AT HERMANVILLE MILITARY CEMETERY, NORTH WEST OF REIMS).

VISIT.   VISITED A.P.M’S 50TH AND 8TH DIVISIONS.

MOTOR CONTROL.   DIRECTED A.P.M’S. TO HOLD A SPEED CONTROL AND PASS CHECK ONCE WEEKLY - DAYS ALLOTTED TO EACH DIVISION.

M.F.P.   TWO L/CP’S POSTED FOR DUTY AT FERE-EN-TARDENOIS STATION, WHERE D.A.D.R.T DOES NOT NOW REQUIRE THEM - RETAINED AT CORPS H.Q.

ABSENTEE REINFORCEMENTS.   ASKED O.C. CORPS REINFORCEMENT CAMP TO INFORM ME DIRECT OF ANY CASES OF ABSENCE BETWEEN BASE DEPOTS AND CORPS REINFORCEMENT CAMP.

COURT MARTIAL PRISONERS.   ASKED DIRECTOR OF MILITARY PRISONS TO ARRANGE THAT IX CORPS PRISONERS SHOULD BE SENT TO ROUEN OR HAVRE TO SAVE LONG JOURNEYS BY ESCORTS.

MAY 17  VISIT.   VISITED A.P.M’S. 8TH  AND 21ST DIVISIONS.

DIVISIONS.   21ST DIVISION RETRANSFERRED FROM XXXVIII FRENCH CORPS TOGETHER WITH ITS AREA FROM 7 P.M.

PINK PERMIS.   LETTER FROM FRENCH 6 ARMY STATING THAT PINK PERMIS SHOULD BE PROLONGED UNTIL THEIR REVERSE WAS FILLED UP WITH PARTICULARS OF JOURNEYS.

MAY 18  TRAFFIC CIRCUITS.   COMPLETED 3RD EDITION OF MAP AND SUBMITTED SAME FOR APPROVAL AND REPRODUCTION.

VISIT.   PREVOT OF 6TH FRENCH ARMY VISITED ME.

COURTS MARTIAL PRISONERS.   ISSUED INSTRUCTIONS TO DIVISIONAL A.P.M’S. RE EVACUATION OF THESE: TO REPORT TO R.T.O., FISMES BY 2.30 P.M. ON MONDAYS.

MAY 19  SIGNPOSTING.   VISITED A.P.M., 8TH dIVISION AND GAVE HIM SUPLY OF STANDARD SIGNPOSTS, ERECTED MANY OTHERS.

MAY 20  WEEKLY REPORT.   TO P.M., G.H.Q.

VISIT.   VISITED A.P.M., 50TH DIVISION.

FISMES.   ASKED P.M., G.H.Q., FOR 1 SERGT., AND 6 O.R., M.M.P. FOR DUTY IN THIS TOWN.

PRISONERS OF WAR.  ASKED D.D.M.S. TO INFORM ME DAILY OF NUMBERS ADMITTED TO CASUALTY CLEARING STATIONS.

MAY 21  MOVE: CORPS H.Q.   CORPS H.Q. MOVED TO JONCHERY-SUR-VESLE.

MAY 24  PRISONERS OF WAR.   P.M, G.H.Q. WRITES THAT HE WANT DAILY RETURNS REGARDING THESE, NIL OR OTHERWISE.

RAILWAY POLICE.   ARRANGED FOR 1 M.P. TO MEET 5.30 A.,. AND 11.30 P.M. TRAIN AT JONCHERY STATION BY REQUEST OF FRENCH AUTHORITIES.

VISIT.   A.P.M., 25TH DIVISION VISITED ME.

MAY 25  VISITS.   VISITED A.P.M’S., 8TH AND 21ST DIVISIONS.

Y.M.C.A.   ASKED PERMIT OFFICE, G.H.Q., WHETHER IN THE EVENT OF Y.M.C.A. WORKERS BEING SANCTIONED FOR THIS AREA, THEY WOULD CARRY CARNETS D’ETRANGER OR RED PERMITS.

MAY 26  TRAFFIC CONTROL.   TOOK OVER POSTS IN FISMES FROM 25TH DIVISION.

VISIT.   VISITED PREVOT, 6TH FRENCH ARMY.

STRAGGLERS POSTS.   DIVISIONAL LINE PLACED IN POSITION.

MAY 27  OPERATIONS.   ENEMY ATTACKED THE FRENCH 6TH ARMY FRONT AND CROSSED THE RIVER AISNE - THREE BRIGADES OF 25TH DIVISION ALLOTTED AMONG DIVISIONS IN LINE.

STRAGGLERS POSTS.   ESTABLISHED A CORPS BACK LINE WITH 20 CYCLISTS ALONG THE ROAD FISMES TO JONCHERY.

TRAFFIC CONTROL.   SENT 6 CYCLIST EACH TO A.P.M. 8TH, 21ST AND 50TH DIVISIONS.

STRAGGLERS.   ABOUT     COLLECTED.

PRISONERS OF WAR.   1 CAPTURED.

WEEKLY REPORT.   TO P.M., G.H.Q.

MOVE CORPS H.Q.   CORPS H.Q. MOVED TO ROMIGNY.

MAY 28  PRISONERS OF WAR.   10 CAPTURED

STRAGGLERS.   ABOUT  COLLECTED.

DIVISIONS.   50TH DIVISION H.Q. HANDED OVER FIGHTING TROOPS TO 8TH DIVISION AND WITHDREW TO JONQUERY, LEAVING 8TH AND 21ST DIVISIONS IN LINE:  DIVISIONAL H.QRS. AS FOLLOWS:  8TH - ROMIGNY,  21ST - SARGY,  25TH - GOUSSANCOURT,  50TH - JONQUERY.

MAY 29  MOVE, CORPS H.Q.  CORPS H.Q. MOVED TO CHATILLON SUR MARNE.

PRISONERS OF WAR.   15 CAPTURED.

STRAGGLERS.   ABOUT 82 COLLECTED.

STRAGGLER POSTS.   LINE ESTABLISHED BY 50TH AND 25TH DIVISIONS ON LINE COURMAIS, CHAUMUZY, LA NEUVILLE AUX LARRIS, CUCHERY, BASLIEUX, ST. GEMME.

TRAFFIC CONTROL.  TRANSPORT OF 8TH, 21ST AND 50TH DIVISIONS SENT ACROSS THE MARNE AT PORT- A-FINSON AND REUIL.

MAY 30  MOVE, CORPS H.Q.   CORPS H.Q. MOVED TO DAMERY AND VAUCIENNES, THENCE TO VERTUS - STRAGGLER LINE MERTUSE TO VAUCIENNES.

OPERATIONS.   V FRENCH CORPS RELIEVED IX CORPS LESS 19TH DIVISION, WHICH IS TRANSFERRED TEMPORARILY TO V FRENCH CORPS.

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APPENDIX  C 1. A.P.M. IX CORPS DATED 7 MAY 1918

TRAFFIC

ORDERS

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IX CORPS

PASSES FOR MOTOR VEHICLES.

1.  The driver of every motor car and motorcycle must be in possession of a French pink “Permis de circuler”.   These Permis, when not in use, are to be kept by the Officer in Charge of the vehicle:  particulars of journeys are to be entered on the back: the Permis must be returned to the issuing officer when expired.

2.  The driver of every other vehicle when travelling singly must be in possession of a duty order on  A.F.W. 3413.

3.  The officer in charge of vehicles travelling in convoys must be provided with one combined duty order for all his vehicles.

Road discipline, Mechanical and

Horse Transport.

4.  No vehicle is to be parked on the side of the road without permission from Corps H.Q.

5.  Transport columns are not to halt when passing through towns or villages or when passing other halted traffic.   If a halt opposite other parked or halted traffic is unavoidable, every effort must be made to leave the roadway clear.   Cross roads and road junctions are to be left clear.

6.  Gaps of 25 yards will be left between each group of six vehicles in columns on the march.   Those gaps will be maintained when the column halts, in order to allow of the side-tracking of other traffic.   When halted, vehicles are not to double-bank, and drivers will not leave their vehicles.

7.  A small red disc (6 inches in diameter) on a light rod, will be affixed to the back of every sixth H.T. vehicle, two feet above the tail-board on the ‘off’ side (French), to mark the rear of the section.   Other vehicles will not approach within 25 yards of any vehicle carrying the red disc, except when about to pass the column.

8.  When  approaching a block, all traffic will be pulled up 50 yards short of it.   An Officer  or N.C.O. must be posted at the rear of the column to prevent following traffic from attempting to pass.

9.  Vehicles, M.T. or H.T., are not to wait on lorry routes if it is reasonably possible to side-track them.   Whenever it is absolutely necessary for vehicles to be halted on a lorry route, when there is less than 20 feet of roadway clear for passing traffic, arrangements must be made to post a man at either end of the obstruction to control oncoming traffic,   Horses and vehicles awaiting their turn at standpipes, troughs, refilling points, dumps etc., are not to halt on the road but will form up in adjacent fields provided for the purpose under Corps or Divisional arrangements.

10.  Every effort will be made to prevent wastage in horses.   Draught horses, including those in Officers’ mess carts, are not to be trotted.

                The only exceptions allowed will be:

                (i) When transport is under fire.

                (ii) In other emergencies, under an order signed by an Officer.

11.  No one, other than the driver, is to ride on any loaded horsed vehicle, or on any transport animal, without a written order from a transport Officer.   The baggage escort are not to place their army and equipment on any vehicle, nor is anyone to be allowed to hang on to vehicles.

12.  The practice of erecting superstructures on limbered wagons in order to increase the load is prohibited.

13.  All drivers of single vehicles, and Officers or N.C.O’s in charge of columns or convoys of vehicles, must comply with the instructions given by a control post, or by traffic patrols.   If an Officer takes it upon himself to disregard the instructions of the post, he must give his rank, name and unit to the Control post on paper with reasons for his actions.

Speed of Motor Vehicles

14.  The speed limits are as follows:-

                        Motor Ambulances )

                        Light Tenders         )          15 M.P.H.

                        Box Cars                )

                        Lorries                    )

                        Motor busses         )

                        Steam Tractors      )             8 M.P.H.

                        Water Tank Vehs.  )

except in emergency, or on the written order of an Officer.

15.  When passing through towns and villages or over bad or pave roads, speed will be reduced in the case of motor cars, motor ambulances, light tenders, and boxcars to 10 miles, and in the case of motor lorries etc. to 6 miles per hour or less.

16.  Any cases of vehicles proved to be travelling at excessive speeds will be severely dealt with, as this practice besides leading to a very high percentage of motor vehicles being under repair, causes unnecessary damage to the road.

17.  In dry weather on roads under enemy observation all motor vehicles will travel at a very moderate speed, in order to avoid raising clouds of dust.

18.  No lorry is to overtake or pass another lorry on the move which is proceeding in the same direction.

Reduction of Lorry Traffic

19.  It is essential to reduce lorry traffic to the absolute minimum, in order to save wear and tear of the roads and to economise lorries and petrol.

       No ammunition or material of any kind will therefore be sent forward by lorry, when it is possible to end it by railway or by horse transport.   Railways will be used to their fullest capacity.

20.  Movement of troops will be made clear of roads whenever possible.   Cross-country tracks should be reconnoitered beforehand, as their condition changes with the weather.

21.  The following minimum distances will be maintained between units on the march:-

                        Between Batteries of Artillery       100 yds.

                        Sections of D.A.C or B.A.C.         100 yds.

                        Artillery Brigades                           500 yds.

                        Companies                                   100 yds.

Units & their transport                      100 yds.

Battalions                                      100 yds. later amended to 500 yds.

Transport of units when Brigaded 100 yds

22.  Columns of troops and transport will not be allowed to halt on the road :- SOISSONS- BRAINE - FISMES - JONCHERY.

Exercising of Horses.

23.  Exercising parties of the strength of a troop (or its equivalent) are to be under the command of an Officer.

24.  Exercising parties are on no account to be taken through towns, and are to avoid main traffic thoroughfares whenever possible.   They are not to use road shown as lorry routes in the Army Traffic Map.

25.  All horses being exercised or while moving along thoroughfares to water will invariably be bitted.   No man is to be placed in charge of more than two horses while exercising.

26.  Cantering and Trotting of Horses.

        (i) Cantering on metalled roads is forbidden.

        (ii) Riding horses are not to be trotted on paves, or down the centre of hard roads, or at any pace exceeding 9 miles an hour.

27.   Troops must not be paraded on any thoroughfare.

28.  When walking in towns and villages, men must keep to the sidewalks and not stray over the centre of the roadway.

J C Harding-Newman

D.A. & Q.M.G

IX Corps

7th May 1918.

Distribution to all recipients of Traffic Orders.

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WO 154/73                           APM 63 (RN) DIVISION                MAY 1916 TO DEC 1918

MAY 26 TO JUNE 6 1916.            APM CAPT C WALMESLEY

MUDROS TO MARSEILLES, 72 HOURS.   MMP UNDER COMMAND OF LT CAMPBELL.   ON ARRIVAL AT PONT REMY APM TOOK COMMAND.

JUNE 6 ARRIVE HALLENCOURT.

JULY 1  L/CPL PRING MMP WHILST UNLOADING HIS REVOLVER HIS LANYARD CAUGHT THE TRIGGER AND HE WAS SHOT THROUGH THE KNEE AND HAND.   TO HOSPITAL AT BUNES.

AUG 16  ATTENDED EXECUTION OF A MAN IN ANOTHER DIVISION FOR INSTRUCTION.

SEPT 23  OURTON.   INSUBORDINATE PRISONER SENTENCED TO 3 DAYS CELLS WITH BREAD AND WATER BY APM.

SEPT 25  AEROPLANE EN ROUTE FROM PARIS TO BELGIUM DESCENDED NEAR BRYAS OWING TO PILOT HAVING LOST HIS WAY.

OCT 22  ACCIDENT. MAN ENGAGED ON TRAFFIC DUTY ACCIDENTALLY SHOT BY SGT IN THE BLACK WATCH WHO WAS SHOWING A MAN HOW TO UNLOAD A PISTOL.   NECESSARY ACTION TAKEN.

JAN 3 1917  RUE.   GCM PRISONER SUB LT DYETT RNVR, NELSON BATTALION WHO WAS SENTENCED TO BE SHOT WAS HANDED OVER TO THE APM FOR CUSTODY.

JAN 5 RUE.   THE EXECUTION OF SUB LT DYETT CARRIED OUT AT ST. FIRMIN AT 7.30AM.  ( HE WAS EXECUTED FOR DESERTION AND IS BURIED AT LE CROTOY COMMUNAL CEMETERY, SOMME, HIS NAME IS SPELT DWYATT IN APM DIARY).

JAN 27 1918 FORCEVILLE.   CASUALTY A CONTROL POSTMAN AT MENSIL SUSTAINED INJURIES FROM AN EXPLOSION OF A SHELL.

MARCH 12  GAS SHELLING AT TRESCAUT IN WHICH 3 MMP AND 22 TRAFFIC PERSONNEL WERE BADLY GASSED AND HAD TO BE EVACUATED.

APRIL 17  HONOUR.   L/CPL BOWMAN AWARDED THE MILITARY MEDAL FOR SERVICES DURING RETREAT.

AUG 16  PTE F STREET, 5 FIELD AMBULANCE, 2 DIVISION CHARGED BY MMP WITH BEING DRUNK IN CHARGE OF A VEHICLE.

FEBRUARY 1919 LIST OF SALVAGED ITEMS RECOVERED BY MILITARY POLICE:

108 PAIRS OF PUTTEES, 79 CAPS, 4 TUNICS, 3 BICYCLES, 13 GROUNDSHEETS, 3 GERMAN CARTS, 2 GERMAN CART WHEELS, 13 GERMAN RIFLES, 1 BELT OF GERMAN AMMUNITION, 8 RIFLES, 3 BAYONETS, 1 WATER BOTTLE, 175 TIN’S OF IRON RATIONS, 16 TINS OF V & V RATIONS (MEAT AND VEGETABLE), 1 TIN MACONACHIE STEW, 127 TINS OF BULLY BEEF, 11 IRON RATION BAGS, 4 JERSEYS, 10 MUFFLERS, 7 CAP COMFORTERS, 3 SHIRTS (HOSPITAL), 1 KHAKI APRON (KILT COVER), 3 PAIRS WOOLEN GLOVES, 1 PAIR MITTENS, 1 TIN BUTTER, 1 PAIR TROUSERS, 19 CANDLES, 3 TELEGRAPHISTS ?, 7 POLES, 1 TARPAULIN SHEET, 13 TINS OF JAM, 4 TINS OF PETROL, 3 TINS PORK AND BEANS, 2 BOTTLES OF RUM, 9 TINS OF BEEF, 29 BOTTLES OF PICKLES, 18LB ONIONS, QUANTITY OF SUGAR, 1 CARDIGAN, 1 SHIRT, 9 PAIR SOCKS, 6 PAIR DRAWERS, 2 RAINCOATS, 2 WESTS, 5 BRICKS OF SOAP, 3 TINS BULLY BEEF, 1 TIN CONDENSED MILK, 120 ROUNDS BALL AMMUNITION, 4 TINS OF BISCUITS, 4 HANDGRENADES, 65 HORSE RUBBERS, 28 BLANKETS, 1 FUR COAT, 1 LEATHER WAISTCOAT, 2 PAIR OF ANKLE BOOTS, 2 GREATCOATS.

END OF DIARY

VERY DETAILED

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WO 154/114           APM LINES OF COMMUNICATION FRANCE        AUG 14 - NOV 16

AUG 7 1914  SAILED FROM SOUTHAMPTON ON HT DUNVEGAN CASTLE, ARRIVED HAVRE P PM.

AUG 11  AMIENS, ADVANCE BASE, OFFICE IN HOTEL MODERNE.

AUG 20  MR T R LENNARD & J L LEE HUNTER SHEDDON RELATIVES OF THE LATE 2/LT COPLAND PERRY WHO WAS KILLED IN A FLYING ACCIDENT CALLED AND ASKED PERMISSION TO SEE THE GRAVE AND TAKE OVER EFFECTS AND OBTAIN PARTICULARS OF THE ACCIDENT.

AUG 22   LETTER  APP 2

APM,  HQ,  L OF C

THE MMP HAVE BEEN USED  FOR WATCHING THE REST CAMPS (4 IN NUMBER ) AND PATROLLING THE COUNTRY IN THE VICINITY & STOPPING MEN FROM ENTERING CABARETS, DRINKING SHOPS ETC : THESE CAMPS ARE SOME TWO OR THREE MILES FROM THIS BASE.

THE MFP ARE USED FOR PATROLLING THE DOCKS AND TOWN TO EN  CK & STOP PHOTOGRAPHS OF TROOPS ETC BEING TAKEN.   UP TO DATE THERE HAS BEEN NO FRICTION OF ANY SORT BETWEEN THE SOLDIERS AND THE CIVILIANS.   THE SYSTEM EMPLOYED WORKS SATISFACTORILY

                                                                 L.F. KNIGHT   MAJ.  MILITARY POLICE POLICE REPORT NO 1 BASE   APP 2

APM,  HQ  L OF C

REPORT CALLED FOR IN YOUR LETTER DATED 21/ 8 / 14

THE MILITARY POLICE NO 1 BASE DISEMBARKED FROM THE SS TARA AT HAVRE ON THE 10TH AUG.  AS REGARDS THE MMP THE FIRST TWO DAYS WERE LOST; THE FIRST STANDING TO THEIR HORSES TILL ABOUT 4 PM WHEN THEY PROCEEDED TO A TEMPORARY BERTH AT THE MAGAZINS PRUSSEAUX AND THE NEXT IN CHANGING TO THEIR PRESENT QUARTERS AT ECOLES D’APPRENTESSAGE.   FROM THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE ARRIVAL OF THE FIGHTING TROOPS THEY HAVE BEEN EMPLOYED IN PATROLLING THE ROUTES TO THE VARIOUS REST CAMPS.  THE DUTIES OF THESE PATROLS BEING TO COLLECT AND DIRECT STRAGGLERS LOOKING FOR THEIR TENTS AND RETURN TO CAMP MEN MAKING THEIR WAY INTO THE TOWN OF HAVRE CONTRARY TO STANDING ORDERS.  THE ARMY HAVING PASSED THROUGH, THE MMP ARE NOW PATROLLING THE TOWNS OF HAVRE                    AND HARFLEUR IN THE PERFORMANCE OF THEIR ORDINARY MILITARY DUTIES.   IN THE CASE OF THE MFP I SUFFERED FROM A VERY SEVERE HANDICAP AS - NO MILITARY GUARD BEING AVAILABLE - I WAS ORDERED TO SUPPLY MILITARY POLICE TO GUARD BAGGAGE AND SUPPLIES.   THE  REMAINDER OF THE AVAILABLE FOOT POLICE LEAVING TO BE CONSTANTLY ON DUTY AT THE DOCKS TO ASSIST THE MLO’S.  THE DISEMBARKATION OF TROOPS WAS SERIOUSLY HANDICAPPED BY SIGHTSEERS AND STRAGGLING OF TROOPS FROM THE DOCKS. THIS MATTER WAS REPORTED? BY ME TO THE MILITARY GOVERNOR AT LA PLACE, BUT HE DECLINED TO CLOSE THE APPROACHES TO THE DOCKS BY MEANS OF FRENCH MILITARY GUARDS.  THE FULL COMPLEMENT OF MFP ARE NOW AT MY DISPOSAL AND ARE BEING USED FOR PATROLLING THE TOWN ESPECIALLY IN THE VICINITY OF THE DOCKS.

AS APM I HAVE BEEN IN TOUCH WITH THE CIVIL AUTHORITIES BUT THEY HAVE ASKED FOR NO ASSISTANCE OF ANY KIND AND PROFESS THEMSELVES MORE THAN SATISFIED WITH CONDUCT OF THE BRITISH TROOPS.  THE FOLLOWING CAFES HAVE BEEN CLOSED AT OUR REQUEST - MORNING STAR, THREE TUNS, BALMORAL CASTLE, DOVER CASTLE AND COURBSLE?.  BESIDES THESE - 3 IN THE RUE MOLIERE & 2 IN THE DRY DOCKS, OTHERS ARE UNDER SURVEILLANCE.   A MILITARY GUARD(BRITISH)  HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED AT THE HOTEL DE VILLE AS A COLLECTING GUARD FOR SOLDIERS ARRESTED AND LODGED IN LOCAL POSTES AU POLICE

                                                LT STACPOOLE,  APM NO 1 BASE

POLICE REPORT NO2 BASE   APP IV

THE APM, HQ, L OF C

IN REPLY TO YOU MEMO CALLING FOR A SHORT REPORT ON THE WORK OF THE MILITARY POLICE UNDER MY COMMAND

THE POLICE HAVE BEEN EMPLOYED SINCE OUR ARRIVAL AT THIS BASE PATROLLING THE STREETS BY DAY AND BY NIGHT, KEEPING ORDER IN THE DOCKS ON THE ARRIVAL OF SHIPS, TAKING CHARGE OF SOLDIERS UNDER SENTENCE OF DETENTION ETC.   ONE POLICEMAN BY DAY AND ONE THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT IS ON DUTY AT THE ENTRANCE GATE OF THE BASE HEADQUARTERS.   THE DRIVERS OF THE MECHANISED TRANSPORT AND THE RESERVISTS OF THE GUNNERS WITH THE DIVISIONAL ARMY IN COLUMNS GAVE A LOT OF TROUBLE ON ARRIVAL, THE FORMER BEING WITHOUT DISCIPLINE, AND IT WAS FOUND NECESSARY TO REQUISITION A PIQUET OF 1 OFFICER AND 24 MEN OF THE BASE BATTALION TO ASSIST IN KEEPING ORDER

ONE SERGEANT AND 4 MIL. POLICE LEFT HERE FOR THE ADVANCED BASE  ON THE 22ND  INST(MAY) WHICH ONLY LEAVES 1 WO AND 5 MMP AND 1 SGT AND 10 MFP AT MY DISPOSAL.  THESE MEN ARE FULLY EMPLOYED IN THE ABOVE MENTIONED DUTIES AS IT HAS BEEN FOUND NECESSARY TO PLACE OUT OF BOUNDS SEVERAL STREETS OCCUPIED BY MOST UNDESIRABLE WOMEN AND THE DUTIES OF PATROLLING ARE CONSEQUENTLY INCREASED.

THE HEALTH OF THE MEN AND HORSES HAS BEEN GOOD

                                                                                              CAPT. J. GORDON DUGDALE

25 AUG 1914, HQ NO 2 BASE                                                    COMMANDER MIL POLICE

APM, HQ      I.G.C.

SINCE AT ST NAZAIRE IN ADDITION TO THE ORDINARY POLICE DUTIES AS LAID DOWN. THEY HAVE BEEN USEFULLY EMPLOYED ON THE DOCKS IN KEEPING MEN FROM LEAVING THEIR SHIPS UNTIL ORDERED, IN DIRECTING BACK ABSENTEES AND SHIRKERS TO THEIR FATIGUE PARTIES AND DURING ENTRAINING TO TRY AND KEEP THE MEN FROM LEAVING THE TRACKS AND ENTERING THE TOWN.   KEEPING MEN OUT OF DRINKING HOUSES ETC HAS ALSO OCCUPIED THEM FULLY, BUT DISCIPLINE IS NOW MUCH BETTER HERE THAN A FEW MONTHS AGO AND RULES AS TO PASSES ETC, DRINKING ARE MOST STRICT.  THE MMP ARE IN ADDITION SOMETIMES USED AS GUIDES TO THE REST CAMPS.   PERSONALLY I SHOULD BE GLAD TO HAVE TWO OR THREE TIMES THE NUMBER I HAVE, AS THEY ARE ON DUTY FOR VERY LONG PERIODS

                                                             

                                                                                                             E.F. KNIGHT MAJ.

ST NAZAIRE 27TH SEPT 1914                                                            MIL POLICE OFFICER

AUG 27  ROUEN.   CAPT DUGDALE ,  OFFICER I/C MILITARY POLICE.

AUG 31 LE MANS.  

PASSES.

IINSTRUCTIONS TO ASSISTANT PROVOST MARSHALS.

1. A bulk of passes by numbers (from ……… to……….) will be distributed to large formations;  the Assistant Provost Marshal of such formation will make a similar distribution to his subordinate formations and will keep a record of this distribution to facilitate reference.

2.  A list will be made of all persons for whom passes are necessary in the formation under each Assistant Provost Marshal, who will be the issuing officer.

3.  A careful record must be kept of all passes issued and of the persons to whom they are issued.

4.  If a pass is for a temporary service only, it must be withdrawn and destroyed by the Issuing Officer when the service is completed and so noted on the record.

5.  Notice must be promulgated in formations that all passes found are to be taken or sent to the Assistant Provost Marshal of the formation.

6.  Every “found” pass should be traced in the records and returned to the person named on it.   Steps will be taken to deal severely with officers and others who may lose their passes through negligence and the necessity for the utmost care in safeguarding passes will be impressed on all concerned.   In the event of an officer or man in possession of a pass being captured, he should if possible, destroy or deface his pass.   If it is not in the record of the Assistant Provost Marshal who has received it, he will sent it to the Assistant Provost Marshal of the formation to which he is subordinate.

7.  The form of pass as per “Field Service Regulations,” Section 142. now in possession, may be used, but only for persons pursuing their ordinary occupations within the area of their formation

(Signed) VESEY BUNBURY,  Colonel.

Provost Marshal.

21st August 1914.

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SEPT 13  VILLENEUVE ST GEORGE.   SGT CHARLESWORTH, L/CPL’S  HANSLIP,CURTIS, AND CLARIDGE TO PARIS WITH APM.

SEPT 21  ORDERED 100 CHAINS FOR USE IN LIEU OF HANDCUFFS.   4DG 5379 L/CPL MARKOFF MMP, 8 INFANTRY BRIGADE.

SEPT 22  RECEIVED 100 CHAIN HANDCUFFS, PRICE £1.50 EACH, MOST USEFUL FOR INFLICTION OF FIELD PUNISHMENT NO.1.   WIRED BASES AT NANTES AND ST NAZAIRE, CALLING ATTENTION TO THE ACTIVITIES OF MESSRS HAMILTON FYFE AND G WARD PRICE, CORRESPONDENTS OF THE DAILY MAIL AND ASKING THAT POLICE OFFICERS MAY APPREHEND AND NOTIFY ME IF POSSIBLE.   ARTILLERY BARRACKS USED AS MILITARY PRISON.

SEPT 26  SENT L/CPL CRITTER AND 1 MAN ATTACHED TO PARIS.

SEPT 27  ORDERED 50 MORE CHAIN HANDCUFFS AS NUMBERS OF FIELD PUNISHMENT CASES APPROACHING 200.    ORDNANCE CANNOT GET A SUPPLY.

SEPT 29   548 SGT REED MMP 3 INFANTRY BRIGADE NOT YET FIT FOR DUTY.

SEPT 29  LE MANS, FIRST REINFORCEMENTS (MOUNTED) LEFT ST NAZAIRE AND TOOK WITH THE 65 MEN UNDERGOING FIELD PUNISHMENT.

OCT 10  4952 CPL MALYON MMP, 2 CAVALRY DIVISION CAME DOWN WITH A PRISONER AND BEING UNABLE TO REJOIN HIS UNIT AT PRESENT IS ATTACHED FOR DUTY.

OCT 14   702 L/CPL HAYWARD MMP 1 CAV DIV AND 4952 L/CPL MALYON MMP 2 CAV DIV RETURNED TO THEIR UNIT

OCT 16   162  5335 L/CPL L.C. AYRES MMP 1 INF DIV REJOIN UNIT 1

OCT 17   TOLD HQ ADVANCED BASE  THAT MANY MEN UNDERGOING FP DO NOT APPEAR TO REALISE THAT THEIR PAY IS STOPPED.  SENT A DRAUGHT FOR PUBLICATION IN ORDERS.  MEN CONFINED IN ARTILLERY  BARRACKS

FP NO1  75  AND FP NO2   19 = 94

AWAITING DISPOSAL TO CO = 2

AWAITING EVACUATION  = 1   97

OCT 18   6820 L/CPL HEASLIP 5 LANCERS  ATT. FOR DUTY

SGT CHARLESWORTH I/C MMP L OF A REPORT ON WORK DURING PAST MONTH

OCT 19   1218 L/CPL TAYLOR,  1255 L/CPL BLACKBURN MMP JOINED FROM ST NAZAIRE

ASR/677 DVR BATH ASC ACCIDENTALLY SHOT IN THE ARM BY A COMRADE, DVR EVANS WHILE DRINKING IN A CAFE, BELGIAN REVOLVER

OCT 21   5379 L/CPL MARIHOFF MMP 8 INF BDE REJOINED UNIT

OCT 26   CAPT BRETT APM PARIS MT DEPOT AT GENNE VILLIERS (200 MEN) GIVING A GREAT DEAL OF TROUBLE IN PARIS; COULD I SEND 6 MEN AS THE OC HAS ONLY 4.

CAPT CAMPBELL APM ABBEVILLE

NOV 14   CAPT STACPOOLE APM NO1 BASE OFF I/C APM 18/10/14

NOV 30   LE MANS  :  MMP X 2,  MFP  6 ,   OTHERS  5        TOTAL  13

                  HAVRE     :             12,           19,                                               31

                  ROUEN    :               7             12                                                19

               BOULOGNE :           10             21                                                31    =  94

DEC  31   L OF C FIELD PUNISHMENT AND ABSENTEES STATE :

                                       TOTAL          WEEKLY  + or -    RE-INFMTS          ABSENTEES

            HAVRE               173                         - 56                    144                            28

           ROUEN                139                        + 47                     69                             28

           ABBEVILLE          42                           __                         4                             __

           BOULOGNE          38                           -46                       __                             51

             TOTALS             392                        - 59                     217                           107

NUMBER OF TROOPS IN GARRISON AT ABBEVILLE  -  2125

PERCENTAGE OF FIELD PUNISHMENT CASES   PR  DAY     2.0  

NUMBER OF ADVANCED BASE COURTS MARTIAL IN MONTH   19  DECREASE 30

                   DISTRIBUTION OF MILITARY POLICE ON L OF C

                                    MMP              MFP               ATTACHED                  TOTAL

            HAVRE            12                   19                          22                               53

           ROUEN              7                    12                          22                               41

         BOULOGNE       10                   21                          24                               55

              PARIS               1                    __                         21                               22

          ABBEVILLE         2                      9                           4                                15

          MARSEILLES    __                     14                        __                               14

          ORLEANS          __                     __                          6                                  6

                                      32                       75                        99                             206

                       HQ      ABBEVILLE  -  1/1/15

1915

JAN 14   SGT REED  2 MFP TO ETAPLES WHERE A TERRITORIAL CAMP IS BEING FORMED

FEB 6   RED CAP COVERS  -  AAF AGREED THAT RED CAP COVERS WERE BOTH UNDESIRABLE AND UNNECESSARY AND THE FORMER ISSUED AN ORDER TO BASE COMMANDS THAT THEY WERE TO BE DISCONTINUED.

MAR 4   NOTES ON VISIT TO ROUEN, HAVRE AND PARIS

LEFT ABBEVILLE  2.00 PM WITH PROVOST MARSHAL, BY MOTOR.

PASSED THROUGH DIEPPE AT  3.30.PM,  NOTICED THAT POLICE WERE WEARING RED INSTEAD OF BLACK ARMLETS.

ARRIVED ROUEN AT 5.00 PM

CALLED ON BASE COMMANDANT.

APM RAISED THE QUESTION OF THE WEARING OF RED CAPS BY MP.  

PM SAYS THAT AG HAS DECIDED THAT THEY ARE NOT TO BE WORN AND IT IS USELESS TO RE-OPEN QUESTION.  IT APPEARS THAT THE CUSTOM WAS STARTED  IN ROUEN AND THE OTHER BASES COPIED IT.

PM EXPLAINED THAT I WAS IN THE POSITION OF APM OF A CORPS AND DUGDALE IN THAT OF A DIVISION.

QUESTION AS REGARDS  DISCHARGE OR RE-TRANSFER OF MP, PM CAN AND WILL DO THIS EASILY;  HAS AN ARRANGEMENT WITH DAG ON THE SUBJECT.

QUESTION OF OFFICERS CONSORTING WITH PROSTITUTES IN PUBLIC PLACES;  BASE COMMANDANT HAS ISSUED A CONFIDENTIAL CIRCULAR TO ALL COs ON THE SUBJECT, WHICH IS TO BE BROUGHT TO THE NOTICE OF ALL OFFICERS JOINING THE STATION.

WALKED ROUND TOWN AT 7.00 PM AND 9.30 PM.

EXPLAINED TO APM THAT AG CONSIDERS THAT I OUGHT TO VISIT ALL BASES AT LEAST ONCE A MONTH IN ORDER TO KEEP AU FAIT WITH WHAT WAS HAPPENING -  NOT FOR THE PURPOSE OF INTERFERING WITH LOCAL WORK.

DISCUSSED VARIOUS ABSENTEES AND THEIR HISTORIES.

BOULOGNE SENDING MEN TO ROUEN WITHOUT  CLEAR INDICATION AS TO WHAT UNIT THEY ARE TO GO TO.

PARIS NOT DISPOSING OF ACCUSED, BUT SENDING THEM TO ROUEN WITHOUT WITNESSES.

LARGE REMISSIONS OF COURTS MARTIAL SENTENCES.

EXTRA CLASS B MEN ARE BEING TRAINED AS POLICE.  ORDERS AS REGARDS “B” MEN WILL BE SENT TO BASE THROUGH “A”  BRANCH, AS REGARDS REGULAR POLICE, DIRECT BY ME TO APM.

APM WILL GIVE L.C. HUGGINS ANOTHER CHANCE BEFORE APPLYING FOR HIS DISCHARGE.

QUESTIONS AS REGARDS ABSENTEES WHOSE NAMES APPEAR ON MY LISTS MUST BE REFERRED TO ME, AS REGARDS OTHER MEN, DIRECT TO UNITS OR FORMATIONS CONCERNED.

HAS NOT YET BEEN ABLE TO DISCOVER MUCH ABOUT THE RED CROSS AMBULANCE REQUISITION CASE, BUT WILL LET ME HAVE AN INTERIM REPORT.

THE FOUR INTELLIGENCE POLICE HAVE ARRIVED AND ARE FAIRLY USEFUL.

APM HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH RAILWAY POLICE AND VERY SELDOM COMES INTO CONTACT WITH THEM.

FRENCH POLICE HAVE CLOSED ABOUT 130 CAFES AND ARE MOST OBLIGING.

CAFES CLOSE AT 8 00 PM, TROOPS IN BILLETS AT 8.45 PM.

SOLDIERS ARE NOT SERVED WITH SPIRITS; NOTICES TO THIS EFFECT ARE POSTED UP IN ALL CAFES AND BARS.

APM SHOULD WEAR HIS ARMLET ALWAYS, AND NOT ONLY WHEN HE GOES OUT TO PERFORM ANY PARTICULAR DUTY.

MAR 5    VISIT TO HAVRE

LEFT ROUEN AT 9.20 AM;  ARRIVED HAVRE AT 12 NOON.

MILITARY POLICE WEAR RED ARMLETS, WHICH IS WRONG. APM WILL PUT THIS RIGHT.

BOTH AA AND OMC AND APM RAISED QUESTION OF REDCAPS FOR POLICE :  PRINCIPAL ARGUMENT PUT FORWARD WAS THAT THE MEN WERE THEN MORE CONSPICUOUS :  PM SAYS THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT HE DOES NOT WANT THEM TO BE.   QUESTION AS TO WHETHER MP SHOULD ALWAYS WEAR THEIR ARMLETS, OR ONLY WHEN THEY ARE ON DUTY;  LEFT OPEN;  ENQUIRE FURTHER.

YMCA HAVE A BRANCH IN EVERY CAMP AND ARE DOING MOST USEFUL WORK.

TROOPS HAVE TO BE IN BILLETS AT 9.00 PM.

PM CONSIDERS ALL INSTITUTES SHOULD CLOSE, IF IN CAMPS AT 8.45 PM, AND IF IN TOWN AT 8.30 PM.

CAPTAIN FURBER, ACTING APM, ALTHOUGH CLASSIFIED PERMANENTLY “B”(HEART DISEASE AND RHEUMATISM) IS ACTIVE AND FIT FOR THE APPOINTMENT.

“B” MEN ARE NOT GENERALLY GOOD AND ARE FREQUENTLY CHANGING.

(NB : ROUEN THINK THEIR “B” MEN ARE QUITE GOOD. )

APM EXERCISES GENERAL CONTROL OVER ALL POLICE -

REGULAR POLICE          87    (29 PLUS 58 “B” MEN ATTACHED)

RAILWAY POLICE           22

ORDNANCE POLICE       62

A.S.C.POLICE                  74

REGIMENTAL POLICE    84             TOTAL :   229

THE INTELLIGENCE OFFICER WITH HIS 7 POLICE WORKS CLOSELY WITH APM AS ALSO DOES THE D.A.D.R.T. (DEPUTY ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF RAILWAYS) WITH HIS MEN.

MY STATUS AS AN ASSISTANT DIRECTOR DISCUSSED, BASE COMMANDANT QUITE AGREES, AND THINKS THE ARRANGEMENT A GOOD ONE.

LICENSED PROSTITUTES WELL LOOKED AFTER.

QUESTION OF OFFICERS CONSORTING OPENLY WITH FEMALES OF DOUBTFUL CHARACTER IS WELL IN HAND.   FURBER FINDS NO DIFFICULTY IN CONTROLLING THIS.  FURTHER UNDERSTAND THAT HE IS TO REFER MATTERS DEALING WITH MP PERSONNEL TO ME..

SIX EXTRA POLICE ARE BEING TRAINED , APM THINKS THIS NUMBER RATHER SMALL.  POLICE HAVE NO INTERPRETER ATTACHED

LEFT HAVRE 3.15 PM ARRIVED ROUEN 5.30 PM.

SAW D.A.D.R. T. RE RAILWAY POLICE, HAS BARELY ENOUGH BUT SAYS HE CAN LOOK AFTER ALL TRAINS BY WHICH OUR MEN TRAVEL.  HAS HANDED OVER CONTROL OF RY POLICE TO MAJOR PIRIE.

A SPECIAL 48 HOURS STRICT EXAMINATION OF ALL TRAINS, RECENTLY ORDERED BY ME, PRODUCED NOTHING.   SAYS HIS SERGEANT IS A VERY GOOD MAN AND HE TRIED RECENTLY TO GET HIM MADE A COLOUR SERGEANT, BUT “TRAFFIC” WOULD NOT CONSENT..

PERSONALLY I THINK THE WATCHING OF TRAINS AT AND NEAR ROUEN REQUIRES MORE ATTENTION.   SEE RE THIS.

FURTHER DISCUSSION WITH APM.  HE HAS TWO WARRANT OFFICERS; ONE OF THESE SHOULD REALLY BE AT BOULOGNE.   THINK IT BEST THAT HE SHOULD KEEP BOTH, AT ANY RATE AT PRESENT.   HE HAS NO INTERPRETER, BORROWS ONE WHEN NECESSARY, IS SATISFIED WITH THIS ARRANGEMENT.

SELLING KIT TO FRENCH : THE LATTER ARE PUNISHED MOST SEVERELY IF CAUGHT.   HAS 35 CLASS “B” MEN ATTACHED.

MOUNTED MEN ARE FULLY EMPLOYED AS SUCH.

DINED AT CAFE DE L’OPERA WITH APM.   MANY PROSTITUTES THERE, ALSO A LARGE NUMBER OF OFFICERS..   APM TOOK NAMES OF TWO OFFICERS WHO HAD BEEN TALKING TO TWO PROSTITUTES FOR A CONSIDERABLE TIME -  THIS HE DOES MOST TACTFULLY, BUT THINKS IT MOST OBJECTIONABLE AND IS TALKING  OF RESIGNING HIS APPOINTMENT .  I THINK THIS IS REALLY BECAUSE HE RESENTS THIS VISIT IN TOTO AND WISHES TO BE LEFT ALONE TO RUN HIS SHOW EXACTLY AS THE BASE COMMANDANT WISHES.   HE APPEARS TO REGARD OUR VISIT AS A PERSONAL AFFRONT.  THIS ATTITUDE HE DEPARTED FROM LATER.

PRISONERS OF WAR GO STRAIGHT THROUGH ROUEN WITHOUT ANY AD HOC ARRANGEMENTS BEING NECESSARY.

SUPPLY DEPOT HAS THREE DETECTIVES, WHO ARE NOT UNDER APM,  THEY HAVE LITTLE TO DO AND IN ORDER TO MAKE THEM AVAILABLE FOR GENERAL WORK, I THINK IT WOULD BE BETTER THAT THEY SHOULD BE PLACED UNDER THE APM.   SEE D.B.

S.M. BENNETT DOES INDOOR WORK; LOUGHNANE OUTDOOR.

NO SIGN OF SPURIOUS RED CROSS PEOPLE.

10 OF THE 61 POLICE ARE USED FOR CARRYING OUT FIELD PUNISHMENT, BUT THE BASE DEPOT CASES ARE KEPT SEPARATELY UNDER THE CAMP ADJUTANT, SUBJECT TO THE GENERAL CONTROL OF THE APM, THUS THEY ARE QUICKLY AVAILABLE ON DRAFTS.

TALKED TO BASE COMMANDANT WHO EXPLAINED THAT DUGDALE WAS RATHER TOUCHY ON SUBJECT OF POLICE AND A LITTLE DISAPPOINTED AT NOT FINDING THAT EVERYTHING WAS PERFECT.  NO DOUBT AS GOOD A MAN COULD BE OBTAINED  , BUT HE WOULD NECESSARILY TAKE SOME TIME TO LEARN ROUEN.    I SAID THAT DUGDALE HAD DONE VERY GOOD WORK AND I SHOULD BE SORRY IF HE WENT.   P.M. DISCUSSED MATTERS WITH THE BASE COMMANDANT, AND TOLD ME THAT HE THOUGHT ROUEN WAS IN VERY GOOD SHAPE AND THAT THE ONLY MATTER WHICH REQUIRED ATTENTION WAS THAT OF OFFICERS’ BEHAVIOUR WITH PROSTITUTES.

VISIT TO MILITARY PRISON IN THE FIELD  -  DISCUSSED VARIOUS POINTS WITH GOVERNOR;  REMISSION OF VERY MANY SENTENCES,  QUASHING OF MANY PROCEDURES,  MEN TRAVELLING ABOUT ON TRAINS WHILE IN A STATE OF ABSENCE WITHOUT LEAVE, SUSPENSION OF SENTENCES ACT,  

WENT OVER SHIP.

LEFT ROUEN AT 2.15 PM. ARRIVED PARIS  5.15 PM.

INTERVIEW WITH APM  -  ASC AT GENNEVILLIERS GIVE NO TROUBLE.

 MANY AMERICANS ARE GOING ABOUT PARIS IN KHAKI, AND ARE PROBABLY OFTEN TAKEN FOR BRITISH OFFICERS AND SOLDIERS.  APM THINKS THIS IS BEING GONE INTO BY THE FOREIGN OFFICE.

SGT CRITTELL HAS DONE SOME VERY GOOD WORK

THERE IS A CSM BOLYON, KOYLI, WHO BEING SENIOR TO CRITTELL CAUSES SOME SLIGHT FRICTION AT TIMES.   NB : REMOVE HIM.

P.M. EXPLAINED TO APM THAT HE MUST REFER ALL CORRESPONDENCE RE POLICE MATTERS TO ME.

ALL PARIS HOTELS REPORT, THROUGH POLICE, NAMES OF BRITISH OFFICERS ARRIVING IN PARIS.  APM KEEPS A RECORD.

P.M. WISHES THAT APM SHOULD ARRANGE WITH PRINCIPAL HOTELS THAT THEY SHOULD KEEP A SPECIAL BOOK IN WHICH OFFICERS SHOULD REGISTER THEIR ARRIVAL, AND THE OBJECT OF THEIR VISIT.

P.M. DID NOT THINK IT DESIRABLE THAT ALL OFFICERS SHOULD BE ORDERED TO REPORT THEIR ARRIVAL TO APM AS THE LATTER LIVES A LONG WAY OUT AND THE POLICE METHOD IS A SURER ONE.

WENT ROUND A LARGE NUMBER OF CAFES AND BARS WITH AND AFTERWARDS WITHOUT THE APM.   ONLY MET TWO OFFICERS, ONE RED CROSS EMPLOYEE AND TWO POLICEMEN ON DUTY, NEITHER DID I SEE MORE THAN FOUR AMERICAN AMBULANCE MEN.

MOTORED TO NO. 4 GENERAL HOSPITAL AT VERSAILLES. HAS NO POLICE OR GUARD,  BRETT CAN ALWAYS ARRANGE TO SEND A PRISONER , UNLESS ONE SERIOUSLY ILL, TO ROUEN DIRECT

HEARD ONE OR TWO STORIES OF MYSTERIOUS CASES OF SOLDIERS LIVING IN OR NEAR PARIS, BUT NOTHING VERY AUTHENTIC OR OF PARTICULAR IMPORTANCE.

MEN ARE SENT TO HIM BY AMBULANCE TRAIN FROM THE FRONT WITHOUT ANY ROLL OR LIST OF NAMES.   DMS IS LOOKING INTO THIS MATTER.

WENT TO MOTOR REPAIR DEPOT AT GENNEVILLIERS.

340 MEN, REGULARS - 1 OFFICER AND ABOUT 10 MEN.

WOULD LIKE A FEW POLICE,   P.M. AGREES;  TO BE REGARDED AS A DETACHMENT FROM APM, PARIS.   NOTED TO SEND 4.

MET COL. YARDE-BULLER, MILITARY ATTACHE.

WALKED ABOUT A GOOD DEAL IN EVENING, MET ONE OFFICER AND TWO POLICE PATROLS

WANTED,  A LARGE SCALE MAP OF PARIS.

MAR 6   LEFT PARIS

ARRIVED ABBEVILLE 1.30 PM.

ARRANGED TO SEND P.M.  WEEKLY REPORT ON WORK ON L OF C TO BE BASED ON REPORTS FROM ALL CENTRES.   HE WILL ARRANGE FOR SUPERVISION AT RAILHEADS AT GHQ, SO THAT I NEED NOT VISIT THOSE PLACES.

AM TO SEND HIM A LIST OF NCOS RECOMMENDED FOR PROMOTION TO NEXT HIGHEST GRADE.   WAR OFFICE HAVE ASSURED HI M THAT NONE OF THE EXPEDITIONARY FORCE NCOS HAVE BEEN PASSED OVER BY MEN SERVING AT HOME.

APPENDIX  :  Militaire Anglais en situation irreguliere   No. 3

1)   LINES OF COMMUNICATION       ROLL OF ABSENTEES         5 MAR 1915

THE FOLLOWING MEN HAVE BEEN ABSENT FOR MORE THAN A MONTH.   ANY INFORMATION AS TO THEIR WHEREABOUTS SINCE THE DATES SHOWN AGAINST THEIR NAMES, SHOULD BE SENT TO APM, HQ, LGC.  LISTS NOS. 1 & 2 ARE CANCELLED.

36700 Baker  Gnr                    RFA                               27.1.15            Boulogne

34202 Barnham  Dr                 ASC                              28.12.14           Havre

  3566 Brophy  Pte                  3 R Dublin Fus.             13.1.15             Boulogne

  7281 Buckley  Pte                 6 Cheshire R.(T.F.)       18.1.15             Havre

  7340 Byrne  Pte                    2 Conn. Rangers           22.1.15             A. Postal Service

21729 Coleman  Pte               ASC                               30.1.15             2 Cav. Fld Amb.

IN ALL, 47 NAMES ARE LISTED.           SIGNED BY      T.G. RUTLEDGE,CAPT,  APM          

                       

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2)   LINES OF COMMUNICATION       ROLL OF ABSENTEES         9 MAR 1915

ALL LISTS AND TELEGRAMS OF PRIOR DATE ARE CANCELLED.

WANTED BY APM  ROUEN      (11 IN ALL )

 7313  Daniels Cpl                      2 R. Scots                    27.2.15

 6952  Evans Sgt.                       2 Mon R.E.                   25.2.15         6 Gen Base Depot

15282 Fidler  Sgt.                       4 Middlesex R.               7.2.15          3 Inf. Base Depot

WANTED BY APM HAVRE         (14 IN ALL )    

10379 Banks  Pte                        2/Scots Rifles                17.2.15       Prison Ship

  7093 Buckley  Pte                     2/R. Munster Fus.         23.2.15       Cinder City

  3208 Fyshe  Pte                        ASC                                 9.2.15       2 Base Rmt Depot

WANTED BY APM BOULOGNE      (5 IN ALL )

            Findlay Cpl                       Scots Rifles                     7.2.15       Indian Post Office

19926 Frazer  Pte                        58 Coy  R.E.                 14.2.15        Details

WANTED BY APM  PARIS      ( 1 )

             Denny  Dr                          ASC                                  1.2.15         M.T. Depot

Delete from Printed List No 3  - Coleman, Cudlip,  Gallacher and Irwin

                                             SIGNED BY T.G. RUTTLEDGE,  CAPT. APM.   

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            3)   LINES OF COMMUNICATION       ROLL OF ABSENTEES        15 MAR 1915

AMENDMENTS TO ROLLS DATED 9 MAR

WANTED BY APM  ROUEN

Delete  :  Grant,Hamilton, Kelly and Marshall

For Fidler read Fisher

Add  :  11 in all

SS/906  Pte Allenach                    ASC                         5/3/15              3rd Echelon  GHQ

29037    S.S. Barton                     13  Hussars              1/3/15              6 Gen. S Depot

                Pte Duffy                       ASC                         4/3/15              Lab. Coy

WANTED BY APM  HAVRE  :

Add  : 9 in total

20501  Gr Bates                             RFA                      3/3/15                Cinder City

  7192   Pte Ford                            1 Som. L. I.           28/2/15              BSD Personnel  

WANTED BY APM  BOULOGNE

Delete  : Frazer and Fitzgerald

WANTED BY P.M. 1ST ARMY

Add  : 1 only

                Pte Phillips                      1 Dorsets                 6/3/15               HQ 5 th Corps

Delete   :  Davies,  Miles,  Riding,  Hakatgar Khan

                                                              SIGNED BY  T.G. RUTTLEDGE,  CAPT.    APM

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4)   List of Absentees reported to P.M.,  G.H.Q.

N0.        RANK   NAME          UNIT       DATE OF ABS.           REMARKS

   640   Pte       Labron T.      RAMC       27/11/14         Escaped  from GHQ before Prison

             Sgt      Morris T.W.    K O Regt    6/1/15           Ht-5ft 6ins, age 35, slim, slight fair

                                                                                            moustache, wearing sheepskin coat,

                                                                                            looks depressed, inclined show teeth

  6995  Pte      Reilly           1 E.Lancs       12/1/15         Ht-5ft 5in , clean shaven, wearing

                                                                                           pink balaclava helmet

  9618  Pte Collins G.        1 Lincs             11/1/15       Reddish complexion, clean shaven,

                                                                                           wearing knitted grey scarf

   7201 Pte  Mitchell J        R. S. Fus.         23/1/15      Ht-5ft 8in, very dark, very slovenly

     261  Gnr Pool               Warw. RHA       20/1/15      Ht-5ft 6in,sturdy, fair hair, blue eyes,

                                                                                           spotty face, well spoken & educated

                                                                                           sent to dentist Baileul, not seen since

15057 Pte  Tibby C.        4 Middles. R       10/2/15      Disappeared while on sentry duty

 5402  Cpl Liggins           16 Lancers         21/2/15     Ht-5ft7in, slight build, dark brown hair

                                                                                          & eyes,scars over right eye & nose,

                                                                                           tattoo marks left arm, woman & snake

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MAR 13   LEFT ABBEVILLE 11.30 WITH KING,S MESSENGER

ARRIVED BOULOGNE 1.00PM

DISCUSSION WITH APM  :-

HE NOW HAS DIFFICULTY IN GETTING ORDINARY, HARD F.S.CAPS FOR POLICE,  CAN USUALLY ONLY OBTAIN THE SOFT WINTER VARIETY.

THE CIRCULAR REGARDING PRISONERS OF WAR BEING THE WORK OF THE P.M. BRANCH HAS NOT YET APPARENTLY REACHED BOULOGNE

MEN ARE IN BILLETS AT 9.00PM

THERE ARE NOW ONLY TWO INTELLIGENCE POLICE AT B. VIX COX AND HILL

DR KELLY( AN ABSENTEE FROM ROUEN ) APPREHENDED AT SAMER, ( SEE THIS F & C M )

ETAPLES SEND THEIR F.P. CASES TO BOULOGNE

SAMER AND NEUFCHATEL GIVE NO TROUBLE

RED CROSS PERSONNEL HAVE NOT ALL GOT THEIR BRASSARDS YET

CAFES AND DRINKING HOUSES ARE OPEN FOR THE SALE DRINKS BETWEEN 12 & 2 AND 6 & 8 PM

APM HAS TWO CLASS”B” CLERKS, SAYS HE HAS A GREAT DEAL OF COPYING TO DO, ONE OF THESE CLERKS IS UNDER ORDERS TO REJOIN HIS UNIT

AS REGARDS EXTRA PAY FOR B MEN, UNDER R.W.ART 854, HE DOES NOT GIVE THIS FOR THE FIRST MONTH, AND NEVER INCREASES A MAN’S PAY BEYOND 1/9

POLICE THEIR ARMLETS ALL THE TIME, WHETHER ON OR OFF DUTY.

HE DOES NOT GET QUITE ENOUGH ABSENTEE LISTS, WILL LET ME KNOW THE NUMBER REQUIRED LATER.   TOLD HIM D.A.D.Ry T. SHOULD HAVE A COPY

HE SENT TWO VERY GOOD MEN TO PARIS THIS WEEK. (NB: SEE AS REGARDS POLICE PAY AT PARIS )

HE THINKS IT WOULD BE A GOOD THING IF EACH ApP.M. ON THE L OF C HAD A DISTRICT, TOLD HIM THAT HIS AREA CORRESPONDED WITH THAT ALLOTTED TO HIS BASE COMMANDANT, AND THEREFOR  INCLUDED MONTREUIL

WALKED ROUND TOWN, 9.30 TO 10.30 PM.  VERY QUIET AND ORDERLY ( SATURDAY NIGHT ).

MAR 14     VISIT TO FIELD PUNISHMENT BARRACKS

ESTABLISHMENT OF 20 WARDERS INCLUDING N.C.O.S. 55 PRISONERS TODAY, BELOW AVERAGE.   EVERYTHING RUN EXCELLENTLY, ALMOST ALONG THE LINES OF A PRISON.  GATE BOOK ETC.

SAW THE PRISONERS ON PARADE.  LOTS OF DRILL, GUARDS ETC.

8 CONVALESCENT PRISONERS THERE, TO BE EVACUATED TO HAVRE TOMORROW.

VISIT TO MILITARY POLICE BARRACKS : VERY COMFORTABLE AND CLEAN.

SAW SGT HARRIS, SENIOR AT BASE.  APM SPEAKS VERY HIGHLY OF HIM.

ONE “B” POLICEMAN DRUNK WHEN PARADING FOR DUTY LAST NIGHT.  HAD BEEN WITH THE M.P. ONE WEEK.  APM GAVE HIM 28 DAYS F.P. AND RETURNED HIM TO DUTY. (NB HAD HE BEEN AT ABBEVILLE HE WOULD CERTAINLY HAVE GOT 3 MONTHS )

VISITED WIMEREUX OUT STATION

SIX HOSPITALS

A CPL BALL AND THREE MEN, ONE ON DUTY DURING THE DAY, ALL AT NIGHT.

NO TROUBLE BUT NECESSARY TO HAVE THEM THERE, E.G. INCIDENT OF A TRAIN BEING BROKEN DOWN THERE AND MEN ALL OVER THE PLACE. APM SAYS BALL IS GOOD

VISITED PONT DES BRIQUES, OUTSTATION

NO 3 ADVANCED REMOUNT DEPOT

4 “B” MEN,  ( SGT CLARKE )  VERY FEW CHARGES FROM HERE.

APM VISITS HIS OUTSTATIONS FREQUENTLY, AND THEY TELEPHONE HIM A SHORT REPORT EVERY EVENING.

AVERAGE PUNISHMENT FOR DRUNKENNESS AT BOULOGNE IS 25 DAYS.

CALLED AT BASE HQ OFFICE SAW AA & QMG.

WOULD BE VERY GLAD TO GIVE PASSES TO APM, BUT THINKS THAT OFFICER COULD NOT MANAGE THEM WITHOUT AN ASSISTANT.   APM TELLS ME HE COULD DO SO IF THERE WERE FIXED HOURS FOR THE ISSUE OF PASSES.

IS RETURN OF PRISONER OF WAR, SENT AT PRESENT TO P.W. SECTION AT HAVRE, STILL REQUIRED ?   SEE A.

SAW THE EMBARKATION OF WOUNDED ON A HOSPITAL SHIP.

E.M.O. WOULD LIKE THE ASSISTANCE OF M.P. AT THIS, IN ORDER TO KEEP CURIOUS PERSONS AWAY.  HE ALSO TELLS ME THE PRESENCE WOULD BE MUCH APPRECIATED AT THE DETRAINMENT OF WOUNDED, AS THE CROWD SOMETIMES GETS INSIDE THE BARRIERS.  SAW THE ARRIVAL OF THE CROSS-CHANNEL STEAMER, AND DISEMBARKATION. 2 OR 3 OFFICERS ONLY.

THE “WOMAN “ QUESTION IS A SMALL ONE AT BOULOGNE, THERE ARE A FEW LOWER CLASS BROTHELS, BUT NOT MANY PROSTITUTES IN THE STREETS, AND THERE IS NO SPECIAL RECOGNISED CAFE FOR THEM TO RESORT TO.

NO TROUBLE AT ALL WITH OFFICER  IN THIS LINE.

VISIT TO D.A.D.R.T.( DEPUTY ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF RAILWAY TRANSPORT)

HE DOES NOT CONTROL BASSIN LOUBET, OR HESDINGUEL

SGT SINCLAIR IN CHARGE OF Ry POLICE IS DOING VERY GOOD WORK. SHEWED ME HIS LIST OF STRAGGLERS APPREHENDED.

NO. OF POLICE : 1 SERGEANT AND 8 MEN.  ONE MORE MAN WOULD BE A VERY

GREAT CONVENIENCE, AND ANOTHER TO WITNESSES FOR CsM WOULD BE AN ADVANTAGE. SPEAK ADRT IGC.  GERMAN PRISONERS GO STRAIGHT THROUGH WHENEVER IT CAN BE ARRANGED.

LEFT BOULOGNE WITH KING’S MESSENGER AT 2.40 PM

ARRIVED ABBEVILLE 4.00 PM.

MAR 19 LINES OF COMMUNICATION WEEKLY REPORT

ROUEN :  1 SGT AND 5 MEN MFP JOINED ON TRANSFER FROM MARSEILLES ON 13/3/15

THREE VERY SMART CAPTURES OF ABSENTEES HAVE BEEN MADE, AMONG THEM BEING THAT OF PTE WARD WHO HAD ESCAPED FROM DIEPPE AND BOULOGNE AFTER HAVING BEEN REPORTED AS A DESERTER FROM 16TH LANCERS.

THE APPREHENSION OF A FRENCH CIVILIAN, WHO WAS FOUND IN POSSESSION OF A KHAKI GREATCOAT LED TO THE DISCOVERY OF THREE MOTOR LOADS OF GOVERNMENT PROPERTY, MUCH OF WHICH WAS HOWEVER WORTHLESS.

GENERAL BEHAVIOUR OF TROOPS GOOD.

COMMISSAIRE CENTRAL, M. LANNES HAS BEEN VERY HELPFUL AND THE GENDARMERIE SITUATED AT A DISTANCE HAVE BROUGHT IN SEVERAL ABSENTEES.

EFFORTS HAVE BEEN MADE TO CONTROL PROSTITUTION, AND A NUMBER OF WOMEN HAVE BEEN CONFINED IN A VENEREAL HOSPITAL.

HAVRE : THE APM HAS BEEN KEPT BUSY WITH THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE EVACUATION OF GERMAN PRISONERS, OF WHOM ABOUT 1300 HAVE REACHED

HIM EXCLUDING THOSE WOUNDED..

I HOPE TO HAVE A FULLER REPORT ON THE ARRANGEMENTS AND THEIR WORKING NEXT WEEK.

THREE MEN, ALL WEARING LEG IRONS HAVE ESCAPED FROM THE PRISON SHIP, TWO OF THEM FOR THE SECOND TIME.  THE ROUNDING UP OF ABSENTEES APPEARS TO WANT SOME FURTHER ATTENTION, WHICH POINT I HAVE IN HAND.

BOULOGNE  : ONE OF THE RAILWAY MILITARY POLICE WAS FOUND LYING DRUNK IN THE STREET, AND WAS TRIED BY COURT MARTIAL, THE RESULT NOT YET KNOWN.

12 GERMAN PRISONERS DISCHARGED FROM HOSPITAL AND SENT TO HAVRE

I VISITED BOULOGNE ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY AND ATTACH NOTES MADE AT THE TIME.

MARSEILLES : HALF THE MP.P. WERE TRANSFERRED TO ROUEN, LEAVING ONLY A SERGEANT AND FIVE MEN.

PARIS : THE MAJORITY OF THE CLASS “B” MEN EMPLOYED AS POLICE WERE EXAMINED BY A MEDICAL BOARD AND PASSED FIT.  I AM ARRANGING FOR THEIR RELIEF AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE CONSISTENT WITH NOT ALTOGETHER UPSETTING THE POLICE WORK OF THE PLACE.

6 MEN HAVE BEEN SENT TO NO.4 GENERAL HOSPITAL AT VERSAILLES TO ACT AS R.M.P., AND A SIMILAR NUMBER TO THE M.T.DEPOT AT GENNEVILLIERS

DIEPPE : NOTHING TO NOTE

GENERAL : THE CHANGE OF PASSES INTRODUCED BY THE FRENCH AUTHORITIES ON 15TH INSTANT LED TO A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF TROUBLE, AS WITHOUT PREVIOUS WARNING OUR ORANGE PASSES SUDDENLY BECAME ALMOST VALUELESS OUTSIDE OUR OWN AREA.

I HAVE HAD TO ISSUE ALL THE D.R.L.S. MEN WITH FRENCH PASSES.  I TRUST THAT IF ANOTHER CHANGE IS MADE THE FACT WILL BE COMMUNICATED IN TIME TO PERMIT OF A FRESH DISTRIBUTION OF PASSES BEING MADE.

THE FRENCH RAISED OBJECTION TO THEIR TRAIN BEING SEARCHED FOR ABSENTEES ETC.  I GATHER THE RAILWAY AUTHORITIES HAVE NOW PUT THIS MATTER RIGHT, AS THEY RECOGNISE THAT WE MUST FREQUENTLY EXAMINE THESE TRAINS.

I HAVE ARRANGED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE MEDICAL DIRECTORATE FOR ALL GERMAN WOUNDED TO GO TO HAVRE AS SOON AS FIT TO TRAVEL, AND FOR THEM ALL TO BE EVACUATED TO ENGLAND THROUGH THAT PORT.

I PROPOSE TO VISIT DIEPPE AND ROUEN IN THE COURSE OF THE NEXT FEW DAYS AND TO SPEND 24 HOURS ON VARIOUS SUPPLY TRAINS AFTER LEAVING THE LATTER PLACE.

MAR 20   VISIT TO DIEPPE :

LEFT ABBEVILLE  11.30.AM

ARRIVED DIEPPE  12.50 PM

MET LT H.G. MITCHELL, 3RD HUSSARS, WHO ACTS AS APM AND AMLO.  HE IS A TEMPORARY “B” OFFICER,

SGT VICKERS, i/c POLICE, IS DOING VERY WELL.  IT HAS NOT BEEN FOUND NECESSARY TO ATTACH ANY OTHER MEN FOR POLICE DUTY, EXCEPT ONE OF THE 5TH BORDER REGT. WHO ACTS AS COOK.

THREE MEN OF THE 5TH BORDER REGT. ARE RAILWAY POLICE, I GATHER THEY ARE NOT MUCH GOOD.

A LARGE NUMBER OF ENGLISH PASSENGERS PASS THROUGH ON THEIR WAY BETWEEN PARIS AND ENGLAND.  ALL CROSS CHANNEL BOATS ARE MET BY APM AND M.P.  THEY HAVE THE COURIER SYSTEM WELL IN HAND.

VISITED WHERE THE CHATEAU, WHERE MEN UNDERGOING FIELD PUNISHMENT ARE KEPT IN THE CHARGE OF THE 5TH BORDER REGT.  THESE MEN ARE HAVING TOO SOFT A TIME.  APM WILL ARRANGE FOR BETTER WORK FOR THEM.  THE SERGEANT 5TH BORDER REGT. IN CHARGE DOES NOT IMPRESS ME.

NB TO GET A GOOD MAN TO TAKE OVER THIS WORK; SGT VICKERS CAN OVERLOOK IT, BUT CANNOT DEVOTE SUFFICIENT TIME FROM HIS OTHER DUTIES.

NB : TO SEND THE APM SOME POLICE BADGES, AOD ARE SLOW IN SUPPLYING THEM.  HE SHOULD INDENT FOR SOME PISTOLS FOR HIS MEN. D.A.O.M.G. HAS CHARGE OF PASSES, OF WHICH VERY FEW ARE ISSUED, PROBABLY MORE NOW THAT FRENCH REGULATIONS HAVE BEEN REVISED.  NB : SEND SOME MORE OF THE NEW RED PATTERN.

WOMAN QUESTION WELL LOOKED AFTER.

APM APPEARS TO DO HIS WORK WELL AND TO BE KEEN ON IT. D.A.O.M.G. WILL ENDEAVOUR TO RELEASE HIM FROM A.M.L.O. DUTIES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

20 &21/3/15  VISIT TO  ROUEN

LEFT DIEPPE 3.30 PM

ARRIVED ROUEN 4.45 PM

DISCUSSION WITH APM

WOMAN QUESTION MUCH BETTER NOW.

GAVE ME WARD’S STATEMENT RELATING TO HIS TRAVELS - WHICH THROWS AN INTERESTING LIGHT ON THE WAY SOME OF THE RAILWAY POLICE ARE DOING THEIR WORK.

QUESTION OF POLICE ESTABLISHMENTS, ONLY THREE CLASS “B” CPLS AND SEGTS DRAW PAY AT POLICE RATES.

POLICE BADGES : SANITARY POLICE LETTERED S.P., RAILWAY POLICE R.P.

APM HAS A VERY GOOD WAY OF ROUNDING UP OF ABSENTEES, AND TAKES GREAT CARE OVER THIS MATTER.

THE M.P. LANCE CORPORALS (SPECIALLY ENLISTED )  SENT FROM MARSEILLES ARE NOT UP TO THE STANDARD OF THE CORPS.

ROUEN TROOPS ARE IN QUARTERS BY 8.45 PM.

FULL USE IS MADE OF MOUNTED MEN.

VISITED POLICE QUARTERS.

SAW MEN UNDERGOING NO. 1 FIELD PUNISHMENT.  ONE OF THEIR ROOMS WILL REQUIRE CHANGING, ITS WINDOWS OVERLOOK THE STREET AND PRISONERS CAN SOMETIMES MANAGE TO GET ARTICLES PASSED IN.

DINED AT CAFE DE L’OPERA WITH APM.  THINGS HAVE RATHER CHANGED HERE, MANY LESS WOMEN THAN ON MY FORMER VISIT, APPARENTLY THEY UNDERSTAND THAT OFFICERS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BE SEEN WITH THEM.

? WHERE HAVE THEY GONE TO ?

DROVE ROUND ROUEN, RIVE GAUCHE SIDE, AND SAW THE CAMPS ETC.

AN IMMENSE PLACE, THE SUBURBS OF ST. ETTIENNE AND SOTTEVILLE RUN RIGHT INTO ROUEN AND CONSEQUENTLY THERE ARE MANY MILES OF STREETS ON THIS SIDE OF THE RIVER ALONE.   SOTTEVILLE STATION AND SIDINGS APPEAR TO BE LOOKED AFTER BY TWO RAILWAY POLICE AT A TIME, WHICH IS TRYING THEM RATHER HIGH.  AMBULANCE TRAINS AND EMPTY SUPPLY TRAINS WAIT FOR LONG PERIODS AT SOTTEVILLE.

FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF THE POLICE WORK ON THE L OF C IT WOULD APPEAR VERY MUCH BETTER THAT THE RAILWAY POLICE SHOULD BE UNDER THE APM OF THE BASE IN THE SAME WAY THAT THE M.P. AT THE BASES ARE UNDER ME, IE THEY WOULD TAKE THEIR ORDERS FROM THE RTO BUT THE APM WOULD CO-ORDINATE THEIR WORK WITH THAT OF HIS OWN M.P.

AT PRESENT I FEAR THERE ARE GAPS, AND MOREOVER THE RAILWAY TRANSPORT ESTABLISHMENT ARE TOO BUSY WITH THEIR OWN WORK TO BE ABLE TO DEVOTE THE NECESSARY TIME TO SEEING TO THE POLICE WORK, TO THE BEST ADVANTAGE OF EVERYBODY.  RTO ARE WILLING TO HELP BUT MOST OF THE WORK IS FOREIGN TO THEM.  THE ADVANTAGE TO THE RAILWAY TRANSPORT ESTABLISHMENT OF RETAINING CONTROL OF THESE POLICE, LIES IN THE FACT THAT THEY CAN WHEN NECESSARY TURN THEM INTO “CHECKERS” AT A MOMENT’S NOTICE.

VISITED RIVE DROIT STATION, FROM WHICH THE PARIS, HAVRE AND DIEPPE PASSENGER TRAINS START.  THERE IS AN RTOS OFFICE HERE, BUT WE SAW NO RAILWAY POLICEMEN.  FRENCH OFFICIALS SAY THAT ONE APPEARS WHEN A TRAIN ARRIVES.

ARRANGED WITH APM THAT HE SHOULD PICK OUT SOME MEN FOR PARIS, THE NUMBER BEING REQUIRED BEING TOO LARGE TO ADMIT OF THE TRAINED SUPPLY BEING DRAWN UPON TO FILL ALL THE VACANCIES.

MAR 26   LINES OF COMMUNICATION WEEKLY REPORT

A FRENCH SCOUTMASTER NAMED LETARD, LATELY EMPLOYED IN ONE OF THE HOSPITALS, WANTED IN CONNECTION WITH THEFTS OF ARMY STORES, WAS ARRESTED BY THE FRENCH POLICE AT ANGERS.  IT IS HOPED THAT HIS BRITISH ACCOMPLICE WILL BE TRACED.

STRENGTH IN GARRISON RATHER REDUCED OWING TO DRAFTS FOR THE FRONT.

I VISITED ROUEN DURING THE WEEK AND ATTACH NOTES MADE AT THE TIME.

SEVERAL CASES OF CIVILIANS, RED CROSS EMPLOYEES ETC HAVE BEEN REPORTED BY THE BASE COMMANDANT.

THE NUMBER OF PRISONERS OF WAR EVACUATED DURING THE PREVIOUS WEEK WAS 21 OFFICERS AND 1521 OTHER RANKS. THE ARRANGEMENTS APPEAR TO HAVE WORKED WELL.

ROUEN : TWO MEN   WHO ESCAPED FROM THE PRISON SHIP AT HAVRE ON THE 17TH INST WERE ARRESTED BY THE M.P. AT BOULOGNE ON 21ST.  I HAVE DRAWN THE ATTENTION OF THE RAILWAY TRANSPORT ESTABLISHMENT TO THE FACT THAT THESE MAN MUST HAVE ELUDED THE RAILWAY POLICE AT HAVRE, ROUEN, ABBEVILLE AND BOULOGNE

PARIS : THE RELIEF OF THE POLICE RECENTLY CLASSED AS “A” IS PROCEEDING.

APM REPORTS DIFFICULTY IN OBTAINING MOTOR PERMITS; I HAVE THIS MATTER IN HAND.

AN ESCAPED PRISONER FROM HAVRE WAS ARRESTED THIS MAN WAS PRESUMABLY TRAVELLING TO ROUEN, AND SHOULD HAVE BEEN CAUGHT BEFORE HE REACHED PARIS.

DIEPPE :  I VISITED DIEPPE DURING THE WEEK AND ATTACH NOTES MADE AT THE TIME.

MARSEIILLES :  A CAPTAIN HOPE JOHNSTONE, RESERVE OF OFFICERS, STAYING AT THE HOTEL SPLENDIDE, SUDDENLY TOOK TO WEARING UNIFORM, BUT LEFT IMMEDIATELY FOR THE NORTH.  HE HAS NOW CROSSED TO ENGLAND, OSTENSIBLY TO REPORT TO THE WAR OFFICE.

ABBEVILLE :   I AM ESTABLISHING AN OUTSTATION AT LE TREPORT, WHERE NEW HOSPITALS ARE IN PROCESS OF FORMATION.  AT PRESENT 4 MEN WILL PROBABLY BE ENOUGH.

GENERAL : I ATTACH SOMEWHAT REMARKABLE EXTRACTS FROM A STATEMENT MADE BY PTE WARE, 10TH HUSSARS, RECENTLY SENT TO HIS UNIT FOR TRIAL, WHICH SHOWS THE EXTENT TO WHICH IT HAS BEEN POSSIBLE FOR ABSENTEES TO TRAVEL BY TRAIN.  A COPY HAS BEEN SENT TO THE RAILWAY OFFICERS.

I HAVE SUBMITTED TO YOU TODAY, THROUGH I.G.C., PROPOSALS FOR AN INCREASE IN THE PAID ESTABLISHMENT OF M.P. ON THE L. OF C.

I PROPOSE DURING THE COMING WEEK TO VISIT PARIS AND DIEPPE.

MAR 27/29   VISIT TO PARIS

LEFT ABBEVILLE BY TRAIN   2.30 PM

ARRIVED PARIS, GARE DU NORD   5.45 PM

WALKED ABOUT STREETS VISITING BARS, CAFES ETC   8.30PM - 11 PM

 SAW NO BRITISH OFFICERS OR SOLDIERS

MET APM   9.45 PM   DISCUSSION WITH APM  -  

HE HAS NOW GOT AUTHORITY TO ISSUE PASSES HIMSELF, WITHOUT HAVING TO   APPLY TO THE FRENCH FOR EVERYONE REQUIRED

POLICE ARE ALL OUT ON THE STREETS ON SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS FROM 6 - 11.30 PM;ON OTHER DAYS HALF GO OUT IN THE DAY OTHER HALF AT NIGHT

QUESTION : WHO IS COL KEDDIE WHO HAS ESTABLISHED HIMSELF IN PARIS WITH 19 MEN

MAR 28   DROVE WITH APM TO GARE ST LAZAIRE, WHERE HE HAS 4 MEN STATIONED PERMANENTLY, THENCE TO GARE DU NORD WHERE HE HAS 5 MEN.

AT THESE PLACES THE MILITARY POLICE CHECK ALL INCOMING AND OUTGOING

TRAINS, AND OWING TO THE ARRANGEMENT OF BARRIERS ETC THEY CAN PERFORM THEIR WORK WELL, AND THEY DO IN FACT APPREHEND MANY ABSENTEES.

THERE IS A RED CROSS ESTABLISHMENT AT THE GARE DU NORD WHICH TAKES IN DETAILS ETC ARRIVING AT LATE HOURS AND GENERALLY APPEARS TO DO USEFUL WORK.

VISITED CASERNE BELLECHASSE - HERE THERE ARE 12 MEN.

SAW LIST OF STRAGGLERS AND OTHERS WHO HAD PASSED THROUGH PARIS.

2 MP ARE STATIONED PERMANENTLY AT CASERNE POMPIERES (PORT ROYALE )

WHERE THEY SEE AFTER GARE MONTPARNASSE AND GARE D’ORLEANS.

VISITED APM’S OFFICE, 31 BDE DES INVALIDES.

THE POST BETWEEN ABBEVILLE AND PATIS IS BAD.  SEE DAPS RE THIS.

DOUBTFUL WHETHER ALL OFFICERS ARE REPORTING THEMSELVES TO APM.  INSTRUCTED HIM TO LOOK INTO THIS AND TO BE SURE TO REPORT TO ME ANY CASES OF NEGLECT.HIS TELEPHONE NUMBER SAXE 72.60, INTELLIGENCE ANGLAISE.

COMPLAINT FROM GENNE VILLIERS AS TO BASE COMMANDANT, ROUEN REFUSING TO ASSEMBLE A COURT MARTIAL TO TRY A MAN FOR DRUNKENNESS, THE MAN ALREADY HAVING HAD 3 MONTHS FP FOR A PREVIOUS CASE.  NOTHING TO BE GAINED BY RAISING THIS QUESTION.  WALKED ABOUT FROM 3 TO 5, AND FROM 9 - 11, AND 12 TO 1 AM

VISITED MONTMARTRE ETC, ETC. MET 4 OFFICERS FROM GENNEVILLIERS AND ONE OR TWO MEN.

HAD CONVERSATIONS WITH VARIOUS PEOPLE AS TO CONDUCT OF BRITISH IN PARIS.  OBVIOUS THAT ANYONE WEARING KHAKI IS PUT DOWN AS A BRITISH SOLDIER BY ALL EXCEPT THE INITIATED.  SOME OF THE RED CROSS PERSONNEL ARE STILL WEARING CUFFS BRAIDED AS OURS, BUT WITHOUT BADGES  NB TAKE THIS UP WITH COMMISSIONER AT BOULOGNE.

THE WEARER OF KHAKI IS UNDOUBTEDLY POPULAR IN PARIS, SEVERAL LADIES OF THE STREETS TOLD ME THEY THOUGHT THE ENGLISH DRANK A LOT.  IN PARIS SOLDIERS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BE SERVED WITH DRINK AFTER 8.0 PM.  ONE GIRL RELATED TO ME HOW SHE HAD FOUND A SOLDIER VERY DRUNK, BUT ON MAKING ENQUIRIES I FOUND THAT HE WAS EMPLOYED BY THE FRENCH IN THE RED CROSS AMBULANCE NEAR BELFORT.

THERE HAVE UNDOUBTEDLY BEEN CASES OF INDISCREET BEHAVIOUR BY PERSONS DRESSED IN KHAKI IN PARIS, BUT THERE ARE NO RECORDED INSTANCES OF OFFICERS OR SOLDIERS BEING INVOLVED.  SEE IN THIS CONNECTION THE LETTER WRITTEN BY THE PREFECT OF POLICE IN ANSWER TO MR THOMSON’S CHARGES

MAR 29   WALKED ABOUT FROM 9 .00 TO NOON.  SAW NO ONE IN KHAKI

ARRANGEMENTS FOR A TEST EXAMINATION OF THE NAMES OF OFFICERS ARRIVING IN PARIS FROM POLICE REPORTS; ALS AS TO THE IDENTITY OF THE WEARERS OF KHAKI

LEFT PARIS 12.30 PM

ARRIVED ABBEVILLE 4.30 PM

MAR 31   VISIT TO DIEPPE

LEFT ABBEVILLE  3.50 PM

ARRIVED DIEPPE  4.20 PM

WALKED ROUND TOWN; VISITED RAILWAY STATION

OWING TO POSITION OF SIDINGS ETC HERE IT IS QUITE IMPOSSIBLE FOR A SMALL NUMBER OF POLICE TO EXERCISE SUFFICIENT CONTROL.  THE STATION

APPEARS OPEN IN ALL DIRECTIONS.

SUGGEST EXAMINATION OF TRAINS AT SERQUEUX, WHERE THERE IS A RTO AND A CONSIDERABLE THROUGH AND LOCAL MILITARY TRAFFIC.  ALL PASSENGER TRAINS TO AND FROM DIEPPE STOP HERE.

NB : SEE ADRT ON RETURN.

DISCUSSION WITH APM AND SGT VICKERS, MP

ANOTHER THREE MEN WOULD BE CONSIDERABLE HELP, THE PRESENT DETACHMENT HAVE VERY LONG HOURS, BUT ARE DOING VERY GOOD WORK.

LARGE INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF FIELD PUNISHMENT CASES( SEE NOTES ON MY LAST VISIT ), PROBABLY OWING TO THE MEN HAVING TOO EASY WORK. CPL O’ LOGHLEN HAS ALREADY DONE GOOD WORK IN THIS LINE.

MET ENGLISH BOAT FROM FOLKESTONE.

CASE OF MR LINDSAY BURY, OF LADY MURRAY’S FRENCH HOSPITAL AT LE TREPORT.  WEARING THE UNIFORM OF A LT IN THE ARMY MOTOR RESERVE(NOW DISBANDED), HE HAS THE RIGHT TO WEAR THIS IN ENGLAND BUT NOT IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY.  DETAINED, BUT SUBSEQUENTLY RELEASED AND SENT ON TO THE HOSPITAL WHICH WE KNOW WELL AND WHICH IS WITHIN 100 YARDS OF 29/16 GENERAL HOSPITAL, ON PROMISING TO TAKE OFF THE UNIFORM AND NOT TO WEAR IT AGAIN.  LADY MURRAY WRITTEN TO.

DISEMBARKATION ARRANGEMENTS VERY GOOD, BETTER THAN AT BOULOGNE,  BOAT MET BY APM AND 2 MP AND INTELLIGENCE POLICE.  WE GOT FIRST LOOK AT THE PASSENGER’S, 1.E. BEFORE THEY COME TO THE FRENCH AUTHORITIES.

TOWN VERY QUIET AND MEN WELL BEHAVED - VERY SMART AND RESPECTFUL SEEING THAT MOST ARE SPECIALLY ENLISTED.

APM(LT MITCHELL) IMPRESSES ME MUCH,  HAS A VERY SOUND IDEA OF HIS DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES.

MET ApDMS REPORTS THAT SANITARY CONDITIONS OF CHATEAU WHERE FIELD PUNISHMENT CASES ARE CONFINED, IS NOT GOOD.  SPOKE TO APwM ABOUT THIS  - HE WOULD WELCOME A CHANGE OF QUARTERS.

APM DIRECTED TO REPORT TO ME ANY CASES OF UNAUTHORISED PERSONS LANDING IN THIS COUNTRY IN KHAKI.

WALKED ABOUT 9PM TO 11PM.  ALL QUIET

APR 1   LEFT DIEPPE AT 9.30 AM ARRIVED AT LE TREPORT AT 10.15 AM

MET CL THURSTON, SMO.

POLICE ARE DOING VERY GOOD WORK, BUT HE WOULD LIKE THEM TO BE BILLETED IN THE TOWN INSTEAD OF WITH THE ASC AS AT PRESENT, AND HAS ACCORDINGLY APPLIED FOR PERMISSION TO OBTAIN BILLETS.

NB : SEND INTERPRETER HERE FOR A DAY OR TWO IN ORDER TO SHOW SGT KING THE WAY ABOUT ETC.;  ALSO PAY A FURTHER VISIT SOON

LEFT LE TREPORT AT 10.45 AM

ARRIVED AT ABBEVILLE 10.30 AM.

APR 7   VISIT TO ETAPLES

MET COL C.J. HUSKINSON, CAMP COMMANDANT AND CAPT CLARKE, CAMP ADJUTANT.

SGT SYMONDS IS DOING WELL AND IS VERY KEEN.

STRENGTH NOW  750 AND 250 LABOURERS.

EXPLAINED TO COMMDT RE CLOSING OF CAFES AND THE GENERAL PROCEDURE IN CONNECTION WITH THE CIVIL AUTHORITIES.

MAYOR SHOULD POST UP COPIES OF THE RECENT [PROCLAMATION ON THE SUBJECT OF THE SALE OF DRINK

MEN APPEAR TO BE BEHAVING WELL.

DID NOT SEE SGT SYMONDS, BUT SAW L.C. CLARIDGE INSTEAD.  WOULD BE WELL TO SEND 3 CLASS”B” MEN TO ASSIST POLICE.  TAKES 1 ½ HRS TO REACH ETAPLES AND AT LEAST AN HOUR TO SEE OVER THE PLACE AT ALL THOROUGHLY.

ABBEVILLE

1916

JULY 24  PERMIS DE CIRCULER.   SENT ESTIMATE FOR AUGUST TO PM - PINK 800, BLUE 200.

POLICE ESTABLISHMENT, HAVRE.   APPLICATION TO PM FOR THE ADDITIONAL COLOUR SERGEANT FOR DUTY AT HAVRE ON THE DOCK AND RAILWAY AREA.

APM ROUEN.  LETTER TO IGC TO AG ASKING THAT CAPTAIN  FITZCLARENCE MAY BE TRANSFERRED TO DUNKIRK AND CAPT FURBER SENT TO ROUEN IN RELIEF, OWING TO THE FACT THAT THE FORMER CANNOT SPEAK FRENCH - LETTER FROM CONSUL GENERAL AT ROUEN ENCLOSED.  

LEAVE.  LETTER FROM PM ASKING WHETHER IGC CONCURS IN THE DRAFT OF A LETTER TO WO ASKING THAT NOTIFICATION AS REGARDS OFFICERS AND OTHER RANKS BEING GRANTED LEAVE IN FRANCE SHOULD BE SENT TO HQ IGC ONLY AND NOT TO AG.

PROMOTION MMP.   PM CALLS FOR NAMES OF 2 SERGEANTS MMP RECOMMENDED FOR APPOINTMENT AS ACTING SQUADRON SERGEANT MAJORS (UNPAID)

JULY 25 EXECUTION AT BOULOGNE. C/40124 BDR ARNOLD, 1 BRIGADE,  CANADIAN FIELD ARTILLERY FOR DESERTION: MAJ LAWSON, CAPT FOLEY AND CAPT TREVELYAN PRESENT (BDR FREDERICK S ARNOLD IS BURIED AT BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY, PLOT VII. A. 137).

CARNET D’ENTRANGERS.  PERMIT OFFICE, GHQ TELEGRAPHED THAT LIST OF CARNETS GRANTED FOR L OF C AREA NEED NOT BE FORWARDED TO THEM IN FUTURE;   INSTRUCTIONS ISSUED ACCORDINGLY.

WEEKLY REPORT TO PM GHQ.

JULY 26 DETECTIVES.   LETTER FROM AG AUTHORISING THE FORMATION OF A FORCE OF DETECTIVES, 1 SGT, 1 CPL AND 6 OTHER RANKS, WITH SPECIAL RATE OF PAY, MEN NOT TO BE FINALLY APPOINTED AND PAID UNTIL THEY PROVE THEIR ABILITY - CIRCULAR TO APM’S ASKING FOR RECOMMENDATIONS.

EXECUTION AT ROUEN.   PAKHALI  ALIMUDIN, 19 FIELD VETERINARY SECTION FOR MURDER, CAPTAINS FOLEY, FITZCLARENCE AND FITZPATRICK AND LT HALL PRESENT.

JULY 29  MILITARY POLICE CATEGORIES OF.   LETTER FROM PM GHQ GIVING A DESCRIPTION OF THE FIVE CATEGORIES, MMP AND FOUR MFP IN WHICH MILITARY POLICE ARE TO BE CLASSED WHEN APPLICATIONS FOR THEIR TRANSFER TO GENERAL SERVICE OR RETURN TO REGIMENTAL DUTY ARE MADE.

BLUE PERMIS FOR APM PARIS.  LETTER FROM PM GHQ STATING THAT FRENCH GQC WILL NOT CONSENT TO ALLOT APM PARIS TO ISSUE THESE.

CARNET D’ENTRANGERS AND RED PERMITS.  LETTER FROM PERMIT OFFICE, GHQ SAYING THAT THE CANET SECTION HELD THAT IT WAS NOT DESIRABLE THAT A PERSON SHOULD HOLD BOTH A CANET AND A RED PERMIT, NOR THAT RED PERMITS SHOULD BE ISSUED  NOT TO DISPENSE WITH CARNETS, AND THAT THEY WILL WITHDRAW THE CARNET IS RED PERMITS TO DISPENSE WITH THEM ARE ISSUED - WHAT REMARKS DO I DESIRE TO MAKE.

RETURNED TO ABBEVILLE.

JULY 30  EXECUTION AT BOULOGNE.  NO. 107526 PTE J W ROBERTS 2 CANADIAN MOUNTED RIFLES BATTALION FOR DESERTION.   (Buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, plot VIII. A.154.   Age 20 years). CAPT INNES, CAPT BARNETT SMITH PRESENT FOR INSTRUCTION - MAJ LAWSON SUPERINTENDENT.

BRCS AND ENLISTMENT.   LETTER FROM BRCS ASKING WHAT ACTION SHOULD BE TAKEN AS REGARDS BRITISH SUBJECTS OF MILITARY AGE WHO ARE NOT ORDINARILY RESIDENT IN GREAT BRITAIN - REPLY THEY ARE OUTSIDE SCOPE OF THE ACT, BUT I SHOULD LIKE A LIST OF THEM, AND UNLESS THEY OBJECT THEY SHOULD BE MEDICALLY EXAMINED.

DRAFT REINFORCEMENTS.   ASKED DAG FOR 50 TO ARRIVE ABOUT 10TH AUGUST.

MINISTRY OF MUNITIONS PARIS.   LETTER FROM APM PARIS ASKING RE THE POSITION OF THIS BODY ARE THEY ENTITLED TO MOVE AT PUBLIC EXPENSE ETC.

PRISONERS OF WAR.  LETTER FROM AG STATING THAT THE ORDER RELATING TO THE TAKING AWAY FROM PRISONERS OF WAR OF ALL SUMS IN EXCESS OF £1 IS CANCELLED AND PM’S REGULATIONS SHOULD BE AMENDED ACCORDINGLY .

LETTER FROM AG AUTHORISING THE FORMATION OF PRISONERS OF WAR COMPANIES EACH OF 425 PRISONERS.

AUG 21.   PRISONERS, COURT MARTIAL.   IN CONSEQUENCE OF AN INCIDENT WHICH OCCURRED AAG INFORMED COMMANDANT, ADVANCED BASE THAT THESE MEN WERE NOT TO BE MARCHED THROUGH THE MAIN STREETS OF ABBEVILLE SAVE IN VERY EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES.

REVOLVERS DRAWN BY MILITARY POLICE.   LETTER TO ALL  APM’S DIRECTING TO INFORM  ME WHENEVER AN INCIDENT OCCURRED OF MILITARY POLICE DRAWING OR FIRING THEIR REVOLVERS

AUG 22.  TOWN MAJORS.   LETTER FROM AG APPROVING THE FORMATION OF A SEPARATE DEPARTMENT OF PROVOST BRANCH CONSISTING OF TOWN MAJORS - LIST OF THE TOWNS FOR WHICH THESE APPOINTMENTS APPROVED AN STATEMENT OF THEIR DUTIES ATTACHED.

APM BRASSARDS.   LETTER FROM AG STATING THAT THESE MAY ONLY BE WORN BY DULY APPOINTED APM’S OR ON SPECIAL OCCASIONS BY LEARNERS.

ETAPLES, DISTURBANCE AND FP COMPLAINT.   REPORT FROM APM REGARDING A DISTURBANCE DURING WHICH FOUR POLICEMEN FIRED THEIR REVOLVERS IN THE AIR - 60 TO 70 MEN REFUSED TO GO TO WORK AN A STRUGGLE ENSUED WHILE THEY WERE BEING TIED UP.

APM LEARNERS.   LETTER FROM AG STATING THAT A REPORT ON THESE OFFICERS IS TO BE MADE TO GHQ AFTER THREE MONTHS ATTACHMENT - OR EARLIER IF IT SHOULD BECOME APPARENT THAT THE OFFICER IS UNFITTED FOR ULTIMATE APPOINTMENT.

ROUEN CARNET D’ENTRANGERS.   VISITED ETAT MAJOR IIIme REGION WITH APT WILKINSON GHQ IB ) CARNET SECTION), CAPT WENZ (FRENCH MISSION) AND CAPT MAUDE (APM DIEPPE) AND DISCUSSED MATTERS WITH CAPT CATUSSE.   THE LATTER APPEARS QUITE WILLING TO WORK IN ACCORD WITH US BUT FINDS IT DIFFICULT TO EFFECT ANY LIAISON WITH LT HALL WHO COMES INTO HIS OFFICE AND TAKES AWAY THE CARNET STAND GIVES HIM NO OPPORTUNITY FOR ANY DISCUSSION AS REGARDS “AVIS DEFAVORABLE”   EXPLAINED TO HIM THE IMPORTANCE OF PREVENTING ENGLISH PEOPLE GOING TO BASES OWING TO RISK OF LEAKAGE OF INFORMATION WHICH POINT HE APPEARED TO APPRECIATE.   MATTERS SHOULD NOW WORK SMOOTHER.

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WO 154/299                      APM 3 EAST AFRICAN DIVISION              OCTOBER 1916

MARAGARGO - CAPT C JOHNSTONE-SCOTT, APM

Sir,

I am forwarding you herewith by war diary up to 30 April inclusive, also field state of present strength of my unit.

My horse died from horse sickness on the 13/4/1916 and I have not been able to replace it.   Further we have no transport for the unit, either mechanical or otherwise.   Observe that the unit is particularly complete.

I have the honour to be your obedient servant.  

C Johnson-Scott, Capt,

APM, 3 East African Division.

1916

12 APRIL ARRIVED AT HINO CAMP AND TOOK OVER THE MILITARY POLICE BELONGING TO THE 3 DIVISION.

13 APRIL ENGAGED IN FIXING UP CAMP FOR MILITARY POLICE AND MAKING BARBED WIRE ENCLOSURE FOR PROSPECTIVE PRISONERS OF WAR.   MY HORSE DIED OF HORSE SICKNESS.

14 APRIL MADE INVENTORY OF FURNITURE TAKEN FROM THE HOUSE OF A MAN NAMED PATTERSON BY THE OFFICERS OF THE 8 SAI, AND USED BY THEM IN THEIR MESS.

15 APRIL SAW COL BYRON RE PATTERSONS FURNITURE, HE INSTRUCTED ME TO HAND SOME OVER TO COL VAUGHAN WILLIAMS OF THE 2 SA FIELD AMBULANCE FOR THE USE OF THE MILITARY SANITORIUM AT MORUNGU ON THE MOUNTAIN.   ALSO COMPLETED THE ??? CAMP.

16 APRIL   SENT THE PATTERSON FURNITURE TO THE SANITORIUM AS PER ORDERS, REQUIRED AND OBTAINED A RECEIPT FOR SAME.   ORGANIZED THE NATIVE MARKET, WHERE THE NATIVES OF THE DISTRICT DISPOSE OF THEIR PRODUCE TO THE TROOPS.

17 APRIL ENGAGED ON GENERAL PATROL OF DISTRICT SURROUNDING MILITARY CAMP, NO COMPLAINTS FROM NATIVES RE ANY LOOTING BY TROOPS.

18 APRIL FURTHER GENERAL PATROL OF DISTRICT, ALL QUIET, NO COMPLAINTS COMING IN.   HORSE SICKNESS AND CAUSE OF FLY RING PROMINENT IN CAMP NA

19 APRIL  RECEIVED A COMPLAINT FROM A WARSHAGGA NATIVE WHO RESIDED IN THE VICINITY OF THE CAMP THAT HIS HUT HAD BEEN LOOTED BY SOME OF THE TROOPS AND HIS BED AND A BOX CONTAINING 5 ONE RUPEE NOTES HAD BEEN STOLEN BY THEM.   INVESTIGATED THE CASE AND FOUND THAT THE LOOTING WAS DONE BY NO.1806 L/CPL ORMOND, NO.1825 PTE SAMPSON, NO.366 L/CPL SILVER, NO.379 PTE JORDAN, NO.1755 PTE HARDING AND NO.381 PTE RICE ALL OF THE 5 SOUTH AFRICAN INFANTRY.

20 APRIL   THE ABOVE WERE DEALT WITH SUMMARILY BY THE REGIMENTAL COMMANDER AND WERE AWARDED THE FOLLOWING PUNISHMENTS:

NO.1806 L/CPL ORMOND, REDUCED AND 28 DAYS FIELD PUNISHMENT NO.2.

NO 366 PTE SILVER, 28 DAYS FIELD PUNISHMENT NO,2.

THE REMAINDER RECEIVED 7 DAYS CONFINED TO CAMP.

A NATIVE BROUGHT IN A GOVERNMENT RIFLE, FOUND BY HIM AT LAKE CHAL, THE RIFLE BELONGS TO THE 8 SOUTH AFRICAN INFANTRY AND IS NUMBERED NO.324, TO BE HANDED TO THE ORDNANCE OFFICER.   RECEIVED TELEGRAPHIC NOTIFICATION FROM APM 16 DIVISION, UMBUGUNIE THAT 150 TWENTY RUPEE NOTES HAD BEEN STOLEN FROM THE YMCA AT THAT PLACE ON 18TH INST. THEY WERE NUMBERED CX7969 TO 79844.   NOTIFIED VARIOUS REGIMENTS AND UNITS IN CAMP TO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THEM.

21 APRIL   LT GRAHAM OF THE 129 REGIMENT AND ESCORT GUARDING THIRTEEN WHITE GERMAN PRISONERS, EIGHTY FIVE GERMAN NATIVE ASKARIS AND THREE PORTERS (GERMAN NATIVE) ARRIVE IN CAMP AT 4.30PM.   TOOK OVER PRISONERS FROM LT GRAHAM, AND OBTAINED GUARD FROM 5 SOUTH AFRICAN INFANTRY TO LOOK AFTER THEM.   ALSO SUPPLIED PRISONERS WITH RATIONS FOR FOLLOWING DAY.

22 APRIL  SENT PRISONERS OF WAR ONTO  APM TAVETA, ESCORT IN CHARGE OF LT KRAMER OF THE 5 SOUTH AFRICAN INFANTRY.   ALSO NOTIFIED AMP TAVETA OF THEIR DEPARTURE AND PROBABLE TIME OF ARRIVAL.

A FIELD GENERAL COURT MARTIAL WAS HELD ON NO.366 CONDUCTOR RANDALL DUTTON HOLLAND OF THE 5 SOUTH AFRICAN INFANTRY AND ON NO.3316 SGT CHRISTIAN A HERSHELMAN THE 5 SOUTH AFRICAN INFANTRY CHARGE GAMBLING.

23 APRIL   RETURNED TEMPORARY MILITARY POLICEMAN J DE RIESES TO ORDINARY DUTY IN HIS REGIMENT 5 SOUTH AFRICAN INFANTRY FOR INSOLENCE TO AN OFFICER IN HIS REGIMENT, HE WAS DEALT WITH REGIMENTALLY.

CAPT RYAN OF THE SUPPLIES ARRIVED IN CAMP.

24 APRIL   CAPT RYAN LEFT HINO CAMP AGAIN FOR KILINDI.   SENTENCE OF COURT MARTIAL HELD ON HOLLAND AND HERSELMAN ON 22 INST PROMULGATED.   CONDUCTOR HOLLAND WAS FINED 28 DAYS PAY.   SGT HERSEMAN REDUCED TO RANKS AND 14 DAYS FIELD PUNISHMENT NO 2.

25 APRIL   RECEIVED INSTRUCTIONS FROM COL BYRON TO INVESTIGATE ALLEGED CUTTING OF CABLE BETWEEN HINO CAMP AND SANATORIUM AT MARANGU, DISTANCE 8 MILES.   ARRANGED WITH POLITICAL OFFICER TO WARN CHIEF MAMBA THAT HIS NATIVES ARE NOT TO INTERFERE THE LINE.   DETACHED TWO MEN TO INVESTIGATE.

26 APRIL   RESULTS OF INVESTIGATION SHOWS THAT THE LINE HAS BEEN BADLY LAID AND HAS NOT BEEN PROPERLY POLED.   THE TWO PLACES WHERE THE,  CABLE HAS BEEN FREQUENTLY BROKEN ARE: (1) BY THE SLAUGHTER HOUSE, WHERE THE CABLE WHICH WAS PLACED ON THE GROUND WAS CONTINUALLY BEING BROKEN BY BULLOCKS GETTING ENTANGLED IN IT.   (2) AT A SPOT  ABOUT 1 1/2 MILES FROM THE SANITORIUM WHERE THE ROAD BAD AND THE CABLE WAS LYING ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD.   TROLLIES AND CARS WERE FREQUENTLY CATCHING THE CABLE AND DRAGGING IT ALL OVER THE PLACE AND NO DOUBT IN SEVERAL CASES THE DRIVERS CUT THAT PORTION OF THE CABLE THAT THEN GOT ENTANGLED WITH THEIR WHEELS.   THE CABLE HAS SINCE BEEN PROPERLY POLED AND HAS NOT BEEN INTERFERED WITH AGAIN.   THE FAULT LIES WITH THE CABLE SECTION.

FLOGGED 10 NATIVE PORTERS BELONGING TO 10 SOUTH AFRICAN INFANTRY FOR GAMBLING.

27 APRIL   ARRESTED A NATIVE PORTER NAMED HAMAS BEN JUMA WHO HAD DESERTED FROM THE ROYAL FUSILIERS AT NEW MOSOLU, AND FORWARDED HIM TO THE APM, NEW MOSOLU.   THE POLITICAL OFFICER LEFT HERE TODAY FOR MOSOLU, HE STATES THAT HE IS PROBABLY NOT COMING BACK HERE.   CAPT WATKINS DAD OF T ARRIVED IN CAMP.

28 APRIL   RECEIVED COMPLAINT FROM CHIEF KRITA OF MARANGO DISTRICT THAT A BULLOCK BELONGING TO ONE OF HIS TRIBESMEN HAD BEEN SHOT BY SOME TO THE TROOPS NEAR THE SAMB?   DETAILED SGT SHIELDS TO INVESTIGATE THE MATTER.   THE RESULT OF THE INVESTIGATION SHOW THAT THE BULLOCK WAS SHOT BY ONE OF THE PIQUET OF THE 5 SOUTH AFRICAN INFANTRY WHO WERE STATIONED AT MARANGU SANITORIUM.   HE FOUND THAT THE NATIVES HAD EATEN THE BULLOCK THAT HAD BEEN SHOT.

29 APRIL REPORTED THE RESULT OF MY INVESTIGATION TO COL BYRON THROUGH THE BRIGADE CAPTAIN.   H IS GOING TO DEAL WITH THE MATTER.   A FIELD GENERAL COURT MARTIAL WAS HELD TO TRY NO. 170 SGT WILLIAM GUARD OF THE 5 SOUTH AFRICAN INFANTRY, CHARGE GAMBLING.

30 APRIL   GENERAL DISTRICT PATROLS AS FAR AS POSSIBLE ON FOOT, NO HORSES AVAILABLE.   AS THE POLITICAL OFFICER HAS NOT RETURNED I AM ATTENDING TO HIS WORK.  

C JOHNSTONE-SCOTT CAPT

APM

3 DIVISION

JULY 1916

1 JULY  TREKED AS FAR AS MASAI ACTEI AND ? FOR THE DAY.   RODE ANOTHER FIVE MILES AND CAMPED FOR THE NIGHT.   BOTH MAJOR RYANS HORSE DIED IN THE NIGHT.

2 JULY  TREKED ABOUT ANOTHER TWELVE MILES AND CAMPED FOR THE NIGHT, WEST ECOING.   HORSE NO. 1246 DIED DURING THE DAY.

3 JULY  TREKED ON ANOTHER 12 MILES AND CAMPED.   MY HORSE NO. 4514 DIED OF HORSE SICKNESS.   RODE ON AS FAR AS LUCHOME CAMP ARRIVING THERE ABOUT 5PM.

4 JULY  POSTED WAR DIARY FOR JUNE TO PM AT NAIROBI.   CHANGED THE OX WAGON FOR A MULE WAGON.   STOPPED ALL DAY AT LUCHOME.

5 JULY  GOT A FRESH HORSE FROM THE ARMY SERVICE CORPS.   LEFT LUCHOME AND RODE ALL NIGHT DOING ABOUT 20 MILES.

6 JULY  TREKED ON TO HANDINI AND FROM THERE TO GUDEREMA.   STOPPED THEN FOR THE NIGHT, DISTANCE 35 MILES.

7 JULY  CAMPED ALL DAY,   GENERAL BIRD DOWN WITH FEVER   PLACED GUARD ON WATER.

8 JULY  LEFT GUDERMA CAMP AT 3.30 PM RODE FOR 9 MILES AND CAMPED FOR NIGHT.

9 JULY  MOVED ABOUT 1 MILE TO THE WATER STOP, THERE UNTIL 4PM WHEN WE RODE 9 MILES AND CAMPED FOR NIGHT.

10 JULY  RODE ABOUT 3 MILES TO THE WATER, STARTED ABOUT 1.30 PM AND REACHED LUCIGURA CAMP ABOUT 10.30PM.   SOME GERMAN SNIPED AT US ON THE WAY.

11 JULY  IN CAMP AT LUCIGURA DRIFT, BUSY ALL DAY SUPERVISING WATERING ARRANGEMENTS.   COL WILLIAMS HORSE DIED OF HORSE SICKNESS, NO. 3309.

12 JULY.  IN CAMP AT LUCIGURA, LT LEWIS AND CABLE SECTION ARRIVED DURING THE DAY.

13 JULY  IN CAMP AT LUCIGURAM, LT BUCKMORE WITH 10 OX TRANSPORTS ARRIVED IN CAMP..

14 JULY  IN CAMP AT LUCIGURA ENGAGED ALL DAY IN SUPERVISING THE WATERING OF ANIMALS.

15 JULY  IN CAMP AT LUCIGURA, RENDERED WEEKLY STATE TO AQMS.

16 JULY  IN CAMP AT LUCIGURA, ENGAGED IN SUPERVISING THE WATERING.

17 JULY  THE GERMANS BOMBARDED THE INFANTRY CAMP AT MAKINDU, THEY FIRED 64 SHELLS BUT DID NO DAMAGE.   GENERAL BEVES ARRIVED IN CAMP ON A VISIT.

18 JULY  IN CAMP AT LUCIGURA.   FOUR OF OUR AEROPLANES BOMBED THE GERMANS.   FLOGGED A NATIVE FOR ATTACKING ANOTHER NATIVE WITH AN AXE.

27 JULY  HANDED OVER 3 OF MY HORSES TO THE SICK LINES WITH TETSE FLY BITES.

28 JULY  RECEIVED 4 GERMAN NATIVE PORTERS FROM THE I.D. ALSO 5 FRIENDLY NATIVES FROM 3 ARTILLERY GROUP.

29 JULY  HANDED OVER 5 FRIENDLY NATIVES TO CAPT PHILLIPS OF THE ID.   RECEIVED 2 WHITE GERMAN PRISONERS NAMED FRIED AND LINDERMAN FROM THE SCOUTS, ALSO 1 GERMAN ASKARI AND 2 GERMAN PORTERS.   RECEIVED A PARCEL OF MARTIAL LAW PROCLAMATIONS FROM A DETACHMENT OF MILITARY POLICE OF THE 13 DIVISION.

30 JULY   SENT IN 2 WHITE GERMAN AND 6 NATIVE PRISONERS UNDER ESCORT TO KOROGIVE.

to be continued

1 OCT.   IN CAMP AT TULTOS.   THE 2 INFANTRY BRIGADE JOINED US.

5 OCT.  LEFT CAMP AND CROSSED SWAMP AND CAMPED ON NORTH BANK OF MWKHA RIVER.

6 OCT.  WENT OVER THE PASS:  TWO OF OUR WAGGONS FELL OVER A CLIFF.

7 OCT.   MARCHED 9 MILES BOUGHT SUPPLIES FROM LOCALS AT RUVU RIVER.

9 OCT.   MARCHED ALL DAY; SAW ABANDONED GERMAN GUNS (4.1).

10 OCT.  AT MIKESSE CROSSROADS.

14 OCT.  GOT A DOSE OF FEVER.

15 OCT.  REMAINS OF 5 TH I LEFT, WE TOOK OVER FOUR HT PRISONERS FROM THEM.   LEFT CAMP FOR DURBAN, HOSPITAL WITH FEVER TILL 23 OCTOBER.

25 OCT.  LEFT FOR DAR-ES-SALAM.

26 OCT.   ARRIVED AT DAR-ES-SALAM, PUT UP AT THE BURGERHOF.

28 OCT.   STOPPED THE NIGHT AT THE CONVALESCENT HOME.

30 OCT.   DAR-ES-SALAM.   CALLED AT THE OFFICE OF THE PM IN MOROGOW.

3 NOV.     REPORT OF BURNING OF CERTAIN SHAMBAS BY 2 MOUNTED BRIGADE.

16 NOV.   REPORT OF LOSS OF CERTAIN BULLOCKS BY THE CAPE CORPS, ALSO ENQUIRY RE CASE OF A GERMAN NAMED MAYER ALLEGED TO BE COMMUNICATING WITH THE ENEMY - HANDED OVER TO THE APM.

21 NOV    SENT OFF TWO WHITE POLICE WITH OX WAGGON, NATIVE POLICE AND HORSES TO DIDOMA.   WIRED PM AS TO DISPOSAL OF TWO GERMAN ASKARI DESERTERS.

22 NOV.   PICKING OUT CERTAIN ASKARIS TO BE RETAINED AS LOCAL POLICE.   WARNED ALL NATIVES RE PURCHASING OR WEARING GOVERNMENT CLOTHING OR EQUIPMENT.

29 NOV.   SENT CERTAIN LEG IRONS AND NECK IRONS AND CHAINS TO THE POST COMMANDER AT DUDOMA.

1 DEC.   CHECKED APPLICATION OF MR HOCHSTILTON TO BE EMPLOYED AS A HOSPITAL NURSE.

2 DEC.   SENT WIRE TO PM RE A MRS LANG RE MAILING MONEY TO HER HUSBAND, A PRISONER OF WAR AT DAR-ES-SALAM.   (100 RUPEE NOTE WAS SENT).   A BUNDLE OF LETTERS AND POST-CARDS THAT HAD BEEN BROUGHT IN UNDER A FLAG OF TRUCE AND FORWARDED TO PM MOROGOW.

DEC.   HEAVY RAINS MADE ROADS AND RAIL IMPOSSIBLE.

6 JAN 1917.   COMPLAINT BY --------- LANGESI THAT A WHITE MAN HAD SHOT AND WOUNDED ONE OF HIS VILLAGERS.   HAD THE WOUNDED NATIVE BROUGHT INTO HOSPITAL;  HE IS UNABLE TO IDENTIFY HIS ASSAILANT, WHO BELONGS TO THE MOUNTED BRIGADE.   SENT 6 GERMAN ASKARI, 5 BELGIAN ASKARI AND 1 INDIAN POLITICAL PRISONER TO DUDOMA.   SETTLED A LOCAL COMPLAINT ABOUT THE THEFT OF WOOD.

7 JAN.   ARRANGED FOR WHITE PRISONER FERGUSON TO TAKE CHARGE OF GRAVE DIGGING, FATIGUES WHICH ARE FREQUENT,   ALSO ANIMAL BURYING FATIGUES.

8 JAN.  4 GERMAN ASKARI DESERTERS BROUGHT IN.

9-12 JAN.   ARRANGEMENTS TO REGISTER ALL THE NATIVE AND INDIAN RESIDENTS OF IRINGA VILLAGE.   APPROX 1,500 ALL TOLD.   PLACED NATIVE TOWN OUT OF BOUNDS FOR ALL TROOPS AND COMMENCED NUMBERING THE INHABITANTS AND ALSO STREETS AND HOUSES.   ENTERED ALL NAMES IN A SPECIAL REGISTER.   RAIN REPORTED EVERY DAY.

13 JAN.   ISSUED SPECIAL PASSES TO SOME SOMALIS EMPLOYED AS SECRET AGENTS, AUTHORISING THEM TO KNOCK ABOUT THE VILLAGE OF ININGA UP TO 9 PM.

18 JAN.  NO BREAD ISSUE.

19 JAN.  NO BREAD ISSUE.   SENT OUT SECTION WITH GUNS TO LOOK FOR 3 HORSES AND 2 MULES LOST BY COL. TAYLOR - FOUND SOME.

20 JAN.   NO READ ISSUE AGAIN.

24 JAN.   HANDED OVER TEN TEMPORARY LOCAL NATIVE POLICE TO CAPT TWOMMY, 9 LAD, ACTING POST COMMANDANT.   LEFT FOR DAR-ES-SALAM.

25 JAN.   STUCK IN RAIN AND MUD.

26 JAN.   I HIRED LOCAL CARRIERS AND PAID FOR THEM MYSELF IN ORDER TO GET MY POLICE FORWARD.

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