WO 176 WAR OFFICE FORCES VARIOUS SMALL THEATRES

WO 176/233    227 L of C        PRO COY   SEPT-DEC 44

GIBRALTAR     CAPT E A ROUTLEDGE.

SEPT 1 CMP BARRACKS,   LT ROUTLEDGE, CSM THICK, CQMS HACKETT JOINED COMPANY AS REPLACEMENTS.

SEPT 27/28 VISIT OF H E MONSIEUR PUAX, RESIDENT GENERAL OF FRENCH MOROCCO.   CMP PROVIDED MOUNTED AND MOTORCYCLE ESCORT.

SEPT 26 NEW WAR ESTABLISHMENT RECEIVED, COY HQ, 4 SECTIONS (INCLUDING 1 MOUNTED).

OCT 16 COMMERCIAL MOLE, CAPT LANDSELL AND 4 OTHER RANKS EMBARK FOR UNITED KINGDOM ON CMP DUTIES.

OCT 26 DISEMBARKATION OF CIVILIANS FROM JAMAICA.

DEC 4 ONE SECTION FROM COMPANY FORMED FOR SERVICE IN OPERATIONAL THEATRE OF WAR.

DEC 13 YMCA, MEN OF THE COMPANY PRESENTED A SKETCH “THE THREAD OF SCARLET” AT THE GARRISON DRAMA FESTIVAL.

DEC 26 COMMERCIAL MOLE.   SMALL DISEMBARKATION INCLUDING SGT WHEATLEY, CMP. AND SGT SUTTON SIB WHO JOINED THE COMPANY.

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L to R, Bdr Tyrell, on Golden Catalpe, L/cpl Lockwood, on Diana, L/Cpl Lamonte, on Nepute, Sgt Lloyd, on Mermaid

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L to R, L/cpl Atkins on Rio, L/pl Holland on Mollie, L/Cpl Fox on Brahmi, L/cpl Wall on Mercedes.

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WO 176/301   DAPM ICELAND FORCE  MAY-JUNE 40 JAN-MARCH 41

REYKJAVIC, ICELAND.                                                    CAPT P C WARDLE, RASC

ARTUN

JAN 1 41   INVESTIGATION CARRIED OUT AT PINGVELLIR REGARDING DEATH OF PTE. MCEWAN, 11 DURHAM LIGHT INFANTRY

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Report into the accidental death of No. 3133892 Pte. John Sime McEwan,  11 DLI.

Pte Mcewan is buried in Reykjavik (Fossvogur) Cemetery, Iceland in grave C3. 9.

JAN 2 RECEIVED FORCE OPERATION INSTRUCTION NO.33 DATED /1/41 GIVING INSTRUCTIONS ON SKI PLATOON.   NO ACTION.   RECEIVED AF/8/4/G FROM GSO I REGARDING 10TH FIRE BRIGADE STATING AS FOLLOWS:  THE BRIGADE TO REMAIN IN REYKJAVIK;  ASSISTANCE WOULD BE NEEDED IN CASE OF A SERIOUS FIRE, AND BEST SUPPLIED BY AN RE UNIT.

JAN 4 REPORT AA & QMG RE DEATH OF PTE MCEWAN 11TH DLI.   NO SIGN OF FOUL PLAY.

JAN 5  WROTE FORCE PRO COY RE COURT OF INQUIRY INTO DISTURBANCE IN HEKLA SQUARE, REYKJAVIC ON NEW YEAR’S EVE.   WROTE TO CHIEF OF POLICE ASKING FOR A REPRESENTATIVE TO ATTEND IN AN ADVISORY CAPACITY.

JAN 6 MESSAGE G270 RECEIVED STATING THAT COMMUNIST LEAFLETS WERE BEING HANDED OUT TO TROOPS REGARDING THE STRIKE.

FORCE PRO COY WARNED THAT ANY CIVILIAN SUSPECTED OF BEING

A STRIKER OR PIQUET INTERFERING WITH MILITARY PERSONNEL IN THE EXECUTION OF THEIR DUTY TO BE DETAINED AND HEADQUARTERS NOTIFIED.   NO ACTION TO BE TAKEN IN RESPECT OF CIVILIANS CREATING A DISTURBANCE OR DEMONSTRATION AMONGST THEMSELVES.

JAN 9 ATTENDED COURT OF INQUIRY RE DISTURBANCE NEW YEARS EVE.

JAN 10 APPROACHED CHIEF OF CIVIL POLICE RE THE ISSUE OF CIVILIAN CAR LICENCES FOR OFFICERS.   MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT REFUSED.   WROTE TO “AQ”  ADVISING THEM TO TAKE THE MATTER UP WITH THE BRITISH MINISTER.

JAN 13 COURT OF ENQUIRY PROCEEDINGS INTO DISTURBANCE NEW YEARS EVE SUBMITTED TO PRESIDENT.   LETTER 850/AQ RECEIVED ORDERING TRAFFIC CHECK.   FORCE PRO COY ORDERED TO INSTITUTE TRAFFIC CHECK OF WORK TICKETS AND AMOUNT OF LOAD.

JAN 14 147 INF BDE REQUESTED CLOSING OF ROADS FOR MT DEMONSTRATION.

JAN 15 ATTENDED GOC’s CONFERENCE.   ATTENDED JOINT TRAFFIC ACCIDENT COMMITTEE MEETING IN AFTERNOON.   WD ADJUDGED TO BE LIABLE TO PAY OWING TO DRAWINGS SUBMITTED BY FORCE PRO COY NOT BEING ACCURATE.   NECESSARY ACTION TAKEN TO ENSURE THIS WOULD NOT OCCUR IN FUTURE CASES.

“G I ” PHONED RE SECURITY OF OF MID QUAYS.    147 INF BDE TAKING OVER CO-ORDINATION OF GUARDS.   MANY DIFFICULTIES OWING TO ICELANDIC BOATS TYING UP ALONGSIDE BRITISH SUPPLY SHIPS.   CONFERENCE TO BE ARRANGED BETWEEN COMMANDER 147 INF BDE, GSO 1, DAQMG (M), AND DAPM TO DISCUSS THE MATTER.

TELEPHONED CHIEF OF POLICE RE TRAFFIC CONTROL FOR ROUTE MARCH OF CAMERON HIGHLANDERS OF OTTOWA (MG).   ASSISTANCE OBTAINED FROM CHIEF OF POLICE FOR CLOSING CERTAIN ROADS DURING DEMONSTRATION TACTICAL MOVE OF MT ON JAN 16/21.

JAN 16 SECRET LETTER RF/698/Y RECEIVED RE MOVE OF COASTAL DEFENCE PERSONNEL.   NO ACTION TAKEN AS CIVIL POLICE WERE BEING USED.

IF/90/7/F RECEIVED RE SECURITY OF DOCKS.   TO BE CO-ORDINATE UNDER ONE COMMAND.   TO BE RESTRICTED AR UPON RECEIPT OF CODEWORD

“JULIUS”.   FURTHER INFORMATION ASKED FOR FROM 147 IND BDE.

INFORMATION RECEIVED FROM AQ CONFIRMING THE ARRIVAL OF AMC CHITTRAL AND LATISHA.

JAN 17 REPORT RECEIVED FROM FORCE PRO COY RE VEHICLE CHECKS.   AUTHORITY RECEIVED FROM “AQ” TO WRITE TO UNITS NOT COMPLYING WITH LETTER 850/AQ/DATED 26/12/40.

SECRET LETTER 747/AQ/1/3 RECEIVED FROM “AQ” RE DETAILS OF REINFORCEMENTS.   FORCE PRO COY AND 40 FS SECTION ASKED TO RENDER A RETURN UPON THEIR ARRIVAL.

LETTER 814/AQ RECEIVED AUTHORISING AND DETAILING BOARD OF OFFICERS TO CERTIFY CELLS CONSTRUCTED AT THE DETENTION BARRACKS, IN ACCORDANCE WITH ER’s. PARA 751 (b) (1940).

RECEIVED 70 INF BDE OPERATIONAL ORDER NO.1 (REVISED).

JAN 19 REPORT RECEIVED FROM FORCE PRO COY THAT A CHILD HAD BEEN KILLED BY A WD WATER CARRIER ON THE GROTTA PENINSULA ROAD.   DRIVER CHARGED WITH SPEEDING.  

JAN 20   SECRET LETTER S/17/2 RECEIVED FROM 147 INF BDE CALLING CONFERENCE ON RESTRICTED AREA POOT OF REYKJAVIK.   TO BE HELD ON THE 22 JAN 1941.

JAN 22 BOARD OF OFFICERS MET AT DETENTION BARRACKS, AS DETAILED IN 814/AQ.

ATTENDED CONFERENCE AT 147 BRIGADE RE RESTRICTED AREA, PORT OF REYKJAVIK. POINTS DISCUSSED (1) WHEN NO ENEMY ACTION IS IMMINENT.   (2) WHEN ENEMY ACTION IS EXPECTED.   (3) WHEN ENEMY ACTION TAKES PLACE.   PROVOST SECTIONS EMPLOYED ON DOCKS AT NORMAL TIMES TO BE AVAILABLE AT (2) AND (3) FOR CONTROL IN CONJUNCTION WITH FSC AND ICELANDIC POLICE FORCE.

JAN 23 RECEIVED LETTER QM/2/2 RE EMBARKATION OF PTE FLEMING, RAMC TO CARRY OUT REMAINDER OF 12 MONTHS IMPRISONMENT WITH HARD LABOUR IN THE UK.

VEHICLE CHECK PUT INTO OPERATION AT THE APO REYKJAVIK.

INTERVIEWED CHIEF OF POLICE RE RELATIONS BETWEEN MILITARY AND CIVIL POLICE.  

JAN 23 TOWN GUARDROOM TAKEN OVER FROM DCRE.

REPORT ON FATAL ACCIDENT AT GROTTA FORWARDED WITH OBSERVATIONS TO AA & QMG.

JAN 25 SECRET LETTER 6/7/G RECEIVED FROM 147 INF BDE ON DEFENCE AND TRAINING EXERCISE.

CIVIL POLICE REPORT RECEIVED OF ACT OF VIOLENCE BY MILITARY POLICE ON CIVILIAN ON NIGHT OF DEC 31 - JAN 1.   OC FORCE PRO COY ORDERED TO CHARGE NCO’s CONCERNED AND TAKE A SUMMARY OF EVIDENCE.

JAN 26 RECEIVED LETTER HGS/CL/GEN FROM DAD HIRINGS WITH DRAFT FOR FORE ROUTINE ORDERS FOR PROCEDURE IN CASE OF TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS WITH OBSERVATIONS

JAN 27 SECRET LETTER S/17/2 RECEIVED FROM 147 BRIGADE.   DRAFT SCHEME FOR DOCKS SECURITY AND DEFENCE FOR OBSERVATIONS.

JAN 28 RECEIVED LETTER 814/AQ APPOINTING DAPM COMMANDANT, DETENTION BARRACKS WITH POWER OF OC UNDER PARA 587 (A) KING’s REGULATIONS, WITH POWER TO AWARD UP TO 14 DAYS DETENTION.    AUTHORITY RESPECTIVE TO 4/7/40.

RECEIVED 752/AQ GIVING COMMENTS ON PART I ORDERS ISSUED BY OC FORCE PRO COY.

JAN 29 RECEIVED SECRET LETTER IF/3/11/G AMENDMENTS TO LOCATION STATEMENT.

AUTHORITY (777/AG/3) GIVEN OC FORCE PR COY TO TRANSFER OF L/CPL  READING UPON DISCI;LINARY ACTION BEING TAKEN FOR HIS CONDUCT WHILST CARRYING OUT HIS DUTIES AT CIVIL DISTURBANCE ON NEW YEAR’S EVE, FOR WHICH A COURT OF ENQUIRY WAS CONVENED.

JAN 30 ATTENDED CONFERENCE WITH AA & QMG, ADOS AND DAD HIRINGS RE SCHEME FOR INSPECTION OF WD AD ICELANDIC VEHICLES INVOLVED IN ACCIDENTS, BY BOTH PARTIES.

WROTE TO DCRE  RE RECONSTRUCTION OF COOK HOUSE, AND CONSTRUCTION OF ABLUTION BENCHES FOR DETENTION BARRACKS.

RECEIVED IF/102/26/G GIVING DETAILS OF FORCE MODEL EXERCISE AND DISCUSSION.   DAPM DETAILED TO SYNDICATE NO.4.

JAN 31 LETTER 752/AQ RECEIVED GIVING AUTHORITY TO CARRY OUT SEARCH OF ⅙ DWR UNIT LINES AND 30 GENERAL HOSPITAL FOR PROPERTY MISSING FROM NYABARET SKOLI.

RETURNS FOR DETENTION BARRACKS FOR WEEK ENDING 25TH JAN SENT TO HQ.

FEB 1 ARTUM   REPORT RECEIVED FROM O I/C CLOTHING DEPOT THAT CERTAIN STORES RECEIVED EX SS RALLUS WERE  IN SUCH A STATE AS TO SUGGEST PILFERING.   FORCE PRO COY INSTRUCTED TO INVESTIGATE.

FEB 2 WROTE TO CID RE ALLEGED INDECENT ASSAULT OF HALDORA HALLDORSDOTTIR.   OWING TO COMPLETE LACK OF EVIDENCE NO ACTION COULD BE TAKEN.

FEB 3  AFC 382 RENDERED TO INSPECTORATE OF MILITARY PRISONS AND  

DETENTION BARRACKS FOR 1940.

     

The annual statistical return for the Detention Barracks, Iceland for the period 4th July, 1940 upto to midnight, 31st December, 1940 as follows:-

PERSONNEL                                          NO. ADMITTED            NO. RELEASED

British Military Personnel.                                 254                                   229

Canadian Military Personnel                            102                                     97

Royal Navy Military Personnel                           32                                     30

Royal Air Force Personnel                                 10                                     10

Norwegian Navy Personnel                                  5                                       5

Civilians                                                                6                                       6

                                                                        ________                           ________

                                                                          409                                   377

                                                                        ________                           ________

                                         

                                                                                                       Capt.

                                                                                                        D.A.P.M.

Field                                                Commandant, Detention Barracks.

3.2.41                                                                                       Iceland Force

Return for Detention Barracks for week ending 1/2/41 attached.

     Work done during the week as follows:

  1.  Loading and unloading trucks at Ration Store, (Transit camp).  (10 men for 2 days).
  2.  Digging tank traps.   (18 men for 5 days).
  3.  Cutting and flattening petrol tins for salvage.  (5 men for 3 days).
  4. Wiring in compound.  (7 men for 2 days).

     Employed as carpenters ( 2 men for 4 days, 1 man for 2 days).

General Fatigues in compound.

Field

4/2/41

FEB 6 RECEIVED 945/AQ/2 GIVING DETAILS OF COURT OF INQUIRY INTO DEATH OF A CHILD IN ACCIDENT WITH A WD VEHICLE.   FORWARDED CIVIL AND MILITARY POLICE REPORTS TO PRESIDENT - LT COL F W MAUFE.

FEB 7 SECRET LETTER 6/7/G DATED 6 FEB 41 RECEIVED FROM 147 INF BDE GIVING DETAILS OF FORCE TACTICAL SCHOOL DEMONSTRATION TO BE HELD ON FRIDAY 14 FEB, 41.   FORWARDED TO PROVOST COY FOR INFORMATION.

FEB 9 FURTHER REPORTS RECEIVED FROM OIC CLOTHING DEPOT RE DISCREPANCIES IN PACKAGES EX SS RALLUS.

FEB 10 WROTE COO STATING THAT WE HAD NO RECORD OF ANY DISCREPANCIES DURING UNLOADING OF SS RALLUS.

FEB 11  LT HESSLER, FORCE PRO COY DETAILED TO ATTEND TEWT (        tactical exercise without troops) 147 INF BDE ON MOVE 147 INF BDE INTO 70 INF BDE AREA.   ORDERED CONFERENCE FORCE PRO COY TO DISCUSS FORCE OPERATION INSTRUCTION NO.4 RE SECURITY AT 10.30 HRS,

ARRANGEMENTS MADE WITH CHIEF OF POLICE, REYKJAVIC FOR THE ERECTION OF “HALT” SIGNS AT CERTAIN CROSS ROADS WHERE NUMEROUS ACCIDENTS INVOLVING CIVILIAN AND WD VEHICLES HAVE OCCURRED.   ICELANDIC POLICE TO PLACE POINT DUTY MEN AT MAIN ROAD JUNCTIONS IN TOWN   REPORTED AA & QMG RESULT OF TRAFFIC CHECK ON VEHICLES CALLING AT APO AFTER UNITS HAVE BEEN WRITTEN TO FOR NOT COMPLYING WITH LETTER 850/AQ DATED 26/12/41.   RECEIVED O.INO.36 DATED 11/2/41 RE ANTI-AIRCRAFT DEFENCES.   COPY SENT TO FORCE PRO COY.   INSTRUCTIONS GIVEN TO DETENTION BARRACKS AS TO HOW INSTRUCTIONS WILL BE COMPLIED WITH.

FEB 12 -26 PHOTOGRAPH BLURRED WILL REPLACE LATER,

FEB 27 REQUEST IF TRAILER PUMP COULD BE EMPLOYED TO PUMP OUT SS ALOUETTE WHICH HAS SPRUNG A LEAK.   10TH FIRE BRIGADE DETAILED TO PROCEED TO MID QUAY WITH TWO TRAILER PUMPS.

BEB 28 WEEKLY RETURN FOR DETENTION BARRACKS RENDERED TO AQ APPDX.   REPORTS RECEIVED FROM FORCE PRO COY RE FORCE EXERCISE NO.1.   TRAFFIC ACCIDENT RETURN RENDERED TO AQ.

MARCH 1 RECEIVED 70 INF BDE OPERATIONAL INSTRUCTION NO.7 RE CHANGE OF COMMAND.   PTE LOWE 1/7 DWR (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) ESCAPED FROM DETENTION BARRACKS.   INQUIRIES CARRIED OUT.  PRO COY, 1/7 DWR AND CIVIL POLICE INFORMED.

MARCH 2 PTE LOWE SURRENDERED HIMSELF TO HIS OWN UNIT   RETURNED TO DETENTION BARRACKS,

MARCH 3 LETTER 17/2/G RECEIVED RE TRAINING GRANT.   COPY FORWARDED TO FORCE PRO COY.

ATTENDED “G” CONFERENCE, NO ACTION.

MARCH 4 ARRANGED ATTENDANCE OF WITNESSES IN CASE F ASSAULT BY TWO SOLDIER OF ⅙ DWR DON ICELANDIC GIRL.   ARRANGED MEETING BETWEEN DEPUTY JUDGE (ICELANDIC) AND DAJAG (Deputy Assistant Judge Adjutant General)  TO DISCUSS CASE OF ALLEGED RAPE.

ICELANDIC WORKMAN INJURED WHILST RIDING IN A WD VEHICLE.

MARCH 5 SECRET LETTER IF/122/4/G RECEIVED RE LANDING OF ENEMY AGENTS.   INSTRUCTIONS ISSUED TO PROVOST COMPANY.

OPERATION ORDER NO.2 REVISED RECEIVED.   INSTRUCTED PRO COY RE PARA 13 - ACTION TO BE TAKEN WITH REFERENCE TO SUSPICIOUS TRAFFIC ON REFUGEE ROAD.

SECRET LETTER 17/102/31/G RECEIVED.   NOTES ON  FORCE EXERCISE NO1.   ATTENDED 29TH MEETING JOINT TRAFFIC ACCIDENT COMMITTEE - 51 CASES DISPOSED OF.  

MARCH 6  OC PRO COY ASKED FOR EXPLANATION OF REPORT SUBMITTED TO CHIEF OF CIVIL POLICE WHICH WAS DEROGATORY TO HIS FORCE.   WARNED THAT NO REPORTS OF THIS NATURE WERE TO BE RENDERED IN FUTURE.

INSTRUCTIONS SENT TO PRO COY TO INVESTIGATE FIVE TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS WHICH OCCURRED IN OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER 1940.

SECRET LETTER QM/2/A RECEIVED RE SAILING OF LOCHNAGAR.   PRO COY ASKED IF THERE WERE ANY CHANGES TO BE MADE TO DETACHMENT AT AKUREYRI.

AFC 382 FOR MONTH OF FEBRUARY RENDERED TO INSPECTORATE OF MILITARY PRISONS AND DETENTION BARRACKS.   APPDX.

MARCH 7 STC ASKED FOR THE ASSISTANCE OF A TRAILER FIRE PUMP TO ASSIST IN PUMPING OUT A SHIP THAT HAD RUN AGROUND  INSTRUCTIONS GIVEN TO THE 10TH FIRE BRIGADE.

CASE OF ALLEGED RAPE BY NCO OF THE CMP CLOSED IN AGREEMENT WITH ICELANDIC DEPUTY JUDGE.

MARCH 6 - 14 PHOTOGRAPH BLURRED TO BE REDONE.

MARCH 14 ASSISTANCE ASKED FOR BY THE CHIEF OF POLICE, REYJAVIK IN DEALING WITH THE CREW OF POLISH STEAMER WHO DROVE ICELANDIC POLICE OFF SHIP AT THE POINT OF A REVOLVER AND FIRED ON THEM WITH THE REVOLVER.   AS SHIP WAS UNDER CHARTER TO ICELANDIC SHIPPING CO,, INFORMED HIM THAT IF ASSISTANCE WAS REQUIRED, IT MUST BE ASKED FOR THROUGH BRITISH MINISTER.

INFORMED GOC, AA & QMG, AND DSTC OF ACTION TAKEN.

DETENTION BARRACKS RETURN RENDERED TO HQ.

MARCH 15 MESSAGE 446/AQ RECEIVED RE UNITS DRAWING RATIONS FROM HAFNARFJORDUR AND ALAFOSS.   PRO COY TO WARN ROAD PATROL TO ENFORCE 15 MPH REGULATION.   SIGNS TO BE ERECTED ON BAD PATCHES ON HAFNARFJORDUR ROAD.

QM/35 MESSAGE RECEIVED RE TRANSIT CAGE - AUTHORITY GRANTED TO PROVOST PERSONNEL TO VISIT THE CAGE AT ALL TIMES.   PROVOST INSTRUCTED ACCORDINGLY.   1 NCO TO BE DETAILED DAILY TO CHECK ON PILFERING IN THE TRANSIT SHEDS.    RECEIVED SECRET LETTER IF/2/G FORCE OPERATION INSTRUCTIONS NO.31 RE DEFENCE OF ARTUN AND SANDEKEID.   NO ACTION.

RECEIVED SECRET LETTER IF/131/G RECEIVED RE SECURITY ARTUN POWER STATION.   1 NCO DETAILED TO CHECK ALL PERSONS ENTERING.   ONLY 147 INF BDE SECRET LETTER S/39/2 RECEIVED - WARNING ORDER RE EXERCISE MOVE FORCE RESERVE.   OC PROVOST COY DETAILED.

MARCH 16 49/PM/119/S IN REPLY TO IF/131/G ASKING FOR FURTHER PARTICULARS RE FRIENDS VISITING FAMILY LIVING IN PRECINCTS ARTUN POWER STATION.   ALSO ASKED IN OFFICIALS HAD BEEN WARNED THAT ADMITTANCE WOULD ONLY BE GRANTED ON PRODUCTION OF A PASS.

MARCH 17 147 INF BDE SECRET LETTER S/39/2 RECEIVED RE PRACTICE MOVE OF MT OF FORCE RESERVE.   OC PRO COY DETAILED AS UMPIRE.

SECRET LETTER IF/3/12/G RECEIVED - FORCE LOCATION STATEMENT NO.18.  COPY FORWARDED TO PROVOST.

SECRET LETTER IF/35/G RECEIVED RE ROAD POLICY 1941.   COPY TO PRO FOR INFORMATION - NO ACTION.

ATTENDED G CONFERENCE. NO ACTION.

MARCH 18  MESSAGE RECEIVED FROM AA & QMG RE THAW PRECAUTIONS.   CHECKING OF AUTHORITY FOR JOURNEY TO CEASE.   PRO COY INFORMED, NCO I/C DET FORCE HQ INFORMED.

DISCUSSION WITH BRIGADIER 7OTH INF BDE RE RELATIONS WITH CIVIL POPULATION.   CO-ORDINATION OF ALL ORDERS SUGGESTED.   REPORTED TO AA 7 QMG AND INSTRUCTIONS RECEIVED TO PREPARE DRAFT MEMORANDUM.

MARCH 19  AMENDMENT NO.1 RECEIVED TO DEFENCE OF REYKJAVIK TOWN BY 70TH INF BRIGADE .   RECEIVED IF/102/30/G RE COURSE FOR CHEMICAL WARFARE TRAINING.   ALLOCATION OF VACANCIES INCLUDES 2 FOR PROVOST COY.   INSTRUCTED THEM TO TAKE UP THIS ALLOTMENT, BUT TO SEND MORE SUITABLE NCO’S THAN BEFORE.

IF/102/7/G RECEIVED FIELD FIRING - NO ACTION.

MARCH 20 24/5/CRA RECEIVED RE SAFETY ARRANGEMENTS FOR ARTILLERY DEMONSTRATION AT SANDEKEID.   RECCE TO BE CARRIED OUT FOR SPECTATORS CAR PARK.   SIGNS REQUIRED FOR CLOSING ROAD DURING ACTUAL FIRING.   SHERIFF OF HAFNARFJORDUR TO BE NOTIFIED.

ATTENDED AQ CONFERENCE.   RAISED QUESTION OF ISSUING OF AUTHORITY FOR USE OF VEHICLES DURING THAW PRECAUTIONS.   “Q” TO RE DRAFT ORDERS.   UMPIRE INSTRUCTIONS FO 147 BRIGADE FOR PRACTICE MOVE OBILE RESERVE FORWARDED TO OC PRO COY FOR INFORMATION AS UMPIRES.

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT RETURN FORWARDED TO HQ. APPDX.

34a CONFIDENTIAL LETTER RECEIVED FROM 70TH INF BDE RE RELATION WITH CIVIL POPULATION.

MARCH 21  DETENTION BARRACK RETURN FORWARDED TO HQ. APPDX.

31ST MEETING OF THE JOINT TRAFFIC ACCIDENT COMMITTEE.   27TH CASES DEALT WITH.

5/39/2 SECRET LETTER RECEIVED FROM 147 INF BDE EXERCISE MOVE BY MT FORCE RESERVE.   COPY TO OC PRO COY WITH INSTRUCTIONS TO SEE THAT SIGNING OF ROUTE FROM 12 RES. MT COY LINES TO SALMON BRIDGE IS CARRIED OUT.

RECEIVED 734/AQ RE THAW PRECAUTIONS.   ARRANGEMENTS FOR TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS NOT SATISFACTORY.

MARCH 23  49/PM/61 RECEIVED.

MARCH 22 49/PM/61 SENT TO HQ - RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FIRE PRECAUTIONS ALAFOSS AREA.   APPXS.

RECCE CARRIED OUT SANDEKEID AREA FOR TRAFFIC CONTROL - FIELD FIRING.

49/PM/61 SENT TO HQ - RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FIRE PRECAUTIONS ALFOSS AREA.   APPDX.

RECCE CARRIED OUT SANDEKEID AREA FOR TRAFFIC CONTROL - FIELD FIRING.

MARCH 23 814/AQ CONFIDENTIAL LETTER RECEIVED - GOC’S OBSERVATIONS.

REPORT ON DETENTION BARRACKS.

MARCH 24  PRACTICE MOVE FORCE MOBILE RESERVE TO KEFLAVIK AREA.

PRO COY ATTACHED NOT USED IN PROPER MANNER.   EXPLANATION ASKED FOR FROM OC PRO COY WHO WAS IN CHARGE.

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT RETURN RENDERED TO HQ.

MARCH 25  CONFERENCE 147 I.2. RE EXERCISE MOVE OF FORCE RESERVE   RESPONSIBILITY FOR TRAFFIC CONTROL OF MOBILE RESERVE THROUGH FORCE AREA DISCUSSED.   REPORT SUBMITTED TO “G”.

DETENTION BARRACKS RETURNED RENDERED TO HQ.

MARCH 26  OPERATION INSTRUCTION NO.41 RECEIVED RE AA PROTECTION.   FORWARDED TO PRO FOR INFORMATION.

ROTE TO OC PRO COY  RE ORDERS ISSUED TO TOWN PATROL BEING INCORRECT, NO TROUBLE HAVING BEING TAKEN TO CHECK AND AMEND.

OBSERVATIONS OF UNSATISFACTORY CONDITIONS DURING THAW PRECAUTIONS SENT THE HQ IN REPLY TO 734/AQ.   SUGGESTED THAT CERTAIN ROADS BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC.

MARCH 27 ATTENDED AQ CONFERENCE.   DISCUSSED ADMINISTRATION OF DISCIPLINE WITH AIR FORCE EQUIPMENT OFFICER.   ARRANGED TO SEE AIR FORCE ADMINISTRATION OFFICER.

DISCUSSED WITH DAMG (M) THE TRAFFIC CONTROL ON THE QUAY DURING LEAVE EMBARKATION.   SUGGESTIONS TO BE SENT IN WRITING.

TOOK OVER ONE MERRYWEATHER FIRE TRAILER PUMP, FORMITE POWDER, ADAPTOR, ONE ASBESTOS SUIT ONE SMOKE HELMET AND PUMP.   INSTRUCTIONS GIVEN TO 10TH FIRE BRIGADE.

MARCH 28 LETTER SENT TO AQ & G RE WO I/C 10TH FIRE BRIGADE, OWING TO AMOUNT OF TRAINING TO BE DONE, REPLACEMENT NOT ADVISED.

TELEPHONE MESSAGE RECEIVED THAW PRECAUTIONS TO BE PUT INTO OPERATION FROM 06.00 HRS 29TH MARCH.   PRO COY INFORMED THAT ONLY 10 MPH SPEED LIMIT TO BE ENFORCED.   COURT MARTIAL OF CPL’S FISHER AND LEAF, CMP POSTPONED TILL TUESDAY OWING TO INABILITY OF CIVIL WITNESS TO ATTEND.   ALL INFORMED.

LETTER 1301/AQ/5 RECEIVED RE LEAVE TO UK PRO COY, FSS, DETENTION BARRACKS INFORMED.

EXPLANATION ASKED FOR FROM PRO COY WHY ORDERS IN RESPECT OF FIRE FIGHTING EQUIPMENT FOR RAFNARFJORDUR WERE NOT COMPLIED WITH.

CONFIDENTIAL LETTER IF/G6/G RE SECURITY MEASURES.   INFORMATION BEING PASSED BY ALL RANKS TO ICELANDERS.   PRO COY ORDERED TO IMPRESS ON ALL NCO’S TO OBTAIN INFORMATION OF ANY NEWS THEY MAY HERE OF

MARCH 31  IF/2/G RECEIVED - OPERATION INSTRUCTION NO.2 DEFENCE OF REYKJAVIK LANDING GROUND, NO ACTION.

TELEPHONED DEPUTY JUDGE (ICELANDIC) ASKING FOR APPEARANCE OF WITNESS IN THE CASE OF SALE OF WD PROPERTY TO CIVILIANS.   ARRANGED TO SENT COPY OF SUMMARY OF EVIDENCE, AS THE CIVILIANS WERE TO BE TRIED BY CIVIL COURT FOR RECEIVING.

JUNE 27  DISEMBARKED SS ANDES FOR REYKJAVIK.   OC PORO COY INSTRUCTED REGARDING GUARDS REQUIRED.   PARTICULARS OBTAINED FROM HQ ALABASTER FORCE OF ROUTINE ORDERS ALREADY PUBLISHED, AND ROAD RECCE CARRIED OUT.   LIST COMPILED FOR SUBMISSION TO DIV COMMANDER.

JUNE 28 ATTENDED DIV COMMANDERS CONFERENCE.

INTERVIEWED CHIEF OF POLICE WITH AA & QMG RE DISCIPLINE OF TROOPS IN TOWN.   ARRANGED TO PIQUET ALL DANCE HALLS AND CAFES ON FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY NIGHTS TO PREVENT FRICTION WITH CIVIL POPULATION.   CAFE KAFFISTEFEN PLACED OUT OF BOUNDS SUSPECTED CARRIER OF VD.

INSPECTION CARRIED OUT WITH CHIEF OF POLICE OF ALL CAFES, CINEMAS, DANCE HALLS, LICENSED PREMISES AND PUBLIC BATHS.   INSTRUCTIONS GIVEN TO CHIEF OF POLICE PROHIBITING SALE OF LIQUOR TO ALL MILITARY PERSONNEL BY MONOPOLE.

JUNE 29  RECCE CARRIED OUT OF POWER STATION H W  REYKJAVIC.   NO PROTECTION OR GUARD PRESENT.   ANY UNAUTHORIZED PARTY COULD OBTAIN ACCESS.

ALFAN CAFE PLACED OUT OF BOUNDS.   SUSPECTED PROSTITUTION.

JUNE 30  RECCE CARRIED OUT ROAD REYKJAVIC - HOLMUR - PINGVELLIR AS ALTERNATIVE ROUTE REYKJAVIC - LAGAFELL - PINGVELLIR.   TAKES 15 CWT TRUCKS AT AVERAGE SPEED OF 10 MPH.

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WO 176/302                  ICELAND FORCE PRO COY   MAY-DEC 40, JUN-DEC 41. JAN-OCT 42

49 (WEST RIDING) DIVISION PRO COY BECAME ICELAND FORCE PRO COY

JUNE 1940 WADDINGTON.   CAPT M C TOPHAM, RSM STYLES.

JUNE 5 COY MOVE FROM WADDINGTON, CATTERICK, MELROSE, AUCHTERARDER, GLASGOW

JUNE 25-26 BOARD HMS ANDES FOR JOURNEY TO ICELAND.

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JUNE 26 ARRIVE REYKJAVIC, ICELAND.  TWO SECTIONS REMAIN ONBOARD AND GO TO AKWIEYRI AND BUDEYERI.   COY HQ LOCATED IN ICE FACTORY, REYKJAVIC.

JUNE 28 TWO MOTORCYCLE RECCE’S REYKJAVIC - HAFMARFIORDEN - KEDALWITH.

TWO MOTORCYCLE RECCE’S REYKJAVIC - SAUSKIELL.

JULY TWO MOTORCYCLE RECCE’S SAUSKIED - KYRABALHKI ROAD AND ANOTHER FROM AKNAER AND BACK.

JULY 4 LETTER OF APPRECIATION OF THE WORK AND BEARING OF THE MILITARY POLICE IN ICELAND RECEIVED FROM THE GOC ALABASTER FORCE.

JULY 5 ONE SERGEANT AND 29 LANCE CORPORALS WITH INFANTRY ROUNDED UP 29 MALE GERMANS IN REYJKAVIC WHO WERE INTERNED IN 50 GENERAL HOSPITAL.

TWO L/CPL’S ACTING AS COURIERS INAUGURATED POSTAL SERVICE TO AKUREYRI (100 MILES N.E OF REYKJAVIC) ROUTE ;- STEAMER  REYKJAVIK  TO BOGRANES, CIVILIAN BUT  GOGRANES - ARUREYRI, THROUGH TORTUROUS COUNTRY.   TIME OF JOURNEY 18 HOURS.   AUTHORITY 706/AQ DATED 2/7/40.

12.00 HRS  VERBAL INSTRUCTIONS BY TELEPHONE TO DRAW 14 DAYS EMERGENCY RATIONS.  

14.30 HRS GOC. AF AND PARTY, INCLUDING CAPT TOPHAM MADE RECONNAISSANCE OF COUNTRY NEAR ARTUN WITH A VIEW OF ESTABLISHING BATTLE HEADQUARTERS.   1 MOTORCYCLIST MADE ROAD RECONNAISSANCE BETWEEN WIRELESS STATION (REYKJAVIK) AND MAIN ROAD AS ALTERNATIVE ROUTE FOR REFUGEES LEAVING REYKJAVIC.

18.00 HRS AF ROUTE ORDERS ISSUE NO’S 186 - 190.

JULY 6 DULL AND WINDY, RAIN LATER.

10.00 HRS 1 SGT AND 6 L/CPL’S ROAD RECONNAISSANCE TO “A” AND “B” STAGING CAMPS, REYKJAVIC IN ANTICIPATION OF ARRIVING CANADIAN TROOPS.

23.00 HRS 2 L/CPL’ RETURNED FROM 1ST ARUREYRI POSTAL SERVICE WITH TWO MP’S OF AKUREYRI SECTION ESCORTING 2 GERMANS TO BE INTERNED AT 50 GENERAL HOSPITAL.

JULY 7 WEATHER FINE AND CALM.

10.00 HRS EMPRESS OF AUSTRALIA (HMT) ARRIVED IN HARBOUR.  MP ENGAGED ALL DAY ON DOCKS, BOAT AND TRAFFIC CONTROL DURING DISEMBARKATION OF MONT ROYAL FUSILIERS CAMERON HIGHLANDERS OF OTTOWA PIPE BAND AND STORES.   AF ROUTINE ORDERS NO’S 191 -195 ISSUED.

JULY 8 DULL AND CLOUDY.  

03.00 HRS LOCAL INHABITANT (FEMALE) RESCUED FROM DOCK BY NO, 5048105 L/CPL S STATON CMP.

06.00HRS 2 L/CPL’S LEFT ON 2ND POSTAL TRIP TO ARUREYRI.   EMPRESS OF AUSTRALIA STILL BEING UNLOADED.   COY PT I ORDERS NO’S 16 - 2 ISSUED.

JULY 8 CONTACT MADE WITH 4 REGIMENTAL POLICEMEN FROM CH OF O AND F M ROYAL FOR TOWN PATROLS.   1 CANADIAN RE AND 1 MP TOGETHER.

15.00 HRS 2 L/CPL’S ARRIVED FROM ARUREYRI DISTRICT HAVING COLLECTED ON THE WAY 2 GERMANS TO BE INTERNED.

JULY 11  ALABASTER FORCE ROUTINE ORDERS NO 207 - 213.   ORDER NO. 11 READS AS FOLLOWS:

THE FOLLOWING ACT OF GALLANTRY HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO THE NOTICE OF THE GOC BY THE CHIEF CONSTABLE OF REYKJAVIC.   ON THE NIGHT OF SUNDAY 7 JULY A DRUNKEN WOMAN THREW HERSELF IN THE THE SEA FROM TAXAGORDI.   NO. 5048105 L/CPL G STATON, 49 DIV PRO COY WHO WAS IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD, REGARDLESS OF PERSONAL SAFETY THREW HIMSELF AFTER HER WHILST FULLY DRESSED AND WAS THE MEAN OF SAVING THE WOMAN FROM DROWNING.   THE GOC DIRECTS THIS ACT OF GALLANTRY BE ENTERED UPON THIS NCO’S DOCUMENTS.   THIS WAS DONE.

17.00 HRS HMT ORMONDE AND ULSTER PRINCE ARRIVED IN HARBOUR,   NAVAL ESCORT, 3 DESTROYERS.   4 L/CPL’S CMP ON BOARD.   MP ENGAGED ON DOCK, GANGWAY AND TRAFFIC CONTROL DUTIES DURING DISEMBARKATION OF BRITISH TROOPS AND STORES.   1ST MAIL FROM ENGLAND ARRIVED

JULY 12  DULL CALM SEA   CONTINUED UNLOADING OF HM ORMONDE AND ULSTER PRINCE.   ARMY POST OFFICE ARRIVED.   4 L/CPL’S CMP DISEMBARKED OF HMT ORMONDE AND JOINED THIS COMPANY IN THE ICE FACTORY BILLETT.

JULY 13 GERMAN INTERNEES REMOVED FROM 50 GENERAL HOSPITAL TO HMS ARGUS FOR JOURNEY TO ENGLAND.

JULY 14 FINE AND CALM.  12 SUPPLY SHIPS ARRIVED AT REYKJAVIK IN CONVY AND 2 AT HAFNORFJORDUR.   UNLOADING COMMENCED AT BOTH DOCKS.   MP CONCERNED IN VARIOUS DUTIES.

20.00HRS FIRST SERIOUS DISTURBANCE IN REYKJAVIC BETWEEN CIVILIANS AND SOLDIERS.   SITUATION HANDLED BY CMP AND INFANTRY.   NUMBER OF CIVILIANS ARRESTED BY CIVIL POLICE AND SOLDIER WHO FIRED ONE ROUND OF .303.

JULY 15  DULL, RAIN AND LOW CLOUDS.

06.00 1 L/CPL LEFT ON ARUREYRI WITH POSTAL SERVICE WITH PERSONNEL OF ARMY POST OFFICE FOR INSTRUCTION.   CONTINUED UNLOADING OF SUPPLY SHIPS AT REYKJAVIK  AND HAFNORFJORDUR.   HMT ULSTER PRINCE RETURNED FROM ARUREYRI.

JULY 16 RAIN AND MIST CALM SEA.

06.00 HRS 1 L/CPL GUIDE, MOTORCYCLIST FOR 4 CIVILIAN BUSES TO ROYAL MARINE BASE AT ALAFOSS NEAR LAGAFELL.

14.00 HRS HMT ORMONDE AND ULSTER PRINCE, HMS ARGUS AND 2 DESTROYERS LEFT REYKJAVIC.   CONTINUED UNLOADING OF SUPPLY SHIPS.

JULY 17 FINE AND CALM, LOW CLOUDS.   RAIN LATER.   L/CPL RETURNED FROM ARUREYRI POSTAL SERVICE REPORTING OUTWARD JOURNEY ON 15TH HAVING TAKEN 20 HOURS.

JULY 18 FINE AND CALM.

08.00 HRS ROAD RECONNAISSANCE FROM FOOK NEAR REYKJAVIK ON HAFNORFJORDUR ROAD TO GROTTA PENINSULA (APPROX 4 MILES) WITH A VIEW TO MOVING 6” GUNS INTO POSITION AT POINT OF PENINSULA OVERLOOKING REYKJAVIC HARBOUR.   REPORT THAT SUITABLE ROAD FOR SCAMMELLS OPERATING HAD BEEN FOUND WHICH CROSSED EXCAVATIONS AT ONE POINT.

13.00 HRS. FIRST JOURNEY COMPLETED.

14.00 HRS. 1ST MAIL ARRIVED FROM SEYDISJORDUR (260 MILES NE OF REYKJAVIC) WITH REPORT FROM SGT G COX NCO I/C CMP SECTION DATED 6/7/40.   AT THAT DATE HE HAD NOT CONNECTED WITH HS SUB SECTIONS AT BUDAREYRI AND ESKIFJORDUR, FOR OF HIS MEN BEING AT EACH OF THESE PLACES.   HE FORWARDED A ROAD RECONNAISSANCE HE MADE ON THE 5/7/40 FROM SEYDISJORDUR TO A POINT 5 MILES SW AREKKA VIA EGILSTADIR.   TOTAL DISTANCE 44 MILES.   TIME TAKEN 14 HOURS.   ALSO A REPORT OF SEARCHING OF A HOUSE AT SEYDIFJORDUR OWNED BY ONE MR GAUNERS (SIGNPOSTED NAZI AGENT)

JULY 19 VERY FINE, SUNSHINE AND CALM.   CONTINUED UNLOADING OF SUPPLY SHIPS AND REMOVAL OF GUNS FROM HAFNORFJORDUR TO GROTTA PENINSULA.

20.00 HRS DISTURBANCES BY CANADIAN FORCES HANDLED BY CM POLICE.

JULY 20 FINE AND CALM SLIGHTLY COOLER.   8 HM TRAWLERS (ARMED) COALING AT REYKJAVIC DOCKS.

14.00 HRS CAPT TOPHAM AND RSM STYLES MADE RECONNAISSANCE OF CANADIAN CAMP AT ALAFOSS.

JULY 21  FINE DAY CALM.

09.00 HRS TWO MOTORCYCLISTS ROAD RECONNAISSANCE  TO SANDBAER (35 MILES N REYKJAVICK) WITH A VIEW TO MOVING GUNS TO HAFNORFJORDUR.

JULY 22 VERY FINE, DRY AND CALM SEAS.

10.00 HRS CAPT TOPHAM AND L/CPL SMITH LEFT ON AKRANES BOAT PROCEEDING TO AKUREYRI AND SEYDISFJORDUN ON ROAD RECONNAISSANCE AND VISIT OUTLYING PROVOST SECTIONS IN NORTHERN PART OF ICELAND.   TWO L/CPL’S LEFT ON SAME BOAT FOR AHRANES ON USUAL WEEKLY POSTAL SERVICE.

11.00 HRS CPL LUMLEY AND 5 L/CPL’S ARRIVED FROM SEYDISFJORDUR AND JOINED THIS COMPANY AT ICE FACTORY BILLETS.   JOURNEY BY ROAD AND STEAMER 4 DAYS.

JULY 23 DULL DAY.   CONTINUED UNLOADING OF SUPPLY SHIPS AT REYKJAVICK AND HAFNORFJORDUR DOCKS.

14.00 HRS PETROL SHIP SS RONAN ENTERED DOCKS.

JULY 24 DULL AND CLOUDY.

9.00HRS UNLOADING OF SS RONAN COMMENCED.   SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS TAKEN.  MP SUPERVISING.

JULY 25 ONE L/CPL COMMENCED NEW DUTIES AS NAAFI CANTEEN ORDERLY.

21.00 HRS 18 L/CPL’S LUNDER SGT DROMGOOLE IN CONJUNCTION WITH FIELD SECURITY POLICE RAIDED SS LISSA.   SUPPLY SHIP ALONGSIDE MIDDLE QUAY.   SEARCH REVEALED HIDDEN RUM PILFERED FROM CARGO AND LETTERS ON BOARD TO BE POSTED IN ENGLAND.

JULY 26 DULL DAY AND RAIN LATER.

10.00 DAPM CONGRATULATED RAIDING PARTY (SS RONAN) ON LAST NIGHT’S SUCCESS.

JULY 27 CALM SEA, DULL AND CLOUDY.

09.00 CAPT TOPHAM AND L/CPL SMITH RETURNED FROM AKUREYRI AREA.   REPORT ON ROAD CONDITIONS THEN RENDERED.

14.00 HRS SGT COLLINSON, CPL CHILDS AND 5 L/CPL’S LEFT REYKJAVIK TO THE HOT SPRINGS AREA (35 MILES NE REYKJAVIK) TO BE ATTACHED TO FUSILIERS MONT ROYAL IN VIEW OF RECENT TROUBLE BETWEEN THIS REGIMENT AND CIVILIANS.

JULY 28 DULL AND CLOUDY.

JULY 29 HEAVY RAIN AND MIST.  

O6.00 HRS CPL TINDALL PROCEEDED TO AKUREYRI TO RELIEVE CPL TURNER.   ACTED AS POSTAL SERVICE ESCORT WITH 1 L/CPL.

08.00 SGT COLE AND SUB SECTION PROCEED TO ARTUN ON BATTLE HQ MANNING PRACTICE.

14.00 HRS CAPT TOPHAM AND RSM STYLES PROCEED TO ALFOSS AREA ON RECONNAISSANCE OF DE-BUSSING POINTS. DULL AND CLOUDY.

JULY 30 DULL AND CLOUDY.

09.00 HRS 5 MP AGAIN WENT OVER HAFVORDJORDUR - SAUBAOR ROUTE IN VIEW OF MOVEMENT OF 6” GUNS TO SAUBAOR COMMENCING TOMORROW.

17.00 HRS HMRT GEORGIC AND KONIGEN EMMA ARRIVE IN HARBOUR WITH BRITISH TROOPS ON BOARD.   MP ENGAGED IN DOCKS, GANGWAYS AND TRAFFIC CONTROL DURING DISEMBARKATION OF TROOPS ON KONIGEN EMMA.

15.00 HRS 5 MP UNDER CAPT WARDLE’S INSTRUCTIONS BOARDED SS DLANA AND ARRESTED 4 MEN WHO REFUSED TO SAIL AND PLACE THEM IN DETENTION.

JULY 31 MISTY AND DULL.

09.00 HRS. 4 MP ENGAGED IN SAUBAIR ROUTE DURING MOVEMENT OF GUNS.

10.00 HRS PETROL SHIP SS ROWAN EMPTY.

12.00 HRS HMT KONIGEN EMMA COMPLETED DISEMBARKATION AND LEFT DOCKSIDE.

MAY 27 1941 COURIER LETTER SERVICE TO AKUREYRI RE COMMENCED.   MILITARY POLICE ESCORTING OFFICIAL MAIL TO BORGANES BY BOAT THEN BY BUT TO AKUREYRI.

MAY 30 FAROISE LABOURERS ARRIVE IN REYKJAVIK.

NORMAL DUTIES CARRIED OUT THROUGHOUT THE MONTH.   SUPERVISING OF LOADING AND UNLOADING SHIPS AT REYKJAVIC AND HAFNARFJORDUR DOCKS.   SPEED PATROLS ON ROADS IN SW SUB SECTOR AND IN REYKJAVIK.   TRAFFIC CONTROL OF WD VEHICLES ENGAGED IN CONVEYING LAVA ROCK TO NEW AERODROME.    INVESTIGATION OF WD CASES, COMPLAINTS AGAINST TROOPS, AND INVESTIGATION AND TAKING ALL DETAILS OF TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS.   SEARCHING OF INCOMING AND OUTGOING SHIPS IN CONJUNCTION WITH FSC.   APPREHENSION OF ABSENTEES OF ALL SERVICES.   WEEK END TOWN PATROLS AT HAFNAREJORDUR AND EVENING AND AFTERNOON PATROLS IN ALAFOSS.   DETACHMENTS AT AKUREYRI, SEYDIESFJORDUR AND SIGLUFJORDUR CARRYING OUT SIMILAR DUTIES.   DETACHMENT AT ARTUN CARRYING OUT TRAFFIC CONTROL AT ICELAND FORCE HQ AND GENERAL SECURITY AND DISCIPLINE.

JUNE 1 , 21.50 DRUNKEN NORWEGIAN SAILOR DRESSED IN CIVILIAN CLOTHES CAUSED A DISTURBANCE IN HOTEL HEKLA INCITING SOLDIERS TO FIGHT, MILITARY POLICE CALLED AND NORWEGIAN EVENTUALLY ARRESTED BY CIVIL POLICE.

JUNE 4 13.30 HRS.  NEW RAF AERODROME AT REYKJAVIK OFFICIALLY OPENED.   MP ON TRAFFIC CONTROL AND CAR PARKING ETC.

JUNE 6 4 MP LEFT REYKJAVIC IN SS TORDENSKJOLD WITH FSC, DOCTORS AND NURSES (RAMC) AND INFANTRY TO RAID ISAFJORDUR SMALL NOWN IN NORTH ICELAND TO ROUND UP GERMANS AND 5TH COLUMNISTS.   RETURNED I 4 DAYS WITH 8 PRISONERS WHO WERE IMMEDIATELY PUT ON A BOAT LEAVING FOR ENGLAND.

JUNE 1941  LEAVE PARTY RETURNED FROM ENGLAND.   NEW PARTY (INCLUDING DAPM) LEFT ON RETURNING BOAT.   CAPT G W WATSON, RA ASSUMED TEMPORARY APPOINTMENT OF DAPM IN ABSENCE OF CAPT P C WARDLE.

JUNE 12 CELEBRATIONS FOR KINGS BIRTHDAY.

JUNE 29  GERMAN PRISONERS OF WAR DISEMBARKED AT REYKJAVIK OFF RN BOAT.   MILITARY POLICE ESCORT.   PRISONERS ESCORTED TO ICELAND CFORCE DETENTION BARRACKS, LANGARNES.   3 MP STATIONED AT DETENTION BARRACKS AS ADDITIONAL GUARD.

NORMAL DUTIES CARRIED OUT THROUGHOUT THE MONTH.   SUPERVISION OF LOADING AND UNLOADING SHIPS AT REYKJAVIK AND HAFNARAJORDUR DOCKS.   SPEED PATROLS ON ROADS IN SW SUB SECTOR AND IN REYKJAVIK.   TRAFFIC CONTROL OF WD VEHICLES ENGAGED ON CONVEYING LAVA ROCK TO NEW AERODROME.   INVESTIGATION OF VD CASES, COMPLAINTS AGAINST TROOPS, INVESTIGATION AND TAKING LL DETAILS OF ACCIDENTS.   SEARCHING OF INCOMING AND OUTGOING SHIPS IN CONJUNCTION WITH FSC.   APPREHENSION OF ABSENTEES OF ALL SERVICES.   MAIL ESCORT TO ATINEYRI.   WEEK END TOWN PATROL AT HAFNARJORDUR AND EVENING PATROLS AT ALAFOSS.   DETACHMENTS AT AKUREYRI, SEYDISJORDUR AND  CARRYING OUT SIMILAR DUTIES.   DETACHMENT AT ARTUN CARRYING OUT TRAFFIC CONTROL AT ICELAND FORCE HQ AND GENERAL SECURITY AND DISCIPLINE THERE.

DEC 5 PART 1 ORDERS ICELAND (C) FORCE PRO COY NO. 46.

356 CONGRATULATIONS

REF FORCE ROUTINE ORDER NO 1130, IT IS NOTIFIED THAT NO. 3525360 SGT ORME A, FORCE PROVOST COY, OBTAINED A ‘D’ (DISTINCTION) IN A RECENT ARMY GAS SCHOOL IN THE UK.   THE GOC WISHES TO CONGRATULATE SGT ORME ON A SUCCESSFUL RESULT.

DEC 6 PART I ORDERS ICELAND (C) FORCE PRO COY NO 47.

362. NAVAL RANKS

NCO’S SHOULD REALISE THAT IF A NAVAL MAN WEARS A PEAKED CAP, HI IS NOT NECESSARILY A PETTY OFFICER SO A GOOD GUIDE IS TO LOOK AT THE SAILOR’S ARM AND IF HE HAS CROSSED ANCHORS THEREON HI IS A PETTY OFFICER AND IF HE HAS A SINGLE ANCHOR HI IS AN ORDINARY RATING.   A MAN MAY HAVE CROSSED ANCHORS AND YET WEAR ORDINARY ABLE SEAMAN’S DRESS - HE IS A PETTY OFFICER ON PROBATION

363. AA GUNNERS

IT IS NOTIFIED THAT ALL AA GUNNERS ON MERCHANT SHIPS ARE BEING INFORMED ON THEIR ARRIVAL IN ICELAND THAT THEY ARE SUBJECT TO MILITARY LAW (R.A.) AND THAT THEY MUST WEAR ARMY UNIFORM ASHORE.   IF NCO’S FIND ANY OF THESE D.E.M.S. (DEFENSIVELY EQUIPPED MERCHANT SHIPS). A.A GUNNERS IN CIVILIAN CLOTHES THEY WILL TAKE THEIR PARTICULARS AND ORDER THEM BACK TO THEIR SHIPS IF ALONGSIDE BUT IF THE SHIPS ARE IN MIDSTREAM THEY WILL CONDUCT THEN TO THE TOWN GUARD ROOM AND LATER HAND THE OVER TO HMS BALDUR.

1942

FEB 2 NO.1058946 SGT HARDACRE A C OF THIS UNIT AWARDED CERTIFICATE OF MERIT BY THE GOC ICELAND FORCE FOR EXCEPTIONALLY GOOD SERVICE RENDERED IN CHARGE OF THE CMP SECTION AKUREYRI.

FEB 5 16.00 HRS AIR RAID WARNING 10 MINUTES DURATION.

STAND BY WARNING FOR ‘THAW’ ISSUED FROM FORCE HQ.

FEB 6 THAW OPERATION COMMENCED.   ENGLISH SOLDIER STABBED BY AMERICAN SOLDIER.   5 AMERICANS ARRESTED.   RESERVE RATIONS CONSUMED DURING ‘THAW’.   NO VEHICLE OVER 15CWT ALLOWED TO USE THE ROADS.   ALL TRAFFIC LIMITED TO 15 MPH.   TWO CONTROL POSTS OPERATED BY CMP DURING ‘THAW’.

FEB 9 18.40 HRS ‘THAW’ OPERATIONS ENDED.   ONE OFFICER AND ONE S.NCO MADE RECONNAISSANCE OF PONY TRACK ROAD ARTUN RE FORCE EXERCISE NO.1.   3 L/CPL’S EMBARKED ON SS NOVA WHICH HAD BEEN LOADED WITH NAAFI STORES AND LEFT FOR NORTH ICELAND.

3 L/CPL’S EMBARKED ON SS NOVA WHICH HAD BEEN LOADED WITH NAAFI STORES AND LEFT FOR NORTH ICELAND.   2 L/CPL’S SAILED ON SS BUG WHICH HAD BEEN LOADED WITH NAAFI STORES AND LEFT FOR NORTH ICELAND.   2 L/CPL’S SAILED ON SS ALOUETTE GUARDING NAAFI STORES FOR BORGAMES AND AKRANES.   25 L/CPL’S DETAILED FOR DUTY ON THE SS WICHITA FALLS TO SUPERVISE  UNLOADING OF LARGE SHIPMENT OF CANADIAN BEER.  

FEB 10 FORCE EXERCISE NO.2 OF 1942 TOOK PLACE.   1 OFFICER, 1 SGT AND 6 NCO’S DETAILED.   SCHEME TOOK PLACE IN INTENSE COLD AND FINISHED AT 20.00HRS.

FEB 15 02.00 HRS SS ORBITA LEAVE SHIP DOCKED IN REYKJAVIK HARBOUR.   RETURNING LEAVE PARTY REMAINED ON BOARD AND WERE JOINED BY 2 OFFICERS, 1 WO AND 18 NCO’S TO CONDUCT SEARCH OF PERSONNEL PROCEEDING ON LEAVE.

19.00 HRS EMBARKATION COMPLETED SEARCH PARTY DISEMBARKED FOR CAMP TOGETHER WITH 1 OFFICER AND 22 OTHER RANKS WHO WERE REMOVED FROM THE SHIP OWING TO THE POSSESSION OF AN EXCESS QUANTITY OF WD AND NAAFI E  PROPERTY CONTRARY TO ROUTINE ORDERS ISSUED.

FEB 16 COLD SPELL SET IN.  SNOW AND ICE BOUND ROADS.  MT AT A STANDSTILL, ROAD PATROLS UNABLE TO CARRY OUT DUTIES.

DURING THE MONTH ARCTIC EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING WAS DRAWN: CONSISTING OF EVEREST CARRIERS, GODFRE SLEDGE SKIS AND STICKS, ICE AXES, RUCKSACKS, SWISS SNOW SHOES NANSEN SLEDGES GREENLAND SLEDGES BIVOUAC TENTS PYRAMID TENTS SETS OF PACK SADDLERY, SKI SUITS, SNOWSUITS, DUFFLE COATS, STRING VESTS, MOCCASINS, BOOTS REUCHERON, DUFFLE SLIPPERS, CLIMBING AND TOWING ROPES ETC.

GENERAL DUTIES CARRIED OUT THROUGHOUT THE MONTH.   SUPERVISION OF LOADING AND UNLOADING SHIPS AT REYKJAVIC DOCKS, ROAD PATROL IN REYKJAVIK AND DISTRICT.   INVESTIGATION ON VD CASES, COMPLAINTS AGAINST TROOPS BY CIVILIANS INVESTIGATING AND REPORTING OF ALL ACCIDENTS INVOLVING WD PROPERTY AND TRANSPORT.   24 HOUR TOWN PATROL AND SUPERVISION OF CINEMA QUEUES.   APPREHENSION OF ABSENTEES.   SECTION AT AKUREYRI CARRYING OUT SIMILAR DUTIES AND GENERAL SECURITY AT 146 INF BDE HQ.   DETACHMENTS AT ARTUN CARRIED OUT TRAFFIC CONTROL AT ICELAND (C) FORCE HQ AND MAINTAINED GENERAL SECURITY AND DISCIPLINE.

MARCH 1 07.00HRS CAPT CARRUTHERS, LT DANE RSM HILDSON AND 15 NCO’S BOARDED SS BANFORA, LEAVE SHIP TO CONDUCT SEARCH OF KIT OF PERSONNEL PROCEEDING ON LEAVE TO.  8 NCO’S ALREADY ON BOAT, CONSISTING RETURNING LEAVE PARTY ASSISTED THE SEARCH.

17.00 HRS EMBARKATION OF TROOPS CEASED OWING TO ROUGH WEATHER AND ALL CMP PERSONNEL DISEMBARKED, TAKING WITH THEM 5 OR’SL WHO WERE IN POSSESSION OF AN EXCESS QUANTITY OF WD AND NAAFI GOODS.

7 NCO’S EMBARKED ON SS BANFORA FOR 21 DAYS LEAVE IN UK.

2 NCO’S EMBARKED ON SS BANFORA TO PROCEED TO ARMY GAS SCHOOL, GLENRIDDING PENRITH FOR 10 DAY GAS COURSE.

MARCH 2 CAPT CARRUTHERS, LT DANE AND 7 NCO’S EMBARKED ON SS BANFORA TO CONTINUE SEARCHING OF LEAVE PERSONNEL WHO WERE TRANSFERRED FROM HMT LEINSTER.

23.OO HRS SEARCH PARTY DISEMBARK AND RETURN TO CAMP.

MARCH 3 COMPLETE SECTIO 916 NCO’S) UNDER SGT MAIR LEFT MYCHETT CAMP (ICELAND) TO TAKE PART IN 49TH DIVISION HQ SKELETON EXERCISE EQUIPPED WITH ARCTIC CLOTHING, RUCKSACKS ETC, AND SECTIONS G1098 EQUIPMENT..

MARCH 3 12.00 HRS SGT MAIR AND SECTION ARRIVED BACK AT MYCHETT CAMP (ICELAND) ON COMPLETION OF EXERCISE.   NCO’S CONVOYED 49TH DIV HQ FROM ARTUN TO KLEIFARVATAN WHERE CAMP WAS STRUCK AND RETURN.   2 NCO’S ESCORTED THE GOC DURING WHOLE OF EXERCISE.   WEATHER CONDITIONS WERE EXTREMELY BAD THROUGHOUT, WITH HEAVY RAIN AND STRONG WINDS.

SUPERVISION OF THE DISCHARGE OF NAAFI GOODS FROM THE USS PLEIADES ENDED.   19 NCO’S HAVING BEEN EMPLOYED ON THIS WORK FOR 4 DAYS.

MARCH 6 1 NCO ESCORTED GOG AND GOC AMERICAN FORCE ON ICELAND FROM FORCE HQ TO HOUSE OF THE REGENT OF ICELAND.

APRIL 19 15.00HRS MAIN PARTY OF 49TH DIV PRO COY UNDER RSM HILSDON EMBARKED AT REYKJAVIC TOR UK.   CAPT CARRUTHERS AND ADVANCE PARTY HAVING EMBARKED ON THE 6TH APRIL 1942.

APRIL 22  ICELAND (C) FORCE HQ DISBANDED.   FORCE PRO COY ICELAND (C) FORCE DISBANDED.   PROVOST DETACHMENT TYPE A, BRITISH TROOPS IN ICELAND (C) ON WE VIII/305/1 WAS FORMED AND LT C E DANE WAS APPOINTED OFFICER COMMANDING.

HQ BRITISH FORCES IN ICELAND (C) UNDER COMMAND  BRIGADIER PW BLISS CBE OPENED.

APRIL 23 12.00HRS MILITARY POLICE GUARD AT REYKJAVIC TRANSIT CAGEM DOCK AREA WAS OFFICIALLY HANDED OVER TO THE 10TH RIFLE BATTALION US FORCES.

APRIL 26 THREE GS TRUCKS AND 45 MOTORCYCLES OF THE 49TH DIV PRO COY LOADED AT REYKJAVIC DOCKS ON SS AGIA VARARA FOR SHIPMENT TO THE UK.

JUNE 9 DETACHMENT PERSONNEL SEARCHED THE CREW’S QUARTERS OF SS EMPIRE BOND BOUND FOR THE UK WITH RSD ITEMS, FOR WD PROPERTY BELIEVED STOLEN BY THE CREW AND FOR NAVAL GUNNERS.   ONE WD SLEEPING BAG FOUND IN POSSESSION OF NAVAL GUNNER.

JUNE 14 15.00 HRS HMT LEINSTER BERTHED AT NORTH QUAY, REYKJAVIK DOCKS AND DISEMBARKATION COMMENCED.   MILITARY POLICE SUPERVISION ON GANGWAYS AND ADDITIONAL TRAFFIC CONTROL IN DOCK AREA.

JUNE 22   10.00 HRS.   INVESTIGATION CONTINUED BY SI BRANCH INTO THE DISPOSAL OF OBNOXIOUS FLUID BY ENGLISH SOLDIERS TO PERSONNEL OF

AMERICAN FORCES.   (TWO AMERICAN SOLDIERS HAVE DIED THROUGH DRINKING THE FLUID) AND SOURCE OF FLUID TRACED TO 666TH AW COY, RE.   TWO ARRESTS OF RE PERSONNEL MADE TO DATE AND THOROUGH SEARCH OF 666TH AW COY CAMP MADE BY MPO CARRIED OUT, SEVERAL BOTTLES CONTAINING VARIOUS LIQUIDS AND SPIRIT BEING CONFISCATED.

JUNE 23 INVESTIGATION OF THE DISPOSAL OF OBNOXIOUS FLUIDS TO AMERICAN SOLDIERS CONTINUED AND TWO FURTHER ARRESTS MADE.

JUNE 27 HMT LLANSTEPHAN CASTLE ANCHORED IN REYKJAVIK HARBOUR AND DISEMBARKATION OF TROOPS BY DRIFTER COMMENCED.   2 NCO’S OF MP RETURNED FROM LEAVE IN UK AND 4 NCO’S ARRIVES AS REINFORCEMENTS FOR THE DETACHMENT.   MILITARY POLICE SUPERVISION ON TROOPSHIP AND QUAYSIDE AND ADDITIONAL TRAFFIC CONTROL ON DOCK AREA.

20.30 HRS EMBARKATION OF RETURNING UNIT TO UK COMMENCED APPROX 800 MEN BEING CHECKED BY MP PERSONNEL PRIOR TO EMBARKATION WHICH WAS COMPLETED AT 01.30 HRS 28TH JUNE.

24 HOUR TOWN PATROL OPERATING FROM GUARD ROOM, REYKJAVIK.   GENERAL SECURITY PATROLS REYKJAVIK DOCKS AND SUPERVISION OF LOADING AND UNLOADING TRANSPORT SHIPS (MAINLY COASTWISE VESSELS).   SIB CONTINUE THE INVESTIGATION OF COMPLAINTS BY CIVILIANS AGAINST WD AND PERSONNEL OF HM FORCES AND IN CONJUNCTION WITH CMP PERSONNEL WORKING AS “WAITERS” IN THE OFFICER’S CLUB AND IN “DISGUISE” IN THE STREETS SPECIALLY INVESTIGATED THE SALE AND PURCHASE OF LIQUOR BETWEEN BRITISH AND US FORCES AND CIVILIANS.

ONE SECTION OF 48TH DIV PRO COY HOME FORCES, ATTACHED TO 146 INF BDE CARRYING OUT NORMAL DUTIES AT AKUREYRI (NORTH ICELAND).

23.59 HRS DISEMBARKATION COMPLETED.

JULY 10 10.00 HRS   NO. 6607737 CPL PRICE H F OF THIS DETACHMENT AWARDED CERTIFICATE OF MERIT BY MAJOR GENERAL H O CURTIS, CB,  DSO, MC, FOR EXCEPTIONAL SERVICED IN ICELAND.   (SEE PART I ORDERS NO. 40 AND 49).

AUGUST 17 PART ONE ORDERS, PROVOST DETACHMENT, BRITISH TROOPS IN ICELAND.

51. MAIL  THE FOLLOWING MAILS MAY NOT HAVE REACHED THEIR DESTINATIONS OWING TO ENEMY ACTION:-

POSTED IN REYKJAVIC AND KALDADARNES AREA 28 JUL - 1 AUG.

AKUREYRI AREA 25 JUL - 30 JUL.

52 CARRIER PIGEONS

CARRIER PIGEONS ARE AT PRESENT BEING TRAINED TO HOME ON THE PIGEON LOFTS RECENTLY ERECTED AT RAF STATION REYKJAVIC.   DURING THE TRAINING PERIOD, THERE IS A POSSIBILITY THAT PIGEONS MAY STRAY.   ANYONE OBSERVING SUCH BIRDS (WHICH WILL CARRY RINGS) WILL REPORT THE ACT TO THE STATION SIGNALS OFFICER F/LT SALT (MELAR 74).