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WO 166/ ADM/202/3                               ROYAL MARINE PRO COY

APR 23    HAYLING ISLAND     2/LT J LEMESURIER  RM  OC

JUN 23    SOUTHBOURNE         CAPT P H MAURICE RM RETURN AS OC

AUG 1      FATAL ACCIDENT TO PO/X MNE WD SIMPSON 67551430 (BURIED ST GLUVIAS CHURCH CEMETERY, CORNWALL) DEATH SHOWN AS 1/8/43 IN CWGC ROLL

AUG 3     INQUEST AT BOSCOMBE INTO DEATH OF MNE SIMPSON

AUG 6     COURT OF ENQUIRY  INTO DEATH OF MNE SIMPSON

SEP 11   CAPT WILLIAMS NEW OC

SEP 15    RM DIV DISBANDED

SEP 17    MAJ LITTLE APM TAKEN ON STRENGTH

SEP 18    CANTERBURY PARTY RETURN TO HQ

SEP 20    CARLISLE PARTY RETURN TO HQ

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                                                                                                                                              WO166/53           1 (NORTHERN COMD) PRO COY      JAN  - DEC 1941

CATTERICK CAMP, NORTH YORKS

JAN   -    CONVOY DUTIES

JAN 9     FIRE AT ARRAS LINES, 3 BARRACK ROOMS TOTALLY BURNT OUT

JAN 26   MINES WASHED ASHORE AT WHITLEY BAY.   UNIT ATTENDED.

JAN 31   REPORT FROM DAPM, NORTH COMMAND THAT ENEMY AGENTS BELIEVED  LANDED IN ENGLAND, EAST OF LINE NEWARK TO HUNTINGTON AND NORTH SHIELDS AREA.   ALL SECTIONS IN AREA NOTIFIED; NOTHING FURTHER TO REPORT

FEB   -     THEFTS – ESP PETROL & FOOD,  FIRES, BLACKOUT OFFENCES

FEB 5     THEFT OF MONEY FROM PERONNE LINES SCHOOL.   PTE DAVIES RASC INTERROGATED, ADMITTED BREAKING OPEN CASH BOX & STEALING £5 – SPENT; ALSO SOLD A PAIR OF WD GUMBOOTS TO A CIVILIAN, DEALT WITH AT RICHMOND FOR LARCENY, THEFT AND GUMBOOTS.

DEALING WITH A VARIETY OF THEFTS AND FIRES

MAR 2   MAN SPOTTED PHOTOGRAPHING RICHMOND GASWORKS FROM BRANCHES OF A TREE BUT NOT FOUND.

MAR 11   L/CPL HUGHES ACCUSED OF STEALING RATIONS FROM HARROGATE – COURT MARTIAL

MAR 17   6 MONTHS DETENTION FOR L/CPL HUGHES

MAR 25   SUBVERSIVE PROPAGANDA CHALKED ON FENCES BETWEEN RICHMOND AND CATTERICK

MAR 27   SECTION OF CMP OPENED AT ALNWICK AND MORPETH -  1 SGT, 1 CPL AND 7 L/CPLS EACH

APR 2     SUBVERSIVE PROPAGANDA AGAIN; NIGHT PATROLS TO KEEP FENCES UNDER OBSERVATION

APR 3    AIR RAID MESSAGE RED 12.05 SIX TIME BOMBS DROPPED FROM ENEMY AIRCRAFT AT MILL CLOSE FARM BEDALE.   AN NCO OF THE UNIT STATIONED AT HORNBY CASTLE PROCEEDED TO SCENE -  BOMBS FALLEN IN SOFT DESOLATE MARSHLAND AND NO DANGER TO PROPERTY; WARNINGS POSTED AROUND AREA.

APR 16   THEFT OF SOAP IN BARS AND FLAKES FROM LAUNDRY RAOC DEPOT – CIVILIANS REPORTED TO CIVIL POLICE

APR 21   LARCENY OF A VALUABLE ORNAMENT FROM BLACK BULL INN REETH.  SOLDIERS SUSPECTED BUT COULD NOT BE TRACED.  ENQUIRIES CONTINUE

MAY 4    MOORLAND FIRE AT HUDSWELL ROAD.  GARRISON FIRE BRIGADE AND FIRE PICQUET SUMMONED;  GORSE ETC BURNT

MAY 6    FIRE AT GANDALE CAMP

MAY 9    MOOR FIRE AT STAINTON MOOR;   ARIEL M/BIKE IN AN ACCIDENT

JUN 6    PARCELS OF MOD PROPERTY BEING SENT HOME BY POST  -  CHECK OF PARCELS

JUN 7    BILLET IN NEWBIGGIN CONSERVATIVE HALL TAMPERED WITH

JUN 8    CASE CONCLUDED.  10-YEAR OLD BOY HAD STOLEN A NUMBER OF WHISTLES, CAP BADGES AND CIGARETTE LIGHTERS

JUN 15   TRAFFIC ACCIDENT AT WHITBURN, NR SUNDERLAND, CPL SPEARS STRUCK BY LORRY (NOT FOUND)

JUN 18   TA AT REDCAR – L/CPL SOMERVILLE – DAMAGE TO MOTORBIKE

JUN 19   TUNSTALL GRANGE – TROOPS WALKING THROUGH CROPS AND DESTROYING THEM

JUN 23   FIRE IN HAIRDRESSER'S SHOP IN RICHMOND.  TA HULL M/BIKE ACCIDENT, BIKE DAMAGED L/CPL CLARK NO INJURIES

JUN 27   FIRE AT BELLERBY X-ROADS

JUN 28   SGT TURNER DIED AT HARROGATE HOSPITAL CONSEQUENT UPON INJURIES RECEIVED IN A MOTOR ACCIDENT (BURIED AT TADCASTER, SEC A3 ROW 1 GRAVE 16).  MT HOLIDAY IN NORTHERN COMMAND

JUL 2    GORSE FIRE

JUL 6    MOOR FIRE

JUL 10   FIRE AT COLBURN

JUL 17   FIRE IN GARDEN SHED AT COLBURN; FIRE BDE PUT IT OUT

JUL 18   FIRE AT KIRBY HILL

JUL 19   SOLDIER ARRESTED; SEEN SLASHING A MAILBAG AT DARLINGTON STATION; CONVEYED TO MILITARY HOSPITAL AS FOUND TO BE SUFFERING FROM A DISEASE

JUL 21   FIRE AT STAINTON MOOR

JUL 25   M/C ACCIDENT AT KYLOE, NORTHUMBERLAND; L/CPL SUGGITT HURT LEG

ACCIDENT AT HUGGATE NR POCKLINGTON L/CPL WHITLEY  -  A SHEEP DOG RAN INTO HIS WHEELS, KNOCKED HIM OFF HIS BIKE  -  SLIGHT DAMAGE TO MACHINE NCO UNHURT

JUL 30   NCO OF SCARBOROUGH SECTION PERFORMED CAR PARKING DUTIES AT FYLINGDALES TANK RANGE

AUG 6   REPORTS OF A SOLDIER INDECENTLY EXPOSING HIMSELF TO WOMEN AND GIRLS AROUND C. CAMP  - RCS -  WATCH KEPT AND SIGNALMAN CAUGHT IN ACT

AUG 8    L/CPL RYCROFT IN TA M/C NOT HURT MACHINE SLIGHTLY DAMAGED

AUG 15   WO OF RAC ARRESTED IN CHARGE OF A PIECE OF CORRUGATED TIN OBTAINED FROM HIS UNIT LINES

AUG 22  THEFT FROM SHOP IN SHUTE ROAD  £30 – 2  ABSENTEES SUSPECTED

AUG 29   27 PRISONERS OF WAR BEING SENT TO CAGE AT CATTERICK

AUG 30   SOLDIER ARRESTED ON ASSAULT AND SUSPECTED RAPE

*SEPTEMBER 1941 1ST – 6TH PHOTO

OCT 9    CARDIFF CITY POLICE WANT TO FIND A SOLDIER FOR BIGAMY.   FROM PARTICULARS RECEIVED THIS MAN WAS ARRESTED AND HANDED OVER TO CIVIL POLICE

OCT 22   COMPLAINT RECEIVED OF SOLDIERS POACHING ON PRIVATE LAND AT CATTERICK, OBSERVATIONS WERE KEPT AND 2 NCO'S WERE SEEN CARRYING A SANDBAG FOUND TO CONTAIN 5 RABBITS.  THEY WERE QUESTIONED AND FOUND TO HAVE BEEN ON PRIVATE LAND AND OBTAINING RABBITS BY MEANS OF A FERRET AND DOG; THEIR PARTICULARS HANDED TO COMPLAINANT FOR ACTION

NOV 2    A SOLDIER BEING QUESTIONED IN MIDDLESBROUGH WHEN A CIVILIAN INTERFERED AND THREATENED TO STRIKE NCO OF CMP -  ARRESTED AND DEALT WITH BY CIVIL POLICE

NOV 22   TA AT BURNT CINEMA IN CATTERICK

DEC 1    SECTIONS AT MORPETH AND ALNWICK WERE CLOSED

DEC 11   ENQUIRIES AGAINST TPR R HUGHES OF 51ST RAC WHO WAS SHOT THROUGH THE LEG BY HIS OWN RIFLE

DEC 20   WINDOW BROKEN IN AN OMNIBUS AT CATTERICK OWING TO FIGHTING INSIDE THE VEHICLE.  2 SOLDIERS WERE ARRESTED

DEC 31   FINAL ARRANGEMENTS MADE FOR IMPENDING CHANGES IN N. COMMAND PRO COYS AND THE FORMATION OF NO 3 PRO COY NC WITH HQ AT LEEDS.  

CAPT A C T WOODMAN AND RSM LALLY OF THIS UNIT ARE APPOINTED DAPM AND RSM RESPECTIVELY OF THE NEW COMPANY.

VERY INTERESTING DIARY TOO LARGE TO REPEAT HERE.


WO 166/54   NO 2 PRO COY NORTHERN COMMAND    MAR  -  DEC 1941

CAPT W CHILTON RIGGS      OC

MAR 5    VISIT OF DUKE OF KENT TO CHESTERFIELD

MAR 7    HEAVY ENEMY AIR ATTACK ON NEWARK, NOTTS  -  MANY CASUALTIES

MAR 14  CONSIDERABLE AA GUNFIRE AT NIGHT.  A SMALL NUMBER OF BOMBS DROPPED IN THE VICINITY BY ENEMY AIRCRAFT (SHERWOOD AND GEDLING)

MAR 21   HEAVY AERIAL BOMBARDMENT OF LEEDS

APR 4     NEW CMP SECTION AT SKEGNESS

APR 8     ENEMY AIR ATTACK ON NOTTINGHAM

APR 10     “                        “          SKEGNESS

APR 11     “                        “          SPALDING

APR 15     DAYLIGHT     “               NOTTINGHAM  -  ONE BROUGHT DOWN    

APR 23             “               “         PETERBOROUGH  -  LITTLE DAMAGE.

NO CASUALTIES

MAY 11              “               “         BOSTON, LINCS, CIVILIAN DAMAGE, CASUALTIES

JUL 7                  “              “          NOTTINGHAM, INCENDIARY BOMBS

JUL 22   L C DIV PRO COY PERSONNEL DISPERSED TO ORIGINAL N. COMMAND,

NO 2 PRO COY SECTIONS

BRITISH BOMBER CRASHED AT LINCOLN, ALL KILLED.

JUL 25   BRITISH BOMBER CRASHED AT SPALDING, 5 RAF KILLED, CMP ASSISTED

JUL 30   POWS ARRIVED SHEFFIELD STATIONS; CMP ON DUTY

AUG 1    CAPT W CHILTON RIGGS RELINQUISHES APPT AS DAPM ON POSTING TO E COMMAND.  CAPT K W HUNN TAKES COMMAND OF THIS COY APPT DAPM FROM E COMMAND

AUG 4    FORMATION OF CMP FLYING SQUAD  -  1 SGT, 1 CPL, 8 L/CPLS ATT HQ VP WING CMP, DONCASTER

AUG 15   ENEMY AIR ATTACK SKEGNESS

AUG 22   ENEMY AIR ATTACK SPALDING

AUG 23   SPECIAL DUTY ENTRAINING 900 ITALIAN POWS SHEFFIELD

OCT 12   ENEMY AIR ATTACK SKEGNESS

OCT 24   FUNERAL OF 2611414 CPL R GADSBY AT DERBY, ACTED AS PALL BEARERS

NOV 1    FIRE AT HUDDERSFIELD CLOTHING MANUFACTURERS 47 DEATHS, CMP ASSISTED, ALSO AT FUNERALS OF VICTIMS

DEC 7    INCENDIARY BOMBS, GRIMSBY, ONE DWELLING DESTROYED

DEC 23  CAPT HUNN TO TRG EST CMP, MYCHETT,      LT C H BEER RA

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WO 166 /110           CMP VP WESTERN COMMAND       MAY – DEC 1941

NORTON/ WORCESTER    CAPT W F MARTINSON

UNDERMENTIONED OFFICERS WERE POSTED TO CMP (VP) W. COMMAND FROM DATE SHOWN

    2ND LT J E WHITFIELD      E.LANCS REGT         19/12/41

      LT C GLASSON               BORDER REGT         11/12/4


WO 166/111         CMP WESTERN COMMAND              FEB  -  DEC 1941

CENTRAL MIDLANDS, WEST LANCS, SOUTH WALES LANCS, NORTH WALES

      LT COL W H DIGGLE DSO, OBE, MC OC

MAR 3     LT COL RUTLEDGE RECCE OF DOCKS, PORTS IN W.COMMAND TO MAKE RECOMMENDATION REGARDING POLICING OF THESE

MAR 12    LT COL RUTLEDGE RECCE OF S. WALES PORTS

                  FIRST INST COURSE UNDER DAPM VP W. COMMAND  ITC, WORCESTER (NORTON BARRACKS) 72 NCOS, 114 PTES 2 WEEK COURSE,

32 NCOS ATTENDED 3 DAY WDC COURSE AT RO FACTORY, HEREFORD                

OCT 18    1 CPL, 1 L/CPL ATTACHED TO DETENTION BKS CHORLEY

                * FIVE PHOTOS OF NAMES OF OFFICERS

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WO 166/124       SCOTTISH COMMAND FSW    SEPT 1939  -  DEC 1940

1939

SEP   EDINBURGH   COMMAND SEC FSP   CMP

                OC      CAPT T P SPENS  MC       CAMERONIANS

     7685573   SGT GH TURNBULL            7685571   L/CPL  PM SANDISON

     7685572   L/CPL K J MACREA             7685574   L/CPL A C BENNETT

     7685575   L/CPL D MACKAY                L21274    L/CPL  JM  BELL-  SOTCS

1940

JAN 20     7685573   SGT G H TURNBULL   TO CSM

               7685572 CPL MACREA    TO 1 PROTECTION AREA AS WO11

               7685572  L/CPL D MACKAY   TO CPL VICE   MACREA

               768574    L/CPL A C BENNETT  TO 1 PROT AREA AS SGT

APR 13    2 X MOTORCYCLES ALLOTTED

MAY 1      1 MOTORCAR ALLOTTED

MAY 14    7685571 SGT P M SANDISON APPOINTED TO COMMISSION   GEN LIST.  (LONDON GAZETTE 34848 PAGE 2886, DATED 14/3/1940, TO INT CORPS 15/7/1940)  APPOINTED ASST PERMIT OFFICER EDINBURGH

SEP 2        BECAME 306 FS SECT INT CORPS.

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WO 166/139  SCOTTISH COMD FIELD SEC. WING  JAN  -  OCT 1941

JAN 2    EDINBURGH  306 SEC IC (GSW)    CAPT BEAUSIRE    INT CORPS.

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WO 166/183                      APM 1 CORPS                      OCT  -  DEC 1940

HQ   1 CORPS, GUNNY HILL LINCS  

OC 102 PRO COY  CAPT IRVINE POSTED DAPM  3 DIV

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WO 166/228              3 CORPS PRO COY (104 PRO COY)

MAR 30   LE HAVRE   CAPT A KNOWLES

MAR 31   BOLBEC   DET. OF GENDARMES REPORTED.

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WO 166/339    APM  HQ  XI CORPS   SEP-OCT 1940, JAN-JUN 1941 

APM 11 CORPS   HADLAM HALL       ROUTINE DUTIES.

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WO 166/368               1 DIV PRO COY CMP                  JAN  -  OCT 1941 WEST TOFTS

                                    45850  CAPT  E H SERCOMBE                 OC

                                     LT  B C D EASTWICK                  2IC

( 6TH – 12TH 41  EXERCISE SCORCH  -  COY ACTED AS GESTAPO )

JAN 1         LINCOLN  :  LOCATION OF COMPANY AS FOLLOWS

                   HQ AT GRANDSTAND LINCOLN RACECOURSE

                   SUB-SECTION 2 AT LOUTH

                   1 SECTION AT CANWICK

4 SECTION AT GRANTHAM

JAN 3        7 L/CPLS POSTED FROM NO2 TRAINING ESTABLISHMENT NORTHALLERTON

THEY SEEM VERY KEEN AND HAVE ALL THE APPEARANCE OF MAKING GOOD MPS

JAN 29     EXERCISE WITH LOUTH SECTION TO LAY OUT THE BALLISAGE LAMPS OVER A DISTANCE OF 11 MILES  -  FIRST TIME USED BY THIS COY IN ENGLAND;

240 LAMPS WERE LAID OUT, UNFORTUNATELY 23 WERE DAMAGED  

FEB 1     * L/CPL KNIBB KILLED AS A RESULT OF A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

JUN 2      SKELETON SCHEME  -  ONE VEHICLE REPRESENTED APPROX 1 UNIT

JUN 21    EXERCISE BULLDOG

JUL 4      MOVING A DIVISIONAL HQ

JUL 10    * L/CPL BIRD POSTED TO Y-LIST FROM BRACEBRIDGE HOSPITAL

AUG 5    CPL LACEY DECLARED ILLEGALLY ABSENT BY COURT OF ENQUIRY AT LINCOLN RACE COURSE

OCT 10    EXERCISE PERCY POLICE ROUTE FROM YORK TO HEXHAM

POLICE DUTIES IN AND AROUND HEXHAM  HQ  

OCT 14    *L/CPL HANLEY( 1 SECTION) WAS ON POINTS DUTY OUTSIDE DIV HQ AND AT ABOUT 10.45 HE WAS KNOCKED DOWN BY A WD TRUCK AND RECEIVED SERIOUS INJURIES.  

OCT 15    EXERCISE TERMINATE.  L/CPL HANLEY EXPIRED FROM HIS INJURIES

OCT 16    DIVISION RETURNED TO LINCOLN

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WO 166/387       2 DIV PRO COY     JUL -DEC 1940,  JAN -DEC 1941

1940        BARMBY–ON–THE MOOR      CAPT  P C HOLME     RA             OC

SEP          EVERINGHAM HALL              CAPT  E B MARSH     RA             OC

SEP 14     INSPECTION OF FIELD PUNISHMENT CAMP HORNSEA BY

                        DPM    LT.COL PICKTHALL        ACCOMPANIED BY  

                        APM    MAJ  WARBERTON

SEP 16     ABSENTEE PATROLS AT BARLBY 3 ARRESTED LORRY JUMPING

                        LT S T PEARMAN POSTED TO OC 44 DIV PRO COY

SEP 28  5 RE-ENFORCEMENTS ARRIVED FROM 2 TRAINING EST,

CMP NORTHALLERTON

                2 LT CORNWELL ARRIVED ON ATTACHMENT FROM 1 DIV PRO COY THEN TO 55 DIV PRO COY.

OCT 18            2 LT J L WALKER,       LEICS REGT

                MOVE TO HULL & MELBOURNE, BOLTON HALL, LANDESBOROUGH

OCT 31      KILWICK PERCY  -  BRIG PERCY LAURIE PM  INSPECTED

                          CAPT G L KING       OC;  CAPT WALKER    O I/C

1941                   CAP DAINES(?)    OC  

MAY 12      LANDESBOROUGH  BOMBS DROPPED IN NEAR VICINITY AT N GRINSTON

1 L/CPL MINOR FACIAL INJURIES

                            LT W A STEWART     OC TEMP

JUL 1                   CAPT G MEARING     OC

SEP 9     * CAPT MEARING VISITS ILKLEY REF DEATH OF 2183530 L/CPL K G ARMITAGE KILLED AT ILKLEY WHILE OUT-RIDING FOR THE BRIGADIER OF 41 BRIGADE

SEP 12    OC ATTENDED FUNERAL OF L/CPL ARMITAGE AT ILKLEY CEMETERY

NOV 25   CAPT G R MEARING POSTED TO HQ CANADIAN CORPS HOME FORCES  - DAPM

NOV 27   CAPT J R HUNTER-BAILEY 109443 OR 5     OC

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WO 166/401                  3 DIV PRO COY             DEC 1940  -  FEB 1941                                                     

   BLANDFORD                   CAPT G C MOUNSEY      OC

1940

DEC 1    50 DISPATCH RIDERS PROVIDED AS UMPIRES FOR 5 CORPS EXERCISE

DEC 6    TRI-POD ILLUMINATED SIGNS USED ( ARROWS ); VALUABLE INFORMATION GATHERED ABOUT USEFULNESS OF ILLUMINATED ARROWS

1941

JAN 1     COMMUNICATIONS EXERCISE

FEB 18   SKELETON COMMUNICATIONS EXERCISE  UNITS REPRESENTED BY 5 VEHICLES AT MOST

 FEB 19                             CAPT PATTINSON     RA     OC.

MAR 4        DUKE OF GLOUCESTER VISITED.

(Little information recorded)

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WO 166/416                4 DIV DAPM                    SEP 1940  -  JAN 1941

CAPT A G BOND, MC

1940

HORNDEAN

OCT 17          2 LT C F DUNN           MSX REGT         SUB 4 DIV PRO COY TO OC 44 DIV

OCT 22     MOVED TO NEW HQ  -  WEST DOWNS SCHOOL, WINCHESTER

NOV 11         CAPT A E STOKES  RARO  KRRC TO OC 4 DIV VICE CAPT GUNNINGHAM

DEC 19          2 LT R F FIFIELD POSTED AS SUBALTERN TO 4 DIV PRO COY

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WO 166/417                  4 DIV PRO COY            SEP 1940  -  DEC 1941

1940

OCTOBER               CAPT A P GUNNINGHAM      OC  POSTED   OCT DAPM 43 DIV PRO COY

HORNDEAN            CAPT A E S STOKES                OC

WINCHESTER(NOVEMBER)

NOV 30        INFO RECEIVED FROM CIVILIAN POLICE THAT SIGNALS HAVE BEEN SEEN FROM ST CATHERINE HILL AREA, DURING AN AIR RAID AT 19.10 HRS.  5 NCOS INVESTIGATED AND FOUND THAT THEY WERE ENEMY FLARES

DEC 19                     2 LT R F FIFIELD    R BERKS    POSTED AS SUBALTERN

1941

FEB 10                     2 LT G C WHITE ARRIVED IN COY

APR 20                     CAPT B H C CLARKE MC POSTED AS OC

MAY 9          ACCIDENT REPORT CPL WOODWARD & LCPL HARES IN HOSPITAL WITH SERIOUS INJURIES WHILE ENGAGED IN 12 INF BDE EXERCISE

MAY 20                    2/LT CLITHEROE-SMITH ATTACHED FOR DUTY

MAY 29       RSM NEWMAN LEFT COY APPOINTED  LT TO NO 6 TRAFFIC CONTROL COY    

JUN  17     * L/CPL ORMAN KILLED IN ROAD ACCIDENT ON DIV EXERCISE.

JUN 21     CERTAIN PERSONNEL OF COY ATTENDED FUNERAL OF L/CPL ORMAN, S/LT C L SMITH REPRESENTING CO.

SEPT 28   CAPT CLARK PROMOTED MAJOR AND POSTED TO RASC.

NOV 1     CAPT F D CORNWALL NEW OC

DEC 1     HQ MOVE FROM WINCHESTER TO FARNBOROUGH.

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WO 166/432 5 DIVISION PRO COY  DEC 39,JULY-DEC 40,JAN-DEC 41

1939

NOV 12  LT G C HORN COY COMMANDER, MARCHING ORDERS

DEC 12   ARRIVE SOUTHAMPTON (FROM MYTCHETT, ALDERSHOT)

1940

JULY 1   INVERURIE        

JULY 3   PERTH

JULY 6   AUCHTERARDER.  CAPT R A LEESON LEAVES TO APM 8 CORPS

OCT 4   CAPT C P TAMLYN FROM 45 DIV PRO COY,NEW CO FROM CAPT HORN

OCT 30  TO KNUTSFORD, CHESHIRE

NOV 9  2/LT K PENNEL JOINED COY FROM WESTERN COMMAND

APRIL 10 TO ARMAGH

0CT 10   CAPT DOBSON OC.

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WO 170/446                     16 DIV PRO COY                         MARCH 1940

SEVENOAKS, KENT   CAPT E B THEOPHIULUS  WORCESTERSHIRE REGT

MARCH 14  PERSONNEL PLACED IN MEDICAL CATEGORIES BY MO, ONLY 1 MAN L/CPL HIGGINS UNDER B4.

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WO 166/462 15 (SCOTTISH) DIV PRO COY APR-AUG 1940 JAN-DEC 1941

APRIL 1 1940 GLASGOW

FORMATION OF 15 (S) DIV PRO COY FORMED FROM 2 GULL SECTIONS FROM 52 (L) DIV PRO COY AND 15 (S) DIV IN GLASGOW.

APRIL 8 CAPT FERRIER-KERR OC FROM 52 DIV PRO COY.

APRIL 16 MOVED TO MELROSE, ORMISTON HALL.

MAY 4 MOVED TO HUNGERFORD.

JULY 18 CAPT FERRIER-KERR TO 11 TC COY. CAPT U J BREESE NEW OC.

JULY 26 TO HATFIELD PEVEREL.

JULY 27 LT J C BIRTS 2 I/C FROM 3 COUNTY OF LONDON YEOMANRY.

SEPT 16 L/CPL JOHNSTON ESCORTING A CONVOY, WHILE NEGOTIATING AN OBSTRUCTION FATALLY INJURED ON MOTORCYCLE, DIED IN OLD CHURCH HOSPITAL, ROMFORD.

SEPT 20 INQUIRY - ACCIDENTAL DEATH.

1941

APRIL 16  CPL HILL LATE OF THIS COY, ON A CHARGE OF MURDER. FOUND NOT GUILTY OF MURDER BUT GUILTY OF CULPABLE HOMICIDE, WITH RECOMMENDATION FOR MERCY OF THE COURT - SENTENCE 5 YEARS PENAL SERVITUDE.

APR 18  CAPT U J BREESE, RA PROMOTED DAPM 15 (S) DIV.

APRIL 19 CAPT SIR W J MORRISON-LOW, SCOTS GUARDS TAKES OVER COMMAND.

JUNE 27 LIEUT SIR EDWARD CHICHESTER, BT, ROYAL SCOTS FUSILIERS ATTACHED TO COY.

JUNE 30 LT. J S SMART ROYAL NORFOLK REGT ATTACHED TO COY.

NOV 14 54 DIV PRO COY ARRIVE TO TAKE OVER THIS LOCATION.

NOV 19 DIV MOVE, STAGING AT BELTON, CATTERICK, HEXHAM, WOOLER, NEWCASTLE TO MORPETH DIV HQ.

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WO 166/476 18 DIV PRO COY  MARCH-DEC 1940,JAN-SEPT 1941

1940

MAR 1 NORWICH THIS DATE SAW THE BEGINNING OF 18 DIV PRO COY, CAPT H M GRANT, DAPM IS OC AND TWO SECTIONS OF THE 54 (EAST ANGLIAN) DIV PRO COY UNDER CQMS SIMPSON FORMED THE NUCLEUS OF THE NEW COY.

APRIL 15 CAPT A R REESE-REYNOLDS. OC.

AUG 29 LT E B MARSH POSTED TO DEPOT CMP.

SEPT 22 LT G BENNETT. BUFFS JOINED FROM 164 OTC FOR DUTY.

1941

JAN 13 1941 MOVE TO MELROSE.

APR 13 MOVE TO KNUTSFORD.

AUG 25 MOVE TO STOURBRIDGE.

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WO 166/492             38 DIV PRO COY     JUL 1940, JAN, MAR, DEC 1941

1941

MAR 2   MP DUTIES.   CAPT CHAPMAN LEFT TO TAKE UP NEW APPOINTMENT AS OC T GROUP TRAFFIC CONTROL COY, LEAMINGTON SPA.

MAR 3  MP DUTIES.   CAPT DUNN ASSUMED COMMAND OF COY.   ALL PERSONNEL EXCEPT SKELETON STAFF MOVED ON 2 DAY SCHEME IN VICINITY OF BILLINGHURST.   3 OFFICERS & RSM LEFT ABOUT 12.00HRS, CQMS WITH RATIONS AND PETROL LEFT ABOUT 20.00HRS.

MAR 4  MP DUTIES BY SKELETON STAFF.    MESSAGE RECEIVED FROM 69 MEDIUM REGT RA THAT L/CPL J J SWINDALL WAS INVOLVED IN A FATAL ACCIDENT NEAR STORRINGTON.   CMP RECORDS INFORMED OF CASUALTY BY TELEPHONE.   COY RETURNED FROM SCHEME ABOUT 18.30HRS.

MAR 5  MP DUTIES.   TELEPHONE MESSAGE TO RECORDS RE L/CPl SWINDALL AS TO THE DISPOSAL OF BODY.   INQUEST FIXED BY LOCAL POLICE FOR 14.00HRS 6/3/41.   CLAIMS NOTIFIED, REPORT SENT TO APM.

MAR 6 MP DUTIES.   ARRANGEMENTS MADE FOR 2/LT MAURICE & SGT RICHARDSON TO ATTEND INQUEST AT STORRINGTON AT 14.00HRS CONCERNING ACCIDENTAL DEATH.

MAR 7  SUBSCRIPTION COLLECTED FOR PTE J J SWINDALL - £9.50.   ORDER RECEIVED FROM 114 BRIGADE THAT ONE SECTION NO 5, WOULD BE REQUIRED FOR A SCHEME ON MONDAY 9/3/1941.

MAR 8  MP DUTIES.   L/CPL BEATTIE AND 4 NCO’S WENT TO STORRINGTON TO CONVEY BODY OF L/CPL SWINDALL TO THE STATION AND PLACE ON BOARD TRAIN FOR BURTON ON TRENT.

MAR 9 DAVID SCHEME CANCELLED.

MAR 10 COURT OF ENQUIRY HELD - DEATH OF L/CPL SWINDALL.  PRESIDENT CAPT DUNN, MEMBERS LT BEATTIE & 2/LT MAURICE.   FINDING OF COURT, L/CPL SWINDALL WAS ACCIDENTALLY KILLED.

MAR 13  COURT OF ENQUIRY HELD - LOSS OF SMITH & WESSON PISTOL NO. 15878 ISSUED TO L/CPL SWINDALL,   PRESIDENT CAPT DUN, MEMBERS LT BEATTIE & RSM MANUAL.   FINDINGS OF COURT PISTOL WAS STOLEN FROM EQUIPMENT OF DECEASED BEFORE BODY WAS TAKEN TO MORTUARY.

MAR 14  COURT OF ENQUIRY HELD - ACCIDENT OF L/CPL LAWRENCE, PRESIDENT CAPT DUNN, MEMBERS LT BEATTIE & 2/LT MAURICE.   FINDINGS OF COURT - L/CPL LAWRENCE WAS IN NO WAY TO BLAME FOR THE ACCIDENT.

MAR 17  MP DUTIES.   COY MOVED OFF FOR DIVISIONAL SCHEME DAVID.   L/CPL TURNER HAD A SLIGHT ACCIDENT.

JULY 1 TO ASHBOURNE, SUSSEX.

NOV 27 TO CHARLTON MARSHALL, DORSET.   L/CPL SMITH FATALLY INJURED IN A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT AT MORETON, DORSET, DIED 02.45HRS 28/11/1941

DEC 4 L/CPL FAMILOE CONVICTED OF BIGAMY AT HANTS ASSIZES, WINCHESTER, SENTENCED TO 18 MONTHS IMPRISONMENT.

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WO 166/506 42 DIV PRO COY  SEPT-DEC,39 JUL-SEPT, 40

JAN-SEPT ,41

MANCHESTER

                   CAPT H B KIRK    OC

                   LT H V CHAPMAN

1939

SEP 29    TO MORPETH

1940

JUL           TO COCKFIELD

JUL 15-21  AIR RAIDS

SEP 11      TO NEWBURY

SEP 9       L/CPL GREEN  SECTION 3 M/CYCLE ACCIDENT LOST ONE LEG

              ( REST OF DIARIES MISSING, INCLUDED IS PROFORMA REF MISSING DIARIES )

NOV 4      TO THORNDON

1941

JAN 27      TO YELDHAM

                       LT J KERRISON TO CAPTAIN

MAY 3         TO BURY ST EDMUNDS

AUG 8         TO GREAT YELDHAM

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WO 166/519          43 DIV PRO COY       SEPT ‘39 - FEB ‘40, JAN,FEB,NOV ‘40 & JAN - DEC’41

SALISBURY

LT S CLARKE

1939

SEPT 2   BILLETS IN MARQUEES IN YARD IN FISHERTON STREET.  PHONE CONVERSATION RE PURCHASE OF MACKINTOSHES FOR USE BY GUARDS (PURCHASED LOCALLY,  JACKSON’S  12/6)

SEPT 3    BROADCAST BY PRIME MINISTER

                          CAPT NEWSTEAD          APM BULFORD

              SIGNAL RECEIVED : WAR BROKEN OUT WITH GERMANY

1940

JAN 1     MERE          

SEPT 2   WATTON

NOV 4    ASHFORD, KENT

1941

JAN 14   CHILHAM   CAPT E PILLITZ, DAPM POSTED TO THIS UNIT

MAY 5    TORRY HILL

MAY 31  OC CAPT CLARKE POSTED TO OCTU BOURNEMOUTH

JUN 6           CAPT WALKER  OC

JUN 11         LT H J F WROTTESLEY ARRIVED

JUN 30         LT L H DUSENT ARRIVED-  GUILTY 0N 3  CHARGES

AUG 27   14 MEN OUT WORKING ON FARMS, REQUEST BY FARMERS

OCT 2       EXERCISE BUMPER CONTINUES 7688828 LCPL CROWE KILLED IN A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

0CT 14    MOVE TO WOODSIDE GREEN

DEC 12    CAPT COOKE   OC,  WALKER GOES

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WO 166/533                    44 DIV PRO COY               JAN - DEC 1941

HURST GREEN, SUSSEX

                           CAPT C DUNN            OC  POSTED TO 38 DIV PRO COY

                            LT J A BOWDEN       RA              OC   22/2/41

                            LT J M PRATT           MIDDLESEX REGT

MAR 12                 CAPT J H BURROWS

JUL 24       TO CHILHAM

SEPT 2        APM’S CONFERENCE AT TUNBRIDGE WELLS.  IT WAS AGREED THAT THE POSITION WITH REGARD TO THE DISPOSAL OF UNSUITABLE AND UNDESIRABLES AND TO THE RECEIPT OF UNSUITABLE PERSONNEL FROM DEPOT, WAS UNENDURABLE AND A STRONG PROTEST WAS TO BE MADE BY EACH DIVISION, ALSO NO PROMOTION TO CPL WITHOUT REF TO DPM WOULD CAUSE DISSATISFACTION AND A SIMILAR PROTEST WAS TO BE MADE. 

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WO 166/549                     45 DIV PRO COY                     FEB - DEC 1940

MERE

BEF 1 CAPT R K CHIESMAN OC.   32 OTHER RANKS POSTED FROM 43 DIV PRO COY + 1 FROM DEPOT.

SEVENOAKS

MAY 12 CAPT HUNT.  

MAY 21 CROWBOROUGH  MOVE OF 45 DIV TO EASTERN COMMAND

JUN 13  INSPECTED BY PROVOST MARSHAL COL HAYLEY

AUG 28  ONE SECTION TO DYMCHURCH, TRAFFIC CONTROL IN AREA,                           DEMOLITION OF ROADS DUE TO ENEMY BOMBING.

AUG 29  DURING AIR RAID ENEMY AIRCRAFT ENGAGED BY LMG FIRE, PARTIES DETAILED TO GUARD AIRCRAFT WHICH FELL IN CLOSE PROXIMITY.          CAPT A COCKS JOINED COY WITH 1 OTHER RANK.

SEPT 8 HURST GREEN  PARTY OF 6 OTHER RANKS TO BURWASH TO ASSIST IN EXTINGUISHING INCENDIARY BOMB FIRES, RETURNING AT 04.00HRS.

UCKFIELD, PANGBOURNE, LUTTERWORTH, DONCASTER.

JAN 10 DONCASTER  RSM DAVIES TRIED BY FGCM AT DARLINGTON, FOUND GUILTY - 28 DAYS DETENTION AND REVERTS TO PRIVATE.

FEB 22   HATFIELD PEVEREL  ARRIVAL OF COY IN NEW DIV AREA.

CAR PARKING, M/C PATROLS, RESPIRATORS TESTED, PETROL - LESS DAYS AND TELEPHONE - LESS DAYS, ABSENTEE CHECKS.

OCT 10 22.20HRS STRENGTH DECREASE 1 NCO DIED IN COLCHESTER MILITARY HOSPITAL FROM INJURIES RECEIVED IN ROAD ACCIDENT AT 13.00HRS.   (L/CPL L G DAVEY).

DEC 16 BOREHAM.   MOVE OF COY TO BOREHAM LODGE, ESSEX

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WO 166/551             45 DIV FIELD SECURITY SECTION       JUNE 1941

103000 CAPT G D HADLEY

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WO 166/564                46 DIV PRO COY                      JAN - 1941

JAN 1     MELROSE

            CAPT R G IRELAND      OC

JAN 2     CRANWICH CAMP

FEB 1      FELTWELL NR BRANDON

MAR 17    *RSM HARDY LEFT FOR INVESTITURE AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE

                     CAPT E THEOPHILUS DAPM 46 DIV

                     LT A E ROGERS

JUL 1       WEST TOFTS NR THETFORD, NORFOLK

SEPT       *EXERCISE BUMPER, APPENDIX B - DIV SIGNS - PHOTO

NOV 15    KENNINGTON, ASHFORD, KENT

DEC    * MISSING WAR DIARIES PHOTO LETTER SAYS ALREADY SENT TO WAR OFFICE     

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WO 166/576           47 (LONDON) DIV PRO COY              JAN DEC 1940

1940

JUN 6      MADINGLEY.   PRO COY 2 LONDON DIV MOVED FROM SWANSON TO HOME FARM MADINGLEY.

JUN 24     KNUTSFORD, CHESHIRE, WOODLEGH, LEIGH ROAD.

JULY 1     BARTON UNDER NEEDSWOOD.

SEPT 14   THE SHRUBBERY, BIRMINGHAM ROAD, KIDDERMINSTER.

SEPT 17   L/CPL SEPTON INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT.

SEPT 21   L/CPL COOKE V AND L/CPL KUNESS GRANTED 48 HRS LEAVE HOMES IN LONDON BOMBED.

NOV 25    52831 CAPT N M BLAIR MIDDLESEX REGT NEW OC.   31/12/1940 TO 104 PRO COY.

FEB 16  41  HOVE, SUSSEX.

MAR 13   MAJ PATON WALSH APM IV CORPS VISITS.

MAR 23   REPORTS OF BOMBING IN AREA.

OCT 15           LT P SIMMONS NEW OC.

NOV 1        WYCH CROSS

DEC 1        WINCHESTER.

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WO 166/592                 48 DIV PRO COY                        JAN DEC 1941

1939

OCT 1     KNIGHTON

OCT 19  MOVE TO BAYDON MANOR THEN BEF FRANCE.

1940

JUN 6 - 8 COY REFORMED HEREFORD

JUN 16-22  ACCIDENT TO L/CPL TOWNSEND F A, COURT OF ENQUIRY HELD.

RSM REPORTED FROM CHERBOURG.   L/CPL FISHWICK IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT.

JUN 23 - 29   COY TO BRADFORD ON AVON

JUN 30 JULY 6     COY TO LYDFORD DEVON

JUL 7    L/CPL MOCKERIDGE AWARDED THE MILITARY MEDAL FOR GALLANTRY

OCT 27           CAPT A E S STOKES KRRC OC

1941

JAN 15            CAPT CARPENTER MC NEW OC

MAY 24       COY HQ DOLPHIN HOTEL, BOVEY TRACY

NOV 13       LINCOLN RACE COURSE.

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WO 166/604   49(WEST RIDING) DIV PRO COY  SEPT 1939-JAN 1940

1939

 SEPT 4    LEEDS, TELEGRAM RECEIVED, EMBODY.

SEPT 14  FULLERTON PARK USED FOR MOTORCYCLE TRAINING.  ONE BROKEN ANKLE - COURT OF ENQUIRY DUE TO INEXPERIENCE.

SEPT 23  REPORT VD VERY RIFE IN THIS AREA, ARRANGED COMBINED OP FOR POLICING 147 BRIGADE.

NOV 6    CONTRACTS FIXED AT BEDALE FOR BOOT REPAIRS & LAUNDRY.

OCT 25     ARRANGED TRANSFER OF BANKING ACCOUNT TO NEW HQ AT                       BEDALE.

DEC 9     3 NCO’S FIT FOR HOME SERVICE ONLY TRANSFERRED TO NO 5 COY AT CATTERICK.

DEC 19   ORDER TO SEND SUBSECTION CMP TO RICHMOND, CONTROL OF LEAVE TRAINS.

1940

JAN 1     BEDALE.  CAPT F C WARDLE, DAPM.

JAN 2     DARLINGTON RAILWAY STATION LEAVE TRAINS.

JAN 15    DETACHMENT SENT TO DARLINGTON, NORTHALLERTON DETACHMENT WITHDRAWN.

JAN 15    DETACHMENT WITHDRAWN FROM RICHMOND TO BEDALE.

JAN 28    WEEKLY REPORT: THE MAIN DISCIPLINARY ACTION NECESSARY ARE CHARGES FOR NOT BEING IN POSSESSION OF RESPIRATOR (ANTI-GAS).   THIS HAS CAUSED A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF TROUBLE WITH THE S/NCO’S OF THE HALLAMSHIRE BN WHO FAIL TO REALIZE THAT A MILITARY POLICEMAN IS THE REP OF THE PROVOST MARSHAL AND AS SUCH CAN TAKE DISCIPLINARY ACTION AGAINST THEM.   THE ADJUTANT OF THIS UNIT HAS BEEN ASKED TO NOTIFY HIS S/NCO’S THAT THEY MUST COMPLY WITH A MILITARY POLICEMAN’S REQUEST.

JAN 23     SUB SECTION CMP AT FERRYBRIDGE WERE RECALLED  UPON TRANSPORT 42 DIVISION CEASING TO PASS THROUGH DIV AREA.  

OBSERVATION ON MOVE WAS THAT BAR 42 DIV RASC MARCH DISCIPLINE WAS VERY POOR INDEED.   ALTHOUGH A DEFINITE STARTING TIME HAD BEEN LAID DOWN, 20MPH & 10 vtm, IN VERY FEW CASES WAS THIS ADHERED TO.   IN A GREAT NUMBER OF CASES, SPEED AT THE HEAD OF COLUMN WAS

30MPH, RESULT BEING THAT CONTACT WAS LOST WITH REAR, AND UNITS WERE OVERLAPPING.

CHARGES & REPORTS, 1 SECTION, MALTON 6 CHARGES - NO RESPIRATOR, 2 CHARGES WORK TICKET IMPROPERLY COMPLETED.   2 SECTION BARNARD CASTLE 1 CHARGE - IMPROPERLY DRESSED, 1 DRUNK.   3 SECTION THIRSK, 2 CHARGES NO RESPIRATOR, 1 NOT CARRYING RESPIRATOR CORRECTLY.  4 SECTION PATELEY NO CHARGES.   5 & 6 SECTION BEDALE, NO CHARGES.   SUBSECTION NORTHALLERTON NO CHARGES.   SUBSECTION DARLINGTON, 1 CHARGE DRUNK.

JAN 29    AIR RAID WARNING RED RECEIVED, ACTION TAKEN, GAS SENTRY IN PLACE.

JAN 31    MOVE OF PRO COY FROM OLD GRAMMAR SCHOOL, WYCAR, BEDALE TO REQUISITIONED BUILDING AT THEAKSTON, AUTHORISED BY DIV HQ.

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W0 166/617  50 (NORTHUMBRIAN) DIV PRO COY SEPT-DEC 1939 JULY-DEC 1940

HULL.   CAPT N H A JORDAN OC.

1939

SEPT        ALL RANKS CALLED UP IN COMPLIANCE WITH TELEGRAM “CLIVE”.   LT W G KELSEY JOINS.

SEPT 2   DARLINGTON.

SEPT 8 AUTHORITY RECEIVED FROM DIV HQ TO ERECT ABLUTIONS TRENCHES, LATRINES TC BY LOCAL CONTRACT.  NECESSARY LAND REQUISITIONED IN NORTH LODGE PARK FROM DARLINGTON CORPORATION.

OCT 27   TO CHILWELL, CHIPPING NORTON, BURFORD.

1940

SEPT    STAND TO ORDERS (NO FURTHER ENTRY TILL JAN 41).   BRIDGE WATER, SOMERSET.   2/LT W E WICKES GREEN HOWARDS 13/1/1941.

1941

MARCH 11 7688748 L/CPL SHARP A E DIED IN SHAFTSBURY MILITARY HOSPITAL FROM INJURIES RECEIVED IN A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT ON 9 MARCH 1941.

APR 16       CAPT A P MITCHELL DUKE OF WELLINGTON’S REGT FROM 56 DIV PRO COY, NEW OC.

APR 21    LT R A WESTRAY MC TO PORT OF EMBARKATION FOR SERVICE OVERSEAS, HEREFORD, CREWE, GLASGOW.

MAY 20 TROOPSHIP SS DUCHESS OF BEDFORD.

MAY 23 SHIP MOVES OFF DOWN RIVER TO REFUEL GOUROCK.

MAY 31 22.05HRS SAILED DOWN THE CLYDE VERY QUIETLY, CONVOYS FORMED UP - 4 MERCHANT VESSELS, AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER, VICTORIOUS, ESCORTED BY CRUISERS NORFOLK AND NEPTUNE WITH 9 DESTROYERS.

JUN 3 5 OF ESCORT DESTROYERS STEAMED AWAY, 21.00HRS RAN INTO A SCHOOL OF SHARKS.

JUN 5 NEPTUNE AND VICTORIOUS RETURN TO CONVOY, REPORT TOOK PART

IN ACTION, 1 ENEMY SUPPLY SCUTTLED AND 1 CAPTURED.

JUN 6        ANCHORED OFF FREETOWN, 1 LUNATIC TAKEN ASHORE BY CMP.

JUN 17 CROSSED THE EQUATOR, CROSSING THE LINE CEREMONY, 1867 MILES.

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WO166/630        51 (HIGHLAND)DIV PRO COY               JAN-JUN 1941

DEC 1940                   

ROTHES

1941

JAN 2      BALMORAL CONCERT PARTY VISITED ROTHES

JAN 7     CONVOY LOST - 15 VEHICLES, PATROL SENT OUT AND FOUND NEAR FORRES

JAN 9       CAPT A NIMMO FROM 104 PRO COY 3 CORPS TAKES OVER UNIT

JAN 12     SUSPECTED ENEMY LANDING - COY STANDING BY - AN EXERCISE

MAR 5      FOOTBALL MATCH - CMP 0 - RA 7

                ROUTINE FOR REST OF DIARY

DEC              CAPT G B WILSON RA      OC        

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WO 166/653  52 (LOWLAND) DIV PRO COY  SEPT 1939-MARCH 1940, SEPT-DEC 1941

1939

SEPT 2        GLASGOW   CAPT J GALLOWAY.

SEPT 3 11.00 WAR DECLARED.

SEPT 11   LECTURE. METHODS OF DEALING WITH CROWDS AND UNAUTHORISED PERSONS.

SEPT 12   DISCIPLINE & REPORTING OF CASUALTIES ALL TROOPS IN THE SCOTTISH COMMAND ARE TO BE REGARDED AS ON ACTIVE SERVICE FROM TO DAY’S DATE FOR THE PURPOSES OF REPORTING OF CASUALTIES, DISCIPLINE, LATTER NOT TO INCLUDE TRIAL BY FGCM OR FIELD PUNISHMENT.

SEPT 16  ALL RANKS MAY WEAR BLUE PATROL UNIFORMS WHEN OFF DUTY AND WALKING OUT.

OCT 5  USE OF 100 POLLOCKSHAWS ROAD FOR A COY DANCE.   AGREED PREMISES SUITABLE, FRIENDS OF CMP ONLY.

0CT 6  RAISED MATTER WITH DADDS STIRLING RE PISTOLS, STILL NOT YET TO HAND, UNABLE TO CARRY OUT WEAPON TRAINING, BECOMING URGENT AS UNIT IS BEING DETAILED FOR VARIOUS DUTIES.

OCT 7 TO YORKHILL QUAY POLICING & CONTROL OF PASSENGERS EMBARKING FOR USA AND CANADA SS CAMERONIA.

OCT 14  PISTOLS ARRIVED .45 RECEIVED INSTEAD OF .38.   THE LATTER IS THE WAR ISSUE PATTERN, THE FORMER A TRAINING WEAPON ONLY.

OCT 20  ARRIVAL OF SPECIAL TRAINS FROM LEEDS WITH CONSCRIPTS AT ST ENOCH STATION.

OCT 30  NEW OC LT. A KERR.

POLMAISE   CAPT J A W BEALEY. TOOK OVER FROM CAPT W E G MUIR.

STIRLING    

OCT 31 1941 L/CPL DENDY RETURNED FROM AGRICULTURAL LEAVE.

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WO 166/671  53 (WELCH) DIV PRO COY  JAN-DEC 1940, JAN DEC 1941

1940     PENALLY.   CAPT MORGAN

JAN 1    UNIT FORMED, 2 COMPLETE SECTIONS, CAPT IMRIE UNIT COMMANDER

JAN 3    INTENSIVE TRAINING COMMENCED.

JAN 31   POLICE DUTIES HAVERFORD WEST.

FEB/MAR    TOWN PATROLS, MEDICAL EXAMS.

MAR 3        PREPARE TO MOVE TO NORTHERN IRELAND.  

        CAPT G D PILLITZ EAST SURREY REGT. OC.

APRIL - JULY   MOTORCYCLE TRAINING, SCHEMES, TRAFFIC CONTROL.

OCT 4    CAPT G E MEARING GEN LIST TAKES OVER FROM CAPT PILLITZ.

OCT 30    TOWN PATROLS IN BELFAST

1941

MAR 23  NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER, ALL AVAILABLE ORS DETAILED FOR CHURCH PARADE

APR 15      *PHOTO  AIR RAID ALERT AT 2315 HRS BOMBS DROPPED EAST OF LAGAN 

APR 26   LT A K CHARLTON ASSUMED COMMAND (TEMP)    

MAY 15   COY MOVED TO NEW LOCATION AT TOLLYMORE PARK,BRYANSFORD

JUN  EXERCISES CUCKOO AND RUDOLPH

                           CAPT J HOOLE   NEW OC

         INTENSIVE TRAINING AND MORE EXERCISES

SEPT 28  SUMMER CAMP AT BALLYKINLAR

               CAPT I WREN

NOV 11 STONEBRIDGE.  MAIN BODY OF COY ARRIVES AT NEW LOCATION

DEC 11  WHITCHURCH NEW LOCATION. 

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WO 166/686 54 DIV PRO COY  SEPT 1939, MAY 1940 & MAR-DEC 1941

1939

SEPT 1  CHELMSFORD

1940

MAY 1   TRANWELL FARM

MAY 12  OPERATION ORDER 1 :ACTION IN THE EVENT OF A PARACHUTE LANDING  DIV HQ 54 DIV LOCATED LEAMINGTON HOUSE, MORPETH

MAY 20       MOST SECRET : INSTRUCTIONS REF ACCOMMODATION AND DISPOSAL OF PERSONNEL EVACUATED FROM THE BEF, GIVING DETAILS OF WHERE DIVISIONS AND UNITS ARE TO BE SENT ON ARRIVAL FROM DUNKIRK

1941

APR 24      SCHEME HQ 54 DIV L/CPL WILSON G 7687767 MET WITH FATAL ACCIDENT

APR 30      INQUEST HELD ON L/CPL WILSON, VERDICT DEATH BY MISADVENTURE

MAY 1        COURT OF ENQUIRY INTO L/CPL WILSON’S DEATH

NOV 1        BOTLEY

DEC 1         HESTLEY HALL

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WO 166/702  55 DIV PRO COY  AUG 1939 - DEC 1940 &  JAN DEC 1941

1939

AUG 25 SOUTHPORT             CAPT S HAWORTH

SEPT 3  GT. BRITAIN AT WAR WITH GERMANY

            TRAINING ETC

NOV 1   CHURCHTOWN

1940

JAN 1                         LT BOWER

                TRAINING CONTINUED

APR 18   LONG MELFORD, NR REDBURY, SURREY

MAY 18   LAVENHAM

JUL 6      THORNDON

OCT 31                   LT KERRISON FROM 32 DIV PRO COY TOOK OVER AND 55 DIV MOVE TO A NEW AREA

NOV 6      BLOCKLEY

NOV 7        L/CPL WALSH J 6977525 DIED AT NO 17 GEN HOSPITAL, HATFIELD, AS A RESULT OF INJURIES SUSTAINED IN A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT ON 6/11/40, EMPLOYED ON INTERIOR ECONOMY, POLICE DUTIES ETC

NOV 12       INQUEST INTO DEATH OF L/CPL WALSH, VERDICT - ACCIDENTAL DEATH

1941

JAN 2                 CAPT R F FOSTER TAKES OVER COY

FEB 26       HEATHFIELD SOUTH WESTERN COMMAND

MAY 10        BOMB DROPPED ON HEATHFIELD ABOUT MIDNIGHT, CMP ASSISTED CIVIL POLICE

JUN 23       PREPARATIONS FOR ARRIVAL OF 2 CANADIAN PRO COY, RELIEVING 55 DIV IN E SUSSEX

JUL 1        PRO COY MOVE TO ALDERSHOT

AUG 13  MOVE TO HEATHFIELD

OCT 1    TO HOOK NORTON

NOV 1                LT CORNWELL LEFT TO BECOME OC 4 DIV PRO COY

DEC 11   BARNBY ON THE MOOR, UNSATISFACTORY BILLET

DEC 21               LT BONHAM APP CAPT AND OC 110 PRO COY, LEFT

DEC 27   TO ALLERTHORPE, YORKS.

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WO 166/728                56 DIV PRO COY                 APR - DEC 1941

BENENDEN

MAY 6     L/CPL COLLETT IN COLLISION WITH 3-TON LORRY 43 DIV PETROL COY AT KENNINGTON, KENT, FRACTURED PELVIS, HOSPITAL, ASHFORD

MAY 13    * L/CPL OLLEY KILLED BY A BEACH MINE AT LITTLESTONE-ON-SEA WHILE ON FOOT PATROL & L/CPL PRIESTLEY ACCOMPANYING HIM SUSTAINED A FRACTURED SKULL AND ADMITTED NO 7 CCS BENENDEN

              * BASILLAGE LAMPS : EXPERIMENTS CARRIED OUT WITH BASILLAGE LAMPS.  BY FIXING SHEETS OF THIN METAL, CUT WITH A SUITABLE STENCIL, IMMEDIATELY BEHIND THE GLASS, IT WAS FOUND THAT EXCEPTIONALLY GOOD RESULTS WERE OBTAINED FOR MARKING SPs AND DPs AT NIGHT.   THE ADAPTATION IS SIMPLE AND THE SIGN FOUND TO BE

EFFECTIVE, CLEAR YET NOT SHOWING TOO MUCH LIGHT

                                LT D W C LEE

JUN 17                     CAPT W M J CARRUTHERS     OC

JUN 20    CAPT CARRUTHERS LEFT TO 42 DIV, LT LEE ASSUMED COMMAND

JUN 30    COY MOVE HQ TO PETT PLACE, CHARING

JUL 16    CAPT R C TRENCH DAPM 56(LNDN) DIV ACCOMMODATED IN COY

JUL         MOTORCYCLE TRAINING, ROAD AND CROSS-COUNTRY

AUG                DITTO

              * PHOTO COPY OF RECORD OF M/C ACCIDENTS DUE TO INEXPERIENCE AND HIGHLIGHTING NEED FOR TRAINING

                 ALSO MENTION OF TROUBLE FROM NEWFOUNDLANDERS STATIONED AROUND ASHFORD

AUG 31     ASSISTANCE GIVEN WITH HARVEST ON LOCAL FARM

FIRST OF THE NEW NORTON COMBINATIONS ARRIVED (MOTORCYCLES)

SEPT 7      BULK OF CHARGES IN ASHFORD CONTINUE TO BE OF WEARING BATTLEDRESS WITHOUT ANKLETS

SEPT 11   COY DANCE IN AID OF “BROKEN CIRCLE” POW FUND SUCCESSFUL

OCT 2        PISTOL AND TOMMY GUN FIRING FOR RECRUITS

OCT 7       M/C ACCIDENT, L/CPL HOLDSMITH

NOV 1       COY MOVE TO KENNINGTON

NOV 13 - 17       DIV MOVED FROM KENT TO ESSEX, COY WORKED WELL AND EFFICIENTLY.  IT IS WORTHY OF NOTE THAT THERE WAS NOT ONE TRAFFIC ACCIDENT IN THE COY DURING THE MOVE

               GREAT YELDHAM

DEC 6 - 7    SCORCH EXERCISE - ONE  SECTION WITH COY HQ AS GESTAPO.

THE INTRODUCTION OF A GESTAPO ARM INTO THE ‘ENEMY’ FORCE WAS SOMETHING OF AN EXPERIMENT IN AN EXERCISE, THE OUTCOME OF WHICH IS INTERESTING, THE PRESS CAUTIOUS AND OTHERS CONCERNED DEALT WITH THE SITUATIONS WHICH AROSE IN A VARIETY OF WAYS; SOME WERE NERVOUS, SOME PUGNACIOUS AND SOME INDIFFERENT.  NONE APPEAR TO BE PREPARED FOR A COUP OF THIS KIND.

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WO 166/742                  59 DIV PRO COY                      NOV,DEC 1941                                 

NOV 5 HEXHAM CAPT G H PRESCOTT OC.

          CAPT G H PRESCOTT RELINQUISHED COMMAND OF 59 DIV PRO COY AND CAPT BRADBURY TOOK COMMAND.

2/LT EMERY AND 9 NCO’S OF THE ADVANCE PARTY ARRIVE TO TAKE OVER STORES AND EQUIPMENT FROM 59 DIV PRO COY..

21 NOV CQMS RAMSAY POSTED TO 11 ARMD DIV PRO COY.

NOV 30        ESTABLISHMENT OF COY AT CASTLEWELLAN NORTHERN IRELAND IN NEW LOCATION.

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WO 166/757                      61 DIV PRO COY                   JUN - DEC 1940

NOTTINGHAM

JUN 7                   CAPT L A J WHITE APM

JUN 26                    CAPT WHITE LEFT NOTTINGHAM FOR HICKLETON HALL,                                                                                   MAJ G INGHAM, APM AND REMAINDER OF 102 PRO COY  ALREADY ARRIVED

JUL 3        MAJ WARBURTON ARRIVED FROM 48 DIV

                 MAJ G INGHAM LEFT 1 CORPS TO TAKE COMMAND 9 BTN QUEEN’S OWN ROYAL WEST KENT,S REGIMENT

                           MAJ WARBURTON ASSUMED APPOINTMENT OF APM

SEPT 8    CAPT WHITE LEFT 1 CORPS TO ASSUME APPOINTMENT OF DAPM 61 DIVISION PRO COY.  

           (NO DETAIL ONLY SCRAP PAPER TYPED ON REVERSE)

WO 166/807                     1 ARMD DIV PRO COY            JAN - AUG 1941

DORKING  CAPT E J WILBRAHIM, MC

 NORMAL DUTIES (PATROLS)

JAN 31  SGT SHARMAN POSTED TO SIB SECT HQ EASTERN COMMAND, STAINES.

FEB 14  COY FOUND PATROLS, ESCORTS AND POINTSMEN FOR DEMO BY 2 ARMD BRIGADE AT THURSLEY, WITNESSED BY PRIME MINISTER AND GENERAL DE GAULLE.   CPL TILLING TO SIB EASTERN COMMAND.

FEB 15  SGT WELF APPREHENDED GNR. GENTRY DESERTER FROM RA AT COLCHESTER.

FEB 20 VISIT OF DUKE OF GLOUCESTER TO DIVISION.

MARCH 28  DUTIES AND PATROL WITH 8 ARMD DIV PRO COY.

APR 30    HQ TO LAYCOCK NR CHIPPENHAM WILTS.   3 SECT. TROWBRIDGE, 2 SECT SWINDON,4 SECT. CHIPPENHAM.   REMAINDER OF COY AT BAWDEN PARK, LAYCOCK.

JUNE 25  VISIT OF PRIME MINISTER TO 1 ARMD DIV.

JUNE 30 VISIT OF HM THE KING TO 1 ARMD DIV.

AUG 31     TO CHIPPENHAM.

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WO 166/829             6 ARMD PRO COY            0CT 1940 - DEC - 1941

1940   CHIPPENHAM, BOWDEN PARK

                             CAPT R J MARSHALL 192585 N SOMERSET YEO

OCT 25    A NEW PRO COY WAS CREATED AND WOULD BE KNOWN AS

6 ARMD DIV PRO COY CMP

DEC 12   TO BOWDEN PARK

    LT D BIRRELL  RASC  POSTED TO 6 ARMD DIV AND THEN TO LISBURN, N I

1941

FEB 19 TO WRESTLINGWORTH, BEDS

                           LT T C H ANDERSON

              CONVOY DUTIES

                           CAPT G C B CHARLESWORTH JOINED COY ON PROBATION

JUN 21     CAPT CHARLESWORTH POSTED TO TRAINING REGIMENT.

DUTIES CARRIED OUT BY SECTIONS ATTACHED TO BRIGADES AND SUPPORT GROUPS

NOV 10/12  VISIT OF HM THE KING AND DUKE OF GLOUCESTER.   COY UNDER COMMAND OF CAPT R J MARSHALL CARRIED OUT ROUTING THE DIVISION TO THE PARADE GROUND, AND FOR CAR PARKING THERE AND THE CARRYING OUT OF ALL THE NECESSARY ARRANGEMENTS FOR WHICH IT WAS RESPONSIBLE.   THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME THAT THE COY HAS EVER WORKED AS A COMPLETE SELF CONTAINED UNIT UNDER ITS OC AND THE WHOLE OPERATION WAS CARRIED OUT ACCORDING TO PLAN.   THE COY HAD THE HONOUR OF PROVIDING OUTRIDERS FOR THE ROYAL CAR, AND 2 CPL’S WERE ON DUTY AT THE SALUTING BASE DURING THE MARCH PAST.

SEPT 27 TO OCT 8   DURING THIS PERIOD EXERCISE “BUMPER” WAS HELD THE LARGEST EXERCISE EVER HELD IN THIS COUNTRY.   THE DIVISION FORMED PART OF THE “INVADING GERMAN fORCES” WHICH WERE ADVANCING TOWARDS A DIRECTION S.W. OF LONDO.   MUCH USEFUL EXPERIENCE WAS GAINED UNDER CONDITIONS THAT MIGHT BE EXPECTED IN AN INVASION.  SECTIONS WERE ATTACHED TO, AND WORKED WITH BRIGADES, SUPPORT GROUP, RASC AND REAR DIV HQ.   SECURITY DUTIES WHILST UNITS WERE IN HARBOUR, AND POINT AND TRAFFIC DUTIES WHILST THEY WERE MOVING, WERE CARRIED OUT.   AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE EXERCISE, THE GOC THE DIVISION EXPRESSED HIS GREAT SATISFACTION WITH THE WAY THE MILITARY POLICE OF THE COMPANY WORKED.

NOV                       CAPT F LE H ANDERSON        OC

DEC 24     TO WICKEN, ELY CAMBS FOR WINTER TRAINING

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WO 166/845            8 ARMD DIV PRO COY            DEC 1940 - DEC 1941

1940     LEEDS

DEC 7    LT IRVING ASSUMES COMMAND AND FORMS 8 ARMD DIV PRO COY

DEC 14    TO RIPLEY, YORKS   ASSEMBLING OF STORES, TRANSPORT AND

56 ORs

DEC 16 STRAW BOUGHT & PALLIASSES FILLED.  ARRANGEMENTS FOR SWILL & PRIVY SOIL.

DEC 20   STOVES AND ELECTRIC LIGHT INSTALLED IN COOKHOUSE AND MESS ROOMS

DEC 21   18 GALLONS OF BEER, CHRISTMAS PUDDINGS ETC OBTAINED.  

A SHED FOR M/CYCLES IS BEING INSTALLED BEHIND THE TOWN HALL

DEC 25   CHRISTMAS DAY, COY HAD SPLENDID CHRISTMAS DINNER.

LT IRVING ATTENDED DINNER TO DRINK THE MEN’S HEALTH.  DUTIES STILL BEING PERFORMED

DEC 26    INVITATION TO A DANCE AT BURTON LEONARD

[ER SUB SECTION AT WHITBY

1941

JAN 6   DRY CLEANING CONTRACT FOR UNIFORMS MADE BY OC & CQMS,

TO LEEDS TO BUY M/CYCLE CLOTHING; FAILED TO PURCHASE SAME

JAN 8    OC TO MANCHESTER RE MOTORCYCLE CLOTHING AND TYPEWRITER.  RETURNED WITH 29 SUITS.  TELEPHONE INSTALLED

JAN 16 - 18   TAILORING CONTRACTS, STATIONERY.  TYPEWRITER AND DUPLICATOR ARRIVED

JAN 22    NEW BOOKS ACQUIRED FROM DADDS

JAN 28   HEAVY SNOWFALL.  TRAFFIC DUTIES

FEB 20  DETACHMENTS AT RIPON AND HARROGATE RELIEVED BY NO 1 PRO COY.

FEB        POLICE DUTIES CARRIED OUT

MAR 3   TO LACOCK WITH SECTIONS AT CHIPPENHAM, SWINDON AND TROWBRIDGE

MAR 16   INCREASED AIR ACTIVITY, EXPLOSIONS HEARD AT NIGHT

DUTIES AT DIV HQ

MAY 31   TO DORKING    SALFORDS - DORKING

DUTIES AND TRAINING.

1 JUNE DORKING.   PATROLS REDHILL, HORLEY, GODALMING

OCT 18    CAPT SIR MALCOLM CAMPBELL (R WEST KENT REGT) POSTED TO MYTCHETT BKS.

OCT 27 NCO’S CARRIED OUT POLICE DUTIES CONNECTED WITH NIGHT BRIDGING TRIALS CARRIED OUT BY 6 FIELD SQN RE, 8 ARMD DIV ON MARESFIELD POND SURREY.

                LT J C BIRTS POSTED IN AS OC

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WO 166/855             9 ARMD DIV PRO COY          DEC 1940- DEC 1941      

GUILSBOROUGH NORTHANTS   CAPT C F FAIRBROTHER OC   7682292 RSM ANDERSON FROM 74 COY TC, 2612572 CQMS LACEY FROM DEPOT CMP.

1940

DEC 12    THE NUCLEUS OF THE 9 ARMD DIV PRO COY ARRIVED

DEC 14    TO THE RECTORY BROUGHTON, NR KETTERING COY HQ.

DEC 15     CAPT C FAIRBROTHER 66469   RA  OC, LEFT 4/2/41

DEC 17     47 M/CYCLES DRAWN FROM RAOC CATTERICK

DEC 28      2/LT MERER JOINED FROM 42 DIV PRO COY(P/145149)   CAPT A T KENNEDY DAPM 9 ARMD DIV.

1941

FEB 14       DAPM CAPT A T KENNEDY INSPECTED PERSONNEL

FEB 17       LT E S GARROD, DSO,MC,DCM (P/135190) FROM 1 ARMD DIV NEW OC

MAR 29     * 7686125 L/CPL J WELSH PRESENTED WITH THE MILITARY MEDAL BY HIS MAJESTY THE KING AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE IN THE FIELD WHILST SERVING WITH THE BEF

MAR 31   LT C H MCGLAGLEN  RASC ON COURSE TO NO 2 TR EST NORTHALLERTON

APRIL 19  3599302 L/CPL F PEPPER TRIED BY FGCM AT GUILSBOROUGH

JUN 28    TO SPRATTON, NORTHANTS NEW HQ.

                  CAPT COX, MC

AUG 21        LT J TAYLOR P/168447 JOINED THE UNIT

                   CAPT GARROD POSTED TO 113 T C COY, 2 GROUP

AUG 23        CAPT R V GARTON P/36101   OC

OCT 31         LT MERER POSTED TO 47 DIV PRO COY

DEC 1        CAPT R V GARTON POSTED TO NO 15 TC, G GROUP

               T/CAPT R B WATERS P/121486   RA FROM 15 TC TO BE OC

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WO 166/867               11 ARMD DIV PRO COY              JUN - DEC 1941

RIPLEY, YORKS.  CAPT W G KELSEY (91429) OC

AUG 20 L/CPL A JONES 2004136 DIED IN HARROGATE HOSPITAL AS A RESULT OF ILLNESS

SEPT 4 COY HQ TO HAMBLETON HOUSE THIRSK.

OCT 26   SCARBOROUGH

                   LT E LAND   OC

NOV 5 VISIT OF PRIME MINISTER

DEC            CAPT MATHEW   NEW OC.

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WO 166/877           42 ARMD DIV  PRO COY      SEPT 1941 - FEB 1942

SEP 20 GREAT YELDHAM.    CAPT KERRISON OC.

SEP 20    CAPT KERRISON ON LEAVE

              2 LT HAY ON LEAVE

OCT 10  4866167 L/CPL WAINWRIGHT W J INVOLVED IN FATAL MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT.   (969170 GNR E V COOK, 52 FIELD REGT RA. DIED 10/10/1941 BURIED MANOR PARK CEMETERY. GRAVE COLL GRAVE 9)

OCT 13 LITTLE DANBY YORKS.

OCT 21    ADVANCE PARTY TO COWLING HALL BEDALE

DEC 2       COY MOVES TO THORNBOROUGH HALL LEYBURN

DEC 12  2/LT HAY ACCOMPANIED BY L/CPL’S  WAINWRIGHT AND LATHAM ATTENDING INQUEST AT BRAINTREE ON GNR E V COOK WHO SUSTAINED FATAL INJURIES IN WHICH L/CPL WAINWRIGHT WAS INVOLVED ON 10/10/1942

DEC 29     AIR RAID LEYBURN   SLIGHT DAMAGE, NO CASUALTIES

1942

FEB 9      LT GUY POSTED TO THIS COY.

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WO 166/887            GUARDS ARMD DIV PRO COY       NOV, DEC 1941

CHEWTON MENDIP   CAPT J INNES   OC

NOV 1   TRAINING

            2 LT RENSHAW

DEC 15  TO CLYST HONITON AND BACK TO CHEWTON MENDIP

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WO 166/5843            HQ A GROUP CMP TC                   JAN - DEC 1941

JAN 1     DARLINGTON,   105 STANHOPE ROAD

              * PHOTO OF LARGE STATEMENT OF NUMEROUS LOCATIONS

             61 COY DRILL HALL ALNWICK   CAPT DRURY ESSEX REGT

             62 COY OLD RED BULL INN MORPETH CAPT LAW HERTS

             63 1 LESBURY ST LEMINGTON-ON-TYNE CAPT WILSON S STAFFS

             65 KING,S ARMS BISHOP AUCKLAND CAPT SHAKESBY E YORKS

             66 SOCIAL SERVICE CENTRE YARM CAPT TOMLINSON LOYAL R

             67 11 FINKLE ST THIRSK CAPT BUIST HLI

             68 3 TUNS HOTEL STOKESLEY CAPT JACKSON W YORKS

             HQ 56 VANE TERRACE DARLINGTON LT.COL JARVOIS KOYLI

JUL 19  COURT OF ENQUIRY INTO DEATH OF L/CPL D A PRESTON CMP  1302294 (No. 3446724 IN CWGC ROLL).  NO MENTION IN WAR DIARY.

           MESSAGE OF CONGRATULATION ON 1ST ANNIVERSARY OF UNIT

           DESCRIPTION OF DRESS

NOV 5    * DETAILS OF GROUP CHRISTMAS CARD

           VERY DETAILED DIARIES OF ROAD MOVEMENTS

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WO166/5844          HQ B GROUP TC     JUL-DEC 1940  JAN - DEC 1941

1940

JUL 7   B GROUP FORMED STRENSALL CAMP

           68 COY    CAPT F M TOMLINSON   LOYALS

           POCKLINGTON 69 COY    CAPT PA HARRIS   HAMPSHIRE REGT

           RIPLEY 70 COY    CAPT R H K SHRUBBS    NORTH STAFFS

           MARKET WEIGHTON 71 COY    CAPT E W TAYLOR     DUKE OF W

           WAKEFIELD 72 COY    CAPT H F LITCHFIELD     YORKS & LANCS

           MEXBOROUGH 73 COY    CAPT  F H MELLOR     W YORKS

           74 COY    CAPT DAINES    GEN LIST

           GROUP COMMANDER MAJ A S GILES OBE MC  SHERWOOD FORESTERS

           68 COY TO A GROUP TC

           74 COY TO C GROUP TC

JUL 18   GROUP HQ 1 THE AVENUE, CLIFTON, YORK

           70 COY    CAPT H E D CULLEN   N STAFFS

           71 COY CAPT H F SANDERSON    R D G

NOV 14   HQ 3 DOWIES AVE, LEEDS 8

DEC 12/13   SHEFFIELD BLITZ TC AID TO SHEFFIELD

DEC 15 * 73 COY REPORT - 1 KILLED, 1 WOUNDED, 1 MENTIONED

           (IS IT L/CPL MAWDSLEY 7688864 DEATH NOT NAMED IN DIARY).

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WO 166/5845                   C GROUP TC       JUL-DEC 1940 FEB-DEC 1941

BESTWOOD LODGE, NOTTINGHAM MAJ R N HOLMES MBE, MC CO

JULY 4 1940 C GROUP FORMED AT BESTWOOD LODGE, NOTTINGHAM

2/LT SAMPSON, LT WADHAM, CAPT PENNINGTON

 JULY 9 GROUP FORMED INTO 8 COMPANIES.

74 COY TC   CAPT DAINES   FAINSBOROUGH

75 COY TC   CAPT FARBROTHER   KETTERING

76 COY TC   CAPT DYKES LEICESTER

77 COY TC   CAPT ALLCOCK   OLLERTON

78 COY TC   CAPT WARN   NEWARK

79 COY TC   CAPT FIRTH   MARKET RASEN

80 COY TC   CAPT MORRIS   SPALDING

81 COY TC   CAPT OLIVER  CHESTERFIELD

HQ MAJ R T SMITH TOOK GROUP COMMAND FROM MAJ HAY, CAPT RANKIN AMIN & 2ND IN COMMAND, CSM SIMS A/RSM AND CQMS WADHAM (A/RQMS).

FEB 13 1941 NOTIFICATION OF TRANSFER OF TC COMPANIES TO CMP TRAFFIC CONTROL WHICH TOOK PLACE WEF 16/2/1941.

FEB 20 NOTTINGHAM NORTH MIDLAND BOXING TOURNAMENT WAS HELD, C GROUP HAD 10 ENTRIES OUT OF 28 FOR AREA, SECURED 2 WINS.

APRIL 16 1 TEAM FROM EACH COY COMPETED IN NORTH MIDLAND CROSS COUNTRY RUN, L/CPL PEPPERELL OF 78 COY WON THE RACE.

JUNE 1   BUICK,  

JUNE 3 EXERCISE BUICK ENDS.

JULY 1 HQ MOVES TO 3 DERBY TERRACE, NOTTINGHAM.

JULY 18 COMPANIES 74,80 & 81 INCREASED FROM 5 TO 6 SECTIONS EACH.   75 & 76 COMPANIES INCREASED FROM 6 TO 7 SECTIONS.  

JULY 20 FIRST MT ALLOTTED TO COY’S 1 BUS PER SECTION, 2 2 SEATER CAR PER COY HQ, ALSO 1 STOREMAN, 1 FITTER (RAOC AND 3 COOKS FOR EACH COY.

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WO 166/5846                       D GROUP  TC             DEC 1940  - DEC 1941

1940

DEC        BICESTER    MA H E D CULLEN  MC

DEC 11  FORMATION OF COY 2 P.C.

1941

FEB 24   MOVE OF 64 TC COY FROM STAMFORD TO REDHILL

MAR 21   GROUP HQ CLOSED AT 5 MUSEUM SQUARE LEICESTER TO SCAWTHORPE HOUSE NR DONCASTER  75 76 COY MOVED FROM D GROUP TO C GROUP 68 COY FROM B GROUP, 74, 79, 80 COY FROM C TO D GROUP

MAR 21  69 COY YORK DIV FOR ADMIN

             74,79,80 COY LINCOLN DIV FOR ADMIN

APR 6/9   EX ALFRED  

APR 16     LT K W SLACK ITC E YORKS TO 74 COY GAINSBOROUGH

APR 18    LT H A BARRATT  GEN LIST FROM 62 COY A GROUP TO HQ D GROUP AS ADMIN OFFICER

               LT L MORRIS GEN LIST TO D GROUP OC 80 COY

MAY 6     VISIT OF PROVOST MARSHAL TO HQ

JUL 1     EX MOOR

JUL 23   EX AJAX

AUG 20   69 COY HQ FROM OLD POLICE STATION, POCKLINGTON

TO GRIMSTONE HILL HOUSE, DUNNINGTON, YORK

2 SEC 69 COY FROM THE VICARAGE BARMBY-ON -THE-MOOR TO OLD POLICE STATION, POCKLINGTON

SEP 2    LT A W HELMS REPORTS FOR DUTY, FIRST APPT ON COMMISSION TO 80 COY

SEP 13  EX TIGER

DEC 11   GROUP HQ FROM SCAWTHORPE HOUSE, SCAWTHORPE NR DONCASTER TO HILLCREST, 53 BAWTRY RD, BESSECAR, DONCASTER

NOV * LOCATION STATEMENT IN DIARY D GROUP 5 PICS VERY DETAILED INFORMATION OF ADDRESSES OF UNIT LOCATIONS*

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WO166/5847               E GROUP TC     JUL - DEC 1940, JAN - DEC 1941

1940

JAN      TUNBRIDGE WELLS ETC GROUP FORMED,  MAJ L C R ISHERWOOD

JUL 12   * FULL DETAILS OF LOCATION OF UNITS AND OFFICERS (PHOTOS)

AUG 6    KEMSING   2ND LT G H POWNALL   GEN LIST   2 COY

AUG 9     PETWORTH   2/LT N H PATTISON   GEN LIST  5 COY

AUG 10   PEMBURY   2/LT SIR J PRITCHARD JONES QUEEN’S BAYS  3 COY

AUG 28   3 COY FROM PEMBURY TO HAZELHURST FRANT SUSSEX

SEP 27   PEMBURY*5826036 L/CPL W GOOK DIED AS A RESULT OF A MOTOR ACCIDENT

1941

FEB 16   MAIDSTONE  *2024207 CPL D REYNOLDS MM DIED AS A RESULT OF A MOTOR ACCIDENT

MAR 10  HQ FROM BROADWATER DOWN, TUNBRIDGE WELLS TO GREEN TREES NEAR BALCOMBE SUSSEX

APR 12   BILLINGHURST  *T/144519 DVR ALLSOP C N RASC DIED AS A RESULT OF A MOTOR ACCIDENT

APR 13   BILLINGHAM  *6406238 A/SGT CASHMORE R S CMP(TC) DIES AT HORSHAM BASE HOSPITAL AS A RESULT OF CAR ACCIDENT.

JUL 17   FROM GREENTREES NR BALCOMBE SUSSEX TO WOODCOTE WRAY PARK RD REIGATE SURREY

JUL 30   MAJ L C R ISHERWOOD 16 LANCERS REL COMMANDER OF E GROUP

             MAJ J P HUFFAM VC D OF W NEW OC

OCT 1    COYS BEING VERY DISPERSED, WAR DIARIES FROM 1/9/41 ARE BEING MAINTAINED BY COY

NOV 14  MAJ J P HUFFAM VC RELINQUISHES  COMMAND TO DAPM EASTERN COMMAND

NEW OC CAPT H ALSOP 12 R L.

LOTS OF COURTS OF ENQUIRY INTO DAMAGE TO VEHICLES.

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WO 166/5848                   F GROUP TC                           FEB  -  DEC 1941

JAN 23    URGENT TELEGRAM

FEB 7   MAJ C L WOODS MM P/6944 W YORKS TOOK OVER FROM MAJ

RALLI P/15473  10 H POSTED TO NO 2 TR EST CMP NORTHALLERTON AS DAPM INSTR

OCT 24   HQ FROM Y CAMP HQ 11 CORPS TO FRIENDS HOUSE ELSENHAM, ESSEX

 LOTS OF DETAILS OF MOVEMENT OF UNITS MADE BY GROUP

NOV 5   11 COY INSPECTED BY PROVOST MARSHAL

DEC  2/9   11 CORPS 2 POLISH OFFICERS ATTACHED TO 9 COY UNDER INSTRUCTION

DEC 15/22   MAJ A WOODS MM AND 2 POLISH OFFICERS ATT

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WO 166/5849                    G GROUP  TC                       SEP  -  DEC 1941

SEP 12      NEWMARKET

             MAJ A F W ANDERSON 7 H TOOK OVER FROM

             MAJ G R G HART MM POSTED TO V GROUP TC

LISTS OF MOVEMENT AND POSTINGS OF OFFICERS

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WO 166/5850                    H GROUP  TC                       FEB  -  DEC 1941

PERTH   MAJ C H STEWART,   LT (QM) WD COLLIE 89443  DLI

MAR 7  VISIT FROM CAPT BYERS I BRANCH SCOTTISH COMMAND AT 1000HRS.  HE INFORMS ME THAT THERE IS SOME DOUBT AS TO THE BEHAVIOUR OF NEWLY JOINED LT HETHERINGTON (JOINED 10/2/41). APPARENTLY AS A CIVILIAN (PARSON) HE WAS REPORTED BY MANY UNITS AND UNDOUBTEDLY HAD KNOWLEDGE OF MANY MILITARY FACTS THAT HE OUGHT NOT TO HAVE.  HOWEVER THEY CAN NOT REALLY PIN ANYTHING ON HIM.  CO SUGGESTED HE MIGHT BE TRANSFERRED TO THE INFANTRY, IF HE IS DOUBTFUL, WHERE HE COULD BE WATCHED AND WOULD NOT HAVE ACCESS TO SECRET KNOWLEDGE WHICH IS UNAVOIDABLE IN THIS UNIT.

MAR 21   GROUP ORDERS : DRESS ORS - BATTLE-DRESS WILL BE WORN BY ALL OTHER RANKS EXCEPT WOS AND SECTION SERGEANTS WHO WILL WEAR SERVICE DRESS;

FS CAPS WILL BE WORN WITH BATTLE-DRESS AT ALL TIMES EXCEPT WHEN STEEL HELMETS ARE ORDERED;

NUMERALS SHOULD NOT BE WORN ON GREAT-COATS

WORSTED NUMERALS MUST BE WORN ON BATTLE-DRESS AND BRASS ON SERVICE DRESS

TC ARMLETS WHEN WORN ON DUTY SHOULD BE PINNED OUT TO PREVENT THEIR CRUMPLING UP.

JUN 17   *CQMS FOSTER OF 92 COY SHOT HIMSELF ABOUT 03.00HRS THIS MORNING.  EVERYTHING ON THE Q SIDE AND ALL ACCOUNTS WERE IN ORDER.  COURT OF ENQUIRY HELD BY LT W D COLLIE.  ALL USUAL PRACTICES CARRIED OUT.  NO INQUEST BEING SCOTLAND.  NO APPARENT REASON EXCEPT HIS AGE, 64 OR 65 AND FACT HE HAD COMPLAINED OCCASIONALLY OF THE DIFFICULTY OF HIS JOB

JUN 20  NO RELATIVES OR FRIENDS HAVE BEEN TRACED YET FUNERAL OF CQMS FOSTER HELD WITH THE USUAL MILITARY RITES.  

OCT 22   DRESS REGS : IT HAS BEEN OBSERVED THAT CERTAIN OTHER RANKS ARE WEARING UNAUTHORISED BADGES SUCH AS “WHEELS”, , “DR” ETC.  THIS PRACTICE MUST CEASE

OCT 26   DISCIPLINE : EXTRACT FROM LETTER FROM PROVOST MARSHAL :

IT MUST BE IMPRESSED UPON ALL RANKS OF THE TRAFFIC CONTROL WING THAT ALTHOUGH THEY SHOULD AT ALL TIMES TREAT OFFICERS WITH THE GREATEST COURTESY WHEN ADDRESSED, THEY DO NOT PAY COMPLIMENTS WHILE ACTUALLY DIRECTING TRAFFIC, BUT MUST CONCENTRATE THEIR FULL ATTENTION ON THE SMOOTH RUNNING OF INTENSIVE TRAFFIC, BUT MUST SALUTE OFFICERS WHEN NOT ACTUALLY DIRECTING A FLOW OF TRAFFIC

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WO 166/5851         I GROUP  TC       JUL - DEC 1940, JAN - DEC 1941

EDINBURGH     MAJ S M MACGUIRE,    MAJ H F C GOVAN

MAR 17   MAJ MAGUIRE ASSUMES COMMAND OLD NO 23 COY

AMPTC WAS SPLIT AND BULK OF PERSONNEL ABSORBED INTO NOS 93, 94 TC COYS.   CAPT F G BEARD MC  OC 93 COY

GROUP H Q IN SAME BUILDING AS EDINBURGH AREA

93 COY DALKEITH, WESTWOOD, MEADOWSPOTT

CAPT V H PIERCY 94 COY GALASHIELS

AUG 1   MET MR SPENS IN AA OFFICE AND OBTAINED IMPORTANT INFO AND VERY GENEROUS PROMISES OF COOPERATION ALSO MET SEC OF RAC WHO SUPPLIED US WITH MAPS

NOV 4   O6.30 93 COY DIVERTS TRAFFIC FROM SPOT WHERE AN UNEXPLODED BOMB HAD BEEN DROPPED BY THE ENEMY AT GLADSMUIR

1941

JAN 22   LECTURE ON BOMB DISPOSAL BY 2/LT J W BIRCH-WHITE

RAOC MOVED COY TRG.

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WO

166/5852          K GROUP  TC       JUL - DEC 1940,  JAN - DEC 1941

1940

OXFORD  PORT MEADOW CAMP

JUL 7   MAJ G E SEBAG-MONTEFIORE MBE

JUL 9   43 TC COY FORMED

JUL 12   41, 42, 49 COYS FORMED

* PHOTO LIST OF OFFICERS.

AUG 31 TITLE FROM TC GROUP SOUTH MIDLAND AREA TO K TRAFFIC GROUP

1941

SEP 1   HQ FROM 16 TURL ST OXFORD TO SCHOOL OF RURAL ECONOMY, PARK RD OXFORD

DEC 1   MAJ SEBAG-MONTEFIORE TO APM SOUTH-EAST COMMAND

            MAJ A F W ANDERSEN 7 H NEW OC

ALL MOVEMENTS OF OFFICERS

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WO 166/5853              M GROUP  TC            JAN, MAR, JUL, AUG 1941

SALISBURY  ROUGEMONT HOUSE

MAR 10   46, 50 COY ABSORBED INTO L GROUP MTC, GROUP DISBANDED

*PHOTO 36, 50 TC COY OFFICERS

   COY FORMED  MAJ R V BOYLE  7/40  OC

   CAPT ST J P DRAPER RTR    4/8/40   NEW OC.

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WO 166/5854                    P GROUP  TC                      JUL  -  DEC 1940

EAST LANCS  TC

JUL 6   BLACKBURN  MAJ D F FREER-SMITH  OC

AUG 10  SECTS-GREYSTOKE, CARLISLE, ALSTON, BROUGH, APPLEBY, BRAMPTON

AUG 19   KEYS TO AA BOXES IN AREA CONTROLLED BY GROUP WERE RECEIVED FROM AA AREA SEC MANCHESTER

AUG 20   AIR DEFENCE ORDERS ISSUED TO ENSURE THAT NO FIRING OF RIFLE ETC AT UNIDENTIFIED A/C SHOULD TAKE PLACE UNTIL SUCH A/C WERE DEFINITELY ESTABLISHED AS HOSTILE

AUG 25   WIGAN  22.30 *PHOTO BOMBS DROPPED

AUG 29   23 COY REPORTED ENEMY AIRCRAFT BOMBED WIGAN AND MUCH PROPERTY DAMAGED, 7 PERSONS BEING INJURED JUST CLEAR OF RED ROAD

SEP 16   UNIT BUSSES CAMOUFLAGED

SEP 28   A GLOW WORM WAS BORROWED FROM OC 24 TC COY FOR EXPERIMENTAL PURPOSES.  THIS WAS TESTED LATER IN THE DAY

NOV 21   *2 PHOTOS TC SECTION DETAILED DIARY OF TC & COY ADMIN.

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WO 166/5855      Q GROUP  TC WEST LANCS AREA        JUN - OCT 1940

JUN 30 CHESTER    UNIT FORMED   MAJ R J E CONANT MP

JUL 2  PERSONNEL ASSEMBLED AT HAYDOCK PK, KETTLE HALL

JUL 8   D COY 24 COY E COY 25 COY F COY 26

APPENDIX * 2 PHOTOS COY LOCATION                                               -                                          

WO 166/5856                  N GROUP  TC                         MAR  -  DEC 1941

LT/COL R F SYMONDS OBE TD THE END HOUSE,  THE AVENUE, SHERBORNE

MAR 12   HQ MOVE FROM HQ SOUTHERN AREA, SHERBORNE, DORSET DIV

TO HQ 8 CORPS

48 COY  3 BEDFORD CIRCUS EXETER   CAPT G C FURBER   KSLI

47 COY  PARK LODGE, PARK RD YEOVIL  CAPT R B HORN  DORSETS

MAY 1   48 COY COMMENCE RETURN FROM AIDING CIVIL AUTHORITY IN PLYMOUTH AFTER HEAVY ENEMY RAID

MAY 4   WHOLE COY RETURNED

SEP 13   2LT R WILLIAMS STRUCK OFF STRENGTH ON POSTING TO HQ AUXILIARY UNIT

     LOTS OF OPERATIONAL MOVES

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WO 166/5857                    0 GROUP  TC                       AUG  -  DEC 1941

APR 1   TUNBRIDGE WELLS   MAJ M F DUDGEON MC  5 DG

SEP 17 * PHOTO USE OF TC LAMPS

             LOTS OF DETAILS ON MOVE

DEC 31   DISBANDMENT OF GROUP

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WO 166/5858                     P GROUP  TC                       JAN  -  DEC 1941

 MAJ D F FREER   SM

1940 BLACKBURN

DEC 29   NEW PATTERN TRAFFIC ARMLET INDENTED FOR

1941

MAR 26  COLLECTED BARBED WIRE FROM ENGINEER STORE, CHESTER FOR BLOCKING SIDE ROADS AND PREVENTING INCURSIONS BY CIVILIAN REFUGEES

LOTS OF DETAILS OF TRAFFIC MOVEMENTS AND UNIT ADMIN.

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WO 166/5859                        Q GROUP  TC         JAN, MAR  -  DEC 1941

CHESTER   MAJ R J E CONANT MP

24 COY, 25 COY, 26 COY, 27 COY,

OCT 5   LT ANDREWS AND 2 LT ASPLEY UMPIRE H G EXERCISE

*L/CPL HARDEN FATALLY INJURED

NOV 2  27 COY PTE COLLIER TO Y LIST

DEC 12    *25 COY  - PTE HARTLAND KILLED IN M/C ACCIDENT.

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WO 166/5860                       R GROUP  TC                              JAN 1941       

FEB 9    CONVOY ESCORTS

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WO 166/5861                 S GROUP TC         DEC 1940, JAN - DEC 1941

             ABERGAVENNY     MAJ G F TAYLOR

MAR 27   EXERCISE NO 6 OF 31 IND BDE GP

         CONVOY 77 AA REGT PORT TALBOT TO HULL CONDUCTING TO AREA

BOUNDARY   *PTE SMITH E R KILLED IN TA 28 COY(TC)

ALL DETAILS OF CONVOYS, ESCORTS.

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WO 166/5862                  T GROUP  TC                                    MAR 1941

     WORCESTER      MAJ E E FREEMAN

               CONVOY DETAILS.

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WO 166/5863                    Z GROUP  TC                        JUL  -  DEC 1941

LISBURN       CAPT E S GARLOCH DSO,MC,DCM   OC

SEP   MAJ J M PAGE  OC VICE MAJ A F W ANDERSON

112 - 114 COYS TO McCONNELL’S BREWERY, RAVENHILL RD, BELFAST

111 - 114 COY ATTACHED TO 5 DIV AND 53 DIV FOR DUTY

112, 113 COY ASSISTED IN EX DAVID

AVERAGE NO GIVING AGRICULTURAL ASSISTANCE TO LOCAL FARMERS

DAILY DURING MONTH 8.7%

OCT   CAPT R DE L WHEELER  OC 114

         2/LT D RUSSELL POSTED TO 104 PRO COY

         GROUP STRENGTH - OFFICERS 19, ORS 418

NOV    112 TO MAGHERA   VISIT OF HRH DUKE OF KENT.

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WO 166/5864                    3 COY TC   E  GROUP              SEP  -  DEC 1941

GUILDFORD        CAPT E F HANSSEN

SEP 1   WAR DIARIES PREVIOUSLY KEPT BY MY GROUP HQ’S, E GROUP CMPS BEING VERY DISPERSED.  WAR DIARIES ARE NOW BEING MAINTAINED BY COYS IN ACCORDANCE WITH AC/523 OF 1941

SEP 5   6093829 L/CPL E TUCK MET WITH AN ACCIDENT CAUSED BY THE BAD DRIVING OF A CIVILIAN LORRY, WHICH SWERVED ACROSS HIS PATH ON A MAIN ROAD WITHOUT GIVING PROPER WARNING.  L/CPL TUCK NOT TO BLAME.  

SEP 6   NOTIFIED 25 OR’S PASSED ST JOHN’S FIRST AID CERTIFICATE, ONE PASSED FOR VOUCHER, ONE FOR MEDALLION.  TOTAL OR’S NOW QUALIFIED IN FIRST AID 93

           13550 2 LT G TALBOT   GEN LIST

SEP 10   A NIGHT CONVOY OF 175 VEHICLES.  DIFFICULTY OF NIGHT MOVES EMPHASISED BY NO GREEN AND BLUE LIGHTS TO MARK HEAD AND TAIL AND INACCURATE INFO SUPPLIED BY UNIT TO MOVEMENT CONTROL RE NUMBER OF VEHICLES

SEP 12   SPECIAL TRAFFIC CONTROL PROVIDED FOR VISIT OF INSPECTION OF ATS STOUGHTON BKS BY PRINCESS ROYAL

SEP 18   LT W O TRANTER TEMP OC ( LEAVE FOR HANSSEN )

SEP 24-29   TOOK PART IN EX BUMPER.  MARCH DISCIPLINE INDIFFERENT, POOR INFO PROVIDED BY UNITS, WIDE DIVERGENCE OF TIMINGS

SEP 29   ALL RANKS STOOD UP TO THE STRAIN OF 25 HOURS CONTINUOUS DUTY EXTREMELY WELL, AND PROVED THE VITAL NEED FOR A1 MEN IN TRAFFIC CONTROL

* PHOTO - SHOULDER TITLES

TRAFFIC SLEEVES

ALL MEN ON TRAFFIC DUTY WILL ENSURE THAT THEIR TRAFFIC SLEEVES ARE IN A CLEAN CONDITION.  IT IS POINTED OUT THAT TWO PAIRS HAVE BEEN ISSUED TO EACH MAN TO ENABLE ONE PAIR TO BE WASHED WHILE THE OTHER IS WORN

GUARD COMMANDERS ARE HELD RESPONSIBLE THAT THE TRAFFIC SENTRY IS EQUIPPED WITH A CLEAN PAIR OF SLEEVES TO HELP IN HIS GENERAL SMART TURNOUT.  IF ANY MAN IS AGAIN FOUND WEARING DIRTY SLEEVES’ SEVERE DISCIPLINARY ACTION WILL BE TAKEN.

STEEL HELMETS

IN FUTURE STEEL HELMETS WILL ONLY BE CARRIED ON TRAINING OR OPERATIONS.  AT OTHER TIMES THE RESPIRATOR ONLY WILL BE WORN. STEEL HELMETS WILL BE TAKEN WHEN A MAN IS ABSENT FROM QUARTERS FOR MORE THAN 24 HOURS

NORMALLY STEEL HELMETS WILL BE WORN BUT WHEN A SERVICE CAP IS WORN AND THE HELMET CARRIED, IT WILL BE ON THE POINT OF THE LEFT SHOULDER.  THE PRACTICE OF CARRYING STEEL HELMETS  SLUNG ON THE RESPIRATOR WILL BE DISCONTINUED FORTHWITH.

OCT 5 - 18  GUILDFORD

THE RETURN MOVE OF 8TH ARMD DIV AND 25TH ARMY TANK BDE EMPHASISED THE NEED FOR PROPER ASSEMBLY AND CONTROL AFTER THE CONFUSION AND THE DISPERSAL INSEPARABLE FROM OPERATIONS IN A BATTLE AREA.  ONLY A SMALL PROPORTION OF THE VEHICLES NOTIFIES TO RETURN WERE ACTUALLY SEEN ON THE ROUTES CONTROLLED.  SEVERAL UNITS WERE ON THE WRONG ROUTES.  DISPERSAL POINTS WERE BADLY SITED SO THAT, TO REACH THEIR QUARTERS BY THE SHORTEST ROUTE MANY UNITS DIVERGED BEFORE THE DP WAS REACHED.  THIS LED TO MANY POINTSMEN SPENDING SEVERAL HOURS NEEDLESSLY ON THE ROADSIDE WAITING FOR CONVOYS THAT DID NOT ARRIVE.  IN THE CASE OF 25 ARMY TANK BDE, NO PROPER INFORMATION WAS GIVEN AND NO MARCH TABLE ISSUED, RENDERING IT IMPOSSIBLE TO MAKE A PROPER CHECK.  ONLY 98 OUT OF APPROX 250 VEHICLES WERE SEEN, AND IT IS NOT KNOWN HOW THE REMAINDER REACHED THEIR QUARTERS.

OCT 8   MOVEMENT INSTRUCTIONS 00/3/370 - THIS SMALL MOVEMENT ILLUSTRATED THE INCONVENIENCE TO WHICH TCS ARE FREQUENTLY PUT.  THE CONVOY FAILED TO TURN UP AND AFTER SPENDING SEVERAL UNNECESSARY HOURS ON THE ROAD, POINTSMEN WERE WITHDRAWN.  THERE APPEARS TO BE NO REASON WHY CONVOYS SHOULD NOT KEEP AS ACCURATELY TO TIME AS RAILWAY TRAINS, BUT THIS IDEAL IS FAR FROM BEING ATTAINED.

OCT 13-17   MOVEMENT OPERATION ORDER 00/3/6/64/371 EXCHANGE OF LOCATION BETWEEN 2ND CANADIAN DIV AND 55 DIV.  2ND CDN DIV FROM 25-16 OCT AND 55 DIV FROM 13-17 OCT.  THE DAILY MOVES WERE ACCOMPLISHED WITHOUT INCIDENT, THE MARCH DISCIPLINE AND TIMINGS THROUGHOUT BEING VERY GOOD.

OCT 18   NO 6196639 SGT EDGLEY A, CMP TC MET WITH AN ACCIDENT BY COLLIDING WITH ANOTHER MOTORCYCLIST WHILE ON CONVOY DUTY .  SGT EDGLEY WAS SLIGHTLY INJURED.  THE ACCIDENT WAS DUE PARTLY TO AN ERROR OF JUDGMENT ON HIS PART AND PARTLY TO NEGLIGENCE OF THE OTHER MOTORCYCLIST

OCT 24   GENERAL INSPECTION BY MAJ J E HUFFAM, VC COMMANDING E GROUP CMP(TC).  ALL RANKS WORKED HARD AND MADE A GOOD SHOWING ATTAINING A SATISFACTORY REPORT ON THEIR ALL ROUND SMARTNESS AND EFFICIENCY

OCT 24   DANCE RAISED £5 FOR CMP POWS FUND

                                   £5 FOR MRS CHURCHILL’S AID FOR RUSSIA FUND

                                   £4 FOR COMFORTS DEPT, GUILDFORD

NOV 14   17832 CAPT H ALSOP 12 R LANCERS NEW OC.

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WO 166/5865                           4 COY TC                                  OCT 1941

HAYWARD’S HEATH  

171857 CAPT A WILLIAMS MM   GEN LIST  OC

OCT 11 MOVE TO HIGH BEACH, NUTFIELD, SURREY

COY EMPLOYED IN CLEANING UP BILLET

2 LT OWEN ATTACHED TO 64 COY WHILST CAPT PHARAZYN ON 7 DAYS LEAVE

76065 LT G D DRAYSON   RSR

59250 LT S JONES MM  QUEEN’S

147426 2LT C H OWEN  RA.

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WO 166/5866                       5 COY TC                         SEP  -  DEC 1941

WESTERHAM

 CAPT H C KINDERSLEY-PORCHER

( DETAILED DESCRIPTIONS OF MOVES OF CONVOYS,

MARCH DISCIPLINE VTM )

OCT 11 LT NEWMAN TEMP IC WHILE OC ON LEAVE

OCT 24   QUEEN PASSED THROUGH

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WO 166/5867                       6 COY TC                          SEP  -  NOV 1941

FRANT

CAPT H ALSOP

SEP 2  2ND LT E PATTISON OF THIS COY PROCEEDS ON AGRICULTURAL LEAVE

SEP 26 CAPT W SPEARS NEW OC

OCT 5   TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS CONFERENCE DECIDED TO PREPARE FOR ALL UNITS IN THE COMMAND A BOOKLET ON TRAFFIC REGS FOR S.A.C. TO FILL A LONG FELT NEED. LT A P ROE..

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WO 166/5868                             15 COY TC                                DEC 1941

BRANDON

CAPT R B WATERS  OC TRANSFERRED TO 9 ARMD DIV PRO COY

DEC 1    LT A J LEWIN  TEMP OC

DEC 3   CAPT R V GARTON   10 R HUSSARS   OC FROM 9 ARMD DIV PRO COY

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WO 166/5869                            16 COY TC                      NOV, DEC 1941

CHEVELEY

NOV 1   CAPT F DODDS  RA   OC

THIS COY IS RECOGNISED AS A STATIC COY AND OCCUPIED QUARTERS IN A REQUISITIONED RACING STUD 2 1/2 MILES S.EAST OF NEWMARKET.  IT IS 200FT ABOVE SEA LEVEL AND BEING PARTLY SURROUNDED BY TREES IS ALMOST UN DISCERNABLE FROM A ROAD WHICH LIES 150 YDS BELOW TO THE SOUTH.

(ONLY DETAILS OF CONVOYS).

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WO 166/5870                            17 COY TC                     NOV  -  DEC 1941

ELY

NOV 1   CAPT J W WILSON  OC

USUAL TRAINING ROUTINE

NOV 9   REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICE IN ELY CATHEDRAL

DEC 1   TO WISBECH.

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WO 166/5871                              29 COY TC                    JAN  -  DEC 1941

WORCESTER AND HEREFORD

JAN   CAPT DAVIES

NORMAL TRAINING

FEB 10   CAPT M A FREMANTLE   11 HUSSARS  OC

MAR, JUN, JUL   CONVOYS

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WO 166/5872                               30 COY TC                JAN  -  DEC 1941

1940

DEC   ACOCKS GREEN

BT MAJ L A NEWBOLD

DEC 29   TO LEAMINGTON

1941

MAR 6   CAPT H V CHAPMAN    NEW OC

APR 3   BERKSWELL

APR 8/9   HEAVY ENEMY ACTION IN COVENTRY AREA

APR 9/10   FURTHER HEAVY AND SUSTAINED RAIDS ON COVENTRY AND BIRMINGHAM.  NO CASUALTIES IN THIS COY.  

TRAFFIC CONTROL AND ANTI-LOOTING DUTIES

MAY 13   COY HQ TO ACOCK’S GREEN

2 LT F C P MCPHERSON IC ACOCK’S GREEN

MAY 15   THE WHOLE COY STOOD TO ON RECEIVING MESSAGE, “BARGAIN”

ENEMY ACTIVITY IN VARIOUS POINTS IN MIDLANDS,  BRITISH NIGHT FIGHTER SHOT DOWN BY GERMAN BOMBER NEAR BERKSWELL DETACHMENT.  THE TWO OCCUPANTS WERE LOCATED BY DETACHMENT PERSONNEL.  THEY WERE TAKEN AWAY BY RAF AMBULANCE AT 05.00HRS

MAY 17   16 ORS REPORTED FOR DUTY TO INSPECTOR OF NUNEATON POLICE FOR TRAFFIC CONTROL DUTIES OWING TO THE TOWN HAVING BEEN BOMBED ON THE PREVIOUS NIGHT

CAPT N W GARNER   OC

AUG   LT F C P MCPHERSON  OC

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WO 166/5873           44 COY TC    SEP, OCT, DEC 1940, JAN - NOV 1941

WINCHESTER

OFFICERS -

71871  CAPT J A MACGUIRE  RA

65793  LT P C B ROWE  RA

7586 LT H W WARD  RA

91153  2LT W CROSS  RA

FIRST FORMED AS THE 44TH TRAFFIC CONTROL COY AT RIFLE DEPOT,  WINCHESTER.      MOVEMENT/CONVOYS.

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WO 166/5874            46 COY TC         SEP - DEC 1940,  JAN - DEC 1941

1940

CHIPPENHAM,  FOOTBALL GROUND

CAPT CA SWINDEN    CO

SEP 7   COY MOBILISED AT CHIPPENHAM

                  CONVOYS

1941

JUL   SGT SHEPHERD SERIOUSLY INJURED IN M/C ACCIDENT DURING CONVOY DUTY.

AUG 15   MOVED TO Y-LIST,  OFF STRENGTH

 CONVOYS OF MANY ABNORMAL (RAF) LOADS.

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WO 166/5875                      49 C0Y   TC                    AUG  -  DEC 1941

AYLESBURY

CAPT G E SHARP

AUG 8   THIS COY PASSES INTO EASTERN COMMAND

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WO 166/5876                       50 COY TC                                 JAN 1941

JAN 27   SALISBURY   CAPT G M CHAPMAN    GREEN HOWARDS    CO

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WO 166/5877                      61 COY TC                      JAN  -  DEC 1941

JAN 1    ALNWICK   CAPT H V DRURY

                 CONVOYS

JAN   SNOW CLEARANCE

APR 2   TO BOLTON

JUL   TO ALNWICK    POLICE REPORTS - NIL

FREQUENT ENEMY AIRCRAFT ACTION BUT NO DAMAGE OR LOSS TO UNIT

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WO 166/5878                  62 COY TC                                        1941

(NO DETAILS  OF DUTIES.  ONLY INTERESTING INFO IS ABOUT RECOGNISING BOOBY TRAPS - SIGNS - WARNING BOOBYTRAP AS ILLUSTRATED BELOW AND TO BE ISSUED TO ALL UNITS AND FORMATIONS.  PERSONNEL WILL STUDY THIS ILLUSTRATION SO THAT IT WILL BE READILY RECOGNISED AT ANY TIME

DIAGRAM SHOWS YELLOW INVERTED TRIANGLE WITH THE LETTERS BT IN BLACK PAINTED ON BOTH SIDES ).

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WO 166/5879                  63 COY  CMP TC                    JAN  -  DEC 1941

LEMINGTON-UPON-TYNE

( CONVOYS PASSING THROUGH,  VERY DETAILED DESCRIPTIONS)

MAR 13   MESSAGE FROM 59 DIV CMP,  A BSA M/C STOLEN.  RIDER BELIEVED RED FACE, LIGHT HAIR, WEARING STEEL HELMET WITH CMP DISTINGUISHING MARK.  MAN TO BE ARRESTED

MAR 25   TO GOSFORTH

DEC   MONTHLY MILEAGE OF COY VEHICLES FOR DEC

CARS - 1809,  COACHES  3761,  M/CS - 6116, TOTAL - 11,686.

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WO 166/5880                               65 COY TC                 JAN  -  DEC 1941

DURHAM

CAPT C V SHAKESBY  E YORKS

JAN 1   SNOW

JAN 4   COY HQ TO KIRBY ARMS HOTEL, BISHOP AUCKLAND

FEB 5   1041868  RSM BODIMEAD RH TO 43 DIV PC

FEB 15  LANDMINE DROPPED ON CHESTER MOOR MR755700

APR 13 COY ORDERS 10 CARDS *1 PHOTO

STANDING ORDERS FOR POINTSMEN

1   DUTIES OF POINTSMEN

a)  THE PRIMARY ROLE OF POINTSMEN IS TO MAINTAIN THE FREE FLOW OF ESSENTIAL TRAFFIC, BOTH MILITARY AND CIVIL, ALONG THE RED AND BLUE ROADS.

b)  POINTSMEN MUST HAVE A THOROUGH KNOWLEDGE OF WHERE ALL ROADS WITHIN THE VICINITY OF THE POST LEAD TO AND THE ROUGH MILEAGE TO THE NEAREST TOWN, OF MILITARY, POLICE AND POST OFFICE TELEPHONES AND WD PETROL PUMPS ETC.

c)  POINTSMEN WILL HAVE IN THEIR POCKETS A SKETCH MAP SHOWING THE INFORMATION UNDER  b) ABOVE AS FAR AS POSSIBLE.  THESE SKETCH MAPS MUST BE DESTROYED ON THE APPROACH OF THE ENEMY.  WHEN MAKING THEM THE INFORMATION GIVEN SHOULD BE DESIGNED THAT IT WOULD NOT MEAN MUCH TO A GERMAN OR A FIFTH COLUMNIST.

d)  POINTSMEN WILL BE IN POSSESSION OF A NOTEBOOK AND PENCIL.

e)  POINTSMEN WILL KNOW HOW TO GET INTO TOUCH WITH NEAREST CIVIL POLICE, DOCTOR, FIRE STATION, SECTION HEADQUARTERS AND COMPANY HEADQUARTERS .

f)  POINTSMEN WILL KNOW WHAT ACTION TO TAKE AND WHERE DEVIATIONS AND TURNING PLACES ARE, IN THE EVENT OF ROADS BEING BLOCKED.

2  MANNING OF POINTS

EACH PERMANENT POST WILL HAVE AT LEAST TWO POINTSMEN ALWAYS ON DUTY THROUGHOUT THE DAY - AND FOR THE ADDITIONAL PERIODS WHEN POSTS ARE MANNED

ONE MAN WILL BE ACTUALLY ON THE POINT AND ONE STANDING BY THE TELEPHONE(IF ONE IS MANNED) OR PREPARED TO TAKE A MESSAGE OR GIVE ASSISTANCE

3  HOURS OF DUTY

PERMANENT POSTS WILL BE MANNED DAILY FROM 0800 HRS TO 2000 HRS (AT DUSK DURING WINTER MONTHS) AND WILL NOT BE LEFT UNTIL THE POINTSMEN ARE PROPERLY RELIEVED.  EACH PERMANENT POST WILL BE MANNED BY THE TWO POINTSMEN FOR A PERIOD OF FOUR HOURS.  THE ACTUAL PERIOD ON POINT MAY BE DECIDED BY THE SERGEANT i/c SECTION.

4  DRESS

a) WHEN NO STATE OF EMERGENCY EXISTS, MEN ON POINT DUTY WILL WEAR SD CAPS, RESPIRATORS SLUNG WITH STEEL HELMETS ON THE RESPIRATOR (WHEN RAINING THE STEEL HELMET MAY BE WORN ON THE HEAD), TRAFFIC SLEEVES, TRAFFIC ARMLET AN GAITERS.  RIFLES WILL BE LEFT IN THE BILLET UNDER ARRANGEMENT TO BE MADE BY THE NCO i/c SECTION.  CAPES ANTI-GAS WILL BE LEFT IN THE BILLET UNROLLED.

b)  WHEN A STATE OF EMERGENCY EXISTS, FULL MARCHING ORDER WILL BE WORN ON POINT DUTY, INCLUDING RIFLE(MAGAZINE CHARGED, CUT OFF IN, NO ROUND IN BORE), STEEL HELMET ON THE HEAD AND RESPIRATOR IN THE “ALERT” POSITION.

5  SALUTING

ALL RANKS SHOULD AT ALL TIMES TREAT OFFICERS WITH THE GREATEST COURTESY WHEN ADDRESSED BY THEM BUT THEY DO NOT PAY COMPLIMENTS WHILE ACTUALLY DIRECTING TRAFFIC.  IF POINTSMEN, ALTHOUGH ON POINT, ARE NOT ACTUALLY ENGAGED IN THE DUTY OF DIRECTING TRAFFIC, THEY WILL PAY THE PROPER COMPLIMENTS.

6  IDENTITY DOCUMENTS

NO POINTSMAN WILL GIVE INFORMATION TO A PERSON, WHETHER CIVILIAN OR MILITARY OF WHATEVER RANK - WITHOUT FIRST CHECKING THE PERSON’S IDENTITY.  IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO GIVE IDENTITY CARDS A CURSORY GLANCE.  IN THE CASE OF MILITARY PERSONNEL, CLOSE ATTENTION WILL BE GIVEN TO THE PHOTOGRAPHIC LIKENESS AND THE UNIT STAMP AND THE PARTICULARS ON PAGE 3 OF AB 64 PART 1.

ACCIDENTS OR INJURIES

POINTSMEN WILL INFORM THIS HEADQUARTERS WHEN ANY FIRST AID ASSISTANCE IS RENDERED BY THEM IN THE CASE OF ACCIDENTS OR INJURIES.

STANDING INSTRUCTIONS FOR PETROL CHECKS

1  SEVERAL CHECKS MAY BE HELD AT VERY SHORT NOTICE.  FOR SECURITY THE CODE WORD “WOODCOCK”  WILL BE USED WHEN NOTIFYING SECTIONS, FOLLOWED BY THE PERIOD OF THE CHECK.

2  CHECKS WILL BE MADE OF PRIVATE CARS DRIVEN BY OFFICERS AND OTHER RANKS IN UNIFORM.  SHOULD THE CAR PROVE TO BE A GOVERNMENT HIRED CAR NO MENTION WILL BE MADE OF PETROL BUT THE WORK TICKET AND DOCUMENTS WILL BE THOROUGHLY INSPECTED.  MILITARY POLICE WILL STATE THAT THEY HAVE ORDERS TO STOP ALL CARS TO INSPECT PETROL.  IN THE CASE OF AN OFFICER THEY WILL ASK IF THEY MAY SEE SOME PETROL FROM THE TANK.  IF THE OFFICER REFUSES NO FORCE MUST BE EMPLOYED BUT A REPORT RENDERED THAT THE OFFICER HAS REFUSED.  OFFICERS OF THE RANK OF MAJ-GEN WILL NOT BE CHECKED.

PETROL WILL BE EXTRACTED BY MEANS OF A GLASS JAR SIMILAR TO A HEINZ MAYONNAISE BOTTLE WITH TWO PIECES OF RUBBER TUBING ENTERING THROUGH THE SCREW TOP OR CORK.  THE LONGER TUBE IS PUT INTO THE TANK AND THE JAR IS FILLED BY SUCKING THROUGH THE  SHORT TUBE.  THE JAR SHOULD BE CAREFULLY LABELLED WITH  AN IDENTIFYING MARK OR NUMBER TO LINK IT TO THE REPORT ALONG WITH DRIVER,S DETAILS.  SAMPLES CLEARLY MARKED AND REPORTS IN DUPLICATE WILL BE FORWARDED IMMEDIATELY AFTERWARDS TO THIS HQ.  WHEN COLOURED PETROL IS FOUND NO CROSS EXAMINATION IS NECESSARY AND THE DRIVER WILL BE INFORMED THAT THE MATTER WILL BE REPORTED. WOD PETROL IS NOW COLOURED RED, MAGENTA AND OTHER COLOURS IN ADDITION TO YELLOW.

A CHECK ON TYRES WILL ALWAYS BE CARRIED OUT AT THE SAME TIME.  MILITARY TYRES BEAR THE MARK WD AND AN ARROW.

MAY 13 MP ARMLETS WILL NOT BE WORN BY PERSONNEL OF THE CMP WHEN SERVING WITH TC COYS

MAY 22  COY ORDERS - SECURITY OF PERSONNEL WHEN CAPTURED AND MOLOTOV COCKTAIL * 2 PHOTOS

MOLOTOV COCKTAILS

SOME RECENT PRESS REPORTS HAVE TENDED TO CAST DOUBT UPON THE EFFICIENCY OF MOLOTOV COCKTAILS AS A MEANS OF DESTROYING ARMOURED FIGHTING VEHICLES

THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF MIDDLE EAST HAS REPORTED THAT AT LEAST THREE OF THE ENEMY TANKS WHICH HAD PENETRATED INTO THE PERIMETER OF THE DEFENCES OF TOBRUK WERE IN FACT DESTROYED BY MOLOTOV COCKTAILS.  THE ABOVE FACT WILL BE GIVEN THE WIDEST PUBLICITY AMONG TROOPS AND THE HOME GUARD.

MAY 28 COY ORDERS - AA, RAC TELEPHONE BOXES

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WO 166/5881                        66  COY TC                        JAN  -  DEC 1941

YARM-ON-TEES     CAPT F M TOMLINSON   OC

JAN   CONTROLLED CONVOYS

APR   CAPT J FARNSWORTH

JUL 23 A COURT OF ENQUIRY WAS HELD AT YARM SOCIAL CENTRE TO INVESTIGATE THE CAUSE OF DEATH OF * 3446724 PTE PRESTON (NO OTHER MENTION)

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WO 166/5882                        67 COY  TC                        JAN  -  DEC 1941

JAN 13 THIRSK * MID  J P CUNNINGHAM BDR   LG NO.35020  20/12/40

PUBLISHED IN PART II ORDERS NO22 PARA 4 DATED 11/1/41

JAN 14   CAPT J R BUIST  HLI    OC

(VERY DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF CONVOYS).

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WO 166/5882                      67 COY TC                          JAN  -  DEC 1941

STOKESLEY

J FARNSWORTH

66 COY MILITARY ASSISTANCE (TC) IN DETAIL WITH AIR RAID DAMAGE DARLINGTON, MIDDLESBOROUGH, STOCKTON, BILLINGHAM, HARTLEPOOL

61, 62, 63, 65, 66, 67, 68 COY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

1 SEC STOKESLEY, 2 SEC GUISBOROUGH, 3 SEC WHITBY, 4 SEC SCARBOROUGH, 5 SEC WHITBY, 6 SEC OSWALDKIRK/HELMESLEY

7684757 A/CSM A BEEVES

MAR 3   4753314 L/CPL LUCKEN R V OCTU, DROITWICH

4621468 PTE BOTCHERMAN INVOLVED IN A M/C A/C AT STAXTON.  ADMITTED TO SCARBOROUGH HOSPITAL

MAR 30  T/M FROM NO 2 SEC, GERMAN PLANE CRASHED AT BARNABY MOOR  NR GUISBOROUGH.  SGT TAYLOR NCO i/c  SECTION MOUNTED GUARD UNTIL RECOVERY BY 12 BN GREEN HOWARDS

MAR 24   LETTER OF THANKS FOR ASSISTANCE GIVEN BY 68 TC AFTER BOMBING OF SCARBOROUGH

APR 16   BOMBS DROPPED IN COY AREA KIRK LEATHAM AND LOFTUS, NO MAJOR DAMAGE

MAY 28   CAPT L MORRIS NOW OC

JUN 11   TWO SMALL YELLOW CONTAINERS DROPPED BY A GERMAN AIRCRAFT  ON BEECH HILL FARM, CONTAINERS HANDED TO CIVIL POLICE, STOKESLEY.

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WO 166/5884              69 PRO COY     AUG - DEC 1940, JAN - DEC 1941

1940

AUG 31   POCKLINGTON

              D1 MOBILISATION     CAPT P A HARRIS

DEC 13    SHEFFIELD BLITZ, ANTI-LOOTING DUTIES

1941

MAR 12   ALL HANDS FITTED WITH SD, BD WITHDRAWN

MAY 9    BLITZ HULL, DUTIES AFTER BOMBING OF UNIVERSITY COLLEGE

MAY 14   LEFT HULL FOR BARLBY

JUN 29     LT.COL PICKTHALL DPM MP NORTHERN COMMAND VISITS

JUN 30   CAPT FORSYTH - FORREST   NEW OC

       * PHOTO EXERCISE RUDOLPH  7 - 10 JUN 1941 DETAILS OF WORKING WITH 111 PRO COY

JUL 31   MAJ GREGORY DAPM 2 DIV VISITS

AUG 20   NEW HQ GRIMSTON HILL HOUSE FROM OLD POLICE STATION. POCKLINGTON

SEP 19   * CPL TAIT 3451257 KILLED IN M/CYCLE ACCIDENT

SEP 22    INQUEST ON CPL TAIT

SEP 23    COURT OF ENQUIRY INTO FATAL ACCIDENT OF CPL TAIT

DEC 13   PM BRIG PERCY LAWRIE, DPM COL BASSETT WILSON MC, MAJ MOLTON APM, MAJ CULL OC A GROUP VISITS COY FOR INSPECTION AND PARADE IN FIELD AT REAR OF GRIMSTON HOUSE

16.45  PM DEPARTS   “ I HAVE VISITED COMPANIES ALL OVER ENGLAND BUT THIS IS THE BEST I HAVE SEEN.  YOU ARE TO BE CONGRATULATED.”

 (A DETAILED DIARY WITH LOTS OF TC DUTIES, MOVEMENTS).

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WO 166/5885                        70 COY TC                        JAN  -  DEC 1941

RIPLEY HQ

SECTIONS AT KILLINGHALL, RIPON, FLAXBY, BRAMHAM, SKIPTON

CAPT G T BROOKE  OC TILL OCT

OCT 27   CAPT C WORTLEY

NORMAL ROUTINE, VERY THIN RECORDS

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WO 166/5886                71 COY TC     JUL - DEC 1940, JAN - DEC 1941

1940

STRENSALL

CAPT E W TAYLOR

AUG 23   CAPT J F SANDERSON   OC

OCT 15   2LT PHELPS POSTED TO THIS COY

DEC 13   MARKET WEIGHTON  - BLITZ SHEFFIELD

DEC 14   TC MEN EITHER CONTROLLING TRAFFIC OR BLOCKING DANGEROUS PLACES IN SHEFFIELD

1941

JAN     CAPT J G COUGHLIN ASSUMES COMMAND

MAR 7  HQ TO WALTON, WAKEFIELD          

MAY 9 - 13  HULL BLITZ  DUTY SECTION SENT TO ASSIST

OCT 26   CAPT S NELSON KOYLI ASSUMED COMMAND OF COY

NOV 24  * PHOTO FRANCO SIGNS

FRANCO SIGNS - OPERATIONAL MOVES

1  WHEN SIGNPOSTING ROUTES FOR OPERATIONAL MOVES FRANCO SIGNS SHOW UP MORE CLEARLY THAN THE SMALL DISCS, DIRECTIONAL, AND WILL BE USED AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE

2  THE DIAGONAL STRIP OF PAINT USED TO DE-NOTE THE COLOURS OF THE ROUTE WILL ALWAYS BE APPLIED TO THE TOP LEFT-HAND CORNER

3  THIS WAS NOT DONE IN EVERY CASE DURING THE RECENT MOVE OF THE 15 DIV.  THE ATTENTION OF ALL NCOS WILL BE DRAWN TO THIS MATTER.

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WO 166/5887                          72 COY TC                      FEB  -  DEC 1941

WALTON, BLACKBURN

FEB 19   INSTRUCTIONS RECEIVED TO OPEN WAR DIARY

CAPT H E LITCHFIELD

MAR 9   TO TUNBRIDGE WELLS,  BIRKEN, SANDHURST ROAD, TUNBRIDGE

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WO 166/5888                73  COY TC    JUL - DEC 1940,  JAN - DEC 1941

1940

JUL 5   STRENSALL  TC COY FORMED

CAPT F H MELLOR

AUG 17  COY HQ  MEXBOROUGH

AUG 27  FOUR BOMBS DROPPED, THREE UNEXPLODED BRODSWORTH.  GREAT NORTH ROAD TEMPORARILY CLOSED

AUG 30   15 INCENDIARY BOMBS DROPPED DENABY MAIN COLLIERY

NOV 12/13 AIR ATTACK SHEFFIELD

1941

MAR 14   COY HQ  CROWN HOTEL ANNEX BAWTRY.

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WO 166/5889                     74 COY TC                           FEB  -  DEC 1941

MORTON

CAPT D GLYN OWEN  KRCC

CONVOYS

MAY 22  HQ MOVED TO LEASINGHAM

JUN 18   LT PM FORSYTH-FORREST    NEW OC.

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WO 166/5890                              75 COY TC                  FEB  -  DEC 1941

KETTERING

CAPT C FAIRBROTHER  RA

NO INFO

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WO 166/5891                         76 COY TC                      MAR  -  DEC 1941

GLENFIELD, NR LEICESTER

CAPT D B DYKES     WORCS REGT

MAR 17   MOVE OF REGTS ETC CONVOYS

ROUTE FOLLOWED IN COY AREA.

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WO 166/5892                               77 COY TC                MAR  -  DEC 1941

OLLERTON

CAPT C HILTON - GREEN   OC

MAR 30 * 855064  CPL PEACOCK A KILLED IN M/C ACCIDENT WHILE ON DUTY

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WO166/5893                                78  COY TC                 JAN  -  DEC 1941

JAN 26   NEWARK       CAPT A WARD

EVERYTHING NORMAL   CONVOYS

CAPT WORTLEY   OC

APR - JUN  REGULAR BOMBING OF NEWARK, GRANTHAM

AUG   TWO PLANES CRASHED

AUG 16  HAMPDEN BOMBER CRASHED ON  TO 2 HOUSES

CASUALTIES  -  SIX CHILDREN AND THE CREW OF THE BOMBER KILLED.

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WO 166/5894                            79  COY TC                  FEB  -  DEC 1941

MARKET RASEN

FEB 19  ENEMY PLANES DROPPED 4 BOMBS ON LOUTH, SOME DAMAGE

CAPT WATNEY

MAR 7- 25   * PHOT0  VARIOUS BOMBS

MAR 7   TWO MINES DROPPED BY HOSTILE PLANES, ONE OF WHICH DESTROYED PART OF A ROAD,  SECTIONS 354 HAD POINTSMEN OUT DIVERTING TRAFFIC.  OWING TO TRANSPORT DIFFICULTIES MEN WERE ON POINTS DUTY FOR 10 HOURS BEFORE THEY WERE RELIEVED.

CAPT WATNEY AND LT KAUNSOE WATCHED A NIGHT DRIVING PRACTICE

MAR 14  TWO HE BOMBS WERE DROPPED 10 YARDS FROM 353 SECTION HQ.  THERE WERE NO CASUALTIES AMONG THE MEN, TILES BLOWN OFF THE ROOF OF THE BILLET.  MEN RENDERED FIRST AID TO TWO CIVILIANS WHO WERE CUT BY GLASS

MAR 19   DURING NIGHT OF 18/19 MAR A DELAYED ACTION BOMB DROPPED NEAR AYLESBURY IN BARTON ST.  BOMB EXPLODED NEXT MORNING.  AS A RESULT THE ROAD BECAME IMPASSABLE TO TRAFFIC.  POINTSMEN PUT OUT TO DIVERT TRAFFIC.

MAR 21   COMPANY CHANGED FROM C GROUP TOP D GROUP WITH EFFECT 0100 HRS 31ST MARCH 1941.  

MAR 23   NATIONAL PRAYER DAY  COMPANY CHURCH PARADE

MAR 25   SECTIONS 351, 352, 353 HAD ALL POINTSMEN OUT ASSISTING 1ST INFANTRY BRIGADE ON NIGHT OPERATIONS.  500 VEHICLES INVOLVED.

MAY 9   O430 HRS MESSAGE RECEIVED  -  BLITZ HULL

2 SEC TC DUTIES HULL TILL 14 MAY

MAY   COY STRENGTH  - OF ONE RSM, ONE CQMS, SIX SGTS, 84 0RS

JUN 4   COY HQ TO EAST KIRBY HOUSE, EAST KIRBY

SEP 4   NEW COY HQ  SWINESHEAD

OCT   EX PERCY

NOV 24  PTE MCBEAN  COURT MARTIAL, CLEETHORPE.

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WO 166/5895                           80 COY TC                     FEB  -  DEC 1941

SPALDING

CAPT A G FENWICK  G L     LT L MORRIS

CONVOYS,  TRAFFIC CONTROL

MAY 5   ENEMY AIRCRAFT CRASH AT BOURNE

MAY 12  HEAVY ENEMY AIR ATTACK ON SPALDING - LARGE FIRES IN CENTRE OF TOWN.  HQ AND SECTIONS CLOSED OFF DAMAGED AREA.  HE BOMBS INCLUDING 15 UNEXPLODED FELL IN THE SWINESHEAD AREA.  PERSONNEL TO HELP IN HULL OWING TO INTENSIVE ENEMY ACTION

MAY 15   BLITZ DUTIES IN HULL

MAY 16   MOVE TO HULL

MAY 26 * STRENGTH DECREASE - ONE OR DIED IN HOSPITAL, NOT FROM ENEMY ACTION(no name given).   2694323 SGT A M C FARQUHARSON DIED 18/5/1941 WAS THE ONLY NCO TO DIE IN THE UK AROUND THIS DATE.

MAY 28   CAPT F T LEWIS ASSUMED COMMAND OF COY FROM CAPT MORRIS

JUNE 3   HOWDEN.

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WO 166/5896                             81 COY TC                 FEB  -  DEC 1941

CHESTERFIELD

CAPT W B ROOL

FEB 14    MIX OF ROUTINE DUTIES - CHECKPOINTS, CONVOYS, LECTURES, INTERIOR ECONOMY, TRAINING.

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WO 166/5897                  97 COY TC    JUL - DEC 1940, JAN - DEC 1941

GALASHIELS

CAPT T K SOMERVILLE      RASC

JUL 20   MOVE TO DUMFRIES.   CONVOYS, NORMAL DUTIES,  STRENGTH DAILY RECORDED

OCT   CAPT W C LYNN

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WO 166/5898         111 COY TC        NOV, DEC 1940 & JAN, FEB, 1941

BRITISH TROOPS NORTHERN IRELAND, BELFAST

1940

DEC 16       CAPT J M PRICE RELINQUISHES COMMAND OF COY

                 2/LT RAMSAY ASSUMES COMMAND

1941

JAN 5   2 SECTION REPORT TO SANDHURST BLOCK, THIEPVAL BARRACKS, LISBURN FOR POINT DUTY AT BTNI.   THIS IS TO BE A REGULAR DUTY NOW.   BILLETS LIGHT AND AIRY AND COMPARED WITH OUR OWN BILLETS LUXURIOUS.

JAN 7     COMPANY DOG DISPOSED OF AND GIVEN A GOOD HOME

SO COLD THAT COCOA ISSUED TWICE A DAY TO NCO’S ON POINT DUTY

FEB 7 DVR T MURRAY PLACED IN CLOSE ARREST, SUSPECTED THEFT OF BOOTS

FEB 15  MT CHECKED OVER, COVERS PUT UP.   CORPS SIGNS AND SERIAL NUMBERS PUT ON.  NEW TRUCKS AND MOTORCYCLES ALLOTTED.   ALL

MOTORCYCLE CARBURETORS FOUND TO CONTAIN WATER.

FEB 16  CPL’S TAYLOR AND IRELAND  AND PTE ANSCOMBE, TOOK COY CMDR’S NEW HILLMAN UTILITY WITHOUT PERMISSION, CRASHED AND SERIOUSLY INJURED

FEB 18  CPL IRELAND AND PTE ANSCOMBE MOVED TO 24 LONDON GENERAL HOSPITAL.

                 CAPT C H RAINE

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WO 166/5899                      112  COY TC                          FEB - DEC 1941

CAPT E DUNKERSON MC    3/14 PUNJAB REGT IA

BELFAST

FEB 7    MOBILISE 12 TRAINING CENTRE LIVERPOOL (THEN TO N IRELAND

11/10/40)

APR 15     AIR RAID WARNING POSTED FIREWATCHERS AND ORGANISED FIRE FIGHTING SQUADS.  GUNFIRE HEARD AT 23.15. BOMBS HEARD AT 23.20 AND CONTINUED TO FALL UNTIL DAWN

APR 16     INCENDIARIES DROPPED ON BARRACKS AT 02.15.  FIRST FIRE STARTED IN 111 COY BARRACK ROOM. FIRE FIGHTING PARTY WENT ON TO ROOF TO FIGHT FIRE.  PRESSURE OF WATER IN HERE NOT GREAT ENOUGH.

02.30 FIRE DISCOVERED IN 113 COY BARRACK ROOM AND A SQUAD DETAILED TO DEAL WITH IT.   03.30HRS FIRE DISCOVERED IN ABLUTION ROOMS, WHICH HAD GAINED TOO GREAT A HOLD TO BE GOT UNDER CONTROL.   STARTED TO SALVAGE ALL STORES POSSIBLE. FIRE SPREADS AND FIRE FIGHTING PARTIES WERE WITHDRAWN TO SAFETY.   CIVILIAN FIRE BRIGADE ARRIVES BUT TOO LATE TO SAVE THE BARRACK ROOMS AND COY OFFICES.   ALL RECORDS DESTROYED EXCEPT SECRET FILE AND CASH BOX.   DINING HALL, OFFICES AND SGT’S QUARTERS, COOK HOUSE AND NAAFI, COY STORES OF 112 AND 111 WERE UNDAMAGED TO ANY GREAT EXTENT.   ALL CLEAR SOUNDED AT 05.15HRS.   ORDERS RECEIVED AT 19.30HRS TO EVACUATE AND PROCEED TO MARSK’S FACTORY.   EVACUATION CARRIED OUT BY 23.00HRS

MAY 4   AIR RAID

MAY 5       CAPT A J    REID               OC

JUN 1   COY PHOTO TAKEN

JUL 6      CAPT INGRAM DAPM INSPECTED

JUL 10   COURT OF ENQUIRY ON GSW (GUNSHOT WOUND) TO SGT O’REILLY

JUL 21 18.00HRS CAPT E H PHARAZAYN OF 113 PRO COY REPORTED COY CASH BOX CONTAINING £50 AND SECRET PAPERS HAD BEEN STOLEN FROM HIS TENT AT 16.30HRS  BOX FOUND IN MT SHED USED BY 113 PRO COY AT 17.05 HRS.

BROKEN AND RIFLED.  BOX HANDED TO RUC DONEGALL PASS FOR FINGERPRINTING  SIB CALLED

SEP 1   RECCE MCCONNELL’S BREWERY NEW ACCOMMODATION.

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WO 166/5900                 113 COY TC    JUL - DEC 1941, JAN - FEB 1942

1941

JUL 1   BELFAST    

 CAPT E H PHARAZAYN

JUL 21  COMPANY CASH BOX STOLEN 16.30HRS, BOX FOUND IN MT SHED 17.05HRS, BROKEN AND RIFLED.   BOX HANDED TO RUC DONEGALL PASS OR FINGERPRINT TESTS.   SIB CALLED

JUL 24 DEMO OF PARATROOPS ARDS AIRPORT

JUL 28 COURT OF ENQUIRY CASH LOSS AND THEFT OF PETROL

AUG 27     CAPT E S GARROD DSO MC MM    OC

SEP 3    FROM ORMEAU PARK TO MCCONNELL’S BREWERY RAVENHILL RD

1942

JAN 10 COY TO CONWAY CAMP.

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WO 166/5901                             114 COY TC                    JAN - DEC 1941

1940

DEC 16   COY FORMED AT LOWER LODGE FACTORY, OLD PARK RD, BELFAST

116  OR’S FORMED FROM 53 (W) DIV

                 CAPT F OWEN

1941

MAR 30   COY TO ST PATRICK’S BARRACKS, DUNGANNON, SECTIONS AT COOKSTOWN, MAGHERAFELT, MONEYMORE & TOOMSBRIDGE.

APR 15  22.40 AIR RAID ALERT SIREN SOUNDED, 6 DESPATCH RIDERS IMMEDIATELY PROCEEDED TO DONEGALL PASS A.R.P. CONTROL CENTRE

   23.15 H. E. BOMBS WERE DROPPED EAST OF LAGAN

APR 16   00.15 URGENT MESSAGE FROM ARP CONTROL CENTRE REQUESTING MORE DESPATCH RIDERS OWING TO BREAKDOWN OF COMMUNICATIONS DUE TO ENEMY ACTION.  12 ORS UNDER COMMAND OF A SERGEANT, DESPATCHED IMMEDIATELY TO ANTRIM, CRUMLIN ROAD AREA

04.45 ANOTHER MESSAGE REQUESTING ASSISTANCE FROM ARP CONTROL CENTRE, ANTRIM ROAD.  7 ORS DESPATCHED IMMEDIATELY.  ALL THESE DESPATCH RIDERS WERE EMPLOYED IN MAINTAINING COMMUNICATIONS

BETWEEN WARDENS, RESCUE PARTIES, FIRST AID PARTIES, ARP CONTROL CENTRES AND HOSPITALS.  05.10 RAIDERS PASSED, SIREN SOUNDED

0600 ALL CLEAR SOUNDED

09.00 RSM VISITED ALL ARP CENTRES AND NCOS ON DUTY IN BADLY BOMBED AREAS

12.00 CAPT MEARING, OC COY AND RSM VISITED ARP CENTRES AND WERE URGENTLY REQUESTED TO MAINTAIN THE LINES OF COMMUNICATIONS SET UP BY THIS UNIT DURING THE RAID,  THESE DUTIES CONTINUED THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND NIGHT.

HQ BACK TO LOERT LODGE FACTORY 0700 BILLET DESTROYED

BY FIRE DUE TO ENEMY ACTION, MOVE TO MARSHES FACTORY, UPPER LIBERAL ST BELFAST

APR 17   ARP DUTIES CONTINUED THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND NIGHT

              CAPT T W MASON      OC COY

              LT R A ROBERTS

              RSM W GLENISTER, DCM

MAY 1   HQ TO ORMEAU PARK

MAY 5   AIR RAID

MAY 25   COY TO TULLYMORE HOUSE, BRYANSFORD, NEWCASTLE, COUNTY DOWN, IRELAND - ATTACHED TO 53 DIV

SEP 12        LT A CHRISTOPHER        OC

OCT 8         CAPT R DE L WHEELER (52075) NEW OC

OCT 16        HQ BACK TO MCCONNELL’S BREWERY, BELFAST.

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WO 166/5902     101 PRO COY (5 CORPS)     JUL 1940 - DEC 1941

1940

JUL 22     CAPT DRAKE  OC, CAPT GOUGH TO DAPM HQ 7 CORPS

JUL 28     MAJ DEUN APM 5 CORPS VISITS

JUL 30    MELCHER COURT(5 CORPS HQ) INSPECTION BY GOC GEN B L MONTGOMERY. - SMART TURNOUT, MT EXCELLENT CONDITION

JUL 31   DIVE BOMBING TEMS 0007

AUG 16     2LT ENNIS ARRIVES

AUG 27    BISHOP WALTHAM ARCH EXERCISE

AUG 29     MAJ MCNALLY APM, 5 CORPS INSPECTED

AUG 30   L/CPL COMPORT SERIOUSLY  INJURED M/C ACCIDENT TO MIL HOSPITAL, TIDWORTH, FRACTURED SKULL

SEP 7    MESSAGE “ CROMWELL RETURN FROM 5 CORPS HQ

SEP 26      CAPT D B WARE      NEW OC

OCT 23   LANDFORD LODGE NR SALISBURY

                 2/LT ENNIS TO OC 102 P C

OCT 29      2/LT BARKER JOINS COY

1941

FEB 26         LT BRADBURY JOINS

APR 21       LT HOLLANDER JOINS FROM LONDON DISTRICT

APR 29   DATE OF MOBILISATION FOR 9 SECT & HQ, 4 OFFICERS 169 NCOS

118 M/CS 18 COMBINATIONS, 15 TRUCKS 1 CAR, DEFICIENT 1 OFFICER

JUL               CAPT R W CAIRNS    OC

SEP 12        LT B D ALLEN JOINS

SEP 27/OCT 5  EXERCISE BUMPER.

NOV 2   DEATH NO MENTION IN DIARY L/CPL WALTER HENRY PARSONS

NOV 5         LT BRADBURY TO OC 59 DIV PC

DEC 6    POLISH PROVOST CONTINGENT VISITS UNIT

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WO166/5903          102 PRO COY       JUL DEC 1940, JAN - DEC 1941

AUG 2 1940    MELTON HALL

             CAPT IRVINE MC    OC

AUG 18   SPROTBOROUGH, DONCASTER

AUG 28   DETACHMENT AT LEEDS

SEP 1       VISIT OF HM KING

1941

JAN 20    HQ TO KELHAM

APR 24     COURT OF ENQUIRY INTO M/C ACCIDENT L/CPL GRAHAM, L/CPL HOLMES

JUN 2     L/CPL  CLIFFE INVOLVED IN M/C ACCIDENT, ADMITTED TO LEICESTER INFIRMARY

JUL 2             CAPT ROVELEY    OC

JUL 7   COURT OF ENQUIRY L/CPL BRYAN, LEEDS GEN INFIRMARY

NOV 19  COURT OF ENQUIRY REF  SGT RAWLINGS  SIB, M/C A/C

DEC 15   2 NCOS OF COY TRIED BY FGCM, 28 DAYS DETENTION.

1941

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WO 166/5904        103 PRO COY      JUN - DEC 1940, JAN - DEC 1941

JUN 1 1940   RAMSGATE  MAJ K ALEXANDER

            DISEMBARK 8.00AM TO SUTTON-IN-ASHFIELD, GREAT RECEPTION, BILLETED IN MINERS’ WELFARE INSTITUTE AT TEVERSAL

JUN 11 PUCKERIDGE COY RE- EQUIPPED WITH TRANSPORT, KIT AND EQUIPMENT

JUN 17   TO COOKHAM, HAIGH CAMP

JUN 19   RSM & 3 SECTION TO CAMBRIDGE

JUN 24    UNIT TO GIRTON, CAMBRIDGE

JUN 27   CAPT DRAKE ARRIVED

JUL 2   TO NEWMARKET, THE GABLES, BURY ROAD

                    MAJ HART    DAPM

JUL 11   RSM SECKER TO 2 TC GROUP, PSM SCOVELL A/RSM

AUG 23   VISIT OF KING

SEP 21    *L/CPL SAVAGE DIED, WHITE LODGE HOSPITAL, AFTER SERIOUS ROAD ACCIDENT WITH SOLO M/C WHILST ON DUTY

NOV 14          2LT C R D D’OYLEY JOHN NEW OC, 28/12 OVERSEAS

DEC 22           CAPT C R DAINES DAPM 2 CORPS TOOK OVER OC

DEC 31   L.G. 20/12/40   RSM E C SECKER, SGT R N SCOVELL, L/CPL A WALLER (MID’S) DISTINGUISHED SERVICE IN THE FIELD MAR - JUN 1940

JAN 8 1941         CAPT N M BLAIR   OC

JAN 27         2LT MATHEWS TO COY

FEB 18   AIR RAID NEWMARKET, L/CPL MARSDEN SLIGHT WOUND TO LEG

MAR 3   2 CORPS HQ NORTH WALSHAM 2 SECTION

JUN 22   CASTLE ACRE, HIGGENHALL ST PETER

RSM ARRESTED 2 PARATROOPERS INJURED IN FACE AND EYES BY BLAST FROM BLANK RIFLE AMMO.  7 PARA PRISONERS SENT TO POW CAGE

JUN 23   CPL EVANS REPORTED WELLINGTON BOMBER CRASH R1469KOQ 115 SQUADRON RAF MARHAM  SADDLEBOW 2 INJURED

NEW LOCATION SWAFFHAM

AUG 1   NEWMARKET

SEPT 29  TO BRANDON, BILLETS FRETWELL LODGE.

SEPT 30 L/CPL DUNCAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT.

SOMERSHAM.   13.00 HRS CPL NICOL VERY SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT.

23.00 CPL NICOL DIED IN ADDINBROOKE HOSPITAL, CAMBRIDGE AS A RESULT OF A SERIOUS MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT AT LORDSHIPS BRIDGE, CAMBRIDGE ON THE NIGHT OF 29/30 SEPT 1941.

OCT 10 COURT OF ENQUIRY HELD AT CAMBRIDGE, OC IN ATTENDANCE REF DEATH OF THE LATE CPL NICOL OF 103 PRO COY, AS A RESULT OF A

MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT.   VERDICT ACCIDENT

OCT 16 LT MONDAY POSTED IN.

OCT 16 NEWMARKET, THE GABLES, BURY ROAD.

NOV 5 PROVOST MARSHAL INSPECT COY AT NEWMARKET, COY CONGRATULATED ON TURNOUT.

NOV 10 LT CHITTOCK POSTED IN.

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WO 144/5905             105 PRO COY          DEC 1940, JAN - JULY 1941.

DEC 1 1940 DARLINGTON

DEC 14  COY ASSISTED IN MAKING A FILM AT THE CORPS CAMOUFLAGE SCHOOL.

DEC 16 ATTENDED A GAS SPRAY DEMONSTRATION.

1941

JAN 3 2/LT MANDY AND 20 NCO’S ATTEND FIRE FIGHTING COURSE AT ARP CONTROL CENTRE.

JAN 7 MAJ H P STEEL AND 20 NCO’S ATTEND FIRE FIGHTING COURSE AR ARP CONTROL CENTRE.

JAN 11  DUTIES AT BUS TERMINUS AND GEORGE HOTEL PIERCEBRIDGE

JAN 25 PATROLS VISIT CROFT SPA HOTEL AFTER DARK CHECKING VEHICLES LIGHTS AT NIGHT.

JAN 28/30 RECCE IN CONNECTION WITH CIVIL AIR ASSISTANCE.

FEB 4  UNARMED COMBAT DISPLAY.

FEB 19  13 NEW BOX BODY MOTORCYCLE COMBINATIONS ARRIVE,

EX CHILWELL.

MARCH 19  MOBILIZATION ORDER RECEIVED AT 14.00HRS.

MARCH 22  111 PRO COY TAKE OVER BILLETS AT MORRIS GRANGE NEAR SCOTCH CORNER FROM 105 PRO COY WHO MOVE TO THE METHODIST CHURCH, VICTORIA ROAD, DARLINGTON.

APRIL 1 LT  E W YORKE NEW OC

APRIL 7   111 PRO COY TOOK OVER ALL DUTIES.

APRIL 8 COY TO BIRDWELL NEAR BARNSLEY WITH DETACHMENT AT WENTWORTH WOODHOUSE.

APRIL 26 CAPT C DE W FFORDE, EAST YORKSHIRE REGT 21/4/1941 OC

              LT E W YORKE      SOUTH STAFFS           27/1/1941

              2/LT W J K MANDY ROYAL BERKSHIRES  30/10/1941

              2/LT LINDSAY-WHITE                            30/1/1941

MAY 1 COY HQ GRANGE ROAD BAPTIST CHURCH, DARLINGTON

JUNE 14 CAPT G A MOUNSEY POSTED TO COY FROM VP WING DONCASTER.

JUNE 21   CAPT FFORDE DAPM 10 CORPS WEF 7/6/1941.  

JUNE 18 COY MOVED TO BARNSLEY DRILL HALL AND 40 HUDDERSFIELD ROAD, 3 SECTION REMAIN AT MILTON HALL, ELSECAR.

AUG 1  COY MOVE TO GREENOCK FOR CONVOY OVERSEAS (OPERATION TORCH) NORTH AFRICA.

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WO 166/5906             107 PRO COY     NOV, DEC 1940, JAN-DEC 1941

1940

NOV 1  BISHOP STORTFORD, CAPT C VENABLES.   APM II CORPS CONGRATULATES THE COMPANY ON THEIR WORK DURING THE KING’S VISIT TO II CORPS, 30/31 OCT.

CPL COXWELL SEVERELY REPRIMANDED BY CO AND FORFEITS 9 DAYS PAY BY ROYAL WARRANT FOR ABSENCE WITHOUT LEAVE FOR 8 DAYS, 5 HOURS AND 35 MINUTES AND FOR IMPROPER USE OF WD MOTORCYCLE.

L/CPL SCHWEISS REPRIMANDED BY CO FOR CONDUCT TO THE PREJUDICE OF GOOD ORDER AND MILITARY DISCIPLINE, 1. TALKING TO A FEMALE WHILE ON DUTY, 2. STATING A FALSEHOOD TO AN OFFICER.  TOWN PATROLS BISHOP STORTFORD, BURY ST EDMUNDS, SAFFRON WALDON

DEC 1   CAPT F H TATE POSTED IN.   MOBILE PATROLS ROMFORD AND DISTRICT, CHELMSFORD

DEC 30 RSM PARKER AWARDED MID  SERVING WITH BEF MAY JUNE 1940.

MARCH 17 1941 CPL A DAVIDSON TO Y LIST

MARCH 30 CPL NEWTON GIVES LECTURE ON BOMB DISPOSAL

JUNE 9 L/CPL ROYLE KILLED IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENT.  ROUTINE DUTIES, LECTURES BY OC & RSM, MT MAINTENANCE.

SEPT   LT J A W BEALEY AND CAPT C TALBOT-BUTLER

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WO 166/5907              108 PRO COY     MAY-DEC 1940, JAN-DEC 1941

MAY 1940 PUCKRIDGE HILL CAMP, ALDERSHOT.   CAPT W C BAGLIN

8 HQ (L OF C) PRO COY FORMED.

MAY 28 TO HOUNSLOW, REQUISITIONED SHOP FOR HQ

AT 167 MARTINDALE ROAD, HOUNSLOW, BILLETS AT TOOK MANSION, DETACHMENTS AT HERTFORD AND TUNBRIDGE WELLS.

JUNE 13 TO TUNBRIDGE WELLS, HQ 13 BLATCHINGTON ROAD.

JUNE 25 BILLETS 67 WARWICK PARK, TUNBRIDGE WELLS.

JULY 4 BECAME 108 HQ (L OF C) PRO COY.

JULY 12 SGT ROWE REPORTED ACCIDENT TO L/CPL GLADDING AT MAIDSTONE WHILST RIDING A MOTORCYCLE ON ROAD RECCE.

JULY 1 OC TO MAIDSTONE TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR ENQUIRY INTO DEATH OF L/CPL GLADDING, KILLED AS A RESULT OF A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT 12/7/1940.

JULY 15 OC TO MAIDSTONE ATTENDING INQUEST OF L/CPL GLADDING, VERDICT ACCIDENTAL DEATH, KILLED WHILST ON A ROAD RECCE.

JULY 23 QUARTERS TO 53 WARWICK PARK.

AUG 14 LT COUPLAND ACTING OC.

AUG 22 SGT MASON AND 5 NCO’S CAPTURED HEINKEL III SHOT DOWN BY SPITFIRE, CAME UNDER FIRE FROM ENEMY BUT SGT MASON SILENCED THE ENEMY WITH REVOLVER FIRE.OCT 2 08.30HRS SGT MASON REPORTED THAT L/CPL IVINS HAD BEEN SHOT IN THE HEAD BY A REVOLVER ACCIDENTALLY DISCHARGED BY L/CPL WARD WHEN IN ROOM AT BILLETS, LATER IVINS DIED.

SEPT 3 PREPARING EVIDENCE RE ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING OF L/CPL IVINS.

SEPT 10 COURT OF ENQUIRY HELD AT 53 WARWICK PARK, HQ 108 PRO COY TO ENQUIRE INTO DEATH OF L/CPL IVINS OF 108 PRO COY.

SEPT 16 L/CPL MITCHELL CANTEEN NCO WARNED FOR FIDDLING.

RSM BRETT.

OCT 5 SENTENCE ON L/CPL CHANCE, 56 DAYS IMPRISONMENT (MAIDSTONE PRISON)  WHO STOLE 2/6 FROM A COMRADE.

OCT 6 CSM RIPLEY AND SGT POLLARS SIB CMP ATTACHED FOR RATIONS.

RSM ROPER.

EXTENSIVE DIARY 1 SHEET FOR EVERY DAY.

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WO 166/5908    109 PRO COY   JUL-AUG, NOV-DEC 1940 JAN DEC 1941

JULY 2 1940   CROOKHAM.   CAPT SYKES

JULY 4 MOVED TO HQ 6 CORPS THIEPVAL BARRACKS, LISBURN, N I.

DEC 11  CAPT L J LUMLEY OC, 18/7/1914 WENT AS DAPM 59 DIVISION

AUG 7 1941 CAPT R J RATCLIFFE CMP NEW OC.   DETACHMENTS AT SHANES

CASTLE AND ANTRIM.

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WO 166/5909             110 PRO COY        JUL-DEC 1940 JAN-DEC 1941

WEST MONKTON, EXETER.   CAPT T D SUTHERLAND DSO. MC.

LT D E C PRICE R GLOUCESTER HUSSARS NEW OC.

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WO 166/5910                          111 PRO  COY               APR  -  DEC  1941

DARLINGTON  CO DURHAM  

APR 10    CAPT R. DE L. WHEELER  OC,  POSTED 8/10 TO 114 COY CMP(TC)

             COY HQ AND NO 2 SECTION SITUATED AT BAPTIST SCHOOL, GRANGE RD, DARLINGTON

NOS 1 & 3 SECTIONS AT MORRIS GRANGE & SCOTCH CORNER NR RICHMOND

APR 1   1 L/CPL TRANSFERRED TO SURREY REGT; REASON : NOT LIKELY TO BECOME AN EFFICIENT MILITARY POLICEMAN.

JUN 7    COY TOOK PART I EXERCISE RUDOLPH; MOVED FROM PRESENT LOCATION TO REDCAR AND NORTHALLERTON FOR EXERCISE

JUL 18   EX AJAX - CONVOY ARRANGEMENTS, TRAFFIC DUTIES

AUG 12  SECTION 3 ESTABLISHED AT BARNARD CASTLE

AUG 16   L/CPL CHAPLIN DIED AT MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, DARLINGTON - TRAFFIC ACCIDENT

AUG 20   L/CPL CHAPLIN BURIED AT WEST CEMETERY, DARLINGTON

SEPT   LT R KITCHENER  CO

OCT 1  HQ MOVED TO HIGH BLACKWELL GATE

STRENGTH  :  3 OFFICERS,  14 0RS

PHOTO 1 STRENGTH AND LOCATIONS

DARLINGTON : LOCATIONS -  COMPANY HQ SITUATED AT THE BLACKWELLGATE, TEL. DARLINGTON 4435; STRENGTH 3 OFFICERS 14 0RS

SECTION NO 2 BAPTIST CHURCH, GRANGE RD, TEL. DARLINGTON 4446

STRENGTH - 26 ORS

SECTIONS NOS 7 & 8 177 VICTORIA RD, STRENGTH : 20 ORS

MORRIS GRANGE - SECTION NOS 1, 5 & 9, STRENGTH : 49 ORS

BARNARD CASTLE -SECTION NO 3 TEL. B/D CASTLE 133, STRENGTH : 16 ORS

DURHAM   SECTION NO 4 TEL. DURHAM 1146, STRENGTH : 16 ORS

STOCKTON - SECTION NO 6 TEL. STOCKTON 53995, STRENGTH : 16 0RS

OCT 19   CAPT G D LOCKETT POSTED TO COY AS OC

OCT 26   COURTS OF ENQUIRY INTO ACCIDENT OF L/CPL MCLENNAN AND

PTE WHITE ILLEGALLY ABSENT

NORMAL ROUTINE DUTIES.

MOVES OF OFFICERS

138083 LT S R WILLIAMS   STH LANCS

164809  LT E S SHIELDS  RWK

1833  LT J R LLOYD   RWF

187111  LT S R HUTTON   RWK

PIPE MINES

REPORTS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED OF DEATHS AND INJURIES CAUSED BY THE EXPLOSION OF PIPES FILLED WITH EXPLOSIVE, KNOWN AS “BOSCH BUMPS” AND IT HAS BEEN SUGGESTED THAT A NUMBER OF THESE TUBES, WHICH CAN EASILY BE MISTAKEN FOR ORDINARY CONSTRUCTION TUBES, ARE LYING ABOUT.   FARNBROUGH S. A HAS NO RECORD OF ISSUING OR INSTRUCTING SUCH TUBES TO BE MADE UP. ANY COMPANY HAVING SUCH TUBES IN POSSESSION OR HAVING INFORMATION REGARDING SAME WILL REPORT TO THIS HQ BY 14 FEB 43.

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WO 166/6033              DPM WESTERN COMMAND        JAN 1942 DEC 1942

CHESTER.   LT COL WH DIGGLE

CONTAINS LOCATIONS OF VULNERABLE POINTS SECTIONS

OCT 3 1942 TRAINING CENTRE PENSARN NORTH WALES.

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WO 166/6174                    1 DIV PRO COY                     JAN-DEC 1942  

JAN 1.   WEST TOFTS.   CAPT E HE SERCOMBE, LT R D PAUL, LT MUNDY, RSM COLBOURN, CQMS LAKE.   1 SECT WIDLINGTON HALL,

2 SECT 2 BRIGADE, KING’S LYNN, 3 SECT 3 BRIGADE NORTH WALSHAM, 4 SECT 38 IRISH BRIGADE VALLEY FARM, 5 SECT COY HQ WEST TOFTS, THETFORD ALSO 6 SECT.   SEVERE SNOW NO MOTORCYCLE PATROLS

FEB 2 LT COL O’CALLAGHAN, DPM EASTER COMMAND VISITS COY HQ 

APRIL 20  COY HQ TO DRILL HALL METHWOLD.   NCO’S ON STREET FIGHTING COURSE WESTHAM.

JULY 29 LT A J LEWIN NEW OC

SEPT 5 RSM COLBURN TO HQ CMP EASTERN COMMAND WOII PELL NEW A/RSM

NOV 20 COY TO ANNAND, SCOTTISH COMMAND.

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WO 166/6185                       2 DIV PRO COY               JAN-APRIL 1942

JAN 1 1942 TURKDEAN GLOUCESTERSHIRE.   CAPT J R HUNTER-BAILEY, RSM AVERY, LT SHEATH

FEB 27 TURKDEAN L/CPL 7690248 L/CPL R ADAMS INVOLVED IN A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT, SERIOUSLY INJURED, TAKEN TO TEWKSBURY HOSPITAL, PARENTS INFORMED.

MAR 4 7690248 L/CPL ADAMS DIED FROM INJURIES AT TEWKESBURY HOSP

MAR 8 L/CPL ADAMS BURIED AT MANSFIELD.

MAR 10 OC ATTENDED INQUEST INTO DEATH OF L/CPL ADAMS, VERDICT ACCIDENTAL DEATH.

MAR 3 CAPT G N LILLEY

MAR 3 2655716 RSM BAX

MAR 28 PRIME MINISTER VISITS DIVISION.

APRIL 1 VISIT OF HM THE KING

APRIL 15 EMBARKED ON HMT K3 FROM LIVERPOOL TO INDIA.

APRIL 29 ARRIVE FREETOWN.

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WO 166/6201                      3 DIV PRO COY                     JAN-DEC 1942

JAN 7  CHESHAM

FEB 17  CAPT KINDERLSEY-PORCHELL, 11 HUSSARS NEW OC

APRIL 24  1 L/CPL KILLED AS A RESULT OF A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT ON EXERCISE SAPPER ( NO NAME IN DIARY) (4344212 L/CPL S R CORNWALL).

MAY 5 EXERCISE TIGER, 1 SGT REDUCED TO CPL ON INSTRUCTIONS OF GOC 3 DIV.

JUNE 23 MAJ D W G LEE, GEN LIST APM 3 DIVISION

JULY 27 MOVED TO BURLEY, HANTS.

OCT 22  DPM SOUTHERN COMMAND LT COL MATURIN-BAIRD INSPECTED UNIT.

NOV 31 1 L/CPL KILLED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT (NO NAME IN DIARY) (3962318 PTE S P J WOLFENDEN).

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WO 166/6215                       4 DIV PRO COY                      JAN-DEC 1942

JAN 1 FARNBOROUGH.   CAPT F D CORNWALL.

APR 8/12 MOVE TO SCOTLAND, ROUTE LUTTERWORTH, DONCASTER, CATTERICK, MELROSE.

JUNE 8 MOVE TO NITHSDALE MILL, DUMFRIES.

JUNE 10 COY HQ MOREIG HOTEL DUMFRIES

JUNE 13 16 OTHER RANKS PROCEED ON BEACH COURSE, LARGS.

SEPT 5 LT JEFFREY TO 78 DIV.

OCT 1 RSM MARRIOTT TO 38 DIV PRO COY

OCT 12 RSM CANNING POSTED IN

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WO 166/6226                     5 DIV PRO COY                     JAN-MAR 1942

JAN 1 ARMAGH NORTHERN IRELAND

MAR 3 REDHILL SURREY.

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WO 166/6235        15 (SCOTTISH) DIV PRO COY        APRIL-DEC 1942

JUL 28   ALNWICK   1 SECTION POSTED TO DEPOT TO FORM 227 L OF C PRO COY

SEP 19  CAPT STUART DAPM 15 DIV

OCT 1   NORTHUMBERLAND

            CAPT  R A ROBERTS    RA    NEW OC FROM 102 PRO COY

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WO 166/6247                      38 W DIV PRO COY               JAN - OCT 1942

IN THE FIELD

SHROTON

             CAPT F DUNN

APR 7    *L/CPL ALDERSON DIED SUDDENLY AT SHROTON, THE RECTORY.  DEATH CONFIRMED AT POST MORTEM AS DUE  TO NATURAL CAUSES.  BODY SENT HOME TO WIFE AT HUDDERSFIELD

APR 8   L/CPL GALLOW STRUCK OFF STRENGTH, 21 DAYS IN HOSPITAL

JUN 15   LT O P HAIG AND 4 NCOS POSTED TO AIRBORNE DIV PRO COY

JUL 29   *L/CPL MACGREGOR DIED SHAFTESBURY MIL HOSPITAL.  POST MORTEM REVEALS GLOMERURAL NEPHRITIS.  BODY SENT TO WIFE AT BEDLINGTON, NORTHUMBERLAND

AUG 6   RSM MARRIOTT TO 4 DIV

AUG 15   RSM CANNING POSTED IN FROM 4 DIV

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WO 166/6260                       43 DIV PRO COY                  JAN - JUN 1942

JAN 6   FGCM PTE L P PEPPIATTE 7685414B STEALING AT LENHAM CANTEEN ON 18/12/41

MAR 8     RSM WADE

APR 1      CAPT J T COOKE   OC

MAY 16    CAPT POWELL NEW  OC     VICE MAJ M W INGHAM A/OC

JUN 1    TRAFFIC DUTIES IN CONNECTION WITH BOMBING OF CANTERBURY.

THE CANTERBURY SECTION RETURNED DURING THE NIGHT FROM EXERCISE

TIGER TO FIND THE BILLET WAS BOMBED OUT AND RAISED TO THE GROUND

BUT NOBODY INJURED

JUN 22    L/CPL JONES INJURED IN ACCIDENT AT BRIGHTON, COMBINATION BEING SMASHED AND DRIVER BREAKING HIS ARM

JUL 13    LOOTING NOTICES ERECTED AT MARGATE, DOVER, RAMSGATE

AUG 28   LOOTING NOTICES TAKEN DOWN

OCT 1     SECTIONS IN CHILHAM, CANTERBURY, BROADSTAIRS

OCT 5  COY TO THE LIMES, HARBLEDOWNS

NOV 30   LETTER OF THANKS RECEIVED FROM RAMSGATE BOROUGH POLICE

FOR ASSISTANCE GIVEN BY L/CPLS BARDSLEY AND THATCHER IN CONNECTION WITH APPREHENSION OF A SAILOR

DEC 1       HARBLESDOWN

                CAPT F G POWELL   TO APM 54 DIV  30/12/42

DEC 2        MAJ WILLOUGHBY NORMAN APM XII CORPS VISITS

                LT FEENEY

DEC 30     CAPT S L F DAWSON     OC

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W0 166/6275                        44 DIV PRO COY                 JAN - MAY 1942

HAMBLEDOWN                 CAPT J A BOWDEN   RA    OC

CANTERBURY  MOVE OF 44 DIV

FEB 14  LENHAM

MAR 8   * 1 SERGEANT 1 L/CPL DIED AS A RESULT OF A ROAD ACCIDENT ON 7/3/42.  BOTH WORE CRASH HELMETS BUT NONETHELESS SUSTAINED SERIOUS HEAD INJURIES ( NOT NAMED  IN DIARY) BUT WERE SGT EASTOE AND L/CPL MOORE )

WOODSIDE GREEN  MOVE OF 44 DIV AND 53 DIV

APR 1 COY MOVED TO CONMONGEN, NUTFIELD

MAY 22   LEFT NUTFIELD

MAY 26   AM GOUROCK EMBARKED SS SANTA ELENA

MAY 31    19.15 CONVOY LEFT PORT

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WO 166/6300                         46 DIV PRO COY              JAN - NOV 1942 

JAN 1   KENNINGTON, ASHFORD, KENT

SECTIONS - ASHFORD, BENENDEN, SHORNCLIFFE, RYE

MAY 3   COURT OF ENQUIRY L/CPL R READ 6098883

JUL 3 L/CPL E C FRY 544839 M/C ACCIDENT

JUL 9   CPL FLEMING 7684850 M/C A/C

JUL 23   L/CPL’S WARD J W AND STANNERS K PRESENTED WITH GOC’S CERTIFICATE OF GOOD SERVICE

JUL 25   RSM HARDY (  COLBURN )

SEP 23   DAMAGE CAUSED TO RYE BILLETS BY ENEMY ACTION 3 L/CPLS INJURED.

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WO 166/6311             47 LONDON DIV PRO COY           JAN - DEC 1942

JAN 1         WINCHESTER    CAPT P SIMMONS

JAN 7     COY HQ MOVED HQ SECTION FROM WELLINGTON HOTEL TO GOD BECOT HOTEL.

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WO 166/6324                     48 DIV PRO COY                   JAN - DEC 1942

LINCOLNSHIRE        CAPT H P LOW

JAN 31     LINCOLN

               2/LT J K B INGHAM POSTED IN VICE LT N BOYCE

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WO 166/6335           49(WR) DIV PRO COY                    MAY - DEC 1942

APR 11 CAPT CARRUTHERS WITH 2 SECTION ARRIVE IN RIVER CLYDE ON SS ORDUNK.

APR 12 DIV HQ WHITNEY COURT, WHITNEY UPON WYE

APR 19 30 NCO’S TO COLLECT TRANSPORT FROM ICELAND.

APR 24 COY BILLETS TO WEMBLEY (SW OF LEOMINSTER).

JUNE 6 SGT HARDACRE AND 9 NCO’S ATTEND FUNERAL OF RAF SERVICE POLICEMAN AT BRILLEY CHURCH AND ACTED AS BEARERS AND FIRING PARTY. (1120670 AC2 R J BRENT RAFVR AGE 21 DIED 28/5/1942)

JUNE 30 PART I ORDER 4104300 L/CPL G FLETCHER AND 4799556 L/CPL W BOTHAMLEY COMMENDATION FOR WORK CARRIED OUT WITH ALLEGED LARCENY OF MONEY AT KINGSTON.   OFFENDER ARRESTED.

SEPT 11 PART OF PART I ORDER NO 16. BY CAPT W M J CARRUTHERS.

DRESS - THE FOLLOWING ORDERS REGARDING DRESS WILL COME INTO EFFECT IMMEDIATELY.

DUTY ORDER BATTLE DRESS, BELT, HOLSTER, POUCH PISTOL, HIGHLY POLISHED BOOTS, TROUSERS WITH CREASE, RED CAP COVER AND ARMBAND.   ALL EQUIPMENT TO BE BLANCOED.   RESPIRATORS WILL BE WORN IN THE SLUNG POSITION, MACKINTOCHE’S MAY BE WORN DURING INCLEMENT WEATHER WITH THE COLLAR DOWN AND FULLY BUTTONED PROVIDING BOTH NCO’S ON THE PATROL WEAR THEM.   GAITERS WILL BE WORN.

BOOTS - ONE PAIR WILL BE HIGHLY POLISHED, THE OTHER PAIR DUBBINED.   MOTORCYCLE BOOTS WILL BE DUBBINED.

TITLES - IN FUTURE NO BRASS CMP NUMERALS WILL BE WORN IN BATTLE DRESS.   CLOTH NUMERALS WILL BE WORN IF IN POSSESSION.   THIS CHANGE WILL BE AFFECTED FORTHWITH.   NO NUMERALS WILL BE WORN ON OVERCOATS, NEITHER WILL THE DIVISIONAL SIGN BE WORN THEREON.   ONLY THE RED BAR (ARM OF SERVICE STRIP) AND BADGE OF RANK WILL BE WORN ON THE OVERCOAT SLEEVE.

WHISTLES - THE WHISTLE WILL BE CARRIED IN THE LEFT HAND POCKET OF THE BATTLE DRESS BLOUSE, THE CHAIN PASSING THROUGH THE SECOND BUTTON HOLE TO THE LOOP IN THE TOP BUTTON HOLE.   ONLY THE SHORTEST LENGTH OF CHAIN WILL BE SHOWN ,i e  BETWEEN POCKET AND SECOND BUTTON HOLE.

DIVISIONAL SIGNS - ONLY THE OFFICIAL OR ORDNANCE TYPE OF SIGN WILL BE WORN.   OTHERS WILL BE REMOVED FORTHWITH AND REPLACED AS ORDERED.

BLANCO - ONLY “PICKERINGS” BLANCO NO. 103 (A FREE TABLET OF WHICH HAS BEEN ISSUED), WILL BE USED IN FUTURE.   BRASSES ON BATTLE EQUIPMENT WILL NOT BE POLISHED, BUT WILL BE KEPT CLEAN AND FREE FROM DIRT AND VERDIGRIS.

MOTORCYCLE DRESS - CRASH HELMETS, DENIM TUNICS, RIDING BREECHES AND HIGH BOOT, BELT, POUCH, HOLSTER AND PISTOL.   DURING INCLEMENT WEATHER, MACKINTOSH MOTOR CYCLING COATS AND LEGGINGS MAY BE WORN, IF IN POSSESSION.   NO FURTHER ISSUE OF LEGGINGS WILL BE MADE.   WHEN ON EXERCISE, RESPIRATOR WILL BE WORN IN THE ALERT POSITION, OTHERWISE IN THE SLUNG POSITION,   DURING EXERCISES, MARCHING ORDER WILL BE WORN.

MT MAINTENANCE - DENIM OVERALLS WILL ALWAYS BE WORN,   EVERY NCO (EXCEPT SGTS) IN THE COMPANY WILL BE IN POSSESSION OF THIS ARTICLE OF CLOTHING.   MT GLOVES WILL NOT BE USED FOR MAINTENANCE.

MT TASK SYSTEM - THE NEW 412 FOR VEHICLES SETS OUT THE TASK SYSTEMS - PAGE 4 FOR TRUCKS AND PAGE 14 FOR MOTORCYCLES.   ATTENTION WILL ALSO BE PAID TO THE MAINTENANCE INSTRUCTIONS

MOTORCYCLES - THE DAILY TASK WILL BE CARRIED OUT BY EACH NCO WHO HAS A MOTORCYCLE ON HIS CHARGE (NCO’S ON LEAVE ONLY EXCEPTED). THE 6 TASKS WILL BE CARRIED OUT:- TASK NO.1 ON MONDAYS, TASK NO.2 ON TUESDAYS, TASK NO.3 ON WEDNESDAYS, TASK NO.4 ON THURSDAYS, TASK NO.5 ON FRIDAYS AND TASK NO.6 ON SATURDAYS.

TRUCKS - THE DAILY TASK FOR TRUCKS WILL BE CARRIED OUT AS FOLLOWS:- TASK NO. 1 ON WEDNESDAY AUGUST 12, 1942 AND SO ON, EXCLUDING SUNDAYS, UNTIL THE 16 TASKS ARE COMPLETED ON THE 29TH AUGUST 1942.   TASK NO.1 WILL THEREFORE START AGAIN ON THE 31ST AUGUST 1942.   THERE WILL BE AN INSPECTION OF EVERY VEHICLE AT LEAST ONCE A MONTH.

OCT 28   FGCM 3185872 PTE ANDREW JOHNSON, 49 DIV PRO COY ABSENT.

OCT 30   MOVE TO WHITNEY.

NOV 27   PART I ORDER 7686606 U/L/CPL J BUNCE REDUCED TO PTE. DISOBEYING A LAWFUL COMMAND GIVEN TO HIM BY

   LT. J W F TOWNLEY-FLETCHER.

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WO 166/            52(LOWLAND) DIV PRO COY       JAN - DEC 1942

JAN 1   POLMAISE, STIRLING.   RSM BRADSHAW.

MAY 30    L/CPL HANNA ABSENT WITHOUT LEAVE.

MAY 31    L/CPL HANNA SURRENDERED TO CIVIL POLICE LEVEN.

JUNE 24   SGT HUTCHINSON AWARDED A CERTIFICATE OF MERIT.

SEPT 1     ROTHES  CAPT S HALLAT, CAPT J A HAMILTON, RSM STANNAGE

SEPT 11   L/CPL FRITH IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT ROTHES.

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WO 166/6378        53 (WELCH) DIVISION PRO COY     JAN - DEC 1942

APR      WHITCHURCH, LITCHFIELD, YATTENDEN, LENHAM

AUG 1   LENHAM.   RSM ELSENDEN

DEC 11  LOOSE (NR MAIDSTONE KENT).   CAPT J E IRWIN LATER OC 55 DIV PRO COY.   APM MAJ R D HAMMOND.

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WO 166/6404     55 (WEST LANCS) DIV PRO COY        JAN - DEC 1942

JAN 1    ALLERTHORPE, YORKS   CAPT D CLITHEROW-SMITH

MAY 1   BARNBY ON THE MOOR

JUNE 14  CAPT CLITHEROW-SMITH TO 11 ARMD DIV AS DAPM.

JUNE 24  3601592 L/CPL J W RIGBY INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT ADMITTED TO PINDERFIELDS HOSPITAL WAKEFIELD.

JUNE 27 3601592 L/CPL RIGBY J W DIED AT 02.15HRS AT PINDERFIELDS HOSPITAL WAKEFIELD FROM INJURIES REPORTED IN JUNE 24 WAR DIARY.

JUNE 29   INQUEST AT PINDERFIELDS HOSPITAL, CSM AND LT GARDNER ATTENDED. VERDICT DEATH BY MISADVENTURE.  

AUG CAPT R H L POSGATE POSTED IN.

DEC 1    BAINTON (NR DRIFFIELD) DIV HQ DALTON HALL.

DEC 6     CAPT R H L POSGATE MBE RA TO 55 DIV HQ.  LT J N BOWES NEW OC.

DEC 29 13.00HRS CQMS BLOWER ADVANCE PARTY KILLED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT AT MERE, DORSET ON WAY TO NEW LOCATION AT BERKELEY

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WO 166/6418         56 (LONDON) DIVISION PRO COY     JAN-JUL 1942

MAY 21   NIGHT GUIDES - SECTION COMMANDERS WILL DRAW LIGHT GUIDES FROM QM STORES IMMEDIATELY.   INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE:  THE GUIDES MUST BE EXPOSED TO DAYLIGHT FOR WHOLE OF DAY PRECEDING USE AND FINALLY HELD UNDER AN ELECTRIC LIGHT FOR HALF A MINUTE OR MORE.   GREAT CARE MUST BE TAKEN IN HANDLING TO AVOID SCRATCHING THE VARNISH.   GUIDES CAN BE RE-DIPPED IF BADLY SCRATCHED.   IT IS OF INTEREST TO NOTE THAT AFTER 6 HOURS THE LUMINOSITY FADES AND CEASES TO BE OF PRACTICAL USE AFTER 8 HOURS.   IN DAMP CONDITIONS THE LUMINOSITY FADES RAPIDLY BUT IN A COUNTRY SUCH AS EGYPT, WHERE THE SUN IS POWERFUL AND THE CLIMATE DRY, THEY ARE VERY EFFICIENT.   IN THE DRY COLD OF RUSSIA ALSO THEY HAVE PROVED MOST EFFICIENT.   GUIDES CAN BE USED WITH ADVANTAGE BY PLACING THEM AT 2 OR 3 YARD INTERVALS ON JUNCTIONS AND CORNERS.

JUL 2   GREAT YELDHAM.   CAPT D H MAURICE

JUL 7   DAILY ORDERS. CIVILIAN DRIVERS FAILING TO OBEY CMP.   WHILST EMPLOYED ON AN ABSENTEE CHECK, A L/CPL CMP SIGNALLED THE DRIVER OF A CIVILIAN LORRY TO STOP.   THE DRIVER REFUSED AND ACCELERATED, BUT WAS FOLLOWED AND BROUGHT TO A STANDSTILL.   HE REFUSED TO PRODUCE HIS IDENTITY CARD.   ON JUNE 12TH AT NEWBURY POLICE COURT THE DRIVER WAS, ON THE CMP EVIDENCE, CONVICTED AND FINED £5 FOR FAILING TO STOP, £10 FOR DANGEROUS DRIVING, COSTS 10/-, AND LICENCE ENDORSED.   THE MAGISTRATE STATED THAT ONLY THE FACT THAT THE DRIVER WAS EMPLOYED BY THE MINISTRY OF FOOD PREVENTED HIS DRIVING LICENCE BEING WITHDRAWN.

COMPLIMENTS - HOME GUARD OFFICERS PENDING THE PUBLICATION OF AN ORDER THAT REGULAR SOLDIERS SHOULD SALUTE HG OFFICERS AND VICE VERSA, OR’S OF THE CMP WILL AS A MATTER OF COURTESY PAY COMPLIMENTS TO HG OFFICERS.   IN SO DOING THEY ADD TO THE GOOD UNDERSTANDING AND MUTUAL CONFIDENCE THAT EXISTS BETWEEN THE HOME GUARD AND THE REGULAR ARMY.

WAR DIARY ALSO CONTAINS A COMPLETE NOMINAL ROLL OF 56 DIV PRO COY.

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WO 166/6432                     59 DIV PRO COY                        JAN - DEC 1942

JAN   DROMORE CO DOWN.  CAPT E C BRADBURY.

JAN  29   CASTLEWELLAN DIV TROOPS MESSAGE PASSING COMPETITION, SEMI-FINALS WON BY COY TEAM.

FEB 13   DUBLIN L/CPL COOK BOXED AT DUBLIN FOR IABA, LOST ON POINTS.

              LT HEMERY ARR MAY

              CAPT J D KERRISON ARR JUN

SEPT 27  5505671 L/CPL E R GRIFFITHS DIED AT NO 10 STATION HOSPITAL, EBRINGTON BARRACKS, LONDONDERRY AS A RESULT OF INJURIES RECEIVED IN A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT.

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WO 166/6454                           76 DIV PRO COY                 FEB - JULY 1942

MAR 3   NORWICH     COY MOVE FROM TROWSE HOUSE,WHITE HART INN

APPR 27/29 AIR RAIDS, MT DAMAGED 1 X 15CWT TRUCK, 1 X UTILITY, 5 X MOTORCYCLES.

MAY 1  COY BILLET AT WHITE HART INN VACATED OWING TO DAMAGE DONE BY BOMB FALLING ON GARAGE NEXT DOOR.

JUNE 1   ATS PROVOST PATROLS IN COMPANY OF CMP.

JUNE 22  CAPT M C CHITTOCK NORFOLK REGT NEW OC.

OCT 12   1 SGT, 8 US MP’S ATTACHED TO COMPANY

OCT 13    CAPT M C CHITTOCK OC TO DEPOT AS ADJUTANT.

OCT 18   LT D T GILTINAS TEMPORARY OC.

DEC 6     NORWICH CAPT J P DUNPHY, BEDS & HERTS, BILLETS 2,3,4 CARROW HILL AND 19 BRACONAN.   TOTAL CHARGES FOR NOV 132.

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WO 166/6463                 77 DIV PRO COY                        JAN - DEC 1942

JAN 1 FORMERLY AT MYCHETT.   CAPT R H HARRISON.

JAN 17 SOUTH TOWTON, DEVON NEW COMPANY LOCATION.

JAN 19 CAPT H A L CHAPPLE, SGT SEDGWICK APPOINTED COY RSM.

TRAINING AND EXERCISE DETAILS.

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WO 166/6483       GUARDS ARMD DIV PRO COY            JAN - DEC 1942

JAN 1  CHEWTON MENDIP.   LT M RENSHAW    CAPT J INNES

FEB 27   EXERCISE HAWK.   DURING THIS EXERCISE 2694828 L/CPL SCOTT W MET WITH A FATAL ACCIDENT WHILST MOTORCYCLING.

MAR 13   COURT OF ENQUIRY WAS HELD TO ENQUIRE INTO THE CIRCUMSTANCES WHEREBY 2694828 L/CPL SCOTT W ACCIDENTALLY LOST HIS LIFE AND ALSO TO ENQUIRE INTO THE LOSS OF TOOL FROM WD FORDSON 4 SEATER. NO. 4564884.

APRIL 28   2 DAYS TAKEN UP WITH ASSISTING THE CIVIL AUTHORITIES IN BATH AFTER SEVERE AIR RAID.   DUTIES PERFORMED, TRAFFIC CONTROL, DEVIATIONS AND HELP WITH REMOVAL OF DEAD.

MAY 22 COURT OF ENQUIRY SAT AT 14.00HRS TO INQUIRE INTO CIRCUMSTANCES UNDER WHICH L/CPL JONES WAS INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT AND ALSO TO REPORT THE LOSS OF TOOLS FROM NORTON

MOTORCYCLE ON CHARGE TO THE LATE L/CPL SCOTT.

JUNE 23   NOTIFICATION THAT RSM BLENKHARN J HAD BEEN AWARDED THE C IN C CERTIFICATE FOR GOOD SERVICE.

JUNE 30   COURT OF ENQUIRY INTO ACCIDENT INVOLVING L/CPL HILL.

JULY 8   L/CPL HILL C PROCEEDED TO WELLS IN CONNECTION WITH AN INQUEST BEING HELD ON AN AIRMAN KILLED IN AN AIRCRASH.

AUG 8   NOTIFICATION RECEIVED THAT AN ACT OF GALLANTRY SHOULD BE RECORDED ON THE DOCUMENTS OF 2612542 L/CPL HILL C IN THAT HE AT GREAT PERSONAL RISK DRAGGED A PILOT FROM A BURNING TOMAHAWK AEROPLANE, THE PILOT WAS UNFORTUNATELY DEAD.

OCT 14   WARMINSTER BARRACKS FGCM L/CPL W BURROWS GUARDS ARMD DIV PRO COY, ACQUITTED.

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WO 166/6495                      6 ARMD DIV PRO COY           JAN-OCT 1942

JAN   WICKEN, NORTHANTS,  CAPT G G C H ANDERSON SCOTS GREYS POSTED 19/2/1942.

JAN 18 LT MOORE-STEVENS 1 GLOUCESTER HUSSARS

FEB 19 37225 CAPT ELLICE J  RA NEW OC.

APRIL 11  LT ROWE APP SUBALTERN

MAY 4 IRVINE, NEW LOCATION, EXERCISED ON ISLE OF ARRAN.

OCT 25/31 PROCEEDING TO PORT OF EMBARKATION.

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WO 166/6506         8 ARMD DIV PRO COY                     JAN - APR 1942

SALFORD            CAPT J C BIRTS,

                   LT A J PHILLIPS POSTED IN FROM HQ 8 ARMD DIV.

                   LT H R DENTON POSTED TO 44 DIV PRO COY

APRIL 21     LT A BLACKBURN POSTED IN FROM 44 DIV PRO COY.

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WO 166/6517                9 ARMD DIV PRO COY             JAN - NOV 1942

JAN 1 SPRATTON.   P/168447 LT J TAYLOR OC, P/58229 L/LT F G P QUIXLEY

JAN 24 P/41386 CAPT H T MORGAN OC, 7683875 RSM F A PICK.

MAY 6 BEECHWOOD HOUSE, EXNING, SUFFOLK NEW COY HQ.

AUG 12 CHESTER LE STREET. CO DURHAM NEW HQ.

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WO 166/6526                11 ARMD DIV PRO COY              JAN - DEC 1942

JAN 12 SCARBOROUGH.   CAPT C A W MATHEW.

JUNE 3 DORKING, SURREY NEW HQ.

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WO 166/6534     42 ARMD DIV PRO COY   FEB - JUNE 1942 - JAN 1943

LEYBURN YORKS.   CAPT J O KERRISON (P/131406) GEN LIST OC

                            LT S G A GUY (P/185815) EX SGT CMP

MAY 8 CAPT KERRISON POSTED AS OC 61 DIV PRO COY.   CAPT E W O LAMBERT (P/69735 RASC NEW OC.

JULY 1 COY MOVES TO GANTHORPE, YORKS.

JULY 7 COY MOVES TO SCARBOROUGH.

NOV 18 DIVISIONAL EXERCISE UNICORN.

(JAN - MAY ARE RECORDED BY NATIONAL ARCHIVE A STORED IN “1941 BOX”).

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WO 166/6542                 79 ARMD DIV PRO COY           OCT - DEC 1942

KIRKSTALL, LEEDS.   CAPT L C READ

OCT 23 COY FORMED.

DEC 3 LT SHILLINGLAW POSTED TO COY.

DEC 12 ONE SECTION TOOK PART IN EXERCISE WITH 115 INF BDE.

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W0166/9788                          A GROUP  TC                    JAN  -  DEC 1942

LEEDS   3 DAVIES AVE, LEEDS 8.   MAJ A S GILES SHERWOOD FORESTERS   OC

FEB 5   B GROUP DARLINGTON CEASED TO OPERATE

DEC 1   RELIEVED BY D GROUP CMP FROM DONCASTER TO DARLINGTON

D GROUP NORTHUMBRIAN DIST  4 COY

A GROUP WEST EAST RIDING  DIST 3 COY

C GROUP NORTH MIDLAND LINCS DIST 3 COY

* PHOTO LIST OF OFFICERS,  A GROUP

MAY 6   HQ   56 VANE TERRACE, DARLINGTON.

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WO 166/9789                        B GROUP  TC                      JAN  -  DEC 1942

LEEDS   3 DAVIES AVENUE, ROUNDHAY LEEDS 8.  MAJ F N TOMLINSON   LOYALS

71 COY   240 BALBY RD, DONCASTER

73 COY HORNGARTH , RIPLEY

78 COY CHEVET HALL, WAKEFIELD

JUL 18   MOVE TO DARLINGTON, TAKE OUT A GROUP

JUL 19   62 COY    56 CLAYPATH, DURHAM

            65 COY       GOLF CLUB HOUSE, MORPETH

            66 COY     EARLS ORCHARD HOUSE, RICHMOND

            71 COY     EAST LODGE, THE DRIVE, GOSFORTH

            77 COY     11 FINKLE ST, THIRSK

SEP 5   MAJ R A HOLMES MBE, MC     OC B GROUP

SEP 7  * PHOTOS  LOCATION STATEMENT AND OFFICERS LISTS

OCT 1   8 COY  RICHMOND

NOV 1   CO AND APM CMP CENTRE, SCHOOL AYCLIFFE.

LOCATION STATEMENT 7/9/42

home command 2 064.JPG

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WO 166/9790                          C GROUP  TC                  JAN  -  DEC 1942

NOTTINGHAM           MAJ R N HOLMES

FEB 1   78 COY TO NEWARK,  B GROUP

FEB 20   * PHOTO  LOCATION STATEMENT.

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WO 166/9791                        D GROUP  TC                   JAN  -  DEC 1942

DONCASTER

JAN 1   MAJ H A D CULLEN   OC

JAN 30   4 TO 2 COYS;  69, 79 COYS TO BE GROUP RE-ORGANISATION ABSORBED INTO OTHER GROUPS

JUL 12   TC BATTLE AND TECHNICAL SCHOOL FORMED AT PARTINGTON PARK, ABERFORD FOR ALL TC COYS IN NORTHERN COMMAND TO UNDERGO A COURSE OF 1 WEEK’S DURATION FOR THE PURPOSE OF TESTING THEIR EFFICIENCY.  ALL TROOPS ACCOMMODATED UNDER CANVAS

JUL 13   80 COY ON 1ST COURSE

JUL 20   SCHOOL CLOSED UNTIL 2 AUG 42

AUG 2   63 COY ATTEND COURSE

AUG 9   81 COY ATTEND COURSE

OCT 11   SCHOOL CLOSED

DEC 9    DONCASTER   D GROUP TO 69 WOODLANDS RD, DARLINGTON

DEC 10  TOOK OVER AREA FROM B GROUP

            76, 77, 78, 80 COYS.

            * PHOTOS LOCATIONS OF SECTIONS.

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WO 166/9792                           E GROUP  TC                 JAN  -  DEC 1942

REIGATE

CAPT H ALSOP

JAN 2   COURT OF ENQUIRY HOW 3596505 PTE T CAVANAGH BECAME INJURED

MAR 12   MAJ M F DUDGEON MC   5 DG   NOW OC

MAY 2   COURT OF ENQUIRY HOW 62858811 PTE NICHOLS J RECEIVED INJURIES

NOV 23   COURT OF ENQUIRY HOW 3307917  L/CPL STEWART A 4 COY RECEIVED INJURIES

NOV   MAJ H F LITCHFIELD 48866   OC.

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WO 166/9793                                F GROUP TC                 JAN, SEP 1942

11 CORPS DISTRICT          MAJ A WOODS  MM

FEB 10    DISBANDMENT OF GROUP HQ AND 9 AND 11 COYS

FEB 11   8 COY TO V GROUP______________________________

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WO 166/9794                        G GROUP  TC                      JAN, MAR 1942

NEWMARKET     MAJ O W RAIT-SMITH   RSF

FEB 9   LETTER OF AUTHORITY TO DISBAND GROUP

FB 11    8 COY TO V GROUP.

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WO 166/9795                     H GROUP  TC                          JAN, MAR 1942

PERTH                  MAJ C H STEWART   RE

APR   DISBANDED.

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WO 166/9796                        I GROUP  TC                       JAN, MAR 1942

EDINBURGH            MAJ H F C GOVAN

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WO 166/9797                     K GROUP  TC                          JAN - DEC 1942

OXFORD   SCHOOL OF RURAL ECONOMY, PARK RD  

MAJ A F W ANDERSEN 7 H

APR 9   LOCATION 41 COY, 12 LYPIATTE TERR, CHELTENHAM

2 SECTION - NELSON HALL, CIRENCESTER

                  PORTCULLIS HOUSE, ACTON TURVILLE

42 COY   13 NORHAM RD, OXFORD

2 SECTION - ST JOSEPH’S ASTON NR BROMPTON OXFORD

MIDDLE ASTON HOUSE, MIDDLE ASTON

43 COY - 11 DUKE ST READING

2 SECTION THE ELMS, DONNINGTON, NR NEWBURY

1 SECTION - CHAPEL OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD, WANTAGE

MAY 20   57191 MAJ ANDERSEN LEAVES

 8429 MAJ G E SEBAG-MONTIFIORE MBE ARRIVES

DEC 16    MAJ SEBAG-MONTIFIORE TO CMP DEPOT

MAJ D W RAIT-SMITH  NEW OC

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WO 166/9798                      L  GROUP  TC                     MAR  -  DEC 1941

MAR 9   WINCHESTER   12297 MAJ J P HUFFAM VC   DWR    OC

44 COY   WINCHESTER

45 COY   SHAFTESBURY

46 COY   CHIPPENHAM

50 COY   SALISBURY

AUG 10   112 & 114 COYS MOVE FROM N I TO L GROUP

112 COY   14 NORLANDS RD, SOUTHAMPTON

114 COY   RUMBOLD HOUSE, RUMBOLD RD,SALISBURY

5 COY   4 BLOCKHALL RD, EXETER

1 COY   MANSHIPS SALEROOMS, BRIDGWATER

              MAINLY MOVEMENTS OF OFFICERS.

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WO 166/9799                          M  GROUP  TC                  SEP  -  DEC 1942

SALISBURY        CAPT E A SWINDEN 91702   GR HOW

SEP 26   M  GROUP FORMED

OCT 27   HQ  -  4 BLACKWELL RD EXETER  NO COY UNDER COMMAND

NOV 25   HQ - HAYWARD’S HEATH.

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WO 166/9800                          N GROUP TC                      JAN - APR 1942

LT COL R F SYMONDS OBE TD.

TRAINING IN ACCORDANCE WITH NORMAL COY PROGRAMMES.   POSTING OF OTHER RANKS.

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WO 166/9801                      O  GROUP  TC                         JAN, FEB 1942

TUNBRIDGE WELLS        MAJ M F DUDGEON  MC

JAN 14   CONFERENCE REGARDING DISBANDMENT OF O GROUP.

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WO 166/9802                         P  GROUP  TC                   JAN  -  DEC 1942

PRESTON                 MAJ D W RAIT-SMITH

JAN 11   MAJ G W PENNINGTON

FEB 7   23 COY TO BE DISBANDED

SEP 9   MAJ PENNINGTON TO APM CENTRAL MIDLAND DISTRICT

NEW OC MAJ D W RAIT-SMITH.

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WO 166/9803                         Q  GROUP  TC                   JAN  -  DEC 1942

CHESTER  -  THE OLD GLASS HOUSE, WHITCHURCH RD

                  MAJ R J E CONANT  MP

APR 4     25 COY * SGT TUSLER DIED IN HOSPITAL FOLLOWING A M/C ACCIDENT AT DAWLEY

APR 15   25 COY INQUEST INTO DEATH OF SGT TUSLER.   ACCIDENTAL DEATH DUE TO ASPHYXIATION WHILE UNDER ANAESTHETIC.

APR 22   MAJ CONANT TO WO

JUL 21/27   GROUP BIVOUAC CAMP AT COED COCH, N WALES - 250 ORS

JUL 28/31   GROUP BIVOUAC CAMP 230 ORS

SEP 7 & 10   COED COCH - INTENSIVE TRAINING UNDER CANVAS 

SEP 9   MAJ D W RAIT-SMITH     NEW  OC

SEP 25   1 OFFICER AND 40 ORS POSTED TO AINTREE RACECOURSE TO DEAL WITH AMERICAN TRAFFIC.  MANY CONVOYS COMING THROUGH THIS AREA.   MOD TRAFFIC MUCH HEAVIER THIS MONTH

OCT 2/28  MOVEMENT OF US FORCES  * PHOTO OF DETAILS.

NO OF CONVOYS HANDLED IN  1 MONTH

24 COY   372  - 10,096 VEHICLES

25 COY   196      4,791 VEH

26 COY   485     10,409 VEH

27 COY   148      2,067

 UNLOADING FROM SHIPS OF AMERICAN HEAVY VEHICLES AT LIVERPOOL, CONTROLLING THEM TO CHESTER RACECOURSE FOR DISPERSAL TO VARIOUS CAMPS IN THE GROUP AREA. RETURNING USAF HEAVY VEHICLES RELOADED AND SHIPPED TO UNKNOWN DESTINATIONS..

GROUP COMMANDER VISITED 24 COY WITH REGARDS TO COMPLAINTS OF THERE BEING NO ESPRIT DE CORPS.  CPY CONFERENCE HELD AT CHESTER.  COURT OF INQUIRY INTO THE ALLEGATIONS THAT COMPLAINTS BY PERSONNEL OF 24 COY WERE NOT REDRESSED

NOV 25   FSP ATTEMPTED TO OBTAIN SECURITY DOCS AT 25 COY

DEC 30   27 COY TO EASTERN COMMAND    MAJ M A FREEMANTLE

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WO 166/9804                         S  GROUP  TC                   JAN  -  DEC 1942

ABERGAVENNY

MAJ G F TAYLOR

DEC 29    74 COY TO GODSTONE, SURREY

DEC 31   28 COY & 2 SECT  -  CARDIFF

                            2 SECT  -  NEATH

                            2 SECT  -  BRECON

            102 COY & 2 SECT  -  ABERGAVENNY

                            2 SECT  -  NEWPORT

                            1 SECT  -  MONMOUTH

LOTS OF BOLERO CONVOYS (?)

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WO 166/9805                         V  GROUP  TC                   JUL  -  DEC 1942

REIGATE               MAJ J R G HART  MM   15/19 H

AUG 16   SIGNAL MESSAGE, PREPARATORY ORDER FOR HDV GROUP AND 75 AND 103 COY READY TO MOVE OVERSEAS (TROPICAL ) FROM 6 OCT;  VEHICLES TO BE READY BY 24 SEP

AUG 20   COY CARRIED OUT TESTS WITH NIGHT LIGHT GUIDES ( LUMINOUS ARROWS ) TO DECIDE BEST METHOD OF CHANGING SUCH GUIDES.  TWO METHODS WERE TESTED

a) EXPOSURE TO RETURN SUNLIGHT

b) EXPOSURE TO AN ARTIFICIAL LIGHT ( ELECTRIC LIGHT )

SEP 21   PHOTO NIGHT GUIDES  -  NOT MUCH DIFFERENCE, SO BEARING IN MIND THE DIFFICULTY OF FINDING AN ELECTRIC SOURCE DURING ACTION, SUNLIGHT IS PROBABLY BETTER.

CONCLUSION - THESE GUIDES ARE GOOD AS A BACK UP ON STRETCHES OF ROAD WHERE THERE ARE TRAFFIC LAMPS SET OUT AND SHOULD NOT BE RELIED ON BY THEMSELVES AND ONLY USED AS AN ADJUNCT TO GUARD LAMPS.

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WO 166/9806                          Z GROUP TC                     JAN - DEC 1942

BELFAST.   MAJ J M PAGE OC.

TRAFFIC CONTROL DUTIES, SIGNING, CONVOYS ETC.

DEC MOVE TO BIRMINGHAM.

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WO 166/9807                        1 COY  TC                         JUN  -  DEC 1942

SOUTHAMPTON          CAPT H METTAM    KOYLI

AUG 27   DITTON MAIDSTONE  LEFT BILLETS AND PROCEEDED TO BRIDGWATER SOMERSET ON TRANSFER FROM E GROUP TO L GROUP SOUTHERN COMMAND - 1 OFFICER, 60 ORS, 4 x LORRIES, 2 M/CS, 1 CAR

BRIDGWATER - 3 OFFICERS, 88 ORS, 5 LORRIES, 25 M/CS, 2 CARS, BILLETS AT MAUNSEL HOUSE, NORTH NEWTON, COY HQ AND 2 SECT CLARENCE BALLROOM, BRIDGWATER, COY OFFICE MANCHIPS SALEROOM,CORNHILL

AUG 17   TAUNTON  -  3 SECT FROM MAUNSEL HOUSE TO 60 HIGH ST,

SEP 10   HAND OVER BRIDGWATER AND TAUNTON TO 112 COY TC, MOVE TO SOUTHAMPTON, TOOK OVER BILLETS OF 112 COY AT SOUTHAMPTON, WINCHESTER AND BASINGSTOKE.

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WO 166/9808                             5 COY  TC                    AUG  -  SEP 1942

SEP   EXETER             CAPT L H HORTON MC

NOTHING OF MILITARY IMPORTANCE TO RECORD.

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WO 166/9809                            15 COY  TC                  JAN  -  MAR 1942

BRANDON             CAPT A J LEWIS

JAN 10   COY HQ CLOSED DOWN BRANDON HOUSE AND OPENED AT

ST MARY’S PARISH HALL, ELY.  PERSONNEL POSTED TO VARIOUS COYS

3 TO 24, 1 TO 25, 7 TO 27, 5 TO 28, 2 TO 29, 5 TO 30, 4 TO 102 COYS

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WO 166/9810                              17 COY  TC                JAN  -  FEB 1942

WISBECH        NOTHING OF NOTE

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WO 166/9811                             29 COY  TC                   JAN  -  DEC 1942

WARWICKSHIRE AND STAFFORDSHIRE

             CONVOYS AND ESCORTS.

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WO 166/9812                       30  COY  TC                      JAN  -  DEC 1942

LEOMINSTER          CAPT T C P MCPHERSON

                            CAPT A E P SECKER   MAL

                                   ALL CONVOY ESCORTS

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WO 166/9813                            44  COY  TC                   JAN  -  APR 1942

WINCHESTER          CAPT G S KEEN      NOTHING OF NOTE.

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WO 166/9814                            46  COY  TC                   JAN  -  DEC 1942

1941

MANTON              CAPT A E SWINDEN

DEC     ORDERS RE WEARING OF SIGNS/FLASHES *PHOTO

2   WEARING OF SIGNS AND FLASHES

ORDERS RELATING TO THE WEARING OF COMMAND SIGNS, TC FLASHES AND REGIMENTAL STRIPS ARE REPEATED FOR FULL COMPLIANCE BY ALL RANKS:-

BLOUSE B D - S C SIGN, T C FLASH AND REGIMENTAL STRIP

JACKET S D  -  S C SIGN AND TC FLASH ONLY

GREATCOATS - T C SIGN AND REGIMENTAL FLASH ONLY.

THE SIGNS ARE SHOWN IN ORDER FROM THE SHOULDER DOWNWARDS AND SHOULD BE SPACED ½ INS APART WITH THE S C SIGN 1 INCH FROM THE SHOULDER SEAM. THE CORRECT WEARING OF THESE SIGNS WILL BE TAKEN

INTO USE AS SOON AS SECTION REQUIREMENTS CAN BE FULFILLED. SECTION SERGEANTS WILL FORWARD NOMINAL ROLLS TO THE CQMS IMMEDIATELY SHOWING REQUIREMENTS FOR FOR A C IS AND OC COY

1942

JAN 18   LITTLE GEORGE HOTEL, CHIPPENHAM

FEB   CAPT G M CHAPMAN

FEB 11   COURT OF ENQUIRY INTO PTE NELSON’S M/C ACCIDENT  19/1/42

APR 25   E A BOMBS DROPPED AT THE FOLLY X-ROADS.  ASSISTANCE RENDERED TO THE CIVILIAN AUTHORITIES AT THE FOLLY

APR 27   BUS PROVIDED TO ASSIST IN EVACUATION BATH PEOPLE TO REST CENTRE, CORSHAM

OCT 5   SERIOUS ACCIDENT TO 5884956 PTE R HATCHER (DR).

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WO 166/9815                        49 COY TC                       JAN  -  OCT 1942

AYLESBURY         CAPT G E SHARP   E. YORKS

MAR 3   4538978 PTE WHITEHOUSE D - 14 DAYS FP FOR CONTEMPT OF AN ORDER BY HIS SUPERIOR OFFICER.  ATTACHED TO 10 COY GLOUCESTER’S DURING SERVICE OF AWARD

5831954 PTE DALY P AWARDED 10 DAYS FP NOT COMPLYING WITH AN ORDER GIVEN BY A SNCO, 2 CORP FP CAMP, WOODBURN PK, EVERTON

DET BUTSWORTH, DAVENTRY UPON HALL THRAPSTON

APR 1   DAILY ORDERS PHOTOS

 CAPES ANTI-GAS: PAINTING OF BADGES OF RANK ON

i)  ALL CAPES ANTI-GAS WILL IN FUTURE BE MARKED WITH THE APPROPRIATE BADGES OF RANK OF THE INDIVIDUAL TO WHOM THEY HAVE BEEN ISSUED.

ii)  THE BADGES WILL BE NEATLY PAINTED WITH DETECTOR PAINT, NO 1

( GREEN COLOUR) ON BOTH SLEEVES OF THE CAPE OVER A PORTION OF THE AREA PREVIOUSLY TREATED WITH DETECTOR PAINT NO 2 ( KHAKI COLOUR )

IN THE CASE OF OFFICERS THE APPROPRIATE BADGES WILL PAINTED ON EACH SHOULDER, AND IN THE CASE OF A WARRANT OFFICER OR NCO ON THE UPPER PORTION OF EACH SLEEVE OF THE CAPE

 SEP 9   *4259667 SGT CUNNAH IN M/C ACCIDENT

SEP 15   DAILY ORDERS - DEATH OF SGT CUNNAH  WHO SERVED WITH THE UNIT FROM ITS FORMATION IN JULY 1940 AND IS SADLY MISSED.  LETTER OF CONDOLENCES FOR LOSS OF SGT CUNNAH FROM  75 COY CMP TC

SEP 22* PHOTO OF  DRESS REGS - CELLULAR DRAWERS :  IT HAS COME TO NOTICE THAT SOME MEN ARE NOT WEARING THEIR DRAWERS CELLULAR.  THE WEARING OF THESE DRAWERS PREVENTS SKIN IRRITATION APART FROM THE QUESTION OF CLEANLINESS.  THEY WILL BE WORN IN FUTURE.

OCT 13 LT W J LOCKE REPORTS FOR DUTY FROM 75 COY -JOSEPH SINGER?

OCT 19   24.00HRS 49 COY CEASES TO CARRY OUT TC DUTIES IN ITS PRESENT AREA.

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WO 166/9816                         50  COY TC                       FEB  -  DEC 1942

ANDOVER      CAPT E A SWINDEN   GR H

           CAPT C H OWEN

FEB 16  3/4 SECT  THE VICARAGE, NEWBURY ROAD, ANDOVER

MAR 1   SALISBURY

MAR 5   ATTENDED INQUEST AT TIDWORTH MIL HOSP ON DR CRANE, 166 (NEWFOUNDLAND) FD REGT WHO WAS ACCIDENTALLY KILLED ON 5 JAN BY SGT J W THWAITES OF THIS COY IN A M/C ACCIDENT.

JUN 6   BASINGSTOKE     LT WARD  RA.

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WO 166/9817                             61 COY  TC                               JAN 1942

ALNWICK         CAPT H J DRURY

JAN 16   11.10  WELLINGTON BOMBER CRASHED AT DUNSDALE MR 3943 SHEET 1.   FIVE KILLED, REAR GUNNER SAFE; RETURNING FROM GERMANY TO ITS BASE IN YORKSHIRE

JAN 25   COY MOVE TO 56 VANE TERRACE, DARLINGTON.

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WO 166/9818                             62 COY  TC                   JAN  -  DEC 1942

LINCOLN     CAPT C R SWANN

FEB 21   DISCS TC *PHOTO COY ORDERS

DISCS - TRAFFIC CONTROL

AS THE BLACK ARROWS ON THE RED DISCS DO NOT SHOW UP CLEARLY, RAOD HAVE AGREED THAT IN FUTURE, ISSUES SHALL BE PAINTED WITH WHITE ARROWS ON A RED DISC.  ARRANGEMENTS SHOULD BE MADE FOR ALL DISCS ON CHARGE TO BE PAINTED BY UNITS TO CONFORM TO THE NEW COLOURING  ie BLACK ARROWS TO BE CHANGED TO WHITE.  IT WILL BE NOTED THAT THE COLOUR RED WILL BE RETAINED: SO NO ALTERATIONS WILL BE NECESSARY IN THE TRAINING MANUALS WHICH LAY DOWN WHITE DISCS FOR CERTAIN CIRCUITS AND RED FOR OTHERS.  THE NECESSARY ALTERATIONS WILL BE CARRIED OUT BY SECTIONS AND WILL BE COMPLETED BY THE 25 FEB 1942.

JUN 1   MORPETH

JUL 1   MORPETH

JUL 18   DURHAM

AUG 1   DURHAM

AUG 21   LINCOLN

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WO 166/9819                             63  COY  TC                  JAN  -  DEC 1942

JAN   GOSFORTH          CAPT B WILSON

MAY 5   DEMO OF LOUDSPEAKERS FOR TC PURPOSES AT MORPETH

MAY 11   7684807 SGT POLLARD E G  CMP(P) POSTED FROM THIS COY TO 150 PRO COY 11/5/42

MAY 1  *5767299 CSM MASON N 63 TC COY AWARD LSGC WITH GRATUITY

JUL 18   COY MOVE TO 250 BALBY RD, DONCASTER; SECTIONS IN BAWTRY, STAIRFOOT, SHEFFIELD, MEXBOROUGH

JUL 24   PM INSPECTS COY

DIARY CONTAINS NOMINAL ROLL FOR 63 COY AND DETAILS OF RE-ORGANISATION OF TC GROUP * 2 PHOTOS                                  

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WO 166/9820                      65  COY  TC                       JAN  -  NOV 1942

BISHOP AUCKLAND          CAPT T W MASON    GEN LIST

SECTIONS - DURHAM AND HOWDEN LE WEAR

MAR   DURHAM

AUG 15   MORPETH DETS. SPITTAL, ALNWICK, WOOLER

NOV 18   COY TRANSPORT DEPARTS TO PORT OF EMBARKATION

NOV 20   OPERATIONAL ROLE OF COY CEASES.

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WO 166/9821                       66  COY  TC                        JAN  -  DEC 1942

YARM-ON-TEES          CAPT J FARNSWORTH

APR 16   EARLS ORCHARD, RICHMOND,   CAPT W J HOWITT

1,2 SECTS - MANFIELD GRANGE, MANFIELD, NR DARLINGTON

3 SECT - STONEHALL, STOKESLEY

4 SECT - STATION HOUSE, STAINTON

5 SECT - SOCIAL SERVICES CENTRE, YARM

AUG 16  * PHOTO OF NOMINAL ROLL & PHOTO CMP BROADCAST AND LETTER OF THANKS FOR ASSISTANCE TO DURHAM CONSTABULARY

CMP BROADCAST

AT 8 PM ON 8/7/42 THE BROADCAST “EXPERTS IN KHAKI” WILL DEAL WITH THE PROVOST WING OF THE CORPS OF MILITARY POLICE.  THE SCRIPT WAS PREPARED BY LT A V LOVELL-KNIGHT, 38TH DIV PRO COY AND IS A TRUE NARRATIVE OF THE WORK OF THE CMP IN FRANCE PRIOR TO AND INCLUDING THE RE-EMBARKATION OF THE EXPEDITIONARY FORCE.   ALTHOUGH WRITTEN IN A STYLE TO APPEAL TO THE PUBLIC THE NARRATIVE HAS BEEN COMPILED FROM OUR RECORDS AND IS FOUNDED ON FACT.  THE OBJECT OF THE BROADCAST IS TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC AS TO THE REAL WORK OF THE CORPS  ON ACTIVE SERVICE AND TO ENABLE RELATIVES OF MEMBERS OF THE CORPS TO APPRECIATE THE IMPORTANT ROLE PLAYED BY CMP IN THE ARMY OF TODAY.(LT LOVELL-KNIGHT WROTE A HISTORY OF THE CORPS - THE HISTORY OF THE OFFICE OF THE PROVOST MARSHAL AND CORPS OF MILITARY POLICE, PUB. JULY 1943).

OCT 4   COY MOVED TO BATTLE AND TECHNICAL TRAINING SCHOOL, ABERFORD

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WO 166/9822                           67 COY TC                        JAN - DEC 1942

THIRSK        CAPT BUIST, LT SAGE, LT KOHLER

JAN  CONVOYS, AIRCRAFT, AWKWARD LOADS, AND RAF BOXES CONVEYED THROUGH AREA.

MAY 1 LT D W SAGE LEFT PENDING POSTING ABROAD.

MAY 11  MESSAGE FROM A GROUP CMP TC REGARDING ESCAPED PRISONER OF WAR, MESSAGE RELAYED TO ALL SECTIONS.

AUG 8  AIR RAID WARNING - ALL CLEAR

NOV 5 07.10HRS FATAL ACCIDENT INVOLVING PTE JACKSON

 (4387644 PTE A A JACKSON) STRUCK BY A CIVILIAN BUS WHILE ON CONVOY DUTIES.

NOV 6  CAPT BUIST ATTENDED INQUEST INTO DEATH OF PTE. JACKSON.

NOV 7 ALL AVAILABLE PERSONNEL AT HQ ATTENDED FUNERAL OF PTE JACKSON AT GILROES CEMETERY.

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WO 166/9823                           68 COY TC                                JAN 1942

JAN 1 1942  STOKESLEY   CAPT W J HOWITT

JAN 5  2/LT HARGER POSTED TO 62 COY TC.

JAN 12  CSM CATELEDINE LIAISED WITH DAPM 11 ARMD DIV RE EXERCISE CHEVROLET.

JAN 19 7 OR’S PROCEED ON ATTACHMENT TO NO3 NORTHERN COMMAND PRO COY, LEEDS.   2 OR’S ATTACHED TO 42 ARMD DIV PRO COY, 4 OR’S ATTACHED TO NO.1 NORTHERN COMMAND PRO COY, CATTERICK.

JAN 21 SEVERAL ROADS IN COY AREA BLOCKED BY SNOW.

JAN 21 23.59 COY CEASED TO BE OPERATIONAL.

JAN 22  ALL SECTIONS WITHDRAWN TO STOKESLEY, PERSONNEL OF COY POSTED TO 65, 66,67 COY’S TC.

JAN 25 TO DARLINGTON DRILL HALL WITH STORES AND TRANSPORT.

JAN 26/31 COY IN PROCESS OF DISBANDING.

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WO 166/9824                               69 COY TC                             JAN 1942

JAN 1 1942 GRIMSTON    CAPT FORSYTH-FORREST OC   CSM PETERS

JAN 20 12.00HRS CAPT FORSYTH-FORREST AND 2/LT DALE VISITED PLANE CRASHED AT KEXBY BRIDGE, 50 YARDS FROM ROADSIDE.   SOME OF THE CREW HURT.

JAN 12/13/14 EXERCISE CHEVROLET.

JAN 20 WETWANG SECTION WITHDRAWN TO HQ.   CQMS HARTWELL

JAN 27 1 SECTION FROM 80 COY TC POSTED IN.

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WO 166/9825                          70 COY  TC                                 JAN 1942  

JAN 1 1942 RIPLEY YORKS.   CAPT CHARLES WORTLEY OC, LT ELDES RNF, 2/LT SUGGATE ROYAL BERKS.

JAN19  

BEGAN TO SNOW 18.30HRS

JAN 20 HEAVY SNOW DURING NIGHT, SEVERAL ROADS BLOCKED

JAN 23 ROADS STILL BLOCKED, THAW, RAIN, ROADS CLEARING

JAN 24 PREPARATIONS FOR DISBANDING COY IN FULL SWING.

JAN 27  73 COY MOVES IN AND CAPT JACKSON TAKES OVER

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WO 166/9826                           71 COY TC                     JAN - NOV 1942

JAN 1 WALTON   CAPT H S E SNELSON, KOYLI, LT N ARCHER MM RA.

DETAILS OF CONVOYS.

JAN 20/23 SNOW ROADS BLOCKED

FEB 1/8  SNOW AND ICY ROADS

FEB 10 COY MOVES TO DONCASTER

JULY 14 FGCM NO. 4744943 CPL. MATTHEWS J H. ARMY CATERING CORPS, ATTACHED TO 71 COY CMP TC “B” GROUP A SOLDIER OF HM FORCES, WAS TRIED BY FIELD GENERAL COURT MARTIAL AT DONCASTER ON THE 8 JULY 1942, UNDER SEC. 18 (4) ARMY ACT. “WHEN ON ACTIVE SERVICE, STEALING PUBLIC PROPERTY” IN THAT HE AT STAINBOROUGH CASTLE ON A DATE BETWEEN 28TH MAY, 1942 AND 17 JUNE 1942 STOLE ONE 6LB TIN OF CANNED PORK, PUBLIC PROPERTY.   HE WAS FOUND GUILTY.   SENTENCE TO BE REDUCED TO THE RANKS AND UNDERGO DETENTION FOR SIX (6)MONTHS

JULY 17 LT ARCHER STRUCK OFF STRENGTH, LT G W THOMPSON SOUTH LANCS TAKEN ON STRENGTH.

JULY 18 COY HQ MOVE TO GOSFORTH, SECTIONS AT BIRLEY,

SHOTLEY BRIDGE, HEXHAM.

JULY 25 COY MOVE TO GALSTON, AYRSHIRE.

AUG 1/12 EX DRYSHOD, GALSTON.

AUG 13 RETURN TO GOSFORTH.

DEC 21 PREPARATIONS AND LEAVE FOR EMBARKATION.

DEC 30 OPERATIONAL ROLL OF COY CEASED AT 12.00HRS.

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WO 166/9827                      73 COY TC                          JAN  -  DEC 1942

BAWTRY, YORKS         CAPT JACKSON

TO RIPLEY            LT G L RAILTON

JUL 1   CHEVET HALL, WAKEFIELD

AUG 7   AIR RAIDS GOOLE

            CONVOYS, ROUTINE DUTIES

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WO 166/9828                             74 COY TC                   JAN  -  DEC 1942

JAN   LEASINGHAM    CAPT T K W SIACK   E. YORKS

FEB 1   LINCOLN       CAPT F T LEWIS    GEN LIST        CONVOYS

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WO 166/9829                           75  COY TC                    JAN  -  DEC 1942

KETTERING      CAPT C FAIRBROTHER

FEB 13   TO ST ALBANS

 DIARY CONSISTS OF  “ ONE OR POSTED FROM THIS UNIT “  FEBRUARY

JUN   TO WESTERHAM.

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WO 166/9830                           76 COY TC                    JAN  -  AUG 1942

JAN 1   GLENFIELD, LEICESTER        LT A E BELL   KOYLI

         CONVOYS DESCRIBED IN GREAT DETAIL - 16 SHEETS FOR ONE MONTH            CAPT C WORTLEY   LEICS REGT

APR 27   *MOVE OF 94 A/T PRESTON TO LUTTERWORTH.  AT APPROX 1800 HRS PTE WALKER P OF THIS COY WAS KILLED IN A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT WHILST ON DUTY

APR 29   INQUEST INTO PTE WALKER’S DEATH

APR 30   COURT OF ENQUIRY INTO DEATH OF PTE WALKER.

JUL 8   TO DERBY

           BOMBING OF DERBY

SEPT   NORMAL ROUTINE AND MOVES

OCT    NORMAL ROUTINE MOVES

DEC    DERBY     CAPT J POTTS   GEN LIST

DEC 10   TO GOSFORTH

DEC 10   * 1061305 L/CPL DANVERS DIED AT C E HOSPITAL, NEWARK AS A RESULT OF INJURIES RECEIVED IN A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

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WO 166/9831                               77 COY TC                 JAN  -  DEC 1942

JAN 1   FARNSFIELD     CAPT C C H HILTON-GREEN

FEB 1   NEWARK

JUL 5   NEWARK

JUL 13   LEICESTER

JUL 20   THIRSK

SEP 20   TO NORTHALLERTON

NOV      NORTHALLERTON     CAPT K SLACK

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WO 166/9832                           78  COY TC                    JAN  -  DEC 1942

JAN 1   NEWARK    CAPT A WARD

            NORMAL DUTIES, CONVOYS, EXERCISES

FEB 11   TO WALTON,  CHEVET HALL,  HQ

JUN 28   CONVOY, FIRST FATALITY OF COY TOOK PLACE TODAY WITH THE LOSS OF L/CPL SULLIVAN L A, IN A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

AUG 3   BOMBS DROPPED GOOLE AND BEVERLEY,

TO RIPLEY, LEEDS, YORK, BRAMHAM

DEC 10   MOVE FROM RIPLEY TO MORPETH

DEC 23   TO NORTHALLERTON, CATTERICK, BROMPTON, BOROUGHBRIDGE.

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WO 166/9833                    80  COY TC                            JAN  -  DEC 1942

GOOLE

JAN 30   TO YORK   55 DIV HQ  CAPT P M FORSYTH-FORREST

GRIMSTON, YORK

APR 7  10.50 *INFORMATION RECEIVED THAT 4391928 PTE A CRACKETT SERIOUSLY INJURED IN A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT AT HOLME ON SPALDING MOOR WHILST CARRYING OUT HIS DUTIES AS DR.   PTE CRACKETT  SUBSEQUENTLY SUCCUMBED TO HIS INJURIES

APR 28  18.30   ENSA ENTERTAINED THE COY - NO 6 PARTY

APR 29   02.45   ENEMY ACTION CITY OF YORK ATTACKED BY ENEMY BOMBERS.  SEVERAL HUNDRED INCENDIARY BOMBS FELL AROUND HQ BUT NO DAMAGE DONE.  ONE I B PENETRATED A NISSEN HUT BUT FAILED TO IGNITE.  ROAD BLOCKED BY CRATER AT HESLINGTON LANE, FULFORD MR 85694/27.  MANY INCENDIARY BOMBS WERE DEALT WITH SUCCESSFULLY BY THE COY PERSONNEL.

SEP 16   RICHMOND     CAPT H E J CHARTER    21/9/42

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WO 166/9834                     81  COY  CMP  TC              JAN  -  DEC 1942 

JAN   DERBY     CAPT JOHNSTON

MAR               CAPT WROOT,   CAPT SLACK

JUL 15 TO NEWARK   CAPT J G COGHLIN    DWR

           CONVOYS

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WO 166/9835                         97 COY  CMP  TC             JAN  -  DEC 1942

DUMFRIES     CAPT W C LYNN

JAN 14-23   HEAVY SNOWFALLS, ROADS UNSUITABLE FOR HEAVY TRAFFIC AND SO NO CONVOYS

JAN 24   CONVOYS AGAIN

FEB 6-12   MORE SNOW,  NO CONVOYS.   DAILY STRENGTH RECORDED

SEP 19   EAST KILBRIDE

DEC 16   CAMBUSLANG

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WO 166/9836                       101 PRO COY                    JAN - SEPT 1942

JAN 10   LANDFORD COY NIGHT EXERCISE, 5510014 L/CPL MORRIS F J DIED IN ROYAL SOUTH HANTS HOSPITAL AS A RESULT OF INJURIES RECEIVED IN A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT.

MAR 30   CAPT R W CAIRNS TO 61 DIV PRO COY.

APRIL 4   LT O P HAIG OX & BUCKS LI (BECAME APM 1 AIRBORNE DIV) TO 38 DIV PRO COY.

APR 13    DURING AN RAF FIGHTER AIRCRAFT DEMONSTRATION AT IMBER RANGES NR WARMINSTER, COY ON TRAFFIC CONTROL DUTIES, CAR PARKS AND ENCLOSURES.   COY SUSTAINED ONE CASUALTY IN ACCIDENT DURING DEMO, CAPT WILKINS WORCESTERSHIRE REGT, OC COY ADMITTED TO SHAFTSBURY MILITARY HOSPITAL WITH BULLET WOUND.   ONE OF THE AIRCRAFT OPENED FIRE ON SPECTATORS (SGT W J A MCLACHLAN, RAF FLYING A HURRICANE OF 174 SQN RAF) WATCHING THE DEMO KILLING 25 AND WOUNDING 71.   SEE MAGAZINE AFTER THE BATTLE NO 49 WHICH GIVES FULL DETAILS.

MAY 4    CAPT J W WILKINS STRUCK OFF STRENGTH HAVING BEEN IN HOSPITAL AS A RESULT OF WOUND SUSTAINED IN ACCIDENT DURING IMBER DEMONSTRATION.   RELINQUISHES TEMP RANK OF CAPT.

JUN 11   LANDFORD.   2/LT G A ROMAIN R F, CAPT CARTER.

AUG 4/11 CAMBUSLANG EXERCISE DRY SHOD.

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WO 166/9837                       102 PRO COY                     JAN - DEC 1942

JAN 10 LT STUART MC RA OC.  DETACHMENTS IN HULL, BRIDLINGTON, SPROTBOROUGH.

JAN 4 THE WHOLE COY PARADED AT 09.30HRS FOR “GARGLING” THIS TO ALLAY THE SPREADING OF COLDS WHICH ARE BECOMING PREVALENT IN COY.

JAN 22   HQ TO ARSKEY NR DONCASTER.

MAY 2   CPL STANGER H. 102 PRO COY FGCM ATARSKEY.

MAY 21 CAPT T W MASON OC

AUG 8   TO SCOTLAND, ARBROATH.

NOV 1 MOBILISATION ORDERS RECEIVED.

NOV 3  MO INSPECTED ALL NCO’S OF THIS COY, WARNING ORDER RE PROCEEDING OVERSEAS COMPLETED AND SIGNED.   AMMUNITION AND EXPLOSIVES ALSO INSPECTED BY I.O.O.   RETURN RENDERED TO WAR OFFICE RE NEXT-OF KIN - OFFICERS.   SEE APPENDIX.

NOV 4 FOUR SECTIONS COMPLETE, WARNED TO STAND BY, READY TO MOVE OFF ON DETACHMENT, IN ACCORDANCE WITH INSTRUCTIONS RECEIVED FROM APM EAST RIDING & LINCS DISTRICT.   INSPECTION OF MT STILL BEING CARRIED OUT BY O.M.E’S STAFF.   OC COY STILL UNABLE TO DESPATCH COMPLETE VEHICLE DEFICIENCY REPORT TO WAR OFFICE UNTIL COMPLETION OF IMT INSPECTION.   TELEPRING MESSAGE FORWARDED TO WAR OFFICE SOME MT DEFICIENCIES.

NOV 5 FOUR COMPLETE SECTIONS DEPART DONCASTER AT 09.40HRS EN ROUTE TO SCOTLAND.   CAPT RABAN, EAST YORKS REGT ARRIVED THIS COY AND ASSUMED COMMAND.

NOV 15 15 NCO’S DESPATCHED TO BATLEY TO DRAW 19 NORTON COMBINATIONS.   FOUND TO BE PASSENGER CARRYING TYPE AND NOT WITH THE BOX BODY AS EXPECTED.   PREPARATIONS FOR MAKING A WILL, DETAILS OF NEXT OF KIN SUBMITTED.

NOV 21 INSTRUCTED THAT ONLY 1 3 TON LORRY, 3 MOTORCYCLE COMBINATIONS AND 40 MOTORCYCLES TO BE TAKEN.   MUCH OF REPLACEMENT EQUIPMENT WAS FAULTY AND HAD TO BE RETURNED AND FURTHER REPLACEMENTS FOUND.   E.G LORRY HAD TO BE REPLACED TWICE.

DEC 30  DEPARTED FOR EMBARKATION TO HAMILTON.

DIARY HAS LOTS OF DETAIL, ORDERS ETC.

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WO 166/9838                 103  PRO  COY TC                    JAN  -  DEC 1942

NEWMARKET     CAPT N M BLAIR

JAN 13   CAPT BLAIR TO DAPM  46 DIV, NEW OC CAPT M C CHITTOCK

FEB 7   CAPT J C T MILLS  OC

JUL 31  1 GERMAN AIR FORCE OFFICER ESCORTED BY LT PAULL AND 2 RS FOR INTERROGATION

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WO 166/9839                  104 PRO COY                         FEB  -  DEC 1942

FEB 18   LURGAN  CAPT C W HICKMAN   OC

MAY 1   LURGAN

MAY 7   GRACE HALL, DOLLINGTON

JUN 24   ROYAL VISIT,   TC DUTIES BELFAST

JULY     DOLLINGTON, N IRELAND  EX ATLANTIC,   SECTIONS AT LIMAVADY, ARMAGH, LONDONDERRY

JUL 21/24   N IRELAND TO BLANDFORD, SECTS BOURNEMOUTH, SOUTHAMPTON, PORTSMOUTH, SHERBOURNE 

AUG   CAPT R D MERRICK

OCT 5   1 SECT TO ISLE OF WIGHT

BOURNEMOUTH   CAPT E CHILDS.

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WO 166/9840                      107 PRO COY                       JAN  -  DEC 1942

BISHOP STORTFORD      CAPT T A J BENNETT

TOWN PATROLS IN BISHOP STORTFORD, BURY ST EDMUNDS, SAFFRON WALDEN, BRAINTREE, EPPING.

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WO 166/9841                     108 PRO COY                         JAN - DEC 1942

TUNBRIDGE WELLS.   CAPT B P ALLEN SOMERSET LIGHT INFANTRY, CAPT G MIDDLETON

MAR 3 10 L/CPL’S ATTACHED ON PROBATION, REJECTED AND POSTED TO 104 TRAFFIC CONTROL COY.   MORE SNOW IN DAY FOLLOWED BY HEAVY THAW IN NIGHT.

MAR 19 EXERCISE TIGER IN TENTERDEN AREA.

MAR 30 3 MOTORCYCLE CASUALTIES, PERSONNEL NOT HURT.   TOTAL MILEAGE DON ON EXERCISE BY MOTORCYCLES 54,000.

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WO 166/9842                       109 PRO  COY                    JAN  -  DEC 1942

LISBURN       CAPT G J RATCLIFFE   OC

JAN 25-28  SPECIAL DUTIES IN CONNECTION WITH ARRIVAL OF U S FORCES

SEP 4   FROM THIS DATE SECURITY DUTIES AT BT NI WERE ARMED, ARISING FROM THE SENTENCING TO DEATH OF SIX IRISHMEN AT BELFAST.

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WO 166/9843                      111 PRO  COY                  JAN  -  DEC 1942

WEST MONKTON    CAPT L C BONHAM

   NOTHING TO REPORT

MAY 3   EXETER RAIDED.  ONE BILLET BELONGING TO THIS COY HIT BY A BOMB AND SET ON FIRE.  LCPL BRISTOW SUFFERED CUTS TO THE FACE AND HEAD FROM THE BLAST, NO OTHER CASUALTY,  4 M/CS COMPLETELY DESTROYED

AUG 5   TWO BOMBS DROPPED IN YEOVIL

DEC 16   COY ENTERTAINING U S PROVOST PERSONNEL.

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WO 166/9844                     111  PRO  COY             JAN  -  DEC 1942

JAN 1   DARLINGTON   CAPT G D LOCKETT

JAN 13   HEAVY SNOW AND DRIFTS ON ROADS,  M/CS FINDING GOING VERY HARD

FEB 1   ALL DUTIES CANCELLED OWING TO SNOW

JUN 13   * L/CPL TOOGOOD KILLED IN A ROAD ACCIDENT ON THE HF 200 WHILE ALIGHTING FROM AN OMNIBUS

JUN 14   CAPT LOCKETT AND LT TOWNSEND TO CATTERICK MILITARY HOSPITAL, CIVIL POLICE, SCORTON RE ACCIDENT TO LCPL TOOGOOD

JUN 16 LT TOWNSEND FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS

JUN 17   FUNERAL OF LCPL TOOGOOD.  MAJ GUILD APM OF 9 CORPS DISTRICT, CAPT LOCKETT, LT TOWNSEND, LT HOBDAY, RSM,

30 ORS PRESENT

JUN   LOCATION OF COY HQ - 41 BLACKWELLGATE, DARLINGTON,

SECT 4 LOCATED AT BAPTIST CHURCH, GRANGE RD DARLINGTON,

SECT 8 & 9 LOCATED AT MORRIS GRANGE NR SCOTCH CORNER,

SECT 7 LOCATED AT 70 BOROUGH RD, MIDDLESBROUGH,

SECT 6 AT 22 OLD ELVET, DURHAM,

SECT 5 LOCATED AT DRAIDLANDS NORTON RD STOCKTON

AUG 3   AIR RAID ASSISTANCE TO MIDDLESBROUGH

            CAPT J A TOWNSEND   RTR

OCT 6   TO SWAFFHAM.

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WO 166/9845                   111 COY TC                   JAN  -  DEC 1942

JAN 1   MOY     CAPT G H RAINES

FEB 22 PTE PLATT J RETURNS WITH ESCORT FROM ENGLAND WITH ESCORT AFTER SERVING 6 MONTHS, PLACED IN CLOSE ARREST

JUN 26   TC DUTIES VISIT OF TRH KING & QUEEN

OCT 10   CAPT R B HORN   NEW  OC.

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WO 166/9846                     112 COY TC                   JAN - DEC 1942

JAN 1  MAGHERA, NORTHERN IRELAND  CAPT A J READY OC

TRAINING AS PER PROGRAMME.

JAN 14 HARD FROST, SKID CHAINS ATTACHED TO VEHICLES.

JAN18 PTE BOYLE PLACED IN CLOSE ARREST.   AT APPROX 22.05 HRS PTE BOYLE SHOOTS HIMSELF, ATTENDED BY DR LOVE, TAKEN TO KILREA MILITARY HOSPITAL AT 22.45HRS BY OC.   RETAINED IN HOSPITAL.   (HE DOES NOT APPEAR TO DIE NOT A CASUALTY).

JULY 10 TO BLANDFORD, WILTS.

JULY 22 TO SOUTHAMPTON.

OCT 10 TO BRIDGWATER NEW LOCATION.

DAILY AIR RAID ALARMS SOUNDED THE ALL CLEAR

DEC 30 AIR RAID AT EXETER, 11.30HRS TO 12.30 HRS 2 BOMBS DROPPED AND STREETS MACHINE GUNNED.   NO CASUALTIES OR DAMAGE TO THIS COY.   NO ROADS BLOCKED.

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WO 166/9847                     113 COY  TC                  FEB - DEC 1942

FEB 3 CONWAY CAMP.   CAPT E S GAHOD DSO, MC,DCM

ROUTINE TRAINING.

MAR 3 BALLY BOG   CAPT. LT E O POWELL.

MAY 27  CAPT R B HORN.

JUNE CONVOY WORK WITH USAAFNIF (UNITED STATES ARMY AIR FORCE, NORTHERN IRELAND FORCE).

JUNE 23 DUTIES CARRIED OUT IN BELFAST ON OCCASION OF VISIT BY THEIR MAJESTIES THE KING AND QUEEN.

OCT  CAPT H K ROBERTS.

DEC 30 MAIN BODY LEFT CAMP FOR LARNE FOR BIRMINGHAM.

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WO 166/9848                        114 COY CMP TC                 JAN - DEC 1942

JAN 1 BELFAST.   CAPT R DE L WHEELER

JAN 11 TO DERRIAGHY. CO ANTRIM.

JAN 14 TO COOKSTOWN.

JAN 22 TO DERRIAGHY

MARCH 1 TO BALLYBOG

MARCH 3 TO DUNMURRY, BELFAST

MARCH 15 LT H K ROBERTS RWF NEW OC.

MARCH 9/10 SAILED FROM LARNE, DESTINATION BLANDFORD.

MARCH 18 MOVED TO MANOR HOUSE, TARRANT GUNVILLE.

AUG 2 SHAFTESBURY, DORSET.

OCT 1 YEOVIL.   CAPT A WRIGHT DWR.

DEC 1 SHAFTSBURY.                    _____________________________________________________

WO 166/9849          150 HQ PRO COY        MAR - DEC 1942, JAN 1943

CATTERICK CAMP, YORKSHIRE.   150 HQ PRO COY WAS FORMERLY NO.1 NORTHERN COMMAND PRO COY PRIOR TO FEB 1942.

FEB 2 A CIVILIAN WAS FOUND IN POSSESSION OF W.D. EQUIPMENT.   IT WAS LATER DISCOVERED THAT TWO OTHER CIVILIANS WERE IMPLICATED.  IT TRANSPIRED THAT THE SOLDIER INVOLVED IN THE TRADING OF THE EQUIPMENT HAD PROCEEDED ABROAD.   AT THE CIVIL POLICE COURT, RICHMOND, FINES OF 30/- WERE IMPOSED ON THE DEFENDANTS.

FEB 7  IT WAS REPORTED THAT A POST OFFICE BANK BOOK AND WALLET CONTAINING CASH WERE MISSING FROM AN OVERCOAT IN A ROOM AT SANDES SOLDIERS HOME.   EXTENSIVE ENQUIRIES WERE MADE AND A NUMBER OF SOLDIERS INTERVIEWED WITH A NEGATIVE RESULT.   THE POST OFFICE WAS INFORMED OF THE LOSS OF THE BANK BOOK.

FEB 10 AS A RESULT OF INFORMATION RECEIVED CPL DEVERS OF THE 58TH TRAINING REGT. R.A.C. WAS INTERVIEWED REGARDING W.D. CLOTHING FOUND IN THE POSSESSION OF A CIVILIAN.   AT FIRST THIS N.C.O DENIED ALL KNOWLEDGE OF IT BUT LATER ADMITTED THAT HE HAD TAKEN THE CLOTHING FROM THE STORE, WHERE HE WAS STOREMAN AND GIVEN IT TO THE CIVILIAN.   HE WAS DEALT WITH BY THE MILITARY.

FEB 13  THE SECRETARY OF THE WAR DEPARTMENT GOLD CLUB, CATTERICK,

REPORTED THAT A WOODEN HUT, VALUED AT £22, HAD BEEN STOLEN FROM THE LINKS.   IT WAS LEARNT THAT L/CPL G DAWSON, 274 COMPANY R.A.S.C, RESIDING IN MARRIED QUARTERS, BAPAUME LINES, WAS ERECTING A WOODEN HUT IN HIS GARDEN.   THIS N.C.O. WAS QUESTIONED REGARDING HOW HE CAME INTO POSSESSION OF THE WOOD.   HE ADMITTED DISMANTLING THE HUT AND TAKING IT AWAY FROM THE GOLF COURSE.   IT ALSO TRANSPIRED THAT THE MATERIAL HE WAS USING FOR THE ROOF OF THE SHED, HAD BEEN TAKEN FROM THE R.E’S YARD AT CATTERICK.   HE IS TO BE DEALT WITH BY THE MILITARY.

FEB 17 INFORMATION RECEIVED THAT SALES OF W.D. EQUIPMENT WERE BEING MADE ON CERTAIN SITES IN CATTERICK CAMP.   IN COMPANY WITH THE CIVIL POLICE VISITS WERE MADE TO SITES WHERE CIVILIAN WORKMEN WERE EMPLOYED.   AS A RESULT 27 WORKMEN WERE FOUND TO BE IN POSSESSION OF W.D. ARTICLES AND PROCEEDINGS WERE TAKEN AGAINST THEM.   FINES RANGING FROM £1 TO £5 WERE IMPOSED ON THEM BY THE MAGISTRATES AT RICHMOND POLICE COURT.

FEB 20  SIGNALMAN SYKES OF 1ST HOLDING BN. ROYAL CORPS OF SIGNALS WAS SEEN TO BE CARRYING A VERY LARGE PARCEL WHICH WAS INTENDED FOR TRANSPORT BY RAIL.   HE WAS QUESTIONED REGARDING THE CONTENTS OF THE PARCEL AND AS HIS REPLIES WERE NOT CONVINCING, THE PACKAGE WAS OPENED.   A PAIR OF RUBBER BOOTS WERE DISPLAYED.   SYKES STATED THAT THEY WERE W.D. BOOTS BUT AS HE HAD SALVAGED THEM FROM NORWAY, HE THOUGHT THEY WERE HIS OWN PROPERTY.

FEB 22  AS A RESULT OF INFORMATION RECEIVED FROM THE CIVIL POLICE, NEWCASTLE, L/CPL COULSON OF THE 42 ARMD DIV PRO COY, LEYBURN WAS INTERVIEWED.   HE WAS QUESTIONED AS TO HOW HIS WIFE CAME INTO POSSESSION OF TWO W.D WATCHES WHICH SHE WAS OFFERING FOR SALE.   HE, AT FIRST DENIED ALL KNOWLEDGE BUT LATER ADMITTED STEALING THE WATCHES FROM THE PRO COY’S QM’S STORE.

FEB 25  IT HAS BEEN REPORTED THAT PETROL IS BEING MISSED FROM W.D. VEHICLES PARKED IN LINES WHICH ARE AS YET INCOMPLETE, AND NEAR TO WHERE CONTRACTORS’ WORKMEN ARE EMPLOYED.   INITIAL ENQUIRIES ARE BEING MADE AND OBSERVATIONS KEPT WITH A VIEW TO TRACING THE SALE OF PETROL BY SOLDIERS.   SHOULD NO RESULT BE FORTHCOMING, A TEST WILL BE MADE OF ALL THE WORKMEN’S CARS, ACCOMPANIED BY THE CIVIL POLICE.   (W.D PETROL WAS MARKED WITH A DYE).

APRIL 2  AFTER BEING INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT, SGT BRYCE OF THE 1ST HOLDING BN. ROYAL CORPS OF SIGNALS, ADMITTED TAKING A CAR WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF THE OWNER.   HE WAS ARRESTED AND NOW AWAITS TRIAL BY COURT MARTIAL.   IN RESPECT OF THE LACK OF AN INSURANCE POLICY, HE WAS FINED £5 BY THE RICHMOND POLICE COURT.

APRIL 3  A COLT .45 REVOLVER AND 50 ROUNDS, OF AMMUNITION WERE REPORTED AS LOST IN TRANSIT BETWEEN KING’S CROSS AND HELLES LINES, CATTERICK CAMP,   ENQUIRIES WERE MADE AT RICHMOND STATION AND THE RESULT WAS NEGATIVE SO THE RAILWAY AND METROPOLITAN POLICE WERE INFORMED.

APRIL 9  INFORMATION WAS RECEIVED FROM THE A.P.M. 1 CORPS, REGARDING AN INDECENT EXPOSURE BY A SOLDIER TO TWO MEMBERS OF

THE W.A.A.F.   AS A RESULT SIGNALMAN MONTGOMERY OF THE 1ST OPERATORS TRAINING BN. ROYAL SCHOOL OF SIGNALS WAS ARRESTED AND ADMITTED THE OFFENCE.   HE AWAITS TRIAL BY COURT MARTIAL.

APRIL 9  IN COMPANY WITH THE CIVIL POLICE A PETROL CHECK WAS MADE ON  150 CARS OWNED BY CIVILIANS EMPLOYED BY CONTRACTORS ON VARIOUS CAMP SITES.   ONE WAS FOUND TO CONTAIN W.D. PETROL TO THE EXTENT OF 80%.   A CHARGE OF BEING IN IMPROPER POSSESSION OF W.D. PETROL HAS BEEN REFERRED AGAINST THIS CAR OWNER, WHO AWAITS COURT PROCEEDINGS.

APRIL 11   INFORMATION WAS RECEIVED FROM THE R.S.M. ARMY FIRE FIGHTING SCHOOL REGARDING AN ABSENTEE.  IT WAS DISCOVERED THAT HE HAD BEEN STAYING WITH A WOMAN RESIDING IN THE CAMP.   SHE ADMITTED THAT SHE KNEW HE WAS ABSENT AND HAD PROVIDED HIM WITH A SUIT OF CLOTHES.   APRIL 14  A COMPLAINT WAS RECEIVED THAT A SOLDIER OF THE R.A.S.C HAD BEEN ASSAULTED BY A PTE. OF THE C.M.P. (V.P. WING) AT THE GAIETY THEATRE.   THE LATTER ADMITTED HAVING AN ARGUMENT AND THAT HIS HAND MAY HAVE SLIPPED WHEN HE PUSHED HIM.   A REPORT WAS SUBMITTED TO O.C. OF THE V.P. WING.

APRIL 16 THE THEFT OF £9 IN NOTES, A GOLD HUNTER WATCH, AND A GOLD ALBERT WAS REPORTED FROM THE 51ST ANTI-TANK TRAINING REGT.   THIS PROPERTY WAS STOLEN FROM A BARRACK ROOM WHEN THE OCCUPANTS WERE ASLEEP.   THEY WERE ALL SUBSEQUENTLY QUESTIONED AND THEIR KITS SEARCHED, BUT NOTHING WAS REVEALED.   LATER A GNR KING WAS FOUND TO HAVE SPENT MORE MONEY THAN WAS CUSTOMARY AT A HOTEL IN RICHMOND,   HIS EXPLANATION THAT HE HAD RECEIVED THIS FOR ACTING A S BARMAN, WAS FOUND TO BE TRUE.   HE DENIED ALL KNOWLEDGE OF THE THEFT.   FURTHER ENQUIRIES ARE PROCEEDING.

APRIL 20 THEFT OF BLOCK AND TACKLE FROM A CIVILIAN IN SCARBOROUGH, A SGT OF 112 REGT. R.A.C. CHARGED WITH THEFT AND ITEM RETURNED TO OWNER.

MAY 6  A SGT HENRICK OF A.D.O.S DEPT. R.A.O.C WAS SUSPECTED OF BEING IN IMPROPER POSSESSION OF W.D. ARTICLES.   THE CIVIL POLICE WERE INFORMED AND A SEARCH WARRANT OBTAINED.   THE SUBSEQUENT SEARCH REVEALED W.D TOOLS AND STORES.   HE ADMITTED HAVING TAKEN THEM HOME AT VARIOUS TIMES. HE  AWAITS TRIAL BY COURT MARTIAL.

MAY 11 A CASE OF N.A.A.F.I. BREAKING AND LARCENY OF GOODS WAS REPORTED AT CLIFTON CASTLE.   THE STOLEN GOODS WERE FOUND IN A LORRY, DRIVEN BY DVR. WILKINSON OF THE R.A.S.C. WHO STATED HE HAD BOUGHT THE GOODS.   LATER HE ADMITTED BREAKING INTO THE N.A.A.F.I. AND THEN CONCEALED THE GOODS IN THE LORRY.   THEY WERE ALL RECOVERED.   HE NOW AWAITS TRIAL BY COURT MARTIAL.

MAY 23  BODY ON A NEWLY BORN BABY FOUND AT CATTERICK IT HAD BEEN SUFFOCATED.

MAY 29 ATS COMPLAIN OF INDECENT EXPOSURE BY 2 SOLDIERS, 2 SIGNALMEN ARRESTED.

JUNE 8 THEFT OF WD HARNESS.

JUNE 28   AS A RESULT OF RECENT THEFTS FROM HOTELS IN RICHMOND, A PTE. GINNEVER, WHO HAD RECENTLY BEEN RELEASED FROM DETENTION,

WAS QUESTIONED.   HE DENIED ALL KNOWLEDGE, BUT LATER HE WAS SEARCHED AND IN HIS POSSESSION WAS A GOLD HUNTER WATCH AND SEVENTEEN POUNDS IN NOTES.   THE WATCH WAS IDENTIFIED AS ONE THAT WAS MISSING FROM THE KING’S HEAD HOTEL, RICHMOND.   THIS HOTEL HAD ALSO REPORTED THE LOSS OF TWENTY POUNDS IN NOTES.   GINNEVER WAS PLACED IN CUSTODY AND WILL APPEAR BEFORE RICHMOND MAGISTRATES AFTER FURTHER ENQUIRIES HAVE BEEN MADE.

JULY 3  THE ADJUTANT, ROYAL ARMY SERVICE CORPS STATED THAT HE HAD RECEIVED A MESSAGE FROM THE UNITED BUS COMPANY TO THE EFFECT THAT ONE OF HIS MEN BELIEVED TO HAVE TAKEN A SUITCASE WHICH HAD BEEN LEFT ON A BUT BY A CIVILIAN.   INQUIRIES WERE MADE AND A PTE. SKINNER WAS INTERVIEWED FROM THE ABOVE CORPS.   THE MISSING SUITCASE WAS FOUND IN HIS KIT AND HE ADMITTED IT WAS TAKEN FROM A BUS WHEN TRAVELLING FROM DARLINGTON TO CATTERICK CAMP.

OCT 8 WITH THE DEPARTURE OF 111 PRO CO ON 8/10/1942, IT HAS BECOME NECESSARY TO POLICE TOWNS PREVIOUSLY COVERED BY THAT UNIT.

OCT 5 MIDDLESBROUGH TOWN SECTION WAS OPENED.

OCT 15 DARLINGTON TOWN SECTION WAS OPENED.

OCT 23 VISIT OF HRH THE PRINCESS ROYAL TO ATS UNITS AT NEVILL’S CROSS AND BARNARD CASTLE.   TWO NCO’S FROM COY DETAILED AS PILOTS AND VISIT WAS COMPLETED WITHOUT INCIDENT.

DEC 14 BRITISH PLANE CRASHED AT RICHMOND AND CAUGHT FIRE, C.M.P.PATROLS TOOK CHARGE  AND PROVIDED GUARDS UNTIL RELIEVED BY NO. 5 I.T.C.     THIS IS A COMPREHENSIVE DIARY AND THE ABOVE ARE ONLY A FEW OF THE INCIDENTS REPORTED TO C.M.P.

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WO 166/9850                  151 HQ PRO COY                     FEB - DEC 1942

FEB 6 MT HOLIDAY IN NORTHERN COMMAND.   MOBILE PATROLS ON DUTY CHECKING PERMITS OF VEHICLES IN ADDITION TO NORMAL DUTIES.   ACCIDENT AT HARROGATE WITNESSED BY L/CPL’S MILLS AND WHITE OF THE HARROGATE SECTION OF THE COMPANY.   A PRIVATE CAR WAS IN COLLISION WITH A CIVILIAN MOTOR VAN.   STATEMENT GIVEN TO CIVIL POLICE.

FEB 11 NORMAL PATROLS,   SERIOUS RAILWAY ACCIDENT AT BREIGHTON NEAR SHEFFIELD WHEN A TROOP TRAIN WAS BADLY DAMAGED.   NCO’S OF SHEFFIELD RAILWAY SECTION ASSISTED IN REMOVING THE INJURED.

FEB 22 NO 3. NORTHERN COMMAND PRO COY TO BECOME 151 HQ PRO COY. AUTHORITY WAR OFFICE INST 20/MISC/2111 (AG17A) DATED 22/2/1942

FEB 27 NORTHERN COMMAND MT HOLIDAY. PATROLS ON DUTY.   THE DEAD BODY OF A SOLDIER IDENTIFIED AS 293309 (SHOWN AS 2931009 IN WAR DIARY) PTE. THOMAS GOLD OF 2 BN THE QUEEN’S OWN CAMERON HIGHLANDERS (LIVERPOOL SCOTTISH) WAS FOUND IN A RAILWAY COMPARTMENT AT LEEDS STATION.   THE BODY WAS EXAMINED BY THE CIVIL POLICE AND REMOVED TO THE GENERAL INFIRMARY.   DISTRICT HQ INFORMED. (BURIED IN GLASGOW (RIDDRIE PARK) CEMETERY. SEC G. GRAVE 5746.   AGE 25 YEARS).

MAY 1 CMP FLYING SQUAD DUTY IN KEIGHLEY AND SKIPTON DISTRICT.   COY HQ MOVED TO 509 WOODHOUSE LANE, LEEDS.

DEC 1 LEEDS.   MAJ P M FORSYTH-FORREST.

DETACHMENTS LEEDS, HALIFAX, YORK, HULL, BRADFORD.   DIARY FULL OF NORTHERN COMMAND MT HOLIDAYS (SCHEME TO SAVE PETROL).

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WO 166/9851                   152 HQ PRO COY                     FEB - DEC 1942

FEB 18 NOTTINGHAM.   P100169 LT C H BEER POSTED TO 151 PRO COY.   P/80997 LT MCKENZIE POSTED IN.   EX VICTORY CARRIED OUT SECURITY PRECAUTIONS.   APART FROM THE FOREGOING ONLY DUTIES OF A ROUTINE NATURE WERE PERFORMED AND SO NO OTHER OCCURRENCES TO REPORT.

MAR 1 DESIGNATION OF THIS COY CHANGED FROM NORTHERN COMMAND NO 2 PRO COY TO 152 HQ PRO COY, NORTHERN COMMAND.

MAY 18 VISIT OF HRH PRINCESS ROYAL.

JULY 23 ENEMY AIRCRAFT OVER NOTTINGHAM SMALL DAMAGE.

JULY 27 ENEMY AIRCRAFT OVER DERBY SOME DAMAGE.

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WO 166/9852                            174 PORTS COY             FEB - MAR 1942

FORMERLY NORTH EAST PORTS COY.

MARCH 4 76 FERN AVE. JESMOND, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE,  

CAPT G L C NORRINGTON DETACHMENTS AT HULL AND NEWCASTLE.

MAR 22  33 BSA MOTORCYCLES DRAWN FROM ORDNANCE.

MAR 23 STAFF LT SENT FOR DUTY TO NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, DUTIES AT HULL, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, SHIELDS AND SUNDERLAND.

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WO 166/9853                      175 PORTS COY                    JAN - DEC 1942

FORMERLY BRISTOL CHANNEL PORTS COY.

JAN 1   NEWPORT MONS   CAPT W C BAGLIN DAPM.

JUN 27 76870 SGT JEMMETT WAS SERVED WITH A BASTARDY SUMMONS IN MY PRESENCE (DAPM).

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WO 166/9854                      180 PORTS COY                   NOV - DEC 1942

NOV 7 COY FORMED AT SOUTHAMPTON.   MAJ STANLEY APM 125 FORCE WHO WILL BE SENIOR PRO OFFICER.

DEC 1 SOUTHAMPTON.    MAJJ L C NORRINGTON MC MM.   EARLY DECEMBER MEN ON EMBARKATION LEAVE.

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WO 166/9855                        200 PRO COY                   JAN - MAY 1942

GALLAHILL HOSTEL, KILMARNOCK.   CAPT G BENNETT. DAPM.

SECTIONS GALASHIELS, DUMFRIES, HAWICK.

JAN 20  1 OFF, 1 WO, 30 ORS ENTRAIN FOR EMBARKATION TO GOUROCK, EXERCISE WITH ROYAL MARINE DIVISION.  EXERCISE L8 (CHARCOAL).   EXTRACTS FROM 102 RM BDE ADMIN INSTRUCTION NO. 9 3 FEB 1942.

TRAFFIC CONTROL 1. ROADS.   THERE IS ONLY ONE ROAD FOR THE ADVANCE OF ALL 102 R.M. BDE M.T. FROM GREEN BEACH TO COLINTRAIVE.  

FROM THE AVAILABLE INTELLIGENCE AND A STUDY OF THE MAP IT WILL BE SEEN THAT THIS ROAD IS VERY NARROW AND IN MANY PLACES EXCEEDINGLY STEEP.   IT SEEMS LIKELY THAT IT MAY BE A ONE-WAY ROAD THROUGHOUT.   UNLESS DISASTROUS BLOCKS ARE TO OCCUR VERY CAREFUL ROAD CONTROL WILL BE NECESSARY AND UNTIL PASSING POINTS HAVE BEEN CONSTRUCTED WE MUST BE PREPARED TO RUN A SYSTEM OF ONE WAY ROAD CONTROL THROUGHOUT.

2. TROOPS AVAILABLE FOR ROAD CONTROL.

ONE SECT 200 PRO COY IS UNDER COMMAND 102 RM BRIGADE.   IT IS UNDERSTOOD THAT THERE WILL BE AN OFFICER WITH THE SECTION.   THIS SECT WILL (A) ORGANISE TRAFFIC CONTROL.  (B) CONTROL ALL VEHICLES ARRIVING AND LEAVING BRIGADE HQ.

3. SUB DIVISION OF ROAD FOR TC.   THE ROAD WILL BE DIVIDED INTO FOUR SECTIONS.  (A) ROAD WITHIN BEACH MAINTENANCE AREA,   THIS WILL PROBABLY EXTEND AS FAR NORTH AS LAKE 429032.   (B) ROAD FROM BEACH MAINTENANCE AREA TO BDE. TPT. PK, WHICH WILL PROBABLY BE IN AREA BALLIMORE.  © ROAD FROM BALLIMORE TO RD JUC 494060.  (D) ROAD FORWARD FROM RD JUNC 494060.  (D) ROAD FORWARD FROM RD JUNC 494060.   TRAFFIC CONTROL ON SEC (A) IS BEING ARRANGED BY R.M. DIV   SECT (B) AND © SEE PARA 4 BELOW.   THAT ON SEC (D) WILL BE ARRANGED BY O.C. SECT 200 PRO COY AFTER RECONNAISSANCE AND IS NOT BEING CONSIDERED NOW.

4. TRAFFIC CONTROL ON SECTIONS (B) AND C   O.C. SECT 200 PRO COY WILL LAND WITH ADV BDE HQ.   HE WILL LEND A M/C FROM BDE H.Q. AND WILL IMMEDIATELY CARRY OUT A RECONNAISSANCE OF SECTIONS (B) AND C  AS FAR FORWARD AS OUR OWN FORWARD TROOPS.  S.C. AND BDE T.O WILL MEANTIME SITE THE BDE TPT PK IN AREA BALLIMORE  C ROAD.

OC SEC 200 PRO COY WILL THEN ORGANISE A SYSTEM OF TRAFFIC CONTROL OVER SECTIONS (B) AND C  IN CONSULTATION WITH S.C.   THIS SYSTEM WILL BE PUT INTO FORCE IMMEDIATELY SEC 200 PRO COY GET ASHORE WITH REAR BDE H.Q.   THE CONTROL OF THE TWO SECTIONS WILL BE ENTIRELY SEPARATE.

5 PRIORITY OF TRAFFIC.  TRAFFIC GOING FORWARD WILL IN ALL CASES BE GIVEN PRIORITY OVER TRAFFIC RETURNING TO THE REAR.

6. TRAFFIC CONTROL POSTS.   CONSISTING OF AT LEAST ONE CMP PER POST WILL BE EST.

(X) ON ROAD AT NORTHERN BOUNDARY OF BEACH MAINTENANCE AREA.

(Y) AT BDE TPT PK.

(Z) AT TD JUN 494060, AS SOON AS 1 R.M. HAVE REACHED THIS POINT.

7. TRAFFIC CONTROL SECTION (B)   IF THERE ARE NO PASSING PTS ON THIS ROD THE FOLLOWING SYSTEM WILL BE ADOPTED FOR TPT GOING FORWARD.   VEHICLES WILL HALT AT TCP (X) AND A CMP ON A M/C WILL PROCEED TO TCP (Y) ENSURE THAT RD IS CLEAR AND WARN TCP (Y) TO STOP ALL REARWARD MOVING TRAFFIC, M/C RIDER WILL THEN RETURN TO TCP (X) AND TAKE THE VEHICLES UP TO BDE VEH PK.   A SIMILAR SYSTEM WILL BE ADOPTED FOR TRAFFIC PROCEEDING FROM Y TO X.

8 TRAFFIC CONTROL SECTION C  IF THE ROAD IS ONE WAY ALL THE WAY, VEHS GOING FORWARD WILL BE PRECEDED BY A CMP ON A M/C.   THEY WILL

BE COLLECTED BY THE T.O. AND SENT FORWARD IN CONVOY.   THEY WILL LEAVE Y EVERY CLOCK HOUR FROM CLOCK HOUR TO CLOCK HOUR + 10.   THE LAST VEH IN THE CONVOY WILL CARRY A CHIT STATING THAT HE IS THE LAST VEH.   IF THERE IS NO CONVOY PROCEEDING A M/C ORDERLY WILL PROCEED TO Z TO INFORM TCP AT Z THAT THERE IS NO CONVOY.   VEHS GOING BACK WILL LEAVE Z IMMEDIATELY THE LAST VEH OF INCOMING CONVOY HAS PASSED OR M/C ORDERLY HAS ARRIVED SAYING THAT NO CONVOY IS COMING.

PARA 9. PRO PERSONNEL UNDER D.A.P.M 110 FORCE WILL, IN CONJUNCTION WITH P.L.M.O. ARRANGE FOR THE TRAFFIC CONTROL OF VEHICLES AND PERSONNEL AWAITING RE-EMBARKATION AT THE END OF THE EXERCISE.

PARA 8. TRAFFIC CONTROL  WHERE NECESSARY ONE WAY TRAFFIC CIRCUITS IN THE BEACH MAINTENANCE AREAS ARE TO BE EST AND WILL BE MARKED UNDER THE ORDERS OF D.A.P.M.   FORWARD OF THE BEACH MAINTENANCE AREA TRAFFIC CONTROL WILL BE EST. BY SECT 200 PRO COY WHO WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR CONTROL OF PASSING PTS.   PASSING PTS. WILL BE CONSTRUCTED BY 236 BD COY AND SEXT 200 PRO COY WILL CONTACT 236 RF COY TO ASCERTAIN LOCATIONS OF THESE.

THIS EXERCISE TOOK PLACE IN THE ISLES OF BUTE, LOCH STRIVEN, THERE IS A COLOURED HAND DRAWN MAP OF THE AREA IN THE DIARY.

APR 9 COY HQ TO DYERS HALL, PAISLEY.

APR 25 OC TO INVERARY TO ATTEND COMBINED OPERATI HQ 110 FORCE

                                      G EXERCISE NO. L.8                         SECRET

200 PROVOST COMPANY C.M.P.

OPERATION ORDER NO.1

1” OS SCOTLAND SHEETS 65 & 71.

1. Situation

The Enemy are represented by the 29th inf Bde. wearing soft hats.

Own Troops   (a) R.M. Div, will capture the naval and air base at Loch Riddon (5099)          (b) 101 R.M. Brigade and att. tps (not taking part in the Exercise),      land Red Beach;  objective Dunoon (6799).

                   (c  102 R.M Brigade and att. tps. land Blue, Green and White Beaches;  objective - naval base at Colintraive (95297) and aerodrome at Glaic (5694.

2. Beaches

Beach     Location              For use by               A.M.L.O.              M.L.O.

Blue      Auchalick Bay       No.1 Commando         Nil                          Nil

             (4097)

Green     North (413028)    2 R.M., M.G Coy.    Capt Burkitt)

             & South (417026  All Arty                                 )

             Rudha Beag         All Vehicles                           ) Capt Wymbourne

White     Bay (415044)       1 R.M., 8 A & S.H   Capt Bullock)

              (416050)             No Vehicles

Red        Strachur Bay        101 R. M Bde. (not taking part in exercise).

             (5824)

3. Intention

              Pro Coy HQ and 1 Sec will:-

             

              (a) Land as rapidly as possible that part of the Force shown in the             Landing Tables.

              (b) Develop the Beach Maintenance Area and maintain it until the Port of Colintraive is available for use, probably on D4.

4. Method

               DAPM R.M Div and O.C Pro Coy will land with serial 21 and reconnoitre the Area with P.M.L.O.   Sgt Attwood will land with S.C., 102 R.M. Bde on foot, Serial 63.

The following will land with Serial 78:-

Sgt Rodgers with M/C

Cpl Uniacke with mM/C

L/Cpl Grant with M/C

L/Cpl Chappellier with M/C

Cpl Allanach with M/C, Cpl Minchin’s M/C to be handed over off beach.

L/Cpl Knowles with M/C to be handed over off beach

L/Cpl Main with M/C L/Cpl Bexon’s M/C to be handed over off beach

L/Cpl Skitt with M/C   )

L/Cpl Yourn with M/C  )  To report to Sgt. Attwood on landing

L/cpl Curran with M/C  )

C.S.M. Wright on foot with office equipment.

The following will land with Serial 117:-

Cpl. Martin I/C

L/Cpl Howell with L/Cpl Allnach’s M/C to be handed over off beach

L/Cpl Francis with L/Cpl Knowle’s M/C to be handed over off beach

L.Cpl Gilpin      ) two handcarts, Sgt. Attwood’s h/c to be handed over to him L/Cpl Price J D   )off the beach

L/Cpl Davidson  ) Two bundles of greatcoats, one bundle of 4 to be handed L/Cpl Killen       )over to Sgt. Attwood’s Section

L/Cpl Gunderson) Two bundles of blankets, one bundle to be handed over so Sgt. Attwood’s Section.

Cpl Martin’s detachment will report to Pro Coy HQ on landing.

Cpl Minchin’s detachment landing with serials 75 -77 from the Llanstephen Castle will hand over 4 pedal cycles to Pro Coy HQ.   The following NCO’s will then take over the pedal cycles.

These NCO’s will already have their pedal cycles: Cpl Ransom, L/Cpl Dawes, L/Cpl Williams of Sgt. Attwood’s Section, Cpl Martin, L/Cpl Gilpin, L/Cpl Main, L/Cpl Howell of Sgt. Riders’s Section.

     On embarking in the landing craft the ship’s A.M.L.O. will produce a ticket table giving serial No. and contents and this will be handed to the senior military officer or nco on board.   This ticket must be handed to the first MC representative met on shore.   MC personnel will  wear white armbands with the letters MC on them.

     Layout of service dumps will be notified to Sgt. Rodgers on landing.

     On landing CSM Wright will report to hq PMLO for location of Pro HQ.

     After landing Sgt Rodgers will detail one NCO for security duties outside PMLO HQ and 3 NCO’s for duty of the beach.   These 3 NCO’s will take orders

from PMLO representatives.   2 NCO’s will be detailed for duty at the P.O.W. cage at Otter House.

     A “ Rest Centre” will be established and controlled by the 3 NCO’s on Beach Duty.

     Motor cycles will not be mounted until clear of Beach.

5. Aircraft

     Enemy will use Lysanders, Rocs, Skuas.

     Force will use Albacores, Blenheims.

6. 5th Column Activities

    All NCO’s will be on the lookout for suspicious characters, whether correctly dressed or not, and will not hesitate to demand to see identification documents of both officers and OR’s should they be at all suspicious of any individuals actions.   orders will only be taken from officers and NCO’s known to the individual unless the officer or NCO satisfactorily proves his identity.   All “suspects” will be taken to the nearest I.O. or HQ for questioning.

7. Marking of Beach Supervisory Personnel.

Beach Master         - white cover to steel helmet - white armband on each arm.

Assistant Beach Master - White cover to steel helmet - white armband on right arm.

Beach Lieut            - White Cover to steel helmet - no armband

M.L.O.                    - White armband on both arms.

A.M.L.O.                 - White armband on right arm.

8. Challenge and reply.

     (a) At night -Series of flashes on blue torch.

     (b) By day - Cake answered by Alfred.

9. Intercommunication.

     Code word for Pro Coy - Shag

     Code word for HQ 102 R.M. Brigade - slit

     Visiting NCO will report to Pro HQ at each even clock hour.

     Roads.   The following roads do not exist.

                  1. Rd. north from rd junc 434070

                  2. Rd. from br at Kilfinan 433023 South to br at 427991

                  3. Rd. S.W. From x roads 454936

                  4. Rd south from X Rds 454936

                  5. Rd. south from Kames 472944.

10. Time   Watches will be synchronised by ship’s official time (B.S.T.) Zero 07.30hrs D.1.

11 M.T.   CSM will ensure that all M/C’s on Karanja are started up and checked on 10/2/1942,   Captured M.T will be parked in the vicinity of Otter House.

12. Ammunition   18 Rounds will be carried in the pouch.   Pistols will NOT         be loaded under any circumstances.   Blank will be fired by the enemy only.

13. Spectators and Umpires   Spectators will wear red armbands - Umpires white armbands.

14. Night signs.   All night signs will be lit ¼ hour before black out time.

15. Rations   (a) Haversack rations for mid-day meal D.1.   CSM will arrange drawing of these rations.

                   (b) One 48 hr. ration per 2 men and one tommy cooker per man.   CSM will arrange drawing of these rations.

16. Dress.   Assault Orders, ie haversack on back containing mess-tin, washing and shaving kit, eating utensils and rations, groundsheet.   All ranks (including NCO’s riding M/C’s) will wear steel-helmets and camouflage nets.   Cape A.G. and water bottles filled will also be carried.   Respirators will not be taken on the exercise.   4 discs directional with sticks supporting, lamp, traffic, hand and mpa case will also be taken.   Mae Wests will be worn, also armbands M.P.   Waterproof coats will be worn.

17. Danger from Demolition on Beaches.   Immediately prior to Demolition of obstacles on the beaches, etc., the R.E. party will post one man with a red flag at least 100 yards on either flank.   At least 60 secs before the fuse is lit, the NCO in charge will blow his whistle and the red flags will be waved.   All personnel will immediately take action in accordance with para. 9 of Force General Instructions for Exercise L.8 and proceed as far as possible outside the area of the flags and take cover or lie down until the whistle is again blown for all clear (a series of long blasts).   200 yards can normally be considered a reasonably safe distance for the demolition.

Signed  B.C.D Eastick, Capt

Commanding, 200 Provost Company,

C.M. Police

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WO 166/9856                  227 PRO COY                    AUG -  SEPT 1942

AUG 8  MOBILIZED TO MOVE OVERSEAS.

SEPT 1 MYCHETT    CAPT R E ROWBOTTOM R A.

SEPT 6 PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN OF COY.

SEPT 26 VEHICLES WATER PROOFED AND READY TO MOVE OFF AS INSTRUCTED.

SEPT 29 3 X 15 CWT TRUCKS SENT TO PORT OF EMBARKATION.

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WO 166/9857                          228 PRO COY                    FEB - APR 1942

FEB 16  MYCHETT.   CAPT J MACLEOD PRATT  MIDDLESEX REGT.

PREPARATORY ORDERS TO MOBILISE.

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WO 166/9858                          331 COY V.P                     MAY - DEC 1942

WALL     CAPT E S GARROD, DSO, MC, DCM - OC

MAY 17  COY RAISED

JUNE/JULY  VARIOUS OFFICERS AND NCO’S POSTED IN AND OUT.

AUG  WAR DOGS WOLFE AND REX POSTED IN.

SEPT/OCT/NOV/DEC POSTINGS IN AND OUT.

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WO 166/9859                         332 COY V.P.                     MAY - DEC 1942

MAY 17  BEDALE, YORKS.   CAPT R .S. HOARES. LEICESTERSHIRE REGT.

FORMATION AND STRENGTH OF COY - 2 OFFICERS & 243 OTHER RANKS

NO 332 COY CMP V.P. RAISED WITH EFFECT FROM 28/4/1942 UNDER AUTHORITY OF W.E. V/661/1/ NOTIFIED IN A/C/I/’ ISSUED ON 29/4/1942.

VP’S MANNED BY THE COMPANY IN 9 CORPS AREA  -  PHOTOS

STRENGTH   NO AND LOC OF V.P   MAP REF   TYPE OF V.P   ATT. TO

93                 A9 WELL                   Z7403        A.S.D        23 A.S.D. RAOC

10               A16 DARLINGTON        Z7736        V.R.P.      NO 2 VRP RAOC

                                                                                     CATTERICK

24               A17 HORNBY PARK      Z7314        C.A.D.      88 C.A.D RAOC

12               A25 TEES NORTON      Z9043        E.A.M       386 LAA REGT RA

17              A26 SCARBOROUGH    Z5007    RNW/T STN  37 SIG TRG RGT RA

9                A28 BROMPTON          Z7020    RPTR STN    9 CORPS DEF COY

10              A29 THORNABY           Z9438         C.P.D.    417 HAA BTY RA

                                                                                MIDDLESBORO G

10              A35 FORCETT PARK      Z6633         C.P.D.    71 G.T. COY RASC

10              A43 CROFT SPA           Z7930  GPO W/T STN   66 TC COY CMP

9                A46 RABY CASTLE        Z6242         V.R.D.     VRD, RAOC

8                A52 JERVAULX ABBEY    Z6506          F.D.      217 COY, RASC

23              A65 GRANGETOWN        Y0342    AMMN DEPOT  GARRISON HQ,

                                                                                     MIDDLESBORO

8               HQ CMP, STAINBORO  -  REFRESHER COURSE

APPENDIX 4  CAPT R S HOARES

1  OC 332 COY CAPT R S HOARES INFORMED THE 217 COY RASC, JERVAULX ABBEY THAT FOR SECURITY THE FOLLOWING PROCEDURE WAS RECOMMENDED

a)  BARBED WIRE TO BE ERECTED AROUND THE DUMP

c)  CLOSING OF THE PARK FOR THE DURATION OF THE WAR

d)  ONE ENTRANCE ONLY FOR THE ENTRANCE OF THE PUBLIC i.e. THE ENTRANCE AT WHICH THE KEY IS OBTAINED BY THE PUBLIC WHO VISIT THE ABBEY RUINS

2  REPORTED TO APM  NORTHERN COMMAND THAT THE VP A16 DARLINGTON

SHOULD BE WITHDRAWN.  IT WAS OBSERVED THAT THE ONLY VEHICLES IN THE PARK WERE 1 OLD CAR AND 5 BUSES.  IN VIEW OF THE NEED FOR MEN ELSEWHERE AUTHORITY WAS ASKED FOR THE WITHDRAWAL OF VP PERSONNEL.

HORNBY PARK A17  -  CMP VP PERSONNEL ARE CARRYING OUT TRAFFIC DUTIES IN ACCORDANCE WITH DPM’S INSTRUCTIONS DATED 13/7/42

DUTIES ARE BEING CARRIED OUT THE SATISFACTION OF OC 88 C.A.D.

BROMPTON  -  A28 THE CMP VP PERSONNEL AT BROMPTON HAVE BEEN MOVED FROM THEIR PRESENT QUARTERS AND ARE NOW OCCUPYING TWO TENTS WITH SLATTED FLOORS.  IT WAS FOUND THAT THE FLOOR WAS VERY DAMP AND THE NCO/1C HAS NO FACILITIES FOR PREPARING HIS REPORTS.

I HAVE REQUESTED APM 9 CORPS TO OBTAIN BETTER ACCOMMODATION OR ALTERNATIVELY TO HAVE A HUT ERECTED NEAR THE REPEATER STATION, THE MEN TAKING MEALS AS BEFORE AT THE RACECOURSE

FOR THE INFORMATION OF ALL RANKS:-

                                     

   NEW FRONT-LINE TROOPS

RED CAPS ARE FRONT-LINE SOLDIERS NOW.  IN ONE OF THE RECENT ATTACKS BY GEN MONTGOMERY’S FORCES AGAINST ROMMEL’S WEAKENING AFRICAN ARMY, TANKS OF A BRITISH ARMOURED DIVISION WERE LED INTO BATTLE BY HIGHLY TRAINED SPECIALISTS OF THE ROYAL ENGINEERS, ROYAL CORPS OF SIGNALS AND BY “REDCAPS” OF THE OF THE CORPS OF MILITARY POLICE.  THIS COMPLETE REVERSAL OF THE PREVIOUSLY ACCEPTED ORDER OF BATTLE IN WHICH SPECIALISTS WERE GIVEN A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF PROTECTION BY COMBATANTS IN FRONT, IS INEVITABLE IN THE TYPE OF WARFARE IN WHICH BRITISH ARMOUR HAS BEEN ENGAGED.

IN AN ATTACK ON A POSITION STRONGLY ORGANISED FOR DEFENCE AGAINST TANKS, IT IS ESSENTIAL FOR THE SAPPERS TO CLEAR GAPS THROUGH THE ENEMY MINEFIELDS.  SIGNALERS MUST BE THERE TO ESTABLISH COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE FRONT TO THE REAR AT THE EARLIEST POSSIBLE MOMENT.  “REDCAPS” MUST BE THERE TO MARK ROUTES AS THEY ARE MADE AND CONTROL THE IMMENSE VOLUME OF TRAFFIC BEING RUSHED THROUGH GAPS IN THE MINEFIELDS.

SO BRILLIANTLY HAVE THOSE THREE WORKED IN FACE OF FIERCE ENEMY FIRE THAT THE OFFICER COMMANDING THE ARMOURED DIVISION GAVE THEM HIGH PRAISE IN A SPECIAL ORDER OF THE DAY.  “THEY MARKED ROUTES,” HE SAID, “WITH THE SAME PRECISION AND EFFICIENCY AS IN TRAINING SCHEMES IN THE REAR AREAS.  AT INTERVALS ALONG THE ROUTE REDCAPS QUICKLY ESTABLISHED INQUIRY POSTS WHERE INFORMATION COULD BE OBTAINED.  AT EVERY CROSS-ROADS OR BAD PATCH OF SAND, HELMETED POLICEMEN WERE ON DUTY ADEPTLY CONTROLLING TRAFFIC.  IT IS THE FIRST TIME “REDCAPS” HAVE BEEN FRONT-LINE TROOPS IN DESERT WARFARE - AND THEY DID A GRAND JOB. “

ALTHOUGH THE HEADING IS FRONT-LINE TROOPS AS FAR AS CMP IS CONCERNED PROVOST HAVE ALWAYS BEEN USED AS FIELD-FORCE UNITS IN OPERATIONS.  THIS IS NOT ALWAYS REALISED BY MANY IN THE ARMY OUTSIDE THE CORPS, OR BY THE CIVILIAN POPULATION.

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WO 166/9860                       833 COMPANY VP              MAY - DEC 1942

MAY 17   833 COY FORMED

JUL 1   LEEDS  COY HQ - 6 THE DRIVE, LEEDS 8

AUG 22  LANCASTER BOMBER CRASHED FIVE MILES FROM ANGRAM; HELP SENT FROM 333 COY.

AUG 28  OC VISITS ENTRANCE TO LEEDS RESERVOIR (ECCUP)

SEP 3   PLANE CRASH PHOTO OF REPORT PLANE CRASHED NORTH-WEST OF ANCRAM,  PARTY FROM THIS COY SENT OUT TO SEARCH AND ASSIST.  GUARD MOUNTED OVER WRECKED PLANE AND BODIES BROUGHT IN

SEP 4  AT 11.00 HRS OC COY HELD CONFERENCE WITH DPM MONK FRYSTON RE A CANADIAN AIRMAN WHO HAD BAILED OUT OF A WELLINGTON BOMBER

OCT 10  LT HINDS TOOK OVER THE NEW VPSB76, D78 FROM 334 COY

OCT 14  VISIT ANCRAM RESERVOIR, STARBECK, MONK FRYSTON

OCT 22  YORK RAILHEAD DET WITHDRAWN

OCT 24  GUARD WITHDRAWN FROM REGIONAL COMMISSION WAR ROOM

NOV 17  VISIT BYRAM HALL NORCO HQ HANDED OVER TO OC 332 COY

NOV 21  RECCE ROECLIFFE(NEW VP TO BE MANNED) BY OC, CSM

NOV 24  VISIT TO DETENTION BKS SOWERBY BRIDGE

DEC 1    LEEDS   CAPT R S GUSTARD         LT GREENE

VP DET ECCUP RESERVOIR STARBECK SCAR, BYRAM, MOORSIDE EDGE,WRD HQ 1 & 2 CAMPS AND GPO

DEC 17  CROWN PRINCE FELIX OF LUXEMBOURG INSPECTED CIPHER ROOM, PIGEON LOFT AND SIGNAL OFFICE AT NO 1 CAMP

COY DANCE PATELEY BRIDGE, OC AND CSM ATTENDED

DEC 21 GPO & WRO VISITED BY OC DURING HOURS OF DARKNESS

ANCRAM GLEDSTONE HOUSE, SCARHOUSE, WEST MARTON

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WO 166/9861                   334 COMPANY VP                  NOV  -  DEC 1942

SCHOOL AYCLIFFE       CAPT J W BARLOW   PION CORPS

NOV/DEC   VISITS TO VARIOUS SECTIONS AT WELL, HORNBY PARK, THORNABY, WALWORTH CASTLE, SCOTCH CORNER, DANBY.

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WO 166/9862                       335 COMPANY VP             MAY  -  DEC 1942

MAY 28   FORMATION OF COY

WORKSOP

MAY 29   CAPT M P POYNOR

CAPT POYNOR MADE DAILY VISITS;  NO OTHER DETAILS

DEC 1    COY HQ MOVED TO BARROW-ON-TRENT

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WO 166/9863                    371 COMPANY VP                JUN  -  DEC 1942

JUN 1   OXFORD    CAPT M M JOHNSON

JUN 8   COY HQ MOVED TO WOODSTOCK, THE OLD SCHOOL

DOGS POSTED TO VARIOUS COYS - MAX, REXIE, BUSTER, AND ALSO ORS.

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WO 166/9864                       337 COMPANY VP           AUG  -  DEC 1942  

JUN 6  YELVERTON    FORMING COY HQ  LT P CARLOS CLARKE

VPS IN DEVON, CORNWALL        LT’S LAWRENCE, LT HOUSTON-BOSWELL

JUL 8  ONE MAN ON WAR DOG COURSE

AUG 8  2 PTES RETURN FROM DOG HANDLING COURSE WITH 2 WAR DOGS

CSM WARD

3 SECTIONS  WOODLEIGH HEAVY LANE, YELVERTON, DEVON

AUG 28  FROM PORT CURNO TO YELVERTON

DIARY ALL VISITS AND TRAINING - NO DETAILS.

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WO 166/9865                          378 COMPANY VP                     DEC 1942

DEC 31   KILLIGANE  HOUSE KILLIGANOON NR TRURO

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166/9868    1 (NORTHERN COMMAND) PRO COY           JAN  - FEB 1942   

CATTERICK CAMP

JAN 1 CSM R JACOBS TOOK OVER DUTIES OF CSM OF THIS COY FROM RSM LALLY.

JAN 7 THEFT FROM CANTEEN IN WAITWITH LINES, CATTERICK CAMP.

JAN 8 THEFT OF MOTOR CAR, 2 SOLDIERS ARRESTED.

THEFT OF £50 FROM SAFE OF WO & SGT’S MESS SCHOOL OF SIGNALS, MESSINES LINES.  SGT FOSTER R SIGNALS ARRESTED, ADMITTED TAKING £6 FROM SAFE.   ARRESTED PENDING COURT MARTIAL.

JAN 13 THEFT OF CUSHION AND 12 HALF PINT BOTTLES OF STOUT FROM THE SHOULDER OF MUTTON HOTEL, KIRBY HILL, SIG CLARKE HQ 9 CORPS FOUND IN POSSESSION OF CUSHION AND ARRESTED.

JAN 14 INFO FROM A MRS VERITY THAT ON RETURNING FROM A DANCE THE PREVIOUS EVENING A SOLDIER WHO WAS ESCORTING HER OUT OF THE LINES WHERE THE DANCE WAS HELD HAD KNOCKED HER TO THE GROUND AND HAD CONNECTIONS WITH HER.   A SGT BRANNER WAS ARRESTED WHO SAID WHAT HAPPENED WAS WITH HER CONSENT.   ARRESTED AND HANDED OVER TO CIVIL POLICE.

JAN 16 THEFT OF TWO WRISTLET WATCHES FROM SGT’S MESS GAZA LINES.   A GNR KING ARRESTED HAVING SOLD 2 WATCHES TO A BARMAID IN RICHMOND.

JAN 20 18 NCO’S AND MEN ARRIVED FROM TRAFFIC CONTROL COY’S FOR MILITARY POLICE TRAINING.   SNOW 2’ DEEP, DEEP DRIFTS.

CSM FOX SIB INVESTIGATOR.

FEB THEFT OF RATIONS, REGISTERED MAIL, A LORRY

FEB 7 REPORT RECEIVED AT THIS OFFICE THAT A SGT 13012916 H K JENNER OF THE PIONEER CORPS HAD SHOT HIMSELF WITH HIS RIFLE AND WAS IN CATTERICK CAMP HOSPITAL   ENQUIRIES WERE MADE AND IT WAS FOUND THAT HE HAD TOLD A SGT. FRIEND THAT HE HAD SHOT HIMSELF BECAUSE HE WAS IN DEBT.  JENNER DIED FROM THE WOUNDS HE HAD INFLICTED ON HIMSELF TWO DAYS LATER.   (BURIED IN TUNBRIDGE WELLS CEMETERY, KENT)   LOTS OF DETAILS ON THEFT ETC.

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WO 166/9869         2  NORTHERN COMMAND  PRO COY        JAN 1942

JAN 3  38 MAGDALA ROAD, NOTTINGHAM

FEB 2    CAPT J C SUTTON P/123783  SHERWOOD FORESTERS   OC  DAPM

RE-ORGANISATION OF NORTHERN COMMAND, SECTIONS AT LEEDS, SHEFFIELD, BRADFORD, HALIFAX, HUDDERSFIELD TRANSFERRED TO NEWLY FORMED NC NO 3 PRO COY WITH HQ AT LEEDS

CMP SECTION AT SKEGNESS MOVED TO SCUNTHIRPE

CMP SECTION AT SPALDING MOVED TO COY HQ

SECTIONS - GRIMSBY, SCUNTHORPE, GRANTHAM AND LINCOLN R. STNS

ATTACHED FOR ALL PURPOSES TO APM 1 CORPS.

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WO 166/9870          3 NORTHERN COMMAND PRO COY           JAN 1942

JAN 1 COY ESTABLISHED AT LEEDS WITH SECTIONS AT BRADFORD, WAKEFIELD, PONTEFRACT, HULL, HALIFAX, HARROGATE, HUDDERSFIELD, SHEFFIELD RIPON AND YORK AND STATION (RAILWAY) SECTIONS AT HULL, SHEFFIELD, LEEDS, HALIFAX AND YORK.

JAN 15 7690528 L/CPL BARKER J OF HARROGATE SECTION INVOLVED IN A SLIGHT MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT WHEN HIS MACHINE SKIDDED, THE RIDER RECEIVED SLIGHT INJURIES AND THE MACHINE WAS NOT DAMAGED.

JAN 23 FLYING SQUAD OPERATING IN LEEDS FROM CMP DEPOT.

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WO 166/9871 1 IND BDE GROUP (GUARDS) PRO UNIT  APR - JUL 1942

29 INDEPENDENT BRIGADE GROUP PRO UNIT.

LT A W SUDDABY.   IN THE FIELD.   TRAINING PROGRAMME CONTINUED.

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WO 166/9872            29 IND BDE GROUP PRO UNIT          MARCH 1942

MAR 5 UNIT FORMED.   IN THE FIELD.   TRAINING PROGRAMME CONTINUED, BECAME 1 INDEPENDENT BRIGADE GROUP (GUARDS) PRO UNIT.

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WO 166/10349          APM(TC) WESTERN COMMAND      JUL - DEC 1943

JUL 20      CHESTER    MAJ K BIBBY 128728   GREN GDS     APM

             CAPT G E YOUNG 119396   WELCH REGT   DAPM

DETAILS OF OFFICERS/VISITORS IN AND OUT

APM(TC) 22, 24, 25, 26, 102 COYS CMP(TC)

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WO 166/10350             APM VP WESTERN COMMAND     JAN - DEC 1943

MAJ W F MARTINSON

JUL   PHOTOS - 1) LOCATIONS OF VARIOUS COYS

POSTING OF SECTIONS CMP (VP)

1 SECTION (ADDITIONAL)  TO C.A.D.         NESSCLIFFE        ON 14//7/43

5 SECTIONS                     TO DOCKS        BIRKENHEAD       ON 26/7/43

2 SECTIONS                     TO SHIP CANAL  EASTHAM           ON 26/7/43

2 SECTIONS                     TO LOCK           EASTHAM           ON 26/7/43

1 SECTION(ADDITIONAL)   TOCA TRNG SCH GT ORMES HEAD ON 27/7/43

6 SECTIONS                     TO DOCKS         LIVERPOOL         ON 29/7/43

3 SECTIONS               TO CANADA DOCK     LIVERPOOL       ON 30/7/43

4 SECTIONS               TO ALBERT DOCK      LIVERPOOL       ON 30/7/43

WITHDRAWAL OF SECTIONS : WITHDRAWN FROM VPS 

2 SECTIONS           FROM 236 AA T/RRA     OSWESTRY         ON 16/7/43

1 SECTION             FROM RDF STATION     FORMBY             ON 24/7/43

1   “                        “      RDF STATION    CREIGNEISH        ON     “

2 SECTIONS             “      RDF STATION    SCARLETT POINT  ON     “  

2   “                        “         “        “         DALBY                    “      “    

2   “                        “         “        “         BRIDE                    “      “    

1 SECTION               “         “        “         SOUTH STACK         “  26/7/43  

2 SECTIONS             “         “        “         NEVIN                    “      “    

2    “                       “         “        “         WILFA                    “      “    

2    “                       “         “        “         RHUDDLAN              “      “    

1 SECTION               “         “        “         PEN-Y-BRYN            “       “    

1    “                       “         “        “         GT. ORMES HEAD     “       “    

1    “                       “         “        “         PRESTATYN             “       “      

1    “                       “         “        “         ST DAVIDS HEAD     “       “    

1    “                       “         “        “         ST ANNES HEAD      “       “      

1    “                       “         “        “         RIPPERSTON           “       “  

2 SECTIONS             “       CAD               PONTESBURY          “    16/11/43

1 SECTION               “       6 MSD            CARLISLE               “    23/11/43

SPECIAL DUTIES AT ALTCAR AND HEREFORD : DURING THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER FOUR SECTIONS CMP (VP) CONTINUED TO ACT AS A DEMONSTRATION PLATOON AT WESTERN COMMAND WEAPONS TRAINING SCHOOL, ALTCAR.  THE CO OF THE SCHOOL HAS SPOKEN VERY HIGHLY OF THE EFFICIENCY, SMARTNESS AND GOOD DISCIPLINE OF THE MEN.  

FORTY ORS CMP (VC) ARE ASSISTING WITH AGRICULTURAL WORK NEAR HEREFORD - IT IS EXPECTED THEY WILL BE EMPLOYED THERE FOR 6 WEEKS.

DOG COURSES  : 9 RESERVE HANDLERS PROCEEDED ON 9 NOV TO WAR DOGS TRG SCHOOL.  A FURTHER 15 RESERVE HANDLERS ARE TO PROCEED TO THE SCHOOL ON THE 30 NOV 1943.  OTHERS ARE TO GO AT REGULAR INTERVALS UNTIL SUFFICIENT NUMBERS OF RESERVE HANDLERS HAVE BEEN TRAINED.

TRAINING FOR L OF C : TRAINING OF L OF C COURSE HAS BEEN IN PROGRESS DURING THE MONTH AND TERMINATED ON 30 NOV.  IT IS INTENDED THAT THE COY WILL PROCEED TO PRESTATYN, N WALES ON 1 DEC 1943.

VISIT OF PROVOST MARSHAL TO WESTERN COMMAND

VISIT ON 22/25 NOV, BUT RECALLED TO LONDON SO HIS PROGRAMME WAS NOT CARRIED OUT IN FULL

ATTACHMENT OF OFFICERS - LT K A KNIGHT ATT. WEF AUG 4 1943.

JANZEN EXERCISE    25 SECTIONS OF   CMP (VP) FROM OTHER COMMANDS AND 1 SECTION FROM THIS COMMAND WERE EMPLOYED ON SPECIAL DUTY IN THIS COMMAND.  THE G-O-C-IN -CHIEF IN A LETTER HIGHLY COMMENDED THE WORK CARRIED OUT BY ALL THESE SECTIONS.

HARLEQUIN EXERCISE   AUG 24 2 SECTIONS OF CMP(VP) ON THE ABOVE.

STEN GUNS:  BY AUG 15 THE COMPLETE CHANGEOVER FROM RIFLES TO STEN GUNS AS A PERSONAL ISSUE TO CMP(VP) WAS EFFECTED.  ALL RIFLES HAVE BEEN RETURNED TO ORDINANCE OR DISTRIBUTED TO OTHER UNITS. ALL ORS HAVE BEEN TRAINED IN THE USE OF THE NEW WEAPONS AND HAVE BEEN GIVEN RANGE PRACTICE.

   

AUG                 2) CHANGE OF WEAPONS FROM RIFLE TO STEN GUNS

OCT  FIVE DOGS RETURNED TO WD SCHOOL AS UNSUITABLE

TOTAL OF 54 DOGS REMAIN IN WESTERN COMMAND

SEP, OCT, NOV   4 SECTIONS OF CMP(VP) CONTINUE TO ACT AS DEMONSTRATION TEAMS.

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WO 166/10351          CMP WESTERN COMMAND          JAN  -  DEC 1943

PENSARN AND CHESTER     LT.COL W H DIGGLE, DSO, OBE, MC

JAN/DEC POSTINGS OF ORS AND COURSES.

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WO 166/10462      GUARDS ARMD DIV PRO COY           JAN - DEC 1943

CHEWTON MENDIP, SOMERSET.   CAP M RENSHAW.

JAN ROUTINE FATIGUES PARADE, ROAD CHECKS, FROME - WARMINSTER, TOWN PATROLS, FROM, WARMINSTER, TROWBRIDGE, BRUTON.

FEB AS ABOVE.

MAR METHWOLD, NORFOLK. TOWN PATROLS AT SWAFFHAM, THETFORD, EAST DEREHAM.

APR 24 HM KING VISITS DIVISION.

MAY 31 NEW MOTORCYCLE COLLECTED FROM ORDNANCE DEPOT.

JUN 2 NEW LORRY.

JUN 3 NEW HUMBER STAFF CAR.   TWO WEEKS RUNNING IN NEW VEHICLES.

JUN 15   OUTING TO CROMER POINT OF JOURNEY WAS TWOFOLD

1) TO RUN IN NEW VEHICLES

2) TO GIVE NCOS A BREAK AFTER A RATHER ARDUOUS WEEKEND ON DUTY

JUL 4 DIVISION MOVES TO SCARBOROUGH. NEW HQ

AUG 6 LECTURE “THE GERMAN MENTALITY BY PROF. JESSOP.   STUDY OF FRENCH MAPS, FRENCH LESSONS (CONTINUOUSLY).   LECTURE DICTATORSHIP AND DEMOCRACY, DEMONSTRATION OF WATERPROOFING VEHICLES.   AIRCRAFT RECOGNITION, MAP READING AT NIGHT EXERCISE.  LECTURE ON BOOBY TRAPS “THE FUTURE OF FRANCE”.

NOV LECTURE BY TOM DRIBERG MP LABOUR “THE FREEDOM OF THE PRESS”.

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WO 166/10491                    3 DIV PRO COY                   JAN  -  DEC 1943

JAN   ASHFORD        CAPT C B E COWIE

MAR   DUMFRIES   TRAINING ETC

MAY 29   LT H JEFFREY PROMOTED CAPTAIN AND TAKES OVER FROM CAPT COWIE WHO IS POSTED TO HQ

OCT 6   CAPT H LIVINGSTON TAKES OVER AS OC

              LT.COL F L SEELY        

DEC   LEEDS,  HORSFORTH  (NO MENTION OF MOVE).

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WO 166/10500                4 DIV  PRO  COY                     JAN/FEB 1943

DUMFRIES      CAPT F S ORWIN

JAN    NORMAL DUTIES AND TRAINING AND EMBARKATION LEAVE

FEB 28   COY MT MOVE TO EMBARKATION UNDER LT H T CORRIE

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WO 166/10509            6 AIRBORNE DIV PRO COY           MAY-DEC 1943

BULFORD.   CAPT J E IRWIN

MAY 15 COY FORMED TO DAY.   NOTHING TO REPORT.

SEPT NCO’S ON GLIDER EXPERIENCE.

DEC 23 L/CPL MACPHEDRAN KILLED ON PARACHUTE TRAINING.

DEC 1 METHWOLD     CAPT W H COOPER

POLICE DUTIES AT BRANDON, DIDLINGTON, DERSINGHAM, SWAFFHAM KINGS LYNN, HUNSTANTON, MUNDFORD

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WO 166/10519               9 ARMD DIV  PRO COY           JAN  -  DEC 1943

JAN 12 13 5-CWT FWD CARS  (JEEPS) TAKEN ON CHARGE

FEB 20   124288 CAPT E V CROMBIE RA, A & S H   NEW OC

             41386 CAPT H T MORGAN  KRRC,  OC POSTED TO DAPM 80 DIV

MAR 1   CHESTER-LE-STREET

MAR 15   MOVE TO SCARBOROUGH

APR 5   2 LCPLS COMMITTED TO SOWERBY BRIDGE DETENTION BKS FOR 56 DAYS, STRUCK OFF STRENGTH AND POSTED TO Y-LIST

MAY 1   SCARBOROUGH  A/CAPT E V CROMBIE 124288 RA, A & S WAS RELIEVED OF COMMAND OF 9 ARMD DIV PRO COY WEF MAY 1, POSTED TO CMP DEPOT

MAY 8   MAJ C W PENNINGTON APM 9 ARMD DIV INSPECTS COY

JUL 1   SCARBOROUGH  POLICE DUTIES, SCARBOROUGH, SLEDMORE, BROMPTON

JUL 6   TO FAIRWARD  CROWBOROUGH COURTLANDS POLICE DUTIES

SEP 1   FAIRWARD

DEC 1 METHWOLD     CAPT W H COOPER

POLICE DUTIES AT BRANDON, DIDLINGTON, DERSINGHAM, SWAFFHAM KINGS LYNN, HUNSTANTON, MUNDFORD

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WO 166/10530         11 ARMD DIV PRO COY                JAN  -  DEC 1943

JAN 4    NEWMARKET   CAPT MATTHEWS  OC SENT ON LEAVE PENDING POSTING AWAY  MAJ CLITHEROE - SMITH  APM 11 DIV ASSUMES COMMAND

JAN 23  CAPT PASCALL  OC

AUG   CHERRY BURTON, BEVERLEY, ROBIN HOODS BAY

DEC 1   IN THE FIELD   CAPT J D PETERKIN  HLI

DEC 14   EX COP,  MINEFIELD GAP CONTROL,  2 SECTIONS

DEC 23   COMBINED OPS FILM IN MORNING,  RE MINE CIRCUS IN AFTERNOON.

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WO 166/10544                       15 DIV PRO COY              JAN - DEC 1942

JAN NORTHUMBERLAND    ROUTE SIGNING AND CONVOY DUTIES.  

CAPT R A ROBERTS, RA.

JAN 4 1 X NCO TO GAS SCHOOL GLENRIDDING.   RSM WARD.

FEB 7 COY PARADE AT HQ FOR PRESENTATION OF CERTIFICATES OF GOOD SERVICE TO 7684507 SGT FOWLER E AND 7690172 CPL VON GUNTEN G.

AWARDED BY C IN C HOME FORCES AND PRESENTED BY APT A E STUART, MC RA. DAPM.

ALNWICK, BERWICK, MORPETH, NEWCASTLE.

MAR MT HOLIDAYS, DUTIES AT BOXING TOURNAMENT, EXERCISES TUNISIA AND SPARTAN.

MAR 17 ALL AVAILABLE NCO’S TO SEE FILM DESERT VICTORY AT THE PAVILION CINEMA, NEWCASTLE.

APR MORE EXERCISES SHUFFLE, OXO I & II, BANBURY, HAGGIS.   CLOTH MODE EXERCISE - RESCUE AND GALLOP.

JUN 28 L/CPL VICKERY KILLED IN A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT ON EX BOVRIL.

JUL 3 FUNERAL OF L/CPL VICKERY AT NORTHWICH, CHESHIRE, 2/LT PERKINS AND 3 NCO’S ATTENDED.

JUL 26 COURT OF INQUIRY INTO M/C ACCIDENT IN WHICH L/CPL VICKERY

LOST HIS LIFE.   CAPT R G CHILTON TOOK OVER AS OC. FROM 47 DIV PRO COY.

SEP 11 YEADON, NR LEEDS.  COY MOVES TO NEW LOCATION YEADON.

SEP 14 6 NCO’S ACTED AS STEWARDS AT SAVINGS CONCERT AT AV ROE AIRCRAFT WORKS YEADON.

SEP 27 2 SECTIONS ATTENDED HARROGATE WAR WEAPONS WEEK,

1 AS DISPLAY SECTION AND 1 FOR TRAFFIC CONTROL.

SEP CAPT BREEZE

OC LT J A BOOTH.

NOV ROUTINE DUTIES DISCUSSION OF CHRISTMAS ASSISTANCE TO POSTAL AUTHORITIES.

DEC 24 RAIL TRAVEL CHECKS INSTITUTED AT HARROGATE, RIPON, OTLEY, SKIPTON FOR CHRISTMAS PERIOD.

DEC 31 EXTRA PATROLS AT MANY TOWNS, ALL AVAILABLE NCO’S ON DUTY.

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WO 166/10560            42 ARMD DIV PRO COY             FEB  -  OCT 1943

FEB 2     SCARBOROUGH        CAPT E W D LAMBERT

MAR 15   CHEWTON MENDIP

APR 5   MOVE TO BATCOMBE HOUSE, BATCOMBE, SOMERSET

JUL 9   CAPT LAMBERT TO APM 47 DIV,  NEW OC CAPT J N BOWES

AUG 20   CAPT BOWES TO 77 DIV PRO COY, CAPT C W R ROWSE NEW PC

SEP   SHOWN AS 42 ARMD DIV, 10 BEACH GROUP PRO COY

SEP 9  BATCOMBE, NEW LOCATION BURTON-ON-THE WATER     

SEP 16   IRVINE  PARTY PROCEED TO DUNDONALD CTC

OCT 1   JOHNSTONE -  COY BILLETS CONSTITUTIONAL HALL AWAY FROM HQ 10 BEACH GROUP SITUATED IN CASTLE CAMP, JOHNSTONE

OCT 6   CAPT H JEFFREYS  NEW OC FROM 3 DIV

OCT 12   LT ROBERTSON RETURNED TO JOHNSTONE AFTER COMPLETING WIND UP OF 42 ARMD DIV PC,  PERSONNEL AND STORES AT BOURTON-ON-THE-WATER

OCT 15   OC WENT TO SEE THE APM REF THE REFORMING OF COY

OCT 16   POST MORTEM CONFERENCE ON EX DUMPIT REF CHANGES TO LANDING TABLES ETC  COY GOT A GOOD CHIT ABOUT THE EX

NOV   243 HQ PRO COY  10 BEACH GROUP

NOV 13   COY MOVE TO RACE COURSE, AYR

NOV 20   COY DESIGNATION CHANGED BY WO TO 243 HQ PRO COY UNIT SERIAL NUMBER 15148

NOV 21   REMAINDER OF 42 ARMD DIV PRO COY DEPARTED TO 102, 233, 241 AND 80 DIV

DEC 1   CAPT W A ROBINSON TO EDINBURGH WITH CO 10 BEACH GROUP TO INSPECT LEITH DET

DEC 4   CPL FLEET ON WATERPROOFING COURSE TO KESWICK UNTIL 12/12

DEC 12  CAPT R WILLY  DAPM CTC GULLANE ARRIVED ON 1 DAY VISIT.

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WO 166/10566                 55 DIV PRO COY                        JAN-DEC 1943

JAN 1 BAINTON MAIN BODY LEFT BAINTON, YORKS FOR NEW LOCATION DEVON AREA.

JAN 4 NEW LOCATION BERE ALSTON, DEVON.   CAPT J E IRWIN OC.  STREET PATROLS TAVISTOCK. LAUNCESTON.

JAN 9 COURT OF ENQUIRY INTO DEATH OF CQMS BLOWER, FINDING: DEATH WHILST IN EXECUTION OF HIS DUTY.

JAN 31 L/CPL PROWSE RECEIVED CERTIFICATE OF MERIT.

FEB 3 COURT OF INQUIRY RE FOOTBALL ACCIDENT TO L/CPL HARPER.   LT J N BOWES POSTED IN.

FEB 13 7 NCO’S SENT TO DARTMOUTH FROM PAIGNTON TO ASSIST CIVIL POLICE IN BOMBED AREA (14 KILLED 3 INJURED).

FEB 16 COMPANY DANCE.

FEB 26 BOMBSHELL CONCERT PARTY IN COMPANY LINES.

APR 20 MESS TIN COOKING, GRENADE THROWING AND FIRING.

MAY CAPT R A WILLIAMS NEW OC.

JUN 3 MOVE TO BOLNEY, SUSSEX.

JUN 6 13.40 7684708 SGT HOLME, 2656564 CPL TURNER, 5723123 L/CPL THORNE, 1554536 L/CPL SAUNDERS, KILLED BY ENEMY ACTION AIR RAID WHEN COY BILLET IN EASTBOURNE (HILDEGARDE MEAD ROW) HIT DURING AIR RAID.   4682658 L/CPL WALKER, 14258442 L/CPL TOLSON OK, 14256369 L/CPL RICHARDS INJURED AND TAKEN TO CIVILIAN HOSPITAL.

* 6  PHOTOS FROM EAST SUSSEX GAZETTE DESCRIBING WITH PHOTOS DAMAGE TO TOWN IN AIR RAID - “SUNDAY RAID AND DAMAGE TO SOUTH-EAST TOWN. FATAL CASUALTIES AND DAMAGE

SEP 3 COY MOVE TO NEW LOCATION, DILTON PLACE, BELCOMBE, SUSSEX.

OCT 23 0800 158 PIONEER COY COMMENCED TO CLEAR DAMAGE AND DEBRIS OF COY BILLET AT HILDEGARDE, EASTBOURNE, DESTROYED BY ENEMY ACTION 3 JUNE.

DEC 10 LISBURN CO ANTRIM MOVE TO NORTHERN IRELAND.

DEC 30 5776 RSM HARDY A E AWARDED AFRICA STAR, 3311590 W/SGT TOUGH T AWARDED 8 ARMY CLASP & AFRICA STAR,

 1020127 W/CPL CATTELL C W AWARDED AFRICA STAR

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WO 166/10583                          45 DIV PRO COY           JAN  -  DEC 1943

          CAPT H H W MUST

          LT D W CAINE   A/OC 45 DIV PRO COY

FEB 1  BOREHAM

FEB 5  BALLYMENA NEW LOCATION

TC CHECKS AND TOWN PATROLS, PETROL-LESS DAY CHECKS

MAY  10   CAPT MUST POSTED TO 76 DIV

               LT H E BYFORD  NEW OC

               LT C W HICKMAN  TEMP OC.

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WO 166/10592                             47 DIV PRO COY              JAN  -  DEC 1943

BISHOP’S WALTHAM, WINCHESTER    CAPT F SIMMONS  OC

MAR 8   ALERT SOUNDED IN WINCHESTER;  SOUTHAMPTON BOMBED

MAY 23/24   FUNERAL DUTIES OF COL EAGER LATE COMMANDER IOW SUB-DISTRICT

SEP    CAPT WILKINS

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WO 166/10601                  48 DIV PRO COY                 JAN  -  DEC 1943

JAN 1   LINCOLN        CAPT E LAMB

JAN 10   CAPT POSGATE RA MBE DAPM

JAN 15   ENEMY ACTION AGAINST LINCOLN PRO ASSISTANCE TO CIVIL POLICE.  BOMBS DROPPED AT SEVERAL POINTS CITY OF LINCOLN.  COY TAKES PART IN ANTI-LOOTING PATROLS CARRIED OUT FOR FORTY-EIGHT HOURS.  ONE ENEMY BOMBER DESTROYED BY FIGHTERS.

JUN 28   CAPT DIGBY-CLARKE, LOVAT SCOUTS APM 48 DIV

DEC 23   VISIT OF APM NORTHERN COMMAND AND APM AMERICAN ARMY.

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WO 166/10612                49 DIV PRO COY              JAN  -  DEC 1943

WEOBLEY, HEREFORDSHIRE

JAN 6     CAPT K A ROSS  GEN LIST NEW OC FROM CAPT V D KELLART  RA

JAN 19  1 SECTION 70 BDE CARMARTHEN, 1 SECTION 147 INF BDE ABERGAVENNY

FOXLEY AND WHITNEY SECURITY GUARDS

MAR 18   BUTTERFLY BOMBS : 2 KG ANTI-PERSONNEL BUTTERFLY BOMBS ARE AGAIN BEING DROPPED IN THIS COUNTRY BY GERMANS.  NOW FUSES MAY CAUSE BOMBS TO EXPLODE SPONTANEOUSLY, WITHIN THIRTY MINUTES OF FALLING, OR AT ANY TIME IF TOUCHED.  THESE BOMBS MUST NOT BE TOUCHED OR MOVED.  OFFICE WILL BE INFORMED REGARDING REPORTING AND DISPOSAL OF THESE BOMBS.  THE BOMBS ARE BEING DROPPED IN CONTAINERS 3 FT 7 INS LONG, 8 INS IN DIAMETER, OPENING IN TWO HALVES WITH 23 BOMBS IN EACH CONTAINER, AND MAY BE FOUND WIDELY SCATTERED OR CLOSE TOGETHER NEAR A SPLIT CONTAINER.  THE CONTAINERS AND BOMBS ARE DANGEROUS TO TOUCH.

APR 1   CAPT W J THOMPSON OBLI  NEW OC

APR 20   IDEAL HOTEL, IRVINE

APR 27   FULLERTON CAMP, IRVINE

MAY 5   WEOBLEY

MAY 13   CAPT A BROWN, E R YEO,  NEW OC FROM 9 ARMD DIV PRO COY

MAY 19   A/C INV 64612812 L/CPL P JENKINS,  COURT OF ENQUIRY

MAY 28  COURT OF ENQUIRY A/C 768710 CPL L BANTICK, SERIOUS INJURY

MAY 27 PART 1 ORDERS DRESS CMP(ALL WINGS) : THE MACKINTOSH IS PART OF THE DRESS OF A MILITARY POLICEMAN AND IS ISSUED IN LIEU OF THE CAPE MACKINTOSH ISSUED TO ALL OTHER TROOPS.  IT IS PERFECTLY IN ORDER FOR THE MACKINTOSH TO BE WORN ON OR OFF DUTY, BUT ALL RANKS ARE REMINDED THAT THESE GARMENTS ARE UNLIKELY TO BE REPLACED OWING TO THE RUBBER SHORTAGE AND SHOULD, THEREFORE, BE TREATED WITH GREAT CARE.  PREVIOUS INSTRUCTIONS ON THIS SUBJECT WERE THAT NO CMP WERE ALLOWED TO WEAR THESE WHEN OFF DUTY, BUT THE PROVOST MARSHAL HAS NOW ISSUED THE AFORE-MENTIONED ORDER.  IN VIEW OF THE SHORTAGE OF RUBBER AND THE UNLIKELIHOOD OF REPLACEMENTS OF THIS MACKINTOSH, ALL RANKS SHOULD THEREFORE BE INSTRUCTED THAT THE GREATEST POSSIBLE CARE OF THESE GARMENTS IS TO BE TAKEN.

RSM BOOTH

JUL 15  PART 1 ORDERS NO 24 :  PART 1 ORDERS

DIVISIONAL SIGN   DOUBT HAS ARISEN AS TO WHICH WAY THE POLAR BEAR SHOULD FACE ON VEHICLES.  IT WILL ALWAYS FACE TO THE LEFT AS YOU LOOK AT IT, ie THE POLAR BEAR’S HEAD WILL FACE:

a)   ON THE FRONT OF THE VEHICLE TO THE OFF-SIDE

b)   ON THE REAR OF THE VEHICLE TO THE NEAR-SIDE

DRESS IRREGULARITIES : THE QUESTION OF THE WEARING OF SHOULDER DESIGNATIONS BY COMMANDOS, IS AT PRESENT UNDER CONSIDERATION AT THE WAR OFFICE AND AS YET NO DEFINITE FULING CAN YET BE GIVEN.  UNTIL A DECISION IS REACHED AND PROMULGATED NO FURTHER ACTION SHOULD BE TAKEN TO REPORT COMMANDO PERSONNEL FOR CONTRAVENING ACI/2316/42 BY WEARING SHOULDER DESIGNATION.

JUL 28 IRVINE

SEP 11  PART 1 ORDERS NO 28 : BLACK STRIPS - STRIPS OF SILVER PAPER ABOU ¼ INCH WIDE AND OR 10 INCHES LONG, COATED BLACK ON BOTH SIDES, MAY BE FOUND IN CERTAIN AREAS.  THESE STRIPS ARE HARMLESS AND FORM PART OF A BRITISH DEVICE.  ANY SUCH STRIPS FOUND OR ANY OBJECTS OF A SIMILAR APPEARANCE SHOULD AT ONCE BE HANDED TO THE POLICE, WHO HAVE INSTRUCTIONS AS TO THEIR DISPOSAL.  PLACE WHERE FOUND AND TIME OF FALL, IF KNOWN, SHOULD BE GIVEN.  THESE OBJECTS SHOULD BE DESCRIBED AS “BLACK STRIPS”.

OCT 1   IRVINE

DEC 4   WRENTHAM

DEC 9   NORWICH.

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WO 166/10626                      51 DIV PRO COY                          NOV 1943

IN THE FIELD         CAPT J H MACKIE  KOSB

NOV 1   SGT EVANS AND L/CPL HARRIS TO SFERRO TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS RE UNVEILING OF DIV MEMORIAL

SICILY   COY HAND OVER BILLET TO 200 PRO COY

NOV 11   ENTRAINED ACIREALE STN, EMBARKED ON HMT

DOMINION MONARCH

AT SEA   LT MACKINTOSH MC    LT NICOL MC

NOV 25   DOCKED LIVERPOOL

NOV 27  HQ  LEA FARM BOTTLEY, BUCKS

NOV 30  JOINT PATROL WITH US MP, HIGH WYCOMBE

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WO 166/10635                      52 DIV PRO COY                JAN  -  DEC 1943

JAN   ROTHES     CAPT S HALLATT

         NO-TRANSPORT DAYS,  NORMAL ROUTINE AND INTENSIVE TRAINING

MAY 8   MOVE TO NEW LOCATION,  WESTFIELD, NR ELGIN

NOV   NEWTYLE - PATROLS IN BLAIRGOWRIE, CUPAR ANGUS, ALYTH.

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WO 166/10647                 53 DIV PRO COY                  JAN  -  DEC 1943

LOOSE

JAN 1   CAPT A S DUNN  OC

MAR 1   EXERCISE SPARTAN  PHOTO,  TRAINING ROUTINE DUTIES

EX SPARTAN - 13 DAYS DURATION

MAR 8   L/CPL HALLIDAY INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT AT BENSON; REMOVED TO 5TH CANADIAN GENERAL HOSPITAL, TAPLOW,  SEVERE LEG INJURIES

MAR 9   CAVERSHAM  LCPL KENNISON C. REMOVED TO WILSON ROW, MILITARY HOSPITAL, READING,  CONCUSSION AND HEAD INJURIES

MAR 13   RETURNING FROM EX SPARTAN, LCPL WARRELL CARRYING FUS THOMAS ATTACHED TRAINEE ON PILLION INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT,  SUSPECTED FRACTURE OF SKULL

WHOLE OF COY RETURNED TO NORMAL LOCATION AFTER EX SPARTAN.

AUG 19   NEW LOCATION - YELDHAM

OCT   BACK TO LOOSE.

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WO 166/10657                  54 DIV PRO COY                 JAN  -  OCT 1943

JAN   HESTLEY HALL, HULL      CAPT C A G MOORE   OC

        GENERAL POLICE DUTIES

MAR 20   TO FRAMLINGHAM, CONSERVATIVE CLUB

APR   CAPT C C J SITTERS   OC

MAY 22   CAPT H G THORNTON   ASSUMED COMMAND

AUG 16   HOUNSLOW

OCT 5/15   WINCHESTER   LT R FAIRHURST  OC FOR THIS PERIOD

OCT 15   HQ AND FOUR SECTIONS MOVE TO WINBORNE.

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WO166/10679                  59 DIV PRO COY                    JAN  -  DEC 1943

N. IRELAND   CAPT J O KERRISON   RSM GLASBY

JAN 26   52 NCOS PARADE BELFAST FOR VISIT OF SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WAR

MAR 6   CAPT H E HORNBY  OC,  CAPT J O KERRISON   APM 47 DIV

MAR   S E COMMAND

OCT DIV HQ LITTLE DEANE, LEWES SUSSEX

NOV 1   2 NCOS ON GERMAN LANGUAGE COURSE NOV 1/13, AEC CENTRE

CANTERBURY

NOV 19  21.00   HALIFAX BOMBER CRASHED WITHIN ONE MILE FROM PRESENT LOCATION.  GUARD ON PLANE FOUND BY U.S. UNTIL RELIEVED BY ITC AT 23.15, CREW BAILED AND SEARCH PARTY ORGANISED AND THE CREW WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ONE WERE ACCOUNTED FOR.

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WO 166/10699                      76 DIV  PRO COY             JAN  -  DEC 1943

JAN   NORWICH       CAPT J P DUNPHY

FEB   TRAINING,  PREPARATION FOR MEN GOING OVERSEAS

MAR 18   COY GAVE ASSISTANCE TO CIVIL POLICE DURING AND AFTER A FAIRLY HEAVY RAID ON CITY

CHARGES UP TO MAR 22  -  126

MAY 10   CAPT DUNPHY TO 45 DIV PRO COY

MAY 11   CAPT H H W MUST  RA  OC

JUL   ONE COMPLETE SECTION DISPATCHED TO SERIAL RVGA2

NOV   A FLYING SQUAD CONSISTING OF 1 SGT, 1 CPL, 7 L/CPL’S SPENT NINE DAYS IN COMPREHENSIVE CHECK OF RAILWAY TRAVEL, MT, DISCIPLINE THROUGHOUT DIV AREA,  EXCELLENT RESULT.  COY STILL FULFILLING ITS ROLE AS TRAINING AND DRAFTING POLICE PERSONNEL.

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WO 166/10708                    77 DIV PRO COY                 JAN  -  OCT 1943

NORTH TAWTON        CAPT H A L CHAPPLE  OC

JAN 1   NORMAL DUTIES

JAN 4   NORTH DALTON, YORKS  NEW LOCATION

NORMAL DUTIES AND TRAINING

JUN 4   MOVE TO NEW LOCATION  DARLINGTON

AUG 20   189501 CAPT J N BOWES  0C

SEP 24   CAPT BOWES TO DEPOT & TRAINING ESTABLISHMENT  MYTCHETT

SEP 25   CAPT P C WARDLE  DAPM  77 DIV ASSUMES COMMAND

OCT 20   DISBANDED.

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WO 166/10717           79  ARMD DIV  PRO COY             JAN -  DEC 1943

KIRKSTALL   CAPT L C READ

SECTION TRAINING,  NORMAL POLICE DUTIES

FEB 12  * EX SNOW COMMENCED;  CPL FROST KILLED IN M/C ACCIDENT

FEB 13   INQUEST ON DEATH OF CPL FROST,  OC ATTENDED,  VERDICT - ACCIDENTAL DEATH

FEB 16   BEARER PARTY PROCEEDED TO LONDON FOR FUNERAL OF CPL FROST

MAR 1    COY HQ MOVED TO BEDFORD

MAR 11   CAMBRIDGE BOMBED BY ENEMY RAIDERS

MAR 14   COY RETURN TO KIRKSTALL

APR 28   OXFORD  NEW LOCATION

MAY 2   MOBILISATION ORDERS RECEIVED.  KIT INSPECTIONS, MEDICAL INSPECTIONS

MAY 12   COY KIT MADE UP TO CORRECT SCALE

MAY 23   MOVE TO KELSALE

DUTIES AS NORMAL

AUG 17   MOVE FROM KELSALE TO FRISTON HOUSE

SEP 27   MOVE TO SOUTHEND-ON-SEA, WESTCLIFFE.

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WO166/13647                            A GROUP TC                JAN  -  JUL 1943

JAN 1   LEEDS   MAJ A S GILES, OBE, MC   FORESTERS   OC

                           CAPT A COOKSLEY  2 i/c

MAR 8 LT S W CHANDLER   ADMIN OFFICER

MAR 15   MAJ F N TOMLINSON   LOYAL REGT ASSUMES COMMAND

ROUTINE AS USUAL.

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WO 166/13648                          C GROUP TC                  JAN  -  JUL 1943

JAN 1   NOTTINGHAM    MAJ F N TOMLINSON

JAN 31   MAJ TOMLINSON LEFT TO TAKE OVER COMMAND OF D GROUP

             MAJ H D CULLEN MC  OC

MAR 1   ALGONQUIN CAMP (DUNLEY HILL)

MAR 16   NOTTINGHAM

APR 16   MAJ S A SWINDEN  OC   LT J H HINCHCLIFFE   2 i/c

JUL   DISBANDMENT OF COY

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WO 166/13649                         D GROUP TC              JAN - MARCH 1943

DARLINGTON.   MAJ H E D CULLEN, MC 110656 GENERAL LIST OC.

MOVING CONVOYS THROUGH AREA.

JAN  45 CONVOYS HANDLED.

FEB 1  MAJ CULLEN POSTED TO ‘C’ GROUP CMP (TC) AS GROUP COMMANDER, MAJ F N TOMLINSON 41422 LOYAL REGT TAKES OVER AS OC.

MAR 15 HQ ‘D’ GROUP CMP (TC) AND NO 78 COY CMP (TC) DISBANDED UNDER AUTHORITY OF WAR OFFICE LETTER DATED 16/2/43.  

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WO 166/13650                        E GROUP TC                    JAN - JULY 1943         

REIGATE.   MAJ H F LITCHFIELD YORK & LANCASTER REGT OC.

FEB 13 MAJ E A SWINDEN GREEN HOWARDS NEW OC

GROUP ORDERS 26/1/43.   DEMONSTRATION OF SECTION EQUIPMENT & PERSONNEL - STAFF COLLEGE, CAMBERLEY.   IN ACCORDANCE WITH C.R.A.D.

NO. 5/3007/(G) DATED 2 JAN 43, NO. 4 COMPANY GAVE A DEMONSTRATION WITH ONE COMPLETE SECTION WITH EQUIPMENT AND PERSONNEL FOR THE STAFF COLLEGE DEMONSTRATION ON 15 JAN 43.   THE COMMANDANT, STAFF COLLEGE, CAMBERLEY INSTRUCTED THE COMPANY COMMANDER TO CONVEY TO ALL RANKS HIS APPRECIATION OF THE MOST EXCELLENT TURN-OUT AND STATED IT WAS BY FAR THE BEST DEMONSTRATION ON THE DAY.   OUT OF A TOTAL OF 35 SUCH DEMONSTRATIONS GIVEN BY DIFFERENT UNITS, THIS IS A VERY CREDITABLE PERFORMANCE.   THE COMMANDING OFFICER CONGRATULATES ALL CONCERNED.   THE SAME HIGH STANDARD MUST BE SET AND MAINTAINED BY ALL RANKS AT ALL TIMES.   A COPY OF THIS ORDER HAS BEEN FORWARDED TO DPM S.E. ARMY.

MOVES OF OFFICERS.   138083 LT S R WILLIAMS SOUTH LANCS 22/1/43 6 COY.   164809 LT E S SHIELDS ROYAL WEST KENTS 30/12/42 74 COY.   182232 LT J R LLOYD ROYAL WELCH FUSILIERS, 31/12/42 NO 74 COY,  18711 LT S R HUTTON ROYAL WEST KENTS 9/1/43 74 COY.

FEB 12 PIPE MINES.   REPORTS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED OF DEATHS AND INJURIES CAUSED BY EXPLOSIONS OF PIPES FILLED WITH EXPLOSIVES, KNOWN AS BOCHE BUMPS AND IT HAS BEEN SUGGESTED THAT A NUMBER OF THESE TUBES, WHICH CAN EASILY BE MISTAKEN FOR ORDINARY STRUCTURAL TUBES, ARE LYING ABOUT.   FARNBORO S.A. HAS NO RECORD OF ISSUING OR INSTRUCTING SUCH TUBES TO BE MADE UP.   ANY COMPANY HAVING SUCH TUBES IN POSSESSION OR HAVING INFORMATION REGARDING SAME WILL REPORT TO THIS HQ BY 14 FEB 43.

DRESS - COMMAND SIGN, FLASHES AND REGIMENTAL STRIPS

ORDER IN WHICH WORN           BD & SD                        GREATCOATS

COMMAND SIGN                     2” FROM SHOULDER SEAM   NOT WORN

REGIMENTAL STRIPS               ¼” BELOW COMMAND        ¼” BELOW TC

                                           SIGN                               FLASH

TC FLASH                              ¼ BELOW REGIMENTAL      2” BELOW

                                           STRIP                              SHOULDER SEAM

ANY VARIATION WILL BE CORRECTED FORTHWITH.   NOTE: REGTL FLASH AND TC FLASH ARE WORN IN REVERSE ORDER ON GREAT COAT.

WEARING OF TRAFFIC SLEEVES (DRIVERS)

THE ATTENTION OF COMPANY COMMANDERS IS DRAWN TO THIS HEADQUARTERS LETTER E/228/GEN/13 DATED 22 FEB 43.   ALL DRIVERS OF VEHICLES WILL WEAR TRAFFIC SLEEVES AT NIGHT AND DAY WHEN ON DUTY.   THIS ORDER MUST BE ENFORCED.

GERMAN ANTI-PERSONNEL BOMBS.   N.K.S.A ORDER NO. 176 IS REPEATED FOR INFORMATION OF ALL RANKS.

1. 2KB ANTI-PERSONNEL “BUTTERFLY” BOMBS ARE BEING DROPPED AGAIN IN THIS COUNTRY BY THE GERMANS.

2.  BOMBS MUST NOT BE APPROACHED WITHIN 30 MINUTES OF FALLING.   THE NEW FUSES MAY CAUSE BOMBS TO EXPLODE SPONTANEOUSLY WITHIN THIS TIME OR AT ANY TIME AFTER TOUCH.

3.  BOMBS MUST NOT BE TOUCHED OR MOVED.

4.  BOMBS ARE BEING DROPPED IN CONTAINERS 3FT 7” LONG BY 8” DIAMETER, OPENING INTO TWO HALVES: 23 BOMBS IN EACH CONTAINER.

5.  BOMBS MAY BE FOUND WIDELY SCATTERED OR CLOSE TOGETHER NEAR

THE SPLIT CONTAINER.   CONTAINERS AND BOMBS ARE DANGEROUS TO TOUCH.

MAR 13/14 EXERCISE SPARTAN, 1730 VEHICLES ON “X” ROUTE AND 2570 VEHICLES ON “Y” ROUTE.   6 COY CONTROLLED 209 VEHICLES, 4 COY CONTROLLED 829 VEHICLES.

MAR 15 6 COY CONTROLLED 556 VEHICLES, 4 COY CONTROLLED 2,102 VEHICLES.

MAR 31 MAJ H E D CULLEN MC NEW OV VICE MAJ SWINDEN.

WAR ESTABLISHMENT WEAPONS  THE WAS ESTABLISHMENT OF WEAPONS FOR A TRAFFIC CONTROL COMPANY (OVERSEAS) IS NOW 84 REVOLVERS, 30 STEN GUNS AND 9 RIFLES.   IN ORDER TO TRAIN PERSONNEL IN PREPARATION FOR OVERSEAS SERVICE, IT IS REQUESTED THAT EACH COY BE ALLOTTED A CERTAIN NUMBER OF STEN GUNS AND REVOLVERS TOGETHER WITH PRACTICE AMMUNITION.   IT IS SUGGESTED THAT 6 STEN GUNS AND 12 REVOLVERS PER COMPANY BE OBTAINED, TOGETHER WITH SUFFICIENT AMMUNITION FOR EACH MAN TO FIRE A COURSE OF 70 ROUNDS WITH THE STEN GUN AND 28 ROUNDS WITH THE REVOLVER.

QUARTERLY REPORT.   DRESS.   OTHER RANKS ARE NOW IN POSSESSION OF TWO SUITS OF BATTLE-DRESS, THE ONE SUIT OF SERVICE DRESS HAVING BEEN WITHDRAWN.   IT IS NOTE THAT THE CURRENT PUBLICATION WAR CLOTHING REGULATIONS, 1943 DOES NOT PROVIDE FOR THE ISSUE OF CAPS SD TO PERSONNEL OF THE TRAFFIC CONTROL WING.

JUNE 20 WAR OFFICE MEMORANDUM DATED 19/7/43 RECEIVED ORDERING DISBANDMENT OF GROUP HQ AND 5 COMPANY BY 20/7/43.

JULY 19 PREMISES “ASH LAWN” BLANFORD ROAD, REIGATE HANDED OVER TO APM (TC) EASTERN COMMAND TOGETHER WITH ACCOMMODATION STORES, OFFICE EQUIPMENT AND DOCUMENTS. GROUP DISBANDED.

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WO 166/13651                 J GROUP TC         NOV 1941, JAN - MAR 1943

NOV 13 1942 SCOTTISH COMMAND.   MAJ R F GRIFFITHS RA TOOK OVER GROUP FROM MAJ CALE.   GROUP CONSISTS OF 96 & 97 TRAFFIC CONTROL COY’S.

MAR 15 1942 GROUP DISBANDED, GLASGOW.

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WO 166/13652                        K GROUP TC                   JAN - JULY 1943

PARKS ROAD, OXFORD.   MAJ D W RAIT-SMITH MBE, ROYAL SCOTS FUSILIERS OC, LT E G PHILIP (91953) DORSET REGT FROM 42 TC COY TO 43 TC COY.  CAPT R C KITCHENER (P/157783) GENERAL LIST ATTACHED TO APM SCOTTISH COMMAND.

FEB/MARCH LIST OF OFFICERS MOVEMENTS AND POSTINGS IN THE GROUP.

MAR 27 SECTION OF 43 TC COY STATIONED AT CHAPEL OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD, WANTAGE, BERKS, MOVED TO SECTIONS STATIONED AT THE ELMS, DONNINGTON, NEWBURY, BERKS.   BILLET AT WANTAGE CLOSED DOWN.

JUNE ORDERS FOR DISBANDMENT OF HQ K GROUP WITH EFFECT FROM 20 JULY 43.

JULY 19 GROUP DISBANDED.

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WO 166/13653                         L GROUP TC                   JAN  -  JUL 1943

JAN

SALISBURY   P/93102 MAJ A.J. KENNEDY    GEN LIST

                  P/48126  LT S. BROCKLEHURST KING’S ATT. L GP & 50 COY CMP

                  P/147307 LT F.S. RICH  R. BERKS ATT. S COMMAND

JAN 26         P/154720  LT W.E. JONES PC ATT. 114 PRO COY

JAN 28         P/240655  LT H.F. YEO  SOM.L.I.   ATT L GP AND 1 COY CMP

MAY                           CAPT. S. HALLATT   OC

                                 MAJ. S.C. HASELTON  RA TOOK COMMAND OF L GP

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WO 166/13654                        M GROUP TC                       JAN/FEB 1943

RINGMER

                  MAJ. E. SWINDON   OC

JAN 1 - 10   101 COY UNDERGOING INTENSE TRAINING

                   CAPT. T.F. LEWIS

FEB 28   ACTION TO DISBAND UNIT BEING COMPLIED WITH.

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WO 166/13655              P GROUP  CMP (TC)                 JAN  -  JUL 1943

ST ALBANS & OUTSTATIONS

                 MAJ. F DODDS  RA    OC

                 CAPT. W. G. STEWARD R. NORFOLK REGT   2 i/c

FEB   THROUGHOUT THE MONTH TRAINING WAS CARRIED OUT -  M/C RIDING & MAINTENANCE & VEHICLE DRIVING & MAINTENANCE.   INSTRUCTION IN TRAFFIC CONTROL WAS GIVEN.   FIRING PRACTICE WITH STEN MACHINE GUNS & REVOLVERS

JUL 20   DISBANDMENT OF P GROUP  CMP (TC) HQ FINALLY COMPLETE;

ALL CONCERNED NOTIFIED.

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WO 166/13656                        Q GROUP TC                   JAN  -  JUL 1943

CHESTER

                 MAJ. M. A. FREMANTLE

FEB 3    INDIAN MOTORCYCLES ISSUED TO ALL COMPANIES

JUL 20   MAJ. FREMANTLE POSTED AS DAPM, S.EASTERN COMMAND

JUL 20   DISBANDMENT OF HQ Q GROUP TO TAKE EFFECT THIS DAY.

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WO 166/13657                       S GROUP TC                      JAN  -  JUL 1943

ABERGAVENNY

         MAJ. F.S. TAYLOR

       CONVOYS

MAR 13  MOVE TO HEREFORD -  ALMELEY, 2 BODENHAM RD

APR 12   MAJ. D. TURNER RELINQUISHED COMMAND AND

             MAJ. G.E. YOUNG,  WELCH REGT ASSUMES COMMAND

JUN 23   ORDERS RECEIVED FOR DISBANDMENT OF HQ  S GROUP

JUL 20    DISBANDED.

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WO 166/13658                       2 GROUP TC                    JAN  -  MAR 1943

PRESTON   35 HIGHGATE AVE, PRESTON

                MAJ. J.M. PLACE

113 COY NOW ADMINISTERED BY T GROUP

22 COY TAKEN OVER BY THIS GROUP

2 GROUP TOOK OVER AREA AND COMMITMENTS BY  P GROUP IN ENTIRETY

111 COY REPLACES 21 COY

JAN 7    HQ BLACKBURN 3 SECTION PENNORTHAM PRESTON

1 SECTION BURY, 1 SECTION WIGAN 3 SECTIONS FALLOWFIELD, MANCHESTER

22 COY  -  HQ 2 SECTIONS TYNEFIELDS, PENRITH, 3 SECTIONS HARKER, CARLISLE,  2 SECTIONS LANCASTER, 1 SECTION EACH KENDAL & BROUGH

MAR 15   DISBANDED.

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WO 166/13659                   HQ CMP PORTS                   JAN  -  DEC 1943

BRETHERTON

              LT.COL. T.G. RUTTLEDGE, CBE, MC   DEPUTY PROVOST MARSHAL(PORTS)

JAN  HISTORY, CUTS AND COMPLAINTS IN ATTACHED APPENDICES

FEB OFFICERS AND LOCATIONS AT END OF DIARY

APR 6   LONDON,  VISIT TO AG3 : ARMING OF CMP IN DOCKS. DISCUSSIONS WITH AAG AND DAAG RE THE ARMING OF CMP IN THE HOLDS OF SHIPS.  D. MOV. HAS RECOMMENDED TO QMG THAT THIS SHOULD BE DISCONTINUED:  HE HAS MET UNION LEADERS WHO FIRST OF ALL OBJECTED ALTOGETHER TO THE PRESENCE OF CMP “IN SHIPS’ HOLDS”, BUT LATER AGREED TO WORK IF THE LATTER WERE UNARMED. D. MOV. HAD HAD A BIT OF TROUBLE WITH DOCKERS & HOPED AN AGREEMENT WOULD BE REACHED ALONG THESE LINES.  DOCKERS HAVE NO OBJECTION TO MEN BEING ARMED ON THE DOCKS OR GANGWAYS.  QMG AGREED.  DECIDED IN VIEW OF OCCASIONAL THREATENING ATTITUDE OF DOCKERS IN GLASGOW TO MEN CARRYING TRUNCHEONS ONLY, AND, IN VIEW OF THE DIFFICULTY OF SAFEGUARDING THE PISTOLS OF MEN HAVING TO GO INTO THE HOLDS, DURING THEIR PERIOD OF DUTY, THAT IT WOULD BE BETTER IF CMP IN DOCKS SHOULD CARRY TRUNCHEONS ONLY, WHEN ON DUTY IN CONNECTION WITH THE STORES SHIPS.

MAY 31   TRUNCHEONS - CARRYING : PM WRITES THAT HE HAS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED A PROPOSAL FOR THE ALTERATION IN TROUSER POCKET TO CARRY TRUNCHEON;  IF NECESSARY PAYMENT CAN BE MADE FROM THE PM’S FUND

JUN 15   VISIT TO 177 PRO COY

JUL   MODIFICATION APPROVED BY WAR OFFICE - UNIT TAILORS INFORMED

SIB DRIVING - IT IS NECESSARY THAT A PLAN SHOULD BE PUT INTO FORCE TO ENSURE THAT SIB NCOS DO NOT DRIVE UNTIL THEY KNOW HOW

AUG 13/14   VISIT TO 177 PROVOST COY, GLASGOW

MOTORCYCLES - NORTONS ARE NOT IN A GOOD STATE OF REPAIR, THERE HAVE BEEN 3 BAD SKIDDING ACCIDENTS WITH THESE - ONE OF THEM FATAL, L/CPL BARNES 160275

OCT 19   177 PRO COY - CANTEEN FUNDS.  PM READ MAJ. DRAKE’S EXPLANATION REGARDING ALLOCATION OF FUNDS TO WIDOW OF L/CPL BARNES AND THAT HE NOW UNDERSTANDS THAT ALL SUCH GRANTS MUST BE MADE ON THE DIRECT VOTE OF THE PERSONNEL OF THE COY

OCT 27   THREATENED STRIKES AT BARRY AND SOUTHAMPTON OVER PRESENCE OF MPS IN HOLDS; MPS WITHDRAWN AGAIN

NOV   THIS TIME MPS STAYED AND MEN RESUMED WORK.   NEWCASTLE PORT DIRECTOR ADVANCED THE ARGUMENT THAT STEVEDORES SHOULD BE GLAD OF MP PRESENCE SO THEY CANNOT BE ACCUSED OF PILFERING STUFF THAT HAD GONE MISSING AT EMBARKATION

NOV 3   STRIKE AT BARRY APM 175 COY REPORTS AGAIN - USUAL CAUSE.   IT IS BELIEVED THAT THERE ARE ABOUT THREE MEN ONLY WHO ARE CAUSING THE TROUBLE .

NOTE ; GEORGE BRESS, STEVEDORE, WAS ARRESTED ON OCT 31 FOR STEALING BACON AND CORNED BEEF FROM KK25

NOV 6   STRIKE BARRY, PM SENDS COPY OF MINUTE BY D. MOV. DATED OCT 29 - “NO-ONE IS MORE KEEN THAN I AM TO HAVE REDCAPS IN THE HOLDS OF SHIPS.   I GAVE APPROVAL FOR THEM TO BE WITHDRAWN ON ONE OCCASION AS A SPECIAL CASE.  THE SHIPS CONCERNED WERE OPERATIONAL AND HAD TO CATCH A CERTAIN CONVOY.   MWT(MARINE WAR TRANSPORT) IS TAKING ACTION.  THERE IS NOT THE SLIGHTEST CHANCE OF US DOING IT AGAIN WHERE THERE IS TIME TO LOAD AND GET MILITARY LABOUR INTO THE PORT CONCERNED.

NOV 8   BIRKENHEAD STRIKE ON “SOMANCE” - USUAL CAUSE - LASTED TEN MINUTES ONLY.

NOV 25   PILFERAGE - CABLE FROM AFHQ ALGIERS, DATED NOV 16 ‘43 RESPECTING INDICATIONS OF SERIOUS PILFERAGE , CIGARETTES AND WHISKY, ON “GEORGE F PATTEN”(HH35) ON ARRIVAL AT BRINDISI.  VESSEL LOADED AT CAIRN RYAN SAILED OCT 5.

DEC 2   PILFERAGE - RE SUSPECTED PILFERAGE AT LISBON OF RED CROSS PARCELS, SHIPPED IN “EMPIRE GALE”(LS767)EX GLASGOW SEPT 3

DEC 8   CERTIFICATE OF GOOD SERVICE; IN RESPONSE TO REQUEST FROM PM FOR ONE NAME, RECOMMENDED 7686038 SGT LOW, HQ CMP (PORTS) FOR THE AWARD OF A CERTIFICATE OF GOOD SERVICE SIGNED BY AG.

DEC 14   PILFERAGE - CURRENCY NOTES : REPORT FROM SIB N. AFRICA REGARDING LOSS OF FRENCH CURRENCY NOTES FROM “ANGLO-AFRICAN” - THE LOSS AMOUNTED TO 644’000 FRANCS AND IS RATHER ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE LOADING PARTY OF 1031 DOCKS OPERATING COY RE, WHO HAD PLACED OTHER STORES INTO THE SAME LOCKER AS THE NOTES.  LETTER TO THE CHIEF CONSTABLE BIRKENHEAD IN WHOSE HANDS THIS CASE HAS REMAINED.

DEC 15   “HISTORY OF THE CMP” (LOVELL-KNIGHT).  NOTIFICATION FROM THE DEPOT THAT THE HISTORY OF CMP HAS NOW BEEN PUBLISHED BY MESSRS GALE & POLDEN AT A PRICE OF 2/6 FOR OFFICERS AND ⅙ FOR OTHER RANKS.  COMMANDERS AND FIELD FORMATIONS TO DEMAND IN BULK

DEC 17   ATS PROVOST : PM ASKS WHETHER THE FORMATION OF A SMALL INVESTIGATION WING WITHIN THE ATS WOULD BE OF ASSISTANCE TO SIB - NEGATIVE REPLY.

DEC 20   PILFERING EX-SHIPS N. AFRICA.  HQ SIB N.AFRICA SENT LIST OF 41 SHIPS WHOSE CREWS HAD BEEN SUSPECTED OF STEALING WD STORES;  IN ALL THESE CASES THE SUSPICION WAS JUSTIFIED AFTER SEARCH OF THE CREW OR THEIR QUARTERS.

GENERAL NOTES ON PORT PROVOST OPERATION

HISTORY

1.   IN THE EARLY DAYS OF THE WAR A SMALL C.M.P. ESTABLISHMENT WAS ALLOTTED TO THE MAJOR PORTS, INCLUDING ONE OR TWO A.P.M’S.   THE NUMBERS WERE SMALL, E.G. SOUTHAMPTON HAD 30.   THESE NUMBERS IMMEDIATELY PROVED INADEQUATE - PILFERING FROM VEHICLES BEING REPORTED WITHIN A WEEK OF THE FIRST EMBARKATION FROM SOUTHAMPTON - AND WERE ADDED TO FROM COMMAND RESOURCES.

2.  IN JANUARY 1940 IT WAS DECIDED BY D MOV. AND D.F.S TO REMOVE THE C.M.P. FROM PROVOST CONTROL WAR ESTABLISHMENT AND ADD THEM TO COMMANDS.   THIS AT FIRST PROVED VERY ADVANTAGEOUS AS IT ENABLED THE PORT C.M.P. TO REACH OUT INTO THE COMMANDS AND PROVIDE TRAFFIC CONTROL FOR FORMATIONS ETC. MOVING TO THE PORT, BEDSIDES CARRYING OUT ORDINARY EMBARKATION DUTIES; BUT, IN JUNE 1940, OWING TO THE LARGE CONCENTRATION OF TROOPS IN THIS COUNTRY AND THE CONSEQUENT LARGE INCREASE IN CALLS UPON COMMAND POLICE THE CHANGE BEGAN TO SHOW ITS DISADVANTAGES AS THERE WERE BUT FEW MEN AVAILABLE FOR PORTS, NOR DID THE AREA C.M.P. KNOW WHAT WAS HAPPENING IN THE PORTS - THE M/C (MOVEMENT CONTROL) ORGANISATION OF WHICH WAS DIRECTLY UNDER THE WAR OFFICE.

3.   PILFERING FROM THE B.E.F IN FRENCH PORTS HAD BEEN EXCEEDINGLY RIFE FROM THE EARLY DAYS OF THE WAR AND THERE WERE NOT SUFFICIENT MILITARY POLICE TO DEAL WITH IT;  TO COMBAT THIS THE SPECIAL INVESTIGATION BRANCH (RECRUITED FROM SCOTLAND YARD OFFICERS) WAS FORMED, BUT THIS ORGANISATION HAD HARDLY GOT INTO ITS STRIDE BEFORE THE EVACUATION TOOK PLACE.  

4.   IN AUG. 1940 (WHEN SHIPMENTS TO THE MIDDLE EAST BEGAN ON A LARGE SCALE) BOTH LIVERPOOL AND GLASGOW BEGAN PRESSING FOR AN ESTABLISHMENT OF C.M.P. TO COMPETE WITH PILFERING, WHICH WAS GROWING APACE.   BOTH WESTERN AND SCOTTISH COMMANDS HAD CONSIDERABLE DIFFICULTY IN EMPLOYING POLICE FOR THIS PURPOSE, PARTIALLY BECAUSE THE DEMAND VARIED FROM DAY TO DAY - IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE SHIPPING PROGRAMME - AND ALSO BECAUSE THEIR RESOURCES WERE FULLY EMPLOYED ELSEWHERE.

5.   IN MARCH 1941 I MADE A RECONNAISSANCE OF THE WESTERN COMMAND PORTS AND ESTIMATED THAT 320 MILITARY POLICE WOULD BE NECESSARY TO MAN THEM SATISFACTORILY - THIS WOULD HAVE ALLOWED A SMALL POOL TO DEAL WITH BUSY PERIODS AND IT WAS INTENDED THAT MEN NOT REQUIRED DURING SLACK PERIODS SHOULD BE PLACED AT THE DISPOSAL OF AREA D.A.P.MS.

INAUGURATION

7.   EVENTUALLY, IN SEPT. 1941, SANCTION WAS GIVEN FOR THE TRAINING OF 16 C.M.P. (P) SECTIONS AND 25 C.M.P. (VP) SECTIONS TO COVER

WESTERN, SCOTTISH AND NORTHERN COMMAND PORTS - THIS MEANT A TOTAL OF SOME 350 MEN.   THE 16 P SECTIONS WERE PROVIDED AT ONCE AND THE 25 V.P. SECTIONS WERE RAISED BY DEGREES.

PROGRESS

8.   IT SOON BECAME APPARENT THAT THE SHIPPING SITUATION HAD CHANGED CONSIDERABLY SINCE MARCH AND THAT 350 MEN WOULD NOT BE SUFFICIENT TO COVER THE WHOLE OF THESE COMMANDS.

9.   A WAR OFFICE SANCTION WAS OBTAINED FOR THE RAISING, FIRST OF A FURTHER 9 C.M.P. (P) SECTIONS AND SUBSEQUENTLY FOR ANOTHER 16, MAKING 41 IN ALL, BUT THE MAJORITY OF THESE WERE NOT POSTED UNTIL JUNE 1942.   THE AUTHORISED NUMBER OF V.P. SECTIONS REMAINED AT 25.

10.   WITH THE INCREASING VOLUME OF SHIPPING IT WAS DECIDED IN THE AUTUMN OF 1942 TO ALLOT A TOTAL ‘CEILING’ OF 600 V.P. PERSONNEL TO PORTS - THIS TO COVER FUTURE REQUIREMENTS ON THE SOUTH COAST AND IN NORTHERN IRELAND.

11.   THE CONSTRUCTION OF WHOLLY MILITARY PORTS AT GARELOCHHEAD AND CAIRNRYAN WERE INITIALLY TO BE POLICED PARTIALLY BY THE SCOTTISH COMMAND AND PARTIALLY BY C.M.P PORTS PRESENTED A NEW PROBLEM.   GARELOCHHEAD (FASLANE BAY) IS NEARLY FINISHED AND TO A LARGE EXTENT OPERATING AND WAS FOUND DIFFICULT TO ADMINISTER THROUGH TWO POLICE AUTHORITIES.   AS IT WAS FIRST AND FOREMOST A PORT, SCOTTISH COMMAND HANDED OVER THE 7 SECTIONS EMPLOYED THERE AND WHEN CAIRNRYAN COMES INTO OPERATION IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT 17 ADDITIONAL V.P. SECTIONS WILL BE REQUIRED TO POLICE THE TWO PORTS, MAKING 24 IN ALL - THESE ? TO A CEILING OF 608.   ALL THE MEN INVOLVED 600 + 196) COME FROM REDUCTIONS MADE IN VULNERABLE POINTS ELSEWHERE.

12.   A SPECIAL INVESTIGATIONS SECTION OF TWO OFFICERS AND 16 ORS. WAS ADDED IN FEB. 42 AND DOES MOST USEFUL WORK IN DETECTION - THE ROLE OF THE COMPANIES BEING RATHER THAT OF PREVENTION.   THIS HAS NOW BEEN INCREASED TO THE ADDITION OF TEN SERGEANTS.

PRESENT POSITION

13.   THE PRESENT ORGANISATION IS AS FOLLOWS:-

HEADQUARTERS, BRETHERTON, PRESTON.

NO. 174 PRO COY     NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE TO COVER:- NEWCASTLE, TYNEMOUTH N & S SHIELDS, MIDDLESBROUGH, HULL & IMMINGHAM.

NO. 175 PRO COY    NEWPORT TO COVER:-  SWANSEA, PORT TALBOT, BARRY, PENARTH, CARDIFF, NEWPORT, AVONMOUTH AND SHARPNESS.

NO. 176 PRO COY     LIVERPOOL TO COVER:- SILLOTH, WORKINGTON, BARROW, HEYSHAM, PRESTON, HOLYHEAD, LIVERPOOL, BIRKENHEAD, BROMBER, ELLESMERE PORT & MANCHESTER.

NO. 177 PRO COY     GLASGOW TO COVER-:  GLASGOW, GREENOCK, GOUROCK, FASLANE, STRANRAER, LEITH, DUNDEE & ABERDEEN.

NO. 178 PRO COY      SOUTHAMPTON TO COVER:- SOUTH COAST PORTS (IN PROCESS OF FORMATION).

NO. 181 PRO COY      BELFAST TO COVER:- BELFAST & LARNE.

14.   SPECIAL INVESTIGATION SECTION, LIVERPOOL.

ITS PRESENT STRENGTH AND ESTABLISHMENTS OF THESE UNITS  IS SHOWN IN ATTACHED STATEMENT.   EACH OF THESE COMPANIES  (WITH THE

EXCEPTION OF 177) COVERS THE PORTS ADMINISTERED BY ONE MOVEMENT CONTROL HEADQUARTERS.   177 DEAL WITH SEVERAL SEPARATE EMBARKATION STAFFS, THE SCOTTISH PORTS NOT HAVING BEEN GROUPED, AS WITH THE OTHERS.

15.   A COMPANY (NO. 179)CONSISTING OF 16 “P” SECTIONS AND 8 “vp” SECTIONS, HAS ALSO BEEN RAISED (ENTIRELY FROM WITHIN THE EXISTING FOUR COMPANIES) AND IS SERVING IN NORTH AFRICA.

ANOTHER COY. (NO.180) CONSISTING OF 4 “P” SECTIONS HAS SIMILARLY BEEN RAISED AND MOBILISED FOR SERVICE  OVERSEAS.

EMPLOYMENT OF PERSONNEL

16.   THERE ARE NOT SUFFICIENT MEN TO COVER ALL THE DUTIES REQUIRED WHEN PORTS ARE BUSY AND IT IS THEREFORE NECESSARY TO MOVE MEN FROM ONE PORT TO ANOTHER TO MEET THE SHIPPING SITUATION.

17.   IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT ALL MEN ARE EMPLOYED TO THE BEST ADVANTAGE AND TO OVERCOME THE FACT THAT THERE ARE NOT SUFFICIENT FOR ALL DUTIES, A SYSTEM OF PRIORITIES HAS BEEN ARRANGED.   IF ONE COMPANY CANNOT COVER ALL ITS FIRST PRIORITY SHIPS, IT IS SUPPLIED WITH MEN FROM OTHER COMPANIES. WHO MAY HAVE BEEN ABLE TO PROVIDE MEN FOR LOWER PRIORITY SHIPMENTS.

18.   THE SHIPMENT OF STORES TO N. AFRICA, RUSSIA AND THE MIDDLE EAST IS AT PRESENT REGARDED AS THE HIGHEST PRIORITY, SINCE OBVIOUSLY THE LOSS OF STORES ON INCOMING SHIPS IS NOT SO SERIOUS AS THOSE OCCURRING IN A THEATRE OF WAR.

19.   STORES FOR FULLY REQUISITIONED SHIPS TAKE PRECEDENCE OVER THOSE LOADED ON AN ORDINARY FREIGHT BASIS:  ALTHOUGH IN THE CASE OF PILFERABLE W.D. AND N.A.A.F.I. STORES PROTECTION IS IN NEARLY ALL CASES SUPPLIED.

20.   THE POLICING OF TROOP EMBARKATIONS AND DISEMBARKATIONS - HOME, ALLIED OR P.O.W. - IS ALSO UNDERTAKEN BY PORT COYS. AS IS ALSO THE DISPOSAL TO THE APPROPRIATE PRISONS OF SOLDIERS ARRIVING FROM OVERSEAS UNDER SENTENCES OF PENAL SERVITUDE.

21.   MANY MEN ARE EMPLOYED IN GUARDING OF VEHICLE PARKS AND AMMUNITION TRAINS - THIS WORK IS PARTICULARLY WELL SUITED FOR THE V.P. WING.

“P” AND “VP” WINGS

22.   IN SEPT. 1941 IT APPEARED VERY DOUBTFUL WHETHER MEN OF THE V.P. WING WOULD BE ABLE TO COPE WITH SUCH EXPERT THIEVES AS EXIST AMONG STEVEDORES (BOTH MILITARY AND CIVIL) BUT ON THE WHOLE, PROVIDED THEIR LIMITATIONS ARE RECOGNISED, THEY HAVE DONE BETTER THAN EXPECTED.   THEY ARE NOT NEARLY SO ALERT IN MIND AS THE “P” MEN AND THEIR TRAINING IS MUCH SHORTER.

23.   AS A GENERAL RULE THE “P” WING IS USED IN THE HOLDS OF SHIPS, IN TRANSIT SHEDS WHERE THERE ARE PARTICULARLY PILFERABLE AND FOR ALL EMBARKATIONS AND DISEMBARKATIONS, WHILE THE “VP’S” UNDERTAKE DUTIES OF LESSER IMPORTANCE.   STEPS ARE NOW BEING TAKEN TO TRAIN V.P. PERSONNEL TO A HIGHER LEVEL OF EFFICIENCY; THIS CAN BE DONE WHEN TIME IS FOUND, BUT SOME WILL NEVER BECOME REALLY ADEPT AT PORT WORK.

RESULTS

24.   THE FOLLOWING TABLE SHOWS THE NUMBERS OF ARRESTS FOR PILFERING ALONE EFFECTED BY MILITARY POLICE SINCE 1ST MARCH 1942.

                        MARCH    16,   APRIL  33,   MAY   52,    JUNE 30,   JULY 66

                          AUGUST  54,  SEPTEMBER 67,  OCTOBER 126 (CIVILIANS

                          78, SERVICE 48),   NOVEMBER 140 (CIVILIANS 75               ,                         SERVICE 65),   DECEMBER 76, (CIVILIANS 43, SERVICE 33)

25.   THE DROP IN DECEMBER IS PROBABLY ACCOUNTED FOR BY THE FACT THAT STORES IN GENERAL WERE NOT SO PILFERABLE AND ALSO TO THE EFFECT OF THE LARGE NUMBER OF ARRESTS DURING THE TWO PREVIOUS MONTHS.   THE MERSEY GARRISON COMMANDER WAS SO CONCERNED BY THE NUMBER OF SOLDIERS INVOLVED THAT HE ARRANGED FOR A CHAPLAIN TO ADDRESS MANY ON THE SUBJECT OF PILFERING.

REMARKS

26.   THERE WILL ALWAYS BE PILFERING AT PORTS BUT I THINK WE ARE KEEPING IT WITHIN BOUNDS ALTHOUGH MUCH HAS STILL TO BE DONE PARTICULARLY AT THE CLYDE PORTS.

27.   PERSONNEL.   I THINK ON THE WHOLE THE PROVISION OF PERSONNEL IS SATISFACTORY - A CONSIDERABLE NUMBER OF V.P MEN ARE RATHER INEFFECTIVE BUT I HOPE TO WEED THESE OUT,   PROPOSALS HAVE BEEN SUBMITTED BY THE PROVOST MARSHAL THAT 50% OF THE C.M.P (VP) WITH PORTS SHALL BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE THE FULL 1/- PER DIEM EXTRA PAY INSTEAD OF ONLY 6D AS AT PRESENT.   THE SUM INVOLVED WOULD NOT BE LARGE AND AS THE MEN ARE EXPECTED TO DO THE SAME WORK AT THOSE OF THE PROVOST WIN IT APPEARS AN EQUITABLE PROPOSITION.

28.   TRANSPORT.   A SAVING IN TRANSPORT COULD BE AFFECTED BY THE SUBSTITUTION OF LIGHTER MOTOR VEHICLES FOR HALF THE PRESENT HUMBER OF 15 CWT. TRUCKS, WHICH ARE NOT ECONOMICAL TO RUN.   A PROPOSAL HAS BEEN SANCTIONED BY THE WAR OFFICE FOR THE SUBSTITUTION OF 5 CWT. CARS FOR HALF THE NUMBER OF MOTOR CYCLES NOW ALLOWED BUT IT APPEARS THAT THE FORMER ARE NOT LIKELY TO BE AVAILABLE FOR A CONSIDERABLE TIME.

29.   ARMS.   RIFLES ARE OUT OF PLACE ON BOARD SHIPS AND IN TRANSIT SHEDS,   I THINK V.P. PERSONNEL SHOULD BE ARMED WITH PISTOLS.   VERY GREAT DIFFICULTY APPEARS TO EXIST REGARDING THE PROVISION OF .38 AMMUNITION.   COMPANIES ARE NOT NEARLY COMPLETE TO SCALE AND NONE IS AVAILABLE FOR PRACTICE.

1 JANUARY 1943

 (THEN COMES A PAGE HEADED DISTRIBUTION OF SECTIONS AS AT 4/1/42)

BRETHERTON

JAN 16   VISIT TO SOUTHAMPTON,  REPAIRS TO COOKHOUSE NOW UNDERWAY, INVOLVING COMPLETE REBUILDING.

ACCOMMODATION - PLENTY OF COVER FOR MORE MEN

CMP, REDUCTION OF STRENGTH - LETTER FROM THE PM ANNOUNCING ITS PENDING REDUCTION BY 5,000 MEN INCLUDING 2,500 FROM TC WING AND PERHAPS 1,000 FROM COMMAND PRO COYS.   A1 MEN WILL BE WITHDRAWN FROM VP WING(83/100)

JAN 17    FORMATION OF 182 PRO COY. TELEPHONE MESSAGE FROM PM THAT THIS IS TO CONSIST OF HQ AND 8 “P” SECTIONS TO BE FORMED AT

SOUTHAMPTON WITH NOMINATED MAJ BAGLIN (175 COY) AND LT NOON (180 COY) PROVIDED LATTER CAN BE RELEASED

JAN 18  CMP PORTS - SITUATION ON 14 JAN

COYS                      174     175     176     177     178     181     TOTAL

SHIPS LOADING        3       16       23      28        -         -           70

CMP   WORKING       75     112     168    199       28       34        616

         TRAINING       30       -         14      14       49                   107

          ADMIN            21       14       30     33       23         7        128

          LEAVE             11       15       23     27       19         4          99

          SICK                 5         6         9     13         1                     34

          TOTAL           142      137     244    286     120      45         984   100%

EXCLUDING 178 PRO COY WHICH IS MOSTLY ENGAGED IN TRAINING DUTY.

JAN 18/19 VISIT TO HULL & YORK

CONFERENCE WITH PORT EMERGENCY COMMITTEE, PRESIDED OVER BY MR VALLON, LNER DOCKS AND RAILWAY MANAGER, MANY SUBJECTS TOUCHED AND AGREED THAT PILFERAGE SUB COMMITTEE SHOULD MEET AT NOON ON THE FIRST THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH.

ACETYLENE WELDING ON BOARD SHIPS.   QUESTION OF SHIELDS TO CURTAIL SPARKS RAISED BY SHIP REPAIRERS AND LEFT TO THEM TO DEVISE

REINFORCEMENTS - CMP - RECORDS WRITE THAT DEPOT CAN ONLY SUPPLY 15 L/CPLS ON JAN 29 IN LIEU OF 80 ASKED FOR TO RELIEVE THESE GOING TO 182 PRO COY; TPM ASKING WHEN THE BALANCE WOULD BE AVAILABLE.   DEPOT TELEGRAPHED TO KNOW IF IT WOULD BE ESSENTIAL THAT RELIEF SHOULD RIDE MOTORCYCLES. REPLIED NO COULD TEACH LATER.

CMP (PORTS) AT GLASGOW   AG3 TELEPHONED AS TO REPLY TO BE MADE TO D.MOV. REGARDING A LETTER FROM D.A.D.TN. GLASGOW ALLEGING INADEQUACY AND INEFFICIENCY OF CMP ON STORE SHIPS AT GLASGOW - MEN HAD BEEN WITHDRAWN AND REPLACED WITH LESS EFFICIENT TYPE.

EXPLAINED MATTER AND THAT ESPECIALLY WITH THE SERVICES OF PART OF 180 COY THERE SHOULD BE SUFFICIENT AT GLASGOW TO SAFEGUARD STORES.   ANSWER WILL BE MADE THAT DAPM(PORTS) WILL SHORTLY VISIT GLASGOW AND LOOK INTO MATTER, BUT THAT WITHDRAWAL FOR OVERSEAS MUST AT TIMES BE MADE.   NB : IT APPEARS THAT THIS LETTER DID NOT COME THROUGH EMBARKATION COMMANDANT.

OFFICERS - INTERVIEW WITH MAJ. RIGGS, APM NORTHAMPTON, AS  REGARDS HIS POSTING TO 175 PRO COY IN RELIEF OF MAJ. BAGLIN TO 182 PRO COY.   CONSIDERED SUITABLE AND INFORMED PM ACCORDINGLY.

VISIT TO SOUTHAMPTON

a)   TRAINING OF VP,  SAW SYLLABUS, HE WILL GIVE APM 174 COY DETAILS OF THIS

b)   FORMATION OF 182 PRO COY,  HAS RECEIVED MOB., BUT NOT FORMATION ORDERS.   ACCOMMODATION ARRANGED AND STORES ORDERED,  ARRANGED ALL DETAILS WITH HIM

c)   TRANSPORT, WOULD LIKE ONE MORE VEHICLE, PREFERABLY UTILITY CAR

d)PERSONNEL   CSM NOT FIRST CLASS

e) SCOTTISH PORTS COY - MORALE.

APPENDIX 3                         CMP PORTS_________________________

HEADQUARTERS

PM -        LT.COL T.C. RUTTLEDGE, CBE, MC   GEN LIST

 STAFF LT      LT R. RHODES    GEN LIST

              BANK HALL, BRETHERTON, BRASTON, LANCS

             (DPM COMPORTS, BRETHERTON OR TELEPRINTER)

             TEL.   NESKETH BANK 311 OR DIRECT LINE FROM WO AND WESTERN COMMAND TO N.W. PORTS

SPECIAL INVESTIGATION SECTION

OC         CAPT. J.W. RIGNELL   GEN LIST

SUBALTERN   LT. T. O’BRIEN    GEN LIST

             INVERALT, NICHOLAS RD, BLUNDELL SANDS, LIVERPOOL 25

             TEL.   GREAT CROSBY 5356 OR DIRECT LINE FROM WO AND WESTERN COMMAND THROUGH EMBARKATION COMMANDANT, LIVERPOOL

174 PRO COY (N.E. PORTS)

PORTS OF - NEWCASTLE, TYNEMOUTH, N.&S. SHIELDS, SUNDERLAND, MIDDLESBOROUGH, HULL AND IMMINGHAM

APM        E.J.W WICKENS  R BERKSHIRE

STAFF LT  LT J.W.WOODWARD   GEN LIST

              76 FERN AVE, JESMOND, NEWCASTLE-ON-TYNE

              (APM  EMBARKING NEWCASTLE OR TELEPRINTER

              TEL. NEWCASTLE/JESMOND 212 EXT 13 OR DIRECT LINE THROUGH NORTHERN COMMAND EMBARKING, NEWCASTLE

175 PRO COY (BC PORTS)

PORTS OF SWANSEA, PORT TALBOT , BARRY, PENARTH, CARDIFF, NEWPORT, AVONMOUTH AND SHARPNESS

APM        MAJ. W.C.RIGGS   GEN LIST

ST. LT     LT R.E. MARSHALL  GEN LIST

             THE BARRACKS, NEWPORT, MONS

              (APM COMPORTS, NEWPORT MON OR TELEPRINTER)

             TEL. NEWPORT 5211 EXT 34 OR DIRECT LINE FROM WO OR WESTERN COMMAND TO BRISTOL CHANNEL PORTS

176 PRO COY(N.W. PORTS)

PORTS OF - SILLOTH, BARROW, WORKINGTON, HEYSHAM, PRESTON, HOLYHEAD, LIVERPOOL, BIRKENHEAD, BROMBOROUGH, ELLESMERE PORT, AND MANCHESTER

APM         MAJ. J.J. BEER, MM    GEN LIST

ST.LT       LT W.A. BATEMAN     GEN LIST

ADDRESS AND TELEPHONE NUMBER AS S.I. SECTION ABOVE

177 PRO COY (SC. PORTS)

PORTS OF : GLASGOW, GREENOCK, GOUROCK, PASLANE, STRANRAER, LEITH, DUNDEE & ABERDEEN

APM         MAJ. W. DRAKE          RA

ST LT       LT H.J. GRAHAM     GEN LIST

SUBALTERN   LT T. ROBERTS    MANCHESTER REGT

              KING GEORGE V DOCK, SHIELDHALL, GLASGOW, S.W.1

              APM  GLASGOW OR TELEPRINTER

             ( TEL. GOVAN 1454 OR DIRECT LINE THROUGH EMBARKATION COMMAND AND SCOTTISH COMMAND)

178 PRO COY (SOUTH COAST FORCE)

PORT OF : SOUTHAMPTON

APM           MAJ. A.W. WILLIAMS,MM GEN LIST

ST. LT        LT T.P. CONNOLLY      E. SURREYS

              ATHERLEY SCHOOL, HILL LANE, SOUTHAMPTON

                         (APM EMBARKING SOUTHAMPTON OR TELEPRINTER)

179 PRO COY (OVERSEAS)

180 PRO COY (MOBILISATION)

APM          MAJ. L.C, NORRINGTON, MC, MM    CSOM. L.I.

ST. LT.      LT R.R. ANKER    GEN LIST

                15 PARK CIRCUS PLACE, GLASGOW C3

               TEL. DOUGLAS 6801, EXT 140

181 PRO COY (N.I. PORTS)

PORTS OF :  BELFAST, LARNE AND LONDONDERRY

APM           MAJ. W. BURLTON, MC    S.LANCS R.

                 VICTORIA BARRACKS, BELFAST

                 (APM EMBARKING BELFAST OR TELEPRINTER)

                 TEL. BELFAST 28121, EXT 6

182 PRO COY (SOUTHAMPTON)

APM            MAJ. W.C. BAGLIN RA

ST. LT.        LT T.P. NOON      GEN LIST

                  ADDRESS AND TELEPHONE AS 178 PRO COY.

JUN 2   LONDON   CMP(PORTS) OVERSEAS  DISCUSSED PROPOSALS FROM N. AFRICA REGARDING CENTRALISED CONTROL OF THE THREE COMPANIES NOW THERE. PROPOSAL WAS TO WITHDRAW APM 179 PRO COY AND MAKE HIM RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL COMPANIES AS APM PORTS, A DAPM BEING APPOINTED TO 179 PRO COY IN RELIEF.   A.G.3 DO NOT WISH TO UPSET EXISTING WAR ESTABLISHMENTS AND CONSIDER THAT A SEPARATE HEADQUARTERS SHOULD BE FORMED AS AT HOME UNDER AN APM - THE VARIOUS COY HQ BEING LEFT UNDISTURBED.   PORT HEADQUARTERS TO BE AN ATTRIBUTE OF HQ L OF C AREA.   DPM WAR OFFICE AND I AGREED.

JUN 3   BRETHERTON   PILFERAGE - RAZOR BLADES

LETTER FROM COMMANDANT CENTRAL ORDNANCE DEPOT, BRANSTON, BURTON-ON-TRENT, STATING THAT MAJORITY OF RAZOR BLADES COSIGNED FROM BRANSTON ARE DIRECT TO PORTS FOR OVERSEAS- ONLY VERY MINOR QUANTITIES ARE SUPPLIED FOR HOME USE - A LIST OF MANUFACTURERS AND THEIR MARKINGS ATTACHED : FUTURE CONSIGNMENTS WILL HAVE NOMENCLATURE OBLITERATED

SIB INTERROGATION   PROVOST MARSHAL WRITES THAT IN NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL A COMMISSIONED OFFICER BE INTERROGATED OR INTERVIEWED (WHEN HE IS A SUSPECT) BY A W.O. OR N.C.O. OF THE S.I.B.

THIS MUST BE DONE BY A COMMISSIONED OFFICER (IN THE CASE OF FIELD OFFICERS BY THE OC, SECTION AND NOT BY A SUBALTERN) SAVE IN EMERGENCY WHEN THE STATEMENT MAY BE TAKEN BY A PROVOST OFFICER - ASSISTED BY A WO OR NCO, SIB - IN SUCH CASES THE PROVOST OFFICER MUST BE PRESENT THE WHOLE TIME.

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WO166/  13660                      1 COY TC                         JAN  -  DEC 1943

                   CAPT H. METTAM     KOYLI

JAN 25    10.30-11.00 LIGHT AIRCRAFT FIRE OVER AREA OF COY BILLETS, ENEMY PLANE HEADED OUT TO SEA

FEB 9   WINCHESTER, BOMBS DROPPED IN HYDE ST, WINCHESTER MR123/919498 CAUSING A DIVERSION TO BE LAID.   3 TC POLICEMEN PROVIDED TO ASSIST CIVIL POLICE UNTIL NORMAL WORKING RESUMED

FEB 13   SOUTHAMPTON, AA GUNFIRE OVER AREA OF COY HQ

MAR 1    NO 2B SUB-AREA EX SPARTAN - COY MANNED ROUTES 4567 IN NO2 BASE SUB-AREA  TC POST ESTABLISHED AT WINCHESTER, WHITEPARISH, DOWNTON.   ROUTES SIGNED AND PATROLLED BY DRS   TOTAL LENGTH OF ROUTE, 126 ½ MILES.   NO OF MILES COVERED BY PATROLS 4,779

MAR 15   2 SECTIONS RE OCCUPY BILLETS AT BASINGSTOKE

MAR 27   1 SECTION TO BILLETS AT ANDOVER, I SECTION TO WEST HARNHAM, SALISBURY

APR 17   VACATED BILLETS SOUTHAMPTON, BASINGSTOKE, WINCHESTER, ANDOVER, SALISBURY.   TOOK OVER ACCOMMODATION AT HILSEA BKS, PORTSMOUTH

MAY 15   COY RETURN TO NORMAL BILLETS AT SOUTHAMPTON, WINCHESTER, BASINGSTOKE

MAY 23   TC ASSISTANCE GIVEN (1 SECTION ) TO BOURNEMOUTH AFTER AIR RAID, ASSISTANCE WITHDRAWN, 1800HRS MAY 25

JUL 22     SOUTHAMPTON AIR ACTIVITY, ONE HE BOMB DROPPED NEAR COY BILLETS, NO DAMAGE, NO CASUALTIES

JUL 27/28   SOUTHAMPTON TRAFFIC DUTIES EX CYCLE (EMBARKING A BRIGADE OF 47 DIV IN LANDING CRAFT)

AUG 2   BASINGSTOKE 2 SECTION WITHDRAWN TO SOUTHAMPTON COY HQ

AUG 13   COY ORDERED TO BE CONVERTED TO OVERSEAS

SEPT 9/14 C ASSEMBLY AREAS

EX HARLEQUIN  TC WAS PROVIDED BY COY IN ASSEMBLY AND TRANSIT AREAS.  

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WO166/ 13661                          6 COY TC                       JUL  -  DEC 1943  

JUN 20   WESTERHAM    CAPT J.R. WINGFIELD-DIGBY, MC

PREVIOUS DIARY KEPT BY E GROUP TC NOW DISBANDED

JUN 25   COY HQ MOVED FROM MARWELL, FARLEY COMMON TO MORETON,S END, WESTERHAM, KENT

6 SECTION TO SQUERAYES COURT, WESTERHAM

          P/256626 LT J.N. BARRY ATT.

          LT C.P. LEWIS PARKER

AUG 7   EX HARLEQUIN

NOV 30   COURT OF ENQUIRY RE TA, L/CPL GREENBERG M. 21/8/43

DEC 21   COY MOBILISED,  TO BE COMPLETE BY 15/1/44.

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WO 166/13662                          29 COY TC                    JAN  -  DEC 1943

SKERNE LODGE,HAUGHTON-LE-SKERNE, DARLINGTON 

FEB 1   TOW LAW

FEB 20   TO NOTTINGHAM

FEB 28   255657 LT HORNER G.R.   GEN LIST ARRIVED

(PHOTO)P1 ORDER  -  BLANCOING CHEVRONS,  POLISHING BOOTS - IT HAS BEEN RECENTLY OBSERVED THAT SEVERAL NCOS ARE WHITE-BLANCOING THEIR BADGES OF RANK.   THE PRACTICE OF WHITE BLANCOING OR OF CHALKING BADGES OF RANK OR OF SERVICE IS FORBIDDEN AND WILL CEASE FORTHWITH

THE POLISHING OF BOOTS  -  THE POLISHING OF BOOTS IS FORBIDDEN, AND IN FUTURE BOTH PAIRS WILL BE TREATED WITH DUBBIN.  DUBBIN IS A FREE ISSUE AND MAY BE HAD FROM THE Q. M. STORES ON APPLICATION.

MAR 1   EX SPARTAN - 2 OFF 9 OR 16 OR ATT. FROM 78 COY

MAR 24   (photo) SALUTING  -  IT HAS BEEN REPORTED TO THE DPM NORTHERN COMMAND ON TWO OR THREE OCCASIONS THAT WHEN CHECKED FOR NOT SALUTING AT RAILWAY STATIONS, CMP NCOS, HAVE REPLIED THAT THEY HAVE BEEN ORDERED NOT TO DO SO IN SUCH PLACES.

CMP WILL AT ALL TIMES SALUTE OFFICERS OF THE SERVICES UNLESS ACTUALLY ENGAGED IN DIRECTING TRAFFIC, AND THEN ONLY WHEN IT IS NOT DANGEROUS TO DO SO.

JUN 10   COURT OF ENQUIRY INTO ILLEGAL ABSENCE OF 3189722 PTE G GILLESPIE

JUL 20   CAPT QM 131094 SCHASLETON, RA POSTED IN AS OC

             LT T.A.BOYDELL  RA  PL154684

             CAPT W.J. HOWITT

             P/265402 LT A.A. CROOK

             P/193798 LT H.D. JONES

AUG 2(PHOTO) PART 1 ORDER - COOK’S COURT MARTIAL

         45332481 WS/CPL (COOK) D.J.SMITH

         CHARGES - 1) STEALING PUBLIC PROPERTY AT DARLINGTON BETWEEN MARCH AND MAY 1943, STOLE A QUANTITY OF TEA, SUGAR AND MILK, PUBLIC PROPERTY

                        2) JULY STOLE AS ABOVE  

                        3) STOLE PUBLIC PROPERTY -

2 TINS MILK

2 LBS RASPBERRY JAM

2 LBS GOLDEN SYRUP

1 TIN CORNED BEEF

1 LB BUTTER

1 ½ LBS SULTANAS   - ALL PUBLIC PROPERTY

PLEA : GUILTY ON ALL CHARGES

FINDING : GUILTY ON ALL CHARGES

SENTENCE : TO BE REDUCED TO THE RANKS AND UNDERGO 84 DAYS DETENTION

CONFIRMATION : CONFIRMED AT DURHAM ON 22 AUG BY COL. J.M. LUMLEY, CBE, MC WHO REMITTED 42 DAYS OF THE SENTENCE OF DETENTION

PRESIDENT : MAJ J.W. L RATHBONE     DLI

DETENTION : TO SOWERBY BRIDGE DETENTION BARRACKS, 26 AUG 1943

(ACCOMMODATION NO 4161)

IN CLOSE ARREST FROM 30 JULY 1943 TO 21 AUG 43.

AUG 12   COURTS MARTIAL  3189722 PTE G.M. GILLESPIE, 29 COY

CMP(TC) TRIED BY FIELD GENERAL COURT MARTIAL HELD IN THE FIELD

AUG 5 1943

CHARGE : ABSENTING HIMSELF WITHOUT LEAVE FROM 23.59 HRS MAY 20 TILL 16.25 HRS JUL 21 1943

PLEA : GUILTY

FINDING: GUILTY

PRESIDENT : MAJ W.L. RATHBONE

SENTENCE : 6 MONTHS DETENTION

CONFIRMED: BY MAJ. J.N.LUMLEY, CBE, MC COMMANDER DURHAM SUB-DISTRICT

PROMULGATED : IN THE FIELD

TO : SOWERBY BRIDGE DETENTION BARRACKS 13 AUG 1943

IN CLOSE ARREST AWAITING TRIAL FROM 21 JUL TO 5 AUG 1943.

OCT 12   3767299 CSM R. MASON TO 433 COY VP

              2654357 CSM D.T. BARR TO 62 COY TC

              1068142 CSM G. GROVES TO 76 COY TC

APPOINTMENTS.   3311242 PTE MCCRAKEN G,   6211694 PTE STEELE S,   5889172 PTE MEDARD N APPOINTED SUPERNUMERARY UNPAID L/CP WITH EFFECT FROM7/8/43.

OCT 19   FOOTBALL - PERMISSION TO PLAY : 4938522 PTE D. TOUZE HAS BEEN GRANTED PERMISSION TO PLAY FOOTBALL FOR DARLINGTON FOOTBALL CLUB LTD VERSUS YORK CITY ON SATURDAY 30 OCT 1943.

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WO 166/13663                          30 COY TC                   JAN  -  FEB 1943

LEOMINSTER        CAPT F.C.P. MCPHERSON

NOTHING OF NOTE

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WO 166/13664                        46 COY TC                      JAN  -  JUN 1943

CHIPPENHAM

JAN 16   CAPT G.M. CHAPMAN

FEB 2   OUT OF BOUNDS TO ALL TROOPS - THE LITTLE GEORGE HOTEL

FEB 12   3658357 L/CPL ROBERTS E. TO PLAY FOOTBALL FOR BRISTOL CITY V BATH CITY FEB 20.

MAR 27   COY MOVES TO HILSEA BKS, PTE COUSINS 13061759 MET WITH M/C ACCIDENT.

MAR 28   *PTE COUSINS DIED AS A RESULT OF ACCIDENT

APR 5   CAPT CHAPMAN & LT GURR ATTENDED INQUEST AND COURT OF ENQUIRY ON PTE COUSINS DEATH IN TAUNTON

APR 17   COY TO TAUNTON, 4 SECTION TO YEOVIL, 1 SECT EAST STOUR, SUB-SECTION SHAFTESBURY

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WO166/13665                         50 COY                          JAN  -  JUL 1943

ANDOVER

             CAPT C.H. OWEN

             LT WALWORTH

             LT BROCKLEHURST

JAN    CONVOYS

FEB 1   CAPT CHILDS, OC 104 COY VISITED

AIR RAID ALERTS , BUT NO BOMBING

AS PER TRAINING PROGRAMME

MAR 15     COY ROUTE MARCH OF 15 MILES (FIELD COOKING)  THE COY LOST ONE OF ITS BEST SOLDIERS WHO HAD BEEN MISSING SINCE FEB 15

  TODAY WE REGRET TO STATE THAT THE BODY OF 2760201 PTE JAMES HYND HAD BEEN FOUND IN THE RIVER NADDER NEAR THE OLD MILL, WHERE HE HAD BEEN STATIONED.

MAR 11 INQUEST HELD ON PTE JAMES HYND. THE VERDICT WAS ACCIDENTAL DEATH BY DROWNING

JUL 20 DISBANDMENT COMPLETE.

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WO 166/13666                          62 COY TC                    JAN  -  DEC 1943

LINCOLN  CAPT C.R. SWANN

JAN   CONVOYS    

JAN 18   AN AIRCRAFT CRASHED

JAN   DAMAGE BY ENEMY ACTION  -  ON THE NIGHT OF JAN 15 ABOUT 20.30 HRS THERE WAS SLIGHT ENEMY AIR ACTIVITY IN LINCOLN AND VICINITY.   TWO FIRES WERE STARTED IN LINCOLN BUT WERE SOON UNDER CONTROL.   SEVERAL H.E. AND INCENDIARY BOMBS WERE DROPPED.   THERE WAS NO DAMAGE TO MILITARY ROADS AND THE CIVIL POLICE DID NOT REQUIRE ANY ASSISTANCE TO ARRANGE DIVERSIONS IN THE TOWN.

TWO UNEXPLODED BOMBS WERE DROPPED AT BINBROOK WHICH NECESSITATED A DIVERSION BEING ARRANGED; THIS WAS ARRANGED BY THE LOCAL POLICE  AND THEY MANNED A DIVERSION TILL FIRST LIGHT JAN 16, WHEN TRAFFIC CONTROL WAS TAKEN OVER BY PERSONNEL FROM THIS COY.   THE DIVERSION HAS BEEN SIGNED AND MANNED CONTINUOUSLY SINCE THAT TIME.   B.D.S. (BOMB DISPOSAL SERVICE) REPORT THAT THEY EXPECT TO CLEAR THE BOMBS BY EARLY EVENING, JAN 17

APR   COY TRAINING

MAY   COY TRAINING INCLUDING EXERCISES

JUN   AS ABOVE

     CAPT S. H. COSH   OC

     LT M.H. MACKONOCHIE,   SOMERSET. LIGHT. INF.

JUL  -  DEC   NORMAL TRAINING.

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WO 166/13667                          63 COY  TC                  JAN  -  JUN 1943

DONCASTER

         CAPT B. WILSON TILL JAN 6

JAN   CONVOYS

MAR   LT T.A. BOYDELL

MAR   WAKEFIELD

JUN    LT J.W. KINGSTON

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WO 166/13668                         66  COY TC                     JAN  -  JUN 1943

GRIMSTON

      CAPT W.J. HOWITT   OC

JAN 22   AIR RAID WARNING RED.   11 BOMBS DROPPED TOWTHORPE

JAN 29   CAPT A.E.P. SECKER ASSUMES COMMAND

SHOULDER TITLES - THE TWO YOUNGER WINGS OF THE CORPS, TRAFFIC CONTROL AND VULNERABLE POINTS, HAVE SHOWN THEMSELVES FULLY WORTHY OF BEARING THE INSIGNIA OF THE CORPS.   IN FUTURE THEREFORE, SHOULDER TITLES, CMP WILL BE WORN BY ALL WINGS.  IN THE CASE OF CMP (VP) ALL RANKS MUST UNDERGO A SIMPLE TRAINING IN TRAFFIC CONTROL SIGNALS BEFORE WEARING THE SHOULDER TITLES.

FEB   COMPANY ORDERS - DRESS CMP (ALL WINGS)    THE DRESS

OF CMP ON DUTY I.E. CONTROLLING TRAFFIC ETC., DEMANDS THE FOLLOWING ATTENTION, WHEN GREATCOATS ARE WORN, THE BELT WILL BE OUTSIDE THE COAT AND GLOVES WILL BE WORN ON DUTY.   WHEN ENGAGED ON TRAFFIC CONTROL DUTY, CLEAN WHITE SLEEVES WILL BE WORN.

CONVOYS AND TRAINING.

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WO 166/13669                        67 COY TC                      JAN  -  DEC 1943

GLENFIELD

         CAPT J.D. BUIST    HLI    OC

JAN   CONVOYS

JAN 14   00.30 HRS   *PTE W. HUGHES, 3649696 INVOLVED IN M/CYCLE ACCIDENT AND KILLED

JAN 17   SGT RAWEY  PROCEEDED TO S.WALES IN CHARGE OF THE REMAINS OF PTE HUGHES

          LT W. BARKER  RA

          NIL RETURN (FREQUENTLY WRITTEN THROUGHOUT THE DIARY)

DEC    LT LAMBERT R.H.

DEC 23   CAPT BUIST LEFT FOR 21ST ARMY GP AS APM(TC) AS MAJOR.

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WO 166/13670                       73 COY TC                      JAN  -  DEC 1943

WAKEFIELD, CHENETT HALL

           CAPT A. JACKSON   GEN LIST   OC

JAN   CONVOYS

            LT J. HINCHCLIFFE (FORESTERS)

            LT S.W. CHAMBERS (RA)

           

             LT H.W. JONES (WELCH REGT)

                       113 ORS.

FEB   NORMAL ROUTINE AND CONVOYS

MAR 2   COY MOVED TO KIRDFORD

MAR 5   CONVOY - MEN HAD BEEN ON DUTY 17 ½ HRS

MAR 15 TO DONCASTER

APR/MAY  NORMAL ROUTINE

            LT P. MULHEIR  GEN LIST

DRESS  -  ALTERATIONS TO THE DESIGN OF BATTLEDRESS

IT HAS BEEN NOTED ON NUMEROUS OCCASIONS THAT PERSONNEL ARE HAVING ALTERATIONS CARRIED OUT TO THE COLLARS OF BATTLE DRESS BLOUSES MAKING THESE MUCH TOO TIGHT.   THIS MEANS THAT THE FIRST TIME THEY ARE CLEANED, COMPLAINTS WILL BE MADE RE THE COLLARS BEING TOO TIGHT WHEN FASTENED.

THIS PRACTICE OF PERSONNEL HAVING THEIR OWN STYLE OF FITTING IS DEFINITELY WRONG AND PUTS THE MAN CONCERNED LIABLE TO A CHARGE OF MUTILATING PUBLIC CLOTHING.   THE FOLLOWING EXTRACTS FROM WAR CLOTHING REGULATIONS ARE PUBLISHED ARE PUBLISHED FOR GUIDANCE:-

APPENDIX 1 TO PARA 16

COLLARS OF BATTLE-DRESS BLOUSES ARE INTENDED TO BE LOOSE FITTING.   THE FITTING OF THE BLOUSE IS NOT WRONG IF THE COLLAR APPEARS TO BE TOO LARGE. IT IS SO DESIGNED.

CHAPTER 111 PARA 26

ONLY ESSENTIAL ALTERATIONS WILL BE EFFECTED, FITTING WITH THE EXACTITUDE USUAL IN PEACETIME NOT BEING REQUIRED

            LT J.G. WILBY    (SUFFOLK)

            LT G.M.SLATER   (RASC)

SEPT    DRESS -  CAPS S.D.

IN NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL SPRINGS IN SD CAPS BE INTERFERED WITH, NOR WILL PIECES OF WOOD BE PUT IN TO REPLACE SPRINGS.   PERSONNEL WHO HAVE FITTED PIECES OF WOOD WILL REMOVE THEM IMMEDIATELY  - UNDER PAIN OF DISCIPLINARY ACTION

DEC      LT R.A.LOLY

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WO 166/13671                        74 COY TC                    JAN  -  DEC 1943

GOODSTONE

          CAPT F.T. LEWIS   GEN LIST

           LT E.S. SHIELDS   RWK

           LT S.E.HUTTON    RWK

           LT J.R.LLOYD       RWF

JAN 26   VISIT OF PM, MAJ-GEN LAURIE AND DPM, LT-COL BASSETT-WILSON

MAJ LITCHFIELD, OC E GROUP

JUN 5   790665 CPL GRIFFIN R.C. TRIAL FGCM AT HOBBS BKS, LINGFIELD

JUL 9   LT S.R. HUTTON AND PARTY ASSISTED CIVIL POLICE AND RAF IN CONTROLLING CROWD AT CRASHED GERMAN AIRCRAFT MR Q 7771

JUL 20   CAPT C.E.BERNE   NEW OC

AUG 7   EX HARLEQUIN  KENT AREA

            MAJ KINDERSLEY PORCHER  APM (TC).

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WO 166/13672                     76 COY TC                          JAN  -  DEC 1943

GOSFORTH         CAPT J. POTTS   MM   GEN LIST

JAN 1     PART 1 ORDERS - TELEPHONE CALLS MADE FROM AA & RAC BOXES

WITH REFERENCE TO OFFICIAL CALLS MADE FROM AA AND RAC BOXES, ARRANGEMENTS HAVE NOW BEEN MADE THAT WITH EFFECT FROM 1 JAN 1943 NO PAYMENTS WILL BE MADE, EITHER DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN RESPECT OF SUCH CALLS AND ARMY PERSONNEL USING THESE CALL BOXES WILL MERELY BE REQUIRED TO ENTER THE CALL IN THE CALL BOX LOG BOOK.

FOR REASONS OF SECURITY THE TELEPHONE NUMBER CALLED WILL NOT BE ENTERED, ONLY THE NUMBER, RANK AND NAME OF THE CALLER, TOGETHER WITH THE COST OF THE CALL (WHICH CAN ALWAYS BE OBTAINED FROM THE OPERATOR) WILL BE SHOWN.

JAN 25     PART 1 ORDERS - CAP BADGES CMP - OWING TO THE SHORTAGE OF METAL THE NEW CAP BADGE BEING ISSUED TO THE CORPS IS OF PLASTIC MATERIAL.   IT HAS BEEN DISCOVERED THAT AFTER SOAKING IN VERY HOT WATER IT CAN BE CONVENIENTLY BENT TO FIT THE CURVE OF THE CAP

FEB 2   2 SECTION DARLINGTON,  3 SECTION BOROUGHBRIDGE

MAY 18   COY TO WILFORD HOUSE, WILFORD, NOTTS

LOTS OF DAILY ORDERS WITH  NUMBERS, RANKS, NAMES OF CONVOYS.

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WO 166/13673                       78 COY TC                   JAN  -  MAR 1943

JAN 1   CROSBY COURT NORTHALLERTON

           CAPT A.O.WARD, MC

          SECTIONS 2,3,4,5, TORRANCE HALL, BROMPTON

          CONVOY DETAILS

FEB 25   BOMB DIVERSION, DISHFORTH AIRFIELD

    “ SIR,

           I HAVE TO REPORT THAT, AT BOROUGHBRIDGE, ON WED. 24 FEB 1943 AT ABOUT 02.15 HRS I RECEIVED A TELEPHONE MESSAGE FROM DISHFORTH RAF STATION STATING THAT THERE WAS AN UNEXPLODED BOMB ON THE AIRFIELD.

           I WAS ASKED BY THE RAF AUTHORITIES THERE TO DIVERT ALL TRAFFIC ON ROADS NF 200 AND N 42

           THIS WAS CARRIED OUT AT ONCE.   SIGNS WERE ERECTED, POINTSMEN WERE POSTED.  ALL SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC WAS DIVERTED AT BALDERSBY GATE.   ALL NORTHBOUND TRAFFIC WAS DIVERTED AT JUNCTION N 40 TO RIPON, REJOINING THE ROUTE AT BALDERSBY GATE.

            INSTRUCTIONS WERE RECEIVED BY ME FROM RAF AUTHORITIES THAT ALL WAS CLEAR AT 16.40 HRS ON 25 FEB.

            POINTSMEN WERE THEN WITHDRAWN.   TRAFFIC IS NOW PROCEEDING NORMALLY.

                                             L. CLARK (SGT)

MAR 15   NORTHALLERTON COY DISBANDED.

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WO 166/13674                             81 COY TC                 JAN  -  DEC 1943

NEWARK

JAN   CAPT J.G.COUGHLIN   DWR

         CONVOYS

FEB 2   TRAFFIC CONTROL PROVIDED FOR A CRASHED PLANE

APR   NORMAL TRAINING - WEAPONS, GAS MASKS, EXERCISES

MAY 22   CAPT. E.A. SWINDEN

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WO 166/13675                         97 COY TC                                  JAN 1943

CAMBUSLANG

JAN 2    CAPT C.E.E. WEINEL ASSUMED COMMAND OF COY AND

CAPT LYNN RELINQUISHED COMMAND OF UNIT

             STRENGTH  :  I OFFICER

                                99 ORS.

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WO 166/13676                     101 COY  CMP TC                         DEC 1943

GUILDFORD

            CAPT F.T.C. PAPWORTH

DEC 21 ORDER RECEIVED TO MOBILISE BY 15 JAN 1944 - THAT BEING D-DAY

PROGRAMME FOR MOBILISATION CARRIED OUT TILL 31 DEC.  COMPLETED.

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WO 166/13677                     102 PRO COY                     JAN  -  DEC 1943

FORCE 125   HAMILTON

      CAPT H.N.RABAN   E. YORKS

JAN 8   THE CAMOUFLAGE OFFICER AT FORCE HQ COMPLAINED THAT THE TRAFFIC PLATES WHICH ARE OF WHITE ENAMEL, AND WHICH HAD BEEN PLACED OUT ON THE TRAFFIC CIRCUIT BY THIS COY WERE CLEARLY VISIBLE FROM THE AIR, AND WOULD NEED TO BE CAMOUFLAGED. THIS SAME CONTROVERSY HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS, AND YET THEY ARE STILL BEING SUPPLIED.   THE CAMOUFLAGING OF THESE SIGNS IS A SHEER WASTE OF PAINT, AS THIS COULD BE DONE BY THE MANUFACTURERS AND WOULD AT LEAST BE PERMANENT.

JAN 10   24 PEDAL CYCLES ARRIVE FOR SECTION ON DETACHMENT

JAN 11   SECTION AT SKELMORLIE, DUNBLANE

FEB 3   ACCOMMODATION IN NEW TOWN HALL AT HAMILTON

FEB 6   2 SECTION TO GAILES CAMP, DUNDONALD

FEB 7   LT HAYTON WORCS REGT POSTED IN

FEB 15   9 JEEPS COLLECTED FROM VID DOUGLAS

            CAPT T.W. MASON GEN LIST, DAPM 1 CORPS

MAR 2   NOTIFICATION RECEIVED THAT AN NCO OF THIS COY WHO WAS OUT ON DETACHMENT HAD BEEN INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT AND HAD RECEIVED INJURIES WHICH PROVED FATAL.   NECESSARY ACTION TAKEN.   (The only NCO who died in this period was No. 3186332 L/Cpl, F J Vasey who died on the 2/3/43 and is buried in Catterick Military Cemetery, Yorkshire)

APR 29   STEN GUNS ISSUED TO ALL NCOS OF COY

APR 15   HQ TOWER CAMP,  GOUROCK

MAY 21   COY ENGAGED IN THE MOVE OF CANADIAN DIV EXERCISE WETSHOD TO EMBARKING AT POINTS, AYR AND IRVINE

JUN 9   LT TRAHERNE,  RA  NEW OC VICE CAPT RABAN

DEC 11   2 SERGEANTS ON WATERPROOFING COURSE, KESWICK

DEC 12   12 NCOS RETURN FROM INVERARY COMPLETE WATERPROOFING COURSE

DEC 16   CAPT SHILLINGLAW NEW OC

               LOTS OF DETAILS ON EXERCISES AND MOVEMENTS.

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WO 166/13678                    103 PRO COY                     JAN  -  MAR 1943

NEWMARKET

          CAPT J.C.T. MILLS

JAN 1   1 & 7 SECTIONS CAMBRIDGE,  3 SECTION  2 CORPS DIST HQ

FEB 27   LT W.J.THOMPSON   OX & BUCKS  OC

             LT H.J. BODDEN  S. LANCS  2I/C

MAR 5   COY TO THE PENNINGS, N. TIDWORTH

MAR 10  COY TO SUN RISING, GLOUCESTER

MAR 12   COY TO UPTON

MAR 16   TO NEWMARKET

MAR 31   COY DISBANDED.

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WO 166/13679                 104 PRO COY                         JAN  -  OCT 1943

BOURNEMOUTH

FEB 1    CAPT E. CHILDS   R. BERKS

MAR 1   EX SPARTAN

APR 4   HAMILTON

APR 12   AYR, PART OF 5 BEACH GROUP

MAY 7   CAPT R.D. ANGUS,   RA

JUL 8   EX JANTZEN

JUL 20   PACKING OF G1098 STORES FOR EXERCISE,  ROUTINE DUTIES

JUL 21   COY MOVED TO ASSEMBLY AREA AND BIVOUAC ALL NIGHT

JUL 22   EXERCISE BEGINS.   32 PERSONNEL AND 10 VEHICLES FED IN WET SHOD.   REMAINDER OF COY FED IN DRY SHOD ON BEACHES.   RECCE DONE BY OC.   COY WITH BEACH GP COMMANDER.   ROAD CIRCUITS SIGNED TO ALL DUMPS.   COMPLIMENT BY BEACH GP COMMANDER FOR GOOD WORK DONE BY THE WHOLE COY.

JUL 23/24   EX. PROCEEDING WITHOUT ANY MAJOR HITCH (SEVERAL DIVERSIONS CAUSED BY BLOCKING BY TRAFFIC ON NARROW ROADS -  DIVERSIONS LAID ON QUICKLY BY PRO)

JUL 25/26   HEAVY TRAFFIC ON ROADS;  GOOD WORK DONE BY SECTIONS ON BEACHES IN GETTING THIS REGULATED OUT ON TO DUMP CIRCUIT WITHOUT UNDUE DELAY

JUL 27   CERTAIN TRAFFIC THROUGH FROM BMA TO FORWARD AREAS. LIAISON WITH 25 COY TC.  HANDED OVER POINTS FOR TRAFFIC CONTROL AS PER CORPS INSTRUCTIONS.

JUL 28   EVEN FLOW OF TRAFFIC FROM BMA TO FORWARD AREAS

JUL 29   GENERAL MAINTENANCE OF ROUTE SIGNS

JUL 30   G.T. COY FROM NO 6 BEACH GP PLUS TWO COYS INFANTRY AND ONE COY DOCKS OPERATING MOVED FROM THEIR LOCATIONS TO NO 5 BEACH GP AREA FOR WORK ON UNCLE AND AMBER BEACHES.   VESSEL BROKE BACK ON X-RAY BEACH NO 6 BEACH GP AREA.  MOVE CARRIED OUT WITHOUT HITCH.

JUL 31   NORMAL ROUTINE.  EVEN FLOW OF TRAFFIC.   A VERY INTERESTING AND INSTRUCTIVE EXERCISE IN WHICH THE COY IS BENEFITTING AND HAD GOT THE BEACH GROUP DRILL WELL IN HAND.

AUG 22   CAPT J.W. GLEN   OC.

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WO166/13680             107 PRO COY CMP                     JAN  -  DEC 1943

BISHOP STORTFORD        CAPT T.A.J. BENNETT

JAN  ROUTINE DUTIES  -  INTERIOR ECONOMY, TOWN PATROLS ETC

JAN 16   TO GREAT LEIGH’S, ESSEX

JUN   CAPT A.B. COOPER

NOV 19   MOVE TO DARLINGTON, MIDDLETON TYAS

TOWN PATROLS IN BARNARD CASTLE, THIRSK, NORTHALLERTON AND STOCKTON

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WO 166/13681                108 PRO COY                         JAN  -  DEC 1943

TUNBRIDGE WELLS       CAPT G. MIDDLETON,  KRRC

JAN  ( COMINGS AND GOINGS OF OR’S PARTICULARLY TO AND FROM HOSPITAL - 10!)

APR   CAPT G.W.T. DEXTER

MAY 24   RECEIVED ORDERS TO MOBILISE FOR DUTY OVERSEAS BY 17 JUN 1943

[ ALL YEAR RECORDS OF IN AND OUT OF CRS FRANT, KENT & SUSSEX HOSPITAL ]

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WO 166/13682              109 PRO COY                         JAN  -  DEC 1943

LISBURN

JAN   CAPT J. CORBETT TILL 20/9/43 THEN TO 233 L OF C PRO COY

CONVOY ESCORT DUTIES ETC

JAN 29   MOVE TO NUTFIELD, SURREY THEN TO OXFORD

             CAPT F.W.CURTIS,  GEN LIST

SEP 28   MOVE TO TRING, HERTS.  TRAINING AS PER PROGRAMME AND DETAILED WEATHER REPORTS.

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WO 166/13683           110 PRO COY                            JAN  -  DEC 1943

WEST MONKTON         CAPT G. GLASS-HOOPER

JAN   NOTHING TO REPORT

JAN 11   CINEMA - THEY DIED WITH THEIR BOOTS ON

JAN 16   CINEMA - IN WHICH WE SERVE

JAN 20   TO MIDDLETON TYAS (NR SCOTCH CORNER)

MAR 1 - 13   EXERCISE SPARTAN

MAR 15   MOVE TO WEST ACRES, NORFOLK

APR/MAY NOTHING TO REPORT

JUN   STOCKTON-IN-THE-FOREST

JUL 3   COY RECEIVED ORDERS TO MOBILISE FOR SERVICE OVERSEAS

JUL 26   MOBILISATION FOR SERVICE OVERSEAS COMPLETE

AUG 1   EX BLACKPOOL

OCT 3   CAPT A.G. CHURCHWARD, MBE DAPM 8 CORPS TEMPORARILY ASSUMED COMMAND OF COY

OCT/DEC   TRAINING - GENERAL

NOV   CAPT J.D. BROWN

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WO 166/13684                   111 PRO COY  CMP                      JAN 1943

SWAFFHAM            CAPT J. TOWNSEND

JAN   COMPANY TRAINING;  ROUTINE DUTIES

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WO 166/13685                 112 PRO COY  CMP                 JAN/FEB 1943

TAUNTON          CAPT A. MUNDY

JAN 21   NOTICE RECEIVED OF DISBANDMENT

    CAPT A.J. READY

    CAPT G.M. CHAPMAN

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WO 166/13686                      113 COMPANY TC                 JAN-FEB 1943

WARWICKSHIRE, STAFFORDSHIRE.    CAPT. ROBERTS

    CONVOY DUTIES,  PRESTON TO LUTTERWORTH

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WO 166/13687                    114 COMPANY TC               JAN  -  JUN 1943

EAST STOUR     CAPT A. WRIGHT   DWR

JAN   NORMAL ROUTINE AND TRAINING, TRAFFIC CONTROL AND EXERCISES

FEB   YEOVIL AND HILSEA ON EXERCISES

MAR   LT A.C.JONES

APR 14   LT A.J. READY GCM ON 29 MAR FOR DRUNKENNESS

SENTENCE : DISMISSED HIS MAJESTY’S SERVICE. (L.G. 36053 PAGE 2727 DATE 15 JUN 43 : WAR SUBS. 92498 LT A.J. READY IS DISMISSED THE SERVICE BY SENTENCE OF A GENERAL COURT MARTIAL 14 APR 43

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WO 166/13688                  150 PROVOST COY                 FEB - DEC 1943

CATTERICK CAMP.      MAJ Y.A.E. YATES, APM

FEB 1 21.00HRS AIR RAID ALERT 21.35 RAIDERS PASSED

MAR 11 22.20HRS AIR RAID ALERT 22.20 RAIDERS PASSED. NO INCIDENTS

MAR 22 22.50HRS AIR RAID ALERT 23.45 RAIDERS PASSED

MAR 31 VISIT OF QUARTER-MASTER GENERAL TO UNITS IN CATTERICK, PILOT PROVIDED NO INCIDENTS.

MAY 30 VISIT OF ARMY COMMANDER TO VARIOUS UNITS IN THE CAMP.   PILOTS WERE PROVIDED AND THERE WERE NO UNTOWARD INCIDENTS.

JUNE 19 NEWCASTLE VISIT OF HRH THE PRINCESS ROYAL TO ATS UNITS IN THE DISTRICT.  PILOTS PROVIDED.

JUNE 20 ESCORT TO HRH THE PRINCESS ROYAL AS ABOVE.

JUNE 23 NEVILL’S CROSS, VISIT OF HRH PRINCESS ROYAL TO ATS NCO SCHOOL, NEVILL’S CROSS AND EMS CONVALESCENT HOME FOR SERVICEWOMEN AT CROXDALE HALL.   PILOTS PROVIDED.

JULY 1 SUNDERLAND VISIT OF HRH PRINCESS ROYAL TO ATS UNITS IN THE AREA.  PILOTS PROVIDED.

26 JULY CATTERICK VISIT OF HRH PRINCESS ROYAL TO VARIOUS ATS COMPANIES IN CATTERICK GARRISON AND SCORTON GROUPS (ATS), COMPANY PROVIDED POINTSMEN AND PILOTS.

JULY 29 WHITBY & SCARBOROUGH VISIT OF HRH THE PRINCESS ROYAL TO ATS UNITS IN WHITBY AND DISTRICT GROUP.  PILOTS PROVIDED ON THE ROUTE.

AUG 24 CATTERICK CAMP.   VISIT OF HRH THE PRINCESS ROYAL COL IN CHIEF ROYAL CORPS OF SIGNALS TO SIGNALS AND ATS UNITS IN THE CAMP.   PILOTS AND POINTSMEN PROVIDED

AUG 27 CATTERICK CAMP VISIT OF THE RT. HON. LORD SWINTON C H TO VARIOUS UNITS IN CAMP TO SEE MODERN METHODS OF TRAINING.   UNIT PROVIDED PILOTS AND POINTSMEN.

SEPT 30 CATTERICK CAMP  VISIT OF HRH PRINCESS ROYAL TO ROYAL CORPS OF SIGNALS UNITS IN CAMP.   PILOTS AND TRAFFIC POINTSMEN PROVIDED BY UNIT.

DEC 14 CATTERICK CAMP.   VISIT OF C IN C HOME FORCES TO UNITS IN CATTERICK CAMP TO WITNESS TRAINING METHODS.   ESCORT PROVIDED BY THIS UNIT, AND NCO’S ON TRAFFIC CONTROL.

DEC 14/15 NORTHUMBRIAN DISTRICT.   VISIT OF C IN C HOME FORCES TO UNITS IN NORTHUMBRIAN DISTRICT.   ESCORT PROVIDED AND NCO’S DETAILED FOR GUARD DUTIES TO C IN C OVERNIGHT.

1944

MAR 16  NEWCASTLE VISIT OF HRH PRINCESS ROYAL TO VARIOUS ATS UNITS IN NORTHUMBRIAN DISTRICT.   COY PROVIDED PILOTS FOR VISIT.

MAR 24 CATTERICK CAMP ANNUAL INSPECTION OF THIS UNIT BY SUB-DISTRICT COMMANDER.

FEB 12/25 HC.   SEVERAL NCO’S OF COY TOOK PART IN EXERCISE ‘EAGLE’ AT CONTROL HQ, DURING THE PERIOD OF THE EXERCISE, OTHER NCO’S ACTED AS MOTORCYCLE DR’S TO CHIEF UMPIRES.

MAY 9/14 NORTH RIDING AND NORTHUMBRIAN DISTRICT.   C IN C HOME FORCES VISITED NORTH RIDING AND NORTHUMBERLAND DISTRICTS BETWEEN THESE DATES, WHEN HE MADE INSPECTIONS AND VIEWED TRAINING METHODS IN NUMEROUS UNITS IN THE DISTRICTS.   COY PROVIDED PILOTS FOR WHOLE VISIT.

JUN 10 STRENSALL VISIT OF C IN C HOME FORCES.

JUL 15 STRENSALL AND SCARBOROUGH VISIT OF HRH PRINCESS ROYAL.

JUL 15 CATTERICK CAMP VISIT OF C IN C HOME FORCES.

JUL 13 CATTERICK CAMP VISIT OF A G TO THE FORCES.

JUL 18 BARNARD CASTLE. HRH PRINCESS ROYAL VISITS UNIT PILOTS AND ESCORT PROVIDED BY COY.

JUL 25 SCARBOROUGH.  HRH PRINCESS ROYAL VISITS ATS UNITS IN THE TOWN.

JUL 27 HRH PRINCESS ROYAL VISITS HOSPITALS IN CATTERICK AND BARNARD CASTLE.

AUG 5 VISIT OF GOC NORTHERN COMMAND

AUG 8/9 VISIT OF C IN C HOME FORCES.

NOV 8/9 CATTERICK CAMP BARNARD CASTLE C IN C HOME FORCES VISITS.

NOV 28 CATTERICK CAMP HRH PRINCESS ROYAL VISITS 150 OCTU, TC DUTIES CARRIED OUT BY COY.

NOV 30 CATTERICK CAMP GOD IN C NORTHERN COMMAND TO CATTERICK SUB DISTRICT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE AND RAC DEPOT.   ESCORT PROVIDED.

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WO 166/13689                         151 PRO COY                   JAN - DEC 1943

LEEDS   2 OFFICERS,  178 ORS

MAJ P.M. FORSYTH-FOREST

JAN - JUN   NOTHING

JUL 1   VISIT OF HM KING PETER OF YUGOSLAVIA

    MORE VISITS  OUTRIDERS

SEP 12   LEEDS  ATS BIRTHDAY PARADE

             YORK ATS BIRTHDAY PARADE,  SALUTE HRH PRINCESS ROYAL

OCT 4     RIPON - VISIT OF HRH PRINCESS ROYAL,  OUTRIDERS ON DUTY

OCT 10   HALIFAX  VISIT MAJ. GEN SIR DUDLEY S. COLLINS,KBE, CBE, DSO

NOV 8    DONCASTER  VISIT OF HRH PRINCESS ROYAL

DEC 14   YORK  VISIT OF HRH PRINCESS ROYAL

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WO 166/13690                            152 PRO COY               APR - DEC 1943

NOTTINGHAM,  28 MAGDALA RD

DEC 6   ONLY DUTIES OF A PURELY ROUTINE NATURE WERE PERFORMED AND THERE WERE NO OCCURRENCES OF RECORD.

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WO 166/13691            174 PRO COY (PORTS)       DEC 1942 - DEC 1943

1942

YORK    CAPT W.E.N. BURTON, MC

DEC 1   FORMATION OF 174 PRO COY CMP N.E PORTS, HQ AT YORK, WITH DETACHMENTS AT NEWCASTLE, MIDDLESBOROUGH AND HULL, UNDER THE COMMAND OF CAPT L.C. NORRINGTON, SLI, DAPM

DEC 2   MAJ E.J.W. WICKENS, R. BERKS REGT ASSUMED COMMAND AND APPOINTED APM WITH LT J.H. WOODWARD, GEN LIST AS STAFF LT.

DEC 21   HQ MOVED FROM YORK TO NEWCASTLE

1943

JAN 15   OC COY ATTENDED MEETING OF PORT EMERGENCY COMMITTEE, HULL, WITH LT.COL. T.G. RUTTLEDGE, DPM(PORTS), DURING WHICH PILFERING AND ANTI-PILFERING MATTERS WERE DISCUSSED

JAN 30   W.E. OF COY REVISED FROM 6(P) SECTIONS AND 11(VP) SECTIONS TO 6 (P) AND 10(VP).  TOTAL : 60 PROVOST AND 82 VP

1 SGT AND 7 ORS(P) AND 9 ORS (VP) POSTED TO SOUTHAMPTON FOR FORMATION OF 182 PRO COY, CMP (PORTS)

JAN 31   18 REQUISITIONED SHIPS AND 11 FREIGHT SHIPS POLICED; 8 SIDINGS AND CARPARKS POLICED; 8 SHEDS POLICED ON 71 DAYS DURING THE MONTH OF JANUARY, 1943.   24 INCIDENT REPORTS MADE TO DPM(PORTS) AND 3 ARRESTS MADE.

FEB 23/28   DAILY RECORD OF SHIPS, SHEDS, CARPARKS, SIDINGS POLICED

FEB 27   19 ORS POSTED FROM 181 PRO COY FOR PORTS POLICE COURSE , NUMBER 4, AND FOR EVENTUAL POSTING TO THIS UNIT

FEB 28   NEWCASTLE - TOTAL ARRESTS MADE FOR MONTH - NIL, FINES NIL

SUNDERLAND - TOTAL ARRESTS MADE FOR MONTH - 2, FINES ETC £5 MIDDLESBROUGH - TOTAL ARRESTS MADE FOR MONTH 3, FINES ETC £10

HULL - TOTAL ARRESTS MADE FOR MONTH 2, FINES ETC 1 OR 21 DAYS DET.,

1 CIVILIAN PENDING

MAY 3   NEWCASTLE - DISCIPLINE : COOK TRIED BY FGCM,  CHARGED WITH STEALING,  PLEADED GUILTY

MAY 5   YORK & HULL VISITED BY APM 174 PRO COY (PORTS)

MAY 7   SECOND COOK CHARGED WITH HAVING IMPROPER POSSESSION OF MEAT,  FINED 10/-

MAY 8   APM VISITED SUNDERLAND DETACHMENT,  CONFERRED WITH CID SUNDERLAND POLICE AND VISITED GARRISON ADJUTANT

MAY 8   APM VISITED SHEDS AND RUSSIAN SHIP OFFICE AT HULL A SHIP’S STEWARD WAS CONVICTED AT HULL CITY COURT AND FINED £50 AND COSTS HIP IN CORPORATION QUAY, NEWCASTLE

MAY 16   ENEMY ACTION  0144 HRS ALERT SOUNDED. A HOSTILE AIRCRAFT DROPPED BOMBS ON SUNDERLAND DOCK AREA.   SOME FUEL TANKS ON EAST HALF TIDE BASIN DESTROYED.   NO DAMAGE TO ANY SHIPS OR SHEDS IN DOCK AREA.  A; CLEAR SOUNDED AT 1310 HRS

MAY 18 5 CMP (VP) REPORTED ON ATTACHMENT, FOR TRAINING IN PORTS POLICE DUTIES, PENDING POSTING

MAY 26   NEWCASTLE - DUE TO SUDDEN INCREASE IN SHIPPING, 10 CMP/VP JOINED FOR TEMPORARY DUTY FROM 177 PRO COY (GLASGOW)

MAY 27   INCIDENT : DUE TO KEEN OBSERVATION BY A SERGEANT OF 174 PRO COY AND AS A RESULT OF ENQUIRIES MADE BY CIVIL POLICE AND HM CUSTOMS AT HULL A SHIP’S STEWARD WAS CONVICTED AT HULL CITY COURT AND FINED £50 AND COSTS

JUN 1  VISIT OF DPM PORTS, WAR OFFICE,  TO HULL & YORK, ACCOMPANIED BY APM N.E. PORTS

JUN 5   VISIT: LT O’BRIEN OF THE SPECIAL INVESTIGATION SECTION, PORTS, ARRIVED AT NEWCASTLE FROM LIVERPOOL

INCIDENT : 5 TINS OF MILK SIMILAR TO CARGO FROM H420 DEPOSITED IN MILITARY COOKHOUSE NEAR SHED 24 BY CIVILIAN.   COOK(SOLDIER) ON CHARGE OF RECEIVING, CIVILIAN NOT IDENTIFIED

JUN 10   INCIDENT : 6 BOTTLES OF BEER MISSING FROM 2 CASES,  A FIRTH (DOCK WORKER) CHARGED WITH DRUNKENNESS.  CASE NOT PROCEEDED WITH AFTER HANDING OVER TO CIVIL POLICE

JUN 12   INCIDENT : C. COWARD (DOCK WORKER ) CHARGED WITH STEALING MATCHES.  DISMISSED UNDER PROBATION OF OFFENDERS ACT, WITH 5/- SHILLINGS COSTS

JUN 21   INCIDENTS, PILFERAGE :  TWO DOCKERS CHARGED AT SOUTH SHIELDS POLICE COURT WITH STEALING;  EACH SENTENCED TO THREE MONTHS IMPRISONMENT

JUL 16   INCIDENT : MR HERBERT FOSTER, DOCK LABOURER, 65 HAWTHORNE AVE HULL, APPREHENDED AND REMANDED IN CUSTODY UNTIL 23 JUL, OWING TO POLICE HAVING FOUND 10 PAIRS STOCKINGS AND 1 PAIR LEATHER GLOVES, ARTICLES WHICH WERE MISSING FROM NO 31 SHED, ALEXANDRA DOCKS, HULL,   THE PROCEEDS OF OTHER THEFTS WERE ALSO FOUND, THE ARREST BEING BROUGHT ABOUT BY THE COOPERATION OF THE SIS, CMP (HULL ) WITH THE CIVIL POLICE.

JUL 20   VISIT - MEDICAL I/C TROOPS VISITED HQ 174 PRO COY, MONTHLY MEDICAL INSPECTION OF BILLETS AND PERSONNEL

JUL 21   CONFERENCE - APM NE PORTS AND STAFF LIEUT. ATTENDED AT TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE, TOWN HALL, NEWCASTLE.  SUBJECTS DISCUSSED, PILFERAGE AND PERMITS.  REPRESENTATIVES FROM CIVIL POLICE, PORT SECURITY, MOVEMENT CONTROL AND MINISTRY OF FOOD ALSO ATTENDED.

JUL 26   INCIDENT - JAMES HARRINGTON, DOCKER, 35 RANDOLPH ST. CHARGED WITH THEFT AND SENTENCED EITHER TO 1 MONTH IMPRISONMENT OR £5 FINE.

JUL 27   ADMINISTRATION - MONTHLY MESS MEETING AT FENHAM BARRACKS

AUG 2   HULL - INCIDENT, DOCKER MR HUGH MCCABE OF NORTH SHIELDS, TRIED AT HULL CITY POLICE COURT FOR FELONIOUSLY STEALING 6 TINS CIGARETTES.  SENTENCED TO A FINE OF £6 TO BE PAID WITHIN 14 DAYS OR A FURTHER 36 DAYS IMPRISONMENT WILL BE IMPOSED

AUG 11   NEWCASTLE - SWEARING IN, APM & 25 RANK AND FILE SWORN IN AS SPECIAL CONSTABLES AT CITY MAGISTRATES OFFICE

AUG 16   INCIDENT ARREST MADE BY CMP OF A CARPENTER EMPLOYED ON SHIP, HH20 AT SUNDERLAND, FOR BEING IN POSSESSION OF SHIP’S STORES (FINED £5 AND COSTS)

SEP 21   STRIKE - DOCKERS WORKING ON SS ANTHONY WAYNE STOPPED WORK ON SHIP, DUE TO THE FACT THAT MILITARY POLICE TOOK NECESSARY ACTION TO STOP SMOKING IN THE HOLD OF SHIP.  TWICE DURING THIS DATE THIS OCCURRENCE HAPPENED.  STOPPAGE OF WORK IN MORNING AND AGAIN IN AFTERNOON WAS OF SHORT DURATION

SEP 26   RAILWAY - GUARD FURNISHED OVER RAILWAY WAGONS CONTAINING EXPLOSIVES AT WASHINGTON, 12 MILES FROM NEWCASTLE

SEP 30   LT GRINHAM ASSUMED COMMAND OF 174 PRO COY

OCT 2   INCIDENT - AS A RESULT OF INVESTIGATIONS MADE BY SIB, 4 PRIVATES OF MOVEMENT CONTROL WERE ARRESTED FOR LARCENY OF TOOLS FROM SHIPMENT VEHICLES.  MEN PLACED UNDER CLOSE ARREST AND AWAITING TRIAL BY COURT MARTIAL

THIS DIARY CONTAINS A REGULAR CATALOGUE OF SUCH OFFENCES OF THEFT BY DOCKERS AND MILITARY PERSONNEL

OCT 27   153939 CAPT W.A. HEALD, EAST LANCS,  STAFF LIEUT

DEC   3 SECTS NEWCASTLE, 3 SECTS HULL, 1 SECT M’BRO,

2 SECTS SUNDERLAND

DEC 6   NEWCASTLE DETACHMENT 58 FERN AVENUE, JESMOND

DEC 7   15 CWT TRUCK 4310736 ON CHARGE TO 174 P C SUNDERLAND DETACHMENT INVOLVED IN TA WITH A ROAD BLOCK NO LIGHTS.  TWO PRIVATES INJURED ONE SERIOUSLY.  L/CPL GOFF 856826 ADMITTED TO INGHAM INFIRMARY, SOUTH SHIELDS

DEC 21   THE FOLLOWING LETTER OF COMMENDATION RECEIVED FROM THE CHIEF CONSTABLE NEWCASTLE I HAVE TO REPORT HEREWITH FOR YOUR INFORMATION COPY OF A REPORT RESPECTING THE ASSISTANCE RENDERED BY SGT GORMAN CMP, TO WHICH I ADD MY OWN RECOMMENDATION FOR HIS EXCELLENT WORK

DEC 21  TRUNCHEONS - ALL MILITARY POLICE EMPLOYED IN PORT PROVOST COYS IN THE UK WILL CARRY TRUNCHEONS INSTEAD OF PISTOLS AND OTHER WEAPONS, WHEN ON DUTY IN THE HOLDS OR ELSEWHERE ON BOARD SHIPS.   MILITARY POLICEMEN ON PORT DUTY ELSEWHERE THAN ON BOARD SHIP WILL CONTINUE TO BE ARMED, BUT IT WILL BE THE DUTY OF OFFICERS COMMANDING PORT PROVOST COYS TO ENSURE THAT ARMS ARE WITHDRAWN FROM MEN DETAILED FOR DUTY ON BOARD BEFORE SUCH DUTY COMMENCES

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WO 166/13692          175 PORTS PRO COY                  JAN  -  DEC 1943

NEWPORT

JAN 1  MAJ W.C. BAGLIN, APM DEPARTS

JAN 2   DIARY CONTAINS A NOMINAL ROLL AT ATHERLEY COURT, SOUTHAMPTON

APR 5   HQ THE BARRACKS, NEWPORT, MONMOUTHSHIRE

APR 20   HQ TO 23 BRYNHYFRYD ROAD, NEWPORT

MAY 3   MAJ W.C. CHILTON RIGGS ON EMBARKATION LEAVE

AUG 15   PORT DUTIES - LOADING AND UNLOADING OF HIGHLY PILFERABLE GOODS : IN FUTURE THE VISITING NCO WILL CONTACT THE S.T.O. BEFORE THE COMMENCEMENT OF DUTY, AND ASCERTAIN AS FAR AS POSSIBLE THE TIMES, HOLDS AND OTHER APPLICABLE DETAILS WHEN HIGHLY PILFERABLE GOODS SUCH AS SPIRITS, TOBACCO, CIGARETTES, RAZOR BLADES ETC WILL BE LOADED OR UNLOADED.   THIS INFORMATION WILL BE GIVEN TO THE MEN ON DUTY ON EACH PARTICULAR SHIP CONCERNED.

FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE : SERIOUS OUTBREAKS OF FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE HAVE RECENTLY OCCURRED AMONG FARM ANIMALS.  THE DISEASE IS CAUSED BY A LIVING VIRUS WHICH REMAINS ACTIVE FOR LONG PERIODS IN FLESH, BONE MARROW AND BLOOD;  IT IS RESISTANT TO FREEZING BUT IS DESTROYED BY BOILING

IN ONE OR TWO INSTANCES SERVICE SWILL HAS BEEN SUSPECTED AS BEING A POSSIBLE SOURCE OF INFECTION.   THE FOLLOWING PRECAUTIONS WILL, THEREFORE, BE STRICTLY OBSERVED :-

A) RAW MEAT BONES WILL BE BOILED UNDER UNIT ARRANGEMENTS FOR AT LEAST 60 MINUTES BEFORE DISPOSAL

B) RAW MEAT SCRAPS, BONES OR BLOOD DRIPPINGS FROM MEAT WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO COME INTO CONTACT WITH SWILL OR ANY KITCHEN WASTE, SUCH AS POTATO & VEGETABLE PARINGS, DESTINED FOR SWILL

C) MEAT WRAPPERS, BOTH BROWN AND WHITE WRAPPERS, BEFORE RETURN

TO SALVAGE TRANSIT, WILL BE BOILED FOR AT LEAST 15 MINUTES TO ENSURE THAT THEY ARE IN A THOROUGHLY CLEAN CONDITION.

SEP 13   THEFT OF CLOCKS - SHERMAN TANKS AND MOBILE GUNS : FOR SOME TIME PAST, SHERMAN TANKS AND MOBILE GUNS UNLOADED AT PORTS IN S. WALES HAVE BEEN DELIVERED TO ORDNANCE MINUS CLOCKS, AND DAMAGE HAS BEEN DONE TO THE DASHBOARDS IN REMOVING THE CLOCKS.   INVESTIGATION HAS SHOWN DEFINITE SIGNS OF THESE CLOCKS HAVING BEEN REMOVED AFTER DISCHARGING FROM VESSELS, AND BEFORE BEING TAKEN OVER BY THE DEPOTS.

VISITING NCOS ARE INSTRUCTED TO EXAMINE ANY TANKS WHICH MAY BE STANDING IN THE DOCK AREA ON WHICH THEY ARE WORKING AT LEAST TWICE DURING THEIR TOUR OF DUTY.   NCOS ON DOCK DUTY WILL VISIT TANKS WHICH MAY BE IN THE VICINITY OF THEIR PATROL AT IRREGULAR INTERVALS.   IF THE ENTRANCES TO THE TANKS ARE SEALED WITH ADHESIVE TAPE, THIS TAPE WILL NOT BE BROKEN.   IF HOWEVER IT HAS ALREADY BEEN BROKEN OR REMOVED, PARTICULAR ATTENTION WILL BE PAID TO THE INSTRUMENT BOARD, WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO THE CLOCKS.

OCT 21   DRESS - a) CMP PERSONNEL ON SHIPS’ DUTIES INVOLVING THE EMBARKATION OR DISEMBARKATION OF PERSONNEL AND ON HM SHIPS WILL NOT WEAR BATTLE DRESS.   SERVICE DRESS WILL BE WORN EXCLUSIVELY

b)  IT IS NOTED THAT THE NEW CMP SCARLET FLASHES ARE BEING SEWN ON IN MANY INSTANCES WITH KHAKI OR BLACK COTTON - NOT SUCCESSFULLY.   SECTION COMMANDERS WILL CONTACT ALL WVS DEPOTS IN THEIR VICINITY AND ASCERTAIN WHETHER TUNICS MAY BE PARCELLED OUT, SO MANY TO EACH DEPOT, AND WHETHER THE  WVS LADIES WOULD UNDERTAKE TO ATTACH FLASHES IN RED COTTON.  REPORT BY 25/10/1943.

c)  THE WEARING OF CIVILIAN PATTERN SHOES.

NOV 1     

DISCIPLINE - INSUBORDINATION.  IT IS REGRETTED THAT A MP OF THIS COY HAS BEEN TRIED BY FGCM  FOR INSUBORDINATION TO A SERGEANT, CMP.   THE OR IN QUESTION HAS LEFT HIS DETACHMENT FOR DETENTION BARRACKS TO SERVE HIS SENTENCE AND WILL NOT RETURN TO ANY DUTIES WITHIN THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE CORPS OF MILITARY POLICE.

NOV 3   NEWPORT INQUEST RE ACCIDENT HELD AT SWANSEA;  VERDICT, ACCIDENTAL DEATH.  NO MENTION OF DEATH IN DIARY BUT POSSIBLY 6405819 PTE H.W. RIDGE ON 31 OCT 1943.

DEC 20   NOTED IN PART 1 ORDERS - I MUCH REGRET TO RECORD THE ACCIDENTAL DEATH THROUGH DROWNING OF 2889170 PTE MCLEOD I. CMP, VP WHICH TOOK PLACE WHILST ON DUTY WHICH TOOK PLACE AT GLASGOW ON 24 NOV.  THIS ACCIDENT OCCURRED ON A VERY DARK NIGHT AND WET MORNING AND COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED HAD THE SOLDIER CARRIED A TORCH. SECTION COMMANDERS WILL ENSURE THAT MEN PROCEEDING ON DUTY DURING HOURS OF DARKNESS ARE PROVIDED WITH A TORCH

AVONMOUTH, CARDIFF, SWANSEA, NEWPORT, BARRY, PENARTH

NEWPORT - MAJ ASTON,   LT MARSHALL,   LT WRIGHT

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WO 166/13693                      176 PORT PRO COY          JAN  -  DEC 1943

3 BLUNDELLSANDS, LIVERPOOL 23.     MAJ JOHN JAMES BEER, MM, APM

BLUNDELLSANDS, BIRKENHEAD, BARROW, MANCHESTER, PRESTON, HEYSHAM, ,SILLOTH, BROMBOROUGH, HOLYHEAD, ELSMERE PORT

JAN 1   CHIEF DUTIES  -  GUARDING OF WD CARGOES AND PREVENTION OF PILFERING, SECURITY OF FULLY REQUISITIONED SHIPS AND VEHICLES IN CAR PARKS AWAITING SHIPMENT.  ASSISTING EMBARKATION STAFF COMMANDANTS IN CONTROLLING MILITARY PERSONNEL AT EMBARKATIONS

JAN 2   THE NUMBER OF SHIPS IN THE PORTS VARY FROM DAY TO DAY.  A SHIPPING AND STRENGTH RETURN IS COMPILED WEEKLY

JAN 4   800 U.S.TROOPS FROM N.I. BY SS LADY OF MAN FOR EMBARKATION ON HMT P.65 AND L. 12

JAN 5   EMBARKING 4,000 U.S . TROOPS FOR P.65 AND 3,300 U.S. AND BRITISH TROOPS ON L.11

REPORT TO GOC-IN-C WESTERN COMMAND CORRES. NO.17/102 RE. GALLANTRY OF MR HARDIE, AND GOOD WORK DONE BY MR S JONES, DOCKGATE MAN WHYTE, CONSTABLE GIBBON AND NO. 1667413 PTE THOMPSON L. CMP(VP) IN THE RESCUE OF MILITARY POLICE FROM THE DOCK AT BIRKENHEAD ON 19 DEC 1942

JAN 25   LETTERS AND CHEQUES FOR £5 5/- TO MESSRS HARDIE AND JONES SUBSCRIBED BY OFFICERS AND ORS FOR GALLANT CONDUCT IN EFFECTING RESCUE OF 9 CMP FROM DROWNING AT BIRKENHEAD ON 19 DEC 1942

LOTS OF EXAMPLES OF ARRESTS OF DOCKERS FOR THEFT

FEB 9   PTE THOMPSON CMP(VP) COMMENDED BY GOC-IN-C, WESTERN COMMAND, IN COMMAND ORDERS

FEB 11   DISEMBARKATION HMT SAMARIA, 11 GERMAN PRISONERS & PTE THOMAS RILEY, PIONEER CORPS, TAKEN TO WALTON GAOL TO SERVE A LIFE SENTENCE FOR MURDER OF CMP L/CPL (7689861 L/Cpl H C Bull, CMP) IN ALGERIA

FEB 28   MR A. HARDIE AWARDED BEM FOR SAVING CPL GREAVES AND L/CPL HERBERT FROM DROWNING AT BIRKENHEAD ON 19 DEC 1942

MAR 18   AN ABSENTEE FROM ALGIERS ALLEGED TO BE NO 7684118 CPL JONES OF THE CMP ESCAPED FROM SS DUCHESS OF YORK PRIOR TO DISEMBARKATION

MAR 31   PTE 1ST CLASS H.A. BUNDRICK A U.S. SENTRY WAS ACQUITTED BY COURT MARTIAL OF SHOOTING AND KILLING A CIVILIAN DOCK WORKER

APR 1   JOSEPH SMITH A CIVILIAN DOCK WORKER DROWNED IN LIVERPOOL DOCKS, BODY RECOVERED BY CPL DAVIDSON OF THIS UNIT

APR 17   EX-SERGEANT JEFFERY, ROYAL SUSSEX REGT TAKEN FROM MTW1 AND LODGED IN HM PRISON, LIVERPOOL TO SERVE 10 YEARS PENAL SERVITUDE FOR USING LANGUAGE CALCULATED TO CAUSE DESPONDENCY

LETTER RECEIVED FROM CHIEF CONSTABLE BIRKENHEAD BOROUGH POLICE APPRECIATING ASSISTANCE RENDERED IN THE PROSECUTION OF TWO CIVILIAN DOCK WORKERS CHARGED WITH STEALING WD RUM IN WHICH BOTH RECEIVED SENTENCES OF 3 MONTHS HARD LABOUR

JUN 1  LOTS OF GERMAN/ITALIAN PRISONERS OF WAR LANDED

JUN 27   PTE CARTER, KOYLI, LODGED IN WALTON JAIL TO SERVE LIFE SENTENCE FOR MURDER

JUL 1   MANCHESTER DET MOVED TO NEW BILLETS - 9 WARWICK RD, OLD TRAFFORD

AUG 10   5 CMP (VP) PTE’S ARRESTED BY CIVIL POLICE FOR STEALING FROM SALFORD DOCKS

AUG 20   SALFORD POLICE COURT 4 PTE(VP) 2 MONTHS HARD LABOUR, ONE TO 1 MONTH.  59 LONG TERM MILITARY CONVICTS TO WALTON PRISON

SEP 13   ALBERT WHEELER A DOCKER SENTENCED TO 6 MONTHS IMPRISONMENT FOR ASSAULT ON A MP

SEP 14   KING PETER OF JUGOSLAVIA EMBARKED FOR MID EAST ON REINA DEL PACIFICO.   A/OC LT C.E. DANE

OCT 3   SPECIAL ESCORT DUTIES EMPLOYING 15 NCOS;  370 CASES (24 ½ TONS) OF CURRENCY EX BANK OF ENGLAND, INDEX.3045/4 ESCORTED FROM LIME ST STATION & LOADED IN REFRIGERATED HOLD ON LS 1068 AT ALEXANDER DOCK.   ARMED GUARD PLACED ON HATCHES, TO REMAIN UNTIL VESSEL SAILS.   SAILING DELAYED OWING TO REPAIRS TO VESSEL.

DEC 1   CAPT LEIGHTON, RA CEASES TO BE ATTACHED TO THIS UNIT ON PROCEEDING TO 177 PRO COY FOR DUTY

16 CASES OF WHISKY AND 21,000 CIGARETTES AND 1 CASE OF RUM MISSING FROM RAILWAY WAGONS ON ARRIVAL AT BROMBOROUGH DOCK FOR SHIPMENT ON LL 22.   SIS AND CIVIL POLICE INVESTIGATED

DEC 11   DISEMBARKATION OF 3,558 BRITISH PERSONNEL INCLUDING 20 ORS CMP FROM W. AFRICA AND 14 MILITARY  CONVICTS WHO WERE LODGED IN CMP BRIDEWELL, LIVERPOOL

DEC 12   EMBARKATION PTE RAMELEY, FREE FRENCH FORCES ABSENT, FREE FRENCH FORCES HQ LONDON NOTIFIED

DEC 13   L/CPL WATERS & BUTCHER ARRESTED BY SIB FOR STEALING STORES THEY WERE GUARDING

DEC 22   DOCKERS AT VITTORIA BERTH, BIRKENHEAD ON STRIKE BECAUSE OF PRESENCE OF CMP IN HOLD WHILST LOADING

DEC 23   DOCKERS RESUMED WORK

DEC 24   VISIT TO STO SALFORD, MANCHESTER RESPECTING KEYS OF SHIPS’ LOCKERS BEING HANDED TO MILITARY POLICE ON DUTY.   STO AGREED THAT MILITARY POLICE SHOULD NOT ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY OF HOLDING KEYS OF LOCKERS WHEN HIGHLY PILFERABLE STORES WERE STOWED.

THE DIARY CONTAINS RECORDS OF THEFTS, SMOKING ON SHIPS AS WELL AS NUMBERS FOR TROOPS EMBARKED AND DISEMBARKED.

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WO 166/13694              177 PORTS PRO COY             JAN  -  DEC 1943

GLASGOW, FASLANE, LEITH

MAJ W.J. DRAKE

LT BATEMAN

LT GARRAGHER, MM

JAN 16   FASLANE - PTE JASPER FELL FROM QUAY TO FENDER BETWEEN QUAY & SHIP, FRACTURED SKULL, DETAINED IN HOSPITAL, MEDICAL CATEGORY A 4

LOTS OF THEFTS FROM ALL PORTS ARE RECORDED

FEB - OCCURRENCES - CHOCOLATE, TOBACCO, FRUIT CORDIAL PILFERED, EVIDENTLY DURING VOYAGE

MISSING - 7 TINS OF CORNED BEEF, PEARS MISSING FROM BOX

DOCKER, MR O’BRIEN CRUSHED BETWEEN A SHERMAN TANK AND A RAILWAY ENGINE, MR O’BRIEN KILLED, TANK SLIGHTLY DAMAGED

10 SHIRTS MISSING FROM BAIL

HEARD CRIES OF HELP, FOUND PTE SAUNDERSON CMP WEDGED BETWEEN THE QUAY AND THE SHIP, ONLY ABRASIONS SO RETURNED TO BILLET

FEB 16   STRANRAER 6970255 GNR ABBOTT A. 90TH ANTI-TANK REGT RA, 45 DIV. DESTINATION THOUGHT TO BE LARNE FELL OFF THE NO 1 PIER INTO THE WATER.  ROPE THROWN INTO WATER TO TRY AND RESCUE HIM. GNR ABBOTT CAUGHT HOLD OF ROPE BUT COULD NOT RETAIN HIS GRIP.  A.B. BURRELL DESCENDED ON ROPE LADDER BUT GNR ABBOTT HAD BEEN WASHED AWAY AND IS PRESUMED DROWNED. ( GNR ABBOTT AGED 28, SON OF ALFRED WILLIAM ALBERT AND HARRIETT ALICE ABBOTT, HUSBAND OF HESTER ABBOTT OF PLAISTOW IS BURIED IN GRAVE 12040, SQUARE 49 , WOODGRANGE PARK CEMETERY, EAST HAM)

MAR  WORKING WITH U.S.MP ON DOCKS

MAY 2   GLASGOW HQ MOVED TO 89 SPRINGHILL RD, POLLOCKSHIELDS

JUL 2   LIQUOR IN LEITH DOCKS -

1) NO MAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRINK IS TO BE ALLOWED IN DOCKS

2) ANY MAN FOUND DRUNK IS TO BE ARRESTED, HANDED OVER TO CIVIL POLICE AND CHARGED

3) ANY MAN WORKING ON OR ABOUT A SHIP, UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRINK AND LIKELY TO BE A DANGER TO CARGOES ETC WILL BE REPORTED TO HIS FOREMAN, WHO WILL BE REQUESTED TO HAVE HIM REMOVED.

4) DOCKERS WILL BE ALLOWED TO CONSUME BEER PURCHASED BY THEM AT “SPELLS” FOR MEAL BREAK.

NOV 24   PTE MACLEOD CMP DROWNED AS A RESULT OF FALL INTO DOCK AT ROTHSAY DOCK IN HOURS OF DARKNESS.  ATTENTION DRAWN TO C OF E TO NEED FOR BETTER TORCHES WHICH WE ARE UNABLE TO OBTAIN

NOV 26   BODY OF PTE MACLEOD SENT BY RAIL TO HOME, DINGWALL

A VERY DETAILED DIARY WITH MONTHLY LISTS OF OCCURRENCES - STRIKES, THEFTS, ACCIDENTS, PROSECUTIONS.

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WO 166/13695               180 PRO COY                         JAN  -  DEC 1943

HAMILTON

CAPT L.C. NORRINGTON, MC, MM, APM 80957, SOM LI

JAN 4 MOVE TO GLASGOW - 15 PARK CIRCUS PLACE

ROUTINE DUTIES

APR 10   MOVE TO S,TON

A VERY DETAILED DIARY WITH NO MATTERS OF REAL ACCOUNT, COMPLAINTS ABOUT UNSUITABILITY OF MEN POSTED IN AND THE FAILINGS OF OTHER COMPANIES, UNITS ETC

NOV 30   COMPLETION OF MOBILISATION AND KITTING UP PROCEEDING SATISFACTORILY.  FEW MAJOR SNAGS HAVE ARISEN BUT THESE CAN BE GOT

OVER.  THE COMPANY IS IN FINE FETTLE

MILITARY BEARING - ALL RANKS WALKING OUT IN THIS GARRISON AREA WILL WALK IN A SMART AND SOLDIERLY MANNER.  ON NO ACCOUNT WILL ANY OFFICER OR OTHER RANK WALK WITH HIS CAP OFF, HANDS IN POCKETS OR ARM-IN-ARM WITH LADIES.  GREAT COATS WILL BE BUTTONED UP.  COLLARS WILL NOT BE TURNED UP EXCEPT IN VERY BAD WEATHER.  IT IS FULLY REALISED THAT MANY OF THE WORST OFFENDERS ARE MEN OF OTHER SERVICES AND UNITS NOT BELONGING TO THE GARRISON, BUT IF ALL UNITS IN THIS GARRISON COOPERATE, AND SET A GOOD EXAMPLE, SOMETHING TO IMPROVE THE PRESENT CONDITIONS WILL HAVE BEEN ACHIEVED.

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WO 166/13696      181 HQ PRO COY  HOME COMMAND, PORTS

JAN  -  APR 1943

BELFAST

MAJ. W.E.N. BURLTON, MC, S.LANCS

JAN   FULL DETAILS OF UNLOADING OF ALL SHIPS - ONLY ROUTINE

JAN 7   ABSENTEE OFFICER - CAPT D.A.O’CONNOR, LINCS REGT,

HEIGHT 6FT 3 INS, SMALL MOUSY MOUSTACHE,  WALKS WITH A HOP LIKE A KANGAROO.

THIS OFFICER HAS MOST SECRET DOCUMENTS IN HIS POSSESSION AND IS BELIEVED TO BE TRAVELLING TO IRELAND.  PLEASE GIVE INSTRUCTIONS TO ALL MP ON DUTY TO KEEP A SPECIAL LOOKOUT FOR ANY PERSON ANSWERING DESCRIPTION.

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WO 166/13697    182 PRO COY  (SERIAL 360260)                  FEB 1943

SOUTHAMPTON

MAJ W.C.BAGLIN

LT T.P. NOON

FEB 1   FORMATION OF COY

ROUTINE DAY

FEB 6   MOBILISATION OF COY

FEB 15   COY TAKING SHAPE

FEB 17   REMAINDER OF EQUIPMENT RECEIVED FROM VARIOUS PLACES

FEB 19   COY LEFT AT 2000 HRS TO ENTRAIN FOR EMBARKATION.

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WO 166/13698                       190 PRO COY                    FEB - DEC 1943

LEEDS

FEB 8   LT EDWARD GREENALL DARESBURY, THE LORD

FEB 22 - MAR 31   DONCASTER,   MAJ I.R.G. KARSLAKE,  11 HUSSARS RAC

APR   INGLEBY CHASE.

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WO 166/13699       232 L OF C PRO COY                      MAR  -  DEC 1943

                       (RE-DESIGNATED 244 HQ PRO COY)

HAMILTON           CAPT F. COOKE, LANC. FUS,  OC

MAR 9   TO EAST KILBRIDE

AUG   TO THORNTONHALL AND THEN TO GAILES CAMP, IRVINE

AUG 19   TO STEWARTON, AYRSHIRE

SEP 6-8   MOVE TO BOURNEMOUTH

               TRAINING PROGRAMME

OCT 9   COY MOVED IN CONVOY TO HAMBLEDON, EX. PIRATE

OCT 19   RETURNED TO BOURNEMOUTH

NOV 22   COY RE-DESIGNATED 244 HQ COY CMP (BEACH AND/OR L OF C).

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WO 166/13700             233 L OF C PRO COY               MAR  -  OCT 1943

FEB   CALDY            CAPT J.W. WILKINS  OC

APR 5   IRVINE - GAILES CAMP

APR 5/16   COY TRAINED WITH NO 6 BEACH GROUP IN THE WORK OF BEACH MAINTENANCE AND DUMPING

APR 24   NOW LOCATED AYR, THE RACECOURSE

JUL 8/11   MOVE TO PICTON PARK, PEMBROKESHIRE

JUL 20   MOVE TO CROSSLEY TRANSIT AREA - EX. JANTZEN

JUL 22   MOVE BY CRAFT LOADS TO SAUNDERSFOOT

AUG 8   EX. JANTZEN ENDED

            TO PENALLY

AUG 24   COY AND COY HQ IN NEW LOCATION, WICKHAM

AUG 25/31   GENERAL ROUTINE WORK AND POLICE WORK IN FAREHAM.

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WO 166/13701                 241 HQ PRO COY                    NOV/DEC 1943

AYR             CAPT J.W. GLEN

COMPANY TRAINING, ROUTINE DUTIES

EX. ROUNDABOUT DESCRIBED

DEC 17/26   A BEACH LANDING IN BAD WEATHER WITH ICY CONDITIONS, UNLOADING COASTERS, SIGNING AND KEEPING TRAFFIC MOVING SMOOTHLY.

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WO 166/13702                      242 PRO COY                     NOV/DEC 1943

WIMBORNE            CAPT H.G. THORNTON,  RA

NOV24 - DEC 4   STUDLAND BAY,  COY ON EXERCISE VIDI AND PUSH, NO CASUALTIES.

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WO166/13703                 245 HQ PRO COY CMP            NOV/DEC 1943

AYR                          CAPT J. CORBETT, RIF

NOV 13   ARRIVE NEW LOCATION STRATHPEFFER

NO INFORMATION

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WO 166/13704                  331 COMPANY VP                   JAN/DEC 1943

CAPT E S GARROD DSO, MC, MM,RTR, 13190.   LT P WOOD RA 152630.

JAN 1 WALL, NORTHUMBERLAND.  2 OFFICERS, 274 OTHER RANKS.

JAN 18 WE DOG 139 RHODA POSTED 14/1/43.

           WE DOG BRUCE 503/873 POSTED 14/1/43.

JAN 25 COY MOVE TO MORPETH.

FEB 21 GOSFORTH VULNERABLE POINTS TAKEN OVER FROM 334 COY VP.

MAY 25 WAR DOG TALLIES - THE TALLY IS PRACTICALLY THE ONLY MEANS OF ESTABLISHING THE IDENTITY OF A WAR DEPARTMENT DOG, AND ON NO ACCOUNT SHOULD IT BE REMOVED FROM THE COLLAR.   IN FUTURE SHOULD ANY DOG BE FOUND WITHOUT ITS TALLY PROPERLY ATTACHED DISCIPLINARY ACTION WILL BE TAKEN AGAINST ITS HANDLER.

JUNE 28 WAR DOG MICK 1780 POSTED 25/6/43.

AUG 28 BLYTH VP’S CLOSED DOWN, PERSONNEL TO NORTHERN COMMAND DEPOT.

AUG 13 AMBLE VP’S CLOSED DOWN, PERSONNEL TO NORTHERN COMMAND DEPOT.

AUG 24 NUNNYKIRK VP’S CLOSED DOWN, PERSONNEL TO NORTHERN COMMAND DEPOT.

SHOULDER TITLES. APM VP NORTHERN COMMAND INSTRUCTION NO.2 (ISSUE NO.43), IS PUBLISHED FOR INFORMATION.

SHOULDER TITLES TC & VP.   THE TWO YOUNGER WINGS OF THE CORPS, TRAFFIC CONTROL AND VULNERABLE POINTS, HAVE SHOWN THEMSELVES FULLY WORTHY OF BEARING THE INSIGNIA OF THE CORPS.   IN FUTURE THEREFORE, SHOULDER TITLES CMP WILL BE WORN BY ALL WINGS.   IN THE CASE OF CMP VP ALL RANKS MUST UNDERGO A SIMPLE TRAINING IN TRAFFIC CONTROL SIGNALS BEFORE WEARING THE TITLES.

DESIGNATION OF VULNERABLE POINTS.   IT HAS BEEN OBSERVED THAT CERTAIN REPORTS, ETC, REACHING THIS COY HQ BEAR THE SERIAL NO. OF THE VULNERABLE POINT AND THE PLACE OF LOCATION.   UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WHATEVER WILL ANY INDICATION OF THE SOURCE OF ORIGIN OF A REPORT BE GIVEN, OTHER THAN THE OFFICIAL SERIAL NO. OF THE VULNERABLE POINT.   IN THIS CONNECTION ALL CORRESPONDENCE WILL BE ADDRESSED TO THE OC 331 COY. CMP. VP WING.

PAMPHLET.  NOTES FOR THE GUIDANCE OF THE VP WING (THE BLUE BOOKLET).

SPECIAL ATTENTION IS DRAWN TO THE ABOVE MENTIONED PAMPHLET.   FROM NOW ON, ALL RANKS WILL BE QUESTIONED BY THE OC, 2I/C AND CSM, AND VISITING SENIOR NCO’S AS TO THEIR KNOWLEDGE OF THE CONTENTS OF THE BOOKLET.   SERIOUS NOTICE WILL BE TAKEN OF CASES WHERE IT IS OBVIOUS THAT LITTLE, IF ANY, ATTEMPT HAS BEEN MADE BY A SOLDIER TO ACQUAINT HIMSELF WITH THE CONTENTS.

DOGS - WAR ESTABLISHMENT.

THE CORRECT FEEDING OF W E DOGS IS ESSENTIAL.   ONE MEAL ONLY PER DAY IS NECESSARY TO MAINTAIN A DOG AT ITS HIGHEST EFFICIENCY.   DOGS WILL BE FED AT 14.00HRS DAILY, MEAT BEING UNCOOKED, VEGETABLES RAW AND FINELY SHREDDED, TOGETHER WITH THE ADDITION, IF POSSIBLE OF A LITTLE GRAVY.

DOGS SHOULD BE ALLOWED ABOUT HALF AN HOUR IN WHICH TO EAT THEIR MEAL, AFTER WHICH THE UNCONSUMED PORTION WILL BE REMOVED AND NO FURTHER FEED GIVEN UNTIL NEXT DAY.   DOGS MUST HAVE REGULAR EXERCISE OF AT LEAST HALF AN HOUR DAILY.   WHEN COMING OFF DUTY OR EXERCISE THEIR FEET SHOULD BE INSPECTED AND AND DIRT REMOVED FROM BETWEEN THE PADS.

DISCIPLINE.   IT IS NOTIFIED THAT THE FOLLOWING PUNISHMENTS HAVE BEEN AWARDED BY THE COMMANDING OFFICER.

4263354 PTE LANGLANDS J  AWARDED 10 DAYS DETENTION, W.O.A.S (WHILST ON ACTIVE SERVICE) (SEC 40 AA) AN ACT OF PREJUDICE OF GOOD ORDER AND MILITARY DISCIPLINE IN THAT HE DID FAIL TO EXERCISE DUE VIGILANCE WHILST ON DUTY.   DATE OF OFFENCE 7/3/43.  DATE OF AWARD 11/3/43.  COMMITTED TO CHORLEY DETENTION BARRACKS, 12/3/43 (IN OPEN ARREST AWAITING DISPOSAL).

14210967 PTE RAE J  AWARDED 14 DAYS DETENTION, W.O.A.S (SEC 15 (ii) AA) DID ABSENT HIMSELF BY PROCEEDING FROM THE PLACE OF DUTY APPOINTED BY HIS COMMANDING OFFICER WITHOUT LEAVE BEFORE BEING RELIEVED.

DATE OF OFFENCE 10/3/43.   DATE OF AWARD 11/3/43.   COMMITTED TO CHORLEY DETENTION BARRACKS 12/3/43 (IN OPEN ARREST AWAITING DISPOSAL).

PART I ORDERS - ATTITUDE OF MIND.   THE FOLLOWING LINES ARE PUBLISHED FOR INFORMATION.

IF YOU THINK YOU’RE BEATEN, YOU ARE.

IF YOU THINK YOU DARE NOT, YOU DON’T

IF YOU LIKE TO WIN, BUT THINK YOU CAN’T

IT’S ALMOST A CINCH YOU WON’T.

IF YOU THINK YOU’LL LOSE, YOU’VE LOST,

FOR OUT IN THE WORLD YOU WILL FIND

SUCCESS BEGINS WITH A FELLOW’S WILL.

IT’S ALL IN THE STATE OF MIND.

FULL MANY A RACE IS LOST,

ERE EVER A STOP IS RUN.

AND MANY A COWARD FAILS,

ERE OVER HIS WORK’S BEGUN.

THINK BIG AND YOUR DEEDS WILL GROW,

THINK SMALL AND YOU’LL FALL BEHIND,

THINK THAT YOU CAN, AND YOU WILL,

IT’S ALL IN THE STATE OF MIND.

IF YOU THINK YOU’RE OUTCLASSED, YOU ARE;

YOU’VE GOT TO THINK HIGH TO RISE,

YOU’VE GOT TO BE SURE OF YOURSELF BEFORE

YOU CAN EVER WIN A PRIZE.

LIFE’S BATTLES DON’T ALWAYS GO

TO THE STRONGER OR FASTER MAN

BUT SOON OR LATE THE MAN WHO WINS

IT’S THE FELLOW WHO THINKS HE CAN. (Verse written by Walter De Wintle).

JULY 27 139147 LT J HINCHCLIFFE FORESTERS POSTED IN.

0CT 1 MORPETH 3 OFFICERS AND 247 OTHER RANKS.

PRO MAY 14 013.JPG

EXAMPLE OF A VULNERABLE POINTS SURVEY REPORT

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WO 166/13075                  332 COMPANY VP                   JAN - NOV 1943

KIMBERLEY HOUSE, BARMBY ON THE MOOR EAST YORKS.   CAPT F ROBB.

JAN 1  2 OFFICERS & 208 ORTH RANKS.   146905 CAPT R S HOARES, LEICESTERSHIRE REGIMENT.   146845 LT J E SMITH NORTH STAFFS.

FEB 6  WAR DOG “MIKE” 1088 ALSATIAN POSTED TO G.2002 OTTRINGHAM.

WAR DOG “PETE” 1281 BULL TERRIER POSTED TO D.2701 SOUTHBURN.

ALL RANKS ARE SHOWING A KEEN INTEREST IN RAISING FUNDS FOR THE “BROKEN CIRCLE” (CMP PRISONER OF WAR FUND).   THE SUM OF THIRTY THREE POUNDS AND TEN SHILLINGS HAS BEEN FORWARDED THIS MONTH TO THE SECRETARY.  

GARDENS HAVE BEEN COMMENCED WHERE CONVENIENT ON VP’S INCLUDING ONE AT COMPANY HQ.

7 MEN OF THE COMPANY HAVE VOLUNTEERED FOR THE PROVOST BRANCH.

PART ONE ORDER    COURT OF INQUIRY.   A COURT OF INQUIRY WILL ASSEMBLE AT SOUTHBURN RAF STATION, NR DRIFFIELD (EAST YORKSHIRE) ON THE 20TH MARCH 1943 AT 10.30 HRS TO INVESTIGATE THE ABSENCE WITHOUT LEAVE FOR A PERIOD OF OVER 21 DAYS OF NO. 1123305 PTE GLEDER L. 332 COMPANY CMP/VP.   ALSO TO INVESTIGATE AND REPORT  DEFICIENCIES OF ARMY, EQUIPMENT, CLOTHING AND REGT. NECESSARIES.   GIVES A LIST OF COURT MEMBERS AND WITNESSES.

MAR 27  DISCIPLINE   A STRICT STANDARD OF DISCIPLINE AND BEARING IS REQUIRED FOR CMP AND ANY BREACHES OF DISCIPLINE ARE LOOKED UPON AND TREATED AS SERIOUS OFFENCES.   THE U/M PERSONNEL OF THIS COMPANY HAVE BEEN TRANSFERRED OUT OF CMP:   4737353 PTE RANDALL F H G, 4345014 PTE HORSFALL F, D/41597 PTE JONES A, 2015818 PTE DAVISON F C, 5250901 PTE DRAPER T H,  37309 PTE HUSKINSON A, 13025755 PTE DENISON T W.

DOGS ON VP’S - ALL WAR DOGS MUST BE MUZZLED EXCEPT WHEN ON DUTY,   DISCIPLINARY ACTION WILL BE TAKEN AGAINST THE NON-COMPLIANCE OF THIS ORDER.

JUN 1 SECTIONS AT SAXTON, EASINGTON, RINGBOROUGH, DIMILINGTON.

NOTICE BOARD INFORMATION.

MAJ GEN SIR P LAURIE PROVOST MARSHAL

LT COL MERTEN MC APM (TC) NORTHERN COMMAND

MAJ A DICKSON MC APM (TC) NORTHERN COMMAND

MAJ R A HARRIS APM (VP) NORTHERN COMMAND

MAJ P W K DAVIS APM CMP DEPOT NORTHERN COMMAND

CAPT W B WROOT DAPM CMP DEPOT NORTHERN COMMAND

CAPT GARROD OC 331 COY VP

CAPT HOARES OC 332 COY VP

CAPT GUSTARD OC 333 COY VP

LT HINDS OC 334 COY VP

CAPT BARLOW OC 335 COY VP

CAPT NICHOLSON OC 336 COY VP.

SERVICE DRESS.   THE BEST SERVICE DRESS WILL BE WORN FOR DAY DUTY ONLY AND NOT KEPT SPECIALLY FOR WALKING OUT PURPOSES.   DISCIPLINARY ACTION WILL BE TAKEN AGAINST THE NON-COMPLIANCE OF THIS ORDER.

GERMAN ANTI-PERSONNEL BUTTERFLY BOMB.   ANTI-PERSONNEL BUTTERFLY BOMBS ARE AGAIN BEING DROPPED BY THE GERMANS.   THE NEW TYPE FUSES CAUSES THE BOMB TO EXPLODE SUDDENLY WITHIN 30 MINUTES OF FALLING OR AT ANY TIME IF TOUCHED.   THEREFORE THEY MUST NOT BE TOUCHED OR MOVED.   THEY MUST NOT BE APPROACHED WITHIN HALF AN HOUR OF FALLING.   THESE BOMBS ARE BEING DROPPED IN CONTAINERS 387” LONG, 8” DIAMETER AND OPENING IN TWO HALFS WITH 28 BOMBS IN EACH.   THE CONTAINERS ARE EQUALLY DANGEROUS IF TOUCHED.   REPORTING AND DISPOSAL OF THESE BOMBS WILL BE DONE THROUGH THE NORMAL CHANNELS.

WAR DIARY CONTAINS SURVEYS OF VULNERABLE POINTS EG: STATS BRANCH, 218 THE MOUNT, YORK. VP SERIAL NLO C 2204, REQUISITIONED BUILDING CONTAINING SECRET DOCUMENTS.ETC.

JUL 3 219126 LT L HOPKINS RAOC POSTED IN.

SEP 30 168298 CAPT J W BARLOW PIONEER CORPS NEW OC.

OCT 25 CAPT W C HINDS NEW OC

DOGS ON VULNERABLE POINTS - IT HAS BEEN REPORTED THAT POLICE DOGS, WHICH HAVE BEEN RETURNED TO THE WAR DOGS SCHOOL, ARE DEFICIENT OF THE METAL TALLY BEARING THE DOG’S NUMBER.   IT IS MOST IMPORTANT THAT THIS TALLY IS ALWAYS ATTACHED TO THE DOG’S COLLAR AND FREQUENT INSPECTIONS WILL BE MADE BY THE DOG HANDLER TO SEE IT IS STILL THERE.   sHOULD THIS TALLY BECOME DETACHED AND LOST, THE FACT MUST BE REPORTED IMMEDIATELY, WHEN A SUBSTITUTE WILL BE ISSUED BY THIS HQ, AND REPLACED IMMEDIATELY ON RECEIPT.   THESE DOGS ARE ONLY LOANED TO THE SERVICED BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC AND HAVE TO BE RETURNED TO THE ORIGINAL OWNERS.   NO OTHER MEANS OF IDENTIFICATION ARE AVAILABLE OTHER THAN THE METAL DISC ABOVE MENTIONED.   NCO I/C VP WILL BE HELD RESPONSIBILITY THAT THESE ORDER ARE STRICTLY CARRIED OUT.

ACT OF GALLANTRY - THE FOLLOWING IS AN EXTRACT FROM NORTHERN COMMAND ORDER NO. 878/43 “THE GALLANT CONDUCT OF 1126857 L/CPL E JANES (HEMEL HEMPSTEAD) 2373034 PTE E C SHIMMENS (NORWICH) AND 11002056 PTE E T GEE (NORTHAMPTON), ALL OF 332 COY VP HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO THE NOTICE OF THE GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING IN CHIEF.   IN MARCH 1943 AND AIRCRAFT CRASHED AND BURST INTO FLAMES.   IN SPITE OF IMMINENT DANGER FROM EXPLODING AMMUNITION L/CPL JANES, PTE SHIMMENS AND PTE GEE PROMPTLY WENT TO THE AID OF THE CREW AND SUCCEEDED IN EXTRICATING FOUR OF THEM FROM THE AIRCRAFT.

DEC 18 15297 CAPT F ROBB ROYAL ULSTER RIFLES POSTED IN.

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WO 166/13706                      333 COMPANY VP               JAN - DEC 1943

6 THE DRIVE, LEEDS 8.   CAPT R S GUSTARD.   142190 LT J GREENE EAST YORKS.

JAN 15 CAPT GUSTARD, CAPT COOKSEY, LT GREENE, LT KELLY AND 28 OTHER RANKS VISITED THE GRAND THEATRE LEEDS.

FEB 16 ATS COMMITTEE VISIT COY HQ RE INSTALLATION OF ATS.

JULY SECTIONS AT SELBY, BARDEN, EWDEN, HARROGATE & WEST MARTON.

JULY 15 187836 LT L MCCOMBE ROYAL ULSTER RIFLES POSTED IN.

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WO 166/13707                   334 COMPANY VP                  JAN - DEC 1943

JAN SCHOOL AYCLIFFE CO DURHAM  CAPT M P POYNOR TD ROYAL ARTILLERY OC.

VISITS TO LEIGHTON, BRAFFERTON, OSWALDKIRK, GOLDSBOROUGH, DANBY BEACON, THORNABY, GRANGETOWN VP’S AND RABY CASTLE, WALWORTH CASTLE, HORNBY PARK, WELL, SCARBOROUGH, BEDALE AND CLIFTON CASTLE.

JULY 3 NEW HQ CROSBY COURT, NORTHALLERTON.

JULY 15 CAPT F R GASKELL NEW OC.

DEC 15 LT F ROBB ROYAL ULSTER RIFLES POSTED TO 332 COY VP.

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WO 166/13708                       335 COMPANY VP              JAN - DEC 1943

JAN 1 BARROW-ON-TRENT.  168298 CAPT J W BARLOW PION CORPS, OC.

OCT 1 146905 CAPT R S HOARE LEICESTERSHIRE REGIMENT NEW OC.

NOV 4   DEATH OF WAR DOG - WAR DOG NO. 1353 “JUDY” EX B.2503.   I HAVE TO REPORT THAT THE A/N WAR DOG DIED AT 14.00HRS ON WEDNESDAY 3 NOV 1943 HAVING SUFFERED SINCE SUNDAY 31 OCT 1943, FROM KIDNEY TROUBLE FOR WHICH TREATMENT AND MEDICINE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY MR PHILLIPS, VETERINARY sURGEON, 9 MEADOW LANE, LOUGHBOROUGH.   PLEASE AMEND LOCATION STATEMENT ACCORDINGLY.   A REPLACEMENT IS NOT REQUIRED.   OC 335 COMPANY VP, THE COTTAGE, BARROW ON TRENT, DERBY.

NOV 23 COMMAND SIGNS (GREEN APPLES AND VP FLASHES)

THE ABOVE SIGNS ARE NOT TO BE SEWN ON WITH WHITE COTTON.   BLUE COTTON WILL BE USED IN BOTH CASES.   THE COMMAND SIGNS WILL NOT BE CUT, BUT THE WHITE EDGES TURNED UNDER AND STITCHED.   FIRST SIGN FOR NORTHERN COMMAND WAS A GREEN APPLE ON A BLUE DIAMOND (GOC MAJ GEN ADAMS - ADAM’S APPLES AND THE VP SIGN THE RED LETTERS VP ON A BLUE DIAMOND).

AIR RAIDS - REPORTS OF BOMB DAMAGE.   SHOULD AN AIR RAID OCCUR IN THE VICINITY OF THE VP UNDER YOUR COMMAND, OR SOME UNUSUAL OCCURRENCE, A FULL REPORT WILL BE SUBMITTED TO THIS HQ AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, GIVING FULL DETAILS.   IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT REPORTS OF BOMB DAMAGE REACH THIS HQ AT THE EARLIEST POSSIBLE MOMENT, GIVING PRELIMINARY GENERAL PARTICULARS, FULL DETAILS BEING SENT LATER WHEN KNOWN.

CHIN STRAPS - LACQUERED SOMETIMES KNOW AS PAYMENT LEATHER CHIN STRAPS WILL BE DISCARDED AND ONLY ISSUED CHIN STRAPS (LEATHER) WORN.   THESE WILL BE CLEANED WITH “KIWI) RUSSET BROWN POLISH TO MATCH THE LEATHER BELT.

NCO’S ON DUTY PERIODS.   NCO’S I/C DUTIES WILL DURING THEIR PERIOD OF DUTY, REPEAT WILL TOUR THE BEATS AND VISIT THE POINTS AT LEAST FOUR TIMES DURING THE SHIFT AND NOT SPEND THEIR TIME IN THE GUARD ROOM OR CMP OFFICE, EXCEPT FOR THE HALF AN HOUR BREAK FOR REFRESHMENT.   ALL VISITS TO SENTRIES AND PATROLMEN WILL BE ENTERED IN THE AB 466.

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WO 166/13709                      336 COMPANY VP                         DEC 1943

MARKET RASEN, LINCOLNSHIRE.   CAPT C A J NICHOLSON IRISH GUARDS.   DEC 5 CAPT C A J NICHOLSON IRISH GUARDS OC OF THIS UNIT DIED FROM SELF INFLICTED GUNSHOT WOUNDS.   LT P WOOD ASSUMES COMMAND.

DEC 19 CAPT W C HINDS OF 332 COY VP TOOK OVER COMMAND OF UNIT.

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WO 166/13710                     371 COMPANY VP            JAN  -  DEC 1943

WOODSTOCK          CAPT L.L. JOHNSON

JAN 6-12   POSTINGS IN

FEB 3   SECOND COURSE OF TRAINING FOR PERSONNEL FOR SPECIAL PROFICIENCY PAY

MAR   POSTINGS IN & OUT,  COURSES

APR             “                                    “

MAY             “                                    “

AUG   EXERCISES    B B,  JANZEN,  HARLEQUIN

SEPT   COY MOVED TO NEW PREMISES & HQ AT SHILLINGFORD COURT,

SHILLINGFORD,  OXON

NOV 23   COURSE STARTED FOR OVERSEAS

DEC 14   COY TOOK OVER NEW PREMISES AS HQ AT MILITARY COTTAGE,

ERISTONE,  OXON.

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WO 166/13711                       377 COMPAY VP             JAN  -  DEC 1943

YELVERTON        MAJ H.P. STEED

JAN   NORMAL DUTIES VISITING VPS IN DEVON

        TWO WAR DOGS AND TWO PTE’S JOINED UNIT FROM WAR DOGS SCHOOL.

         WEAPON TRAINING AND POLICE COURSES, FIRING ON RANGES.

FEB 24   AS ABOVE & CHEMICAL WARFARE CADRE

MAR - DEC   PURELY ROUTINE AS ABOVE.

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WO 166/13712                   378 COMPANY VP               JAN  -  DEC 1943

NR TRURO - KILGANOON HOUSE, KILGANOON, NR TURO

OC   -  CAPT V.A. TAYLOR, MC

          LT. W. LAWRANCE    AREA OFFICER

          LT. J. COOKE

AVERAGE STRENGTH :     NO OF POLICE DOGS   -        7

                                          OTHER RANKS            - 270  +  10 ATT. COOKS

                                          OFFICERS                   -    3

FEB   ENEMY ACTIVITY VERY SLIGHT;  A FEW TIP AND RUN RAIDS ALONG COAST

FEB 24   ONE POLICE  DOG DIED AT BODMIN

-  DEC   NO DAILY DIARY;  ONLY RECORDS OF AVERAGE NO OF DOGS, MEN, OFFICERS FOR EACH MONTH.

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WO 166/13713      TOWN MAJOR,  LONDONDERRY      JAN  -  DEC 1943

LONDONDERRY        MAJ L.A. GULLICK

MAR 21   MAJ J.N.G. STEWART, MC, RUR, TOOK UP APPOINTMENT OF TOWN

MAJOR VICE MAJ GULLICK

JAN  -  DEC    NIL.

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WO 166/14208   APM (WESTERN COMMAND), TC         JAN  -  APR 1944  CHESTER             MAJ K. BIBBY   GREN GUARDS  OC,  APM

APR   MAJ M.A.P. FREEMANTLE   11 HUSSARS,  APM.

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WO 166/14263         9 ARMD DIV PRO COY,                  JAN  -  JUL 1944

METHWOLD      SCRUTON      CAPT W.H. COOPER

JAN 5   GENERAL POLICE DUTIES - BEDALE, WHITBY, NORTHALLERTON, CLIFTON

FEB 1   GENERAL POLICE DUTIES - MORPETH, ALNWICK, BERWICK, WOOLER

MAR   STATIC POLICE CHECKS,  MOBILE PATROLS

SEP   FAIRWARP,  CROWBOROUGH

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WO 166/14273              38 DIV PRO COY,                      JAN  -  DEC 1944

CAPT E.V. CROMBIE   CO

JAN 1  PTE GOLDSPINK G., ACC ATT  AWOL

JAN 12   COURT MARTIAL  GOLDSPINK  -  56 DAYS

FEB 1   NEWPORT, I OF W

ROUTINE DUTIES AND TRAINING

JUL   SOUTHAMPTON

SEP 1   TO LEYLAND, DUNKIRK LANE, LANCS

CAPT E. GREENWOOD  LANCS FUS.   DAPM

1 ESCAPED PRISONERS :

AT 3.00 HRS 5 NOV 1944 16 MEN ESCAPED FROM THE MILITARY DETENTION BARRACKS, CHORLEY; NAMES AND DESCRIPTIONS FOLLOW THUS -

DVR BANKS 5730977, 29 YRS, 5, I”, PALE COMPLEXION, FAIR HAIR, BLUE EYES, BAD CHARACTER.  ALL ARE WEARING BATTLE DRESS AND CANVAS SHOES AND ARE NOT IN POSSESSION OF ANY PAY BOOKS  INFORMATION LATER RECEIVED FROM THE CIVIL POLICE THAT ALL HAD BEEN RECAPTURED

2  CAPT E. GREENWOOD DAPM, 38 RES DIV PRO COY  

DRESS : INTRODUCTION OF COLLAR AND TIE

A SHIRT WITH COLLAR ATTACHED IS BEING INTRODUCED INTO SERVICE IN PLACE OF THE EXISTING COLLARLESS SHIRT.  A KHAKI TIE IS ALSO BEING PROVIDED TO WEAR WITH THE NEW SHIRT.

THE SHIRT, KHAKI FLANNEL, WILL BE INTRODUCED BY NORMAL REPLACEMENT ONLY AND WILL BE WORN SIDE BY SIDE WITH THE SHIRT, ANGOLA DRAB, DURING THE PERIOD OF TRANSITION WHEN THE SHIRT AND TIES ARE ISSUED.

a) TIES MAY BE WORN WHEN OFF DUTY IN BARRACKS, WHEN ON LEAVE, OR  WALKING OUT WHEN WORKING IN OFFICE OR ATTENDING LECTORES OR SIMILAR INDOORS INSTRUCTION.  THEY WILL NOT BE WORN ON OTHER OCCASIONS.  TIES OF OTHER THAN NON-REGULATION PATTERN ARE FORBIDDEN.

b) TIE OR COLLAR PINS WILL NOT BE WORN

c) WHEN THE TIE IS WORN THE B D BLOUSE WILL BE OPENED TO THE SECOND BUTTON FROM THE TOP.

d) WHEN THE TIE IS NOT WORN THE BLOUSE WILL BE BUTTONED TO THE TOP.

   IN VIEW OF THE ABOVE OR’S WILL NOT BE CHECKED AND REPORTED BY CMP FOR WEARING COLLAR AND TIES.

MURDER :  AT 11.00 HRS ON 27 SEPT 44 THE BODY OF A WOMAN, SINCE IDENTIFIED AS RUTH SCHMELLER, A JEWISH REFUGEE FROM POLAND, WAS FOUND IN A GRAVEL PIT OFF ROAD B5032 , ISOLATED COUNTRY NEAR CHEADLE, STAFFS.  SHE HAD BEEN DEAD FROM 5 TO 7 DAYS, WAS SEVERELY BRUISED ABOUT THE HEAD AND NECK AND HAD ABOUT SEVEN STAB WOUNDS, ABOUT SEVEN INCHES DEEP ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF HER CHEST CAUSED BY A SHARP INSTRUMENT.  DEATH WAS DUE TO STAB WOUNDS AFTER AN ATTEMPT AT STRANGULATION.  NO EVIDENCE OF SEXUAL INTERCOURSE.  DECEASED LEFT HER ADDRESS IN MANCHESTER ON 15 AUG 44 TO GO ON AN AGRICULTURAL HOLIDAY.  SHE WENT FIRST OF ALL TO AVONSCROFT AGRICULTURAL HOSTEL, BROMSGROVE.  SHE LEFT AFTER TWO WEEKS FOR MAIDS NORTON HOSTEL, RETURNED TO BROMSGROVE ON 21 SEPT 44, LEFT SAME DAY FOR ST ASAPH,N. WALES OR HOME TO MANCHESTER.  DESCRIPTION : AGE 20 YRS, WELL DEVELOPED, DARK BROWN HAIR, JEWISH APPEARANCE, GOOD TEETH, DRESSED IN A BLUE GABARDINE MAC WITH PLAIN LINING, BLUE BLOUSE STRIPED WITH WHITE AND BLUE, ROYAL BLUE SKIRT ZIP FASTENING ON LEFT SIDE, WINE COLOURED SOCKS,    BROWN WILLOW CALF SHOES LACED AT SIDE, NO HAT.  STRAPPED TO LEFT WRIST WAS A SMALL RED LEATHER PURSE AND A GOLD COLOURED WRIST WATCH WHICH HAD STOPPED AT 0503 HRS.  A PIECE OF DARK BLUE FLANNELETTE MATERIAL, POSSIBLY PART OF A SPORTS VEST OR BATHING SUIT WITH INITIALS P.P.C. IN WHITE WAS FOUND.  AT ABOUT 0930 HRS A LARGE BLACK LEATHER  BOOKCASE  BOUND IN BROWN LEATHER AND A GREEN TWILL RUCKSACK CONTAINING IDENTITY DOCUMENTS AND PERSONAL CLOTHING OF THE DECEASED WERE FOUND OVER HEDGE BORDERING THE A6 ROAD AT LOWBRIDGE, TELLSIDE 7 MILES NORTH OF KENDAL. IT IS DESIRED TO TRACE MOVEMENTS OF DECEASED FROM THE TIME SHE LEFT MANCHESTER.  THE GRAVEL PIT WHERE THE BODY WAS FOUND IS EXTENSIVELY USED FOR A PARKING PLACE FOR MILITARY VEHICLES, BRITISH AND ALLIED.

LEYLAND, LANCS.

ESCAPED GERMAN PRISONERS : FROM NORTH BURTON CAMP DURING THE NIGHT OF 8 OCT 44,  FOUR LIEUTENANTS NO DESCRIPTION OF CLOTHING.

MURDER :  REGARDING THE DEATH OF RUTH SCHMELLER - COUNTRYWIDE ENQUIRIES HAVE BEEN MADE AND IT HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED THAT THE

DEAD GIRL WAS SEEN TO ENTER AN ARMY VEHICLE ( EITHER A UTILITY TRUCK OR CAR ) ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF BIRMINGHAM ABOUT 1 PM ON THURSDAY 21 SEPT AND SINCE THEN ALL TRACE OF HER MOVEMENTS HAS BEEN LOST.  THE VEHICLE WAS DESCRIBED AS BEING DRIVEN BY A SOLDIER, AGED 30, ABOUT 5 FT 10INS, SLIM BUILD, ROUGH COMPLEXION, FULL MOUSTACHE, NOT FLOWING, REFINED SPEECH AND WEARING BATTLE DRESS WITH CRASH HELMET.  INFORMATION HAS NOW BEEN RECEIVED THAT DURING THE NIGHT OF 18-19 SEPT AN AUSTEN UTILITY TRUCK WS STOLEN AT MOFFAT, SCOTLAND BY A SOLDIER WHOSE DESCRIPTION IS IDENTICAL IN EVERY DETAIL WITH THE SOLDIER REFERRED TO ABOVE, EXCEPT THAT WHEN HE STOLE THE TRUCK AT MOFFAT HE WAS WEARING SERGEANT’S CHEVRONS AND AIRBORNE MARKINGS AND HE IS NOW THOUGHT TO BE WEARING A RED BERET.  ON 29 SEPT THE TRUCK WAS FOUND ABANDONED AT ILKLEY, YORKS AND ANOTHER ARMY UTILITY TRUCK WAS STOLEN.

AN EXAMINATION OF THE TRUCK THAT WAS STOLEN AT MOFFAT SHOWS THAT IT HAD COVERED AT LEAST A THOUSAND MILES FROM THE TIME IT WAS TAKEN, WHICH MILEAGE COULD HAVE INCLUDED A VISIT TO THE MIDLANDS.

IT IS ALSO KNOWN THAT ON 20 AND 25 SEPT THE DRIVER OBTAINED PETROL AT DEPOTS IN YORKSHIRE, WHERE HE SIGNED CHITS AS SGT FOSTER, 6 AIRBORNE DIV.    THE ABOVE NAMED SOLDIER IS WANTED FOR QUESTIONING IN CONNECTION WITH THE MURDER OF RUTH SCHMELLER AND ALL NCOS THEREFORE SHOULD KEEP A SHARP LOOKOUT FOR HIM.  

ESCAPED POWS : ESCAPED FROM POW CAMP LUDLOW ONE ITALIAN POW AND TWO GERMANS RECAPTURED.

A LARGE SCALE ESCAPE FROM DOONFOOT CAMP, AYR.  DESCRIPTIONS OF4 ITALIANS .  ALSO ESCAPE OF 10 GERMANS FROM PENKRIDGE, STAFFS,

ITALIAN PRISONERS OF WAR - INSTRUCTIONS FOR BRITISH TROOPS

PROVISION FOR CO-OPERATORS(CONT.) -

THOSE ISSUED WITH BICYCLES MAY USE THEM FOR PLEASURE AS WELL AS FOR GOING TO AND FROM WORK

THEY ARE ALLOWED TO TALK TO ANY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC AND TO ACCEPT INVITATIONS TO VISIT PRIVATE HOUSES, BUT ANY RELATIONSHIP OR ANY ATTEMPT TO ESTABLISH RELATIONS OF A SEXUAL NATURE WITH WOMEN OF A SEXUAL OR AMOROUS CHARACTER IS PROHIBITED.

THEY ARE ALLOWED A PERCENTAGE OF STERLING MONEY IN THEIR PAY TO ENABLE THEM TO MAKE PURCHASES IN LOCAL SHOPS ETC.

IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF ALL BRITISH OFFICERS AND NCOS WHO MAY WITNESS A BREACH BY ANY ITALIAN PRISONER OF WAR OF ANY OF THE RESTRICTIONS OR PRIVILEGES TO ASCERTAIN HIS NAME AND NUMBER AND SUBMIT A REPORT THROUGH THEIR OC PRISONER OF WAR CAMP OR UNIT.

                   LEYLAND      38 INF DIV PRO COY  G. E. UNDERWOOD

ITALIAN PRISONERS OF WAR

1.  CERTAIN PRISONERS OF WAR HAVE NOW BEEN AFFORDED FURTHER PRIVILEGES AND IT IS IMPORTANT THAT ALL BRITISH TROOPS SHOULD KNOW THE PRIVILEGES AS THEY NOW STAND REGARDING THE TREATMENT AND RESTRICTIONS TO WHICH THEY ARE SUBJECT.

2   THERE ARE STILL TWO TYPES OF PRISONERS :-

a)  CO-OPERATORS  i.e. THOSE WHO HAVE VOLUNTEERED TO CO-OPERATE WITH THE ALLIES IN ORDER TO ASSIST IN THE COMMON WAR EFFORT

b)  NON-CO-OPERATORS  i.e. THOSE WHO HAVE NOT SO VOLUNTEERED AND WHO THEREFORE REMAIN IN THEIR PREVIOUS STATUS OF PRISONER OF WAR.  

3)  DRESS IS A GUIDE AS TO WHETHER A PRISONER IS OR IS NOT A CO-OPERATOR

a)   CO-OPERATORS ARE ISSUED WITH “UNPATCHED” BATTLEDRESS WHICH MAY BE OF ONE OF THE FOLLOWING COLOURS - KHAKI, CHOCOLATE BROWN OR SPRUCE GREEN - WITH SHOULDER TITLES ”ITUK” IN RED LETTERS.

b)   NON COOPERATORS ARE ISSUED WITH”PATCHED” CLOTHING AND DO NOT WEAR SHOULDER TITLES.

IN ALL CASES HOWEVER, A PRISONER OF WAR WHO IS IN POSSESSION OF HIS OWN UNIFORM IS ALLOWED TO RETAIN AND WEAR IT.  IN CASE OF DOUBT A PRISONER OF WAR SHOULD BE CALLED UPON TO PRODUCE HIS IDENTITY CARD, AND IF HE IS NOT IN POSSESSION OF ONE ACTION SHOULD BE TAKEN  AS IN PARA 7.

 4)  ALL CO-OPERATORS CARRY A SPECIAL IDENTITY CARD CONTAINING A

 PHOTO OF THE BEARER.

5)   INSTRUCTIONS

a)   ALL ITALIAN PRISONERS OF WAR, WHETHER COOPERATORS OR NON COOPERATORS, ARE STRICTLY FORBIDDEN TO TRAVEL IN PUBLIC TRANSPORT EXCEPT WHEN ON DUTY AND THEN ONLY IF ACCOMPANIED BY AN ESCORT WHICH MAY BE EITHER MILITARY OR CIVILIAN ( EMPLOYER ).

b)   UNESCORTED NON COOPERATORS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO LEAVE THE PRECINCTS OF THEIR CAMP, OR IN THE CASE OF HOSTELS, AN AREA WITHIN A SHORT DISTANCE OF SUCH HOSTEL, EXCEPT FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROCEEDING TO AND FROM THEIR WORK.

c)   NON COOPERATORS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO FRATERNISE WITH MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC OR OTHER TROOPS.

d)   NON COOPERATORS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO USE THEIR BICYCLES EXCEPT WHEN :-

i)  TRAVELLING TO AND FROM WORK

ii) VISITING THEIR PARENT CAMP ( WITHIN 7 MILES )

iii) WITHIN THE AREA AS STATED IN PARA 5(b)

iv) ATTENDING CHURCH UP TO A DISTANCE OF 3 MILES.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR CO-OPERATORS :-

a) PERMITTED TO WALK OUT FREELY WITHIN A RADIUS OF 5 MILES OF THEIR CAMP,HOSTEL OR BILLETS, SUBJECT TO SUCH RESTRICTIONS WHICH MAY BE IMPOSED BY LOCAL COMMANDERS

(b)  ALLOWED ACCESS TO SUCH LOCAL SHOPS, POST OFFICES AND CINEMAS.  ENTRY INTO PUBLIC HOUSES IS FORBIDDEN

( c )  THEY ARE ALLOWED TO POST LETTERS AND SEND TELEGRAMS.

OCT 3   M/CYCLE ACCIDENT  L/CPL F. DILLON  SERIOUS INJURIES & BIKE DAMAGED,  WINWICK HOSPITAL. WARRINGTON

DEC 14   TO BLACKPOOL.

NOV 17   COY REDESIGNATED 121 PRO COY (CORPS OF ARMY ) AND ALL PERSONNEL POSTED TO NEW COMPANY  DAPM CAPT E. V. CROMBIE

NOV 17   MOVE TO PORTSMOUTH

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WO 166/14283           45 DIV PRO COY                     JAN  -  JUL 1944

BALCOMBE   CAPT. C.W. HICKMAN,  3 OFFICERS,  77 ORS

BRIGHTON,  EASTBOURNE

MAY 18   2 OFFICERS AND 8 0RS VISIT EXHIBITION OF ENEMY EQUIPMENT IN LONDON.

JUN 7   L/CPL JOELS INVOLVED IN A M/C ACCIDENT AND RECEIVED INJURIES OF A SERIOUS NATURE.

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WO 166/ 14291             47 DIV  PRO  COY                 JAN  -  JUL 1944

ISLE OF WIGHT    CAPT. J.W. WILKINS

JAN 17 - 25   EX BRASSO

JAN 25   COY HQ NOW LOCATED AT COWLING HALL NR BEDALE PHONE BEDALE 30.

NOTHING TO REPORT

PATROLS TO NORTHALLERTON, WHITBY, DURHAM, THIRSK, BISHOP AUCKLAND

MAR 24   MOVE TO CORSHAM, THEN WICKHAM,  THEN TO SOUTHAMPTON/ PORTSMOUTH AREA.

APR 8   BAD BEHAVIOUR OF TROOPS IN WINCHESTER

OCT - NOV

OCT 10   14605956 L/CPL WALE B FOUND GUILTY BY FGCM AT PLUMER BARRACKS PLYMOUTH OF BREACH OF SECURITY, SENTENCED TO 84 DAYS DETENTION

OCT 19   PTE’S LONGES AND WALE POSTED TO Y-LIST HAVING BEEN COMMITTED TO FORT DORLAND DETENTION BARRACKS, CHATHAM, FOR PERIODS EXCEEDING 28 DAYS.

OCT 25   NCO POSTED BACK TO HIS UNIT AS UNSUITABLE FOR CMP.

OCT 25 - 26   HQ AND 2 SECTION ON EXERCISE BAKE

NOV 2   AN NCO POSTED TO COY FROM 162 HQ PRO COY

MCA (SOUTHERN COMMAND) LECTURED STAFF AND UNIT COMMANDERS OF THE FORCE ON “ADMIN IN THE FIELD”

NOV 14   5503079 L/CPL BURGESS POSTED TO Y-LIST; IN HOSPITAL OVER 21 DAYS

NOV 16   GOC IN C(SOUTHERN COMMAND) VISITED UNITS OF THE FORCE.

COY NCOS COMPLIMENTED ON THEIR DUTIES

NOV 24   1 NCO POSTED TO COY FROM 159 HQ PRO COY

NOV 25  5346392 L/CPL BIRGESS R. POSTED BACK TO COY FROM Y-LIST.  1 NCO POSTED BACK TO 159 HQ PRO COY

NOV 27 “O” DAY FOR EXERCISE BERLIN

NOV 28  2 NCOS POSTED TO COY FROM 160 HQ PRO COY.  L/CPL TOON HAD ACCIDENT

NOV 29   L/CPL MARTIN G. HAD ACCIDENT AND ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL.

DEC 2   HAZLEHURST  TEN NCOS POSTED TO THIS COMPANY FROM DEPOT, MYTCHETT

DEC 12   ONE CORPORAL AND 17 L/CPLS PROVIDED FOR DRAFT

DEC 13   LT T. J. LEE, 323062, LANCS. FUS. POSTED IN FROM 11 BAT. W. YORKS. REGT.

DEC 19   THE FOLLOWING OFFICERS POSTED TO 122 CORPS PRO COY -

CAPT. J. SWIFT, 88897, THE BUFFS ASSUMES COMMAND

LT. L. M. M. BARNES, RASC POSTED IN

LT. G. T. NALTY, 304301, R A POSTED IN

LT. J. C. POTTER, 265343, R A, POSTED IN

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WO 166/14325           76 DIV PRO COY CMP                JAN  -  DEC 1944

NORWICH,   3 CARROW HILL

LT. T. PRESCOTT

JAN   NORMAL DUTIES AND TRAINING THROUGHOUT

FEB   CAPT. H. H. W. MUST, R A

AUG 16   NEW LOCATION - “A” CAMP, WOLLERTON CAMP, NR AYLSHAM, NORWICH

SEPT   CAPT. S. D. SHILLINGLAW VICE PRESCOTT WHO GOES TO MYTCHETT, DEPOT.

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WO 166/14332             80 DIV PRO COY                    JAN  -  AUG  1944

LEYLAND         CAPT. GREENWOOD,   LT. UNDERWOOD,  R A

TRAINING AS PER PROGRAMME

BARRACK DAMAGES -

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN DAMAGED OR BROKEN RECENTLY

   3 LOCKS

   5 LAMPSHADE   1 PANE GLASS

   1 DOUBLE TIER BUNK

   3 HAND BOWL PLUGS MISSING

IN VIEW OF THE ABOVE 6D WILL BE DEDUCTED FROM HIS PAY,  20 JAN 44

BATTLE CASUALTIES - IDENTIFICATION OF THE DEAD

IT IS REPORTED FROM THEATRES OF WAR THAT IDENTIFICATION OF THE DEAD IS MADE DIFFICULT BY TWO FACTORS :-

a) NEGLECT OF INDIVIDUALS TO WEAR THEIR IDENTITY DISCS, AND

b) REMOVAL IN SOME CASES BY BURIAL PARTIES OF BOTH DISCS FROM THE BODY

EVERY OFFICER AND MAN WILL CARRY ON A CORD ROUND HIS NECK, TWO IDENTITY DISCS, ONE RED AND ONE GREEN, ON WHICH HIS NAME , NUMBER AND RELIGION ARE CLEARLY IMPRESSED.

ANYONE CONCERNED IN A BURIAL OR FINDING A BODY, WILL REMOVE THE RED IDENTITY DISC.  THE GREEN IDENTITY DISC WILL ON NO ACCOUNT BE REMOVED FROM THE BODY.  IN CASES WHERE THERE IS ONLY ONE DISC, IT SHALL NOT BE REMOVED FROM THE BODY.

SHOULD THERE BE NO MEANS OF IDENTIFYING THE BODY ANY DETAIL WHICH MAY ASSIST IN IDENTIFICATION, SUCH AS A CAP BADGE, SHOULDER TITLE OR NUMBER MARKED ON EQUIPMENT, SHOULD BE CAREFULLY NOTED AS WELL AS THE EXACT SPOT ON WHICH THE BODY WAS FOUND AND THE APPARENT DATE OF DEATH.

D-DAY MESSAGE

THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE FROM PROVOST MARSHAL OF THE UNITED KINGDOM TO THE PROVOST MARSHAL, ALL OFFICER AND AND ORS OF THE CMP IN 21 ARMY COY

THE LONG LOOKED-FORWARD TO “D” DAY HAS ARRIVED, AND ON BEHALF OF ALL PROVOST OFFICERS AND ORS AT HOME, I WISH YOU ALL GODSPEED ON THE GREAT TASK THAT LIES AHEAD.

YOU HAVE UNDERGONE A STRENUOUS PREPARATION FOR THIS MOMENT AND YOU WILL ALL, I KNOW, CARRY OUT WITH EFFICIENCY AND COURAGE WHATEVER DUTIES YOU MAY BE CALLED UPON TO PERFORM.

WE AT HOME HAVE COMPLETE CONFIDENCE IN YOU AND THAT YOU WILL ADD YET MORE LUSTRE TO THE GREAT RECORD ALREADY WON BY THE CORPS OF MILITARY POLICE DURING THIS WAR.

I WISH YOU ON BEHALF OF ALL AT HOME GOOD LUCK AND SPEEDY VICTORY

                             SIGNED :  S. C. MELLOR, MAJ-GEN, P.M.U.K.

   

CMP IN ACTION

THE FOLLOWING IS AN EXTRACT FROM AN ARTICLE BY J. D’ARCY-DAWSON, THE DAILY SKETCH CORRESPONDENT WITH THE BRITISH FORCES ACROSS THE ORNE,THURSDAY 20 JULY 44

BOLD STROKE SUCCEEDED

THE ACTION HAS DEVELOPED ACCORDING TO PLAN AND THE BOLD       STROKE BY GENERAL MONTGOMERY HAS ACHIEVED ITS INITIAL OBJECTIVES.

DURING THE FIRST FEW MINUTES OF OUR ADVANCE WE CLEARED THREE LANES THROUGH AN ENEMY MINEFIELD AND MILITARY POLICE AT EACH ENTRANCE REGULATED THE TRAFFIC.

THE ENEMY HAD THE POSITION TAPED TO AN INCH AND ALL DAY THEY KEPT UP AN INCESSANT FIRE.  AT ONE GAP FOUR MILITARY POLICEMEN WERE WOUNDED, BUT AS SOON AS ONE FELL ANOTHER TOOK HIS PLACE.  ALL DAY THEY STOOD THERE REGULATING THE TRAFFIC, AND THEIR COURAGE PLAYED AN IMPORTANT PART IN THE FORWARD RUSH OF VEHICLES AND SUPPLIES.

AUG 9   1077640 L/CPL H GALE, CMP RECEIVED SERIOUS INJURIES AND A NORTON MOTORCYCLE DAMAGED.

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WO 166/14366     231 IND BDE GRP PRO UNIT       FEB/MAR  1944

FEB 1   AT SEA   CAPT. J. J. BAKER  R A

FEB 9   GLASGOW   DISEMBARKED AND ENTRAINED FOR WORTHING

MAR 1-7   BLOCK LEAVE

MAR 8   PREPARATIONS FOR MOBILISATION

MAR 24  DISBANDED, ENTRAINED FOR SOUTHEND-ON-SEA TO JOIN 20 HQ PRO COY.

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WO 166/16248                 1 TC COY                           JUL - DEC 1944

JUL 1   SOUTHAMPTON        CAPT. H. METTAM, KOYLI

MARSHALLING AND EMBARKATION AREA

5 OFFICERS AND 113 ORS,  ATT TROOPS 15 OFFICERS, 220 ORS B SQDN, 38 RECCE REGT.

2 0FFICERS  52 ORS 5 MANCHESTER REGT US ARMY 11 OFFICERS 192 ENLISTED MEN OF 735. 736 CMP BN US ARMY

JUL 24   HQ TO 14 NORTHLANDS ROAD, SOUTHAMPTON

JUL 27   5 MANCHESTER CEASED TO BE ATTACHED FOR DUTY

AUG 2   ADVANCE  PARTY NO 42 COY CMP 1 OFFICER, 12 ORS ARRIVED TO TAKE OVER BILLETS IN SOUTHAMPTON

AUG 3  B SQDN, 38 RECCE REGT CEASED TO BE ATTACHED FOR TRAFFIC CONTROL DUTIES IN AREA “C”

42 COY CMP ARRIVED TO TAKE OVER PART OF TRAFFIC CONTROL DUTIES RELINQUISHED BY 38 RECCE REGT

AUG 4   CAPT. METTAM ATTENDED SOUTHERN COMMAND JOINT TRAFFIC BOARD RE CONVERSION OF PART”C” MARSHALLING AREA TO CONCENTRATION AREAS ALSO CONFIRMATION OF NEW RCRPS.

AUG 5  42 COY CMP TOOK OVER TRAFFIC CONTROL OF “Y” SUB-AREA “C” MARSHALLING AREA

AUG 11  CAPT. METTAM ATTENDED MEETING CENTRE TRAFFIC ZONE JOINT TRAFFIC BOARD RE US ARMY SPEED LIMITS -  OPENING OF SOUTHAMPTON-NURSLING ROAD TO TWO-WAY TRAFFIC

AUG 31   LT RICHARDS ATTENDED CONFERENCE RE RE-ORG OF AREA “C”

LT RICHARDS MDE RECCE WITH CAPT WELLES(US REGT TRANSPORT OFFICE) FOR NEW ROUTE TO RCRP C 1 FROM REAR BOUNDARY OF AREA “C”.

SEPT   REINFORCEMENTS FROM DEPOT - 76, 29 102 TC COYS  

SEPT 2024 ORS TO PLYMOUTH FOR SPECIAL TC DUTIES UNDER COMMAND OF LT. CALLAGHAN RAC

NOV 15   LT. G. W. THOMPSON 30213 S. LANCS AND LT. J. R. BULL 256011 TO D. TE CAMP

NOV 18   OP COMMITMENT OF 114 PC TAKEN OVER IN GOSPORT AREA

DEC 1   PLYMOUTH DET - 1 OFFICER AND 32 ORS TC DUTIES EX MERLIN

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WO 166/16249               42 TC COY CMP             JUN  -   NOV 1944

UPMINSTER

JUN 6   “D-DAY”

JUN 11   T.P.2 AND T.P.3 CLOSED DOWN

JUN 20   PERSONNEL OF 6 COY CMP (TC) WITHDRAWN

            1 OFFICER AND 51 ORS US WITHDRAWN

JUN 23   HQ PERSONNEL MOVE FROM ACCOMMODATION AT CAMP B 25 TO LAWNSIDE, MEEUT RD. BROCKLEHURST

JUL 4   AREA “B” MARSHALLING AREA BECOMES SUB-AREA “CB” OF AREA “C”

JUL 10   TP 4 AND TP 5 CLOSED DOWN

JUL 21   SECTION (1 SGT & 8 ORS) AT LANGLEY LODGE, EMBARKATION AREA, MOVED TO CAMP CB 34 TO ASSIST IN EMBARKATION AREA LYMINGTON

JUL 24   CAMP CB 34 CLOSED DOWN

JUL 30   TP1 & TP6 CLOSED DOWN

AUG 1   CAPT WALWYN ATTENDS CONFERENCE WITH OC 1 COY CMP(TC) AT SOUTHAMPTON

COY PERSONNEL MOVED FROM CAMPS B12, B36, & B7 TO TENTAGE CAMP B25, BALMER LAWN, BROCKLESHURST

735 BN MP US ARMY MOVED FROM CB AREA TO C AREA

AUG 2   ADVANCE PARTY MOVED TO ALLOCATE BILLETS AT SHIRLEY AVE, SOUTHAMPTON

AUG 3   ACCOMMODATION & BILLETS TAKEN OVER IN UPPER SHIRLEY AVE TAKEN OVER FROM 38 RECCE REGT.

MAIN PARTY OF COY ARRIVED NEW LOCATIONS AT SOUTHAMPTON.  ONE SECTION REMAINING AT “LAWNSIDE”, BROCKLESHURST AS REAR PARTY

AUG 4   CAPT WALWYN AND CSM RECCED Y SUB AREA, AREA C WITH CSM NO 1 COY CMP(TC)

AUG 8   BILLETS AT BROCKLESHURST HANDED OVER AND REAR PARTY JOINS COY AT SOUTHAMPTON

VEHICLE PARKS C 16 & C 17 CLOSED DOWN

AUG 9   CAPT WALWYN RECEIVES WARNING ORDER FROM APM(TC) SN CMD THAT SECTION WILL MOVE TO PLYMOUTH AREA

AUG 13   CAPT WALWYN, LT REID AND 1 SECTION MOVE BY ROAD TO TOWNSEND HOUSE

OCT 4   LT. R. J. REID, RAC, 2 SGTS, 2 CPLS & 59 ORS POSTED TO DEPOT AND TRG EST CMP FOR DRAFT R.V.Y.O.K.

OCT 12   1 CPL POSTED TO 1 COY CMP (TC)

OCT 14   LT D. J. IRELAND, BEDS & HERTS, POSTED TO THE W.E. OF THIS COY FROM DPM SN COMMAND

OCT 17   LT M. C. BARTON, R A POSTED TO DEPOT & TRG eST CMP

OCT 19   LT W. J. MORGANS  R A ATT. 1ST AA GP LAINDON

OCT 20   LT D. J. IRELAND ATT TO 46 COY CMP FOR ALL PURPOSES

OCT 21   1 PTE POSTED TO 114 COY CMP (TC)

OCT 25   LAINDON - COY HQ AND SECTIONS MOVE TO MILITIA CAMP, LAINDON FOR DUTY IN “S” AREA

OCT 28   6 PTES POSTED TO DEPOT & TRG EST FOR DRAFT R.V.Z.F.G.

                1 PTE POSTED TO w.E. OF THIS COY FROM “Y” LIST

OCT 31   UPMINSTER  - COY HQ AND SECTIONS MOVE TO THE CONVENT, UPMINSTER, ESSEX.

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WO 166/ 16250            46 COY CMP (TC)            JUL  -  DEC 1944

JUL 1   “A” AREA   CAPT G.M. CHAPMAN

            FAIRLY LARGE MOVES OF VEHICLES INTO THE AREA AT

 A.RCRP 1 & 2

BRIDGE AT 952343 WAS DAMAGED BY A US VEHICLE.  THE ROAD WAS TEMPORARILY BLOCKED, AND AS A.22 VEHICLE PARKS WERE EMPTY, TWO-WAY TRAFFIC WAS ARRANGED THROUGH BOTLEY INSTEAD OF A DIVERSION.  MORE MEN FROM 5TH MANCHESTER REGT. MOVED INTO THE AREA, ON TC DUTIES. MORE MEN FROM THE 5TH MANCHESTER REGT MOVED INTO THE AREA, ON TRAFFIC DUTIES.

JUL 2   ARRANGED FOR ALL AUGMENTATION OF SQUAD AT FORT MONKTON.

WEATHER CONDITIONS VERY WET.

JUL 3   OFFICERS i/c TRAFFIC CONTROL TO SOUTHAMPTON FOR CONFERENCE WITH DPM, APM AND APM(TG).     ENEMY ACTIVITY

BOMB DROPPED NEWLANDS FARM /099283

BOMB DROPPED LAKE SANDOWN /023032   1 DEAD, 6 INJURED (CIVILIANS)

BOMB DROPPED IN SEA AT LEE /0903.

MOVES INTO THE AREA WERE RE-ROUTED.  A FIRE OCCURRED AT THE PETROL PUMP OPPOSITE A.RCRP 1 .

JUL4   RUSH MOVES WERE INTO THE AREA OCCURRED BETWEEN 20.30 AND 21.30 HRS.   ALL MOVES WERE RE-ROUTED .   A PAC DROPPED AT /178287, NO DAMAGE REPORTED.

JUL 5   SOME DANGER OF CONFUSION OCCURRED AT X-ROADS /011313  

WITH SERIALS FROM CAMPS A22, A13 AND A16 CONVERGING ONTO WICKHAM - FAREHAM ROAD AT THE SAME TIME.   THIS WAS AVERTED BY PROMPT ACTION

ARRANGEMENTS WERE MADE WITH CAMP A2 REF. LARGE SCALE MOVE OF 379 VEHICLES INTO THEIR VEHICLE PARK WHICH WAS INADEQUATE.

REPORT SENT TO DISTRICT SURVEYOR FAREHAM REF. MANHOLE COVER BROKEN AND BRICKWORK AROUND STOPCOCK DAMAGED AT /012273

ROAD JUNCTION AT /096231 IN A BAD STATE, THIS MATTER REPORTED, SUGGESTED REPAIR BY CONCRETE.   HEAVY MOVEMENT OF VEHICLES INTO CAMPS A1 AND A2

JUL 7   QUEEN MARY LOADS, (QUEEN MARY’S WERE LONG LOW LOADERS FOR CARRYING RAF PLANES AND PARTS) NORMAL TRAFFIC CONTROL ARRANGED FAYGATE TO GOSPORT VIA HAVANT-COSHAM-FAREHAM

4 QUEEN MARY LOADS GOSPORT-FAREHAM-BOTLEY-FAIR OAK, TRAFFIC CONTROL ARRANGED.

JUL 9   NAVAL BARRAGE BALLOON FOUND AT LONGLAND FARM AND REPORTED.

JUL 11   2 WAVES OF PACS  (V1S) IN THE AREA FROM 00.30-06.00 HRS, BISHOPS WALTHAM-DROXFORD-BOTLEY AND WARSASH.  NONE DROPPED IN “A” AREA, BUT SOME WERE BLOWN UP IN THE AIR

JUL 16   QUEEN MARY LOAD WENT THROUGH AREA. A HALF-TRUCK CAUGHT FIRE AT WICKHAM.  DIVERSION WAS LAID ON FOR 30 MINUTES, FIRE WAS PUT OUT AND THE TRUCK WAS MOVED OFF THE ROAD IN 35 MINUTES.JUL JUL 18   INFORMATION RECEIVED THAT CAMPS A1,A2,A10,A13,AND A22 WILL BE CLOSED AND A2 CLOSED TO MALE PERSONNEL AND RE-OPENED FOR ATS.

JUL 22   ONE  PAC LANDED IN MARSHES NEAR HAYLING ISLAND. REDISTRIBUTION OF THIS COMPANY’S PERSONNEL ARRANGED IN REMAINING CAMPS.

JUL 23ALL POSTS NOT REQUIRED OWING TO CLOSING OF CAMPS AND PERSONNEL WERE RE-DISTRIBUTED. 5TH MANCHESTER REGT WERE WITHDRAWN FROM “A” AREA AND MOVED TO REAR BASE.

JUL 29   WARNING RECEIVED THAT 2 TANK TRANSPORTER COYS MOVING INTO THIS AREA.

JUL 30   CONVOYS AND TRAFFIC CONTROL ARRANGED.

AUG 8   NORMAL CONVOY ENTRIES TO AREA BUT NUMBERS ARE DIMINISHING.

AUG 26   MOVE BY TRAIN INTO MARSHALLING AREA”A” OF THE CZECH ARMOURED BDE.

AUG 30   FAIRLY HEAVY TRAFFIC MOVEMENT THROUGH THE AREA.   HANDOVER COMPLETED BETWEEN 114 COY CMP (TC) AND 46 COY CMP (TC).

SALVAGE - FOOD TINS

THE NORMAL METHOD OF OPENING FOOD TINS AT PRESENT IS TO OPEN THE TOP OF THE TIN ONLY.  THE EFFECT OF THIS IS THAT THE TINS WHEN EMPTY

CANNOT BE HEEL CRUSHED SATISFACTORILY, AS THEY CAN ONLY BE PARTIALLY FLATTENED.   THE US METHOD OF OPENING FOOD TINS, BY REMOVING WITH THE TIN OPENER BOTH THE TOP AND BOTTOM, IS MUCH MORE SATISFACTORY AS  IT ENABLES THE TIN TO BE COMPLETELY FLATTENED BY HEEL CRUSHING

UNITS WILL ISSUE INSTRUCTIONS THAT WHEREVER POSSIBLE BOTH ENDS OF THE TIN WILL BE REMOVED.

NOV 26   RAINHAM  -  ASSISTANCE GIVEN TO CIVIL AUTHORITY.   IN AN INCIDENT OCCURRING ABOUT 11.15 HRST.C. DUTIES CARRIED OUT AND SEARCHING OF DAMAGED PROPERTY FOR CASUALTIES.  GUARD OF ONE NCO AND 6 MEN PROVIDED TO PATROL AND PREVENT LOOTING.

ORDERS BY CAPT. G. M. CHAPMAN

1  -  THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE WAS RECEIVED FROM THE DEPUTY PROVOST MARSHAL, SOUTHERN COMMAND: -

I DESIRE TO PLACE ON RECORD MY DEEP APPRECIATION OF THE SPLENDID EFFORT PUT FORWARD BY ALL RANKS OF YOUR COMPANY DURING THEIR SOJOURN IN THIS COMMAND, WITH VERY SPECIAL REFERENCE TO THE LAST 18 MONTHS.  I WISH THEM THE VERY BEST OF EVERYTHING IN THE FUTURE.

2  -  THE FOLLOWING WAS RECEIVED FROM THE ASSISTANT PROVOST MARSHAL, SOUTHERN COMMAND: -

I WISH EVERYONE GOODBYE AND GOODLUCK, AND MAY THE FUTURE HOLD FOR YOU AND YOURS ALL THAT YOU COULD DESIRE, WHICH INDEED YOU SO RICHLY DESERVE.

MAY IT BE MY PRIVILEGE TO MEET YOU ALL AGAIN SOME DAY AND RENEW FRIENDSHIPS AND ACQUAINTANCES I VALUE SO VERY HIGHLY.

IT IS WITH GREAT PLEASURE THAT I PUBLISH THE TWO ABOVE MESSAGES IN MY PART 1 ORDERS. -   I KNOW THAT ALL RANKS WILL JOIN WITH ME IN THANKING THE DEPUTY PROVOST MARSHAL AND THE ASSISTANT PROVOST MARSHAL FOR THESE VERY KIND MESSAGES OF APPRECIATION AND FRIENDSHIP.  WE VALUE THEM VERY HIGHLY.

3  - MILITARY ASSISTANCE AT INCIDENT AT RAINHAM  -

APPENDED BELOW IS A COPY OF A LETTER RECEIVED FROM THE AIR RAID PRECAUTIONS OFFICER AT HORNCHURCH: -

I WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS TO YOU MY APPRECIATION OF THE ABLE ASSISTANCE RENDERED TO THE CIVIL DEFENCE SERVICES AT RAINHAM YESTERDAY BY YOUR CONTINGENT, AND I SHOULD BE GLAD IF YOU WOULD CONVEY MY THANKS TO THE MEN CONCERNED.

4  -  BATTLEDRESS - OFFICERS  -

ON THE INTRODUCTION OF BATTLEDRESS, OFFICERS WERE PERMITTED TO PROVIDE THEMSELVES WITH GARMENTS, EG BARATHEA, WHIPCORD.

IN VIEW OF THE PRESENT SITUATION WITH REGARD TO THE SUPPLY OF CLOTH AND POSSIBLE DIFFICULTIES ARISING IN THE FUTURE FROM IMPREGNATION ARRANGEMENTS, THIS LATITUDE IN THE CHOICE OF MATERIAL FOR BATTLE-DRESS IS HEREBY WITHDRAWN.

OFFICERS WILL IN FUTURE OBTAIN THEIR BATTLEDRESS REPAYMENT FROM THE RAOC OR HAVE IT MADE UP FROM MATERIAL OBTAINED ON REPAYMENT FROM THE RAOC.   THIS MATERIAL IS KNOWN AS SERGE, SERVICE DRESS AND IS THAT USED FOR THE BATTLEDRESS OF OTHER RANKS.

DEC 1   ASSISTANCE GIVEN TO CIVIL POLICE, HORNCHURCH, WITH L.R.R. INCIDENT - PIQUET ARRANGED FOR NIGHT.

DEC 14   RAF MARSHALLING AREA OPENS HORNCHURCH

DEC 15   INSTRUCTORS ARRIVE FROM PROVOST COY FOR TRAINING CADRE.

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WO 166/16251               114 COMPANY TC CMP          JULY-OCT 1944

JULY   GOSPORT   CAPT E FOX

JULY 1  COMPANY EMPLOYED WITHIN AREA “A”, EXERCISE OVERLORD, ON MARSHALLING AND EMBARKATION DUTIES.

AUG  EXERCISE OVERLORD CONTINUES.

SEPT EXERCISE OVERLORD CONTINUES.

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WO 166/16252                      331 COMPANY VP                 JAN-DEC 1944

JAN   MORPETH   CAPT W C HINDS 102456 ROYAL ARTILLERY.

INFORMATION ON POSTINGS IN AND OUT OF UNIT.

MAR 20 COY HQ MOVES TO HEIGHINGTON.

MAR 23 COY HQ MOVES TO ROYAL CITADEL, PLYMOUTH.

APR  COY HQ MOVES TO YMCA WESTMINSTER.

LT F W GRIFFITHS 97259 RAOC, LT H PENNINGTON 231223 GENERAL LIST, LT P WOOD 152630 ROYAL ARTILLERY.

JUN 1   STRENGTH 3 OFFICERS AND 216 OTHER RANKS.

JUN 3 12.00HRS PARTIES UNDER LT A P FARWELL AND 7685906 SGT THOMPSON E EMBARKED AT TILBURY AND FELIXSTOWE RESPECTIVELY TO PROCEED TO THE BEACHES FOR THE PURPOSE OF COLLECTING AND ESCORTING POW TO TRANSIT CAGE IN UK AFTER “D” DAY.

JUN 9 14.00 HRS 768596 SGT THOMPSON E AND 11 OTHER RANKS RETURNED FROM THE BEACHES WITH 487 POW.    HANDED OVER TO NO1 POW TC.

JUN 10 LT A F FARWELL AND 12 OTHER RANKS RETURNED FROM THE BEACHES WITH 328 POW, HANDED OVER TO NO1 POW TC.

JUN 15  7683730 WOII WAGNER F R AND 11 OTHER RANKS EMBARKED AT SOUTHAMPTON TO PROCEED TO THE BEACHES FOR THE COLLECTION AND ESCORTING OF POW TO THE UK.

JUN 17  5173790 CPL CHARLTON A AND 11 OTHER RANKS EMBARKED SOUTHAMPTON TO PROCEED TO THE BEACHES FOR COLLECTION AND ESCORTING OF POW TO THE UK.

JUN 27  CSM WAGNER AND 11 OTHER RANKS RETURNED FROM THE BEACHES WITH 24 POW.   HANDED OVER TO NO POW TC IN UK.

JUN 29  5173709 CPL CHARLTON A AND 11 OTHER RANKS RETURNED FROM THE BEACHES WITH 181 POW HANDED OVER TO POW CAGE GOSPORT.

JUL   CONTINUATION OF FERRYING OF POW’S BACK TO ENGLAND ALSO WALKING WOUNDED POW’S.

NOV 15  NO1 POW TRANSIT CAGE CLOSED.   SINCE COMMENCEMENT OF MILITARY OPERATIONS IN NW EUROPE THIS COY HAS ESCORTED 173,549 POW (OFFICERS & OTHER RANKS) FROM THE PORT OF SOUTHAMPTON TO RECEPTION CAMPS.   IN ADDITION 8 ESCORT DUTY TRIPS TO NW EUROPE THEATRE OF OPERATIONS HAVE BEEN CARRIED OUT.   NO POW LOST NOR ANY PERSONNEL IN THE PERFORMANCE OF THESE DUTIES.   1 OTHER RANK DECLARED ILLEGALLY ABSENT BY COURT OF INQUIRY AND STRUCK OFF STRENGTH AS A DESERTER.

LT G E MUDGE 119260 ROYAL ARTILLERY, LT V L FRANZINI 161298 ROYAL ARTILLERY, LT A F FARWELL 105290 ROYAL ARTILLERY.

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WO 166/16253                    332 COMPANY VP                JAN- APR 1944

JAN 1  BARMBY ON THE MOOR, YORKSHIRE   CAPT F ROBB 15297 ROYAL ULSTER RIFLES.   LT S M WISHART 235484 ROYAL ARMY ORDNANCE CORPS.

FEB 16  PART ONE ORDER.   WAR DOGS EVERY PRECAUTION WILL BE TAKEN TO PREVENT WAR DOG BITCHES FROM BECOMING IN WHELP.

FEB 1  COMPANY STRENGTH 1 OFFICER 140 OTHER RANKS.

APRIL 30  COMPANY DISBANDED EWDEN VALLEY, BOLTERSTONE NR SHEFFIELD.

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WO 166/16254                     333 COMPANY VP             FEB-MARCH 1944

FEB 5  ABERFORD, YORKSHIRE.   CAPT R S GUSTARD

NEW VP, 3 VRD, RAOC TAKEN OVER BY THIS UNIT.

FEB 9-11 LEEDS.   VETERINARY OFFICER INSPECTED ALL VP WAR DOGS.

FEB 12 PM VISITS COY HQ AND CQMS STORE.

MARCH 18 ABERFORD CMP VP PERSONNEL WITHDRAWN FROM 3 VRD, RAOC.

SLAITHWAITE CMP VP PERSONNEL WITHDRAWN FROM BBC MOORSIDE EDGE.

MARCH 20 VP’S AT KING GEORGE V DOCK AND QUEEN ALEXANDRA’S DOCKS, HULL TAKEN OVER FROM 332 COY VP.

VP’S AT SALTEND AND OTTRINGHAM TAKEN OVER FROM 332 COMPANY VP.

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WO  166/16255                      334 COMPANY VP                JAN-DEC 1944

CROSBY COURT, NORTHALLERTON.   CAPT F R GASKELL ROYAL ARTILLERY.

JAN 9  PERSONNEL STATIONED AT VP SERIAL A2103 IRTON MOOR CEASED TO BE ATTACHED TO GUARDS ARMOURED DIV PRO COY AND ATTACHED TO 9 SEAFORTH HIGHLANDERS.

FEB 1  LT MCCOMBE ROYAL ULSTER RIFLES POSTED TO 605 HQ PRO COY.

FEB 12 VPB 2504 EASINGWOLD.

MAR 7 THE VULNERABLE POINT M 2010 LEIGHTON REDUCED TO ONE SECTION POST, PERSONNEL EXCEEDING ESTABLISHMENT POSTED TO COMMAND DEPOT CMP NORTHERN COMMAND.

MAR 16  CAPT F R GASKELL AND CSM LUCAS PROCEEDED TO HQ 331 COY VP MORPETH TO TAKE OVER THE FOLLOWING VULNERABLE POINTS OWING TO 331 COMPANY VP BEING WITHDRAWN FROM NORTHERN COMMAND K2720 CAPEATON, E2147 KENTON, K2722 WASKERLEY, K2721 HEXHAM, C2107 WALL, H2201 BERWICK AND A2301 CRAMLINGTON.

   

MAR 23  THE FOLLOWING VULNERABLE POINTS WERE WITHDRAWN.   ALL PERSONNEL BEING POSTED TO COMMAND DEPOT CMP NORTHERN COMMAND K2720 CAPHEATON, K2722 WASKERLEY, K2721 HEXHAM.

MAR 24 THE VULNERABLE POINT E 2147 KENTON WITHDRAWN.   PERSONNEL POSTED TO COMMAND DEPOT NORTHERN COMMAND.

MAR 25  THE VULNERABLE POINT B2504 CASTLE HOWARD REDUCED TO THREE SECTION POST.   PERSONNEL EXCEEDING ESTABLISHMENT POSTED TO COMMAND DEPOT CMP NORTHERN COMMAND.

APR 1 VULNERABLE POINT B2504 CASTLE HOWARD REDUCED TO A 2 SECTION POST.

APR 12 VULNERABLE POINT B8582 THORP PERROW REDUCED TO A 2 SECTION POST

APR 14  COL G T FRITH COMMANDER NORTHALLERTON SUB DISTRICT CARRIED OUT ANNUAL INSPECTION OF COY HQ.

APR 29  THE VP’S A2303 GRANGETOWN AND A2301 CRAMLINGTON WERE REDUCED TO 1 L/CPL, 3 PTE’S AND 1 COOK.   SURPLUS PERSONNEL BEING POSTED TO COMMAND DEPOT CMP NORTHERN COMMAND.        

MAY 10 LT R M THOMPSON 43057 14/20 HUSSARS POSTED TO INTELLIGENCE CORPS.

JUN 19 VP SECTION SERIAL A2103 IRTON MOOR REDUCED TO A 2 SECTION POST, 1 SGT, 2 LC/PL’S, 10 PTE’S, 1 COOK, 4 WAR DOGS.   LT R T F BURROWS POSTED IN.

SEP 13 WITHDRAWAL OF VP SECTION A2303 GRANGETOWN, A2301 CRAMLINGTON.   PERSONNEL POSTED TO COMMAND DEPOT CMP NORTHERN COMMAND.

SEPT 14 WITHDRAWAL OF VP SECTION B2507 HORNBY PARK,  PERSONNEL AS ABOVE.

SEP 15 WITHDRAWAL OF VPO SECTION C2107 WALL, PERSONNEL AS ABOVE.

SEP 28 REDUCTION IN VP SECTION H2201 BERWICK TO 1 CPL, 1 L/CPL, 14 PTE’S SURPLUS PERSONNEL AS ABOVE.

SEP 28 LT T R F BURROWS 189046 RTR STRUCK OFF THE STRENGTH OF THIS COMPANY AND POSTED TO RAC DEPOT CATTERICK CAMP.

OCT 3 VP SERIAL G2002 OTTRINGHAM CONSISTS OF 9 MEN TAKEN OVER BY THIS COY FROM 333 HQ COY VP.

OCT 4  VP SERIAL B2605 FOREST MOOR CONSISTS OF 9 MEN TAKEN OVER BY THIS COY FROM 333 HQ COY VP.

OCT 24  LT J H BRANNAN 316786 DUKE OF WELLINGTON’S REGT. POSTED IN.

DEC 15  PERSONNEL STATIONED AT B2502 WELL REDUCED FROM 17 OTHER RANKS TO 12 OTHER RANKS.   SURPLUS PERSONNEL POSTED TO 333 COY VP NORTHERN COMMAND.

DEC 15  PERSONNEL STATIONED AT B2504 CASTLE HOWARD REDUCED FROM 17 OTHER RANKS TO 12 OTHER RANKS.   SURPLUS PERSONNEL POSTED TO 333 COY VP NORTHERN COMMAND.

DEC 18  SERIAL NO A2103 IRTON MOOR WITHDRAWN AND PERSONNEL POSTED TO 333 COY VP NORTHERN COMMAND.

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WO 166/16256                       335 COMPANY VP              JAN-SEPT 1944

JAN  BARROW ON TRENT.   LT J HINCHCLIFF, LT J E SMITH 146845 NORTH STAFFORDSHIRE REGT, LT L HOPKINSON 219126 RAOC.

FEB 15  LT SMITH VISITED PSYCHIATRIST AT MARK EATON CAMP DERBY.   OC RETURNED FROM CONFERENCE.

FEB 16  INSTRUCTIONS RECEIVED FROM MI ROOM WESTERN CAMP THAT LT SMITH WOULD BE ADMITTED TO ROYAL HOSPITAL DUMFRIES.   OC INSTRUCTED BY MAJOR HARRIS APM TO ACCOMPANY HIM.   LT SMITH MET HIS DEATH AT LMS STATION DERBY, SEE NEWS CUTTING APP (3)

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FEB 18  OC ATTENDED INQUEST ON LT J E SMITH AT BORO CORONERS OFFICE DERBY.   VERDICT SUICIDE WHILST BALANCE OF HIS MIND WAS DISTURBED.   OC PROCEEDED TO COLWYN BAY TO ATTEND FUNERAL OF LT SMITH

MAR 24 CAPT F ROBB 15297 ROYAL ULSTER RIFLES OC

MAY 13 TO SOUTHAMPTON.

MAY 24 STRENGTH DECREASE 1 OR NO. 13018117 PTE H STANTON DIED AS A RESULT OF SELF INFLICTED INJURIES, BURIED AT HOLLYBROOK CEMETERY, SOUTHAMPTON 30/5/44.

JUNE, JULY, AUG, SEPT ESCORT DUTIES TO POW CAMPS.

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WO 166/16257                  336 COMPANY VP                           FEB 1944

FEB   MARKET RASEN, LINCOLNSHIRE

FEB 10  CAPT W C HINDS OPENED NEW VP AT MISTERTON.

FEB 14  MAJ GEN SEYMOUR MELLOR, OBE, MC, PROVOST MARSHAL ACCOMPANIED BY COL MORTON, DPM NORTHERN COMMAND VISITED THIS HQ.

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WO 166/16258                 371 COMPANY VP                      JAN-DEC 1944

ENSTONE, CHIPPING NORTON   CAPT JOHNSON

JAN  POSTING IN AND OUT.   EXERCISE DUCK.

FEB  EXERCISE DUCK II AND EXERCISE  DUCK III.

JUL 10  COY HQ MOVED TO THE VILLAGE HALL, WILHAM, OXFORD.

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WO 166/16259                       377 COMPANY VP               JAN- DEC 1944

YELVERTON NORFOLK.   MAJ H P STEED, LE G E MUDGE, LT J T WOOD.

NOV 1  UNIT MOVED TO PORTSMOUTH.

NOV 21 UNIT MOVED TO ANDOVER.

DIARY ALL TRAINING AND VISITS.

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WO 166/16260                       378 COMPANY VP               JAN-NOV 1944

HQ DRIFTWOOD SPARS HOTEL, ST AGNES, CORNWALL   CAPT V A TAYLOR MC.   LT J COODE.   UNIT STRENGTH 2 OFFICERS, 144 OTHER RANKS, 2 COOKS,6 POLICE DOGS.

MAR 31 OFFICERS.   CAPT V A TAYLOR MC OC, LT A C ROPER AREA OFFICER, LT L M GOODALL AREA OFFICER, LT J G DICKSON AREA OFFICER, LT J S EYTON AREA OFFICER, LT J S EYTON AREA OFFICER, LT F W GRIFFITH AREA OFFICER, LT J H PROTHERO AREA OFFICER, LT H PENNINGTON.   WAR DOGS 8.   UNIT STRENGTH 369 OTHER RANKS PLUS 6 COOKS, 8 OFFICERS PENDING EXERCISE OVERLORD.

JUN 12  THIS COMPANY MOVED TO BRIGHTON BY SPECIAL TRAIN ON 12/6/44.   WENT INTO BILLETS AT BRIGHTON.   96 OTHER RANKS POSTED TO 377 HQ VP COY ON VP DUTIES. HQ NOW 31 VERNON TERRACE BRIGHTON.   CONSIDERABLE ACTIVITY WITH PILOTLESS PLANES PASSING OVERHEAD, NOTHING CLOSE.

AUG 1  PART OF COY EMPLOYED IN SHOREHAM AREA FROM BILLETS IN HOVE.   REMAINDER ATTACHED OUT OF DOVER, COBHAM, SELSEY AREA.

SEPT 30  ORDERS RECEIVED TO DETAIL 3 OFFICERS, 350 OTHER RANKS AS POW VOYAGE GUARD.   LEFT BRIGHTON 9 SEPT 44.   REAR PARTY HAD ORDERS TO PROCEED TO BELLAHOUSTON TRANSIT CAMP, GLASGOW TO PREPARE FOR RETURN OF COY.  

SEPT 26  MOVED TO JOHNSTONE “B” CAMP, JOHNSTONE AWAITING FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS.

OCT 9  COMPANY MOVED FROM JOHNSTONE CAMP TO FAIRFIELD CAMP.   3 OFFICERS AND 96 OTHER RANKS WERE DETAILED AS POW VOYAGE ESCORT, TOGETHER WITH 354 COY.   LEFT JOHNSTONE 2/10/44 AND ARRIVED BACK AT FAIRFIELD CAMP, MONKTON 29/10/144 AWAITING FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS.

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WO 166/16261                      434 COMPANY VP              JULY -DEC 1944

HOLYWOOD, NORTHERN IRELAND.    CAPT W H TRIPP.

JUL 1  UNIT STRENGTH: 3 OFFICERS,  OTHER RANKS, 5 ACC COOKS, 3 ATS, 16 WAR DOGS.   HQ AND 17 DETACHMENTS.   1 NCO AND 3 OTHER RANKS GUARDING POW HOSPITAL AT BANGOR.

DETACHMENTS TAKEN OVER FROM 431 COY AND 433 COY (SINCE DISBANDED) 432 COY SINCE POSTED TO ENGLAND, NORTHERN COMMAND.   DETACHMENTS EXTENDED CO ANTRIM, CO DOWN, CO FERMANAGH (300 MILES), APM (VP) VISITED HQ TO DISCUSS REDUCTION OF DETACHMENTS, OBJECT SAVING MANPOWER. 

JUL 10  DPM CONFERENCE REGARDING REDUCTION IN STRENGTH OF DETACHMENTS TO BE PUT INTO FORCE AT ONCE.

JUL 12  4 DETACHMENTS REDUCED TO INLYING PICQUET (TEMPLEPATRICK,BELLEEK, SLIEVE ROE BALLYHORNAN) CONSISTING OF 1 NCO, 1 COOK, 3 OTHER RANKS.   SAVING 8 MEN.   2 DETACHMENTS REDUCED IN STRENGTH SAVING 5 MEN (LISNAGARVEY, GILNAHIRK).

JUL 25 DETACHMENT AT FORT HOUSE LISBURN (HQ 55 DIVISION) CLOSED.   COMPRISING OF 1 CPL AND 10 MEN.

JUL 26 DETACHMENT AT RE DEPOT BALLYCLARE CLOSED COMPRISING OF 1 L/CPL AND 7 MEN.

JUL 27 DETACHMENT AT BANGOR HOSPITAL CLOSED ON REMOVAL OF LAST GERMAN POW COMPRISING 1 LC/PL AND 3 MEN.

SEP 19  POLICE DOG RENA DIED AT SHANES CASTLE DETACHMENT, DETACHMENT SHORT OF RELIEF DOG.   LT W BECK POSTED IN.

OCT 20 LT A H MAYBURY, BELVOIR PARK DETACHMENT RELEASED ON CLOSING DOWN OF DEPOT.   THIS RELEASED 16 NCO’S AND OTHER RANKS AND 4 DOGS FOR OTHER DUTIES.

NOV 1 UNIT STRENGTH:  220 OTHER RANKS, 10 ACC COOKS, 2 ATS, 15 WAR DOGS, 15 DETACHMENTS INCLUDING HQ.

NOV 16  CAPT J W PERROTT RAMC PLACED UNDER CLOSE ARREST, PLACED IN CHARGE OF THIS COMPANY PENDING PROMULGATION OF COURTS MARTIAL, AUTHORITY DPM NID(DEPUTY PROVOST MARSHAL NORTHERN IRELAND DISTRICT),   LT NASH T J S ATTACHED DURING CAPT PERROTT’S ARREST.   ( LONDON GAZETTE 36892, PAGE 397, DATED 16/1/45 RAMC WAR SUB CAPT J W PERROTT (101255) IS DISMISSED THE SERVICE BY SENTENCE OF A GCM 28/11/44).

NOV 25 RECEIVED INSTRUCTIONS TO VACATE HOLYWOOD CAMP.

NOV 28 DR PERROTT’S COURTS MARTIAL CASE PROMULGATED - DISMISSED THE SERVICE.   LT NASH RETURNS TO HIS UNIT.

RETURNED  5 WAR DOGS TO WAR DOG SCHOOL, SURPLUS TO ESTABLISHMENT.

DEC 1 OFFICIALLY HANDED OVER HOLLYWOOD CAMP AND TOOK OVER BROOKLYN HOUSE, KNOCK,   HANDED OVER BUILDING AND ACCOMMODATION STORES.   11 MEN LEFT UNIT FOR OVERSEAS.

DEC 31 CLOONA DETACHMENT CLOSED DOWN COMPLETELY.   HANDED OVER BUILDING AND ACCOMMODATION STORES.

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WO 166/16262    HQ CMP WESTERN COMMAND VP      JAN - SEPT 1944

JAN  MAJ W F MARTINSON

APRIL  REORGANISATION OF CMP VP - VP’S CLOSED MEN FOR DUTY AND POW ESCORT.

MAY 2  SPECIAL DUTIES IN SOUTH WALES DISTRICT  COMMENCED SPECIAL SECURITY OF DUTIES OF A SECRET NATURE.

MAY 5 POSTINGS OTHER RANKS.   33 OTHER RANKS WERE POSTED TO 356 COY VP LONDON DISTRICT WEF 3/5/44.

MAY 6  COMMENDATION.   4036674 PTE MANNING G, 415 COY VP WAS COMMENDED IN WESTERN COMMAND ORDERS FOR COURAGE AND INITIATIVE DISPLAYED ON THE OCCASION OF AN AEROPLANE CRASHING CLOSE TO HIS POST OF DUTY.   PTE MANNING HURRIED TO THE SPOT AND ALTHOUGH THE PLANE WAS NOW BURNING FURIOUSLY, SUCCEEDED WITH THE HELP OF TWO CIVILIANS IN DRAGGING THE PILOT, WHO WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED CLEAR OF THE WRECKAGE.

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WO 166/16263                      107 PRO COY                        JAN-OCT 1944

MIDDLETON TYAS, NORTH YORKS.   CAPT A B COOPER

JAN 1 MAIN GATE GUARD, ROUTINE DUTIES, TOWN PATROLS, THIRSK, NORTHALLERTON, BARNARD CASTLE.

FEB  AS ABOVE

MAR AS ABOVE

APRIL 17 MOVE OF COY HQ TO 23 CREFFIELD ROAD, COLCHESTER.   DETACHMENTS AT FELIXSTOWE, WEST HAM, CHELSEA BARRACKS, BULFORD, REIGATE, TILBURY, PURFLEET, CLACTON, NEEDHAM MARKET, GRAYES.

OCT 1 - 31  COLCHESTER - WHOLE UNIT MOBILISING FOR SERVICE OVERSEAS (KIRKEE, INDIA).

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WO 166/16264                           121 PRO COY                          NOV 1944

PORTSMOUTH.      CAPT E V CROMBIE.

NOV  RECEIVING REINFORCEMENTS, COY TRAINING.

NOV 3  MOBILIZATION ORDER RECEIVED EFFECTIVE 2/12/44.

NOV 4-30 ACTION AS PER UNIT MOBILISATION(WAR) 1944.

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WO 166/16265                            122 PRO COY                          DEC 1944

CHIDDINGSTONE, KENT               CAPT W H COOPER.

DEC 12 LIST OF NCO’S POSTED TO VARIOUS PROVOST COMPANIES.

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WO 166/16267                          151 PRO COY                    JAN-DEC 1944

18 CLARENDON PLACE,LEEDS        MAJ P M FORSYTH-FORREST 100687.

COY STRENGTH 3 OFFICERS 156 OTHER RANKS.

ESCORTS OF VIP’S

JUL 14   HRH PRINCESS ROYAL VISIT TO “NORMANDY CASUALTIES IN HALIFAX, BRADFORD HOSPITALS.   UNIT PROVIDED 2 OUTRIDERS.

AUG 11  YORK  VISIT OF HM KING AND QUEEN AND PRINCESS ROYAL.

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WO 166/16268                         152 PRO COY                  JAN-DEC 1944

28 MAGDALA ROAD, NOTTINGHAM         MAJ J C DUTTON, LT R BUTTERWORTH.

ONLY DUTIES OF A PURELY ROUTINE NATURE WERE PERFORMED AND THERE WERE NO OCCURRENCES TO RECORD.

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WO 166/16269                        173 PRO COY                  AUG- OCT 1944

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND.

AUG 8  BALLYMENA SECTION WITHDRAWN.

AUG 9 NEW SECTION ESTABLISHED AT COLERAINE.

AUG 12 BANBRIDGE SECTION WITHDRAWN AND NEW SECTIONS ESTABLISHED AT NEWCASTLE, KILKEEL, INNISKILLING, FIVE MILE TOWN.

AUG 30 ESCORT FOR ABSENTEES TO 21 ARMY GROUP

SEPT  SECURITY DUTIES BELFAST DOCKS.

ESCORT FOR PRISONERS TO GLASGOW DETENTION BARRACKS.

OCT  AS ABOVE.

OCT 9   TRAFFIC CONTROL DUTIES AT INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL MATCH AT WINDSOR PARK, BELFAST ARMY V RAF.

OCT 11   AS ABOVE CLIFTON PARK,BELFAST.OCT 25 SECURITY DUTIES RETURN OF 5 ANTI AIRCRAFT DIVISION TO NORTHERN IRELAND, CARRIED OUT AT LARNE, LONDONDERRY, COLERAINE.

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WO 166/16270                 174 PRO COY    PORTS            JAN-DEC 1944

58 FERN AVENUE, JESMOND NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE.

MAJOR A E STUART 139623 MC RA OC,  LT J G LONIE 295251 RA, LT H J GRINHAM 241730 GENERAL LIST.

4 SECTIONS NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, 3 SECTIONS HULL, 2 SECTIONS MIDDLESBROUGH, 2 SECTIONS SUNDERLAND, 3 SECTIONS GRIMSBY.

JAN 1  TRAFFIC ACCIDENT. 00.25 HRS ON THE SOUTH SHIELD - SUNDERLAND ROAD RESULTING IN FATAL INJURIES TO A ROYAL MARINE OF HMS DEVONSHIRE.   DRIVER OF VEHICLE 174 PRO COY INVOLVED.   COURT OF ENQUIRY APPLIED FOR.

JAN 4 COURT OF ENQUIRY DETAILS OF TO BE HELD AT HQ 174 PRO COY PORTS AT 58 FERN AVENUE, JESMOND, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE AT 11.00HRS 7TH JANUARY 1944 FOR THE PURPOSE OF INVESTIGATING THE CIRCUMSTANCES UNDER WHICH 10 MARINE LITTLEWOOD, ROYAL MARINES, HMS DEVONSHIRE SUSTAINED FATAL INJURIES ON 1ST JANUARY 1944.

WD VEHICLE NO. Z4127895 FORDSON 15 CWT TRUCK WAS DAMAGED ON THE 1ST JANUARY 1944 GIVING DETAILS OF BOARD MEMBERS AND LIST OF WITNESSES ATTENDING.   (PLY/X MARINE HARRY LEWIS LITTLEWOOD AGE 22 YEARS HMS DEVONSHIRE IS BURIED IN SHEFFIELD (SHIREGREEN) CEMETERY, SHEFFIELD IN SECTION F. (GEN) GRAVE 4861).

JAN 3 SOUTH SHIELDS CIVIL COURT.   STAFF LT AND SOLICITOR  TO AD CLAIMS NORTHERN COMMAND ATTENDED CIVIL POLICE COURT AT SOUTH SHIELDS IN CONNECTION WITH TRAFFIC ACCIDENT THAT OCCURRED ON 1 JAN 1944.   DRIVER OF VEHICLE INVOLVED IN ACCIDENT ALSO ATTENDED.

JAN 17  COURT OF ENQUIRY DETAILS OF A COURT OF ENQUIRY AT 10.00HRS THURSDAY 20TH JANUARY 1944 FOR THE PURPOSE OF INVESTIGATING THE  CIRCUMSTANCES UNDER WHICH L/CPL G SARGEANT  NO. 1055987 CMP 174 HQ  COY PORTS SUSTAINED SERIOUS INJURIES ON THE 9TH JANUARY 1944.

JAN 20 INCIDENT.   IN CO-OPERATION WITH THE TYNE RIVER POLICE THE CMP PORTS CARRIED OUT A SEARCH OF NAVAL RATING AT THE ALBERT EDWARD COCK, SUSPECTED OF PILFERAGE OF ORANGES AND ONIONS FROM THE EMPIRE HAYWARD.   NAVAL RATING WERE BEING CONVEYED FROM SHIP TO SHORE IN ADMIRALTY TENDER.   SEARCH OF NAVAL RATING PROVED NEGATIVE.   SEARCH OF CREW (CIVILIAN) RESULTED IN DISCOVERY OF ORANGES IN CREW’S QUARTERS AND IN THE MASTER’S CABIN.

JAN 21 ROYAL NAVY.   INTIMATION RECEIVED BY PHONE FROM CHIEF STAFF OFFICER TO ADMIRAL SIR W MAXWELL THAT ADMIRAL VERY DISPLEASED THAT A SEARCH OF NAVAL RATINGS WAS CARRIED OUT BY CMP PORTS ON WITHOUT NAVAL OFFICES FIRST BEING WARNED THAT SUCH A SEARCH WAS GOING TO TAKE PLACE.

JAN 22  COURT OF ENQUIRY.   COURT OF INQUIRY HELD TO INVESTIGATE CIRCUMSTANCES UNDER WHICH NO. 1055987 L/CPL G SARGEANT CMP/P SUSTAINED SERIOUS INJURIES ON 9 JAN 44 WHILST ON DUTY IN NO4 HOLD OF THE SS EMPIRE CABAT AT HULL.

JAN 25  ACCESS TO HOLDS OF SHIPS.   PARTICULAR ATTENTION WILL BE PAID TO METHODS OF ACCESS TO THE HOLDS OF SHIPS.   IN RECENT MONTH IT IS REPORTED THAT ACCESS HAS DEFINITELY BEEN GAINED THROUGH INSECURE MAST HOUSES, ESCAPE HATCHES, AND EVEN VENTILATORS.   WHEN A SHIP SAILS, AND THERE IS OBVIOUS RISK OF THE CREW BEING ABLE TO GAIN ACCESS TO ANY OF THE HOLDS DURING THE VOYAGE, DETACHMENT COMMANDERS WILL IMMEDIATELY NOTIFY THIS HEADQUARTERS, AND STATE THE NUMBER OF NUMBERS OF HOLDS TO WHICH ACCESS CAN BE GAINED.   IN EVERY CASE THE LOADING REPORT WILL ALWAYS INCLUDE A DETAILED REPORT AT THE END, WHEN THE SHIP HAS SAILED.

FEB 18 INCIDENTS.   AT MIDDLESBROUGH THE STIPENDIARY MAGISTRATES CONVICTED 6 MEMBERS OF THE CREW OF J 218 FOR LARCENY OF CIGARETTES.   3  MEN FINED £30 OR 4 MONTHS IMPRISONMENT, 2 MEN FINED £10 OR 3 MONTHS IMPRISONMENT.

  MAR 3  INCIDENTS.   BULLION ARRIVED AT HULL FOR SHIPMENT, GUARDS PLACED OVER SAME BY 174 COY PORTS.

MAR 21 PILFERAGE.  FOUR DOCKERS ARRESTED BY CMP PORTS FOR BEING FOUND IN POSSESSION OF WC STORES (JUNGLE PACKED RATIONS) AND HANDED OVER TO CIVIL POLICE AND CHARGED.  

MAR 24. DISCIPLINE.  HULL ONE PRIVATE OF 174 PRO COY CMP VP TRIED BY FGCM AT WALTON NEAR HULL ON A CHARGE OF STEALING NAAFI STORES, IE CIGARETTES FOR HM FORCES.   CAPT H J BRINHAM 174 PRO COY APPEARED AS PROSECUTOR.   CAPT PIGGOTT NO2 LABOUR COMPANY, WALTON APPEARED AS DEFENDING OFFICER.

MAR 28  PILFERAGE.   A SAPPER OF MOVEMENT CONTROL, NEWCASTLE ARRESTED BY CMP PORTS ON CHARGE OF PILFERAGE.   FOR DISPOSAL BY A D A (TN), NEWCASTLE.

5/4/44 DISCIPLINE.   ONE PRIVATE, 174 PRO COY CMP PORTS PROCEEDED TO MILITARY DETENTION BARRACKS, SOWERBY BRIDGE TO UNDERGO 112 DAYS DETENTION ON A CHARGE OF STEALING

APR 8  SHIPPING.   SS PARK HOLLAND CONTAINING PART CARGO OF 1,000 TONS OF EXPLOSIVES APPROX POLICED BY CMP PORTS.

APR 12 DISCIPLINE.   ONE L/CPL 174 PORTS PRO COY CMP TRIED BY FGCM THIS DATE UNDER AA SEC 41.

APRIL 15 ONE L/CPL 174 PORTS COY WHO WAS TRIED BY FGCM ON 12/4/44 WAS FOUND GUILTY OF CHARGES AND SENTENCED TO 56 DAYS DETENTION.

APR 16  INCIDENT.   TWO MEN OF 907 COY RE HULL ARRESTED AT DOCKS FOR BEING IN IRREGULAR POSSESSION OF GOODS, THE PROPERTY OF THE MOF (MINISTRY OF FOOD).

APRIL 17 CONVICTION.   TWO MEN OF 907 COY RE HULL TRIED AT HULL CITY POLICE COURT AND EACH FINED 30/-.

APR 18 NEWCASTLE.   SMOKING. TWO DOCKERS CHARGED AT NEWCASTLE BY CMP PORTS FOR SMOKING IN SHED AT THE DOCKS AND TRIED BY CITY POLICE COURT.   SENTENCED TO A FINE OF £5 OR 25 DAYS.

APR 19 DISCIPLINE.   L/CPL OF 174 PORTS PRO COY CMP PROCEEDED TO MILITARY DETENTION BARRACKS, SOWERBY BRIDGE TO UNDERGO A SENTENCE OF 57 DAYS DETENTION AWARDED BY A FGCM.

DUTIES.   TWO NCO’S ATTENDED AS WITNESSES AT NO.2 PORT GROUP OPERATING COY. AND WITNESSED THE SIGNING OF WARNING ORDERS FOR OVERSEAS BY CERTAIN PERSONNEL.

MAY 19  1090257 PTE STONE FT CMP VP AND 4450143 PTE BALEY H RELEASED FROM DETENTION BARRACK, SOWERBY BRIDGE AND SENT TO CMP DEPOT NORTHERN COMMAND.

PART I ORDER.   BOOTS, MOTORCYCLE.   AS METAL FOOT RESTS, AND KICK STARTERS ARE NOT NOW ENCASED IN RUBBER, IT IS CONSIDERED UNSAFE TO REINFORCE THE RIGHT BOOT OF EACH PAIR OF MOTORCYCLIST BOOTS WITH A METAL PLATE FITTED TO THE WAIST.   DRIVERS WITH MOTOR CYCLES WHICH HAVE METAL FOOT RESTS, AND KICK STARTERS ENCASED IN RUBBER WILL NOT HAVE PLATES REMOVED FROM THEIR BOOTS, BUT FOR MOTORCYCLES NOT ENCASED IN RUBBER DRIVERS WILL HAVE PLATES REMOVED FROM THEIR BOOTS.   WOODEN PLUGS WILL BE INSERTED IN THE OLD SCREW HOLES BY THE LOCAL CONTRACTOR.   DETACHMENT COMMANDERS WILL ENSURE THAT ANY METAL PLATES REMOVED FROM M/C

BOOTS ARE COLLECTED FROM THE CONTRACTOR, AND FORWARDED TO THIS HQ FOR DISPOSAL.

WARRANT CARDS (SPECIAL CONSTABLES).   

(A)  IN FUTURE ALL SPECIAL CONSTABULARY WARRANT CARDS THAT HAVE BEEN ISSUED TO MEN SWORN IN AS SPECIAL CONSTABLES WILL BE WITHDRAWN, AND DESTROYED SHOULD THE HOLDERS:-

(I) BE POSTED ELSEWHERE THAN TO PORT PROVOST COMPANY.

(II) BE DISCHARGED.

IN ORDER THAT A COMPLETE RECORD OF ISSUED AND DESTRUCTIONS CAN BE KEPT UP TO DATE DETACHMENT COMMANDERS WILL, IN FUTURE, NOTIFY THE APM  WHEN SUCH WARRANTS, GIVING SERIAL NO’S HAVE BEEN WITHDRAWN AND DESTROYED.

(B)  ALL NCO’S AND MEN, AT PRESENT IN POSSESSION OF SPECIAL CONSTABULARY WARRANTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO GIVE A RECEIPT FOR SAME TO THE DETACHMENT COMMANDER IMMEDIATELY, SUCH RECEIPT, AFTER SIGNATURE, TO BE FORWARDED TO THIS HEADQUARTERS.   (OFFICERS TO COMPLY ALSO, AND FORWARD RECEIPT, SHOWING SERIAL NO. OF ISSUE).

JUN 2 SUNDERLAND. INCIDENTS.   SGT GORMAN CMP VP NCO I/C DETACHMENT AT SUNDERLAND, ARRESTED A DOCKER FOR PILFERAGE OF USA FOODSTUFF.

JUNE 3 SUNDERLAND.   INCIDENTS.   DOCKER WHO WAS ARRESTED BY SGT GORMAN CMP ON 2 JUNE 44 WAS TRIED BY MAGISTRATES AT CIVIL POLICE COURT THIS DATE AND SENTENCED TO 3 MONTHS I.H.L. FOR PILFERAGE.   CAPT FRANCKE, CO ORDINATING OFFICER, US FORCES APPEARED FOR THE PROSECUTION.

JUN 4 HULL.   INCIDENTS.   PTE DEE CMP VP WHILST ON DUTY AT NO1 KING GEORGE DOCK, HULL, WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN DISCOVERY OF A CASE (COOPERED) SAID TO CONTAIN RUM TO BE FILLED WITH BRICKS.   THIS CARGO WAS FOR LOADING ON VESSEL NO.2002, AND WAS CONSIGNED FROM 5 S.R.D. LANCASTER.

JUN 5 HULL.   INCIDENTS.   PTE LARKING CMP VP WHILST ON DUTY AT NO.1 KING GEORGE DOCK, HULL WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN THE DISCOVERY OF 3 CASES (COOPERED) SAID TO CONTAIN RUM TO BE FILLED WITH BRICKS AND STRAW.   THIS CARGO WAS FOR LOADING ON VESSEL NO. 2002 AND WAS CONSIGNED FROM NO. 11 MSD, BEDFORD.

JUN 9 MIDDLESBOROUGH. INCIDENTS.   DOCKER WHO WAS ARRESTED BY L/CPL CMP PORTS AT MIDDLESBROUGH DOCKS FOR PILFERAGE OF WHISKY WAS TRIED BY MAGISTRATES AT CIVIL POLICE COURT, MIDDLESBROUGH AND SENTENCED TO 3 MONTHS I.H.L. THIS DATE.

JUN 10 SOUTH SHIELDS.  INCIDENTS.   DOCKER ARRESTED BY SGT FORMAN CMP PORTS AT TYNE DOCK, SOUTH SHIELDS FOR PILFERAGE OF 150 CIGARETTES, CHARGED AND HANDED OVER TO CIVIL  POLICE, SOUTH SHIELDS.

JUN 12 SOUTH SHIELDS.   INCIDENTS.   DOCKER WHO WAS ARRESTED AT TYNE DOCK, SOUTH SHIELDS ON 10 JUN 44 WAS TRIED AT THE SOUTH SHIELDS CITY POLICE COURT AND SENTENCED TO A FINE OF 40/- THIS DATE.

JUN 14  VISITS.   MAJ CLAYTON, SECURITY CONTROL OFFICER, TYNE PORTS, CALLED ON APM 174 PRO COY AND DISCUSSED THE SUBJECT OF A DESERTER WHO ARRIVED AT TYNE DOCK AS A STOWAWAY FROM ALEXANDRIA ON THE SS “SAM LYTH”.

JUN 15 HULL.   ARRESTS.   ONE SAPPER, 901 STEVEDORE COY, 2ND STEVEDORE BN, ARRESTED FOR PILFERAGE AT HULL.   CHARGE SUBMITTED TO UNIT.

JUN 16 HULL.   ONE SAPEER, 901 STEVEDORE COY, 2ND STEVEDORE BN, ARRESTED FOR PILFERAGE AT HULL.   CHARGE SUBMITTED TO UNIT.

JUN 17 GRIMSBY.   ARRESTS.  ONE CPL, ONE L/CPL AND 5 SAPPERS OF 907 STEVEDORE COY RE ARRESTED FOR PILFERAGE OF CHOCOLATE AT GRIMSBY DOCKS.   CHARGES SUBMITTED TO UNIT.

JUN 26 HULL.   INCIDENT.   TWO OF THE CREW OF VESSEL NO. 2010 ARRESTED BY PTE OF CMP PORTS IN COMPANY WITH DETECTIVE OF LNER POLICE FOR BEING IN POSSESSION OF CIGARETTES PILFERED FROM CASES CONTAINING COMPO RATIONS.   BOTH  MEN HANDED OVER TO CIVIL POLICE.

JUN 21 HULL.   INCIDENTS.   DOCKER ARRESTED BY L/CPL CMP PORTS FOR BEING IN POSSESSION OF TINS OF SARDINES PILFERED FROM THE CARGO OF VESSEL NO. 2019 AT HULL.

ATTACHMENTS.   NEWCASTLE.   TWO SGT’S NO.2 SPECIAL INVESTIGATION SECTION JOINED COY ON ATTACHMENT FOR SPECIAL DUTIES.

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           LIST OF SHIPPING DEALT WITH BY 174 PRO COY PORTS IN JUNE 1944

JUL 3 HULL.  INCIDENTS.  TWO CASES DISCOVERED BROKEN IN NO.4 HOLD OF VESSEL 2030 AT HULL.   BOTH CASES, WHICH SHOULD HAVE CONTAINED RUM FOUND COMPLETELY EMPTY. SIB PORTS INVESTIGATING.   ARRESTS MADE.

JUL 4  HULL.   INCIDENTS.   3 MEMBERS OF CREW, VESSEL NO. 2030 SS SAMNEACH ARRESTED ON 3 JULY FOR PILFERAGE OF RUM AND CIGARETTES, WERE TRIED BY HULL STIPENDIARY MAGISTRATE THIS DATE.   TWO OF THE MEN SENTENCED TO A FINE OF £10 OR 51 DAYS, AND THE OTHER TO A FINE OF £3 OR 30 DAYS.

JUL 5  GRIMSBY.   INCIDENTS.  2 MEMBERS OF CREW VESSEL 986 LOADING AT GRIMSBY FOUND IN POSSESSION OF RUM IN CREW’S QUARTERS, ARRESTED AND HANDED OVER TO CIVIL POLICE.

JUL 6 HULL.INCIDENTS. (1) 3 MEMBERS OF CREW VESSEL 2031 LOADING AT HULL ARRESTED AT ABOUT 00.15 HRS FOR PILFERAGE OF WRITING PADS, PART OF NAAFI STORES.   TRIED BY HULL STIPENDIARY MAGISTRATES AME DATE.   ONE MAN SENTENCED TO A FINE OF £3 AND THE OTHER TWO MEN TO A FINE OF £” EACH.

(2) 2         MEMBERS OF CREW VESSEL 986 WHO WERE ARRESTED AT GRIMSBY ON 5 JUL 44 WERE TRIED AT THE GRIMSBY POLICE  COURT AND BOTH SENTENCED TO A FINE OF £12 EACH

(3) SAPPER OF 901 STEVEDORE COY AT HULL ARRESTED BY CIVIL POLICE, PILFERAGE OF CIGARETTES.   TRIED BY POLICE COURT AND FINED £2.

JUL 8   SUNDERLAND.   INCIDENTS.   REPORT SUBMITTED TO WAR OFFICE (W.S.14) INTIMATING THAT PISTOL REVOLVER .38 ALBION, REG NO Z.C.6963 FOUND TO BE IN POSSESSION OF A NAVAL RATING OF SHIP SS “MORMACAR” BERTHED AT SUNDERLAND.   PISTOL TAKEN FROM THE MAN, AND HELD BY APM AWAITING DISPOSAL ORDERS.

JUL 13 INCIDENT (1) REPORT RECEIVED FROM DET. COMMANDER, HULL, THAT SAPPER BYRNE, 901 STEVEDORE COY, HULL, WHO WAS ARRESTED FOR PILFERAGE ON 16 JUN 44, AT HULL WAS TRIED BY FGCM AND SENTENCED TO 6 MONTH DETENTION.

(2)  4 DOCKERS ARRESTED FOR SMOKING, AND HANDED OVER TO LNER POLICE AT MIDDLESBOROUGH.  3 WERE SMOKIN ON THE SS “SAM LYTH” AND ON ON THE ss “SAM LOYAL”.

NEWCASTLE.   WAR OFFICE CONTROLLED STORES.   TORCHES, HAND, MK1, TOGETHER WITH COMPONENTS TO COMPLETE TO SCALE ALLOWED, RECEIVED FRO COD, OLD DALBY.

JUL 15 DUTIES.   S/SGT CHESTER, SPECIAL INVESTIGATION DEPT, CANADIAN MILITARY FORCES REPORTED TO THE APM FROM LONDON THIS DATE.   OBSERVATION DUTIES IN CONNECTION WITH SS “PACIFIC” TYNE DOCK.

JUL 17 INCIDENTS (A) 11 OF THE CREW OF VESSEL 2004, BERTHED AT HULL, WERE ARRESTED FOR LARCENY OF PILFERABLE WD STORES.   THE STORES IN QUESTION WERE PART OF CARGO WHICH SHOULD HAVE BEEN DISCHARGED AT BEACH DESTINATION IN NORMANDY.   VESSEL 2004 ORIGINALLY SAILED FROM HULL ON 9 JUNE 44 WITH NO ACCESS TO HOLDS AND ESCAPE HATCHES SECURED.

(B) 7 OF THE CREW OF VESSEL 2006, BERTHED AT HULL, WERE ARRESTED

FOR LARCENY OF PILFERAGE  WD STORES.   THE STORES IN QUESTION WERE PART OF CARGO WHICH SHOULD HAVE BEEN DISCHARGED AT BEACH DESTINATION IN NORMANDY.   VESSEL 2006 ORIGINALLY SAILED FROM HULL ON 17 JUN 44, WITH NO ACCESS TO HOLDS, AND ESCAPE HATCHES SECURED.

JUL 18 INCIDENTS.   SEE JULY 17TH -(A) THE ELEVEN MEMBERS OF CREW WERE TRIED AT THE HULL CITY POLICE COURT THIS DATE.   RESULT OF TRIAL WAS THAT 1 MAN WAS FINED £8O OR 41 DAYS IMPRISONMENT, 7 MEN WERE FINED £3 OR 30 DAYS IMPRISONMENT, 2 MEN DEALT WITH UNDER THE PROBATION OF OFFENDERS ACT, AND 1 MAN WAS “CASE DISMISSED”.

(B)  THE SEVEN MEMBERS OF CREW WERE TRIED AT THE HULL CITY POLICE COURT THIS DATE.   RESULT OF TRIAL WAS THAT EACH MAN WAS FINED £4.

JUL 19 INCIDENTS. HULL THREE SAPPERS OF 901 STEVEDORE COY. ARRESTED BY CMP PORTS AT HULL, PILFERAGE OF WD STORES (SOCKS) ON VESSEL 2007.   CHARGES SUBMITTED TO OC UNIT.

OCT 16  LT J G LONIE ROYAL ARTILLERY JOINED UNIT.

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WO 166/16271             175 COMPANY PORTS                   JAN-DEC 1944

NEWPORT, MONMOUTHSHIRE.   MAJ ASTON.  CAPT MARSHALL, LT DOWDING. DETACHMENTS AVONMOUTH, SWANSEA, CARDIFF, BARRY.

HQ 23 BRYNHYFRYD ROAD, NEWPORT, MON.

PART 1 ORDER NO 140.   FRIENDLY RELATIONS BETWEEN AMERICAN AND BRITISH TROOPS.

THE FOLLOWING CASE CONFIRMS THE GOOD TERMS WHICH EXIST BETWEEN BRITISH AND AMERICAN TROOPS:-  AN NCO OF THE CMP WITH CONSIDERABLE SERVICE IN THE CORPS, HAS A 12 YEAR OLD SON, WHO HAD HIS LEG AMPUTATED ABOVE THE KNEE AT THE AGE OF FOUR.   THE AMERICAN FORCES IN THE LOCALITY HAVE SEEN THE BOY ON CRUTCHES AND HAVE GENEROUSLY ASKED IF THEY MAY PAY FOR AN ARTIFICIAL LIMB FOR HIM.   THE NCO HAS GRATEFULLY ACCEPTED THE OFFER AND THE LOCAL HOSPITAL IS SUPPLYING THE LIMB.

PART 1 ORDER NO 141.   HONOURS AND AWARDS.   THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION HAS BEEN RECEIVED FROM THE PROVOST MARSHALL, ALLIED FORCES HQ:-  “THE FOLLOWING IMMEDIATE AWARD TO A MEMBER OF THE CORPS WAS MADE BY GENERAL SIR HAROLD ALEXANDER, GCB, CSI, DSO, MC, ON 12TH DECEMBER 1943:-   MILITARY MEDAL.   5989073 W/SGT F H SPRINGHAM, (DIED OF WOUNDS RECEIVED IN ACTION).

MAY 1944.   PART II ORDER.   PUNISHMENT.   7946031 PTE READER A. CMP/VP.   AWARDED 10 DAYS DETENTION BY CO FOR (1) MAKING USE OF A DOCUMENT PURPORTING TO BE A GENUINE PASS SIGNED BY AN OFFICER WELL KNOWING IT WAS NOT SIGNED BY AN OFFICER.   (2) ABSENT FROM 08.00HRS 9/5/44 UNTIL 08.00HRS 10/5/44 (TOTAL 24 HOURS). (3) NEGLECTING TO OBEY COY STANDING ORDER NO 14 IE NOT SIGNING HIMSELF IN AND OUT IN THE BOOK PROVIDED.   FORFEITS ONE DAY’S PAY W.W.   DATE OF OFFENCE 9 MAY 44, DATE OF AWARD 15 MAY 44 TO DETENTION BARRACKS AT NEWPORT, MON. ON 15 MAY 44,   IN OPEN ARREST FROM 10 MAY 44 TO 12 MAY 44.

MAY 23 PART I ORDER NO. 15.   NO 197 ITALIAN PRISONERS OF WAR - INSTRUCTIONS FOR BRITISH TROOPS.

1. THERE ARE NOW TWO CLASSES OF ITALIAN PRISONERS OF WAR:- (A) THOSE WHO HAVE VOLUNTEERED TO CO-OPERATE WITH THE ALLIES TO ASSIST THE WAR EFFORT.  THEY ARE USUALLY DRESSED IN UN-PATCHED BATTLE-DRESS, DYED CHOCOLATE, WITH SHOULDER TITLES “ITALY” IN RED LETTERS, AND DYED CHOCOLATE F.S. CAP;  (B) NO CO-OPERATORS WHO RETAIN PREVIOUS STATUS AS PRISONERS OF WAR.   THEY GENERALLY WEAR PATCHED CLOTHING WITHOUT SHOULDER TITLES.   2.  SOME PRISONERS OF WAR, HOWEVER STILL WEAR THEIR OWN UNIFORMS.  BOTH CLASSES MUST CARRY THEIR IDENTITY CARD;  ANY PRISONER WITHOUT IT, SHOULD BE DEALT WITH AS IN PARA (6) BELOW.   3.  CO-OPERATORS DO NOT HAVE ESCORTS AND THEY ARE PERMITTED TO “WALK-OUT” WITHIN AN AREA NOT EXCEEDING TWO MILES FROM THEIR CAMP.   THEY CARRY A SPECIAL IDENTITY CARD, A.F.W.3485, CONTAINING THEIR PHOTOGRAPH.   NON CO-OPERATORS MAY NOT LEAVE THEIR CAMP EXCEPT TO PROCEED TO THEIR WORK.  (4) COOPERATORS MAY ESTABLISH FRIENDLY RELATIONS WITH BRITISH TROOPS AND CIVILIANS IN THE COURSE OF THEIR DUTIES, AND THEY MAY ACCEPT INVITATIONS TO ENTER PRIVATE HOUSES, BUT ALL COOPERATORS AND NON COOPERATORS ARE FORBIDDEN TO HAVE OR ATTEMPT TO ESTABLISH ANY RELATIONSHIP WITH WOMEN OR GIRLS.   (5)  ALL ITALIAN PRISONERS, (COOPERATORS AND NON COOPERATORS) ARE FORBIDDEN TO:

(A) BE IN POSSESSION OF ENGLISH MONEY.   THEY RECEIVE CAMP TOKEN MONEY.

(B) POST LETTERS IN A CIVIL LETTER BOX.

© ENTER ANY SHOP, POST OFFICE, PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT, PUBLIC HOUSE OR RESTAURANT OR (EXCEPT ON DUTY) TO ENTER A POPULOUS AREA.

(D) TO USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT UNLESS ON DUTY IN PROPERLY ORGANISED PARTIES.

6.   ALL RANKS OBSERVING ANY BREACH OF THOSE REGULATIONS WILL ASCERTAIN THE PRISONER’S NAME AND ADDRESS AND NUMBER AND SUBMIT A REPORT TO THE APM.

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COMMENDATION TO VULNERABLE POINTS WING FROM THE PROVOST MARSHAL, 25/9/44.

NOV 25   MENTIONED IN DISPATCHES PART II ORDER 175 2636218 P/L/CPL SLADE G A, LONDON GAZETTE 20/12/40.

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WO 166/ 16272                 176 COMPANY PORTS             JAN-DEC 1944

BLUNDELL SANDS.    MAJ C E DANE.

JAN SUPERVISING DIS-EMBARCATIONS.

JAN 3  397 OFFICERS, 4,477 OTHER RANKS DISEMBARKED FROM U30 AT P.L.S.

JAN 4  6 FIREMEN OF CREW OF S222 REFUSED TO SAIL, COMPLAINED OF NO RUNNING WATER AND FEEDING AMENITIES.   S.T.O. SOUGHT USE OF CMP TO USE FIREARMS IF NECESSARY, BUT WAS ADVISED TO SEEK HELP OF CIVIL POLICE.   S222 SAILED 09.30HRS ON 5TH JANUARY.   2 OFFICERS AND 42 OTHER RANKS 1 AIRBORNE DIVISION PRO COY DISEMBARKED FROM N 65.

JAN 11  1 TON OF BULLION IN THE CHARGE OF LT COL BLOXHAM RAPC DISCHARGED FROM N80, ESCORTED TO LIME STREET STATION, LIVERPOOL FOR DISPATCH.   W EVAN CARTER ARRESTED BY LT JONES OF 176 COMPANY CHARGED WITH LARCENY OF 9 BOTTLE OF GUINNESS FROM VITTORIA DOCKS, PRISONER PLEADED GUILTY, AND FINED £10.

DIARY NORMAL ROUTINE DUTIES AS ABOVE - EMBARKATION &

DISEMBARKATION OF MEN, MILITARY PRISONERS, POW’S, BULLION, STEALING CARGO.

JUNE 28  36 SHIPS MANNED BY CMP FOR DISEMBARKATION.

AUG 14  SGT H BOWYER, NCO 1/C MANCHESTER DETACHMENT, FATALLY INJURED WHILST RIDING A MOTORCYCLE IN LIVERPOOL ROAD, PATRICROFT, ECCLES, LANCASHIRE IN COLLIDING WITH A MOTOR LORRY.

AUG 15  INQUEST - VERDICT “ACCIDENTAL DEATH”.

SEPT 11  CAPT B RHODES ASSUMES COMMAND.

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WO 166/16273               177 COMPANY PORTS                 JAN-DEC 1944

GLASGOW, LEITH, FASLANE.      MAJ W J DRAKE.

JAN 1  RECEPTION OF US PORT COMMANDER - EXPRESSED APPRECIATION OF WORK DONE BY PORTS PROVOST TO ASSIST HIS APM

ADMIN REPORTS AND CONFERENCES REF COOPERATION WITH OTHER BODIES AND STIFFER SENTENCING IN CIVIL COURTS.

JAN 22  W.S. PRO AGREE TO CHECK INFLUX OF RED CROSS CANTEEN OF US MEN DISEMBARKING, TO CHANGE MONEY AND BUY FOOD.   LOCAL DOCKERS SWINDLING US SOLDIERS ON EXCHANGE.

JAN 26  FAKE PARTICULARS GIVEN TO US PROVOST FOR RECKLESS DRIVING, UNIT TO WHICH MEN ARE STATED TO BELONG ARE OVERSEAS!

LIST OF OCCURRENCES

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LIST OF OCCURRENCES FOR 177 COMPANY PORTS IN JANUARY 1944

FEB 22  SECURITY REQUIREMENTS AND CMP PROTECTION FOR FLOATING DOCKS UNDER CONSTRUCTION AGREED WITH MAJ METCALFE MILITARY POLICE.

MARCH 6   STRIKE OF DOCKERS, NO DISTURBANCES AT DOCKS.   ENDED 9TH.

MARCH 8  NCO’S (PROVOST AND vULNERABLE POINTS) TO DEPOT MYTCHETT FOR COURSE ON PROVOST DUTIES.   CONSIDER THIS A MISTAKE AND WILL LEAD TO TROUBLE.   THESE NCO’S ARE EXCELLENT PORTS POLICE, BUT ARE NOT SUITABLE FOR NORMAL PRO WORK.

LEITH   DETACHMENT DOING VERY GOOD WORK AND OFTEN 18 HOURS PER DAY.

APRIL 13 GREENOCK - STOWAWAY NAMED MCCOY - DESERTER FROM INDIA ARRESTED AND HANDED OVER.

JUNE 5  GLASGOW - REPORT OF BRIBERY OF CMP BY STEVEDORE FOREMEN AT KING GEORGE V DOCK - UNABLE TO GET ANY PROOF.   SIS TO INVESTIGATE AT NEXT PROBABLE LOADING E.G. GIN.   POOR QUALITY OF CMP (VP) AND LACK OF TRAINING MAKES THIS OFFENCE POSSIBLE.

JUNE 6  12 CMP (VP) RECENTLY RECEIVED FROM NORTHERN COMMAND DEPOT AND TRAINED IN UNIT SCHOOL POSTED TO 176 PRO COY.   VERY POOR QUALITY MEN AND MOSTLY ALL UNSUITABLE FOR CMP IN ANY BRANCH.   DISCUSSED REPORTS FROM COMMITTEE IN LONDON.   MAIN REMEDY IS IN PROVISION OF SUFFICIENT TRAINED AND GOOD QUALITY POLICE AND ADEQUATE SENTENCES FOR THIEVES WHEN CAUGHT.   STRIKE BY DOCKERS AT ROTHESAY DOCK FOLLOWING SEARCH OF SUSPECTS BY S.I.S.

JUNE 24  CAPT W A BATEMAN NEW OC.

JULY 15  GLASGOW, LARGE EMBARKATION OF GIBRALTARIANS RETURNING HOME.

NOV 16  FIRST REPATRIATED POWS FROM JAPAN ARRIVED AND WERE DEBARKED FROM THE QUEEN MARY.   THEY WERE MET AND ADDRESSED BY MAJ GEN BISSETT BUT CMP (P) PROVIDED ESPECIAL GUARD TO ENSURE NO CONTACT BY CIVILIANS ETC. WAS MAD.   THE MEN CONCERNED WERE TAKEN PRISONER ON EVACUATION OF SINGAPORE.

NOV  FEWER SHIPS ON WEST COAST PORTS.   FIRST SHIPS FOR 2 YEARS ARRIVING EAST COAST EG GRANGEMOUTH, DUNDEE.

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WO 166/16274              190 HQ PRO COY                     JAN-OCT 1944

INGLEBY CHASE.     THE LORD MAJ DARESBURY

JAN 1-31  NORMAL POLICE DUTIES.

OCT 14  A WELLINGTON BOMBER AND SPITFIRE COLLIDED IN MID AIR OVER HULL AND CRASHED.   THREE OF THE CREW KILLED.   HULL SECTION CMP MOUNTED GUARD TILL RELIEVED BY RAF.

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WO 166/16275                 244 L OF C PRO COY                         AUG 1944

CMP BARRACKS, GIBRALTAR.        CAPT C W H LANSELL.

AUG 3 DUTIES ON COMMERCIAL MOLE EMBARKATION OF ROYAL ARTILLERY.

AUG 8 CONVOY AND DOCKYARD DUTIES.   VISIT OF THE GOVERNOR OF ALGECIRAS, CMP PROVIDED MOUNTED AND MOTORCYCLE ESCORT.

CMP LINED AREA OUTSIDE ENTRANCE TO CONVENT.

AUG 15 WILLIAMS WAY.   PETROL DUTY AS WILLIAMS WAY, RAF BOWSERS REFUELLING AIRCRAFT, ORIGINALLY DETAILED FOR 36 HOURS WHICH WAS EXTENDED TO 4 DAYS.

AUG 19  ARRIVAL OF 4 RELIEVING NCO’S FROM CMF.

AUG 21 LIFTING OF CURFEW.

AUG 23 WILLIAMS WAY CLOSED DAILY FROM 15.00 HRS TO 17.00 HRS TO ALLOW PASSAGE OF RAF BOWSERS.

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WO 166/16276           LONDON DISTRICT PRO COY         JAN-DEC 1944

CHELSEA BARRACKS LONDON SW1.   MAJ R G PINTO MC, COLDSTREAM GUARDS.

A COPY OF DECEMBER 1944 MONTHLY REPORT IS SHOWN BELOW ALL MOTHS ARE THE SAME AND CONTAIN VERY LITTLE INFORMATION.

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WO 166/16277                      HQ CMP PORTS                     JAN-DEC 1944

BANK HALL, BRETHERTON. PRESTON. LANCS        LT COL T G RUTTLEDGE, CBE, MC, DPM PORTS.

JAN 3  COMMISSION IN SIB.   RULING BY PM THAT ALL CANDIDATES FOR EMERGENCY COMMISSIONS IN THE SIB MUST OBTAIN A TESTIMONIAL FROM THE CHIEF CONSTABLE AND AN EXPRESSION AS TO THE SUITABILITY FOR COMMISSION RANK.   IF THE CANDIDATE SERVED IN MORE THAN ONE POLICE FORCE A TESTIMONIAL MUST BE OBTAINED IN RESPECT OF EACH.

JAN 10  SIB DRESS.   LETTER FROM PM REGARDING THE WEARING OF BADGES ETC OF OTHER UNITS BY PERSONNEL OF SIB.   THIS IS ONLY TO BE DONE WHEN ON INVESTIGATION DUTIES.   THE PM APPRECIATES THAT IT IS NECESSARY FOR THE PORT SECTION TO WEAR THE UNIFORMS OF OTHER UNITS WHEN IN DOCK AREAS.

FEB 4 178 COY PORTS, TILBURY DETACHMENT.   APM 178 COY PORTS TELEPHONED THAT 15 MEN QUARTERED IN THE RAILWAY HOTEL, TILBURY HAD HAD A FORTUNATE ESCAPE THE PREVIOUS NIGHT.   THEY HAD BEEN CALLED TO DEAL WITH INCENDIARIES AND WHEN THE RETURNED TO THE HOTEL HAD BEEN DESTROYED WITH ALL THEIR EQUIPMENT AND KIT.

EXERCISE OVERLORD.  A GOOD MANY STORE SHIPS WILL BE LOADED IN THIS EXERCISE.   ALSO ABOUT A DIVISION OF AMERICAN TROOPS, BUT THE TWO OPERATIONS WILL BE CONSECUTIVE AND NOT CONCURRED.   MILFORD HAVEN MAY BE USED AND IN GENERAL EVERY BIRTH AT ALL PORTS WILL BE USED FOR A SHORT PERIOD.  

FEB 5 EXERCISE OVERLORD.   DISCUSSION RE PORTS USED.   IN ORDER TO PROVIDE MOVEMENT CONTROL PERSONNEL FOR SOUTHERN ENGLAND, CAIRNRYAN WILL BE CLOSED AND FASLANE REDUCED BY 60%.

MAR 6  CSM G J BISHOP CMP/P IS AWARDED AN IMMEDIATE EMERGENCY COMMISSION AS 2/LT, GENERAL LIST.

MAR 10  FORMATION OF 193 COY PORTS AT THE ALBERT  DOCK, LONDON E.

APR 27  NO 2 SECTION SIB FROM LIVERPOOL TO 22 SUTHERLAND AVENUE, GLASGOW.

JUN 16 CASUALTIES.   11419231 PTE F L SOUTHWOOD CMP. VP. 176 PRO COY PORTS ATTACHED 193 COY PORTS KILLED IN AN AIR RAID AT KING GEORGE 45 DOCKS LONDON E16 AND 722166 PTE J MITCHELL CMP. VP. 177 COY PORTS ATTACHED  193 COY PORTS SERIOUSLY INJURED AT THE SAME TIME.   (HE LATER DIED OF HIS WOUNDS).

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THIS IS A VERY COMPREHENSIVE AND DETAILED DIARY.

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WO 166/16278             1 SPECIAL INVESTIGATIONS COY     JUNE 1944

MAJ J H M SHERWOOD.

OPERATIONS CONTINUED THROUGHOUT THE MONTH.   NOTHING OF SPECIAL IMPORTANCE TO REPORT.

THE DIARY HAS A LARGE LIST OF OFFICERS IN THE COMPANY.

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WO 166/16401            38 (RESERVE) DIV PRO COY         JAN-OCT 1945

BLACKPOOL.     CAP E GREENWOOD, LANCASHIRE FUSILIERS.

ROUTINE.   WEATHER,   FOG,  FROST.

MAY 8 ALL RANS CONFINED TO CAMP IN ORDER TO ASSIST CIVIL POLICE IN THE EVENT OF VE DAY CELEBRATIONS GETTING OUT OF CONTROL.

OCT 31  38 (RES) DIV PRO COY IS PLACED IN A STATE OF SUSPENDED ANIMATION. (!).

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WO 166/16410             47 INFANTRY DIV PRO COY        JAN-JUNE 1945

DEVONPORT     CAPT JOHN W WILKINS OC

JAN-FEB  MONTH SPENT TRAINING FOR OPERATION NEST EGG.

MAY 1  DEVONPORT.   277069 LT W M C THORMAN RA ARRIVES.

MAY 8  MARSHALLING FOR EMBARKATION.

MAY 11  SAILED, PERFECT WEATHER, HARDLY ANY ILL ON VOYAGE.

MAY 12  07.00 ARRIVED OFF ST PETER PORT, GUERNSEY, MEN IN EXCELLENT SPIRITS.   09.10 LANDED.   SIGNING COMMENCED IMMEDIATELY.   DIFFICULTY EXPERIENCED BECAUSE OF EXCITED CROWDS; NO CASUALTIES, NO DISTURBANCES TO REPORT.   COY HQ LOCATED AT NO29 SALIMAREZ STREET, ST PETER PORT - A LATE GERMAN BILLET, SIGNS OF LOOTING - THIS COULD ONLY HAVE BEEN DONE BY CIVILIANS AS ENEMY ONLY MOVED OUT YESTERDAY.   LT DAVIS AND PRO SECTION WITH BEACH GROUP WORKED WELL, NO COMPLAINTS, TRAFFIC COMING THROUGH WELL.   NO COMPLAINTS, TRAFFIC COMING THROUGH WELL.   ST PETER PORT HARBOUR WORKING, TROOPS LANDING, ROUTE PATROLS AND STREET PATROLS IN ST PETER PORT.   PROCESSING AND EVACUATION OF ENEMY PRISONERS.

MAY 21  BEGIN FINAL EVACUATION OF GERMAN PRISONERS FROM ISLAND, APPROXIMATELY 1,500 GERMAN PRISONERS NOW REMAIN.

MAY 25  ALL GERMAN PRISONERS NOW CONCENTRATED IN AREA LES BLANC BOIS.   RESTRICTED ZONE OPENED.   LOOTING IN AREA EVACUATED BY GERMANS - CIVILIANS AGAIN TO THE FORE.

MAY 25-27 FIVE DAYS GRANTED BY FORCE COMMANDER FOR GOOD WORK DONE BY MILITARY PERSONNEL OF FORCE 135.

MAY-JUNE DETACHMENT AT ST PETER PORT, GUERNSEY.

JUN 1-3 NOTHING TO REPORT.

JUN 4  FULL DRESS REHEARSAL FOR ROYAL VISIT.

JUN 5  ROYAL VISIT POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER.

JUN 7   ROYAL VISIT ALL WORKED WELL.  CAPT F E EVANS 110993 DSO, TD, GENERAL LIST FROM JERSEY.

JUN 25  CAPTURED GERMAN PRISONER SECRETED BY A CIVILIAN SINCE THE SURRENDER.

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WO 166/16426                     61 DIV PRO COY                  JAN-NOV 1945

FRANT, SUSSEX.       CAPT J SWIFT, THE BUFFS.

JAN 19  MAJ J P HUFFAM VC, DUKE OF WELLINGTON’S REGIMENT, APM 55 DIVISION VISITED THE COMPANY.

JAN 21  MAJ R PENNINGTON, LIFE GUARDS, APM 61 DIVISION LEFT.

MAR 5  MAJ R D HAMMOND, GENERAL LIST NEW APM 61 DIVISION.

APR 13 DEMONSTRATION OF WASP FLAME THROWER’S HELD AT ASHDOWN FOREST.   LT L M H BARNEY, LT L M M BARKER RASC ATTENDED AND 5 NCO’S WERE ON DUTY

APR 20  2 CPL’S PROCEED TO D & T E TO ATTEND A VEHICLE SIGN WRITING COURSE.

JUN 16  COMPANY MOVED TO HILDENBOROUGH, KENT.

JUL 15 COMPANY REVERTS TO THE WAR ESTABLISHMENT OF A LIGHT DIVISION.

JUL 16 WOI (RSM) MCRAE TO 76 (RES) DIV PRO COY.

JUL 21  LT L M M BARNES RASC NEW OC T/CAPT.   29/8/45 POSTED TO 55 DIV PRO COY.

JUL 29  LT DAVIS RAC NEW OC T/CAPT.

SEP 29  CAPT M C M ARRINDELL, SUFFOLK REGIMENT NEW OC.

NOV 1  COMPANY DISBANDED.

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WO 166/17771                          HQ CMP PORTS                JAN-DEC 1945

BRETHERTON, PRESTON                          LT COL T G RUTTLEDGE CBE. MC.

APR 12  DOGS AND CATS - IMPORTATION BY SOLDIERS.   PROVOST MARSHAL FORWARDS A COPY OF A LETTER FROM CHIEF CONSTABLE OF KENT ASKING THAT STEPS MAY BE TAKEN AT CONTINENTAL PORTS TO PREVENT DOGS AND CATS BEING BROUGHT ON BOARD VESSELS FOR ENGLAND AND ALSO, IF SO BROUGHT, TO PREVENT THEM BEING LANDED.

MAY 2  STRIKE - LONDON DOCKS.   VISITED DDFM (BRIG INNES) REGARDING DOCKERS STRIKE IN LONDON DOCKS OVER PRESENCE OF MP’S IN SHIPS HOLDS WHILE WD STORES ARE BEING DISCHARGED.   HE AGREES WITH ME THAT MP ARE WITHIN THEIR RIGHT BUT AS POLICY IS INVOLVED HAS REFERRED TO D.F.M AND HOPES A REPLY WILL BE SENT TO ME IN A DAY OR TWO.

MILITARY CONVICTS FROM OVERSEAS.   VISITED Q(M) 8 AND SAW DETAILS OF CONVOY MKF43, DUE 5-6 MAY - 112 SUS (SOLDIERS UNDER SENTENCE) ARE INCLUDED (105 FOR LIVERPOOL) AND ALSO A LARGE PARTY OF EX POW FOR GLASGOW.   SPOKE TO DAAG, AG3C RE THIS - HE UNDERSTANDS MANY MORE CONVICTS WILL BE SENT HOME.

MAY 14  COMMISSION IN SIB.    14255477 CSM MCMILLAN 1 SIS PORTS SELECTED FOR AN EMERGENCY COMMISSION AND POSTED TO 2 SIS WITH EFFECT FROM 11/5/45.

JUN 4  EMBARKATION OF CANADIAN RAF AT SOUTHAMPTON.   LETTER FROM APM 178 PRO COY REGARDING REFUSAL OF CERTAIN EX POW CANADIAN RAF OFFICERS TO EMBARK ON SS “PASTEUR” AT SOUTHAMPTON ON 30-32 MAY.   AFTER AN ADDRESS BY DIRECTOR OF MOVEMENTS RAF, THEY AGREED TO EMBARK.   LETTER TO D.D.P.M WAS OFFICE SUGGESTING THAT SUCH OFFICERS AND MEN SHOULD HAVE THE CONDITIONS NECESSARY ON BOARD

SHIP EXPLAINED TO THEM BEFORE THEY LEAVE THEIR STATIONS.

JUN 6  STRIKE.   TELEPHONE MESSAGE FROM 193 PRO COY THAT STEVEDORES ON “NEW TEXAS”, AN OUTWARD BOUND COMMERCIAL SHIP, STRUCK WORK YESTERDAY OWING TO THE PRESENCE OF MILITARY POLICE IN THE HOLDS WHILE NAAFI STORES WERE BEING LOADED, BUT THEY RETURNED TO WORK THIS MORNING.

LEAVE FROM BLA.   CONVERSATION WITH MAJOR PILLING DAD TN HQ NE PORTS (COL DONNE ON LEAVE) REGARDING THE PROPOSED COMMENCEMENT IN MID JULY OF A BLA (BRITISH LIBERATION ARMY) LEAVE SERVICE TO AND FROM EITHER HULL OR IMMINGHAM.   THE LATTER WOULD BE MORE SUITABLE FROM MC (MOVEMENT CONTROL) POINT OF VIEW BUT A TRANSIT CAMP WOULD HAVE TO BE BUILT, WHEREAS AT HULL THERE IS PLENTY OF ACCOMMODATION.   TO USE HULL FOR THIS SERVICE WOULD INVOLVE A DRASTIC CUT IN THE STORES PROGRAMME.   THERE ARE TO BE TWO SHIPS EACH WAY WHICH WOULD MEAN FROM 6 TO 8 TRAINS, AN INCREASE IN PRO SECTIONS WOULD HAVE TO BE MAD TO 174 PRO COY.

JUN 7 MILITARY CONVICTS.  SPOKE TO A.G.3C (CM), THERE ARE MANY HUNDREDS MORE MILITARY CONVICT TO BE SENT HOME THIS YEAR, INCLUDING SOME FROM BLA.   NO FORECAST OF DATES CAN BE GIVEN.

INDIA APM PORTS.   PM SHEWED ME CABLE FROM INDIA (DATED 31 MAY RECEIVED BY HIM TODAY) ASKING FOR AN APM PORTS OR A DAPM FIT FOR PROMOTION.   SHOULD GO BY AIR AND ARRIVE BY 15 JUNE ON WHICH DATE PRESENT OFFICER WILL BE LEAVING...NOMINATED MAJOR WILLIAMS, APM, 176 PRO COY.

JUN 8  WEST AFRICA - APM GHQ

PM HAS, IN CONSULTATION WITH GOC, NOMINATED LT HEARD, 193 PRO COY TO BE APM GHQ, WEST AFRICA.

VISIT OT Q(M)2.   DETAILS REGARDING MKF 45.   168 CANADIAN SUS FOR LIVERPOOL (SPECIAL TRAIN ARRANGED WITH ESCORT TO HASLEMERE)   33 BRITISH SUS FOR LIVERPOOL.

JUN 8 RELEASE - CIVIL POLICE.   PM SHEWED ME AGREEMENT BY AG TO RELEASE ALL CIVIL POLICE SERVING WITH ARMY EXCEPT (A) OFFICERS (B) SIB.   RELEASES TO BE IN CLASS B AND TO BE EFFECTED IN BLOCKS, NOT ALL AT ONCE.

DRESS CMP.   LETTER FROM PM RULING THAT DRESS OF CMP IN HOME COMMANDS SHALL BE AS FOLLOWS:- PROVOST 2 SUITS OF SERVICE DRESS, VULNERABLE POINTS 2 SUITS OF SERVICE DRESS, TRAFFIC CONTROL 2 SUITS OF BATTLE DRESS.

JUN 9  STRIKE - PORT OF LONDON.   CONVERSATION WITH MAJOR BOWDEN, APM 193 PRO COY, REGARDING PRONENESS OF STEVEDORES TO STRIKE ON THE SLIGHTEST EXCUSE, EVEN OBJECTING ON ONE OCCASION TO THE PRESENCE OF A PARTICULAR MILITARY POLICEMAN IN A SHED.   HAS WRITTEN.

JUN 11  STRIKES - PORT OF LONDON.   LETTER FROM APM 193 PRO COY STATING THAT DQMG’S LETTER OF 22 MAY (SEE PARA 1785) DOES NOT DEAL WITH THE POINT AT ISSUE WHICH IS WHETHER THE CMP ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR PROTECTING WD STORES ON BOARD COMMERCIALLY LOADED VESSELS OR ONLY ON THE QUAY SIDE.  REPLY, THAT THIS POINT IS COVERED IN THE LETTER REFERRED TO AND THAT CMP HAVE AUTHORITY UNDER DEFENCE

REGULATIONS 12 TO ACT ON BOARD SHIP BUT THAT IF THE EMB. CDT (EMBARKATION COMMANDANT) CAN MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR SHIP’S OFFICERS TO WATCH LOADING, CMP SHOULD BE CONSERVED FOR OTHER DUTIES AND THAT IN ANY EVENT IT WILL OFTEN BE IMPOSSIBLE TO PROVIDE MEN FOR HOLDS ON COMMERCIAL SHIPS.   OBJECTIONS OF STEVEDORES TO PRESENCE OF MILITARY POLICE MAY BE TAKEN AS A TRIBUTE TO THE LATTER’S EFFICIENCY.

JUN 11  CMP EMPLOYMENT SITUATION ON 7 JUNE 1946.  TABLE SHOWING BREAKDOWN OF 6 PRO COY EMPLOYMENT AND STRENGTH.   SHIPS OUT 97, SHIPS IN 31.   TOTAL CMP EMPLOYED 1,318.

JUN 13 STRIKES - PORT OF LONDON.   TELEPHONE MESSAGE FROM APM, 193 PRO COY THAT STEVEDORES IN THE PORT OF LONDON ARE ITCHING TO COME OUT ON STRIKE ON ANY EXCUSE AND THAT HE HAS BEEN ASKED BY EMBARKATION COMMANDANT TO G CAREFULLY WITH THEM.

JUN 14  DISCIPLINE-LEAVE-WEAPONS.   LETTER FROM PROVOST MARSHAL FORWARDING REQUEST FROM A.G.C.C THAT MILITARY POLICE SHOULD WATCH OFFICERS AND OTHER RANKS DISEMBARKING FROM BLA TO ENSURE THAT THEY ARE NOT CARRYING PERSONAL WEAPONS SUCH AS ENEMY REVOLVERS, AUTOMATIC PISTOLS OR ARMY RIFLES.   SPORTING WEAPONS MAY BE IGNORED.   ALL SERVICE WEAPONS ARE GOVERNMENT PROPERTY.   OFFICERS AND OTHER RANKS CAUGHT SHOULD BE ARRESTED AND RETURNED TO BLA VIA TILBURY WITH THE WEAPON AND STATEMENT OF EVIDENCE.

JUN 15  VISIT T0 193 (PORTS) PRO COY.  (A) STRIKE.   THERE IS A STRIKE ON “FORT BRULE”, ROYAL ALBERT DOCK, TODAY CAUSED THROUGH STEVEDORES OBJECTING TO PRESENCE OF MILITARY POLICE IN HOLDS - A REQUISITIONED SHIP.   THERE HAS BEEN MUCH PILFERING ON THIS SHIP - THE LOADING OF WHICH IS VERY BAD.   ONE MEMBER OF THE CREW WAS KILLED LAST NIGHT THROUGH FALLING INTO A HOLD WHEN TAKING PART, WITH THREE OTHERS, IN A “PILFERAGE PARTY”.   STEVEDORES HAVE BEEN VERY SLACK LATELY, ACHIEVING ALMOST A RECORD FOR LOW TONNAGE.   Q(M) WAR OFFICE, KNOW OF THIS STRIKE AND REQ QUITE PREPARED TO LET IT GO ON.   (B) AMP MAJOR BATEMAN HAS JOINED AND IS IN PROCESS OF TAKING OVER.   MAJOR BOWDEN IS DUE TO RELEASE ON 21 JUNE 1945.   (C) LEAVE PARTIES AND SERVICE WEAPONS.   REF PARA 1826, APM IS ALREADY COLLECTING WEAPONS FROM LEAVE BOATS, THE FACT THAT THESE MAY NOT BE BROUGHT TO ENGLAND IS BROADCAST ABOARD SHIP AND CONSEQUENTLY THEY ARE ABANDONED.

JUE 19 MILITARY CONVICT AND PRISONERS FROM OVERSEAS.   IN RESPONSE TO A REQUEST FROM AG3(M) (BM 365/45 OF 18 JUNE 45) WROTE THAT THE POSITION AS REGARDS PRIOR NOTICE OF SUS FROM OVERSEAS IS NOW MUCH BETTER BUT THAT THERE WERE TWO POINTS ON WHICH ASSISTANCE COULD BE GIVEN.

1. PROVISION OF A NOMINAL ROLL WITH PARTICULARS OF SENTENCE AND COMMITTAL FORM.

2. CORRECT DISPOSAL OF CASH IN POSSESSION OF SOLDIERS ON COMMITTAL TO PRISON (KR 753) AND MORE CAREFUL PACKING AND LISTING OF PROPERTY.

TORCHES.   LETTER TO PROVOST MARSHAL POINTING OUT THAT NEW

EDITION OF EQUIPMENT SCALE 109/2 DOES NOT CATER FOR THE ISSUE OF “TORCHES HAND”, FOR CMP (VP) BUT STILL ALLOTS THEM “LAMPS, ELECTRIC”.   THE ISSUE OF “TORCHES, HAND”, TO PROVOST NCO’S AT PRTS IS ALREADY COVERED BY AFG 1098 -3.

JUN 21  STRIKES - PORT OF LONDON.   APM 193 PORTS PRO COY REPORTS THAT ALL STEVEDORES IN PORT OF LONDON CAME OUT ON STRIKE TODAY.   THEY HAVE BEEN ADOPTING A “GO SLOW” ATTITUDE FOR SOME TIME AND THE LOADING PROCESS IS NOW TWICE AS LONG AS IS NECESSARY.

JUN 22  STRIKE - PORT OF LONDON.   REF PARA 1932 (A) REPORT NOW RECEIVED FROM APM 193 PORTS PRO COY THAT STEVEDORES HAD STRUCK WORK ON SS BELGIAN CREW ON 19 JUNE 45 ON ACCOUNT OF PRESENCE OF MILITARY POLICE IN THE HOLDS.   REQUISITIONED SHIP FOR HAMBURG (SPIRITS & TOBACCO).   EMBARKATION COMMANDANT AGREED THAT MILITARY POLICE SHOULD REMAIN IN THE HOLDS,   WORK ON THIS SHIP HAS THEREFORE CEASED.

MILITARY CONVICTS AND PRISONERS FROM OVERSEAS.   DAAG AGC (CM) TELEPHONED THAT IN CASES WHEN ACCOMMODATION IS REQUIRED IN MILITARY PRISONS THE INSPECTOR SHOULD BE TELEPHONED TO - SLOANE 7274 (VICTORIA COACH STATION, BUCKINGHAM PALACE ROAD, ROOM 408) - THIS WILL BE PREFERABLE TO TELEPHONING TO INDIVIDUAL DETENTION BARRACKS.

JUN 23  STRIKE - PORT OF LONDON.   APM TELEPHONE THAT THE EMB COMDT. PORT OF LONDON (LT COL OSBORNE) HAD HAD INSTRUCTIONS FROM Q(M) WAR OFFICE THAT MILITARY POLICE SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM HOLDS OF FORT BRULE AND BELGIAN CREW AND THAT PLA POLICE (PORT OF LONDON AUTHORITY) WOULD TAKE OVER THE DUTY.   I AGREED TO THIS.   SHIPS ARE NOT LOADING AGAIN TILL MONDAY 25TH JUNE.   STEVEDORES HAVE RETURNED TO WORK ON ALL OTHER SHIPS.  

JUN 24   APM, 193 PRO COY, TELEPHONED THAT HE HAD CALLED ON COL GLOVER, DDFM (S), WAR OFFICE, WHO HOPE TO COME TO SOME ARRANGEMENT REGARDING PROCEDURE TO BE ADOPTED IN DEALING WITH STRIKES ON FORT BRULE AND BELGIAN CREW BUT THAT MEANWHILE MILITARY POLICE  SHOULD NOT DO DUTY IN THE HOLDS OF THOSE SHIPS DURING LOADING PROCESS.

JUN 25 REPORT RECEIVED FROM APM 193 PRO COY, RELATIVE TO THE ABOVE INTERVIEW.   APM TELEPHONE THAT STEVEDORES CONTINUE WORK ON THESE TWO SHIPS TODAY AND THAT SHIPS OFFICERS WERE PRESENT IN THE HOLD BUT NOT PLA POLICE.   WHEN WORK FINISHED MILITARY POLICE WILL EXAMINE CARGO.

JUN 28   PILFERAGE - M.W.T (MINISTRY OF WAR TRANSPORT) WORKING COMMITTEE.   RECEIVED COPY OF MWT PILFERAGE WORKING COMMITTEE’S REPORT FOR PERIOD 1 NOV 44 TO 31 MAY 45 CONTAINING A GENERAL RESUME OF WHAT THE COMMITTEE HAD BEEN ABLE TO DO.

RECOMMENDATIONS ARE - AN INCREASE OF POLICE AT PORT (CIVIL AND SERVICE): NO DECREASE IN SIB:  RESTORATION OF FULL SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY FOR CARGO ON THE PART OF SHIPS’ OFFICERS:  A RECOMMENDATION TO THE HOME OFFICE THAT ENDEAVOURS SHOULD BE MADE TO INCREASE PENALTIES FOR PILFERING WAS NOT FAVOURABLY RECEIVED.   ON THE WHOLE THE COMMITTEE SAY THAT THE CUMULATIVE

EFFECT OF PREVENTIVE MEASURES IS GRADUALLY BRINGING ABOUT AN IMPROVEMENT BUT THAT THERE SHOULD BE NO RELAXATION BY THE INTEREST CONCERNED.

JUN 29  STRIKE - PORT OF LONDON  LETTER FROM APM, 193 PRO COY, SAYING THAT ALL WD CONCERNED SHIPS HAD NOW CLEARED THE PORT OF LONDON EXCEPT EMPIRE MORTIMER (WHICH WAS TAKING ON WHAT THE BELGIAN CREW COASTER HAD LEFT BEHIND) AND MASIRAH (A COMMERCIALLY LOADING VESSEL).   ALL STEVEDORES HAVE BEEN WORKING VERY SLOWLY FOR THE WHOLE MONTH, THE REASON BEING THE WITHDRAWAL OF SPECIAL RATES OF PAY WHICH WERE ALLOWED FOR THE “OVERLORD” OPERATION.   ANY EXCUSE HAS BEEN SEIZED UPON TO STRIKE AND IT IS DOUBTFUL IF THERE IS ANY REAL OPPOSITION TO THE PRESENCE OF MILITARY POLICE IN THE HOLDS OF SHIPS EXCEPT AS A USEFUL DELAYING METHOD.

JUN 30   PILFERAGE OF NAAFI STORES - LIVERPOOL TO LONDON

MINUTES OF A MEETING BETWEEN CHIEF OF POLICE, LMS, SUPT FINNEY )LMS LIVERPOOL) AND OC 1 SIS.    ARRANGEMENTS MADE FOR THE BETTER WATCHING OF NAAFI STORES LOADED ON RAILWAY AT LIVERPOOL FOR SHIPMENT TO LONDON.

PRO MAY 14 159.JPG

This is a very detailed war diary.

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WO 166/17772                        1 COMPANY TC                   JAN-AUG 1945

SOUTHAMPTON.  CAPT H METTAM KOYLI OC, LT G R DAY 138274 GREEN HOWARDS.

7683728 SGT ARTHUR THOMAS CHARLES WILLS LANNING AWARDED THE BRITISH EMPIRE MEDAL (MILITARY DIVISION)   LONDON GAZETTE FRIDAY DEC 29, 1944.

JAN 19   5570399 PTE E G CLEVERLEY AND 13068656 CPL R P FOTHERGILL AWARDED CERTIFICATE OF GOOD SERVICE.

FEB 4   1 OTHER RANK DIED FROM INJURIES RECEIVED IN AN ACCIDENT.   (3197054 L/CPL DOUGLAS J).

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WO 166/17773                        46 COMPANY TC              JAN-SEPT 1945

UPMINSTER, ESSEX.    CAPT G M CHAPMAN.

JAN 26   V2 INCIDENT AT ARDLEIGH GREEN, NR SQUIRREL’S HEATH, SMALL PARTY OF MEN SUPPLIED TO ASSIST CIVIL DEFENCE AUTHORITY.

MAR 3   CAPT CHAPMAN ATTENDED INQUEST ON PTE BOOTH (5258116 PTE S BOOTH).

MAR 6 OC AND OFFICERS ATTENDED FUNERAL OF PTE BOOTH.

MAR 12   COURT OF INQUIRY FOR PTE BOOTH’S FATAL ACCIDENT.

MAY 24   GODSTONE.   CAPT P A MANNING OC.

AUG 10   CAPT W E RUDLING  OC

HONOURS AND AWARDS.   GOC IN C’S CERTIFICATE FOR MERITORIOUS SERVICE: S/169408 SGT J N HANCOCK AND 5573883 CPL E R CUTLER.

SEP 30 COMPANY NOW DISBANDED.   ALL STORES AND EQUIPMENT TO BE DISPOSED OF DURING WEEK ENDING 8 OCT 45.

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WO 166/17774                       114 COMPANY TC                      JULY 1945

HAVANT, HANTS.    CAPT F A J CORRINGE. GENERAL LIST.

JUL 1   MOBILIZATION ORDER RECEIVED FROM WAR OFFICE.

JUL 25   MOBILIZATION ORDER COMPLETED.

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WO 166/17775                        331 COMPANY VP                       JAN 1945

SOUTHAMPTON.   CAPT W C HINDS 102456 RA, LT L G T MCDONALD 135534 CAMERON HIGHLANDER, LT J HINCHCLIFFE 139147 SHERWOOD FORESTERS.

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WO 166/17776                       334 COMPANY VP              JAN-JUNE 1945

CROSBY COURT, NORTHALLERTON.    CAP F R GASKELL RA.

JAN   THE FOLLOWING VP’S TAKEN OVER BY THIS COMPANY FROM 336 COMPANY VP ON 1/1/45, B2503 CHARNWOOD, B2501 CLUMBER, B2602 KEDDLESTON, B2601 BEAUMANOR,   CONSIST OF 42 PERSONNEL.

JAN 1   LT V E HARRIS 240084 RECCE CORPS POSTED IN.

FEB 11   LT BRANNAN DUKE OF WELLINGTON’S REGIMENT TEMPORARY OC

B2504 EASINGWOLD.

FEB 14   G2002 OTTRINGHAM SECTION WITHDRAWN.

JUN 21   LT H L ABBOTT 168550 RA NEW OC.

JUN 29   1063797 WOI RSM MC BARRON H NEW RSM.

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WO 166/17777                      371 COMPANY VP               JAN-JUNE 1945

WYTHAM, BERKS.

JAN 1 57 OTHER RANKS POSTED TO 377 COMPANY VP.

COMPANY HQ NOW BEECHFIELD HOTEL, YELVERTON, DEVON.

JAN 29   1 OFFICER, 1 CSM, 125 OTHER RANKS PROCEEDED TO DEVIZES ON POW ESCORT.

FEB 23   CMP VP WITHDRAWN FROM DERRIFORD.

MAR 21   MAJ KENNEDY APM VP VISITS COMPANY.

APRIL 11   COY HQ FROM BEECHFIELD HOTEL TO BUCKLAND MANOR, LYMINGTON, HANTS.

MAY 11 - 24 ESCORTED 21,527 PRISONERS OF WAR ON OPERATION NEST EGG.

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WO 166/17778                       377 COMPANY VP               JAN-DEC 1945

ANDOVER, HANTS.   MAJ H P STEED.

JAN   NORMAL DUTIES, WEAPON TRAINING AND POLICE COURSE.   OC VISITING VP’S.

JUL   CAPT H J WALKDEN POSTED IN.

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WO 166/17779                    434 COMPANY VP                  OCT-NOV 1945

KNOCK, NORTHERN IRELAND      CAPT W SPEARS.

OCT 4  1 NCO AND TWO OTHER RANKS SPECIAL DUTY POLLOCK DOCKS, BELFAST FOR SHIPPING OF MUSTARD GAS BY ROYAL ENGINEERS.

OCT 12   RE OPEN BALLYCLARE DETACHMENT, TOOK OVER FROM PIONEER CORPS GUARD.   LT DUGUID ARRIVES

NOV COMPANY STRENGTH 2 OFFICERS, 1 WO2, 1 S/GT, 4 SGT’S, 6 CPL’S, 15 L/CPL’S, 104 OTHER RANKS.

LETTER:  LT W SPEARS, ℅ HQ SIB, CMP.   IN ACCORDANCE WITH INSTRUCTIONS OF THE PM, YOU WILL REPORT FOR DUTY TO 434 COY VP, 14 CAMP, JACKSON’S ROAD, HOLYWOOD. CO. DOWN, NORTHERN IRELAND, POSTING AS OFFICER COMMANDING, ON 1 OCT 45.

NOV 21   OC PROCEEDS TO HALTWHISTLE AS OFFICER I/C ESCORT FOR 3 GERMAN OFFICER PRISONERS OF WAR.

DETACHMENT HQ N10, RAOC KINNEGAR.   LT J L LEITCH 27371 RUR POSTED IN.

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WO 166/17780            LONDON DISTRICT PRO COY          JAN-DEC 1945

JAN   DEATH REPORTED NO NAME OR CAUSE

JUN   COPY OF WAR DIARY FOR JUNE IN A MONTHLY REPORT WHICH CONTAINS LITTLE OR NO INFORMATION.   ALL MONTHS ARE THE SAME FORMAT.

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WO 166/17781            6 AIRBORNE DIV PRO COY       JULY - AUG 1945

BULFORD   CAPT L J NORTHAM

JUL 9   1 OFFICER AND 9 NCO’S ON DUTY AT WATERLOO STATION.

JUL 13   SGT ELLIOT PROCEEDED ON JUNGLE WARFARE COURSE.

JUL 17 TROUBLE IN SALISBURY WINDOWS BROKEN.

JUL 18 TROUBLE IN SALISBURY BROUGHT UNDER CONTROL BY OUR OWN REINFORCEMENTS

JUL 19   3 SECTION LEFT FOR SEAC (SOUTH EAST ASIA COMMAND).

AUG 8  PM VISITS UNIT AND INSPECTED BARRACKS AND DISPLAY OF FAR EAST CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT FOR AN AIRBORNE PRO COY.   SGT FINLAY POSTED IN FROM 1 AIRBORNE DIVISION.

AUG 9 22.30 L/CPL DRIVER F KILLED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT AT BISHOPSTONE, NR SALISBURY.

AUG 17   6 NCO’S AND OC ATTEND L/CPL DRIVERS FUNERAL.

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WO 166/17782        124 (BEACH) BDE PRO COY               JUN-OCT 1945

GAILES, TROON, AYRSHIRE          CAPT G M C A ELZEAR DE SABRAN,   RSM HULMES.

JUN 5   124 CORPS OR ARMY PRO COY CMP (LT)WAS FORMED WE THIS DATE AT GAILES CMAP CTC DUNDONALD NR TROON, AYRSHIRE.

ARRIVALS: LT R H CHASMAR, RSM HUMES W, CQMS CULAHNE D, CPL         BALDWIN F J REME.

JUN 6  ARRIVALS LT J C POTTER AND LT F C UDALE RAC.

JUN 18 DESIGNATION OF COMPANY CHANGED TO 124 BEACH BRIGADE PROVOST COMPANY

AUG 8 14912811 L/CPL JONES REPORTED AS HAVING BEEN INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT AT 19.25 HRS, CONVEYED TO KILMARNOCK HOSPITAL.

AUG 8 1556856 SGT SLEIGHTS APPEARED BEFORE MAGISTRATES COURT (LT POTTER WATCHING BRIEF) ON SUMMONS FOR DANGEROUS DRIVING.   PLEADED NOT GUILTY - REMANDED TO 12 OCT 45.

AUG 11  SECTIONS 1,2,3 & 4 ALLOCATED TO 100 BEACH GROUP FOR TRAINING - OFFICER I/C DETACHMENT LT R H CHASMAR PC.

AUG 10 14895511 L/CPL PETTIGREW CMP PLACED IN CLOSE ARREST.

AUG 15   NO. 1585894 GNR VIALL RB AND 11421614 GUNNER CHIDSEY PLACED UNDER CLOSE ARREST ON SUSPICION OF BEING CONCERNED IN A THEFT OF WD PROPERTY AND COMMITTED TO DUNDONALD NAVAL GUARD ROOM.

AUG 16 PERSONAL EFFECTS OF GUNNER VIALL AND CHIDSEY HANDED OVER TO A/ADJ, CAPTAIN R B LEE, 100 BEACH WING.   SIB TAKE OVER CASE.

AUG 27   NO6 SECTION RETURNS TO GAILES FROM INVERARAY BY FAST LAUNCH.   L/CPL BALL ABSENT WITHOUT LEAVE.

AUGUST 28   ESCORT DESPATCHED TO STOKE ON TRENT FOR L/CPL’S BALL AND MAYER.

AUG 29 BALL AND MEYER RETURNED AND PLACED IN CLOSE ARREST.

SEPT 4 COMPANY HQ TO HUTTED CAMP GAILES.

SEP 11   INVESTIGATION RE THEFT OF ACETYLENE WELDING EQUIPMENT FROM 192 COMPANY RASC ON 8 SEPT 45.   HANDED OVER TO SIB.

UNIT BD FITTING PARADE - CONTRACT TAILOR IN ATTENDANCE.

SEP 12   1 PRISONER RECAPTURED BY INVERARAY DETACHMENT.

SIB CALLED RE CASE OF 10 PAIRS OF RUBBER BOOT FOUND BY CIVIL POLICE NEAR BDE. HQ.

MR J PETERS STOPPED IN CAMP AREA AND FOUND TO BE IN ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF WD PROPERTY FROM CSD GAILES.   CASE HANDED OVER TO CIVIL POLICE IRVINE.

OCT 9 DISBANDMENT ORDER RECEIVED.

OCT 21 UNIT DISBANDED.

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WO 166/17783                    150 HQ PRO COY                 JAN - NOV 1945

JAN 25 RICHMOND & HELMSLEY C IN C HOME FORCES VISITS UNITS AT RICHMOND AND HELMSLEY PILOTS PROVIDED.

JAN 29 DETACHMENT OF THIS COY OPENED AT SCARBOROUGH.

MAR 13/15 VISIT OF C IN C HOME FORCES. ESCORT PROVIDED.

APR 26  CATTERICK GEN SIR T B RIDDELL-WEBSTER KCB. DSO VISITS UNITS IN CATTERICK.   ESCORT PROVIDED.

MAY 20/29 RICHMOND AND DURHAM   C IN C HOME FORCES VISITS UNIT IN THE AREA. ESCORT PROVIDED.

JUN 28 SCARBOROUGH   VISIT OF HRH PRINCESS ROYAL TO ROYAL CORPS OF SIGNALS AND ATS UNITS IN SCARBOROUGH.  ESCORT AND GUIDES PROVIDED.

JUL 28 CATTERICK PROVOST MARSHAL MAJ GENERAL T D ERSKINE DSO VISITS UNIT. GUIDES PROVIDED.

SEP 26 CATTERICK  HRH PRINCESS ROYAL VISITS ROYAL CORPS OF SIGNALS IN CATTERICK CAMP.   GUIDES AND TRAFFIC CONTROL PROVIDED.

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WO 166/17784                            151 PRO COY                  JAN-DEC 1945

18 CLARENDON PLACE, LEEDS.    MAJ P M FORSYTH-FOREST.

DIARY CONTAINS ROYAL VISITS AND GENERAL VISITS.

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WO 166/17785                           152 PRO COY                   JAN-DEC 1945

28 MAGDALA ROAD, NOTTINGHAM.   MAJ J C SUTTON.

JAN   THIS UNIT HAD NOW BEEN REFORMED AS A “CPL’S COY” UNDER THE SCHEME FOR THE EMPLOYMENT WITH CMP OF SURPLUS SGT’S AND CPL’S

FEB-NOV ROUTINE DUTIES.   CHANGE OF LOCATION TO MAPPERLEY CAMP, RANSOM ROAD, NOTTINGHAM.

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WO 166/17786                  174 PRO COY PORTS                JAN-DEC 1945

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE.    MAJ A E STUART MC.

DETACHMENT’S AT HULL, MIDDLESBOROUGH, SUNDERLAND, GRIMSBY AND IMMINGHAM.

JAN 26   INFORMATION FOR RECRUITS FOR AIRBORNE MILITARY POLICE.

FEB   INFORMATION FOR EMPLOYMENT IN CIVIL LIFE FOR CIVIL POLICE, AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION, PORT OF LONDON AUTHORITY, WAR DEPARTMENT CONSTABULARY, CORPS OF COMMISSIONAIRES, BRITISH LEGION NATIONAL CAR PARK ATTENDANTS, JOHN BARKER LTD, HARRODS LTD, J LYONS & CO LTD. BENTALLS.   SEVERAL BIG FIRMS OWNING BLOCKS

OF FLATS REQUIRING PORTER, CHECKERS AND LIFT ATTENDANTS.

MARCH 15   DISCIPLINE.   THE DISCIPLINE OF THE COMPANY HAS RECENTLY FALLEN FAR SHORT OF THE REQUIRED STANDARD,   UNTIL SUCH TIME AS THERE IS A MARKED IMPROVEMENT IN THIS DIRECTION GUEST NIGHTS IN THE CANTEENS AT NEWCASTLE AND SUNDERLAND WILL CEASE FROM 17TH MARCH 1945 AND ON MONIES WILL BE ALLOWED TO BE VOTED FROM FUNDS OF THESE CANTEENS FOR THE PURPOSES OF FREE NIGHTS OR ENTERTAINMENT.

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WO 166/17787             175 PRO COY PORTS                     JAN-DEC 1945

NEWPORT, MONS.    MAJ ASTON

JAN   ROUTINE AND VISITS.

MAR   WORK OF CMP IN BURMA.  THE FOLLOWING IS A COPY OF A CABLE RECEIVED BY THE PROVOST MARSHAL BY AN ARMY OBSERVER WITH THE BRITISH AND INDIAN TROOPS OF THE 25TH INDIAN DIVISION.   THE PROVOST MARSHAL IS GLAD TO FORWARD THIS STORY OF THE SPLENDID WAY THESE NCO’S HAVE UPHELD, BY THEIR GALLANTRY, THE GREAT REPUTATION ALREADY WON BY THE CORPS OF MILITARY POLICE.

REDCAPS HELP WOUNDED

BRITISH ‘REDCAPS’ IN BURMA ON FRONT LINE BEATS ARE DOING JOBS NOT LAID DOWN IN THEIR TRAINING MANUALS, WRITES AN ARMY OBSERVER, BRITISH AND INDIAN TROOPS OF THE 25TH INDIAN DIVISION FIGHTING AMONG THE ROTTING MANGROVE SWAMPS AND MAZE OF ALLIGATOR INFESTED CREEKS OF ARAKAN HAVE, IN RECENT WEEKS, MADE FOUR ASSAULT LANDINGS DOWN THE BAY OF BENGAL TO CUT THE MAIN JAPANESE ESCAPE ROUTE SOUTH.   ON EACH LANDING THE MP’S HAVE GONE IN WITH THE FIRST TROOPS TO LAND, THEIR RED CAPS AND SHINING BRASSES AN INCONGRUOUS SIGHT AMONG THE BATTERED SLOUCH HATS AND SOILED JUNGLE GREEN UNIFORMS OF THE INFANTRY.

AMONG THESE FRONT LINE MP’S WAS L/CPL R WILLIAMS, BRUN HAELOG HOUSE, MORRISTON, SWANSEA, A SHEET METAL WORKER IN PEACETIME.   AFTER STRUGGLING ASHORE THROUGH THICK MUD, THE MILITARY POLICE WENT TO WORK ON USUAL BEACH-HEAD DUTIES - LAYING WHITE TAPES TO MAKE MINE FREE LANES, DIRECTING TRAFFIC, AND HELPING THE BEACHMASTER TO GET CRAFT UNLOADED WITH THE MINIMUM DELAY.   THEY THEN SURPRISED THE FIGHTING TROOPS BY TACKLING JOBS NOT USUALLY PERFORMED BY ‘REDCAPS’.   ON ONE BEACH-HEAD WHEN THE GUNNERS WERE RUNNING SHORT OF AMMUNITION, THE MP’S PEELED OFF THEIR SHIRTS, LOADED THE SHELLS ON TO TRUCKS AND DROVE THEM TO THE GUNS ON BEACHES UNDER HEAVY ENEMY SHELLFIRE.   THEY WORKED IN THE OPEN, BRINGING IN STRETCHER CASES, THEN THEY SET TO WORK BREWING TEA FOR THE WOUNDED.   THE MP’S ALSO GAVE EVERY WOUNDED MAN A CIGARETTE FROM THEIR OWN SCANTY RATIONS.

DURING THE DIVISION’S 80 MILE PUSH DOWN THE KALAPANZIN RIVER, THE MP’S TOOK TO WATER AS EASILY AS THE FAMED THAMES RIVER POLICE.   THEY STOOD ON POINT DUTY IN BOATS AT CREEK JUNCTIONS GUIDING THE ‘AMETEUR’ SALORS OF THE INFANTRY, AND WHEN THE TROOPS’ NATIVE

SAMPANS GOT INTO DIFFICULTIES THE MP’S CAME TO THE RESCUE IN POWERED CRAFT.

OTHER MEN IN 25 DIV MP’S ARE L/CPL U UNDERWOOD, 42 ELAINE ST. WARRINGTON LANCS, A FORMER BRICKLAYER, SGT T WOOD, 8 WAVERLEY AV. THORNTON HILL, EXETER, AND INSURANCE AGENT, L/CPL W ORTLOFF 110 BRAND LANE, STONE HILL, MANSFIELD, A CYCLE FITTER, L/CPL J FOLLWY, 119 HIGHFIELDS ROAD, MALTBY, ROTHERHAM, L/CPL G TWYMAN, 16 SUTTON BLDS, N KENSINGTON LONDON WHO WAS WITH THE MET POLICE AT HAMMERSMITH, L/CPL A AMOS, 186 ALVERSTONE ROAD, MANOR PARK, LONDON, CPL CHARLWOOD, 23 HOLDY LANE, LONDON A BUILDER, CPL D HOWARD, 1 MOUNT AVENUE LIVERPOOL A MECHANIC, L/CPL J MARSH, 63 DIBDALE ROAD, DUDLEY, WORCESTERSHIRE, MASTER BRICKLAYER, LC/PL C WASSEL, BAYTON COMMON, CLAWS TOP, KIDDERMINSTER, WORCESTERSHIRE, A LORRY DRIVER AND L/CPL EDWARD HURST, OF 45 BOLSOVER ROAD FIRTH PARK, SHEFFIELD, FORMERLY SHEFFIELD POLICE CONSTABLE, WHOSE BEAT WAS IN THE ATTERCLIFFE AREA.

APRIL 4   PART I ORDER

CORPS OF MILITARY POLICE.   EXTRACT FROM AN ARTICLE IN “THE SPHERE” 17 MARCH 1945 BY CHARLES GRAVES, ENTITLES “BEHIND THE BATTLE LINES”.

“EVEN CORPS COMMANDERS HAVE TO SUBMIT MEEKLY TO MILITARY POLICEMEN ON TRAFFIC DUTY.   I HAVE WRITTEN IN “THE SPHERE” PREVIOUSLY ABOUT THE CORPS OF MILITARY POLICE BUT THAT ARTICLE WAS BASED ON INFORMATION RECEIVED.   I NEEDED TO GO TO THE FRONT MYSELF TO REALISE WHAT WONDERFUL FELLOWS THESE RED CAPS WERE.   THERE THEY STAND AT CROSS ROAD AFTER CROSS ROADS WITHIN TWO OR THREE MILES OF THE FRONT, DIRECTING TRAFFIC AS SMOOTHLY AND CALMLY AS IF THEY WERE IN HYDE PARK.   AND YET THEY KNOW THAT ANY CROSS ROADS IS A PRIORITY TARGET FOR GERMAN ARTILLERY, NOT TO MENTION THE LUFTWAFFE.   I WATCHED ONE OF THEM AT SITTARD FOR NEARLY AN HOUR.  HE NEVER LOST HIS TEMPER, NEVER USED THE ABRUPT GESTURES OF SOME OF OUR ALLIED MILITARY TRAFFIC COPS.   HE WAS APPARENTLY, ABLE TO GIVE DIRECTIONS TO HALF A DOZEN DRIVERS SIMULTANEOUSLY AND STILL KEEP THE FLOOD OF TRAFFIC SURGING ON.   IN SPITE OF THEIR VULNERABILITY THESE MILITARY POLICEMAN OF OUR NEVER WEAR STEEL HELMETS.   IF IT COMES TO THAT YOU NEVER SEE A STEEL HELMET UNTIL YOU ARE LITERALLY IN THE FRONT LINES”.

OCT   MAJ F EMERSON NEW OC.

1 JAN 1946 LETTER DISBANDING COMPANY.

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WO 166/17788                   186 PRO COY PORTS               JAN-DEC 1945

BLUNDELLSANDS, PRESTON.   MAJ G P O’DONOVAN.

JAN 13 W WATSON, DOCKER, PRESTON FINED £1 SMOKING ON BOARD MV NAGATIRA.

JAN 14 - 20 LIST OF SHIPS MANNED BY COY.

JAN 20   48 SHIPS MANNED BY CMP.   ROUTINE DUTIES.   L/CPL’S MOONEY AND JONES OF THIS UNIT AWARDED 9 MONTH IMPRISONMENT BY FGCM FOR

STEALING CIGARETTES FROM BIRKENHEAD DOCKS.

MAR 5   JOHN MORLEY, DOCKER, BIRKENHEAD ARRESTED BY PTE CROZIER CMP VP BEING DRUNK AND INCAPABLE ON SS STRAAT ALAKKA.   FINED 10/- SHILLINGS AND 7/6 PENCE COSTS

MAR 13   RAF AND CANADIAN DETAILS INCLUDING L.I.A.P PERSONNEL.   F BAKER FINED £22 AND s WEIR FINED £17, W BROWN FINED £8, MEMBERS OF SHIPS DREW SS LANGLEY CRAG, ARRESTED BY L/CPL WARD CMP FOR LARCENY OF WD STORES.   THE AFOREMENTIONED FINES WERE MADE AT BRANDON STREET POLICE COURT, BIRKENHEAD.

MAR 19   WALTER ERNEST GREGG, DOCKER, BIRKENHEAD, ARRESTED BY PTE CARR CMP. VP.   FINED £10 AT BRANDON STREET POLICE COURT FOR STEALING NAAFI BEER ON BOARD THE EMPIRE CHIEFTAIN.

LOTS OF DETAILS OF SHIPS MANNED BY CMP.

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WO 166/17789                    177 PRO COY PORTS              JAN-DEC 1945

GLASGOW, FASLANE, GREENOCK, LEITH, ABERDEEN… CAPT C J DOWDING.

JANUARY.   LIST OF SHIPS IN JANUARY.

DIARY CONTAINS 2 FULL LIST OF THEFTS FROM DOCKS, THEFT WAS ON A LARGE SCALE.

APRIL 7   GREENOCK DETACHMENT BILLETED IN WHITSONDENE, FORSYTH STREET GREENOCK.

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