CMP

WAR DIARIES

NORTH AFRICA

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WO 175/11                DPM AFHQ NORTH AFRICA         JAN-JUNE 1943

ALGIERS    LT COL N C M SYKES MC. DPM

JAN 25   MAJ E G THEOPHILUS   APM 5 CORPS HAS BEEN KILLED, SHOT BY AIRCRAFT WHILST TRAVELLING BY ROAD.

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WO 175/76                      DPM 1ST ARMY                      JAN-JUNE 1943

LT COL E K PATON WALSH RA.

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WO 175/123               1 AIRBORNE DIV PRO COY                  DEC 1942

NIL.

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WO 175/134                     1 DIV PRO COY                     JAN-JUNE 1943

9 MAR 43  ARRIVE ALGIERS.   CAPT A J LEWIN GEN LIST 14/4/42,  LT A W SUDDABY RECCE CORPS 26/8/42,   LT K N N GOULD GEN LIST 30/5/43.   LT B HOWSE GEN LIST 22/2/43.   LT GOLDSTONE SHERWOOD FORESTERS 1/4/43.   LT N J LOCKE SOMERSET LIGHT INFANTRY 30/5/43.

15 MAR 43 UNIT MOVE TO BONE.

28 MAR 43 1 BATTLE CASUALTY CPL PEARCE.

1-2 MAY 43 POW LT HANS OPEL, LUFTWAFFE.

6 MAY 43   2 CASUALTIES L/CPL STAFFORD AND L/CPL G PAYNE.

12 MAY 43 SOUSSE POW THROUGH DIV CAGE TO DATE: OFFICERS 139, OTHER RANKS 3359.

11 JUN 43 PANTELLERIA OPERATION CORKSCREW.

16 JUN 43 BOMBING RAID, NCO’S KILLED: L/CPL VANNER,   L/CPL GRIFFIN,  L/CPL HIGSON,  L/CPL WOODS, L/CPL HOYLE SEVERE EYE INJURY.

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WO 175/144                      4 DIV PRO COY                        MARCH 1943

24 APR 43  MEDJEZ-EL-BAB.   SGT SMITH TOGETHER WITH SGT WILKINSON SPECIALIST MINE CLEARING SECTION WENT FORWARD TO 12.1.B. AT APPROX 18.00HRS, L/CPL SANGWIN REPORTED KILLED AT 12.1.B AREA.   DEATH CAUSED BY ANTI-PERSONNEL BOMB.   10 POW IN CAGE.

27 APR 43 GRENADIER HILL.   L/CPL DENTON WOUNDED BY SHRAPNEL WHILE ON BRIDGE.

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WO 175/155  6 ARMD DIV PRO COY    NOV-DEC 1943, JAN-JUN 1943

8 NOV 42 EMBARK IRVINE SCOTLAND.  

12-14 NOV 42 ARRIVE ALGIERS.   LT P C B ROWE RA 21/12/42.

21 JAN 1943 MID TO 794642 CPL HARDY 6 ARMD DIV PRO COY.

CAPT J E ELLIS RA 19/2/42 OC, LT J BEATTIE ROYAL SCOTS 10/7/42, LT GOLDSTONE LONDON IRISH RIFLES 22/11/1942,  LT P C B ROWE RA 21/9/43  COMMENDATION PART 1 ORDER 19, DATED 20/3/43 TO 1051789 SGT J MCGEE 6 ARMD DIV PRO COY.

THIS NCO ON THE 7/1/43 NEAR EL AROUSSA, HEARING THAT AN UNEXPLODED BOMB WAS IMPEDING TRAFFIC ON THE ROAD HALF A MILE EAST OF THE TOWN, HASTENED TO THE SCENE AND SEEING THE FINS OF THE BOMB PROTRUDING FROM THE GROUND, PERSONALLY WITHDREW THE BOMB AND REMOVE IT TO A SAFE PLACE, THUS PERMITTING TRAFFIC ON THE ROAD TO BE RESUMED.

1 APR  CAPT H M KNEE NORTHAMPTONSHIRE REGT NEW OC9 APR TWO L/CPL’S WOUNDED BY MORTAR FIRE (NOT NAMED IN DIARY).

24 APR 1 L/CPL MISSING BELIEVED POW.

25 APRIL 1 L/CPL WOUNDED BY SHRAPNEL.

6 MAY 1 L/CPL KILLED IN ACTION TODAY (NO NAME IN DIARY BUT L/CPL WYATT).   LT BEATTIE AND BATMAN WOUNDED.

25 MAY COMMENDATION CARD RECEIVED FROM GOC 1 ARMY FOR SGT MCGEE FOR GALLANTRY IN THE FIELD 27/1/43.

PART I ORDER 39 28/5/43 SGT MCEVOY FOR DUTIES AT THE SALVAGE DUMP.

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WO 175/166                   46 DIV PRO COY                     JAN-JUNE 1943

JAN  FARNBOROUGH TO GOUROCK,  MT ORGITA TO ALGIERS THE QUEEN EMMA TO BONE.

LT BOTTRILL HW EAST SURREY REGT 25/6/42 OC,   LT A BLUNDON ROYAL IRISH FUSILIERS 15/8/42, LT G T S HARPER GENERAL LIST 28/8/42.  LT J A PIKE ROYAL WEST KENT REGT 4/2/43.

FEB 28 BEJA  ENEMY AIR ATTACK, L/CPL GOODALL SEVERELY INJURED.

MAR 1 TESTOUR NEWS RECEIVED THAT NCO WHO WAS INJURED HAS ESCAPED FROM GERMAN HANDS AND IS NOW IN HOSPITAL IN GOOD SPIRITS.

MAR 4 EXCELLENT WORK OS SECTION NOTICED AND LETTER OF APPRECIATION TO SGT WILMAN.

MAR 14 AFW 3121 SUBMITTED TO DIV HQ, L/CPL’S CRABB AND MURRAY RECOMMENDED FOR ACTS OF GALLANTRY.

LT C M STARLING ROYAL FUSILIERS ARRIVED 3/5/43.

LT R PEARSON ROYAL WEST KENTS 26/3/43.

MAY 5 BOTTRILL.   10 POW’S.   CAPT S L TAYLOR QUEENS REGT NEW OC FROM 101 PRO COY.

MAY 10 14,000 POW’S DEALT WITH DURING LAST 36 HOURS.   NEW POW CAGE OPENED AT TUNIS RACE COURSE - 7,000 - 11,000 - 14,000.

MAY 19 LT HARPER LEAVES UNIT.

MAY 20 VICTORY PARADE IN TUNIS.

JUNE 12 GUELMA  COY IN ASSEMBLY AREA.   L/CPL SWAIN KILLED IN AN ACCIDENT.

JUNE 22 HAMMAMET  LT E O POWELL WELCH REGT 8/6/43.  LT E N WILLETTS NORTHAMPTONSHIRE REGT 19/6/43 ATT ON PROBATION PENDING TRANSFER.

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WO 175/176                78 DIV PRO COY      1 OCT 1942-26 JUNE 1943

STIRLING, SCOTLAND

OCT 1-13 AT SEA FROM GREENOCK POLISH LINER SOBIESKI EXERCISE.

OCT 26 EMBARK GOUROCK, AT SEA.

NOV 4 ISSUE OF PILLS AND CONDOMS

ALGIERS, FIRING AND COMMANDOS LANDED.

NOV 14 SETIF, BONE DUZERVILLE, SOUK-ARRAS, GHARDIMADUX, ELOJEBIL, MUNCHAR - RAIL HEAD AND POW DUTIES, OVER 200 GERMAN & ITALIAN POW’S.

CAPT J TAYLOR PIONEER CORPS 15/10/42 OC, LT H JEFFERY EAST SURREY REGT 5/9/42 TO 20/3/43, LT H KNEE NORTHAMPTONSHIRE REGT 8/10/42.

NOV 28 7684591 CPL N COLLINS CMP AND 1916939 L/CPL H SWINGER CMP AT SEA ON “OTRANTO” FAILED TO DISEMBARK TOGETHER WITH 2 X REME.

JAN 12 1943 BEJA  SGT HINDMARSH DIED IN A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT, 1ST CASUALTY IN COY IN AFRICA.

JAN 25   APM 5 CORPS KILLED BY MACHINE GUNNING FROM THE AIR.   (MAJ THEOPHILUS).

JAN 29 NEWS OF MISSING “ORANTO” JEEPS RECEIVED FROM 227 L OF C PRO COY IN ALGIERS.

JAN 30 PART DISPATCHED TO ALGIERS TO RESCUE “ORANTO” L/CPL.

FEB 14/15 TESTOUR.   AIR ATTACK.   SLOUGLUA BRIDGE BOMBED, OUR POINTMAN ON DUTY, MOTORCYCLE DAMAGED BY BOMB SPLINTERS.

FEB 20  GERMAN PATROL REACHES WITHIN 500 YARDS OF A SECTION BILLETT AT TALLY HO CORNER.

FEB 24 GERMAN PATROL ENTERS FARM AT TALLY HO CORNER (CMP BILLETT) THEY WERE FIRED ON BY OUR OWN MEN, 2 GERMANS THOUGHT TO BE WOUNDED, PATROL DRIVEN OFF LEAVING A GERMAN LMG IN OUR HANDS.

FEB 26 GERMAN TANKS ATTACK SECTION BILLET AT TALLY HO CORNER, SECTION GETS AWAY, 2 CASUALTIES, 8 MOTORCYCLES AND 2 TRUCKS IN ENEMY HANDS.

FEB 27 178 GERMAN POW RECEIVED AT DIV POW CAGE.   3 MOTORCYCLES AND 1 TRUCK RECOVERED FROM BILLET AT TALLY HO CORNER.

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WO 175/238  3 BASE SUB AREA NORTH AFRICA NOV 1942-JUNE 1943

CAPT H C ELPHICK DAPM.

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WO 175/1206                    B GROUP TC               DEC 1942-JUNE 1943

DEC 9 FROM DARLINGTON TO GOUROCK

DEC 12 1942 HMT STRATHALLEN FROM GOUROCK.

DEC 21 HMT STRATHALLEN STRUCK BY TORPEDO.  LIST TO PORT, ALL PERSONNEL TO STARBOARD TO REDRESS BALAND,   FIRE BROKE OUT.  

LEFT SHIP AND TRANSFERRED TO  HMS LIGHTNING THEN TO ORAN.

DEC 22 TRANSFERRED TO DUCHESS OF RICHMOND HQ AND 65 TC COY TO ALGIERS.

MAJ R N HOLMES PIONEER CORPS 6/9/42, CAPT C E H HILTON-GREEN ROYALS, 20/6/42, LT N H PATTISON GENERAL LIST 3/10/42, LT B A GALLIFORD GENERAL LIST 20/10/42.  LT J L GRANT RECCE CORPS 5/5/43.

JAN 3 1943 77 & 80 TC COY’S ARRIVE ALGIERS ON HMT STRATHAIRD.

JAN 21  AIR RAIDS.

JAN 25-27 AIR RAIDS.

FEB 20 PART I ORDER NO.2 ACT OF GALLANTRY BY SGT PENN OF 70 TC COY CMP.

MAR 9 10 TC COY ARRIVES EX UK.

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WO 175/1207                V GROUP TC     OCT-DEC 1942 JAN-JUN 1943

OCT 1 1942 REIGATE, GROUP CONSISTS OF 3, 49 & 103 TC COY’S.

NOV 1 SAILED FROM GLASGOW ON P.30.

NOV 12 ARRIVED ALGIERS.

NOV 20 AIR ATTACK ALGIERS.   MAJ COLLINGWOOD MIDDLESEX REGT OC 7/10/42, CAPT C E SHARP EAST YORKSHIRE REGT 7/10/42 2 I/C.  CAPT H A BARRATT GEN LIST 7/3/43,  CAPT J S PETTS ROYAL NORTHUMBERLAND FUSILIERS 18/1/43,  LT C B BAINES NORTHAMPTONSHIRE YEO 18/10/42.

JAN 43 LOCATION STATEMENT: HQ V GROUP REAR CONSTANTINE, HQ V GROUP ADVANCED SOUK AHRAS, 3 TC COY SOUK AHRAS, 49 TC COY TEBESSA, 75 TC COY PETIT, 102 TC COY CONSTANTINE.

MAR 19 LOCATION STATEMENT: 3 TC COY LE KEF,  49 TC COY TADJEROUINE,  103 TC COY SOUK AHRAG, HQ V GROUP SOUK AHRAG.

MAY 15 HQ V GROUP TO LE BARDO TUNIS.

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WO 175/1208          21 BEACH GROUP PRO COY            JAN-JUN 1943

JAN BOUGI LATER MASSICAULT.   LT CORRIE OC

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WO 175/1209                         43 TC COY                             JUNE 1943

CAPT SIMPSON OC.

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WO 175/1212                       101 PRO COY          NOV 1942-JUNE 1943

CAMBUSLANG TO GREENOCK TO ALGIERS.

CAPT D J CARTER HAMPSHIRE REGT 11/2/42,  LT S L TAYLOR QUEENS REGT 20/5/42.   LT G F HUNT EAST LANCASHIRE REGT. 9/2/42, LT G A ROMAIN ROYAL FUSILIERS 11/6/42.

JAN 25 1943 SOUK EL KHEMIS  IN THE FIELD 1 NCO (L/CPL ROLLOW) RECEIVED INJURIES FROM GSW DUE TO ENEMY ACTION, EVACUATED TO 72 GENERAL HOSPITAL.

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WO 175/1213                      111 PRO COY                   FEB-JUNE 1943.

FEB 5 ARRIVE ALGIERS LATER MOVED TO TUNISIA.

CAPT J A TOWNSEND RTR 2/5/42,  LT J D JAMES A & SH (RA) 30/6/42.  LT N BENTHAM EAST LANCASHIRE REGT. 23/1/43,   LT G A NEED GLOUCESTERSHIRE REGT. 10/2/43.

APRIL 10 FOUNDOUK-KAIROUAN  MACHINE GUNNED BY ENEMY AIR ACTION, SLIGHT DAMAGE, NO CASUALTIES.

APRIL 24 TO 29 BOMBED EACH DAY, 1 L/CPL ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL EACH RAID.

MAY 12 MEDJES EL BAB, GOUBELLAT 1 L/CPL KILLED (NO DAME IN DIARY BUT L/CPL DOBNEY.

LT R G JONES SOUTH WALES BORDERERS 15/6/42.

JUNE HQ AT CONSTANTINE.

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WO 175/1214         179 PORTS COY    NOV-DEC 1942 JAN-JUNE 1943

NOV 11 1942 DISEMBARK ALGIERS.   MAJ J BREESE RA 11/8/42 APM,  LT G F WIGGINGTON GEN LIST STAFF LT. 27/8/42.   LT GARDING EAST YORKS.

7256192 L/CPL D ROSS PROVOST WING, FGCM STEALING A TIN OF FOOD, COOKING IT AND EATING IT ON DOCK.   REDUCED TO PTE AND FORFEIT 28 DAYS PAY.

FEB 7 1943  MAJ N M BLAIR MIDDLESEX NEW APM.

MAR 8 1059310 PTE F FLITTER DIED, CARCINOMA.

APRIL 5 5733553 L/CPL L NORRIS RECEIVED 6 MONTHS IMPRISONMENT FOR A CENSORSHIP OFFENCE.   13004548 PTE G FOSTER RECEIVED 91 DAYS FIELD PUNISHMENT AND POSTED TO PIONEER CORPS.   3052006 SGT F SMITH FGCM REDUCED TO PTE.   16 MEN IN COY FOUND BEING INIMPROPER POSSESSION OF WD STORES.

ALGIERS 11051103 PTE JONES FGCM RECEIVED 112 DAYS FIELD PUNISHMENT FOR ABSENCE.

JUNE 28 23.55HRS L/CPL LAYCOCK MURDERED ON THE MOLE MOUCHES, ALGIERS.

JUNE 29 PTE PASCOE RE, NO.I TRANSIT CAMP SURRENDERS HIMSELF FOR THE MURDER OF L/CPL LAYCOCK,   PTE MCCULLOCH BLACK WATCH ARRESTED AS AN ACCOMPLICE.   PTE PASCOE IS BURIED IN THE SAME CEMETERY AS L/CPL LAYCOCK, IT IS PRESUMED HE WAS EXECUTED.

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WO 175/1215            181 PORTS COY                          MAY-JUNE 1943

MAY 1 SOUTHAMPTON.   MAJ BURTON APM POSTED TO 174 PRO COY 27/4/43.   MAJ WICKENS ROYAL BERKSHIRE REGT FROM 174 PRO COY TO 181 PRO COY AS APM 27/4/43.   LT J ROBERTS MANCHESTER REGT.   LT J H NINES-WRAGG PIONEER CORPS 30/4/43.  

MAY 16 EMBARK GLASGOW ON SHIP P 76.   LT COL RUTTLEDGE DAPM PORT SAID GOODBYE.

MAY 25 ARRIVE ALGIERS.

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WO 175/1216                    182 PORTS COY              APRIL-JUNE 1943

APRIL 29 SOUK EL KHEMIS.   MAJ W C BAGLIN RA APM 31/3/43, LT T P NOON GENERAL LIST STAFF LT. 30/1/43.

MAY 6 TOOK PART IN OPERATION FLUSH, TUNIS WITH V GROUP, 200 PRO COY AND 60 SIS SECTION SIB.

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WO 175/1217                 “X” PORT COY                               JUNE 1943

BONE AND PHILLIPPEVILLE.    MAJ CARTER APM.   LT WIGGINTON STAFF LT.

JUNE 29 CAPT F LAW DAPM VISITED BONE TO STUDY PORT PROVOST DUTIES.

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WO 175/1218                200 PRO COY  OCT-DEC 1942 JAN-JUN 1943

OCT 27 1942 TAIL O’ THE BANK, GREENOCK.

NOV 9 ALGIERS   CAPT B C D EASTICK ROYAL BERKSHIRE REGT 30/9/41 OC.   LT M R STEEL ROYAL SCOTS FUSILIERS 28/9/1941, LT PEARSON ROYAL WEST KENT REGT 28/6/42, CAPT A B PEGG GENERAL LIST 31/1/43, LT C S HIX HAMPSHIRE REGT. 11/2/43.

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WO 175/1219              227 L OF C PRO COY       OCT 1942-JUNE 1943

OCT 1 1942 MYTCHETT.   CAPT R ROWBOTTOM RA 28/9/42, 177540 LT C M STARLING ROYAL FUSILIERS.   199060 LT I M HAY GENERAL LIST.

OCT 27 EMBARKED GOUROCK ON HMT P10.

OCT 29 CAPT ROWBOTTOM APPOINTED SHIPS MARSHAL.

NOV 12 ARRIVE ALGIERS.

NOV 26 REPORT RECEIVED OF THE DEATH OF L/CPL BULL, SHOT ATTEMPTING TO ARREST TWO SOLDIERS.

NOV 26 REPORT RECEIVED OF ARREST OF 2 SOLDIER IN CONNECTION WITH DEATH OF L/CPL BULL.

DEC 12 RECEIVED COPY OF REPORT BY WOI LISTER SIB ON CIRCUMSTANCES OF L/CPL BULLS DEATH.

DEC 27 COURT OF ENQUIRY HELD ON CIRCUMSTANCES OF L/CPL BULLS DEATH.  

COURT OF ENQUIRY HOW L/CPL BARKER G HELD TO ASCERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES HOW HE RECEIVED INJURIES LIKELY TO INTERFERE WITH THIS EFFICIENCY AS A SOLDIER.   SUMMARY OF EVIDENCE TAKEN IN THE CASE OF L/CPL STYLES CHARGED WITH EVADING CENSORSHIP REGULATIONS.

FEB 10 1943 CAPT R A W WHITBY SUFFOLK REGT OC.   CAPT ROWBOTTOM TO DAPM 1 BASE SUB AREA.

FEB 10 L/CPL KERSLEY LONDON AREA PRO COY (56 LONDON DIV PRO COY). SUCCUMBED TO INJURIES RECEIVED IN A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT ON 22/2/43.   ENQUIRY FOUND TO BE AN ACCIDENT.

FEB 13 LT STARLING ROYAL FUSILIERS 17/1/43, LT EASTICK ROYAL BERKSHIRE REGT 31/1/43 ATTACHED TO HQ 1 L OF C AREA.

APRIL 11 PTE STYLES TRANSFERRED TO EAST SURREY REGT. ON TERMINATION OF PERIOD OF DETENTION (SEE 27/12/42 EVADING CENSORSHIP REGS).

MARCH 31   CAPT G C PLAISTOW OX & BUCKS L I OC, LT W M BARTON BUFFS,  LT A W SUDDABY RECCE CORPS.

MAY 10 ESCORT INSTRUCTED TO STANDBY TO ESCORT 8 GERMAN GENERALS TO POW CAMP.

MAY 13 ESCORT PROVIDED FOR GENERAL VON ARNIM.

LT J E BATESON PIONEER CORPS 24/5/43.

JUNE 29 TRAFFIC CONTROL HQ PHONE,M THEY ARE HOLDING MAN WHO SURRENDERED AND ADMITTED SHOOTING MILITARY POLICEMAN.   HE WAS HANDED OVER TO SIB.  (PTE PASCOE RE WHO SHOT L/CPL LAYCOCK CMP).

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WO 175/1220    230 L OF C PRO COY    JUL-DEC 1942 JAN-JUN 1943

28 JULY 1942   COY FORMED AT MYCHETT.   OC CAPT C A G MOORE.

OCT 9 COY MOVE TO SWANTHORPE HOUSE, BENTLEY.

NOV 7 CAPT I M HAY GENERAL LIST OC.

NOV 26 TO LIVERPOOL EMBARK ON SHIP P2 SS MAJOLA.

DEC 1 ARRIVE BONE.

DEC 17 786615 L/CPL STANDLE E COMMENDED FOR FIRST AID HE RENDERED TO 3 SERIOUSLY WOUNDED SOLDIERS AFTER AIR ATTACK AND ARRANGED DEVIATION AROUND BURNING AMMUNITION.

MAY 5 1943 CAPT G V HUNT EAST LANCASHIRE REGT. OC.

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WO 175/1221                 231 L OF C PRO COY               FEB-JUNE 1943

FEB 21 CMP DEPOT, NORTHERN COMMAND, SCHOOL AYCLIFFE.  CAPT P L BIRCH WEST YORKSHIRE REGT. OC

FEB 22 DARLINGTON TO LIVERPOOL.   HMT P65 SS FRANCONIA.

MAR 4 ORAN.

MAR 7 GIBRALTAR HMT LETITIA THEN BACK TO ORAN.

MAR 13 CONSTANTINE.

APRIL 17 769170  L/CPL A HISCOE KILLED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT ON WAY TO BOUGIE FROM CONSTANTINE, IN COLLISION WITH ARMY LORRY.

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WO 175/1221                  3 TC COY        OCT-DEC 1943 JAN-MAY 1943

OCT 29 1942 LARKFIELD.   MOVE TO NEWPORT DOCKS.

DEC 1 ALGIERS.   L/CPL YOUNG INVOLVED IN A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT, SEVERELY INJURED.  

CAPT W J NEWMAN GENERAL LIST 5/42 OC,   LT W A TRANTER GENERAL LIST 6/41.   LT C L SMITH SOUTH STAFFORDSHIRE REGT. 6/42.  LT F G SISSON GENERAL LIST 8/42.

APRIL 30 1943  TRAFFIC CONTROL CENSUS AT LE KEF FROM 4TH TO 30 APRIL, 23 141 VEHICLES PASS THROUGH BOTTLENECK AT LE KEF.

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WO 175/1223                        10 TC COY                       MAR-JUNE 1943

MAR 9  ARRIVE ALGIERS.  PART OF B GROUP TC.

MAR 20 COY STRENGTH 4 OFFICER AND 118 OTHER RANKS.   CAPT W S H BETTS ROYAL NORTHUMBERLAND FUSILIERS OC.   LT D H WARNER ROYAL TANK REGT,  LT E H DATHAN 8 DEVONSHIRE REGT.  LT C T R GORDON ROYAL WEST KENT REGT.

APRIL 27 COY HQ CONSTANTINE.

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WO 175/1224                   49 TC COY    NOV-DEC 1942 JAN-JUN 1943

NOV 22 1942 ARRIVE ALGIERS.

CAPT R B WATERS RA OC 14/5/42,   LT H P RUTTER GENERAL LIST 12/9/42.   LT H T LAVENDER KING’S SHROPSHIRE LIGHT INFANTRY 14/7/40.  LT W J LOCKE SOMERSET LIGHT INFANTRY 13/10/42 POSTED TO 75 TC COY 2/43.

DEC 7 PTE EDWARDS INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT, RETURNED TO UK.

DEC 10 OPERATING 2 L OF C AREA.   HQ SOUK AHRAS.

JAN 19/20 1943 6024083 L/CPL MAYNARD W I/C CLAIRTONTAINE ASSISTED IN LOCATING 3 INJURED GERMAN PARATROOPERS, 5 PARACHUTES, TWO CONTAINERS AND EXPLOSIVES ALSO FOUND.

FEB 5  LT RUTTER TO 103 PRO COY AND LT LOCKE TO 75 TC COY.  LT F A CONNET POSTED IN FROM 103 PRO COY WITH LT BOON.   PART I ORDER. NO. 14211924 PTE S SHIRRON, 296 COY PIONEER CORPS, GUILTY OF MURDER. DEATH BY SHOOTING (EXECUTED 25/1/43 BURIED IN LA REUNION WAR CEMETERY GRAVE 5.A.8. AGE 20).

MAY 1 MOVE OF 4 INDIAN DIVISION, 7 ARMD DIVISION AND 211 GUARDS BRIGADE THROUGH COY AREA 30 APRIL - 1 MAY 1943.

MAY 31 COY HQ PONT DU FASS.

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WO 175/1225                   65 TC COY            DEC 1942 JAN-JUNE 1943

DEC 10 1942 MORPETH, NORTHUMBERLAND.   CAPT G S KEEN ROYAL BERKSHIRE REGT 29/5/42.  LT K MILLER EAST LANCASHIRE REGT 13/11/41.   LT E R BURDGE WORCESTERSHIRE REGT 14/7/42.  LT A J SUGGATE ROYAL BERKSHIRE REGT 26/9/42.

DEC 23 ARRIVE ALGIERS.

DEC 31 TO SETIF.

APRIL 16 1943 COY HQ TO BONE PART OF V GROUP TC.

MAY 6 PART I ORDER 6 MAY 1943.   8/4/1943 5733553 PTE L NORRIS 179 PORTS COY AWARDED 6 MONTH IMPRISONMENT FOR EVADING CENSORSHIP REGULATIONS.

JUN 6 COY MOVE TO TUNISIA, SOU EL KHEMIS, DETACHMENTS AT SOIK EL ARBA, BEDA, MEDJEZ EL BAB.

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WO 175/1226                    71 TC COY           DEC 1942 JAN-JUNE 1943

DEC 1942 GOSFORTH NORTHUMBERLAND.   PLANS FOR CLOSING DOWN GOSFORTH.   CAPT POTTS. OC

DEC 8 LEFT GOSFORTH.  

DEC 22 ALGIERS.   LT H S E SNELSON KOYLI 28/10/41 OC.   LT G W THOMPSON SOUTH LANCASHIRE REGT. 18/7/1942,  LT W A DENT GENERAL LIST 17/7/42, JUNE TO 80 TC COY AS OC.   LT D S HATTON EAST YORKSHIRE REGT. 30/9/42.

JAN 5  WILLYS JEEP STOLEN FRO PALESTRO, VEH NO 492294.

JAN 26 SECTIONS IN BLIDA, AFFREVILLE, ORLEANSVILLE.

JAN 27 1943 INTENSE ENEMY ACTIVITY 2 OTHER RANK CASUALTIES (!!).

JAN 29 ALGIERS BOMBS DROPPED IN NIGHT.

FEB 22 ACT OF GALLANTRY PART I ORDER.   THE ROYAL HUMANE SOCIETY HAVE AWARDED 2694548 SGT T L PENN THE SOCIETY TESTIMONIAL IN HAVING ON THE 14 JULY 1942 GONE TO THE RESCUE OF A GIRL WHO WAS IN IMMINENT DANGER OF DROWNING IN THE SHEFFIELD AND SOUTH

YORKSHIRE CANAL UNDER BARNSLEY ROAD BRIDGE AT STAIRFOOT, BARNSLEY AND WHOSE LIFE HE GALLANTRY SAVED.

APRIL 29 CAPT C HILTON-GREEN 2 I/C “B” GROUP TC VISITS COY HQ.

UNIT PART 1 ORDER 8/4/43 5733553 PTE L NORRIS 179 PORTS COY AWARDED 6 MONTH IMPRISONMENT FOR EVADING CENSORSHIP.

MAY 1 UNIT MOVED 3 US DIVISION.

MAY 21 UNIT MOVED 9 US DIVISION.

MAY 25 UNIT MOVED US 1 DIVISION.

JUNE 1 LT DENT TO 80 TC COY AS OC.

JUNE 3 LT CHARTER LEICESTERSHIRE REGT POSTED IN.

JUNE 16 LT COL MCNALLY DPM L OF C VISITS COY.

JUNE 22/24 DUTIES FOR VISIT OF HM THE KING.

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WO 175/1227                  76 TC COY                   NOV 1942-JUNE 1943

NOV 2 1942 OC AND 7 OTHER RANKS LANDED WITH ASSAULT TROOPS AT SIDI FERRUGTY - RAS ACRARA BAY AND MOTORED TO ALGIERS.

NOV 10 ALGIERS BOMBED BY ENEMY AIRCRAFT.   12 SHOT DOWN.

NOV 12 MORE OF UNIT ARRIVE ON ARUNDEL CASTLE.

DEC 6 CONSTANTINE.   COY COMMENDED FOR WORK IN ALGIERS BY LT COL MARK SYKES DPM 1 ARMY.

CAPT C FAIRBROTHER RA 8/7/40,  LT A B PEGG GENERAL LIST 7/3/42.  LT R C JONES SOUTH WALES BORDERERS 7/11/42.  LT J W H SHAW ROYAL SUSSEX REGT. 20/7/42.  

JAN 17 1943 VISIT OF DPL LT COL PATON WALSH.

JAN 31 LT PEGG POSTED TO 200 PRO COY VICE CAPT BC D EASTICK.

LT LOCKE SOMERSET LIGHT INFANTRY 5/2/42.

NOV CAPT H P RUTTER GENERAL LIST 12/4/43 OC,   LT V E GRIGGS GENERAL LIST 22/4/43,  LT H A BARRATT GENERAL LIST 27/5/43.

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WO 175/1228                         77 TC COY             DEC 1942 JUNE 1943

JAN 3 1943 DISEMBARKED HMT P18 AT ALGIERS.   CAPT K W SLACK EAST YORKSHIRE REGT 17/7/43.OC.   LT R E L JOHNSON LINCOLNSHIRE REGT 14/7/42.   LT J C ATKINSON DURHAM LIGHT INFANTRY 23/9/1942.   LT J E FORREST GENERAL LIST 30/11/1942.

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WO 175/1229                        80 TC COY                DEC 1942 MAY 1943

JAN 3 1943 ARRIVE IN ALGIERS HQ IN RUE HORACE VERN.

JAN 27 ALGIERS BOMBED, DAMAGE TO COY HQ.   CAPT H C J CHARTER LEICESTERSHIRE REGT 21/9/42,  LT J G KERFOOT GENERAL LIST 14/7/42,   LT C W LINDLEY SHERWOOD FORESTERS 26/4/42, LT W A R SURMAN NORTHANTS YEOMANRY 16/9/42.

MAY 5 LT KERFOOT POSTED TO HQ SOUSSE AREA AS STAFF LT PROVOST.

MAY 17 LT VITTORIO CARAFFA AND CAPT AVESTIO CURTU, OFFICERS OF THE ITALIAN ARMY CAPTURED WHILST TRYING TO ESCAPE BY CAR 1 KM EAST OF MENERVILLE BY SGT HALMAN OF 80 TC COY.MAY 22 3 GERMAN PRISONERS CAPTURED BY PTE WILKINSON AND FRENCH SOLDIERS AT MAILLOT.

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WO 175/1230                      103 TC COY              NOV 1942 JUNE 1943

OCT 29 1942   EMBARKED ON HMT NARKUNDA AND ORMONDE.

NOV 13 HQ BOUGIE, ECOLE DES FILLES.

NOV 21 AIR RAID 19.30 HRS - 20.30 HRS, 4 MEN INJURED.   UNIT BOMBED OUT, MOVED TO FORT BARRAL, BOUGIE.   CAPT J S POTTS ROYAL NORTHUMBERLAND FUSILIERS.   LT S R BOONE KING’S OWN.  LT F A CONNETT GENERAL LIST.   LT J G RUTTERFORTH KINGS REGT 18/1/43.

FEB 2 1943 CAPT RUTTER NEW OC FROM 49 TC COY.   LT N H PATTISON GENERAL LIST 20/2/43.   LT C B BAINES NORTHAMPTONSHIRE YEOMANRY 19/2/43.

MARCH 21 SGT ON TRAFFIC POST SOUK AHRAS APPREHENDED STOLEN CAR FROM ALGIERS.   CAR ON CHARGE TO 214 TIPPER COY RASC.

APRIL 12 LT S R BOONE NEW OC.

APRIL 16 LT BOONE IN SERIOUS TRAFFIC ACCIDENT.

APRIL 26 LT C C SMITH SOUTH STAFFORDSHIRE REGT NEW OC.

JUNE 5 PTE STODDART J KNOCKED DOWN AND KILLED BY AMERICAN VEHICLE AT ROAD CHECK AT BURG AT BORGEL ON TUNIS, CARTHAGE ROAD.

JUNE 8 LT POWELL TO 78 DIV.

JUNE 17 DUTIES FOR VISIT OF HM THE KING.

JUNE 28 EXERCISE HUSKY, US TROOPS ATTACHED.

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