WAR DIARIES

NORTH WEST EUROPE

WO 171/

W0171/167               PM 21ST ARMY GROUP                SEPT - DEC 1945

SEP 1   VAUCELLES

               PROVOST MARSHAL    COL F G BASSETT WILSON MC

               DEP P M                     LT COL F A STANLEY

               ASS PM(P)                  MAJ F G POWELL

               ASS PM (TC)               MAJ H P LOW

               DEP ASS PM(P)           CAPT C F WILSON

               DEP ASS PM(TC)         CAPT G H THRUSSELL

               DEP ASS PM(ATS)       J/CDR A BUCKLE

               LIAISON OFFICER       LT J CASTAINGT

   COMMENDATION ; 5721276 CPL P RAITHBY OF 109 PRO COY CMP DESIGNED LIGHTWEIGHT STAND FOR FRANCO PLATES ADOPTED BY 21 ARMY GROUP

      C-IN-C ARMY GROUP CERTIFICATES FOR GOOD SERVICE AWARDED TO

    2688770       RSM W GLASBY

    2610010       RSM G PALMER

    2612483       RSM W R WAKEFIELD

    2654357       CSM B T BARR

    7685170       CQMS J ANDERSON    6 AIRBORNE DIV PRO COY

    5626812       SGT W J BATES

    7684225       CPL R A BOLT

    5575677       L/CPL L V SMITH

SEP 25     TO BRUSSELS


WO171/281                       PM 1 CORPS   HQ                     FEB -DEC 1944

LONDON            FEB  -  MAY  MAJ P GODFREY–FAUSSETT         RIFLE BDE

MAR27 - 30  EXERCISE GOLDBRAID HAD THEIR FIRST AND ONLY PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE

APR 7 – 9    DEVON   EXERCISE TROUSERS  -  NO PART FOR PRO OR VP

MAY 1 - 5  HANTS  EXERCISE FABIUS  -  2 BEACH PRO COYS AND 2 DIV PRO COYS

TOOK PART AND GAINED EXPERIENCE

MAY 6     FINAL CONCENTRATION OF ALL PRO COYS COMPLETED

JUN 2   APM EMBARKED WITH ONE PRO COY SECT AND CORPS HQ 1ST FLIGHT FOR LANDING ON D-DAY

JUN 3 – 5  ON BOARD

6 JUN  D-DAY  APM AND ONE SECT PRO DUE TO LAND AT H+4 BUT ARRIVED OFF MIKE SECTOR AT  H + 4.5  AND DID NOT DISEMBARK OWING TO FAILURE OF RHINO FERRIES

1800 HRS (4)    ONE PRO OFFICER AND SECTION LANDED ON NAN GREEN AND HELPED ESTABLISH CORPS HQ AT RV972843 OUTSIDE COURSEULLES

JUN 7  03.30 D+1   APM LANDED AT NAN GREEN BEACH AND PILOTED PART OF  HQ  TO RV  

07.00  COMPARATIVELY LITTLE TRAFFIC COMING ASHORE OWING TO CONTINUED FAILURE OF RHINO FERRIES.  TRAFFIC ROUTES IN STAR ROUTE ESTABLISHED BUT GREAT LACK OF SIGNS OWING TO NEARLY ALL OF 244 PRO COY SIGNS BEING SUNK YESTERDAY.   STAR ASSEMBLY AREA BARELY WORKING OWING TO NON-LANDING OF SECTIONS 73 CMP (TC) DUE ON 1ST AND 2ND TIDES, OWING TO AN ENEMY STRONGPOINT (RADAR STATION) PERSISTING AT DOUVRES, CRATERED ROAD AT TAILLEVILLE AND STRONGPOINT AT LUC-SUR-MER, IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE TO GET OVER TO MOON AREA AND QUEEN SECTION.

242 PRO COY HAD TWO CASUALTIES ON LANDING AND 244 NIL

BOMBING AT NIGHT REDUCED LANDINGS AND THEREFORE OTHER TRAFFIC.

NO CMP (VP) ASHORE AND NO POW CAGES.   PW TAKEN DIRECT TO BEACHES AND EVACUATED ASAP ON RETURNING LSTS

JUN 8   D+2    VERY HEAVY TRAFFIC OFF BEACHES,  STILL NO MORE PRO OR TC ASHORE.   BEACH PRO COYS MOSTLY WORKING WELL BUT COULDN'T EXTEND FAR INLAND.   DIFFICULTY IN KEEPING ROADS ONE-WAY

2 SECTS OF 601 CMP (VP) LANDED AND PW CAGE SET UP AT BANVILLE FOR STAR AREA, ABOUT 950 PW EVACUATED BEFORE CAGE OPENED

JUN 9   241 AND 245 PRO COYS EACH HAD HEAVY CASUALTIES.   FIRES IN BEACH DUMPS CAUSED BY BOMBING,  CONSIDERABLE CONGESTION

PW CAGE AT RIVA BELLA FOR MOON ESTABLISHED ON D+1 WORKING WELL AND ASSEMBLY AREA GOOD

LA DELIVERANDE   STEPS TAKEN TO TIGHTEN CONTROL OF LOOTING IN COASTAL TOWNS

JUN 12 D+6   COY HQ AND LAST SECTS OF CORPS PRO COY ARRIVED, COMPLETING ASSAULT STRENGTH  -  THREE DAYS BEHIND SCHEDULE   TANK TRACKS COMPLETED AND SIGNED

JUN 17 ENEMY RADAR STATION AT DOUVRES FINALLY DESTROYED AND CAPTURED.   CROWDS OF SIGHTSEERS AND LOOTERS TO BE DISPERSED

JUN 19  HEAVY RAIN TODAY LAID THE APPALLING DUST OF LAST WEEK BUT BY EVENING ROADS AND TRACKS WERE GETTING MUDDY

JUN 21 D+15 LT WILSON 3 BR DIV PRO COY KILLED BY SHELL SPLINTER  SOUTH 0F CAZELLE

JUN 25 DOUVRES (WITHDRAWN FROM CAZELLE DUE TO HEAVY SHELLING) 2 ORS WOUNDED

JUN 29   MAJ C B COWIE APM 3 BR INF DIV AWARDED MBE AND CQMS FC BANKS AWARDED BEM IN KING'S BIRTHDAY HONOURS LIST

JUL 9   SJT BAILEY 102 PRO COY WOUNDED AND EVACUATED TO HOSPITAL

JUL 18 D-DAY FOR OPERATION GOODWOOD   CONTROL OF HEAVY TRAFFIC CONTINUED SUCCESSFULLY ON ALL FWD ROUTES THROUGH CORPS

WORKING BY DAY AND BY NIGHT 3 ARMD DIVS AND CONSIDERABLE QUANTITY OF OTHER TRAFFIC MOVED ACROSS AREA ON 6 ROUTES.   'TOWER' BRIDGES AT OUISTERHAM OPENED FOR ALL 1 CORPS TRAFFIC FROM ABOUT 14.00HRS.   POW FLOWED INTO COLLECTING POINT AT RANVILLE IN GREATER NUMBERS THAN ESTIMATED  -  CONGESTION

AUG 7

AUG 9  GIBERVILLE

AUG 26 LA VIGNE  LISIEUX

SEP 1   BOISINGER ELBEUF ACROSS R SEINE

SEP 21  DOUCHY

SEP 27  ALBERT CANAL  SANTHOVEN

OCT 5   TURNHOUT

NOV 1  BRASSCHAET,  LIERRE,  TILBURG

DEC 1   POW NIL,  TOTAL TO DATE  31,357


WO171/390            GUARDS ARMD DIV PRO COY            JAN-DEC 1944

JAN 1  SCARBOROUGH, (MALTON, PICKERING, HELMSLEY)  FRENCH LESSONS

              127824 LT/CAPT M D W RENSHAW      WELSH GDS         12/9/42

             186937  LT H D BAILEY                      WELSH GDS          12/9/42

             219022  LT D A C RASCH                       GREN GDS         20/9/42

APRIL   TO GODSTONE,  SURREY AND EASTBOURNE

MAY 11  DEMONSTRATION OF 24 HRS MAN PACKS TO SENIOR RANKS,

WATERPROOFING, PAINTING AND LOADING OF TRUCKS

MAY 25  ALL PERSONNEL NOW COMPLETE WITH CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT

VISIT OF A HIGH PERSONAGE

JUN 27   EMBARKATION GOSPORT TO NORMANDY, BAYEUX

JUL 17 ST AUBIN D'ARQUENAY UNDER SPASMODIC SHELLFIRE; NO CASUALTIES

JUL 18  4209439 U/L/CPL C TOMLINSON KILLED WHILE RIDING MOTORBIKE,

BURIED AT MAP REF 902776

JUL 21 14411842 U/L/CPL J STEAD KILLED BY ENEMY SHELL FIRE WHILE ON TRAFFIC DUTY

JUL 22 THE ABOVE L/CPL J STEAD BURIED AT CHURCHYARD, RANVILLE

JUL 30   CAEN   2692868 L/CPL W BIRKETT INVOLVED IN A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

OUTSKIRTS OF CAEN   LES ORIGIEUX, HARICOURT

SEP 3  DOUAI   DIV ADVANCING WITH GREAT SPEED,  ONE OR TWO FORCED HALTS WHILE POCKETS OF THE ENEMY LEFT BEHIND BY THE ARMOUR WERE CLEARED UP

2930581 L/CPL R GERRIE CUT OFF BY THE ENEMY, HIDDEN BY BELGIAN FARMER, RETURNED TO SECT HQ ASAP

SEP 4  BRUSSELS AREA,  VICTORIOUS ENTRY INTO CITY,  EXCITEMENT AND MOST HECTIC WELCOME OF BELGIANS SPORADIC FIRING AS

COLLABORATORS AND ENEMY SOLDIERS DRIVEN FROM HIDING PLACES BY PATRIOTS

SEP 5   COY HQ IN STABLES OF ROYAL PALACE

SEP 11  DIEST   SWAMPED OUT WITH REFUGEES FROM VILLAGE OF

HETCHEL, WHERE ENEMY WERE HOLDING OUT AND PUTTING UP A STIFF RESISTANCE

2722225 L/CPL G MONK BELIEVED CUT OFF BY ENEMY WHILST PROCEEDING TO WORKSHOPS

BODY OF L/CPL MONK FOUND LYING IN A DITCH IN HETCHEL.   POCKETS HAD BEEN RIFLED , BODY DEFINITELY IDENTIFIED AND BURIED WITH SEVERAL OTHER DIV CASUALTIES, BY 2ND RECCE WELSH GDS PADRE APPROX 200 YDS FROM MAIN CROSSROADS ON THE BOURG/LEOPOLD ROAD

SEPT 14/15/16. ACTING ON INFO FROM A BOY 2654523 SJT C HOWELL AND 2656086 CPL B BRIDGE ROUNDED UP 14 GERMAN SOLDIERS HIDING IN A BARN.   CPL BRIDGE WENT TO REAR DOOR OF BARN AND SJT HOWELL CAUTIOUSLY OPENED THE FRONT DOOR AND SHOUTED TO THEM TO SURRENDER AND SAW NUMEROUS HEADS APPEAR FROM A HEAP OF STRAW.   THE PRISONERS WERE THEN DISARMED AND HANDED OVER TO 1ST BN WELCH GUARDS  IN VILLAGE OF OVERPELT

SEP 17   HEAVY SHELLFIRE   NO CASUALTIES

SEP 18 SOUTH OF NEERPELT MOVE OF ADMIN AREA TO ESCAULT CANAL AREA,   COLUMN SUBJECTED TO BOMBING ATTACK CPL A R DAVIES 1441540  AND 2995815 L/CPL G HILL SUSTAINED INJURIES,  BOTH EVACUATED,  6 MOTORCYCLES DAMAGED, ALSO ONE  CAR

SEP 19   VALKENSWAARD   ADVANCE ITO HOLLAND SLOWED OWING TO ENEMY COUNTER-ATTACKS,  EINDHOVEN BOMBED IN NIGHT, BRIDGE EVACUATED ENEMY BEATEN OFF.

SEP 20   MALDEN   NUMEROUS ATTACKS BY ENEMY   NIJMEGEN

OCT 5 ESCORTED AMERICAN WAR CORRESPONDENT, MISS COWLES.CROSSED FRONTIER INTO GERMANY AT BECK   VISITED FIELD MARSHAL GORING'S AUNT.   SHE WAS 76 YRS OF AGE AND STATED THAT THE WAR WOULD NOT FINISH UNTIL WE REACHED MUNICH.   THE HOUSE OVERLOOKED THE GERMAN FOXHOLES, APPROX 800 YDS AWAY.   MISS COWLES WAS INTERESTED IN ALL SHE SAW.

NOV 11     WELSENHEUVEL.

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WO171/407              1 AIRBORNE DIV PRO COY        JAN-SEPT  1944

JAN   STUBTON HALL LINES (LINCOLNSHIRE) FROM NORTH AFRICA

              LT A J RISMAN             MANCHESTER REGT

              LT J F CLARK                      

              CAPT P B THOMAS        KING'S REGT

              LT W B GRAY               ARMY AIR CORPS               2/2/44

              LT FL HORTON                  “            “    “             21/3/44

              LT W D MORLEY                “            “    “             25/3/44

              LT F J DE R LOCK               “            “     “           21/2/44

              LT T J A SMITH                     “           “      “        26/6/43    

SEP 1-15    GLIDERS LOADED FOR  MARKET GARDEN

SEP 16   BRIEFING

SEP 17   TAKE-OFF   FIRST FLIGHT

SEP 18   TAKE-OFF SECOND FLIGHT

SEP 17  -   26    NR ARNHEM : IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO GIVE A COMPLETE PICTURE OF THE OPERATION SINCE CONTACT WAS ONLY MADE IN THE VERY

EARLY STAGES WITH NUMBERS I & 2 SECTIONS,  OF THESE TWO SECTIONS ONLY ONE NCO FROM NUMBER 1 SECTION HAS SO FAR RETURNED.   AT DIV HQ THE COMPANY COMMANDER AND ALL AIRBORNE PERSONNEL LANDED SAFELY INCLUDING THE JEEP.   POW CAGE SET UP ON SOME HARD TENNIS-COURTS AND BY 21ST THERE WERE SOME 200 PRISONERS INC 4 WOMEN AND TWO OFFICERS,  60% WERE SS, FEW BETWEEN THE AGES OF 20 AND 40.   WEATHER CLOSED IN AND FEW SUPPLIES DROPPED.    FOR 5 DAYS NO FOOD GIVEN TO POWS

SEP 25   SHELLING AND MORTARING VERY HEAVY, SNIPERS INFILTRATED,  APM AND RSM BOTH WOUNDED

SEP 26 D+9   WITHDRAWAL ACROSS RIVER.   DIV HQ MOVED 22.30, PROVOST PARTY 2 HOURS LATER.   CPL DALE AND L/CPL STOREY REMAINED BEHIND WITH POWS UNTIL LAST PARTY IS CLEAR.   CAPT GRAY RECEIVED WOUNDS FROM WHICH HE HAS DIED ONLY ONE GOT ACROSS RIVER.   OUT OF 5 OFFICERS AND 66 OTHER RANKS WHO TOOK PART  1 OFFICER AND 11 OTHER RANKS RETURNED.

SEPT 27/28 NIJMEGEN   MEET UP WITH OUR SEA-BORNE TRANSPORT,   CLEANED UP A BIT   TALK BY LT.GEN FAM BROWNING, CORPS CMDR

SEPT 29  TO LOUVAIN

SEPT 30   BRUSSELS   EMPLANE

STUBTON A BAND AND BACON AND EGGS ARRANGED BY WAR OFFICE IN ONE OF THE HANGARS.

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WO171/423                     3 DIV PRO COY                     JAN-DEC  1944

JAN 9           CULLODEN  MOOR

    CAPT(QM) HA LIVINGSTON            SH                              6/10/43

    LT G L WILSON                             RF                               6/6/43

   LT W J HOOD                                RECCE CORPS               30/8/43

   CAPT S D SHILLINGLAW                GEN LIST                     25/1/44

MAY 21  HQ CREECH WALK DENMEAD   VISIT OF HM KING COY ACTED AS OUTRIDERS

JUN 3   COY DISPERSED IN THREE DIFFERENT LANDING CRAFT

JUN 6  LANDED 6 SECTION 81 BDE H +45,   NO 4 SECTION ATT 185 BDE H+185,   NO 5 SECT 91 BDE H+240, DET NO 3 BRIDGING H+120,  ELEVEN OF COY HQ H+185,

4 X M/CS LOST SHRAPNEL,   3 JEEPS DROWNED

ASSURED PASSAGE FORWARD OF ASSAULT TRANSPORT AND SUPPORTING TANKS,

1 SGT EVACUATED FDS,  1 L/CPL MISSING

JUN 7  TPS IN BMA MANNED BY COY OWING TO NUMBER OF CASUALTIES TO NCOS OF BEACH PRO COYS

JUN 8  3 TIDE  PERSONNEL AND VEHICLES LANDED WITHOUT MISHAP, INCLUDING NCOS 102 P COY

2 X L/CPLS WOUNDED BY SHRAPNEL EVACUATED TO BDS

JUN  9 DIV HQ BOMBED, 1 WOUNDED, BACK TO UK

JUN 12  DIV HQ BOMBED, JEEP AND M/C BURNT OUT

1 NCO HIT BY AP BOMB ( NO DEATH RECORDED FOR 12 JUN )

JUN 14 4 SECT 185 BDE 2 M/C CASUALTIES FROM SHELLING

JUN  17 1 NCO HIT BY STEN GUN BULLETS,  NOT SIW (SELF INFLICTED WOUND)

JUN 18  NCOS TO CONFISCATE ALL ENEMY WEAPONS FROM TROOPS.   ALL VEHICLES TO BE PLACED RADIATORS AGAINST THE WALL TO PROTECT FROM SHRAPNEL

JUN 21  LT R F WILSON KILLED BY SHRAPNEL FROM ENEMY SHELLFIRE AT CAZELLE

JUN 22 LT WILSON BURIED AT DIV CEMETERY, COLVILLE-SUR-ORNE,   WORK

ON ERECTION OF VILLAGE SIGNS,   CONTINUING USING COMPO RATION BOXES FOR SUCH SIGNS  

REPORTS OF FRENCH COLLABORATORS, MOSTLY WOMEN, IN AREA ENGAGING IN ESPIONAGE.

JUN 29 POW CAGE ERECTED IN UNIT LINES

JUL 2      LT REED-JONES   PIONEER CORPS POSTED TO COY,

CAFE OWNER GEORGES EMILE GASSON ARRESTED FOR STEALING PETROL

JUL 3  EVACUATION OF CIVILIANS FROM VILLAGE OF CAZELLE

JUL 8  0400  1 L/CPL(L/CPL FRANCIS) KILLED BY SHRAPNEL WHILST ON BDE SECURITY DUTY

                      LT A KEAY   RA  POSTED IN

JUL 15  VISIT OF NEW APM,  MAJ C W DEXTER    E. SURREYS

JUL 16   OLD APM VISITS   MAJ CBE COWIE MBE

JUL 18  OF 4 NCOS ON DUTY AT GAPS IN MINEFIELD 3 WOUNDED BY ENEMY MORTAR FIRE,  THEIR POINTS WERE IMMEDIATELY TAKEN OVER BY PRO NCOS,   MAJ DEXTER APM WOUNDED WHEN 3 MORTAR BOMBS LANDED WRECKING HIS JEEP

1 L/CPL WOUNDED BY SHRAPNEL

1 NCO BURNT TO EYES AND FACE FROM MUZZLE BLAST OF SP GUN

23OO HRS 3 NCOS WOUNDED

AUG  2       LT NORTH,  GREEN HOWARDS POSTED IN

AUG 30  TRIAL OF GUARDSMAN WHO SHOT A SAPPER AT FLERS ON 24 AUG, SENTENCED TO DEATH

                     CAPT B C DURBAN   W YORKS    33/7/44    OC

OCT 1  HOLLAND.

 DIARY CONTAINS LOTS OF MAPS.   BELOW LOAD LIST FOR 3 DIV PRO COY ON D DAY.   FIRST SERIAL DUE H + 45 MINUTES, LAST SERIAL H 22 HOURS.   129 MEN,  88 MOTORCYCLES, 17 JEEPS, 3 TRUCKS,1 HUMBER,1 3 TONNER.

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WO 171/436                 6 AIRBORNE DIVISION                 JAN-DEC 1944

JAN     BULFORD

      TYPYUS INOCULATIONS, GLIDING EXPERIENCE CANCELLED ROUGH WEATHER

                  CAPT J E IRWIN           R INNIS FUS                 15/5/43

                  LT K G WELLS              R FUS                        12/11/43

                  LT L J NORTHAM           S LANCS                     16/10/43

                  LT S R GYTON              R FUS                          29/1/44

APR 11   ALL AVAILABLE PARACHUTISTS MADE A/C DESCENT FROM HALIFAX

(2 SERIOUSLY AND 4 SLIGHTLY INJURED)

APR 16        CAPT IRWIN SUSPENDED FROM COMMAND

APR 17   L/CPL C CRISP KILLED IN M/C ACCIDENT AT OXFORD ON DUTY

MAY 2  CAPT IRWIN TRIED BY FGCM;   COURT OF INQUIRY INTO L/CPL CRISP

MAY 4 L/CPLS WHITE AND BURFORD CLOSE ARREST  -  ILLEGAL USE OF TRANSPORT

MAY 6  L/CPL MARSHALL – SUMMARY OF EVIDENCE

MAY 7  L/CPL MARSHALL MOTORCYCLE RECOVERED FROM SLOUGH

MAY 13  TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS MADE FOR MILITARY FUNERAL

JUN 1 HARWELL, ENGLAND CAPT WELLS AND HORSA GLIDERS EMPLANED 23.30

JUN 6  RANVILLE FRANCE LANDED 03.30.   LT P G RAULT & 3 SECT FLEW FROM BROADWELL AND LANDED FRANCE WITH 5 PARA BDE, 4 NCOS MISSING

LT S R GYTON & NO 2 SECT FLEW FROM DOWN AMPNEY, ONLY SGT BINDING & 3 NCOS WITH 3 PARA BDE ARRIVED.   LT GYTON & 12 NCOS PRESUMED MISSING

JUN 6   03.45   OC & 4 NCOS ARRIVED DIV HQ AT LE BAS DE RANVILLE AND DEPARTED FOR BRIDGES OVER THE RIVER ORNE AND CANAL DE CAEN WHERE WHERE TCPS WERE OPERATING FROM 07.00 HRS ALREADY IN POSSESSION OF 5 POWS.   CAGE ESTABLISHED AT  VILLA 200 EAST OF RIVER ORNE

03.45   LT NEAVES AND NO 4 SECT ARRIVE

JUN 6  22.00 COY HQ AND BRIDGES UNDER HEAVY MORTAR AND SHELLFIRE.

CPL HENDERSON SERIOUSLY WOUNDED IN NECK AT HQ 6 AIRBORNE DIV.   TCPS STILL WORKING UNDER SHELL AND HEAVY MORTAR FIRE, WITH PLENTY OF SNIPING.  

JUN 7  CPL HENDERSON DIED IN MDS (MEDICAL DRESSING STATION) 225 PARA FLD AMB AT RANVILLE.   SGT SCOTT WOUNDED, SENT TO MDS WHERE HE DIED.

JUN 8  16.00   LT NORTHAM, RSM BIRD & 6 NCOS RE-INFORCE (FROM SEA LANDING).

TCPS STILL WORKING.   L/CPL BUNTING KILLED BY SHRAPNEL.

JUN 16 BRIDGES MACHINE GUNNED BY ENEMY AIRCRAFT.

JUN 27  SHELLING SLIGHT.

JUL 2   RANVILLE   SHORT SERVICE HELD AND HEADSTONES ERECTED AT PEGASUS MEMORIAL BURIAL GROUND AT RANVILLE CEMETERY FOR SGT SCOTT, CPL HENDERSON & L/CPL BUNTING.

JUL 4  3.30   COY HQ AND BRIDGES HEAVILY SHELLED,   ATTEMPT TO BLOW UP PEGASUS BRIDGE BY GERMAN NAVAL OFFICER WHO WAS TAKEN PRISONER

JUL 5 18.00   BOMBING ATTACK ON BRIDGE BY APPROX 12 AIRCRAFT  NO DAMAGE.

JUL 6  12 RUSSIAN DESERTERS ARRIVED IN POW CAGE.

JUL 19  CPL RUNACRES REPORTED IN CIVILIAN CLOTHES HAVING BEEN TAKEN PRISONER ON D-DAY AND LATER ESCAPED TO BRITISH LINES FROM CAEN.

JUL 25  SGT MITTON I/C DET 3 PARA BDE INSTEAD OF SGT BINDING. L/CPL USHER WOUNDED BY SHRAPNEL IN HEAD FROM MORTAR BOMB AT 5 PARA BDE HQ AT LE MESNIL.

AUG 11 LT NORTHAM ESCORTED GEORGE AND MRS BERYL FORMBY AROUND FORWARD AREA WHILST ENTERTAINING.

SEP 2  RETURN TO BULFORD.

SEP 3  CQMS J ANDERSON PRESENTED WITH C-IN-C'S CERTIFICATE FOR GOOD SERVICE

NOV 11 L/CPL BENSON'S NEXT-OF-KIN SENT FOR, ON DANGEROUS LIST IN HOSPITAL.   SERVICE AT 34 AMERICAN GEN HOSPITAL

NOV 12   NEXT OF KIN L/CPL  BENSON ARRIVE & LT T QUIRK CANADIAN PRO COY  24/8/44

                     LT J W NEAVE        RA           25/5/44

DEC 24  TILBURY

DEC 25  KERKHOVE

DEC 27  AISEMONT

DEC 31  METTET

( NO MENTION OF DAVIES OR NIMMO DIED  6 & 7/6/44 )


THE ARTICLE BELOW APPEARED IN THE RMP OLD COMRADES LINK UP, NEWSLETTER 29 IN NOVEMBER 2009.   AUTHOR CPL O’REILLY,6 AIRBORNE DIVISION PRO COY, CMP.

BULFORD CAMP, MAY 1944.

THE 6TH AIRBORNE DIVISION PRO COY WAS NOW COMPLETE AND WAS A VERY HIGHLY TRAINED UNIT.   MORALE WAS EXCELLENT AND IT WAS IN ALL OUR MINDS THAT SOMETHING MUST HAPPEN SOON.   THE COMPANY CONSISTED OF SIX SECTIONS AND THE FOLLOWING SHORT ACCOUNT IS THE RECOLLECTION OF A MEMBER OF NO5 SECTION, WHICH INCLUDED SGT SCOTT, CPL O’REILLY (THE WRITER), CPL HUCKSTEP AND 13 LANCE CORPORALS.   A LT NEAVES OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN ARMY JOINED US ABOUT 3 WEEKS BEFORE D DAY.   SGT SCOTT, CPL HUCKSTEP AND I WERE TRAINED PARACHUTISTS AND NO.5 SECTION WAS TO BECOME PART OF THE 6 AIRBORNE LANDING (GLIDER) BRIGADE IN THE FORTHCOMING OPERATION.   ON ABOUT THE 21ST MAY, THINGS DID HAPPEN AND WERE PREPARED TO MOVE.   ON THE FOLLOWING DAY THE SECTION WAS DIVIDED INTO TWO SUBSECTIONS.   LT NEAVES AND I, TOGETHER WITH FIVE LANCE CORPORALS JOINED THE OXFORDSHIRE AND BUCKINGHAMSHIRE LIGHT INFANTRY WHO WERE TRAVELLING IN CONVOY TO AN UNKNOWN DESTINATION.   WE SEEMED TO BE ON THE ROAD FOR A VERY LONG TIME, SOMETIMES GOING ROUND IN

CIRCLES, BUT EVENTUALLY WE ARRIVED AT HARWELL AIRPORT.   HERE WE PULLED INTO A LARGE FENCED COMPOUND WHERE THERE WERE TENTS OF

ALL SHAPES AND SIZES.   THIS WAS TO BE OUR HOME UNTIL D-DAY.   SECURITY WAS VERY STRICT AND IT WAS DIFFICULT TO GET IN BUT IMPOSSIBLE TO GET OUT, WELL ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE.   BRIEFINGS TOOK PLACE EACH DAY IN LARGE MARQUEES WHERE ENORMOUS PHOTOGRAPHS AND SKETCHES OF THE AREA WE WERE TO INADE WERE ON DISPLAY.   THE LOCATION AND TIME OF THE STRIKE WAS NOT DISCLOSED.

JUNE 5TH

WE WERE ORDERED TO CHAIN DOWN OUR MOTORCYCLES AND LEAVE THE OVERNIGHT.   THE FOLLOWING MORNING IT WAS REPORTED ON BBC RADIO THAT THE 6TH AIRBORNE DIVISION HAD PARACHUTED INTO NORMANDY.   ABOUT FIFTY AIRBORNE MILITARY POLICEMEN TOOK PART IN THIS DROP.   BY MID AFTERNOON WE WERE STANDING BY OUR GLIDERS WHICH WE CONNECTED TO LARGE FOUR ENGINE BOMBERS BY MEANS OF TOW ROPES.   SLOGANS HAD BEEN WRITTEN ON THE GLIDERS BY RAF PERSONNEL, SOME OF THEM QUITE HUMOROUS ALTHOUGH WE MAY HAVE FULLY APPRECIATED THE AT THE TIME.   ALL SMALL AND SPECIALIST UNITS WERE SEPARATED AND ASSIGNED TO DIFFERENT GLIDERS TO THAT IN THE CASE OF A GLIDER BEING LOST THE WHOLE UNIT WOULD NOT BE LOST WITH IT.   OUR LOAD WAS MADE UP OF A JEEP AND TRAILER, TWO SMALL LIGHTWEIGHT MOTORCYCLES AND TWELVE MEN.   WE WERE WAITING THERE, WITH A MUG OF TEA IN ONE HAND AND TRAVEL SICKNESS TABLETS IN THE OTHER,    LOOKING BACK I AM NOT SURE NOW WHETHER THE TABLETS WERE MEANT TO CURE OR CAUSE THE SICKNESS!   EVENTUALLY WE BOARDED THE GLIDERS AND WE WERE AIRBORNE - MY VERY FIRST GLIDER FLIGHT!   THERE WAS A LOT OF ACTIVITY IN THE CHANNEL AND SOON WE CROSSED THE FRENCH COAST.   WE HAD TO BE TOWED OVER CAEN, IN ORDER TO GET INTO POSITION, SO THAT WE COULD TURN INTO THE WIND TO LAND.   BY THIS TIME ACK ACK WAS COMING UP THICK AND HEAVY, BUT AT LAST WE WERE CAST OFF.   I HAD THE UNCOMFORTABLE FEELING THAT WE HAD STOPPED, AND WE WERE SUSPENDED IN MID AIR, AND THAT WE WERE BEING USED FOR TARGET PRACTICE.   OUR GLIDER WAS HOLED IN MANY PLACES AND WE HAD ONE CASUALTY.   ALTHOUGH WE WERE UP THERE FOR ONLY A FEW MINUTES, IT SEEMED AN AGE.   WE HAD A GOOD PILOT AND HE GOT US DOWN ON OUR DZ (DROP ZONE), ALTHOUGH WE CAME IN A LITTLE TOO LOW AND DEPOSITED THE TAIL OF OUR GLIDER IN A LARGE TREE.   LOOKING ROUND, IT AMAZED ME TO SEE HOW MANY GLIDERS HAD MANAGED TO LAND SO CLOSE TOGETHER.   THE AREA WAS UNDER CONSIDERABLE SMALL ARMS FIRE, SO WE UNLOADED OUR BELONGINGS AND QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE AND MADE OUR WAY TO OUR FIRST RENDEZVOUS.   IT WAS QUITE AN EXPERIENCE RIDING A LIGHT MOTOR CYCLE WITH A PILLION PASSENGER,

ALONG THE EDGE OF A PLOUGHED FIELD, TAKING ADVANTAGE OF ALL POSSIBLE COVER.   EVERY TIME AS “WIZ-BAN” CAME NEAR, WE FELL INTO THE DITCH.   IN ABOUT TEN MINUTES, EVERYONE FROM OUR SUB-SECTION HAD REPORTED IN.   OUR SECOND AND FINAL RENDEZVOUS WAS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE CANAL BRIDGE, WHICH WAS ALSO UNDER SMALL ARMS AND MORTAR FIRE.   SNIPERS WERE ALSO REPORTED.   BUT WE HAD TO CROSS!   SO LEADING THE GROUP, WITH LT NEAVES RIDING PILLION, I REVVED UP MY LITTLE MOTORCYCLE TO BURSTING POINT, LET OUT THE

CLUTCH, AND SHOT ACROSS THE BRIDGE WITH THE OTHER MOTORCYCLES IN HOT PURSUIT.   SO, BY CHANCE I BECAME THE FIRST MILITARY POLICEMAN TO CROSS WHAT IS NOW KNOWN AS PEGASUS BRIDGE.   SOON SGT SCOTT ARRIVED WITH THE OTHER HALF OF THE SECTION AND WE SAW EVIDENCE OF THE ORIGINAL GLIDER RAID THAT HAD BEEN CARRIED OUT SOME HOURS PREVIOUSLY ON THE BRIDGE.   EIGHT OR TEN DEAD GERMAN SOLDIERS WERE STILL LYING ABOUT ON THE BANK.   LT NEAVES LEFT US TO JOIN COMPANY HEADQUARTERS AND FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS, WITH NEVER A DULL MOMENT, WE CARRIED OUT OUR DUTIES FROM THE BANK OF THE BRIDGE.   LATER, SGT SCOTT WAS TO BE OUR FIRST CASUALTY, WHEN HE WAS KILLED BY SHELL FIRE.   EVENTUALLY WE JOINED OUR BRIGADE HEADQUARTERS.

6 AIRBORNE 002.JPG

SGT O’REILLY SEARCHING A GERMAN OFFICER

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WO171/454            7 ARMD DIV PRO COY                        JAN-DEC 1944

JAN 6   DISEMBARKED AT GREENOCK FROM SS ORMONDE AND ENTRAINED FOR FIELD METHWOLD  -  LEAVE, GENERAL FATIGUES, CLEANING, COLLECTING EQUIPMENT

                    CAPT E A CLARKE                 GEN LIST

                     LT C W HILL                        DLI

                     LT O H HILL                         RTE

JUN 3  RE-ALLOCATION OF PERSONNEL TO CAMP AREAS TO FORM BOAT PARTIES

TRANSPORT TAKEN TO DOCKS AND LOADED ONTO CRAFT

JUN 6  ADVANCE PARTY DISEMBARKED UNDER CAPT CLARKE

JUN 9 REMAINDER

                       LT R HAINES                22 D                   16/5/44

JUN  18   L/CPL BAILEY 22 ARMD BDE DET KILLED BY ENEMY SHELLING

JUN 25 MAIN DIV DET BOMBED WITH FRAGMENTATION BOMBS.   CPL KERTCH AND L/CPL SHIPSIDES WOUNDED

SEP 6  MOVE TO BELGIUM   SGT HAINES WITH 3 L/CPLS PROCEEDED BACK DOWN THE AXIS TO MEET RASC AND GUIDE THEM TO THEIR LOCATION;  RAN INTO A FEW HUNDRED GERMANS NEAR OUDENARDE AND GOT SHOT UP.   2 L/CPLS WOUNDED, 1 FELL OFF THE JEEP AND SGT HAINES MADE 4 ATTEMPTS TO GET BACK TO PICK HIM UP BEFORE HE SUCCEEDED.

NOV 6  L/CPL J STEELE KILLED ON DUTY BY THE EXPLOSION OF 6 TELLER MINES


WO171/464               11 ARMD DIV PRO COY                    JAN-DEC 1944

MAR 11  MOVE OF UNIT TO BRIDLINGTON FROM CHERRY BURTON   GENERAL TRAINING AND PREPARATION

JUN 11  VICTORIA DOCKS   LONDON TO FRANCE

JUN 27  ROUTES FROM BEACHES, ALSO SIGNING AND CLEARING FRESH ROADS WITHIN 400YDS OF THE ENEMY READY FOR FORTHCOMING ATTACK – COMMENCED 4:30 HRS.   COMPANY WAS EMPLOYED IN VERY FORWARD AREAS, PARTICULARLY SECTIONS ATTACHED TO 24 ARMD BDE AND 159 INF BDE, WHO WERE AT TIMES WITHIN 200-300 YARDS OF THE ENEMY, UNDER CONSTANT MORTAR AND SHELLFIRE

JUN 28  SHELLING AND DIVE-BOMBED

JUN 29  WITHDREW COY HQ FOR RE-GROUPING

JUN 30  SECTIONS WITH BDES STILL OPERATING IN FORWARD AREAS

JUL 18  AMFREVILLE  -  STILL VERY CLOSE TO THE ENEMY  (R ORNE)

AUG 14/15 LES MESNILS,  FLERS,  HENDICOURT,  AMIENS

NOV 22/25 WASBERG  A L/CPL RECEIVED INJURIES WHILST DRIVING A JEEP WHICH BLEW UP ON A MINE.   EVACUATED TO ENGLAND

DEC 7 WEERT L/CPLS DAY AND CAFFREY AWOL TILL 29 DEC


WO171/476             15 SCOTTISH DIV PRO COY        JAN  -  DEC 1944

JAN        BRADFORD, LEEDS AND LATER WORTHING AND BRIGHTON

JAN 28   RSM RAMSAY POSTED IN

 JAN 29  RSM HUGAN TO 11 ARMD DIV PC

                  CAPT J R BOOTH                      RA                   6/9/43

                  LT J PERKINS                           GEN LIST          6/2/44

                  LT R A EVANS                           RA               29/12/43

                  LT J A GALLOWAY                      RA              30/11/43

                  LT E J DUGUID                          RAOC           22/11/43

JUN 11  MILLWALL DOCKS LONDON TO ST GABRIEL

JUL 16  1 SGT AND 2 L/CPLS KILLED BY ENEMY ACTION  (SGT ADAMS, L/CPL HARRISON, L/CPL MUCAHY) 1 L/CPL WOUNDED, 2 L/CPLS WOUNDED OP GROENLIN

SEPT 12  1 L/CPL INVOLVED IN A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT RECEIVED INJURIES – HAS DIED MOVE TO WESTERLOO ON 12 SEP    ( L/CPL DUKE)

NOV 21/28  DIV MOVE TO HEGELSEM   1 SJT, 1 L/CPL KILLED  -  SGT GADSDEN MM AND L/CPL THOMAS.

From Appendix A, History of 15 Scottish Division: Provost Company.

Odon 27/6/44 to 2/&/44, 2 other ranks wounded.

Gavrus 15/7/44 to 19/7/44, 3 other ranks killed, 3 other ranks wounded.

Caumont 30/7/44 to 5/8/44, 1 other rank wounded.

Meijel 20/10/44 to 15/11/44, 2 other ranks killed.

Siegfried Line 8/2/45 to 25/2/45, 1 Officer wounded.

River Rhine, 24/3/45 to 30/3/45, 2 other ranks killed, 6 wounded.


WO 171/497                  43 DIV PRO COY                          JAN-DEC 1944

JAN 1  ROLVENDEN

             CAPT N K WINDWOOD           WELCH REGT                26/2/43

         LT H E PORTER                          BUFFS                             14/12/43

JUN 17  WEST INDIA DOCK US SHIP WILLIAM A JONES LANDED JUNO BEACH COURSELLES – SUR MER

JUN 24/25  TO BRECY

JUN 27  PORT EN BESSIN

JUL 1 1 L/CPL WOUNDED    L/CPL WHITE

JUL 12  PORT EN BESSIN   1 L/CPL WOUNDED

NOTIFICATION RECEIVED CPL WHITE J W  DOW ON 4 JUL

AUG 16  POSTY LA VAL BLAISE   CAPT N R WHITWOOD SLIGHTLY WOUNDED

1 OR DIED OF WOUNDS (L/CPL LEAVER)   1 OR WOUNDED, 1 OR BATTLE EXH

AUG 27  CPL DINSHAW REDUCED TO PTE BY DIV COMMANDER                  

        LT M W R POWELL    MSX       30/11/44

        LT R E SMITH                         5/10/44

        LT J MCNEIL             BORDER  27/10/44



WO 171/510                   49 DIV PRO COY                          JAN-DEC 1944

JAN NORWICH

JAN 4  COURT OF ENQUIRY AT WHITE LODGE EMERGENCY HOSPITAL, TO INVESTIGATE THE CAUSE OF THE INJURIES SUSTAINED BY L/CPL LEY 7686764,  SERIOUS INJURIES IN M/C ACCIDENT 13 DEC 1943

                CAPT A BROWN EAST RIDING YEO (RAC)        13/5/43

                     LT E C FOX                  E LANC REGT         11/1/43

                     LT G W IREDELL           RA                        24/3/44

 JUN 6/11    TO LONDON DOCKS AND NORMANDY,  LE HAMEL

JUL 15  L/CPL STARKEY KILLED BY ENEMY ACTION AT ST PIERRE

OCT 18  COURT OF INQUIRY ON SHOOTING ACCIDENT IN WHICH CPL HOWLAND INJURED

NOV 6  COURT MARTIAL OF L/CPL ROWBOTTOM  49 WR INF DIV PRO COY ON NEGLIGENTLY HANDLING A WEAPON  -  GUILTY

NOV 9  APM WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED ON BEING KNOCKED DOWN BY A 6 TON TRUCK AT LILLE ST HUBERT   APM WITH MAIN DIV, 147 BDE GROUP BEING MOVED

DEC 1  NEW APM MAJ C DUNN TOOK UP DUTIES.


WO 171/525             50 DIV PRO COY                         JAN  -  DEC 1944

JAN 1   CHADACRE

                  CAPT W R HUNTER                CAMERONIANS            4/11/41

                  LT A S RODWELL                   KOYLI                          9/6/43

                  LT A W MCCALL                     QUEEN'S                    17/4/43

APR 1         STUDLAND,  WEYMOUTH           

MAY 31    SOUTHAMPTON   COY HQ EMBARK  LSI  GLENROY

JUN 6   WET LANDING     5 CASUALTIES   L/CPL GREEN MISSING

JUN 22  1 OR BATTLE CASUALTY

JUL 5    1 OR BATTLE CASUALTY

AUG 10  1 NCO KILLED IN ACTION   (L/CPL MILLER)

NOV 19  1, 5 CWT TRUCK, 5 M/C DESTROYED BY BOMBING

               2 BATTLE CASUALTIES

NOV 22  1 BATTLE CASUALTY

DEC 13  CAPT HUNTER RELINQUISHES COMMAND

DEC   50 L OF C PRO COY

            CAPT W WHITE        SUFFOLK          OC                      28/12/43

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WO 171/539          51 HIGHLAND DIV PRO COY       JAN  -  DEC 1944

HOME FORCES, HIGH WYCOMBE, HERTFORD ETC

                    CAPT J H MACKIE              KOSB                         5/3/42

                    LT NICOL, MC                   Q O CAM H               3/10/43

                    LT J H MACKINTOSH, MC

                    LT J MCNEIL                      BORDER REGT          14/2/44

MAY 7 L/CPL LAIDLAW INJURED M/CYCLE ACCIDENT   EXERCISE BARRA ONLY SUPERFICIAL

JUN 1  ALL RANKS DREW 24 HRS RATIONS ETC TILL D+4

JUN 2  EMBARKATION   SHIP SERIAL,  LONDON

JUN 6   BRIEFING

JUN 7  15.30 HRS  LANDED ON MIKE BEACH AND MARCHED TO GOLDSMITH ASS AREA NEAR COLOMBIERS-SUR-SENILLES   INFO POST AT CROSS ROADS

JUN 9  VEHICLES LANDED AND COLLECTED FROM BEACH

JUN 10  RECCE FOR R. ORNE CROSSINGS,  BENOUVILLE FOR FORTHCOMING ATTACK

JUN 12   3 VEHICLES AND NUMBER OF MOTOR/CYCLES IMMOBILISED BY ANTI-PERS EXPLOSIVES    SECURITY DUTY AND POW DUTY AT DIV HQ   RIVER CROSSING CONTROLLED UNDER SPASMODIC ENEMY SHELLFIRE (R CROSSINGS ARE MAIN FEATURES OF TC)

FULL DESCRIPTION OF CMP ACTIVITIES BUT NO CASUALTIES ETC

NOV 3  7.45   NOAH SCHEME PUT INTO OPERATION,  RISING OF FLOODS REPORTED

NOV 5  REFUGEES AND CATTLE HAVE DIFFERENT ROUTES 14.00 4/5 OF ISLAND NOW FLOODED,  NEW BILLETS AT UDEN,  CPL ANDERSON ACCIDENT HOSPITALISED.  

5 MEN NOT REPORTED IN FROM EARLIER EMERGENCY TPS

NOV 5   5 MEN RETURN TO BILLETS HAVING REMAINED AT TPS WITH SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS

MAASTRICHT


WO 171/551            52(L) DIV PRO COY  CMP              JAN  -  DEC 1944

 NEWTYLE  ( CRIEFF, FORFAR, MONTROSE, BLAIRGOWRIE )

MAY 21  3 NCOS INVOLVED IN A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT AT KILMARNOCK

MAY 24  L/CPL LYNCH DIED AS A RESULT OF HIS INJURIES

MAY 26  FUNERAL ATTENDED BY 4 NCOS

AUGUST   MOVE TO CHESHAM BUCKS

AUG 22 L/CPL MINERS INVOLVED IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENT AT LITTLE  MARLOW 23 AUG   DIED AT 14.25 FROM INJURIES

                      CAPT S HALLATT              GEN LIST               26/11/42

                      LT H S BROWN                GEN LIST                 6/6/43

                      LT H A RICKETTS               GEN LIST                 3/5/43

OCT 24  DEPART TILBURY

OCT 27  TO HULST, PROVINCE  ZEELAND

NOV 11 TO BERGEN OP ZOOM, THEN TO 'S HERTOGENBOSCH, BUNDE & BRUNSUM

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WO 171/569             53 DIV PRO COY  CMP                  JAN  -  DEC 1944

LONDON

                      CAPT A S DUNN     GEN LIST                  13/12/42

JUN 6  MESSAGE RECEIVED EX OVERLORD BEGUN

1800HRS C-IN-CS MESSAGE READ TO COY ON PARADE

JUN 21  ALBERT DOCK TO COURCELLES TO SABLES

JUN 30  TO COULOMBE

                      LT G E BROWNING         GEN LIST           13/3/43

                      LT F E WILLIAMSON       PC                    11/4/44

JULY    BRONAY TO ST MAVVIEU

JUL 21  7 L/CPLS  (BENJAFIELD, HAZZARD, PENSON, HARRIS, HAWKINS, GREENSTREET AND CHURCH)  KILLED IN ACTION   (PW CAGE)

JUL 22  7 L/CPLS BURIED AT BRONAY

JUL 23  CAPT DUNN RELINQUISHES COMMAND OF THE COY

            CAPT C D G PEARSON MC (121827) OC        24/7/44      DAPM

SEPT ANTWERP   DISCIPLINE OF DIV GOOD,   NO DRUNKENNESS,   LOCAL POPULATION LIKED

SEP 18  BAELEN   DURING A BUILDING TASK LT WILLIAMSON GOT INVOLVED

IN A JEEP ACCIDENT WITH OC 555 FIELD COY RE AND RECEIVED LACERATIONS TO FACE.   L/CPL HOWARTH ALSO INJURED AND EVACUATED TO ENGLAND

SEP 19  STRONG ENEMY OPPOSITION BUILDING DELAYED AND L/CPL JENKINS WOUNDED DURING EARLY HOURS OF MORNING, EVACUATED TO

ENGLAND VIA CCS AEROPLANE

SEP 25  TO ERSAAL OR GERSAL

OCT 1/5   DIV HOLDING LEFT FLANK OF ARMY ROUTE FROM EINDHOVEN TO NIJMEGEN – ARNHEM

OCT 23  START OF DIV “PUSH” TO CAPTURE 'S HERTOGENBOSCH

                 LT STOCKTON         SHERWOOD RANGERS     28/9/46

                 LT H G SOUTHGATE  RAC                            18/10/44

               WEERT   HOLDING LINE OF RIVER MAAS

DEC 17  TO BELGIUM , STEEREBEEK ON LOUVAIN – BRUSSELS ROAD.


WO 170/581                  59 DIV PRO COY                       JAN – DEC 1944

 FIELD (CANTERBURY?)

                           CAPT J H BODDEN         S LANCS              7/2/44

                           CAPT H E HORNEY

JAN 4  1 SGT AND 2 L/CPLS AWARDED THE AFRICA STAR

MAR 26  1 CPL AWARDED THE GS MEDAL WITH CLASP “PALESTINE”

APRIL 9   2 SGTS AWARDED 1939 – 43 STAR

                          LT G C WADSWORTH     GEN LIST        1/10/42

                          LT D W CAINE                SUFFOLK        10/7/43

MAY 29  COY HANDED IN SURPLUS BOOTS AND CLOTHING & KIT BAGS ETC

LAUNDRY CONTRACT CANCELLED   PERSONNEL TO DO THEIR OWN WASHING

EACH MAN LEFT WITH ONE SUIT BD

JUN 16  UNIT PERSONNEL PAID WITH FRENCH MONEY

JUN 25  ARRIVE FRANCE OFF LE HAMEL

                          LT G S D AYERST              RB                  14/4/44

TO DOUVRES PREPARATION FOR OPERATION CHARNWOOD (BATTLE OF CAEN

AUG 7  BRIDGING RIVER ORNE   POINTSMEN CONTINUALLY UNDER FIRE BUT NO CASUALTIES

AUG 29  HAILEY/CHERBOURG.


WO 171/727  PRO BRANCH HQ L OF C 21 ARMY GROUP JUL – DEC 1944

HQ PRO COY

JUL 1/7  MOVE FROM ENGLAND TO FRANCE

                            LT.COL J N CHENEY          DPM

JUL 12 11.30 DISEMBARKED AFTER A VERY UNCOMFORTABLE (SICK) VOYAGE

AUG 1  THIRD INFO POST OPENED AROUND BAYEUX.   TO POINT OUT THE NECESSITY OF IPS ENQUIRIES AVERAGE ONE PER MINUTE THROUGHOUT THE FULL 24 HOURS

AUG 23      MAJ PETERKIN   APM ARRIVED 12 L OF C

NOV   ANTWERP

DEC 16  INFO RECEIVED FROM APM 11 L OF C  AREA THAT A FLYING BOMB HAD FALLEN ON THE HQ OF 185(PORTS) PRO COY AT ANTWERP,   CASUALTIES – KILLED 10 (INC RSM) AND WOUNDED 5 (INCL APM)


WO 171/742 PRO L OF C 4 SUB-AREA  21 ARMY GROUP JUL, AUG 1944

     CAPT E J PRICE    RA      DAPM    OC  247 OC 247 HQ PRO COY ASSUMED APPT OF A/DAPM IN ABSENCE OF CAPT J T BARKER RA WHO WAS EVACUATED TO UK WITH MALARIA    RESUMED DUTIES AS OC 17 JUL

JUL 7  TWO PIERS OF MULBERRY COMPLETED AND OPENED FOR TRAFFIC “IN” AND “OUT” AT LONGUES

                            CAPT E F SPICER        R WILTS YEO           DAPM

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WO 171/754      7 BASE SUB-AREA 21 ARMY GROUP    JUN–DEC 1944

JULY  HAMPSTEAD       MAJ   C WS DEXTER

AUG   CAEN                     MAJ CBE COWIE MBE

SEPT  CANTELOUPE  TO CHATEAU BELLE FOSSE

NOV 1  ANTWERP   ADVANCE PARTY

NOV 27  V2 DROPPED ON ROAD JUNCTION, CMP INFO POST DEMOLISHED LIST OF CASUALTIES IN APPENDIX B PHOTOCOPY APP. B

NOV 28  PORT OF ANTWERP OPENED.


WO 171/763   PRO HQ 8 BASE SUB-AREA  21 ARMY GROUP DEC 1944

OSTEND              NOTHING


WO 171/768   DAPM HQ 9 L OF C SUB-AREA 21 ARMY GP     DEC 1944

 MALINES      CAPT R WILLEY                       NOTHING


WO 171/787 PRO BRANCH 12 L OF C AREA 21 ARMY GP AUG-DEC  1944

AUG 4/17   LIVERPOOL           MAJ J PETERKIN              APM

AUG 21  TUNBRIDGE WELLS     EMBARKED WITH RECCE PARTY FOR NORMANDY THEATRE

OCT 10/11         INVESTIGATIONS WITH 73 SIS  CAEN AND LISIEUX INTO BLACK MARKET TRANSACTIONS

NOV 6   CABOURG    1) SET UP DAILY COURTS TO HEAR CASES OF FRENCH CIVILIANS CAUGHT IN POSSESSION OF WD AND ALLIED PROPERTY TO CUT DOWN WAITING TIMES   2) A PROPER RECORD BE KEPT   3) ISSUE CARD FOR PHONING SIB ON MOD PHONES TO GENDARMERIE NATIONALE   4) ALLOCATION OF PETROL TO FRENCH POLICE A PRIORITY.


WO 171/800  PRO BRANCH HQ 16 L OF C SUB-AREA, 21ST ARMY GRP SEP/DEC44

 CAPT L C WOOD      DAPM

SEP 27     AMIENS   PATROLS AND BROTHEL RAIDS

                     NO SHEET FOR OCTOBER

NOV        SALEUX    THEN MOVE TO GHENT.


WO 171/833         BRUSSELS GARRISON      APM           OCT – DEC 1944

OCT 11  VISIT THREE BROTHELS,  PUT THEM OUT OF BOUNDS

DEC   CHIEF PROBLEMS UNDER REVIEW TRAFFIC AND LARCENY   THEFTS PUT DOWN TO THE ACTIVITIES OF ABSENTEES AND DESERTERS WHO FORM THEMSELVES INTO GANGS BASED ON SMALL BROTHEL/CAFES.   DRUNKS SEEN IN TOWN BETWEEN MID-DAY AND DARK – MOSTLY CANADIANS.

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WO 171/3049          70 SECTION SIB CMP                     FEB - DEC 1944

DEC 1943 SECTION FORMED AND MOBILIZED.   TRAINING IN SMALL ARMS, BREN GUN, STEN GUN, RIFLE AND TOMMY GUN AND RUNNING IN OF VEHICLES.   ONE HOUR A DAY TO LEARN FRENCH, ALSO TWO HOURS A DAY SWIMMING.

DEC 15 CAPT F R POLLARD (185393) AND LT FAWCETT (279137) ARRIVE.   LT PURSLOW (282048) ACTING OC.

MAR 23 MOVE TO WESTCLIFF.

APRIL 6 UNIT VEHICLES SERIAL NO RECEIVED.   NO 800 IN WHITE ON A BLACK SQUARE WITH A WHITE DIAGONAL BAR LEFT TO RIGHT.

MAY 10 RECEIVED UNIT STAFF TABLE RE OPERATION OVERLORD.   UNIT TO BE DIVIDED INTO 2 PARTS (1 OFFICER + 7 OTHER RANKS TO EMBARK ON D + 8 AND REMAINDER ON D + 25.

JUNE 6 18.00 HRS C IN C’s AND G O C’s MESSAGES READ TO UNIT.

JUNE 10 FRENCH CURRENCY DRAWN.

JUNE 11/12 VEHICLE PARTY TO ROYAL ALBERT DOCK FOR EMBARKATION.

JUNE 13 PERSONNEL EMBARKED ON SS FORT CHANASPEY.

JUNE 16 LANDED DRYSHOD ON MIKE BEACH.   PROCEEDED TO BYRON ASSEMBLY AREA.   BORROWED A TENT FOR OFFICE AND SLEEPING AREA FOR MEN.   3 TENTS REQUIRED FOR MESSING ETC.

JUNE 17 HOUSEBREAKING REPORTED AT BAYENVILLE.   ENQUIRIES MADE AND 3 SOLDIERS ARRESTED.   EVIDENCE OBTAINED.

JUNE 25/30 VILLAGES IN REAR OF LINE PATROLLED RE LOOTING, MOST COMPLAINTS ABOUT LOSS OCCURRED AS RESULT OF BATTLE.

JULY 1 BAYEUX REPORT OF MURDER OF BRITISH MARINE, INQUIRIES AND TWO BRITISH MARINES ARRESTED AND HELD ON MANSLAUGHTER CHARGE.

JULY 7 BANVILLE TO VAUX-SUR-SENLLES.   OC ENGAGED WITH CANADIAN SIS ON INQUIRIES INTO ALLEGED SHOOTING OF 26 CANADIAN SOLDIERS, TAKEN PRISONERS OF WAR BY THE GERMANS.

JULY 8 BRITISH OFFICER CHARGED WITH LOOTING AWAITS FGCM.

JULY 16/23 PERSONNEL ENGAGED ON INVESTIGATING COMPLAINTS RE ALLEGED LOOTING IN FORWARD AREA AND SUSPECTED SELF INFLICTED

WOUNDS.  OC STILL ENGAGED RE SHOOTING OF CANADIANS (POW) BY GERMANS.

JULY 23 ENQUIRIES MADE BY LT PURSLOW RESULTED IN A MAJOR BEING PLACED UNDER ARREST FOR INDECENCY, ALSO TWO OTHER RANKS.

JULY 24/26 ROUTINE DUTIES PERSONNEL CHIEFLY ENGAGED ON ATTENDANCE AT COURT MARTIAL.

JULY 27 TWO SERGEANTS DESPATCHED ON DETACHMENT DUTY AND ATTACHED TO 8 CORPS.

JULY 28/31 ROUTINE DUTIES CARRIED OUT BY UNIT, IE INVESTIGATING COMPLAINTS OF VARIOUS TYPES OF CRIME ALSO ATTENDING COURTS MARTIAL.   COURT OF ENQUIRY HELD BY SHAEF INTO SHOOTING OF CANADIAN POW’s COMPLETED ON 28 JULY 44 AS FAR AS FRENCH CIVILIANS INTERROGATION OF FRENCH CIVILIANS IS CONCERNED.   GERMAN POW’s IN ENGLAND TO BE QUESTIONED.   MONTHLY REPORT (IN DUPLICATE) SUBMITTED TO DPM SECOND ARMY SHOWING NUMBER OF CASES INVESTIGATED TOGETHER WITH ACTION TAKEN, NUMBER OF PERSONS ARRESTED ETC.

AUG 1 VAUX-SUR-SEULLES, MARINES RUTTER AND SMITH CHARGED WITH MANSLAUGHTER.

AUG 22 CAPT H HEATHCOTE GENERAL LIST (279134) JOINS UNIT.

AUG 31 LE MESTE, ENGAGED IN INQUIRIES AND INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE DEATH BY ALLEGED MURDER OF MLLE NIVEAU (YVONNE) AFTER BEEN RAVISHED, ALLEGEDLY BY A BRITISH SOLDIER.   MOST CASES ARE OF THEFT AND LOOTING.

SEPT 14 INVESTIGATION INTO BOMB EXPLOSION IN HOTEL PLAZA BRUSSELS IN USE AS 10 GARRISON HEADQUARTERS, ASCERTAINED A TIME BOMB WAS LEFT IN THE BUILDING BY GERMANS WHEN EVACUATING THE BUILDING.

SEPT 19 ELLENZELLS, INVESTIGATION INTO ATROCITIES COMMITTED BY GERMANS WHEN 4 MEMBERS OF THE BELGIAN SECRET ARMY AND ON CIVILIAN WERE SHOT, ONE OTHER BELGIAN WOUNDED.

OCT 15 IN VIEW OF INCREASE IN CRIME AND INADEQUATE TRANSPORT TO ENABLE ENQUIRIES TO BE MADE, APPLICATION MADE FOR EXTRA VEHICLES.

OCT 17 CONSIDERABLE TRAFFICKING IN WD PETROL, FOODSTUFFS AND STORES, ALSO ALLEGED RACKET ARISING FROM EXCHANGE OF BELGIAN CURRENCY NOTES OF 100 FRANCS AND OVER.   SEVERAL MILITARY PERSONNEL ARRESTED.   TO HELP WITH WORK 6 MP’s LOANED TO SECTION.   56 MILITARY PERSONS ARRESTED ALSO 60 BELGIAN CIVILIANS AND 52 DUTCH CITIZENS.

1/7 NOV SONNIS AREA, SECTION STILL AT SONNIS, CENTRE OF 8 ARMY ROADHEAD, FULLY ENGAGED WITH REPORTED CRIME, BEING UNABLE THROUGH INSUFFICIENT PERSONNEL AND TRANSPORT TO PERFORM DUTIES AS LAID DOWN, IE PREVENTION OF LOSS OF STORES FROM DEPOTS.   RECOVERY OF STOLEN WD PROPERTY FROM CIVILIANS INCREASING, PARTICULARLY IN AREAS OF ORDNANCE DEPOTS IN ROADHEAD.   BALES OF CLOTHING OF ALL DESCRIPTIONS RECOVERED IN SEARCHES OF PRIVATE HOUSES, AND FOODSTUFFS FROM CAFES ETC.   ALL CIVILIANS BEING DEALT WITH BY CIVIL POLICE AND CIVIL AFFAIRS FURNISHED WITH A COPY OF EACH REPORT IN ORDER THAT SUPERVISION BE KEPT TO ENSURE PROPER PUNISHMENT TO CIVILIANS.   “BLACK MARKETING” IS RAMPANT OWING TO

CIVILIANS POSSESSING SO MUCH MONEY.   MILITARY PERSONNEL HAVE LITTLE MONEY, BUT CAN PROCURE FOODSTUFFS, PETROL, ETC, AND AS CIVILIANS IN HOLLAND AND BELGIUM WILL BUY ANY ARTICLE WITHOUT QUESTION, TRAFFICKING IS RIFE.   MONEY EXCHANGE RACKET CEASING OWING TO PUBLICATION OF GRO 730-5 DATED 3/11/44 “MONETARY TRANSACTIONS IN N W EUROPE.   SIC NCO’s LOANED TO SECTION FROM 73 SIS.   LT J CHRISTMAS (338176) JOINS SECTION.

DURING NOVEMBER A TOTAL OF 297 ARRESTS WERE MADE - 83 MILITARY

PERSONS, 3 FRENCH CIVILIANS, 79 BELGIAN CIVILIANS AND 132 DUTCH CIVILIANS.   PROPERTY TO THE VALUE OF £2,627 WAS RECOVERED.   THE MAJORITY OF CRIMES WERE BLACK MARKET OFFENCES IN CONNECTION WITH THE SELLING OR DISPOSAL OF WD STORES.

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WO 171/3354                    4 COY (TC)                          FEB–DEC 1944     PORTSMOUTH

                   LT F J HUMPHREYS            GEN LIST            19/8/43       OC

                   LT M A W WHAYMAN         E. SURREY           20/7/43

                   LT H J V BANNISTER           RA (COAST)         12/2/44

                   LT T N HARRISON             RAC                    4/3/44

MAY 16   1 JEEP ON CHARGE TO COY DAMAGED BY ENEMY ACTION

JUL GUILDFORD

AUG 8  DISEMBARKED JUNO BEACH AND TO BYRON TRANSIT CAMP

GRAVE-SUR-MER, AMBLIE, LAVILLONEUVE, LORQUICHON, GAUMESNIL, LA BOISSIERE, BOISNEY,

SEP CANCHY, HESDIN, LILLE, ALOST(BELGIUM)

SEP 19  A CARRIER PIGEON AND MESSAGE(GERMAN) FOUND AND SENT TO SIGNALS HQ, MOVE TO BORGERHOUT, MORSTEL

NOV 7 HERENTHALS – MOSTLY ABSENTEES SURRENDERING THEMSELVES.


WO 171/3355                  6 COY (TC)                      JAN  -  DEC 1944

 WESTERHAM

              CAPT J R WINGFIELD-DIGBY, MC        4 DORSETS    24/7/42       OC

FEB 1944   MOVE TO SOUTHAMPTON

               LT C P LEWIS-PARKER                       W YORKS       7/12/43

               LT  J N BARRY                                    PC                22/7/43

               LT F E GAWNE                                    G L                5/4/43

MAR 9  CAPT THRUSSEL  DAPM VISITED

JUNE           MOVE TO GUILDFORD

AUG 12  EMBARKATION SS HANNIBAL HAMLIN

AUG 16 HALEY, TO VILLERS BOCAGE TO TRACEY BOCAGE

                CAPT C E BEANE RA

TO EVREUX

SEPT       TO GOURNAY     COY IN HQ, L OF C RESERVE

OCT         TO RENAIX         COY IN HQ,  L OF C RESERVE

NOV 20   TO GHENT  - NOW TO BE EMPLOYED IN TRAFFIC DUTIES

               FIVE CIVILIAN PAINTERS ASSISTING IN COY SIGN FACTORY.

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WO 171/3356             12 COMPANY (TC)         FEB  -  DEC 1944

FEB 1/28  LEIGHTON BUZZARD   ONE SECTION ENGAGED IN MAKING A FILM            

TO GUILDFORD, MEADOW WOOD UNDER CANADIAN ARMY

                         CAPT L BARFORD             BEDS & HERTS         4/1/43

 CONTAINS LOTS OF HAND-DRAWN MAPS OF CMP MOVEMENTS AND LAYING

OF TELEPHONE LINES ***

MARCH  -  APRIL   ROUTINE DUTIES

APRIL 18             CAPT B SAW THE FILM!

               LT G M AUSTIN                           SUFFOLK                 2/12/42

               LT V A W TAYLOR                        RA                         11/2 44

               LT C E W B PIERPOINT                 RA                         10/3/44

                    NOT READY FOR 6TH JUNE;   REQUESTED A NEW DATE – 11TH JUNE

JUN 30  SAILED;   NO ENEMY SHELLING;   ANCHORED JUNO ROADS

JUL 3  ALL VEHICLES AND PERSONNEL  ASHORE; MAKING BIVOUAC AND DE-WATERPROOFING VEHICLES

JUL 12  11:00   OFFICER I/C CIVIL AFFAIRS GAVE TALK ON WORK OF CA AND ONE SUGGESTION FOR WORLD PEACE BY OCCUPYING GERMANY FOR A PERIOD OF 40 TO 50 YEARS

JUL 21  EXHIBITION BY 2 ARMY RE OF GERMAN MINES AND BOOBY-TRAPS

“REPORTS SHOW THAT THE NEW  ARMY OF THE CMP IS DOING EXCELLENT WORK”

SEP   TO LILLE AND BRUSSELS, EINDHOVEN AND NIJMEGEN

SEP 7  2 NCOS OF NO6 SECTION WITH AN RE OFFICER GO TO ETAPLES TO COLLECT 3 PRISONERS.   ON ARRIVAL THEY FOUND THAT THE PRISONERS HAD BEEN SHOT.  THESE THREE BRITISH TROOPS WERE THE FIRST TO ENTER ETAPLES MUCH TO THE JOY OF THE PEOPLE

      TO OVERPELT, GHENT, REVELS, ANTWERP AND LOUVAIN

NOV   ATTACHED TRACE SHOWS LINES IN THE ARMY AND CORPS AREAS OPERATED BY CMP PROVOST AND CMP COMPANIES AT 30 NOV 44.   THE TC(SIGNALS) COMPANY HAS BEEN FULLY EMPLOYED AND GOOD REPORTS ON THEIR WORK.   THE INNOVATION OF THIS COMPANY HAS BEEN FULLY JUSTIFIED; HELPED BY A NETHERLANDS ARMY INTERPRETER WHO IS ALSO A QUALIFIED LINESMAN.   HE IS NOW ATTACHED TO THE COMPANY.

DEC   NORMAL LINE MAINTENANCE DUTIES

TO BREDA AND BERGEN OP ZOOM.   SHELLING IN NIJMEGEN CAUSED EXTRA MAINTENANCE FOR LINES.



WO 171/3357                  16 COY  (TC)                    JAN  -  DEC 1944

MITON ERNEST NR BEDFORD

          CAPT A H STIRLING               GEN LIST                12/11/43         OC

           LT JF SHAW                          E YORKS                  22/1/43

           LT J  FE DENNIS                   GEN LIST                  15/3/43

FEB 28  TO GUILDFORD

5 MAY   5778064 L/CPL W WHITE DIED AS A RESULT OF INJURIES ON EX PONGO (TRAFFIC ACCIDENT)

JUN 8  EMBARKATION MT SHIP S10 EMPIRE CALL, FOR OPS IN INVASION OF EUROPE;  ARRIVED OFF BEACH 'ITEM'  NO CASUALTIES ON ROUTE

JUN 11 14:15  BUHOLT GERMAN PLANE MACHINE GUNNED AND BOMBED FIELD WHERE COMPANY LOCATED.   NO CASUALTIES SUSTAINED

1 OR RECEIVED INJURIES IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENT

JUL 13   NO 2694630 SGT E ADDISON ADMITTED TO 75(P) GEN HOSPITAL DUE TO ROAD ACCIDENT AND POSTED TO X(ii) LIST

19 JUL   REPORTS RECEIVED – A FEW SHELLS DROPPED ON BAYEUX, NO CASUALTIES

JUL 21  PRIME MINISTER VISITS BAYEUX AND CAEN AREA

                      LT C J V C BROOK                PC                   7/2/44

                      LT B G RAINE                      RA                   7/2/44

AUG 4  SOMMERVIEU  ENEMY AIRCRAFT DROPPED A BOMB ON UNIT LOCATION AFTER BEING CAUGHT IN HEAVY AA BARRAGE,  CASUALTIES : 4 ORS KILLED, 24 WOUNDED MOSTLY BY BLAST  (BROOKS, FINCHAM, MCGOWAN, WARD)

OCT 31  TOTAL NUMBER OF ENQUIRIES MADE AT COY INFORMATION POSTS SINCE BEING ESTABLISHED – 22,684

DEC   MOVE TO POIX, FRANCE AND TOURNAI, BELGIUM.


WO 171/3358            21 COMPANY (TC)                 JAN  -  DEC 1944

BALDOCK

              CAPT J S BARKE               MANCH REGT             24/7/42         OC

JAN 6  AWKWARD LOAD 21' WIDE, INVASION BARGE DOORS TAKEN OVER AT STAMFORD

JAN 17   TO GUILDFORD, MEADOW WOODS

                    LT GE SHIFNER                 OX & BUCKS             4/1/43

                    LT R P GRAHAM                RA                            3/7/43

                    LT P A MANNING               GEN LIST                 15/3/43

                    LT P H EVENDEN               RA                            6/1/44

APR 6  TRAINING FILMS -  STREET FIGHTING, GROUP CONCEALMENT, POSTAL CENSOR, COMBINED OPERATIONS, BEACH ORGANISATION.      LEAVE SUSPENDED

APR 13  NUMBER, RANK & NAME, WATER PURIFICATION, SOLDIERS CLOTHING ON ACTIVE SERVICE

APR 20  SUBJECT FOR DISCUSSION – VD, THE ENEMY LISTENS, LOUSE, CAMOUFLAGE (AIR VIEW )

APR 27  CQMS WITHDREW FROM ALL PERSONNEL KITBAG, PT KIT, 1 PR SOCKS, 1 SHIRT AS PRELIMINARY TO CHANGING TO SCALE 3 CLOTHING.   ALL MAPS WITHDRAWN IN READINESS FOR MOVE TO NEW LOCATION

MAY 1  EX PONGO THEN MOVE TO UFFINGTON

                     LT SIR W L WILLIAMS              RWE                 26/4/44

JUN 1  ALL WATER BOTTLES AND CANS FILLED AND WATER TO BE CHANGED EVERY TWO DAYS

JUN 7  2183286 PTE W EVANS FRACTURED A FINGER PLAYING FOOTBALL – PRONOUNCED FIT TO GO

JUN 8  22:30 QUAY AND JOINED CONVOY; NOTHING SEEN (EITHER ALLIED OR GERMAN PLANES) BEFORE REACHING SHORES OF FRANCE

JUN 9  10:00  CIRCLED ROUND FOR TWO HOURS AND EVENTUALLY RAN INTO BEACH 12:00 HRS – MIKE BEACH .   THE LIGHTS OF THE LCJ WERE NOT WORKING, SO ALL TROOPS HAD TO CLIMB ONTO US – LCT THAT DREW UP ALONGSIDE AND FROM THERE ONTO BEACH.   FIRST MAN ASHORE 12:10 HRS.   NO DIFFICULTY IN WADING – WATER WAS KNEE-DEEP, SEA CALM, WEATHER FINE.   SUBMERGED OBSTACLES POINTED OUT BY BEACH PERSONNEL.   FORMED UP ON BEACH AND MARCHED OFF IMMEDIATELY – SINGLE FILE ALONG A MINE-FREED TRACK TO PERSONNEL TRANSIT AREA.   DISCARDED MAE WEST HERE AND RESTED 15 MINS.  PROCEEDED TO BYRON ASSEMBLY AREA   NO INCIDENTS

DIARY OF VEHICLE PARTY

JUN 2  21:00HRS   UFFINGTON TO TILBURY   JOURNEY WAS AIDED CONSIDERABLY BY FULL MOON.   PUNCTURES AND NUMEROUS BREAKDOWNS EXPERIENCED  EN ROUTE – THE LATTER DUE TO THE STAGE A WATERPROOFING

JUN 3  ARRIVED THE ENTRANCE TO CAMP S.1 AT 7:30 HRS.   HOT TEA PROVIDED BY MOBILE CANTEEN DURING HALT.   PARTY CALLED FORWARD INTO CAMP AT 12:00HRS ALLOTTED SPACES FOR VEHICLES AND COMMENCED STAGE B WATERPROOFING, IN ADDITION TO MAINTAINING PART OF STAGE A THAT HAD BEEN RUINED DURING THE JOURNEY.   RATIONS DRAWN, CURRENCY EXCHANGED FOR FRANCS

JUN 4  EMBARKATION POSTPONED FOR 24 HOURS DUE TO BAD WEATHER

JUN 5  TIME OF EMBARKATION BROUGHT FORWARD   MOVED OFF TO DOCKS 11:30 HRS.   FINAL STAGES OF WATERPROOFING COMPLETED.   LOADING OF VEHICLES – SHIP NO A/82/MT CANADIAN BUILT

JUN 6 FORT SLAVE ALL PERSONNEL EMBARKED LEFT AT 19:15 HRS TO JOIN CONVOY

JUN 7   1700 SHIPS NOW LYING OFF SOUTHEND.   TOP SECRET MAPS OF DESTINATION OPENED

JUN 8  CONVOY UNDER WAY AND 'SHELL-FIRE' POSITIONS TAKEN UP.   ALL ORS BELOW DECKS AND ALL OFFICERS TO LEE-SIDE OF SHIP. NO INCIDENTS.   SMOKE SCREEN LAID BY ESCORT

JUN 9  OO:15 HRS SHIP COLLIDED WITH AMERICAN LCT AMIDSHIPS.  LITTLE DAMAGE TO SHIP BUT LCT BADLY DAMAGED.   RESCUE SHIP ARRIVED AND TOOK OFF AMERICAN CREW.   MEMBERS OF UNIT TURNED OUT DURING THE INCIDENT TO MAINTAIN ORDER     05:00 HRS MIKE BEACH.

JUL 21 12.20  ENEMY AIR ACTIVITY AT NIGHT INTENSE AA FIRE LUC -SUR – MER

JUL 24  ENEMY AIR ACTION AND BOMBS IN OUISTERHAM DIRECTION

JUL 25  A/SGT LEACH REME, VEH MECH MISSING FROM THIS UNIT AT 11:30 HRS WHEN HE DEPARTED TO TEST M/CYCLE.   ENQUIRIES MADE AT ALL

HOSPITALS AND MEDICAL UNITS IN AREA, BUT NO TRACE FOUND

JUL 26  ENEMY SHELLFIRE FROM A GUN SOMEWHERE ON OTHER SIDE OF CAEN CANAL COMMENCED SHELLING SHIPS UNLOADING IN BAY AND BEACHES.   FIRING WAS SPASMODIC, 10 SHELLS IN ALL.   FIRST TWO FAILED TO EXPLODE AFTER LANDING IN SEA.   SEVENTH SHELL FELL ON BATHING BEACH 40 YARDS FROM THIS HQ, KILLING EIGHT SOLDIERS AND INJURING FOUR.   PERSONNEL OF THIS HQ IMMEDIATELY VOLUNTEERED TO CLEAR THE BODIES AND ASSIST THE WOUNDED AND GUARD THE SPOT.   TWO FRENCH WOMEN CIVILIANS IMMEDIATELY CAME FORWARD AND ASSISTED WITH WOUNDED.   BEACH CLEARED OF ALL BATHERS BY MEMBERS OF THIS HQ AND DEAD PERSONNEL LINED UP.   EIGHTH SHELL LANDED ON CROSS-ROADS BUT WAS EVIDENTLY OF SMALL CALIBRE

JUL 27 DIFFICULTY IN IDENTIFYING BODIES AS ALL WERE NAKED.   OFFICER OF RA MADE INQUIRIES ABOUT MISSING PERSONNEL FROM HIS UNIT AND IDENTIFIED BODIES.

A/SGT LEACH'S M/CYCLE DISCOVERED – SERIOUS ACCIDENT AND HE HAD BEEN EVACUATED  TO UK WITH SEVERE HEAD INJURIES

JUL 31  CONTINUED ENEMY AIR ACTIVITY AND SHELLING INCL 'FLYING BOMB'

AUG 7  ONE 15 CWT TRUCK WITH DESK AND 2 FIELD TELEPHONES AS INFO POST

AUG 15/16  NOISE OF GUNFIRE OUT AT SEA

SEP 1  TO LISIEUX

SEPT 7  TO GAMACHES

SEP 8  SGT NEWMAN AND 2 NCOS AIDED BY 1 OF FFI APPREHENDED 3 ARMED  GERMANS NEAR CAMBERT (S OF ABBEVILLE).   1 GERMAN WAS WOUNDED ATTEMPTING TO ESCAPE

SEP 18 TO ST OMER   6030615 PTE W S GRICE RECEIVED INJURIES FROM HANDLING A GERMAN HAND-GRENADE

SEP 22  CHARGE OF SUSPECTED SELF-INFLICTED WOUND MADE ON PTE GRICE.  TOWN PATROLS,  BROTHELS RAIDED

OCT 5  MOVE TO ANTWERP

OCT 7  CONSIDERABLE DIFFICULTY EXPERIENCED CHANGING FRENCH FRANCS INTO BELGIAN FRANCS

 OCT 10/15  ENEMY MISSILES BEING DROPPED

NOV 7 ENEMY MISSILE 'ROCKET BOMB' EXPLODED APPROX 200 YDS AT REAR OF COY HQ ALL AVAILABLE TRANSPORT, STRETCHERS, BLANKETS IMMEDIATELY SENT TO SCENE.   AMBULANCES AND HEAVY DEMOLITION SQUAD SENT FOR

DEC       BREDA

DEC 12   S/81192 W/CPL(LOCAL-SGT) E DAVIS PERM. ATTD AWARDED CERTIFICATE OF GOOD SERVICE

DEC 17  FROM EARLY HOURS AND ALL THROUGH DAY AND EVENING MANY ENEMY FLYING BOMBS HEARD PASSING OVER BREDA.   FIRST ACTIVITY OF THIS KIND EXPERIENCED SINCE SINCE UNIT MOVED TO THIS TOWN

DEC 17/18   DITTO

DEC 21,22/25  BECOMES SLIGHT

DEC 27,28/29   ABOVE INCREASED

DEC 31  STRONG FORMATION OF ALLIED BOMBERS OBSERVED FLYING VERY HIGH, NORTH.NORTHEAST.


WO171/3359                  22 COY (TC)                   JAN  -  DEC 1944 PENRITH

                          CAPT E S FOX                    E LANCS                   24/11/43

                          LT P C MORRISON              GEN LIST                  28/9/43

                          LT C W E STONE                RA(COAST)               2/1/44

MAR 4                LEIGHTON BUZZARD

                          LT H TAYLOR                    GEN LIST                   15/2/44

APR  24                SOUTHSEA (LENNOX MANSIONS)

JUN 25  RAIDS BY PILOTLESS PLANES FROM 20:45 THROUGHOUT NIGHT – NO DAMAGE OR CASUALTIES

                          LT D ENNIS                        RAC                        28/5/44

JUL 12  AIR RAID BY FLYING BOMB   2 ORS SLIGHT INJURIES FROM SHELL SPLINTERS

JUL 17  GOSPORT  -  EMBARKATION

JUL 18  DISEMBARKED JUNO BEACH  TO BYRON CAMP,   TO ST COME-DE-FRESNE

JUL 22  CONTROL DUTIES AT PORT-EN-BESSIN, MEURAINES AND LE HAMEL

                    LT J W MATTEY                  GEN LIST           1/5/44

                    LT  L A W RASHBROOK        RA                 20/9/44

SEP/OCT ARGOEUVES, SAULTY, ARRAS

DEC TO TOURNAI AND TO BRUSSELS


WO 171/3360                    24 COY  (TC)                        MAR - OCT 1944

MAR 3  BALDOCK, RADWELL HOUSE

APR 24      SOUTHSEA AIR RAIDS ON TOWN    LENNOX MANSIONS,S/SEA

                               CAPT A WRIGHT                DWR                 12/4/44

                               LT R P GRAHAM                  RA                   20/4/44

                               LT F G BEAN                      SWB                 17/4/44

                               LT C M G DAVIES               WELCH              15/2/44                                                                                                                                                              

MAY 15/30   AIR RAIDS

JUN 27  MOVE TO RCRP   1 M/C CASUALTY   CAMP  S3

JUN 28  EMBARK ROYAL ALBERT DOCK, LONDON

JUN 30  ANCHORED OFF GRAYE-SUR-MER

JUL 1  DISEMBARK MIKE BEACH, JUNO SECTOR

             GRAYE-SUR-MER TO BANVILLE RES COY 2 ARMY

JUL 4/5  TRAFFIC CENSUS BAYEUX  -   13,205 IN 24 HRS

JUL 5     LT BEVAN M/C A/C  UK

AUG 4    LT J H RUDGE TO UNIT  RAC

AUG 19  ST ANDRE  ONE M/C CASUALTY

SEP 1  FALAISE         LT K M SMITH          RAC JOINED UNIT            21/9/44

SEP 30 DOUAI           LT G R M BOWDEN   RA

             SGT D WIGLEY-JONES DIED AS A RESULT OF A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

OCT 2   LESSINES   TOOK OVER FROM 67 TC COY

OCT 4      CAPT P R GALLOWAY NEW OC

0CTOBER COY EFFORTS

SIGNS MADE   -   578  3'X2'  AND 53  4'X4'  600 VARIOUS SIZES   -   A

CREDITABLE ACHIEVEMENT AS SIGNS WERE MADE AND PAINTED

ROUTES 230 AND 240 CONSTANTLY PATROLLED

ROUTE 240 THROUGH BRUSSELS ALTERED TWICE   LINK EAST AND WEST OF CITY SIGNED.

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171/3361                          25 COY (TC)                        JAN  -  DEC 1944

SHREWSBURY  TO  MILTON ERNEST

                         CAPT H M ASTLEY         GEN LIST         26/12/43

                         LT P R CALLAWAY         PC                    29/9/43

                         LT E J MOWL                GEN LIST         21/10/43

                         LT H R TAYLOR             RA(COAST)       7/2/44

MAY     BEDFORD,  HINGHAM

MAY 15  WATERPROOFING OF VEHICLES

JUN 16  TO MARSHALLING CAMP

JUN 24  DISEMBARKATION COMPLETED  NR BANVILLE  TO REVIERS

JUL 5   TRAFFIC CHECK TIERCEVILLE XROADS 10,705 VEHICLES IN 24 HRS

TRAFFIC PATROLS COMMENCED;   SEVERAL CHARGES PREFERRED FOR “DOUBLE BANKING”

JUL 26   SECTION MANNING TAY BRIDGE UNDER SHELLFIRE AT NIGHT

OCT 6      LILLE,  GHENT      COY STRENGTH  -  3 OFFICERS AND 104 0RS

OCT 9   ONE OFFICER KILLED IN ROAD ACCIDENT AT LA BASSEE  -  MOWL

NOV 6  4 DESERTERS WITH 1 JEEP APPREHENDED BY 25 COY CSM BENSON

NOV 2  CSM BENSON WHILE ESCORTING A DESERTER TO ST PETER'S BARRACKS RE-ARRESTED 2 OF THE DESERTERS MENTIONED UNDER THE 6TH, WHO HAD BROKEN CLOSE ARREST AT LEOPOLD BARRACKS

NOV   TO  TILBURG

DEC 16  NUMEROUS FLYING BOMBS PASSED OVER THE TOWN IN GENERAL DIRECTION OF ANTWERP

DEC 24  A TEST ALARM FOR AN ATTACK BY ENEMY PARACHUTISTS, HALF OF COY SLEEPING FULLY CLOTHED WITH ARMS IN READINESS.   CHRISTMAS CONSIDERED LIKELY TIME FOR ENEMY ATTACK

DEC 26  GENERAL ALARM, COY STOOD TO AND MANNED FOR DEFENCE BRIDGE OVER WILHELMINA CANAL UNTIL 31 DEC.   MORE FLYING BOMBS DAILY FLYING OVER TOWN.


WO 171/3362                   26 COY (TC)                         FEB  -  DEC 1944 ACOCK'S GREEN,  BIRMINGHAM

                CAPT L C WOOD            MANCHESTER REGT              4/7/42

                LT W H WICK                  E. YORKS                         12/5/43

APRIL MUCH HADHAM

       LT C E W B PIERPOINT         RA                                      20/10/43

       LT B BRITTAIN                     RA                                       4/12/43

       LT T M DAVIES                    RA                                        10/3/44

JUN 9  “WADED” EACH DRIVER MT SUCCESSFULLY,   NO DROWNED VEHICLES

JUN 10  STRAIGHTENING UP FOR FINAL PACKING

JUN  29 EMBARKATION

JUN 30  SAILED IN 2 SHIPS   “GEORGE WYTHE” AND “FORT SLAVE”

JUL  1 21:30  FRANCE SIGHTED – COURSEULLES-SUR-MER   “MIKE BEACH”

(BATTLE CASUALTY)

JUL 10  PTE B LEVY PROCEEDS ON COMPASSIONATE LEAVE OWING TO DEMOLITION OF HOUSE IN LONDON BY ENEMY ACTION

JUL 13  L/CPL ZIMBLER,  TA INJURIES EVACUATED TO ENGLAND

JUL 16  MOVE TO LONGEAU, WEST OF BAYEUX.   DUTIES ; DISCIPLINARY DUTIES OVER BRITISH PERSONNEL OF ALL SERVICES IN US TERRITORY.   PERSONNEL WORE RED COVERS ON PRO DUTIES FOR FIRST TIME

JUL 21  RECCED ROUTE FOR VIP FROM ARROMANCHE TO GEN MONTGOMERY'S HQ, TURNED OUT TO BE MR WINSTON CHURCHILL.   OC PILOTED LEAD CAR ON ROUTE

AUG 6  CA ORDERED US TO DESTROY A WOUNDED COW.   NO OWNER COULD BE FOUND TILL AFTER DEATH

AUG 30  NORMAL TC DUTIES IN  CAEN

1 SEP 1  MOVE TO TRACEY BOCAGE

SEP 22   AT BLANGY   BODY OF AIRMAN FOUND BURIED 23RD

SEP 28 HESDIN    RAID IN CAFE DE L'AGRICULTURE FOR SUSPECTED PERSONNEL HARBOURING GERMANS. 1 WOMAN DETAINED IN GENDARMERIE   NO ID CARD

NOV 22  CIVILIAN BUICK CAR REPORTED STOLEN.   ENQUIRIES REVEALED POSSIBLE PRESENCE OF 10 MEN IN COY AREA MAKING A PRACTICE OF STEALING AND SELLING CARS;  MEN FULLY ARMED.  CANADIAN SERGEANT ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH STOLEN CAR.   CAR RECOVERED.   CANADIAN SERGEANT REPORTED ESCAPED FROM 36 RHU

NOV 27  DAKOTA TPT PLANE CRASHED AT WARNETON.   AMERICAN CREW OF 4 MEN, NONE OF WHOM WERE INJURED, STATED THEY HAD LOST RADIO CONTACT AND WERE LOST, SO DECIDED TO MAKE FORCED LANDING

NOV 28  4 SOLDIERS MEMBERS OF A GROUP WANTED FOR SEVERAL OFFENCES APPREHENDED

DEC 23  MESSAGE RECEIVED FROM OC TPS  - SUSPECTED PARATROOP LANDINGS

DEC 27  1 OR ADMITTED HOSPITAL AFTER TA   DIED 28TH

DEC 30  FUNERAL OF 13049538 CPL L J BALL AT ST JOHN'S CEMETERY COURTRAI

                              LT D S MCLEANS         DWR                7/10/44

                              LT E J H CROSS           RAC(DWR)      10/11/44


WO 171/3363                 27 COY (TC)                            JAN  -  DEC  1944

                                       CAPT J B COE                 RA

JAN 14   MUCH HADHAM  TO  MERROW WOOD CAMP, GUILFORD ;  MET BY APM MAJ E A SWINDEN,  APM TC / CANADIAN ARMY

JAN 24  MAJ YOUNG   APM TC  SOUTH EASTERN COMMAND VISITS

JAN 26  LT COL BREL  DPM  1 CANADIAN ARMY VISITS

                       LT E VERNON                  HAMPS REGT           5/1/43

                       LT D B KIRK                    PC                      13/12/43

                       LT GHW COYNE               RA                      26/11/43

MAR 2  GEN MONTGOMERY VISITS TROOPS IN DISTRICT,   UNIT ON TC DUTY

MAR 17  LT/COL BALL  DPM 1 CANADIAN ARMY VISITS AND INSPECTS

APR 29/30  FROM MERROW WOOD CAMP TO DUNSTABLE (WELLHEAD CAMP)

JUN 6  I NCO 5 PTES 6 VEHICLES ATT 67 TC COY LEFT FROM MARSHALLING AREA

JUN 7  VEHICLES LOADED ON “SS FORT WRIGLEY”

JUN 8  SAILED FROM LONDON  

JUN 9  SOUTHEND TO NORMANDY

JUN 14  UNLOADING COMPLETED   COY HQ  BANVILLE (ARMY REAR HQ)

JUN 15  L/CPL SHIELDS EVACUATED ENGLAND WITH A BROKEN ANKLE

JUN 18 PTE BANALT KNOCKED DOWN ON POINT DUTY AT AMBLIE EVAC ENGLAND

23 JUN   PTE SHEPHERD KILLED BY ENEMY ACTION,  BENOUVILLE

23:00 CEASED TO OPERATE  AT BANVILLE, RELIEVED BY 67 TC COY AND 62 TC  COY

JUL 6  BANVILLE TO LONGEUX IN US SECTOR  EAST OF BAYEUX;  3 SECT ON PRO DUTIES IN LE MOLAY, LA MINE AND DISTRICT ; 3 SECT ON TC

DUTIES

JUL 16 COY MOVED TO LONGEUX NR 2 ARMY REAR HQ AT VAUX-SUR-SEULLES

JUL 17  1 SECT LENT TO 1 CORPS, CONTROL OF BRIDGES, 1 CORP AREA SOUTH OF OUISTREHAM UNDER CONTINUAL SHELLFIRE FROM ENEMY S POINT EAST OF RIVER ORNE

JUL 22  2 SECT WITH 1 CANADIAN ARMY FROM 22 TO 29

AUG 1  2 SECT ATT 8 CORPS  AREA BALLEROY

AUG 8 COY MOVED TO VAUX-SUR-SEULLES 8 CORPS  5 SECT EMPLOYED ON TC DUTIES

AUG 11  1 SECT 62 TC COY ATT

AUG 17  UNDER COMMAND 2 ARMY   MOVED TO CANTELOOP

MANNING ROUTE 165  RECCE TANK TRACK & ROUTE 167

AUG 20  1 SECT ATTACHED 30 CORPS  DUTIES AT CONDY-SUR-NOIREAU

AUG 24  LT ERNON HANTS REGT  TO OC 243 PC

AUG 25  COY TO LES ROTOURS   MANNING SA/27 ROUTE

SEP 1  OC  SECT SGT ROUTE RECCE FOR SA/26/27 NORTH OF R SEINE  

SEP 2  COY RELIEVED BY 24 TC COY   MOVE TO CANTIER NORTH OF R SEINE

SEP 3 COY MANNING S1/26/27 UP ROUTE BRIDGE AT VERNON TO SONGEONS AND SA/26/27 RETURN ROUTE FROM FORMERIE TO BRIDGES AT LES ANDELYS AND ANDE

SEP 5  COY MOVED TO FAMECHON 1 SECT 109 PRO COY ATT

SEP 7  ALL SECT RELIEVED BY 8 CORPS, 40 DIV, 3 DIV PCS

SEP  8  FAMECHON   MANNING ROUTE FROM DOULENS TO AMIENS

 SEP 14 ARGOEUVES  COY RELIEVED 8 CORPS, 43 DIV, 3 DIV ON SA/26/27

UP RETURN ROUTE FROM R SEINE TO AMIENS ALSO RELIEVE 1 SECT 67 TC COY MANNING BRIDGE AT GASSICOURT   COY UNDER COMMAND APM (TC) L OF C

SEP 17 BRIDGE OVER R SEINE AT VERNON, LES ANDELYS GASSINCOURT TAKEN OVER BY 24 TC COY

SEP 18  ROUTE FROM R SEINE TO POIX AND CONDY EXCLUSIVE TAKEN OVER BY 6 TC COY

SEP 20  COY MAN ROUTES SA/26/27  FROM BELGIUM BORDER TO POIX AND CONDY

SEP 24 CONCENTRATED  AT LOUVAIN

SEP 24   8 CORPS PC RELIEVED ON HAT ROUTE FROM PREER TO LILE ST HUBERT MANNING HAT AND CLUB ROUTES

                         LT A CLIFF      RAC      29/9/44

 OCT 15  SECTION CHANGE ROUTES,  3 SECT AT OUDENARDE WHICH HAD BEEN UNDER CONTINUOUS SHELLFIRE, INTERMITTENT DURING MORNING

OCT 18  EINDHOVEN   3 NCOS, 3 PTES OF 67 TC COY ATTACHED TO CHECK ROAD DISCIPLINE ON CLUB ROUTE

OCT 22  CAPT COE & LT CLIFF MOVE TO 2 SECT UDEN FOR TAKING CONTROL OF TRAFFIC CONTROL CLUB ROUTE

22 REINFORCEMENTS RECEIVED FROM 34 RHU

OCT 26  LT  KIRK POSTED TO 101 GROUP RHU

OCT 26  PERSONNEL FROM 67 TC COY RETURN TO OWN UNIT

OCT 29  LT REID POSTED TO 27 TC COY FROM 34 RHU

NOV 1  LT/COL DRAKE DPM 2 ARMY VISITS COY

NOV 7  COY RESPONSIBLE FOR CLUB ROUTE RETURN

GRAVE – ZEELAND UDEN VEHICLE OEONRODE ZON EINDHOVEN

DEC 16  SGT FISH 100YDS FROM FLYING BOMB WHICH CRASHED AT EINDHOVEN, SENT HIS DRIVER TO REPORT INCIDENT TO AUTHORITIES F BDE REME RECOVERY AND TOOK CHARGE OF RESCUE OPS UNTIL ARRIVAL OF INCIDENT OFFICER AND AMBULANCE

DEC 19  MAJ MCCLELLAND 12 ACRE VISITS COY WITH VIEW TO HAVING TC CONTROL SIGNS IN EINDHOVEN FROM TOWN ELECTRICITY.


WO 171/3364                       29 COY (TC)                       JAN  -  DEC 1944

JAN 5    HOUGHTON-LE- ?    EARLE'S COLNE

FEB 15   COY TO RATTENDEN HALL

APR 8    RATTENDEN

APR 15  ROMFORD

SEP 6    ORDER TO MOBILISE

SEP 18  DISEMBARK NORMANDY

SEP 19  COY HQ   CROISSANVILLE

SEP 25  ALL COMMITMENT THROUGH OUR FRONT FROM 73 TC COY

SEP 27  COY HQ TO LISIEUX

                        CAPT J K BREEZE      PC       17/12/43

                        LT F C J PEEGRUM     RAC     22/11/43

                        LT G A BATCHELOR   RA         30/5/44

                        LT M A BARRY          RECCE     9/9/44                                                                                                        


WO 171/3365                        59 COY (TC)                       OCT - DEC 1944

OCT 1 1944  MALINES.   5 SECTION

                  PARIS           1 SECTION

OCT 3 1 SECTION OPERATING WITH BELGIAN GENDARMES, LILLE PETROL CHECKS.

OCT 4  COY HQ TO LILLE.

OCT 6  TOOK OVER FROM 242 PRO COY.

OCT 10    1 SECTION LEFT LILLE TO DIEPPE.

 OCT 21 AMIENS BROTHEL RAIDED.   LT S S D AYHURST, RIFLE BRIGADE 14/4/1944.

OCT 26 CAP BUDDEN, SOUTH LANCS 17/2/1944.TOOK OVER COMMAND OF 109 PRO COY

OCT 31 CAPT J W M GLENN EAST SURREY 27/10/1944 NEW OC.

DEC 1 AMIENS.

DEC 25 MILITARY PERSONNEL POISONED ALL CAFE’S CLOSED BY CMP.  US AIRCRAFT CRASHED, CREW BAILED OUT.

DEC 26 ENEMY AIRCRAFT CRASHED, CREW KILLED.

 PATROL FOR SUSPECT ENEMY AGENT.

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WO 171/3366                          62 COY (TC)                    JAN  -  DEC 1944

JAN 1   WIRKSWORTH

                        CAPT S H COSH            RSF          9/11/42

                        LT M H MACHONACHIE  SOM  LI     24/3/43

                        LT E H WILKINSON       PC            20/7/43

                        LT J BIDDLECOMBE       RA             6/4/43

MAY 24   COMMENCED WATERPROOFING  VEHICLES   CONCENTRATION AREA

JUN 4   HINGHAM NORFOLK

           CSM C T BARR   C-IN-C COMMENDATION FOR GOOD SERVICE

JUN 18   ON BOARD EMPIRE CANYON

JUN 24   PM COY LANDED ON BEACH

JUN 25   COY HQ BANNEVILLE

                         LT F D Y JONES           RA           10/11/44

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WO 171/3367                 67 COY (TC)                                JAN DEC 1944

JAN 1 1944  GLENFIELD.  

CAPT W D BARKER     RA          15/3/1943

LT S W CHAMBERS     RA            3/7/1943

LT H A CROOK           GEN LIST 18/8/1943

2/LT S WOODLEY       RAC       22/11/1943

LT E L CROSBY           RA          25/5/1944

JUNE 1 DUNSTABLE

JUNE 14 WEST INDIA DOCK, EMBARK ON FORT BRUNSWICK.

JUNE 16 ARRIVE ARROMANCHE.

JULY 1 SOMMERUIEU

JULY 13 SIB INFO SELF INFLICTED WOUND.

SEPT 19  PART I ORDER PIONEERS ATTACHED WEARING ARMBANDS

ALL PIONEERS ATTACHED WHEN ACTIVELY ENGAGED ON TC DUTIES WILL WEAR MP ARMBANDS.   THEY WILL BE INSTRUCTED AS TO THE CORRECT METHOD OF WEARING SAME AND THE AUTHORITY WHICH THIS ARMBAND CARRY AND WILL ACT ACCORDINGLY.   ARMBANDS WILL AT NO TIME BE WORN OFF DUTY.

SEPT 3 PART I ORDERS. DONATIONS AND AUCTION L/CPL SENIOR AND PTE PATE.

THE SUM OF 15,400 FRANCS (INCLUDING DONATIONS) WAS RAISED AT THE

AUCTION OF PERSONAL KIT OF THE ABOVE DECEASED MEMBERS OF THE COY.   THE SUM WAS EQUALLY DIVIDED AND HAS BEEN MADE UP TO 18,000 FRANCS, £90 FROM PRI ACCOUNT.   THEREFORE THE SUM OF £45 EACH WILL BE CREDITED TO DECEASED CREDITS AND WILL BE FORWARDED TO DECEASED NEXT OF KIN THROUGH PAYMASTER.

OCT EINDHOVEN

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WO 171/3368                  73 COY (TC)                     JAN  -  DEC  1944

JAN 1   240 BALBY ROAD, DONCASTER

                        CAPT A JACKSON          GEN LIST          7/9/41

                        LT J G WILLOUGHBY     SUFFOLK         21/7/43

                        LT P MULHEIR              GEN LIST         15/3/43

                        LT G M SLATTER           RASC                3/6/43

                        2 LT RA COLY               RAC              22/11/43

                        LT P A S SMITH             SWB                8/2/44      NEW OC

MAR 8   TO DERSFORD NR LEICESTER

MAR 24        NEWBURY

MAR 28        DERSFORD

APR 4   PTE GIBLIN UNCONSCIOUS ON ROAD NEAR N OF OXFORD

APR 15   3 SECT TO HILTINSBURY CAMP NEAR WINCHESTER

           1 SECT TO CREECH WALK CAMP HAMBLEDON, HANTS

APR 26  CAMP SEALED

JUN 4    EMBARK ON CRAFT  1744 SOUTHAMPTON

JUN 7   LANDED MIKE BEACH

JUN 8    SNIPERS STILL FIRING  GRAVES-SUR -MER

AUG 1   VER-SUR-MER

OCT 1    ABBEVILLE

NOV 1   YPRES

NOV 3   ANTWERP

NOV 22  2 MEN KILLED BY V2 IN MIDDLE OF ANTWERP, LOCATION KEYSERLEI

1144420 L/CPL WOOD J AND 4545256 PTE COLLEY R.

DEC 16 V2 HIT REX CINEMA, ANTWERP AT 1600HRS. (HUNDREDS KILLED INCLUDING CMP).

DEC  31  1,000 SIGNS COMPLETED AND ERECTED, 4 X TRAFFIC POSTS IN ANTWERP, 23,149 ENQUIRIES.


WO 171/3369                       74 COY (TC)                     JAN  -  DEC  1944

JAN 1   GODSTONE, SUSSEX

JAN 30   1 SECT ATT 157 PRO COY FOR ONE WEEK PRO TR

FEB 10   RAMPS CONSTRUCTED AT MRQ 818716 SANDBIT TO INSTRUCT DVRS IN DRIVING ON AND OFF LCT

                           CAPT C E E BEAN                RA                        20/7/43

                           LT S R HUTTON                  RWK                      2/12/43

                           LT E S SHIELDS                  RWK                      2/12/43

                           LT N H ELLIS                      RA                        17/2/44

APR 11   101 TC COY TAKE OVER BILLETS

              74 TC COY MOVE TO LEWES

MAY 1    CAMP J 20

MAY 9   ADDITIONAL ACCOMMODATION   41 FALMER ROAD

                            CAPT T A GARNETT          LOYAL REGT        3/5/44

JUL 7   GUILDFORD   PREPARE VEHICLES FOR WATERPROOFING

JUL 17   EMBARKED GOSPORT

JUL 18   DISEMBARKED JUNO BEACH

JUL 19   COY TO LONGEAU

JUL 27      “      “    REVIERE

JUL  15      “      “    BEAUVILLE

JUL 25      “      “    ERNES

JUL 27      “      “    ST PIERRE

AUG 22      PTE HARRINGTON DIED   -   NO MENTION IN DIARY)

AUG 31     “     “     FONTAINE

SEP 6         “     “    ELBUF   HANDED OVER TO 101 TC COY

SEP 24       “     “    YPRES

SEP 28   INFO POST IN GRANDE PLACE, YPRES

OCT 17  YPRES TO ALOST,  TOOK OVER FROM 4 TC COY

0CT 24   ALOST TO BRUSSELS

OCT 30   CAPT GARNETT LEAVES TO BE OC 608 VP COY

               CAPT G E SHIFFNER       OX & BUCKS        20/10/44       NEW OC

NOV 13   COY TO RAEVELS

DEC 5   V2 FELL NEAR EAGLE BRIDGE,  DIVERSION LAID


WO 171/3370                       76 COY  (TC)                      JAN  -  DEC 1944

JAN 1   WILFORD,   WILFORD HOUSE,  NOTTINGHAM

JAN 15   EARLE'S COLNE, ESSEX  ST MARY'S MEADOW

FEB 1    7 MEN POSTED TO 22 TC COY  TYNEFIELD,  PENRITH

                                  CAPT J POTTS MM      GEN LIST           22/6/43

                                  LT H S WALDOCK       RB                     5/4/43

                                  LT G W COOPER                                    3/43          

                                  2/LT E J STEPHENS    

                                  LT H F GREENSLADE   R INNIS             18/8/43

MAR 2   COY MOVE TO  NEEDHAM MARKET VALLEY HOUSE,  SUFFOLK

JUN 5   COY TO FROGMORE HALL,  WALTON-ON-STOW,  HERTS

JUN 28   COY MOVE TO MUCH HADHAM MOORE PLACE CAMP

SEP 16   COY TO MARSHALLING AREA

SEP 19   DISEMBARKED STAYED NO 6  CAMP

SEP 21    COY TOOK OVER FROM 101 P COY

OCT 10   COY TOOK OVER FROM 6 TC COY

OCT 20   15 CWT OVERTURNED    PTE W BROWNHILL SERIOUSLY INJURED                  WOLLERTON PARK                    

NOV   CAP SHILLINGTON COY OC TO 76 DIV


WO 171/3371                         81 COY (TC)              JAN  -  DEC 1944

JAN 1    NEWARK      

JAN 22   COY TO DARLINGTON

                        CAPT W B WROOT               LINCS               6/1/44

                        LT J W MATTEY                   GEN LIST          23/1/43

                        LT E A DAVEY                     GEN LIST          20/5/43

FEB 18    4 SECT ATT 107 COY EX EAGLE

MAY 10   COY TO NARBOROUGH AND ENDERBY

APR 8           LT MATTEY TO 33 DIV PRO COY

APR 18         LT E J DUGGIN           RAC                  13/4/44

                   LT LOLEY                  RA RAC              7/2/44

APR 21   LT DAVEY TO CMP DEPOT  MYCHETT

MAY 713011359 L/CPL MURPHY TO HOSPITAL M/C ACCIDENT

MAY 19    WATERPROOFING VEHICLES

JUN 10   TO MARSHALLING AREA

JUN 16   DISEMBARK NORMANDY

JUN 22   COY TO BANNEVILLE          

JUN 23   LT DUGUIN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN M/C A/C TO 81 GEN HOSPITAL

                     LT L CRAIG      MANCHESTER REGT           3/4/44

JUL 6   CPL NICHOLSON ADMITTED TO 16 CCS,  BACK TO UK

AUG 1   L/CPL WADSWORTH TO 20 GEN HOSP         OK

AUG 8   LT L CRAIG M/C A/C 121 GEN HOSP

AUG 19            LT B INNES          RAC  JOINED COY

AUG 25   COY MOVED TO BAZOCHES EN HOULME

SEP 4      COY MOVED TO ARGOEUYES

SEP 19    US GLIDER CRASHED AT CROYSHANTEM 0848

              COY TOOK CHARGE 15 MEN KILLED

SEP 20    COY TO DIEST MR 117686

NOV 3   V1 FELL ON DIEST 2 PEOPLE INJURED

V1 FELL ON ST BERNARD ON DIEST-LOUVAIN ROAD

NOV 4   V1 FELL HASSELL   32 PEOPLE KILLED

DEC 4   V1 FELL ON SICHEM.

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WO 170/3372                     101 COY  (TC)                    JAN  -  DEC 1944

JAN 1   GUILFORD   TURRET HOUSE    EPSOM ROAD

                             CAPT F G C PAPWORTH         BUFFS          15/3/43

                              LT J W KINGSTON               GEN  LIST     20/7/43

                              LT H E WIRE                       RA              12/2/44

                              LT W H MANN                     RA              14/2/44

            POLLARD'S HILL   LIMPSFIELD   SURREY

JUL 17   EMBARKING GOSPORT  -  JUNO BEACH

JUL 19  COY TO ST LOUPS HOSPS

            5 L OF C AREA  TC DUTIES

AUG 25  COY TO  BEAUVILLE

SEP 5      TO BOISNEY

SEP 6      TO ELBEUF

SEP 23    TO MUNVILLE

OCT 27   TO NEUFCHATEL


WO 171/3373         1 CORPS   102 PRO COY            JAN  -  DEC 1944

JAN 2     SURREY,  CHOBHAM,  WEYBRIDGE

                         LT H E ELSMORE    GEN LIST    TO 244 PC AS OC

JAN  3   1 SECT DEPARTS FOR WADHURST

JAN 6   CAPT S D SHILLINGLAW 14/12/43 TO INVERNESS AS OC 3 DIV PRO COY

                         LT F E IOTT    RA       2/12/43

                         LT TRAHERNE         RA       19/5/43

                         LT A R KENDRICK    GENERAL LIST    17/5/43       NEW OC

JAN 9    CHURCH PARADE FOLLOWED BY PRESENTATIONS BY C-IN-C 1 CORPS,

RSM GLENISTER ONE OF THE RECIPIENTS  (US BRONZE STAR)

                         LT ELZEAR DE SARRAN     RAC     12/1/44

JUN 4   FROM CAMP S4 TO CAMP S2

JUN 5  EMBARK ON MLT 27  US MERCHANT MARINE  WILL ROGERS

JUN 10/11   DISEMBARKED.   AIRCRAFT CRASHED ON LATERAL ROUTE  DIVERSION MADE

JUN 21   LANDMINE DROPPED ON CORPS REAR HQ   NO CASUALTIES

JUN 26   CANADIANS IGNORE OUT-OF-BOUNDS SIGNS   MANY CHARGES MADE

JUN 27   THEFT OF RINGS AND JEWELRY FROM MADAME CAILLEVEN AT LA DELIVERANDE    PM RN PERSONNEL

JUL 10   SGT E C BAILEY 9 SECT WOUNDED WHILST DETACHED TO 3 DIV, EVACUATED TO UK

AUG 4   OC INVESTIGATES THEFT OF SILVER FROM CHATEAU DU LUNDEAL

AUG 5    EXPLOSION OF UNDETECTED MINE AT 1 CORPS TPS CLUB  

NO CASUALTIES NO VEHICLES DAMAGED

                 BELGIUM,   HOLLAND

 DEC 31   SOLDIER SHOT BY LOCAL ORANGEMAN AT BREDA.

(SEE ALSO WAR DIARIES WO 167/1351, BEF AND WO 166/5903 HOME FORCES RELATING TO 102 PROVOST COMPANY).


THIS SHORT HISTORY IS HELD BY THE RMP MUSEUM

THE HISTORY OF 102 PRO COY - CMP (P)

FROM 1 SEPT 39 TO JAN 48

WRITTEN & COMPILED BY

7684225 SGT R A BOLT

WITH ADDITIONS BY RSM J W G SULLIVAN

     THE CONTENTS OF THIS ‘BOOK ARE WRITTEN ENTIRELY FROM MEMORY, THEREFORE THE DATES SHOWN MAY NOT BE ACCURATE, BUT ARE, AS NEAR AS POSSIBLE CORRECT.

     THE COMPANY WAS MOBILIZED AT CAMP 18, MYTCHETT, ITS MEMBERS ARRIVING ON 1 AND 2 SEPT 39 BY SPECIAL TRAINS.   THE MEMBERS WERE DETAILED WHILST PASSING THROUGH THE ORDERLY ROOM, AND ON 2 SEPT 39, THE FIRST PARADE WAS HELD.

    THE COMPANY WAS THEN KNOWN AS NO 6 PROVOST COMPANY, LATER BEING CHANGED TO 102 PROVOST COMPANY.

     NEARLY ALL ITS MEMBERS WERE CMP SUPPLEMENTARY RESERVE, ALL HAVING BEEN EMPLOYED BY THE AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION, WHO ENCOURAGED EMPLOYEES TO JOIN THE SR.   ONLY THE SERGEANTS WERE REGULAR SOLDIERS, WHILST THE CORPORALS WERE EX-REGULARS WHO HAD NOT COMPLETED THEIR TERM OF SERVICE.  

     THE COMPANY SPENT FROM 2 SEPT 39 TO 14 SEPT 39 AT CAMP 18, DURING WHICH TIME TRAINING WAS CARRIED OUT IN DRILL, MOTOR CYCLING, GAS, SALUTING, MAP READING ETC.

     CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT WERE ISSUED, VEHICLES AND MOTORCYCLES CAMOUFLAGED, MEDICAL INSPECTIONS AND INOCULATIONS WERE CARRIED OUT.   ON THE 13 SEPT 39, ORDERS WERE RECEIVED TO BE PREPARED TO MOVE OFF EARLY ON THE MORNING OF THE 14 SEPT TO A PORT, WHICH PROVED TO BE SOUTHAMPTON, WHERE THE NIGHT OF 14/15 WAS SPENT.   ON THE 15 SEPT 39 ALL VEHICLES AND MOTORCYCLES WERE LOADED ON BOARD SHIP, AND PERSONNEL EMBARKED.   THE SHIP SLIPPED OUT OF SOUTHAMPTON DOCK DURING THE NIGHT OF 15/15 SEPT 39, AND EARLY ON THE MORNING OF 16 SEPT 39 WE DISEMBARKED AT CHERBOURG, FRANCE, THEN FOLLOWED DAYS OF TRAVEL THROUGH FRANCE, WITH 1 CORPS STAYING AT VARIOUS TOWN EN ROUTE, THE FIRST BEING LAVAL, AFTER WHICH THE COMPANY WAS SPLIT UP TO TAKE UP DETACHED DUTIES LOOKING AFTER SECTORS OF ROAD, SECTIONS SOMETIMES HAVING 60 MILES ON ROAD TO LOOK AFTER AND MAN, WHICH ENTAILED MANY HOURS

OF DUTY FOR EVERYONE, FOR INSTANCE POINT DUTY FROM 06.30HRS TO 13.30HRS AT A STRETCH.

     DURING THIS TIME NO WATERPROOF CLOTHING FOR MOTOR CYCLING WAS ISSUED, AND IT WAS NOT UNTIL FEB 40 THAT THE FIRST 92 AIRS OF RUBBER THIGH BOOTS WERE RECEIVED.

     EVENTUALLY THE PLANNED DESTINATION WAS REACHED, BEING DOUAI, FRANCE,   FROM DOUAI, SECTIONS WERE SENT OUT ON DETACHMENT, CARRYING OUT DUTIES AT CANTIN, WHERE RAILHEAD DUTIES WERE CARRIED OUT, - LILLE, WHERE TOWN PATROL AND RAILWAY STATION DUTIES

WERE PERFORMED, WHILST FROM COMPANY HQ, SUCH DUTIES AS MOBILE PATROLS, TOWN PATROLS, CINEMA DUTIES, POINT DUTY ETC. WERE BEING CARRIED OUT.   IT WAS DURING THIS PERIOD THAT THE COMPANY CHANGED FROM NO6 TO 102 PROVOST COMPANY.

     THINGS WENT ON IN THIS MANNER THROUGH THE VERY HARD WINTER OF 1940, WHEN MANY HARDSHIPS AND SETBACKS WERE SUFFERED, SUCH AS ACCIDENTS THROUGH BAD OR ICY ROADS, CRACKED CYLINDERS ON VEHICLES, BILLETS WITH NO WINDOWS OR DOORS ETC, - HOWEVER, THIS PERIOD PASSED, AND WITH THE BETTER WEATHER THINGS LOOKED CONSIDERABLY BRIGHTER.

     IT WAS IN FEB 40 THAT THE FIRST CHANGES TOOK PLACE IN THE COMPANY, WITH SOME SERJEANTS AND LANCE CORPORALS WERE POSTED TO 151 L OF C PROVOST COMPANY, AND PROMOTIONS WERE MADE WITHIN THE UNIT TO FILL VACANCIES, THUS THE AA PERSONNEL RECEIVED THEIR FIRST PROMOTIONS, BEING PROMOTED TO CORPORAL.

     ON THE 10 MAY 40, ELEMENTS OF THE COMPANY WERE ORDERED INTO BELGIUM, THE REMAINDER FOLLOWING ON THE 11 MAY 40.

     IT IS WELL KNOWN THAT FOLLOWED THE MOVE OF THE ALLIED ARMIES INTO BELGIUM, - COLLAPSE OF BELGIUM, FOLLOWED BY NIGHTMARE DAYS AND NIGHTS OF HURRIED MOVES BACK TO FRANCE, COLLAPSE OF FRANCE AND MORE HURRIED MOVE, FINALLY DUNKIRK

     THIS COMPANY DID SPLENDID WORK AT DUNKIRK, IN MARSHALLING TROOPS, GETTING THEM ON BOARD, ASSISTING THE WOUNDED ON BOARD, IN FACT TURNING THEIR HAND AT EVERYTHING AND ANYTHING.   IT WAS AT DUNKIRK THAT NO. 6910698 RSM P GLENISTER, (THEN PSM) (PLATOON SERGEANT MAJOR) WON THE DCM, FOR OUTSTANDING WORK, AND EXAMPLE TO ALL THOSE ROUND HIM - COOL AND NOT LETTING ANYTHING FLUSTER HIM.   MEMBERS OF THIS COMPANY WERE ON THE LAST SHIP TO LEAVE THE SHORES OF DUNKIRK AND THE BRIGADIER IN CHARGE OF EMBARKATION OPENLY SAID THAT IT WAS ONLY THE SPLENDID WORK OF THIS COMPANY WHICH CONCLUDED THE SUCCESSFUL WITHDRAWAL OF TROOPS FROM DUNKIRK, THE LAST OF WHICH LEFT ON 2 JUN 1940.

     KNOWN CASUALTIES WERE ONE DROWNED, AND 1 KILLED WHILST PERFORMING HIS DUTY ON A POINT, BUT IT WAS  LEARNED THAT SOME EX 102 PRO COY PERSONNEL HAD BEEN TAKEN PRISONER WHILST SERVING WITH 151 L OF C PRO COY.

     ENGLAND ONCE MORE, THE COMPANY ARRIVING AT MYTCHETT IN ‘PENNY PACKETS’, WHERE WE WERE ASSEMBLED AND GIVEN LEAVE, LEAVE OVER, THE BACK TO MYTCHETT, THENCE TO A SMALL VILLAGE NEAR DONCASTER, YORKS CALLED SPROTBROUGH.   IT WAS AT SPROTBROUGH THAT THE

COMPANY HAD TO USE CIVILIAN VEHICLES AND MOTOR CYCLES UNTIL ISSUED WITH NEW WD VEHICLES AND MOTORCYCLES, SO BIG CHANGES TOOK PLACE, WHEN PERSONNEL WERE POSTED OUT OT THE UNIT TO TRAFFIC CONTROL COMPANIES, ALL OF THEM RECEIVING PROMOTION ON POSTING.    

     WITH THE THREATENING INVASION OF ENGLAND BY THE ENEMY,ALL PERSONNEL WERE TRAINED IN THE USE OF RIFLES, AND WERE ORDERED TO CARRY ARMS AT ALL TIMES, ALSO SHEFFIELD WAS HEAVILY BOMBED, THIS UNIT HELPING WITH THE EVACUEES, AND STANDING BY TO MOVE INTO TO

SHEFFIELD TO GIVE ASSISTANCE AS REQUIRED,   THIS HOWEVER WAS UNNECESSARY.

     THE APPROXIMATE TIME SPENT IN SPROTBROUGH WAS AUG 40 TO JAN 41.   IT WAS IN OCT 40 THAT INFORMATION WAS RECEIVED THAT ALL ARMY AND CORPS PRO COY’S WOULD BE INCREASED FROM 6 TO 9 SECTIONS AND THE HQ, THEREFORE THIS UNIT WAS IMMEDIATELY THREE SECTIONS UNDER STRENGTH AND IT WAS A LONG TIME BEFORE THE ‘PHANTOM 50’ EVENTUALLY ARRIVED.

     DURING JAN 41 THE COMPANY MOVED TO NEWARK, NOTTS WHERE THE SAME TYPE OF DUTIES WERE PERFORMED.   IT IS INTERESTING TO NOTE THAT DURING THE STAY IN NEWARK, THE COMPANY EARNED A BIG NEM BY ARRESTING HUNDREDS OF ABSENTEES, SOME VERY LONG STANDING, AS A WELL KNOWN PLACE CALLED CASTLE GATE, NEWARK WHERE THE GREAT NORTH ROAD, RUNNING NORTH TO SOUTH CROSSED ANOTHER MAIN ROAD RUNNING EAST TO WEST.

     THE TIME SPENT AT NEWARK WAS 1 YEAR, FROM NAN 41 UNTIL JAN 42, WHEN THE UNIT MOVED TO ARKSAY, ALSO NEAR DONCASTER, YORKS.   AT ARKSAY THIS COMPANY WAS CALLED UPON TO TRAIN TC (PERSONNEL AND RECRUITS IN PROVOST DUTIES, AND TRAINING PROGRAMMES AND LECTURES WERE ORGANISED, AFTER WHICH, ALL SUITABLE PERSONNEL WERE TRANSFERRED TO PROVOST.

     THIS PROCEDURE WAS NECESSARY TO REPLACE DRAFTS WHICH WERE BEING SENT AWAY, SOMETIMES 1 SECTION, SOMETIMES 3 SECTIONS, AND IN ONE INSTANCE THREE SECTIONS AT A TIME WERE EQUIPPED AND SENT OFF.

     AT THIS STATION, LT A V LOVELL KNIGHT (NOW APM MIDDLE EAST) FIRST JOINED PROVOST AND ALTHOUGH HE WAS IN THE COMPANY A SHORT TIME, IT IS INTERESTING TO NOTE THAT HE GAINED SUFFICIENT KNOWLEDGE, TOGETHER WITH GOOD TRAINING, WHICH ENABLED HIM TO WRITE THE BOOK “THE HISTORY OF THE CORPS OF MILITARY POLICE”, THIS BEING DONE DURING HIS STAY WITH US.   IT WAS AT ARKSAY THAT MOBILIZATION ORDER WAS RECEIVED, WHICH ENTAILED A LOT OF WORK ON THE CORPS SIGN HAVING TO BE PAINTED OUT, ALL MEMBERS OF THE COMPANY HAVING TO BE EQUIPPED TO A CERTAIN SCALE, MEDICAL EXAMINATIONS, AND 101 OTHER THINGS, ALL TO BE CRAMMED INTO A SPACE OF A FEW DAYS, HOWEVER, ALL THE DIFFICULTIES WERE OVERCOME AND LIFE RETURNED TO MORE OR LESS NORMAL UNTIL DEC 42, WHEN ORDERS WERE RECEIVED FOR THE COMPANY TO MOVE TO SCOTLAND TO JOIN 125 FORCE, FOR OVERSEAS SERVICE.   THE ARRIVAL IN SCOTLAND IS WELL REMEMBERED - HOGMANAY - WHEN SCOTLAND ‘RUNS WILD’ AND IN OUR NEW STATION, HAMILTON THINGS WENT WITH A BANG TO INITIATE US INTO SCOTTISH CUSTOMS.

ONLY A FEW MONTHS WERE SPENT AT HAMILTON, BUT THESE WERE CRAMMED WITH EXCITEMENT AND PLENTY OF WORK, FOR INSTANCE 125 FORCE, AND SECTIONS WERE POSTED OUT UNDER COMMAND OF LT’S, AS ‘BEACH BRICKS’, LEAVING ONLY THE HQ PERSONNEL TO CARRY ON UNTIL THE ARRIVAL OF PERSONNEL FROM 103 PROVOST COMPANY, ON 27/28/29 MARCH 43 WHEN ALTOGETHER, APPROXIMATELY 106 NCO’S WERE POSTED TO US, WITH THE BREAKING UP OF 2 CORPS.

     IT WAS DURING OUR STAY AT HAMILTON THAT THE COMPANY WAS CALLED ON TO ASSIST IN THE FORMING OF A NEW COMPANY, NAMELY 232 L

OF C PROVOST COMPANY, AND SOME OF OUR PERSONNEL WERE POSTED TO THE NEW COMPANY, TO TAKE OVER EMPLOYED JOBS.   ALSO DURING OUR STAY IN HAMILTON THE OC COMPANY, THEN CAPT N RABAN, EAST YORKSHIRE REGIMENT, (NOW APM GERMAN 1 CORPS DISTRICT), RECEIVED PRAISE FOR WORK BONE BY THE COMPANY FROM THE CIVIL POLICE, WHICH BROUGHT ABOUT THE ARRESTS OF CIVILIANS AND SOLDIERS WORKING A BLACK MARKET IN WD RATIONS, BLANKETS, BEDSTEADS ETC.

     THE COMPANY THEN MOVED TO TOWER HILL CAMP, GOUROCK, SCOTLAND - OVERLOOKING THE CLYDE.   THIS CAMP HAD NOT BEEN OCCUPIED FOR AGES AND WAS IN A TERRIBLE STATE, THE HUTS BEING IN A DILAPIDATED AND LEAKY CONDITION.   JUDGING  BY THE LOOK OF THIS CAMP, IT WAS ASSUMED THAT ‘SYD WALKER’ WAS  THE BARRACK OFFICER, HOWEVER A ROUGH ESTIMATE WAS MADE OF THE PERSONNEL IN THE UNIT WHO COULD TURN THEIR HAND TO CARPENTRY, GLAZING, PLASTERING, BRICKLAYING, ETC AND AFTER A FEW MONTHS IT WAS AS GOOD AS NEW.   AN INSPECTION BY THE DAPM (THEN CAPT MASON, GENERAL LIST), WHO HAD SEEN THE STATE OF THE CAMP, BROUGHT FOR REMARKS, THAT IT WAS A WONDERFUL PIECE OF WORK ON THE PART OF THE OC COMPANY, (CAPT N RABAN), IN RESTORING IT TO WHAT PROVED TO BE A FIRST CLASS CAMP.

     IT WAS DURING THE STAY IN THIS LOCATION, THAT IT WAS ASCERTAINED THAT THIS COMPANY WOULD TAKE PART IN THE INVASION OF THE CONTINENT, AND IN VIEW OF THIS, TRAINING IN HILL CLIMBING, “COMMANDO COURSE” ETC. WAS UNDERTAKEN.   THIS COMPANY ALSO TOOK PART IN A BIG INVASION EXERCISE KNOWN AS ‘JANTZEN’ WHICH ENTAILED A ROAD MOVE FROM SCOTLAND TO MILFORD HAVEN IN WALES, AND RETURN.   THIS EXERCISE LASTED ONE MONTH, DURING WHICH TIME PERSONNEL LIVED ON HARD RATIONS, - 14 DAY MAN PACKS, - AND IT WAS FORBIDDEN TO BUY FOOD FROM CIVILIAN SOURCES.

     PERSONNEL WERE ALSO TRAINED IN THE WATERPROOFING OF VEHICLES, AND EXERCISES WERE BEING CARRIED OUT IN THIS RESPECT, WHEN VEHICLES WERE TAKEN OUT TO SEA IN LANDING CRAFT, THEN LANDED, SIMILARLY TO A NORMAL LANDING ON ENEMY TERRITORY.

      IT WAS JUST BEFORE CHRISTMAS 1943 THAT THE COMPANY RECEIVED ORDERS TO MOVE FROM SCOTLAND TO COBHAM, SURREY AND A ROAD MOVE WAS DULY COMPLETED.   AT COBHAM THE UNIT CARRIED ON WITH TRAINING ETC. UNTIL ONE DAY, THE APM 1 CORPS (MAJ GODFREY-FAUSSETT) - THIS APPOINTMENT HAS SINCE BEEN CHANGED TO DPOM, LT/COLS APPOINTMENT - CALLED ALL OFFICERS AND SENIOR NCO’S TOGETHER AND ‘BRIEFED’ THEM ON THEIR DUTIES IN THE FORTHCOMING INVASION.   FOR SECURITY REASONS, CENSORSHIP HAD ALREADY BEEN BROUGHT INTO FORCE AND

PERSONNEL ACCEPTED THIS AS BEING NECESSARY IN VIEW OF FORTHCOMING EVENTS.   IT WAS LEARNED THAT ELEMENTS OF THE COMPANY WOULD BE LANDING ON D DAY, H4, D1 AND D2. ONE SECTION LANDING WITH ELEMENTS OF 1 CORPS (MAIN)(, ONE SECTION LANDING WITH 1 CORPS (REAR), ONE SECTION LANDING WITH 3 (BRITISH) INFANTRY DIVISION AND ONE SECTION LANDING WITH 3 (CANADIAN) INFANTRY DIVISION.   THE REMAINDER WOULD LAND AT VARIOUS INTERVALS ON D1 AND D2 WITH THE REAR PARTY LANDING AT A LATER DATE WITH MORE VEHICLES.   ON RECEIPT OF THIS NEWS, VEHICLES WERE OVERHAUL,

EQUIPMENT INSPECTED, UNWANTED PERSONAL KIT SENT HOME AND WATERPROOFING MATERIALS ISSUED TO SECTION COMMANDERS.   DURING MAY 44, SECTIONS WERE ORDERED INTO SEALED CAMPS, THE LAST 5TO ENTER A SEALED CAMP, BEING COMPANY HQ AND 2 SECTIONS.

     THE SEALED CAMPS WERE IN THE AREA OF SOUTHEND-ON-SEA, WHERE THE FIRST STAGES OF WATERPROOFING VEHICLES WAS CARRIED OUT, THE

NEXT STEP WAS A DAY MOVE TO ANOTHER SEALED CAMP, WHERE FURTHER WATERPROOFING WAS CARRIED OUT, EMERGENCY RATIONS, AND 48 HOUR PACKS ETC  WERE DRAWN.   THE FOLLOWING DAY THE MOVE TO THE DOCKSIDE AT TILBURY WAS COMPLETED, WHERE VEHICLES AND

MOTORCYCLES WERE LOADED ON BOARD SHIP AND PERSONNEL EMBARKED.

   UNKNOWN TO COMPANY HQ, PERSONNEL OF THIS UNIT WERE ALREADY ON BOARD LANDING CRAFT AND ON THE NIGHT OF ⅚ JUNE 44 WERE ON THEIR WAY ACROSS THE CHANNEL TOWARDS THE SHORES OF NORMANDY.   MY OWN PARTICULAR SHIP LEFT TILBURY DOCKS AT 11.00HRS ON THE 6 JUNE 44 AND WHILST STEAMING THROUGH THE STRAITS OF DOVER A RADIO ANNOUNCEMENT WAS MADE TO THE EFFECT THAT A SUCCESSFUL LANDING HAD BEEN MADE BY THE ALLIES IN NORMANDY.   WE WERE ALSO FIRED UPON BY THE BIG GUNS AT CAPE GRIS NEZ, FORTUNATELY WITHOUT ANY HITS.

     THEN THE SHORES OF NORMANDY WERE SIGHTED, AND WHAT A GLORIOUS SIGHT, THE BAY FULL OF CRAFT, LARGE AND SMALL, WITH HUNDREDS OF SMALL LANDING CRAFT DODGING FROM SHORE TO LARGER VESSELS TAKING OFF PERSONNEL, STORES, AMMUNITION ETC.   IN THE SHIP I WAS ON BOARD, IT WAS NECESSARY TO UNLOAD VEHICLES BY CRANE OVER THE SIDE INTO SMALLER LANDING CRAFT AND IT WAS FOUND THAT NO ONE ON BOARD COULD WORK THE WINCHES TO UNLOAD THE SHIP, THUS ADDING STILL ANOTHER ODD JOB TO THE PROVOST LIST AND THE DELICATE OPERATION OF UNLOADING VEHICLES WINGING THEM OVER THE SIDE INTO THE SMALLER LANDING CRAFT, WAS VERY SUCCESSFULLY CARRIED OUT BY PERSONNEL OF THIS UNIT.

     LANDINGS WERE EVENTUALLY COMPLETED, NO CASUALTIES TO PERSONNEL, BUT OWING TO LANDING IN VERY DEEP WATER, 3 PUS WERE ‘DROWNED, AND THE CMP BEACH RECOVERY GOT TO WORK AND THINGS WERE SOON PUT RIGHT AND THE COMPANY FINALLY ASSEMBLED AT LA DELIVRANDE, AFTER PASSING THROUGH VARIOUS ASSEMBLY AREAS, LESS OF COURSE THE SECTIONS ON DETACHED DUTIES.   DE-WATERPROOFING WAS CARRIED OUT IN THE ASSEMBLY AREA AND BY THE TIME THE COMPANY HQ WAS SET UP THE SECTIONS WERE READY TO START WORK ON ANYTHING THEY MAY BE CALLED UPON TO PERFORM.   IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO DWELL ON THE DUTIES CARRIED OUT BY PROVOST DURING THIS PERIOD, POINT

DUTY, ROUTE SIGNING, ETC, LIVING CONDITIONS BEING AIRLY BAD, - FOX HOLES, NO TENTS UNTIL PERSONNEL GOT TO WORK AND OBTAINED SOME EG-GERMAN TENTS AND ALTOGETHER THINGS WERE NOT PLEASANT.  SOME TIME WAS SPENT IN THIS AREA - AROUND CAEN, AND IT WAS IN CAEN THAT THE COMPANY SUFFERED THE FIRST AND ONLY CASUALTY (BATTLE, WHEN SGT O C VAILEY WAS WOUNDED IN THE SHOULDER WHEN CARRYING OUT HIS DUTIES IN THE OUTSKIRTS OF CAEN.

     FROM CAEN THINGS MOVED A LITTLE FASTER AND THERE WAS ALWAYS PLENTY OF WORK TO DO, DIVISIONAL MOVES TO ATTEND TO, INDEPENDENT

ARMOURED BRIGADES ON THE MOVE FROM SECTOR TO SECTOR, TANK TRACKS TO SIGN AND LIGHT AT NIGHT, ROAD ROUTES TO BE SIGNED, THE CORPS TO MOVE ETC.

     DURING THIS PERIOD ROUND CAEN, THE CORPS WORKED WITH 49 (WEST RIDING) INFANTRY DIVISION, 51 (HIGHLAND) INFANTRY DIVISION, POLISH ARMOURED DIVISION, 6 AIRBORNE DIVISION, 3 (BRITISH) DIVISION, 3

(CANADIAN) INFANTRY DIVISION.   THESE DIVISION COMING INTO AND GOING OUT OF THE CORPS DURING THE PERIOD TO FALAISE.

     IT IS COMMON NEWS HOW THE ALLIES ADVANCED THROUGH FRANCE INTO BELGIUM AND HOLLAND, CAEN, FALAISE, LE HAVRE, ANTWERP, BRUSSELS AND OTHER WELL KNOW PLACES AND IT IS INTERESTING TO NOTE THAT IN THE AREA, ARRAS, DOUAI, CAMBRAI, DISTRICT, IT WAS REMEMBERED BY THE OLDER MEMBERS OF THE COMPANY.

     DURING ALL THIS TIME THE COMPANY OFFICERS DOWN TO THE PRIVATE, AC COOK HAD BEEN WORKING ‘FLAT OUT’, BEING MAINLY EMPLOYED AS FOLLOWS:               1 SECTION WORKING WITH 1 CORPS (MAIN).

                        1 SECTION WORKING WITH 1 CORPS (REAR).

                        1 SECTION WORKING WITH FMC.

                        OTHER SECTIONS WERE ON DETACHED DUTIES.   IN ADDITION TO THE ORDINARY SIGNING AND POINT DUTIES, ABSENTEES, STRAGGLERS AND POW WERE ALL BEING HANDLED IN THE USUAL WAY.

     ON ARRIVAL IN HOLLAND, THINGS BECAME SOMEWHAT STATIC AND THE FMC SECTION WAS WITHDRAWN, THE COMPANY SPENDING THE WINTER OF 1944/45 IN TILBURY AND BREDA.

     APPROXIMATELY 20 MARCH 45, INFORMATION WAS RECEIVED THAT THE COMPANY WOULD COME UNDER COMMAND OF 2 ARMY, AS ALL THE PERIOD PRIOR TO THIS, WE WERE UNDER COMMAND OF 1 (CANADIAN) ARMY.   THE PERIOD SPENT IN THESE TWO TOWNS WAS TAKEN UP BY PERFORMING TOWN PATROLS, MOBILE PATROLS, LIGHTING CHECKS ETC AND THE ONLY SNAG TO WHAT PROVED TO BE A VERY PLEASANT STAY IN HOLLAND WAS THE PRESENCE OF FLYING BOMBS, BUT THESE ONLY PASSED OVER OUR TOWN, INVARIABLY LANDING BETWEEN BREDA AND ANTWERP IN THE AREA OF ZUNDERT AND LIERRE.

     WITH THE COMING OF BETTER WEATHER, NEW MOVES WERE MADE, THIS TIME OVER THE BORDER OF HOLLAND INTO GERMANY, WHERE PRO WERE CALLED UPON TO PERFORM NEW DUTIES SUCH AS ENFORCING THE NON-FRATERNIZATION ORDER, ARRESTING CIVILIANS WHO WERE NOT COMPLYING WITH THE CURFEW REGULATION, ROUNDING UP GERMAN ARMY PERSONNEL WHO WERE WALKING ABOUT IN CIVILIAN CLOTHES.

     OUR FIRST STOP INSIDE GERMANY WAS AT A VERY SMALL PLACE CALLED

TWISTENDEN, THENCE TO A LARGE PLACE CALLED BORKEN.   OUT TIME IN BORKEN WAS TAKEN UP MAINLY IN DEALING WITH LOOTERS, THE WORST OFFENCES BEING MEMBERS OF THE DUTCH AND BELGIAN ARMIES, ALSO CIVILIANS DISREGARDING THE CURFEW, TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS ETC.   IN ADDITION EX GERMAN ARMY PERSONNEL WERE BEING ROUNDED UP UNTIL THE ORDER WAS RECEIVED THAT NO MORE EX WEHRMACHT PERSONNEL WERE TO BE ARRESTED.   DISPLACED PERSONS WERE BEING SORTED OUT, THESE BEING THE MAIN SOURCE OF TROUBLE FROM THE LOOTING ASPECT AND RUSSIAN PERSONNEL WERE USUALLY FOUND TO BE ARMED WITH SAWN

OFF RIFLES, OR SPANDAUS AND SOME WERE IN POSSESSION OF PISTOLS.

     SIGN MAKING AND PAINTING PLAYED A BIG PART IN ALL OUR ACTIVITIES, BUT AT BORKEN, CIVILIAN LABOUR WAS EMPLOYED IN THIS RESPECT AND THE COMPANY PAINTSHOP TURNED OUT THOUSANDS OF VARIOUS SIGNS AND ARE STILL DOING SO FOR ARMY AND CORPS ROUTES, TOWN SIGNS, BLOWN BRIDGE SIGNS, IN FACT, EVERY KIND OF SIGN YOU CAN THINK OF.

     FROM BORKEN THE MOVE WAS MADE TO THE COMPANIES PRESENT LOCATION LETMATHER, IN THE RUHR, WHERE OUR ACTIVITIES CONSISTED FIRST OF ALL WITH TOWN PATROLS, MOBILE PATROLS, ANTI-LOOTING PATROLS, BLACK MARKET, ENFORCING THE NON-FRATERNIZATION ORDER ETC UNTIL THE LATTER WAS LIFTED.

(THE NEXT PARAGRAPH IS INCOMPLETE AS A SMALL PORTION OF THE REPORT HAS BEEN TORN.   THESE ARE THE WORDS THAT REMAIN).

     WITH THE LIFTING OF THE NON-FRATERNIZATION (MISSING) EASED OUR WORK SOMEWHAT, BUT THERE IS STILL PLENTY TO (MISSING) TO BE KEPT IN ORDER, ALTHOUGH IN THIS AREA THE CIVILIAN (MISSING) ARE FAIRLY WELL BEHAVED AND NEED LITTLE DISCIPLINE, (MISSING) ONE WHO HAVE TO BE ARRESTED AS AN EXAMPLE FOR PETTY (MISSING) DEALING AND THE LIKE.

     IT IS INTERESTING TO NOTE THE AWARDS CONFIRMED FOR THE COMPANY DURING THE CAMPAIGN FOR NORMANDY TO GERMANY:

CAPT L TREHERNE MID.  LT A R KENDRICK GENERAL LIST, MID.  RSM W GLENISTER, DCM, AMERICAN BRONZE STAR.  SGT C BAILEY, BEM.  SGT R W BALDRY, MID.  SGT C BARKER MID.  CPL S GUEST, CROIX DE GUERRE.   CQMS L COSWORTH, MID, (NOT FOUND).  L/CPL YOUNG MID.

SO ENDS THE SHORT STORY OF THE COMPANY DURING ITS 5 YEARS, 11 MONTHS OF WAR, THOUGH NO DOUBT MANY MORE CHAPTERS WILL BE WRITTEN BEFORE ’FINIS’ IS PUT AT THE END OF IT’S NOT UNDISTINGUISHED HISTORY.

     IN OCTOBER 1947 RSM GLENISTER, DCM WAS REVERTED TO HOME ESTABLISHMENT AND RSM J W G SULLIVAN ASSUMED THE DUTIES OF RSM.

     IN JANUARY 1948 THE COMPANY WAS DISBANDED, SO ENDED ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS COMPANIES OF THE CORPS.

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WO 171/3374                  102 COY (TC)                  FEB  -  DEC 1944

JAN 17   55A FROGMORE ST ABERGAVENNY AND DRILL HALL

FEB 18   COY TO WESTERHAM,  KENT  COY HQ  MERETON'S END

BILLETS  SQUERRY'S  COURT

MAR 14   BOMB DROPPED AT SQUERRY'S PARK NR COURT, WINDOWS DAMAGED, 1 NCO SLIGHTLY INJURED

         HQ FLAT 235 MANOR ROAD  OC, 1 OFF, 6 ORS AT CAMP AT T20

MAY 17   WATERPROOFING VEHICLES

MAY 20   COY FROM LEIGH COURT COBHAM SURREY TO LEIGH-ON -SEA

SEP 17    CAMP A 14

SEP 18   EMBARKED

SEP 19   ARROMANCHES

                   CAPT A FUNGSTON          RTR                        9/9/42

                   LT L O WELCH                S STAFFS                 9/9/43

                   LT T G LUMB                   LF                        27/1/43

                   LT A J PHILLIPS               RA                         4/3/44

OCT 5     TO RENAIX


WO 171/3375                    108  PRO COY                     JAN  -  DEC  1944

JAN 1   TUNBRIDGE WELLS         53 WARWICK PK

                      CAPT C W G DEXTER       SURREY               26/2/43

                      LT M M YORKE               GORDON'S            23/4/43

                      LT P H PAWSON             BEDS & HERTS        3/3/43

                      LT A JONES                   GEN LIST               1/5/43

                      LT J BRENNAN                RA                      17/2/44

JUN 18   SAILED SOUTHAMPTON

JUN 19   MAIN PART SAILED W INDIA DOCK

JUL 11   PORT EN BESSIN

JUL  14  NEW OC     CAPT T A NICOL  MC     CAMERON’S          7/7/44

JUL 31   RSM MILLER TAKES OVER FROM RSM ROPER WHO WENT TO 51(H) DIV PRO COY

SEP 3   SGT GOODCHILD REPORTS TO COY HQ  800 POWS HAD BEEN HANDED TO HIM AS NCO IC SUB-SECT ON PICQUIANY BRIDGE BY 53 DIV PRO,  2 JEEPS 4 L/CPLS SENT TO MARCH POW’S TO CAGE AT AMIENS

SEP 9     COY TO TASSILT

SEP 13 TO WESTHEERBEEK

SEP 16 TO HETENO

SEP 28 TO SCHOOL 9 PASTOOR PETERSTRAAT EINDHOVEN

OCT 12   SGT ? REPORTS TO COY HQ FA ON NIJMEGEN THAT A SHELL HAD LANDED AT A CHECKPOST KILLING L/CPL ASHDOWN AND WOUNDING CPL LANSDOWN AND L/CPL TREVAIL WHO WERE ON DUTY CHECKING ALL DRIVERS AND VEHICLES.    LT PAWSON RETURNED FROM NIJMEGEN REPORTED THAT LT C S BRISTOW RAC ATT ON PROBATION HAD BEEN WOUNDED CROSSING NIJMEGEN BRIDGE AND HAD BEEN EVACUATED

TO A CCS

OCT 13   L/CPL ASHDOWN BURIED

OCT 17   BRIDGE AND SECURITY AT  NIJMEGEN HANDED OVER TO

113 PRO COY

NOV 8   COY TO PEER, BELGIUM

NOV 11  COY SAW FIRST BUZZ BOMBS.


WO 171/3376                     109 PRO COY                JAN   -  DEC 1944

JAN 1 TRING,  HERTS

JAN 5   5944431 WO1 RSM R COULSON AWARDED C-IN-C 21 A.G. CERTIFICATE OF GOOD SERVICE

                       CAPT FW CURTIS             GEN LIST             20/9/43

                       LT J R CORRIN                 RWK                  27/10/43

                       LT H C BROWN                S LANCS             21/10/43

                       LT J B HEATHCOTE          RA                      27/1/043

                       LT J W READ-JONES        P CORPS                16/7/44

MAY 18   COY TO SUNFOLD TENTED CAMP NR HORSHAM

RECEIPT OF CODEWORD – CORNELIOUS

JUN 9    COY MOVE TO CAMP A 12   PETERSFIELD

JUN 10   EMBARK GOSPORT

JUN 13   TO BANNEVILLE

AUG 1    CORDAY

SEP 4    VAUX-SUR-EURE

SEP 5    CLAIRYSAULCHOIS

SEP 6    TOURNAI

SEP 9    ATH 1791133 CPL E T  BURKE DIED SUDDENLY FROM HEART FAILURE

SEP 11  BURIED ATH CEMETERY 11.00

OCT 1   HOLSBECK

8 OCT 8   VINK

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WO 171/3377                    110 PRO  COY                 JAN  -  DEC 1944

JAN 1      STOCKTON-ON-FORRES

MAR 23   HM KING VISITS 8 CORP

APR 10   2  6 SECT RETURN FROM BEACH GROUP PRACTICE CAMP,  GULLANE, SCOTLAND  

                  CAPT J D BROWN        SHERWOOD FOR           22/10/43

                  LT D MURPHY             MANCHESTERS                29/1/43

                  LT  W SMALL              GEN LIST                        10/2/43

                  LT A F HEPWORTH       RAC                              30/3/44

JUN 12   1 & 3 SECT ARRIVES FRANCE

JUN 26N   COY TO BRETTEVILLE

             CORPS POW CAGE

JUL 7 TRAFFIC CENSUS ON MAIN AMMO ROUTE AT CROSSROADS BRETEUILLE/ORGUELLEUSSE BETWEEN 1400=1600 UP ROUTE 824 DOWN J66 1,390 VEHICLES

13 SEP   5629921 L/CPL W Y BURBRIDGE 8 SECT WAS KILLED WHILST ON DUTY AND WAS BURIED AT MR673418 IN GRAVE B1381 CIRCLE ROUTE FROM BENY BOCAGE TO GR 675386

SEP 22   COY TO ACHEL

SEP 26   COY TO LEENDE

NOV/DEC   HELMOND


WO 171/3378                  113  PRO  COY                  FEB  -  DEC 1944

FEB 15   CHEVELEY 1 SECT ADV 30 CORPS 6 SECT BURY ST EDMUNDS

MAR 23   COY MOVED TO OUSDEN HALL

MAR 24   OUSDEN

APR 26   C19 CAMP  SOUTHAMPTON

                   CAPT M C MACKINTOSH         GEN LIST               9/2/44

                              LT H D E M LEATHES   RA

                              LT W J F WALLACE     MIDDLESEX

                              LT N C HUGGETS        RAC

JUN 6   A & B VEHICLE PARTIES LANDED ON BEACH AT ASNELLES

C PARTY LAND IN EVENING,  LOST 1 15CWT GS LORRY SUNK DURING DISEMBARKATION

JUN 17   COY HQ  1 SECT  BAYEUX

JUN 23   LT HUGGETT INVESTIGATES LOOTING OF CROPS

JUL 2   SGT WYER CAPTURED GERMAN PILOT

JUL 2   SGT HOUSE, 1 CPL, 4 X L/CPL’S RETURN TO COY HQ LEAVING BEHIND 3 L/CPLS SGT HOUSE LATER PLACED IN CLOSE ARREST LEAVING HIS POST

JUL 12 FGCM SGT HOUSE

JUL 17   SGT HOUSE REDUCED TO RANKS

AUG  21   6 X NCO'S ESCORT TO RIGHT HON WINSTON CHURCHILL

SEP 4   TOURNAI    ARRAS

SEP 6   REAR HQ BUSSELLS

SEP 18  SIGN CLUB ROUTE  NCO’S ON TC AND CONVOY DUTIES IN CONJUNCTION WITH AIRBORNE LANDING

SEP 26   1 L/CPL WOUNDED IN LEFT LEG SHRAPNEL WOUNDS  -  NIJMEGEN

SEP 28    NCOS ON TCP DUTIES      GRAVE BRIDGE

             4  X M/C, 1 JEEP BADLY  DAMAGED BY BOMBING

SEP 22    SGT NORTON, 1 NCO CONVOY 20 VEHS OF AMMO FORWARD ON CLUB ROUTE,   L/CPL RETURNED, SGT NORTON CUT OFF, ENEMY BROKE SUPPLY ROUTE FROM EAST.

ATTACHMENTS: CONTAINS A REPORT FROM 2612009 CPL H WALL, CMP DATED 28/9/1944.   I HAVE TO REPORT FOR YOUR INFORMATION, THAT ON THE 22 SEPT 44 AT ABOUT 12.20HRS APPROX 3 MILES NORTH OF VEGHAL ON CLUB TRACK, I WAS ENGAGED IN DIVERTING ALL SOUTH BOUND TRAFFIC OFF THE ROAD TO FACILITATE THE 50 (N) DIVISION WHICH WAS PROCEEDING NORTH.  MY HQ AND TRAFFIC POST SITUATED AT VEGHAL HAD GIVEN ME THESE INSTRUCTIONS.   I HAD BEEN EMPLOYED ABOUT HALF AN HOUR WHEN I WAS INFORMED BY AN OFFICER THAT THE ROAD BETWEEN MY POST AND VEGHAL WAS UNDER SHELL FIRE.   AFTER A SHORT TIME I WAS JOINED BY L/CPL MOORELY CMP WHO WAS ALSO EMPLOYED IN ASSISTING THE FREE PASSAGE OF THE ABOVE DIVISION.   I INFORMED HIM OF THE POSITION, AND HE WAS ABOUT TO RIDE OFF TO SEE IF THE ROAD HAD ACTUALLY BEEN HIT AND WHERE, WHEN A DUTCH MAQUIS APPROACHED ON FOOT FROM A NORTHERLY DIRECTION AND INFORMED ME IN AN EXCITED MANNER THAT A GERMAN TANK AND SOME INFANTRY WERE WITHIN HALF A MILE OF THE ROAD, PROCEEDING FROM THE FIELDS IN A WESTERLY DIRECTION.   THE TRAFFIC PASSING AT THIS TIME WAS NIL.   I TOLD THE DRIVERS OF THE VEHICLES I HAD SIGNALLED OFF THE ROAD (THIS INCLUDED CPL KINGHORN, REME AND TWO OTHERS BELONGING TO HIS BREAKDOWN WAGON, AND ABOUT FOUR

OTHER DRIVERS) THAT THE BEST BET WAS TO MAKE A DASH THROUGH WHATEVER OPPOSED US.   SOME VEHICLES MADE A DASH NORTH BUT THE BREAKDOWN WAGON AND A 30 CORPS 3 TON TROOP CARRIER WITH A PILOT OFFICER AND THREE OR MORE OTHER RAF PERSONNEL AS PASSENGERS FOLLOWED BEHIND ME TOWARDS VEGHAL.   WE HAD  PROCEEDED ABOUT HALF A MILE WHEN I SAW THAT PART OF A CONVOY HAD HALTED AND THE PERSONNEL WERE IN DEFENSIVE POSITIONS.   I STOPPED AND MADE ENQUIRIES FROM A GUNNER AS TO WHAT WAS DOWN THE ROAD AND WAS TOLD THAT AT LEAST ONE TANK AND AN ARMOURED CAR WITH INFANTRY WAS IN THE FIELDS.   AN OFFICER OF THE RA THEN WALKED UP AND I BELIEVE STATED THAT HE WAS ATTEMPTING A BREAK THROUGH WITH AN AMMUNITION WAGON AND BOFORS GUN ATTACHED, IN THE DIRECTION WE HAD JUST COME.   I ASSISTED THE TROOP CARRIER TO TURN, THE BREAKDOWN BEING ABANDONED AND ITS CREW CLIMBED INTO THE

CARRIER AND WE DASHED AFTER THE RA VEHICLE.   WITHIN A HUNDRED

YARDS OF OUR FIRST POSITION I SAW THE TRUCK AND BOFOR HAD BEEN FORCED TO STOP, SO WE PULLED UP.   I HEARD THE WHINE OF SMALL ARMS

BULLETS BY MY HEAD AND IMMEDIATELY FLUNG MYSELF INTO THE DITCH, WITH THE OTHERS.   i SAW THAT L/CPL MOOREY WAS ALSO UNHURT AND WAS THEN TOLD THAT A TANK AND ARMOURED CAR AND A GERMAN SOLDIER WITH A MACHINE GUN WERE ACROSS THE ROAD JUST ROUND THE BEND AND THAT THE AMMUNITION WAGON WAS ABLAZE, HAVING HAD A DIRECT HIT.   AT THIS STAGE THE RA OFFICER TOOK CHARGE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AND WHILE WE, THAT IS THE RAF OFFICER AND HIS COMPANIONS WITH L/CPL MOOREY AND MYSELF WERE READY TO GIVE COVERING FIRE WITH OUR STEN GUNS, HE AND HIS CREW UNHITCHED THE BOFORS FROM THE BURNING TRUCK AND DRAGGED IT BACK TO A DEFENSIVE POSITION SOME FIFTY YARDS DOWN THE ROAD BETWEEN HOUSES.   THERE WERE ABOUT THIRTY OF US AND SO FAR I THINK NO WOUNDED.   A WATCH WAS ORDERED AND DETAILED BY THE OFFICER TO COVER THE LANE, FIELDS AND ROAD AND I TOOK UP MY POSITION IN THE LANE, L/CPL MOOREY WAS COVERING THE ROAD.   THINGS SEEMED TO BE TOO QUIET APART FROM EXPLODING AMMUNITION IN THE BURNING TRUCK, SO THE OFFICER CLAMBERED UP SOME CORRUGATED AWNING ON TO THE HOUSE TO SEE WHAT WAS IN THE OFFING.   ON ARRIVING AMONGST US AGAIN, HE DECIDED THAT AS APPARENTLY THE ENEMY WAS CLOSING IN ON US IT WOULD BE AS WELL TO GIVE HIM ALL WE HAD FROM THE BREN AND BOFOR THEN GET INTO THE TROOP CARRIER AND MAKE A DASH FOR VEGHAL.   THIS WAS DONE AND THE BOFOR WAS ATTACHED TO A JEEP.   THE OFFICER WENT IN FRONT WITH THE JEEP AND WE LOST HIM FROM THEN ON.   AS WE APPROACHED THE POSITION SOMEONE SHOUTED “GET READY TO FIRE” AND AS MANY AS WERE ABLE DID SO.  ALL SEEMED TO BE GOING WELL UNTIL THERE WAS A CRASH AND THE TWO OFFSIDE WHEELS WERE IN A DITCH AND WE WERE FLUNG AMONGST EACH OTHER.   BULLETS SEEMED TO COME AT US FROM ALL DIRECTIONS AND EVERYONE, EXCEPT THE RAF OFFICER AND ONE OF THE WOUNDED, ROLLED OUT INTO THE DITCH.   TWO WERE WOUNDED GETTING INTO THE DITCH AND ANOTHER KILLED.   THE NEXT I HEARD WAS SOMEONE SHOUTING IN A GERMAN VOICE: “BRITISH TOMMY, SURRENDER”, SOMEONE PUT SOMETHING WHITE ON THE BREN GUN AND LIFTED IT UP, BUT I DON’T

THINK IT COULD BE SEEN FROM BEHIND THE TRUCK.   IT WAS AT THIS TIME THAT SOMEONE IN FRONT SHOUTED : “THEY ARE ADVANCING ON US, GET READY”, THEN :”IT’S YANKS”, I LOOKED OVER AND SAW ABOUT SIX AMERICAN INFANTRYMEN WITH THEIR RIFLES POINTED AT US.   WHEN THEY WERE CONVINCED THAT WE REALLY WERE BRITISH, THEY WALKED ACROSS THE ROAD.   WE NATURALLY FELT A LOT BETTER AND CAREFULLY WORMED OUR WAY ALONG THE DITCH, ACCOMPANIED BY THE PING OF RIFLE AND MACHINE GUN BULLETS.   EVENTUALLY WE REACHED A HOUSE AND GOT IN THROUGH A WINDOW AND THEN INTO A BARN ADJOINING.   ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT WE KEPT WATCH IN TURNS AND IT SEEMED AS IF EVERYTHING WAS GOING OFF ALL ROUND US.   IT WAS VERY COLD SO WE SLEPT IN GROUPS TO KEEP WARM.  FOR SHORT PERIODS ALL WAS QUIET, BUT WE COULD HEAR A SNIPER FROM THE ROAD.   IT MAY HAVE BEEN AN AMERICAN BUT THE BULLETS WERE CLOSE.   WE HEARD FOOTSTEPS THROUGHOUT THE

NIGHT BUT KEPT QUIET AND I CANNOT UNDERSTAND WHY WE WERE NOT

DISCOVERED AS THERE WERE NUMEROUS COUGHS AND SNORES.   IN THE MORNING NOTHING COULD BE SEEN BUT HEAVY SHELLS WERE DROPPING

CLOSE AND THERE WAS PLENTY OF SMALL ARMS FIRE IN THE VICINITY.   THIS CONTINUED UNTIL ABOUT FOUR O’CLOCK IN THE AFTERNOON WHEN WE HEARD AND SAW THREE TANKS OF THE GUARDS ARMOURED DIVISION STOP OUTSIDE THE BUILDING WE WERE IN.   WE COMMENCED TO GO FOR OUR MOTORCYCLES BUT HAD TO TURN BACK AS THERE WAS SNIPING ALONG THE ROAD.   THERE WERE FOUR KILLED WHEN THE TRUCK OVERTURNED, SIX WOUNDED AND TWO WERE WOUNDED DURING THE NIGHT.   IN THE FIELD 28.9.1944.

ALSO A REPORT FROM 2654089 SGT V FISHER CMP GIVING DETAILS OF THE ACTIVITIES OF 3 SECTION 113 PRO COY FROM 19 SEPT TO 28 SEPT WHILST AT ST OEDENRODE.

SEP 24   SGT NORTON RETURNED REAR HQ GRAVE, UNABLE TO PROCEED ST OEDENRODE,  ROAD CUT BY ENEMY

OCT 5   L/CPL LAMB HOSPITAL SHRAPNEL WOUND SHELLING IN NIJMEGEN

OCT 12   VISIT OF HM KING TO 30 CORPS HQ

OCT 21   L/CPL’S  HINVES & CARLICK INJURED BY SHELLFIRE ON NIJMEGEN BRIDGE

OCT 29     LT WALLACE TO 244 PRO COY

                LT MITCHELL JOINED COY                      

                L/CPL EDEN SERIOUSLY INJURED BY SHRAPNEL WHILE ON TCP DUTIES COY TOOK OVER ALL DUTIES FROM 10 GARRISON PRO IN NIJMEGEN NOV 4   RSM INJURED BY SHRAPNEL

               LT AA RENNIE       RNF

DEC 1   VISIT BY GEN MONTGOMERY

DEC 30   NAMUR


WO 171/3379                120  PRO  COY                   JAN  -  DEC  1944

JAN 1     WESTCLIFFE HQ  POLICING MALDON

MAR 3   DETS   FELIXSTOWE,  CLACTON,  FRISTOW

APR 19   CAPT PRICE ARRIVED TO FORM 247 BEACH PRO COY

APR 26   ORPINGTON,  HILLHURST,  CROFTON AVE

                       CAPT J F MARR          GEN LIST            13/12/42

                       LT J C JARVIE            RA                     29/11/43

                       LT P V HILLS             RA                     29/11/43

                       LT  E LEVEY               R SUSSEX           30/10/43

JUN 3   RSM PRESENTED WITH C-IN-C CERTIFICATE  OF GOOD CONDUCT

        JUN 15   23:45  AIR-RAID WARNING,  JET-PROPELLED ROCKET PLANES PASSED OVERHEAD AT SPASMODIC INTERVALS THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT, THE ENGINE WAS HEARD TO CUT OUT WHICH IMMEDIATELY DIVED TO EARTH AND EXPLODED

JUN 24    COY RELIEVED OF ALL DUTIES  -  2 CASES OF CRABS SENT FOR DISINFECTANT,  ALL ROOMS  SCRUBBED

AUG 13   WATERLOOVILLE EMBARK GOSPORT 05:30   LST 320

AUG  14  1500   LANDED ARROMANCHES COY HQ AGY

SIGN FACTORY AT AGY.

AUG 24   2 SECT TO WORK UNDER COL EARLE TEMPLE R FORCE

SEP 6   INSTRUCTED BY PM BRANCH TO LOOK AFTER MAJ /GEN GRAF STOLBERG, CAPTURED 6 SEP STAYING NIGHT 6/7 SEP SLEPT IN 2I/C’S TENT 2I/C ESCORT    

COY TO BRUSSELS - HQ CASERNE PRINCE ALBERT RUE AUX LAINES

                    LT A A RENNIE         RWF            25/10/42

           ABSENTEES  NOV 322

           CHARGES            572

           REPORTS RENDERED 223

                  LT E FOWLER             GEN LIST      28/11/42

                  LT T CLARKE              SEAFORTH    10/12/44


WO 171/3380             185 PRO COY (PORTS)              JAN  -  DEC 1944

JAN 1   SOUTHAMPTON,   217 WILTON RD   HILL LANE

JAN 17   42 ORS JOINED FROM 177 PORTS COY GLASGOW

JAN 20   12 ORS ON DETACHMENT TO 176 PRO COY LIVERPOOL

            12 ORS ON DET TO 175 PRO COY NEWPORT MONS

                          MAJ T W MASON   GEN LIST     14/12/43

                          LT J W M GLENN   E SURREY    20/1/44

                          LT L ABBOTT        RAC            25/3/44

APR 20   10500191 PTE G S HOLLAND   FGCM  THEFT

JUNE   POSTAL COURIERS GOING OVERSEAS

JUNE   POSTAL COURIERS RETURNING

JUL 13   APM PAID VISIT TO 38 DIV PRO COY, NO 1 TC  COY,

              331 VP COY,    335 VP COY

JUL 14   PILOTLESS PLANE  DROPPED ON OUTSKIRTS OF SOUTHAMPTON

JUL 15   SOUTHAMPTON

JUL 28   APM GOES OVERSEAS ON ATTACHMENT TO DPM HQ L OF C LT ABBOTT NEW OC

AUG 7   HQ 2 SECT P 2 SECT VP SAILED FROM STORES BAY  EMBARK ON LCT

AUG 8   DISEMBARKED COURSEULLES TO ARROMANCHE

AUGUST   HQ  CAEN  DET PORT-EN-BESSIN, ARROMANCHE

AUG 27   4 FRENCH CIVILIAN ARRESTS AT BASSIN-ST-PIERRE, CAEN IN POSSESSION OF CAMERA WANTED BY FRENCH POLICE WORKING FOR GERMANS

OCT 22  187 PORTS PRO COY   ARRIVE TO TAKE OVER CAEN

OCT 27   ARRIVE AT ANTWERP  MAJ COWIE  APM 7 BASE SUB-AREA  HQ 37 QUELLINSTRAAT IN TOWN CENTRE

   OFFICERS IN 18 HERENTRASCHESTRAAT

   MEN IN 24 ANNEESSENSTRAAT

OCT   DURING DAY AT INTERVALS OF 2,3 HOURS UNIDENTIFIED MISSILES FELL ON ANTWERP AREA CAUSING DAMAGE AND CASUALTIES.   THESE MISSILES COME UNHERALDED AND CANNOT BE HEARD BEFORE EXPLOSION

OCT 15   FURTHER MISSILE FELL IN ANTWERP , ONE FALLING IN NAPOLEON QUAY, KNOCKS DOWN 50' OF QUAY WALL

OCT 16   MISSILE LEOPOLD DOCK

OCT 17   3 MISSILES ANTWERP

OCT 18   4 MISSILES ANTWERP, ONE FELL CLOSE TO NIEW SCHUILL DOCK

NR MOUTH OF ALBERT CANAL

OCT 19   3 EXPLOSIONS HEARD

OCT 21   MORE MISSILES

OCT 23   SEARCH OF HOUSEBOAT AND BARGE WITH FSP RAFP, CIVIL POL, GERMAN WIRELESS SET, PIGEONS AND ENEMY PAPERS FOUND

OCT 24   MORE MISSILES

OCT 25    “               “

OCT 26 AIR RAID ALERTS NOW IN USE

OCT 31   LT GLEN LEFT FOR 59 DIV PRO COY AMIENS

NOV 4   MISSILES FELL ON 28 BERTH RIVERSIDE

NOV 5    MISSILES FELL KATTENDIJK DOCK

NOV 11   V2 FELL BREYDAL STRAAT 100 YDS FROM HG CAUSING DAMAGE, ONE NEAR HOSPITAL

NOV 12   CAPT WIENER AND MEN OF 602 PRO COY ARRIVE

                     MORE V1S 1ND V2S

NOV 26   MOTOR BOAT PATROLS  3 SHIPS ARRIVE

REPORT TO DPM HQ L OF C FROM MAJ C B E COWIE APM 7 BASE SUB AREA DATED 28/11/1944.   i HAVE TO REPORT FOR YOUR INFORMATION THAT AT ANTWERP ON THE 27 NOV 44 AT ABOUT 12 NOON AN ENEMY MISSILE FELL OUTSIDE THE CMP INFO POST IN KEYSERLEI.   THIS IS THE MAIN STREET OF ANTWERP AND AT THE TIME THIS THOROUGHFARE WAS PACKED WITH MILITARY PERSONNEL AND CIVILIANS.   FOUR OR’S OF 73 TC COY WERE DIRECTING TRAFFIC.   NCO’S OF 255 PRO COY AND 602 VP COY, TOGETHER WITH RAF AND AMERICAN PRO WERE ON DUTY IN THE INFO POST.   THE FOLLOWING OR’S WERE AMONGST THE CASUALTIES.

73 TC COY 4545256 PTE COLLEY R. KILLED   11144420 L/CPL WOOD J. KILLED, 3382200 L/CPL PERKINS L W. WOUNDED (SERIOUSLY), 13023132 PTE MAWSON E W. WOUNDED (SERIOUSLY).

244 PRO COY 7690641 W/CPL HILL A. WOUNDED (SERIOUSLY), 7688542 W/CPL CAWOOD D. WOUNDED.   14516673 L/CPL DEAKIN H. WOUNDED (SERIOUSLY), CIVILIAN INTERPRETER SOBRY E. SUPERFICIAL WOUNDS.

185 PRO COY (PORTS - VP WING

5576265 W/CPL REYNOLDS F H R. WOUNDED

(P) WING 14358916 L/CPL BUCKINGHAM H W. WOUNDED

602 COY (VP) 3440595 CPL ASPDEN J WOUNDED.  

MANY CIVILIAN CASUALTIES OCCURRED IN THIS INCIDENT.   THE WHOLE OF 244 PRO COY, 73 TC COY AND THOSE OF 185 PRO COY (PORTS) AND 602 COY (VP) WHO COULD BE SPARED, WERE DESPATCHED TO THE SCENE OF THE INCIDENT AND DIVERSIONS WERE IMMEDIATELY LAID ON.   ALL RANKS ASSISTED IN CLEARING THE WOUNDED TO HOSPITAL AND THE DEAD WERE TAKEN TO THE CIVILIAN MORTUARY.   THROUGHOUT THE DAY THE CMP UNDER COMMAND WORKED WITH UNTIRING ENERGY AND I HAVE RECEIVED MANY VERBAL COMMENTS AS TO THEIR EXCELLENT BEHAVIOUR IN HANDLING THE MANY PROBLEMS WHICH AROSE DURING THE COURSE OF THE INCIDENT, ALSO THE PERIOD WHICH ENSUED.

I WOULD LIKE TO ADD THAT IN THIS CONNECTION SPECIAL PRAISE SHOULD BE GIVEN TO CAPT WILBY AND LIEUT LEWIS-PARKER AND I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO PLACE ON RECORD THE EXCELLENT WORK WHICH THESE TWO

OFFICERS CARRIED OUT.   I SHALL INFORM YOU FROM TIME TO TIME AS TO THE STATE OF THE INJURED PERSONNEL.

NOV 29   BALLOON BARRAGE OVER PORT FOR FIRST TIME

DECEMBER   MORE V1S AND V2 ACTIVITY; FURTHER CONVOYS

DEC 3   SEARCH OF DOCKS 25 CIVILIANS ARRESTED, THEN 7 ARRESTED

DEC 4   4 ARRESTED.

DETAILS OF VZ ROCKET WHICH FELL ON REX CINEMA AND COY HQ

DEC 16   V2 FELL ON REX CINEMA NEXT TO COY HQ, DESTROYED MAIN HALL OF CINEMA AND REAR PART OF COY OFFICES AND SGTS MESS.   20 PERSONS IN COY OFFICE -  APM,WO1, 13 ORS, 5 CIVILIANS,  APM , 2 SGTS AND ALL CIVILIANS EXTRICATED ALIVE WITHIN A FEW MINUTES

     1800HRS   PAY CPL AND RATION CPL EXTRICATED ALIVE BUT SEVERELY INJURED

     2000HRS  1 VP PTE TAKEN OUT ALIVE

     2300HRS  1 CHIEF CLERK TAKEN OUT ALIVE

      BELIEVED OVER 1100 PEOPLE IN CINEMA

DEC 17   1 SGT 1 PTE BOTH VP DIED 9 BRIT HOSP

MISSING 1 WO1, 1 L/SGT,  6 L/CPL, 1 PTE ACC

DEC 18   TOTAL CASUALTIES 17.


WO 171/3381               186 PRO COY (PORTS)                      OCT 1944

SEP 8   186 FORMED SOUTHAMPTON

                    MAJ AD WEIR              GEN LIST      APM

                    LT G FITZSIMON          R BERKS

                    LT A WATSON              RA

                     148 ORS,  1 CPL REME, 2 ACC

 SEP 20   ARRIVED FRANCE NO 60 TRANSIT CAMP

SEP 22   MAJ WEIR AND PARTY ARRIVE DIEPPE

SEP 26  LT FITZSIMON AND PARTY ARRIVE OSTEND

OCT 5   LT WATSON OBSERVED LOW FLYING PLANE UNIDENTIFIED OVER AREA.   LATER ADVISED BY RN DO THAT PARACHUTES HAD BEEN DROPPED.   ONE LOCATED NR AA POST AND POW CAGE CLOSE TO DOCKS.   LATER MESSAGE STATED 4 ENEMY HAD BEEN DROPPED AND MIGHT TRY TO RV WITH CONTAINER  FOR PURPOSE OF SABOTAGE.   SGT T JONES RMP(P) NIGHT RELIEF WITH EIGHT MEN FOUND CONTAINER AND BROUGHT IT TO COY HQ   CONTENTS: 26 AUTOMATIC RIFLES, 97 MAGAZINES, 29 SPARE PARTS, MEDICAL SUPPLIES, CIGARETTES, MAIL FOR ENEMY IN DUNKIRK; STORES INTENDED FOR DUNKIRK, DROPPED IN WRONG PLACE


WO 171/3382               187 PRO COY (PORTS)           OCT, NOV, DEC 1944

SEP 13   SOUTHAMPTON

SEP 20     EMBARKED GOSPORT

SEP 21   DISEMBARKED 60 TRANSIT CAMP

SEP 22   TO CAEN WITH 185 PRO COY AND TOOK OVER DUTIES

SEP 23   1 SECT   P   1 SEC  VP   PORT-EN-BESSIN

            1 SECT VP   ARROMANCHES

           

              1 SECT  P   1 SECT VP   OUISTREHAM

                       MAJ C E DANE                             10/9/44

                       LT F G HUME             RA                10/944

                       LT E H HUMPHRIES    GLOSTER       10/9/44

OCT 2   MOVED HQ AND 4 SECTIONS TO 64 RUE DE FALAISE, CAEN AND 6 SECT TO MONDEVILLE

OCT 5 HQ  6 SECT TO DIEPPE, CHANGE TO CHATEAU ANSART, BOULOGNE

OCT 24   MESSAGE FROM SS FORT STEEL THAT A LIGHTER WITH 30 TONS OF SRD RUM HAD BROKEN ADRIFT

OCT 28    NAVAL COURT AT CAEN TRY 9 MEMBERS OF SS MOSES GAY ARRESTED BY COY FOR EMBEZZLEMENT

OCT 31   COY TO BE RELIEVED BY 194 PORT COY 7/11/44

NOV 1    L/CPL LONGHURST TO HOSPITAL  ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENT

NOV 4   194(SGT'S)PORT PRO COY WILL TAKE OVER 186 PORTS COY AND TAKE CHARGE OF BOULOGNE, OSTEND, CALAIS;   187 COY TO TAKE OVER DIEPPE FROM 186 COY AND LEAVE PRESENT SECTION AT CAEN;   186 TO BE DISBANDED AND RETURN TO UK

NOV 8   TOOK OVER FROM 186 COY

DEC 7   CALLED TO SS JERNFIELD,   MASTER AND CHIEF ENG ASSAULTED BY MEMBER OF CREW,  OFFENDER ARRESTED

DEC  8  SUSPECTED CASE OF SABOTAGE ON STACKED AMMO, 1500 TONS,  AT CAEN DOCKS

DEC 10   SEARCH SS EMPIRE ISLANDER,  ONE MAN ARRESTED

DEC 14   SS BRYNHILD SEARCHED, FIREMAN ARRESTED, LARCENY,  

14500 CIGARETTES

 HQ  20 RUE GENERAL CHANZY, DIEPPE


WO 171/3383        194 PRO (SGT'S) COY (PORTS)          NOV, DEC 1944

OCT 7   COY FORMED   SOUTHAMPTON,  ATHERLEY SCHOOL

            RSM THOMAS, CQMS FLYNN FROM 177 PRO COY TOOK OVER DOCK DUTIES FROM 178 PRO COY

OCT 30   DUTIES HANDED OVER TO 178 PORTS PRO COY

NOV 3    COY TO TAKE OVER FROM 187 PRO COY , BOULOGNE,

186 OSTEND,  CALAIS TO BE RE-OPENED SHORTLY AND POLICED BY 194 PORTS

NOV 10    BOULOGNE    CAPT PERSLOW   4 SIG SIS ARRIVED ATT TO COY

                       TOTAL ARRESTS 6 – 27 NOV :132

                  CHATEAU ANSART, OUTREAU, BOULOGNE

                          MAJ F P O'DONOVAN        GLOSTERS     28/10/44

                          LT I H JONES                  RA                13/10/44

                          LT R COATES                  LOYALS           7/10/44

DEC 7   SGT JONES OSTEND INJURED IN M/C A/C  TO UKDEC 21   802093 SGT MCGHEE COMMENDED BY APM FOR CARRYING THROUGH UNUSUAL DUTY, OVERPOWERED A CANADIAN WHO WAS DRIVING AWAY IN A STOLEN JEEP.


WO 171/3384          195 HQ (SGT'S) PRO COY (PORTS)           DEC 1944

DEC 8  BIRKENHEAD

                             MAJ A D WEIR            GEN LIST     14/11/44

                              LT J A GALLOWAY      RA               1/11/44

                              LT C E WATSON         RA              14/11/44

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WO 171/3385                         240 HQ PRO COY           APR  -  NOV 1944

APR 1   BOURNEMOUTH,  BRIEF: PREP OF CRAFT LOADS EX SMASH 1

APR 4   LANDED STUDLAND BAY

APR 6   HURSLEY CAMP NR WINCHESTER

APR 16/18   EX SMASH III  STUDLAND BAY

APR 9/30   EMBARK LANDING CRAFT, EX FABIUS

MAY 4   LANDED HAYLING ISLAND

MAY 8    FINAL TABLES RECEIVED FOR OVERLORD

MAY 20/24   COMPLETE WATERPROOFING VEHICLES

MAY 25      LECTURE ON DEALING WITH POWS

JUN 4   SOLENT; SAILED 1200 HRS

JUN 6   LANDED KING SECTOR LA RIVIERE FIRST MEN TOUCHED DOWN H + 45, 08.15 BST, REMAINDER H + 60, H + 90, H+ 120

JUN 7   BEACHES INITIAL DUMP AREAS SET UP,  SIGN POSTED

JUN 9    BIGGER AND MORE PERMANENT SIGNS ERECTED, 25 PERMANENT TC POSTS MANNED, HANDED OVER POW CAGE TO VP WING HAVING DEALT WITH 600 POWS IN FIRST THREE DAYS OF ASSAULT IN KING SECTOR

JUN 13   UNIT LEAVES 30 CORPS TO 11 L OF C AREA

                      CAPT H JEFFREY             E SURREY       8/10/43

                      LT N S FAIRMAN             RWF              1/10/43

                      LT C H SLOWCOMBE       RA                  7/2/44

AUG 17   9 DESERTERS APPREHENDED CHERBOURG

AUG 29   SUB-SECTION RETURN CHERBOURG;  63 ABSENTEES ARRESTED IN 19 DAYS

SEP 18   COY TO OSTEND   CAPT JEFFREY TO 242 PC

                                 NEW OC CAPT D W CAINE SUFFOLK REGT 1/10/1944


WO 171/3386                   241 PRO COY                      JAN  -  DEC 1944

JAN 1   AYR SCOTLAND

JAN 11   SPEY BAY HOTEL MORAYSHIRE

JAN 12   SECT FROM LEITH, PORTOBELLO  TO NEW LOCATION

L/CPL MCKINLEY IN BRIDGE OF EARN HOSPITAL,TRAFFIC ACCIDENT

                       CAPT C D C PEARSON   S LANCS     14/1/44

                       LT A C JONES              P C             18/9/43

                       LT W R BEARD            GEN LIST     12/8/43

APR 17   HAVANT  6 BEACH GROUP CAMP SECURITY

MAY 1    EX FABIUS

MAY 27/31   ALL CAMPS SEALED   CAMP A7 WATERLOOVILLE  5 BGP

JUN 4   EMBARK

JUN 5   POSTPONED ROUGH WEATHER

JUN 6   D-DAY   BEACH CPL’S LANDED H + 20   0730

OC, LT BEARD AND BEACH SECT LANDED H + 45

LT JONES AND DUMP SECT LANDED H + 120

ALL SECTIONS LANDED BY H+ 5 HRS

HEAVY MORTAR GUNFIRE

CPL TWEEDALE, L/CPL HILLIARD KIA ON D-DAY

L/CPL BLAKE, DEWHURST, MURDOCH, COOK, LAWSON AND SQUIRE WOUNDED D-DAY EVACUATED UK

JUN 7   0200 CPL B BROOK, SEVERELY WOUNDED, EVACUATED UK, NIGHT NOISY, PLENTY OF BOMBING, LONG RANGE SHELLING,  LT/COL D W BOARD CO 5 BEACH GROUP KILLED BY SNIPER

245 PRO COY ARRIVE ON BEACH IN FORCE

JUN 13   L/CPLS OFFER & HORNER WOUNDED EVAC UK

JUN 20   COY TO LION-SUR-MER

JUN 26   PTE BELL 5 KING'S REGT ATT KILLED ON POINT DUTY

JUL 26   CAPT PEARSON TO 53 DIV PRO COY AS DAPM

JUL 27    2 NCOS WOUNDED BY SHELLFIRE

                        LT C BUCKLEY          BUCKS         11/8/44

OCT 1    CABOURS

NOV 25   NEW OC CAPT R K MILLS       E LANCS


WO 171/3387                 242 PRO COY                        JAN  -  DEC 1944

JAN 1/8   EX ROUNDABOUT GULLANE

JAN 13        RETURN TO WIMBURN

JAN 25         WICKHAM

                  RSM L EVANS TO COY

                  CAPT H G E C THORNTON               RA

                  LT R FAIRHURST                           GEN LIST

                  LT T H FUNNELL                            GEN LIST

JUN 6   D-DAY COY LESS 9 RESIDUES LANDED

CASUALTIES:   OC EVACUATED TO UK LT FAIRBURN ASSUMED COMMAND

                             1 NCO KILLED (L/CPL COBBOLD)

                             2 NCOS EVACUATED UK

JUN 8    CASUALTIES : 1 TO UK

JUN 11   CASUALTIES : 1 TO UK

JAN 17   OC RETURNED FROM UK

JUN 20   CASUALTIES : 1 TO UK

SEP 3   AMIENS CAPT THORNTON LEFT;   NEW OC CAPT JEFFREY

SEP 4   LT D MACKIE  GEN LIST  REPORTS FOR DUTIES

OCT 13   LILLE   LT MACKIE LEAVES  DAPM 30 CORPS

                              LT M WARD           RF        1/11/44

NOV 7   20 DESERTERS ARRESTED BRUSSELS

NOVEMBER 1944   167 ABSENTEES ARRESTED IN LILLE/ARRAS AREA.    _______________________________________________________________

WO 171/3388                   243 PRO COY                     JAN  -  DEC 1944

JAN 1   AYR

FEB 9   ENQUIRY INTO A/C L/CPL LOCKYER AND JAMES

FEB 25  EX ROUNDABOUT VI

                        CAPT W A ROBINSON  RA    30/1/43

                        LT T D DOBIE             RTR    7/2/44

                        LT JRW CURTIS                         RAC              7/2/44

MAR 23   TO BROCKENHURST PARK, HANTS B8 CAMP, TENTS

MAR 26   18 APR   SOUTHAMPTON EMBARK ON SERIAL 2190 LST II

 RSM HARRY POSTED IN FROM 113 PC

MAR 27   RSM STEVENS TO 245 PC

 APR 21 LANDED BY RHINO FERRY RED BEACH STUDLAND BAY

MAY 16   RSM HARRY ARRESTED BY CIVIL POLICE PORTSMOUTH FOR DRUNKENNESS

MAY 19    SGT DRINNAN AND PARTY WITH 43 M/C FOR LOADING ON 168 GT COY DUKWS AT CHICHESTER BARRACKS

MAY 25   RSM HARRY ATTACHED DPM SOUTHERN COMMAND AWAITING FGCM POSTED TO HOME DETAIL

MAY 27   CPL ROWLEY ATTENDED OCA COY ( OC JIG WESTERN BEACH) BRIEF AT B 5

L/CPL P ROBERTSON ATTENDED OC 705 GT COY BRIEF AT CAMP B 5

MAY 28    CPL ABBOTT ATTENDED OC COY (OC JIG EASTERN BEACH) BRIEFING AT B 5

COY PAID £1  -  200 FRANCS

MAY 29   CPL MCQUEEN ATTENDED BRIEFING  OC H COY,  OC TRANSIT AREA CAMP B 5

CPL PRICE ATTENDED BRIEFING OC D COY 6 BORDER(OC ITEM  BEACH)

AT B 5

JUN 6   LE HAMEL  CPL ABBOTT AND 2 L/CPL’S BEACH

0755   PARTY JIG GREEN EASTERN SECTOR LANDED UNDER HEAVY FIRE, UNABLE TO COMMENCE TC IN OWN SECTOR, THERE BEING NO EXITS READY; ASSISTING GETTING TFC OFF BEACHES BY OTHER EXITS NEAR KING SECTOR

CPL ROWLEY AND 2 L/CPL’S (BEACH PARTY FOR JIG GREEN WESTERN SECTOR) LANDED MET BY SHELL AND SMALL ARMS FIRE;  PARTY LANDED ON EASTERN SECTOR  HAD TO MAKE WAY TO WESTERN SECTOR

0850   CAPT DURBIN LANDED JEEP, TEMP DROWNED

0900   LT DOBLE AND L/CPL , JEEP DROWNED AND HAD TO SWIM ASHORE.   LT CURTIS AND 1 L/CPL LANDED AND PROCEEDED TO AREA OF INITIAL DUMPS FOR RECCE

1140   SGT LANCASTER AND PARTY(63 SECTION)  COMMENCED SIGNING OF BEACHES,  TC ESTABLISHED, TEMP HQ ESTABLISHED NR WHEELED EXIT ON JIG GREEN BEACH WESTERN SECTOR

1500   SGT DINNAN AND PARTY 6 HOURS LATE, CRAFT STUCK ON SANDBANK

SGT WADE, PARTY NO 66 SECTION LANDED,  ESTABLISHED SECT HQ IN ASNELLES-SUR-MER  AND SIGNED ROADS IN THAT AREA

1530   SGT BIRD AND PARTY NO 65 SECT LANDED WENT TO ASSY AREA, OC GAVE INST TO SIGN INITIAL DUMP AREA AT LE HAMEL

1545   CQMS LEISH AND PARTY LANDED PROCEEDED TO  ASNELLES-SUR-MER TO ESTABLISH TEMP COY HQ.   THERE WERE NO CASUALTIES ON D-DAY

JUN 7 0800   SGT DERBYSHIRE AND OFFICER TRUCK LANDED JIG GREEN EASTERN SECTOR, PROCEEDED TO COY HQ ASNELLES-SUR-MER AT SIDE OF

CHURCH IN BARN

JUN 12 L/CPL MAKEPEACE ADMITTED TO 50 MFH; PLACED ON X LIST

JUN 13   L/CPL AGER 243 PRO COY AND L/CPL ROWLEY,(18 DLI) 36 BEACH BRICK KILLED IN A/C BETWEEN M/C AND DUKW OF 705 GT COY RASC AT ASNELLES-SUR-MER, BURIED IN GRAVEYARD OPPOSITE CHURCH

JUN 15 21 DAYS OF ABSENCE OF SGT BLAND -  NO INFO

JUN 19   COY HQ TO ST THERESE RUE DE BAYEUX ASNELLES-SUR-MER

JUN 22   TO ST AUBIN-SUR-MER  108 RUE PASTEUR

                63 SECT CHATEAU GRAND RUE, BERNIERE-SUR-MER

                64 SECT VILLA ESPERENCE LOC-SUR-MER

                65-66 SECT RUE DE MARECHAL FOCH ST AUBIN-SUR-MER

AUG  10   0100  SHELLING OF COY AREA FROM LE HAVRE  -  NO CASUALTIES

AUG 23   CAPT DURBIN TO 3 DIV PC

SEP 6      COY TO ROUEN RUE DE DONJON ROUGE, FORMERLY GESTAPO HQ

SEP 7   TO AMIENS GENDARMERIE NATIONALE RUE DES JACOBINS

NOV 23   CPL PRICE ADMITTED TO 113 GEN HOSP GSW IN BOTH LEGS, ROUEN SEARCHING FOR ABSENTEES                    

DEC 26    3 RM PRO COY TAKE OVER CHRISTMAS DUTIES ROUEN.

                        DETAILED TASKS OF 243 HQ COY CMP

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WO171/3389        244 PRO COY  8 BEACH GROUP        JAN  -  DEC 1944

JAN 1  BOURNEMOUTH 80 WESTCLIFFE ROAD  WESTBOURNE

JAN 12  GULLANE   EX ROUNDABOUT III

JAN 29  COY HQ TO BRAEHEAD PANORAMA RD  SANDBANKS NR BOURNEMOUTH

                         CAPT H E ELSMORE       GEN LIST                 6/1/44

                         LT K J NORTH               GREEN HOWARDS   22/11/43

                         LT E W T MITCHELL       RA                        22/11/43

                         LT T D DOBIE               RAC                      23/11/43

MAR 15   COY TO CREECH WALK CAMP HANTS

APR 4     COY TO MOORHILL SOUTHAMPTON

MAY 3   EX FABIUS COMMENCES

JUN 7   1 OFF AND 43 ORS LANDED IN FRANCE,   BERNIERES-SUR-MER

JUN 16   71 SIS DISEMBARK, ATTACHED FOR RATIONS AND ACCOMMODATION

JUN 22   COY TO ST AUBIN-SUR-MER  

JUN 23    L/CPL ADMITTED TO BDS EVAC TO UK

JUL 13  RSM BEARDSMORE POSTED TO 11 ARMD DIV PC

             RSM HOGAN TO COY

AUG 28   LT A KEAY  POSTED IN FROM 3 DIV PC

AUG 31   ESCORT TO HIGH-RANKING OFFICER,  GEN KOENIG PRESENTED

EACH NCO WITH THE CROIX DE LORRAINE WITH PERMISSION TO BE WORN DURING SIMILAR DUTIES

NOV 27   CMP INFO POST DAMAGED BY V1  3 NCOS BADLY WOUNDED  ANTWERP              CPL D CAWOOD 7688542

                            CPL A HILL 7690641

                            L/CPL H E DEAKIN 145666

                    CAPT YORKE  MM         GORDON’S             16/9/44

                    LT WTF WALLACE         MIDDLESEX          25/10/44

                    LT RS RICHARDS           WELSH               25/11/44

DEC 16 AS A RESULT OF ENEMY ACTION 2 CPLS OF THIS UNIT SEVERELY WOUNDED AND ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL 3323384 CPL MACQUEEN DIED AS A RESULT OF ENEMY ACTION;   MOCK AUCTION HELD AND £25 SENT TO WIDOW AND 4 CHILDREN

 4459223 CPL MEEGHAN WAS BADLY INJURED AND IN 109 GEN HOSPITAL.


WO 171/3390            245 HQ PRO COY CMP            JAN  -  DEC 1944

JAN1      STRATHPEFFER

JAN 26   GULLANE

FEB 23   STRATHPEFFER

                            CAPT J CORBETT    RIF             20/9/43

                             LT W NORTH        GEN LIST     31/5/43

                             LT F J BRITTON     RAC          25/11/43

APR 18  PETWORTH    NO 3 CAMP

MAY 13   GEN EISENHOWER INSPECTED GROUP, COY

JUN 6   D-DAY  MAJORITY OF COY LANDED IN FRANCE  -  TWO CASUALTIES

JUN 8    0100   L/CPL THOMPSON AND L/CPL E SCHAFER KILLED BY BOMBS

JUN 10   0400  L/CPL BARKER WOUNDED, EVACUATED UK

                     L/CPL DAWSON KILLED BY BOMBS

JUN 11/14   3 TON LORRY WITH DRIVER OVERDUE, REPORTED LOST AT SEA, DRIVER LISTED AS MISSING

JUN 15 OFFICE TRUCK WITH DRIVER LANDED SAFELY

JUN 25    L/CPL PERRY WOUNDED, EVACUATED UK

JUN 27   L/CPL COLEMAN TO HOSPITAL, HERNIA, EVACUATED TO UK

JUL 1   OUISTREHAM

JUL 2   PETIT ENFERS

JUL 10   SGT RATCLIFFE, CPL FRANKLIN WOUNDED, EVACUATED UK

JUL 11   CAEN   L/CPL KENNY KILLED BY SHELLFIRE.

               COY DISPERSED AROUND CAEN TO PREVENT PERSONNEL AND TRAFFIC FROM ENTERING WITHOUT PERMISSION

JUL 13   HEAVY SHELLING

JUL 18   SHELL ON COY AREA, L/CPL ASHBY WOUNDED, EVACUATED UK

AUG 26   CAPT CORBETT TO DAPM 30 CORPS

                 LT WJ HUTCINSON         RA            21/7/43

SEP 1   OUISTREHAM

SEP 3   DIEPPE

SEP 29   BOULOGNE

NOV 1   ST OMER   -   DISCIPLINE AND MOBILE PATROLS

NOV 7   L/CPL SIMPSON 4388160 INVOLVED IN TA WITH FRENCH CIVILIAN VEHICLE

NOV 8   L/CPL SIMPSON DIED, BURIED AT LONGUENESSE SOUVENIR MIL CEMETERY

                  LT C W C ROPER    GEN LIST   20/11/44

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WO 171/3391                    247 PRO COY                       APR  -  DEC 1944

APR 15   WESTCLIFF COY FORMED

                          CAPT E J PRICE    RA      19/4/44           OC

MAY   PREPARATIONS FOR EMBARKATION

                          LT H W R POWELL         MIDDLESEX    25/4/44

                          LT A B ROBERTS            RASC            25/4/44

JUN 1   SOUTHEND

JUN 2    SET SAIL FOR FRANCE

JUN 3   ANCHORED OFF-SHORE(SOUTHEND) ALL DAY

JUN 6   D-DAY

JUN 9/10   LANDED IN NORMANDY  

JUN 12 1600   D + 6 ADVANCE PARTY LANDED! FIVE DAYS LATE DUE TO PHASING IN BY NAVY   PORT-EN-BESSIN   HQ LONGUES

JUL 7   2 PIECES OF MULBERRY HARBOUR COMPLETED, ONE IN, ONE OUT

OCT 8   CAEN  -  VISIT OF GENERAL DE GAULLE

           1 OFFICER AND 17 ORS SENT FOR SPECIAL AIRBORNE

MISSION (ARNHEM)

OCT 11  REJOINED UNIT IN FRANCE.


WO 171/3392                    601 COY (VP)                      APR  -  DEC 1944

APR 20   ORCHARD CAMP, LEAVESDEN GREEN, WATFORD,   MOVE TO LYNWICK HOUSE, BUCKS GREEN NR HORSHAM

                             CAPT   C L JUPPA              ESSEX               12/2/44

                             LT H D CHURCHILL            SUSSEX            12/2/44

                             LT S C M DOUGLAS            R BERKS          10/4/44

MAY 1   EX FABIUS

MAY 20   CAMP A1 SUB-AREA  WATERPROOFING VEHICLES

JUN 3   CAMP S4   29 MARCHING PARTY TO TILBURY DOCKS,  

TROOPSHIP A3/LSP MT DEVONSHIRE

JUN 4/5/6  AT SEA

JUN 7   NAN BEACH CONTACTED LT CHURCHILL PARTY AT POW CAGE, BANNEVILLE

JUN 8   GERMAN PLANES BOMBING

JUN 9/10   NEW POW CAGE AT  LA RIVE NEAR BERNIERE

JUL 21  POW CAGE CLOSED,  POWS TO ARROMANCHE

AUG 1   TOWN GUARDROOM RUE DE BAYEUX, CAEN

5952931 PTE MOLYNEUX EVAC UK

SEP 29   6849173 PTE C J KING 28 DAYS FIELD PUNISHMENT

                              LT J COSGROVE   A & SH                   22/8/44

                              LT AS DUNN       GEN LIST                 3/10/44

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WO171/3393               602 COY (VP)                           MAR  -  DEC 1944

FRISTON HOUSE, FRISTON, SAXMUNDHAM, SUFFOLK

             CAPT D A SOUTAR  MC   BLACK WATCH         14/3/44        OC

MAR  -  APR TRAINING AND ORGANISING “NO ITEM OF ESPECIAL SIGNIFICANCE”

APR 15  COY WARDOGS TATTOOED (THIS WOULD BE REGT NO IN EAR).

                    LT C E E WEINEL         GEN LIST               14/3/44

                    LT A C L SKERRY          RA                       29/3/44

JUN 3   3 SECTIONS EMBARKED ON “CITY OF CANTERBURY”  AT KING GEORGE V DOCKS

AND SAILED FOR FRANCE

JUN 6   3 SECTIONS LANDED IN FRANCE

JUN 8   3 SECTIONS TO VER-SUR-MER TOOK OVER PRISONERS

JUN 8   HQ AND 3 SECTIONS  TO MARSHALLING.

JUNE 10 DETACHMENT RECEIVED FIRST PAYMENT OF 200 FRANCS.

JUNE 18 RECONNAISSANCE MADE FOR POW CAGE POSITION.

30 JUNE TOTAL POW HANDLED AT VER SUR MER SINCE D1 - 3,100 HANDLED AT ARMY CAGE 364.

JUL 3    WORK ON SHOWER BATHS AND DE-LOUSER COMPLETE

JUL 26   PICTURES OF PW TAKEN BY ARMY KINEMA SERVICE.

JUNE 31 - THROUGHOUT MONTH POW’S RECEIVED AND DESPATCHED.    POW RECEIVED 682, DESPATCHED 225, TOTAL FOR MONTH THROUGH CAGE 4,026.

AUG 13 PLOT TO SEIZE SHIP DURING VOYAGE TO ENGLAND BY SS PERSONNEL ALLEGED BY POLISH PW. INVESTIGATION MADE AND PRECAUTIONS TAKEN

                           LT R H RICHARDS    GEN LIST                4/8/44

** DIARY OF EVENTS OF AT DAG PROVOST COY ON EX MARKET GARDEN   AUG – OCT 1944 ( PERHAPS PHOTOCOPY REPORT AT LATER DATE) **

AUGUST 24 2 WOMEN POW EVACUATED TO 60 TRANSIT CAMP FROM POW CAGE UNDER ATS PROVOST ESCORT, BELIEVED TO BE COOKS EMPLOYED BY GERMAN OFFICERS MESS AND SAID TO BE OF RUSSIAN NATIONALITY.  DUTIES AT DOCKS AT PORT EN BESSIN & ARROMANCHES TAKEN OVER BY PERSONNEL FROM 2 ARMY TROOPS REST CAMP.

HQ AND 2 SECTIONS MOVED TO MANIVIEUX

SEPT 7 DURING THE NIGHT OF 6/7 WHEN THERE WAS VERY HEAVY RAIN ONE RUSSO-MONGOLIAN POW ABDILLA UBA ADILEWIEW DIED OF EXPOSURE, BURIED AT RYES CEMETERY.

OCT 10 CERTAIN TRAFFIC POSTS IN ARROMANCHES HANDED OVER TO AMERICAN PROVOST.

OCT 12 1 SECTION MOVED TO PARIS TO TAKE UP SPECIAL DUTIES ATTACHED TO HQ BRITISH ARMY STAFF, SHAEF, PARIS.

NOV 7 PREPARATORY ORDER RECEIVED FOR MOVE TO ANTWERP.

NOV 27   3440595 CPL J ASPDEN WOUNDED BY FLYING GLASS CAUSED BY ENEMY LONG-RANGE WEAPON AND ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL

                              LT L R MOON  RA        4/11/44

DEC 15  ENEMY LONG-RANGE MISSILE DROPPED NEAR COY HQ, NO CASUALTIES AMONGST PERSONNEL.

DEC 26 MANY ENEMY LONG RANGE MISSILES DROPPED IN THE ANTWERP AREA.   CAFE BROADWAY 13 KNIPERSTRAAT, ANTWERP TO BE CLOSED IMMEDIATELY FOR KNOWINGLY SELLING TO MILITARY PERSONNEL CIDER BOUGHT FOR 95 FRANCS A BOTTLE AND SOLD AT 300 FRANCS A BOTTLE, AS CHAMPAGNE.   BROTHELS: THE UNDERMENTIONED CAFES WERE CLOSED AS SECRET BROTHELS, CAFE DE BRUYN, CAFE NAN DOOREN, CAFE ZWELKOM


WO 171/3394              603 COY (VP)                           MAY  -  DEC 1944           .                         CAPT L LAWRANCE  DCLI                    11/4/44

                           LT J COODE                DEVONS          21/5/44

                           LT GD WATTS             RTR                   21/5/44

JUN 11   ARR FRANCE       BANVILLE AND CAZELLES

JUN 16   ERECTED POW CAGE      NO PRISONERS

JUN 23   1 OFFICER AND 4 ORS BROUGHT TO CAGE

JUN 24   2 CPL’S INJURED BY SHRAPNEL      -  ARM INJURIES ONLY  ONE EVAC UK W/CPL N A WINCHCOMBE

JUL 1   GIFT OF 10 CIGARETTES PER MAN FROM GEN MONTGOMERY

AUG 20   PTE C R GILLINGHAM 5727075  ACCIDENTALLY KILLED WHILE ACTING AS AN ESCORT TO POW.   TOTAL INTAKE OF POWS TO DATE 146 OFFICERS, 6805 RS

DEC                  LT R C HOLMES  RA                      10/10/44


WO 171/3395                       604 COY (VP)                    APR  -  DEC 1944

                 CAPT C G BYERLEY       RA           1/2/44            OC

                 LT F T P POLIN            S STAFFS 29/2/44

                 LT A OLIPHANT           PIONEER CORPS    15/4/44

                          LINDFIELD, BIGGLESWADE

JUN 23    LANDED IN FRANCE AFTER 6 DAYS AT SEA    ROUGH WEATHER PREVENTED

LANDING  -  BANVILLE   7 SEP  TO BELGIUM,  DOUAI

JUN 29  FIRST CASUALTY 6406482 PTE C RICHARDSON ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL AS A RESULT OF M/C ACCIDENT   30TH DIED

AUG 29                CAPT J R WINGFIELD DIGBY   DORSETS     26/8/44    OC ONE MONTH

                          CAPT R P GRAHAM            RA                 19/9/44     OC


WO 171/3396                   605 COY (VP)                       JUN  -  DEC 1944

JUN 11   DISEMBARK LE HAMEL TO CONDE-SUR-SEULLES              POW CAGE

JUN 19   WEATHER COLD AND RAIN ALL DAY – RUM ISSUE AT NIGHT

                               CAPT L MCCOMBE           RUR            1/2/44       OC                              

                               LT L HOPKINSON            RAOC        27/4/44

                               LT S M WISHART            RAOC          1/2/44

SEP 24     TO WYCHEN (HOLLAND)         POW CAGE

NOV 10    TO EISDEN, BELGIUM

DEC         TO GEMBLOUX AND MAZEY


WO 171/3397                  606  COY (VP)                       MAR  -  DEC 1944

MAR 14    PENSARN    UNIT FORMED

                     CAPT E M NELSON        KORR    13/3/44          OC

APR 26   MOVE TO LEVERSDEN GREEN, HERTS

MAY      NOTHING TO REPORT

                              LT E M STEWARD     ESSEX R         14/3/44

                              LT J COSGROVE       PIONEER         31/3/44

JUN 6  1300HRS  BBC ANNOUNCED D-DAY HAD COME

JUN 26/30   WAR DOGS TAKEN ON STRENGTH

JUL 16  MOVE TO FRANCE    BAYEUX

JUL 31   BAR ROOM OVERCROWDED WITH ABSENTEES  -  60 IN ALL

AUG 25   TOOK OVER POW GUARD DUTIES

SEP 1   BAYEUX  THE MO VISITED THE TOWN GUARDROOM AND DUTY OFFICER REPORTED FRENCH WERE VERY SLACK AT EMPTYING LATRINES

SEP 2   ATTEMPT ESCAPE OF 2 GERMAN POW FROM 375 POW CAGE.   CHALLENGED BY PTE WINSER OF 606 COY WHO WAS ON GUARD.   ONE POW STOOD STILL AND RAISED HIS HANDS, THE OTHER RAN AWAY.   PTE WINSER FIRED 4 SHOTS AND SAW HIM JUMP INTO DITCH.  THE GUARD WAS TURNED OUT AND ONE PRISONER WAS HANDED OVER.   AFTER A SEARCH THE SECOND PRISONER WAS FOUND NEAR OUTGATE BY PTE WINSER

SEP 5   TENT ERECTED FOR USE OF YMCA IN TOWN SQUARE, BAYEUX. 500 POW ESCORTED FROM 375 POW CAGE ST LO ROUND BAYEUX TO CAGE ST CROIX

SEP 6   1000 POW 0900 HRS

            500 POW 1600 HRS

OCT 24   1700 HRS  THE OC AND LT CHURCHILL ENTER CAFES IN THE TOWN WITH THE OBJECT OF CHECKING JUICES AND THE QUALITY OF VARIOUS DRINKS SUPPLIED TO TROOPS .   THEY WERE QUITE SATISFIED ON THESE POINTS

                       LT A D CHURCHILL             SUFFOLKS            21/8/44


WO 171/3398                         607 COY  (VP)                 OCT  -  DEC 1944

SEP 8        HITCHIN    607 COY FORMED

SEP 10   COY LESS HQ PROCEEDED OVERSEAS

SEP 11   ARRIVED ARROMANCHES – BAYEUX AND TC DUTIES

SEP 20   HQ ARRIVED AT BAYEUX

SEP 25   7688516 SGT JACKSON SUSTAINED HEAD AND BODY INJURIES, KNOCKED DOWN BY A FRENCH LORRY   ADMITTED TO 20 BFBH

                         CAPT A G HUMPHREY    GEN LIST  9/9/44

                         LT T W C BARNES         DEVONS   9/9/44

                         LT G A WRIGHT           GEN LIST   9/9/44

                NORMAL TRAFFIC DUTIES WITH MOVES TO LA VILLENEUVE  -  MALINES


WO 171/3399                   608 COY (VP)                      OCT  -  DEC 1944

HITCHIN

               CAPT G E SCHIFFNER  OX & BUCKS     8/9/44

                LT P T HOLLAND          RA                   8/9/44

                LT C C  WEAVER          GREEN HOWARDS   8/9/44

SEP 11                     FALAISE,  EVREUX AND LOUVIERS, AND EVENTUALLY BRUSSELS

OCT  -  NOV   ROUTINE DUTIES

                CAPT GARNETT    LOYALS   30/10/44    POSTED TO COY

DEC   LOVAIN     ROUTINE DUTIES


WO 171/3400                      609 COY (VP)                    SEPT  - DEC 1944

SEP 8          ORCHARD CAMP, LEAVESEDEN GREEN, WATFORD;   UNIT FORMED STATIONERY OBTAINED LOCALLY

SEP 19-20   GOSPORT TO ARROMANCHES.   WEATHER REMARKABLY FINE, SUNSHINE AND CALM SEAS

SEP 26      BOULOGNE   LT WARBURTON FOUND ACCOMMODATION FOR COY HQ AT CHATEAU DES DEUX LIONS, OUTREAUX, WHICH WAS UNOCCUPIED

OC , COY AND  ARRIVED IN AFTERNOON – DUTY  IN AMIENS. CHATEAU ONLY RECENTLY EVACUATED BY ENEMY WAS IN A FAIRLY GOOD STATE OF REPAIR, BUT A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF WORK HAD TO BE PERFORMED TO MAKE THE ACCOMMODATION HABITABLE, AS THE MANY ROOMS WERE LEFT IN AN EXTREMELY DIRTY AND DISORDERLY STATE BY THE ENEMY.   MANY USEFUL ARTICLES OF BOTH HOUSE AND OFFICE FURNITURE WERE FOUND IN SITU TOGETHER WITH CONSIDERABLE QUANTITIES OF EXPLOSIVES, MEDICAL AND SURGICAL EQUIPMENT AND DRUGS, ALSO LARGE QUANTITIES OF GERMAN ARMY BISCUITS AND TINNED FOODS.   WATER HAD TO BE FETCHED FROM A POINT BY MOTOR LORRY.  LATER ON A PUMP WELL FOUND IN THE GROUNDS BUT WATER VERY BRACKISH AND SUPPLY VERY LIMITED.

            A/CAPT T PRESCOTT    GEN LIST     9/9/44         OC

            LT H D WARDE           PIONEER C   7/9/44

            LT E E WARBURTON    PIONEER C   9/9/44

OCT 22         TO LILLE – CITY HAS SUFFERED LITTLE DAMAGE, SHOPS WELL STOCKED AND BUSINESS FLOURISHING

OCT 30   PERSONNEL FULLY EMPLOYED BUT WHEN OPPORTUNITY OFFERS THEY AVAIL THEMSELVES OF THE VARIOUS AMENITIES THE CITY AFFORDS FOR ENJOYMENT

             LT J R BULL      RA  13/12/44

             CAPT A S DUNN      21/12/44 NEW OC.


WO 171/3401                          610 COY (VP)                         SEP  -  DEC 1944

SEP 8     COLCHESTER

                                  CAPT D I LLOYD-ROBERTS    GEN LIST

                                   LT H W A LEWIS                BUFFS    8/9/44

                                   LT W T SMITHEN                BUFFS    8/9/44

SEP 19/20      GOSPORT TO ARROMANCHES THEN BY ROAD TO BRUSSELS TO

SHARE PROVOST DUTIES WITH 120 PRO COY.   9 PATROLS DAILY

NOV   CAR PARKS -  A NEW SYSTEM SET UP, JOINT RAIDS ON ENSA PERFORMANCES TO CATCH DESERTERS !

NOV 11   ARMISTICE DAY PARADES AND CELEBRATIONS, BEHAVIOUR GOOD

LEAFLETS DROPPED ANTI-PIERIOTILLE GOVERNMENT

NOV 19 PATRIOTS STAGE DEMO AGAINST PIERIOT GOVT, 10,000 STRONG CROWD, POSTERS “WE WANT TO FIGHT WITH OUR ENGLISH ALLIES NOT AGAINST THEM” NO INCIDENTS AND NO ARMS CARRIED

NOV 25   FURTHER DEMOS.  SHOTS AND GRENADES THROWN IN THE RUE DE LA LOI,  SEVERAL CASUALTIES NONE REPORTED FATAL.   DISTURBANCES QUELLED

NOV 27   TRAM STRIKES;  NO INCIDENTS.


WO 171/3402                            611 COY (VP)                       SEP  -  DEC 1944

SEPT 11   EARLS COLNE      MOBILISATION ORDERS RECEIVED

              CAPT J L PAYNE               BERKS & HERTS   8/9/44          OC

                                       GOSPORT TO ARROMANCHES

SEP 19/20   LA VILLENEUVE TO ELBEUF, ROUEN

               LT D CRANTON               PIONEER C          8/9/44

               LT A D S A FLETCHER      E LANCS              8/9/44


WO 171/3403                            612 COY (VP)                       OCT  -  DEC 1944

OCT 2   ORCHARD CAMP, LEAVESDEN GREEN, WATFORD   - FORMATION

OCT 16  TILBURY TO OSTEND TO NEUFCHATEL

                          CAPT F HAYWARD  PIONEER CORPS       2/10/44          OC

                           LT T C LITTLETON   RA                       2/10/44

                           LT J WARDROP      RA                      2/10/44

NOV 11   TO GAMACHES

DEC 12    AMIENS    NOTHING TO REPORT.


WO 171/3404                         HQ 701 COY (VP)                   OCT  -  DEC 1944

OCT 1     RADWELL NR BALDOCK, HERTS    -  FORMATION

                          CAPT W T GARRETT  3 STAFFS                    8/1/44         OC

                          LT S B ARNELL         RWK                          8/1/44

DEC 1   143 ORS  + 17 DOGS TO BELGIUM, BRUSSELS

               DEALING WITH CIVILIANS STEALING ARMY RATIONS ETC


WO 171/3405                      702 COY (VP)                          OCT  -  DEC 1944

OCT 23     TALMERE PLACE,HITCHIN, HERTS

               CAPT W C GREENER  RA  OC

NOV 3 30 WAR DOGS ARRIVE WITH THEIR HANDLERS

               LT J F E DENNIS       GEN LIST  8/11/44

NOV 30   EMBARKED  “BEN-MY-CHREE”

DEC 2   DISEMBARKED OSTEND  THEN TO ANTWERP

DEC 12   DOG(BITCH) DIED  -  VET DID POST MORTEM  -  OBSTRUCTION IN STOMACH

DEC 15     ARGENTAN WAREHOUSE (64 BSD) BADLY DAMAGED BY FLYING BOMB.   INJURIES OF A TRIVIAL NATURE WERE SUSTAINED BY PTE E MANNING 32009

2 LBS OF LARD RECOVERED FROM A DOCK WORKER.


WO 171/3406                       703 COY (VP) CMP                               DEC 1944

1 DEC   SOUTHAMPTON UNIT EMBARKED TO OSTEND HQ FORMER ENEMY MARINES BARRACKS,

                           CAPT W E GREENER   RA     OC DEC 25   ALL RANKS WERE GIVEN A GOOD CHRISTMAS DINNER.


WO 171/3407                          704 CMP (VP)                          NOV-DEC 1944

NOV 12  HIGHTON

DEC 29   LIVERPOOL EMBARKATION TO FOLKSTONE ARR OSTEND 31 DEC

                                 CAPT H WILLIAMS    RA      28/10/44        OC

                                 LT E L BODELL         RAOC  28/10/44


WO 171/3408                          705 COY (VP)                          NOV, DEC 1944

NOV 1   SOUTHSEA

                        CAPT W SPEIRS   GEN LIST   1/11/44         OC

                        LT W H HOOPER  HAMPS      1/11/44

NOV 17   DOGS AND HANDLERS ARRIVED

DEC 30   TO FOLKSTONE     SS CANTERBURY TO OSTEND THEN TO POIX.


WO 171/3410                      71 SECTION SIB                   FEB - DEC 1944  

JAN 15 1944   SECTION WAS FORMED AND FULLY MOBILIZED

JAN 22 CAPT D J FAWCETT (279137) GENERAL LIST POSTED IN.

FEB TRAINING.

I HAVE NO GOOD WORD TO SAY ABOUT THE HILLMAN UTILITY 2 SEATER, 3 OUT OF 4 OF MY CARS HAVE HAD TO HAVE ATTENTION.   GASKET TROUBLE SEEMS THE MAIN PROBLEM, THE CYLINDER HEADS BEING OF INFERIOR FINISH.

MAY 12 NO. 2654785 P/A/CPL SHIELS J J WAS INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT WHEN RIDING A WD MOTOR CYCLE.   HE STRUCK A WD 3 TONNER.   HE WAS CONVEYED TO SOUTHEND GENERAL HOSPITAL WHEN IT WAS REVEALED THAT

HE WAS VERY SERIOUSLY INJURED.   HIS WIFE AND PARENTS WERE SENT FOR AND ARRIVED THE NEXT DAY.   THE SECTION WAS FURTHER

AGGRAVATED BY THE SAD DEATH OF CPL SHIELS AND THE RESULTANT WORK.   IT IS NOT MY POLICY TO GRUMBLE BUT I FEEL IT SHOULD BE RECORDED.  

MAY 23 CPL SHIELD J J DIED THIS DAY AT SOUTHEND GENERAL HOSPITAL, AS A RESULT OF INJURIES RECEIVED ON 12TH MAY.   NEXT OF KIN WERE IN ATTENDANCE AND CLAIMED THE BODY TO TAKE BACK TO LEEDS.

MAY 25 ATTENDED AN INQUEST INTO SHIELS DEATH - ACCIDENTAL.   THIS SECTION ACTED AS BEARERS OF THE BODY OF CPL SHIELD WHEN HE WAS PUT ON A TRAIN FOR BURIAL AT LEEDS.   IT WAS VERY GRATIFYING TO

LEARN FROM THE PADRE THAT HE HAD BEEN INFORMED BY THE HOSPITAL, THAT THEY HAD NEVER BEFORE KNOWN A GROUP OF SOLDIERS SHOW SUCH CONCERN OVER A COMRADE AS WAS SHOWN BY MY SECTION FOR SHIELS BEFORE HE DIED.

JUNE 1/9 SOUTHEND, DURING THIS TIME THIS UNIT WAS IN A STATE OF READINESS, AND MOST OF MY TIME WAS SPENT IN VAINLY TRYING TO GET A V BATTLEDRESS, RESPIRATORS AG LIGHT, A L UNDERWEAR, WHICH INDEED I NEVER RECEIVED THROUGH THE PROPER CHANNELS, BUT WAS FORCED TO ACQUIRE THEM OR GO WITHOUT.   TWO SECTIONS OF 185 PORTS PROVOST COY, CMP LEFT ME ON THE 3/6/44 TO MARSHALL.

JUNE 9 06.00 LEFT SOUTHEND TO MARSHALL FOR OPERATIONS.   ARRIVED BY LIBERTY SHIP, BUT IT WAS TOO DARK TO DISEMBARK SO LAY OFF SHORE FOR THE NIGHT.   DURING THE NIGHT THE SHIPPING WAS BOMBED BY ENEMY PLANES, THE CREW OF OUR SHIP “SS COTTON MATHER” WITH AN AMERICAN CREW BROUGHT ONE PLANE DOWN, AND IT CRASHED WITH A TERRIFIC EXPLOSION ON THE SIDE OF THE SHIP, CAUSING THE HATCHES TO BE FLOWN IN ON THE MEN ON THE DECK BENEATH.   THERE WERE NO DEATHS, AND MY SECTION GOT AWAY UNSCATHED, BUT SOME SOUNDED LEFT FOR ENGLAND NEXT MORNING WITHOUT SETTING FOOT ON FRANCE.

JUNE 15 10.00 HRS IT WAS DECIDED BY THE OC TROOPS ON BOARD, THAT ONLY THOSE NECESSARY SHOULD STAY ON BOARD TO OFF LOAD VEHICLES, ACCORDINGLY MY CSM AND I DISEMBARKED IN FRANCE EARLY THAT DAY, THE FIRST SIB TO ARRIVE, I HOPE.

JUNE 16 O8.00 HRS WAS JOINED AT ASSEMBLY AREA BY MY SECTION, WHO HAD SPENT A NIGHT ON BOARD AGAIN, AND PROCEEDED TO COURCELLES TO ATTACH MYSELF TO 244 PROVOST COMPANY, CMP AND PROCEEDED TO OPERATE.

JUNE 17 FOUND THAT I HAD A TREMENDOUS AREA TO COVER, FROM PONT-EN-BESSIN TO OUISTERHAM AND DURING THE NEXT MONTH HAVE FOUND THERE IS ENOUGH WORK FOR 2 SIB H E’s LET ALONE 1 L E.

JUNE 20 COURSELLES WAS SHELLED BY THE ENEMY AND A VERY UNCOMFORTABLE HALF HOUR WAS HAD.

JUNE 21 MOVED WITH 255 OPRO COY TO SAINT AUBIN-SUR-MER.

JUNE 22/30 WORK CONTINUES TO COME IN THICK AND FAST, AS ALSO DO THE INEVITABLE RETURNS, WITHOUT WHICH THE ARMY WOULD NOT FUNCTION.

DEC 24 COMMODITIES AND IN SMUGGLING CONTRABAND OVER THE FRANCO-BELGIAN BORDER.   IT IS KNOW THAT ORGANISED GANGS BASED IN

THE TWO CAPITALS AND THEIR ACTIVITIES ARE IN THE PROCESS OF ELIMINATION.

DEC 25 AMIENS THE MAIN CASE OF THE MONTH CONCERNS THE TRACING OF

FRENCH CIVILIANS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE THEFT AND LATER DISTRIBUTION OF CRUDE ALCOHOL TO A CAFE IN THIS TOWN.   THIS WAS MADE UP TO LOOK LIKE COGNAC AND SOLD AS SUCH, WITH THE RESULT THAT 6 SOLDIER  AND AT LEAST 3 CIVILIANS DIED FROM ITS EFFECTS, BESIDES A LARGE NUMBER OF PERSONS BEING TAKEN TO HOSPITAL.   THE ORDER POSTED IN ALL CAFES PROHIBITING THE SALE OF STRONG DRINK TO SOLDIER’S APPEARS TO BE TREATED WITH LITTLE REGARD AND THE CASE UNDER ENQUIRY MAY HAVE SOME EFFECT IN EMPHASISING ITS IMPORTANCE.    

CERTAINLY THE SALE OF SUCH DRINK AS COGNAC IN AMIENS AND THIS PART OF FRANCE HAS SHOWN A MARKED DECREASE.

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WO 171/3411                     72 SECTION SIB                    JAN - DEC 1944

HQ 21 ARMY GROUP

DEC 15 1943 TO JAN 15 1944 MOVE FROM MYTCHETT DEPOT TO SOUTHEND.   TRAINING OF ALL KINDS, APRIL, MAY JUNE.

FEB 25 CAPT P S WARMAN (306899) GENERAL LIST POSTED IN.

AUG 1 MOVE TO FRANCE, COURSELLES, CAEN. TROOPS ON THE MOVE.

LOTS OF LOOTING, SHORTAGE OF EQUIPMENT AND VEHICLES AND CRIME RIFE IN CAEN.   INCLUDING MURDER COMMITTED BY NEGROES, UNITED STATES NAVY GAVE EXCELLENT COOPERATION.

SEPT 3 SUDDEN DEATH OF L/CPL THURIN, (death not found) INTERVIEW DOCTORS AND WITNESSES.

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WO 171/3412                      73 SECTION SIB                   FEB - DEC 1944

FEB 25 AUTHORITY TO FORM 73 SIS, CMP.   CAPT W T JONES, (279140) GENERAL LIST.   LT N L WHITTAKER (289203) ROYAL ARTILLERY.

MAR 23  SECTION PREPARING FOR MOBILISATION    

MAR 26 TO APRIL 25 INTENSIVE TRAINING.

APRIL 25 MOVE TO HILL HURST, ORPINGTON.

MAY TRAINING CONTINUES.

JUN 29   READY TO MOVE AT 6 HOURS NOTICE

JUL 16   MOVE TO EMBARKATION.  DIFFICULTY GETTING PU’S THROUGH WATER AND UP RAMPS; EMBARKED WITHOUT CASUALTIES.

JULY 18   QUIET CROSSING IN BRIGHT SUNSHINE. DISEMBARKED AT ST CROIX SUR MER AT 14.30;   LIVING ROUGH IN BAYEUX.

JULY 20 FIRST LARCENY REPORTED OF COMPO PACKS.   MADE A RAID DURING THE EVENING IN DUGOUTS IN FIELDS.   ARRESTED 12 DESERTERS RESPONSIBLE FOR LARCENY OF COMPO PACKS.

JUL 21  WORK STARTS IN EARNEST.  INCONVENIENT FEEDING IN CAMP WITH NO SERVANTS, NO OFFICERS ,AND NO OFFICES ADDS TO THE DIFFICULTY.  TRY TO GET CIVILIAN CLERK;  PLACED DETACHMENTS AT BAYEUX AND ARROMANCHES.

JUL 2   FIRST HOMICIDE REPORTED, PROVED TO BE SUICIDE

JUL 29   SEARCHED BROTHEL AND CAFE IN BAYEUX - LARGE AMOUNT OF PROPERTY RECOVERED

AUG 1   OBTAINED NEW BILLETS FOR HQ AND GOOD OFFICES AT 3 RUE TARDIF.

AUG 2   ENQUIRIES INCREASING AT GREAT PACE.  MME FAVIER IS INTERPRETER, VERY ABLE AND EFFECTIVE; ONLY ONE TYPEWRITER

AUG 20   FIRST NAAFI RACKET UNCOVERED - 5 ARRESTS.

AUG 27 NAVAL WHISKY RACKET DISCLOSED

AUG 30 MONTHLY RETURNS : 156 CASES INVESTIGATED

SEP 20  RAID RE BARTERING WITH POWS AT 223 POW CAMP - 68 PERSON

OCT  SECTION DEALT WITH 137 CASES THIS MONTH.   MADE 138 ARRESTS AND RECOVERED £4,091 WORTH OF ALLIED PROPERTY.

OCT28   CAEN  RAPE BY 2 NEGRO SOLDIERS INVESTIGATED BY SGT BELL OF THIS UNIT WHO TRACED THEM THROUGH FRANCE, HOLLAND,BELGIUM AND GERMANY AND ARRESTED THEM IN GERMANY AT AACHEN.  GOOD DETECTIVE WORK BY SGT BELL.

DEC 1   CAEN - AN ARMED  GANG OF DESERTERS ROUNDED UP AT DEAUVILLE AND TROUVILLE 13 SOLDIERS AND 6 CIVILIANS ARRESTED.  THOUSANDS OF GALLONS OF PETROL RECOVERED.

DEC 25  GOOD CHRISTMAS FARE

LT WHITTAKER TAKES OVER AS CAPT.  THE SECTION HAS DONE WELL FOR PROMOTIONS BUT LOSING EXPERIENCED MEN HAS ITS DRAWBACKS.

DEC 29   SABOTAGE OF IMPORTANT BRIDGE, ARREST MADE

DEC 31 END OF A SUCCESSFUL YEAR, UP TO THE NECK IN WORK.

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WO171/3413                     74 SECTION SIB                  FEB - DEC 1944

FEB 26 UNIT MOBILIZATION.   CAPT K H WILSON (306898) GENERAL LIST.

AUG 1 LANDED AT JUNO BEACH TO BERNIERES-SUR-MER.   GENERAL SIB DUTIES AND INVESTIGATIONS.

AUG 28 CAPT F POLLARD (185393) GENERAL LIST POSTED IN.

SEPT 10 MOVE TO BRUSSELS.   LARGE SCALE BLACK MARKET OPERATIONS ESPECIALLY CIGARETTES.   INVESTIGATIONS HINDERED BY LACK OF PERSONNEL AND DESPITE COMPLETE COOPERATION OF CIVIL POLICE.   MANY SUCCESSES BUT INSUFFICIENT PERSONNEL TO COPE WITH CRIME IN AREA.

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WO 171/3414                        81 SECTION SIB               SEPT - DEC 1944

SEPT 25 SECTION FORMED AT MYCHETT.   CAPT C CLEWES (279138) GENERAL LIST.   LT F A G HORT (297170) ROYAL ENGINEERS.

SEPT 26 5 WILLY’S (JEEPS) ACCEPTED, SOUND MECHANICALLY BUT OF EXTREMELY POOR APPEARANCE.  

OCT SECTION ENGAGED IN TRAINING.

OCT 16/24 EMBARKED AND ATTEMPTING TO CROSS CHANNEL, BAD WEATHER TILL 24TH ARRIVE OSTEND AND ON TO ANTWERP.

OCT 26 INFORMATION RECEIVED REF LOOTING BY GERMANS.   ‘BOTTLENECK’ NO INTERPRETER FOR FLEMISH.   ONLY 1 TYPEWRITER, HOPELESSLY INADEQUATE.

OCT 31 3 CIVILIANS AND 1 SOLDIER ARRESTED FOR ‘TRAFFICKING’ IN CIGARETTES.

NOV 7 CIVILIANS CHARGED WITH IMPROPER POSSESSION OF WD

FOODSTUFFS, TYRES, PETROL AND VARIOUS KINDS OF ENEMY PROPERTY.

NOV 30 RETURN FOR MONTH’S END, 85 CASES DEALT WITH, 13 BRITISH SOLDIERS, 4 NAVAL RATINGS, 3 ALLIED SOLDIERS AND 61 CIVILIANS DEALT WITH.

NOV 9 CAPT H PURSLOW (82048) GENERAL LIST NEW OC.

DEC 11 OSTEND DETACHMENT ENGAGED IN INVESTIGATION INTO ACTIVITIES OF DESERTERS OPERATING UNDER TITLE OF “FIELD CORPS POWERS” - LARCENY OF VEHICLES, HOUSEBREAKING ETC. 4 OTHER RANKS ARRESTED, ALL WEARING BADGES OF RANK OF SENIOR NCO’s OR AS ALLIED COMMISSIONED OFFICERS.

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WO 171/3415                    82 SECTION SIB                    NOV - DEC 1944

NOV 6 SHIP ARRIVED AT ARROMANCHES.   DUTIES IN AMIENS, ROUEN AND LILLE.   CAPT H PURSLOW (282048) FOLLOWED IN NOV BY CAPT FAWCETT AND LT J MUMFORD (333538) GENERAL LIST.

DEC NOTHING NEW THIS MONTH EXCEPT A NEW SCAM - THE MAKING OF LADIES COATS FRO WD BLANKETS.   AS A RESULT OF A COAT BEING FOUND DISPLAYED FOR SALE IN A SHOP WINDOW IN LILLE, OUR ENQUIRIES TOOK US TO PARIS, WHERE WE FOUND THAT IN THE MONTMARTRE DISTRICT, JEWS HAD OBTAINED WD BLANKETS AND WERE CONVERTING THEM INTO LADIES COATS.   THESE COATS WERE PRICED AT 800 FRANCS.

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WO 171/3416                       83 SECTION SIB                            DEC 1944

MYCHETT LT J MOFFAT (336771) GENERAL LIST, LT DENTITH (336772) GENERAL LIST, LT N L WHITTAKER (289203) ROYAL ARTILLERY WHO WAS BUSY TILL JAN WITH MILITARY ENQUIRIES IN HIS PREVIOUS UNIT, (73 SECTION).

DEC 10 SECTION MOBILIZED, 2 OFFICERS AND 15 L/CPL’s.  MAINTENANCE AND INSPECTIONS

DEC 16 BOARDED LST 506 AT TILBURY DOCKS.  

DEC 25 ALL PERSONNEL ENJOYED AN EXCELLENT CHRISTMAS DINNER, THE MAIN DISH WAS PORK.   THERE WAS PLENTY OF WHISKEY, GIN AND RED WINE AVAILABLE OWING TO THE GENEROUS ISSUE  OF NAAFI.

DEC 31 ANTWERP.  THE SECTION AS A WHOLE ARE ENGAGED IN THE DOCK AREA INVESTIGATING THE PILFERING OF SHIPS CARGOES BY BELGIAN CIVILIAN DOCKERS AND BRITISH SOLDIERS AND ARE ABLY ASSISTED IN THEIR DUTIES BY 2 BELGIAN INSPECTORS - NOT ENOUGH TYPEWRITERS.   ACQUIRED SOME FROM ALLIED MATERIAL AID DEPOT WHICH IS CONTROLLED BY THE MAYOR OF ANTWERP.

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WO 171/3417                      85 SECTION SIB                             DEC 1944 

MYCHETT.   CAPT W H G HARRIS (336949) GENERAL LIST.          

DEC 28 SECTION MOBILIZED AT ASH VALE, MYCHETT.   ALL OFFICERS AND OTHER RANKS PRESENT.

DEC 29 ACCIDENT TO JEEP CAUSED BY FROZEN STATE OF ROADS RENDERING VEHICLE CLASS 3.   REPLACEMENT FORMS COMPLETED.

DEC 30 SMALL ARMS ISSUED TO ALL PERSONNEL.

DEC 31 NEW FORD “JEEP” ISSUED IN LIEU OF DAMAGED VEHICLE.   CASE OF BESTIALITY DETECTED BY MEMBER OF SECTION.

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WO 171/3726 65/7 SECTIONS ATS PRO, 21 ARMY GROUP    JUN-DEC 1944

JUN 12   LONDON UNIT MOBILISED

                    J/COM A BUCKLE

JUL 2     ONE L/CPL SLIGHTLY INJURED BY ENEMY ACTION (PAC)

             TO SUNNINGDALE

JUL 12- AUG 12   TO NW EUROPE  TO VAUCELLES

AUG 17   PATROL IN BAYEUX  120 (GHQ ) CMP (P) COY WERE INSTRUCTED TO KEEP 116 ATS PATROL IN SIGHT  -  RUSSIAN WOMEN PRISONERS FAILED TO ARRIVE

AUG 23   2 RUSSIAN WOMEN WHO HAD BEEN CAPTURED WITH GERMANS AT FALAISE GAP EVENTUALLY HANDED OVER TO FRENCH CIVIL POLICE

AUG 26   8 RUSSIAN AND 2 GERMAN/DANISH NURSES IN UNIFORM CAPTURED AT GERMAN HOSPITAL AT FALAISE.   NURSES HANDED OVER TO 106(BR GEN HOSP)

TO WORK FOR GERMAN WOUNDED POWS

AUG 28   NO LONGER NECESSARY FOR ATS PATROLS IN BAYEUX TO BE ACCOMPANIED BY CMP PATROLS

SEP 30   TO BRUSSELS

NOV 4   COMBINED POLICE OPS AT GARRISON THEATRE.   9 BR SERVICEWOMEN WITHOUT PASSES.

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WO 171/3936   PROVOST MARSHAL BRANCH HQ 21 ARMY GP BLA           1945

BRUSSELS

JAN 5 DISCUSS WITH ? OF BELGIAN ARMY FORMATION OF 2 BELGIAN L OF C PRO COY’S AND THEIR EMPLOYMENT.

JAN 6  ISSUE OF 9 CARAVANS AUTHORISED FOR USE ON ISOLATE TRAFFIC CONTROL POSTS.

JAN 8  COMBINED CHECKS BY ALL MP UNITS, FSP AND CIVIL POLICE HELD AT PALACE LEVERIER GREYHOUND TRACK.   NO SERIOUS CASES DISCOVERED.

JAN 12  LARGE SCALE ALL NIGHT CHECK ORGANISED IN BRUSSELS, CURFEW/SECURITY, 66 CIVILIANS CHARGED, 1 AWOL.

JAN 19  ORGANISED COMBINED RAIDS ON ACROPOLE RACE TRACK AND 2 DANCE HALLS IN BRUSSELS.

FEB 8  42 COMPANY TRAFFIC CONTROL MOBILISED 28/2/45.   8 PROVOST OFFICERS SENT ON HOUSE RAIDING COURSE TO PASS ON DRILL TO CMP.

FEB 26 OPERATION BLANKET, LARGE SCALE CHECKS FOR ABSENTEES AND DESERTERS AND MISUSE OF WD PROPERTY/   (OPERATION BLANKET SECRETLY CONFINED ALL BRITISH TROOPS IN BRUSSELS AREA TO CAMP, ANYONE ON THE STREET THAT DAY WAS ABSENT WITHOUT LEAVE).   450 + ARRESTS MADE.

MARCH 9  APPLICATION MADE FOR 2 RUSSIAN INTERPRETERS.

APRIL 2 APPLICATION MADE FOR 1 CAMERA AND 1 FINGER PRINT KIT SET FOR EACH SIB SECTION.   FORMATION ORDER MADE FOR CMP TRAINING SCHOOL.

APRIL 16 1 OFFICER AND 2 SECTION OF 245 PRO COY PLACED ON 1 WEEKS NOTICE FOR DUTY IN BERLIN.

APRIL 19     MAJ F G POWELL PROVOST MARSHAL, CAPT A G PRICE NEW DAPM (TC).

APR 21       MAJ MELVILLE APM(PARIS) NOMINATED FOR DPM(BERLIN)

MAY 12      CAPT J G JARVIS COMMENCED DUTIES AS DAPM(P)

                  LT/COL FG POWELL DPM(P) AND LT/COL H P LOW DPM (TC)

MAY 14      MAJ J F MARR ASSUMED DUTIES AS APM HQ 21 ARMY GP

                  MAJ C E BEANE  APM(TC) ON PRIVILEGE LEAVE

                  LT/COL L C R ISHERWOOD  DPM(GERMAN CONTROL

 JUNE 5  1ST ECHELON OF PRO BRANCH MOVE TO BAD OYENHAUSEN, STAGING WITH 102 PRO COY AT BORKE.

JUN 5   LT/COL J CHENEY  DPM 1 QL OF C TO BE PM 21 ARMY GP

            LT/COL F H J KEIGHLEY DPM(GERMAN CONTROL).

JULY 12  FORMATION ORDER RECEIVED FOR HQ ATS PRO COY.

JULY 28 DISCUSS EMPLOYMENT OF FELDGENDARMERIE WITH COL MEYNELL, OC 101 CONTROL SECTION, NORDEN, (FELDGENDARMERIE WERE THE GERMAN ARMY CMP).

AUGUST 11  G (sd) AGREE TO FORMATION OF 10 GERMAN MP COMPANIES, 5 TO BE FORMED IN SEPTEMBER 1945 ON A HIGH PRIORITY.   3 COMPANIES FOR 1 CORPS DISTRICT AND 2 COMPANIES FOR 30 CORPS DISTRICT.

SEPT 19 PM VISITS ATS PROVOST DETACHMENT AT NIENBURG.

SEPT 23  DISBANDMENT AUTHORISED FOR 688 COMPANY (VP), 21 COMPANY (TC),   102 COMPANY (TC), AND 607 COMPANY (VP).

SEPT 29 APM (ATS) PROCEEDS TO LUNEBURG TO INSPECT ATS PROVOST SECTION AT BELSEN TRIAL.

OCT 8           PM PROCEEDED TO LUNEBURG TO VISIT BELSEN TRIALS

OCT 15/17   PM AT LUNEBURG.

OCT 23  DISBANDMENT ORDERS RECEIVED FOR  11,12,12 AND 25 INDEPENDENT PROVOST SECTIONS (VP).

OCT 24  607 COMPANY (VP) DISBANDED.

OCT 26  DPM (TC) PROCEEDED TO NUREMBURG TO DISCUSS THE PROVISION OF PROVOST AS ESCORTS TO BRITISH JUDGES WITH AAG (WAR CRIMES).

NOV 26  APM ATTENDED MEETING AT Q (MAINT) RE AVAILABILITY FOR RASC MOTOR BOATS OF CMP PORTS AT ANTWERP AND HAMBURG.

NOV 28  APM (ATS) VISITS 70 SECTION, ATS PROVOST AT NEUMUNSTER.

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WO 171/4027             DPM HQ 1 CORPS DISTRICT       APRIL - DEC 1945

BREDA  

          APM 1 BRITISH CORPS MAJ P GODFREY-FAUSSETT, RIFLE BRIGADE

APRIL 6 MAJ WRIGHT APM PRO INJURED IN JEEP ACCIDENT, WENT TO HOSPITAL.

SEPT 27 L/CPL MUTTOCK OF 102 PRO COY KILLED AT BOCHUM BY BELGIAN TROOPS, WHILE INVESTIGATING CASES OF ROBBERY UNDER ARMS.

DEC 14 ISERLOHN 53 DIV SWOOP ON DUSSELDORF TERROR GANG, YOUTHS RESPONSIBLE FOR MANY ARMED ROBBERIES.   A GUN FIGHT IN THE STREETS RESULTED IN ARREST OF 11 PERSONS, AGE 15 TO 18, 3 RINGLEADERS CAUGHT - WOUNDED, NO CMP CASUALTIES. WOMEN THOUGHT TO BE MASTERMIND HAD 47,000 RM’S IN HER POSSESSION.

DEC 27 ESSEN WAR CRIMES TRIALS START VERDICT 27 DEC

DEC 28 THE WILL OF ADOLF HITLER WAS DISCOVERED THROUGH INFORMATION GATHERED BY PROVOST & PASSED TO FIELD SECURITY.

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WO 171/4116               GUARDS ARMD DIV                       JAN  -  DEC 1945

JAN 1      SVERBEMODE  ST TROND

JAN 3        RSM W BULLEN MM

                           CAPT H O BAILEY   WELSH GDS    12/9/42

                           LT DAC RASCH       GREN GDS      20/9/42

                           LT A TYSER           GREN GDS     19/12/44

FEB 7            HELVOIRT

FEB 22          NIJMEGEN

FEB 23     L/CPL HODDER 2656773 SLIGHT SHRAPNEL WOUNDS EVAC 19 LT FD AMB

FEB 24      L/CPL NORRIS  SLIGHT WOUNDS

FEB 25   WARNING NOW IN GERMANY   GOCH

MAR 5   SOUTH OF WEEZE

MAR 13   EAST OF GENNEP 22.40HRS 806907 W/CPL J CADDY COMMITTED SUICIDE BY SHOOTING HIMSELF IN THE HEAD

MAR 29   E OF UDEN

MAR   RIVER RHINE CROSSING

MAR 31 COY HQ A 2078 NORTH OF LICHENVOORDE

AP 3   NORTH OF ENSCHEDE

APR 6   NORDHORN

APR 18  RETHEM

APR 21  VISSELHOVEDE

MAY 4    LT DEVAS(MC)  WELCH R POSTED IN   BARGSTEDT     GERMAN SURRENDER

MAY 7 CUXHAVEN

MAY 20   VERDEN

1UN 14 BONN 135 KOBLENZER STRASSE BONN  COY HQ

                LT P M WARD     SCOTS GDS      11/10/45


WO 171/4128        1 AIRBORNE DIV PRO COY                     JAN  -  APR 1944

2 JAN 2   HARLAXTON HALL GRANTHAM

                     CAPT F L HORTON              AAC        21/3/44

                     LT T J A SMITH                  AAC         15/6/44

                     LT F MCPHERSON               RA           22/7/44

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WO 171/4143                          3 DIV PRO COY                          JAN - SEP 1945

JAN 1       HOLLAND

                         CAPT B C DURBIN            W. YORKS           31/7/44

                         LT WJ HOOD                   RECCE                30/8/43

                         LT K J NORTH                  GR HOWARDS      5/8/44

FEB 4            KASTENRALT,  HOLLAND

FEB 10 ROTSELAER,  BELGIUM

FEB 24           TILBURG

FEB 26           PFALZDORF,  GERMANY

MAR 3            KERVENHEIM

APR 20     1 X L/CPL KILLED (L/CPL LATHAM) AND 1 SECT SGT INJURED (768757 SGT NEWALL) INJURED WHEN JEEP DETONATED AN ENEMY LAID MINE ON GRASS VERGE IN AREA OF KATENKAMP.

MAY 26          OSNABRUCK

AUG               GHENT

                            CAPT F A WALKER         BORDER         12/8/45

                            LT J DAWSON               PC                 12/8/45


WO 171/4156                      5 IND DIV PRO COY                   JAN  -  DEC 1945

FEB 1      BEIRUT CAMP   87

FEB 14    TARANTO,  ITALY     X TRANSIT CAMP

FEB 28       SAILED FROM NAPLES

                        CAPT G F O JONES       R WARWICKS               20/1/43

                         LT E D EMLYN JONES    R W F                         20/1/44

                        LT J FOSTER                NORTHANTS                17/11/44

MAR 1     ARR MARSEILLES

MAR 5     OORDEGED , BELGIUM

APR 8      1 OFF & 1 SECTION CROSS THE RHINE   9/4

MAY 18        WISMAR


WO 171/4168              6 AIRBORNE DIV PRO COY                  JAN-  JUN 1945

JAN 1      BOISSELLES

JAN 22    PANNINCEN

JAN                          CAPT K G WELLS      RF           28/10/43

                                    LT L F J NORTHAM S LANCS    5/7/43

                                    LT J D NEAVES      RA COAST    23/5/44

 FEB 25  TILBURY TO BULFORD

 MAR 11 CAPT K G WELLS, RSM BIRD AND 15 NCO’S JUMPED FROM DAKOTA AIRCRAFT.

12 MAR 12  CAPT K G WELLS, RSM BIRD AND 15 NCO’S EMPLANED AT NETHERAVON TO MAKE A PARACHUTE DESCENT ON THE DIV DZ. NO 12 HAD A FAULTY D RING AND WAS UNHOOKED AND PLACED IN THE FORWARD COMPARTMENT AND ORDERED NOT TO JUMP.   NO’S 1 TO 14 INCLUSIVE JUMPED SUCCESSFULLY.   NO 15 (L/CPL PHILLIPS) JUMPED AND WAS CAUGHT ON THE TAILWHEEL AFTER HIS PARACHUTE HAD LEFT THE BAG AND STATIC LINE.   NO’S 16 AND 17, CAPT K G WELLS AND RSM BIRD STOPPED JUMPING AND REMAINED IN THE AIRCRAFT.   WE DREW IN THE STROPS, STATIC LINES AND BADGE, UNDID THE FLOOR STRONG POINT AND REMOVED ALL STROPS.   10 WERE JOINED TOGETHER AND A KIT BAG SECURED TO THE OVERHEAD STRAY POINT AND THE KIT BAG LOWERED AWAY.   THIS TIME L/CPL PHILLIPS MANAGED TO GRAB THE STOPS AND SIT ASTRIDE THE KIT BAG WHILST HE WAS PULLED UP TO THE AIRCRAFT.   IT TOOK 20 MINUTES TO GET HIM TO THE BOTTOM EDGE OF THE DOOR.   ANOTHER TWO STROPS WERE SECURED TO THE AFT STRONG POINT,

PASSED OVER THE OVERHEAD STROP CABLE AND SECURED TO THE MAN’S SHOULDER HARNESS, HE WAS THEN BROUGHT PARTIALLY INTO THE AIRCRAFT, THE REMAINDER OF THE WAY HE WAS BROUGHT IN BY HAND.

MAR 13  CAPT K G WELLS FLEW TO FRANCE TO VISIT LAND ELEMENTS OF UNIT.

MAR 23  BREE.   LT NEAVES WITH NO’S 1 AND 4 SECTION PROCEEDED TO GELDERN, GERMANY, CAPT K G WELLS PROCEEDED TO GELDERN AREA TO RECCE NUTCRACKER MARSHALLING AREA.

MAR 24 BREE.   LT READ, SGT MITTON AND 7 NCO’S NO 2 SECTION JUMPED WITH 5 PARA BRIGADE INTO ACTION AT AREA N. OF WESEL.   L/CPL NEWALL KILLED, LT MONK, CPL BRODRICK, L/CPL WARBURTON MISSING AFTER PARACHUTE DESCENT.   L/CPL MCGOWAN WOUNDED AND EVACUATED. COY HQ  MOVE TO NUTCRACKER MARSHALLING AREA.

MAR 25  GELDERN 20.00HRS COY HQ AND SECTIONS STANDING-BY IN NUTCRACKER MARSHALLING AREA.

MAR 26 12.00HRS COY HQ AND SECTIONS MOVED TO SUN  MARSHALLING AREA, CROSSED THE RIVER RHINE ON B.F.E AND PROCEEDED TO AIRBORNE MARSHALLING AREA. NO4 SECTION COMPLETE PROCEEDED TO HQ 6 AIR LANDING BRIGADE.   LT NEAVES AND NO1 SECTION COMPLETED MOVE TO DIV HQ.   HALF

SECTIONS 2 & 3 WITH SECTION TRANSPORT MOVED TO 3 & 5 PARA BDE HQ RESPECTIVELY.   COY HQ AND NO5 SECTION MOVED TO ROAD JUNCTION 203433.   NO 6 SECTION REMAINED AT A/B MARSHALLING AREA TO CONTROL AND SUPERVISE  MARSHALLING AREA.

MAR 25    GELDERN

MAR 14    BULFORD

MAR 30    ERLE

MAR 31    COESFELD

APR 4      LENGERICH

APR 5      BLASHEIM

APR 6      WEICHAM WESER


WO 171/4182                7 ARMD DIV  PRO COY                     JAN  -  DEC 1945

JAN 1       GEELEN

                       CAPT A E CLARKE     GEN LIST                 20/10/42

                       LT C W HILL            DLI                         24/6/43

                       LT R HAINER           22 DRAGOONS          16/5/44

APR 18   14 POWS CAPTURED BY L/CPL FISHER AND MARSHALL

APR 23   AWARD OF CROIX DE GUERRE WITH BZ STAR TO SGT T COLLINS

APR 27   APM AWARDED MBE (MAJ WEDLAKE LEWIS), SGT LINDRIDGE THE BEM

INVESTITURE DIV HQ BY  GENERAL MONTGOMERY

MAY 11   EVAC 8 WAR CRIMINALS  ITZEHOE

JUL 24          CAPT T A NICOL MC  CAMERON’S        NEW OC

AUG 1     BERLIN

SEPT 24          CAPT W J HOOD      RECCE CORPS    NEW OC.


WO 171/4192                      11 ARMD  DIV PRO                 JAN  -  DEC 1945

JAN 1       WEERT    RSM BEARDSMORE

JAN 22   CPL PICKERING AWARDED C-IN-C CERT FOR GOOD SERVICE

JAN 24   PTE CAFFERY 28 DAYS FIELD PUNISHMENT  90 DAYS STOPPAGE PAY

            PTE DAY   42 DAYS   FIELD PUNISHMENT

                             CAPT P B THOMAS             KINGS     29/1/44

                             LT B L GOULDING              RA          30/3/44

                             LT F J BRITTON                 RAC         3/11/44

FEB 10   RSM W BEARDSMORE COMMISSIONED     IMM EMERGENCY COMBAT COMMISSION  (LONDON GAZETTE  37052, PAGE 2225, DATED 27/4/1945).

2ND LT SHERWOOD FORESTERS   TO STAY WITH UNIT

FEB 20   COY HQ NIJMEGEN

MAR 3   KERVENHEIM

APR 1   COY TO ELTE

APR 8   HOFEN  RIVER WESER BRIDGES

APR     COY TO BOCHOLZ   1 L/CPL WOUNDED  TC ON ALLER BRIDGE

MAY      COY TO SCHLESWIG

                             LT L H LARTMAN   RA    28/7/45

2050012 L/CPL FREEMAN DIED 67 BRIT GEN HOSPITAL  RENSBURG   M/C  A/C FLENSBURG  9 SEP

APR 2   ELTE   CPL HOBSON L  KILLED    

3388658 L/CPL H HAMMOND  MISSING.


WO 171/4204              15 (SCOTTISH) DIV PRO COY           JAN  -  DEC 1945

JAN 25      COY HQ HELVOURT

JAN         HELDON

                              CAPT J A BOOTH     RA             10/9/43

                              LT R A EVANS         RA            29/12/43

                              LT PERKIN J           GEN LIST  16/2/1943

FEB           CLEVE   GOCH

MAR 23/24    OP TORCHLIGHT     3 NCO’S KILLED (MILLS, MORRIS, NOBBS )

                     6 WOUNDED

MAR 29       COY TO HAMMIKELN

                              LT J FARNWORTH             RECCE           19/4/45

From Appendix A, History of 15 Scottish Division: Provost Company.

Odon 27/6/44 to 2/&/44, 2 other ranks wounded.

Gavrus 15/7/44 to 19/7/44, 3 other ranks killed, 3 other ranks wounded.

Caumont 30/7/44 to 5/8/44, 1 other rank wounded.

Meijel 20/10/44 to 15/11/44, 2 other ranks killed.

Siegfried Line 8/2/45 to 25/2/45, 1 Officer wounded.

River Rhine, 24/3/45 to 30/3/45, 2 other ranks killed, 6 wounded.

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WO 171/4240  49 (WEST RIDING) INF DIV PRO COY CMP   JAN  -  DEC 1945

           CAPT A BROWN         ERY             13/5/43

JAN 2   L/CPL SMART WOUNDED BY SHELL SPLINTER AT 12.20 ON NIJMEGEN BRIDGE

                                LT C FOX                E LANCS       11/1/43

                                LT W IREDELL         RA                 7/2/44

                                LT W SIDNEY          NOTTS Y       24/2/45

APR 13 OP ANGER  L/CPL OWEN OF THIS UNIT KILLED IN ACTION.   143 OR PRISONERS OF WAR DEALT WITH.

APRIL  THE OC HEARTILY CONGRATULATES 3384928 SGT G A ALLSOPP ON BEING AWARDED THE CROIX DE GUERRE WITH BRONZE STAR

JUL 12   REHEIM, GERMANY   PARADE AT DIV HQ FOR PRESENTATION OF CROIX DE GUERRE

                                      LT M E LEVEY        R SUSSEX       28/7/45

                                      LT G L HOGGARD  YORK & LANCS 20/10/45


WO 171/4244       50 (NORTHUMBRIAN) DIV PRO COY COY          MAR 1945

GHENT

                            CAPT W WHITE           SUFFOLK REGT        28/12/44

                            LT A S ROSWELL         KOYLI                        8/6/43

                            LT A W MCCALL          QUEENS                    17/4/43

FEB 7   SAIL FROM OSTEND ON SS LONGFORD    

FEB 8   ARRIVE COMMAND DEPOT CMP, NORTHERN COMMAND, SCHOOL AYCLIFFE

HEIGHINGTON NR DARLINGTON

MAR 5   COY NOW IN A STATE OF SUSPENDED ANIMATION.   ALL PERSONNEL POSTED TO 151 PRO COY.


WO171/4258        51(HIGHLAND) DIV PRO COY BAOR       JAN  -  DEC 1944

JAN 1   TILFF

JAN 1   ENEMY V1’S PASSED OVER IN FAIRLY LARGE NUMBERS TODAY, 14.25 ONE L/CPL SLIGHTLY INJURED WHEN A V1 DROPPED IN THE VICINITY

           EINDHOVEN

                            CAPT E ELSMORE    GEN LIST                 OC

                            LT COLTART           BLACK WATCH        5/12/44

                            LT CHRISTIE          SEAFORTH HIGH      5/12/44

FEB 8   NEWS BROUGHT BY SGT HEUGHAN, L/CPL JAMES KILLED BY A SHELL  -  FIRST FATALITY OF 154 BDE SECTION   (*27 FEB SGT HEUGHAN WAS REPORTED KILLED & CPL GEORGE WOUNDED BY SHELLFIRE IN GOGH, WHILST THEY WERE LIGHTING A ROUTE).  BOTH NCOS WERE ATTACHED TO 154 BDE SECTION*)

FEB 10   AWARD OF BEM TO 2977858 CPL R BLAIR “COURAGE AND LEADERSHIP DURING A BOMBER ATTACK AT ST AIGNAN”  CONGRATS OF ALL RANKS

FEB 14   PTE INGLIS REPORTED ABSENT WITH A M/C

FEB 17   THE JEEP OF TC PERSONNEL WAS HIT BY MORTAR FIRE – NO-ONE WAS HURT BUT JEEP UNSERVICEABLE

FEB 23   A TRAFFIC CIRCUIT THAT WAS SIGNED IN HOCH HAS BEEN WITHDRAWN AS IT IS UNDER ENEMY OBSERVATION AND CONSTANT SHELLFIRE

FEB 27   ONE L/CPL WAS SLIGHTLY WOUNDED AT TCP 4 BY SHELLFIRE

SGT HEUGHAN WAS REPORTED KILLED AND CPL GEORGE WOUNDED BY SHELLFIRE IN GOCH WHILST LIGHTING A ROUTE, BOTH NCO’S WERE ATTACHED TO 154 BRIGADE.  (PAGE 216 MONTY’S HIGHLANDERS BY P DELAFORCE “TWO MEMBERS OF BDE HQ WERE KILLED BY MORTAR FIRE, LT D COLQUHOUN AND SGT HEWAN CMP).

MAR 1   A/SGT CHESNEY WAS APPOINTED THIS RANK BY OC TO REPLACE SGT HEUGHAN WHO WAS KILLED IN ACTION

MAR 2   A MEMORIAL SERVICE WAS HELD FOR THOSE  KILLED IN ACTION RECENTLY

ALL PERSONNEL NOT ON DUTY PROCEEDED TO DIV CEMETERY WHERE TWO LATE MEMBERS OF THIS COMPANY ARE BURIED

MAR 5   BOARD OF INQUIRY INTO  MISSING CPL INGLIS AND M/C, STILL MISSING

MAR 8   L/CPL THORPE ACCIDENT ON DUTY  -  HOSPITAL  THEN TO UK

MAR 24 RHINE CROSSING     GOC KILLED IN ACTION ( MAJ GEN T G RENNIE, KILLED BY MORTAR FIRE).

MAR 25   A SECTION TO GO TO POLICE REES, THE FIRST TOWN CAPTURED OVER

THE RHINE BY THE DIV   SGT EVANS MM TO GET EMERGENCY COMMISSION –  MIDDLESEX REGT

                             LT J P THORNICROFT    GEN LIST       28/2/45

                             LT O BODYCOMBE        DERBY YEO    24/2/42

APR 6    CAPT ELSMORE LEAVES TO BECOME DAPM  1 CORPS

APR 9   CPL INGLIS WAS REMANDED FOR FOR SUMMARY OF EVIDENCE PENDING COURT MARTIAL FOR ABSENCE ETC

                            CAPT W F SMALL   GEN LIST                 19/3/45

MAY 7   SURRENDER OF WHOLE OF GERMAN ARMY ON THIS FRONT, CEASEFIRE TO BE FINAL TOMORROW  - AND SO MUCH INDISCRIMINATE FIRING  -  PATROLS TO PREVENT THIS

MAY 8  GERMAN  COMMANDER ARRIVED AT HQ, EBERSDORF, ESCORTED BY 4 MP’S,  

OTHER NCO’S WERE ON SECURITY  DUTY AT THE CONFERENCE.   HE LEFT AGAIN 2 HRS LATER AND WAS ESCORTED BACK TO AN AGREED POINT.   NO 3 SECTION MOVED INTO BREMERHAVEN DISTRICT BUT NO-ONE ALLOWED IN TOWN TILL AFTER GOC ACCEPTS SURRENDER OFFICIALLY.   THE GREATEST DIFFICULTIES CONCERN EX-POWS OF ALL NATIONS;  RUSSIANS AND POLES LOOTING ON LARGE SCALE

MAY 9   HQ NOW SCHIFFDORF FIRST TOWN TO BE ENTERED AFTER CEASEFIRE DECLARED

LARGE NUMBERS OF GERMAN SOLDIERS IN TOWNS BUT NO INCIDENTS REPORTED

MAY 13   5 GERMAN MIL POL ATTACHED TO EACH SECTION, DUTIES WILL BE TO CHECK ALL GERMAN VEHICLES AND SOLDIERS;  ONE GERMAN MP PERFORMS DUTIES WITH ONE NCO FROM COY.   COMPLAINTS FROM GERMAN CIVILIANS OF TROOPS STEALING CYCLES

SEP 24    CAPT P H EVENDEN

DEC 22   L/CPL RIEMAN DIED AT BRIT GEN HOSPITAL.

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WO 171/4275                  52 DIV PRO COY                            FEB  -  DEC 1945

FEB 1   SAEFFLON

                            CAPT S HALLATT               GEN LIST              26/11/42

                            LT H S BROWN                 GEN LIST               6/6/43

                            LT AH RICKETTS               GEN LIST               6/5/43

MAR 14   ZANTEN

APR 20    VERDEN

MAY 1      BREMEN

                             LT S B BURGESS               R BERKS                29/3/45

                             LT G DAVIDSON               GORDONS               6/5/43

JUNE      GHENT


WO 171/4293  53 (WELCH) DIV PRO COY CMP    BAOR       JAN  -  DEC 1945

CINEY, BELGIUM TO GELDROP, NONEN, HELMOND(HOLLAND)

          CAPT C D G PEARSON     S LANCS                    27/4/44      OC   DAPM

          LT H STOCKTON             SHERWOOD RANGERS 1/10/44

          LT H G SOUTHGATE        RMC                        19/10/44

          LT C RILEY                    RAC(RECCE)               7/11/44

MARCH    ADVANCE ON WESEL, GERMANY

MAR 12   COY CAME OUT OF THE LINE FOR 10 DAYS REST PERIOD  -  BRUSSELS AREA

APR 5   ANTI-NAZI TOWNSPEOPLE GAVE HQ GOOD RECEPTION

APR 9   DIV DO ASSAULT CROSSING OF WESER RIVER AT HOYA,  SLIGHT OPPOSITION DURING CROSSING BUT FANATICAL RESISTANCE NEAR ESTRUPP & HOYA AIRPORT

APR 10   BIG ROUNDUP OF PARTY OFFICIALS IN THIS LOCATION

APR 15   L/CPL HAMILTON WOUNDED DURING RAID AT RETUM, MANY CIVILIAN CASUALTIES,  DIRECT HITS ON BANKS POST OFFICE.   NO 1 SECTION LED BY SGT WATTS DID GOOD WORK GETTING ORDER RESTORED IN THE TOWN

APR 23   BRIGADIER 71 BDE KILLED BY MINE ON ZEVEN  -  SCHESSEL ROAD

TO HERTWEGE

MAY 1      TOPPENSTEDT   NEGOTIATIONS FOR THE SURRENDER OF HAMBURG STARTED

MAY 4/13   OWING TO THE DIFFICULTY OF WRITING SOMETHING INTERESTING EVERY DAY THE REMAINDER OF THE MONTH WILL BE SUMMARIZED.   2600 GERMAN POLICE TAKEN UNDER COMMAND.  DISORDERS SETTLED WITH THE MINIMUM OF STRIFE. DISPLACED WERE A DIFFICULTY IN THE BEGINNING BUT SOON SETTLED DOWN WHEN SHOWN THAT THE CMP ARE WILLING TO CO-OPERATE AGAINST THEM WITH THE GERMAN POLICE.   NOTORIOUS PERSONS WHO WERE ARRESTED BY THE COY WERE (A) SEISS-INQUESS, THE BUTCHER OF HOLLAND, (B) ALBERT FUSTEN THE FORMER GAULEITER OF DANZIG (C)  MAX SCHEMELING THE BOXER WAS ALSO PICKED UP BUT RELEASED AS A DISCHARGED SOLDIER

JUN 1   HAMBURG 12 CORPS LUNCH AT THE ATLANTIC HOTEL.  SGTS' PARTY A GREAT SUCCESS

JUN 5         HOYA  A BIG PARTY AT THE ATLANTIC HOTEL

JUN 15       DUSSELDORF   MILITARY GOV REMOVED TWO PILLARS WITH NAZI RUNES FROM IN FRONT OF THE POLICE PRESIDIUM UNDER CEREMONIAL ARRANGEMENTS

JUN 29   RUSSIAN DP CRIMINALS TO 7 BDE AREA TO ENTRAIN TO MAGDEBURG

JUL 13   FRENCH COLONEL VISITS TO PRESENT RECIPIENTS WITH CROIX DE GUERRE

AUG 18 ARRESTED DR PETER HARDING-SUSPECT ENGLISHMAN, FORGER, BLACK MARKETEER

        CAPT J PERKIN                GEN LIST                   26/7/45       OC,  DAPM

        LT  T H C LEE                  R WARWICKS                  29/8/45

11 SECURITY SUSPECTS DETAINED  -  CONCERNED IN PLANNING FUTURE SABOTAGE  COY CONGRATULATED AND THANKED FOR SERVICE RENDERED

DEC 17   BLACK MARKET RAIDS AND ARRESTS OF GANGSTERS.   PTE MCNEILL IS

GOING TO BROADCAST WITH “IN TOWN TONIGHT” AT HAMBURG ON 9 JAN 1946

      LT R L REED                      AAC                           5/12/45

Extract from The History of the 53rd (Welsh) Division in the Second World War, page 180:

     In most people’s minds the Military Police are associated with the more unpleasant side of military discipline.   Actually, the maintenance of order and the arrest of “malefactor” is only a sideline in their overall duties,   Traffic control,

including signposting, and some aspects of security, are their main jobs.   The 53rd Welsh Divisional Provost Company erected approximately 75,000 signs during the campaign, involving the use of 150 tons of timber and 3,500 gallons of paint.

     No record exists as to the number of arrests made, but the figure is thought to be insignificant compared to the number of gallons of paint used.

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WO 171/4561  PRO BRANCH   19 L OF C   SUB-AREA  BLA  MAY – SEPT 1945

MAY      RHEINE

MAY 13   SGT FITZSIMMONS (67 TC)   COMMENDED FOR WORK AT YESTERDAY'S FIRE AT GREVEN

MAY 14    REPORT OF BATHING FATALITY AT GR 795188 BODY NOT RECOVERED

MAY 17   5 GERMANS ARRESTED INCLUDING MAYOR OF SAEBEK IN RESPECT OF

MURDER OF FRENCH FLYER

MAY 30   GERMANS FORCIBLY MARCHED TO SEE HORROR FILM ;  PRO ASSISTANCE TO MILITARY GOVT   6500 PRESENT

JUN 1        BURGSTEINFURT      CAPT A STIRLING   DAPM

JUN 12    8 BELGIAN TRAITORS RECOGNISED BY BELGIAN PROVOST ON TRAIN AT BURGSTEINFURT MAKING WAY BACK TO BELGIUM AS DPS  - ARRESTED

465 RIFLES AND 1000 ROUNDS OF AMMO FOUND IN CELLAR AT RHEINE   2 ARRESTS, 10 FSS INVESTIGATED

JUL 1   ARREST OF MAJ’S BAILEY, DEMPERS AND CAPT RYDER, ALL OF 906 MIL GOV FOR INDECENT ASSAULT ON DUTCH GIRLS

JUL 2   CAPT PEERBOOM OC 1 BELGIAN PRO COY APPREHENDED BY DAPM ABSCONDING WITH RASC AND NAAFI RATIONS AND PROCEEDING ON UNAUTHORISED JOURNEY TO BRUSSELS

               STAFF LIEUTENANT   LT SLOCOMBE

AUG 2      CAPT STIRLING TO APM 1 CORPS DISTRICT

               CAPT G WADSWORTH     NEW DAPM   OC 21 TC COY

AUG 7   HANDED CASE OF FATAL SHOOTING OF DUTCH SS TO  'G' FOR COUNTER INTELLIGENCE

AUG 18   SIGN SHOP OF 19 SUB-AREA MOVE TO WINTER QUARTERS IN BAHNHOFSTRASSE BURGSTEINFURT

SEPT 15   OPENING OF 21 ARMY GROUP GERMAN POLICE SCHOOL AT MUNSTER BY COL HARLUN


WO 171/4589                 PRO BRANCH       BT BERLIN             AUG,SEP 1945

 HQ BT BERLIN    DPM   LT/COL T C IRVINE MC

  SEP 7   ALLIED VJ MILITARY PARADE 26 TC COY AND 67 TC COY

SEP 21   703 VP COY MOVED TO NEW LOCATION AT 8 SOLDAUERALLEE CHARLOTTENBURG

SEP   CAPT H JEFFREY  DAPM  HQ  BT BERLIN

            CAPT F J POLIN POSTED TO 245 PRO COY FROM 240 PRO COY

SEP 28   26 PRO COY MOVE FROM 124 HOHENZOLLERN RING SPANDAU TO SCHUTZENHOF 12

16 NIEDERNEVENDORFER ALLEE SPANDAU.


WO 171/4601    PRO BRANCH BRUSSELS GARRISON        JAN  -  OCT 1945          610 COY  VP RUN RED CARPARK

                     THEFTS,  A'S AND D'S,  VD  AND USUAL CRIME

SEP          MAJ D CLITHEROW-SMITH   APM, BRUSSELS GARRISON AWARDED MBE                 REPLACED BY MAJ E R MORRIS  


WO 171/4615                     DAPM  25 GARRISON                   SEP  -  DEC 1945               CAPT R FAIRHURST

SEP 1                CALAIS   ½SECT ATS PRO REPORT FOR DUTIES AT 112 TRANSIT CAMP    

SEP 26    LILLE GUARDROOM CLOSED   609 COY(VP) TRANSFERRED TO CALAIS FOR TRANSIT CAMP DUTIES.


WO 171/7781                       4 COY  (TC)                               JAN  -  DEC 1945

JAN 1     HERRENTHALS

                   CAPT F J HUMPHREYS             GEN LIST             19/8/43

                   LT M A WHAYMAN                  E SURREYS           20/7/43

                   LT H U J BANNISTER               RA(COAST)          12/2/44

                   LT T N HARRISON                   RAC                     4/2/44

FEB 17      NIJMEGEN   -  SECT AT GRAVE,  UDEN, MOOK

MAY 4       ENSCHEDE   6404742  SGT W KEARNEY AWARDED  CERTIFICATE FOR GOOD SERVICE,  ALSO 2089349 L/CPL G NEWMAN ANNEX B 21 AG GRO NO 85(11194  4 MAY 45)

                             LT F E DAVENPORT      QUEENS    16/4/45   UNDER COMMAND NETHERLANDS  NO 2 PRO COY

DEC 14    COY HQ FROM APELDOORN TO OSNABRUCK 109 MARTINI STRASSE

DEC 24   COY HQ TO 77 BLUMENHALLERWEG OSNABRUCK.


WO 171/7782                        6 COY (TC)                             JAN  -  DEC 1945

JAN 1   GHENT 9.30  HOSTILE AIRCRAFT RAIDED AERODROME

                             CAPT C P LEWIS-PARKER    W YORKS         7/12/42    

                             LT J N BARRY                    PIONEERS        22/7/43

                             LT F E GAWNE                   GL                    5/4/43

                             LT G BOWRING                  RA                28/12/44

                             LT R N A MOORE-STEVENS   RAC                 3/4/45

APR 1     PRACTICAL IDEAS AND SUGGESTIONS  -  WHITE STRING GLOVES FOR POINTSMEN

DURING SUMMER WEATHER.   GLOVES MT AT PRESENT IN USE, ARE TOO HOT

JUN 4   SGT BOYD PROCEEDED TO OSLO BY PLANE TO ESCORT DUTY FSS  & QUISLING

                             LT S G EVANS       SWB         29/8/45

OCT 8  ESCORT TO BRING GERMAN WAR CRIMINALS AND WITNESSES ON SHIP TO HAMBURG

OCT 9  SPECIAL ESCORT FOR CHINESE GENERAL  LING YEE VISITING HAMBURG TO INSPECT BOMB DAMAGE

OCT 16  WAR CRIMES COURT SIGNING COMPLETE   HAMBURG

OCT 17  TRIALS BEGIN

OCT 21  'U' BOAT PENS HAMBURG DEMOLISHED BY 224 REME  ALL PERSONNEL CLEARED WITHIN 1000 YDS DANGER ZONE

NOV 30  SENTENCE OF DEATH CONFERRED ON TWO 'U' BOAT OFFICERS CONVICTED AT HAMBURG WAR CRIMES COURT   CARRIED OUT AT 08.05 HRS

DEC   COLD WEATHER   SIGNS(WOODEN) DISAPPEARED!   METAL ONES PLEASE.

DIARY CONTAINS A 4 X PAGE DOCUMENT GIVING THE EXPLOITS OF ABSENTEES AND DESERTERS. EXAMPLE: A REGIMENTAL SERGEANT MAJOR DESERTED FROM A FWD UNIT ON THE BEACH-HEAD.   HE WALKED TO THE COAST AND HAVING DISPOSED OF HIS BADGES OF RANK AND IDENTITY DOCUMENTS HE REPORTED TO THE MILITARY POLICE AND SAID THAT HE WAS A CIVILIAN WHO TO IMPRESS HIS WIFE HAD DECIDED TO MAKE A TRIP TO THE BEACH-HEAD AND WAS NOW SORRY FOR HIS ACTION AND WISHED TO BE HELPED TO RETURN TO ENGLAND.   HIS STORY WAS THAT HIS MILITARY CLOTHES HAD BEEN GIVEN TO HIM BY A RELATIVE IN THE CANADIAN ARMY.   HE SUPPLIED HIS WIFE’S NAME AND ADDRESS AND

GAVE MANY DETAILS.   HIS STORY WAS QUITE CREDIBLE.   HOWEVER, ON BEING ASKED HIS NAME HE IMMEDIATELY STOOD TO ATTENTION AND GAVE IT WHICH OF COURSE, SHOWED THAT HE WAS NOT A CIVILIAN.

ALSO GIVEN IN DIARY DETAILS OF OPERATION BLANKET CARRIED OUT TO FIND ARMY DESERTERS AND STOLEN MOTOR TRANSPORT.   ON THE 19 FEB 1945 IN THE BRUSSELS AREA ALL TROOPS WERE CONFINED TO CAMP.   THOSE FOUND ON THE STREETS WERE DESERTERS OF WHICH THERE WERE MANY.


WO 171/7783                   12 SIGNALS COY (TC)             JAN  -  DEC 1945

JAN 1     NIJMEGEN  CPL GRIDLEY 6 SECT RECEIVED SHRAPNEL WOUNDS FROM A SHELL BURST

JAN 16   OC REPAIRED A SMASHED GERMAN EXCHANGE FOR USE  BRUSSELS

                          CAPT L I BARFORD      BEDS & HERTS          4/1/43

                          LT G M AUSTIN           SUFFOLK                2/12/42

                          LT V A W TAYLOR        RA                        11/2/44

                          LT C E W E PIERPOINT  RA                        10/3/44

ALL ABOUT LINE-LAYING DURING THE ADVANCE,  SOME LOVELY MAPS ESPECIALLY ONES ON OILSKIN

               LT M A BARRY             RECCE/RAC            3/1/45 ATT 102 PRO COY

MAR 1   NO 3 COY ATT TO 51 H DIV PRO NOW RETURNED.   SECTION SGT AND 3 OR’S NARROWLY MISSED DISASTER WHEN AN ENEMY MORTAR BOMB FELL IN FRONT OF JEEP

          HELMOND, CLEVES, KAIVELAR

JULY   SETTING UP PHONE “BOXES” ALONG ROUTES

DEC 10/31   GENERAL DISBANDMENT WORK, INCLUDING POSTING OF PERSONNEL TO A & S GROUPS 25 – 30, DISPOSAL OF STORES, DOCUMENTS ETC

JAN 1946   COY DISBANDMENT COMPLETED

                                  FINAL WAR DIARY.


WO 171/7784                          16 COY (TC)                         JAN  -  DEC 1945

JAN 1        TOURNAI

                       CAPT A H STIRLING          GEN LIST            11/11/43

                       LT J F SHAW                    E.YORKS              22/1/43

                       LT C J V L BROOKE           PC                         7/2/44

                       LT B G RAINE                  RA                         7/2/44

MAR 19      EINDHOVEN

APR 1             CAPT A H STIRLING TO DAPM  19 L OF C SUB – AREA

                       CAPT T G LUMB                 LF  NEW OC

APR 19   COMBINED RAFP CMP INFO POST,  EINDHOVEN  

APR 30   COY RECOVERED 650 JERRICANS,  ERECTED 1000 SIGNS IN APRIL

MAY 31   JERRICAN RECOVERY  402   A'S & D'S  6

JUN 18             CAPT LUMB TO 612 VP COY

                  NEW OC  CAPT M A W WHAYMAN

2,500 SIGNS MADE IN JUNE

AUG  29  CIVILIAN VEHICLE CHECK,  67 EMPTY JERRI CANS AND 11 FULL ONES RECOVERED

AUG 31                  LT H SPOONER      RA POSTED IN

OCT      S'HERTOGENBOSCH


WO 171/7785                     21 COY (TC)                            JAN  -  DEC  1945

JAN 1        BREDA

JAN 10  1630615 PTE WS GRICE CMP TC TAKEN ON WAR EST FROM 120 PRO COY PENDING FGCM  SIW (SELF INFLICTED WOUND).

                         CAPT GC WADSWORTH            GEN LIST                 9/10/44

                         LT PH EVENDEN                     RA COAST                27/1/43

                         LT TD BARR                           E LANCS                  4/12/44

                         LT AH PALMER                       LIR                        15/12/44

FEB 4   16.10   FLYING BOMB FELL ON LONDON UP-ROUTE ON BREDA BY-PASS – 2 CIVILIANS KILLED

FEB 9   PTE GRICE CHARGED WITH IMPROPER HANDLING OF GERMAN HAND-GRENADE THEREBY CAUSING AN EXPLOSION AND WOUNDING HIMSELF, RENDERING HIMSELF UNFIT FOR DUTY  

FEB 23  COY TO S'HERTOGENBOSCH, THE SCHOOL, MOLINS STRAAT

                         LT G W THOMPSON     5 LANCS POSTED IN

FEB 26  COY INFO POST 42 VUSTERWEG S'HERT

MAR 4  18.00  ENEMY SHELLING CLOSE TO COY HQ KILLED 5509625 CPL J J PERRY 5 CAMERONS 51 DIV AWL AND 4 CIVILIANS ( he is buried  in Uden war cemetery ).

MAR 5/6   ENEMY SHELLING

MAR 10   COY TO DOETINGHEM

APR 25   MID 53469000 LCPL A G FULCHER   LG 36994 20 MAR 45 FOR

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE N W EUROPE

MAY 28   SIGNED LONDON UP DOWN ROUTE FROM GROENINGEN TO WILHELMSHAVEN

JUN 20   FROM DEVENTER TO CLOPPENBURG

                         LT J F G LUCAS           PC              28/6/45

                         LT A H PALMER           RUR            15/12/44

OCT 25    COY DISBANDED  CLOPPENBURG.


WO 171/7786                      22 COY (TC)                              JAN  -  DEC 1945

JAN  HASSELT

                             CAPT H TAYLOR           GEN LIST         15/12/44

                             LT A C MORRISON        GEN LIST            29/9/43

                             LT C W E STONE          RA                       2//44

                             LT L A W RASHBROOK   RD                   20/9/44

FEB 13        DIEST

MAR 23  21.00 RHINE CROSSING,  LT MORRISON INJURED IN M/C ACCIDENT 1 PTE WOUNDED

MAR 24  LT MORRISON DIED AT 9 GEN HOSP  (VENRAY HOLLAND)

MAR 25  1 SGT, 2 PTES WOUNDED

APR 17         REES

                      LT A STOCKTON               RAC              8/4/45

JUL 11          DUSSELDORF

                      LT H S WALDUCK             RB                

OCT 25          LT L HOPKINSON              RAOC   FROM 81 TC COY   NEW OC

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WO 171/7787                              24 COY (TC)           JAN,  AUG  -  OCT 1945

JAN 1      BRUSSELS

JAN 29  FLYING BOMB LANDS PARC ASTRID, BRUSSELS

FEB 26                CAPT P R CALLAWAy    OC

FEB 26  1 OR KILLED AS A RESULT OF ACCIDENTAL FIRING OF A STEN GUN (PTE WATKINS)

MAY 23              LT T R WILKINS      SOM LI     JOINS COY

WIEDENBRUCK,  SECT PADERBORN  MINDEN

DEC 20  COY DISBANDED WIEDENBRUCK.


WO 171/7788                          25 COY  (TC)                         JAN  -  DEC  1945

 TILBURG  ATT TO 1 CANADIAN ARMY FOR TRAFFIC DUTIES

JAN 1  TRANSPORTS ON ROADS ON OUTSKIRTS OF TOWN STRAFED BY GERMAN FIGHTER PLANES,   SOME FLYING BOMBS LANDED IN VICINITY, TILL 8TH A DAILY OCCURRENCE

JAN 17  2 HEAVY DUTY SHELLS LANDED IN VICINITY OF BILLETS, CAUSING 20-30 CASUALTIES – 13 FATAL.   THIS UNIT RENDERED FIRST AID AND CLEARED

UP MESS.

               CAPT H M ASTLEY                GEN LIST                  26/12/43      OC

                LT A F FARWELL                   RA                          10/11/44

                                  LT H R W TAYLER           RA             7/2/44

                                  LT H J SPOONER             RA         12/11/44

FEB 9  FIRST 1000 PRISONERS FROM REICHSWALD FOREST ARRIVED IN TILBURG

APRIL   MOVE TO CLEVE   THEN JUNE TO DIEREN THEN BAD GODESBERG

JUN             CAPT S A HUTTON            R WEST KENT             29/3/45          OC

NOW WITH GUARDS DIV(1 BR CORPS)

JUL 16   FIRST TWO MEN FOR RELEASE LEFT TODAY

JUL 23/31  ALTHOUGH FRATERNIZATION BAN IS LIFTED, SURPRISINGLY LITTLE FRATERNIZATION WITH THE GERMANS

AUG 1/8    KOLN   HOHENZOLLERN AND HINDENBERG BRIDGES BEING BLOWN TO CLEAR RIVER  FOR RIVER TRAFFIC

NOV 22   L/CPL WARD FOUND DEAD.   COLOGNE SIB INVESTIGATING

NOV  24 L/CPL WARD FOUND DROWNED AFTER EXCESSIVE INJURIES BY PERSON UNKNOWN

NOV 26  L/CPL WARD BURIED IN GUARDS DIV CEMETERY COLOGNE.


WO 171/7789                               26 COY (TC)                    JAN  -  AUG  1945

DEYNZE,  LILLE,  COURTRAI

                      CAPT W H WICK              E YORKS     13/5/43        OC

JAN 20   5 BOMBS DROPPED AT ROULERS,   ROUTES NOT AFFECTED

JAN 23  JERRICAN DUMP FOUND AT GENOE  6000 CANS OF PETROL,  1000 CANS OF DERV

JAN 28   COURT OF INQUIRY INTO CIRCUMSTANCES IN WHICH WD BSA 500CC WAS DAMAGED BEYOND REPAIR ON 27 DEC 1944 (CASE OF CPL BALL DECEASED)

                                   LT T M DAVIES      RA                 10/3/44

                                   LT D S MCLEAN      DWR              7/10/44

                                   LT E J H CROSS      RAC(DWR)     10/11/44

MAY 8  VICTORY IN EUROPE DAY

MAY 9  CELEBRATIONS  -  MOCK ARREST, TRIAL AND PUNISHMENT OF HITLER'S GANG

JULY   TO BERLIN AREA

JUL 11  TCP REPORTS RUSSIANS HOLDING UP BR CONVOYS ON AGREED ROUTE IN AND OUT OF BERLIN AREA,  WILL PROBABLY BE CHANGED AND PASS THROUGH AMERICAN ROUTE

JUL 12  GENERAL MONTGOMERY VISITS BERLIN TO PRESENT CB TO MARSHAL ZHUKOV

AUG 18  CIVILIAN COOKS AND INTERPRETERS RECORDS CHECKED.  COOK ARRESTED AS BEING LATE MEMBER OF SS.  LATER RETURNED TO DUTY

                          LT R RICHARDS      KSLI          29/8/45

                          CAPT T D DOBLE    RAC           25/11/44

                          LT DT BARR           E LANCS     25/10/45.

DIARY HAS A SHORT HISTORY OF 26 COY (TC) FROM MARCH 1944 TO OCTOBER 1945, NORMANDY TO BERLIN WHICH IS COPIED BELOW.

SHORT HISTORY OF 26 COY CMP (TC) MARCH 1944 TO OCTOBER 1945

BERLIN. BAOR. OCT 1945         OC CAPT W H WICK EAST YORKS REGT

                                                   2 I/C LIEUT T M DAVIES RA.

   THE PERIOD MARCH-JUNE 1944 WAS A MEMORABLE ONE IN THE HISTORY OF THE COMPANY WHEN ALL THE YEARS OF EXPERIENCE AND PRACTICE WERE CROWDED INTO THE THREE MONTHS PRIOR TO D DAY IN PREPARATION FOR THE GREAT EVENT.   THE COMPANY WAS EMPLOYED ON SIGNING THE “S” AREA IN THE BRENTWOOD - SOUTHEND DISTRICT AND ON PREPARING THE VEHICLE MARSHALLING AREAS, WHICH ENTAILED THE TEDIOUS BUT ESSENTIAL TASK OF

MARKING OUT THOUSANDS OF VEHICLE SPACES ON THE SOUTHEND BY-PASS.   THE SIGHT OF MILITARY POLICE PAINTING ENDLESS NUMBERS OF WHITE LINES ON THE ROAD ENCOURAGED WITTY REMARKS FROM PASSING LORRY DRIVERS, WHO FORTUNATELY DID NOT REALISE THE IMPORTANCE, AND THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE PAINTWORK.   DURING THOSE DAYS MANY MEMBERS OF THE COMPANY WERE JOKINGLY ACCUSED OF “WORKING THEIR TICKETS” BY THESE ROADSIDE HUMORISTS.   HOWEVER THE PAINT EXPERTS WERE REWARDED, AS ON THE ACTUAL DAYS OF MARSHALLING, THE VEHICLES, WHICH AMOUNTED TO AS MUCH AS A THOUSAND A DAY, WERE MANOEUVRED INTO POSITION VERY EFFICIENTLY AND NO TIME WAS WASTED.   THIS WAS AN ACHIEVEMENT OF WHICH THE COMPANY MAY WELL BE PROUD.

     SHORTLY AFTER D DAY THE COMPANY CONCENTRATED IN HERTFORDSHIRE IN READINESS FOR EMBARKATION.   STORES WERE PACKED AND VEHICLES WATERPROOFED, AND THEY LEFT MUCH HADHAM FOR THE MARSHALLING AREA CAMP ON 28 JUNE.   DURING THE SHORT PERIOD IN THE CAMP, MANY OF THE

COMPANY PERSONNEL HAD THEIR FIRST VIEW OF THE GERMAN VI.   SEVERAL FELL IN CLOSE VICINITY, BUT NOT IN THE CAMP.   ON 30 JUNE THEY EMBARKED AT TILBURY AND AFTER TWO NIGHTS ON BOARD, AND A COMPARATIVELY EASY

CROSSING LANDED ON THE NORMANDY BEACHES NEAR COURSELLES-SUR-MER.

     THE JOURNEY INLAND TO CREPON WAS WITHOUT INCIDENT AND EVENTUALLY THE COMPANY ENCAMPED IN A FIELD JUST OUTSIDE THE VILLAGE OF CREPON AND CAME UNDER COMMAND OF 5 L OF C SUB AREA.   THE PRINCIPAL JOB DURING THESE EARLY DAYS WAS TO HELP THE BEACH PROVOST COMPANIES IN TRAFFIC CONTROL AND PROVOST DUTIES AND TO GAIN ROAD INTELLIGENCE WHICH IN ITSELF WAS A FORMIDABLE TASK, AS EVERY CONCEIVABLE ROAD WAS BEING USED IN THE VERY LIMITED PART OF NORMANDY HELD BY THE ALLIES.   ONE SECTION WAS PUT ON DETACHMENT AND GIVEN RESPONSIBILITY OF CONTROLLING THE TOWN OF LA DELIVERANDE, WHICH WAS THE JUNCTION OF ALL IMPORTANT ROUTES IN THAT SECTOR.   ANOTHER SECTION CONTROLLED ALL THE BEACH TRAFFIC AT LUC-SUR-MER, WHILST A THIRD SECTION WERE EMPLOYED SOLELY ON PROVOST DUTIES IN THE AMERICAN SECTOR.

     A FORTNIGHT LATER THE COMPANY CONCENTRATED AT SULLY NEAR BAYEUX.   EXCEPT FOR PRONOUNCED AIR ACTIVITY AT NIGHT, THE STAY IN THIS VILLAGE WAS A PLEASANT ONE BUT AFTER A BRIEF RESPITE OF A COUPLE OF DAYS THEY WERE CALLED UPON TO ASSIST ANOTHER T.C. COMPANY IN CONTROLLING 

BAYEUX AND TO SET UP TRAFFIC CONTROL POSTS ON THE NOTORIOUS BAYEUX BY PASS.   DURING THIS PERIOD, TWO SECTIONS WERE ATTACHED TO ANOTHER COMPANY AND SUFFERED THE INCONVENIENCE CAUSED BY A BOMB DROPPED BY GERMAN PLANES ON THE CAMP.   FORTUNATELY, EXCEPT FOR A SCATTERING OF TENTS AND EQUIPMENT, AND A SLIGHT SHAKING, NONE OF THE MEN WERE INJURED? ALTHOUGH THE COMPANY TO WHOM THEY WERE ATTACHED IN THE SAME CAMP SUFFERED A FEW CASUALTIES.

     ON 14 AUG 44 THE COMPANY MOVED TO CAEN AND CAME UNDER COMMAND OF 7 B.S.A AND LATER 12 L OF C SUB AREA.   CAEN, A BROKEN CITY OF FILTH AND

STENCH, WAS A GREAT CHANGE FROM THE PLEASANT SURROUNDING OF SULLY, ALTHOUGH THE COMPANY HAD ALREADY HAD ITS BAPTISM OF GRIME AND DUST ON THE BAYEUX BY-PASS.   THEY WERE EMPLOYED ON GENERAL TRAFFIC CONTROL IN THE TOWN, INCLUDING THE MANNING OF SIX BRIDGES ACROSS THE CANAL.   THE FORMIDABLE TASK OF SIGNING THE TOWN WAS COMPLETED WITHIN A WEEK, AND ON ITS COMPLETION TWO SECTIONS WERE SENT OUT TO THE VILLERS BOCAGE DISTRICT, A VERITABLE “OUTPOST OF THE EMPIRE”, THE NEAREST UNIT TO THEM BEING IN CAEN, FIFTEEN MILES AWAY.   THIS GREAT EXPANSE OF UTTER DESOLATION, LITTERED WITH EXTENSIVE MINEFIELD, PROVE TO BE A HAVEN FOR ABSENTEES, SO PROVOST DUTIES WERE DONE AS WELL AS TRAFFIC CONTROL.   DURING THE SECOND WEEK IN SEPTEMBER THIS COMMITMENT WAS HANDED OVER TO 16 T.C. COMPANY AND THE TWO SECTIONS RETURNED TO COMPANY H.Q. AT CAEN PREPARATORY TO MOVING FURTHER AFIELD.   THE COMPANY MOVED FROM CAEN ON 14 SEPT AND CAUGHT UP WITH THE CANADIAN ARMY AT BLANGY-SUR-BRESLE.   SHORTLY AFTERWARDS THE CANADIANS MOVED OUT AND THE COMPANY CAME UNDER COMMAND OF 15 L OF C SUB AREA.

    DURING THEIR STAY AT BLANGY THEY CARRIED OUT NORMAL DUTIES AND

ROUTE SIGNING AND DEALT WITH MANY UNTOWARD INCIDENTS.   ONE INTERESTING INCIDENT WAS THE DISCOVERY OF A PLANE, WHICH HAD CRASHED 2 MONTHS PREVIOUSLY, TOGETHER WITH THE BODY OF THE PILOT.   INVESTIGATIONS WERE MADE AND THE GRAVE OF ANOTHER OF THE CREW WAS FOUND, AND THE WHEREABOUTS OF THE REMAINDER OF THE CREW WHO HAD BEEN HIDDEN BY FRENCH PATRIOTS.

     AFTER A FORTNIGHT’S STAY AT BLANGY, COMPANY HQ MOVED TO HESDIN.   DETACHMENTS WERE LEFT AT NEUFCHATEL AND BLANGY AND OTHERS WERE STATIONED AT ABBEVILLE AND MONTREUL-SUR-MER.   THE COMPANY AREA AND ROUTES TO BE PATROLLED WERE EXTENSIVE, THE DISTANCE FROM MONTREUL-SUR-MER TO NEUFCHATEL BEING OVER SEVENTY MILES.   IN ADDITION THE STRENGTH OF OFFICERS HAD BEEN REDUCED TO TWO OWING TO CASUALTIES AND AS THE NEAREST PROVOST COMPANY WAS STATIONED IN BOULOGNE, ABOUT THIRTY FIVE MILES AWAY, THE COMPANY HAD TO TAKE ON CONSIDERABLE PROVOST DUTIES IN ADDITION TO TRAFFIC CONTROL COMMITMENTS.   THERE WERE STILL A CERTAIN NUMBER OF CANADIAN TROOPS IN THE AREA AS WELL AS BRITISH UNITS SO PATROLS WERE CARRIED OUT IN THE TOWNS, CAFES WERE VISITED AND BROTHELS WERE PUT OUT OF BOUNDS IN HESDIN AND ABBEVILLE.   INVESTIGATIONS WERE MADE IN CONJUNCTION

WITH THE LOCAL POLICE REGARDING GERMANS DRESSED AS CIVILIANS BEING EMPLOYED BY FARMERS IN THE HESDIN DISTRICT AND ONE GERMAN TECHNICAL SGT. WAS ARRESTED.   HE WAS FOUND WEARING AN ENGLISH OFFICER’S UNIFORM AND ADMITTED HAVING KILLED AN ENGLISH OFFICER WHO WAS SLEEPING IN A FIELD AND STEALING THE OFFICER’S CLOTHING AND PERSONAL DOCUMENTS.

     THE COMPANY CROSSED THE FRENCH BORDER ON 5 NOV AFTER A BRIEF STAY AT ST. OMER AND TOOK OVER THE COMMITMENTS OF 73 T.C. COMPANY AT YPRES.   THIS GAIN PROVED TO BE AN EXTENSIVE AREA AND DETACHMENT HQ’S

ESTABLISHED  AT BAILLEUL, COURTRAI AND OSTEND WHILST COMPANY HQ REMAINED AT YPRES.   ROUTES AND TOWNS WERE SIGNED THROUGHOUT THE AREA AND INFORMATION POSTS SET UP AT YPRES AND COURTRAI.   AFTER THIS WAS COMPLETED, THE COMPANY WORKED CONTINUOUSLY ON PROVOST DUTIES.   THE BLACK MARKET AT YPRES, WHERE W.D. GOODS AND RATIONS WERE BEING SOLD OPENLY ON THE MARKET SQUARE, WAS BROKEN UP; ATTEMPTS AT SMUGGLING GOODS ACROSS THE FRENCH BORDER WERE FRUSTRATED AND AN AVERAGE OF TWO ABSENTEES A DAY WERE ARRESTED.   ONE INCIDENT WHICH DESERVES A SPECIAL MENTION WAS THE BREAKING UP OF A GANG OF CANADIAN ABSENTEES WHO HAD FORMED THEIR OWN UNIT.   IT CONSISTED OF A LIEUTENANT (SELF APPOINTED WHOSE TRUE RANK WAS A PRIVATE) AND TEN OTHER RANKS.   THEY HAD LIVED ON THE PROCEEDS OF ROBBERY AND PLUNDER AND HAD TERRORISED THE WHOLE OF FLANDERS.

      ON 6 DEC COMPANY H.Q. MOVED TO COURTRAI AND A DETACHMENT WAS LEFT AT YPRES.   ANOTHER DETACHMENT WAS SENT TO ROULERS AND LATER ANOTHER TO DEYNZE.   BLACK MARKET ACTIVITIES WERE RIFE IN THIS DISTRICT ALSO, AND THOUSANDS OF POUNDS WORTH OF W.D. GOODS WERE RECOVERED.  

IN THE ROULERS AREA PARTICULARLY, THE BLACK MARKET FLOURISHED ON

FREQUENT OCCASIONS WHOLE BALES OF W.D. CLOTHING WERE RECOVERED AND PETROL WAS DISCOVERED BEING SOLD IN QUANTITIES AMOUNTING TO HUNDREDS OF GALLONS.   IN THE DYNZE DISTRICT AN ILLEGAL DISTILLERY WAS FOUND AND THIRTY FIVE JERRICAN’S OF COGNAC AND OVER THREE HUNDRED BOTTLES, WERE CONFISCATED.   THE NUMBER OF ABSENTEES ARRESTED DID NOT DECREASE.

     IN MARCH 1945 THE COMPANY WERE ORDERED TO CONCENTRATE AT RENAIX.   AFTER ONE DAY THERE, THREE SECTIONS WERE ATTACHED TO SECOND ARMY ON THE RIVER MAAS AND THE REMAINDER OF THE COMPANY MOVED TO TOURNAI AND WERE EMPLOYED ON G.F. MOVES.   THE ROLE OF THE THREE SECTIONS ATTACHED TO SECOND ARMY WAS TO CONTROL TRAFFIC ACROSS THE RIVER MAAS, IN READINESS FOR THE RHINE CROSSING.   ALL BRIDGES AT VENLO,LOTTUM,  AND WELES WERE MANNED BY THESE SECTIONS AND SOME VERY HECTIC DAYS WERE EXPERIENCED.

     G.F. MOVES INVOLVED THE ROUTING THROUGH FRANCE AND BELGIUM OF DIVISIONS BEING BROUGHT FROM ITALY.   THIS WAS ANOTHER “TOP SECRET” JOB, BUT ALL CONVOYS GOT THROUGH WITHOUT UNTOWARD INCIDENTS AND A GOOD DEGREE OF SECURITY WAS MAINTAINED.   ON 10 APR 45 THE COMPANY

MOVED TO ‘S HERTOGENBOSH AND CAME UNDER COMMAND OF FIRST CANADIAN ARMY AND LATER 5 L OF C SUB AREA.   THE NORMAL TASK OF SIGNING ROUTES AND TOWNS WAS COMPLETED AND A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF PROVOST DUTIES WERE CARRIED OUT.   PATROLS WERE ALSO SENT OUT TO IMPEDE THE ENEMY WHO MADE REPEATED ATTEMPTS TO MINE THE RAILWAY LEADING FROM NIJMEGEN TO S’HERTOGENBOSH.   AT THIS PERIOD THE ENEMY LINES WERE 2 MILES NORTH OF ‘S HERTOGENBOSCH AND THE TOWN WAS SHELLED FREQUENTLY.   A LEAVE TRAIN AND A GOODS TRAIN WERE MINED AND ON TWO OCCASIONS, A SEARCH PARTY WAS SENT ON THE LINES WHEN GERMANS HAD BEEN REPORTED THERE.   ON ONE OCCASION, A STRONGLY ARMED PARTY OF 80 GERMANS WERE

REPORTED AS HAVING CAPTURED A BRIDGE CLOSE TO THE RAILWAY LINES, BUT THEY RETIRED WHEN THIS COMPANY REPORTED THE INCIDENT TO MARINES IN THE VICINITY.  

     ON 6 MAY THE COMPANY WERE ORDERED TO CONCENTRATE AT GRAVE.   HERE THEY WERE INFORMED THAT THEIR EVENTUAL DESTINATION WAS BERLIN.   V.E. DAY WAS CELEBRATED VERY QUIETLY, WITH NOTHING STRONGER THAN TEA TO DRINK, PROBABLY OWING TO LACK OF “ENCOURAGEMENT” FROM NAAFI, OR ANY OTHER SOURCE.

     AFTER A PLEASANT REST OF THREE WEEKS, THE COMPANY JOINED 2 BRITISH DIV AT OSNABRUCK.   COMPANY H.Q. WAS ESTABLISHED AT WIEDENBRUCK WITH DETACHMENTS AT PADERBORN, LUBBECKE, AND HERFORD.   THEY WERE UNDER OPERATIONAL COMMAND OF 3 DIV AND ON LOAN TO 1 CORPS FOR ROUTE SIGNING AND TRAFFIC DUTIES.   SEVERAL INVESTIGATIONS WERE CARRIED OUT REGARDING ROBBERY AND LOOTING BY D.PS, AND ANTI-FRATERNISATION PATROLS OPERATED IN THE TOWNS.   CONSIDERABLE TROUBLE WAS EXPERIENCED IN RELATION TO D.PS. WHO PERSISTED IN LOOTING AND BURNING

FARMS, PARTICULARLY IN THE PADERBORN AREA.   MORE BROTHELS WERE FOUND AND PLACED OUT OF BOUNDS.

     ON 25 JUNE THE COMPANY MOVED TO BRUNSWICK AND CAME UNDER COMMAND OF 7 ARMD DIV IN READINESS FOR THE ENTRY INTO BERLIN.

       ON 1 JULY O.C. COMPANY AND 7 D.RS. FORMED PART OF A RECONNAISSANCE PARTY UNDER THE COMMAND OF MAJ. GEN. LYNE - 7 ARMD DIV THE FIRST BRITISH TROOPS TO ENTER BERLIN.   THE ROUTE INTO BERLIN AND ALL MAIN HQS, DUMPS, ETC WERE TEMPORARILY SIGNED WITHIN 48 HOURS, WHEN THE ADVANCE PARTIES OF THE BERLIN GARRISON ARRIVED.   THE ENTRY OF THE ADVANCE PARTIES TOOK THE FORM OF A CEREMONIAL PARADE, THE SALUTE BEING TAKEN BY MAJ. GEN. LYNE.   MAIN BODIES ARRIVED TWO DAYS LATER.   AN EXTREMELY HECTIC PERIOD OF ROUTE, DUMP AND UNIT SIGNING THEN TOOK PLACE FOR A MONTH, AFTER WHICH, THE COMPANY WERE BUSILY OCCUPIED ON NORMAL T.C. DUTIES WITH OCCASIONAL CHECKS, ETC. IN CONJUNCTION WITH PRO AND INFANTRY.   “TEETHING TROUBLE” IN REGARD TO ROUTES THROUGH THE RUSSIAN AND AMERICAN SECTOR, AND WITH BILLETS, PROVED MORE TROUBLESOME THAN USUAL, BUT THESE WERE GRADUALLY SETTLED.   MANY PARADES WERE HELD ON THE MAIN ROAD THROUGH BERLIN, INVOLVING CONSIDERABLE T.C. WORK IN CONNECTION WITH THE ASSEMBLING OF PARADE

VEHICLES, SPECTATORS, CAR PARKING, PATROLLING, POINTSMEN ETC. AND ALL THESE SENT OFF SUCCESSFULLY.

     THE PARADE USUALLY CONSISTED OF MARCHING TROOPS AND TANKS , THE BIGGEST PARADE BEING WHEN THE BRITISH, AMERICAN, RUSSIAN AND FRENCH ARMIES WERE REPRESENTED BY APPROX 1,000 MARCHING TROOPS AND 50 TANKS FROM EACH OF THE ARMIES.   THOUSANDS OF SPECTATORS, BOTH MILITARY AND CIVILIAN, ATTENDED ALL THESE PARADES, AND CONSIDERABLE INTEREST WAS

EXCITED ON THE DIFFERENCE IN TURNOUT, BEARING, AND EQUIPMENT OF THE ALLIES TAKING PART.   ALMOST ALL THE V.I.PS. ONE HAS READ ABOUT DURING THE WAR HAVE VISITED BERLIN DURING THE COMPANY’S STAY THERE, AND ONE AT LEAST HAS HIS NAME PERPETUATED THERE IN A CANTEEN FOR OTHER RANKS NAMED “THE WINSTON CLUB”.

     MANY COMMENDATIONS - BOTH WRITTEN AND VERBAL - FOR WORK WELL DONE, HAVE CONSISTENTLY BEEN RECEIVED BY THE COMPANY THROUGHOUT ITS SERVICE OVERSEAS AND IT TAKES PRIDE IN THE KNOWLEDGE THAT IT IS THE ONLY T.C. COMPANY TO LAND ON THE BEACHES OF NORMANDY AND REACH BERLIN, THE GOAL EVERYONE TALKED ABOUT IN THE EARLY DAYS OF THE WAR.   AT THE TIME OF WRITING THIS NARRATIVE, THE COMPANY CONTINUES TO DO EXCELLENT WORK THERE.

OCTOBER 1945                                                              W.H. WICK

                                                                                    CAPTAIN

                                                                                    OFFICER COMMANDING

                                                                                    26 COMPANY C.M.P. (T.C.)

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WO 171/7790                         27 PRO COY (TC)                   JAN  -  NOV  1945

JAN 1  ENEMY AIR ACTIVITY OVER EINDHOVEN NO DAMAGE TO COY PERSONNEL

                             CAPT J B COE                RA              23/12/43

                             LT G H W COYNE           RA                  7/2/44

                             LT A R CLIFFE                RAC              22/9/44

                             LT R J REID                   RAC             29/10/44

APR 20            KAMPEN   PARTY OF FOUR MEN DESPATCHED TO AIRFIELD AT DIEPHOLTZ TO ASSIST IN THE CONTROL OF POW’S BEING FLOWN TO ENGLAND DAILY

LUNEBURG,  HANOVER

AUG 3   15 POINTSMEN POSTED IN HANNOVER FOR VISIT OF HRH PRINCE REGENT OF IRAQ TO 13/18 HUSSARS  

NO 5 SECTION AT BELSEN CAMP

NOV   DISPOSAL OF STORES, EQUIPMENT AND PERSONNEL

NOV 11   FINAL DOCUMENTATION PREPARED

NOV 12   LAST PARTIES LEAVE FOR NEW UNITS AND RELEASE.


WO 171/7791                        29 COY (TC)                             JAN  -  DEC 1945

JAN         MELUN

                         CAPT J K BREEZE          PC                17/12/43

                         LT F C J PEGRUM           RAC              23/11/43

                         LT G A BATCHELORRA    RA                30/5/44

                         LT R W WATSON           NORTHANTS Y  3/1/45

MAR 9      RENAIX

MAR 15    WEERT

MAR 20               CAPT I R MULHEIR       GEN LIST  NOW OC  AWARDED MBE

APR 26     OSNABRUCK

1 JUL        RELLINGEN    CAPT T D DOBLE        RTR    1/10/45

12 DEC   DISBANDED.


WO 171/7792                            41 COY (TC)                       MAY  -  SEPT 1945

MAY 5      ARRIVE BLA OSTEND

MAY 6      RAEVELS

                                   CAPT A GURR         GEN LIST

                                   LT P V PERRIN        RA

MAY 12   TOOK OVER FROM 42 TC COY AND 372 VP COY

         DIEST, HECHTEL, BREE(HQ) , BLERICK

JUN 19  ESCAPED POW OTTO STOTT  APPREHENDED

              COY HQ WEERT

JUN 20   DISBANDED WEERT.


WO 171/7793                        42 COY (TC)                           MAR  -  SEPT 1945 MAR 1       WOTTON, UK

MAR 3  LST TILBURY  -  OSTEND

MAR 5         ARRAS

MAR 17      HASSELT

                            CAPT F T T WALWYN          9L                       20/7/43

                            LT A A HOWLETT               WILTS                  10/5/43

                            LT F CALLAGHAN                RAC                      4/2/45

                            LT R RICHARDS                  SOM LI                12/2/45

JUL 1         HAMM

SEP 10      HAMM     DISBANDED.


WO 171/7794                        62 COY (TC)                      JAN - DEC 1945 

                      CAPT S H COSH           RSF          9/11/43     0C

                      LT M H MCKONOCHIE   SOM LI     20/7/43

                      LT J BIDDECOMBE        RA            6/4/44

                      LT F T Y JONES            RA         10/11/44

                   ROUTINE WORK,   CONVOYS DEALT WITH,   IN THE FIELD

APR 1   MOVED EAST OF THE RHINE,  MAP REF.

                      CAPT G W THOMPSON   S LANCS       19/3/45

                       LT M A BARRY             RAC(RECCE)  30/0/45

DEC 23   DISBANDMENT LETTER RECEIVED.

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WO 171/7795                       67 COY (TC)                            JAN - SEPT 1945               JAN 26  “CARAVAN”(CAPTURED FROM GERMANS) RECEIVED BY COY FOR USE AS MOBILE TP OR COY HQ

                                CAPT WD BARKER       RA           18/3/43

                                LT AA CROOK            GEN LIST   18/8/43

                                LT S WOODLEY          RAC            7/2/44

                                LT E L CROSBY           RA            22/5/44

                                LT M AUSTIN              SUFFOLK   1/12/44        A/OC

                                LT G R COLEMAN        RA          13/12/44

FEB 3   WHITEWASHING TREES   DIEST  TO  BEERINGHEM

MAR   COY HQ OPENED IN GERMANY (NEAR WEEZE)

APR 19    GERMAN POLICE USED EXPERIMENTALLY AT GESCHER.   FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF GERMAN POLICE AT WORK NOT FAVOURABLE

MAY 17   INSTRUCTING GERMAN POLICE IN TRAFFIC DUTIES

MAY 13   5989825 W/SGT C FITZSIMMONS  -- I WISH TO COMMEND VERY HIGHLY THE WORK DONE ON THE OCCASION OF THE FIRE AT GREVEN YESTERDAY.   THE INITIATIVE AND COURAGE DISPLAYED BY SGT FITZSIMMONS WA THE SUBJECT OF CONSIDERABLE COMMENT AND WAS PARTICULARLY NOTICED BY THE AREA COMMANDER

FROM DAPM  19 SUB-AREA

                                  LT H VERNON    RA    29/4/45

AWARDS  C-IN-C'S CERTIFICATE FOR GOOD SERVICE 4395524 PTE J DUNCAN

SEP 12   DISBANDMENT INSTRUCTIONS RECEIVED

SEP 17   FINAL CLEARING UP

SEP 18  FINAL DISPERSAL TO 62 COY,  6 COY AND 372 VP COY.

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WO 171/7796                           73 COY (TC)                        JAN - DEC 1945                        

JAN 1      ANTWERP   7 BASE SUB-AREA  11 L OF C

                          CAPT J G WILBY                   SUFF              21/6/43

                          LT P MULHEIR                      G LIST            15/3/43

                          LT L J PRESTELL                   RA                  20/8/44

                          LT J W BARSTOW                 RAC               11/12/44

FEB 10   COY HQ BILLETED IN CHARLOTTA    DAMAGED BY V1 AT 12.30,  1 OR TO HOSPITAL, SIGN FACTORY DEMOLISHED

FEB 17   V1 DROPPED ON HOUSES ADJACENT GHENT TUNNEL   TP AND BILLETS DEMOLISHED

                               LT D J IRELAND      BEDS & HERTS

MAR 8                     LT MULHEIR CAPT POSTED TO 29 TC COY, AWARDED MBE FOR SERVICES FROM 6 JUN  -  31 OCT 1944

MAR 21    TP BOOM ROAD DAMAGED BY V2  16.15

                              LT F A G DEAN           RF        13/4/45

APR 13   13023132 PTE E N MAWSON AWARDED  C-IN-C CERT FOR GOOD SERVICE

APRIL   COY 1033 SIGNS MAKING A GRAND TOTAL OF 4,622

MAY 3   EX GLASSHOUSE  EX FOR MEASURES TO BE CARRIED OUT IN THE EVENT OF DISTURBANCES IN DET BKS AROUND ANTWERP

JUN 7  VISIT BY F M MONTGOMERY FOR FREEDOM OF ANTWERP

                               CAPT T H FUNNELL   G LIST  1/7/45    NEW OC

SEP 7   COY ARRIVES SOLTAU, GERMANY DETS  VELZEN, LUNEBURG,  BUCHHOLZ

SEP 9  DET ASSISTS IN BELSEN TRIALS,  LUNEBURG OCT 22  POLISH DP, LOOTING IN FALLINGBOSTEL;  DET SENT;  PROPERTY RECOVERED;  POLISH OPENED FIRE ON CMP,  FIRE RETURNED

OCT 29       CAPT J B HEATHCOTE  RA   NEW OC

NOV 1  COY TO HANOVER,  DET TO GOTTINGEN,  HILDESHEIM

COY TO DISBAND EARLY 1946.


WO 171/7797                        74 COY (TC)                           JAN  -  AUG  1945 JAN       RAEVELS        WITH 1ST CANADIAN ARMY

SLIGHT ENEMY AIR ACTIVITY,  CANNON FIRE AT BUBBLE BRIDGE

JAN 2  PAINTING OF WHITE BANDS ON TREES

                     CAPT G E SCHIFFNER         OX & BUCKS        20/10/44

                     LT S R HUTTON                 RWK                   23/2/43

                     LT E S SHIELDS                 RWK                   2/12/43

                     LT N H ELLIS                     RA                     12/2/44

FEB  17  NO RECORD OF CPL W NORMAN 7690586 SHOWN IN WAR DIARY.

1 CASUALTY ON AFC 21184  -  17 FEB

AND 2 CASUALTIES ON AFC 21184  -  9 FEB ON AFW 3009E FIELD RETURN OR'S AS BEING IN 7 CANADIAN GENERAL HOSPITAL

APR 13      NIJMEGEN

MAY   TO DEEREN

MAY 19   LT MEPPEN OC VISITS 3 SECT AT HAZELLUNNE TO INVESTIGATE DEATH OF A CANADIAN SOLDIER OF 33 FD COY RCE, KILLED WHILE ATTEMPTING TO EVADE ARREST BY POINTING LOADED PISTOL AT ONE OF PATROL OF 3 SECT

AUG  7  VISIT BY APM (TFC)CFN WHO COMMENCED TO COLLECT DATA FOR A HISTORY OF THE OPERATIONS IN PRESENT CAMPAIGN OF THE BRITISH CMP IN 1ST CDN ARMY AND LATER CFN

AUG 19   DISBANDMENT OF COY COMPLETED.


WO 171/7798                          75 COY (TC)                     APRIL  -  DEC  1945

APR 1       CIVITA CASTELLANA (ITALY CMF)

APR 1/12   NOTHING TO REPORT

APR 13   SAILED FROM LEGHORN TO MARSEILLES

                     MARSEILLES,  ST RAMBERT,  MACON,  LES LAUMES,  MELISSE,  CAMBRAI SECTIONS IN EACH OF THE ABOVE LOCATIONS

                       CAPT H P RUTTER     GEN LIST      12/4/43   OC

                       LT F POGSON           GEN LIST      30/8/44

                       LT L DURRANT          RA                8/3/45

                       LT F WALKER            BORDER       22/3/45

JUN                    SCHLESWIG AND FLENSBURG

JUN 6  SS OBERGRUPPENFUHRER WALTHER NIBBE SURRENDERED HIMSELF

                    CAPT F PEGRUM               21/5/45           NEW OC

OCT 12  CAPT H P RUTTER COURT MARTIALLED AT SCHLESWIG

                                       CAPT E L CROSBY RA          4/10/45           NEW OC

                                       LT V A KEATS       GREEN HOWARDS    11/12/45


WO 171/7799                          76 COY (TC)                         JAN  -  DEC 1945

 CAPT J POTTS          GEN LIST     22/6/42   OC  (BLA)

                   LT H S WALDUCK      R BDE             4/43

                   LT G W COOPER       RA                  3/44

                   LT H S GREENSLADE   R INN FUS  18/8/44   ATT TO 245 COY

DISCIPLINE

FEB 19 7603314  W/SUB SGT J P GRANT ACC ATT 296 COY PAR CORPS TRIED BY FIELD COURT MARTIAL 2 CHARGES

1  -  STEALING TWO TINS MARGARINE

2  -  STEALING 4 TINS MARGARINE - GUILTY

SENTENCE  -  REDUCED TO RANKS,  ONE YEAR'S IMPRISONMENT WITH HARD LABOUR

      COURTRAI, THEN MOVE TO HOLLAND

MAR 8    GEMERT, HOLLAND

DAILY PART 1 ORDERS  -  8 MAR

DENTURES ,  LOSS OF

SEA-SICKNESS  -  ANY SOLDIER WHO HAS A TENDENCY TO SEA-SICKNESS WILL KEEP HIS DENTURES IN HIS POCKET UNTIL HE”HAS GOT HIS SEA-LEGS”.   IF HE FINDS IT NECESSARY TO BE SICK WHILST HIS DENTURES ARE STILL IN HIS

MOUTH, HE WILL DO SO IN HIS VOMIT BAG OR A PLACE FROM WHICH THE DENTURES MAY SUBSEQUENTLY BE RECOVERED ( IF LOST HE WOULD HAVE TO HAVE PAID FOR THEM )

MAY 8 VE DAY

JUN 29  PART 1 ORDERS  -  ALL L OF C FLASHES WILL BE REMOVED FROM BD BLOUSES FORTHWITH

JULY   BAD SEGEBERG

                            CAPT M MACKONOCHIE  SOM L I   24/6/45    OC COY

SEP 18  FGCM   5193221 PTE D A HILL CMP(TC)

1  -  COMMITTING A CIVIL OFFENCE  IE MANSLAUGHTER

2  -  NEGLECT, TO PREJUDICE OF GOOD ORDER & MILITARY DISCIPLINE ON 22 AUG HANDLED A PISTOL SO NEGLIGENTLY AND INJURED PTE J C HODGSON CMP (LATER DIED)

1  -  NOT GUILTY

2 -  GUILTY.   90 DAYS FIELD PUNISHMENT

BAD SEGEBERG  -  WITHIN UNIT LINES, THEN AT SOLDERSDORF

 OCT 10

1314   OLD COMRADES ASSOCIATION (WAR)  -  PUBLICITY TO BE GIVEN TO THIS ASSOCIATION AND NES MEMBERS ENCOURAGED TO ENROL

1315   DRESS  -  CAPS, SD  - OFFENCE TO WEAR A CAP WITH ITS PEAK CUT SO AS TO APPEAR LIKE A GUARDSMAN

CAP BADGES WILL BE WORN IMMEDIATELY ABOVE THE CHIN STRAP AND ON THE BAND, NOT HIGH UP ON THE CROWN OF THE HAT

1364 CAP BADGES  -  SECT SGTS WILL REPORT TO THIS HQ BY 1200 HRS 17 OCT THE NUMBER OF MEN WHO ARE IN POSSESSION OF BAKELITE CAP BADGES

1439   FORMATION FLASHES -  ONLY 8 CORPS FLASH (WHITE KNIGHT) WILL BE WORN ON BD,   ALL OTHERS WILL BE REMOVED FORTHWITH

1565   FORMATION SIGNS  -  A SHEET SHOWING ALL FORMATION SIGNS HAS BEEN PRINTED (IN COLOUR) BY BAOR WHO ARE WILLING TO PRODUCE AS MANY COPIES AS MEN WISH TO BUY  -  HALF A MARK EACH  18 X 15  109/25 44 (L) BDE ORDERS

                LT G BATCHELOR            RA                25/11/45

                    LT T G BAYLEY               N STAFFS         1/12/45

      1675        INVESTIGATIONS  -  RECENTLY A MEMBER OF CMP WAS FATALLY ATTACKED WHILST ATTEMPTING TO INTERVENE SINGLEHANDED WITH SOME CIVILIANS WHOM HE SAW STEALING   -  NOT TO DO THIS UNACCOMPANIED.


WO 171/7800                      81 COY (TC)                             JAN  -  DEC 1945

IN THE FIELD  -  DIEST

                             CAPT W B WROOT       LINCOLN’S               6/1/44

                             LT L CRAIG                 MANCHESTER’S         3/4/44

                             LT R A LULY                RAC                      17/3/44

                             LT D J ELLIS                RAC                      15/5/44

MAR  HELMONT

APR 30  TO BERGEN  -  CELLE,  HASSEL,  SOLTAU

SEP 5    TO ANTWERP.


WO 171/7801                           101 COY  (TC)                       JAN  -  DEC 1945

 HESDIN  -  COY ON TRAFFIC DUTIES IN 15 L OF C SUB-AREA

                               CAPT G C PAPWORTH   THE BUFFS            13/3/43

                               LT H E WIRE               RA                       12/2/44

                               LT W H MANN              RA                      14/2/44

                               LT P T HOLLAND           RA                    14/10/44

1 MAR 1  EELEN  -   COY ON TRAINING WITH 2ND ARMY, 12 CORPS THEN

                 LUTTINGEN

MAR 28     ZANTEN -  COY NOW UNDER COMMAND 2ND ARMY LPS

APR 11  CAPT PAPWORTH TO BE DAPM 17 L OF C SA

        CAPT G D WATTS   RAC       29/3/45   NOW OC

MAY 1  TO OSNABRUCK    1 BRIT CORPS

MAY 15   3 BRIT DIV

MAY 30  EMSDIETTEN   FOR TRAFFIC AND TOWN DUTIES 19 SUB-AREA  (1 BR CORPS)

JUN 7         ARNSBERG   49 (WR)  INF DIV  

                               LT J G R RUDGE              RAC             12/12/44


WO 171/7802                    102 COY  (TC)                             JAN  -  OCT 1945

FIELD   (NAMUR, MECHLIN, LOUVAIN, DINANT)

                             CAPT A H FUNSTON  RTR       9/42    COY COMMANDER

                           

                             LT L T G LUMB         LANCS FUS              27/1/43

                             LT L O WELCH          N STAFFS                    9/43

                             LT AJ PHILLIPS         RA                           4/3/44

                             CAPT F E GAWNE      GEN LIST   26/3/45    NEW OC COY CDR

MAY 8  COY HELD FOR SPECIAL DUTIES IN CASE OF DISTURBANCES IN CONNECTION WITH VE DAY CELEBRATIONS

 HQ AT TILBURG

                              LT A E STEADMAN      OX & BUCKS          14/5/45

OCT 7-18 DISBANDMENT.


WO 171/7803                           114 COY (TC)                       SEP  -  NOV 1945

SEP 1 EMBARK NW EUROPE(TILBURY), 3 OFFICERS, 126 ORS

SEP 2  ARR OSTENDE

SEP 5  ARR PADERBORN, CMP SCHOOL,  TR CENTRE SENNELAGER

SEP 17  COY UNDER CMP SCHOOL PRO COURSE

                       CAPT F A J GORRINGE  GEN LIST             2/3/45

                       LT G A BENNETT          SUFFOLK             26/4/45

                       LT J C SMILEY              R SIGS               20/6/45

                       LT GW IRDELL              RA                    31/8/45

OCT 12  CAPT GORRINGE POSTED TO 81 TC COY   LT BENNETT NEW OC

0CT 26  COY DISBANDMENT ORDER RECEIVED

OCT 27  COY DISBANDED.

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WO 171/7804                      70 SECTION SIB                JAN  -  DEC 1945

 JAN 1 - 31    SONNIS AREA

          CAPT H. HEATHCOTE 279134  MID, GEN LIST 28/11/44

          LT A.J.CHRISTMAS 238176        GEN LIST      28/11/44

    DURING THE MONTH    231 CASES:

                                        53 MILITARY PERSONNEL

                                      166 BELGIAN CIVILIANS

                                        78 DUTCH SOLDIERS

VALUE OF ALLIED PROPERTY RECOVERED : £7,017 3. 10.

FEB 1 - 28   REMAINED WITH REAR SECOND ARMY WITH DETACHMENTS AT BOURG LEOPOLD, HASSELT, DIEST, EINDHOVEN AND HELMOND,  320 CASES DEALT WITH.

PARTICULAR ATTENTION HAS BEEN PAID TO THE ILLICIT DISTILLING OF INFERIOR ALCOHOL, WHICH IS BEING SOLD TO TROOPS IN SOME AREAS, WITH BAD RESULTS TO THE TROOPS.  A NUMBER OF STILLS HAVE BEEN CONFISCATED AND CIVILIANS ARRESTED BY THE CIVIL AUTHORITIES.  THIS ACTION SHOULD PROVE A DETERRENT TO THOSE ENGAGED IN THIS PRACTICE WHO HAVE NOT BEEN ARRESTED.

MAR 5   MOVE TO HELMOND

MAJORITY OF CASES WERE LARCENY OR UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF WD PROPERTY, BUT ALSO SOME MAJOR CRIMES INCLUDING ONE MURDER,  5 ROBBERY WITH VIOLENCE, 2 INDECENT ASSAULTS AND SIX SODOMY -  ALL RESULTED IN ARRESTS

HELMOND TO WESEL FORST, BORGHORST, OLLENDORF, MELLINGHAUSEN;

WORK HANDICAPPED BY THE RAPID MOVEMENT OF THE ARMY ACROSS GERMANY,, BY ACCOMMODATION UNDER CANVAS AND LACK OF OFFICE SPACE AND EQUIPMENT.

mANY NAZI OFFICIALS ARRESTED AND ONE WAR CRIMINAL WHO WAS “FOREMAN” AT A CONCENTRATION CAMP AND ORDERED THE SHOOTING OF SEVERAL RUSSIAN, POLISH AND CZECH SLAVE WORKERS

SEPT 1 - 30    BRUNSWICK

LITTLE OR NO BLACK MARKET ACTIVITY IN GERMANY BUT PETTY PILFERING OF WD PROPERTY.

CRIME IS BEING COMMITTED BY DPS MAINLY POLES.  RELEASE OF

PERSONNEL IS NOW MAKING ITSELF FELT- SECTION NOW 25% UNDERSTAFFED

A/LT LIDDLE 359395  GEN LIST    30/11/45.

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WO 171/7805                  71 SECTION SIB                       JAN - DEC 1945

AMIENS   CAPT F A G HORT MID GENERAL LIST 25/1/45.

MARCH UNIT HAS BEEN OCCUPIED BY BLACK MARKET CASES - ALL SORTS OF WD PROPERTY - USUAL THINGS AND NEW PENICILLIN, ALL OVER BELGIUM AND HOLLAND.   THE MAIN SOURCE OF TROUBLE LIES IN SOLDIERS SELLING ATTRACTIVE GOODS TO CIVILIANS WHO WILL PAY ALMOST ANYTHING.   FOOD, CLOTHING, PETROL, CLOTHING, BLANKETS, INSTRUMENTS, TYRES, TOBACCO.   CIVILIANS SEEM ABLE TO FIND LARGE SUMS OF MONEY.   PART OF THE PROBLEM IS CURRENCY EXCHANGE RATES COMPARED TO PRICES, SO THAT SOLDIERS’ POCKET MONEY DOES NOT GO VERY FAR.

JULY 15 PRESIDENT TRUMAN CAME TO ANTWERP EN ROUTE FOR BIG 3 CONFERENCE AT POTSDAM, BERLIN.   MEMBERS OF UNIT PLACED IN CROWD BUT NOTHING UNTOWARD OCCURRED.

JULY A BIG PROBLEM IS RELEASE DATES WHICH CAN BE DELAYED BECAUSE OF NEED FOR PRESENCE AT COURTS MARTIAL - MANY DISCONSOLATE AND BORED SOLDIERS.   LARCENY OF PETROL FROM “PLUTO” PIPELINE.   JOINTS ARE SLACKENED ALLOWING PETROL TO DROOP INTO CONTAINERS LACED UNDERNEATH AND HOLES HAVE BEEN DRILLED INTO PIPES.   IN ONE CASE A SMALL PIPE HAD BEEN SET INTO THE MAIN AND A RESERVOIR ESTABLISHED A SHORT DISTANCE AWAY.   THE PRACTISE OF USING BELGIAN GUARDS - LOW PAID AND TEMPTED TO SUPPLEMENT THEIR INCOME!   AS IT IS OBVIOUS THE OCCUPYING FORCES WILL BE LEAVING SHORTLY MANY CIVILIANS ARE “STOCKING UP”.

LT T HIBBARD (345175) GENERAL LIST, 31/10/45 AND LT G H HUMPHRIES (304896) GLOUCESTER REGIMENT, 28/5/45.

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WO 171/7806                  72 SECTION SIB                       JAN - DEC 1945

BRUSSELS   LT G R MOORE (331950) GENERAL LIST OC 24/1/45,   LT R H WILSON (306898) GENERAL LIST, 25/1/45, LT A TAYLOR GENERAL LIST, 21/4/45.

JUNE ISERLOHN  USE OF CAPTURED VEHICLES HELPS TRANSPORT SITUATION.   DP’S, LOTS OF MURDERS AND VIOLENT CRIME.   THESE DIMINISH AS DP’S RETURN HOME.

NOV MURDER AT BOCHUM - BELGIAN SOLDIER ARRESTED AND AWAITS TRIAL.

NOV 20  LT G E BELL GENERAL LIST POSTED IN.

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WO 171/7807                   73 SECTION SIB                      JAN - DEC 1945

CAEN   CAPT W T JONES (279140) OC

JAN 1 TRANSPORT FACILITIES BEGIN TO DISABLE SECTION.   6 OF AA VEHICLES IN USE AND 3 OF THEM FIT FOR CONDEMNATION.   GOOD INFO ON CASES BUT NO TRANSPORT.

JAN 17 LUC SUR MER  RACKET BROKEN, 2 ARRESTS, 900,000 CIGARETTES.   GANG SPLIT UP IN PARIS FORCED TO SELL CAFE TO PAY FINES.   2 OPERATIVES ARRESTED A LUC SUR MER CONTRIBUTE AND SUBSCRIBE HALF MILLION FRANCS TO STATE AND REQUIRED TO PRODUCE ANOTHER FOR AND A HALF MILLION.   OFFENDERS BE DISTRESSED UPON (sic) SHOULD CAUSE THEM TO STOP OPERATIONS UNTIL OUR STORES ARE CLEAR.

JAN 21 HEAVY SNOW.

JAN 25 SOME CONSOLATION ROADS ARE IMPASSABLE EVEN IF WE HAD TRANSPORT.   BRINGING ALL POSSIBLE INDOOR WORK UP TO DATE.

FEB REQUISITIONING CIVILIAN CARS.

MAR 25 LT DENTITH AWARDED C IN C CERTIFICATE FOR GOOD SERVICE.

APR 8 LACK OF WORK OWING TO NIL ARMY UNITS IN AREA.

EINDHOVEN

MAY 8 CESSATION OF HOSTILITIES IN EUROPE.

MAY 10 2 CIVILIAN CLEANERS COMMENCED EMPLOYMENT.

MAY 11 CONTACT CIVIL POLICE AND LOCAL UNITS FOR PURPOSE OF CRIME INVESTIGATION.   ENQUIRIES START TO COME IN FASTER.

MAY 12 ONE MALE INTERPRETER/TRANSLATOR COMMENCES EMPLOYMENT WITH THIS HQ.

MAY 16 ENQUIRIES FIZZLE OUT DUE TO UNIT MOVING FORWARD.

EINDHOVEN.

MAY 26 LARCENY OF VALUABLES FROM BRITISH DEAD AT ETTEVILLE.   BODIES REMOVED FROM GRAVES AND VALUABLES STOLEN.   FRENCH CIVILIANS SUSPECTED.

JUNE 1 SGT MILBURN RECOVERS £2,00 WORTH OF WD CAR ENGINES AND VEHICLES FROM BELGIAN CIVILIANS.

JUNE 3 REME INSPECTORATE HAVE VEHICLE INSPECTION,   REPORT ON UNITS TRANSPORT “GOOD”.

JUNE 4 SGT DYER ARRESTS FIVE DUTCH CIVILIANS FROM DADOS FOR LARCENY.

JUNE 6 SUSPECTED MANSLAUGHTER.   CSM COMMENCES INVESTIGATIONS.

JUNE 9 ALLEGED RAPE, CSM HOGGETT COMMENCES ENQUIRY.

JUNE 10 LT HIGHT RAF, SUSPECTED OF MANSLAUGHTER.

JUNE 11 PTE BAKER RASC ARRESTED FOR RAPE.

JUNE 13 RSM, CQMS AND SGT RE’S ARRESTED FOR LARCENY OF 42 CASES OF CHOCOLATE.   SGT WHITTAKER INVESTIGATING.

JUNE 16 ASM ARRESTED BY CSM BELL FOR LOOTING £2,000 WORTH OF MACHINE TOOLS RECOVERED.

JUNE 18 SOLDIER WHO REFUSED TO GIVE HIS IDENTITY FINGERPRINTED AND PHOTOGRAPHED.   FORWARDED TO CRO NEW SCOTLAND YARD.

JUNE 20 SOLDIER ARRESTED FOR SMUGGLING, SGT METCALFE INVESTIGATING.

JUNE 21 DUTCHMAN ARRESTED IN AMERICAN UNIFORM.   ON INTERROGATION ADMITTED HE WAS DUTCH SS.

JUNE 23 SAPPER’S WILLIAMS AND OATES ARRESTED.   WANTED FOR OFFENCES ALL OVER EUROPE.

AUG DAILY BLITZ ON BLACK MARKET.

AUG 18 LT G R MOORE (336950) POSTED IN.

SEPT 8 VJ DAY, THE FIGHTING WAR IS OVER.

OCT 5 CRIMES MOSTLY MISAPPROPRIATION OF CAPTURED ENEMY PROPERTY.   MOTOR CARS ETC, OFTEN OFFICERS SUSPECTED.

DEC UNIT WORKING ON INVESTIGATING CRIME.

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WO 171/7808                     74 SECTION SIB                  JAN - DEC 1944

BRUSSELS   CAPT C CLEWES (279138) GENERAL LIST 10/12/44 AND LT K H WILSON (306898) GENERAL LIST 25/2/44.

JAN SECTION ENGAGED IN GENERAL SIB DUTIES AND INVESTIGATIONS.

FEB ROUTINE INVESTIGATIONS INCLUDING DISTILLING ILLICIT ALCOHOL.

APR 1/7 ARMED HOLDUPS INVESTIGATED.

JUNE 17 MOVED TO BAD SALZHELEN.

JUNE 26 LT W A REID (348500) POSTED IN.

MAIN CRIMES ARE FROM POLES IN DP CAMPS RANGE FROM LARCENY TO MURDER.

BAD SALZUFELN, BAOR.

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WO 172/7809                   81 SECTION SIB                      JAN - DEC 1945

ANTWERP  CAPT H PURSLOW GENERAL LIST OC 9/11/44.

JAN ROUTINE INVESTIGATIONS.   ALLEGED LARCENY OF WD FOOD SUPPLIES ON A LARGE SCALE.   180 CASES OF FOOD RECOVERED.   TRAFFICKING IN CURRENCY.

JAN 10 ENEMY AIR MISSILE VI FELL AT THE REAR OF UNIT.   HQ AND BILLET COMPLETELY DESTROYED, VEHICLES DAMAGED AND DOCUMENTS AND PROPERTY DAMAGED.   OC ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL WITH HEAD WOUNDS, ONE SERGEANT WITH FACE AND HAND LACERATIONS.  UNIT MOVED TO ACCOMMODATION WITH 73 COMPANY (TC), CMP.

MARCH ROUTINE ENQUIRIES.

APRIL RE OFFICER USING FORGED DOCUMENTS TO BUY “LOCAL PURCHASE” GOODS AMOUNTING TO £60,000.

APRIL 30 LT W H G HARRIS (336949) GENERAL LIST POSTED IN.

MAY 16 MOVE TO WINSEN, GERMANY THEN HAMBURG THEN PREETZ.   UNIT SHORT HANDED THEN ORDERS TO SEND NCO BACK TO ANTWERP FOR COURT MARTIAL - 500 MILES AND NOT ENOUGH TRANSPORT.

JUNE 1 PREETZ, SECTION PERSONNEL EXTENSIVELY ENGAGED ON ENQUIRIES RELATING TO ALLEGED WAR CRIMES, IE ILL-TREATMENT OF FOREIGN WORKER, SHOOTING OF RUSSIAN PRISONERS OF WAR, AND

DEATHS OF POLISH DISPLACED PERSONS.   NCO’S OF THE LUBECK DETACHMENT, THIS SECTION, INVESTIGATED A CASE OF DOUBLE MURDER OF GERMAN CHILDREN AGED 8 TO 10 YEARS, NECESSITATING A VISIT TO BELGIUM WHERE THE MURDERER, A BRITISH SOLDIER WAS ARRESTED.

CAPT H PURSLOW , AND 1 NCO TO THE UNITED KINGDOM TO CONTINUE INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE LARCENY OF JEWELLERY FROM A RESIDENCE IN KIEL.

JULY MURDERS, RAPES AND LOOTING PREVALENT.   IN THE MAJORITY OF A CASES GERMAN WOMEN ARE THE VICTIMS AND DISPLACED MALE PERSONNEL ARE THE PERSONS RESPONSIBLE.   IN 2 CASES BELGIAN AND CANADIAN SOLDIERS WERE FOUND RESPONSIBLE.

JULY 20 INVESTIGATION OF WAR CRIMES FOR WAR CRIMES COMMISSION.   LT BALDWIN (296174) RA POSTED IN.

AUG 13 CAPT H PURSLOW AND NCO RETURNED FROM UNITED KINGDOM AFTER COMPLETING INVESTIGATIONS RE THE LARCENY OF JEWELLERY.

AUG 14/20 SECTION PERSONNEL ENGAGED ON ROUTINE ENQUIRIES INCLUDING CRIMES OF VIOLENCE, RAPE, GRIEVOUS BODILY HARM ETC.   PERSONNEL OF THE COPENHAGEN DETACHMENT INVESTIGATING BLACK MARKET ACTIVITIES BY BRITISH AND ALLIED TROOPS.

NOV 1 LT H KAY GENERAL LIST POSTED IN.  

NOV 1/7 SECTION ENGAGED ON VARIED INVESTIGATIONS THE MAJORITY OF WHICH COMPRISE OF SHOOTING OFFENCES.   TRANSPORT SITUATION IMPROVING, ALTHOUGH STILL FAR FROM SATISFACTORY.   PETROL RATIONING IMPEDING INVESTIGATION DUTIES, THE AMOUNT ALLOTTED TO THE SECTION BEING TOTALLY INADEQUATE, IN FACT THE MONTH’S ALLOCATION WAS UTILISED IN THE FIRST FOUR DAYS OF THE MONTH.

NOV 8/14 CAPTAIN BALDWIN TAKES OVER THE DUTIES OF OC ON THE 8TH ON THE PROMOTION OF CAPTAIN PURSLOW TO APM SPECIAL INVESTIGATION BRANCH (MAJOR APPOINTMENT).   CSM BELL  COMMISSIONED RANK AND POSTED TO 72 SIS AND SGT HOXEY COMMISSIONED RANK AND POSTED TO 74 SIS.   TWO SERGEANTS STRUCK OFF STRENGTH ON BEING DEMOBILISED.   OWING TO THE FACT THAT ONE OF THESE NCO’S WAS THE SECTION CLERK, THE OFFICE ROUTINE WAS SOMEWHAT IMPAIRED.   THIS I UNDERSTAND HAS HAPPENED IN THE PAST AND IT WOULD TEND TO PROVE THAT SIB SECTION’S SHOULD HAVE ON THEIR ESTABLISHMENT AN RASC CLERK AND NOT BE MADE TO USE AN INVESTIGATING NCO FROM THE SECTION.

NOV 15/21 TRANSPORT POSITION NOW SATISFACTORY ON BEING ISSUED WITH FOUR EXTRA VEHICLES.   OWING TO THE PETROL RATIONING IT BECAME NECESSARY TO PUT FORWARD A SPECIAL CASE, THIS RESULTED IN SUFFICIENT PETROL BEING ISSUED FOR SECTION REQUIREMENTS.   INSTRUCTION FOR THREE CIVILIAN VEHICLES TO BE HANDED IN TO VEHICLE PARK.   THIS IS NO HARDSHIP ON THE SECTION.

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WO 171/7810                     82 SECTION SIB                    JAN - DEC 1945

CAPT D S FAWCETT (279137) GENERAL LIST AND CAPT C T MUMFORD J (333538) GENERAL LIST.

LILLE JAN EACH MONTH END SEEMS TO SHOW THE WAY SIB JUSTIFIES ITS EXISTENCE;  THIS MONTH THE VALUE OF PROPERTY RECOVERED WAS

NEARLY £5,000.   THIS WITH A STRENGTH OF 14 NCO’S AND TWO OFFICERS..

NO CASES OF OUTSTANDING INTEREST THIS MONTH.   A NEW EFFORT TO STOP TRAFFIC IN WD AND EFI PROPERTY WE HAVE SEARCHED BAGS AND VALISES IN THE POSSESSION OF CIVILIANS BOARDING TRAINS FOR PARIS BUT WITH LITTLE RESULT.   WE CONTINUE TO ARREST DESERTERS WHO BRING BELGIAN TOBACCO INTO FRANCE, TO EVADE CUSTOMS DUTY, FOR BELGIAN TOBACCO MERCHANTS.

FEB 1/28  THERE IS SO LITTLE TO REPORT THIS MONTH THAT THE MONTH’S DIARY WILL BE NECESSARILY BRIEF.   MY IMPRESSION OF FRANCE HAVING SERVED EIGHT MONTHS LONG IS THAT IT IS FULL OF RACKETS OF ALL KINDS, BIG AND SMALL AND THE MOST SURPRISING PEOPLE SEEM TO BE

ENGAGED IN ONE.   AFTER FOUR YEARS OF GERMAN OCCUPATION  IT NOW SEEMS TO BE ‘THE THING’ TO BE TAKING PART IN A RACKET AND THIS WITH THE OBJECT OF OBTAINING SOMETHING WHICH IS SUPPOSED TO BE UNOBTAINABLE.   I AM CONVINCED THAT MOST PEOPLE ARE BLACK

MARKETING MAINLY TO SUPPLEMENT THEIR MEAGRE RATIONS.   I KNOW A WIDOW WHO THROUGH SHEER POVERTY AND LACK OF WORK HAS PERFORCE TO MAKE A TRIP TO PARIS WITH HER CORSET STUFFED WITH BELGIAN TOBACCO WHICH SHE SELLS AT A GOOD PRICE.   NONETHELESS ON HER RETURN TO LILLE SHE HAS LITTLE MONEY LEFT, INSTEAD SHE BRINGS FAT ETC , WHICH SHE CAN BUY IN THE BLACK MARKET AND WHICH IS MOST

NECESSARY FOR HER TWO CHILDREN.   THE WOMEN DOES THIS EVERY WEEK.

WHAT I HAVE JUST SAID ILLUSTRATES WHY IT IS THAT TROOPS ARE BEING CONTINUALLY PESTERED TO SELL FOOD TO CIVILIANS AND THIS SECTION COULD SPEND ALL THE TIME RAIDING CAFES AND HOMES RECOVERING WD FOODSTUFFS WHICH HAS BEEN SOLD BY THE TROOPS.

MARCH 1/31 DURING THE PAST MONTH THE SECTION HAS BEEN ENGAGED WITH THE CIVILIAN POLICE IN SEARCHING SUSPECTED CAFE WHICH ARE WELL KNOWN MEETING PLACES OF BLACK MARKET AGENTS WHO DEAL SOLELY IN WD FOOTSTUFFS AND EQUIPMENT.   A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF SUCCESS HAS BEEN OBTAINED BY THESE METHODS TO TRY TO SUPPRESS THE TRAFFICKING OF WD COMMODITIES.

APR 30   THE AMERICANS SEEM TO PREDOMINANT IN LILLE NOW, IT WOULD APPEAR THAT THE BRITISH ARE MOVING UP.

MAY 1 - 3  WORD OF MOVE TO NEUNKIRCHEN ALMOST IMMEDIATELY WITH A VIEW TO ENTERING HAMBURG WHEN IT FALLS.

MAY 25 LAST OF THE SECTION LEFT LILLE AND ARRIVED AT HAMBURG ON THE 27TH.

MAY 27-31   GOOD BILLETT FOUND BY CAPT MOFFAT, SOON ALL WORKING AT TOP PRESSURE.   RELATIONS BETWEEN SECTION AND MILITARY GOV. DET ARE CORDIAL AND I SHALL HAVE THE USE OF GERMAN POLICE FINGERPRINT AND PHOTOGRAPHIC EXPERTS.

JUNE 1 - 30 HAMBURG.   BEHAVIOUR OF THE TROOPS IN HAMBURG IS EXCEEDINGLY GOOD, SURPRISINGLY, FOR THEY NOW HAVE A LOT OF TIME ON THEIR HANDS - NON FRATERNISATION ORDER MIGHT PROVOKE SEXUAL CRIME BUT HAS NOT.

JUL GOOD BEHAVIOUR CONTINUES.   SIGNS OF BLACKMARKET STARTING IN PARK - CAMERA FOR FOOD.   HAVE EASE OF ACCESS TO PHOTOGRAPHY,

FINGERPRINTING ETC.   ASS OUGHT TO HAVE HAD THESE SCIENTIFIC AIDS TO CRIME DETECTION A LONG TIME AGO ON IT’S G1098 INSTEAD OF LAMPS HURRICANE TRAFFIC SLEEVES AND SUCH OTHER RIDICULOUS ITEMS WHICH ARE OF NO USE TO US

AUG 1 - 31 THERE ARE NO UNUSUAL CRIME CASE TO REPORT FOR THE MONTH ENDING 31ST AUGUST.   WHAT LITTLE VIM THERE IS, IS WELL UNDER CONTROL, AND UNLIKE OTHER STATIONS IN GERMANY WE HAVE NO TROUBLE AT ALL WITH DISPLACED PERSONS.

EVEN THE BLACK MARKET SITUATION IS NOT SO ACUTE AS IN OTHER STATIONS FREQUENT RAIDS BY THIS UNIT HAVE PROVED THE TROOPS ARE LARGELY BARTERING THEIR CIGARETTES AND CHOCOLATE,   THERE IS NO

PROOF THAT RATIONS OR STORES ARE STOLEN IN BULK TO FIND ITS WAY TO THE ‘BLACK MARKET’.

LT MOFFATT AND I HAD A LUCKY ESCAPE RARELY IN AUGUST, WHEN DRIVING LATE ONE NIGHT, FAILED TO STOP FOR A SENTRY’S TORCH FLASHING IN THE

ROAD.   WE PROMPTLY GOT FOUR RIFLE BULLETS FIRED INTO OUR CAR.   LT MOFFATT SUSTAINED A FLESH WOUND TO HIS ARM OTHERWISE WE GO OFF LIGHTLY.   CAPT FAWCETT AND LT MOFFAT LEFT SECTION ON RELEASE.

CAPT W A REID (248500) GENERAL LIST REPLACEMENT INVOLVED IN AN UNFORTUNATE ACCIDENT WITH MOTOR VEHICLE WHICH CAUGHT FIRE AND HE IS IN HOSPITAL WITH SEVERE BURNS.   LT BALDWIN HAS TAKEN OVER IN OC’S ABSENCE.

NOV 1 - 30 INCREASE IN SHOOTING CRIMES.   IN ALL CASES GERMAN WEAPONS HAVE BEEN USED   TROOPS ARE STILL IN POSSESSION OF VARIOUS TYPES OF GERMAN FIREARMS.

DEC 1 - 31 NO DECREASE IN CRIME - VARIED IE BUGGERY, ARMED HOLD UP SIMPLE LARCENY, GANG OF POLISH BLACK MARKETEERS TRADING BETWEEN BRUSSELS AND HAMBURG.

DEC 30     MOVES TO FLENSBURG

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WO 171/7811                   83 SECTION SIB                    JAN - DEC 1945

ANTWERP.   CAPT N L WHITTAKER (289203) OC.

JAN 4 - 12 NUMEROUS CASES OF PILFERING DETECTED IN DOCK AREA.

JAN 12 FLYING BOMB AND ROCKET ATTACKS BY ENEMY CONTINUE WITH VARYING PERIODS OF QUIETNESS.

JAN 14  ROCKETS FELL ON BARGES SEVERAL ARRESTS MADE FOR LOOTING FROM DAMAGED CARGO.   I CONSIDER THAT SALVAGE OPERATIONS WITH REGARD TO CARGO WERE SLOW.

JAN 14 - 22 ARRESTS MADE DAILY FOR LARCENY ETC. LARGE QUANTITIES OF WD GOODS RECOVERED.   SECTION WORKING SPLENDIDLY.

JAN 21 18 BRITISH CIVIL DEFENCE WORKERS ARRESTED FOR LOOTING FROM DAMAGED BARGES.   FLYING BOMB AND ROCKET ATTACKS CONTINUE INTERMITTENTLY.

LT J G MOFFATT (3367771) GENERAL LIST JOINS.

FEB EPIDEMIC OF ROBBERIES WITH VIOLENCE AND INTERMITTENT FLYING BOMBS AND ROCKET ATTACKS.

FEB 13 4 CANADIAN SOLDIERS ARRESTED FOR ARMED ROBBERIES IN ANTWERP.

FEB 27  CAPT WHITTAKER PROCEEDED TO ENGLAND BY AIR IN CONNECTION WITH CASE  CONCERNING PARCELS OF FOODSTUFFS SENT FROM ENGLAND BY BELGIAN BOAR FOR HIGHER OFFICIALS IN THIS COUNTRY.

MAR 15 FLYING BOMB ATTACKS BY ENEMY GREATLY REDUCED ONLY OCCASIONAL VII’S.

MAR 15 CAPT MUMFORD (333538) GENERAL LIST POSTED IN.

MAR 26 3 SGT’S AND INTERPRETER SENT TO BORNEM IN GERMANY TO INVESTIGATE ROBBERIES BY BARGEES ON THE RIVER SHELDT.

NOTE: VEHICLES ALLOCATED TO THIS SECTION ARE NOT SUFFICIENT 4 CAPTURED ENEMY VEHICLES WERE ALLOCATED AND WHEN EXAMINED ONLY ONE OF THEM HAD TYRES.

APRIL 1 VI AND VII ATTACKS BY ENEMY CEASED.

APRIL 10  PETTY PILFERING REDUCED NOW INCREASED FOOD AVAILABLE.

MAY 8 SECTION MANAGED TO FIND A FEW HOURS FOR V DAY CELEBRATIONS.

MAY 12 2 SGT’S AND INTERPRETER SENT TO BOOM (NR ANTWERP) AS THIS PLACE HAS BECOME A CENTRE FOR BLACK MARKET DEALING.   EXCELLENT RESULTS FROM HERE.   ARRESTS AND LARGE AMOUNTS OF ALLIED PROPERTY, CLOTHING, VEHICLES, FOODSTUFFS RECOVERED.   SPECIFIC CASES INCLUDE: 8,370 YARDS OF HOSPITAL SHEETING 3 ½ MILLION CIGARETTES (NOT RECOVERED), 7 ½ TONS OF SOAP, 2,304 TINS OF SALMON.   EXCELLENT WORK BEING ONE BY GHENT AND OSTEND DETACHMENTS.

OCT  VERY BUSY MUCH OF THE SAME.

ALSO MP’S HAVE BEEN ARRESTED ON BRIBERY AND CORRUPTION CHARGES.

NOV 17 PERFORMED SECURITY DUTIES AT HOTEL DE VILLE ON VISIT OF R HON WINSTON CHURCHILL TO RECEIVE FREEDOM OF ANTWERP.

INVOLVED IN CASE OF LARCY OF 243 CASES OF WHISKY FROM DOCKS.

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WO 171/7812                     85 SECTION SIB                  JAN - DEC 1945

BRUSSELS.   LT W H G HARRIS (336949) GENERAL LIST, LT G R MOORE (536950) GENERAL LIST.

JAN, FEB NORMAL DUTIES, BLACK MARKET LACK OF TRANSPORT AND TYPEWRITERS.

CAPT WARMAN OC.

MAR NORMAN DUTIES.   ARRESTS FOR UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF WD PROPERTY.

APR, MAY, JUNE, JULY.  ROUTINE.

AUG UNIT ENGAGED SOLELY IN THE DETECTION OF CRIME IN THE BRUSSELS AREA.

LT S W CARRIER (343852) GENERAL LIST.

DEC  UNIT TO MOVE TO HAMBURG ON OR ABOUT 1/1/46.

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WO 171/7813                     86 SECTION SIB                  FEB - DEC 1945

MYCHETT.   LT A J FOX ((325481) GENERAL LIST 2/2/45, LT J A NORTON (329602) GENERAL LIST, 2/2/45.

FEB 2 UNIT FORMED.

FEB 23 UNIT EMBARKED TILBURY FOR OSTEND.  

MARCH 20 STARTED DETACHMENT AT YPRES.

131 CASES INVESTIGATED, 159 ARRESTED (40 MILITARY PERSONNEL), £1897 VALUE OF WD PROPERTY RECOVERED.

APRIL 26 CAPT FOX AND CSM LIDDLE LEFT FOR BELSEN, GERMANY TO INVESTIGATE ALLEGED ATROCITIES IN CONCENTRATION CAMP.

APRIL 27 ROAD ACCIDENT, CSM YATES AND CIVILIAN INTERPRETER MOMMENS LATTER BELIEVED SERIOUS.

MAY 21  INFO FROM LILLE DET INVESTIGATING ALLEGED MURDER OF nO. 4454284 L/CPL WINSHIP, 247 PRO COY CMP BY 2 COLOURED US ARMY SOLDIERS, 23.00HRS, 20TH INST.

MAY 31 MOVE TO NIENBURG

JUNE 24 CAPT FOX RETURNED TO UNIT FROM BELSEN AFTER ABSENCE OF 2 MONTHS AT BELSEN INVESTIGATING ATROCITIES;  INSUFFICIENT INVESTIGATING STAFF AT BELSEN TO DO IT PROPERLY.   OVER 30.000 POTENTIAL WITNESSES, ONLY A SMALL FRACTION INTERVIEWED.   NEW EVIDENCE IS BEING LOST THROUGH LACK OF STAFF.

JUNE 26 NEW BILLETS FOUND AT VERDEN.

JUNE 31 MOST CRIMES - LOOTING AND MURDER ESPECIALLY BY POOLES AND OTHER DP’S.

AUG MOST CRIMES - LOOTING AND MURDER AND BLACK MARKET BY GERMANS.

DEC AS ABOVE DP’S.

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WO 171/7814                   87 SECTION SIB                     JULY - DEC 1945

BRUSSELS.   LT T SHARMAN (313761) GENERAL LIST, LT S CORMACK (333856) GENERAL LIST.

JULY 1 - 31  IN BRUSSELS IN JUNE BLENDING EXPERIENCED MEN INTO SECTION TO PROVIDE A FOUNDATION FOR SMOOTH WORKING.   CRIMES - LARCENY TO MURDERS WORKING WITH RUSSIAN DP’S.

AUG INSUFFICIENT TRANSPORT.   LARCENY, RAPE, ROBBERY WITH VIOLENCE ASSAULT, BLACK MARKET ILLICIT STILLS HAVE PREDOMINATED IN INVESTIGATIONS.

SEPT A DECREASE IN SERIOUS CRIME IS DOWN THIS MONTH WHICH IS NO DOUBT DUE TO MOVEMENTS OF DP’S AND A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF NOTORIETY GAINED BY THIS SECTION.   GENERALLY SPEAKING THE POPULATION APPEARS TO BE VERY DOCILE AND LAW ABIDING SERIOUS PROBLEMS FROM DP’S.   NO EVIDENCE OF SERIOUS TROUBLE FROM CIVILIAN POPULATION AGAINST OCCUPATION FORCES  - MIGHT CHANGE AS WINTER APPROACHES AND FOOD SITUATION DETERIORATES.

ONE RAID ONLY AGAINST MAIN ARMY FOOD STORE (148 DID) WHICH WAS SUCCESSFULLY DEALT WITH AND THE RESULT OF WHICH WILL NO DOUBT ACT AS A DETERRENT TO ANY FURTHER DEPREDATIONS.

OCT. RELATIONS WITH KRIPO REMAINS AT A HIGH STANDARD.

DUSSELDORF NOV 1 - 30 ROUTINE ENQUIRIES ENGAGED SECTION WITH 36 OFFENCES OF VARIOUS TYPES BEING INVESTIGATED DURING THE MONTH.

A L/CPL OF TRAFFIC CONTROL, CMP COLOGNE, WAS FOUND MURDERED ON THE 22ND NOVEMBER 1945.   (NO 6146265 L/CPL W E WARD, 25 TC COY,

CMP), WAS FOUND MURDERED ON THE 22ND NOVEMBER 1945, AND

INVESTIGATIONS INITIATED BY THIS SECTION HAVE RESULTED IN THE ARREST OF THE TWO PERPETRATORS AND ELEVEN OTHERS FOR BEING ACCESSORIES AFTER THE FACT.   ALL THIRTEEN ARE GERMAN CIVILIANS.   THREE PERSONNEL OF THE SECTION HAVE BEEN RELEASED FROM THE ARMY AND THEIR REPLACEMENTS ARE NOT YET TO HAND.   THE LOSS OF SUCH TRAINED AND EXPERIENCED PERSONNEL IS TRYING IN VIEW OF THE LARGE AMOUNT OF WORK FOUND IN 53 (W) DIV, AND GUARDS DIV AREAS.   LIAISON AND COOPERATION BETWEEN SECTIONS AND GERMAN POLICE, INCLUSIVE OF KRIPO REMAINS AT A HIGH STANDARD.   TRANSPORT DIFFICULTIES HAVE EASED THROUGH THE INCREASE TO WE OF VEHICLES.

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WO 171/7815                       88 SECTION SIB                MAY - DEC 1945

BRUSSELS MAY SETTING UP SECTION.   CAPT T CLARKE, CAPT J A NORTON (329602) GENERAL LIST TOS 18/5/45, LT J O’CONNELL, EAST SURREY REGT TOS 30/4/45.

JUN 25 MAIN BODY AND LT O’CONNELL LEFT FOR WARENDORF, HQ 3 BRITISH DIVISION.

JUL 31 SASSENBERG.   COMPLETED MONTHLY REPORTS AND STATISTICS.   21 CASES INVESTIGATED, 7 INVOLVING MURDER.   CONSIDERABLE TROUBLE BEING GIVEN BY DISPLACED PERSONS (DP’S) OF ALL NATIONALITIES.   INVESTIGATIONS SHOW RAT LACK OF DISCIPLINE BY ALLIED RESPONSIBLE AUTHORITIES.

AUG 30  STATISTICS AGAIN 10 CASES OF MURDER 42 ARRESTS.

SEPT 8  CONFERENCE ABOUT DEALING WITH CRIME BY POLISH DP’S.

SEPT 30 DECREASE IN CRIME - ATTRIBUTED TO DISPERSAL OF POLISH DP’S.

OCT 1 WEIDENBRUCK - ENQUIRIES ABOUT ALLEGED MURDER OF A RUSSIAN DP AT AUGUSTDORF 19/8/45.

OCT 5 12.55HRS ACCIDENT INVOLVING OPE CAR M6057211 DRIVEN BY DAPM RESULTING IN FATAL INJURIES TO A CHILD, W SCHWARTZ OF GRIFFENSTRASSE, LT O’CONNELL DEALING.

OCT 31 SECTION WORKING TO CAPACITY AND VERY SATISFACTORILY.

NOV 28 RECEIVED A “FLUORESCENT LAMP” AND FINGERPRINT APPARATUS.

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WO 171/7816                    89 SECTION SIB                       MAY - DEC 45

BRUSSELS    CAPT T CLARKE

MAY 1  RECEIVED INSTRUCTIONS RE FORMATION OF SECTION FROM “A” BRANCH, BRUSSELS GARRISON.   COLLECTING VEHICLES AND STORES.

CAPT WHG HARRIS 336949  GEN LIST   15/5/45

LT O’CONNELL POSTED TO 88 SIS.

JUN 21   BRUNSWICK

JUL 5   BERLIN SPANDAU

JUL 7   BILLETTS IN CHARLOTTENBURG DISTRICT IN FAIRLY GOOD CONDITION IN COMPARISON WITH THE MAJORITY OF ACCOMMODATION AVAILABLE IN THE DISTRICT

JUL 16   CASE OF ALLEGED SABOTAGE AND MALICIOUS CUTTING OF TELEPHONE WIRES

JUL 20   ROBBERY WITH VIOLENCE AGAINST 3 RUSSIAN OFFICERS BY 2 BRITISH SOLDIERS

JUL 21   ORGANISED RAID ON PRINCIPAL BERLIN CAFE - BLACK MARKET 11 ARRESTS

JUL 28   2 SOLDIERS ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH THE ROBBERY WITH VIOLENCE REPORTED ON 20/7

AUG 12   ONE GERMAN FEMALE CIVILIAN FATALLY SHOT BY BRITISH SOLDIERS  -  A CASE OF JUSTIFIABLE HOMICIDE

AUG 16   ONE CIVILIAN COOK EMPLOYED BY THIS UNIT FOUND LEAVING THE PREMISES WITH WD FOODSTUFFS PLACED IN CLOSE ARREST

AUG 21   ONE BRITISH OFFICER ARRESTED FOR LOOTING

AUG 22   CASE OF MURDER, DUTCH INTERPRETER SHOT BY RUSSIAN SOLDIERS

SEPT 3   INVESTIGATIONS AND NORMAL DUTIES

SEPT 4   DIFFICULTY TAKING STATEMENTS ETC FROM OFFICERS, STOPPED BECAUSE OF THEIR SENIOR RANK

DRUG TRAFFICKING AND BLACK MARKETEERING.

SEPT 21 CASE OF GERMAN WOMAN ‘BREAKING’ INTO AN UNOCCUPIED MILITARY REQUISITIONED HOUSE FOR GENERAL ROBERTSON, CHIEF OF STAFF, CONTROL COMMISSION.   SHE WAS FOUND NAKED IN BED AT 07.00 HRS TODAY.   FOUND TO BE INSANE ‘TYPE’, WITH RUSSIAN FRIENDS,  NOT CRIMINAL MOTIVE OR BREACH OF SECURITY, IN ANY WAY IS SUSPECTED.   ALSO OFFICER CASE OF ALLEGED UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF TWO TURKISH CARPETS, BEING IMPROPERLY TRANSPORTED TO BELGIUM.   OBTAINED FROM CHANCELLERY.

SEPT 23 CASE OF WOMAN FOUND MURDERED, WITH THROAT CUT AND MULTIPLE FACE INJURIES.   INVESTIGATIONS REVEALED THAT TWO RUSSIAN SOLDIERS COMMITTED CRIME.   CASE HANDED OVER TO RUSSIAN ‘SIB’ AND CIVIL POLICE CID INSPECTOR

SEPT 26-29 SEARCHED FOR NEW OFFICE PREMISES, BILLETS AND MESSES, AND BY ARRANGEMENT WITH “Q” (QUARTERING) AND TOWN MAJOR, MOVED HQ ADDRESS TO 11 RUSTERNALLEE, CHARLOTTENBURG, BERLIN, ON THE LATTER DATE, AFTER REQUISITIONING.   FATHER OF WIFE OF OWNER IS “KRUPP VON bOHLEN”, ARRESTED BY AMERICANS AT NUREMBERG..

OCT 1-7 CHARLOTTENBURG, BERLIN.   UNIT DISTRIBUTION REMAINS THE SAME, WITH ONE DETACHMENT IN PARIS AND HQ IN BERLIN.   INVESTIGATION DUTIES AND NORMAL ENQUIRIES CARRIED OUT AND STATEMENTS TAKEN IN BERLIN SECTOR, AND THE PARIS AREA.   LT A TAYLOR OC.   ON THE TH SERIOUS CASES OF LARCENY OF ‘DUTY FREE’ CIGARETTE PARCELS FROM APO BERLIN DISCOVERED, GERMAN CIVILIAN FEMALE EMPLOYEE ARRESTED.   PARCEL WRAPPINGS, CIGARETTES AND LARGE AMOUNT OF MONEY FOUND AT HOUSE OF ACCUSED, WHO LATER ESCAPED FROM CIVIL POLICE,   NOT TRACED TO DATE.   CIVIL POLICEMAN RESPONSIBLE ARRESTED.

OCT 8-10 CASE OF BRITISH OFFICER SHOT IN THE STREET AT 01.00 HRS THE 10TH, WHILST CHALLENGING CIVILIANS FOR IDENTITY PAPERS, IN COMPANY

WITH ANOTHER OFFICER, WHO HAS GIVEN DIFFERENT ACCOUNTS

OF THE SHOOTING.   UNFORTUNATELY THIS ATTEMPTED MURDER WAS NOT REPORTED TO DPM, OR THIS SECTION, UNTIL ABOUT 18.00 HRS THE SAME DAY.   IN CONSEQUENCE, GOOD CHANNEL OF ENQUIRY NULLIFIED, AS POSSIBLE SUSPECTS LEFT THE AREA BY TRAIN FOR RUSSIAN ZONE, ABOUT

MIDDAY THE SAME DAY.   QUESTION OF DELAY IN REPORTING THIS MATTER TAKEN UP WITH APPROPRIATE AUTHORITIES, AND IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT THERE WILL BE NO REPETITION.   BULLET PASSED COMPLETELY THROUGH

OFFICER, WHO HAD MAJOR OPERATION, BUT UNFORTUNATELY DIED ON THE 12TH AS RESULT OF INJURIES.

OCT 11 VISIT OF LT COL G HOOPER DPM, SIB, CMP, HOME FORCES AND MAJ C CLEWES, APM, SIB, BAOR.   PERIODICAL VISIT TO UNITS.

OCT 12 LT A TAYLOR PROMOTED CAPTAIN AND APPOINTED DAPM, OC OF THIS SECTION WEF 28 AUG 1945.   PERIODICAL VISIT OF BRIGADIER J CHENEY, PM.

OCT 13 PERSONNEL OF THIS SECTION TOOK ITS PART IN LARGE SCALE RAID ON THE BLACK MARKET AREA NEAR THE REICHSTAG, SUPPORTED BY TANKS.   ABOUT 2,000 PERSONS DETAINED, INCLUDING 22 RUSSIAN OFFICERS AND NEARLY 80 OTHER RANKS.   RAID RECEIVED WIDESPREAD RADIO AND NEWSPAPER PUBLICITY; CONSPICUOUS ABSENCE OF BRITISH MILITARY PERSONNEL SUSPECTS.   ONE LOCAL AIRMAN ARRESTED AND THE TWO SOLDIERS REPORTED ‘ARRESTED’, WERE MEMBERS OF THIS SECTION ‘ARRESTED’ BY ARRANGEMENT AT THE SAME TIME AS THE RUSSIANS.

OCT 16 TWO CASES OF ALLEGED RAPE BY THREATS REPORTED.   INVESTIGATED THAT AND TWO SOLDIERS ARRESTED.   CASES ALLEGED TO HAVE OCCURRED ON GOODS TRAIN IN THE RUSSIAN ZONE WHILST TRAVELLING BETWEEN BRITISH AREAS OF BRUNSWICK AND BERLIN.   THIS ENQUIRY REVEALS SIGNIFICANTLY THE EASINESS WITH WHICH CIVILIANS, AND MILITARY PERSONNEL OF ALL NATIONS CAN TRAVEL TO BERLIN.   OTHER PERSONS WERE ALSO ON THIS TRAIN AND THE RESULTANT POSSIBLE ADVERSE CONSEQUENCES ARE OBVIOUS.   MATTER BEING DEALT WITH.

OCT17-20 CASE OF BRITISH SOLDIER DESCRIBING HIMSELF AS A FRENCH CANADIAN WAS ARRESTED IN PARIS.   ON INTERROGATION IT WAS FOUND THAT HE WAS YVES THOURING, A FORMER MEMBER OF WAFFEN SS, WHO WAS WANTED FOR ARMED ROBBERY AND OTHER OFFENCES, AND FOR ESCAPING FROM CUSTODY WHILST SERVING A TEN YEAR HARD LABOUR SENTENCE.   FURTHER CASE OF A PRIVATE WHO ESCAPED FROM CUSTODY WHILST AWAITING COURT MARTIAL AT CLEVES, GERMANY.   TRACED TO BORDEAUX AND WAS ARRESTED THERE ON INSTRUCTIONS OF PARIS DETACHMENT OF THIS UNIT.   A WD JEEP WAS TRACED TO HIS POSSESSION.   AGAIN HE ESCAPED FROM CUSTODY AT BORDEAUX AND STOLE PERSONAL PROPERTY AND KTI AT POITIERS, AND WAS REARRESTED AT CHATELIERAULT.   ON INTERROGATION ADMITTED LARCENY OF JEEP FROM CLEVES AND OTHER LARCENIES.   TWO SERGEANT OF PARIS DETACHMENT SENT TO TOULON WITH A VIEW TO DETECT AND PREVENT SERIOUS CASES OF LARCENY HAPPENING THERE, ESPECIALLY IN THE VICINITY OF THE DOCKS.   THESE TWO ARE NOT YET LOOKED UPON AS A SEPARATE DETACHMENT.

OCT 21 CSM JACKSON W, PARIS DETACHMENT, COMMISSIONED AND POSTED TO FILL WE VACANCY OF FULL LIEUTENANT AND 2 I/C OF THIS SECTION,

REMAINING IN PARIS THUS MAKING SECTION COMPLETE, EXCEPT FOR 1 CORPORAL.

OCT 23 CASE OF UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A LARGE QUANTITY OF SUGAR, ABOUT 4 TONS;  25 CIVILIANS ARRESTED. SUSPECTED PART OF INTENDED CONSIGNMENTS FOR BERLIN FROM FACTORY IN RUSSIAN ZONE.

OCT 18 LT W J H A JACKSON, GENERAL LIST POSTED IN.

OCT 24 OC LEFT BERLIN BY AIR FOR LONDON RE URGENT AND IMPORTANT ENQUIRIES.

OCT 25-30 A NUMBER OF REPORTED CASES INVESTIGATED WHICH INVOLVED ARMED ROBBERY.   TWO TO FIVE SOLDIERS ARE GOING ROUND BERLIN IN BANDS, IN THE DARKNESS, STOPPING AND ROBBING AT PISTOL POINT GERMAN CIVILIANS AND THEN USING UNNECESSARY VIOLENCE BY HITTING THEIR VICTIMS, CHIEFLY ON THE HEAD, WITH THEIR REVOLVERS, OR FISTS.   OBSERVATIONS KEPT BY PERSONNEL OF THIS SECTION WITHOUT MUCH SUCCESS.   THE SCOPE FOR SUCCESS IN THIS DIRECTION IS LIMITED AT EH

MAIN PART OF THIS SECTION HERE IS FULLY OCCUPIED IN INVESTIGATION AND DETECTION WORK.   SHOTS WERE EXCHANGED ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION AND A BRITISH SERGEANT WAS SHOT.   A CIVIL POLICEMAN WAS ALSO STABBED NEAR THE LUNGS (NOT FATALLY) BY, IT IS BELIEVED, AMERICAN SOLDIER.   A SUCCESSFUL RESULT IN MORE THAN ONE CASE IS ANTICIPATED.   CIVIL POLICE NOW OFTEN GOING ROUND ON DUTY IN THREES FOR FOURS.   TWO MORE OF THIS SECTION’S PRISONERS ESCAPED FROM CIVIL POLICE OF BERLIN, INCLUDING CIVILIAN DRESSED AS AMERICAN SOLDIER.

OCT 31 PERSONNEL OF THIS SECTION PLAYED ITS PART IN A LARGE RAID IN THE ‘WINSTON CLUB’ AREA, BERLIN.   ABOUT 20 SOLDIERS, 9 AIRMEN AND 60 CIVILIANS DETAINED.   AGAIN PROVED WD PROPERTY ON BLACK MARKET IN APPRECIABLE QUANTITIES.

NOV 1-5 BERLIN.   ONE EXTRA DETACHMENT OF THIS UNIT AT TOULON (FRANCE), HQ REMAINS IN BERLIN, AND THE 2 I/C WITH DETACHMENT IN PARIS.   OC CAPT A TAYLOR, DAPM RETURNED TO BERLIN FROM LONDON VIA HAMBURG.   CASE OF THE MURDER OF A BRITISH SOLDIER BY  FRENCH SOLDIER WHO HAD BEEN ARRESTED FOR BEING IN POSSESSION OF A STOLEN JEEP.   SOLDIER WAS SHOT WHILST DRIVING HIS JEEP AND N PRISONER TO CUSTODY.   AFTER A “HUE AND CRY” FRENCH SOLDIER WAS CHASED FROM DISTRICT TO DISTRICT AND SURROUNDED ON THE FOLLOWING DAY WHERE HE WAS SHOT.

NOV 6 OC LEFT FOR 43 DIV HQ AT CELLE AND 43 RECCE REGT HQ AT OLDENBURG, THEN TO NEUMUNSTER NEAR KIEL TO 8TH CORPS APO RE SERIOUS CASES ON HAND.   THIRD OF STRENGTH OF UNIT MISSING FROM BERLIN.   CASE OF ITALIAN POW DRESSED AS A BRITISH SOLDIER OF THE DLI’S (DESERT RATS) BY WHOM HE WAS EMPLOYED, COMMITTING A CASE OF ARMED ROBBERY AGAINST A GERMAN CIVILIAN.   CASE OF ORDNANCE OFFICER GIVING STOLEN JEEP TO CAMP COMMANDANT PARIS AFTER REPAINTING AND USING FALSE NUMBERS.

NOV 7-12 NORMAL DUTIES, ENQUIRIES, STATEMENT TAKING, AND INVESTIGATIONS RE CASES OF ALLEGED SERIOUS CRIMES.   CASES OF ROBBERY WITH VIOLENCE AND ARMED ROBBERY FOR WHICH BRITISH MILITARY PERSONNEL WERE ARRESTED IN BERLIN.   CASE OF ALLEGED

MURDER OF A BRITISH SOLDIER BY A DUTCH GUARD EMPLOYED BY THE US ARMY GUARDING GERMAN POW’S IN PARIS AREA.   GUARD ARRESTED ON CHARGE OF MANSLAUGHTER.   CASE OF ENGLISH CIVILIAN ARRESTED AS SUSPECTED DESERTER.   FOUND TO BE A CASE OF UNLAWFUL ENTRY INTO FRANCE AND, AFTER CONTACTING SCOTLAND YARD, ALSO FOUND TO BE WANTED BY THE BRISTOL CITY POLICE.   CASE OF MISUSE OF WD TRANSPORT AND OTHER IRREGULARITIES IN BRUSSELS AND PARIS BY MFO BRUSSELS TRANSPORT.   CASE OF DESERTER FROM CMF WHO STOLE AMERICAN JEEP, ARRESTED IN PARIS.

NOV 13-19   CASE OF DESERTER FROM BARI (ITALY) WHERE HE STOLE A THREE TON VEHICLE, WHICH HE EVENTUALLY ABANDONED AT PREVENT (FRANCE) WHERE IT WAS RECOVERED. CASE OF ATTEMPTED RAPE AT TOULON.  ALSO CASE OF THREE BRITISH SOLDIERS STEALING A CIVILIAN  VEHICLE AND WHEN CALLED UPON TO STOP BY THE CIVILIAN POLICE AT TOULON, FAILED TO DO SO, WHEREBY THE CIVIL POLICE OPENED FIRE, WITH

THE RESULT THAT THE DRIVER WAS WOUNDED AND TAKEN TO HOSPITAL;

INJURIES NOT FATAL.  CASE OF THREE FRENCH COLOURED COLONIAL SOLDIERS MISAPPROPRIATING WD PROPERTY AT TOULON.

NOV 22-24 CASE OF ONE BRITISH SOLDIER SHOOTING ANOTHER BRITISH SOLDIER THROUGH THE NECK,   NOT FATAL. OFFENDER ARRESTED.

NOV 25 SERIOUS CASES OF ARMED ROBBERIES AND THE MURDER OF TWO CIVILIANS BY TWO SUSPECTED RUSSIAN MILITARY PERSONNEL.   RUSSIAN OFFICER AND SERGEANT SUBSEQUENTLY ARRESTED FOR THESE OFFENCES AND DETAINED BY BRITISH MILITARY AUTHORITIES.

NOV 26-30 ADMINISTRATIVE DIFFICULTIES AROSE AS REGARDS THE DISPOSAL OF WD PROPERTY BROUGHT BEFORE THE MILITARY GOVERNMENT COURTS.   CERTAIN DISPOSAL INSTRUCTIONS WERE ISSUED BY MILI GOV HQ BERLIN TO THE PRESIDENTS OF THESE COURTS, WHICH WERE IN CONTRADICTION TO THE USUAL DISPOSAL INSTRUCTIONS ISSUED FROM HQ BAOR.   CHIEF LEGAL OFFICER AND OTHERS SEEN REGARDING THIS MATTER WHICH IS BEING PUT RIGHT.   CERTAIN PROCEDURES AT THESE COURTS ARE DISCUSSED AND NOW BEING DEALT WITH.. CRIME IS ON THE INCREASE IN BERLIM, ESPECIALLY CRIMES OF VIOLENCE AND IRREGULARITIES BY OFFICERS.

SOLDIERS MISAPPROPRIATING WD PROPERTY AT TOULON.

OC ON LEAVE.

NOV 22   CASE OF ONE BRITISH SOLDIER SHOOTING ANOTHER BRITISH SOLDIER THROUGH THE NECK; NOT FATAL; OFFENDER ARRESTED

NOV 25   SERIOUS CASES OF ARMED ROBBERIES AND THE MURDER OF TWO SUSPECTED RUSSIAN MILITARY PERSONNEL.  RUSSIAN OFFICER AND SERGEANT SUBSEQUENTLY ARRESTED FOR THESE OFFENCES AND DETAINED BY BRITISH MILITARY AUTHORITIES.

NOV 26-30   NORMAL DUTIES, STATEMENT TAKING, INVESTIGATIONS AND OBSERVATIONS.  ADMINISTRATIVE DIFFICULTIES AS REGARDS THE DISPOSAL OF WD PROPERTY BROUGHT BEFORE THE MIL GOV COURTS.  CERTAIN DISPOSAL INSTRUCTIONS WERE ISSUED BY MIL GOV HQ IN BERLIN

TO THE PRESIDENTS OF THESE COURTS, WHICH WERE IN CONTRADICTION TO THE USUAL DISPOSAL INSTRUCTIONS ISSUED FROM HQ BAOR.  CHIEF

LEGAL OFFICER AND OTHERS SEEN REGARDING THIS MATTER WHICH IS

BEING PUT RIGHT. CERTAIN PROCEDURE AT THESE COURTS ALSO DISCUSSED AND NOW BEING DEALT WITH.-  CRIME IS ON THE INCREASE IN BERLIN, ESPECIALLY CRIMES OF VIOLENCE AND IRREGULARITIES BY OFFICERS.

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WO 171/7817                90 SECTION SIB                      AUG - DEC 1945

OSTENDE, CALAIS   CAPT G A CORNEY MBE (208656).

AUG 10 THE SECTION IS ENGAGED IN INVESTIGATING CRIMES AND COVER

S, WEST BELGIUM AND WEST FRANCE DOWN SOUTH OF BAYEUX.

3 OCT CHEVROLET 15 CWT GS (4 X 4) ON CHARGE TO THIS SECTION INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT AND LATER CONSIDERED AS BEING BEYOND LOCAL REPAIR.   THE DRIVER SGT SALTER EXONERATED BY ‘COURT OF ENQUIRY’ HELD ON 8TH OCTOBER 1945.

OCT 4 NO. 2611755 A/CSM A CLARKE DISPATCHED FOR CLASS ‘A’ RELEASE.

OCT 5 NO. 14316229 W/SGT C CLASH APPOINTED CSM (WOII) WITHIN THE WAR ESTABLISHMENT.

NO. 14845845 W/CPL N SALTER APPOINTED SGT WITHIN WAR ESTABLISHMENT.

OCT 6 NO. 2065416 W/CPL J BEAL DISPATCHED TO 83 SIS ON POSTING TO THAT SECTION WEF 25/9/45.

OCT 13  DKW (AUTO UNION) 2 SEATER CAR LIGHT NO 605761 AND OPEL 4 SEATER CAR NO. 6057062 DRAWN UP FROM 361 CEVP.

OTHER MEMBERS OF UNIT MENTIONED NO 6015379 L/CPL L DUROW, NO. 2613333 W/CSM A ADKINS NO. 14794879 L/CPL S JERVIS.

(NO DETAILS IN DIARY OF CRIME INVESTIGATIONS).

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WO 171/7818                          59 PRO COY                             JAN - DEC 1945

AMIENS  US PLANE CRASHED,  8 PARACHUTISTS A/C FOR

               TO PRO HQ 24 SECTOR RAF POLICE INFORMED

                          CAPT J W GLEN             E SURREYS             27/10/44

                          LT J S AYERT                RB                          14/4/44

                          LT A KENYON               PC                           29/4/44

FEB 1  2 SECT  AMIENS,  2 SECT  PARIS,  1 SECT  ROUBAIX,  1 SECT TOURNAI

APR 3  COY TO EINDHOVEN

APR 27  LT AYERT TO TILBURG TO COMMAND SECTION OF RAF POLICE

MAY 4  NEWS OF GERMAN SURRENDER RECEIVED 21.10 HRS

JUN 1  2 SECT EINDHOVEN,  1 SECT TILBURG,  ½ SECT BREDA,  ½ SECT BURG LEOPOLD   2 SECT PARIS

JUL 5   2 SECT THE HAGUE

AUG 13  OPENING OF HOOK OF HOLLAND FOR PRI LEAVE

                          LT G B T DALTON               RECCE              28/7/45

SEP 22  SPECIAL DUTIES ESCORT TO QUEEN OF HOLLAND

OCT 5  2 OUTRIDERS FOR THE ABOVE

OCT 16             LT G B TOOKE  BORDERS POSTED

DEC 10  RSM BUTLER,  SGT GILBERT ATTEND 55 WOSB

DEC 15  6 L OF C DISBANDED,   UNDER THE COMMAND OF 5 L OF C.

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WO 171/7819                             102 PRO COY                       JAN  -  DEC 1945

JANUARY           BELGIUM

JAN 28  OP ROUTES  DOG,  CAT,  RAT,  PIG SIGNED

                        CAPT C G TRAHERNE    RA              17/5/43

                        LT F E MARRIOTT         RA              25/1/44

                        LT A R KENDRICK        GEN LIST      17/5/43

                        LT ELZEAR DE SABRAN  RAC           21/11/44

FEB 5  1 UX V1 DROPPED AT BERGEN-OP-ZOOM

FEB 15  4 SEA HULLS MOVE  ANTWERP,  BREDA

FEB  21 3 SHELLS LANDED  'S HERTOGENBOSCH KILLING 3 CANADIAN SOLDIERS

FEB 26  LECTURE BY MR GRAHAM WALKER, EDITOR THE MOTORCYCLE AND M/CS IN USE

MAR 6  INFO REC ENEMY PARACHUTE AGENTS MAY HAVE DROPPED IN AREA

MAR 13  FROM BREDA TO TILBURG

MAR 26  UNIT NCOS TRAINING IN HOUSE-TO-HOUSE FIGHTING IN READINESS FOR ENTRY INTO GERMANY

APR 1  CAPT TRAHERNE TO HQ 2 ARMY

APR 2  NEW OC CAPT A JONES G LIST FROM 108 PC

APR 4  LT KENDRICK CAPT TO 43 DIV PRO COY

MAY 4  NEWS FLASH ALL GERMAN TROOPS SURRENDER IN NW EUROPE TO 21 ARMY

MAY 28 GERMAN POWS NOW RETAINED AS DISARMED GERMAN FORCES

MAY 29  SECTS TO BOTTROP,  RECKLINGHAUSEN

JUN 16  3 CIVILIAN TECHNICIANS WORKING AT KRUPPS STEELWORKS APPREHENDED ON ORDER OF CAPT TOMALIN  M OF S PROOF RESEARCH ESTABLISHMENT, WOOLWICH ARSENAL.  LATER ESCORTED TO ENGLAND

                   CAPT R LEIGH                  W YORKS              28/5/45

JUL 12   CPL GUEST AWARDED CROIX DE GUERRE

JUN 24  27 NCOS POSTED FROM COY PRESUMABLY FOR SEAC

                   LT A ROBERTS                  RASC                       24/4/45

                   LT A JAY                          RA                          30/7/45

SEP 27  L/CPL MUTTOCK INFO RECEIVED HE HAD BEEN KILLED WHILE IN THE EXECUTION OF MILITARY DUTIES

SEP 29  FUNERAL OF LCPL MUTTOCK FULL MIL HONOURS

OCT 1  300 BD COLLECTED FOR 543 GERMAN MIL PRO COY

NOV 20  2 ATS PRO COMMENCE DUTIES WITH UNIT IN ISERLOHN

NOV 27   1 WAR CRIMINAL HUBERT JUNGFER ARRESTED

                   CAPT I R W CURTIS           RAC              10/11/45

                   LT R LEIGH                       W YORKS        21/5/45

DEC 23  1 NCO OF UNIT RECEIVED BULLET WOUND TO KNEE.


WO 171/7820                      108 PRO COY                              JAN  -  DEC 1945

JAN 1  HOLLAND  -  SOME EXCITEMENT,   DOGFIGHTS OVER AREA,  SEVERAL PLANES SHOT DOWN

JAN 7  LT INGHAM AND 1 SQUAD US POLICE ATT

JAN 26  COY MOVE TO GEELEN

                       CAPT T A NICOL       CAMERON’S                14/7/44

                     

                        LT A JONES              GEN LIST                    1/5/43

                        LT R A PAWSON        BEDS & HERTS           3/7/43

                       LT J BRENNEN          RA                          17/2/44

FEB 23  EXERCISE BLANKET  -  ROUND-UP OF AS & DS

MAR 16  COY MOVE INTO GERMANY  WINKELSCHEN BUSCH 5 MILES SW OF ZANTEN

MAR 18  STAR AND SUN ROUTES COMPLETED

APR 1           LT JONES TO 102 PC

APR 12          LT L SHARP        RAC POSTED TO COY

APR 15  L/CPL HODGES KILLED IN A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT;   AIR RAIDS ON BRIDGE AT HOYA

SECT SGT  AT HOYA WOUNDED IN LEG BY BOMB FRAGMENT,  ROAD BLOCKED TEMPORARILY AT RETHEM FOR 4 HOURS;  40 BRIT CASUALTIES

APR 19  GERMAN WOMAN FOUND SHOT DEAD IN NIENBURG BY BRIT SOLDIER

APR 20  SGT SIMMONDS KILLED IN ACCIDENT WHILE CLEARING TRAFFIC

APR 21  LOOTING BY RUSSIAN POWS IN SCHNEVERDINGEN   ORDER RESTORED BY COY PERSONNEL

APR 28  OC AND 2IC ARREST OFFICER OF PIONEER CORPS ATT(122 FMC)  IN CONNECTION WITH DEATH BY SHOOTING OF PIONEER COY COMMANDER

MAY 3  2 OR’S REPORT TO 12 CORPS MAIN ESCORT FOR SBO PROCEEDING TO HAMBURG TO ARRANGE SURRENDER OF THE CITY.   LT SHARP ESCORTS GERMAN OFFICER THROUGH BRIT LINES BACK TO HAMBURG

MAY 4  COY MOVE TO HARBURG

MAY 11  256681 L/CPL W R LAWRENCE DIES IN HOSPITAL AS A RESULT OF A T/A ON A M/C IN HAMBURG

MAY 12  CPL SLINGER ARRESTS 2 SS YOUTHS FOR MURDER OF 2 RUSSIANS AT NEUNKIRCHEN

                       LT H CUNLIFFE               KINGS                30/11/45

JUN 29  COY CHANGE FROM KHAKI BLANCO TO WHITE

JUL 30  COY STAND BY TO MOVE TO UK

                      CAPT N S FAIRMAN          RWF                    17/7/45

OCT   PATROLS IN HAMBURG

OCT 21  SPECIAL DUTY  -  BLOWING UP U-BOAT PENS AT FINKENWARDE

NOV 30        CAPT E J STEPHEN RA (26 TC COY) AND 9 NCOS OF COY OFFICIATE AT EXECUTION OF 3 WAR CRIMINALS AT LOKSTEDT  -  LT SUR SEE AUGUST HOFFMAN, MARINE OBERST WALTER WEISPFENN, CAPTAIN LT HEINZ ECK

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WO 171/7821                        109 PRO COY                           JAN  -  DEC 1945

JAN 1   VINK, BELGIUM         CAPT J H BODDEN           S LANCS  21/10/44

                          LT H J BROWN                  S LANCS                 21/10/44

                          LT J B HEATHCOTE            RA                         21/10/44

                          LT E W REED-JONES          PC                          16/7/44

FEB 23   DETAILS OF OPERATION BLANKET ROUND UP OF ABSENTEES.

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MAR 5   DONK

MAR 22  HORST, HOLLAND

APR 3  CAPT BODDEN TO DAPM 12 CORPS

APR 19 BURGSTEINFURT

APR 20 SULLINGEN

APR 29  COY TO FALLINGBOSTEL,  DET CELLE

                          LT B I WHITTAKER       RA                4/4/45

MAY 6  LUNEBURG

JUN 11  NEW OC  CAPT E O CEMLYN-JONES       RWF

             BUNDE

JUN 25  HQ 2 SECT MOVE TO BABELSBERG NR BERLIN ON OP TERMINAL

JUN 28  MAIN PARTY DELAYED AT FRIENDSHIP BRIDGE, MAGDEBURG

JUL 15 PM   FM ALEXANDER ARR KLADOW AIRFIELD,  ESCORTED TO BERLIN

JUL 25  LORD LOUIS MOUNTBATTEN ARRIVED

JUL 26  ARRIVAL OF NEW PRIME MINISTER

AUG  1 SECURITY THREE POWER CONFERENCE

AUG  7 LEFT BERLIN

AUG 11  ARR SCHLOSS SCHWEIBERG,  DETMOLD

AUG 20     CAPT P H EVENDEN    RA  NEW OC

AUG 25  COY TO LERBECK, MINDEN

AUG 26  PART 1 ORDERS : 2613377 SGT D COOK FOR GOOD SERVICE WHILST IN COMMAND OF SECT OF 109 COY AT REAR HQ  2 ARMY

SEP 26  MAJ H E ELSMORE    GEN LIST   NEW OC AND APM OF COY

COY RE-ORGANISED;  HQ AND 4 PRO SECTIONS AND 14 VP SECTIONS,-  MINDEN, BUNDE, LUBBECKE, AND MAY BE BERLIN

OCT 28   VP SEC TO   BERLIN

NOV 17  COY TO LUBBECKE

                 LT F M RICHARDSON        GEN LIST       2/11/45

                 LT J B NELSON                GEN LIST       7/12/45


WO 171/7822                       110 PRO COY                     JAN  -  DEC 1945

JAN 1          BELGIUM,   HOLLAND,   HELMOND,  HEEZE,  3 SECT CORPS HQ AT DONK

             INFO RECEIVED 6 GERMAN PILOTS AT 34 CCS IN HELMOND AS A RESULT OF MORNING AIR ACTIVITY  -  4 DEAD,  2 INJURED

         COY HQ  LEENDE

JAN 3  L/CPL’S PHILLIPS AND SHAW COMMENDED BY TOWN MAJOR, HELMOND FOR WAY THEY CARRIED OUT TC DUTIES DURING AIR RAID ON MORNING OF 1 JAN

                   CAPT J D BROWN               SHERWOOD F   22/10/43

                   LT D MURPHY                    MANCHESTER     29/1/43                                              

                   LT W F SMALL                    GEN LIST          10/2/43

                   L T A F HEPWORTH             RAC                 30/3/44

 FEB 6  WD TRAIN ATTACKED BY SINGLE FIGHTER AT HEEZE,   CASUALTIES

FEB 17  A/C AT LEVEL CROSSING AT HELMOND BETWEEN TRAIN AND WD TRUCK  -  1 SOLDIER DROWNED

FEB 26  FLYING BOMBS DROPPED AT MR 455967 A NUMBER OF LEAFLETS IN ENGLISH WERE SCATTERED AROUND THE AREA OF THE EXPLOSION

MAR 5  HORST SEVENUM

MAR 12  KAPELLEN

MAR 27  WESEL 23 MAR   OPERATED ROUTE FOR ASSAULT CROSSING OF RHINE BY 1 COMMANDO BDE SEC SGT SUSTAINED A GUNSHOT WOUND

MAR 30  ERLE

APR 5  KELLEN, LADBERGEN AND SCHMEDEHAUSEN BRIDGE L/CPL COOKE NO 8 SECT KILLED IN AN  A/C ON THE BRIDGE (960026)

APR 14 COY TO CELLE

APR 15 ESCHEDE       8 SECT TO BELSEN

APR 17 SUDERBURG

APR 22 LUNEBURG

MAY 1  BULLENDORF

MAY 4  LUBBECK

MAY 8  KIEL

JUN 1  PREETZ

                    LT R GILBERT     RA     20/4/45

AUG 22  MAJ SCAFFERY      RAOC FOUND SHOT

OCT 11   CAPT R H RICHARDS    GEN LIST     NEW OC


WO 171/7823                        113 PRO COY                    JAN  -  DEC 1945

JAN   NAMUR                                  

                      CAPT J M MACKINTOSH  MC    CAMERONS

                      LT A A RENNIE                      RNF

                      LT N C HUGGETT                   RAC

                      LT H DE M LEATHER               RA

FEB 5                      HATERT

MAR 9    LT SIDNEY TO 49 WR DIV

MAR 12   L/CPL HAY BATTLE CASUALTY,   SHRAPNEL WOUND KESSEL BRIDGE

MAR 27  CROSSING RHINE

             HQ APPELDOORN

APR 2  CLUB,  HEART ROUTES

             HQ AALTON

APR 6  CAPT A H RICKETTS  GEN LIST   NEW OC; CAPT MACKINTOSH TO DAPM 3O CORPS

APR 14  L/CPL DIGGINS TO 25 GEN HOSP SSW SHOOTING  A/C

APR 23  COY HQ TO THEDINGHAUSN

MAY 1  COY HQ ZEVEN  

MAY 5   COY HQ TO BREMERVORDE

JUL 25   SGT SAVOURY TO 2 ND LT KOSB

AUG  1   VISIT OF PM 21 ARMY BRIG J N CHEYNE OBE

AUG 10  L/CPL BATE INV IN A/C TO HOSPITAL

SEP 1    CPL HAYNES TO HOSPITAL SHOOTING A/C

SEP 8     L/CPL CRAIG TRAFFIC A/C TO 29 GH

              LT A T WORTH    PIONEER CORPS

NOV 6    L/CPL MORRIS M/C A/C 8 GH

DEC 3    2 ATS PRO RETURN TO HQ BAOR AFTER 1 WEEK DUTIES NIENBURG

DEC 15  UNVEILING OF CORPS MEMORIAL

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WO 171/7824                           120 PRO COY                JAN  -  DEC 1945

JANUARY     BRUSSELS,  RUES DES MINIMES

               CAPT JG JARVIS      RA         28/12/42  DAPM,    OC

JAN 29     LT FARNWORTH TO 15(S) DIV PC

JAN 29     LT J E O,CONNELL           E SURREY    TO 247 PC

               LT ME LEVEY                   R SUSSEX      30/10/43

               LT T CLARK                     SEAFORTH     10/12/44

               LT FOWLER                     GEN LIST       28/11/44

FEB  5     LT W S RODWELL           KOYLI         FROM 50 DIV

FEB 12    CAPT BARK    DAPM TC    2 ARMY  ATT TO COY

FEB 12     LT W H ROGERS   RECCE ATT TO 16 TC COY

MAR 7     BRIT/CAN PATROL   3 X 19 SETS(RADIOS)  ISSUED

               LT J BLENKHARN          BORDER             14/2/45

WHITE BLANCOED EQUIPMENT ONLY TO BE WORN BY CMP.   STRICT ACTION TO BE TAKEN AGAINST ALL PERSONNEL WEARING WHITE EQUIPMENT

                      LT E EVANS     M/SEX      7/5/45

JUN 2  ESCORT DUTIES TO MOVE MRS WILLIAM JOYCE

JUN 8      BAD SALZUFELN,  16 PARK STRASSE

JUL 26  7691790 L/CPL J HUNTER AWARDED BEM

                    LT D W G SUMMERS         CAMERONS           21/8/45

                    LT W KNOWLES               LOYALS                  7/11/45

                    LT J HEYWOOD                HLI                           24/10/45

                    LT S ROBERTS                  CAMERONS            20/11/45

DEC 11  8 L/CPL’S REPORT TO HAMELN AS EXECUTIONERS;  L/CPL’S ALSO AT NUREMBURG


WO 171/7825                     185 PORTS PRO COY          JAN  -  DEC 1945

JAN     ANTWERP

JAN 2  MUCH V1 ACTIVITY

JAN 21  V2 FELL NEAR NO 1 GATE(BONAPARTE BRIDGE) KILLING 1 RM PROVOST, 1 CIVILIAN POLICEMAN AND INJURING 1 VP PTE

                   LT L ABBOTT          RAC                 13/5/44    TO OC 248 PC

                   LT DH KNOWLES     RAC                 30/7/44    TO 706 VP COY

BELGIAN POLICE REPORT ON V1 AND V2 LOCATION

FEB 1  DOCKERS STRIKE

FEB 1  NCO’S BILLET IN QUETLIN STR DAMAGED BY BOMB

FEB 2  606 VP ARRIVE FROM NORMANDY

FEB 17  V1 LANDED ITALIE LEI NEXT TO CMP INFO POST;  5 CMP INJURED

FEB 26  OP REDCAP DESERTERS

FEB 15/16  RAID ON HOUSES OF CIVILIAN CID 18 INSTANCES OF WD STORES FOUND,  HEAD OF CID AND BROTHER ARRESTED

C-IN-C CERT FOR GALLANTRY TO 6409625 L/CPL J REDMOND 105 PORT PC

MAR 1  MAJ  L C WOOD   MANCHESTER REGT APM 16 L OF C , LATE APM OF 7 BSA

MAR 4  COY HQ & SGTS MESS DAMAGED BY V1 BLAST

1 OFFICER 51 ORS ARRIVE 187 PRO COY

APR 19  CQMS DEVINE IMMEDIATE  EMERGENCY COMMISSION  R W KENTS

                MAJ A S JAMES       RA    10/4/45

MAY 1       LT F W KERRIDGE   PC     TO 603 VP COY

MAY 6  VISIT OF PM  UK MAJ.GEN MELL

MAY 22  LT F W KERRIDGE    PC    POSTED IN

MAY 22  ** ( WO 171/3380 ) RELATIVES OF 11 CMP KILLED 0N DEC 16 15.20HRS WHEN A V2 ROCKET FELL ON REX CINEMA ADJOINING UNIT HQ,WERE SENT £11 EACH, MONEY COLLECTED IN COY.

             RSM SOUTHON                            L/CPL J H T HAWKINS

             CPL L YATES                               L/CPL G W A J NISBET

             CPL R F THOMPSON                     PTE J SMITH

             L/CPL  J BUNCE                           L/CPL J R TOYNE

             L/CPL L ACFORD

             L/CPL A D DUKE

             L/CPL J E JONES

THE RESCUE WENT ON UNTIL THE 20 DEC.   OVER 1100 PEOPLE WERE KILLED.)

JUN 17         CAPT R A O'DONOVAN   MC BAR   KING'S REGT ATT TO UNIT

                     LT F W KERRIDGE         PIONEER CORPS     22/5/43

JUL 17  COY CEASED OPS ROLE IN PORT OF ANTWERP

                      LT K M SMITH                 RAC           27/7/

                      LT G I BURGESS              GEN LIST   27/7/ TO CMP MYCHETT

JUL 28            MAJ L ABBOTT    RAC        APM

AUGUST    ASSISTANCE TO 244 PC IN ANTWERP

SEP 1    TAKE OVER PORT OF ANTWERP

SEP 27  MAJ G THORNTON    RA    NEW APM

               LT K SMITH RA           29/7/45   3/11  TO CMP MYCHETT

NOV 22 LT J A GALLOWAY   RA   POSTED IN,  LATE DAPM  5 L OF C

DEC 2  MAJ L ABBOTT AWARDED MID.


WO 171/7826                    187 PORT PRO COY                 JAN, MAR 1945

JANUARY   DIEPPE 28 RUE GENERAL CHANZEY

                               MAJ C E DANE           GEN LIST         10/9/44

                               LT F G HULME            RA                 10/9/44

                               LT E H HUMPHRIES     GLOSTER        10/9/44

MAR 7  TO OSTEND

MAR 8  TILBURY

MAR 9  COY DISBANDED.


WO 171/7827              194 PORTS PRO COY                 JAN  -  DEC 1945

JAN 1        OSTEND, CALAIS,  BOULOGNE

JAN 7  COURT OF ENQUIRY   404378  SGT JONES INJURY -  SERIOUS

               MAJ G P O'DONOVAN  MC           GLOSTER               28/10/44

               LT I H JONES                            RA(FD)                    13/10/44

               LT R COATES                            LOYALS                     7/10/44

FEB 14  EXPLOSION  OSTEND    FIRST AID,  REMOVAL OF DEAD

MAY 1  ADVANCE INTO GERMANY  -  HAMBURG,  1 BASSIN STR

MAY 5  MAJ.GEN SEYMOUR-MELLOR PRESENTS CSM DICKINSON WITH

CERTIFICATE AND RIBBON OF THE LIVERPOOL LIFE SAVING AND HUMANE

SOCIETY

MAY 21  COURT OF ENQUIRY  SERIOUS INJURY TO

2653853 WO1 L J THOMAS ON 3 MAR

JUN 2/3  PHOTOS OF COY AND RIVER PATROL AT PUBLIC RELATIONS,

53 WELCH DIV

JUN 13  54 BELLEVIEW  HAMBURG  -  OFF MESS

JUL 7  OFF MESS  4 MOVEN STR  

                               LT T W MASON       GEN LIST            31/7/44

OCT 9/10   CALAIS,  OSTEND LT.COL RUTTLEDGE DMP PORTS UK VISITS

                               LT P P LAWRENCE  MC       DORSETS       8/10/45

DEC 16 857425 SGT NORRIS  MID  -  (LG 37340 6 NOV 45  SHOWN AS RA).


WO 171/7828                195 PORTS PRO COY                JAN  -  DEC 1945

JAN 21  BIRKENHEAD

JAN 25  EMBARK TILBURY

JAN 29  OSTEND

                         MAJ A D WEIR        GEN LIST             14/11/44

                         LT J R GALLOWAY   RA                        1/11/44

                         LT C E WATSON      RA                      14/11/44

                BOULOGNE,  CALAIS,  GHENT

AUG 1  OSTEND   COY RE-ORGANISED  FROM 195 PORTS TO

195  PORTS PRO COY

AUG 1             MAJ C G D PEARSON  MC  S LANCS    28/7/45     APM

HQ   STELLA MARIS HOTEL  OSTEND

                          CAPT G R K GORDON OC 242 PC   TEMP OC

                          LT S J CALCRAFT            RF                   26/7/45

OCT 26               MAJ D H THRUSSEL  APM

                          LT D J ENNIS                RAC                 20/11/45

DEC 10  EMBARK OSTEND

DEC 11  IBSLEY CAMP, ROCHFORD,  RINGWOOD HANTS.


WO 171/7829                     240 HQ PRO COY                                    1945

 OSTEND ABSENTEES AND SALUTING CHECKS, ABSENTEES & DESERTERS, TOWN PATROLS

                         CAPT D W CAINE       SUFF 20/9/44           OC

                         LT C H SLOWCOMBE   RA    7/2/44    DEPARTED 4/45  

                         LT W H ROGERS         RECCE              11/4/45

MAY    SOLTAU

                        LT F T P POLIN            S STAFFS          18/4/45

JUNE   HAMBURG

                        LT D J IRELAND           BEDS & HERTS    15/9/45     DEPARTED NOV 45

                        LT R BENNETT             RA                    1/11/45

NOV 11  BLOWING UP OF TOLLERORT, TORPEDO BUNKERS

NOV 26  DUTIES AT WAR CRIMINALS TRIALS

                        CAPT J BRENNAN         RA               27/10/45      OC

                        LT J R BARNES            GEN  LIST     21/11/45


WO 171/7830                          241 HQ PRO COY                              1945

IN THE FIELD,  ROUBAIX,  TOURNAIS

                        CAPT R K MILLS(P/207764)  E.LANCS    25/11/44   OC

                        LT W R BEARD(P265931)     GEN LIST   12/5/43    OC  MARCH

                        LT C DUNKLEY(F284778)        OX & BUCKS   11/8/44

                        LT J E O'CONNELL                 E SURREYS      16/4/45

MAY 18  HANOVER AND CELLE ONE SECTION,  DUTIES WITH CI AND FSS

JUN         MAGDEBURG

                       LT J W K COX          RAC                  9/6/45

                       LT E EVANS             MIDDLESEX          23/6/45

DEC 8  WARNING FOR DISBANDMENT OF COY RECEIVED,  NCO’S POSTED TO NEW UNITS  WITH EFFECT 1 JAN 1946

                       CAPT W J HOOD      RECCE              27/11/45            OC

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WO 171/7831              242 HQ  PRO COY                                         1945

TOURNAI,  LILLE  CALAIS(MARCH)

                         CAPT H JEFFREY           E. SURREY            17/9/44

                         LT T H FUNNELL           GEN LIST                6/3/43

                         LT H D WARDE             R.FUS(PC)              1/4/44

                         LT W I BEARDSHIRE      SHER FOR             19/3/45

APR 10 CALAIS   STAND TO ON EMERGENCY SIGNAL THAT ENEMY WERE ATTEMPTING TO BREAK OUT FROM THE DUNKIRK PERIMETER

                         CAPT W NORTH      GEN LIST                 1/5/45           OC

JUL                     LT C DUNKLEY       OX & BUCKS           22/6/45

SEPT                   CAPT G R K GORDON  R SUSSEX            4/9/45


WO 171/7832                   243 HQ PRO COY  CMP        JAN  -  MAY 1945

ROUEN

JAN 10  MOVE TO GHENT   DISBANDING OF COY ARRANGEMENTS

                                 CAPT E VERNON    HAMPS             31/7/44         OC

                                 LT T D DOBLE       RTR                   7/2/44

                                 LT J W R CURTIS   RAC                   7/2/44

MAR 13  GHENT   OC AND LT DOBLE & 4 L/CPL’S PROVIDE GUIDES AND ESCORT FOR TOUR OF HOLLAND BY QUEEN WILHELMINA AND PARTY

SGT NORTON  50(N) DIV PRO COY COURT MARTIAL

MAY 7/9   VE DAY CELEBRATIONS IN TOWN  MOVE TO HAMBURG                  


WO 171/7833                  244 HQ  PRO COY CMP                            1945

FIELD           CAPT M M YORKE    GORDON’S     16/9/44   A/APM 185 PRO COY

                   LT W T F WALLACE  MIDDLESEX   25/10/44

                   LT R S RICHARDS    WELCH         25/10/44

FEB 10  ENEMY LONG-RANGE MISSILE FELL IN IMMEDIATE VICINITY OF COY OFFICES AND BILLETS;  CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE,  1 OFFICER AND 4 ORS TO HOSPITAL RELEASED IN 2 DAYS,  EXCEPT SGT CLIFFE – FRACTURED SKULL

MAY 3  1 SGT AWARDED CROIX DE GUERRE WITH BRONZE STAR 7618821 (SGT J J LACE)        CAPT S ROBERTS. DCM. CAMERONIANS POSTED IN

                            CAPT N S FAIRMAN   R WELCH FUS     29/3/45           OC

                            LT S S CALCRAFT      R FUS                20/4/45

JULY  270436 CAPT S ROBERTS  DCM  CAMS  OC,THEN TO 120 PRO COY

                          LT C E WATSON                RA              2/2/45

                          LT L G BAYLEY                 N STAFFS    12/2/45

                          CAPT M A P JOHNS            S STAFFS    20/11/45        O


WO 171/7834                             243 HQ PRO COY                            1945

JAN 1       CALAIS     TEA PARTY IS GIVEN TO LOCAL CHILDREN

                         CAPT C W C ROPER GEN LIST 10/11/44 OC  POST  14/1/45

                         CAPT W NORTH      G LIST      31/5/43     OC

                         LT W J HUTCHINSON   RA       31/7/44

VISIT FROM DAPM 36 BRICK(CAPT SIR JOHN CHILDS)

JAN 16  SGT BOND(RASC 10682667) IN ENSA BILLET AT MARQUISE, DIED OF GUNSHOT WOUNDS(SUICIDE)

MAR 3  NOW ASCERTAINED THAT BOMBING RAID ON 7 FEB 43  WAS CARRIED OUT BY MISTAKE BY ALLIED AIRCRAFT;  APPROXIMATELY 86 KILLED AND 180 INJURED (ALL CIVILIANS)

MAR 23  LILLE   CAPT JEFFREY            E.SURREY              1/5/45         OC

JUN 9  TO BIELEFELD THEN BRUNSWICK

JUL 6  TO BERLIN    TEMP LOCATION BARRACKS AT SPANDAU, KAISERDAMM & KNESEBCK STR

JUL 12  CEREMONY AT B'BURGER TOR WITH MONTGOMERY AND ZHUKOV

                   CAPT F T P POLIN             S.STAFFS              16/9/45        OC

                   CAPT F C J PEGRUM           RAC                    6/12/45         OC

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WO 171/7835                    246 PRO COY CMP              MAY  -  DEC 1945

 SALERNO, LEGHORN, MARSEILLES, ST RAMBERT, MACON

                CAPT P MAGEE                   RNF                  29/1/45

                LT D W POTTS                   WARWICKS        20/3/45

                LT S MOTTRAM                   GR HOWARDS    29/1/45

MAY 1  SEVERE SNOWSTORM   TO CAMBRAI, HELMOND

MAY 4  HEARD ON WIRELESS BBC ALL GERMAN RESISTANCE IN HOLLAND STOPPED.  LOCALS REJOICING IN STREETS                GOCH

MAY 8  COY RECEIVED NEWS OF END OF HOSTILITIES WITH GERMANY ON BBC NEWS

NO UNTOWARD EXCITEMENT WAS NOTED AMONGST THE TROOPS.   SOME

VERY LIGHTS WERE SEEN AND DISTANT RIFLE FIRE

JUL 3  VOTING IN ELECTION HELD IN UNIT

                           LT I C SCOTT           KRRC         4/7/445

OCT 14 12.15  5671551 L/CPL A G THORNTON KILLED IN ACCIDENT AT LEVEL CROSSING

OCT 16  MUNSTER  L/CPL THORNTON BURIED AT 25 (BR) GEN HOSP,  WEATHER FINE.


WO 171/7836                           247 HQ PRO COY                              1945

 CAEN                    CAPT E J PRICE         RA                   15/4/44          OC

                             LT A B ROBERTS        RASC              25/4/44

                             LT J E O'CONNELL      E.SURREY        29/1/45

                             LT G I BURGESS        GEN LIST         20/12/44

                             CAPT W T F WALLACE MIDDLESEX     18/5/45

                             LT A KENYON            GEN LIST          25/5/45

MAY     MENIN

MAY 20  L/CPL WINSHIP FOUND DEAD IN ROADWAY HAVING DIED FROM  MULTIPLE INJURIES SUSTAINED THROUGH BEING KNOCKED DOWN BY OR THROWN FROM AN AMERICAN LORRY. INQUIRIES INITIATED TO TRACE THE PERPETRATORS

MAY 24  L/CPL WINSHIP INTERRED AT COURTRAI CEMETERY(BR MIL SECT),  LT FAIRHURST 2ND LT & 9 L OF C ,  LT ROBERTS, LT BURGESS AND REPRESENTATIVE PARTIES FROM 247 & 245 PRO COYS ATTENDED

JUN 7 ALL CASH, THE PROPERTY OF L/CPL WINSHIP(DECEASED)  FORMER MEMBER OF THIS COY HANDED OVER TO CSM FOR THE NECESSARY ADMIN.   PERSONAL LETTER SENT TO THE DECEASED NCO’S WIFE AND CHEQUE TO THE VALUE OF £25 THE RESULT OF VOLUNTARY SUBSCRIPTIONS BY REMAINING OFFICERS AND NCOS OF COY

JULY                BRUSSELS

                              LT V T   PEGG       RWF                    26/5/45

                              LT W HOOD          RECCE                 12/8/45

                              CAPT RA EVANS     RA                       7/9/45

                              LT AE STEADMAN    OX & BUCKS         30/9/45


WO 171/7837                248  HQ PRO COY CMP           MAY  -  DEC  1945

APR 27  FORMATION OF COY FROM NUCLEUS OF OLD 241 COY

                               CAPT L ABBOTT      RAC                   3/5/45

                               LT I F E MYERS       RAC                   8/5/45

          TILBURG,  LOUVAIN,  BREDA

                              CAPT R A LOLY         RAC             17/10/45      OC

                              LT R A MARTIN         RSF                 4/8/45

                              LT N N W COLLIER    LOYALS          6/11/45


WO 171/7838               281 PRO COY                             JUL  -  DEC  1945

JUL 5     TOURNAI,  COY FORMED  25 RUE PERDUE

                 LT R A EVANS  RA TO 15 (S) DIV PRO COY,  10/7/45  TO 247 PC

                 LT D O MCLELLAN     SUFFOLK      OC

                 LT T H DOUGLAS       R SCOTS         26/7/45

                 CAPT R H RICHARDS                       10/9/45        NEW OC

NOV 21  DISBANDED.

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WO 171/7839                     372 COY (VP)                    APR  -  DEC  1945

APR 9  EMBARK TILBURY

APR 10  ARR OSTEND

                       CAPT G B HONY            PC                 1/6/42

                       LT S C M DOUGLAS  MC  R BERKS        23/3/45

                       LT H D FOX                   RA               23/3/45

MAY 1            DIEST

MAY 16 /17         MINDEN AND BIENENHUTTELAND

JUN 1             GEESTHACHT

                      LT F W KERRIDGE      PC                   1/8/45

                      LT J A FRANKLIN        RA                 28/8/45

                      LT T W C BARNES      DEVONS          4/11/45

                      CAPT E BUCKINGHAM WILTS           17/11/45


WO 171/7840                     601 COY  (VP)                   JAN  -  DEC  1945

JAN 10    SGT BATES IN TA, 5 KM WEST OF TOURNAI

JAN 31   VEAHEL, HOLLAND

                           CAPT C L JUPPA       ESSEX                 12/2/44

                           LT J COSGROVE       A & SH                22/8/44

                           LT A DUNN             GEN LIST             3/10/44

FEB 4  6016450 PTE PATMORE KILLED ON TRAFFIC DUTY AT VEAHEL

FEB  6 PTE PATMORE  10 CCS GRAVES

MAY 6  WESTERTIMME POW CAMP

MAY 14  OYTEN

                            CAPT E S SHIELDS     RWK                 2/5/45

JUN 4  BRAUNSCHWEIG

JUN 27  FRIENDSHIP BRIDGE  RUSSIANS

JUL 1  INFO POST  HELMSTEDT   7 ARMD DIV TO BERLIN

                           LT J A WILLIAMS       M/SEX               12/7/45

AUG 1  REYBURG STADT

SEPT 1  WOLFENBUTTEL

DECEMBER   COY DISBANDED.


WO171/7841                         602 COY (VP)            JAN  -  DEC 1945

ANTWERP

JAN 1  CAPT C E E WEINEL GEN LIST  14/3/44 OC, 6/9/45 DAPM 30/7-OCT 45

JAN 1   DOCKS IN VICINITY OF COY AREA STRAFED BY GERMAN AIRCRAFT

                     

                        LT R H RICHARDS       GEN LIST            13/7/44

                        LT L R MOON              RA                   12/11/44

                        LT H P CASTLE            R IRISH             29/6/45

NOV 28  DISBANDMENT ORDERS RECEIVED.


WO 171/7842              603 COY(VP)       JAN  -  DEC 1945 ATT CDN ARMY      ST JOSEPH

                              CAPT L H LAWRENCE  DCLI         11/4/44         OC

         1 OFFICER AND 303 OR’S IN CAGE

                             

                              LT C D WATTS           RTR          21/5/44

                              LT R C HOLMES          RA          10/10/44

FEB 4  MOVE TO TILBURG

APR                  TO WEICHEN

MAY 23            TO ZENDEREN AND THEN APELDOORN

                               LT F W KERRIDGE      PC            3/4/45       ATT

                               CAPT J A DUNLOP       RA           28/7/45   OC   ATT

            MOVE TO ZUTPHEN

DEC 15  UNIT DISBANDED.

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WO 171/7843                     604 COY (VP)                     JAN  -  DEC 1945

BELGIUM UNDER COMMAND OF SECOND ARMY TROOPS (NORMAL)

BEERINGEN  TRAFFIC DUTIES

                           CAPT R P GRAHAM       RA              19/9/44

                           LT  F T P POLIN           S STAFFS     29/2/44

                           LT A OLIPHANT           PC                5/3/44

APR 4  GERMANY,  BRUNNEN TO BURGSTEINFURT TO FALLINGBOSTEL TO LUNEBURG (MAY)

APR 6  1 OFFICER AND 1 OR, PROCEEDED TO DUTIES WITH MIL POL COMMANDOS

AUG     LUBBECK,  DUTIES WITH CONTROL COMMISSION GERMANY

                                   CAPT C W HILL                         14/8/45

                                   LT E S EDWARDS   RA                11/4/45

DEC20  DISBANDMENT COMPLETED.


WO 171/7844                        605 COY  VP                   JAN  -  SEPT 1945

JAN 1  BLA    FROM MAZEY TO CORROY LE CHATEAU    CAGE OPENED

                 CAPT LEE MCCOMBE     RUR      1/2/44    30/6 TO BERLIN DAPM

JAN 22  CAGE CLOSED AND MOVED TO VEGHEL, HOLLAND

                             LT L HOPKINSON   RAOC   27/4/44

                             LT S M WISHART    RAOC    1/2/44

MARCH    TO ISSUM, KEVELAR, PFALZDORF

MAY 28    TO OSNABRUCK

JUL 5       CAPT B L GOULDING   RA 5/7/45 OC FROM I ARMD DIV PRO COY

                LT D J ENNIS               RAC             11/1/45

COY ON TC & PRO DUTIES,  SIGNS   ETC

SEP 1           CAPT F G BEVAN     SWB 1/9/45 OC FROM 613 COY CMP(VR)    CAPT GOULDING TO 613 COY.


WO 171/7845                      606 COY (VP)                    JAN  -  DEC 1945

              BAYEUX

                       CAPT E M NELSON         KING’S OWN       14/3/44        OC

                       LT B G STEWARD          ESSEX           2/5/44  BECAME OC

                       LT A D CHURCHILL        SUFFOLK            21/8/44

FEB 1  TO ANTWERP   BILLETS DESTROYED BY V BOMB 2 DAYS BEFORE ARRIVAL.

HAD THE COY NOT BEEN DELAYED BY BAD ROAD CONDITIONS THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN IN OCCUPATION

FEB 4  V BOMB FELL 200 YDS EAST OF BILLET,  DESTROYED WINDOWS AND BLACKOUT  -  NO CASUALTIES

FEB 6  MORE BILLET WINDOWS DAMAGED BY V BOMBS

MAR 3  L/CPL SANDERS INJURED IN ACCIDENT WITH CIVILIAN (? LORRY)

MAR 18  MOVED HQ TO SECRET DESTINATION

ANTWERP, CAMBRAI,  

APRIL   MARSEILLES,  NEUMUNSTER

                         CAPT H DE M LEATHE         RA            22/7/45

                         LT C B HORNE                   RA           28/7/45


WO 171/7846                          607 COY CMP                  JAN  -  DEC 1945

NO LOCATION        

                         CAPT B G HUMPHREY     GEN LIST     9/9/44      OC

APR 1                CAPT HUMPHREY TO 20 L OF C AS DAPM

                          LT T W R BARNES         DEVONS      9/9/44

                          LT G H WRIGHT            GEN LIST     9/9/44

APRIL           MALINES

                           LT G P M TOOKE        BORDERS  14/4/45

JUL 29         MOOK

                           LT JG MCCLELLAND     RA            1/8/45

OCT 24  DISBANDMENT.


WO 171/7847                    608 COY (VP)                   JAN  -  DEC 1945

 LOUVAIN

                                  CAPT T A GARNETT  LOYALS        20/10/44        OC

                                  LT J W KINGSTON    GEN LIST     14/10/44

                                  LT G G WEAVER GREEN HOWARDS  8/9/44

JUNE               HAMBURG  THEN TO ISERLOHN

OCT 9             DISBANDED

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WO 171/7848                         609 COY (VP)                  JAN  -  DEC 1945

     LILLE

                   LT AS DUNN                  G LIST               31/12/44    T/OC      

                   CAPT T PRESCOTT          G LIST                9/9/44      OC  * TEMP SUSPENDED WEF DEC 15 * 31, 1944  AWAITING COURT OF INQUIRY   CLASS A RELEASE AUGUST

                           LT E E WARBURTON      PC            9/9/44       2I/C

FEB 21  SGT A S QUESTED INVOLVED IN A/C, SERIOUSLY INJURED

FEB 22 NOTIFIED OF DEATH OF SGT QUESTED  AT 30 GEN HOSP

                          LT J R BULL                       RA           16/12/44         2I/C

                          LT H W FREEMAN            RTR             19/1/45

                          LT D B CARLTON             R SUSSEX      1/5/45

OCT   CALAIS

                          CAPT A D S A FLETCHER  E LANCS       11/10/45         OC


WO 171/7849                     610 COY (VP)                      JAN  -  DEC 1945

BRUSSELS

               CAPT DI LLOYD-ROBERTS      GEN LIST         7/9/44      OC

               LT W T SMITHEN                   BUFFS            7/9/44

               LT G W THOMPSON               S LANCS       13/12/44

               LT J A A WILLIAMS               MIDSEX          28/3/45

               LT J A FRANKLIN                  RH                 16/1/45

               LT RMH RICHARDS               GEN LIST         25/8/45

               LT H R T LOOSEMORE           RA                  28/7/45

               LT TA SUTTON                     E LANCS        30/10/45

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WO 171/7850                  611 COY (VP)                       JAN  -  AUG 1945

ELBOEUF,  LILLE,  ANNAPPES

                               CAPT J L PAYNE      BEDS & HERTS    9/9/44    OC

                               LT D CRANTON           PC                 8/9/44

                               LT A D S A FLETCHER  E LANCS         8/9/44

                               LT J R BULL               RA                 7/5/45


WO 171/7851                       612 COY (VP)                     JAN - DEC 1945

AMIENS   CAPT F HAYWARD     PIONEER CORPS     2/10/1944

               LT T C T LITTLETON RA                        2/10/1944

               LT J WARDROP        RA                        2/10/1944

TRAFFIC CONTROL AND OTHER POLICE DUTIES.

MARCH 1 DIEST

APRIL BRUSSELS  

MAY   CAPT M A W WHAYMAN   EAST SURREY   29/3/1945

          LT F E E JENKINSON       WELCH REGT     3/4/1945

          CAPT T G LUMB              LANC FUSILIERS      18/6/1945

          LT H LING                     RA                   1/8/1945

OCT     CAPT R RICHARDS         SOMERSET LI   3/10/1945

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WO 171/7852                        613 COY (VP)                     APR - DEC 1945

LEAVSDEN.   MOBILISATION

TILBURY, TO OSTEND TO TOURNAI, TO NIJMEGEN

                        CAPT F G BEVAN            S WALES BORD            12/3/45

                        LT G R K GORDON          R SUSSEX                   12/3/45

                        LR RF JACOB                     G LIST                            

JUN 30  WESEL  -  L/CPL ROFFE OF THIS COY WAS FOUND ELECTROCUTED;  ARTIFICIAL RESPIRATION WAS APPLIED BUT WITHOUT AVAIL;  NECESSARY NOTIFICATIONS WERE MADE

                     CAPT BEVAN POSTED TO 605 COY

                     CAPT B L GOULDRING  SWB      12/3/45


WO 171/7853                        701 COY                           JAN  - DEC 1945

 BRUSSELS,  HAGUE

                CAPT W T GARRETT              S STAFFS           8/11/44      OC

                LT S B ARNELL                     RWK                 8/11/44

                LT L D WELCH                      N STAFFS          7/5/44

                CAPT J L PAYNE                    BEDS & HERTS   29/8/45

                LT J R BULL                          RA(FIELD)         24/8/45

DEC 31  ORDER TO DISBAND.


WO 171/7854                         702 COY CMP                   JAN  -  DEC 1945

 ANTWERP

JAN 1  ENEMY FIGHTER PLANES(ME109'S) OVER  ANTWERP,  MACHINE GUNNED PARTS OF THE TOWN AT INTERVALS DURING THE DAY

JAN 9  BOMBARDMENT CONTINUES  TILL 25 JAN, 5 FEB, 28 FEB(LIGHTER)

                      CAPT W E GREENER           123 FD REGT RA   8/11/44

                      LT J L F DENNIS                 GEN LIST            8/11/44

MAR 8  FLYING BOMB FELL ON SOLVYN STRAAT ,  13071633 PTE R GAUNT SEVERELY INJURED

MAY 24  PTE A TELFER WITH WAR DOG BEN POSTED THIS COY FROM 609 COY.   WAR DOG MET WITH ACCIDENT ON THE WAY AND WAS KILLED. W/CPL

TODMAN ADMITTED TO 106 (BR) GEN HOSP HAVING BEEN BITTEN BY WAR DOG TRIX

SEP 19  PTE’S FISK AND ALLEN -  9 MONTH’S DETENTION FOR STEALING

OCT 10        CAPT G W COOPER              RA   4/10/45      NEW OC


WO 171/7855                      703 HQ COY                        JAN  -  DEC 1945

 OSTEND

                           CAPT R S HOARES      LEICS      28/10/44

                           CAPT C W T RADMALL KOYLI       7/11/44

                           CAPT S B ARNELL       R W KENT   6/8/45

TO BRUNSWICK,  BERLIN,  SPANDAU,  BY OCTOBER

                           LT J G F LUCAS           PC          23/10/45

DEC 29   WARNING FOR DISBANDMENT BY 1 MARCH.

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WO 171/7856                         704 HQ COY                    JAN  -  SEP 1945

JANUARY      OSTEND TO AMIENS

                              CAPT H WILLIAMS   RA                    28/10/44

                              LT E L BODELL        RAOC                28/4/44

JUN 1  LILLE  WAR DOG SCOTT ACCIDENTALLY SHOT DEAD BY PTE COLLINS

JUN                       CAPT T C T LITTLETON        OC

SEP                        LT N H ELLIS            RA     OC.


WO 171/7857                       705 HQ COY                       JAN  -  AUG 1945

OSTEND TO CAEN

JAN 17  OC TRYING TO OBTAIN BEDS FOR MEN  -  SLEEPING ON DRAUGHTY FLOORS, HAVE COLDS

JAN 30  DOUBLE TIER BEDS SECURED FOR ALL MEN IN CAEN

                      CAPT W SPEARS             G LIST        1/11/44       OC

                      LT W H HOOPER             HAMPS       1/11/44

FEB 7  OUISTREHAM DET,   LOCK   1776128 PTE D J MILEHAM PATROLLING, TRIPPED ON IRON HAND GRIP BY A LOCK AND FELL IN,  WEARING GREATCOAT ETC AND STEN GUN SLUNG ACROSS BACK SANK AND TRAPPED IN MUD, 05.45.    BODY FINALLY RETRIEVED 08.00 ,  A NON-SWIMMER,  NO EVIDENCE OF FOUL PLAY

FEB 8  BURIED AT LA DELIVERANDE  -  PLOT 5 ROW E

APPENDIX FULL DETAILS OF COURT OF INQUIRY IN MONTH OF FEB

                       CAPT S B ARNELL    RW KENTS      29/3/45       OC

MAY  HELMOND.



WO 171/7858                     706 HQ COY                        JAN  -  DEC 1945

DEC 30 1944   MIDSUMMER NORTON TO FOLKESTONE TO OSTEND TO CAEN

                          CAPT L E C PITTMAN     R SUSSEX            1/11/44

                          LT J G W DOWN          WILTS R               1/11/44

FEB 8  CAPT PITTMAN PRESIDENT OF COURT OF INQUIRY INTO DEATH OF PTE MILEHAM

MAR 31  MOVED TO BRUSSELS

                          CAPT M G C HOBDAY   LANCS FUS          1/4/45

JUL 21  TO ANTWERP

JUL 24  CAPT GREENER TEMP OC WHILE HOBDAY ON LEAVE

                         CAPT D H KNOWLES      RAC      26/7/45       OC

DECEMBER  DISBANDED.


WO 171/7859             20 INDEP PRO SECTION CMP     JAN  -  DEC 1945

JANUARY             ZONHOVEN, BELGIUM  TO  GELDROP

                             LT P V HILLS             RA              10/12/44

MAR 23/26  MR CHURCHILL ARRIVED VENLO, CROSSED RHINE, ESCORT FROM UNIT

         RHEINE, NIENBURG, SOLTAU

MAY 1     SOLTAU

MAY 3  TAC HQ MOVE TO LUNEBURG HEATH

REPRESENTATIVES OF GERMAN COMMAND OF FORCES OPPOSING 21ST ARMY GROUP ARRIVED TO NEGOTIATE SURRENDER WITH C-IN-C.   AFTER CONFERENCE A PORTION OF THE PARTY RETURNED TO THEIR HQ TO CONFER WITH GERMAN C-IN-C

REMAINDER STAYED AT LUNEBURG IN VISITORS CAMP  -  CMP GUARD. OC AND 2 NCO’S PROCEEDED THROUGH HAMBURG AND 20 MILES BEYOND TO NW UNDER WHITE FLAG TO MEET AND ESCORT RETURNING GERMAN DELEGATES  -  ADMIRAL FRIEDENBERG AND MAJOR FIELDEL.

MAY 8  REICHS COMMISSAR SEPSTINGUANT  ESCORTED BY THIS UNIT BY AIR FROM LUNEBURG TO HENGELO (HOLLAND) AND THERE HANDED OVER TO DPM 1ST CDN ARMY

JUN 5  OC & 12 NCOS PROCEEDED TO ACCOMPANY THE C-IN-C TO BERLIN ON THE OCCASION OF THE SIGNING OF THE QUADRIPARTITE AGREEMENT FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF GERMANY.   THIS PARTY WAS SAID TO BE THE FIRST OFFICIAL BRITISH ARMY PARTY TO VISIT THE CITY

AUG 1/31  OSTENWALDE  -  SECTION RESPONSIBLE FOR C-IN-C’S TRAIN.


WO 171/7860              22 INDEP PRO SECTION CMP    JUL  -  DEC 1945      TARANTO TILL MOVE TO TOULON    25 JUL

                STAFF CAPT F H FOULDS          RASC      25/12/45

           ROUTINE PORT DUTIES  -  DETRAINING AND ENTRAINING


WO 171/8153                   65/7 ATS PRO SECTION      JAN  -  JUN 1945

JAN  1   BRUSSELS

JAN 4   2 NCOS ESCORTED 5 GERMAN NURSES TO UK

JAN 5   CHECKING AND SEARCHING CIVILIAN WORKERS AT LEAVE RESTAURANTS

JAN 8  TOOK PART IN JOINT POLICE SECURITY CHECK AT PALACE DE LEVRIER RACING TRACK & METROPOLE HOTEL & AT OFFICERS TRANSIT MESS & GARRISON CINEMA

                       J/COM A BUCKLE  CO    NIGHT DUTY WITH CMP

FEB   ATS PROVOST ACCOMPANIED CMP ON CURFEW CHECK

FEB 26  ALL TROOPS CONFINED TO BARRACKS  ON OP BLANKET SCHEME  CHECK ON MONTGOMERY CLUB, CINEMA, THEATRE ETC   SEARCHING CIVILIAN FEMALE EMPLOYEES AT NO 1 CND BASE POST OFFICE

APR 17 DUTY IN THE WOMEN PRISONERS COMPOUND

APR 17         J/COM J F LAMB WHEN BUCKLE ON LEAVE

MAY 29  MISS VIOLET MARKHAM MP AND MRS STOCKS VISITED 2230 POW CAMP WITH J/C SCOTT-SMITH, ATS STAFF CAPTAIN & DAPM ATS AND WERE SHOWN OVER WOMEN'S COMPOUND

JUN 1  ATS PROVOST PATROL PROCEEDED TO FOREST PRISON TO INTERROGATE LILIAN A A SMITH ABOUT HER PARENTS' WHEREABOUTS

JUN 3  PATROL MADE ENQUIRIES OF LILIAN A A SMITH AS TO WHAT CLOTHING SHE POSSESSED AND HAD BEEN GIVEN SINCE HER ARREST

JUN 4  2 ATS ESCORTED MRS WILLIAM JOYCE FROM BRUSSELS AIRPORT TO THE FOREST PRISON.

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WO 171/8154           PROVOST COY ATS   BAOR            JUL  -  DEC 1945

BRUSSELS TO BAD SALZUFFELN TO HERFORD & BAD OEYNHAUSEN

                     SEN/COM  BUCKLE

AUG 13   LUNEBURG   ATS PRO SECT PROCEEDED TO LUNEBURG FOR TEMP DUTY AT TRIAL OF BELSEN WOMEN    WITHDRAWN  19 NOV

AUG 2              S/C J C LANYON ASSUMED APPTMT APM ATS

DEC   BALKAN   DUTIES AT WAR CRIMES TRIBUNAL.


WO 171/10759                       4 COY CMP                          JAN, FEB 1946

 OSNABRUCK

                   CAPT A A HOWLETT      WILTS               5/7/45

                   LT K ASHLEY               RAC                 2/11/45

                   LT A K GARROD           R NORFOLK    25/11/45


WO 171/10760                         6 COY (TC)                    JAN  -  MAR 1946

 HAMBURG    

                    LT R BENNETT            RA       OC ORGANISING DISBANDMENT

                    LT M A BARRY            RECCE        7/1/46

                    LT  J F SHAW             E YORKS   15/8/45

                    LT R TAYLOR             RA           25/11/45

JAN 8/10   WAR CRIMES COURT, HAMELN  -  TRIAL OF J OTTO THIELKE ACCUSED OF ILL-TREATING POLISH NATIONALS – 16 MEN OF COY ON DUTY INSIDE COURT.


WO 171/10761                      16 COY (TC)                    JAN  -  MAR 1946

 S'HERTOGENBOSCH,  HOLLAND

 UNIT STRENGTH  -  3 OFFICERS, 122 0RS

                 CAPT M A WHAYMAN    E SURREYS       18/6/45   OC

                 LT F M ADDISON         RA                   2/11/45

                 LT H T GOLDING         KING'S OWN    10/12/45

FEB 25   DISBANDMENT COMPLETE.


WO 171/10762                       22 COY (TC)                   JAN  -  MAR 1946

DUSSELDORF

                   A/CAPT L HOPKINSON            RAOC        25/10/45

                   LT L A W RASHBROOK           RA(COAST)     8/1/46

                   LT G A BENNETT                   R SUFFOLK   29/1/46

JAN, FEB, MAR   NORMAL TRAFFIC DUTIES

MAR 31  DISBANDMENT COMPLETED.


WO 171/10763                  25 COY (TC)                        JAN  -  MAR 1946

BAD GODESBERG

JAN 3  OC CAPT BARRY WITNESS AT TRIAL OF CIVILIANS RE MURDER OF L/CPL WARD FOUND DROWNED 22/11/45 WITH EXCESSIVE INJURIES

                    CAPT J N BARR     PC    10/10/45 WENT TO 81 COY 20/1/46

                    LT G A BENNETT   SUFFOLK               27/11/45

                    LT H DOLMAN       RA(S/L)                 2/11/45

   GENERAL DUTIES AT COLOGNE BRIDGE

MAR 2    FINAL DISBANDMENT COMPLETE.


WO 171/10764                26 COY (TC)                        JAN  -  APRIL 1946 BERLIN   -  TC & PRO DUTIES

                      CAPT D T NOBLE         RAC (RTR)                 30/11/45

                      LT T M DAVIES            RA                           10/4/44

                      LT D T BARR               E LANCS                   25/10/45

                      CAPT N S FAIRMAN      RWF                           2/2/46

MAR 1  SGT R S CARNEGIE CMP RECOVERED FROM RIVER HAVEL, SPANDAU   -  LIFE EXTINCT     COURT OF INQUIRY SUMMONED

                      LT J G H RUDGE          RAC                          1/3/46

                      CAPT F A WALKER       BORDER                   23/3/46

APR 12  DISBANDMENT COMPLETE.


WO 171/10765                          62 COY (TC)                              JAN 1946

IN THE FIELD

                        CAPT G W THOMPSON          S LANCS

                        LT M A BARRY                     RAC(RECCE)       30/10/45

JAN 30  ALL BOOKS CLOSED AND DISBANDMENT COMPLETED.


WO 171/10766                          73 COY (TC)                    JAN, FEB 1946 HANNOVER

                        CAPT J B HEATHCOTE                    28/10/45

                        LT F A G DEAN               R FUS        13/4/45

JAN 11  C-IN-C'S CERTIFICATE FOR GOOD SERVICE  -  SGT W H TILLAR  4542911


WO 171/10767                      76 COY (TC)                        JAN, FEB 1946

SCHLESWIG

                 LT V A KEATS            GR HOWARDS          10/12/45     OC

                 LT L A DURRANT        RA                            8/3/45

FEB 7  PTE TANNYAN MARRIED TO BARBARA FUCHS (POLISH) AT ST MICHAEL'S GARRISON CHURCH            

FEB 28  DISBANDED

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WO 171/10768                        76 COY (TC)                      JAN, FEB 1946

BAD SEGEBERG

                        LT G BATCHELOR                RA             12/12/45

                        CAPT M H MACKONOCHIE    SOM L I                     OC

ALL PAINT WILL BE REMOVED FROM WEBBING EQUIPMENT AND ONLY THE AUTHORISED WHITE BLANCO WILL BE USED IN FUTURE

PART ONE ORDERS:

   I CONSIDER THAT WE HAVE FAR TOO MANY TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS, SUCH CAN ONLY BE THE RESULT OF NEGLIGENCE BY THE DRIVER. IT IS THEREFORE THE PLAIN DUTY OF ALL DRIVERS TO BE EXCESSIVELY CAUTIOUS

 LT C BAILEY    N STAFFS            19/1/46  OC (MACKONOCHIE ON LEAVE)

FEB 7  DISBANDMENT COMPLETE.


WO 171/10769                 81 COY (TC)                          JAN  -  MAR 1946

 FIELD  -  ANTWERP

          LT/CAPT F A GORRINGE      GEN LIST    16/10/45

          LT PW EDWARDS              RA              18/11/45

          LT N H ELLIS                    RA              20/12/45  AS CAPT TO 49 DIV

          CAPT J N BARRY               PC              27/1/46   TO 15 WW PRO

   GENERAL DOCK DUTIES

MAR 22  COMPANY FINALLY DISBANDED BY LT EDWARDS

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WO 171/10770                     101 COY (TC)                    JAN  -  MAR 1946

BAOR  -  ARNSBERG

                         CAPT G PHILLIPS         RA 12/12/45     (ARRIVED 21/1/46)

                         LT H E WIRE               RA                      12/2/44

                         LT D T HOLLAND         RA                      14/10/44

                         LT J G H RUDGE          RAC                    12/12/45

MAR 10  DISBANDMENT COMPLETE;   CAPT PHILLIPS ON CLASS A RELEASE


WO 171/10771                     70 SECTION SIB                  JAN - JUN 1946

BRUNSWICK   CAPT A J CHRISTMAS (338176) OC, UNDER COMMAND DPM 30 CORPS DISTRICT.

JAN DURING THE MONTH 30 CASES WERE INVESTIGATED, RESULTING IN THE ARREST OF 30 CIVILIANS AND THE RECOVERY OF PROPERTY TO THE APPROXIMATE VALUE OF £600.   DP CRIME WAS AGAIN THE CHIEF SOURCE OF TROUBLE, AND NENE MAJOR CRIMES, ALL OF THEM ARMED ROBBERY, IN 5 CASES OF WHICH MURDER WAS COMMITTED.   AS THE RESULT OF ‘SNAP’ RAIDS ON POLISH DP CAMPS, SEVERAL PERSONS WANTED IN CONNECTION WITH THESE CRIMES WERE ARRESTED.   THE STRENGTH OF THE SECTION HAS CONSIDERABLY DECREASED AS THE RESULT OF CLASS ‘A’ RELEASE, BUT ARRANGEMENTS ARE IN HAND FOR REINFORCEMENTS TO BE SUPPLIED FROM A COURSE AT PRESENT BEING HELD IN THE UK.   A CLOSE LIAISON HAS BEEN KEPT WITH FSS AND MIL GOV DETS, TO THE MUTUAL ADVANTAGE OF ALL CONCERNED.

FEB 1 CAPT A J CHRISTMAS LEFT FOR CLASS ‘A’ RELEASE.   LT LIDDLE (359395) TEMPORARY OC.

FEB 20 CAPT S W CARRIER (353852) NEW OC.

MAR, APR, MAY, JUN.   SECTION ENGAGED WHOLLY ON INVESTIGATION OF CRIME.

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WO 171/10772                     71 SECTION SIB             JAN - MARCH 1946

BREDA, HOLLAND.   CAPT T HIBBARD (345175) GENERAL LIST AND LT E H HUMPHRIES (304896) GLOSTER REGT.

JAN 1 - 31 THE UNIT MOVED FROM ANTWERP ON 28TH JAN.   50% BELOW STRENGTH AND PREPARING TO DISBAND IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

MARCH.  ONE CASE INVOLVING WOUNDING AND ROBBERY WAS REPORTED AND DETECTED DURING THE MONTH.   UNIT DISBANDED.

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WO 171/10773                     72 SECTION SIB                JAN - JUNE 1946

ISERLOHN.   LT G C DENTITH (336772) GENERAL LIST 3/8/45 AND LT G E BELL (359279) GENERAL LIST 20/11/45.

JAN UNIT OPERATES EFFICIENTLY - TRANSPORT GOOD, DETACHMENT AT BOCHUM.

JAN 16 ONE NCO ATTACHED FROM PROVOST, GOOD TYPE.

FEB 7 BOCHUM DETACHMENT BUSTY WITH MURDER INVESTIGATION.

FEB 12 INVESTIGATING ARMED LOOTING.

APRIL 26 OC CAPT DENTITH DEPARTS UNIT ON CLASS ’A’ RELEASE.   NEW OC CAPT H G PARRY (348234) GENERAL LIST.

MAY 1 ALLEGED RAPE OF 1 GERMAN FEMALE - 1 BRITISH WO ARRESTED.

MAY 9 ACCIDENTAL DEATH (SELF SHOOTING) OF A BRITISH SOLDIER AT BOCHUM - INVESTIGATED.

MAY 12 CSM ASPDEN “MENTIONED IN DESPATCHES”.

JUNE 1 ENQUIRIES RE DROWNING OF BRITISH SOLDIER COMMENCED.

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WO 171/10774                        73 SECTION SIB                JAN - FEB 1946

THE HAGUE, HOLLAND.   CAPT S W CARRIER (353852) GENERAL LIST, 25/1/46.

BREDA JAN 25 CAPT W T JONES ON CLASS ‘A’ RELEASE.

FEB ENGAGED IN INVESTIGATION OF CRIMES.

FEB 22 UNIT DISBANDED, EFFECTIVE AND COMPLETED.

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WO 171/10775                     74 SECTION SIB                  JAN - APR 1946

BAD SALZUFELEN.   CAPT K H WILSON (306898) GENERAL LIST OC, 3/8/45.   LT G HOXEY (358982) GENERAL LIST, 20/10/45 2 I/C.

JAN SECTION ENGAGED ON NORMAL POLICE DUTIES.   DP’S RAIDING FARM HOUSES.

APR.   SGT SOUTHCOTT SIB MURDERED BY TEDRIL WALASEK, POLISH DP WANTED FOR NUMEROUS MURDERS AND ARMED ROBBERIES IN THE BRITISH SECTOR.  WALSEK HAVING BEEN ARRESTED PRODUCED A PISTOL AND SHOT THE THREE SIB NCO’S WHO WERE ESCORTING HIM.   KILLING ONE AND SERIOUSLY WOUNDING THE OTHER TWO.   WALSECK ESCAPED BUT WAS LATER RE ARRESTED.  HE WAS THE  POLISH LEADER OF A GANG AND CRIMES DIMINISHED AFTER WALASEK WAS ARRESTED FOR MURDER.   SENTENCED TO DEATH AT HIS TRIAL IN DETMOLD BY MILITARY GOVERNMENT COURT ON 22 MAY 1946.

(NO. 14316243 SGT E R SOUTHCOTT DIED 8/4/46 AGE 29 YEARS, FROM TAVISTOCK, DEVON.  HE IS BURIED IN MUNSTER HEATH CEMETERY IN GRAVE 2/ B/ 21).

APR 15-22 A NUMBER OF GERMAN CIVILIANS ARRESTED FOR LARCENY OF WD PROPERTY.

JUNE 7 LT A F RIGGS, (366637), GENERAL LIST POSTED IN.

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WO 171/10776                     81 SECTION SIB                  JAN - JUN 1946

PREETZ TO HAMBURG.   CAPT R A BALDWIN (296714) RA 8/11/45.   LT H KAY (359044) GENERAL LIST.  

INVESTIGATING CRIMES FROM RAPE, ROBBERY WITH VIOLENCE TO PETTY PILFERING.

JAN 15-20 CRIMES INVOLVING DEATH OF SOLDIERS, MANSLAUGHTER,    JAN JAN 21-28 CSM MONCKTON IS PROMOTED TO 2/LT MONCKTON AND POSTED

TO 90 SIS.   2 NCO’S OF COPENHAGEN DETACHMENT ARRIVE MAKING THE SECTION COMPLETE AT HAMBURG, BUT THE STRENGTH IS ONLY 8 EXPERIENCED NOC’S AND THREE ATTACHED MILITARY POLICEMEN WHO

ALTHOUGH KEEN REQUIRE MUCH SUPERVISION.

LOOTING AND PILFERING FROM TRAINS IN THE RAILWAY SIDINGS AT WILHELMSBURG AGAIN CALLS FOR ATTENTION AND MUCH TIME IS DEVOTED TO PREVENT THIS, BUT I AM SATISFIED THAT THERE IS NOTHING ORGANISED.   PREVENTION IS THE ONLY WAY TO STOP THIS AS THE GERMAN CIVILIANS WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS ARE SO HUNGRY, THAT THEY EITHER CONSUME THE FOODS STOLEN ON THE SPOT, OR ON ARRIVAL AT THEIR HOMES.   THIS MAKES DETECTION AND RECOVERY OF STOLEN PROPERTY ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE.   AN INCREASE IN THE OFFENCES COMMITTED BY OFFICERS TAKES A GOOD DEAL OF TIME TOWARDS THE END OF THE MONTH.   LONG PERIODS OF OBSERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED, AND MOST OF THESE OBSERVATIONS AND INVESTIGATIONS ARE REQUIRED DURING THE NIGHT.   AS THE CRIME COMMITTED DURING JANUARY ARE OF A MORE SERIOUS NATURE, THE EXPERIENCED PERSONNEL OF THE SECTION ARE MORE THAN FULLY ENGAGED.   NEVERTHELESS REINFORCEMENTS HAVE BEEN PROMISED FOR THE NEAR FUTURE.

MARCH 1-31 CASES OF LARCENY HAVE BEEN THE SUBJECT OF THE BULK OF THE INVESTIGATIONS CARRIED OUT DURING THE MONTH, AND THESE MINOR CRIMES, ESPECIALLY PETTY PILFERING OF FOODSTUFFS ETC. ARE NOTICEABLY INCREASING AND ARE DUE NO DOUBT TO PRESENT FOOD SHORTAGES IN GERMANY.   SEVERAL GERMAN CIVILIANS HAVE BEEN PROCEEDED AGAINST FOR OFFENCES SUCH AS UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF FOODSTUFFS, STORES, ETC.   CRIMES OF VIOLENCE, IE ARMED ROBBERIES APPEAR TO BE ON THE INCREASE AND IT IS APPARENT THAT VEHICLES ARE BEING USED BY MILITARY PERSONNEL IN THE COMMISSION OF THIS TYPE OF OFFENCE.   THE PROPERTY MOST SOUGHT AFTER BY THE PERPETRATORS OF THESE OFFENCES SEEMS TO BE WATCHES AND JEWELLERY.   ONE OUTSTANDING CASE OF ARMED ROBBERY HAS BEEN SUCCESSFULLY CLEARED UP, RESULTING IN THE ARREST OF TWO BRITISH SOLDIERS, THREE GERMAN CIVILIANS AND THE RECOVERY OF  A LARGE QUANTITY OF JEWELLERY THAT THE SOLDIERS HAD DEPOSITED IN ENGLAND.   HAVE BEEN CONTINUED AS REGARDS “DRUG TRAFFIC”, AMONGST GERMAN CIVILIANS AND DISPLACED PERSONS, WITH THE RESULT THAT ONE CIVILIAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED FOR UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A QUANTITY OF MORPHIA.  ONE CASE OF MURDER HAS BEEN REPORTED, IN WHICH A GERMAN FEMALE WAS SHOT BY A BRITISH SOLDIER.   INVESTIGATIONS IN THIS CASE ARE NOW COMPLETED AND THE SOLDIER DETAINED.   CRIME IN GENERAL IN HAMBURG HAS SHOWN A DECIDED INCREASE AND THE SECTION IS FULLY OCCUPIED IN AN ATTEMPT TO COMBAT IT.

APRIL 18 LARGE SCALE RAID ON VICTORY NAAFI CANTEEN WHICH INVOLVED OVER 100 MP’s WITH IRISH GUARDS PLAYING PICQUET AND WHOLE OF THIS SECTION INVOLVED - 16 ABSENTEES AND DESERTERS DETAINED, 700-800 MILITARY PERSONNEL CHECKED BY PHONING THEIR UNITS.

APRIL 22 LT COL J F M OPENsHAW DPM VISITED UNIT.   SEVERAL CASES OF

STORE BREAKING - MANY BY EMPLOYED CIVILIANS WHO SELL IT ON IN THE BLACK MARKET.

APRIL 26 CRIME WAVE ON DECLINE AND MOST CASES INVESTIGATED INVOLVE OFFICERS.

JUNE 1-31 ALL KINDS OF CRIME INVESTIGATED RAPE, ROBBERY WITH VIOLENCE, MURDER.   SEVERAL MISCELLANEOUS CRIMES REPORTED SUCH AS FALSE PRETENCES, INSULTING A MEMBER OF THIS SECTION, TRAFFIC ACCIDENT RESULTING IN 5 DEATHS AND IMPORTUNING.   MAJORITY TO A SUCCESSFUL CONCLUSION.

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WO 171/10777                       82 SECTION SIB              JAN - JUNE 1946

JAN FLENSBURG.   CAPT W A REID (348500) GENERAL LIST AND LT L R N BELL GENERAL LIST.

JAN 1 - 10 FLENSBURG, NO TIME TO SETTLE IN MOVE TO PREEZ.

JAN 10 - 31 PREEZE WITH DETACHMENT AT LUBECK.

FEB MAIN WORK DEALING WITH GERMANS IN POSSESSION OF WD FOOD STUFFS.

MARCH NO OUTSTANDING WORK, NO UNREST.

APRIL PILFERING AND UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF ALLIED PROPERTY.

MAY - JUNE NORMAL DUTIES, NOTHING SPECIAL.

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WO 171/10778                        83 SECTION SIB              JAN-JUNE 1946

ANTWERP    CAPT N L WHITTAKER (289203) RA 25/12/44, LT R BASNETT (358608) GENERAL LIST 9/10/45.

AREA HAS BEEN EXTENDED.   SECTION IS UNDER STRENGTH AND LIMITS NUMBER OF INVESTIGATIONS UNDERTAKEN.

FEB REPORT IS AS JANUARY.   INCREASE OF PERSONNEL WOULD MAKE SECTION MORE EFFICIENT.   STRENGTH FURTHER DEPLETED DUE TO POSTINGS AND PROMOTIONS AND END OF SERVICE.

MARCH AS ABOVE.

APRIL  A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF WORK HAS BEEN PERFORMED AND MAY ENQUIRES OF A SERIOUS AND COMPLICATED NATURE HAVE BEEN BROUGHT TO A SUCCESSFUL CONCLUSION.   THESE INCLUDE ARRESTS MADE OF DANGEROUS DESERTERS, WANTED FOR ARMED ROBBERY ALSO MEMBERS OF THE ALLIED ARMIES FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER.   IN ADDITION A LARGE AMOUNT OF MT EQUIPMENT HAS BEEN RECOVERED, THE OFFENDERS BEING TRACED.   THE SECTION HAD BEEN AND IS NOW ENGAGED ON AN INVOLVED ENQUIRY RESPECTING DISPLACED POLISH SUBJECTS WHO HAVE BEEN LIVING BY COMMITTING CRIME AND MOVE FROM COUNTRY TO COUNTRY BY MEANS OF FORGED DOCUMENTS.   MANY OF THESE PERSONS HAVE ALREADY BEEN ARRESTED BY THIS SECTION.

MAY MANY CRIMES HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFULLY DEALT WITH INCLUDING THE INTERCEPTION AND ARREST OF MILITARY PERSONNEL INCLUDING MILITARY POLICE WHO ARE ENGAGED IN SMUGGLING GOODS ACROSS THE BELGIAN -

DUTCH BORDER.   MANY ARRESTS - STEALING SHELL CASES AND SELLING THEM ON THE BLACK MARKET INVOLVING SOME 10 MILLION BELGIAN FRANCS.

JUNE VERY BUSTY DEPLETED PERSONNEL,   THERE WOULD APPEAR TO BE MUCH WORK TO DO YET IN BELGIUM AND HOLLAND.

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WO 171/10779                        85 SECTION SIB               JAN - JUN 1946

JAN, BRUSSELS.   CAPT R WARHAM (30689) GENERAL LIST, LT  S W CARTER (353852) GENERAL LIST.   LT KENDALL (363444) GENERAL LIST.   LT T H HOGGETH (759712) GENERAL LIST.

JAN 1 - 3.   ENGAGED IN COMPILING MONTHLY RETURNS AND COMPLETING PREPARATIONS FOR MOVING.

JAN 4 - 6 MOVED TO HAMBURG.

JAN 7 ADVANCE PARTY MOVED TO FLENSBURG.

JAN 1 - 31 GENERAL DUTIES.

FEB SECTION ENGAGED IN THE INVESTIGATION OF CRIME.   DETACHMENTS IN COPENHAGEN AND SCHLESWIG.

MARCH INVESTIGATION OF CRIME AND BLACK MARKET ACTIVITIES.

MAY 3 - 4 MOVE TO NEUMUNSTER.

JUNE INVESTIGATION OF CRIME IN NEUMUNSTER AND DENMARK.

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WO 171/10780                        86 SECTION SIB               JAN-JUNE 1946

VERDEN   CAPT E H HUMPHRIES (304896) GLOUCESTER REGT 1/3/46 AND LT H YATES (359396) GENERA LIST, 15/11/45.

JAN DP CRIME HAS INCREASED - ALSO BLACK MARKET.   2 SOLDIERS ARRESTED FOR MURDER OF GERMAN CIVILIAN.

MARCH OFFENCES INVOLVING OFFICERS ARE COMMANDING CONSIDERABLE ATTENTION AND ARE CHIEFLY CONCERNED WITH MISCONDUCT WITH TERMAN FEMALES IN OFFICERS MESSES.

APRIL DP CRIME DECREASES.

MAY 25 SECTION HQ MOVED TO LUNEBURG.   SLIGHT DECREASE IN CRIME DURING MONTH.

JUNE INCREASE IN CRIME.

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WO 171/10781                    87 SECTION SIB                 JAN-JUNE  1946

DUSSELDORF.    CAPT J E O’CONNELL,   LT K DOBSON.

JAN 1 - 31 ROUTINE WORK, 35 MISCELLANEOUS OFFENCES HAVE BEEN INVESTIGATED RESULTING IN ARREST OF 7 MILITARY PERSONNEL AND 31 GERMAN CIVILIANS.   BULK OF LATTER BLACK MARKET.

3 CASES OF SUICIDE, ONE BY HANGING TWO BY SHOOTING, NO EVIDENCE OF FOUL POLY;  ACTION ATTRIBUTABLE TO DOMESTIC TROUBLE AND WORRY OVER VD.

FEB  ONE CASE OF SHOOTING IN MONTH, A PTE SOLDIER COMMITTED SUICIDE FEARING THAT HE HAD CONTRACTED VD WHICH WAS NOT THE CASE.   LIAISON WITH KRIPO, PROVOST REMAINS AT A HIGH STANDARD.

MARCH - APRIL  NOTHING OF NOTE.

MAY ONLY ONE SERIOUS CASE, ARMED ROBBERY OF A GERMAN FARMER’S HOME IN BONN AREA.

JUNE  ONLY ONE SERIOUS CASE, MURDER OF A BRITISH OFFICER BY A POLISH DISPLACED PERSON.  

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WO 171/10782                      88 SECTION SIB                JAN-JUNE 1946

SASSENBERG AND BURGSTEINFURT.   CAPT J NORTON (329602) GENERAL LIST, 15/5/45 AND LT D JOHNSON ((359394) GENERAL LIST, 15/12/45.

FEB SASSENBERG BILLETS SURROUNDED BY FLOOD WATER.   SALVAGING VEHICLES AND REPAIRING FLOOD DAMAGE.

FEB 15 UNIT STILL PARTLY ISOLATED TO TO DAMAGED ROADS AND BROKEN BRIDGES.   SECTION EMPLOYED IN INVESTIGATION OF CRIME.

LT W J H A JACKSON (358983) POSTED IN.

APRIL INVESTIGATION OF CRIMES.

MAY SECTION MOVED FROM SESSENBERT TO OLDENBURG WITH DETACHMENT AT OSNABRUCK.

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WO 171/10783                     89 SECTION SIB                 JAN-JULY 1946

BERLIN.   CAPT A TAYLOR (348501) DAPM.

JAN 1 - 3 DISTRIBUTION OF UNIT REMAINS THE SAME AS AT THE END OF PREVIOUS MONTH, WITH A DETACHMENT IN PARIS.

JAN 4 - 8 CASE OF MURDER OF A RUSSIAN SOLDIER, BODY FOUND DUMPED IN A SLIT TRENCH SHOT THROUGH THE HEAD.   OBVIOUSLY DUMPED THERE AND MURDER PROBABLY NOT COMMITTED IN BRITISH SECTOR.   A SECOND BODY FOUND IN THE SAME VICINITY.

PERIODICAL VISIT OF PM BAOR BRIGADIER J CHENEY, OBE ON THE 4TH AND 5TH.

FEB 9 ARRIVAL OF NEW DPM HQ BTB LT COL GREEN OBE, FROM NORTHERN IRELAND.

JAN 10 - 17 ENQUIRIES, STATEMENT TAKING, AND INVESTIGATIONS RE ALLEGED SERIOUS CRIMES.   CASE OF ALLEGED ATTEMPTED RAPE ON A GERMAN WOMAN BY A BRITISH MAJOR.   COMPLAINANT DISAPPEARED, AND HER PRESENT WHEREABOUTS ARE UNKNOWN AND EVERY EFFORT  IS BEING MADE TO TRACE HER.   DEATH OF A BRITISH SOLDIER AFTER DRINKING A CERTAIN LIQUID ALLEGED TO BE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE.

CASE OF TWO MILITARY POLICEMEN COMMITTING ARMED ROBBERY AND DEMANDING MONEY AND VALUABLE PROPERTY WITH MENACES AND THREATS.   BOTH ATTESTED AND IDENTIFIED.   CASE OF TWO OTHER BRITISH MILITARY POLICEMEN, ONE AND INFANTRYMAN, ATTACHED, ALLEGED TO BE CONCERNED IN A CASE OF GRIEVOUS BODILY HARM TO A GERMAN CIVILIAN.   BOTH ARRESTED.   CASE OF MURDER, BY SHOOTING, OF A BRITISH SOLDIER IN THE US SECTOR OF BERLIN.   THIS SOLDIER SAW HIS CAR BEING TAKEN AWAY BY UNAUTHORISED PERSONS AND GAVE CHASE.   THE CAR ON TURNING A NEARBY CORNER SKIDDED AND CAME TO A STANDSTILL, OWING TO THE ICY CONDITIONS OF THE ROAD.   THIS

ENABLED TO SOLDIER TO APPROACH THE VEHICLE SHOUTING ‘COME OUT

COME OUT’.   HE WAS THEN SHOT THROUGH THE HEART BY SOME UNKNOWN PERSON WHO WAS IN THE VEHICLE, AND THIS PERSON TOGETHER WITH TWO OTHERS, MADE GOOD HIS ESCAPE, IN SPITE OF BEING REPEATEDLY BEING FIRED AT BY AMERICAN MILITARY POLICEMEN.   CASE OF TWO ENSA PERSONNEL OBTAINING 50 £1 POSTAL ORDERS UNLAWFULLY FROM APO.   BOTH ARRESTED.

JAN 18 OC TOGETHER WITH DPM HQ BTB, VISITED THE DEPUTY COMMANDER, BTB RE SERIOUS CASES INVOLVING DIFFICULTIES AND THOSE LIKELY TO BE EXPERIENCED IN RESPECT OF SAME.   GOC SEEN LATER.   DIFFICULTIES OVERCOME AND CERTAIN POLICY ADOPTED.

JAN 19 -24 NORMAL DUTIES AND INVESTIGATIONS RE ALLEGED SERIOUS CRIMES   CASES OF SHOOTING BECOMING STILL PREVALENT.   BRITISH ARMED PATROLS RESORTED TO THE USE OF FIREARMS BEFORE ALL OTHER

MEANS OF RESTRAINT ETC. WERE TRIED.    CASE OF AN UNARMED RUSSIAN BEING SHOT THROUGH CHEST BY PATROLMEN WHO HAD SURROUNDED HIM AND BEEN TALKING TO HIM FOR SOME TIME.   RUSSIAN FOUND TO BE IN POSSESSION OF A KNIFE.   CASE OF WOMAN BEING

SHOT AND KILLED BY TWO BURSTS OF SUBMACHINE GUN FIRE WHICH HAD BEEN FIRED THROUGH A DOOR WITH A VIEW TO GAINING ENTRANCE INTO A FLAT.   THE VICTIM WAS APPARENTLY GOING TO THE DOOR TO ANSWER TO THE KNOCKING OF THE PATROLMEN.

CASE OF A DUTCH LIEUTENANT INTERPRETER ATTACHED TO HQ BTB, COMMITTING BIGAMY AND TWO CASES OF FORGERY.   CASE OF A BRITISH INTERPRETER SERGEANT ATTACHED TO MILITARY GOVERNMENT IMPERSONATING A MILITARY POLICEMAN AND USING A PISTOL, GAINING ENTRY TO DIFFERENT ADDRESSES, MAKING WOMEN TAKE THEIR CLOTHES OFF AND INDECENTLY ASSAULTING WOMEN AT THE POINT OF A PISTOL, ASSAULTS NOT SERIOUS.

JAN 25  NORMAL DUTIES.   OC TOGETHER WITH DPOM HQ BTB LEFT BERLIN FOR HQ BAOR.   INTERVIEWED PM, FINANCIAL ADVISER, ETC.

JAN 26 NORMAL DUTIES.   OC AND DPM INTERVIEWS AT HQ BAOR RE CASES ON HAND.   RETURNED BY AEROPLANE TO BERLIN.

JAN 27 - 28   NORMAL DUTIES ENQUIRIES, AND INVESTIGATIONS.   VISIT OF APM SIB CMP HQ BAOR MAJ E PURSLOW, MBE RE CASES IN HAND.

JAN 29 - 31 ENQUIRIES AND INVESTIGATIONS RE ALLEGED SERIOUS CRIMES.   BRITISH SOLDIER ARRESTED FOR ARMED ROBBERY AND LATER IDENTIFIED FOR THE MURDER OF A GERMAN CIVILIAN ON THE NIGHT OF THE 2ND.   CASE OF JUSTIFIABLE HOMICIDE OF A RUSSIAN SOLDIER WHO AFTER BEING ARRESTED TRIED TO ESCAPE AND WAS SHOT IN THE STOMACH BY ONE OF THE ARMED PATROLMEN AND DIED THREE HOURS LATER.   CASE INVESTIGATED.

PARIS DETACHMENT ARRESTED TWO SOLDIERS AND ONE FRENCH CIVILIAN FOR RUNNING THE BELGIAN FRONTIER WITH PROPERTY VALUED AT FRS.3,000,000 WHICH WAS RECOVERED.

CASE OF TWO GERMAN CIVILIANS IN BERLIN FOUND IN POSSESSION OF NEARLY RM 500,000.   CASE OF TWO BRITISH SOLDIERS RECEIVING SERIOUS INJURIES AFTER UNKNOWN PERSONS HAD THROWN ACID AT THEM;  BOTH SOLDIERS SENT TO UK BY PLANE FOR SPECIALIST TREATMENT.   BLACK

MARKET CASES CHIEFLY CONCERNING CIVILIAN PROPERTY.   CASE IN PARIS

OF A BELGIAN SUBJECT REPRESENTING HIMSELF AS A BRITISH OFFICER AND OBTAINING MONEY BY FALSE PRETENCES.   CRIME INCREASING OFFICER CASES PENDING.

FEB 1 - 6 UNIT REMAINS AS IN PREVIOUS MONTH WITH DETACHMENT IN PARIS.   NORMAL DUTIES AND INVESTIGATIONS RE ALLEGED SERIOUS CRIME.   CASE OF THE FINDING OF IMPORTANT AND USEFUL NAZI

DOCUMENTS CONCERNING THE ACTIVITIES OF THE GERMAN SECRET POLICE, INCLUDING THEIR MEMBERS WITH RUSSIAN AND POLISH NAMES.   THE SECRET DIARY CONTAINED THE LAST MESSAGE FROM THE CHIEF OF THE GERMAN SECRET POLICE TO REICHSMINISTER DR. GOEBBELS ON THE 23RD APRIL 1945, SAYING IN EFFECT THAT THE WAR COULD NO GO ON ANY LONGER.   DOCUMENTS HANDED TO GSI (B) HQ BTB.

CASE OF SUSPICIOUS DEATH OF A BRITISH SOLDIER FOUND IN A CONCRETE

BASEMENT AREA.   INVESTIGATIONS RULED OUT FOUL PLAY.

TWO RED ARMY MEN IN PLAIN CLOTHES AND ONE CZECH NATIONAL ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTED ARMED ROBBERY.   ONE RUSSIAN SHOT RESULTING IN A FRACTURED LEG.

LT W H C JACKSON (359893) JOINED UNIT.

CASE OF DEATH OF CMP (TC) SERGEANT (NO. 1539744 SGT R CARNEGIE, 26 COY (TC) CAUSED BY BEING DRUNK AND ACCORDING TO FOOTPRINTS IN THE SNOW, FALLING OFF A LOW JETTY AND THROUGH THE ICE OF A CANAL, THEREBY BEING DROWNED.

FEB 7  ARRIVAL OF MAJOR GENERAL ERSKINE PM WAR OFFICE, AND BRIGADIER J CHENEY, POM HQ BAOR.   PERIODICAL VISIT.   MET THEM ON THE ELBE BRIDGE AND ESCORTED TO BERLIN.   DISCUSSED CASES AN ADMIN PROBLEMS.

FEB 8  OC AGAIN ACCOMPANIED VISITORS AND MET GENERAL BOUCHAINE GOC FRENCH TROOPS BERLIN LT GEN SMIRNOFF GOC RUSSIAN TROOPS

BERLIN, LT GENERAL BARKER, GOC AMERICAN TROOPS BERLIN, AND OFFICERS ATTACHED.

FEB 9  VISITORS LEFT BERLIN AND WERE PARTLY ESCORTED ON THE AUTOBAHN.   THE DEPUTY PROVOST MARSHAL BERLIN WAS PRESENT THROUGHOUT ALL THESE MEETINGS IN COMPANY WITH OTHER OFFICERS.

FEB 10 - 16  CASE OF THE SHOOTING OF ONE BRITISH SOLDIER BY ANOTHER BRITISH SOLDIER   BULLET REMAINING IN THE ANKLE.   CULPRIT TRACED.

CASE OF SHOP BREAKING BY BRITISH SOLDIER WHO WAS ARRESTED.

CASE OF THREE ATS PERSONNEL ABSENTEES ARRESTED.   FOUND LIVING ON THE AMERICAN SECTOR AND BEING MAINTAINED BY AMERICAN TROOPS   ANOTHER CASE OF ATS ABSENTEE WHO ABSENTED HERSELF IN ORDER THAT AN ABORTION COULD BE PERFORMED BY AN UNKNOWN GERMAN DOCTOR.

LT T H HOGGETT FROM 85 SECTION SIB ARRIVED ON THE 16TH FOR TEMPORARY DUTY.

FEB 17 - 21  CASE OF FRENCH OFFICER BEING SHOT IN HAND WHILST TRAVELLING IN A CAR WITH TWO OTHERS, AFTER BEING CALLED UPON TO STOP BY THREE BRITISH MILITARY POLICEMEN WHO OPENED FIRE TO EFFECT THEIR PURPOSE.

CASE OF A BRITISH MAJOR ALLEGED TO BE IN IMPROPER POSSESSION OF A CIVILIAN CAR AND MISAPPROPRIATION OF PUBLIC FUNDS.

CASE OF BRITISH PROVOST RSM ASSAULTING AN AMERICAN OFFICER.

CASE OF BRITISH SOLDIER DISCHARGING A FIREARM AND ALSO ASSAULTING WITH INTENT TO RAPE.

FEB 22 - 28  CASE OF A GERMAN WOMAN BY THREE RUSSIAN SOLDIERS I THE BRITISH SECTOR.   ONE SOLDIER SUBSEQUENTLY IDENTIFIED BY PHOTOGRAPH.

TWO BRITISH SOLDIERS ARRESTED FOR RAPOE AND ROBBERY AND ONE ARRESTED FOR BURGLARY.

SERIOUS CASES OF RUNNING THE FRENCH-BELGIAN FRONTIER WITH PROPERTY TAKEN TO PARIS.   BRITISH MILITARY PERSONNEL AND CIVILIANS ARRESTED.

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WO 171/10784                   90 SECTION SIB                    JAN - JUN 1946

BRUSSELS, OSTEND CALAIS.   CAPT G A CORNEY MBE (308656) OC.   LT R W MONCKTON (363079), 1/5/46 CAPT G R HOXEY (358982) GEN LIST NEW OC.

JAN 30 OSTEND DETACHMENT CLOSED DOWN.

NO. 6401476 SGT HOLLOWAY DESPATCHED FOR CLASS ‘A’ RELEASE

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WO 171/10785                     98 SECTION SIB           MARCH - JUNE 1946

PARIS.   LT R W BASNETT (3586608) GENERAL LIST 12/3/46.

MARCH 20 - 31 SECTION FORMED AND ENGAGED IN INVESTIGATION OF CRIME.

MAY 2 HQ MOVES FROM HOTEL DU RISSIEM 2 RUE DE BALIGNOLLES TO HOTEL DU QUAI VOLTAIRE, PARIS VII.

JUNE  13 CASES INVESTIGATED RESULTING IN THE ARREST OF 7 MEMBERS OF HM FORCES AN 11 CIVILIANS.   PROPERTY TO THE VALUE OF £1,504 RECOVERED.

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WO 171/17806                      72 SECTION SIB               JAN - DEC 1945

BRUSSELS.   LT R S WARMAN (306829) GENERAL LIST. OC.

JAN 1 CONFERENCE REFERENCE PILFERING OF COAL.

JAN 2 CONFERENCE RE LARCENY FROM RAILWAYS.

JAN 2 - 13 ROUTINE DUTIES.   LT G R MOORE (536750) GENERAL LIST POSTED IN.

HELMOND

MARCH 31 USUAL PROBLEM OF INTERPRETERS AND CLERK TYPISTS.

CAPT K H WILSON (306898) POSTED IN.

APRIL 18  LACK OF INTERPRETERS STILL A PROBLEM.

MAY 9  A MARKED INCREASE IN NUMBER OF SEXUAL OFFENCES.

MAY 18 DISTURBING NUMBER OF ABOVE.

LT A TAYLOR, GENERAL LIST POSTED IN.

JUNE  ENGAGED IN GENERAL SIB DUTIES.

ISERLOHN DISTRICT.

JULY 18 SIGNS OF BLACK MARKET STARTING IN RUHR.

AUG 1 UNIT DUTIES OF INVESTIGATION HAMPERED BY BAD CONDITION OF TRANSPORT, STATE OF ROADS AND HEAVY MILEAGE.

AUG 2  2 MEMBERS OF UNIT STARTED ON WAR CRIMES CASE IH DJAG.

AUG 5 INCREASING CRIME ALL STAFF BUSY.

AUG 12 THE ADDITION OF 3 CAPTURED ENEMY VEHICLES IS A GREAT HELP.

AUG 14 CASES OF MURDER ARE EASING OFF - WHEN DP’S RETURN TO THEIR COUNTRIES IT SHOULD FINISH THIS CLASS OF CRIME.

CAPT G C DENTITH (336772) GENERAL LIST POSTED IN.

SEPT 6 MURDERS COMMITTED BY DP PERSONNEL.

SEPT 10  OC ENGAGED IN SUICIDE AND ALLEGED BLACKMAIL AT WUPPERTAL.

SEPT 26  2 NCO’S DESPATCHED TO BOCKUM TO INVESTIGATE MURDER OF BRITISH SOLDIER.  

OCT 3  BIG DECREASE IN MURDERS DUE TO REMOVAL OF DPO’S FROM AREA.

OCT 12  FIREARMS USED IN MURDER CASE SENT TO BALLISTICS EXPERT IN DUSSELDORF.

NEED FOR COMPLETE FORENSIC LABORATORY.   HANDWRITING EXPERT NOT IN AREA.

OCT 23 ONE NCO DISPATCHED TO HAMBURG, NEAREST HANDWRITING EXPERT.

OCT 27 RELEASE OF 3 PERSONNEL - LOSS IS DIFFICULTY FOR OPERATIONS.

NOV 25  MURDER AT BOCHUM, BELGIAN SOLDIER ARRESTED.

DEC 1 SEVERE FROST ORDERS FOR VEHICLES TO BE FILLED WITH ANTIFREEZE.

DEC 8 TWO NCO’S FROM PROVOST ATTACHED - GOOD TYPES.

LT G E BELL GENERAL LIST POSTED IN.  20/11/45.

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WO 171/10786                      59 PRO COY                      JAN  -  JUN 1946

ROTTERDAM, BREDA, HAMBURG (APRIL)

                          CAPT R C FOX         RA               10/1/46

                          LT J F G LUCAS       PC                 1/1/46

                          LT H C BITLER        CHESH           8/1/46

                          W/LT HOLLAND       RA                1/3/46

                          LT J W K COX          RA                5/4/46

MAY 16/17  ESCORT FOR FIELD-MARSHAL SMUTS & LT.GEN SIR GORDON NEVILLE MACREADY

MAY 22  AIR VICE MARSHAL SIR HUGH CHAMPION DE CRESPIGNY

MAY 29  C-IN-C  DURING VISIT TO HAMBURG  -  ALL ARRANGEMENTS CARRIED OUT IN THE USUAL EFFICIENT MANNER OF THIS COY(COX)



WO 171/10787                     102 PRO COY                     JAN  -  JUN 1945

LETMATHE

                      CAPT J R W CURTIS     RAC                      10/10/45

                      LT A JAY                    RA                          10/7/45

     NORMAL DUTIES INC BLACK MARKET & VD ARRESTS REGULARLY

MAR 4  RSM GLENISTER DCM PRESENTED WITH AMERICAN BRONZE STAR AT HQ 1 CORPS DISTRICT

MAR 6  ESCORTED WAR CRIMINALS FROM WERLE TO HAMELIN

                      LT K GARROD            R NORFOLK                     8/3/46

APR 10  1ST EDITION OF COY NEWS SHEET PUBLISHED “REDCAP NEWS”

APR 30  FLAG INCIDENTNAZI FLAG REMOVED FROM PUBLIC VIEW IN GRUNE

                       CAPT W KNOWLES                 23/3/46               DAPM

JUN 24   1 CIVILIAN ARRESTED FOR INSOLENCE;   REGULAR ESCORTS FOR VISITING MP DELEGATIONS

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WO 171/10788                    108 PRO COY                          JAN, FEB 1946

FUHLSBUTTEL   -  NORMAL POLICE DUTIES

                         LT E J WALLWORK   LANC FUS      23/3/46     DAPM

FEB 7 DISBANDMENT COMPLETE.


WO 171/10789                      109 PRO COY                    JAN  -  JUN 1946

 LUBBECKE   -  NORMAL DUTIES THROUGHOUT

                         MAJ H E ELSMORE      GEN LIST        23/9/45  APM

                         LT JB NELSON            GEN LIST        7/12/45

                         LT E W REID-JONES    PC                 16/7/45

                         LT K ASHLEY              RAC                 1/2/46

                         MAJ R C KITCHENER                          9/3/46     APM

APR 23  SPECIAL DUTIES;  DESTRUCTION OF UNDERGROUND FACTORY, MINDEN CALLED OPERATION BLAST IT

                        LT H D WARDE      GEN LIST      16/4/46

JUNE 1/3  3 DAYS ESCORT TO MR E SHINWELL, MINISTER OF FUEL

                        LT F H MURRAY     LANCS FUS    28/5/46

                        LT W SPIERS DETAILS AWAITED.


 

WO 171/10790                          110 PRO COY                 JAN - JUN 1946

PREETZ, PLON, NEUMUNSTER, KIEL.

CAPT R H RICHARDS      GEN LIST               6/10/1945

CAPT J BRENNAN            RA                       25/1/1946

LT R GILBERT                 RA                       20/4/1945

LT A SMALL                    KSLI                    30/6/1945

LT L A DURRANT             RA                       27/1/1946

LT H M O’NIANS              RAC                       5/3/1946

LT S PARKINSON             RA                       16/4/1946

LT D IRELAND                 BEDS & HERTS      25/4/1946

JUNE 29 FINAL DISBANDMENT.

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WO 171/10791                   113 PRO COY                      JAN  -  JUN 1946

                 CAPT A H RICKETTS     G LIST             1/4/45        OC

                 LT A T WORTH             PC              NO DATES

                 LT E L HORTON           AAC

FEB 6/12   FLOODS IN NIENBURG

                 LT F A C DEAN            R FUS           NO DATES

                 LT H C BUTLER           CHESHIRE

APR 23      CAPT J PARSONS MBE   CAMERONS    5/6/46                 OC

              CORPS DUTIES, TOWN PATROLS, SPEED CHECKS,

 MT MAINTENANCE


WO 171/10792                        120 PRO COY                  JAN  -  JUN 1946

 BAD SALZUFELN   CAPT S ROBERTS DCM       CAMERON’S      20/11/45

                             LT J HEYWOOD                HLI                 24/10/45

                             LT W KNOWLES               LOYALS            7/11/45

DIFFICULTIES WITH POLISH DPS

APR 8   SGT SOUTHCOTT KILLED AND SGT’S KINGSTON AND RIDGE SERIOUSLY WOUNDED BY POLISH TEOFIL WALASECK AT THIS HQ (NCOS ARE OF THE 74 SIS THIS HQ)

APR 11  BURIAL OF SGT SOUTHCOTT ,  FULL MILITARY HONOURS AND ESCORT

                               CAPT C W C ROPER             E SURREY           7/3/46

                               LT V A KEATS                     GREEN HOWARDS 11/3/46

                               LT G A BENNETT                 SUFFOLK            11/3/46

MAY 20  ESCORT FOR TEOFIL WALASEK (POLISH DP), TRIAL AND SENTENCED TO DEATH.   (SEE WO 171/10775, 74 SECTION, SIB, SHOT AND KILLED SGT SOUTHCOTT SIB).


WO 171/10793         185 (PORTS) PRO & VP COY         JAN  -  JUN 1946

ANTWERP  -  ROUTINE DUTIES

                      T/MAJ H G E C THORNTON    RA             22/9/45

                      LT D D DICKSON                 CAMERONS 10/1/46

                      LT G A BATCHELOR              RA             31/1/46

                      LT/T MAJ R FAIRHURST         GEN LIST    15/2/46          APM

                      CAPT M A P JOHNS               S STAFFS     8/6/46

JUN 24  DISBANDMENT COMPLETE.


WO 171/10794             194  PRO COY (PORTS)             JAN  -  JUN 1946

 HAMBURG

                       T/MAJ R A DONOVAN MC       THE KINGS       19/8/45

JAN 15  RAID ON POLISH BARGES

                       LT D D DICKSON       CAMERONS              

 FEB 1              LT J R BARNES           GEN LIST                   16/1/46

                        LT G BAILEY N STAFFS          

                        LT R R HARRIS            R FUS                      25/2/46

APR 17  THE UNDERMENTIONED SOLDIER HAS BEEN AWARDED THE C-IN-C'S CERTIFICATE FOR GOOD SERVICE     14740866 PTE R A JACKSON

                            LT H M O'NIANS                 RAC                      5/4/46

                            LT E VERNON                     HAMPS                20/5/46

                            T/MAJ RA O'DONOVAN      THE KINGS             19/8/45


WO 171/10795                   240 PRO COY                      JAN  -  JUN 1946

HAMBURG  -  NORMAL DUTIES INCL WAR CRIMINAL TRIALS

                            A/CAPT J BRENNAN   RA          27/10/45

                            LT J W V COX           RAC       19/12/45

                            LT R BENNETT          RA          1/11/45


WO 171/10796                       241 PRO COY                              JAN 1945

JAN 1  UNIT DISBANDING

                              CAPT W J HOBBS

JAN 29  UNIT COMPLETED DISBANDMENT


WO 171/10797                     242 PRO COY                        JAN, FEB 1945

OSTEND, BRUGES, CALAIS, TOURNAI

JAN 1-31  NORMAL POLICE DUTIES

                               CAPT G R K GORDON   R SUSSEX      4/9/45        OC

                               LT H D WARDE            PC               1/11/45

                               CAPT F STOKES           RA               17/2/46      OC

                               LT D J IRELAND           BEDS & HERTS 21/12/45    OC

APR 22  DISBANDMENT OF 242 PRO COY CMP COMPLETED

                (NO MENTION OF 6473338 L/CPL A W RIDGEWELL 24 MAR 1946;  BRUSSELS TOWN CEMETERY).

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WO 171/10798               244 PRO COY                           JAN  -  JUN 1946

 FIELD       CAPT M A P JOHNS      S STAFFS          20/11/45         OC

                 LT F T HENDERSON     NORTHAMPTON  10/12/45

      SPECIAL BELGIAN DUTCH BORDER PATROLS

                 LT J F COSGROVE          A & SH              2/3/46

                 LT S L HOOKER             R FUS              11/4/46

JUN 24  DISBANDMENT COMPLETE

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WO 171/10799              245 PRO COY                              JAN, FEB 1946

 BERLIN

                         CAPT F C T PEGRUM       RAC         1/12/45

                         LT W J HUTCHINSON      RA           31/7/44

                         LT W C ROPER               E SURREY 10/11/44

               

  NORMAL POLICE DUTIES TILL DISBANDMENT.


WO 171/10800                        246 PRO COY                  JAN  -  JUN 1946

BORKEN

                          CAPT P MAGEE   RNF             29/1/45              OC

                          LT S MOTTRAM   GREEN HOWARDS 29/1/45

                          LT I C SCOTT     KRRC             4/7/45

JAN 2  -  BURGSTERNFURT  -  4 GERMAN BOYS AGE 13 – 14 WERE FOUND ENTERING BILLETS OF BRITISH TROOPS  -  POSSIBLY DUE TO NO SCHOOLS IN TOWN

FEB 7  BURGSTEINFURT  - WAR CRIMES COURT FOR TRIAL OF 7 GERMAN NATIONALS ACCUSED OF MURDERING AN UNKNOWN RAF AIRMAN BEGAN TODAY.

2 CPL’S TO SEARCH GERMAN MALE SPECTATORS

FEB 8  UNKNOWN LADY UNRA OFFICER ARRIVED AT COY HQ STRANDED WITHOUT ACCOMMODATION  -  ARRANGED FOR NIGHT AT CHURCH HOUSE, EMSDETTEN

                           CAPT R S OWENS   R FUS        20/1/46     OC

                           LT J SLOAN           DWR          21/3/46

MAR 27  CROWD CONTROL OF EVERTON FOOTBALL MATCH AT MUNSTER STADIUM

2 NCO’S ON ESCORT FOR FIRST PART  OF  FUNERAL OF CARDINAL GRAF GALEN, BISHOP OF MUNSTER, FROM MORRIZKIRCHE TO KREUZKIRCHE

MAR 28  ESCORT JEEP GUIDED CARDINAL GRIFFIN, ARCHBISHOP OF WESTMINSTER INTO MUNSTER FOR FUNERAL OF CARDINAL GRAF GALEN

                   CAPT J PARSONS        CAMERONIANS (SR)     4/6/46

                   LT S PARKINSON        RA                     20/6/46

JUN 30  WEATHER DULL AND COOL,  NORMAL DUTIES.



WO 171/10801                   247 PRO COY                      JAN  -  JUN 1946

 BRUSSELS

                          CAPT W R BEARD          GEN LIST       5/12/45

                          LT A E STEADMAN         OX & BUCKS   30/9/45

                          LT A R ROYALL             BORDER R      4/11/45

JAN 6  NOTIFICATION RECEIVED AT THIS HQ OF THE DEATH OF L/CPL J SMITH OF THIS UNIT WHO DIED AT 108(BR) GENERAL HOSPITAL

JAN 7  FUNERAL OF L/CPL SMITH.  THIS UNIT AND FRIENDS GIVEN FULL OPPORTUNITY TO ATTEND

                 LT R B WRIGHT                      R WARWICKS     23/4/46

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WO 171/10802                 248 PROCOY                         JAN  -  JUN 1946

TILBURG

                   T/CAPT R A LOLY         RAC        11/10/45           OC

                   LT N H W COLLIER       LOYALS     6/11/45

                   LT P S ALLEN              LANC FUS 14/12/45

                   CAPT READ-JONES        PC            31/1/46                  OC

                   LT D MCLELLAN           SUFFOLK    11/2/46

                   LT F HENDERSON       NORTHANTS  12/4/46

                      ROUTINE DUTIES THROUGHOUT.


WO 171/10803               372 COY (VP)                            JAN, FEB 1946 NEUSTADT

                           T/CAPT E BUCKENHAM         WILTS      17/11/45

                           CAPT E A S ROBINSON                         11/1/46

FEB 20 UNIT DISBANDS 12.00HRS.


WO 171/10804                601 COY (VP)                          JAN  -  MAR 1946

WOLFENBUTTEL

               LT J A DUNLOP           RA                  25/11/45

               LT J COSGROVE          A&SH              22/5/45

NORMAL ROUTINE

FEB 28  DISBANDMENT OF COY.



WO 171/10805                    606 COY (VP)                     JAN  -  MAR 1946

                         T/CAPT H DE M LEATHES         RA            22/7/45

                         T/CAPT S PARKINSON             RA           11/12/45

NEUMUNSTER

UNIT CARRIED OUT NORMAL PROVOST AND VP DUTIES;  NOTHING TO REPORT

MAR 22  DISBANDMENT COMPLETED.

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WO 171/10806                  609 COY (VP)                      JAN  -  JUN 1946

CALAIS

               T/CAPT A D FLETCHER                E.LANCS          11/10/45

               T/CAPT B D CARLTON                 R.SUSSEX        22/7/45

JAN   WEATHER FINE  -  LOCATION UNCHANGED

                LT G D HORNE                          RA                  30/1/46

JUN 15  WEATHER SHOWERY  -  DISBANDMENT COMPLETED.


WO 171/10807                     610 COY (VP)                   JAN  -  APR 1945

BRUSSELS

       T/CAPT A E WILKINSON      GEN LIST           25/5/45

       T/CAPT C W E STONE        RA                      3/1/46

       LT T A SUTTON                 S LANCS           29/10/45

              NORMAL DUTIES AND DISPOSITIONS

MAR 10  DISBANDING

APR 6 HANDED OVER BILLET TO 102 POSTAL DEPOT

APR 7  FINAL DRAFT OF 11 MEN ON RELEASE (27 GROUP).


WO 171/10808                   612 COY (VP)                        JAN, FEB 1946

BRUSSELS

            T/CAPT R RICHARDS     SOM LI     13/10/45

            T/CAPT H LING            RA               1/8/45

FEB 19  11.00HRS  HQ BILLET AVE DES COURSES HAND OVER TO TOWN MAJOR        DISBANDMENT COMPLETE.


WO 171/10809                    613 COY (VP)                     JAN  -  MAR 1946

ISERLOHN

       T/CAPT BL GOULDING    RA           1/9/45

    NOTHING OF INTEREST TO REPORT;  COY STRENGTH – 1 OFF & 29 ORS

MAR 5  DISBANDMENT COMPLETED

             LAST WAR DIARY OF 613 COY CMP (VP).



WO 171/10810                 702 COY (VP)                           JAN, FEB 1946 OSTEND

          T/CAPT GW COOPER     RA (COAST)           10/10/45

FEB 18  DISBANDMENT COMPLETION REPORT DESPATCHED TO ALL CONCERNED.


WO 171/10811               703 COY (VP)                          JAN  -  MAR 1946 BERLIN

           T/CAPT SB ARNELL                  RW KENTS                6/8/45

MAR 22  FOLLOWING DISPOSAL OF VEHICLES, STORES ETC  AND DISPERSAL OF PERSONNEL,  UNIT DISBANDED.

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WO 171/10812              706 COY  (VP)                               JAN FEB 1946

ANTWERP   CAPT D K KNOWLES

FEB 1 UNIT IS NOW DISBANDED.   FINAL CASUALTIES HAVE BEEN RENDERED AND DISBANDMENT REPORT DESPATCHED TO ALL CONCERNED.

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WO 171/10813             20 INDEP PRO SECT CMP       JAN - APRIL 1946

OSTENWALDE   OC NONE.   ADMINISTERED BY CAMP TAC HQ BAOR.

APRIL 1 - 30  DISBANDING.

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WO 171/10814                  22 IND PRO SECT CMP         JAN - MAY 1946

TOULON  

JAN FEB MARCH   EMBARKATION AND DISEMBARKATION DUTIES, DETRAINING AND ENTRAINING DUTIES.

APRIL CAPT F A J GORRINGE, DAPM 203 SUB AREA.

MAY 2  DISBANDED COMPLETELY.

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END OF NORTH WEST EUROPE WAR DIARIES.