111 PROVOST COMPANY, CMP

The account below was written by 7690842 CORPORAL B C MILNER, CMP.

I joined the Company in Darlington when it was not fully up to strength.   After probationer training at No. 2 Training Establishment, Northallerton Prison, North Yorkshire in March 1941.   The Company was attached to 9 Corps whose HQ was at the newly built Scotch Corner Hotel and had sections at Morris Grange (Rear Corps), Stockton, Bishop Aukland and Barnard Castle.   When up to strength the Company moved to Swaffham, Norfolk in the summer of 1942 with Advance Corps HQ at Castle Acre and Rear Corps sections at Cockley Cley.   Company embarked for North Africa in 1943 and landed at Algiers, then to Boufarik until all equipment arrived.   During 1942 we moved across North Africa via Le Kroub, Constantine, Souk Ahras, Medjex el Bab, Teboursouk, Beja to Tunis.   Unit involved in transfer of POW's from Cap Bon and Pantellaria.   I was attached to Tunis area HQ.   In September 1943 we sailed via Malta and Straits of Messina to Salerno,   I was attached to Salerno Area HQ.   About that time the Company left 9 Corps and became an Independent Provost Company and moved to Naples and Caserta area. Our small group moved from Salerno to Naples area  AFHQ (Allied Forces HQ) then to Rome where we linked up with HQ AAI (Allied Army Italy) Rome (American 5th Army jurisdiction) then to Sienna and Florence.   111 Provost Company stayed in Naples and Rome area as far as I can remember and we re-joined it from Florence.   I was posted to the CMP Depot at Ottaviano where I joined the MT section and lost touch with the Company from then on.  

The photograph shows a section on 111 Provost Company attached to the American 15 Army Group in Florence.   Thought to have been taken between February and June 1945.

111 Pro Coy Casualties

16/8/41 No. 7689517 L/Cpl Chaplin J, buried in grave W. 7H. 368 in Darlington West Cemetery, Co. Durham   He was born in Newcastle upon Tyne and resided in Surrey

13/6/42 No. 7690863 L/Cpl Toogood T G, commemorated on panel 4, Darlington Crematorium.   He was born in Hull and resided in Yorkshire.

25/10/44 No.102391 L/Cpl Heighway H, buried in grave II. A. 4. Salerno War Cemetery, Italy.   Formerly served in the RASC.   He was born in Gateshead and resided in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Honours & Awards

MID.   No. 5388390 Sgt. Pringle, CMP, also awarded a BEM in 1947.

Unit War Diaries

WO 166/5910, 4/40 to 12/41, Home Forces.

WO 9844, 1/42 to 12/42, Home Forces.

WO 169/13254 7/43 to 9/43 and 12/43. Middle East.

WO 170/3549, 1/44 to 12/44, CMF.

WO 170/8868, 1/46 to 5/46, CMF.

The photograph shows a section on 111 Provost Company attached to the American 15 Army Group in Florence.   Thought to have been taken between February and June 1945.

Original documents held by RMP Museum.

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