CMP

WAR DIARIES

MIDDLE EAST

WO 169/

WO 169/77      DAPM 1 CAVALRY DIVISION     JAN NOV 1940

CAPT C O H BURY MC.

1/1/40  MARSEILLES BOARDED DILWARA

9/1/40  DISEMBARK HAIFA, PROCEEDED TO NATHANYA.

28/1/40 1 CAVALRY DIV TO HAIFA.

28/1/40 - 31/1/40 WORKED WITH CAPT EVANS, DAPM AT STELLA MARIS.

20/2/40  CAPT WAINMAN OC 1 CAV DIV PRO COY, 1 CQMS, 1 SGT, 3 SECT ARRIVE HAIFA PROCEED TO NATHANYA.

2/3/40  CAPT EVANS TO TEL-AVIV, CAPT BURY TOOK OVER DUTIES OF GARRISON ADJUTANT HAIFA BASE AREA AND DAPM.

25/11/40  18.50HRS SS PATRIA SUNK IN HAIFA HARBOUR, EMIGRANT JEWS ON BOARD.

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WO 169/78    1 CAVALRY DIVISION PRO COY   JAN DEC 1940

22/1/40  COY FORMED AT ALDERSHOT, PERSONNEL DRAWN FROM DEPOT AND COMMANDS THROUGHOUT THE UK.

CAPT WAINMAN, WOIII BRADLEY, CQMS ROPER,  SGT SUTCLIFFE,  SGT SERGISON + 50 OTHER RANKS, ATTACHED TO 238 COY RE.

8/2/40  EMBARKED SOUTHAMPTON ON SS DUKE OF YORK.

9/2/40  ARRIVE CHERBOURG.

11/2/40 MARSEILLES TO HAIFA ON HMT DILWARA.

20/2/40  DISEMBARKED HAIFA 7AM TO NATHANYA.

4/3/40 19 MOTOR CYCLES AND 1 15CWT TRUCK DRAWN.

10/3/40 CPL JONES AND 11 L/CPL'S TO HAIFA.  RSM STODDART, PSM CHIVERS POSTED IN FROM PALESTINE PRO COY.

22/9/40 RSM CHIVERS AND 15 OR'S RECOMMENDED FOR TRANSFER TO SIB.

1/12/40 CAPT H L JONES MC NEW OC.

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WO 169/160  DAPM PALESTINE & TRANSJORDAN SEPT DEC 1940

DAPM FORCE HQ CAPT DICKENS.

LYDDA AREA (SARAFAND) CAPT STEWART

8 DIV AREA (HAIFA) CAPT EVANS

JERUSALEM OC PRO COY CAPT KAYE

GIVES LIST OF NCO'S AND LOCATIONS OF SECTIONS.

15/10/40 PALESTINE PRO COY TAKE OVER DETENTION BARRACKS.

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WO 169/189          DAPM ALEXANDRIA        JAN APRIL 1940

8/1/40 FORT KEM EL DIK CAPT RUBENS

NAVAL RATINGS ATTACHED FOR PIQUET DUTY.

7/2/40 DAPM ARRESTED LT M W ALLEN RAMC, 2/5 GENERAL HOSPITAL ABSENT FROM DUTY.

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WO 169/571                   CMP CAIRO                  JAN DEC 1940

24/8/39  1 SGT, 1 L/CPL, 3 PROBATIONERS TO MA'ATEN BAGGUSH.

ARMOURED DIV PERSONNEL SENT OUT TO WESTERN DESERT TO COMPLETE SECTIONS ALREADY LOCATED THERE.

25/8/39 SECTIONS NOW IN DESERT.

NO1 SECTION 10 MEN, 2 X 15 CWT TRUCKS, MA'ATEN BAGGUSH ARMD DIV 1/C SGT BRADWELL.

NO2 SECTION 12 MEN, 2 X 15CWT TRUCKS, 10 MOTOR CYCLES.   L OF C EL DABA A/CPL ALEXANDER I/C.

NO3 SECTION 12 MEN 2 X 15CWT TRUCKS, 10 MOTOR CYCLES.  MERSA MATRUH, 22 INF BDE. SGT R OLIVER I/C.

28/9/39 LT P V L PAYNE WILTSHIRE REGT REPORTS FOR DUTY DAPM CAIRO.

13/9/39  APM MAJ B W KING VISITS WESTERN DESERT.

4/11/39  781055 L/CPL CARTER F T CMP INVOLVED IN A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT AT MERSA MATRUH PM.

5/11/39  781055 L/CPL CARTER CMP DIED AT MERSA MATRUH

9/11/39  FIELD PUNISHMENT CENTRE OPENED AT MERSA MATRUH.

MAJ B W KING EAST LANCS 24/1/38 APM BTE

CAPT P V L PAYNE WILTSHIRE REGT 9/9/38 DAPM CAIRO.

31/12/39  CMP STRENGTH IN CAIROS        TOTAL

ESTABLISHMENT    1       8         12       70         91

STRENGTH            1      10          8       82        101

PROBATIONERS UNDER TRAINING 49

9/1/40  FIELD SECURITY SECTION FORMED.

10/1/40 1 L/CPL FGCM 28 DAYS DRUNKENNESS

31/1/40 CMP STRENGTH IN CAIRO

                         WOI   WOII WOIII SSGT SGT CPL         LCPL  TOTAL

ESTABLISHMENT     1         -      1       1      6    12    84     105

STRENGTH             1               -      -       2      9      7    76      95

FIELD SEC. SECT     -          2      -       -      4      6    20      32

NO 2 SECTION                   2      -        -      2     6    17      27

PROBATIONERS UNDER TRAINING   62.

8/6/40 LIEUT COL F C BRYANT CMG, CBE, DSO PM MIDDLE EAST, ACTING RANK OF COLONEL.

10/6/40  MAJ P V L PAYNE, CAPT C R ROSKELL PROCEED TO HQ WESTERN DESERT FORCE.

12/6/40 RSM E LEEMING COMMISSIONED AS LIEUT,  GEN LIST

1/7/40   2 LIEUT J R PATON ACTING RANK OF CAPT.

8/7/40   2 LIEUT H M MILWARD ACTING RANK OF CAPT.

15/8/40 2 LIEUT C J HARPER ACTING RANK OF CAPT GEN LIST.

5/8/40   2 LIEUT A G GRIFFIN ACTING RANK OF CAPT.

8/8/40   2 LIEUT  T H BORLAND ACTING RANK OF CAPT.

12/8/40 2 LIEUT A I SARGON ACTING RANK OF CAPT.

12/8/40 2 LIEUT M M BACON ACTING RANK OF CAPT.        

17/9/40 LIEUT COL H DE N LUCAS APM CAIRO.

10/9/40 RSM H V THOMAS TO BE LIEUT.

13/11/40  16 OTHER RANKS PROCEED TO CRETE, CAPT  E A F OXBORROW DAPM AND 15 OTHER RANKS EMBARK FOR GREECE.

15/11/40  21 OTHER RANKS EMBARK FOR GREECE.

17/11/40   CAPT C G G WAINMAN DAPM EMBARKS FOR GREECE.

20/12/40  40 OTHER RANKS EMBARK FOR GREECE.

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WO 169/572              PALESTINE PRO COY       JAN DEC 1940

3/9/39  FIRST DAY OF WAR.

CAPT C M DICKINS EAST SURREY REGT DAPM FORCE HQ.

CAPT D STEWART GORDON HIGH DAQMG & I/C CMP . SARAFAND

CAPT L S EVANS BEDS & HERTS DAPM 8 DIV AREA.

CAPT D R B KAYE 10 HUSSARS DAPM JERUSALEM & OC PRO COY.

CONTAINS A LIST OF NCO'S IN COMPANY.

LOTS OF DETAILS ON CLOSE ARRESTS, VD AND UNIT NCO NAMES.

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WO 169/614          4 INDIAN DIV PRO COY      JAN DEC 1940

28/8/39 HQ SC NO 52843/20/A ADDRESSED TO HQ DECCAN DISTRICT (INDIA) GAVE ORDER FOR A PROVOST UNIT TO BE RAISED AT SECUNDERABAD IN ACCORDANCE WITH WAR ESTABLISHMENT SHOWN IN APPENDIX 1, SOURCE OF PERSONNEL IS SHOWN IN ANNEX 2.   CAPT N G DAWSON WEST YORKS TO COMMAND UNIT AND BE DAPM FORCE K.

23/9/39  DEPART BOMBAY ON SS TALAMDA.

4/10/39  DISEMBARK SUEZ. UNIT TRAINING MT TRAINING ETC.

1940

13/9/40  *ONE B O R (BRITISH OTHER RANK) MP RUN DOWN BY A WD LORRY AFTER DARK, JUST EAST OF DABA AND LATER DIED IN HOSPITAL, MOTORCYCLE EVACUATED TO BASE.  (THIS WAS 2979159 L/CPL A McKENZIE HE IS BURIED IN CAIRO WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY EGYPT IN GRAVE P. 251).

14/9/40  DIV HQ PRO COY TO BAGUSH BOX.

LOTS OF INFO ON ADVENTURES IN WESTERN DESERT, MOTOR CYCLES UNSUITABLE FOR DESERT, FIRST PRISONERS.

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WO 169/1131               APM 30 CORPS              OCT DEC 1941

LT COL D R B KAYE APM.

13/11/41  REAR CORPS HQ FIR WASHKET ARNAD.

16/11/41  OC 30 CORPS PRO COY (CAPT MOUNSEY) ARRIVES WITH HALF SECTION.   REMAINDER OF SECTION WITH MOTOR CYCLES LEFT BEHIND AT BAGUSH  - VERY BAD GOING ON DESERT.

24/11/41  CORPS HQ OVERRUN BY ENEMY AFV'S AND DISPERSED.   APM LIEUT COL KAYE VISITING POW'S AT THE TIME.

25/26/11/41 APM GATHERING CORPS HQ VEHICLES.

27/11/41  APM BROUGHT IN 90 VEHICLES TO 62 FMC WHERE REAR CORPS HQ WAS FORMING.

4/12/41  TOTAL POW'S TO DATE 1,229: 12 GERMAN OFFICERS,

23 ITALIAN OFFICERS, 803 GERMAN OR’S, 391 ITALIAN OR’S

24/12/41  REPORT CAPT MOUNSEY OC 30 CORPS PRO COY INJURED WHEN TRUCK HE WAS IN STRUCK A LANDMINE WHEN GOING THROUGH WIRE.  TWO PASSENGERS SLIGHTLY INJURED, CAPT MOUNSEY REMOVED TO SOUTH AFRICAN HOSPITAL.

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WO1132                    30 CORPS PRO COY           OCT DEC 1941

27/10/41  30 CORPS PRO COY FORMED 2 SECTIONS OF CMP, 8 MOTOR CYCLES, 4 15CWT TRUCKS.

1/11/41  RSM CHILD ARRIVES IN COY.

19/11/41  SIDI BARANI

21/11/41  CROSSED LIBYAN BORDER FORT MAGDALENA.

29/30/11/41  TRAFFIC CONTROL AND POW'S.

OC CAPT G A MOUNSEY GEN LIST 20/10/41 OC.

24/12/41  15CWT TRUCK STRUCK MINE 3 MILES SOUTH OF SIDI OMAR, DRIVER RSM CHILD, PASSENGER OC CAPT MOUNSEY.   *(CAPT MOUNSEY DIED 12/7/45 BURIED IN HELIOPOLIS WAR CEMETERY GRAVE 6.Q.7.).    RSM SLIGHTLY INJURED, CAPT MOUNSEY SENT TO 3 SOUTH AFRICAN FIELD HOSPITAL.   TRUCK STRUCK OFF CHARGE.

12/41 INFO ON POW'S.

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WO 169/1139         1 ARMD  DIV PRO COY       SEPT DEC 1941

1/9/42 CHIPPENHAM WILTS.     OC CAPT E J WILBRAHAM MC RIFLE BDE 4/4/40.

23/9/41  TO LIVERPOOL

24/9/41 EMBARK HMS SAMARIA.

30/9/41 PUT TO SEA.

15/18/10/41 ANCHORED OFF FREETOWN.

3/11/41 DURBAN SOUTH AFRICA.

20/11/41 ANCHORED OFF ADEN.

30/11/41 ARRIVE PORT SUDAN.

5/12/41  ARRIVE PORT SUEZ.

14/12/41 3 & 5 SECTIONS TO MERSA MATRUH.

LIST OF UNIT SECTIONS AND LOCATIONS 31/12/41.

LIEUT J P A STRANGE GEN LIST 10/2/41

LIEUT A G COCKABY GEN LIST 3/9/41

INTO DESERT.

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WO/169/1157         2 ARMD DIV PRO COY            APRIL 1941

2/4/41 GREECE  MAJ H N WHITEHEAD, CAPT G B JOHNSTONE, RSM A J SEAWARD AND 59 OTHER RANKS MOVED FROM GLYPHADA CAMP TO ATHENS. BILLETS IN HILL MEMORIAL SCHOOL AND AMOLEYAN ORPHANAGE.   CAPT E A F  OXBORROW, CSM SUTCLIFFE AND 64 OTHER RANKS DETACHED FROM 1 CAVALRY DIVISION ATTACHED TO 2 ARMD DIV.   MAJ WHITEHAM DAPM BRITISH FORCES GREECE.   SGT FRY AND 15 OTHER RANKS AUSTRALIAN PRO COY AND RSM HEARD AND 14 OTHER RANKS NEW ZEALAND PRO COY ATTACHED.

14 /4/41  CAPT OXBORROW NEW OC, MAJ WHITEHEAD EVACUATED TO EGYPT.

21/4/41  CAPT JOHNSTON AND 74 OTHER RANKS LEFT ATHENS FOR NAVALION.

22/4/41  ARRIVE NAVALION PERFORMING ROAD AND TRAFFIC DUTIES DURING PREPARATORY AND DURING EVACUATION.

22/4/41  COLONEL WAINMAN AND 19 OTHER RANKS LEFT ATHENS FOR CORINTH.   CAPT OXBORROW, CSM SUTCLIFFE AND 17 OTHER RANKS LEFT ATHENS TO PROCEED TO MAKROPOULON.   HQ ESTABLISHED 2 MILES FROM VILLAGE.

26/4/41  CAPT JOHNSTONE DETACHMENT PROVIDED CONVOY AND ROAD CONTROL PRIOR TO THEIR EMBARKATION ON

HMS HOTSPUR AND HMS CALCUTTA.   CAPT OXBORROW AND DETACHMENT EMBARK ON FISHING SMACK ST NICHOLAS, ARRIVING AT SERIPHOS ISLAND.

27/4/41  CAPT JOHNSTONE, *RSM SEWARD (DIED AS POW BURIED IN BERLIN)  AND 69 OTHER RANKS DISEMBARKED AT SUDA BAY CRETE AT 13.                                                            00HRS AND PROCEEDED TO CMP HQ ATHENS.

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WO 169/1171              6 DIV PRO COY          APRIL SEPT 1941

MAJ L S EVANS BEDS & HERTS,  RSM OLIVER

1/4/41  COMPANY FORMED IN CAIRO.

18/4/41  SIDI HANNISH.

12/6/41  EL ALAMEIN.

15/6/41 MENA.

19/4/41 JERUSALEM.

24/4/41 DAMASCUS.

17/5/41 BAALBECK.

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WO 169/1184         7 ARMD DIV PRO COY         JUN DEC 1941

UNIT STAMP STATES: 7 ARMD DIVISION PROVOST SQUADRON.

CAPT L B MARSH RA, CAPT WILLIAM DEVLIN WILTSHIRE YEO.

2/10/41 1,0090 NEW SIGNS DELIVERED BY 143 FIELD PARK SQUADRON RE.

5/11/41 DAPM LIEUT PRINSLOO SOUTH AFRICAN INFANTRY.  

1 CPL AND 3 NCO'S ON NIGHT SIGNING.

LIEUT E O KORNER SA INF ATTACHED.

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WO 169/1194       10 ARMD DIV PRO COY         AUG DEC 1941

FORMERLY 1 CAVALRY DIVISION HAB FORCE

9/8/41  ALEPPO CAPT J D H SMITH-MAXWELL DAPM ALEPPO.

1/9/41 ALEPPO UNIT RE-DESIGNATED 10 ARMD DIV PRO COY.

1/9/41 ACRE.

7/9/41 CPL EVANS AND L/CPL LEWIS TO HOSPITAL AFTER TRAFFIC ACCIDENT.


WO 169/1195           10 ARMD DIV PRO COY     OCT DEC 1941

CAPT I A MONCRIEFF-BROWN 6/10/41

1/10/41 ACRE   LIEUT W G WEBB 6/10/41.

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WO169/1213           50 DIV PRO COY         JUN  -  DEC 1941

CAPT A P MITCHELL D OF W REGT

23/24/6/41  HMT DUCHESS OF BEDFORD

 AT SEA   DOCK CAPETOWN

6/7/41   MOMBASA

11/JUL/41   ADEN

15/7/41   PORT TOUFIK

19/7/41   LT W E WICKES  GREEN HOWARDS  13/1/41  JOINED UNIT AT MENA

20/7/41   LT R G WESTRAY  RAMC, DLI  30/12/40 CEASED TO BE ATTACHED

30/7/41   EMBARKED PORT SAID

1/8/41   DOCKED FAMAGUSTA

18/8/41 WOLSEY BKS, NICOSIA

21/8/41   LARGE INTAKE OF INF PROBATIONERS - 22

30/8/41   ESCORT TO GEN SIR C. AUCHINLECK, C-IN-C M E, VISITS 8 DLI NICOSIA AERODROME

31/8/41   DITTO VISIT 150 INF BDE FAMAGUSTA, LARNACA

T/MAJ SIR STEPHEN F LENNARD, SCOTS GUARDS  6/4/41

10/9/41   7687092 L/CPL G DOWNES TRIED BY FGCM IN THE FIELD ON 8/9/41 ON AN OFFENCE UNDER SECT 19 AA WOAS DRUNKENNESS, COURT FINDING GUILTY, SENTENCED TO 28 DAYS DETENTION, FINED £2

22/9/41   CAPT H W IRIS, RA  NEW OC

30/9/41   NICOSIA            66 NCOS

                 FAMAGUSTA     22   “  

                 LIMASSOL        15

                 LARNACA         15

                 150 BDE           14

                 ATT DIV HQ        2           TOTAL - 134

1/10/41    REPORT ON LARGE SCALE FRACAS WITH 100 MEN OF THE CYPRUS REGT LEAVING DOCK AT FAMAGUSTA.  L/CPL PAYNE FIRED PISTOL IN THE AIR.       RSM BEER

17/10/41   L/CPL GRATTON INJURED IN T/A INVOLVING  M/C, HORSE AND CART

2/11/41    FAMAGUSTA TO HAIFA,  NOMINAL ROLL OF UNIT

4/11/41    LT W R HUNTER   CAMERONS  POSTED IN

6/11/41   VEH G1098 HANDED OVER TO CAPT FISHER W YORKS  OC 5 INDIAN DIV PRO UNIT

9/11/41   CAPT E A JONES   DEVONS  DAPM   8/11/41.

5/12/41   HABBANIYA, IRAQ.

8/12/41  7688384 L/CPL M PARNELL ADMITTED TO 7 GEN HOSP ON 29/11/41. AS A RESULT OF A M/C A/C

21/12/41  MAJ DUTTON  APM IND, MAJ HOOPER APM FORCE IRAQ INSPECTS.

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WO 169/1222               70 DIV PRO COY           OCT NOV 1941

FORMED FROM 6 INFANTRY DIV PRO COY

3/10/41 BAALBECK

4/10/41 MAJ L GALLIES ROYAL SUSSEX OC.

10/10/41 6 DIV BECOMES 70 DIV.  LIEUT J VAUGHAN HAMPSHIRE REGT.

11/10/41 L/CPL COLVERSTON TO CAIRO FOR COURT MARTIAL.

20/10/41 DEPART FOR TOBRUK.

16/11/41 RSM OLIVER BATTLE CASUALTY, SHRAPNEL WOUND WHEN COY AREA SHELLED, ADMITTED TO 62 GENERAL HOSPITAL.

6/12/41 L/CPL SANDERS REJOINS COY FROM PERIMETER POST.   5383038 L/CPL COOPER SICK 62 GENERAL HOSPITAL.

29/12/41 LEAVE TOBRUK.

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WO 169/1232      1 CAVALRY DIV PRO COY        JAN JUL 1941

1/1/41 PALESTINE  CAPT H L JONES MC,  

CAPT J D H SMITH-MAXWELL 11/2/41.

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WO 169/1335B            CRETE PRO COY           MAY JUNE 1941

1/5/41  CSM J SUTCLIFFE AND 10 OTHER RANKS TO HERAKLION FOR DUTY.

17/5/41  GERMAN AIR RAID ON SUDA, DIRECT HIT ON CMP BILLETS, L/CPL SCOTT TO 7 GENERAL HOSPITAL.

19/5/41 L/CPL'S JOHNSTON, MCINTOSH, VINEY WITH 2 ATTACHED MEN LEFT HERAKLION SECTION TAKING A SAILING BOAT,  PICKED UP BY ONE OF HM DESTROYERS OFF HERAKLION.

22/5/41  *L/CPL R BLACK KILLED BY MACHINE GUN BULLETS FROM ENEMY PLANE AT SUDA BAY WHILST ON DUTY.  (BURIED IN SUDA BAY WAR CEMETERY, GREECE GRAVE 8.B.3.)

24/5/ 41  HQ RECEIVED A DIRECT HIT FROM BOMB DURING HEAVY AIR RAID ON CANEA.   *L/CPL W TAYLOR, (NAMED ON PANEL 9 ATHENS WAR MEMORIAL)* L/CPL ROBERTSON (BURIED IN SUDA BAY WAR CEMETERY, GREECE, GRAVE 13.A.1.). CMP AND SGT SWIFT RAOC AND A MARINE DRIVER KILLED.   L/CPL DRAKE CMP AND PTE WILLER RASC CLERK INJURED AND ADMITTED TO CANEA HOSPITAL, 189 FIELD AMBULANCE.   SGT LEAKY AND 13 OTHER RANKS OF SUDA BAY DETACHMENT RETURN TO HQ CANEA.   COMPANY UNDER MAJ W FARRIER APM, CAPT E A F OXBORROW DAPM.   MOVE TO SUDA HEAD NORTH EAST OF FORCE HQ.

25/5/41  DEFENSIVE POSITIONS TAKEN UP BY COMPANY OVERLOOKING CANEA AND NORTH WEST.   INTENSIVE BOMBING AND MACHINE GUN FIRE.

27/5/41  COMPANY MOVED DURING DARKNESS TO POSITION EAST OF CHICKLARIA OPPOSITE SUDA BAY.   L/CPL YOUNGMAN ADMITTED TO 189 FIELD AMBULANCE AT HERAKLION.   (HE BECAME A POW IN GERMANY).

28/5/41  COMPANY MOVED IN SMALL SUB SECTIONS TOWARDS SPHAKIA, OWING TO ENEMY AIR ATTACK THEY WERE UNABLE TO MAINTAIN CONTACT.

29/5/41  HERAKLION SECTION EMBARK ON HMS JACKAL,

CSM SUTCLIFFE AND 18 OTHER RANKS ARRIVED IN ALEXANDRIA 22.30HRS.   L/CPL PASHLEY AND ROSS TO SHIPS HOSPITAL.

1/6/41  CAPT OXBORROW AND 12 OTHER RANKS EMBARK 00.30HRS ON HMS JACKAL, DISEMBARK ALEXANDRIA 17.00HRS.

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WO 169/2552              D & T E CMP CAIRO        JAN AUG 1941

1/1/41  2 ARMD DIV PRO COY DISEMBARK FROM THE UK.  CAPT E LEEMING GEN LIST, CAPT C J HARPER GEN LIST SIB.

16/2/41  MAJ D R B KAYE 10 HUSSARS APM CAIRO.  LIEUT COL H DE N LUCAS RELINQUISHES POST OF APM CAIRO,  CAPT T H BOWLAND.

7/3/41  2/LIEUT R F RILEY COMMISSIONED FOR DUTY WITH SIB.

13/3/41  13 OTHER RANKS 2 ARMD DIV PRO COY EMBARK FOR GREECE.

17/3/41  RQMS A P JOHNSON COMMISSIONED LIEUTENANT.   33 OTHER RANKS 2 ARMD DIV PRO COY EMBARK FOR GREECE.

27/3/41  LIEUT G FITZSIMMONS QUEENS REGT FOR DUTY WITH SIB MIDDLE EAST.

3/4/41  2/LIEUT J W MORLEY COMMISSIONED FOR DUTY WITH APM SIB MIDDLE EAST.

14/4/41 2/LIEUT C W HARPER ACTING CAPT.

17/4/41  6 DIV PRO COY TO WESTERN DESERT FORCE (HQ AND 3 SECTIONS UNDER CAPT L S EVANS).

2/5/41 MAJ WAINMAN FROM GREECE.

1/6/41 CAPT G V JOHNSON CHESHIRE YEOMANRY DAPM.  

RSM SEWARD (POW DIED BERLIN) AND WOII ALEXANDER (POW GERMANY) AND 47 OTHER RANKS NOTIFIED MISSING IN GREECE.   CAPT J CHAMBERLAIN GLOUCESTER HUSSARS, LIEUT A P JOHNSON GEN LIST, 2/LIEUT K PENNELL GEN LIST.
DIARY CONTAINS LOTS OF OFFICIAL POSTING ETC.

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WO 169/2553               SIB CMP CAIRO             OCT DEC 1941

LIEUT COL C J HARPER DPM SIB

14/10/41  3 OTHER RANKS TO ALEXANDRIA.

22/10/41  2 OTHER RANKS TO KHARTOUM.

29/10/41  3 OTHER RANKS TO SINIAI

31/10/41  1 OFFICER, 4 OTHER RANKS TO CYPRUS.

1/11/41    2 OTHER RANKS TO PALESTINE.

8/11/41    1 OTHER RANK TO KHARTOUM.

13/11/41  1 OTHER RANK TO PALESTINE.

24/11/41  2 OTHER RANKS TO PALESTINE.

26/11/41  1 OTHER RANK TO KHARTOUM.

14/12/41  1 OTHER RANK TO PALESTINE.

15/12/41  2 OTHER RANKS TO ALEXANDRIA.

22/12/41  1 OTHER RANK TO CYPRUS.

23/12/41  1 OFFICER TO KHARTOUM.

29/12/41  2 OTHER RANKS TO PALESTINE.

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WO 169/2554             W PRO SECTION                     DEC 1941

12/41 CYPRUS  MAJOR SIR S H F LENNARD SCOTS GUARDS APM CYPRUS 7/11/41.

CAPT J N FARRAR GEN LIST 7/11/41.

24/11/41  ERECTION OF A FIELD PUNISHMENT CENTRE AT LIMASSOL SUPERVISED BY 1025641 RSM LYTHGOE CMP.

UNIT STRENGTH 1 SGT, 1 CPL, 10 L/CPL'S.

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WO 169/2555          PALESTINE PRO COY          JAN FEB 1941

MAJ D R B KAYE 10 HUSSARS DAPM JERUSALEM AREA AND OC PALESTINE PRO COY.

LOTS OF OPEN AND CLOSE ARRESTS.

6/2/41  ATTEMPTED SODOMY, 3 SGT'S COOK, TURNER AND HART BEDS & HERTS REGT, COMPLAINANT HANS BRUINITY.

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WO 169/2556             105 PRO COY                 SEPT DEC 1941

CAPT W J K MANDY, LIEUT LINDSEY-WHITE, RSM SIMMS.

29/9/41  DISEMBARK SUEZ, TO EL TAHAG CAMP.

12/10/41  PM VISITS COMPANY

7/10/41  DAILY ORDERS  ALL 10 CORPS FLASHES TO BE REMOVED..

17/10/41  RAID ON CARAVAN ROUTE CANTARA - DELTA, WD PROPERTY RECOVERED.

OFFICERS  CAPT W J K MANDY R BERKS 24/10/40, LIEUT F G LINDSAY-SHITE RASC 30/1/41, LIEUT G D MOUNSEY GEN LIST

8/11/41  UNIT MOVES TO DABA.

14/11/41  COMPANY TO SIDI ANEESH.  HQ REAR ARMY.

30/11/41  5341295 L/CPL GRIFFIN B G ADMITTED TO CRS DABA

AFTER A MOTOR CYCLE ACCIDENT.

14/12/41  COMPANY MOVE TO SIDI BARRANI.

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WO 169/2557                  202 PRO COY            SEPT DEC 1941

1/9/41  ALEXANDRIA

11/9/41 2/LIEUT MONCRIEFF-BROWN COLDSTREAM GUARDS ARRIVES IN COMPANY.

18/9/41  CPL BOTHERWAY AND 6 OTHER RANKS FROM

11 SCOTTISH COMMANDO ATTACHED TO COY PENDING PROBATIONERS COURSE IN CAIRO.

22/9/41  2/LIEUT F M GOOD ATTACHED TO COY FOR SIB DUTIES.   LIEUT COL WAINMAN C G G, 4 HUSSARS GEN LIST,  MAJ H N WHITEHEAD, CAPT R NICHOLLS 3 COLDSTEAM GUARDS.

30/10/41  ENEMY AIR RAID ON ALEXANDRIA.   LIEUT S E TASKER GEN LIST, FLIGHT LIEUTENANT J A  FISHER 201 GROUP RAF 12/8/41 RAF DAPM ATTACHED.

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WO 169/2558                203 PRO COY                AUG DEC 1941

7/8/41 SUEZ.   LIEUT COL R R M BACON.   AIR RAID RED, BOMBING AND MACHINE GUN FIRE.

31/8/41  MOASCAR.   CAPT P ATTFIELD DAPM SIB,  FLIGHT LIEUT R C UDALL DAPM RAF SERIOUSLY INJURED IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENT.

1/9/41   PORT SAID CMP BKS MOVE FROM SEA FRONT TO RUE SALAM JUNCTION WITH RUE FOUAD 1ST

4/9/41  COL PRINCE ISMAIL DAOUD, OC EGYPTIAN TROOPS, PORT SAID VISITS DAPM AND COMMENDED L/CPL JONES FOR HIS BEHAVIOUR IN INCIDENT AT 01.30HRS 1/9/41.

5-6/9/41  MOASCAR HEAVY AIR RAID.

8/9/41   BOMB EXPLODED NEAR MALTESE CLUB, TIME BOMB FOUND IN VICINITY OF CLUB, THIS WAS EXPLODED

9-10/9/41   HEAVY AIR RAID

12/9/41  *4533093 L/CPL COCKERHAM KILLED IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENT DURING AIR RAID.   (BURIED IN SUEZ WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY GRAVE 1.C.3)

25/9/41  LIEUT J H OTTO UNION DEFENCE FORCES SACMP ARRIVES AS ASSISTANT TRAFFIC OFFICER.

30/9/41  EXPLOSION IN ATAKA DISTRICT, NATIVE ARRESTED AT S5 GUN SITE.  EXPLOSION GELIGNITE SITE ATAKA, NATIVE HELD.

1/10/41  CMP DETACH OPENED AT EL KIRSH, 1 CPL, 1 L/CPL.

14/10/41  CMP DETACH OPENED AT ABU SULTAN 1 CPL, 1 L/CPL.

23/10/41  MUTINY AT ST VINCENTS CAMP, 211 INDIAN ROYAL ENGINEERS ARRESTED BY APM.

6/11/41  1 SGT IN ESSEX REGT KILLED IN AIR RAID.

9/11/41  CAPT P E R BLAKE RASC ADMIN OFFICER.

17/11/41  MOASCAR  LIEUT H R NICHOLLS GEN LIST NEW ADMIN OFFICER VICE CAPT P STODDARD (3 MONTHS SICK LEAVE).

18/11/41  MOASCAR LIEUT A E HORSNELL DAPM AID SERIOUSLY INJURED IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENT.

28/11/41  MOASCAR  ALL IN BOUNDS BROTHELS NOW OUT OF BOUNDS, BLUE NEST BROTHEL OUT OF BOUNDS.

11/12/41  MOASCAR *7685006 L/CPL S H WILLIAMS KILLED IN T/A .(BURIED ISMALIA WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY GRAVE 6.D.10.)

23/12/41  4540336 PTE KERSALL WEST YORKSHIRE REGIMENT EXECUTED ON RIFLE RANGES UNDER DIRECTION OF APM.

22/12/41  CAPT H R DAWSON BEDS & HERTS REGT NEW DAPM VICE MAJ J A LASENBY.

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WO 169/2559    204 PRO COY (DESFORCE)      MAY DEC 1941

1/5/41 MERSA MATRUH, CAPT K R GENTLES KOYLI 21/5/41 TOOK OVER FROM CAPT C R ROSKELL.

8/6/41 12.20HRS* L/CPL HOPKIN SUSTAINED SEVERE INJURIES ON SIDI BARRANI ROAD. 12.30HRS  OC & CAPT GOODHALL TO TOBRUK BY DESTROYER. 14.45HRS L/CPL HOPKIN DIES, 17.15HRS L/CPL HOPKIN BURIED IN MILITARY CEMETERY GRAVE 18.   (NOW BURIED IN EL ALAMEIN WAR CEMETERY GRAVE XXIX. J. 21.

10/6/41  3 STICKS OF BOMBS DROPPED BY ENEMY AIRCRAFT.

26/6/41  SIB AND A LABOUR PARTY FEMALE BODY  WASHED ASHORE.

OFFICERS LIEUT COL B BURY GEN LIST, CAPT K R GENTLES KOYLI,  CAPT H GOODHALL GEN LIST, CAPT S W HARPER GEN LIST.

2/8/41 *SIGNAL FROM 2 GENERAL HOSPITAL TEL EL KEBIR THAT 7688234 L/CPL A DORMER,  CMP 204 PRO COY DIED AT 08.00HRS FROM TOXIC HEPATITIS.   FUNERAL WAS AT 16.30 2/8/41. NEXT OF KIN WIFE, 22 SOUTH PARADE, PUDSEY, L41. ( BURIED IN TEL EL KEBIR WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY IN GRAVE 3.L.4.)

17/8/41  MATRUH.   SEPOY ABU HASSAN WANTED FOR MURDER WAS ARRESTED BY BAGUSH SECTION CMP.

18/8/41 INFORMATION FROM DAPM WDF (WESTERN DESERT FORCE) THAT SGT BURRAGE HAD BEEN SHOT WHILE CONVEYING ABU HASSAN TO FPC (FIELD PUNISHMENT CENTRE).

3/9/41  18.00HRS *CPL BEDWELL INVOLVED IN A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT, MOTORCYCLE TOTAL LOSS.   CPL BEDWELL SUFFERING CONCUSSION.

4/9/41  CAPT K R GENTLES NEW OC.

5/9/41  CPL BEDWELL DIED OF CEREBAL CONCUSSION.   (NOW BURIED IN ALEXANDRIA (HADRA) WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY GRAVE 2.E.14).

5/9/41  MATRUH MESSAGE FROM SGT WATTS ADVANCE HQ THAT L/CPL WATSON LEFT THERE AT 17.30HRS AND FAILED TO RETURN.   HE HAD LEFT FOR MATRUH AND DID NOT ARRIVE.

6/9/41 11.00HRS L/CPL WATSON FOUND BY SOUTH AFRICAN OFFICER AT 17.30HRS 5/9/41 ON ROADSIDE NEAR QUASSABA WITH A BROKEN THIGH.   MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT, CONVEYED TO CCS FUKA.

7/9/41  *20.00HRS MESSAGE THAT CPL WEBB SIB HAD BEEN INJURED IN A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT.   L/CPL ROWE SIB SENT TO INVESTIGATE.

 8/9/41 SIGNAL FROM 204 PRO COY TO APM CAIRO 1986105 CPL WEBB SIB DIED AT 21.30HRS 9/9/41 AS A RESULT OF A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT.   INJURIES, COMPOUND FRACTURE OF LEFT HUMERUS AND RUPTURED LEFT KIDNEY.

8/9/41 21.50 HRS RECEIVED NEWS OF DEATH OF CPL WEBB AT UDF (UNION DEFENCE FORCE) HOSPITAL.   23.00HRS L/CPL CARVANA PLACED IN PROTECTIVE CUSTODY AND DISARMED DUE TO HIS TEMPERAMENTAL REACTION TO CPL WEBB'S DEATH.

9/9/41 06.00HRS SGT CAIRD AND 3 NCO'S GO TO COLLECT BODY OF CPL WEBB FROM GIMRABUB. HE DIED AT THIS HOSPITAL AT 18.15HRS TODAY (4/9/41).   WIFE 44 BRENTHURST ROAD, WILLESDEN GREEN, LONDON, NW10. O2E.  JULY RESIDING C/O MRS TRAYNOR, 37 SHERATON ST, RISE CARR, DARLINGTON.     16.00HRS CPL WEBB BURIED IN MILITARY CEMETERY MATRUH, GRAVE 9 BLOCK 3 ROW B.   AIR RAID DURING BURIAL SERVICE AA FIRE BUT NO BOMBS.   (NOW BURIED IN EL ALAMEIN WAR CEMETERY GRAVE XXXII.F.12.

13/9/41  18.20HRS NEW OC MAJ KIRK & RSM LANE FROM DEPOT.

ALEXANDRIA, .  

22/11/41 CAPT GENTLES AND GOODALL PROCEED TO SURVEY TRACKS SHEFERZEN - SIDI OMAR.   15.30HRS BOTH OFFICERS AND TRUCK UNDER SHELL FIRE AND MACHINE GUN FIRE BY ENEMY SOUTH OF SIDI OMAR.   TRUCK HIT AND DESTROYED BY SHELL FIRE.   ARMY AND PERSONAL KIT OF CAPT GENTLE LOST IN FIRE.

23/11/41  CAPT GENTLES AND GOODHALL RETURN TO UNIT.

24/1//41  TROOPS RETREATING, REPORTS OF ENEMY AFV'S (ARMOURED FIGHTING VEHICLES) IN AREA.   COY STOOD TO.

25/11/41  SGT PAXTON REPORTS BEING CHASED BY ENEMY AFV FOR 3 MILES, TOOK EVASIVE ACTION, HID IN WADI UNTIL MORNING.   NO NEWS OF CPL HOLMES, L/CPL'S WILTSHIRE, JONES, MORTON, GREENAWAY ALL MISSING.

29/11/41  1 OR (OTHER RANK) EVACUATED SICK.

30/11/41  3 TON TRUCK DRIVEN BY CPL HOLMES BROKE DOWN ON 24TH, REPAIRED AND BROUGHT BACK.  NUMEROUS BULLET HOLES IN CAB DOORS. HOLMES AND WILTSHIRE STILL MISSING.   NOMINAL ROLL OF UNIT.   REPORTS ON FLEEING MT COLUMNS, SOUTH AFRICAN AND NEW ZEALAND UNITS.

2/12/41  CPL HOLMES AND WILTSHIRE IN CCS (CASUALTY CLEARING STATION) GUN SHOT WOUNDS.

13/12/41  BOMBS DROPPED ON COMPANY AREA.*SGT PAXTON SERIOUS INJURIES TO LEG. ( SGT PAXTON DIED AND IS BURIED IN TOBRUK WAR CEMETERY, LIBYA, GRAVE 8.O.2).      L/CPL REYNARD INJURIES TO CALF AND RIGHT LEG.   APM'S TRUCK AND TENT DAMAGED.  CAPT GENTLES INJURIES TO LEFT FOOT.

20/12/41  SGT FISH ADMITTED TO CCS, SERIOUS LEG BURNS.   EMPTY PETROL TIN EXPLODED NEXT TO COOKS FIRE.   REPORTS ON 2 MISSING NCO'S ONE L/CPL STENNING.

(EXCELLENT WAR DIARY).

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WO 169/2560               205 PRO COY                MAR DEC 1941

1/3/41 JERUSALEM.   MAJ L V PAYNE WILTSHIRE REGT, MAJ W H BUCLES 5 R INNISKILLING FUSILIERS DAPM JERUSALEM AREA OC 205 PRO COY.   MAJ D H A STURGE SHERWOOD FORESTERS APM FORCE HQ,  MAJ P V C PAYNE WILTSHIRE REGT, DAPM TEL-AVIV.   MAJ J D HANWELL PROBYNS HORSE, DAPM LYDDA AREA.  CAPT W PEARCE CHESHIRE YEOMANRY, OC 205 PRO COY.  LIEUT MARTIN ASSISTANT TO APM.

13/7/41 * CPL HARTMAN A  CMP DIED OF FRACTURE OF BASE OF SKULL, THE RESULT OF A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT.  HE IS BURIED AT KHAYAT BEACH WAR CEMETERY, ISRAEL).

9/9/41  LCPL MILLS CMP DESERTED HM SERVICE.

16/9/41 RSM MCBARRON POSTED IN.

6/11/41  12.00HRS* L/CPL PERKINS DIED AS A RESULT OF A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT.   (HE IS BURIED IN KHAYAT BEACH WAR CEMETERY  GRAVE B.D.14.).

DIARY FULL OF CHARGES, THEFTS ETC.  LOTS OF CMP CHARGED.

1/10/41 FGCM (FIELD GENERAL COURTS MARTIAL) L/CPL MILLS AWOL 112 DAYS.

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WO 169/2794  DAPM 4 INDIAN DIV PRO COY   JAN APR 1941

1/1/41  DAPM TO PORT SUDAN.

7-14/1/41 DIV HQ AT DERUDEB.

20-21.1.41 KASSALA, ATTACHED.   CSM AND HQ PARTY ARRIVE AT SHALLAL AND LEFT BY RIVER STEAMER FOR WADI HALFA.

26/1/41  POW CAGE ESTABLISHED 2 MILES WEST OF KERU, 200 PRISONERS, 100 LOCALS.

28/1/41  SECOND POW CAGE ESTABLISHED AT KASSALA.

7/4/41  CPL MARSHALL (REAL NAME PEACHEY) DIED AFTER BEING SHOT ACCIDENTALLY.   A POPULAR AND EFFICIENT NCO WHO WILL BE GREATLY MISSED BY HIS COMRADES.   (HE IS BURIED IN KEREN WAR CEMETERY, GRAVE 3.B.11.).

22/4/41  MAJ A C RIALL RA HANDED OVER DUTIES OF DAPM AND OC PRO COY TO CAPT N G DAWSON, WEST YORKSHIRE REGT.

24/4/41  MT LOADED ON SS TYNEBANK, DETACHMENT ON SS PRESIDENT DOUMER.

26/4/41  ARRIVE AT PORT TEWFIK.

30/4/41 SIDI HANEISH.

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WO 169/2896  DAPM 11 EAST AFRICAN DIV  SEPT NOV 1941

1/9/41  WATER WORKS CAMP, NAIROBI.   1 & 3 COMPANIES EAST AFRICAN CMP.

ORDER BY MAJ J F HENN DAPM 11 EA DIVISION

77 DISCIPLINE, FLAGS ON MOTOR VEHICLES, GHQ GO 755/41 IS RE PUBLISHED HEREUNDER; MILITARY POLICE CARS ARE AUTHORISED TO FLY FLAGS ON BOTH FRONT MUDGUARDS.  THESE FLAGS ARE LONG, THIN RED PENNANTS WITH THE WORDS MILITARY POLICE IN WHITE LETTERS (CR ME 15563/AG2) (GRO 1704).  NOTE  THESE FLAGS WHICH WILL BE ISSUED SHORTLY WILL BE FLOWN ON THE DAPM'S CAR ONLY.

82.  MP ARMLETS

ALL OC'S SUB-UNITS OF THE CORPS OF MILITARY POLICE EAST AFRICA ARE TO NOTE THAT ARMLETS WORN BY EA  AND SA AND EA NATIVE OTHER RANKS SHOULD HAVE THE LETTERS MP ONLY.   WHERE ANY ARMLETS HAVE THE LETTERS CMP ON THEM THE LETTER C IS TO BE REMOVED SO AS TO COMPLY WITH REGULATIONS.   CAPT G A COCKMAN EACMP.

25/10/41  CSM GILBERT RETURNS FROM OCTU, GRANTED AN EMERGENCY COMMISSION.   CAPT A M RAWCLIFFE EACMP, LIEUT T GILBERT EACMP.

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WO 169/2962              DAPM NFD SOMALIA              DEC 1941

1/12/41  MEGA  LIEUT T GILBERT EAST AFRICAN CMP - NO DETAILS.

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WO 169/3295        4 INDIAN DIV PRO COY      MAY DEC 1941

1/5/41  BENI YUSEF.

6/5/41  SIDI HANISH.

2/10/41 CAPT DAWSON LEAVES FOR REGIMENTAL DUTIES.

5/10/41  CAPT BUTLER NEW DAPM.

20/10/41 CAPT BUTLER RETURNED TO UNIT.   RSM HARDWICK ACTING OC.

12/11/41  CAPT G F T MATHEWS 4/6 RAJPUTANA RIFLES

NEW OC.

13/12/41 LANCE NAIK AMAR SINGH WOUNDED, ONE MOTOR CYCLE AND 1 TRUCK DAMAGED.

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WO 169/3336     10 INDIAN DIV PRO COY        JUN AUG 1941

1/6/41  SUBAIR    NO DETAILS.


WO 169/3779  3 BASE PRO COY INDIAN TROOPS    DEC 1941

2/12/41  MARGIL   NO DETAILS.

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WO 169/3777   X L OF C PROVOST COMPANY INDIAN TROOPS   JAN - DEC 1941

1/1/41  EGYPT.  CAPT J S M JOHNSTON GEN LIST 11/1/41 OC.   THEY RAN AN INDIAN MILITARY PRISON.  NO DETAILS.

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WO 169/3778 2 BASE PRO COY INDIAN TROOPS JUN DEC 1941

1/6/41 BASRAH.   CAPT J G RANCLIFFE.

1/8/41 MARGIL.    LIEUT J R BONNET 7 FRONTIER FORCE RIFLES.

10/11/41  50 PROVOST SECTION ATTACHED FOR DUTIES.

28/11/41   50 PROVOST SECTION TO BAGHDAD.

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WO 169/3984          9TH ARMY PRO COY        JAN APRIL 1941

1/2/41  BROUMMANA, SYRIA.   CAPT J THOMSON DLI.  

RSM BRISTOW.

20/3/41  CPLS SCOTT, LAWRENCE, HANCOCK, WOOD(82), WATSON, MORRISON TO UNKNOWN DESTINATION ON TEMPORARY DUTY.

21/3/41  ABOVE NAMED NCO'S EXCEPT L/CPL BOLTON RETURNED FROM UNKNOWN DESTINATION.   L/CPL BOLTON ADMITTED TO 2/3 CCS (CASUALTY CLEARING STATION) AM, DIED PM AS A RESULT OF A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT.   (HE IS BURIED IN KHAYAT BEACH WAR CEMETERY, ISRAEL GRAVE A.B.6.).

14/4/41  L/CPL STARLING/WIFE OF/ BIRTH OF A SON PAUL 18/1/41.

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WO 169/4021           APM 13 CORPS                          APR 1942

1/4/42 EAST OF EL ADAM, LIEUT COL H V REDENBURGH.

10/4/41  MAJ MOLTE APM 2 SA DIVISION CALLED ON APM.

12/4/42  MAJ MELVILLE ARRIVED AS NEW DAPM 7 ARMD DIV.

13/4/42  MAJ  LEFT FOR 1 ARMD DIV.

20/4/42  CAPT C W HARPER ARRIVED TO TAKE OVER APM DUTIES.

24/4/42  SPECIAL VISIT OF HRH THE DUKE OF GLOUCESTER TO 13 CORPS (CODE NAME OUNDLE).

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WO 169/4004             10 CORPS PRO COY         JAN MAY 1942

22/1/42  FORMATION OF 10 CORPS PRO COY, 2 OFFICERS, 60 OTHER RANKS.  VEHICLES NIL, 24 X .38 PISTOLS AND 312 ROUNDS.

16/2/42  CAPT C CASSIDY GEN LIST 16/4/42.

1/5/42  CLOSED BILLET AT DAMASCUS, NEW 10 CORPS SUMMER CAMP AT BEYROUTH ROAD, 25 MILES FROM DAMASCUS.


 WO 169/4050            APM 30 CORPS                JAN MAY 1942

LIEUT COL D R B KAYE 10 HUSSARS

1-10/1/42 INFO ON NUMBERS OF POW DEALT WITH.

6/2/42  VISIT BY DPM 8 ARMY LIEUT COL A R FORBES.

10/2/42  MAJ A R REES-REYNOLDS NEW OC 30 CORPS PRO COY.

24/2/42  LIEUT COL KAYE REJOINS HIS REGIMENT, NEW APM

MAJ A R REES-REYNOLDS.

22/5/42  VISITED APM 7 ARMD DIV, MAJ MARSH AND 1 ARMD DIV MAY MELVILLE.

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WO 169/4051             30 CORPS PRO COY         JAN MAY 1942

11/2/42  MAJ REES-REYNOLDS QUEENS REGT OC 9/2/42.   RSM CHILD.

16/5/42  NEW OC CAPT PH FITZGERALD SHERWOOD FORESTER.

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WO 169/4064            1 ARMD DIV PRO COY      JAN DEC 1942

1/1/42 BIR TEGENDER CAPT E J WILBRAHAM MC RIFLE BRIGADE 4/4/40.   LIEUT J P A STRANGE GEN LIST 10/2/41.

22/1/42  UNIT MOVE, OC AND RSM ABANDONED VEHICLES DUE TO MACHINE GUN FIRE FROM ENEMY AIRCRAFT,   UNIT DISPERSES.

22/1/42 MECHILI   NO NEWS OF L/CPL'S HOGGAN, REDPATH (BECAME POW) AND VINCENT (THOUGHT TO BE POW 2 VINCENTS IN POW LIST).

28/1/42  REPORT TO OC THAT L/CPL BEALES HAS BEEN KILLED (NO KNOWN GRAVE NAMED ON ALAMEIN MEMORIAL COLUMN 83).AND L/CPL TURTON WOUNDED, BOTH ARE FROM NO2 SECTION.

30/1/42  UNIT STRENGTH 2 OFFICERS, 103 OTHER RANKS, 1 KILLED, 1 WOUNDED 3 MISSING.

5/42 CAPT KELLY ADC TO GENERAL KILLED.   CAPT W J WHITE GEN LIST 28/4/42, CAPT J GRAY GEN LIST 27/4/42.   UNIT TITLE SHOWN AS DIV TROOPS PRO UNIT 1 ARMD DIV.   LIEUT E R MORRIS GEN LIST.   LOTS OF DETAILS ABOUT MOVES, SIGNING AND BOMBINGS.

11/8/42  1 SGT TO HOSPITAL BLOWN UP MY MINE.

6/10/42  2 ARMD BDE PRO UNIT JOINED THIS UNIT TO FORM NEW COMPANY 1ST (BRITISH) ARMOURED DIV PRO COY,   DIV TROOPS PRO UNIT DISBANDED 23.59 6/10/42.

9/10/42  7 MOTOR BRIGADE PRO UNIT DISBANDED AND JOINED 1 ARMD DIV PRO COY.

DETAILS OF SUN, MOON TRACKS IN MINEFIELDS AT EL ALAMEIN.   LIEUT E A CLARK GEN LIST.

18/11/42  MOVED TO TIMIMI, 1 TRUCK BLOWN UP ON MINE,

2 OR'S TO HOSPITAL.

CAPT MONCRIEFF BROWN NEW OC.


WO 169/4085               5 DIV PRO COY             AUG DEC 1942

1/8/42 RANCHI INDIA, CAPT R DOBSON GEN LIST, LIEUT D BIRRELL RASC, LIEUT D MERCER MANCHESTER REGT, LT F C SLOAN, SEAFORTH HIGHLANDERS.

21/8/42  AT SEA.

29/8/42  BASRA.

12/9/42 BAGHDAD.

16/9/42 KERMANSHAR.

25/10/42  KERMANSHAR 7688521 L/CPL MILFORD HE RECEIVED FATAL INJURIES AS A RESULT OF A MOTOR CYCLE ACCIDENT WHILST ON DUTY.   DIED AT 18.05HRS.   (HE IS BURIED IN BAGHDAD (NORTH GATE)  WAR CEMETERY IRAQ IN GRAVE 22.K.3.

5 DIVISION WAS THE MOST TRAVELLED DIVISION IN WWII IS SERVED IN NORTH AFRICA, INDIA, BURMA, NORTH AFRICA, ITALY AND GERMANY.

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WO 169/4097        7 ARMD DIV PRO COY          JAN DEC 1942

MAJ E B MARSH RA, CAPT WILLIAM-DEVLIN WILTS YEO, LIEUT H PENNINGTON GEN LIST, CAPT G A S REID GORDON HIGHLANDERS.

3/42  ABBASIA, MATRUH, BUQ BUQ, CAPUSSO.

3/5/42 SALVAGE PARTY ACTIVE COLLECTING EMPTY PETROL TINS FOR ROYAL ENGINEERS WHO ARE MAKING NEW AXIS SIGNS.   (SYMBOL CUT OUT OF TIN AND A LIGHT PLACED INSIDE AT NIGHT).

27/5/42  LEAGUER OVERRUN BY ENEMY TANKS AND AFV'S.   COOKHOUSE AND 1 TENT ABANDONED.

OPERATIONAL ORDER NO. 52.  MAP: 1/50,000. EL GIYURA. SECRET

INFORMATION.

ENEMY.  THE ENEMY IS HOLDING WELL FORTIFIED LINES TO OUR WESTERN FRONT.   THE COMPOSITION OF THESE FORCES IS CHIEFLY ITALIAN, BUT IS INTERSPERSED WITH GERMANS AND THERE IS PROBABLY A BATTLE GROUP OF 21 PX AND ARIETE DIVS MIXED, DISPOSED IN SUPPORT.

OWN TROOPS: 13 CORPS IS TO DESTROY THE ENEMY EAST OF HIS MAIN POSITION QUARET-EL-ABD, QUARET KHADIN KAQA.

INTENTION

THE 7 ARMD DIV IS TO PENETRATE THE ENEMY MINEFIELDS KNOWN AS JANUARY AND FEBRUARY AND ESTABLISH A BRIDGEHEAD WHILST OTHER TROOPS ARE BROUGHT UP.  

44 DIVISION ARE ON OUR RIGHT FLANK WITH 1/7 QUEEN’S ATTACKING NORTH OF , AND AT THE SAME TIME AS 22 ARMD BDE.   22 ARMD BDE WITH AN ADVANCE PARTY CONSISTING OF 44 RECCE UNIT AND THE GREYS WITH INFANTRY ANTI-TANK AND SOME ARTILLERY SUPPORT FORM THE SPEARHEAD OF THE 7 ARMD DIV.   REMAINDER OF BDE IN MAIN BODY WILL BE FOLLOWED BY 4 LT ARM BDE.   THE 1 F F (FREE FRENCH) BDE ARE CARRYING OUT A SEPARATE OPERATION TO OUR SOUTHERN FLANK AGAINST HIMEIMAT.   50 DIV ARE ALSO OPERATING TO OUR NORTH IN THE VICINITY OF DEIR-EN-MUNASSIE.   30 CORPS IS OPERATING ON THE NORTHERN HALF OF THE 8 ARMY FRONT.

MINEFIELDS

1. OWN  WE HAVE THREE MINEFIELDS CALLED MAY, JUNE AND NUTS, GAPS IN WHICH ARE BEING CLEARED UNDER ORDERS OF CRE (FOR BOUNDARY SEE TRACING).

2. ENEMY  THE ENEMY IS BELIEVED TO HAVE TWO MINEFIELDS KNOW AS JANUARY AND FEBRUARY BOTH OF WHICH ARE SOME 800 YARDS IN DEPTH AND MAY BE 1500 TO 2000 YARDS APART.

METHOD

IN ORDER TO GET THE ABOVE FORCES THROUGH OUR OWN AND

THE ENEMY MINEFIELDS BY NIGHT ON D DAY, IT IS NECESSARY TO USE THE WHOLE OF THE 7TH ARMOURED DIVISION PROVOST COMPANY IN DIRECTING AND CONTROLLING ALL TRAFFIC UP TO AND THROUGH THE MINEFIELDS FROM THE ASSEMBLY AREAS.   THE OPERATION WILL BE CARRIED OUT IN SIX STAGES.

STAGE 1  CONCENTRATION

STAGE 2  APPROACH AND PENETRATION OF EASTERN MINEFIELD (JANUARY) AND CLEARING AREA BETWEEN EASTERN AND WESTERN (FEBRUARY) MINEFIELD.

STAGE 3  PENETRATION OF FEBRUARY AND ESTABLISHMENT OF BRIDGEHEAD.

STAGE 4  22ND & 4TH ARMD BDES PASS THROUGH BRIDGEHEAD TO ASSEMBLY AREAS WEST OF MINEFIELDS.

STAGE 5  22ND ARMD BDE ADOPTS BATTLE POSITION FACING WEST AND SW PROTECTING LEFT FLANK OF 4TH LT ARMD BDE, WHICH ADVANCES TO SECURE OBJECTIVE AREA SOUTH OF WEST END OF DEIR ALINDA.

STAGE 6  IF 4TH LT ARMD BDE RELIEVED BY 44 DIV, 22 ARMD BDE PROTECT WEST AND SOUTH FLANKS 44 DIV.

PERSONNEL AVAILABLE

7 ARMD DIV PRO COY WILL HAVE UNDER THEIR COMMAND:-

(A) 1 SECT, 44 DIV PRO COY UNTIL GAPS ARE TAKEN OVER BY 44 DIV ON MORNING OF D PLUS 1.

(B) CAPT CUNARD AND 40 OR’S OF 44 RECCE BATN. L.O.E’S (SEE APPX “A”)

ORDER OF MARCH AND TIMING.

(a) 22 ARMD BDE, NO MOVE BEFORE 18.30HRS D DAY, TAIL TO CLEAR JUNE BY 20.30HRS.

(b) MAIN DIV HQ AND CERTAIN OTHER TROOPS, HEAD PAST MAY 20.15HRS, TAIL CLEAR JUNE 20.40HRS.

(c) 4TH LT ARMD BDE, HEAD PAST MAY 20.30 HRS, TAIL CLEAR JUNE 21.30 HRS.   ORDER OF MARCH ISSUED SEPARATELY TO OC PRO.

START LINE

685237, 885255 MARKED WITH SIGNAL CABLE BY 22ND ARMD BDE.

R.E.

CRE WILL CLEAR GAPS IN ALL MINEFIELDS AS SHOWN IN APPX “C”, 7 ARMD DIV OP ORDER NO. 132.   THESE WILL BE NEW GAPS AND WILL NOT BE USED BEFORE 18.30HRS D DAY.

AXIS MARKINGS

1.  PRO WILL  MARK AXIS FROM GAPS IN MAY TO GAPS IN NUTS.

2. CRE WILL MARK AXIS FORWARD FROM GAPS IN NUTS TO START LINE AFTER 18.30HRS D DAY.

PROVOST.

(a) ON D MINUS 1. PRO WILL EXTEND DIV AXIS TO GAP 4 IN MAY MINEFIELD.

(b) BEFORE 06.00 D DAY, PRO WILL MARK AXIS FROM GAPS IN MAY TO CORRESPONDING GAPS IN JUNE AND NUTS SO THAT THEY CAN BE SEEN IN MOONLIGHT AND DAYLIGHT.   HURRICANE LAMPS COVERED BY PETROL TINS WILL BE USED BY NIGHT AS IN RECENT EXERCISES, LAMPS WILL NOT BE LIT BEFORE LAST LIGHT ON D DAY.

(c) LIGHTS AND MARKER WILL BE RED ON THE NORTHERN ROUTES AND YELLOW ON SOUTHERN ROUTES.   SIGNS WILL BE PROVIDED BY THE RE’S

(d) THERE WILL BE TWO LANES ABOUT 500 YDS APART FROM MAY TO START LINE AFTER WHICH THERE WILL BE FOUR LANES, EACH PAIR OF LANES WILL BE 100 YARDS APART.   BDES WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN APPROACH MARCH TO MAY MINEFIELD AND WILL MAKE THEIR OWN ARRANGEMENTS WITH THE PRO DET UNDER COMMAND.

GAPS

(a) GAPS WILL BE 12 YDS WIDE AND 100 YARDS BETWEEN EACH PAIR OF GAPS.

(b) PENETRATION OF  ENEMY MINEFIELDS WILL BE BETWEEN 267 AND 255 NORTHING GRIDS, PROVOST WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAINTENANCE OF LIGHTS IN MAY, JUNE AND NUTS MINEFIELDS AND FOR MAINTENANCE OF FENCE AT THE APPROACH TO EACH GAP, LOB’S WILL BE USED FOR THIS PURPOSE.   PRO ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAINTENANCE OF LIGHTS AND FENCES IN ENEMY MINEFIELDS.   NO PRO PERSONNEL WILL BE USED WEST OF FEBRUARY MINEFIELDS WITHOUT FURTHER ORDER FROM THE APM OTHER THAN THE 4 AT THE 4 EXITS WHO WILL RECEIVE THEIR ORDERS FROM LT PRINSLOO.

HANDING OVER

IF OPERATIONS ARE SUCCESSFUL 44 DIV WITH 131 BDE WILL TAKE OVER RESPONSIBILITY FOR GAPS IN JANUARY AND FEBRUARY AND THEIR PRO WILL TAKE OVER TRAFFIC CONTROL.   THIS WILL START AT 1ST LIGHT ON D PLUS 1 OR IMMEDIATELY AFTER STAGE 4 IF THE LATTER IS NOT COMPLETED BEFORE 1ST LIGHT.

COLLECTION

LIGHTS AND MARKERS WILL BE LEFT IN THE GROUND FOR 44 DIV TO TAKE OVER AND THEY WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR COLLECTION OF THE ABOVE WHICH SHOULD BE SENT TO CORPS ADVANCED DUMP.   ALL LIGHTS SHOULD BE BLOWN OUT AFTER 1ST LIGHT BY MAINTENANCE PARTIES TO PREVENT SMOKING.

ALL DIVISIONAL SIGNS EAST OF MAY MINEFIELD WILL BE COLLECTED AFTER 1ST LIGHT OTHER THAN DIV AXIS RUNNING ALONG THE 863 GRID FROM MAY MINEFIELD TO POINT 131,447865

FORWARD MARKING

ANY MARKING FURTHER WEST OF FEBRUARY MINEFIELD WILL BE BY NORMAL DIV SIGNS UNDER ORDERS FROM THE APM UNLESS SPECIFICALLY ORDERED OTHERWISE.

TIMINGS

D DAY AND ZERO HOUR WILL BE SIGNALLED IN CIPHER AND WILL ON NO ACCOUNT BE MADE IN CLEAR.   THIS INFORMATION WILL ONLY BE PASSED TO THOSE WHO NEED TO KNOW AND AT AS LATE A STAGE AS POSSIBLE.   THE OPERATION WILL BE KNOW AS LIGHTFOOT.

MARKING OF TRACKS AND GAPS

AS SHOWN IN 7TH ARMD DIV OP ORDERS NO. 132. APPX “D” HAVE BEEN GIVEN TO OC PRO WHO WILL ISSUE DETAILED ORDERS AS REGARDS PERSONNEL.

THE FOLLOWING POINTS WILL BE POINTED OUT:-

(a) NO VEHICLES OF ANY KIND WILL BE ALLOWED TO MOVE EAST THROUGH MINEFIELDS UNTIL STAGE 4 IS COMPLETE, EXCEPT THAT STAFF OFFICERS, LO’S, DR’S AND PRO MAINTAINING AXIS MAY MOVE THROUGH GAPS IN MINEFIELDS PROVIDED THAT NO TRAFFIC IS MOVING OR WISHES TO MOVE WEST THROUGH THEM.

(b) NO VEHICLES WILL BE ALLOWED TO HALT WITHIN 500 YDS OF EXITS FROM GAPS

© SUFFICIENT “NO ENTRY” SIGNS WILL BE CARRIED AND MARKED BEFOREHAND TO COVER ALL GAPS IN JAN & FEB.   IN THE EARLY STAGES 2 OF THESE WILL BE REQUIRED AT WEST END OF NUTS MINEFIELD ON THE GAPS WHERE THERE IS NOT A MP.

(d) TRACKS WILL BE NUMBERED 1,2,3,4, FROM NORTH TO SOUTH.

HEADQUARTERS

STAGES 1 TO 4, MAIN DIV. HQ 423868, READ DIV HQ. 431864.   ON D PLUS 1 MAIN DIV HQ WILL PROBABLY MOVE TO 885255.

PROVOST ORDER OF MARCH

APM’S HQ PRO DET FOR JAN & FEB GAPS, OC PRO COY (OR REP IF ENGAGED ON OTHER DUTIES) WILL REPORT TO CRE HQ MAIN DIV BY 15.00HRS D DAY, CPL FARRAR AND PART FOR TELEPHONES WILL TRAVEL ON SIGNALS TRUCK WITH THIS PARTY.   TRACKING TEAMS WILL START AS ORDERED BY OC PRO.

B ECHELON VEHICLES, 5 THREE TONNERS AS DETAILED WILL TRAVEL WITH HQ SQN B ECHELON, REAR DIV.

PROVOST HEADQUARTER

1. THE APM’S HQ WILL BE ESTABLISHED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AFTER ZERO HOUR WITH ACV 6, SOUTH OF NO.4 TRACK ABOUT 2 MILES EAST OF JAN MINEFIELD.

2. COY HQ OC PRO AND COY HQ WILL BE ESTABLISHED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AFTER ZERO HOUR AT A POINT JUST SOUTH OF NO.4 TRACK ABOUT 400 YDS EAST OF JAN MINEFIELD, BOTH CONNECTED BY TELEPHONES.

LOCATIONS OF OFFICERS & SENIOR NCO;S SEE APPX “B”

DIV POW COLLECTION POINTS WILL BE ESTABLISHED BY 07.00HRS CLOSE TO GAP NO.2 AT EAST END OF JAN.   CAPT CUNARD WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ERECTION OF THIS DURING THE NIGHT.   DANNERT AND CATTLE WIRE WILL BE COLLECTED FROM TD PK COY AND DUMPED AT POW COLLECTION POST UNDER ARRANGEMENTS MADE BY OC PRO.   SIZE NOT LARGER THAN 30 X 30.

23/10/42  MINEFIELD DUTIES.

31/10/42 MINEFIELD DUTIES.   LIEUT D S PRINSLOO UDF, LIEUT HP HOLLANDER RE, MAJ E P WEDLAKE-LEWIS 3 CARABINERS.

30/1/42  UNIT STRENGTH 2 OFFICERS, 103 OTHER RANKS, 1 KILLED, 1 WOUNDED 3 MISSING.

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WO 169/4111       8 ARMD DIV PRO COY         AUG SEPT 1942

1/8/42 EL-TAHAG MAJOR H C VICTOR APM 8 ARMD DIV.

8/8/42  VISIT OF WINSTON CHURCHILL.   CAPT A PHILLIPS DAPM 8 ARMD DIV PRO COY.

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WO 169/4112        8 ARMD DIV PRO COY          MAY DEC 1942

5/7/42  ARRIVE PORT TEWFIK.   CAPT J C BIRTS,  LIEUT A J PHILLIPS RA 17/4/42. LIEUT A BLACKBURN KSLI.

13/9/41  8 ARMY.

23/10/41 MINEFIELD DUTIES.

9/11/42  APM MAJ VICTOR LEAVES DIVISION, REPLACED BY MAJ MARCH AS APM.

28/11/42  MERSA MATRUH.   NEW OC CAPT J L WALKER LEICESTERSHIRE REGT ALSO CAPT W M DE BURGH SOUTH LANCS ARRIVES.

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WO 169/4128           APM 10 ARMD DIV          MAY SEPT 1942

5/42  KHATABA.   CAPT BROWN DAPM 8 ARMOURED BRIGADE

8/5/42  NO.549003 L/CPL HORNING J INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT WHEN HIS MOTORCYCLE COLLIDED WITH A TRUCK, INJURIES RECEIVED WERE FATAL..   (HE IS BURIED IN HELIOPOLIS WAR CEMETERY, EGYPT IN GRAVE 1.B.16.).

6/42  EL DABA, MISHERFA, PICADILLY, SIWA.

19/9/42  IN THE FIELD.   27050325 L/CPL MANNINGTON H  AND 548546 L/CPL CREASEY H ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL WITH SHRAPNEL WOUNDS.

26/9/42  MAJ IAN GRANT WALKER NEW APM 10 ARMD DIV.

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WO 169/4129 10 ARMD DIV PRO COY JAN JUL SEPT DEC 1942

1/1/42  GEDERA.   OC CAPT I A MONCRIEFF-BROWN 6/10/41, LIEUT W G WEBB 6/10/41, LIEUT C W ROOST 1/1/42.

8/2/42  L/CPL GILCHRIST ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL DANGEROUSLY ILL LIST.

2/3/42 SYRIA.  L/CPL LOWE IN A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT WITH A WD LORRY.

26/3/42  L/CPL FUNNELL INVOLVED IN A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT ON TRAFFIC CONTROL PATROL DUTIES.   CAPT D W H MCKERCHAR RA 18/3/42, CAPT R NICKALIS , CAPT A QUILTON MIDDLESEX, CAPT S E TASKER GEN LIST, LIEUT D G GRIES 16/5 LANCERS.

CAPT I G WALKER CAMERONIANS

21/4/42, LIEUT G F D JONES ROYAL WARWICKS 12/10/42.

8/5/42 KHATABA.   L/CPL HORNING KILLED IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENT AT KILO 17 AT 21.45HRS.

21/10/43    OP ORDER NO.1 TO BE READ IN CONJUNCTION WITH DIV O.O. NO.11

INFORMATION

THE ENEMY IS IN A DEFENDED POSITION, GUARDED BY TWO MAIN MINEFIELDS.  IN THIS AREA, 10 ARMD DIV IS FLANKED BY 1 ARMD DIV ON THE RIGHT.

INTENTION

TO MARK AND LIGHT, (1) STAGING AREAS, (2) ROUTES FROM SPRINGBOK ROAD EXCLUSIVE TO F.D.L.’S.  3 FROM F.D.L.’S THROUGH OWN AND ENEMY MINEFIELDS, SO THAT 10 ARMD DIV MAY PASS THROUGH QUICKLY AND ENGAGE THE ENEMY.

METHOD             (APPLICABLE TO PROVOST ONLY).

THE STAGING AREA WILL BE COMPLETED AND PROPERLY LIT BY 18.00 HRS ON D DAY.   OFFICER RESPONSIBLE, CAPT BLACKBURN DAPM, 24 ARMD BDE.   HE WILL MAINTAIN ALL ROUTES BY MEANS OF THREE SEPARATE TEAMS IN CHARGE OF RESPONSIBLE NCO’S   EACH TEAM WILL BE DETAILED TO HAT A & B, AND BOTTLE A & B RESPECTIVELY.

BOUNDS OF STAGING AREA WILL BE THUS LIT:- SOUTH END, 24 ARMD BDE TO 1ST CAIRN, NORTH END, ON ALL ROUTES WHERE ARMY ARE RESPONSIBLE.   THIS RESPONSIBILITY WILL CONTINUE

UNTIL ALL VEHICLES HAVE LEFT THE STAGING AREA.   THREE NCO’S WILL BE DETAILED TO BE AT THE BEGINNING OF ROUTES WHERE ARMY ARE RESPONSIBLE TO LIAISE WITH ARMY PROVOST IF AND WHERE NECESSARY.   CAPT BLACKBURN AND HIS UNIT WILL RV 10 ARMD DIV PRO COY ON D + 1 ON BOAT ROUTE EAST SIDE FIRST ENEMY MINEFIELD.   HE WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR LIFTING ANY LAMPS, PICKETS, OR TINS FROM THE STAGING AREA.   ARMY PROVOST ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR LIGHTING ROUTES FROM 1ST CAIRN, APPROX ON “C” ROUTE, UP TO AND INCLUDING

SPRINGBOK ROAD.   CAPT DANBY OC 10 ARMD DIV PRO COY, WILL

BE RESPONSIBLE WITH FOUR VEHICLES AND 14 NCO’S FOR HAT, BOAT, AND BOTTLE ROUTES FROM EXCLUSIVE SPRINGBOK ROAD TO FDL’S.   HE WILL LIAISE WITH CRE AS TO EXACT POSITION OF ROUTES AND FDL’S.   HE WILL GO FORWARD WITH HIS PARTY ON EARLY MORNING OF D DAY, AND WILL HAVE ROUTES PROPERLY ERECTED, LIGHTED AND CONNECTED BY 18.00HRS ON D DAY.   STRICT MAINTENANCE WILL BE CARRIED OUT ON ROUTES ALL NIGHT.   CAPT DANBY WILL RV WITH HIS PARTY AT EAST END ENEMY MINEFIELD ON BOAT ROUTE ON D + 1, OR THEREAFTER AS THE SITUATION PERMITS.   MINEFIELD TASKFORCE.  DETACHED PROVOST OFFICER IN CHARGE, LT MOORE-STEVENS, DETAILED SEPARATELY AND UNDER COMMAND CRE.   THIRD DETACHMENT WILL RV AS ABOVE.   ALL REMAINING VEHICLE AND MEN, PICKETS, LAMPS AND TINS WILL COME UNDER COMMAND APM ON D, AND WILL TRAVEL WITH ACV 5, WHERE THEY WILL FORM A RESERVE AT SPRINGBOK ROAD.   THEY WILL RETURN ON D + 1 UNDER ORDERS OF APM.   CAPT DANBY WILL ENSURE THAT SUFFICIENT CENTRE LINE SIGNS ARE AVAILABLE ON D + 1 TO LINK UP ROUTES TO NEW LOCATIONS MAIN DIV HQ.

ADMINISTRATION

CAPT BLACKBURN AND CAPT DANBY WILL EACH BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PROPER SUPPLY OF THEIR UNIT (LESS ATTACHMENTS) RESPECTIVELY.   LT MOORE-STEVENS’ DETACHMENT WITH MINEFIELD TASKFORCE WILL BE SUPPLIED BY CRE UNTIL ITS RETURN TO PRO COY.   THIS WILL BE CATERED FOR BY CAPT DANBY.

MEDICAL

ADS WILL BE NEAR ACV 5 SPRINGBOK ROAD.

INTERCOMMUNICATIONS

APM WILL BE WITH ACV 5 THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT OF D, AND WILL BE CONTACTED THERE.   DURING FUTURE OPERATIONS, APM’S OFFICE WILL BE NEAR ACV I MAIN DIV.   CAPT DANBY WILL ESTABLISH HIS OFFICE NEAR ACV 6, AND THE 10 ARMD DIV PRO COY IN THE VICINITY, READ DIV.

SPECIAL NOTE

EVERY NCO WILL BE FULLY INSTRUCTED AS TO HIS DUTIES AND

ALL RANKS WILL BE DETERMINED TO DO THEIR JOB TO THE UTMOST OF THEIR ABILITY, REMEMBERING THAT PROVOST HISTORY IS BEING MADE.

ATTACHED, IS THE DPM’S MEMO (SHOWN BELOW),

NOTHING MORE NEED BE SAID.

DISTRIBUTION

CAPT BLACKBURN, DAPM 24 ARM BDE

CAPT DANBY OC 10 ARMD DIV PRO COY

LT MOORE-STEVENS PRO DET CRE

21ST OCTOBER 1942                IAN WALKER  MAJ. APM 10 CORPS

                                                     

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SPECIAL ORDER OF THE DAY

BY

GOC 10TH ARMOURED DIVISION 

THE PRESENT OPERATIONS HAVE ONLY JUST BEGUN, AND MUCH SERIOUS FIGHTING LIES AHEAD OF US.

NORMALLY CONGRATULATIONS WOULD BE KEPT UNTIL LATER, BUT I AM PARTICULARLY ANXIOUS THAT ALL COMMANDERS IN THIS MAGNIFICENT “TEAM” KNOWN AS THE 10 ARMOURED DIVISION, SHOULD MAKE IT KNOWN TO ALL UNDER THEIR COMMAND, HOW THEIR ENERGY, SKILL AND DETERMINATION IN THESE EARLY PHASES, AND UNDER PARTICULARLY ARDUOUS CONDITIONS ARE APPRECIATED.

MANY OF THE DIFFICULT TASKS PERFORMED WITH SPEED AND EFFICIENCY WOULD HAVE TAXED THE BEST TRAINED ARMOURED FORMATION OF THE PRE-WAR REGULAR ARMY TO THE UTMOST.

IT IS INEVITABLE THAT MANY CASES OF OUTSTANDING COURAGE OR DEVOTION TO DUTY WILL NOT BE KNOWN UNTIL LATER, BUT I PARTICULARLY WISH TO COMMEND THE VERY GALLANT AND EFFICIENT WORK OF THE ROYAL ENGINEERS, THE ROYAL CORPS OF SIGNALS AND THE CORPS OF MILITARY POLICE.   THESE TROOPS LED THE ADVANCE OF THEIR DIVISION UNDER SHELL AND SMALL ARMS FIRE, AND IN MY OPINION THE MINES WERE LIFTED, THE COMMUNICATIONS WERE ESTABLISHED AND THE ROUTES WERE MARKED WITH THE SAME PRECISION AND EFFICIENCY AS IN OUR TRAINING SCHEMES IN THE REAR AREAS.

                                                           A. H. GATESHOUR

                                                           MAJOR-GENERAL

27 OCT 42                                        COMMANDER 10 ARMD DIV

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OCTOBER 42           CONFIDENTIAL       HQ EIGHTH ARMY. MEF

TO ALL RANKS, MILITARY POLICE, 8 ARMY

THERE CAN BE LITTLE DOUBT IN ANY DESERT SOLDIER’S MIND THAT WE ARE ABOUT TO GO INTO BATTLE.  PROVOST OF THE EIGHTH ARMY ARE AT A STRENGTH OF 73 OFFICERS AND APPROX. 2,000 OTHER RANKS.   THE REASON FOR THIS PHENOMENAL STRENGTH IS THAT WE ARE TO CARRY OUT BOTH OPERATIONALLY AND ADMINISTRATIVELY A BIGGER JOB THAN MILITARY POLICE HAVE EVER TACKLED BEFORE.  THOSE MILITARY POLICEMEN WHO ARE LUCKY ENOUGH TO BE WITH DIVISIONS ARE GOING INTO THE FIGHT, THEIR JOB BEING TO “ROUTE” AND SAFELY CONDUCT THE

TROOPS UNDER THEIR WING, THROUGH LANES IN MINEFIELDS, TROUBLESOME BOTTLENECKS AND GENERALLY DIRECT THE BATTLE TRAFFIC OVER THE BEST ROUTES AVAILABLE.

THE REMAINDER, CORPS AND ARMY PRO COYS, ARE TO CARRY OUT THE MORE HUMDRUM DUTIES, WHICH HOWEVER, HAVE NEVER ASSUMED SO GREAT AN IMPORTANCE.   A GLANCE AT YOUR MAP WILL SHOW YOU THE NOW FAMOUS BOTTLENECK BETWEEN THE SEA AND THE QATTARA DEPRESSION.   ALL THE MASSES OF TROOPS AND THEIR ARMOURED AND SUPPLY VEHICLES WILL HAVE TO BE EASED THROUGH THIS BOTTLENECK IN RECORD TIME.   PROVOST ARE BEING ENTRUSTED WITH THE JOB.   WE ARE ALL INTELLIGENT ENOUGH TO APPRECIATE THAT WE SHALL MAKE OR FOREVER DISGRACE OUR NAME, IF WE FAIL.

IT IS UP TO EVERY OFFICER AND MAN TO MAKE HISTORY.   YOU MAY BE ON YOUR JOB 24 HOURS IN 24.   YOU MAY GET NO FOOD.   SANDSTORMS MAY BE CONTINUOUS BUT UNTIL EVERY VEHICLE OF EIGHTH ARMY IS THROUGH, YOU MUST STICK IT.   YOUR JOB IS AS IMPORTANT AS THAT OF THE FRONT LINE TROOPS, AND THEY CAN AND WILL STICK IT,   IT IS UP TO YOU.

IN A NUTSHELL - DAY i IS THE BIGGEST DAY IN THE LIFE OF THE MILITARY POLICE SINCE FORMATION.   WHATEVER HAPPENS, IT WILL BE A CRASHING SUCCESS.

TERENCE IRVINE

LT. COL

DEPUTY PROVOST MARSHAL

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24/10/42  A GREAT DEAL OF SHELLING TOOK PLACE IN THE VICINITY OF CMP PARTY WHILE THEY WAITED FOR RE'S TO LIFT MINES FROM ROUTE THROUGH ENEMY MINEFIELD.   CPL LLOYD, L/CPL PINCHEN, LOVELL AND SGT GOLDSMITH HIT BY SHELL FIRE.   CPL LLOYD KILLED.   (HE IS BURIED IN EL ALAMEIN WAR CEMETERY IN GRAVE IX.B.6.).   CAPT E P DANBY WILTS YEO, LIEUT F OWEN ROYAL WELCH FUSL.

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WO 169/4143             44 DIV PRO COY             JUN DEC 1942

1/7/42   SS SANTAN ELAN ACTING AS SHIPS POLICE.

23/7/42 SUEZ.

20/8/42 VISIT OF WINSTON CHURCHILL.   CAPT J A BOWDEN RA  9/40, LIEUT H R DENTON RTR 2/4/42, LIEUT R F BRUCE

R INNISKILLING FUSL 20/4/42.

DIARY CONTAINS LOTS OF MAP TRACES AND ADMIN INSTRUCTIONS.

25/11/42   DIVISION TO BE DISBANDED AND COMPANY BECOME 504 TRAFFIC CONTROL UNIT BEFORE 1/1/43.

20/12/42 COMPANY DISBANDED.


WO 169/4163           50 DIV PRO COY                JAN DEC 1942

1/42 KIRKUK IRAQ.  CAPT A A E JONES DORSET REGT, CAPT H W IRIS RA,  LIEUT W E WICKES GREEN HOWARDS,

2 LIEUT W R HUNTER CAMERON HIGHLANDERS.

4/2/42  5612201 RSM BEER RS CMP SENIOR WARRANT OFFICER IN THE MIDDLE EAST.

9-13/2/42  LEBANON TO PALESTINE TO EGYPT.

15/2/42 4450123 L/CPL MC CORMICK P CMP KILLED IN A ROAD ACCIDENT OUTSIDE CAIRO.

16/2/42  MCCORMICK P BURIED AT CAIRO, ARRANGEMENTS MADE BY BAB EL HADID (CMP DEPOT EGYPT).   (HE IS BURIED IN HELIOPOLIS WAR CEMETERY EGYPT IN GRAVE 1.E.28.).

2/42 TO WESTERN DESERT.

6/3/42  TOOK OVER DUTIES AT ACROMA FORT FROM 204 PRO COY.

20/3/42 MAJ D MCL DOUGLAS MC APM 50 DIV.  

27/3/42 RSM BEER AWARDED THE LS & GC MEDAL.

26/3/42 RE ORGANISATION OF 4 INDIAN DIV PRO UNIT, 50 DIV TROOPS PRO UNIT, 69 INF BDE PRO UNIT AND 150 INF BDE PRO UNIT.

27/3/42  RSM LEAVES TO ESTABLISH A TCP (TRAFFIC CONTROL POST) AT TRIG POINT 188 MAP REF 40934003.  RSM ARRIVES AT TCP AND FINDS GERMAN FORCES ARE ALREADY THERE.   PU (PICK UP) WRECKED BY ANTI-TANK SHELL,   RSM AND BATMAN WALK 5 MILES OVER DESERT BEFORE BEING PICKED UP BY 7 ARMD DIV,  THEY EVENTUALLY ARRIVED AT 105 PRO COY, TOBRUK AND REPORT TO DAPM.

27/3/42 OC CAPT IRIS WOUNDED IN FOOT.   THE FOLLOWING ARE BELIEVED TO BE POW’S 7684624 SGT CROWSON C M

                                        7684491 L/CPL TAYLOR R

                                        7687469 L/CPL OAKLEY

ATT FROM 150 BDE

                                     

                                        7689440 L/CPL MIDDLETON H

                                        7684618 L/CPL BURRELL

ATT FROM 151 BDE  

                                        7614955 CPL HARVEY J M RAOC ATT    50 DIV PRO COY.

(L/CPL OAKLEY POW IN GERMANY DIED 19/2/45 BURIED IN BERLIN WAR CEMETERY).   (L/CPL MIDDLETON H POW GERMANY) .   (CPL HARVEY JM POW GERMANY SHOWN AS REME).   CAPT J GREY GEN LIST.

4/6/42  7684624 SGT CROWNSON A W 150 IND BDE PRO UNIT AND 7684491 L/CPL TAYLOR R CAPTURED BY ENEMY ON 27/5/42. REJOIN UNIT HAVING ESCAPED FROM ENEMY HANDS ON 30/5/42.

7/6/42 7684418 L/CPL BURRELL W J  RE JOIN UNIT HAVING ESCAPED FROM ENEMY.

28/6/42  SGT SIZER SUSTAINED A SHRAPNEL WOUND.

1/12/42 EGYPT.


WO 169/4176               51 DIV PRO COY           AUG DEC 1942

11/8/42  DISEMBARK TAHAG.   CAPT E H PETRIE BLACK WATCH 3/9/42, LIEUT J H MACKIE KOSB 5/2/42, LIEUT J S CRUIKSHANKS SEAFORTH HIGHLANDERS 21/1/42, RSM STEVENS.

25/10/42  SGT CRAW, L/CPL HOOD INJURED WHEN 15CWT TRUCK STRUCK LAND MINE. 

26/10/42    L/CPL GELDART KILLED BY ENEMY BOMB.  BURIED AT EL ALAMEIN BRITISH CEMETERY IN GRAVE 362.   (HE IS BURIED IN EL ALAMEIN WAR CEMETERY, EGYPT IN GRAVE XI.C.2.).  

LIEUT C S BUCKLE LOVAT SCOUTS 16/10/42.

3/12/42  RSM MCDONALD ARRIVES.


WO 169/4189              56 DIV PRO COY           AUG DEC 1942  

9/8/42  GREAT YELDHAM, UK.   CAPT D W MAURICE WELCH REGT 26/1/42, LIEUT H HOBSON ROYAL FUSILIERS 3/7/42, LIEUT C E MERCER RA 27/7/42.

25/9/42 CAPE TOWN.

22/11/42 KIRKUK.


WO 169/4197             70 DIV PRO COY                     JAN 1942

2/1/42  GIZA.  MAJ L S EVANS BEDS & HERTS, LIEUT J VAUGHAN HAMPSHIRE REGT,  RSM OLIVER.


WO 169/4219       4 ARMD BDE PRO UNIT      MAR SEPT 1942

17/3/42  ABBASSIA.  CAPT D S PRINSLOO UDF.


WO 169/4209        1 ARMD BDE PRO UNIT        APR DEC 1942

3/4/42  OWLEY CAMP, MENA.   CAPT R M BURKE DAPM 1/5/42.


WO 169/4215         2 ARMD BDE PRO UNIT      MAY OCT 1942

BIR EL BARRANI.   CAPT W Y WHYTE DAPM.

31/5/42  CPL HENNING SHRAPNEL WOUNDS.  

MERSA MATRUH CAPT W THOMAS GEN LIST.

6/10/42  KHATATBA CAMP UNIT DISBANDED.


WO 169/4229   7 MOTOR BDE GP PRO UNIT   MAR SEPT 1942

LIEUT H PENNINGTON.  CAPT C R ROSKILL GEN LIST 24/7/42.

26/8/42 MAJ SIR STEPHEN LENNARD APM 7 ARMD DIV VISITS.


WO 169/4232      8 ARMD BDE PRO UNIT        APR SEPT 1942

EGYPT.  CAPT I A MONCRIEFF-BROWN GREN GUARDS, OC.


WO 169/4236    8 ARMD BDE PRO UNIT          JUL SEPT 1942

3/7/42 QASSIN, CAPT E M HALES KRRC.

8/8/42 VISIT OF WINSTON CHURCHILL TO HQ 9 ARMD BDE.  NEW OC LIEUT R N H MOORE-STEVENS ROYAL GLOUCESTER HUSSARS.

23/8/42  WADI NATRUN.

26/8/42  L/CPL CLARKSON RECEIVED INJURIES WHILST ON DUTY, ADMITTED TO RAF HOSPITAL KILO 140.

6/9/42  L/CPL SMITH TO HOSPITAL 166 LIGHT FIELD AMBULANCE,  SMITH EVACUATED TO 8 GENERAL HOSPITAL.


WO 169/4257         22 ARMD BDE PRO UNIT      APR AUG 1942

13/4/42  UNIT FORMED IN CAIRO.  CAPT J C SMITH GEN LIST.

4/42 WESTERN DESERT.

19/5/42 ACROMA, EL ADAM.

12/6/42  19.30HRS MOVED ACROSS ACROMA ROAD THROUGH MINEFIELD GAP.   L/CPL MULLAN KILLED AS A RESULT OF BOMBING.   BODY MOVED FOR DISPOSAL BY 32 ARMY TANK BRIGADE LFA.   ( HE IS BURIED IN KNIGHTSBRIDGE WAR CEMETERY, LIBYA IN GRAVE 3.D.11.)

5/7/42  L/CPL BALDWIN EVACUATED SICK.

31/7/42 CPL TAYLOR AND L/CPL MANN EVACUATED SICK.  

LIEUT E P DANBY ROYAL WILTS YEO.


WO 169/4265       23 ARMD BDE PRO UNIT       JUL DEC 1942

11/7/42  UNIT FORMED AT EL TAHAG.  CAPT J C BIRTS 3 COUNTY OF LONDON YEO 6/1/42.

21/10/42 MAJ H D VICTOR APM 8 ARMD DIV VISITS.

22/11/42  NEWS RECEIVED OF ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF 2656518 L/CPL DAWSON WHIST EN ROUTE TO ALEXANDRIA ON LEAVE.  (HE IS BURIED IN EL ALAMEIN WAR CEMETERY, EGYPT IN GRAVE XIX.D.15.


WO 169/4268         24 ARMD BDE PRO UNIT     JUL SEPT1942

21/7/42  QUASSASIN.   31 OTHER RANKS JOINED 24 ARMD BDE AS 24 ARMD BDE PRO UNIT FROM 8 ARMD DIV PRO COY.   NEW WAR ESTABLISHMENT CONSISTS OF 1 OFFICER, 27 OTHER RANKS, 12 BREN GUNS, 2 CARS BANTAM, 4 15 CWT TRUCKS, 2 3 TON LORRIES.   AUTHORITY ME/401/1 MAY 42.  OC CAPT A BLACKBURN KSLI, CSM G CHAPMAN.   INSTRUCTION IN DESERT NAVIGATION.

12/9/42 REPORT RECEIVED FROM SGT WEST NCO 1/C ADVANCE PARTY OF AN ACCIDENT WHICH OCCURRED ON 10/9/42 DURING THE ADVANCE PARTY MOVE CAUSING INJURIES TO 7689547 L/CPL GREGORY A WHICH NECESSITATED HIS REMOVAL TO 27 GENERAL HOSPITAL.


WO 169/4273 69 INFANTRY BDE PRO UNIT    JUN SEPT 19421/6/42  ELVET EL TAMAR.   CAPT W R HUNTER CAMERON HIGHLANDERS.   LOTS OF SHELLING, AIRCRAFT CRASHED IN AREA.

27/7/42  EL ALAMEIN.  CAPT W R HUNTER DRIVING FORD 15CWT TRUCK CARRYING L/CPL ARGENT-MOSS WENT OVER A HIDDEN MINE CAUSING TRUCK TO BE COMPLETELY BURNED OUT, BOTH OCCUPANTS ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL.   MINE FIELD DUTIES.

22/9/42   UNIT WAS DISBANDED AND  AND WENT TO NORTHUMBRIAN DIV PRO COY.

27/7/42  UNIT TO MAREOPOLN CAMP, AMIRIYA.


WO 169/4291  151 INFANTRY BDE PRO UNIT  MAY - SEPT 1942

26/5/42  LIBYA.  UNIT FORMED FROM 50 DIVISION PROVOST COMPANY.  CAPT W E WICKES, GREEN HOWARDS,  CSM A L MOWFORTH CMP.  

28/6/42  LOTS OF SHELLING AND MINEFIELD DUTIES.  AMONGST THE PARTY WAS CPL KITCHING AND SOME NCO’S WITH THE 3 TON LORRY FROM WHICH CPL HILL AND L/CPL MORREL WERE MISSING AT A LATER HOUR OF THE SAME NIGHT.  (7684481 CPL R HILL POW GERMANY AND  7684637 CPL J D MORREL POW AUSTRIA.).

22/9/42  UNIT DISBANDED.


WO 169/4308        200 GUARDS BDE PRO UNIT       MAY 1942

2/4/42  WESTERN DESERT.   UNIT FORMED.



WO 169/4311  201 GUARDS BDE PRO UNIT    SEPT DEC 1942

FORMERLY 10 INDIAN MOTOR BRIGADE.

COWLEY CAMP MENA.   LIEUT J T BAKER RA.

15/9/42 PROCEEDED TO EAST BANK SUEZ CANAL, CONVOY DUTIES BEERSHEBA QATANA.   QATANA DUTIES ON BRIGADE HQ PERIMITER.  ASSISTED IN POLICING DAMASCUS AT WEEKENDS.

16/11/42 ALLEPO  MARCH ADVANCE BY ROAD.   ROADS IN PRECARIOUS STATE OWING TO RECENT HEAVY RAIN.

17/11/42  ON INTO DESERT WITH ADVANCE HQ IN BATTLE FORMATION.   ORDERED TO ADVANCE SOUTH AND TAKE A PETROL TANKER TO RELIEVE UNITS OF THE COLDSTREAM GUARDS WHO HAD RUN OUT OF PETROL SUPPLIES.

18/11/42  MARCH RECOMMENCED AND RE JOINED ROAD.

20/11/42  MARCH TO PALMYRA AERODROME FOR BIVOUAC.

23/11/42  CONVOYS TOOK THE WD WINTER ROUTE FROM PALMYRA TO DAMASCUS.  THE GOING WAS VERY ROUGH AND MANY SOFT PLACES WERE ENCOUNTERED IN WADIS AND WATER RUNAWAYS.


WO 169/4358        TRANS-JORDAN PRO COY    MAY DEC 1942

3/5/42  MAJ W G N H DALRYMPLE RAC, APM TRANS-JORDAN.  CAPT L G TOULMAN SOUTH STAFFS DAPM AQUABA AREA, CAPT J W WILSON RA ATTACHED TRAFFIC OFFICER,

WOII 1, SGT’S 5, CPL’S 5, L/CPL’S 20,

SET UP CHECK POINTS LOOKING FOR NARCOTICS.

JISR EL MAJAMIE CHECK UP ON BLACKOUTS, NORMAL ROUTINE AND CONVOY DUTIES.

11/5/42  2 L/CPL’S OF TRAFFIC SECTION ARRESTED, L/CPL HUDSON USING THREATENING LANGUAGE TO HIS SUPERIOR OFFICER.   L/CPL MCCAIG USING INSUBORDINATE LANGUAGE AND REFUSING TO OBEY AN ORDER.

CHECK THAT PALESTINIAN SOLDIERS DID NOT ENTER TRANSJORDAN FOR THE PURPOSE OF ABSENTING THEMSELVES.   SEARCH VEHICLES FOR DRUGS AND CONTRABAND.   ON LOOK OUT FOR PARACHUTISTS AND SABUTOURS.

21/5/42 0700HRS  ARGUMENT BETWEEN NATIVE WORKERS OF RE CAMP MAFRAQ AND NATIVE WORKER OF RSP CAMP MAFRAQ.   NATIVES OF RE CAMP MAFRAQ THROWING STONES TO STOP RSP CAMP WORKERS FROM WORKING AND EFFECT A STRIKE.   ON THE ARRIVAL OF THE MILITARY POLICE ARMED WITH BATONS RIOT STOPPED AND RINGLEADERS ARRESTED.  

CAPT K O B HARDING GEN LIST.

10/8/42  HQ MOVED TO AMMAN, CAPITAL OF TRANS-JORDAN AND BIG SHOPPING CENTRE FOR BEDOUIN TRIBES.   THESE MEN

SELDOM SEE A BRITISH SOLDIER AND THE BRITISH ARMY WILL BE JUDGED BY OUR APPEARANCE AND BEHAVIOUR.    LIEUT A E IRVING GEN LIST,  LIEUT L M E PARTRIDGE GEN LIST.

17/10/42  VISIT OF MR DUNCAN SANDYS, FINANCE MINISTER.

POLISH CONVOY OF FEMALES AND JUVENILES CAMPED AT MAFRAQ.   TORRENTIAL RAINS PM, POLISH FEMALES MOVED TO CINEMA FOR SHELTER.

25/10/42  MAFRAQ DETACHMENT REPORTS ATTEMPT TO STEAL PETROL BY NATIVES.   SHOTS FIRED BY NATIVES, RETURNED FIRE FROM TRANSJORDAN FRONTIER FORCE GUARD.   NO INJURIES ON EITHER SIDE.   ONE NATIVE ARRESTED IN POSSESSION OF A RIFLE DATED 1820 AND AMERICAN AND TURKISH AMMUNITION FROM THE LAST WAR.   SIB INFORMED.

26/10/42  WINTER UNIFORMS TAKEN INTO USE.

10/11/42  1 FATAL ACCIDENT, CHILD 6 YEARS KNOCKED DOWN AND KILLED.

13/11/42  1 FATAL ACCIDENT NATIVE KNOCKED DOWN AND KILLED.

20/11/42  CPL KERNAGHAN AND L/CPL KAY LEFT TO ESCORT PRISONER A CYPRIOT DRIVER TO FPC (FIELD PUNISHMENT CENTRE) SARAFAND.

13/12/42 JISR UNUSUAL OCCURRENCE REPORTED MEN MASQUERADING AS MILITARY POLICEMEN CONFISCATED A DRIVING LICENCE FROM A CIVILIAN DRIVER.   SOLDIERS APPREHENDED.

CAPT J W WILSON RA,  LIEUT W HEATH GEN LIST.

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WO 169/6641 CMP BASE DEPOT & TRG SCHOOL APR DEC 1942

ALMAZA, HELIOPOLIS.

4/4/42  TOOK OVER SITE FROM RE’S LIEUT COL G W MORGAN-JONES HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY ASSUMED COMMAND.   LIEUT E LEEMING GEN LIST.

1/5/42 TOOK OVER A BLOCK OF FLATS AT YUSSEF BUILDINGS, HELIOPOLIS FOR USE AS OFFICES.

11/5/42  FUNERAL OF L/CPL HORNING CMP, 10 ARMD DIV PRO COY.    (HE IS BURIED IN HELIOPOLIS WAR CEMETERY, EGYPT IN GRAVE 1.B.16.).   CAPT A P JOHNSON, GEN LIST,  CAPT T BAKER, GEN LIST,  CAPT F G M LINDSAY-WHITE, RASC.

6/6/42  1 L/CPL DIED AS A RESULT OF AN ACCIDENT.   (NO RECORD FOUND OF CMP CASUALTY ON THIS DATE, THERE IS A L/CPL BARTLETT KINGS OWN ROYAL REGT AND A /LCPL CRABB FIELD FORCE BN SA FORCES BURIED IN HELIOPOLIS WHO DIED ON 6/6/42.).  

LIEUT LOCKSLEY, GEN LIST,  LIEUT STACK GEN LIST, LIEUT CROCKFORD ROYAL WELCH FUSILIERS,  LIEUT BIRKETT F GEN LIST,  LIEUT OWEN F ROYAL WELCH FUSILIERS, LIEUT ATKINS CR GEN LIST,  LIEUT NELSON ADJUTANT CMP.

14/7/42  2 OTHER RANKS RAVC REPORT FOR DOGS.

15/7/42  2 OTHER RANKS CMP REPORT FOR DOGS.

26/9/42  AIR RAID WARNING SOUNDED, DEFENCE GUNS IN ACTION, NO CASUALTIES TO PERSONNEL OF THIS UNIT.   4 X BOMBS DISCOVERED, TRAFFIC CONTROL CARRIED OUT.

16/11/42  24 UNITED STATES OTHER RANKS ARRIVE FOR 2 WEEK COURSE.   CAPT AUDLEY ARRIVES,  CAPT A G LOCKSLEY GEN LIST,  MAJ R H AMET RAC,  MAJ G S CALDERCOTT 2 WEST YORKS, CAPT A P JOHNSON GEN LIST,  CAPT F R CROCFORD ROYAL WELCH FUSILIERS, LIEUT T N BURDEN R NORTHUMBERLAND FUSL.

23/11/42  CAPT PENNELL POSTED AS DAPM TOBRUK.

CAPT OTTO POSTED AS DAPM BENGHAZI.

24/11/42  LIEUT SETCHELL GEN LIST COMMISSIONED FOR DUTY WITH CMP.

24/11/42  CAPT VALENTINE RA ARRIVES FOR COURSE.

LIEUT R N H MOORE-STEVENS GLOUCESTER HUSSARS, EX HOSPITAL.

25/11/42  CAPT SIR S LENNARD POSTED AS PM PAIFORCE.

26/12/42  NEW SITE CHOSEN FOR MOUNTED SECTION.

(LOTS OF NOMINAL ROLLS OF OFFICER STRENGTHS).


WO 169/6642                    SIB MEF               JAN-DEC 1942

3/1/42   LT COL C J HARPER.   AUTHORITY FOR WAR ESTABLISHMENT OF AN HQ AND 6 SECTIONS VIDE CRME/20229/6/GSD/a.   ESTABLISHMENT: DPM 1, APM 2, DAPM 2, LT 2, RSM 1, WOII 2, MT SGT 1, SGT’S 20, CPL’S 3, L/CPL’S 9, TOTAL ALL RANKS 43.   ATTACHED: CLERKS RASC 1, CLERKS CIVILIAN 10, INTERPRETERS CIVILIAN 10, TYPISTS 2, TRACKERS (NATIVE AGENTS) 15, TOTAL 38.   TRANSPORT: MOTOR CYCLES 18, BANTAMS 2, UTILITY 1, TRUCK 15CWT 7.   WEAPONS AND AMMUNITION: PISTOLS .38 18, RIFLES .303 1, AMMUNITION .38 774, .303 20.

1/42  LARGE NOMINAL ROLLS OF OFFICERS AND THEIR LOCATIONS: ISMALIA, ALEXANDRIA, JERUSALEM, TAHAG, BEIRUT, BAGHADAD, TEL-AVIV, SUEZ, KHARTOUM, CYPRUS, PORT SAID, HAIFA.

LOCATIONS: REAR HQ 8 ARMY, ABBASSIA, MAADI, KHARTOUM, CANAL AREA, TRANS JORDAN.

4/42 NOMINAL ROLL OF OFFICERS AS ABOVE.

20/6/42 DETACHMENT AS MERSA MATRUH, LT J W MORLEY AND 5 OTHER RANKS EVACUATED AND POSTED TO AMRYRIA.

26/6/42 RE ORGANISATION OF SIB SECTIONS AS FOLLOWS: 1 & 2 SECTIONS, CAIRO AREA, 3 SECTION ALEXANDRIA. 4 SECTION CANAL AREA (HQ ISMALIA), 5 SECTION - MOBILE SECTION (HQ AT EL TAHAG). 6 SECTION TRANSJORDAN AND PALESTINE (HQ AT JERUSALEM, 7 SECTION SYRIA (HQ AT BEIRUT), 8 SECTION DETACHMENTS AT CYPRUS, KHARTOUM, IRAQ.27/6/42 AUTHORITY TO INCREASE OF WAR ESTABLISHMENT BY ONE SECTION (10 SECTION) RECEIVED, CRME/11493/AG1(a).

29-30/6/42  PROBATIONERS FROM 7 COURSE POSTED TO SECTIONS FOR PERIOD OF PRACTICAL PROBATION - POSTINGS AS FOLLOWS: 12 TO CAIRO - 8 TO CANAL AREA, 8 TO SYRIA, 1 TO MOBILE SECTION, 1 TO SYRIA.

16/9/42 A MOBILE SECTION CONSISTING OF 1 OFFICER, CAPT J M GLYNN AND 12 OTHER RANKS FORMED WITH HQ AT CAIRO.

5/10/42 MAJ C J EASTWOOD APM TO PALESTINE AND TRANS-JORDAN ON INSPECTION.

26/10/42 MAJ H J DIBBEN FROM ALEXANDRIA TO ISMALIA, APM 4 SECTION,    MAJ F H ELLIOTT TO ALEXANDRIA FROM ISMALIA, APM 3 SECTION.   10 SECTION TO PERSIA IRAQ FORCE.

14/11/42  INCREASE IN ESTABLISHMENT TO HQ AND 12 SECTIONS, AUTHORITY CRME/20229/6/GSD(a).

2/12/42 1 OFFICER AND 9 OTHER RANKS POSTED TO STRIKING FORCE WESTERN DESERT.   SIB DETACHMENTS NOW SITUATED AT TOBRUK 3 OTHER RANKS, MERSA MATRUH, 1 OFFICER LT CROOKHALL AND 8 OTHER RANKS, EL DABA 7 OTHER RANKS.

WO 169/6643      W & Y PRO SECTIONS           JAN DEC 1942

CYPRUS.   MAJ SIR S  H F LENNARD SCOTS GUARDS APM 7/11/41,  CAPT J N FARRAR GEN LIST 7/11/41,  LIET L G DEAN MIDDLESEX REGT DAPM 27/4/42,  MAJ EDWARD F MARSH RA 22/7/42 NEW OC.


WO 169/6644 CYRENAICA CIVIL POLICE TRAINING DEPOT  JAN DEC 42

MAREOPOLIS CAMP.   MAJH R S ROBINSON DEPOT COMMANDANT AND IRAQ POLICE

6/6/42  MOVE TO KABRIT AND CAIRO.   MAJ J S MCCONNACHIE.

12/42  MARTUBA, BARCE AND BENGHAZI.   POLICE TRAINING DEPOT DISBANDED.

MAJ G S A ROLF.   STANDARD OF LOCAL POLICE FORCE LOW, MUCH WEEDING OUT OF BAD ELEMENT WILL BE NEEDED IN FUTURE, IMPOSSIBLE FOR NOW BECAUSE OF LOW NUMBERS.


WO 169/6645   BEIRUT DETACHMENT NORTHERN PRO COY JULY SEPT 1942

BEIRUT.  MAJ W PEARCE 19/4/42

19/9/42  ENEMY PLANES REPORTED DROPPING PROPAGANDA LEAFLETS.

WO 169/6646  NORTHERN AREA PRO COY  APRIL DEC 1942

8/4/42  HAIFA.   CAPT W G WEBB GEN LIST DAPM 8/4/42 OC PRO COY.

23/4/42 CAPT L M GOODALL GEN LIST DAPM 23/4/42,  LIEUT G T G SAYERS GEN LIST ADMIN OFFICER TO DAPM HAIFA 23.4.42, LIEUT COL LESLIE JONES GEN LIST AMP NORTHERN AREA,  CAPT J A COOPER GEN LIST 23/4/42,  LIEUT C S MCKECHNIE GEN LIST 18/4/42,  LIEUT W GABRIEL GEN LIST 18/4/42,  CAPT J H ROSE HLI 18/4/42,  CAPT R R N BACON GEN LIST 12/5/42,  LIEUT J D SMITH-MAXWELL GEN LIST  18/4/42, MAJ W W B SCOTT ROYAL DRAGOONS DAMP DAMASCUS VICE MAJ ROSS HLI 6/6/42,  LIEUT C E POWELL GEN LIST 14/6/42,  LIEUT R NICHOLLS GEN LIST 18/4/42,  LIEUT F C BRABNER GEN LIST 26/6/42,  LIEUT NO BOYLE GEN LIST DAMASCUS 13/7/42,  MAJ F A RIDDIFORD R WILTS YEO DAPM HAIFA 15/9/42,  LIEUT C F N MARSHALL MIDDLESEX YEOMANRY 17/9/42,  LIEUT A E WILKINSON GEN LIST 17/9/42,  LIEUT COL F H NEWMAN-ROGERS R WILTS YEO 11/9/42,  CAPT J A CREWDSON 3 HUSSARS 27/10/42,  MAJ G L VIVIAN RA 20/11/42,  CAPT G F ARMITAGE CHESHIRE REGT 3/12/42.


WO 169/6647   DAMASCUS SECTION NORTHERN PROCOY  JULY SEPT 1942

19/7/42  DAMASCUS.   ARRIVAL OF DPM, PALESTINE AND TRANSJORDAN, LIEUT COL R E WARBURTON MC.   MAJ R E WHITAKER WARWICK YEO TAKES OVER AS DAPM DAMASCUS FROM MAJ W W B SCOTT.


WO 169/6648      SOUTHERN AREA PRO COY    MAY DEC 1942

COL R E L WARBURTON KOSB DPM MIDDLE EAST POOL,   MAJ W H BUCKLEY 5 INNISKILLING DG DAPM JERUSALEM SUB AREA,  MAJ E A H RANKING AMPC DAPM LYDDA SUB AREA,  LIEUT J R BARNES GEN LIST PERMIT OFFICER,  LIEUT V J E BERMAN GEN LIST DAPM ADMIN,  LIEUT R ST G TELFORD GEN LIST ADMIN,  LIEUT J M GLYNN 1 CHESHIRE REGT POLISH MP SCHOOL,  LIEUT J A REDMAN CHESHIRE YEO  MTO,  CAPT G L VIVIAN RA DAPM TEL AVIV,  LIEUT A E IRVING GEN LIST ADMIN OFF,  LIEUT W BOYLE GEN LIST POLISH MP SCHOOL,  LIEUT C FUNNELL CHESHIRE YEO OC SOUTHERN AREA PRO COY,CAPT J B G PAYEN-PAYNE RA,   CAPT H G STONER GEN LIST,  CAPT K O HARDING GEN LIST,   CAPT E BARKER GEN LIST,  CAPT R F RILEY SIB OFFICER,   CAPT H J DIBBENS APM SIB 20/9/41,  CAPT R W TUERSLEY GEN LIST 24/3/42, CAPT R W VERELST 11 HUSSARS,  CAPT C J N MARSHALL MIDDLESEX YEO, CAPT A ARMSTRONG GEN LIST.


WO 169/6649                 CMP TEHERAN                  JULY 1942

4/7/42  DAPM PLACED IN CLOSE ARREST MAJ HANSON 17 DOGRA REGT (MG BN) FOR DRUNKENNESS AND IN CONNECTION WITH AN  ALLEGED SHOOTING OF HIS REVOLVER, SEVERELY INJURING AN IRANIAN SOLDIER.

TOWN OF TEHRAN PLACED OUT OF BOUNDS TO ALL RANKS.

7/7/42  SLIGHT DISTURBANCE BETWEEN BRITISH SOLDIERS AND CIVILIANS, ONE CIVILIAN AND ONE SOLDIER INJURED.  SOLDIERS NOT TO BLAME, REPRISALS FOR EARLIER SHOOTING OF IRANIAN SOLDIER.   SEVERAL DISTURBANCES.

155 AND 153 RAILWAY UNITS RE CONFINED TO BARRACKS FOR 14 DAYS. CAPT BULKELERY,  MAJ A G MARTYR APM TEHRAN.



WO 169/6650                105 PRO COY               JAN DEC 1942

REAR HQ 8 ARMY.   CAPT W J K MANDY ROYAL BERKS.

7/1/42  REPORT OF TRAFFIC ACCIDENT ON 27/12/41.   L/CPL FERGUSON WAS INJURED AND TAKEN TO THE ITALIAN HOSPITAL IN BENGHAZI.

12/2/42  FOLLOWING MESSAGE DATED 11/2/42 RECEIVED BY DPM FROM DAPM (TRAFFIC) 8 ARMY.   SERIOUS ACCIDENT TODAY AT BARDIA JUNCTION TCP (TRAFFIC CONTROL POST) 1741095 L/CPL TOOKE DEAD.   (HE IS BURIED IN TOBRUK WAR CEMETERY, LIBYA IN GRAVE 1.C.32.).    7254457 CPL GOLDSMITH BADLY BURNED ON BOTH HANDS, 7689781 L/CPL MADDEN BURNED ON ARMS AND FACE.   DETAILS WILL BE FORWARDED AS SOON AS OBTAINED.

19/2/42  TENT FIRE AT MP POST, COURT OF INQUIRY 10.00HRS ON 20/2/42.   AT 17.30HRS A GERMAN BOMBING PLANE WAS SHOT DOWN OVER TOBRUK BY AA FIRE, FALLING IN A SHED OF ORDNANCE YARD.   OC WENT WITH DAPM TOBRUK AND NCO’S OF COMPANY, ASSISTED IN CROWD CONTROL,  GERMAN AIRMAN HAD BAILED OUT AND WERE GUARDED BY 2 NCO’S.

12/4/42  07.30 HRS THE COY COOK REPORTED TO THE OC AND RSM THAT HE HAD FOUND THE BODY OF AN OFFICER IN THE COOKHOUSE.   OC AND RSM PROCEEDED IMMEDIATELY TO COOKHOUSE AND FOUND THE BODY OF CAPT MILLNER (G SIB) LYING FACE DOWNWARDS ON THE FLOOR OF THE COOKHOUSE.    (HE IS BURIED IN HALFAYA SOLLUM WAR CEMETERY IN GRAVE 11.F.4.  HE IS LISTED AS INTELLIGENCE CORPS IN CWGC ROLL).  CAPT MILLNER HAD VISITED THE COY HQ MESS THE NIGHT BEFORE AND HAS SEEMINGLY TRIPPED OVER WALL OF COOKHOUSE.   MO EXAMINED THE BODY.   FUNERAL 12/4/42 AT BUG BUG CEMETERY.   COURT OF INQUIRY PRESIDED OVER BY MAJ BUXTON (G SIB) ACCIDENTAL DEATH.

26/4/42  CPL GOLDSMITH CHARGED WITH NOT COMPLYING WITH UNIT ORDERS FORBIDDING THE USE OF NAKED LIGHTS IN TENTS.   OC RELEASED CPL GOLDSMITH WITHOUT PREJUDICE TO RE ARREST, PENDING FURTHER ACTION IN TENT FIRE.

26/4/42  MILITARY POLICE TO WEAR SHORTS, MORE SUITABLE BUT NONE AVAILABLE YET.

11/6/42  COY HQ MESS TENT BURNED DOWN, CONTENTS DESTROYED EXCEPT FOR A BOX CONTAINING SOME STOCK, STOCK BOOKS AND CASH.   COURT OF INQUIRY CAUSE COULD NOT BE DISCOVERED.

25/6/42  SIDI HANEUN  21.00HRS  OC PHONED MAIN ARMY AND RECEIVED ORDERS FROM G2OPS TO WITHDRAW CHARING CROSS POST.  MOVE TO NEW LOCATION AT DABA.

26/6/42  COY HQ MOVED TO DABA.   A CASUALTY RETURN SENT IN FOR SGT MCCONNELL’S SECTION IN TOBRUK, 1 SGT AND 3

CPL’S.   1 CPL AND 3 L/CPL’S MISSING PRESUMED POW’S.   WITHDRAWN TO BURH EL ARAB AND THENCE TO MENA.   CAPT H J EDWARDS GEN LIST.

23/7/42  CPL BRENNAN WOUNDED A SOUTH AFRICAN OFFICER PASSENGER IN A JEEP WHICH FAILED TO STOP AT CHECKPOINT.

4/9/42  OC AND RSM AND NCO’S ORGANISED AN OPERATION TO FIND 14 ITALIAN SABOTEURS WHO HAD LANDED IN A DINGHY BEHIND THE LINES.   THEY WERE FOUND AND TAKEN TO POW CAGE AT BURG EL ARAB.

5/9/42  COY REQUESTED 2 TOMMY GUNS AND 12 RIFLES IN CASE OF MORE RAIDS.   RIFLES YES BUT TOMMY GUNS NO BUT CAN KEEP SOME OF THE ITALIAN TOMMY GUNS CAPTURED.

11/42 TO BUG BUG.

15/11/42  MOVE TO GAMBUT OC’S CAR HIT BY BOMB SPLINTERS, ONLY SCRATCHED.

BENGHAZI, MARTUBA.

9/12/42  OC VISITED BENGHAZI WITH APM RE COMPLAINTS BY CERTAIN ARABS OF INTERFERENCE WITH ARAB WOMEN BY MP’S – COMPLETELY UNFOUNDED.

23/12/42  3 TON LORRY BLOWN UP BY MINE.   L/CPL KERSHAW INJURED AND TO HOSPITAL.



WO 169/6651                  112 PRO COY             JUL DEC 1942

1/7/42  MATRUH.   MAJ BLAKE APM, RSM SERGISON,  CAPT C H HARPER GEN LIST 20/4/41,  LIEUT F BIRKETT GEN LIST 25/5/42, MAJ FITZGERALD SHERWOOD FORESTERS AMP 13 CORPS,  CAPT ORMOROD RA 8/8/42.

2/9/42  L/CPL PRICE STRUCK OFF STRENGTH, EVACUATED.

22/9/42  4530065 L/CPL EASTWOOD EVACUATED TO 149 FIELD AMBULANCE.

10/10/42 CAPT ORMOROD TO 14 CASUALTY CLEARING STATION.

22/10/42 CAPT ORMOROD DIED IN HOSPITAL, DIPTHERIA.   (HE IS BURIED IN ALEXANDRIA (HADRA) WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, EGYPT IN GRAVE 3.L.14.).

LIEUT W G ALEXANDER RASC 18/8/42,  LIEUT A L MARSHALL BORDER REGT 7/10/42.

13/11/42  CPL HEARNE T H INJURED AND EVACUATED.


WO 169/6652               113 PRO COY             JUNE SEPT 1942

1/6/42  L/CPL LIGHTFOOT AND L/CPL COWAN CAPTURED.   LIGHTFOOT  ESCAPED AND REJOINED UNIT.

11/6/42  COWAN FOUND IN TOBRUK HOSPITAL, SHOCK.   CAPT P A FITZGERALD, FORESTERS,   LIEUT C R RUSKELL GEN LIST,  LIEUT C BEATTIE RA.   POW DUTIES EL ALAMEIN.

11/8/42  HAMMON.   ENEMY BOMBER, L/CPL HANSON KILLED BY SHRAPNEL, (HE IS BURIED IN EL ALAMEIN WAR CEMETERY, EGYPT IN GRAVE XII.E.15)  L/CPL’S MONTGOMERY AND POWELL SERIOUSLY INJURED.

18/8/42  L/CPL MONTGOMERY REPORTED DEAD DUE TO SHRAPNEL WOUNDS.   (HE IS BURIED IN EL ALAMEIN WAR CEMETERY, EGYPT IN GRAVE XII.E.1.)

25/8/42  SPITFIRE MADE A FORCED LANDING IN HQ AREA, PILOT UNINJURED.   CAPT STRANGE OC.   L/CPL MCKAY G INJURED WHILST ON TRAFFIC CONTROL DUTY.

28/8/42  NAVAL SWORDFISH AIRCRAFT CRASH LANDED, CREW UNINJURED.   CAPT J THOMSON DLI 24/9/42.

24/9/42  DIVE BOMBED BY STUKAS, HEAVY ENEMY AERIAL ACTIVITY, MINOR DAMAGE.   LIEUT R H RICHARDS GEN LIST 11/10/42.


WO 169/6653                 114 PRO COY              MAY DEC 1942

PALESTINE, BRUMMANA, SYRIA.   CAPT J THOMSON DLI.

25/6/42 DESTROYING HASHISH WITH BRITISH SECURITY MISSION.

6/7/42 BEIT-MERY, SYRIA.  

BEIRUT CAPT R J M HARLEY COLDSTREAM GUARDS 8/42,  CAPT (QM) E E FREEMAN A & SH, DAPM AND OC 114 PRO COY.


WO 169/6654                 115 PRO COY            JUNE DEC 1942

SYRIA.  PREPARING TO MOVE TO PALESTINE.  HQ 10 CORPS MOVE 17/6/42 THEN EGYPT.

22/6/42 FROM MENA TO EL DABA.   ENEMY AIR ACTIVITY.

KILO STONES 26 –27 EAST OF MERSA MATRUH ON COAST ROAD.   ENEMY MOVEMENTS REPORTED ON ESCARPMENT EAST OF CAMP SITE.  CONFIRMED COAST ROAD CUT BY ENEMY FORCES WEST OF BAGUSH.   EVENING MOVE INTO AREA OF KALARA TRACKS (SOUTH OF COAST ROAD).

28/6/42  ENEMY HEAVILY SHELLED ALL DAY.   CORPS PROCEEDED ALONG KATARA TRACK WITH UNITS OF 50 DIVISION, THROUGH MINEFIELDS.   ENEMY IN NEAR VICINITY.   NO ARTILLERY FIRE OR AIR ACTIVITY.

29/6/42  CORPS MOVING AS INSTRUCTIONS ISSUED.   ENEMY FORMATIONS ENCOUNTERED ON TRACK KATARA.   CQMS AND PARTY INDEPENDENTLY PROCEED SOUTH AND SOUTH WEST INTO THE INTERIOR.   ENCOUNTERED SIGNALS FORMATION UNDER COL TWITHERS ROYAL CORPS OF SIGNALS.  PROCEED TO REAR HQ IN AREA OF EL ALAMEIN.

30/6/42  ENEMY FORMATION ELUDED.   CQMS’S PARTY DETAILED TO PROCEED WITH APM.   CPL ALLISON AND PARTY REMAINED AND PROCEED WITH REAR HQ 10 CORPS TO JOIN 30 CORPS SOUTH OF EL ALAMEIN.   APM AND PARTY PROCEED TO ALEXANDRIA AND REPORT TO 154 TRANSIT CAMP.   CAPT C CASSIDY GEN LIST 16/4/42.

22/7/42  THE FOLLOWING EVACUATION OF MERSA MATRUH AREA, UNITS OF ADVANCE CORPS HQ REPORTED TO 154 TRANSIT CAMP.   CMP PERSONNEL NOT YET REPORTED AS FOLLOWS:  CAPT C CASSIDY GEN LIST,  RSM MCNAIRN T,   SGT ANGEL M (POW GERMANY),  CPL LEWIN M (POW GERMANY), L/CPL’S KINCHIN (POW),  LOWE , MATTHEWS , KNOWLES, MELLOWES (POW), MURPHY (POW), PARDEE (POW GERMANY), GRIMLEY (POW), MORCAMBE, MCCARTHY(POW), RADMALL, SPENCE, (CPL HUGHES, PTE ATKINS, PTE HATT, PTE DANIELS ATTACHED TO THIS COMPANY.   (L/CPL’S DODDS, GRIMLEY, KINCHIN, MCCARTHY, MELLOWS AND MURPHY WERE ALL DROWNED IN SS SCILLIN ON 14/11/42 

WHILST BEING TRANSPORTED FROM NORTH AFRICA TO ITALY AS POW’S.   SS SCILLIN WAS SUNK BY HM SUBMARINE SAHIB.   THEY ARE NAMED ON THE ALAMEIN MEMORIAL)

CAPT G B WILSON RA 25/7/42,  CAPT J F W BARKER DORSET REGT 24/9/42, LIEUT J M STACK GEN LIST 24/9/42.

27/10/42  PROVOST HQ MOVES TO FORWARD AREA,   ENEMY SHELLING AND BOMBING ATTACKS IN LEAGUER.  OPERATIONAL DUTIES.

28/10/42  PROVOST DUTIES IN FIELD, ENEMY BOMBING RAIDS IN LEAGUER.

29/10/42  NCO’S ON DUTY IN FORWARD AREAS, ENEMY BOMBING ATTACKS.

31/10/42  SLIGHT ENEMY AIR RECCE OF LEAGUER AND FORWARD AREA.   LIET H E HOBBS GEN LIST 7/10/42.

1/11/42  FORWARD INVOLVEMENT.  L/CPL’S CLERK, TIES AND THOMPSON WOUNDED.

15/11/42  PROCEEDING WEST TOWARDS TOBRUK.


WO 169/6655                 201 PRO COY              JAN DEC 1942

CAIRO.  LIEUT COL MORGAN-JONES HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY.

LIST OF POSTINGS TO VARIOUS DETACHMENTS – ABASSIA, COWLEY CAMP, ALEXANDRIA, CMP DEPOT, GENEIFA, WADI NATRUM, BENI JUSEF, ZAGASIG, WESTERN DESERT.

10/2/42 045870 2/LIEUT W HADAMSCHEK GERMAN POW PLACED IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT.

17/2/42  THE ABOVE OFFICER HANDED OVER TO POLISH ESCORT FOR DESPATCH TO 8 ARMY.

14/4/42  MAJ F H NEWMAN-ROGERS, ROYAL WILTS YEO JOINING AND ASSUMES APPOINTMENT OF APM CAIRO AREA,

CAPT R RIDDIFORD R WILTS YEO DAPM, MAJ A G MARTYR R SCOTS GREYS.

21/4/42  156711 DVR J HIGGINS ROYAL CORPS OF SIGNALS SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR MURDER BY HANGING  DULY CARRIED OUT THIS DAY.  (156711 DRV JAMES HIGGINS XXVI CORPS SIGNALS, SON OF PETER & CATHERINE HIGGINS OF BLANTYRE, LANARKSHIRE, EXECUTED ON THE 22/4/42, AGE 24 HE IS BURIED IN HELIOPOLIS WAR CEMETERY 1.C.1).

20/10/42 L/CPL GRIGGS DIED 63 GEN HOSPITAL FROM NATURAL CAUSES.    (HE IS BURIED IN HELIOPOLIS WAR CEMETERY, EGYPT IN GRAVE 2.H.27.).

LIEUT COL N G F DUNNE KRIH, CAPT A S JAMES RA,

CAPT A E WOLLAND GEN LIST, CAPT A E WEIR GEN LIST,

CAPT W T JARRETT GEN LIST.



WO 169/6656               202 PRO COY                JAN DEC 1942

ALEXANDRIA.   PROVOST, TRAFFIC AND DOCK DUTIES.

8/2/42  TRAIN SEARCHED FOR CAPTURED ENEMY MATERIAL, THIS OCCURRED ON 18,22,23,25 AND 27TH.

MAJ H N WHITEHEAD GEN LIST, CAPT R NICKALLS 3 COLDSTREAM GUARDS, CAPT S E TASKER GEN LIST,  CAPT D G GREIG 16/5/LANCERS, MAJOR N G KITCHINGHMAN MIDDLESEX REGT, MAJ D MC L DOUGLAS R NORTHUMBERLAND FUSILIERS.

2/3/42 CPL F SMITH AWARDED 56 DAYS DETENTION BY FGCM FOR STRIKING A SOLDIER.  BRIG F W BREWSTER DSO.OBE.MC SAYS THIS SOLDIER IS NOT TO BE COMMITTED TO PRISON UNTIL FURTHER ORDERS.

3-4/3/42 AIR RAID WARNING, GUNFIRE NO DAMAGE.

25/3/42 L/CPL EASTWOOD FORFEIT 14 DAYS PAY FOR DRUNKENNESS.

6-7-8/4/42 ENEMY RECCE PLANES OVER.   LIEUT A QUILTON MIDDLESEX REGT 5/42.

30/6/42  ALL UNITS HELD A STATE OF READINESS, AT ONE HOURS NOTICE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.   CURFEW 20.00HRS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

14/7/41 51 ABSENTEES AND 1 DESERTER WERE ARRESTED.

30/7/42  A FULL SCALE RAID ON HOTELS AND PENSIONS IN TOWN – 32 ABSENTEES.

3/8/42 PTE A/C/CPL HOOK SENTENCED TO 7 DAYS FIELD PUNISHMENT BY FGCM FOR ABSENTING HIMSELF WITHOUT LEAVE.

4/8/42  PTE HOOK DESPATCHED TO 23 FPC.  AIR RAID, SLIGHT GUNFIRE.

25/8/42  ALL RANKS AT BATTLE STATIONS.

5/9/42  STAND TO CANCELLED TILL FURTHER ORDERS.

1/10/42  L/CPL HUNT W ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL SUFFERING FROM GUNSHOT WOUNDS.

3/10/42  CPL GREENBANK ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL, ACCIDENT AT AMYRIA RAILWAY STATION.

6/10/42  L/CPL CANN AND L/CPL BOWTLE TO HOSPITAL AS A RESULT OF A MOTOR ACCIDENT, ON DUTY AND NOT TO BLAME.

7/10/42  L/CPL CANN DIED.   (HE IS BURIED IN ALEXANDRIA (HADRA) WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, EGYPT IN GRAVE 3.L.11.).

8/10/42 L/CPL CANN BURIED AT BRITISH WAR CEMETERY, COMPANY PARADED, FULL MILITARY HONOURS ACCORDED.

26/11/42  5507089 L/CPL LEPPARD F INJURED IN A ROAD ACCIDENT AT SOUTH ROAD CHECK POST, ADMITTED TO 8 GEN HOSPITAL, DIED AT 20.10HRS.   3 CONVOYS 330 VEHICLES.  (HE IS BURIED IN ALEXANDRIA (HADRA) WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, EGYPT IN8/12/42   GRAVE 4.D.21.).

SGT MILLMAN D AND CPL HAYMAN S ADMITTED TO 8 GEN HOSPITAL, GUNSHOT WOUNDS.   DISCHARGED 18/11/42.

12/12/42  SGT ALLEN R SACMP DIED OF GUNSHOT WOUNDS (COURT OF INQUIRY TO BE HELD AT FUTURE DATE).   HIS UNIT WAS 1 FIELD PROVOST COY SOUTH AFRICAN DEFENCE FORCE.

14/12/42  BURIED WITH FULL HONOURS, DEPUTATION OF CMP ATTENDED.


WO 169/6657                    203 PRO COY            JAN DEC 1942

SUEZ, PORT SAID.   1/2/42  EMBARKATIONS SUPERVISED BY MILITARY POLICE.   ISMALIA, PORT SAID AND SUEZ PLACED OUT OF BOUNDS TO AUSTRALIAN PERSONNEL DURING THIS PERIOD.  PERSONNEL CONFINED TO BILLETS NIGHTLY AGAINST DISTURBANCES BY AIF TROOPS IN TRANSIT WHO ARE BEHAVING BADLY.

1/3/42 MOASCAR.   FRACAS BETWEEN MEMBERS OF THE FREE FRENCH AIR FORCE AND NATIVES IN ISMALIA – NOW OUT OF BOUNDS TO ALL FFF.

8/3/42  FIGHTING IN ISMALIA BETWEEN CYPRIOT SOLDIERS AND NATIVES, 2 NATIVES SERIOUSLY INJURED.

27/3/42 PORT SAID  L/CPL DEAN OF KANTARA DETACHMENT SERIOUSLY INJURED IN A TRAIN ACCIDENT AT MIDAN.

5/4/42 PORT SAID.  EXPLOSION OF AMMUNITION DUMP.  8 BRITISH AND 115 NATIVE CASUALTIES.

1/5/42  06.30 AIR RAID – BOMBS DROPPED.

27/7/42  BOMBING NUMBERS OF NATIVE LABOURERS KILLED ON TEWAK CAUSEWAY.   QASSASSIN JUNKERS II BROUGHT DOWN, MILITARY POLICE ASSISTED IN CLEANING UP DEBRIS AND BODIES.  ONE OF THE CREW WHO CAME DOWN BY PARACHUTE WAS CAPTURED.

17/9/42 DEATH OF 138707 L/CPL B A RALPH CMP, DIED FROM NATURAL CAUSES.

18/9/42  FUNERAL OF L/CPL RALPH.   (HE IS BURIED IN FAYID WAR CEMETERY, EGYPT IN GRAVE 1.A.14.).

3/12/42 LIEUT F A HEXTER-STIBBINS SIB MARRIED SUB OFFICER B C THRELFALL SPINSTER AT. ST GEORGE’S GARRISON CHURCH, ABBASSIA.


WO 169/6658                204 PRO COY                JAN JUN 1942

22/1/42  NEWS RECEIVED OF ENEMY BREAKTHROUGH, 2 SECTIONS PROCEEDED TO REPORT TO REPORT CENTRE AND CONTROL POST MSUS TO CONTROL RETURNING VEHICLES, REMAINED ON DUTY ALL NIGHT

23/1/42  16.30hrs 4 NCO’S REPORTED IN FROM 1 ARMD DIV PRO COY HAVING REPORTED THEIR COY SHOT UP ON PREVIOUS NIGHT BY ENEMY COLUMN WEST OF SONNAUK.

17.00hrs STRAGGLERS POST SET UP IN WADI WEST OF FE MSUS AND AT MAIN TRACK EAST OF MSUS RESPECTIVELY.

19.00HRS  OC 1 ARMD DIV PRO COY REPORTED THIS HQ, ACCOMPANIED BY STRAGGLERS WHO CONFIRMED PREVIOUS REPORT OF ENEMY ACTION.

24/1/42  PROCEED TO NEW LOCATION, STAY PACKED PREPARED TO MOVE TO ANOTHER LOCATION.   11.30HRS  STRUCK CAMP AND MOVED OFF TO NEW LOCATION.   13.00HRS EN ROUTE BOMBED BY HIGH LEVEL ATTACK.   15.00HRS CPL MORRIS AND COY JOINED COY ON ROUTE, GAVE INFO THAT ENEMY WAS SHELLING MSUS WHEN THEY LEFT.   18.00HRS  ARRIVED IN WADI SOUTH OF CHEERUBA.  CONVOY REFORMED.   SGT TRIPPICK AND SECTION MISSING FROM CONVOY.   23.30HRS  STOPPED FOR NIGHT AND FORMED A STRAGGLERS POST.

24/1/42 09.00HRS COY MOVED OFF.   11.30HRS  DIVE BOMBING ATTACK ON CONVOY ON RIGHT FLANK, 1 VEHICLE HIS.   ARRIVED AND STAGED MICHELI FOR NIGHT.

27/1/42 COY MOVED LOCATION NEARER TO REAR HQ.

28/1/42 STOOD TO ALL DAY PREPARED TO MOVE.   14.00HRS CPL BROWN AND L/CPL KERLON REPORTED IN FROM MSUS, THESE NCO’S VOLUNTEERED TO REMAIN WITH OC FSD TO ASSIST IN BLOWING UP DUMP, WHILST ENEMY SHELLING WAS IN PROGRESS.   CPL BROWN REPORTED HE HAD LOST VEHICLE OWING TO ENEMY ACTION.   COY MOVED OFF 16.00HRS.

30/1/42  11 GERMAN PRISONERS BROUGHT IN BY INT CORPS.   PRISONERS SEARCHED, THEN DESPATCHED TO TOBRUK UNDER ESCORT.   16.00HRS DIGGING IN.

31/1/42 09.00HRS  SEARCH FOR SCOTS GUARDS CPL DESCRIBED AS SUSPICIOUS CHARACTER.  12.00HRS SGT MORRIS REPORTED SUSPICIOUS CHARACTER WAS GENUINE STRAGGLER WHO REPORTED TO A BRANCH 13 CORPS AND WAS NOW EN ROUTE TO MECHILI WITH TRUCK.

CAPT L M GOODALL GEN LIST.   CAPT K R GENTLES KOYLI.   CAPT C W HARPER GEN LIST.

10/2/42 ACROMA 16.00HRS ENEMY PLANES MACHINE GUNNED AND DIVE BOMBED THE AREA IN 9 DIVES.   NO INJURIES OR DAMAGE TO COMPANY PERSONNEL OR PROPERTY.

11/2/42 ENEMY AIRCRAFT AND INCENDIARIES.   MOVED TO NEW

LOCATION REAR OF 13 CORPS.   CAPT H H C VREDENBURGH.

27/3/42 BOMBING OF CAMP ALL NIGHT.   L/CPL SCOTT TO HOSPITAL.   ( 7685350 L/CPL R STRINGER 204 PRO COY DIED THIS DAY, NAMED ON ALAMEIN MEMORIAL COLUMN 84 ).   13.30 SGT BAKER KILLED INSTANTLY.  (7684600 SGT W G O BAKER IS NAMED ON THE ALAMEIN MEMORIAL COLUMN 83, UNIT SHOWN AS 56 (LONDON) DIV PRO COY IN CWGC ROLL).    21 PANZER DIV ATTACK  AND OWN TROOPS AND COY HQ MADE PRISONERS.   OC AND 2 OTHER RANKS ESCAPED UNDER SHELL FIRE.

28/3/42  COY HQ REFORMED AREA EL ADAM ROAD, HEAVY BOMBING DURING NIGHT.

29/3/42   OC ACCOMPANIED APM TO VISIT SITE OF COY  TO LOCATE GRAVE OF SGT BAKER(OBVIOUSLY NOT FOUND), CAPTURED THREE GERMAN PRISONERS.

2/6/42  HEAVY BOMBING OF CAMP AREA – NO CMP CASUALTIES.

7/6/42  L/CPL WOOD G H SUSTAINED INJURIES RESULT OF ANTI-PERSONNEL MINE, EVACUATED TO 62 GENERAL HOSPITAL, SAME DATE.

12/6/42  ENEMY AIR ACTIVITY OVER CAMP.

14/6/42  MOVE TO SIDI BARRANI AREA, ENEMY ACTIVITY DURING EVENING.

17/6/42  MOVE TO SOFAFI.

19/6/42  LOW LEVEL BOMBING ATTACK- NO CASUALTIES.

20/6/42  LIEUT BERKETT TO MATRUH TO COLLECT TYPEWRITER AND STATIONERY.

25/6/42  CAMP AREA BOMBED IN EVENING.

28/6/42  ON MOVE AGAIN. COY SITE SUBJECTED TO AERIAL MACHINE GUNNING ATTACK.  NO CASUALTIES.   ENEMY AIR ACTIVITY TILL DAWN.

29-30/6/42 ON THE MOVE.


WO 169/6659            205 PRO COY                 JAN APRIL 1942

JERUSALEM   NO DETAIL.   NOMINAL ROLL OF OFFICERS.


WO 169/6660            206 PRO COY                   JAN DEC 1942

PORT SUDAN, ALBARA, KHARTOUM.   CHECK ON TRAINS FOR MOVEMENT ORDERS.

12/1/42  INVESTIGATE ROAD ACCIDENT AT WADI SAIDNA, 2 RAF FATALLY INJURED.   SPECIAL PATROLS, SEARCH FOR ESCAPED PRISONER, APPREHENDED ON TRAIN.   SPECIAL PATROL ON RIVER STEAMER, WADI HALFA TO EL SHELLAT.

27/1/42   ENTRAINING 2,200 ABAYSINNIANS REPATRIATED TO ABYSSINIA.

OC CAPT H H VRENDENBURGH DUKE OF WELLINGTON’S REGT

CAPT T D SUTHERLAND SEAFORTH HIGHLANDERS

CAPT D C PARRY-DAVIES RAJPUTANA RIFLES

LIEUT R W WARD GEN LIST,  2/LIEUT A ARMSTRONG GEN LIST, 2/LIEUT E G BOLT GEN LIST.


WO 169/6661     TRAFFIC DEPT MIDDLE EAST   MAY DEC 1942

FORMED BAB EL HADID, CAIRO.   LIEUT COL T  H BORLAND.  ALSO IN PALESTINE, BEIRUT, ISMALIA AND MENA (CAIRO).

21/7/41  MENA.  SOUTH AFRICAN TRUCK RECOVERED FROM CANAL, BENI YOUSEF, DRIVER FOUND DROWNED.

8/8/42 TANTA.   PARKING ON ROUTES CONTINUES.   DEFACING OF SIGNS, PAINTING VERY LARGE SWASTIKAS.   SIGNS PAINTED OVER LOCALLY.

14/8/42  MESSAGE FROM APM ALEXANDRIA FORD UTILITY STOLEN WITH IMPORTANT ITEMS ON BOARD, RECOVER AT ALL COSTS.   PATROLLED ALL DAY NO SIGN.

23-24/8/42  CRASHED GERMAN BOMBER SEARCH 2 NCO PRISONERS TAKEN OVER FROM EGYPTIAN POLICE.

25/8/42  FOURTH MEMBER OF GERMAN BOMBER CREW FOUND DEAD NEAR WRECKAGE.

1/12/42 MENA.   CAIRO ALEX ROAD, CONVOYS 18 – 650 VEHICLES.

3/12/42  26 CONVOYS, 1106 VEHICLES.

4/12/42  32 CONVOYS, 1028 VEHICLES.

LARGE APPENDIX BY COL BOLAND.


WO 169/6662    501 TRAFFIC CONTROL COY   OCT DEC 1942

AMIRYA, EGYPT.   MAJOR J GALLOWAY DAPM.

10/42  ROAD PATROLS, TRAFFIC CONTROL POSTS, CONVOY DUTIES, CHECK POSTS AND INFO POSTS.

8/11/42  L/CPL CLARKSON G ADMITTED TO 8 GENERAL HOSPITAL AFTER A ROAD ACCIDENT.

28/10/42  SIGNS TO BE ERECTED BEARING THE WORDS “TROOPS SHOOT THIEVES, DO NOT PILFER”.   TO BE DONE IN ARABIC.

CAPT D F DUNN MIDDLESEX REGT,  LIEUT A F BARKER EAST YORKS,  LIEUT W MAUGHAM GEN LIST.

15/11/42  SIDI BARRANI – UNIT CONVOY MOVED OFF TO SOLLUM, COLUMNS WERE STRAFED BY A LONG DISTANCE GERMAN FIGHTER.   A BOMB WAS DROPPED ABOUT 4 MILES UP THE COLUMN AND A FIRE WAS SEEN FROM WHERE THE UNIT CONVOY HALTED – VEHICLES CONTAINED PETROL – TOO FIERCE FIRE TO MOVE.  ON REACHING SOLLUM BAY 3 ENEMY PLANES DROPPED BOMBS BUT NO DAMAGE.

23/11/42  CAMP ATTACKED BY GERMAN PLANE.

1/12/42  SITED AT WEST END OF AXIS BY PASS, TOBRUK-DERNA COAST ROAD.

8/12/42  AT NENINA (12 MILES EAST OF BENGAZI.

10/12/42  AT KILO 27 ON TRIPOLI ROAD, SOUTH OF BENGAZI.

17/12/42  TRAFFIC MOVING WITHOUT CONGESTION.

18/12/42  BOMBS DROPPED ON ROAD , GERMAN MINES CAUSING A FEW CASUALTIES AND 2 CRATERS IN MAIN ROAD.   3 NCO’S TO ERECT SIGNS FOR A DEVIATION AND TO KEEP GOOD DISTANCES BETWEEN VEHICLES.   NECESSARY FOR DANGER OF BOMBING.  2 PLANES BROUGHT DOWN.

21/12/42  AGEDABIA.   VEHICLE’S BEING LOST TO MINES, NECESSARY TO RECCE AND SIGN DETOURS.


WO 169/6663    502 TRAFFIC CONTROL COY   NOV DEC 1942

CAIRO.   MAJ E RANKING PIONEER CORPS AND DAPM/OC.  

CAPT G A CARR CHESHIRE REGT 2 I/C.

16-18/11/42  TRAFFIC NORMAL LIGHT.

23/11/42  TRAFFIC VERY HEAVY IN AN EASTERLY DIRECTION.   CONVOY DUTIES.

27/11/42  CAPT CARR CONDUCTED SPECIAL MISUSE OF VEHICLE CHECK AT HELMATH GARRISON IN THE EVENING.   THERE WAS A DANCE ON THAT NIGHT.   21 CHARGES PREFERRED.

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WO 169/6926       DAPM  NANYUKI, KENYA      JAN MAY 1942

NAIROBI, NANYUKI.   2/LIEUT T GILBERT CMP, 2 LIEUT SHACKLES GH KENYA REGT.   NOTHING OF NOTE, FREQUENT OBSERVATIONS OF VISITING OFFICERS PASSING THROUGH.


WO 169/6943     ZANZIBAR MILITARY FORCES POLICE COY JULY OCT 1942

1/7/42   ZANZIBAR.  NOTHING TO REPORT.

2/7/42   NO CHANGE.

8/42      AS ABOVE BUT REGULAR PRACTICE ALARMS HELD.   EXERCISE TOUCHSTONE UNDER CAPT GARRETT, OC TROOPS ZANZIBAR.   NO CMP OFFICERS NAMED, SIGNATURE JUST A SQUIGGLE OF INITIALS.


WO 169/7281      12 DIVISION PRO COY          JUL DEC 1942

1/7/42  UNIT ON RIVER STEAMER.   NOTHING TO REPORT.

2/7/42  SHELLAL, ARRIVE AT DOCK.

3/7/42  ENTRAINED FOR CAMP AT GENEIFA.  MOTOR CYCLE INSTRUCTION ON SAND.   (MOTOR CYCLES BORROWED FROM BASE DEPOT 1 BRIGADE).

19/7/42  GAS MASKS ARRIVE AND ISSUED.   CO BIMBASHI D H WEIR  (BIMBASHI IS AN EGYPTIAN POLICE RANK).

20/11/42  A TRUCK WAS FOUND ABANDONED IN THE SWEET WATER CANAL.

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WO 169/7378  HQ TROOPS SUDAN PRO COY SDF    DEC 1942

PORT SUDAN, KHARTOUM. 

82 SUB AREA, CAPT R W WARD, DAPM AND OC SDF TRAINING DEPOT.

1/12/42 98 SUB AREA, CAPT R W WARD, CSM ALLEN AND 13 NCO’S DEPART FOR 81 SUB AREA TO BE ATTACHED FOR DURATION.   CSM WHITE EVACUATED FROM CIVIL HOSPITAL 98 SUB AREA TO 59 GENERAL HOSPITAL.

3/12/42 81 SUB AREA, 2 NATIVE OTHER RANKS ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL OWING TO BURNS CAUSED BY A PETROL STOVE

6/12/42 TRAIN 112 MET BY PATROL FOR THE PURPOSE OF ESCORTING 4 ITALIAN PRISONERS TO 171 TRANSIT CAMP GUARD ROOM FOR SAFE CUSTODY.

8/12/42 MESSAGE RECEIVED FROM OC 417 SSC THAT ONE OF HIS NOR’S, NO. 109055 NAFAR YOUSIFE BASHIR EL OBEID WAS MISSING BELIEVED DROWNED.   CSM ALLEN AND W/OMB WAS HASSAN ABU GARA, SDF PRO COY PROCEED TO SCENE BUT IT WAS TOO DARK TO SEE SPOT WHERE MISSING MAN WAS LAST SEEN.   PATROL ESCORT 4 ITALIAN POW TO STATION

9/12/42   BODY OF MISSING NAFAL FOUND IN RIVER.

SIGNAL FROM SIB 72 SUB AREA TO THE EFFECT THAT PTE MCKIBBEN HAS BEEN FOUND DROWNED IN THE NILE AT KHARTOUM.   (PTE D R MCKIBBIN 1 WELCH REGT. AGE 24 BURIED GRAVE 6.E.8, KHARTOUM WAR CEMETERY, SUDAN),   REQUEST FOR STATEMENT OF INCIDENT OF HIM JUMPING INTO THE NILE IN THIS AREA.

18/12/42 98 SUB AREA.   KHARTOUM - WADI HALFA TRAIN MET.   CAPT R W WARD, DAPM, OC SDF PRO TRAINING ARRIVES FROM 72 SUB AREA.

19/12/42 98 SUB AREA.   NOTIFICATION OF FORMATION OF PROVOST COMPANY, SDF BEING FORMED WEF 23/7/42.   CSM WHITE J AND SGT TRICKER A POSTED TO THIS COMPANY WEF 23/7/42.

22/12/42 98 SUB AREA, CAPT R W WARD PROCEEDED ON LEAVE TO WADI MEDANI.

23/12/42 98 SUB AREA.   REPORT FORWARDED TO STAFF CAPTAIN, RE RAF TRUCK USING ROAD IN THE CLOSED AREA ROADS.

24/12/42 81 SUB AREA, RIMB FAGE, UNDER ORDERS FROM AREA COMMANDER PARADES AT THE HOSPITAL AND TRIES CASES ON 9 NOR’S WHO WERE ABSENT WITHOUT LEAVE FROM THE HOSPITAL.   8 RECEIVED AWARDS OF LASHES AND REMANDED FOR DAPM, 98 SUB AREA.   THIS NOR (NATIVE OTHER RANK) BEING OF THE SDF PRO DETACHMENT.

31/12/42 81 SUB AREA.   CSM ALLEN AND 10 NOR’S ASSIST IN RAID ON NATIVE VILLAGE UNDER THE DISTRICT COMMISSIONER

MR BOLTON.   OBJECT TO SEARCH FOR WD PROPERTY.   NOTHING OF IMPORTANCE DISCOVERED.

8/1/43 REPORT FROM PRO COY SDF TO PM MEF AND APM TROOPS, SUDAN

  1.  SDF PROVOST CORPS

     THE SDF PROVOST BECAME ESTABLISHED UNIT WITH THE SDF PROPER ON THE 1/12/42.

INSTRUCTIONS WERE RECEIVED FROM “A” BRANCH, HQ TROOPS, SUDAN TO ATTACHED MEN TO AREAS, WHICH WAS CARRIED OUT WITHOUT DELAY.   4 BOR’S (BRITISH OTHER RANKS) AND 47 NOR’S (NATIVE OTHER RANKS) WERE ATTACHED TO 19 AREA, 72, 76,81 AND 96 SUB AREA, IT WAS DECIDED THAT FOR THE PRESENT CAPT R W WARD - 92 SUB AREA WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE TRAINING  OF PERSONNEL, COMPILING RECORDS, WAR DIARY AND EQUIPPING OF THE COMPANY, PLUS THE 2 BRIGADE PROVOST UNITS.

2. PERSONNEL

     THE TOTAL STRENGTH OF THE SDF PROVOST IN THE SUDAN ON THE 31/12/42 WAS:-

                                        1 NATIVE OFFICER

                                        4 B NCO’S

                                        52 N OR’S -INCLUDES 4 RECRUITS AND 2 ANAFER RETURNED FROM 12 DIVISION PRO COY FOR MISCONDUCT.

AT THE COMMANDERS CONFERENCE IT WAS DECIDED THAT ALL PERSONNEL FOR THE PROVOST COMPANY IN FUTURE, SHOULD BE DRAWN FROM VOLUNTEERS OF ANY UNITS.   ALL VOLUNTEERS NOT TO HAVE LESS THAN 15 MONTHS SERVICE AND BE OF EXEMPLARY CHARACTER.   THE METHOD IN THE PAST HAS BEEN TO DRAW FROM THE CIVIL AND EMERGENCY POLICE, THIS HAS PROVED UNSATISFACTORY.   7 OUT OF 26 WHICH LEFT HERE WITH THE 12 DIVISION HAVE BEEN RETURNED.   ANOTHER 12 HAVE EITHER BEEN DISCHARGED OR TRANSFERRED TO VARIOUS UNITS OR THE SDF.

THE HEALTH AND PHYSIQUE OF THE NOR’S HAS IMPROVED CONSIDERABLY, REGULAR FEEDING AND A BALANCED DIET, TOGETHER WITH PHYSICAL TRAINING HAD IMPROVED CARRIAGE AND DEPORTMENT BEYOND EXPECTATIONS.

3. QUARTERS

     THE HQ OF THE COMPANY AND TRAINING DEPOT OF THE UNIT IS BEING MOVED INTO NEW QUARTERS, THE PRESENT QUARTERS BEING REQUIRED BY THE EDUCATIONAL DEPARTMENT OF THE SUDAN GOVERNMENT.

TWO ALTERNATIVE BILLETS WERE OFFERED, SUBJECT TO THESE BEING SUITABLE.   THE CATHOLIC MISSION WAS SELECTED AS THE MOST SUITABLE, IF MINOR REPAIRS AND IMPROVEMENTS

COULD BE CARRIED OUT, THESE REPAIRS AND IMPROVEMENTS WERE AGREED TO BY THE AREA COMMANDER, AND APPROVAL GRANTED BY HQ TROOPS SUDAN.   WORK WAS COMMENCED BY THE DCRE ON THE 29/12/4W, AND IT IS EXPECTED THE MOVE WILL BE COMPLETED SHORTLY.

4. CONFERENCE

     A CONFERENCE WAS HELD BETWEEN THE APM, LT/COL KIWK AND CAPT R W WARD ON THE 10/12/42.   IT WAS AGREED, ALTHOUGH 98 SUB AREA WAS TOO FAR FROM HQ, THAT THE TRAINING DEPOT BE LEFT IN THAT AREA, UNTIL SUCH TIMES AS SUITABLE ACCOMMODATION WOULD BE FOUND NEARER HQ TROOPS SUDAN.

THAT ALL MT ON CHARGE OF THE TRAINING DEPOT BE TAKEN OVER FROM 206 PRO COY AND BROUGHT ON STRENGTH OF THE SDF PROVOST CORPS.   THAT ALL RECORDS, RETURNS OF THE SDF PRO COY BE COMPILED BY THE OC, TRAINING DEPOT AND BE KEPT SEPARATE FROM THOSE OF THE PRO COY.

5. DISCIPLINE SDF

     THE DISCIPLINE OF OFFICERS OF THE SDF, BRITISH AND NATIVE IS GOOD.   THE DISCIPLINE OF THE NOR’S IN 92 SUB AREA IS GOOD, 61 SUB AREA THERE ARE MINOR DISTURBANCE, MOSTLY DUE TO DRUNKENNESS.   THE AREA COMMANDER HAS PLACED MOST OF THE DRINKING HOUSES “OUT OF BOUNDS”.   I DO NOT THINK THIS IS A CURE IN THIS CASE, IT WAS TRIED IN 98 SUB AREA AND WAS A FAILURE.   THE NOR’S GET THEIR FRIENDS TO PURCHASE THE DRINK WHICH IS CONSUMED IN THEIR HOUSES, AS A RESULT, DRUNKENNESS NOT ONLY INCREASED, BUT IT WAS FOUND IN EVERY PART OF THE TOWN, ON MY RECOMMENDATION COL CLARKE , AREA COMMANDER 98 SUB AREA PUT THE NERISA AREA INTO BOUNDS AGAIN, FROM THAT DATE DRUNKENNESS DECREASED TO ALMOST NIL, AND WHAT DRUNKENNESS IS FOUND IS IN ONE AREA, BY PROPER CONTROL AND SUPERVISION OF NERISA AREA THERE SHOULD BE NO DISTURBANCES WHATSOEVER.

MOST OF THESE DISTURBANCES HAVE BEEN IN CONNECTION WITH ASSAULTS ON CIVIL POLICE.   THIS IS NO DOUBT THE LACK OF TACT ON THEIR PART, THE PROBLEM HAD TO BE FACED IN THE ???? AREA.   IT WAS OVERCOME BY THE MILITARY POLICE KEEPING A SHARP AND STOPPING THE CIVIL POLICE FROM INTERFERING WITH SOLDIERS, WHO ALTHOUGH WERE COMMITTING A MILITARY OFFENCE , WERE IN NO WAY COMMITTING A CIVIL OR CRIMINAL OFFENCE AGAINST ANY OF THE LAWS OF SUDAN.

A FEW DAYS AGO I CAME UPON A CIVIL POLICEMAN, WHO PUSHED A SUDANESE SOLDIER ALMOST ON HIS BACK, FOR NO REASON, OTHER THAN HE HAD ENTERED THE RAILWAY STATION THROUGH THE OUT GATE, MY PRESENCE ON THIS OCCASION PREVENTED

THE SOLDIER FROM RETALIATION.   THESE CASES HAVE BEEN NUMEROUS, I AM SURE IF THE CIVIL POLICE ARE MADE TO LAY OFF AND THE MILITARY POLICE PROPERLY SUPERVISE THESE DISTURBANCES WILL CEASE.

 6. VENEREAL DISEASE

     VENEREAL DISEASE IS PREVALENT AMONGST THE SDF TROOPS, MOST GONORRHEA.   IN 96 SUB AREA ALL TROOPS ARE MEDICALLY INSPECTED MONTHLY, THIS HAS RESULTED IN A LARGE DECREASE IN VD.   DURING DECEMBER 42, 345 NOR’S WERE INSPECTED, 14 WERE FOUND TO BE SUFFERING FROM GONORRHEA AND ONE FROM SYPHILIS.   81 SUB AREA THERE WERE 20 CASES OF VD, THIS SHOWN A SUBSTANTIAL DECREASE. 7. ACCIDENTS

     ONE SOLDIER NO.109211 HAFAR YOUSIF EL BASHER EL OBEID, SUDAN SERVICE CORPS WAS ACCIDENTALLY DROWNED WHILST BATHING IN THE RIVER NILE.   THE BODY WAS RECOVERED AFTER BEING IN THE WATER FOR 24 HOURS.   CSM ALLEN SDF PROVOST CORPS CARRIED OUT THE POLICE INVESTIGATION AND A COURT OF ENQUIRY WAS HELD, WHICH BROUGHT IN A VERDICT OF DEATH DUE TO ACCIDENTAL DROWNING.

      TWO CIVILIANS WERE SERIOUSLY INJURED IN A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT IN 81 SUB AREA.   THE CIVIL POLICE TOOK ALL THE STATEMENTS AND HAVE THE CASE IN HAND.

THERE WERE NO TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS REPORTED IN 98 SUB AREA.

8. THEFTS

    TWO CASES OF THEFT WERE REPORTED TO THE SDF PROVOST COMPANY ON THE WEST BANK AT 81 SUB AREA.   ONE MAN WAS APPREHENDED BY SGT NELSON, SDF SIGNALS, HE FOUND A CIVILIAN IN POSSESSION OF FLOUR, SUPPOSED TO HAVE BEEN PURCHASED FROM A SOLDIER, NO. 99488 NAFAR HAKI EL HAG OF THE SDF SIGNALS ON THE 16/12/42.

     NO.25109 ALI MERSERKA MOUSE, SDF PRO COY REPORTED THE LOSS OF A WALLET CONTAINING £E 2.00 ON 25/12/42, THE PROPERTY OF LT PREISS, SDF MEDICAL UNIT, FROM HIS QUARTER, INVESTIGATIONS STILL IN PROGRESS.

     NO THEFTS IN THE SDF HAVE BEEN REPORTED IN 98 SUB AREA.

9. GENERAL

     THE DISCIPLINE OF THE SDF PROVOST HAS UP TO DATE BEEN EXCELLENT, THEY HAVE CARRIED OUT ALL DUTIES WITHIN A CHEERFUL MANNER.

     THE NATIVE OFFICER ALLAGABO EFF SULIMEN, WHO ALTHOUGH OF THE OLD SCHOOL OF SDF OFFICERS HAD DONE EXCELLENT WORK IN CONNECTION WITH TRAINING OF THESE NOR’S, HE IS A VERY GOOD DISCIPLINARIAN, AND IS A VERY POPULAR BOTH WITH THE NOR’S AND BOR’S.

10. CONCLUSION

     I WOULD LIKE TO CONCLUDE MY SUMMARY BY PLACING ON RECORD THE GOOD WORK CARRIED OUT BY THE BOR’S POSTED TO SDF PROVOST AND THOSE ATTACHED FROM 206 PROVOST COMPANY, WITHOUT THEIR HELP AND COOPERATION I SHOULD HAVE HAD A MUCH HARDER TASK.

                                                                SIGNED

                                                                CAPT. DAPM.

                                        OC SDF PROVOST TRAINING DEPOT

_____________________________________________________

     

WO 169/7474   PRO BRANCH GHQ PAIFORCE  NOV DEC 1942

12/11/42 BAGHDAD.   SIB REPORTED THAT MESSAGE RECEIVED FROM BASRA THAT LIEUT HEATH ATTACHED SIB HAD BEEN KILLED WHEN CAR RAN INTO RIVER AT DOCKS.


WO 169/7503  PRO BRANCH 10TH ARMY PAIFORCE  OCT DEC 1942

1/12/42  OFFICE ROUTINE.

LIEUT COL G C HORN DPM HQ 10 ARMY.   LIEUT COL R H HARRISON RUR.


WO 169/7539         4 INDIAN DIV PRO COY      JAN DEC 1942

BARCE, DERNA.   ROUNDING UP ITALIAN POW’S.

15/1/42  HOUSE TO HOUSE SEARCH, TYPEWRITERS, WIRELESS SETS, GUNS AND AMMUNITION CONFISCATED AND HANDED OVER TO D.E.T.A.

21/1/42   NEWS RECEIVED THAT RSM HARDWICK AND SUB CONDUCTOR TUMILTY BOTH OF WHOM HAD BEEN TAKEN PRISONER ON 24/11/41 HAD BEEN RE CAPTURED IN HALFAYA.   CAPT G F T MATTHEWS 4/6 RAJPUTANA RIFLES.

22/2/42  RSM HARDWICK REJOINED UNIT AFTER LEAVE IN CAIRO.

14/6/42  LEFT BENI YUSEF AND POSTED TO NICOSIA, CYPRUS.

19/8/42  LEFT CYPRUS ON ANTWERP AGAIN TO HAIFA.

21/8/42   TRAIN TO KANTARA AND THENCE TO GIZA, COWLEY CAMP.

7/11/42  MENA.   CAPT BLOOMFIELD CORPS OF GUIDES NEW OC.

25/11/42  EL ALAMEIN.   CAPT TAFF NEW OC.

9/12/42   TOBRUK, MERSA MATRUH, SIDI BARANI, BUG BUG, EL

ADAM THROUGH SOLLUM PASS.

19/12/42  TOBRUK RAIDED, NO DAMAGE.


WO 169/7589 10 INDIAN DIV PRO UNIT  FEB MAY-OCT 1942

HABBANIYAH CAMP, IRAQ.

22/5/42  LEFT BABBANIYAH TO TULKARM.

27/5/42  MAINTENANCE AND BATHING.   MANY OF THE MEN BATHED IN MEDITERRANEAN SEA AT NATHANYA.   AMIRIYA, CAIRO, MERSA MATRUH, CAMBUT CAMP, CAPUZZO.

2/6/42   HEARD BOMBING OF CAPUZZO.   HEARD ENEMY PLANE ON NIGHTLY PATROL, BOMBING AND MACHINE GUNNING OF ROAD,  SUPPOSED OBJECTIVE TELEGRAPH WIRES.   NEWS THAT ONE OF OUR TRUCKS  WHICH WAS ON TOW OVERTURNED AND WENT ON FIRE SEVERELY BURNING L/CPL MCGARVEY.   HE HAS SINCE BEEN PUT ON THE DI LIST.

4/6/42   MOVED 17 MILES TO FIR AHMED ON TOBRUK SOLLUM ROAD.

20/6/42  ALL PRISONERS TO POW CAGE.

22/6/42  ORDERED TO MOVE BACK ON NIGHT MARCH.

23/6/42  SEVERE STRAFING ON ROUTE BY ENEMY AIRCRAFT BUT NO CASUALTIES.

27-28/6/42  EVENING CATION.   CAPT N COUPER.

1/7/42  PRO UNIT MOVED WITH HQ TO AMARIYA, 4 BOR’S AND 3 IOR’S AND 4 FOLLOWERS ARE MISSING.

17/7/42 MOVE TO KILO 106 ON CAIRO – ALEXANDRIA ROAD.   MAIN PROVOST KILO 106, REAR PROVOST MENA.

1/8/42 MENA CAMP CAIRO.   HALF OF UNIT DOING DETENTION DUTY M CAMP POLICE AND OTHER CAMP DUTIES.

16/8/42  LEFT GIZA STATION FOR PORT SAID AND EMBARKATION TO CYPRUS.   SHIP MARGURITE TORPEDOED.

 25/8/42 HAIFA.   EMBARKED ON PRINCESS ELIZABETH SISTER SHIP OF ONE TORPEDOED.   ARRIVE CYPRUS 23.00HRS.   ATHLASSA CAMP.


WO 169/7606  31 INDIAN ARMD DIV  PRO UNIT  JUNE DEC 1942

20 JUNE 41 UNIT RAISED PER GHQ INSTRUCTIONS.

23/11/41 MOVE TO MALIR.   DEC TO APRIL MALIR.

4/7/42 MOVE TO KARACHI.

15/9/42 MOVE TO ZUBAIR.

23/9/42 SUBAIR, MT ARRIVED, UNLOADED MT AT MARGIL DOCKS, ALL EXCEPT SEVEN UNLOADED AND BROUGHT TO SUBAIR.   CPL CURST AND L/CPL STEELE ARRIVED ON VEHICLE SHIP – CASUALTY REPORTS SUBMITTED TO GHQ 2ND ECHELON.

14/10/42 MOVE TO KERM AN SHAH.

21/11/42 MOVE TO SHAIBA.   LIEUT A/CAPT P W G ADAIR.


WO 169/7628 10 INDIAN MOTOR BDE PRO UNIT APR AUG 1942

10/4/42 KHATATBA NEW UNIT FORMED.   CAPT G W ROOST DAPM.   POLICE DUTIES ON BASE BDE HQ.

15/5/42 MOVE TO EL-DABA BDE HQ.

22/5/42 MOVE TO BAGGUSH, BDE HQ.

21-30/7/42 BRIGADE CONVOY DUTIES 10 KILO 62 CAIRO –ALEX ROAD.

1-11/7/42 BRIGADE CONVOY DUTIES TO KHATATBA.

19-29/7/42 NIGHT CONVOY DUTIES TO QUASSASIN.

12/8/42 MOVED TO COWLEY CAMP.


WO 169/8196     X INDIAN L OF C PRO UNIT, 4 INDIAN MILITARY PRISON JAN DEC 1942

CAIRO,   CAPT J S M JOHNSTON.   ADMISSIONS AND DISCHARGES AND BROTHELS.


WO 169/8197            1 BASE PRO COY             AUG DEC 1942        

10/8/42 IRAQ COMPANY FORMED BY ABSORBING 2 & 3 BASE PRO UNITS AND 51 & 52 L OF C PRO SECTIONS.   SUBEILA BARRACK.

18/8/42 VISIT OF MAJ J H D’ARCY NORTH STAFFS, APM BASRA.   LIEUT AD WHALEY, WARWICKSHIRE REGT, CAPT C J W MUNDAY WARWICKSHIRE REGT, LIEUT J R BONNET 7/13 FF RIFLES.

12/10/42 MAJ RAMAGE, APM 10 ARMY VISITS.

21/10/42 10 GURKHAS FROM THIS COY FORMED FIRING PARTY AT EXECUTION AT DAWN UNDER APM AND DAPM AT SHAIBA.

4/11/42 EXECUTION UNDER APM AND STAFF OF INDIAN OTHER RANK CONVICTED OF MURDER.   ARRANGEMENTS WORKED SMOOTHLY AND THERE WAS NO HITCH.

12/11/42  LIEUT HEATH WARWICKSHIRE REGIMENT ATTACHED SIB DROWNED WHEN HIS CAR BACKED INTO RIVER AT RAF JETTY.   BODY RECOVERED BY DIVER 2 HOURS LATER.   NO TACKLE AVAILABLE STRONG ENOUGH TO RAISE CAR.   LIEUT G NICHOLLS, GEN LIST.

5/12/42 MAJ SIR STEPHEN LENNARD, NEW APM SHAIBA SUB AREA.


WO 169/8198              2 BASE PRO COY            JAN AUG 1942

5/1/42 IRAQ CAPT J R BONNETT 7/13 FF RIFLES, CAPT B H N MCNEIL TO 53 PRO COY.


WO 169/8199              3 BASE PRO COY            JAN AUG 1942

MARGIL, ABSORBED INTO 1 BASE PRO COY.   CAPT B H N MCNEILL 2/9/ GURKHAS.


WO 169/8200              4 BASE PRO COY            AUG DEC 1942

10/8/42 TEHRAN CMP DET ERHRAN BECAME NO 4 BASE PRO COY.   MAJ A G MARTY SCOTS GREYS APM.

15/8/42 SPECIAL DUTIES VISIT OF PRIME MINISTER.   CAPT R A H RIVERS-BUCKELEY 2 SCOTS GUARDS, LIEUT F J WILSON KING’S REGT.

8/12/42 RIOTS IN TEHRAN.


WO 169/8429          PM ALLIED FORCE HQ      JULY DEC 1942

ALGIERS, LIEUT COL N C M SYKES MC, RSM PELL BRIGADE OF GUARDS.

16/7/43 A SERIOUS EXPLOSION AND FIRE OCCURRED ON QUAI DE FRANCE,   DPM VISITED SCENE TO ASCERTAIN THAT 1 CMP L/CPL JACKSON H S MISSING, BELIEVED KILLED, CASUALTIES FEARED HEAVY.

3/8/43 SHIP EXPLOSION FORT LAMONTE.

17/8/43 3 & 80 TC COMPANIES TURNED INTO PROVOST COMPANIES.


WO 169/8675    1 AIRBORNE DIV PRO COY    JULY DEC 1943

CAPT K G WELLS ROYAL FUSILIERS 9/9/1942, CAPT P B THOMAS ROYAL ARTILLERY. 4/2/1943.   LT G E CLARK GEN LIST 1/5/1943.   LT A J RISMAN GEN LIST. LT W B GRAY GEN LIST (FORMERLY RSM 1 AIRBORNE DIV PRO COY).

DIARY CONTAINS DETAILED REPORTS FROM L/CPL M COX, L/CPL P DALE, L/CPL D WATSON, L/CPL J PUMMELL, SGT H CALLOWAY, L/CPL P TEECE, L/CPL R INNS, L/CPL H STUBBS ON THE LANDINGS IN SICILY.   CPL P DALE’S REPORT IS SHOWN BELOW:

TO THE OFFICER COMMANDING

PROVOST COY, 1 AIRBORNE DIVISION

SIR,

I HAVE TO REPORT THAT AT COY HQ IN THE FIELD ON THE 9TH JULY, 1943 I WAS INSTRUCTED TO REPORT TO THE BORDER REGT. AIRBORNE DIVISION FOR POLICE DUTIES ON “SCHEME HORRIFIC”.   ON REPORTING TO THE BORDER REGT I WAS INSTRUCTED TO REPORT TO THE ADJUTANT WHO BRIEFED ME FOR THE SCHEME WHICH WAS EXPLAINED TO ME AS BEING AN INVASION OF SICILY BY GLIDER BORNE TROOPS, MY DUTIES BEING TO TRAVEL TO THE OBJECTIVE AS A PASSENGER IN ONE OF THE RIFLE COMPANY’S GLIDERS AND THEN JOIN HQ COY ON REACHING OUR DESTINATION.   I WAS ATTACHED TO NO.9 PLATOON, “A” COY. BORDER REGT WHO WERE ALLOTTED NO. 103 GLIDER.   WE LEFT THE COMPANY LINES AT APPROXIMATELY 17.00HRS ON THE 9TH JULY 1943 AND PROCEEDED TO AIRFIELD “D” NO.3 STRIP BOARDING OUR AIRCRAFT ABOUT 19.00HRS AND WERE AIRBORNE SOME FIFTEEN MINUTES LATER.   IN COMPANY WITH MANY OTHER AIRCRAFT WE HEADED TOWARDS OUR OBJECTIVE AT ALMOST SEA LEVEL (200 FT).   THE SEA CROSSING TO WITHIN SIGHT OF OUR OBJECTIVE WAS UNEVENTFUL EXCEPT FOR A GLIMPSE OF THE SEA BORNE INVASION FLEET SOON AFTER SUNSET.   SOON AFTER SIGHTING LAND AT APPROXIMATELY 22.00HRS OUR GLIDER CAST OFF FROM THE TUG PLANE WHICH TO ME SEEMED STRANGE AS

ACCORDING TO INFORMATION RECEIVED EARLIER WE WERE TO RELEASE AT1100 FEET 3000 YARDS FROM LAND YET IT WAS OBVIOUS THAT OUR HEIGHT WAS LESS AND THE DISTANCE TO THE SHORE CONSIDERABLY MORE. THREE TO FIVE MILES I THOUGHT.   I HAD NO SOONER CHECKED MY EQUIPMENT WHEN THE SENIOR GLIDER PILOT A STAFF SERJEANT OF THE ARMY AIR CORPS TOLD US THAT WE SHOULD LAND IN THE SEA AND WERE TO DISCARD OUR EQUIPMENT AND OPEN ALL DOORS.   WE HAD AMPLE TIME TO ESCAPE FROM THE CABIN OF THE GLIDER WHICH LANDED FAIRLY SMOOTHLY BEFORE IT FILLED WITH WATER , THOUGH ON CHECKING UP ON PERSONNEL WHILST SITTING ON THE WINGS, ONE L/CPL FROM THE BORDER REGT WAS MISSING.   FOR A WHILE THE SEA WAS VERY CALM BUT LATER A HEAVY SWELL CAME FROM THE DIRECTION OF THE LAND AND AFTER ABOUT TWO HOURS THE MACHINE BROKE UP, AND BOTH WINGS AND TAIL COMING ADRIFT.   TO EASE THE WEIGHT ON THE WATERLOGGED MACHINE FOR NON SWIMMERS ANOTHER MAN (NAME UNKNOWN TO ME) AND MYSELF ATTEMPTED TO SWIM TO THE BEACH.   AFTER ABOUT HALF AN HOUR OWING TO THE HEAVY SEAS I LOST CONTACT WITH MY COMPANION AND THEN SWAM STEADILY TOWARDS THE FAINT OUTLINE OF THE COAST.  MY LAST RECOLLECTION BEING SEEING THE SUN ABOVE THE HORIZON.   I THEN FOUND MYSELF WRAPPED IN BLANKETS ON AN INVASION BARGE WHICH THE CREW AFTERWARDS TOLD ME PICKED ME UP AT ABOUT 07.30HRS.   AFTER LANDING THE TROOPS THE BOAT RETURNED TO ITS BASE SHIP SS DEVONSHIRE WHERE I WAS LEFT IN THE CARE OF THE MEDICAL ROOM PERSONNEL.   THE DEVONSHIRE PROCEEDED TO SUEZ WHERE TOGETHER WITH OTHER SURVIVORS OF THE DIVISION I SPENT TWO DAYS IN THE TRANSIT CAMP A FURTHER 14 DAYS (APPROX) IN THE 2ND I.T.D. CAMP GENIFIA, FINALLY RETURNING BY AIR TRANSPORT VIA BENGHAZI ON THE 31ST JULY 1943 AND         1ST AUGUST 1943 TO AIRFIELD “D” REACHING MY COMPANY LINES AT 18.00HRS APPROX.

FIELD

2ND AUG 43                 SIGNED DALE P L/CPL. C.M.POLICE

__________________________

THE OFFICER COMMANDING

PROVOST COMPANY

1 AIRBORNE DIVISION

SIR,

I HAVE TO REPORT THAT ON MONDAY THE 12TH JULY 1943 I WAS ATTACHED TO “B” COMPANY, 2ND PARACHUTE BATTALION FOR OPERATIONAL PURPOSES, ACCOMPANIED BY L/CPL INNS AND

STUBBS OF C.M.POLICE.   WE EMPLANED AT APPROX 15.15 HRS AND WE JUMPED AT ABOUT 22.40HRS,   UPON LANDING WE FOUND THAT WE HAD BEEN DROPPED 20 MILES NORTH WEST OF THE RIGHT DROPPING ZONE.   WE SEARCHED  AND FOUND THE REST OF THE SECTION WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THREE MEN, WE THEN CAME UNDER THE ORDERS OF CAPT CRAWLEY, 2ND IN COMMAND “B” COMPANY, 2 PARACHUTE BN.   THE SAME NIGHT WE MARCHED THROUGH THE HOURS OF DARKNESS FOR ABOUT 10 MILES DUE SOUTH, WE HID IN THE BAMBOO CANES DURING THE HOURS OF DAYLIGHT.   AT APPROX 20.30HRS ON 14 JULY 1943 WE WERE PREPARING TO MOVE OFF WHEN THE SENTRY REPORTED THAT PARACHUTE TROOPS WERE BEING DROPPED ABOUT ¾ MILE AWAY FROM PLANES IDENTIFIED AS ENEMY.   CAPT CRAWLEY DECIDED TO STAY THE NIGHT IN THE SAME PLACE.   WE REMAINED THERE UNTIL APPROX 21.00HRS 15TH JULY 1943 AND THEN WE MOVE OFF AGAIN.   THAT NIGHT WE MET NO ENEMY OPPOSITION BUT HAD TO CROSS THE RIVER TIMETO.   DURING THE DAY OF THE 16TH JULY 1943 WE LAY ON THE BANKS OF A STREAM WHICH WAS ABOUT 50 YDS NORTH OF THE RAISED ROAD KNOWN AS THE CATERPILLAR, WE RESUMED OUR MARCH AT ABOUT 21.30HRS AND WHILST CROSSING THE CATERPILLAR WE CAME UNDER FIRE FROM ONE OR TWO SNIPERS.   AT APPROX 04.00 HRS ON THE 17TH JULY 1943 WE CONTACTED THE ADVANCED MOBILE TANK UNIT OF THE 50TH DIVISION, 8TH ARMY.   DURING THE TIME WE WERE BEHIND THE ENEMY LINES WE NEVER MET ANY OF THE AIRBORNE MEN.   I HAVE NOTHING FURTHER TO REPORT.

FIELD

27TH JULY 1943                                SIGNED TEECE P. L/CPL  

                                                      C.M. POLICE

SIR, WE HAVE READ OVER AND CORROBORATE THE ABOVE REPORT.                4450195 INNS F L/CPL.

                            4803335 STUBBS H L/CPL

                             C.M. POLICE.  

                             1 AIRBORNE DIVISIONAL PRO COY.

_________________________

NOV LIVERPOOL TO LEADENHAM.

______________________________________________________

WO 169/8686        1 ARMD DIV PRO COY        JAN - DEC 1943

JAN RAS CHICHIBAN.    LT E R MORRIS GENERAL LIST OC,   LT W KIRKWOOD EAST LANCASHIRE REGT,

FEB  LT R M BURKE GEN LIST.  

13/3/43  L/CPL W ALEXANDER KILLED IN A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT.

21/3/43 MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR THE ABOVE.   TO MEDENINA AREA AND EL HAMMA.

MARCH  A/CAPT F OWEN ROYAL WELCH FUSILIERS OC.

7/4/1943 OUDEREF.   LT KIRKWOOD AND 1 L/CPL BLOWN UP BY MINE AND EVACUATED TO RAP.

MOVING IN A NORTHERLY DIRECTION.  COY EMPLOYED ON TRAFFIC CONTROL DUTIES DURING MOVE OF THE DIVISION.

BOU THARDY. LE KRIB.

EL ARROUSSA, SUDNA, CROMBALLA, KAIROUAN, WADI AKARIT, SUAN, BEN ADEM (TRIPOLI).

JULU  TO ZAVIA.   LT R S ORR 10 ROYAL HUSSARS ARRIVES.

ST GERMAIN, BOUFARIK.

______________________________________________

WO 169/8697              1 DIV PRO COY             JUL - DEC 1943

2/7/43 NABEUL TUNISIA   CAPT W J LOCKE SOMERSET LIGHT INFANTRY (FAMOUS IRISH SINGER) 2/7/43.   LT B HOWSE GENERAL LIST 22/4/43,  LT C D PELL GENERAL LIST 12/7/43.   FORMER OC CAPT A J LEWIN GENERAL LIST.

5/11/43  COURT OF INQUIRY HELD INTO ACCIDENT IN BILLET AT HAMMAN LIF ON 27/10/43 IN WHICH 7685286 L/CPL C V PAYNE RECEIVED SERIOUS BURNS.

8/11/43  NOTIFICATION FROM 95 GENERAL HOSPITAL OF DEATH OF L/CPL. PAYNE FROM BURNS AND PNEUMONIA.

8/11/43 TUNIS  14/50HRS FUNERAL AT BORG E CEMETERY, TUNIS.

14/11/43 HAMMAMET 10.00HRS MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR CPL PAYNE DIED ON ACTIVE SERVICE.

LT J W H SHAW ROYAL SUSSEX REGT 4/10/43, LT W G UNDERWOOD GENERAL LIST 18/10/1943.

12/43 MOVE TO ITALY.   TARANTO, LANOSA, NAPLES.

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WO169/8708           4 DIV PRO COY              JUL  -  DEC 1943

JULY  BOUGIE      T/CAPT F S ORWIN  DORSETS  21/7/42

                          LT G W JONES  GEN LIST         29/9/43

                          LT G F WIGGINTON  GEN LIST  24/8/43

                          LT R G PHELPS  RECCE CORPS  16/11/43

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WO 169/8726          5 DIV PRO COY                JAN - DEC 1943

1/1/43   QUM  PAI FORCE

9/2/43   BAGHDAD

15/2/43 DAMASCUS

T/CAPT D BURRELL RAOC

LT H E SEARSON  GEN LIST  1/4/43

LT R KAIN  RSE  17/3/43

LT S TURLEY  GEN LIST  15/7/43

13/6/43 ABOARD DILWARM

30/6/43  AT SEA  MAPS OF SICILY ISSUED

6/7/43  DISEMBARK ON LCA TO HOW GREEN BEACH, SICILY

OC & 2 SECT ESTABLISH TP AT CASSIBILE

12/7/43  SYRACUSE  13.15HRS OC, 1 SGT,

*1 L/CPL(NORMINGTON) WOUNDED BY SHRAPNEL.  

L/CPL NORMINGTON KILLED AT PRIOLO

13/7/43  PRIOLO  LT KAIN  A/OC

19/7/43  CAPT A BLACKBURN  KSLI  NEW OC

31/8/43  CATANIA

3/9/43 LANDED AT GEORGE BEACH GALLICO SALERNO

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WO169/8736        6 ARMD DIV PRO COY       JUL  -  DEC 1943

ROBERTVILLE

CAPT H M KNEE   NORTHAMPTONS    30/3/43  OC

LT P C B ROWE  RA  11/4/43

CAPT D G EVATT RA  24/9/43   OC

LT D JAMESON  R WARWICKS  14/9/43

LT J GRANT  RECCE CORPS  4/11/43

LT V SALAMONSEN  RA   7/10/43

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WO169/8748      7 ARMD DIV PRO COY       JAN  -  DEC 1943

4/1/43   FIELD  2695114 L/CPL J LANG SERIOUSLY INJURED BY MINE (BOOBYTRIPWIRE)

TO TRIPOLI

CAPT MAJOR E P WEDLOCK-LEWIS 3 CARABINEERS  APM

CAPT D S PRINSLOO  UDF  IC

LT H P HOLLANDER  RIFLE BDE

LT/CAPT G A S REID GORDON HIGHLANDERS

LT F OWEN  ROYAL WELCH FUS

LT G A E CLARK  GEN LIST

30/3/43 6 TEAMS, 6 MOTORCYCLES ON TRAFFIC CONTROL ON

DIV AXIS.  1 TRUCK BLOWN UP ON MINE, 4 NCO’S WOUNDED, L/CPL HALEY LATER DIES FROM WOUNDS, 3 NCO’S EVACUATED.

30/3/43 L/CPL HALEY DIED.

26/4/43  SIGNAL FROM 8 ARMD BDE, 3 NCOS WOUNDED BY SA & 2 VEHICLES DESTROYED  MAKTAR

TUNIS  LT C W HILL  DLI   4/7/43

LT J H R ROWELL  DLI   15/8/43

20-22/9/43  AT SEA, TO ITALY, NOCERRA

LT O W HILL  RTR   5/9/43

NOV  POMPEI, CASALACE

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WO169/8752          8 ARMD DIV PRO COY     JAN  -  JUL 1943

JAN   MATRUH

W/LT T/CAPT J L WALKER  LEICESTERS

W/LT T/CAPT U M DE BURGH  S LANCS (AT SOLLIM)

W/LT A J PHILLIPS  RA

CLOSING OF WAR DIARY OF 8 ARMD DIV

RE-OPENS  OF G TRAFFIC CONTROL UNIT CMP 26/1/43 TO DE RE-DESIGNATED 505 IND MOBILE PRO UNIT  -  ALL CANCELLED REVERTS TO ORIGINAL

LT T/CAPT J C BIRTS 3 C OF L YEO   22/4/43   OC

JUN  TO ALMAZA & PORT TEWFIK TO HMT KT 118 TO SIRACUSE, SICILY.

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WO169/8762        10 ARMD DIV  PRO COY    JAN  -  DEC 1943

4/1/43  ALLEPO

22-24/1/43  VISIT  OF GEN SHUKRU KANABLI

A/CAPT E P DANBY  R WILTS YEO

LT G F D JONES  R WARWICKS

LT HODGSON  BORDER REGT

4/2/43   RAIL ACCIDENT, CMP ESCORT AMBULANCES

31/3/43   CQMS WALLE SERIOUS INJURY T/A WITH TROOP TRAIN

9/6/43  VISIT OF DAPM 9 ARMY,  LT/COL R BACON

4/7/43  BAALBECK

CAPT A J PHILLIPS  OC

1/10/43  FAYID  LT W A VANBERGEN  HCR

LT C H BUTT  GEN LIST

31/10/43   PM LT/COL BRYANT VISITS COY.

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WO169/8775             46 DIV  PRO COY       JUL  -  DEC 1943

1/7/43 BOUFARIK, CALCERIA

RSM E HARDY LEAVES FOR UK

CAPT S L TAYLOR  QUEENS   5/5/43

LT C M STARLING  RT   5/5/43

LT A H EDNEY  GEN LIST   19/6/43

LT A J M HOLLAND  S LANCS   25/6/43

10/9/43  LANDING NEAR SALERNO

*CASUALTIES : L/CPLS DIMOND, GREEN & MOLYNEUX

13/9/43  **CPL ADAMS REPORTED MISSING FROM

FORWARD AREA

17/9/43  *AFW 3121 SUBMITTED,  RECOMMENDS CPL ADAMS FOR DECORATION

3/12/43 * T/10694133 PTE W J SKINNER 519 COY  RASC ATTACHED TO US ON PROBATIONER COURSE DIED AT O500HRS

IN MOS 103 FD AMBULANCE AS A RESULT OF WOUNDS SUSTAINED THROUGH ENEMY ACTION WHILE ON TC DUTY AT SIPICCIANO ABOUT 1830 HRS  ON 2/12/43

LT D H WARNER RTR   3/12/43 FROM 510 IND PRO COY

8/12/43  CAPT T P NOON   8/12/43   NEW OC

LT J R NEWMAN  OX & BUCKS   29/11/43 FROM 510 1MPC

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WO169/8788              50 DIV PRO COY        JAN  -  DEC 1943

9/1/43   LYRIA  REGIMA FORT

T/CAPT H W IRIS  RA   22/9/42

LT W R HUNTER   CAMERONS    23/9/42

T/MAJ D McL DOUGLAS   RNF    19/10/42   DAPM

LT T N BURDEN   RNF   12/3/43

6/4/43    WADI AKRIT

9/4/43  * LT BURDES RNF ATT 50 DIV PRO COY KILLED BY ENEMY MINE AT MR 100549 WADI AKRIT BURIED BY

CAPT C F MORRIS AT THAT MR.  LT HUNTER WOUNDED BY SAME MINE EVACUATED TO 186 FD AMB

17/4/43   LT A N MCCALL  GEN LIST POSTED IN 6/43

23/4/43   MAJ DOUGLAS TO CAIRO  CAPT IRIS DAPM

LT HUNTER TO OC   LT A S RODWELL   KOYLI  6/43

17/5/43   LT M N KEANE  GEN LIST

5/7/43   AT SEA

16/7/43   LT RODWELL AND PARTY LANDED ON WRONG BEACH BY RN - 1 SGT, 3 CPLS, 6 L/CPLS WOUNDED BY SHELLFIRE

*1 LCPL DIED OF WOUNDS (SICILY, L/CPL SAUL )

22/7/43   PRIMASOLE BRIDGE

MAJ C F DUNN MIDDLESEX REGT APM 50 DIV VICE MAJ BOWDEN

POSTED TO 33 BRICK

6/11/43    LIVERPOOL

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WO169/8806              51 DIV PRO COY       JAN  -  DEC 1943

CAPT E H PETRIE BLACK WATCH.   1/3/43 TO DPM 8 ARMY.   LT J H MACKIE KINGS OWN YORKSHIRE LIGHT INFANTRY 5/3/42.  LATER OC.   LT CRUICKSHANK SEAFORTH HIGHLANDERS.

7/3/43 SGT CURTIS KILLED BY ENEMY ACTION, AIRCRAFT STRAFFING, L/CPL LAING WOUNDED IN LEGS, L/CPL COX SUPERFICIAL WOUNDS.

13/5/43 SGT BRADBURY AWARDED MILITARY MEDAL FOR BRAVERY AND DEVOTION TO DUTY.   LT J M MACKINTOSH GENERAL LIST 17/4/43.

23-24/6/43 ONE SECTION SAILED FROM BOUGIE.   LT D A MARTIN MM 7 BLACK WATCH 17/3/43.

11/7/43 SICILY INVASION.

12/7/43 DETAILS OF CPL PATTERSON AND LT MACKINTOSH BEING AMBUSHED.

15/9/43 15CWT TRUCK FROM COY DRIVEN BY L/CPL JOHNSON KNOCKED DOWN AND FATALLY INJURED A CIVILIAN BOY.

LT T A NICOL MC, CAMERON HIGHLANDERS 10/8/43.

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WO 169/8825           56 DIV PRO COY              JAN - DEC 1943

KIRKUK (TAKE CARE TO CLOSE LATRINE SEATS, APPROACH OF SUMMER.   FLIES).

CAPT D H MAURICE WELCH REGT 26/1/42 POSTED 1/3/43.   LT H HODSON ROYAL FUSILIERS 3/7/42.   LT C E MERCER RA 27/7/42 BECAME OF 1/3/43.

18/2/43 NCO’S SLEEPING ON THE FLOOR MAY DRAW ONE EXTRA BLANKET.   PART OF UNIT IN BAGHDAD.   LT C BENNETT 28/2/43..

8/5/43 ENFIDAVILLE THEN TO TRIPOLI.   MEDICAL AUTHORITIES STRONGLY RECOMMEND SEA BATHING, BUT WATER IS VERY SALT AND A BOTTLE OF FRESH WATER SHOULD BE TAKEN ALONG TO WASH OUT THE EARS AFTER BATHING OTHERWISE EAR TROUBLES MAY ARISE.

8/6/43 TRIPOLI  5778073 L/CPL WOOLTERTON  R S KILLED BY DROWNING.

25/7/43 FIRST JEEP ISSUED TO COMPANY.    LT H ST G TELFORD 28/6/43.

9/43 TO SALERNO.

9/9/43 18.00HRS 7690407 L/CPL GULLIVER E H REPORTED MISSING.

10/9/43 CONFIRMED THAT LST (LANDING SHIP TANK) ON WHICH L/CPL GULLIVER WAS TRAVELLING WAS SUNK.   ONE JEEP LOST WITH IT.

12/9/43 L/CPL GULLIVER OFFICIALLY POSTED MISSING, TOGETHER WITH LOSS OF TSMG (THOMPSON SUBMACHINE GUN) AND A BANTAM (MOTORCYCLE).

24/9/43  L/CPL GULLIVER FOUND - ADMITTED TO 94 CGH ALGIERS.

19/9/43 SLIGHTLY NEW SYSTEM OF DENOTING BRIGADE AXIS SIGNS EVOLVED.   THE SYSTEM OF PAINTING THE BRIGADE HQ NO. ON THE SIGNS IS A FAILURE WHEN DUSTY ROADS CAUSE OBLITERATION.   NEW SYSTEM IS TO USE VARYING NUMBER OF TIN STRIPS ON TOP OF DIV AXIS SIGN TO DENOTE THE VARIOUS BRIGADES, A SUCCESS

29/9/43  A NEW TYPE OF DIRECTION SIGN LIGHTING NOW BEING EMPLOYED.   A TIN COVER SIMILAR TO AN OLD FASHIONED CANDLE SNUFFER WITH THE ARROW CUT IN IT, IS PLACED OVER A HURRICANE LAMP.   EXTREMELY EFFECTIVE AND FAR SUPERIOR TO THE OLD PRACTICE OF PAINTING THE GLASS OF THE HURRICANE LAMP.   ALSO SHOWS UP BETTER THAN THE USUAL GUARD LAMP.

20/9/43 2654715 L/CPL LONDON J C INJURED BY SHELL SPLINTERS, TO HOSPITAL.   RE JOINED UNIT 20/11/43.   5989073 SGT SPRINGHAM F H INJURED BY SHELL FIRE AND ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL.

21/9/43 5989073 SGT SPRINGHAM DIED IN HOSPITAL OWING TO

INJURIES.   JEEP BADLY DAMAGED IN INCIDENT WILL BE REPAIRED IN UNIT.

31/9/43 REF 21 OCT A PERSONAL LETTER WAS RECEIVED FROM BRIG. LYNE COMMANDER 169 BRIGADE AND MAJ GEN GRAHAM, COMMANDER 56 DIVISION PRAISING THE FINE WORK DONE BY THE SECTION DURING THE ADVANCE OF THE DIVISION, ESPECIALLY MENTIONING THE LATE SGT SPRINGHAM.

1/11/43 7689087 CPL WEBSTER D L AND 7691272 L/CPL SETTLE L ADMITTED TO NO.9 CCS WITH WOUNDS RECEIVED FROM SHELL SPLINTERS (ONE OF OUR OWN SHELLS DROPPED SHORT).

15/11/43 5832207 L/CPL TOATES J SERIOUSLY INJURED BY SHELL FIRE WHILST ON DUTY AND ADMITTED TO 14 CCS.   (HE DIED 29/11/43 IN NORTH AFRICA, PRESUMABLY TAKEN BACK TO HOSPITAL IN NORTH AFRICA).

4/12/43  5832207 L/CPL PITT B W SLIGHTLY WOUNDED IN ARM BY SHRAPNEL.

9/12/43 LETTER FROM BRIG FIRTH COMMANDER 167 INF BDE PRAISING WORK OF SECTION ATTACHED TO HIS BRIGADE DURING RECENT OPERATIONS - 2ND LETTER OF THIS CAMPAIGN.

18/12/43 NOTIFICATION SGT SPRINGHAM AWARDED AN IMMEDIATE MM.

27/12/43 AFRICA STAR RIBBONS ISSUED TO ALL ENTITLED TO THEM.   HONOURS AND AWARDS: THE FOLLOWING AWARD HAS

BEEN MADE IN RESPECT OF THE NORTH AFRICAN CAMPAIGN (lg 25/11/43 MID MAJOR W D G SOFTLY APM HQ 56 (LONDON) DIVISION.   LT P H CROOK WORCESTERSHIRE REGT 21/12/43.

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WO 169/8834             78 DIV PRO COY          JULY - DEC 1943

15/3/42 MEDJEZ EL BAB. 17.35HRS NO. 4350250 L/CPL A KIRK RECEIVED ACCIDENTAL GUNSHOT WOUNDS WHICH SUBSEQUENTLY PROVED FATAL.

20/4/43 2655282 RSM HOWSE B WAS GRANTED A COMMISSION AND POSTED TO 1 (BR) PRO COY IN THE RANK OF LT. (LG 30674 PAGE 2979, 2/7/42 GENERAL LIST).   CAPT W F PEARSON ROYAL WEST KENT REGT 26/3/43.   LT J A PIKE ROYAL WEST KENT REGT 11/3/43. LT E N WILLETTS NORTHAMPTONSHIRE REGT 10/7/43.

11/5/43 TO TUNIS.   7686636 A/RSM A H EDNEY COMMISSIONED ON GENERAL LIST (EAST SURREY REGT. LG 36255 PAGE 4760 DATE 29/10/43),TO 46 DIV PRO COY AND 7689733 SGT A J F RISMAN COMMISSIONED ON GENERAL LIST (MANCHESTER REGT LG 36156 PAGE 3920 DATE 3/9/43), TO 1 AIRBORNE DIV PRO COY.

20/7/43  LT H B NORTH AND SGT COLWILL E KILLED WHEN JEEP RAN OVER A MINE.

4/9/43 SERRA CAPRIOLA ITALY.  L/CPL BARBER KILLED BY AIR BURST.   MAJ F W TATE APM.   LT DENTON RTR 10/11/43 INJURED BY SHELL FIRE AT TCP 3 AND EVACUATED.

10/11/43 7688244 L/CPL PHILLIPPO R KILLED BY SHELL FIRE AT CASAL BORDINO.   LT A W KNOWLES RAC 10/11/43.

23/11/43 TORINO 2694170 SGT SMITHSON M AND 7688244 L/CPL HARRISON A ADMITTED TO 5 CCS WITH GUNSHOT WOUNDS.   164496 L/CPL HOBBS A ADMITTED TO 5 CCS WITH HEAD INJURIES HAVING BEEN KNOCKED DOWN BY HIS JEEP.

27/12/43 LT PIKE TO 4 BEACH GROUP.

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WO 169/8864               231 PRO UNIT             SEP - DEC 1943

THIS UNIT WAS FORMERLY 4 ARMD BDE PRO UNIT AND BECAME 231 PRO UNIT.

6/9/43 AT SEA. 02.00 CAPT J D BAKER RA. OC.   INFORMED BY CAPT OF CRAFT THAT HE IS UNABLE TO MAKE GOIA.   03.15 HALTED OFF MESSINA.  09.10 UNABLE TO OBTAIN INFORMATION RE LANDING.   DAPM WENT ASHORE AT MESSINA IN LCA, INFORMED BY MOVEMENTS THAT CRAFT ARE TO UNLOAD ALL MT AND PERSONNEL AND AWAIT FURTHER ORDERS.   10.00HRS DAPM CALLED UPON 30 CORPS PRO AND BORROWED HALF SECTION TO CONTROL AND PARK VEHICLES.   13.40 COMPLETED UNLOADING.  

14.30 RECEIVED VERBAL INSTRUCTIONS TO RELOAD ALL MT AND PERSONNEL ON LST AND CARRY OUT LANDING AT 02.30HRS 7/9/43.   COMPLETED 20.25HRS.

7/9/43 08.00 HRS COMMENCED LOADING LCT AND LCM.   10.25 RECEIVED ORDERS TO LAND AT PORT ST. VENERE AT 02.30HRS 8/9/43 AND ESTABLISH FIRM BASE AS IN ORIGINAL ORDERS.   14.40 COMPLETED LOADING MOVED INTO FORMING UP AREA.

8/9/43 AT SEA 02.00 HRS MOVED OFF TOWARDS PORT ST VENERE, STOOD TO READY TO LAND.   05.30 HRS HAILED BY MLO TO MOVE IN READY TO LAND, ALL CRAFT UNDER SPASMODIC SHELL FIRE WHICH INCREASED RAPIDLY AS CRAFT REACHED SHORE.

PORT ST VENERE 05.50HRS LANDED UNDER MODERATE SHELL FIRE ON BEACHES, MARKED ROUTES ON BEACHES AND AXIS TO BDE HQ.   06.20 HRS DAPM RECCED DE-WATERPROOFING AREA AND POW CAGE IN CONJUNCTION WITH DAPM 20 BEACH GROUP.   06.25 INFORMATION POST ESTABLISHED AT ENTRANCE.   06.50 CMS RECCED POSITION FOR PROVOST AREA.   DAPM AND BTO  RECCED AREA FOR B ECHELON VEHICLES AND GUIDED AND GUIDED SAME IN.   BEACHES AND INCOMING SHIPS UNDER HEAVY SHELL FIRE THE WHOLE DAY, ALSO DIVED BOMBED.   ONE DODGE HIT, ONE MOTORCYCLE HIT.   L/CPL R JONES  CMP KILLED IN SHIP

WHILST LANDING.   L/CPL PEARSON R WOUNDED WHILE ATTEMPTING TO LAND, DIED FROM WOUNDS RECEIVED.   CPL STEVENSON J WOUNDED IN LEG WHILE ON POINT DUTY, WOUND DRESSED AND RETURNED TO DUTY, WOUNDED AGAIN IN NECK LATER, KILLED WHEN HIT THE THIRD TIME WHILE HAVING WOUND DRESSED BY DAPM.   L/CPL SMITH J WOUNDED WHILST ON DUTY ON THE BEACHES.   BDE HQ AREA UNDER SHELL FIRE

9/9/43 TWO WRECKED MOBILE GUNS (ENEMY) ACROSS ROAD AT MAP REF 859148 PARTLY CLEARED SAME FOR SINGLE LINE TRAFFIC.   SIGNALLED BEME.   09.15 HRS ROAD BLOWN AT MAP REF 915206.   HALTED ALL VEHICLES SIGNALLED RE’S FOR BULLDOZER ALSO BDE MAJOR.   10.15 HRS L/CPL BARKER S CMP SERIOUSLY WOUNDED BY S MINE.   10.20 HRS L/CPL BARKER S DIED OF WOUNDS.   BURIED AT MAP REF 916205.   10.50 BDE ADVANCED.   11.10 HRS BRIDGE BLOWN AT MAP REF. 924213.   HALTED ALL MT.  17.55 HRS DETOUR CLEAR FOR TRACKED VEHICLES.   18.10 HRS DETOUR CLEAR FOR WHEELED VEHICLES.   BDE ADVANCED, MARKED AXIS.   19.20 HRS HELD UP BY MOBILE GUN (ENEMY) AND HEAVY MACHINE GUN FIRE.   19.45 HRS AREA CLEARED, BDE ADVANCE, DAPM, BM, CO DEVONS FORWARD CARRIER PLATOONS ON RECCE FOR BATTALION AREAS.   BRIDGE BLOWN AND AREA SUSPECTED OF MINES AT MAP REF 010326.  22.10 BDE HALTED AT MAP REF 007325.

10/9/43 CHECK POST ESTABLISHED.   DAPM ON RECCE FOR DETOUR OF BLOWN BRIDGE AT MAP REF 010326.   09.50 GUIDED CARRIERS ROUND DETOUR.   09.50 HRS 5 DIV VEHICLES HALTED IN REAR OF BDE. (2MILES).  10.30 HRS DAPM ON RECCE FOR BDE LOCATION AREA. BRIDGE BLOWN AT MAP REF 966362.   11.45 HRS BDE ORDERED TO ADVANCE, AXIS MARKED.   12.00 HRS APM 5 DIV VISITED BDE RECEIVED VERBAL ORDERS TO POLICE DETOUR MAP REF 066362 ALSO AT 010326.  13.00HRS BDE ADVANCED.   15.40 HRS BDE MOVED INTO AREA MAP REF 055357.   16.35 DAPM ON RECCE FOR REPORTED VEHICLE AND BRIDGING MATERIAL DUMP IN AREA, FOUND SAME.  20.00HRS APM 5 DIV GAVE VERBAL ORDERS TO POLICE DETOUR AT MAP REF 066362 UNTIL 17 BDE PASSED.

22/9/43   ROUNDING UP OF ITALIAN SOLDIERS & SENDING BACK TO SAPRI

26/9/43 LAGENEGRO  CHAPLAIN REQUESTED AID OF 2 POLICEMENT TO BURY TWO SOLDIERS.   CPL LILLEY AND TOLSON DETAILED.

28/9/43 RECEIVED VERBAL INSTRUCTIONS TO LIGHT AND PROVIDE GUIDES FOR 3 CLY AND 44 RTR FROM PRESENT POSITION TO START LINE.  “S” MINE IN GULLY MR 389022.   15.00 HRS SGT JAMES AND ONE TANK OFFICER ON TANK ROUTE RECCE.   18.00 HRS DAPM ATTENDED CONFERENCE AT 626 BD COY RE,

LOCATION REGARDING LIGHTING OF LANE THROUGH MINEFIELDS.   20.00HRS DAPM AND THREE NCO’S LEFT TO LIGHT TANK TRACK THROUGH MINEFIELDS TO START LINE. 23.00 HRS DAPM AND THREE NCO’S RETURNED FROM TANK DETAIL.   BDE SECURITY DUTIES, TAC, MAIN AND REAR HQ’S TRAFFIC CONTROL AND SIGNING OF BDE HQ AREAS.   L/CPL ALLEN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT.  

29/9/43 18.05 HRS LOCATION UNDER VERY HEAVY SHELLFIRE (NO UNIT CASUALTIES).

30/9/43 07.30 HRS ORDERED BY OC TAC HQ TO DIG WELL IN.

10.00HRS DIVE BOMBED AND MACHINE GUNNED BY 12 ME 109’S. NO CASUALTIES TO UNIT.   ONE 15 CWT HIT SEVERAL TIMES, (RECOVERABLE).  14.00 HRS 6 ME 109’S ATTEMPTED TO DIVE-BOMB LOCATION, THREE BOMBS ONLY DROPPED, CHASED OFF BY 6 SPITFIRES.   NO CASUALTIES IN UNIT.   17.00  ORDERS RECEIVED TO ADVANCE TO FOSSACESSIA.   17.30 DAPM FORWARD ON RECCE.

NOW NORTH OF LUCERNO AND SOUTH OF SACRA CAPRIOLA.

1/11/43 NORTH OF TERMOLI AND SOUTH WEST OF VASTO.

8/11/42 L/CPL ALLAN SHRAPNEL WOUND TO NOSE.

SCERNO DAPM VISITED APM 5 CORPS REF. MARKING TANK ROUTE THROUGH MINEFIELD.   APM 8 INDIAN DIV ACCEPTED

RESPONSIBILITY FOR LIGHTING TANK LANES FOR ALL ARMOUR.   (RIVER SANGRO TO BE CROSSED.   REGULAR MENTION OF CSM AND SGT JAMES AS MARKING TANK ROUTES.

26/11/43 TANK DROWNED - CROSSING CANCELLED THEN CONTINUED UNDER MORTAR FIRE (NO CASUALTIES).

26/11/43 19.00 BAILEY BRIDGE AT MILL TO BE MARKED AND LIT.  DISCOVERED BRIDGE DAMAGED BY SHELLFIRE.   21.00HRS TRACK MARKED AND LIT.   CROSSING UNDER SHELL FIRE, NO CASUALTIES.

28/9/43 02.00 HRS DISPERSED VEHICLES UNDER ESCARPMENT, POSITION UNDER SPASMODIC SHELL AND MORTAR FIRE.   11.00HRS LOCATION BOMBED BY 3 FOCKE WOLFS - NO CASUALTIES.   11.25HRS LOCATION MACHINE GUNNED BY 2 ME 109’S.

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WO 169/8912     23 ARMD BDE PRO UNIT     JAN - JULY 1943

MARBLE ARCH LIBYA.   DAPM CAPT J C BIRTS (SICK LEAVE).  LT R M ARNOLD OC.   SUNNY BUT WIND BLOWING SAND ACROSS TRACKS.

2/43 SIGNING FROM BDE HQ TO TRIPOLI - CONSTANT SIGNING AND LIGHTING, CLEARING ARABS AND THEIR HORSE DRAWN VEHICLES FROM THE TRACKS.   ONE DAY LEAVE TRIPOLI.   OLIVETTA - SABRATHA MOBILE PATROLS.  

8/2/43 ADDRESS BY GOC AT MIRAMARE THEATRE, TRIPOLI.   CAPT U M DE BURGH SOUTH LANCASHIRE REGT 6/2/43 DAPM.

18/3/43 ROUTES FOR MACEFORCE RECCED AND SIGNED AS FAR FORWARD AS PERMITTED BY ENEMY ACTIVITY.

WEATHER NOW WARM BUT ANNOYING WIND REGULARLY MENTIONED.   CAPT J T BAKER RA. OC.

30/6/43 ENTRAINED AT FAYID ARRIVED TEWFIK.   EXCHANGED CURRENCIES.

1/7/43 SFAX.  MOVED TO NEW BDE AREA SOUTH OF MONASTIR.   DISCIPLINARY PATROLS.

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WO 169/8987 201 GDS MOTOR BDE PRO UNIT JAN -MAR 1943

10 INDIAN MOTOR BRIGADE GROUP ATTACHED TO 2 GUARDS MOTOR BRIGADE.

QANTANA, DAMASCUS.

15/1/43   CAPT J J BAKER RA DAPM LEFT FOR CMP BASE DEPOT.

LT A L MARSHALL BORDER REGT ATTACHED FROM 111 PRO COY.

12/2/43 TO MERSA MATRUH, TOBRUK, BENGHAZI, MEDENINA

13/2/43  MOVED TO QASSASIN.

14/2/43 TO EL DABA.

15/2/43 MERSA MATRUH.

6/3/43 UNIT CAME UNDER HEAVY SHELLFIRE USING HE AND AP SHELLS, 4 CASUALTIES, 2 SERIOUS, SUFFERED BY UNIT.

8/3/43 GENERAL MONTGOMERY VISITS BDE HQ.

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WO 169/8992     231 IND BDE GRP PRO COY         APR-MAY,

JULY-AUG 1943

30/4/43 AUTHORITY TO FORM COY.  1 OFFICER, 27 OR’S.   WAR ESTABLISHMENT VI/4401/1.

KABRIT, FAYID.   PART OF 31 BEACH BRICK.   CAPT J T BARKER RA. OC.

6/43 BEACH LANDING TRAINING.

10/7/43 08.20HRS LANDED AT MARSAMEME, SICILY.

22/7/43 L/CPL JONES SLIGHT WOUND LEFT ARM.

8/42 PIEDMONT ITALY.

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WO 169/9047  TRANS JORDAN FRONTIER FORCE PRO COY JAN - FEB, AUG-DEC 1943

MAFRAQ.   CAPT W G WEBB GENERAL LIST OC.   CAPT MOORE-STEVENS DAPM.   LT THOMAS ADMIN OFFICER.   LT PARTRIDGE GENERAL LIST ADMIN OFFICER.   CAPT W G DALRYMPLE RAC.   CAPT J W WILSON RA.   CAPT W HEATH GENERAL LIST.

13/1/43 CPL BARRON R E UNDER CLOSE ARREST PENDING FGCM.

1/2/43 AMMAN - JERUSALEM ROAD CLOSED DUE TO HEAVY SNOW.

MAJ R RIDDIFORD WILTSHIRE YEOMANRY APM 96 SUB AREA 3/2/43.   LT W VAUGHAN GENERAL LIST.

8/2/43  VISIT OF LT COL G H NEWMAN-ROBERTS ROYAL WILTSHIRE YEOMANRY DPM PALESTINE.

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WO 169/9113   DPM HQ TRIPOLITANIA BASE & L OF C JAN - DEC 1943

CAIRO  LT COL T D SUTHERLAND DSO. OBE. MC SEAFORTH HIGHLANDERS

TRIPOLI LT G H WATERS. NORTHAMPTONSHIRE REGT I/C TRIPOLI DOCKS DETACHMENT AND LT J STACK GENERAL LIST (PRO) TRIPOLI DOCKS DETACHMENT.

5-8 MARCH EXECUTION PREPARATIONS ARE CARRIED OUT.

5/5/43 REF FGCM OF NO. 1390761 PTE MARISON R 1508 (MAUR) COY PIONEER CORPS RECEIVED NECESSARY ACTION TAKEN FOR EXECUTION ON 7/5/43.

7/5/43 NO. MAUR/13907661 PTE RAYMOND MARISON, 1508 MAUR COY. PIONEER CORPS DULY EXECUTED FOR MURDER.   (HE IS BURIED IN TRIPOLI WAR CEMETERY GRAVE 6.G.7.)

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WO 169/9125       DPM TUNISIA DISTRICT     JUL - AUG 1943

SALAMMBO   LT COL G R G HART MM.

NORMAL DUTIES, PROSECUTIONS FOR THEFT OF PETROL AND SUPPLIES.   DISCUSSION OF PLANS FOR LANDING ON SICILY/

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WO 169/9136        DPM NO.1 DISTRICT        SEPT - DEC 1943

SALAMMBO.   LT COL G R G HART MM.

11/9/43  DPM ATTENDED A COURT OF INQUIRY INTO RAF ALLEGATIONS AGAINST METHODS ETC OF CMP AT TUNIS

12/9/43 INQUIRY COMPLETED.

MOVE TO CATANIA, SICILY

25/10/43 DISCUSSED THE ILLEGAL USE OF GRENADES TO CATCH FISH AND WARNED LOCAL FISHERMEN OF THE DANGERS.

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WO 169/9175    TRANS-JORDAN AREA PRO COY   JUNE - JULY 1943

AMMAN.   CAP W G WEBB GENERAL LIST.   CAPT J W WILSON RA.

NORMAL POLICE DUTIES, TRAFFIC AND CONVOY CHECKS.

11/6/43  SUMMARY OF EVIDENCE IN RESPECT OF CAPT STORIE RASC - ILLEGAL KEEPING OF PIGS.   SIGNALMAN BAILEY FOUND SHOT - SUICIDE.   SIB TO INVESTIGATE.

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WO 169/9213             21 AREA PRO COY       SEPT - DEC 1943

TEL AVIV.   CAPT DAVIES OC

SOLDIERS FIGHTING, SAILOR DRUNK AT RITZ CLUB, DISTURBANCES AT NAAFI.  2 DRUNKEN SOLDIERS LYING IN THE ENTRANCE TO THE BRISTOL HOSTEL.

4/9/43 TELEPHONE MESSAGE RE A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT IN MANGER SQUARE BETHLEHEM.   VERY DETAILED BUT NOTHING OF IMPORTANCE - BUT SUCH VARIETY.   MAJOR BROWNE-CLAYTON.  CAPT J GRAY RELIEVED MAJ JAMES.

SARAFAND DET 21 AREA PRO COY LT L M E PARTRIDGE.

13/12/43   10 NCO’S ATTEND A FUNERAL AT SARAFAND.

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WO 169/9224    CMP PHILLIPVILLE AREA NORTH AFRICA DISTRICT JUL - SEPT 1943

SEPT. NOTHING TO REPORT FOR PERIOD 1 - 30 SEPT.

25/7/43 RIOT BETWEEN SENEGALESE TROOPS AND ARABS, RESULTING IN SEVERAL DEATH AMONG THE ARABS.

8/11/43 MOBILE BATH UNIT ARRIVED AND USED BY PERSONNEL

11/11/43   L/CPL UPSHALL INJURED IN A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT WHILST ON DR DUTIES.   MAJOR N D CHARRINGTON 10 HUSSARS.

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WO 169/13206  CMP BASE DEPOT & TRG SCHOOL  JAN-DEC 1943

ALMAZA EGYPT  LT COL G W MORGAN-JONES.

5/5/43 MAJOR LOCKSLEY REPORTED HAVING BEEN RESCUED AT SEA.  

18/10/43 CAPT F H AYCROYD ROYAL SIGNALS REPORTED, EX M E PIGEON SERVICE.

6/12/43 9900055 L/CPL STONE RA (LAA) 31 INDIAN ARMOURED DIV PRO COY MET WITH A FATAL ACCIDENT WHILST UNDER MT INSTRUCTION AND DIED EN ROUTE TO 63 GENERAL HOSPITAL..

7/12/43 L/CPL STONE BURIED WITH FULL MILITARY HONOURS IN GRAVE NO.4 PLOT 5. ROW A IN HELIOPOLIS MILITARY CEMETERY.

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WO 169/13207    CMP DEPOT & TRG ESTABLISHMENT OCT - DEC 1943

ALGIERS.   CAPT B HOWSE GENERAL LIST 14/10/43.   LT D SMITH-HATTON EAST YORKSHIRE REGT 22/10/43.   LT J F NEAL DURHAM LIGHT INFANTRY 22/10/43.

SEPT & OCT CONCERNS SETTING UP OF ESTABLISHMENT, CHOOSING SITE, SETTING UP TENTS AND ACQUIRING EQUIPMENT.

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WO 169/13208  CMP HQ MOBILE PRO CONTROL JAN-DEC 1943

HQ CAIRO.   WADI NATRUMM, PALESTINE, TRIPOLI, DAMASCUS, BEIRUT.   LT COL T H BORLAND MBE GENERAL LIST.

4/1/43 294783 CPL F SHEIL CMP ON DANGEROUSLY ILL LIST (AMERIYA DETACHMENT).

3/3/43 4694834 L/CPL NEWBOLD J AND 2056588 L/CPL BURGESS R TO 32 GENERAL HOSPITAL, NAZARETH AFTER A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT ON THE HAIFA BAGHDAD ROAD.

22/3/43 HAIFA BAGHDAD ROAD CLOSED DUE TO RAIN.   4969956

L/CPL WOODWARD J INVOLVED IN A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT.   BADLY FRACTURED LEG.

21/4/43 TELL KALAKH. 12.45HRS C IN C DECIDED TO DIVERT TO CRACK DES CHEVALIERS FOR LUNCH, IMPOSSIBLE TO RELAY INFO TO 9TH ARMY, 84 SA OR TRIPOLI.   18,10 HRS C IN C’S CAR SUFFERED A BLOW OUT AND NEARLY TURNED OVER IN VILLAGE.   C IN C TRANSFERRED TO POLICE CAR AND SO COMPLETED THE LAST MILE ARRIVING 4 HOURS BEHIND ORIGINAL SCHEDULE.   IN SPITE OF THIS DELAY ALL POINTSMEN AND MOBILE PROVOST ESCORT MOTORCYCLES WERE AT THEIR POSTS WHEN C IN C DID ARRIVE.

2/9/43 HQ PALESTINE CONVOY OF POLISH CONVICTS ARRIVED AT MAFRAQ.   IT HAD BEEN SUGGESTED THAT THEY MIGHT CAUSE TROUBLE.  

3/9/43 NEWS RECEIVED THAT 8TH ARMY HAS LANDED IN ITALY.  WISH WE WERE THERE TOO.

4/9/43 POLISH CONVICTS CONVOY WAS ESCORTED SAFELY WITHOUT MISHAP.

11/9/43 DAPM WENT TO DISTRICT COURT JAFFA IN CASE OF L/CPL WOODWARD (M/C ACCIDENT  22/3/43)..   IT IS GOING TO BE DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN THE COMPENSATION ALLOWED BY THE COURT.

22/9/43 22.30 HRS SGT REEVE, CHIEF CLERK WAS BEATEN UP WHILE DEALING WITH SOME SOLDIERS IN JERUSALEM.   HOSPITAL WITH CUT HEAD BUT WILL BE RELEASED IN 48 HOURS.

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WO 169/13209              “H” TC GROUP                     JAN 1943

DERNA AND BARCE   CAPT J A BOWDEN RA.   LT H R DENTON ROYAL TANK REGT.   RE-ORGANIZED.

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WO 169/13213                SIB MIDDLE EAST      JAN-DEC 1942

LT/COL C J HARPER, OBE, GENERAL LIST.

3/1/43 A LIST OF OTHER RANKS ATTACHED TO SIB FROM OTHER CORPS - 114 ALL RANKS INCLUDES CAVALRY, INFANTRY AND CORPS.

4/1/43 A LIST OF OFFICERS ATTACHED TO SIB WITH THEIR LOCATIONS - 33 IN ALL LOCATED AT BEIRUT, ISMAILIA, JERUSALEM, HAIFA, TAHAG, TRIPOLI LEBANON, CYPRUS, ALEXANDRIA, SARAFAND, BENGHAZI, PORT SAID, DAMASCUS, KHARTOUM, GENEIFA, SUEZ, ZIGAZIG, ALLEPO, MERSA MATRUH, TEL EL KEBIR.   MAJ D B BOGLE, CAMERON HIGHLANDERS, APM SIB, ME.

25/11/43 2 ATS SEARCHERS PROCEED TO ISMALIA ON SPECIAL DUTY.

A DETAILED DIARY SHOWS MONTHLY LISTS OF SIB OFFICERS AND

THEIR LOCATIONS, POSTINGS IN AND OUT AND LISTS OF SIB COURSES.   OFFICERS MOVEMENTS ARE SHOW BUT NOT OTHER RANKS.

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WO 169/13214                  SIB 8 ARMY                   JUL-DEC43

CAPT D M MACKIE, DAPM SIB.

9/7/43 EMBARK ON LST 330 SOUSSE.  1 OFFICER, 1 WOII, 4 SGT’S AND 1 FORDSON 15CWT TRUCK.

11/7/43 ANCHOR OF VALLETTA, MALTA.

12/7/43 LANDED AT PORTO PALO, SICILY.

14/7/43 TO SYRACUSE, ACCOMMODATED WITH 8 ARMD DIV PRO COY.

15/7/43 OC ATTENDED CONFERENCE WITH AMGOT (ALLIED MILITARY GOVERNMENT).   LOOTING DISCUSSED, IT WAS NOTED THAT THE CIVIL POPULATION WERE LOOTING AS MUCH AS SOLDIERS.

16/7/43  SEVERAL CASES OF LOOTING DEALT WITH, DIFFICULTY AS THEY HAVE NO INTERPRETER.

18/7/43 CIVILIAN INTERPRETER REPORTS FOR DUTY.   OC AND 2 SGT’S ACCOMPANY AMGOT POLICE TO BELVEREDE ON INVESTIGATION.

19/7/43 OC, CSM AND 1 SGT TO MCLILI TO INVESTIGATE ATTEMPTED RAPE OF A COUSIN OF THE PODESTA (MAJOR).

22/7/43 INFORMATION FROM APM 50 DIVISION THAT 19 MOTOR CYCLES ON CHARGE TO HIS COMPANY HAVE BEEN STOLEN FROM GEORGE BEACH, 1 RECOVERED IN SYRACUSA.

30/7/43 CSM CONTINUES INVESTIGATION AT PRIOLA, 3 INDIAN SOLDIERS ARRESTED FOR RAPE, TWO CONFESS.

2/8/43 1800HRS APM, DAPM, RSM, 4 CSM’S, 11 SGT’S DISEMBARK AT SYRACUSA WITH 1 BANTAM, 3 Q5 CWT TRUCKS AND 2 MOTOR CYCLES.  

15/8/43 CIVILIAN BOY AGE 13 SHOT ACCIDENTALLY BY BRITISH SOLDIER WITH A PISTOL, BOY DIED.

16/8/43 DAPM CAPT D M MACKIE, 1 WO, 1 NCO SENT TO AUGMENT DETACHMENT OF 105 PRO COY TO AWAIT THE FALL OF MESSINA.   FATAL TRAFFIC ACCIDENT AND CASES OF RAPE BY BRITISH SOLDIER S (ARRESTED REPORTED AT CATANIA.   13 CASES OF ARMED HOLD UPS AND THEFTS BY BRITISH SOLDIERS REPORTED.

26/8/43 ONE RAPE REPORTED AT CATANIA.

28/8/43 SECTION STRENGTH ABSORBED INTO 4 DETACHMENTS

AT SYRACUSA, LENTINS, CATANIA AND AGIRIALE.   BRITISH SOLDIER  ACCIDENTALLY SHOT AT MISTEBIANCO BY MEMBER OF ANOTHER BRITISH UNIT.   4 INDIAN SOLDIERS ARRESTED FOR RAPE.

1/9/43 SYRACUSA, APM MAJ GOOD, 2 NCO’S MOVED TO CATANIA AND OPEN NEW HQ AT VIA PLEBISCITO STREET, 4 OFFICERS, 6 WO’S, 16 NCO’S.

6/9/42 1 WO, 6 NCO’S FROM REGGIO TO  ITALY HQ 5A VIA FRANCESCO FLORENTINO.

12/9/43 CATANIA, OFFICER COMMITTED SUICIDE BY SHOOTING HIMSELF AT MILAZZO.   CAPT D M MACKIE, 1 WO, 3 NCO’S LEFT FOR ITALY.

16/9/43 1 WO , 1 SNCO TO CROTONE, ITALY.

17/9/43 DETACHMENT AT REGGIO CLOSED, DETACHMENT AT VIBO VALENTIA ITALY OPENED.

19/9/43 BRITISH SOLDIER ARRESTED AT CATANIA FOR ARMED ROBBERY.

21/9/43 DETACHMENT AT VIDO VALENTIA, CLOSED AND RE OPENED AT TARANTO

30/9/43 SOUTH AFRICAN PTE MURDERED BY ITALIAN CIVILIAN NEAR CROONE, ITALY.   CIVILIAN ARRESTED.

6/9/43 MAJ M F GOOD, GENERAL LIST, CAPT A K CHARLETON, ROYAL INNISKILLING FUSILIERS, CAPT D M MACKIE, GENERAL LIST, LT J A BOURNE, INTELLIGENCE CORPS, 1 WOI, 5 WOII’S, 15 SGT’S, 1 CPL.

2/10/43 DETACHMENT OPENED AT BARI, 1 WO, 1 NCO.   INDIAN HAVILDAR COMMITS SUICIDE AT TARANTO.

5/10/43 BRITISH SOLDIER STABBED AND KILLED BY ITALIAN CIVILIAN AT TARANTO.

7/10/43 ALL DETACHMENTS IN SICILY CLOSED, HQ AT CATANIA CLOSED.

22/10/43 62 SECTION SIB ARRIVE AT BARI AND TAKE OVER DUTIES.

26/10/43 SECTION TO LUCERA.  HQ CAMPOBASSO, SECTIONS AT TERMOLI, SAN SEVERO, MANFREDONIA, FOGGIA, REAR HQ 8 ARMY LUCERA.

25/11/43 OUTBREAK OF SERIOUS CRIME INCLUDING MURDER, RAPE AND LOOTING IN THE VICINITY OF VASTO.

1/12/43 LUCERA, 4 OFFICERS, 5 WO’S, 23 NCO’S, 2 CARS, 6 15 CWT TRUCKS, 5 MOTOR CYCLES.

2/12/43 3 RAPES AGAINST A WOMAN AT CAMPOBASSO, FRENCH ARABS FROM PACK TRANSPORT COMPANY SUSPECTED.   3 OFFENCES OF RAPE AGAINST A WOMAN AT PAGLIETTA, 3 INDIAN SEPOYS ARRESTED.

6/12/43 VASTO, RAILWAY BRIDGE BLOWN UP, THOUGHT TO BE BRITISH SOLDIERS USING EXPLOSIVES FOR FISHING PURPOSES.  

SOLDIERS TRACED AND CHARGED.

9/12/43 VASTO.   CIVILIAN BY AGE 16 MURDERED NEAR LANCIANO, INDIAN SOLDIER SUSPECTED.

10-11/12/43 GIRL AGE 13 RAPED BY INDIAN SOLDIERS, HAVILDAR AND SEPOY ARRESTED.

14/12/43  VASTO, 4 CASES OF RAPE REPORTED AT CARROVILLO, FRENCH ARAB SOLDIERS SUSPECTED.

21/12/43 2 CASES OF RAPE REPORTED AT FRISA, INDIAN SOLDIERS SUSPECTED.   INDECENT ASSAULT ON 2 GIRLS NEAR LANCIANO, 2 INDIAN SOLDIERS ARRESTED.

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WO 169/13215         61 SECTION SIB              JUL -DEC 1943

TUNIS, BIZERTA.

7/43  ROUTINE DUTIES TUNIS AREA.  231905  LT G T SAUNDERS, GENERAL LIST, 11/12/42 TO 5/1/45.

231915 LT N E MIDDLETON, GENERAL LIST, 5/1/45.

9/43 BIZERTA.

11/43 NAPLES.

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WO 169/13216           62 SECTION SIB           JUL -DEC 1943

9/43   TUNIS, SOUSSE.   LT W H COOPER, GENERAL LIST, 30/1/43 TO 23/4/43.   LT S WILSDON, GENERAL LIST, 23/4/43,   LT W G HORTON, GENERAL LIST, 6/7/43.

17/9/43 SOUSSE, AWAITING MOVEMENT ORDER.

21/9/43  TO BIZERTA.

6/10/43 AT SEA.

9/10/43 ARRIVE TARANTO.

11/10/43 TO BRINDISI.

25/10/43 TO BARI.

1/11/43 BARI CRIME INVESTIGATIONS BARI AND DISTRICT.

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WO 169/13217               64 SECTION SIB        JUL - DEC 1943

HQ SOUSSE.   LT W J BILYARD, GENERAL LIST, 5/2/43.

4/9/43 HQ MOVED TO TUNIS, POSTINGS IN AND OUT, ROUTINE.

1-30/9/43 INVESTIGATIONS AT TUNIS, SOUSSE AND SFAX.

10/43 4 NCO’S LEFT FOR SYRACUSE TO OPEN DETACHMENT AT CATANIA.

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WO 169/13218           65 SECTION SIB             JUL -DEC 1943

BONE.   LT G LISTER, GENERAL LIST, OC 26/7/43.   ROUTINE DUTIES AND POSTINGS.   STRENGTH WOII’S 2, SGT’S 16, CPL’S 2.

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WO 169/13219             66 SECTION SIB         SEPT -DEC 1943

8/43 DISEMBARK ALGIERS.   OC CAPT F W JOHNSTON, GENERAL LIST, 30/4/43.

15/9/43 TO BIZERTA.   ROUTINE DUTIES - NO DETAILS.   LT C J DAWSON POSTED IN.

8/11/43 SAILED FOR ITALY.

11/11/43 ARRIVED NAPLES, ANCHORED OFF SHORE, TO ROUGH TO DOCK.

16/11/43 DISEMBARKED FINALLY.

20/11/43 MOVED TO SALERNO.

29/11/43 CSM BLAND TO PIZZO ON MURDER ENQUIRY.

12/43 ROUTINE DUTIES.

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WO 169/13220            67 SECTION SIB          OCT - DEC 1943

SOUSSE.   252802 CAPT W T HUTCHINS, GENERAL LIST, 26/11/43.

265406 LT J MCKINNON, GENERAL LIST 26/11/1943.   STRENGTH: WOII’S 2, SGT’S 10, CPL’S 2.

SOUSSE, CHARLTON AREA, NEW QUARTER.

5/11/43 ONE WO II AND THREE NCO’S DEPARTED TO OPEN UP DETACHMENT AT BRINDISI.

12/11/43  NO.261160 W/SGT SMEDLEY T AND NO. 2655930 W/SGT TAYLOR J POSTED AND STRUCK OFF STRENGTH OF THIS SECTION.

19/11/43 NO. 116748 L/CPL LAYBELL V H AND NO. 14251492 L/CPL CLARKE A R ARRIVED FROM NORTH AFRICA AND ATTACHED TO THIS SECTION PENDING PROMOTION AND POSTING.

19/11/43 LT J MCKINNON, TOGETHER WITH TWO FURTHER NCO’S LEFT TO TAKE CHARGE OF BRINDISI DETACHMENT.

NOTES:- DURING THE MONTH (NOV) 155 ENQUIRIES HAVE RESULTED IN 186 PERSONS BEING ARRESTED OR REPORTED.   IN THE SAME PERIOD, PROPERTY TO THE TOTAL VALUE OF £22,762.11.2 HAS BEEN RECOVERED, £15,OO OF THIS CONSISTED OF RED CROSS PARCELS INTENDED FOR PRISONERS OF WAR.  

THESE HAVE BEEN MISAPPROPRIATED BY ITALIAN OFFICERS.   DIFFICULTY HAS BEEN EXPERIENCED IN REGARD TO THE LOCAL POLICE ORGANISATION. (QUESTURA)   ALTHOUGH REPEATED APPLICATIONS HAVE BEEN MADE, NO INFORMATION HAS, TO DATE, BEEN GIVEN BY THEM AS TO ANY SENTENCES PASSED ON PERSONS ARRESTED FOR CRIME AND HANDED OVER TO THEM FOR TRIAL.

12/43  SECTION VERY HEAVILY ENGAGED ON ENQUIRIES FROM PETTY LARCENY TO MURDER.   IN ALL 312 ENQUIRES INVESTIGATED DURING THE MONTH OF DECEMBER, WITH THE RESULT THAT 349 PERSONS WERE ARRESTED OR REPORTED, AND

PROPERTY TO THE VALUE OF £1,339.13.0 RECOVERED.   GREAT DIFFICULTY EXPERIENCED IN KEEPING VEHICLES ON THE ROAD OWING TO CONTINUES USE AND THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF OBTAINING SPARES.   WAR ESTABLISHMENT CONSISTS OF SEVEN HILLMAN PW’S.   OF THESE THREE ARE NOW IN WORKSHOPS AND CANNOT BE REPAIRED UNTIL SPARE PARTS BECOME AVAILABLE.   EVERY ENQUIRY CALLS FOR THE SUBMISSION OF A REPORT, THE SINGLE TYPEWRITER ALLOWED ON THE G.1098 IS TOTALLY INADEQUATE TO COPE WITH THE WORK SUBMITTED BY 14 NCO’S.

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WO 169/13221           HQ “B” GROUP TC        JUL - SEPT 1943

1/7/43   PHILLIPVILLE, SOUR AMRAS.   MAJ R N HOLMES PIONEER CORPS 4/8/42.   CAPT C C H HILTON-GREEN ROYALS 20/7/1942.   LT J L GRANT RECCE CORPS. 5/3/43.

28/9/43 UNIT DISBANDED.

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WO 169/13222          HQ “V” GROUP TC           JUL - OCT 1943

LE BARDO, TUNIS   MAJ C C H HILTON GREEN ROYALS 15/1/43.   CAPT J S POTTS KINGS REGT. 18/1/43.   CAPT J G RUTTERFORD KINGS REGT. 5/7/43.

27/8/43 BOARD OF SURVEY EXAMINED G1098 EQUIPMENT AND STORES.

NOTHING FURTHER TO REPORT.

12/10/43 UNIT DISBANDMENT COMPLETE.

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WO 169/13223             HQ “X” GROUP TC       JUL - AUG 1943

TUNIS  MAJ L O M COLLINGWOOD. MIDDLESEX REGT 15/7/43. OC

26/8/43 RE DISPOSITION OF COMPANY AREAS AND TASKS TOOK PLACE.

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WO 169/13224            15 AREA PRO COY        JAN - DEC 1943

HAIFA.   LT COL F H NEWMAN-ROGERS ROYAL WILTSHIRE YEOMANRY.

NORMAL POLICE AND ESCORT DUTIES.

1/9/43 REDESIGNATION OF COMPANY FROM NORTHERN AREA PRO COY TO 15 AREA PRO COY.   CAPT C T G SAYERS.

1/11/43 L/CPL SHILLITS INVOLVED IN A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT.

3/12/43 SGT R SPARROW INVOLVED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL.

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WO 169/13225            21 AREA PRO COY       OCT - NOV 1943

TEL AVIV,   MAJ W BROWNE-CLAYTON 12 LANCERS.

JERUSALEM  TROUBLESOME BEHAVIOUR OF SOLDIERS, GREEKS, COLOURED SOLDIERS, POLES AND OFFICERS AT EGGED BUS STATIONS.   MUCH DRUNKENNESS.

17/10/43 3 GREEK SOLDIERS DRUNK IN THE CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY, BETHLEHEM

(DIARY READS LIKE SODOM AND GOMORRHA EVERY NATIONALITY DRUNK).

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WO 169/13226     SOUTHERN AREA PRO COY  JAN - AUG 1943

JERUSALEM.   MAJ MARSHALL.   LISTS OF POSTINGS AND ROUTINE DUTIES.

24/3/43 DEATH OF L/CPL MAPPS - MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT.

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WO 169/13227    GAZA DET. SOUTHERN AREA PRO COY  AUG - NOV 1943

GAZA   LOTS OF STATION DUTIES.   CAPT J GRAY.

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WO 169/13228   SARAFAND DET SOUTHERN AREA PRO COY AUG, OCT,NOV 1943

AUG CAPT J GRAY.   HQ DUTY, GATE DUTY, STATION DUTY, CAMP PATROLS AND LOTS OF TRAINING.

OCT-NOV  CAPT L M E PARTRIDGE.   INSPECTION BRIGADIER SUGGESTS ALL HAVERSACKS BE SCRUBBED, SOME ARE BLANCOED.

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WO 169/13229   SYRIA & LEBANON L OF C PRO COY JULY - DEC 1943

BEIRUT.   CAPT (QM) E E FREEMAN.   DETACHMENTS IN ALEY AND ALLEPO.   DETAILS OF DUTIES, POSTING AND HOSPITAL IN OUT.

20/8/43 DEIR EZ SAR FIRE AT OEG STORES, 4 CIVILIANS DIED FROM BURNS.  ASSISTANCE RENDERED BY CMP DETACHMENT.

11-16/11/43 VARIOUS INCIDENTS WERE REPORTED BETWEEN THE LOCAL POPULATION AND THE F.F.L (FRENCH FOREIGN LEGION) RESULTING IN CASUALTIES ON BOTH SIDES, SOME FATAL, BUT NO  BRITISH PERSONNEL WERE INVOLVED.

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WO 169/13230   TEL AVIV DET SOUTHERN AREA PRO COY AUG, OCT,NOV 1943

ROUTINE DUTIES, NO OTHER DETAILS.

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WO 169/13231 TRANS JORDAN AREA PRO  COY MAR-MAY 1943

AMMAN. APM. MAJ J W WILSON RA AND OC. CAPT W G WEBB, GENERAL LIST.

9/3/43  OUTBREAK OF TYPHUS REPORTED AT RUTBA, OUT OF BOUNDS TO ALL BRITISH AND ARAB LEGION PERSONNEL.   CMP PERSONNEL FROM H3 AND H4 WITHDRAWN TO RUTBA TO ENFORCE OUT OF BOUNDS ORDER.

10/3/43 7690206 L/CPL HARRISON AT RUTBA REPORTED TO BE SUFFERING FROM TYPHUS AND PLACED ON DI LIST.   ALL CMP AT RUTBA INOCULATED AGAINST TYPHUS AND KITS FUMIGATED AND ANTI TYPHUS PRECAUTIONS TAKEN.

12/3/43 ARRIVAL OF KING FIESAL II AT AMMAN, ESCORT DUTIES PERFORMED.   REPORT OF ACCIDENT TO  ROYAL ESCORT.

12/3/43 AZRAK VILLAGE OUT OF BOUNDS, TYPHUS.

14/3/43 LETTER FROM A/3 HQ 96 SUB AREA RE ACCIDENT TO

ROYAL PARTY 12/3/43.   A MESSAGE HAS BEEN RECEIVED FROM HH THE EMIR EXPRESSING HIS THANKS FOR THE ASSISTANCE AFFORDED TO HIS VISITORS ON FRIDAY 123/43.  YOU ARE REQUESTED TO PASS THIS MESSAGE ON TO THOSE PERSONNEL OF YOUR DEPARTMENT WHO WERE CONCERNED.   J P ROBINSON. COL. COMMANDER, 96 SUB AREA.

16/3/43 LETTER FROM APM TRANS-JORDAN TO DPM, HQ PALESTINE.   1. REFERENCE THE ABOVE SUBJECT.   I HAVE TO REPORT FOR YOUR INFORMATION THAT AT ABOUT 11.30 HRS ON THE 12/3/43, INFORMATION WAS RECEIVED BY THE CMP THAT AN ACCIDENT HAD OCCURRED BETWEEN MAFRAQ AND H3, INVOLVING A CAR ESCORTING THE KING OF IRAQ, HIS ROYAL PARTY AND THE PRIME MINISTER OF TRANS-JORDAN TO AMMAN.   ARRANGEMENTS WERE MADE FOR A WD AMBULANCE, BREAKDOWN TRUCK AND MILITARY POLICE ESCORT TO PROCEED IMMEDIATELY TO THE SCENE OF THE ACCIDENT.   UPON ARRIVAL IT WAS FOUND THAT AN ESCORT CAR CONTAINING FIVE IRAQI SOLDIERS, PART OF THE KING’S RETINUE, HAD OVERTURNED.   THESE SOLDIERS WERE SENT TO THE HOSPITAL AT ZERKA BY AMBULANCE AND THE ROYAL PARTY WAS ESCORTED BY CMP OUTRIDERS TO HH THE EMIR OF TRANS-JORDANS PALACE, AMMAN, WHERE THEY WERE PROCEEDING.

2.  HH THE EMIR HAS EXPRESSED HIS THANKS FOR THIS SERVICE AS PER ATTACHED COPY OF HQ SUB AREA’S REFERENCE NO.A/3 OF THE 14/3/43.

LETTER FROM OFFICE OF THE BRITISH RESIDENT, TRANS-JORDAN, AMMAN TO COMMANDER 96 SUB AREA.   I AM ASKED BY H E THE PRIME MINISTER TO CONVEY TO YOU AN EXPRESSION OF HIS DEEP APPRECIATION OF THE SERVICES RENDERED BY SGT MAJOR PEPLOW I/C MILITARY POLICE AT MAFRAQ, WHILE HIS EXCELLENCY WAS WAITING IN HIS CAR NEAR MAFRAQ ON FRIDAY LAST, THE 12TH MARCH, 1943 FOR HIS MAJESTY KING FAISAL II OF IRAQ AND HIS RETINUE TO ARRIVE.

   SGT MAJOR PEPLOW PLACED COURIERS AT THE SERVICE OF HIS EXCELLENCY WHO KEPT HIM IN TOUCH WITH THE PROGRESS OF THE ROYAL PARTY SUBSEQUENT TO THE ACCIDENT WHICH DELAYED THEIR JOURNEY AND, GENERALLY ACTED VERY EFFICIENTLY IN MATTERS OF ASSISTANCE TO THE ROYAL PARTY AND TO HE THE PRIME MINISTER.   SIGNED A KIRKBRIDE, BRITISH RESIDENT.

28/3/43 PARACHUTE DEMONSTRATION AT ES SHUNE ATTENDED BY HH THE EMIR ABDULLAH.  

DETAILS OF PERSONNEL FOR PARACHUTE DEMONSTRATION

SUNDAY 28/3/43

RSM MCNAIR T   SUPERVISING

CSM RILEY F, L/CP’S THIRLAWAY C, FOLEY G AND TOWNSLEY E,

MARSHALING OF SPECTATORS.

SGT COPE W   MEET GOC, AT ALLENBY BRIDGE, AND GUIDE TO STAND AS SHOWN BY DAPM, ON 27/3/43.   TO ME MOUNTED ON A FAST MOTORCYCLE.

CPL KERNAGHAN T  MEET HH THE EMIR ABDULLAH AT SHUNE AND GUIDE TO SPOT AS SHOWN BY DAPM, 0N 27/3/42, THEN CONDUCT TO ARAB LEGION POLICE POST AND AFTERWARDS GUIDE TO JERICHO AIR FIELD AND REMAIN UNTIL DISMISSED BY THE DAPM.   HE WILL BE MOUNTED ON A GOOD MOTORCYCLE.

CPL KING R W  CLOSE ROAD AT ALLENBY BRIDGE, SIDE AS POINTED OUT BY THE DAPM, FROM 09.30HRS UNTIL MIDDAY.   NO VEHICLE WILL BE ALLOWED THROUGH UNLESS SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS ARE GIVEN BY THE APM.

CQMS TAYLOR A  WILL CLOSE THE ROAD AT SHUNE FROM 09.30HRS UNTIL MIDDAY NO VEHICLE WILL BE ALLOWED TO PASS UNLESS INSTRUCTIONS ARE GIVEN BY THE APM.

DRESS:  DUTY ORDER, TRAFFIC SLEEVES, BREECHES AND BOOTS AND CRASH HELMETS FOR DR’S.   A GOOD TURNOUT IS EXPECTED.

PLACE OF PARADE, SUNDAY 28/3/43 CMP BILLET, TIME OF PARADE SUNDAY 28/3/43, 07.15 HOURS.

THE UNDERMENTIONED WARRANT OFFICERS, AND NCO’S WILL PARADE ON SATURDAY 27/3/43 AT CMP BILLET, AT 08.00HRS

RSM MCNAIR T, CSM RILEY F, SGT COPE W WITH M/C, CPL KERNAGHAN T WITH M/C, L/CPL THIRLAWAY C WITH M/C, CPL

KING R W WITH MOTORCYCLE, CQMS TAYLOR WITH M/C.

AMMAN                                             CAPT W G WEBB

25/3/43                                       OC TRANS-JORDAN PRO COY

                                                   CORPS OF MILITARY POLICE.

DISTRIBUTION

APM 96 SUB AREA, CO TRANS-JORDAN PRO COY, RSM MCNAIR, CSM RILEY, WAR DIARY (2), FILE.

CPL KING POSTED TO UK AFTER 7 YEARS SERVICE ABROAD.

17/4/43 RSM BRADSHAW ARRIVES FROM HQ PALESTINE.

29/4/43 CMP OUTRIDERS ESCORT KING FEISAL II TO TRANS JORDAN, IRAQ FRONTIER.

5/5/43 OC CAPT WEBB PROCEEDED TO MAFRAQ TO GIVE EVIDENCE AGAINST CAPT PHILLIP IN RESPECT OF THE ILLEGAL KEEPING OF PIGS.

30/5/43 COY HQ AT AMMAN WITH DETACHMENTS AT AKABA, MAFRAQ, RUTBA AND H4.

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WO 169/13233          PRO DET BAHREIN           JAN-DEC 1943

1/43 BAHREIN, NCO I/C CSM F J SAXTON.

28/1/43 VISITED SHEIKH KALIFA BIN MOHAMED WHO ARRANGED TOUR OF THE TOWN.   RE BROTHELS ETC., INFORMED OF SLIGHT INCIDENTS CAUSED BY NAVAL PERSONNEL ASHORE FROM SHIPS VISITING THE ISLAND.   BROTHELS SELDOM VISITED BY BRITISH MILITARY PERSONNEL.   RELATIONS WITH POLICE, LOCAL INHABITANTS AND MILITARY GOOD.

30/1/43 VD, REQUESTED MONTHLY RETURN FOR ATTACHING TO MONTHLY REPORT.

2/43  ARMED PATROLS ON OIL REFINERY, SOMETIMES SINGLE, SOMETIMES DOUBLE, CHECK ALL PASS HOLDERS AND EMPLOYEES.   NORTON AND MATCHLESS MOTOR BIKES ISSUED.   LOCALS CHARGED WITH THEFT OF WD OR OIL COMPANY PROPERTY TRIED IN LOCAL COURTS.

5/5/43  MEDICAL INSPECTION OF CMP DETACHMENT - CERTIFIED FREE FROM INFECTION.

10/5/43 4 WOMEN DETAINED FOR BEING OUT OF BOUNDS ON MILITARY PROPERTY, WARNED SEVERELEY BY THE BAHREIN GOVERNMENT.

17/10/43 MOTOR CYCLE ESCORT FOR VISIT OF GENERAL LORD WAVELL AND LORD LINLITHGOW.

12/12/43 SEARCH WARRANT ISSUED BY BHAREIN STATE POLICE AGAINST HAMYA BIN NASRALI, BOOT REPAIRER, MANAMA.   FOUND REPAIRING CIVILIAN SHOES WITH LEATHER STAMPED WD FOUND ON SHOP PREMISES.   NATIVE DETAINED BY STATE POLICE FOR INTERROGATION AND CHARGING.

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WO 169/13234  21 BEACH GROUP PRO COY  JULY-AUG 1943

HAMMAMETT.   LT H T CORRIE.

MOVE TO CHURCHILL CONCENTATION AREA. TO SOUSSE.

31/7/43 TRIPOLI STAGING POST FOR SICILY.

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WO 169/13235       “R” BEACH PRO COY        MAY - DEC 1943

27/5/43 BOUGIE.   COMPANY FORMED ON WAR ESTABLISHMENT AND MOBILIZED.

8/4/43 LT G A ROMAIN ROYAL FUSILIERS JOINS AS OC.23/6/43 TO SOUSSE.

10/7/43 COMPANY TO SICILY, PORTO PALO, MAINTAINED 20 BEACH GROUP AREA.

31/7/43 SCORDIA.   COMPANY TAKEN OVER BY LT J K B INGHAM

GENERAL LIST (LT ROMAIN IN HOSPITAL NO 3 CCS AND SOS SICKNESS).

13/8/43 CAPT ROMAIN RETURNS FROM HOSPITAL.

8/9/43 LANDED AT BIFRO VALENCIA MARINA SHIP COULD NOT FIND RIGHT BEACH AND ARRIVED 2 HOURS LATE.   PROVOST WERE FIRST OFF SHIP AND SUBJECTED TO HEAVY FIRE FROM MORTARS, ARTILLERY AND MACHINE GUNS.   MANY POW’S.   EMPLOYED ON BEACHES UNLOADING SHIPS, SOME MEN KILLED BY OWN FIRE.   1 L/CPL SLIGHTLY WOUNDED.

18/10/43 MOVE TO TERMOLI.   NO 201 FMC (V LARINO).

3/11/43 GUGLIONESI.   LT F A WALKER BORDER REGT 2 I/C. SAN SALVO.

31/12/43 TO TORINO.

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WO 169/13236       “S” BEACH PRO COY       SEPT - DEC 1943

SALERNO.   CAPT N T CORRIE LANCASHIRE FUSILIER. OC.

6/9/43 OFF TRIPOLI, WEIGHED ANCHOR, INVASION FLEET PRESENTING A WONDERFUL SIGHT.   LTS’S TOWING PONTOONS JOINED CONVOY FROM SOUSSE.

13/9/43 L/CPL BOWBRIDGE RECEIVED SHRAPNEL INJURIES WHILST ON DUTY AT A POINT NEAR BURNING PETROL DEPOT, INJURED IN BUTTOCKS AND THIGH.   TAKEN TO MDS AND EVACUATED BY HOSPITAL SHIP ON 18/9/43.

23/9/43 L/CPL WILLIAMS SHOT THROUGH THUMB WHILST ON DUTY AT COLLEGE CORNER BY AN RE OFFICER WHO STATED THAT OWING TO DARKNESS ETC IT WAS A CASE OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY.

23/9/43 L/CPL’S SIMPSON AND JONES EVACUATED.

24/9/43 L/CPL JUDGE EVACUATED.

25/9/43 CPL BIRCH, L/CPL’S DYALL AND JONES EVACUATED.

19/10/43 MOVE TO NAPLES.

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WO 169/13237           1 SPECIAL PRO COY               NOV 1943

9/11/43 ALMAZA. COY FORMED CAPT R L OSBORNE GENERAL LIST 10/11/43.   LT J W ROBBINS GREEN HOWARDS 17/10/43.

BAB EL HADID TRANSIT CAMP.

14/11/43 ALLEPO.

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WO 169/13238                  3 TC COY                JUN - AUG 1943

1/6/43 LE BARDO SPECIAL DUTIES, WINSTON CHURCHILL VISIT.

5/6/43 ENFIDAVILLE.

5/6/43 634944 PTE MERRY R MET WITH SERIOUS ACCIDENT AT THE PONT DU FAHS, ENFIDAVILLE ROAD.   ADMITTED TO 94 GENERAL HOSPITAL.

8/6/43 TRIPOLI.

12/6/42 BARCE 6349487 L/CPL M SMITH INVOLVED IN A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT TO HOSPITAL

28/6/43 4754312 PTE W SMITH RECEIVED INJURIES OF A SEVERE NATURE, MEDDLING WITH ENEMY AMMUNITION.

188220 CAPT W J NEWMAN GENERAL LIST.   LT W A TRANTER GENERAL LIST, LT F A CONNETT. GENERAL LIST.   LT L A ASHBY ROYAL WARWICKSHIRE REGT.

2/7/43 TELEPHONE MESSAGE RECEIVED FROM 97 GENERAL HOSPITAL BNAF THAT 634944 PTE R H MERRY DIED 26/6/43 AS A RESULT OF ACCIDENT ON 5/7/43.

19/7/43 MAJ RANKIN APM 16 AREA MOBILE PRO CONTROL VISITS.

26/7/43 DAQMG 99 SUB AREA REPORTED A MURDER AT DERNA.   SIB INFORMED.

28/7/43 UNIT TO DISBAND, PERSONNEL TO 507 IND MOBILE PRO COY.

29/7/43 6349516 PTE CUMMINGS T MET WITH SERIOUS MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT, DIAGNOSED WITH FRACTURE TO BASE OF SKULL,  DANGEROUSLY ILL LIST.

7/8/43 COY DISBANDS.

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WO 169/13239        “F” MOBILE PRO COY    JULY - DEC 1943

PAIFORCE.   CAPT R R CONNAL 1 ROYAL FUSILIERS.   LT E W ELLIS 3/2 PUNJAB REGT.   LT B U DESAI ⅕ MARAHATTA REGT.

28/7/43 KERMANSAHAH.   AID TO RUSSIAN ROAD KHUSROVI - HAMADAN.

8/8/43 DOCUMENTS RECEIVED RE DISBANDMENT OF PAIFORCE TC UNIT AND FORMATION OF “F” MOBILE PRO COY.

14/8/43 VISIT OF PM COL WARBURTON.   LT G R K GORDON 2 ROYAL SUSSEX JOINS.

2/9/43 MAJ PRICE APM GHQ PAIFORCE VISITS.

6/9/43 MOST SECRET- RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR M MAISKY AND WIFE TO PASS THROUGH EN ROUTE TO TEHRAN.   COY TO COVER ALL DANGEROUS PLACES ON ROUTE.

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WO 169/13240    A SQN MOUNTED MILITARY POLICE.    JAN - SEPT 1943

1/2/43 ALMZA.   A SQUADRON FORMED, 5 OFFICERS AND 140 OTHER RANKS.   MAJ R J JOHNSON-HOUGHTON. CHESHIRE YEOMANRY. OC.   LT R H J SETCHELL GENERAL LIST, ADMIN OFFICER.   LT J L WALSH. ROYAL ARMOURED CORPS 1 TROOP OFFICER.   LT G A CUNARD ROYAL ARMOURED CORPS.

5/2/43 46 HORSES DRAWN FROM ABBASIA.

24/3/43 50 SADDLES ARRIVE FROM SUDAN.

22/4/43 TEL EL KEBIR VISIT OF COL LOVELL-PAYNE DPM 18 AREA.

24/4/43 AMIRIYA VIST OF LT COL WHITEHEAD DPM 16 AREA.

26/4/43 TSM HURST, SGT ROBINSON AND 7 NCO’S RAID VILLAGE OF EL BALWA IN VICINITY OF TAHAG FOR PURPOSE OF RECOVERY OF STOLEN PROPERTY.

27/4/43 RAID ON VILLAGE OF ELBET EL NASHRA.

4/5/43 LT E J BARKER FROM 604 PRO SQN, 2 TROOP LEADER.

19/5/43 42 BRITISH CAVALRY HORSES ARRIVE FROM PALESTINE, 3 TROOP FORMED.   LT E T T ROSCOE QUEENS REGT. ARRIVES.

DISPOSITION: 17 AREA, 16 AREA AND 18 AREA.

14/6/43 TROOP PARADE THROUGH ALEXANDRIA.  BEST TURNED OUT MAN AND HORSE L/CPL BROWN.  17.00 HRS TROOP PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN.   LT E J BARKER GENERAL LIST ARRIVES.

11/8/43 TROOP PARADE FOR MOUNTED DISPLAY BY CAIRO CITY MOUNTED POLICE.

13/8/43 GROUND PREPARED TO BURY 2 HORSES SHOT BY VETERINARY OFFICER. DIED FROM EPIZOOTIC LYMPHANNITN.   REMAINDER OF HORSES CONFINED TO TRAINING AREA FOR 3 MONTH.

15/8/43 CAVALRY SWORDS ISSUED.

24/9/43 TEL EL KEBIR.   FIRING PARTY UNDER TSM, 3 PATROLS OF 4 NCO’S MOUNTED FIRING PARTY PARADED UNDER APM QASSASIN FOR EXECUTION OF A PALESTINIAN SOLDIER CONVICTED OF MURDERING 1 OFFICER AND 2 OTHER RANKS.

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WO 169/13241   ATS PROVOST WING PALESTINE   OCT - DEC 1943

15/10/43  DAPM JUNIOR COMMANDER WIGMORE.   ABSENTEES AND DESERTERS, TRAINING, CLOSE ARRESTS AND WELFARE.

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WO 169/13242  ATS PROVOST WING EGYPT  JAN - DEC 1943

31/5/43 CAIRO   2ND ATS PROVOST COURSE COMMENCED.   14 AUXILIARY’S ENROLLED IN PALESTINE.

26/6/43 12 AUXILIARY’S PASSED COURSE.   NO 3 ATS PRO SECT EGYPT FORMED.   NO 4 ATS PRO SECT PALESTINE FORMED.

1/7/43 PRO WING MEF CONSISTS OF 29 TRAINED PRO PERSONNEL FOR PATROL DUTIES: 5 BRITISH NCO’S, 3 PALESTINIAN CPL’S 20 PALESTINIAN L/CPL’S, 1 GREEK L/CPL. 1 BRITISH CSM, 1 BRITISH SGT, 12 PALESTINIAN L/CPL’S WITH NO 2 AND 4 SECTIONS AT SARAFAND UNDER DAPM J C WIGMORE.

3 BRITISH SERGEANTS, 11 PALESTINIAN PERSONNEL, 1 GREEK ON DUTY. CAIRO -ISMALIA UNDER DAPM ATS JUNIOR COMMANDER MCDERMOT

25/7/43 CAIRO.  VISIT BY STAFF OFFICER ARMY EDUCATION CORPS, DECIDED PERSONNEL SHOULD BE TAUGHT ENGLISH.

16/8/43 3RD ATS PROVOST COURSE COMMENCES.   JUNIOR COMMANDER J CHEESLEY. HQ BTE.

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WO 169/13243             10 TC COY                    JUN - DEC 1943

3/7/43 CONSTANTINE.   CAPT W S H BETTS ROYAL NORHTUMBERLAND FUSILIERS, 19/4/42.  

LT R H DATHAN DEVONSHIRE REGT, 28/8/42.   LT C R T GORDON ROYAL WEST KENT REGT, 15/1/43.  LT J R CAMPBELL

CANADIAN PRO COY 14/6/43.

4/7/43 UNIT PART I ORDER  CARRYING OF AMMUNITION, AMMO WILL BE CARRIED BY MP’S ON DUTY BUT WEAPONS WILL NOT BE LOADED.

21/8/43 UNIT PART ONE ORDERS BY CAPT W S H BETTS RNF COMMANDING.

DRESS. CAPS F.S WILL NOT BE WORN BY POINTSMEN WHILST ON DUTY.   HELMETS UNIVERSAL HAVE BEEN SPECIALLY OBTAINED FOR PROTECTION AGAINST THE SUN, AND MUST BE WORN.   TC FLASHES (A BLUE DIAMOND WITH RED LETTERS T.C IN CENTRE) WILL BE WORN ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE HELMET.   THE ALTERNATIVE HEADGEAR IS SD CAP OR STEEL HELMET.

2/9/43 TRAFFIC ACCIDENT 2 OTHER RANKS INJURED.

8/9/43  PTE ROGERS INJURED IN ACCIDENT AND DIED FROM HIS INJURIES AT LEFKHEUS GENERAL HOSPITAL LE KHROUD.

13/9/43 EL GUNEAH TRAFFIC ACCIDENT 1 PTE KILLED (L/CPL HAYHURST)  1 PTE INJURED.

20/9/43 PART I ORDER CAPT H S E S NELSON ASSUMES COMMAND OF B GROUP CMP TC IN ABSENCE OF MAJ R N HOLMES WEF 10/9/43.   LT G GARDNER EAST YORKS REGT ARRIVES 21/9/43.

13/11/43 TUNIS TEXAS CONCENTRATION AREA.

15/11/43 BIZERTA EMBARK FOR SICILY.

21/11/43 DETACHMENTS AT CATANIA, LENTNO, PRIOLO.

11/12/43 EMBARK AT MESSINA.

14/12/43 SAILED FROM MESSINA TO REGGIO.

17/12/43 TO TARANTO.

30/12/43 TO NAPLES.

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WO 169/13244                  43 TC COY             JULY - DEC 1943

1/8/43 SIRACUSA, SECTION SOLARINA, OVOLA, PACHINO.

4/8/43 SOLARINA.

31/8/43 LT RUDLING ATTACHED DAPM SIRACUSA.   CAPT G D SIMPSON 3 CARABINIERS 10/5/43.   LT A PAUL GENERAL LIST 1/5/43.  LT W E RUDLING ESSEX REGT. 1/5/43.   LT F E CLARKE WELCH REGT 5/6/43.

14/9/43 COMPANY CROSSED TO MAINLAND OF ITALY.

1/10/43 PAOLO.

7/10/43 TARANTO.

29/11/43 LT G A NEED GLOUCESTERSHIRE REGT ARRIVES FROM 101 PRO COY.

1/12/43 SAN SALVO.

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WO 169/13245                   49 TC COY              JUL - DEC 1943

SOUSSE.   CAPT R B WATERS RA 7/10/42.   LT H T LAVENDER KING’S SHROPSHIRE LIGHT INFANTRY 14/7/40.   LT F G SISSON GENERAL LIST 30/4/43.   LT M J GOLDSTONE SHERWOOD FORESTERS 20/4/43.

10/8/43 EMBARK SOUSSE FOR SICILY.

11/8/43 GENERAL FIUMORA ROSARIO CAPTURED BY OC COY.

14/8/43 PRIOLO  TAKE OVER DUTIES FROM 506 COY CMP.

23/5/43 7684957 WOII CSM PIGGOT J OF THIS COY AWARDED THE BEM 16/9/43.

4/11/43 20.30HRS 5832186 PTE MUTTICK KILLED IN A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT ON THE MAIN CERIGNOLA - FOGGIA ROAD.

5/11/43 PTE MUTTICK BURIED IN MILITARY PLOT FOGGIA, 49 TC COY REPRESENTED BY OC AND BURIAL PARTY.

6/11/43 1 SGT AND 3 OTHER RANKS INJURE IN ENEMY AIR RAID AT CANDOSA.   1 SGT AND 2 OTHER RANKS RECEIVED SLIGHT LACERATIONS FROM FLYING GLASS BUT REMAINED ON DUTY.   1 PTE. (NEWBROOK) DETAINED IN 54 GENERAL HOSPITAL  WITH MULTIPLE LACERATIONS TO FACE, SCALP AND FACIAL NERVE INJURIES.

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WO 169/13246                  65 TC COY                 JULY - DEC 1943

3/7/43 MEDJES EL BAB - TUNIS.   CAPT G S KEEN ROYAL BERKSHIRE REGT 24/5/42.   LT K MILLER EAST LANCASHIRE REGT. 13/11/41.  LT E R BURDGE WORCESTERSHIRE REGT 14/7/42.  LT A J SUGGATE ROYAL BERKSHIRE REGT 26/7/42.  LT G A NEED GLOUCESTERSHIRE REGT 21/8/43

5/12/43 LT T A’HERN RA ARRIVES FROM 71 TC COY.

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WO 169/13247                71 TC COY               JUNE - DEC 1943

1/7/45 ALGIERS.

12/7/43 CSM MACHIN INVOLVED IN A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT, ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL.

16/7/43 LARGE EXPLOSION ON MOLE LOUIS BILLIARD WITH EXTERNAL REPERCUSSIONS.  TC ASSISTANCE PROVIDED.

1/7/45 SPECIAL ORDER OF THE DAY VISIT OF HM THE KING.

CAPT H S F SNELSON KING’S OWN YORKSHIRE LIGHT INF. 28/10/41.  LT G W THOMPSON SOUTH LANCASHIRE REGT 18/7/42.  LT H E J CHATER LEICESTERSHIRE REGT 9/6/43.  LT D S HATTON EAST YORKS REGT 30/9/43.   CAP R E L JOHNSTON LINCOLNSHIRE REGT. 20/9/43.   LT J A’HERN ROYAL ARTILLERY 25/10/43.  LT N H PATTISON GENERAL LIST 27/10/43.   LT P F O’MERA RASC 17/10/43.  LT D HATTON-SMITH EAST YORKSHIRE REGT 30/9/43.

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WO 169/13248                75 TC COY              JUNE - DEC 1943

14/7/43 SOUSSE.   CAPT H P RUTTER GENERAL LIST 12/4/43.   LT W S H SHAW ROYAL SUSSEX REGT 30/7/42.   LT V E GRIGGS GENERAL LIST 23/4/43.  LT H A BARRATT GENERAL LIST 31/8/43.

8/11/43  COY TO ASSIST IN TEXAS CONCENTRATION AREA AT BIZERTA.

SAILED ON LST 421 TO TARANTO.   LT D W JAMIESON ROYAL WARWICKSHIRE REGT. 1/11/43.

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WO 169/13249                77 TC COY              JUNE - DEC 1943

3/7/43 SOUK AHRAS, PHILLIPPEVILLE, BONE, DUVIVIER, GUELMA.   CAPT K W SLACK EAST YORKSHIRE REGT, 17/9/42.  LT R E L JOHNSTON LINCOLNSHIRE REGT, 14/7/42.  LT J C ATKINSON DURHAM LIGHT INFANTRY 23/9/42.  LT J E FORREST. GENERAL LIST, 30/11/42.

6/9/43 JEMMAPES.

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WO 169/13250                80 TC COY             JUNE - JULY 1943

1/6/43 BORDJ BOU ARRERIOJ.

12/6/43 BENGHAZI.

14/6/43 LAM LUDA. ACCIDENT OCCURRED IN CONVOY IN WHICH 4621818 PTE CARLEY J OF THIS COMPANY DRIVING A 15 CWT BEDFORD TRUCK NO. Z4764748 WAS INVOLVED IN A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT.   HE RECEIVED SEVERE HEAD INJURIES FROM WHICH HE DIED ON THE WAY TO HOSPITAL AT BARCE.   COURT OF INQUIRY ORDERED AT MATRUH BY DAPM MATRUH ZONE.

22/7/43 12.00 HRS 1 SGT AND 1 OTHER RANK RECOVERED BODY OF AN UNIDENTIFIED GERMAN SOLDIER ON THE BARRANI ROAD, 40 KM WEST OF MATRUH.

15.30 HRS BURIED AT MATRUH CEMETERY.

CAPT W A DENT GENERAL LIST, 2/7/43.   LT C W LINDLEY SHERWOOD FORESTERS 11/9/42.  LT W A R SURMAN NORTHAMPTONSHIRE YEOMANRY, 16/9/42.   LT D H WARNER ROYAL TANK REGT, 4/6/43.

7/43  COY TO DISBAND.

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WO 169/13251             101 PRO COY             JULY - DEC 1943

14/7/43 SFAX 23/7/43.  2613236 RSM KIBBLE REPORTS FOR DUTY.   CAPT J D JAMES ARGYLL & SUTHERLAND HIGHLANDERS (RA), 18/6/43.   LT F TUPLIN GENERAL LIST 26/4/43.   LT P C B ROWE ROYAL ARTILLERY 12/8/43.  LT J E BATESON PIONEER CORPS, 9/8/43.

18/9/43 BOARDED SHIPS AT PHILLIPVILLE, DISEMBARK TARANTO 20/9/43.

28/11/43 CAPT J K B INGHAM FROM 105 PRO COY.   LT G A NEED GLOUCESTERSHIRE REGT 8/11/43.   LT L J WILLIAMS ROYAL ARMD CORPS, 8/11/43.  LT F A WALKER BORDER REGT, 23/8/43.   LT J R GREEN GENERAL LIST 12/12/43.

5/10/43 FOGGIA.

8/12/43 RSM NATTRESS ARRIVED FROM 46 DIV PRO COY.

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WO 169/13252              103 PRO COY           JUNE - DEC 1943

1/7/43 LE KRAM.   CAPT C L SMITH SOUTH STAFFORDSHIRE REGT, 16/4/43.   LT J G RUTTERFORD KINGS REGT, 31/7/42.  LT C B BAINES NORTHAMPTONSHIRE YEOMANRY, 17/2/43.   LT A D PRICE GENERAL LIST, 19/6/43.  LT MCLAUGHLIN GENERAL LIST 12/7/43.   LT G E BUTLER HAMPSHIRE REGT, 13/9/43.

18/9/43 CPL REED OF THIS UNIT INVOLVED IN A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT AND STRUCK OFF STRENGTH.

24/10/43 COY TO TEXAS CONCENTRATION AREA BIZERTA.

18/11/43 LANDED SYRACUSE.

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WO 169/13253                105 PRO COY             JAN -DEC 1943

1/1/43 MAIN HQ 8 ARMY.   CAPT A G JOSLIN NORFOLK REGT, 7/1/43.   LT J R C INGHAM GENERAL LIST 10/10/42.  LT E J BARKER GENERAL LIST, 4/1/43.  LT A BLACKBURN KING’S SHROPSHIRE LIGHT INF, 15/1/43.  LT W T M BRANGHAM GENERAL LIST.   LT A L MARSHALL BORDER REGT.

4/2/43  WINSTON CHURCHILL AND GOC ARRIVE IN TRIPOLI.

7/6/43 TO MALTA

15/7/43 EMBARKED MALTA ARRIVE SYRACUSE SICILY 16/7/43.

26/9/43 ARRIVE TARANTO.

12/10/43 09.30 HRS TRAFFIC ACCIDENT OCCURRED ON ROAD NORTH OF CERIGNOLA INVOLVING A COY 15 CWT TRUCK AND A 3 TON LORRY, RESULTING IN THE DEATH OF L/CPL GARRITY AND SEVERE INJURIES TO L/CPL ROBERT BOTH OF THIS COY.   15.00 HRS L/CPL GARRITY BURIED IN CIVIL CEMETERY AT CERIGNOLA.

1/11/43 TO SERRA CAPRIOLA.

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WO 169/13254              111 PRO COY            JULY - DEC 1943

1/7/43 TUNIS.   CAPT R G JONES SOUTH WALES BORDERER’S, 15/6/43.  LT G A NEED GLOUCESTERSHIRE REGT, 16/2/43.

5/9/43 EMBARKED ON LST 154 AT BIZERTA.

9/9/43 DISEMBARKED PONTGAGNANO BEACH, SALERNO, D DAY.

12/9/43 COY HQ SHELLED, 1 3 TON TRUCK AND 1 15 CWT TRUCK DESTROYED, COY RECORDS DESTROYED.

14/9/43 1 L/CPL WOUNDED.   LT WM BARRIE SUFFOLK REGT, 23/6/43.   LT J C MAXWELL LANCASHIRE FUSILIERS 7/8/43.   LT G HIX HAMPSHIRE REGT, 26/8/43.  LT E D POWELL WELCH REGT, 17/9/43.

24/10/43 NORMAL ROUTINE DUTIES.   ONE L/CPL ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL AS A RESULT OF A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT WHICH

PROVED FATAL (L/CPL HEIGHWAY).

25/10/43 NORMAL ROUTINE DUTIES (L/CPL HEIGHWAY DIED NO MENTION IN DIARY).

25/11/43 NAPLES.

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WO 169/13255                 112 PRO COY           JAN - DEC 1943

1/43 HOMS, ABLAH BARRACKS, RAYAK AERODROME.

COY PROVIDED OUTRIDERS FOR C IN C.   TOWN PATROLS ABLAM.

LT COL P H FITZGERALD SHERWOOD FORESTERS, APM 13 CORPS.   CAPT W G ALEXANDER RASC,  LT A L MARSHALL BORDER REGT, LT LANGFORD DEVONSHIRE REGT.  LT W HEAT GENERAL LIST.  LT W THUMA GENERAL LIST.  LT F R SWINNERTON GENERAL LIST.   LT N BURSELL GENERAL LIST.  LT W WILKINSON GENERAL LIST.

1/7/43 COY EMBARK AT ALEXANDRIA.

13/7/43 ARRIVE SYRACUSE.   LT COL WHITE APM 13 CORPS VICE LT COL P H FITZGERALD.

4/9/43 COY EMBARK FOR 32 BEACH REGGIO CALABRIA, ITALY.

1/10/43 SAN ANDRIA, ITALY.   LT B C D EASTICK ROYAL BERKSHIRE REGT JOINED.

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WO 169/13256                 113 PRO COY          JAN - OCT 1943

31/1/43 COY MOVED TO NEW LOCATION MR 4575 (SIRTE).  RECEIVED INFORMATION FROM LT RICHARDS THAT 4126081 L/CPL CLYNE C WAS KILLED BY ENEMY MINE AT SIRTE ON 1/1/43.

16/1/43 WADI ZEM ZEM.

23/1/43 TRIPOLI.   CAPT J THOMSON DURHAM LIGHT INFANTRY 24/9/42.   LT W W THOMAS GENERAL LIST 10/10/42.  LT R H RICHARDS 11/10/42.

27/2/43 NEW OC CAPT MONCRIEF-BROWN.

17/3/43 L/CPL P KELLY INVOLVED IN A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT.   AMITTED TO 14 CCS SUSPECTED FRACTURED SKULL.

23/3/43 CAPT MONCRIEFF-BROWN POSTED TO 6 BN GRENADIER GUARDS.

29/3/43 CAPT E R MORRIS GENERAL LIST NEW OC.   LT F OWEN ROYAL WELCH FUSILIERS JOINS.

1/4/43 MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT L/CPL WATSON ADMITTED TO 15 CCS AND DETAINED.   L/CPL JOY MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT ADMITTED 6TO 15 CCS.   LT W T F WALLACE MIDDLESEX REGT ARRIVES.

23/6/43 TO MALTA OPERATION HUSKY.   LT H DE M LEATHS RA JOINS.

14/7/43 DISEMBARK PORTOPALO, SICILY.

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WO 169/13257                  114 PRO COY          JAN - DEC 1943

1/4/43 ALEY, LEBANON.   CAPT E E FREEMAN ARGYLL & SUTHERLAND HIGHLANDERS, OC & DAPM.   LT COL J CHAMBERLAIN COLDSTREAM GUARDS APM 8 CORPS.   MAJ W PEARCE CHESHIRE YEOMANRY, 84 SUB AREA.   MAJ R R WHITTAKER WARWICKSHIRE YEOMANRY APM 85 SUB AREA.   MAJ J P STRANGE GENERAL LIST APM 93 SUB AREA.   MAJ A BONTHRONE BLACK WATCH DAPM TRIPOLI.   CAPT W S VALENTINE RA DAPM 87 SUB AREA.  CAPT C R RUSKELL GENERAL LIST AWAITING POSTING.   LT C R POWELL GENERAL LIST ADMIN OFFICER 114 PRO COY.   LT A E WILKINSON GENERAL LIST ADMIN OFFICER 85 SUB AREA.   LT C N H KITTLE WORCESTERSHIRE REGT AWAITING POSING.   LT COL R R M BACON GENERAL LIST DPM 9 ARMY.   LT COL P E R BLAKE RASC, DPM SYRIA.   CAPT F BIRKETT GENERAL LIST DAPM 9 ARMY.  LT A F B KNOCK GENERAL LIST, ADMIN OFFICER DPM SYRIA. LT C

COOPER KING’S OWN.   MAJ S OGDEN-SMITH ROYAL CORPS OF SIGNALS APM 84 SUB AREA.   CAPT H LOVELAND GENERAL LIST OC 114 PRO COY.   LT C H P CHURCH 3 HUSSARS 1 I/C 114 PRO COY.

3/3/43  DISTURBANCE AT GREEK REFUGEE CAMP, CMP PERSONNEL FIRED ON BY GREEK SENTRIES.   4 OTHER RANKS CMP WOUNDED AND CONVEYED TO HOSPITAL.

4/3/43 ONE MAN DIED (L/CPL STEVENS).

20/3/43 DAMASCUS.   SPECIAL DUTIES PLACED ON ALL ROADS LEADING TO MERJE SQUARE OWING TO RIOTS.   09.50 FIRST CASUALTY ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL OWING TO RIOTS.

31/3 43 TRIPOLI, LEBANON.   TRAFFIC ACCIDENT INVOLVING CMP PERSONNEL, 1 OTHER RANK (L/CPL HYDE) RECEIVED FATAL INJURIES, 2 OTHER RANKS ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL 1 WITH SERIOUS INJURIES.

25/3/43 MAJ K ALEXANDER 11 HUSSARS, DPM 9 ARMY.   LT BURSELL GENERAL LIST ADMIN OFFICER APM 85 SUB AREA.  CAPT H G HUBAND 1 ROYAL FUSILIERS APM 84 SUB AREA.

10/5/43 DAMASCUS.  849359 CPL MILLER L REDUCED TO PTE BY FGCM.

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WO 169/13258                115 PRO COY            JAN - DEC 1943

LIBYA.   CAPT C B WILSON RA 25/7/42.   LT J M STACK GENERAL LIST 24/9/42.  LT H E HOBBS GENERAL LIST 7/10/42.   LT W E WICKES GENERAL LIST 21/12/42.   LT J F W BARKER DORSETSHIRE REGT. 12/1/43.

11/2/43  CPL DOLMAN AND L/CPL LIGHT ATTENDED A MINE LIFTING COURSE.

2/3/43 10.00HRS  SGT FENSOM REPORTED THAT AN EXPLOSION OCCURRED IN HIS CAMP COMPOUND AT 219 FMC, WHEN CPL WINROW, L/CPL’S MILLER, RANSOM AND ELY WERE BURNING RUBBISH.   L/CPL RANSOM SUFFERED INJURIES AND DIES SHORTLY AFTERWARDS.   CPL WINROW AND L/CPL MILLER RECEIVED INJURIES AND EVACUATED TO 12 LIGHT FIELD AMBULANCE. L/CPL ELY SUSTAINED MINOR INJURIES AND RESUMED DUTIES.  “A” BRANCH REAR 10 CORPS NOTIFIED IMMEDIATELY AND AN EXPLOSIVES OFFICER VISITED THE SCENE.

L/CPL RANSOM BURIED AT BENGHAZI MILITARY CEMETERY.  THOUGHT FIRE BUILT ON UNEXPLODED SHELL OR MINE.

4/3/43 CPL WINROW AND L/CPL MILLER EVACUATED TO DELTA HOSPITAL.

17/3/43 GABES, TUNISA.

20/3/43 SECTION FORWARD TO MINEFIELDS AREA FOR OPERATIONS WITH OPENING OF 8 ARMY THRUST AGAINST MATETH LINE.

7/4/43 TWO RIASC (ROYAL INDIAN ARMY SERVICE CORPS) TRUCKS HIT BY BOMBS IN VICINITY OF FMC AND DRIVERS KILLED.   L/CPL DRAPER OF THIS COY WAS BLOWN OFF HIS POINT BY BLAST BUT ESCAPED INJURY.

21/4/43 12.00HRS REAR 10 CORPS AND PRO COY HQ AT MR P/5855.   NO. 1697979 L/CPL POLLOCK CW KILLED DURING ENEMY SHELLING OF AREA MR P 3385 SHEET 9. 200,000, TUNISIA. WHERE HE WAS CARRYING OUT DUTIES WITH THE REMAINDER OF HIS SECTION.   L/CPL POLLOCK INTERRED IN SOUSE CEMETERY MR P 4166.   02E INFORMED.

15/6/43 850411 L/CPL LOCK A INVOLVED IN A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT ON THE HOMS ROAD TRIPOLI.

19/6/43 VISIT OF HM THE KING (CODE NAME GENERAL LYON).

5/9/43 BIZERTA

8/9/43 ITALY SURRENDERS.

18/9/43 SALERNO.  PRO HQ AT MR N 738272. ROUTINE POLICE DUTIES IN THE FIELD.   NO. 7687199 CPL PARTRIDGE A W (DOW 26/9/43) AND NO. 961373 L/CPL TAYLOR R PROCEEDING TO HQ TO JOIN DETACHMENT AT SALERNO. CAME UNDER HEAVY ENEMY SHELLING IN SALERNO.   BOTH NCO’S SEVERELY INJURED AND TAKEN TO HOSPITAL.   FEARED LITTLE CHANCE OF RECOVERY FOR EITHER MEN.

22/11/43 LT C S HIX POSTED IN.

23/9/43 PROVOST HQ MR N631390.   NOTIFICATION RECEIVED THAT CPL PARTRIDGE HAS DIED OF HIS INJURIES AND L/CPL TAYLOR EVACUATED TO NORTH AFRICA BADLY WOUNDED.

DIARY IS A GOOD READ WITH LOTS OF ACTION AT SALERNO, IT ALSO CONTAINS A LARGE COLOURED MAP OF THE BEACH LANDING AREAS NAMED PLAN OF CORPS MAINTENANCE AREA WITH TRAFFIC CIRCUITS.

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WO 169/13259       116 PRO COY 3 CORPS    MAY - DEC 1943

1/5/43 RAYAK.  CAPT DD MERCER MANCHESTER REGT.  LT F G SHEPHERD GENERAL LIST.  LT I A ACRES CHESHIRE REGT.   CAPT S D PICKERING 7 ARGYLL & SUTHERLAND HIGHLANDERS.

1/8/43 ABLAH.

16/10/43 MENA.

16/12/43 CAIRO.

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WO 169/13260          179 PORTS COY           JUNE - DEC 1943

2/7/43 HQ ALGIERS, HOTE DE LA PLAGE. DETACHMENT AT DJIDJELLI.

7/7/43 INQUIRY INTO DEATH OF L/CPL LAYCOCK.

16/7/43 SERIOUS EXPLOSION ON QUAY FEDALLAH, MOLE LOUIS BILLIARD RESULTING IN MINOR DAMAGE TO COY BILLETTS.   NO. 5118163 L/CPL JACKSON H ON DUTY AT THE QUAY FEDALLAH, MISSING BELIEVED KILLED.

20/7/43 L/CPL WAGSTAFF, PTE’S HYLAND AND BALL TRIAL BY FGCM.

23/7/43 MEMORIAL SERVICE HELD IN ROYAL NAVY CANTEEN FOR MEN KILLED AND MISSING FROM EXPLOSION ON 16/7/43.   APM AND 6 NCO’S ATTENDED REPRESENTING THE COY.

26/8/43 TRIAL OF SPR PASCOE RE AND PTE MCCULLAUGH BLACK WATCH FOR MURDER OF L/CPL LAYCOCK CMP.

MAJ N M BLAIR MIDDLESEX REGT APM, 31/3/43 LATER APM BONE.

CAPT W M JONES RASC 6/6/43.   MAJOR ROWBOTTOM RA 9/9/43 NEW APM.

29/10/43 GERMAN AIRMAN ARRESTED OUTSIDE DOCK GATES DRESSED IN BRITISH UNIFORM.   HE STATES THAT HE HAD BEEN SHOT DOWN IN TUNIS AND OBTAINED LIFTS ON BRITISH TRUCKS.

LT A MARRIOTT BUFFS 8/10/43.

25/11/43 CPL ALLEN OF THIS COY SHOT AND WOUNDED AN ARAB WHO ATTACKED HIM WHILST HE WAS BEING SEARCHED.

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WO 169/13261           180 PORTS COY                     DEC 1943

SOUTHAMPTON.   MAJ L C NORRINGTON MC MM. OC.

3/12/43 LT DOWDING TAKEN INTO HOSPITAL.  PREPARATION FOR MOVE OVERSEAS.   LT CARRECHER REPORTS FOR DUTY 11/12/43.

12/12/43 ARRIVE LIVERPOOL SAILED ON RMS OTRANTO.

AT SEA  DETAILS OF VOYAGE.

25/12/43 DISMEMBARK ALGIERS.

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WO 169/13262            181 PORTS COY         JULY - DEC 1943

7/43 ROOSEVELT CAMP. SOUSSE.  MAJ E J W WICKENS ROYAL BERKSHIRE REGT, 27/4/43.   LIEUT J H HINES-WRAGG PIONEER CORPS, 9/6/43.  LT T ROBERTS MANCHESTER REGT, 9/6/43.

1/8/43 SAILED FROM SOUSSE ON LST 358.

3/8/43 ARRIVE SYRACUSE, SICILY.

6/8/43. CATANIA, SYRACUSE, AUGUSTA.

14/9/43 REGGION, ITALY.

9/10/43 TARANTO HQ IN LARGO PANTALO.  LATER BARI.  

LT P H CROOKES JOINS.

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WO 163/13263            182 PORTS COY         JULY - DEC 1943

SOUSSE.   MAJ W C BAGLIN RA 30/1/43.  

LT T P NOON GENERAL LIST 30/1/43.

6/10/43 183 PORTS COY TAKE OVER SOUSSE FROM 191 PORTS COY WHO MOVE TO TUNIS.

14/10/43 TO TEXAS CONCENTRATION AREA AT BIZERTA.

20/10/43 LTS 422 AT SEA.

24/10/43 TARANTO.

27/10/43 BRINDISI.

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WO 169/13265          184 PORTS COY            NOV - DEC 1943

25/11/43 UNIT FORMED AT SOUTHAMPTON.  MAJ W C CHILTON-RIGGS GENERAL LIST, 25/11/43.   LT W A D WOODS RA 25/11/43.

12/12/43 SAILED FROM LIVERPOOL.

25/12/43 ARRIVED ALGIERS.

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WO 169/13266           200 L OF C PRO COY    JULY - DEC 1943

1/7/43  SOUSSE   CAPT A B PEGG  GEN LIST    31/1/43

LT C S HIX   HALLAMSHIRES   11/3/43

1/8/43   SAILED FROM SOUSSE

3/8/43   ARR. SIRACUSA, SICILY,   DETS  AUGUSTO, PACHINO

LT H E SEARSOM   GEN LIST  5/8/43

1/9/43   HQ TO CATANIA   LT C M WEBSTER

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WO169/13267    201 COY 17 AREA    JAN - DEC 1943, JAN’44

EGYPT   LT/COL N C F DUNNE   KRIH

CAPT A S JAMES   RA

CAPT A E WELLAND   GEN LIST

CAPT A D WEIR   GEN LIST

CAPT W J JARRETT  GEN LIST

CAPT B C DURBIN   W YORKS

MAJ C L W KAYE   WARWICKS

LT/COL D MCL DOUGLAS RNF

MAJ C E K STEPHENSON   KOYLI

MAJ A JOHNSON   GEN LIST LT W A TRANTER

DIARY SIMPLY DESCRIBES LOTS OF TO-ING AND FRO-ING

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WO169/13268       202 PRO COY   16 AREA     JAN - DEC 1943

ALEXANDRIA    LT/COL H M WHITEHEAD   GEN LIST

CAPT S E TASKER   GEN LIST

CAPT G A BELCHER  WAR YEO

CAPT J C SMITH   GEN LIST

MAJ F H ELLIOTT   GEN LIST  APM SIB  27/10/42

CAPT A F WARD   WORCS   SIB   2/1/40

LT M R T DOWN   SUSSEX  1/12/42  SIB

CAPT FOSTER-ARCHIBALD   UDF 2/1/42    DAPM UDF

CAPT W H PUMEROY   UDF 2/10/41 TFC OFF

LT PICKLES   BEDS & HERTS   13/12/42  SIB

CAPT W B FARRAR   HAC

CAPT W R BATES   GEN LIST

CAPT H G FARRAR  PC   16/2/43   SIB

LT W S PARKER   LF   21/6/43  APM   SIB

MAJ E A RANKIN   PC   1/2/43 APM   PRO 16 AREA

LT A D MORRIS   GEN LIST   12/2/43   503

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WO169/13269    203 PRO COY   18 AREA      JAN  -  DEC 1943

10/10/43   ISMALIA, GENERAL TREATY RD  TA BETWEEN PROVOST CAR AND WD 3-TON VEHICLE

 *CAPT H G STONER   DAPM  ADMIN 18 AREA FATALLY INJURED

CAPT S E TASKER  OC  203 PRO COY INJURED

CAPT W D DENT OC 504 IND MOB PRO COY INJURED

11/10/43   BURIAL OF CAPT STONER AT GENEIFA MIL CEM,.  DPM 18 AREA AND REPS FROM ALL DETS PRESENT

29/10/43   FORMAL PROMULGATION OF CHARGE, FINDINGS AND SENTENCE CARRIED OUT BY DAPM CAPT QUILTON IN RESPECT OF 744001 SEPOY ABDUL RAB RIASC - FOUND GUILTY OF MURDER

23/11/43   *SUEZ  17.50 7877018 CPL R DOWNEY  SIB KILLED IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENT AT EL KIRSH

24/11/43   15.00  CPL DOWNEY INTERRED IN BR MIL CEM SUEZ

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WO169/13270         206  PRO COY                JAN  -  DEC 1943

PORT SUDAN, ASMARA, KHARTOUM.   LT COL H B KIRK GENERAL LIST.   CAP R W WARD GENERAL LIST.   CAPT B F BROWN GENERAL LIST.   CAPT J A W JONES 1 WELCH REGT.  CAPT E G ROLT GENERAL LIST.  LT P D PSISMOULIS RA.   CAPT R F JACOB GENERAL LIST.   MAJ W B FARRER HAC INF.

14/4/43 KEREN 2653847 CPL HORNER CMP DIED AS A RESULT OF A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT ON THE 7/4/43.

2/4/43 KEREN DAPM AND ALL AVAILABLE CMP ATTENDED FUNERAL OF CPL HORNER.

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WO 169/13271          227 L OF C PRO COY     JULY - DEC 1943

ALGIERS   CAPT J BEATTIE ROYAL SCOTS 10/7/43.

4/7/43 L/CPL YOUNG REPORTS AMMUNITION TRAIN EXPLOSION AT THE MAISON CAREE RAILWAY STATION.

CAPT G W JONES GENERAL LIST 21/10/43.

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WO 169/13272        230 L OF C PRO COY       JULY - DEC 1943

BONE   CAPT G F HUNT EAST LANCASHIRE REGT 9/5/43.

9/10/43 SAILED FROM BIZERTA ON LST 376.

23/19/43 CATANIA TO TARANTO.

27/10/43 BARI.

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WO 169/13273        231 L OF C PRO COY      JULY - DEC 1943

7/43 CONSTANTINE.  

CAPT P L BIRCH WEST YORKSHIRE REGT 8/2/43.

1/9/43 TUNIS.

30/12/43 BIZERTA, AWAITING TRANSPORT OVERSEAS.

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WO 169/13274    501 IND MOBILE PRO COY  JAN - DEC 1943

2/43 MISUARATE, TRIPOLI.  CAPT C F DUNN MIDDLESEX REGT.

19/3/43 23.59HRS AIR RAID BOMBS DROPPED ON DOCKS AND BOATS IN HARBOUR DAMAGED.   DAMAGE TO HARBOUR NEGLIGIBLE.  1 AMMO SHIP AND 1 TRANSPORT WERE A TOTAL LOSS AND 1 DESTROYER HIS AND BEACHED.   TWO NCO’S WERE ON BOARD THE AMMO SHIP, L/CPL BROUGHTON MISSING PRESUMED KILLED AND L/CPL BOX RECEIVED SLIGHT INJURIES.

27/3/43 CPL SUGGITT AND L/CPL JEWER RAN OVER A MINE WITH TRUCK AT BEN GARDANE, L/CPL JEWER DETAINED IN HOSPITAL.   LT J H A HARRIS-EDGE DURHAM LIGHT INFANTRY AND CAPT H D HARGER LOYAL REGIMENT JOINED.

17/9/43 4621736 L/CPL ZEBEDEE MET WITH MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT HE IS SERIOUSLY INJURED AND ADMITTED TO 2 GENERAL HOSPITAL.

CAPT W J NEWMAN GENERAL LIST 15/9/43.   LT T D J POTTER GENERAL LIST 29/9/43.  LT H S MAIRIS CHESHIRE REGT 6/10/43.

25/11/43 5777224 CPL J CLARKE ADMITTED TO 48 GENERAL HOSPITAL AND STRUCK OFF STRENGTH AS A RESULT OF A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT AT ZURA.

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WO 169/13275   502 IND MOBILE PRO COY   JAN - DEC 1943

CAIRO 17 AREA.   MAJ E A H RANKIN PIONEER CORPS.   CAPT G A CARR CHESHIRE REGT.   LT A E IRVING GENERAL LIST.   LT F A W KOHLER DURHAM LIGHT INFANTRY.   LT J H G HARRIS-EDGE DURHAM LIGHT INFANTRY.   CAPT J H ROWELL DURHAM LIGHT INFANTRY.  CAPT H D HARGER LOYAL REGT.   CAPT R M BURKE GENERAL LIST.   LT J R NEWMAN OX & BUCKS LIGHT INFANTRY. LT H M COX ROYAL ARMOURED CORPS.

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WO 169/13276   503 IND MOBILE PRO COY   JAN - DEC 1943

EGYPT 16 AREA ALEXANDRIA, AMYRIA, ALAMEIN, DABA.

CAPT C WORTLEY LEICESTERSHIRE REGT.   CAPT H POMEROY UNION DEFENCE FORCE.   CAPT A D MORRIS GENERAL LIST.   CAPT J C BIRST CITY OF LONDON YEOMANRY.   CAPT A E IRVING GENERAL LIST.   LT I J F PARKER ESSEX REGT.   LT L C TOPPIN ROYAL FUSILIERS.  

DIARY HAS LOTS OF DETAIL BUT ABOUT NORMAL DUTIES.

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WO 169/13277   504 IND MOBILE PRO COY   JAN - DEC 1943

MOASCAR, SUEZ, TEL EL KEBIR, TA HAG, GENEIFA, PORT SAID.

CAPT C WORTLEY LEICESTERSHIRE REGT.   LT F G M LINDSEY-WHITE RASC.   LT W MAUGHAM GENERAL LIST.   CAPT W A DENT GENERAL LIST,   LT H LOVELAND GENERAL LIST.   LT G W LINDLAY SHERWOOD FORESTERS.

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WO 169/13278   505 IND MOBILE PRO COY  AUG - DEC 1943

8 ARMY.  LENTINI, CATANIA, SICILY.   CAPT J C BIRTS 3 CITY OF LONDON YEOMANRY.   LT C R BLOOMFIELD GENERAL LIST.  

LT E F BERRY GENERAL LIST.   MAJ MANDY APM 86 AREA.

6/9/43 REGGIO DI CALABRIA, ITALY

1/10/43 BARI.

11/10/43 FOGGIA.

12/12/43 CASAL BORDINO.

22/12/43 SAN LEONARDY.

28/12/43 2 NCO’S WOUNDED IN ORTONAL BY SHRAPNEL AND ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL.   2 JEEPS AND 2 MOTORCYCLES DAMAGED.

29/12/43 STAVELEY

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WO 169/13279    506 IND MOBILE PRO COY   FEB - DEC 1943

BARCE, DERNA, TOBRUK.   CAPT J A BOWDEN RA.   LT H R DENTON RTR.   CAPT J GALLOWAY GENERAL LIST.   LT J B BRUCE ROYAL IRISH FUSILIERS.   LT C BLOOMFIELD GENERAL LIST.   LT J B NELSON GENERAL LIST.   LT E F BERRY GENERAL LIST.

14/7/43 SIRACUSA, CASSIBLE.

19/7/43 PRIOLO.

15/9/43 PALERMO.

16/9/43 AMALFI, ITALY.  AVERSA, RESINA, CAPUA.   LT JR NEWMAN OX & BUCKS L I AND CAPT W E WICKES GREEN HOWARDS JOIN.

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WO 169/13280  507 IND MOBILE PRO COY    AUG - DEC 1943

BARCE, TOBRUCK.   CAPT W J NEWMAN GENERAL LIST.   LT W A TRANTER GENERAL LIST.

DIARY RECORDS MOVEMENTS OF VEHICLES AND COMPANY’S EASTWARDS AND WESTWARDS.   LT L A ASHBY ROYAL WARWICKSHIRE REGT JOINS.

8/11/43 16.30 HRS BENGAZI.  CPL KILLICK ADMITTED TO RAF

HOSPITAL BENGAZI AFTER A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT WITH SERIOUS INJURIES FROM WHICH HE SUBSEQUENTLY DIED.

10/11/43 FUNERAL AT BENGAZI.   CAPT H D HARGER LOYAL REGT JOINS.

12/43 MOVE TO ALMAZA.

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WO 169/13281    508 IND MOBILE PRO COY  AUG - DEC 1943

9/8/43 COY HQ ESTABLISHED AT SARAFAND.   HAIFA, SYRIA, ALEY.   CAPT F H WATERS NORTHAMPTONSHIRE REGT.   LT J S GEMMILL WELCH REGT.   LT W A R SURMAN NORTHAMPTONSHIRE YEO.   LT C W LINDLEY SHERWOOD FORESTERS.

12/12/43 15/15HRS 1 CPL FATALLY INJURED IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENT.

13/12/43 08.30HRS ENQUIRES RE FATAL ACCIDENT.   15.00 HRS FUNERAL OF CPL BLACKER AT RAMLEH CEMETERY.

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WO 169/13282  509 IND MOBILE PRO COY    AUG - DEC 1943

27/7/43 COY FORMED AT CMP HQ ALMAZA.  

CAPT A F B KNOCK GENERAL LIST.   LT A L APPLETON RTR.  

LT F A CONNETT GEN LIST.

6/9/43 MOVE TO AMARYA.

8/9/43 ALEXANDRIA.

15/9/43 BOARD HMT LANCASHIRE AT SEA VIA MALTA.

20/9/43 ARRIVE SYRACUSE, SICILY.

8/10/43 TO TARANTO AND BARI.

11/43 TO LUCERA.

13/9/43 ARRIVE SALERNO.  COMMENCED UNLOADING, NO MESS TIN RATIONS. OR ANTI-MALARIAL EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE.   THESE STORES WERE NOT PUT ON BOARD AT ALEXANDRIA.   LANDED AMBER BEACH.   ENEMY ARTILLERY POSITIONED IN FOOTHILLS.   SHELLED BUT NO CASUALTIES.   SGT HILL LANDED GREEN BEACH ENEMY AIRCRAFT FLEW OVER BAY AND DROPPED BOMBS.  NO CASUALTIES.

1/10/43 TO 31/10/43  15.00HRS APM 10 CORPS ARRIVED AND GAVE ORDERS TO MOVE OFF IMMEDIATELY.   DET MOVED OFF APM LEADING.   ROUTE CASTELLAMARE, SCFAYI, POMPEI, TORRE ANNUNXIATA TORRE DEL GRECO, PORTICI, NAPLES.   AT TORRE ANNUNZIATA (MR 380390) APM WENT AHEAD TO RECCE AND REPORT ON THE SITUATION AND INSTRUCTED LT APPLETON TO FOLLOW AT A SLOW PACE WITH DET.   DET ENTERED NAPLES AND PROCEEDED DIRECT TO PIAZZA DANTE (MAP REF ITALY 1/2500000,

212497).   ARRIVED PIAZZA DANTE 18.00HRS.   PROGRESS DELAYED BY CIVIL POPULATION WHO SURROUNDED VEHICLES AND INSISTED ON SHAKING HANDS WITH DRIVERS.   THE WARMTH OF THE WELCOME GIVEN TO THE DET. BY THE POPULATIONS WAS DEMONSTRATED PARTICULARLY WELL IN THE SUBURBS WHERE THEY LINED  THE STREETS AND APPLAUDED EACH VEHICLE AS IT DROVE THROUGH.   ON ENTERING PIAZZA DANTE SHOTS WERE HEARD  AND IT BECAME APPARENT THAT ENEMY SNIPERS WERE IN THE AREA.   LT APPLETON GAVE ORDERS TO PART THE VEHICLE FACING SOUTH TOWARDS THE VIA ROMA.   ENEMY MACHINE GUN FIRE DIRECTED TOWARDS THE VEHICLES FACING SOUTH TOWARDS THE VIA CONSTANTINOPOLI.   18.30 HRS APM 10 CORPS ARRIVED AND GAVE ORDERS FOR DET. TO WITHDRAW TO VIA MEDINIA (MR 213489).   DRIVERS OF THESE VEHICLES ORDERED TO PARK THEIR VEHICLE IN THE PIAZZA.   PIQUETS POSTED AT THE STREET CORNERS WITH SUBMACHINE GUNS AND ON BREDA LIGHT MACHINE GUN  (FOUND IN PIAZZA DANTE) PLACED IN POSITION AT CORNER OF VIA CONSTANTINOPOLI.   DET. BILLETS FOR NIGHT IN VIA MEDINIA.   1900HRS TWO INDIAN OTHER RANKS REPORTED ESCAPED FROM POW CAMP.

12/43 LUCERA AND VASTO.

DIARY HAS DETAILS OF ARRIVING AT SALERNO AND MOVING TO NAPLES.

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WO169/13283   510 IND MOB PRO COY, CMP  AUG-DEC 1943

CAPT F A W KOHLER   DLI

ALMAZA   LT D H WARNER   RTR

CAIRO   LT D C HARRIS   RAC

TOBRUK TO BENGAZI TO TRIPOLI TO SOUSSE TO TUNIS TO BIZERTA (TEXAS CAMP)

17/11/43  TARANTO

24/11/43   SALERNO

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WO 169/13284          601 & 602 PRO SECT      JAN - DEC 1943

HQ AT NICOSIA, DETACHMENTS AT FAMAGUSTA, LIMASSOL AND LARNICA.   MAJ J CHAMBERLAIN COLDSTREAM GUARDS.  CAPT L J DEAN GEN LIST.   LT C N H KITTLE WORCS REGT.   LT D VANSTON RE.   LT N OSBORNE GEN LIST.   LT J W BURTON SUFFOLK REGT.

1/2/43 VISIT BY WINSTON CHURCHILL.

DIARY CONTAINS DETAILS OF STRENGTH, ROUTINE DUTIES, AND TRAFFIC ACCIDENT INVESTIGATIONS.

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WO 169/13285         604 PRO SQN MMP         MAR - DEC 1943

1/3/43 ALMAZA “B” SQN MM POLICE FORMALLY IMPLEMENTED.

MAJ R J JOHNSON-HOUGHTON ROYAL SIGNALS.   LT G PARTRIDGE RAC.   LT E J J ROSCOE QUEENS REGT.

30/4/43 42 ENGLISH HORSES ARRIVED AT ABBASSIA FOR THE SQUADRON,   THEY WERE WALKED TO ALMAYA CAMP.   TWO HORSES WERE ADMITTED TO SVH (STATION VETERINARY HOSPITAL) ABBASSIA.   ON THE WHOLE THE ANIMALS ARE IN GOOD CONDITION.   LT E J BARKER GENERAL LIST JOINS.

9/7/43 MOVE TO JERUSALEM, HAIFA AND HADERA.

1/8/43 HADERA 09.00HRS RIDER 10617 (PSM 14) DIED AT 05.30HRS (DEATH OF A HORSE).   CAPT F N NORBURY RAC, AND LT T R DAVIS-GOFF RASC ARRIVE.

27/10/43 WAR DOG ‘TIGER’ DIED 02.00HRS TAKEN TO RAMLEH FOR POST MORTEM.

20/11/43 TEL EL KEBIR  BLANKET EXERCISE UNDER TROOP LEADER. DAWN AND EVENING PATROLS CARRIED OUT.   INSPECTION OF ANIMALS BY VETY OFFICER.   VISIT TO DETACHMENT BY APM QUASSASIN.   RIOT CHECKED ON SOUTHERN GATE.

29/12/43 HORSES SUSPECTED OF HAVING EPAZOATIC LYMPHANGITIS.   TWO DESTROYED, BURIED WITH RUGS, BLANKETS AND ROPES.  

LT A MORLEY HOUSEHOLD CAV & LT W G CLARKE GEN LIST JOIN

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WO169/13286           605 SQN MMP              OCT  -  DEC 1943

TEL EL KEBIR.   MAJ G A CUNARD.  GENEIFA, ALMAZA, ABU SULTAN, AMARIYA.

11/10/43    FLAG FLOWN AT HALF-MAST FOR CAPT STONER 18 AREA.  A REGULAR COMMENT IS - EVENING RIOT QUELLED AT SOUTH GATE.

DIARY MOSTLY DISPLAYS AND CEREMONIAL DUTIES OR TRAINING FOR THESE DUTIES.

11/10/43 AMIRIYA.  L/CPL AVERY IN HOSPITAL ON SERIOUSLY ILL LIST.   DAWN AND EVENING PATROL OF PERIMETER FENCE.

18/11/43 VISIT OF KING FAROUK.

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WO169/13287            640 IND PRO UNIT       APR - DEC 1943

BASE DEPOT & TRAINING SCHOOL CMP MEF

TRAINING CARRIED OUT AS PER BRICK PROGRAMME.   CAPT E W HYLTON RAC.   LT K WATSON RAC.

3/6/43 TO EL SHATT ON EXCERCISE.

11/6/43 AT SEA.

13/6/43 AQUABA.

18/6/43 BACK TO EL SHATT.

1/7/43 UNIT STRENGTH:- 3 OFFICERS, 1 WO, 4 SGT’S, 8 CPL’S , 38 L/CPL’S AND 3 PTE’S ATTACHED.   EMBARKED AT PORT SAID.

3/7/43 IN HARBOUR AT PORT SAID AWAITING CONVOY.   75% OF PERSONNEL TAKEN ASHORE FOR ROUTE MARCH AND SWIMMING.   NORMAL SHIPS DUTIES AND TRAINING CARRIED OUT.

5/7/43 09.00HRS LEFT PORT SAID IN CONVOY ACCOMPANIED BY HEAVY AIR AND SEA ESCORT.   FULL DETAILS GIVEN OF THE OPERATION IN VIEW, AND EXACT LOCATION DISCLOSED (SICILY), WEATHER GOOD.   ALL PERSONNEL SHOWN MODEL OF LANDING AREA, AND LECTURE GIVEN ON GENERAL PROCEDURE OF DUTIES TO BE PERFORMED ON ACTUAL OPERATIONAL LANDING.

7/7/43 INSPECTION OF ALL TRAFFIC SIGNS, LAMPS AND EQUIPMENT.   ESCORTING VESSELS REINFORCED.  SUBMARINE ATTACK ALARM.   GERMAN RECONNAISSANCE PLANE PASSES OVER CONVOY.

10/7/43 00.35 HRS 1 OFFICER (LT WATSON) DISEMBARKED OT LCA (LANDING CRAFT ASSAULT) FOR AMBER BEACH (HOWE)

00.50 HRS 1 OFFICER (CAPT HYLTON) DISEMBARKED TO L/CPL (LANDING CRAFT PERSONNEL).   ROUTE SIGNING PARTY OF 10

OR’S DISEMBARK TO LCI (LANDING CRAFT INFANTRY) FOR GREEN BEACH (HOWE).

04.00 ASSAULT TROOPS LAND, AND FIERCE FIGHTING COMMENCES.   04.30 HRS PARTY OF 4 OR’S DISEMBARKED ON LCI FOR GREEN BEACH AND LAND ON AMBER BEACH, FOLLOWED BY LT WATSON AND CAPT HYLTON.   06.00 HRS FERRY SERVICE CRAFT COMMENCES TO ARRIVE AND DISEMBARK PERSONNEL.   DISEMBARKATION OF PROVOST PERSONNEL COMPLETED BY 08.00HRS.   HOWE BEACHES GREEN AND AMBER, TCP AND POW CAGE IN OPERATION BY 09.00HRS.   TRANSPORT VEHICLES COMMENCE TO ARRIVE, DISCHARGE AND SENT FORWARD IMMEDIATELY.   EVERYTHING RUNNING VERY SMOOTHLY.   SEVERAL AIR RAIDS DURING THE COURSE OF THE DAY, AND STRAFING OF BEACHES AND TRAFFIC ROUTES.   LANDING OF VEHICLES (AFV AND MT) AND PERSONNEL CARRIED OUT WITH GREAT SUCCESS.   PROVOST PERSONNEL HAD TO PERFORM THEIR DUTIES UNDER EXCEPTIONALLY DIFFICULT CONDITIONS BUT MANAGED TO KEEP BEACHES AND ROUTES FREE FROM CONGESTION AT ALL TIMES,   THE STRENUOUS TRAINING

CARRIED OUT PREVIOUS TO THE OPERATION HAS BEEN A GREAT ADVANTAGE, AND NO DOUBT HAS CONTRIBUTED GREATLY TOWARDS THE EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE BY ALL RANKS OF THIS UNIT.   SIGNING OF BMC AREA AS PER SECOND KEY PLAN.   WEATHER :- GOOD.

11/7/43 DISEMBARKATION CARRYING ON ACCORDING TO PLAN.   ATTACKS BY AIRCRAFT STILL BEING MAINTAINED.   25% OF PROVOST PERSONNEL ALLOWED TO REST.   1 OR WITH 15 CWT TRUCK DISEMBARKED AND REJOINED UNIT.

12/7/43 DISEMBARKATION OF MT AND PERSONNEL BEING CARRIED OUT SUCCESSFULLY.   WORK NOW IN ADVANCE OF SCHEDULE.   1 OR WITH WILLYS BANTAM (JEEP) DISEMBARKED AND REJOINED UNIT.   CAPT HYLTON ADMITTED TO 15 CCS WITH COMPOUND FRACTURE TO RIGHT LEG, CAUSED THROUGH BEING HIT BY SHRAPNEL.  LT WATSON RECEIVED INJURY TO LEFT FOOT BY PIECE OF SHRAPNEL.   RECEIVED MEDICAL ATTENTION AND CARRIED ON WITH HIS DUTIES.   LT WATSON TAKES OVER COMMAND OF UNIT AND PROMOTED TO CAPT.

13/7/43 MAJOR JONES DAPM REAR 8 ARMY, VISITED CAPT WATSON,   DISEMBARKATION OF STORES AND VEHICLES STILL BEING CARRIED OUT IN SPITE OF NUMEROUS ATTACKS BY HOSTILE AIRCRAFT.   PROVOST DUTIES SLIGHTLY REDUCED AND BEING WORKED ON THE REST PERIODS ROTA SYSTEM.

14/7/43 DISEMBARKATION DUTIES PERFORMED AND A CONTINUAL FLOW OF VEHICLES AND STORES CONTINUE TO DISEMBARK AND SUCCESSFULLY LANDED.   1 OR ADMITTED TO  

CCS FOR TREATMENT TO SEPTIC KNEE.   CAPT WATSON VISITED APM SIRACUSA.

19.00 HRS. POW CAGE HANDED OVER TO HLI (HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY), ALL PROVOST PERSONNEL RELIEVED AND REJOINED MAIN PARTY.

15/7/43  HOSTILE AIRCRAFT STILL MAINTAINING ATTACKS ON BEACHES.   STORES AND VEHICLE CONTINUE TO DISEMBARK AND ARE SENT TO FORWARD AREAS WITHOUT DIFFICULTY.   WATER AMPLE SUPPLY TO MEET REQUIREMENTS.   PERSONNEL ARE NOW ABLE TO GET A BATH IN A NEARBY STREAM, WHICH HAS BEEN PASSED BY MEDICAL OFFICER AS BEING SUITABLE FOR THIS USE.

16/7/43 DISEMBARKATION DUTIES PERFORMED.   REINFORCEMENTS (PERSONNEL) CONDUCTED THROUGH AREA.  

1 OR ADMITTED TO 15 CCS WITH SEPTIC SORES, AND WATER ON THE RIGHT KNEE.

17/7/43 DISEMBARKATION OF STORES CARRIED OUT WITH GREAT SUCCESS.   TONNAGE EXCEEDS ALL EXPECTATIONS.

18/7/43 DISEMBARKATION AND TRAFFIC CONTROL DUTIES PERFORMED, WEATHER:- GOOD.

19/7/43 DISEMBARKATION AND TRAFFIC CONTROL DUTIES

PERFORMED.   CIVIL POPULATION ARE RETURNING TO THEIR HOMES.  THEY ARE OF A FRIENDLY NATURE AND GET ON QUITE WELL WITH THE TROOPS.   APPEAR TO BE AT PRESENT ANTI-FASCIST.

21/7/43 NORMAL DUTIES CARRIED OUT.   SPEED LIMIT, AND WAR SLOGAN NOTICE BOARDS ERECTED, THROUGHOUT MAINTENANCE AREA.

22/7/43 NORMAL DUTIES CARRIED OUT.   BEACHES CLEARED OF ALL STORES BY 20.00HRS.  

23/7/43 ONLY TCP AND INFORMATION DUTIES CARRIED OUT, OWING TO BEACHES NOT BEING USED FOR UNLOADING.   25% OF PERSONNEL ARE GRANTED PERMISSION TO LEAVE CAMP, IN ORGANISED PARTIES, FOR A FEW HOURS RECREATION.

24/7/43.  NORMAL DUTIES RESUMED, MT UNLOADED AND SENT TO ASSEMBLY AREA.   CAPT WATSON REPORTS TO BRICK HQ TO CARRY OUT RECONNAISSANCE OF NEW PERSONNEL ASSEMBLY AREA.   18.00 HRS CAPT WATSON REPORT TO DPM REAR 8 ARMY FOR CONFERENCE RE DISEMBARKATION DUTIES.

25/7/43 DISEMBARKATION OF 78 DIV COMMENCES.   BEACHES IN USE GEORGE AND HOWE.  

26/7/43 NORMAL DISEMBARKATION OF VEHICLES AND STORES.   1 ABSENTEE FROM 51 HIGHLAND DIV SURRENDERS.   1 CASE OF IMPROPER POSSESSION OF WD RATIONS REPORTED.   CAPT WATSON OC UNIT ORDERED TO REST FOR 2 DAYS.   DETAINED AT RAP.   RSM INNES TAKES OVER UNIT.

28/7/43 CAPT WATSON RETURNED AND RESUMED COMMAND OF UNIT.   OC VISITED MAJOR ELVIS AMGOT (ALLIED MILITARY GOVERNMENT) OFFICIAL AT NOTO WHO SUBMITTED A COMPLAINT RE CONDUCT OF UNITS SOUTH OF NOTO AND ASKED FOR ASSISTANCE IN DEALING WITH THEM.   OC VISITED LT COL IRVINE DPM REAR 8 ARMY RE ABOVE COMPLAINT AND WAS GIVEN AUTHORITY TO TAKE ANY NECESSARY ACTION AND INSTRUCTED THAT PATROLS AS NECESSARY WHO WOULD BE SENT WHEN AVAILABLE TO AVOLA AND NOTO.   ALL TOWNS PLACED OUT OF BOUNDS.  17.00HRS PATROLS SENT TO NOTO AND REPORT AT 22.00HRS TOWN IN ORDER.

29/7/43 NORMAL DISEMBARKATION DUTIES CARRIED OUT.   TOWN PATROLS CARRIED OUT IN NOTO.   NOTICE BOARDS ERECTED TO INFORM ALL RANKS THAT TOWNS ARE OUT OF BOUNDS.

31/7/43  RSM INNES VISITED CAPT BOWDEN DAPM 102 SUB AREA WHO TOOK FULL PARTICULARS OF COMPLAINT MADE BY MAJOR ELIVIS AMGOT, NOTO AND STATED HE WOULD MAKE ENQUIRES INTO THE MATTER.   15.15 HRS CIC BRITISH FORCES CMF VISITED THE AREA.  INSTRUCTIONS RECEIVED FROM MAJOR JONES DAPM FOR PERFORMANCE OF TRAFFIC CONTROL DUTIES

FROM NOTO TO BRICK AREA, TO BE TAKEN OVER BY UNIT ON 1/8/43 FROM 43 TC COY.   UNIT STRENGTH:- 1 OFFICER, 1 WO, 4 SGT’S, 8 CPL’S, 30 L/CPL’S, 3 PTE’S ATTACHED.

9/43 LT MARTIN JOINS UNIT.

3/9/43 ARCHI NORTH OF REGGIO DI CALABRIA.   FEW CASUALTIES OF BEACH BOMBARDMENT AND CLEARING.   2 OTHER RANKS ARRIVE WITH JEEP.   1 OR REPORTED MISSING (L/CPL GREEN)   DIVE BOMBING ATTACKS.   16.00HRS PROVOST AREA DIVE BOMBED.   BOMBS EXPLODED NEAR COOKHOUSE. RSM INNES, CPL PEEKE, L/CPL BUTLER AND PTE ADAMS VERY SERIOUSLY INJURED AND CONVEYED IMMEDIATELY TO RAP (REGIMENTAL AIR POST WHERE L/CPL BUTLER AND PTE. ADAMS DIED.   17.30 HRS RSM INNES DIED.   17.34 HRS. CPL PEEKE DIED.   21.00HRS BEACH DUTIES CEASE.

4/9/43 FUNERAL SERVICE.

5/9/43 16.00 HRS L/CPL GREEN REJOINS UNIT (THIS MAN IS CHARGED WITH DESERTION).   (HE WAS IMPRISONED FOR 1 YEAR).

6/9/43 14.00 OC CHARGES L/CPL GREEN WITH DESERTION.

7/9/43 LT COL ARCHER BURTON SYMPATHETIC ABOUT PRO LOSSES.   19.00 HRS OC WROTE TO DECEASED MEN’S WIVES AND RELATIVES.

15/9/43 LT E LUNIGA 2 I/C ESTABLISHES PRO HQ IN BILLET, FIRST TIME FOR MANY MONTHS WE HAVE HAD A ROOF OVER OUR HEADS.

18/9/43 MOTORCYCLES OUT OF ACTION, NO SPARES AVAILABLE.   ESSENTIAL.

21/9/43 TOLD WE WOULD GET SOME IN 3 WEEKS.

28/9/43 MOTORCYCLE SPARES OBTAINED FROM SALVAGE DUMP.

DIARY CONTAINS CASUALTY RETURN - OTHER RANKS FOR BOMBING RAID ON 3/9/43.   L/CPL BUTLER R KILLED IN ACTION.   WOI RSM INNES J THROAT WOUND DIED OF WOUNDS.   CPL PEEKE P G B WOUNDED IN ACTION DIED OF WOUNDS.   CPL HALL R WOUNDED IN ACTION.  L/CPL WALLER J WOUNDED IN ACTION EVACUATED BEYOND RAP, SHOCK FROM BOMB EXPLOSION.   PTE ADAMS C ARMY CATERING CORPS KILLED IN ACTION. HEAD AND STOMACH INJURIES CAUSED BY BOMB SPLINTERS.  PTE EDMUNDS B ARMY CATERING CORPS. WOUNDED IN ACTION, LACERATED RIGHT ARM CAUSED BY BOMB SPLINTERS.   14340878 LCPL HARRIS J.   7688640 CPL THACKER C, ADMITTED TO MDS & SOS

29/9/43.   6010062 L/CPL FINCH G EVACUATED BEYOND RAP.   1129450 L/CPL MOORE H EVACUATED BEYOND RAP.  

4622035 L/CPL E WELSH ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL SOS.

10/11/43 MOVE TO BRINDISI.

31/12/43  NORMAL PRO DUTIES CARRIED OUT TODAY AND ENDS AN EVENTFUL YEAR FOR 640 IND PRO UNIT WITH 2 INVASION

LANDINGS TO ITS CREDIT, PLUS DISCIPLINARY DUTIES IN TOWNS, NEW TO MANY NCO’S AND NOW DIVISIONAL PRO DUTIES AS WELL, IT MAY BE SAID THAT THIS UNIT IS AN EXAMPLE OF EXTREME USEFULNESS AND VERSATILITY.   THE UNIT HAS A VERY GOOD HEART.   CAPT A L MARSHALL, BORDER REGT OC.

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WO169/13288     641 IND PRO UNIT CMP    MAR  -  DEC 1943

MARCH   EGYPT  UNIT FORMED

30/3/43 ARRIVED E GIVET OLGA, PALESTINE

ATT 1 BN A & SH (BRICK 3)

CAPT A BLACKBURN   KSLI

NORMAL TRAINING AND TOWN PATROLS

LT F TURLEY   GEN LIST

12/6/43 EXERCISE  8 HOUR RATION COMPRISING 1 BULLY BEEF SANDWICH, 1 JAM SANDWICH   EMBARKED REHEARSALS

10/7/43   ARRIVE SICILY.

SGT COOPER & 9 NCO’S AND POW & STRAGGLERS POST CENTRE.

SGT HOLLINGSWORTH AND 9 NCO’S CMP HQ AND CONTROL SET UP AT AMBER BEACH CROSS ROADS AND REMAINING PERSONNEL OF UNIT HELD THERE AS RESERVE.   AT ABOUT 15.00HRS DURING HEAVY AERIAL BOMBARDMENT SGT SHUTTLER AND L/CPL BORGINO WERE KILLED AND L/CPL’S SMITH, WYATT, SIDEBOTTOM, WINTON, STENSON AND CPL TOWNLEY WERE WOUNDED AND REMOVED TO HOSPITAL.   ALL THESE NCO’S WERE FROM THE

BEACH SECTIONS.   NO TRACE WAS FOUND OF SGT SHUTTLER OR L/CPL BORGINO AND THE COMPLETE KITS OF THESE NCO’S WERE LOST ALSO TSMG (THOMPSON SUB MACHINE GUNS) NO’S S/513244, S/525511, S/503169  AND PISTOL NO. 804567 WERE DESTROYED.   AERIAL BOMBARDMENT AT INTERVALS THROUGHOUT DAY AND NIGHT, L/CPL STENSON DISCHARGED FROM MDS (MEDICAL DRESSING STATION). WEATHER FINE.   HEAVY RAID ABOUT 04.00HRS LIGHTS, SIGNS AND ROUTES MAINTAINED THROUGHOUT NIGHT AND DURING DAY.   AIR RAIDS AND STRAFING AT INTERVALS, L/CPL GRIFFIN ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL FOR ATTENTION TO WOUND.   L/CPL’S HINTON C, SIDEBOTTOM A, WYATT R, SMITH P AND CPL TOWNSLEY F EVACUATED TO HOSPITAL SHIP.   THE BODIES OF SGT SHUTTLER AND L/CPL BORGINO WERE DUG UP AND BURIED AT MAP REF 066183 AVOLA EDITION III.   WEATHER FINE.   L/CPL SHELTON ADMITTED TO MDS WITH MALARIA        .

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WO 169/13289          642 IND PRO UNIT         MAR -DEC 1943

20/3/43 ALMAZA.   UNIT FORMED.   CAPT K A FRENCH RAC.   LT G H CUTTELL GENERAL LIST.NORMAL TRAINING AT BASE CAMP.   UNIT HELD 2 15 CWT DODGE TRUCKS AND 30 PEDAL CYCLES.  1 .38 SMITH AND WESSON PISTOL AND 12 ROUNDS AND 28 NCO’S.

30/3/43 GAZA ATTACHED 1 WELCH REGT ERECTING TENTS.

1/7/43 AT SEA.   POLICE DUTIES ON BOARD.

10/7/43 06.45 HRS LANDED AT AVOLA, SICILY.  1ST PARTY 1 CPL AND 3 L/CPL’S LANDED ON AMBER BEACH.   2 PARTY OC AND 10 OR’S LANDED ON GREEN BEACH AT A POINT APPROXIMATELY 200 YARDS NORTH OF AVOLA.   THE LCS (L) IN WHICH THEY WERE TRAVELLING WAS SET ON FIRE ON ITS STERN, DIRECTLY IT TOUCHED THE BEACH AND RECEIVED TWO MORE DIRECT HITS AND SEVERAL NEAR MISSES.   SGT ALLEN AND CPL MOUNSEY SERIOUSLY INJURED.   REMAINDER OF PARTY MADE THEIR WAY TOWARDS MAIN ROAD THROUGH THE ORCHARDS UNDER SHELLFIRE AND WENT TO BRICK HQ.  PUT CIVILIANS IN A HOUSE UNDER ESCORT.   AS AREA WAS NOT CLEARED SUFFICIENTLY TO DO RECCE OF FMC AREA NCO’S ASSISTED IN CARRYING WOUNDED FROM BEACH TO RAP.   06.50 HRS LT CUTTELL AND 3RD PARTY (WHICH SHOULD HAVE ARRIVED AT H + 30) ARRIVED ON GREEN BEACH AND ASSISTED RE’S DEMOLISHING WALLS TO MAKE EXITS FROM THE BEACH.   08.40 HRS CSM AND ONE CAME ASHORE AND SET UP CMP HQ NEXT TO BRICK HQ.   09.30 HRS OC WENT ON RECCE OF FMC AREA.

1/9/43 AUGUSTA, BUCHERI 17.00 HRS EMBARKED.

3/9/43 LYING IN THE MESSINA STRAITS,   INTENSE OVERHEAD BARRAGE ON TO THE TOE OF ITALY.   04.30HRS ASSAULT CRAFT

GO IN.   06.10HRS BRICK HQ AND PROVOST LAND.   NO OPPOSITION, DRY LANDING WEST OF REGGIONE CALABRIA.   07.00 HRS SIGNING AND TRAFFIC DUTIES COMMENCE.   08.00HRS SLIGHT ENEMY SHELLING NO CASUALTIES.    CONSTANT ALLIED AIR PATROL OVER BEACH AREAS, VERY LITTLE ENEMY AIR OPPOSITION.

1/11/43 TERMOLI.   NORMAL DUTIES.

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WO 169/13290           643 IND PRO UNIT       MAY - DEC 1943

2/5/43 GAZA TO NUISERAT.   CAPT R S PRESCOTT RAC,  CAPT B C DURBIN WEST YORKSHIRE REGIMENT 1/5/43.

14/6/43 SYRIA.

24/6/43 PALESTINE.

26/6/43 EGYPT.

7/43 TRAINING UNDER CTC.

13-31/7/43 COY EN ROUTE FROM EGYPT TO NORTH AFRICA BY ROAD, RAIL AND SEA.

2-8/9/43 AT SEA.

9/9/43 03.30 HRS ZERO HOUR, SALERNO AREA LANDED RED BEACH AREA.   04.20 HRS SERIAL 48 LANDED GREEN BEACH.   04.30HRS SERIAL 50 LANDED RED BEACH.   BEACH AREA SHELLED , *SGT GALLAGHER KILLED, L/CPL O’GRADY AND ARMSTRONG WOUNDED AND EVACUATED.   04.40 HRS SERIAL 56 LANDED GREEN BEACH.   04.50 HRS W/T ESTABLISHED.   SERIALS 52 AND 57 LANDED ON RED BEACH, SERIAL 58 LANDED RED BEACH.

05.15 HRS TO 23.59 HRS SERIAL 69 LANDED ON RED BEACH WITH BANTAM AND M/C, ENEMY SHELLING AREA, HQ ESTABLISHED, DAPM ARRIVED AT HQ,   PARTIES SIGNING ROUTES,   ROAD BLOCKED AT VARIOUS TIMES BY VEHICLES IN DITCHES,   TRAFFIC MOVING FORWARD FAIRLY WELL,   AREA SHELLED SEVERAL TIMES, SERIAL 125 LANDED GREEN BEACH,  CIRCUIT SIGNED AND LIGHTED, GREEN BEACH CLOSED, SITUATION AT NIGHTFALL, TRAFFIC MOVING FORWARD, NO ENEMY ACTIVITY IN EVIDENCE.

10/9/43 06.00 HRS TO 09.30 HRS SERIAL 121 LANDED RED BEACH, GREEN BEACH ORDERED TO REOPEN, MAINTENANCE AREA REPORTED CLEAR OF ENEMY.   DAPM AND CSM ON RECCE FOR ROUTES FROM GREEN BEACH.   15.00HRS TO 23.59 HRS  ROADS JAMMED BY 128 BRIGADE MOVING TO SALERNO.   TELEPHONE COMMUNICATION WITH BRICK HQ ESTABLISHED.   128 BDE THROUGH TRAFFIC MOVING AGAIN.   TELEPHONE COMMUNICATION ESTABLISHED TO BEACH.   SITUATION AT NIGHTFALL, TRAFFIC MOVING OK.

11/9/43 06.00HRS TO 23.59HRS  ENEMY AIR ACTIVITY OVER AREA.  TRAFFIC MOVING OK WITH STOPS DURING DAY OWING TO

VEHICLES GETTING IN THE DITCHES.   SITUATION AT NIGHTFALL QUIET.

12/9/43 00.15 HRS TO 23.59 HRS TRAFFIC HELD UP BY VEHICLE IN DITCH, VEHICLE OUT OF DITCH AND TRAFFIC MOVING AGAIN.  TRAFFIC MOVING FORWARD ALL DAY, INTERMITTENT ENEMY SHELLING.   SITUATION AT NIGHTFALL QUIET.

13/9/43 06.00HRS TO 23.59HRS TRAFFIC MOVING FORWARD STEADILY, SITUATION AT NIGHTFALL QUIET.

14/9/43 06.00 HRS TO 23.59 HRS TRAFFIC CIRCUIT WORKING ALL RIGHT WITH AN OCCASIONAL VEHICLE IN THE DITCH AND INTERMITTENT ENEMY SHELLING.

15/9/43 06.00 HRS TO 23.59 TRAFFIC MOVING ALL DAY SLIGHT ENEMY SHELLING.

16/9/43 06.00 HRS TO 23.59 HRS TRAFFIC MOVING ALL DAY, ENEMY SHELLING AND BOMBING.

17/9/43 06.00 HRS TO 23.59 HRS TRAFFIC MOVING ALL DAY, SLIGHT ENEMY SHELLING AND BOMBING.

18/9/43 06.00HRS TO 23.59 HRS TRAFFIC FORWARD ALL DAY, SLIGHT ENEMY SHELLING.

19/9/43 06.00HRS TO 23.59 HRS TRAFFIC MOVING FORWARD ALL DAY.

20/9/43 O6.00 HRS TO 23.59 HRS TRAFFIC MOVING ALL DAY L/CPL SANDSTROM WOUNDED BY ENEMY SHELL SPLINTER AND EVACUATED TO MDS.

APPENDIX “J” OF DIARY GIVES DETAILS OF SERIAL NO’S, NAMES OF MEN IN SERIAL, TIME OF LANDING, BEACH COLOUR AND DUTY WHEN LANDED.   THE FIRST TO LAND SGT BROWN AND 5 NCO’S SERIAL 34, TIME OF LANDING H + 30 ON RED BEACH, DUTY WITH AMLO A & B.   THE LAST TO LAND SGT WILSON, SERIAL 6, TIME H + 70, DUTY AT COY HQ.   LT CLUE LANDED IN SERIAL 121 AT H + 600 ON GREEN BEACH WITH A 15 CWT TRUCK.

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WO 169/13291___ 644 IND PRO UNIT       JUNE - DEC 1943

2/6/43 ALMAZA.  CAPT E F SPICER ROYAL WILTSHIRE YEOMANRY OC 10/6/43.   LT R B HOCKING SWB 10/6/43.

3/6/43 ENTRAINED CAIRO STATION, LEFT FOR JDAIDE.

20/6/43 TO ATTOUSE, SYRIA.

22/9/43  DRYSHOD TRAINING COMMENCED.

11/7/43  MOVED TO KABRIT TWO CASUALTIES, ONE EVACUATED AT ASLUJ AND ONE AT KABRIT, BOTH NCO’S.

28/9/43 LT KIDMAN SUFFOLK REGT RELIEVES LT HOCKING.

5/8/43 TO HADERA, PALESTINE, GENERAL DUTIES.

11/8/43 BRICK PLACED ON 24 HOURS TO PROCEED OVERSEAS ON ACTIVE SERVICE.

17/8/43 ARRIVE SUEZ.

24/8/43 EMBARK ON 4 DIFFERENT PARTS OF SHIP FOR EXERCISE TILL 26/8/43.

10/9/43 BACK TO HADERA.

13/9/43 LT WILLIAMS ROYAL SUSSEX ARRIVES TO REPLACE LT KIDMAN, INJURED ANKLE.   HAIFA.   ORDINARY DUTIES, SCRAMBLING NET PRACTICE.

1/9/43 SPECIAL DUTIES HAIFA - GEORGE FORMBY PERFORMING.

1/11/43 KABRIT TRAINING.

12/43 CAPT H W R POWELL MIDDLESEX REGT OC.   TRAINING CONTINUES.

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WO 169/13292         645 IND PRO UNIT       JUNE - DEC 1943

PART OF 37 BEACH BRICK.

CAPT G A R W WALKER PIONEER CORPS.

17/6/43 CAIRO.   COY FORMED 2 OFFICERS, 1 CSM, 4 SGT’S, 9 CPL’S, 34 L/CPL’S, 3 ATTACHED.   2 X 3 TON GS TRUCKS, 2 X 15 CWT GS TRUCKS, 2 X WILLYS BANTAM MOTORCYCLES, 6 PEDAL CYCLES, 10 X .39 PISTOLS, 40 THOMPSON SUB-MACHINE GUNS,

2 SMLE RIFLES.

18/6/43 HADERA, PALESTINE.   LT H PERCIVAL KINGS REGT.

17/6/43 NOMINAL ROLL OF UNIT PARADING AT CAIRO

MAIN STATION.

4/7/43  LT H PERCIVAL, CSM AND 1 SGT ATTENDED SCRAMBLE NET DEMONSTRATION USED FOR GETTING FROM SHIPS TO LANDING CRAFT.

7-9/7/43 NCO’S ON MINE LIFTING COURSE.

12/7/43  COY PARADED AT FULLEST AVAILABLE STRENGTH FOR PRESENTATION OF MILITARY MEDAL TO 679048 L/CPL WILLIAM GUTHRIE BY COL PALMER MC.

19/7/43 ACCIDENT REPORTED ON PRACTICE BEACH INVOLVING 3 SAPPERS OF FORMATION RE COY.   2 SERIOUSLY INJURED,

1 KILLED.   AREA SIGNED AND PLACED OUT OF BOUNDS ON ACCOUNT OF DISCOVERY OF LIVE MINES.

26/7/43 MAJ W KAYE AMP CTC TOOK OVER PROVOST TRAINING.

EX MARQUESS PRO ROLL IN BEACH LANDINGS.

(F) PROVOST

DAPM WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR:

(1) THE DETAIL OF SUCH PROVOST PARTIES AS ARE NECESSARY TO ACCOMPANY RECCE AND AMLO PARTIES DURING THE PHASE OF DEVELOPMENT OF THE TWO BEACHES.

(2) THE SUPPLY AND ERECTION OF ALL TRACK SIGNS (BOTH WHEELS AND TRACKS).

(3) THE ONWARD MOVEMENT AND CONTROL OF ALL VEHICLES AS THEY LAND TO MAINTENANCE AREA.

(4) THE PREVENTION OF ALL TRAFFIC BLOCKS OR

CONCENTRATION OF PERSONNEL AT ANY POINT ON THE BEACH OR IN THE MAINTENANCE AREA.

(5) GUARDING PRISONERS OF WAR AND EVENTUAL EVACUATION TO THE BEACHES.

(6) DAPM WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR MARKING AND MAINTAINING THE TRAFFIC CIRCUIT AND ALL OTHER ROUTES AT ALL TIMES.

(7) THE INWARD DIVERSION OF ALL VEHICLES INTO DWP ON ARRIVAL.

(8) MAINTENANCE OF AN INFORMATION POST.

7/11/43 QUASSASSSIN.   CTC COMBINED TRAINING.  

LT S D WILLIAMS ROYAL SUSSEX REGT REPLACES LT PERCIVAL.

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WO 169/13320 MILITARY POLICE DOG TRG SCHOOL FEB-DEC 1943

ALMAZA.  MAJ G W J SCOTT, RAC, 4/1/1943.

2/43 60 DOGS UNDER TRAINING.

2/43  20 DOG3 UNDER TRAINING.  ROUTINE DOG INSPECTIONS, DEATHS AND ARRIVALS.

1/2/43 RECEIVED 1 ALSATION DOG (FEMALE) A GIFT TO THE WD FROM LADY KEOWN BOYD OF HELIOPOLIS.

20/4/43  DISPLAY OF METHODS OF WAR DOG TRAINING AND MARCH PAST OF DOGS ON VISIT OF HM KING GEORGE OF GREECE.

22/4/43  L/CPL I T WIGLEY WAS BITTEN BY DOG WHICH DIED ON JOURNEY FROM EGYPT, RABIES TREATMENT COMMENCED.

20/6/43 NEW OFFICER LT K C THOMPSON, HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY REGIMENT.

26/9/43 INSPECTION ON LOCAL PURCHASE OF NEW SUITS TACKLING WHICH WERE FOUND TO BE UNSUITABLE.

10/42 NEW OFFICERS: LT J J R HINDLE, RAVC AND LT ACKROYD, ROYAL CORPS OF SIGNALS.

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WO 169/13321 1 MILITARY POLICE DOG SECTION  FEB - DEC 1943

ALMAZA.   DETACHMENTS SENT AROUND AREA, HAIFA, TEL-EL-KEBIR.   REGULAR REPORTS ON DOGS USED IN ARRESTS OF NATIVES AND RECOVERY OF MILITARY EFFECTS.

10 9/43 WAR POLICE DOG ‘PRINCE’ EFFECTED ARREST OF 1 NATIVE (DEAD) IN POSSESSION OF WD PROPERTY VALUED AT APPROX £18.10.0.  

6/10/43 WAR POLICE DOG ‘ROCK’ EFFECTED ARREST OF 1 NATIVE IN POSSESSION OF WD PROPERTY, 1 BOX OF TEA, (NATIVE SHOT AND SINCE DIED).

12/43 TOTAL ARRESTS FOR MONTH 25.

          TOTAL VALUE OF PROPERTY RECOVERED £666.6.5.   263080 CAPT E P DANBY RAC NEW OFFICER.

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WO 169/13324  4 MILITARY POLICE DOG SECTION DEC 1943

17 AREA, SYRIA.   CAPT F H ACKROYD, ROYAL SIGNALS, 20/12/43.

4/10/43 UNIT FORMED.

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WO 169/13967       APM 11 (E A) DIVISION            MAY 1943

CAPT J C RHODES EA CMP.

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WO 169/13322  2 MILITARY POLICE DOG SECTION JUL-DEC 1943

ALMAZA, MAJ G W J SCOTT.

1/6/43 ALMAZA ‘A’ MILITARY POLICE DOG SECTION FORMED.  AUTHORITY GHQ MEF 1493/AGI A DATED 21/6/43.   WAR ESTABLISHMENT NO VI/710/1 WAR OFFICE SERIAL NO. 59907.

FORMED AT CMP BASE DEPOT ALMAZA CAMP, 17 AREA, MEF.

TRANSPORT 1 MOTOR CYCLE, 1 UTILITY, 8 15CWT TRUCKS.

WEAPONS AND AMMUNITION, 12 .303 RIFLES, 50 ROUNDS ON MAN, TOTAL 600.   102.38 PISTOLS 12 ROUND PER MAN, RESERVE 612, TOTAL 1836 ROUNDS, DOGS 48 WAR DOGS.

20/7/43 8 NCO’S AND 6 WAR DOGS ATTACHED TO 9 ARMY FOR DUTY.

10/8/43 UNIT RENAMED 2 MILITARY DOG SECTION.

26/8/43 WD PROPERTY RECOVERED BY WAR DOG ‘GIZA’.

14/8/43 SYRIA, ATTACHED TO 114 PRO COY, 1 SGT, 2 CPL’S, 9 L/CPL’S.

PALESTINE ATTACHED TO SOUTHERN AREA PRO COY 1 SGT, 1 CPL, 6 L/CPL’S

PALESTINE ATTACHED TO NORTHERN AREA PRO COY 1 SGT, 1 CPL, 6 L/CPL’S.

15/10/43 WAR DOG NO152 HELMIEH DIES.

23/10/43 RAFA, 2 BALES OF BLANKETS RECOVERED BY WAR DOG NO 158 JONAH AND NO.94 MOUSE.

27/10/43 RAFAH, WAR DOG NO. 172 TIGER DIES.

29/10/43 BEIRUT, SYRIA WAR DOG NO.157 CEASOR DIES.

12/11/43 HQ RAFAH, PALESTINE.

14/11/43 CAPT P GREY, OX 7 BUCKS LIGHT INFANTRY POSTED IN.

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WO 169/13323  3 MILITARY POLICE DOG SECTION  OCT-DEC 1943

10/10/43 ALEXANDRIA, CAPT K C THOMPSON DAPM 16 AREA.

UNIT STRENGTH: 1 CAPT, 1 WOII, 4 SGT’S, 17 CPL’S, 41 L/CPL’S,

RAVC ATTACHED 1 SGT, 1 PTE, CIVILIAN COOKS 4 FOR MEN AND 8 FOR DOGS.

16/10/1943 CAPT THOMPSON ASSUMES COMMAND VICE CAPT GREY P.

15/12/43 TWO NATIVES IN POSSESSION OF WD PROPERTY ARRESTED BY L/CPL BICKER AND WAR DOG NO 91 JAILOR.

28/12/43 ONE NATIVE IN POSSESSION OF 3 WD TYRES ARRESTED BY L/CPL MEEKS AND WAR DOG NO.127 SARIZA.

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WO 169/13325  5 MILITARY POLICE DOG SECTION  DEC 1943

DEC 1943 UNIT FORMED 4/10/43 OC CAPT MCGREGOR KING’S ROYAL RIFLE CORPS, HQ AND 4 SUB SECTIONS.   1 DAPM, 4 SGT’S, 1 CPL CLERK, 16 CPL’S, 8 L/CPL’S, 2 SPARE, 1 DRIVER, TOTAL ALL RANKS 64 ATTACHED 1 RAVC SGT, 1 PTE (DRESSER), 1 ACC COOK, 4 CIVILIAN COOKS, 8 COOKS FOR DOGS.

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WO 169/14618                 226 PRO COY           JAN - DEC 1943

1/1/43 VALLETTA, MALTA.  

LT COL J S TUPPEN ROYAL MARINES APM.   CAPT J SWIFT DAPM.

20/1/43 SGT CLARK ATTACHED TO POW CAMP PEMBROKE.

27/1/43 BARRACK ROOM MOVED FROM B BLOCK TO A BLOCK, LINTORN BARRACKS.

19/2/43 32 NCO’S ACCOMMODATED IN LINTORN BARRACKS MOVE TO NO 8 ROOM CASEMATE BARRACKS.

23/2/43 NCO’S IN CASEMATE BARRACKS MOVE TO MISIDA BASTION, FLORIANA.

1/3/43 COY CONCENTRATED AT VALLETTA.  LT COL P D J WATERS MC SCOTS GUARDS DISEMBARKED HMS CLEOPATRA, GRAND HARBOUR FROM ALEXANDRIA TO FILL APPOINTMENT OF DPM.   ACCOMPANIED BY 7688497 L/CPL CHAMBERLAIN CMP BATMAN.   COMMAND OF 226 PRO COY HANDED OVER TO CAPT J SWIFT, THE BUFFS DAPM. BY LT COL J S SELBY TUPPEN RM, NAVAL PROVOST MARSHAL.

6/3/43   DAPM’S OFFICE MOVED FROM RN PICKET HOUSE TO MILITARY POLICE BARRACKS, MISIDA BASTION.  DPM’S OFFICE ESTABLISHED IN RN PICKET HOUSE.

3 MVS AND 2 TANKERS ARRIVED IN GRAND HARBOUR ESCORTED FROM ME BY HM SHIPS. 30 CMP NCO’S EMPLOYED IN 3 SHIFTS OF 10, ASSISTED BY 3 OFFICERS AND 3 PRS FROM 2 DEVONS, CONTROLLING TRAFFIC UNLOADING CONVOY.

13/3/43   CONVOY UNLOADED.  TRAFFIC CONTROL PERSONNEL STOOD DOWN

14/3/43 09.30  ONE TROOPSHIP CARRYING ABOUT 500 ARMY

AND RAF PERSONNEL DOCKED GRAND HARBOUR.  6 CMP NCO’S EMPLOYED ON TRAFFIC CONTROL. DISEMBARKATION COMPLETED 1300HRS

16/3/43   FIELD MARSHAL LORD GORT, GOVERNOR AND C-IN-C ARRIVED IN MALTA BY AIR FROM UK

18/3/43   LT.COL WATERS DPM PROCEEDED TO GOZO ON TOUR OF INSPECTION.  1200HRS 3 MVS AND 1 TANKER ARRIVED FROM GRAND HARBOUR FROM ME ESCORTED BY HM SHIPS (30 CMP ETC AS FOR 6TH )

19/3/43   DPM RETURNED FROM GOZO PM

6196512 CPL V BRADSHAW CMP REDUCED TO RANK OF PRIVATE BY GOC FOR INEFFICIENCY AND TRANSFERRED  TO 32 COY, RASC

21/3/43   1100HRS   HMS ORION DISEMBARKED ABOUT 350 ARMY AND RAF PERSONNEL.  3 CMP NCO’S EMPLOYED UNTIL 13OO

22/3/43   4122646 CPL J TAYLOR CMP REDUCED TO RANK OF PRIVATE BY GOC FOR INEFFICIENCY AND TRANSFERRED TO 32 COY RASC.  5618152 L/CPL W J LYNCH FOUND GUILTY BY FGCM ON A CHARGE OF RECEIVING STOLEN PROPERTY(AA SEC 41) AND SENTENCED TO UNDERGO DETENTION FOR ONE YEAR.  90 DAYS WERE REMITTED BY CONFIRMING AUTHORITY

25/3/43   23.40HRS UNLOADING OF 3 MVS COMPLETED

30/3/43  09.30HRS  HQ NO1 MALTA INFANTRY BDE AND 1 HAMPS, 2 DEVONS AND 1 DORSETS EMBARKED ON 3 TROOPSHIPS FOR M.E.  26 CMP NCO’S EMPLOYED ON TRAFFIC CONTROL AND AT EMBARKATION POINTS.  SEVEN DESERTERS STILL MISSING WHEN SHIPS SAILED AT DUSK.

31/3/43   1 SGT, 1 CPL, 1 LCPL AND 13 MAURITIUS NATIVES FROM 1 MALTA PIONEER GROUP ATT. TO 226 PRO COY FOR PROVOST DUTIES CONNECTED WITH MAURITIUS TROOPS.

DURING THE MONTH OF MARCH 194 AF’S B 252 WERE FORWARDED TO UNITS.

ON 31 MARCH THERE WERE  DESERTERS : BRITISH 4, MALTESE 21

ABSENTEES : BRITISH 10, MALTESE 19.

1/4/ - 10/4/43   COY CONCENTRATED AT VALLETTA.

ALL CPL’S AND L/CPLS ATTENDED COURSE ON POLICE DUTIES, UNARMED CONDUCT, MOTOR-CYCLE INSTRUCTION AND DRILL ON ALTERNATE DAYS

11/4/43  11.30  2 MVS, 2 TROOPSHIP AND 1 TANKER FROM M.E. ESCORTED BY HM SHIPS ARRIVED AT GRAND HARBOUR’  21 CMP NCO’S,  24 OR’S OF KING’S OWN AND 3 OFFICERS PERMANENTLY EMPLOYED ON TRAFFIC CONTROL OF VEHICLES UNLOADING THE CONVOY

13/4/43 19.00 HRS TROOPSHIP LEFT HARBOUR FOR M.E.

14/4/43  20.30 HRS  FORWARD HOLD OF KING EDWIN CAUGHT FIRE WHILE UNLOADING OCTANE.  FIRE WAS CAUSED BY AN ELECTRICAL SHORT CIRCUIT IN THE HOLD; SIX MALTESE

LABOURERS KILLED; FORWARD PART OF SHIP AND SEVERAL LIGHTERS WERE COMPLETELY BURNT OUT.  CMP ASSISTED FIRE BRIGADES UNTIL 0900 HRS 15/4/43;  FIRE CONTINUED UNTIL 0300 HRS 16/4/43 WHEN SHIP WAS ALLOWED TO SINK

17/4/43  14.30 HRS CONVOY UNLOADING COMPLETED

23/4/43 CMP PERMANENTLY EMPLOYED ON TRAFFIC CONTROL FOR UNLOADING SHIPS EG HMS EURYLUS FROM WHICH  *6340032 RSM J A L SERGISON CMP DISEMBARKED POSTED TO 226 PRO COY

30/4/43 WORK IN PROGRESS ON MV KING EDWIN SALVAGING BOMBS AND AMMUNITION FROM AFT PORTION OF SHIP

DURING MONTH OF APRIL 189 AFS B 52 WERE FORWARDED TO UNITS ON 30/4/43 THERE WERE - DESERTERS: BRITISH 5, MALTESE 22

ABSENTEES: BRITISH 1, MALTESE 13

STRENGTH 226 PRO COY:

RSM, 1 CSM, 1 CQMS, 1 SGT, 8 CPLS, 5 LCPLS ,30

Z LIST - 3 L/CPLS.

6/6/43   105 PRO COY DISEMBARK FROM LCT’S, PLACED UNDER COMMAND OF DAPM MALTA

9/6/43   MAJ LOCKSLEY CMP ARRIVES BY AIR FROM M E

DPM LT COL P D J WATERS ATTENDS A CONFERENCE HELD BY AQMG(MOV)

11/6/43   1600 HRS 234 INF BDE EMBARK FOR M E.  EXTRA 15 NCOS OF COY EMPLOYED ON TRAFFIC CONTROL

1700 HRS ALL DIRECTIONAL SIGNS ARE IN POSITION ( 108 SIGNPOSTS )

12/6/43   07.45 HRS MAJ LOCKSLEY EMBARKS BY AIR FOR M E.

160 HURRICANE LAMPS, 4 PETROL COOKERS AND 8 CAMP KETTLES DRAWN FROM ORDNANCE FOR USE OF INFORMATION POSTS MANNED BY NCO’S OF 105 PRO COY

14/6/43  MORE VEHICLES AND PERSONNEL DISEMBARK.  EXTRA 13 NCOS OF COY EMPLOYED ON TRAFFIC CONTROL. THE DPM LAYS DOWN DIVISION OF RESPONSIBILITIES AS FOLLOWS :

CAPT SWIFT DAPM  TO ACT AS APM AND AS SUCH WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL POLICE DUTIES IN THE ISLAND

OC 226 PRO COY WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL TRAFFIC POLICE WORK IN THE HARBOUR, DOCKS AND HARDS AREAS

OC 105 PRO COY WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL TRAFFIC OUTSIDE HARBOUR, DOCKS AND HARDS AREAS, TOGETHER WITH POLICE DISCIPLINARY DUTIES WITHIN ALL THE SMALLER TOWNS AND VILLAGES, VALETTA AND SLIMA

15/6/43   MORE VEHICLES AND PERSONNEL ARRIVE FROM M E.

EXTRA 15 NCOS OF COY EMPLOYED IN TRAFFIC CONTROL IN HARBOUR AND HARDS AREAS.  1 PORTABLE PETROL COOKER DRAWN FROM ORDNANCE FOR USE OF 105 PRO COY.

8/7/43   LOADING LANDING CRAFT FOR THE INVASION OF SICILY

15/7/43   105 COY EMBARK FOR SICILY

20/8/43   CSM CUTHBERT EMBARKS BY AIR FOR NO2 MEOSB (MIDDLE EAST OFFICERS SELECTION BOARD)

11 NCOS, 10 DOGS ON GUARD DUTY

2/9/43  CSM RETURNS

4/9/43    CQMS JENKINS TO NO 2 MEOSB

24/9/43  LT B CUMMINGS GR HOWARDS ATT 4 NOV  OC

29/9/43 CAPT S DAWSON RA

3/11/43 CAPT DAWSON TO M E.

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WO 169/14670  PRO BRANCH GHQ PAIFORCE JAN - DEC 1943

IRAQ.  COL A R FORBES PROVOST MARSHAL.  LT HAWKINS 2 GURKHA RIFLES ATTACHED APM BAGHDAD.

16/1/43 IRAQ DECLARES WAR ON AXIS.

20/1/43  CAPT EVANS REPORTED FROM MIDDLE EAST AS DAPM.   DOES NOT APPEAR VERY SUITABLE FOR PROVOST, BUT HAS BEEN IN IT FOR 20 MONTHS, SO MAY IMPROVE ON ACQUAINTANCE (TOO OLD).

APPENDIX ‘A’ OF WAR DIARY CONTAINS PAMPHLET PERSIA & IRAQ FORCE.   TRAINING PAMPHLET NO 1.   NOTES ON MILITARY POLICE DUTIES IN OPERATIONAL AREAS.  

FEBRUARY 1943 DIARY COMPLAINS OF A CONSTANT BATTLE TO GET RESOURCES, PERSONNEL AND STATUS FOR INDIAN OTHER RANKS AS BRITISH OTHER RANKS.

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WO 169/14703    PROVOST BRANCH HQ 10 ARMY   JAN - FEB 1943

1/6/43 DAILY OFFICE ROUTINE HAMADAN, QUM, KHANAQUIN, KERMANSHAH.   LT COL G C HORN DPM.  CAPT R H G KEMP DAPM

NO INFORMATION.

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WO 169/14727    PROVOST COY XXI INDIAN CORPS    MAY - AUG 1943

IRAQ.   CAPT A H PRIESTLEY 5/15 FRONTIER FORCE RIFLES.   ONLY OFFENCE  - OUT OF BOUNDS.

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WO 168/14747     4 INDIAN DIV PRO COY      JAN - DEC 1943

1/1/43  CAPT R N L TAFF LAID DIV AXIS TO BIR-HACHEIM, 28 MILES.   EL ADEM, REGIMA.

17/1/43  DUTIES AT BIR HARMET WATER POINT.  TOBRUK RAIDED, 4 ENEMY PLANES BROUGHT DOWN.

15/1/43 THE BIG PUSH STARTED TOWARDS TRIPOLI, OBJECTIVE TRIPOLI IN 1 WEEK.

28/1/43 COY PREPARE TO MOVE TO TRIPOLI.

17/3/43 TO BEN GARDANE, PLENTY OF AIR ACTIVITY, ONE OF OUR PLANES BROUGHT DOWN BUT PILOT WAS SAVED.

BARBED WIRE SET UP POW CAGE AT BEN GARDANE.

21/3/43 STRAGGLERS POST OPENED.

27/3/43  74 ITALIAN POW’S SENT TO 116 FMC.   10 OFFICERS AND 204 OTHER RANKS TO CAGE.

28/3/43  MOVE TO AREA NEAR TECHINE VILLAGE.   COUNTRY MOUNTAINOUS AND ROCKY AND COVERED WITH SMALL SCRUB AND OCCASIONAL OLIVE GROVE.

29/3/43  RSM ROWLING SIGN POSTED MEDININE.   PROVOST CONTROLLED DANGEROUS PASS TO BIR ZELTENE.   ARTILLERY & 7 INDIAN INF BDE PASSED THROUGH WITHOUT CASUALTIES.

31/3/43  PRISONERS OF WAR DESPATCHED: GERMAN OR’S 11, ITALIAN OFFICERS 7, ITALIAN OTHER RANKS 261.   GABES TOWN BADLY BOMBED AND SHELLED, A FEW FRENCH RESIDENTS REMAIN.

5/4/43 ARTILLERY EXCHANGES ALL DAY.

6/4/43 BATTLE OF WADI AKARIT COMMENCED 04.15 HRS.   CMP MOVED ¼ ESSEX REGT TO BRIDGEHEAD.   L/CPL JEFFRIES WOUNDED AND LIKELY TO LOSE A LEG.   OVER 1,000 ITALIAN POW’S.

8/4/43  POW’S COLLECTED TO DATE 2,655.   AIRCRAFT ACTIVE.

12/4/43  DIV MOVE TO AREA NORTH OF SFAX NR METOIA.

16/4/43  MOVED FROM AREA SOUTH OF KAIROUAN AND SETTLED IN OLIVE GROVE ON MAIN KAIROUAN - ENFIDAVILLE ROAD.

18/4/43  CAPT TAFF AND RSM ROWLING RECCE ROUTE FROM SOUSSE.

19/4/43  CMP SENT IN TO POLICE PASSES DURING FORTHCOMING ATTACK AT 21.20HRS.

21/4/43  TWO INDIANS (MAHRATTA LIGHT INF ) WALKED BACK FROM TUNIS CAGE HAVING BEEN POW SINCE MID JUNE 1942.

25/4/43 CAPT TAFF DEVISED NEW METHOD OF SUSPENDING THE DIV AXIS SIGNS WHICH HAS BEEN ADOPTED.

28/4/43 SUMMER CLOTHING DRAWN FROM STORES.

1/5/43   MOVE FROM ENFIDAVILLE TO 5 MILES WEST OF MEDJIZ-EL-BAB

5/5/43   BATTLE COMMENCED 0300 HRS.  ALL OBJECTIVES TAKEN IN QUICK TIME

10/5/43   RSM & OC VISITED TUNIS - IMPRESSIONS, MANY TROOPS, FRIENDLY PEOPLE.  GENERAL AIR OF FREEDOM & GOOD FELLOWSHIP.  CITY SIMILAR TO ALEXANDRIA.

1/6/43   HQ COY AT SIDI MERBAT

12/6/43   4 BORS ON DUTY AT MORTAR DEMONSTRATION AT

7 BDE  ACCIDENTALLY WOUNDED AND IMMEDIATELY ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL(MDS).  PREPARATIONS FOR GEN LYON.

18/6/43  RECEIVED NOTIFICATION THAT ESCORT SENT FOR ABSENTEE L/CPL DOVE WERE ALSO UNDER CLOSE ARREST

VISIT BY KING GEORGE Vl AND GEN LYON

1/7/43   HQ AR MARTUBA

13/7/43   “DESERT VICTORY” FILM BEING SHOWN TO DIVISION

AUGUST  -  ROUTINE DUTIES & TRAINING

SEPTEMBER - RETURN TO PALESTINE BY STAGES

1/10/43 HQ AT QUASTINA DETS AT JERUSALEM & TEL AVIV THEN ON TO BEIRUT

30/11/43  TRANSPORT TO QUASSASSIN STATION FOR ENTRAINMENT TO ESTABLISHMENT.  UNIT WAR DIARY WILL COMMENCE WHEN UNIT RE-ASSEMBLES AT ZONE OF OCCUPATION AMIRIRYA

1/12/43  DEPARTED SUEZ PIER AT 1300 HRS

4/12/43  ESCORTED BY FIGHTERS, SUB SPOTTERS & DESTROYERS

8/12/43  ARRIVE TARANTO BY CHRISTMAS ALL TOGETHER AGAIN, NOW IN ITALY

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WO169/14758     5 IND DIV PRO UNIT MEF    JAN - APR 1943

QUETTA   NORMAL POLICE DUTIES

LT G HAWKINS

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WO169/14765    6 IND DIV PRO COY CMP     FEB  -  DEC 1943

KIFRI, IRAQ

10/3/43  CAPT K A A WILSON ARR TO COMMAND

CAPT W J VASSAY POSTED TO 16 RE-INF CAMP

13/4/43 LT W H DAWSON 1/1 G POSTED TO UNIT

MAY - KARIND  

11/5/43* HAMADAN  1 BOR ATTACHED TO TRAFFIC CONTROL GROUPS, HAMADAN, KILLED IN A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT  (NOT NAMED HERE BUT THIS WAS FUS F HAIG, 6459965).

AUGUST - BACK TO KIFRI; BACK AND FORTH TILL

OCTOBER MOVE TO QRB QISIL- RABAT

5/12/43  *A 15 CWT TRUCK OF THIS UNIT WHILE PROCEEDING ON DUTY MET WITH AN ACCIDENT IN WHICH 6400756 L/CPL D ROSE WAS KILLED AND OTHER BOR’S RECEIVED INJURIES NECESSITATING THEIR EVACUATION TO HOSPITAL.

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WO169/14793     10 IND DIV PRO COY CMP  JAN - DEC 1943

CYPRUS   USUAL CAMP DUTIES  SPEED TRAPS ETC

NICOSIA   T/CAPT N COUPER   21/3/42

6-10/5/43   SCHEME BOOMERANG CAMPED IN LIMASOL, PAOHOS & KHALIKARIA

12/6/43   ARR. HAIFA PALESTINE  CAMP SAFAD

OCT LT D A LUMSDEN

21/11/43  MOVE TO SAIDA

3/12/43  LEFT SAIDA FOR TULKARM, THEN TO ISDUD KM 89 GAZA

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WO169/14816  61 IND ARMD DIV PROVOST  JAN - DEC 1943

1/1/43 SHAIBA  HOLIDAY

6-9/1/43   UNIT EMPLOYED IN MARKING ROUTES TO MINEFIELDS AND TRAFFIC CONTROL

CAPT P W G ADAIR   16 PUNJAB REGT

FEB   NORMAL DUTIES

3/2/43   CASUALTY RETURN SUBMITTED (COVERS A MULTITUDE OF SINS - CAPT ADAIR LOVES FORMS)

MAY   CAPT G R BRASTED   2/6/GURKHAS

QUIYARA

31/10/43  ARR BUG EL ARAB AFTER 1 MONTH OVERLAND JOURNEY

NOV   SIGNING MINEFIELDS,  AIRRAID WARNINGS BUT NO ENEMY ACTIVITY

DEC   AS ABOVE

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WO169/15520         NO 1 BASE PRO COY      JAN  -  DEC 1943

MAJ SIR STEPHEN LENNARD  SCOTS GUARDS

CAPT G J W MUNDY  R WARWICK REGT

LT G NICHOLLS  GEN LIST

COL FOERBES   PM

27/4/43  * L/CPL SHAW( 15BN ESSEX REGT )  DIED FROM GUNSHOT WOUND AT MARGIL DOCK (WRITTEN BY CAPT MUNDY)

JUNE  SHAIBA   LT A M A FORDE   80 LT AA REGT RA

AUG   LT G H RYDER  RASC

27/8/43  CAPT E M NASH  GLOSTERS TOOK OVER COY FROM

 LT FORDE WHO BECAME DAPM DOCKS

3/12/43   COURT OF INQUIRY :  CIRCUMSTANCES IN WHICH SWEEPER SUBBRIAH SUSTAINED INJURY TO LEFT SIDE

20/12/43  SWEEPER SUBBRIAH TRIED BY FGCM FOR ATTEMPTED SUICIDE, FOUND GUILTY, SENTENCED TO 1 YEAR RI WITH 6 MONTHS REMISSION

28/12/43   SENT TO NO 1 MIL PRISON TO SERVE HIS SENTENCE.

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WO169/15521         2 BASE PRO COY           MAR  -  DEC 1943

1/3/43  BAGHDAD   LT T/CAPT D H MAURICE  WELCH

A/CAPT E W ELLIS  3/2 PUNJABS - 1 MONTH PROBATION  

LT G F HAWKINS

LT C A CROFT   R ULSTER RIFLES

SEPT   WS/LT A/CAPT D T  GILFINAN Q R RIFLES AWAITING PROMULGATION

WS/LT A/CAPT F C SLOANE SEAFORTHS

WS/LT A/CAPT B N DESAI  5 MAHRATTAS

NOV GILFINAN AND SLOANE UNDER CLOSE ARREST

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WO 169/15522              4 BASE PRO COY          JAN-DEC 1943

TERRAN, AHWAZ, CAPT V J E BERMAN, GENERAL LIST.

16/1/1943 AHWAS - SERIOUS RAILWAY ACCIDENT, KILLED 14, INJURED 40, HEAD ON COLLISION BETWEEN 2 TRAINS ONE HAVING RUN THROUGH KARUM STATION WITHOUT STOPPING.

22-23/3/9143 PERSIAN NEW YEAR COMMENCES.   HEAVY FLOODS CUT ROAD AND RAIL COMMUNICATIONS.   DAPM TEHRAN, CAPT F J WILSON, APM 12 INDIAN DIVISION, MAJ A G MARTYR, LT W MIDDLEMAS POST IN.

30/5/1943  CSM KING AND 1 L/CPL DEPART FOR SEARCH OF LOST CONVOY ON THE TAMMA TRACK.

31/5/1943 ABOVE QUOTED CONVOY REPORTED TO MOVEMENT CONTROL.   NO NEWS OF SEARCH PARTY.

11/5/1943 ABWAZ - 1 IOR (INDIAN OTHER RANK) KILLED ON ANDMISHK ROAD NEAR FOLEYBAD, ACCIDENT BETWEEN A MOTORCYCLE AND A STUDEBAKER IN CONVOY.   FULL REPORT RENDERED TO IOR UNIT 106 CRE.

5/9/1943 L/CPL MCVAY ARRIVED AT THIS HQ.   SENTENCE OF 6 MONTHS DETENTION QUASHED BY C IN C PAIFORCE.

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WO169/15523    “X”  INDIAN L OF C PRO UNIT       JAN - JUNE, SEPT - DEC 1943

MIDDLE EAST FORCES.   MILITARY PRISON FOR INDIANS.   MAJ J S M JOHNSTON.   ALL ADMISSIONS AND DISCHARGES.

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WO 169/15711  PROVOST BRANCH GHQ MEF  MAY - DEC 1943

1/5/43 CAIRO COL F C BRYANT CMG CBE DSO RA PROVOST MARSHAL GHQ.

22/5/43 COL L C EAST DSO QUEEN’S REGT PROVOST MARSHALL MEF.   MAJ D G I A GORDON GORDON HIGHLANDERS APM.   MAJ ELWES.   MAJ G SCOTT OC DOG SCHOOL.   MAJ A N DICKSON MC RA RARO EARMARKED AS APM BEIRUT VICE MAJ J CHAMBERLAIN TO 16 AREA AS DPM.   MAJ E C K WESTON RTR TO HQ CMP PALESTINE AND TRANSJORDAN AS APM.   CAPT E J T ROSCOE 605 SQN MMP CALLED ON WAY TO UK COMPASSIONATE.   LT J W MORLEY DAPM (NS) 618 SPECIAL MOBILE PR SECT.   MAJ A E WOLLAND EX APM SUEZ TO UK ON PYTHON B.   MAJ J R HUNTER-BAILEY EX GREECE NOW WORT SAID HQ MOBILE PRO CONTROL.   MAJ R M BURKE TO UK ON PYTHON 13.  

LT COL H CHARD DPM 17 AREA.

DIARY ALSO CONTAINS VISITS TO DETACHMENTS AND INSPECTIONS.

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WP169/15779     PRO COY   5 INF DIV  MEF   JUL - DEC 1944

1/7/44  TARANTO  TRANSIT CAMP,  DUTIES TARANTO DOCK

4/7/44  AT SEA   CAPT G F D JONES   RWR   24/12/43

9/7/44   COY HQ & MAIN BODY ARRIVE GIZA STATION, PROCEED TO MENA & CAIRO

12/7/44   ON MOVE TO PALESTINE CAMP 80LT

LT EMLYN JONES   RWF  OC  24/1/44

LT F S J DUNNE  RA   26/4/44

12/10/44   CAMP 87;  MOVE TO NEW LOCATION WITH COY HQ

ROUTINE DUTIES TRAINING AND EXERCISES;  NCOS GO TO JERUSALEM BATTLE SCHOOL.  PRETTY WELL CONSTANT SUNSHINE  5-12/11/44 RAIN, WIND, FLOODING, TENTS DOWN

LT T FOSTER   NORTHAMPTONS   17/11/44

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WO169/15792    10 ARMD DIV  PRO COY     JAN  -  APR 1944

ATAKA, EGYPT   CAPT A J PHILLIPS  RA   13/6/43   DAPM

FANARA  E HODGSON  BORDER REGT   13/6/43

W A VANBERGEN   HCR   20/7/43

30/1/44   TRAFFIC ACCIDENT;  LT BUTT & L/CPL VILIANI SERIOUSLY INJURED IN HOSPITAL;  RECOVERED

ROUTINE DUTIES, MT MAINTENANCE, MOBILE TRAFFIC CONTROL, CINEMA DUTIES

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WO169/15800       4 ARMD BDE PRO UNIT                JAN 1944

1/1/44   LANCIANO   CAPT J T BAKER   RA

NOTHING OF NOTE

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WO169/15875    PROVOST  BR. T J F F   MEF JAN - DEC 1944

MAFRAQ   CAPT W MAUGHAM   GEN LIST

NORMAL POLICE DUTIES

CAPT C R A W WALKER  PIO CORPS   7/2/44

CAPT F H WATERS NORTHAMPTONS   17/9/44

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WO169/15909     PRO BRANCH  TRIPOLITAIA AREA MEF  JAN  -  DEC 1944

1/1/44   TRIPOLI * 316412/U/L/CPL P HOLT DIED OF INJURIES SUSTAINED IN A FIGHT WITH 6192030 PTE J BRODERICK

ACC ATT 501 IMP COY

RACE MEETING CANCELLED TILL 2/1/44

2/1/44 COURT OF INQUIRY,  RACE MEETING CANCELLED

9/1/44   RACE MEETING HELD SEVERAL NCO’S CHARGED FOR BOOKMAKING

CATALOGUE OF THIEVING, DRUNKENNESS INCL OFFICERS SELLING WD STORES, SELLING BUKA TO JUVENILES, AWOL, BRIBERY ETC

11/4/44   (1)APM SAW DAAG RE DETAILS OF EXECUTION BY SHOOTING OF DVR BUSE 461 GT COY ON 14 APRIL

(2) APM SAW DIV SDF RE FINDING FIRING PARTY FOR ABOVE

13/4/44  (3) APM HELD FINAL CONFERENCE WITH OC 206 & 461 COY, OC, FPC, & LT S D F POWELL (OC FIRING PARTY) RE EXECUTION  ( NOT IN COMMONWEALTH WAR GRAVES )

14/4/44  APM ATTENDED EXECUTION DVR BUSE 261 EAASC GT COY AT TRIPOLITANIA HOLDING CENTRE.  REPORT AND DEATH CERTIFICATE RENDERED TO AREA HQ AND O2E INFORMED

LT C L W KAYE   APM

MAJ J SMITH  APM  12/11/44

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WO169/15915      15 AREA PRO COY  MEF   JAN  -  DEC 1944

1/1/44   HAIFA, TIBERIAS, NATHANYA

16/1/44  CSM WIGNALL POSTED IN FROM 21 AREA P C

CAPT T W KIDMAN   SUFFOLK   14/9/43

LTCOL J D H SMITH-MAXWELL   GEN LIST   8/4/42

MAJ F A RIDDIFORD R WILTS YEO   5/5/43

MAJ A J CREWDSON  3 KOH   27/10/43  DPM 18 DIV 8/6/44

MAJ S G BRABNER   GEN LIST    20/8/43

CAPT G R C COWPER   ROYALS   1/9/43

CAPT C T G SAYERS   GEN LIST   23/4/42 FEB TO CMP DEPOT

CAPT W G WEBB   GEN LIST   26/9/43

LT F S CLOSS   GEN LIST   3/12/43 14/7 DPM POSTED TO HQ PALESTINE

MAJ A QUILTON   MIDDLESEX   2/6/44 APM FRONTIER CONTROL

21/3/44   1 CPL 6 L/CPLS BASUTO MIL  POL POSTED TO 15 AREA

134190 CPL H OUSEY  15 AREA PRO COY REDUCED TO RANKS, IMPRISONED FOR 18 MTHS HARD LABOUR

17/6/44   LIST OF PROVOST OFFICERS AND THEIR APPOINTMENTS

26/5/44  HAIFA,  GENERAL CALLOUT TO 2300 HRS BECHUANA SMOKE COY TO QUELL A RIOT.  ALL AVAILABLE NCOS CONVERGED TO CAMP 182.  DURING THE EVENING DISTURBANCES 8 MPS RECEIVED INJURIES AND WERE ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL.  5 WERE DETAINED.  

VISIT BY LT/COL BROWN-CLAYTON DPM HQ PALESTINE

17/6/44   COL EAST  PM M E VISITS

LT L ATKINSON   DLI   20/5/44

5/7/44   COURT OF INQUIRY HELD IN NCOS MESS TO INQUIRE INTO CIRCUMSTANCES IN WHICH * SGT L NELLER CMP WAS DROWNED- PROCEEDINGS DISPOSED OF TO HQ 15 AREA.

13/7/44   CAPT C B THOMPSON POSTED IN

17/7/44 COURT OF INQUIRY INTO CASE OF 7686002 CPL R INGLIS CMP

24/7/44   COURT OF INQUIRY IN CASE OF 326791 L/CPL H HAW WHO SUSTAINED INJURIES WHILST ESCORTING PRISONER

CAPT T DAVIES  OC 21 AREA PRO COY VISITS PRIOR TO TAKING OVER COMMAND ON 31/7/44

28/7/44   CAPT L ATKINSON   DLI   DAPM HAIFA

RSM F MOONEY 7011526

23/8/44   LT/COL LOVELL-PAYNE   DMP  HQ PALESTINE INSPECTS

CAPT J R URQUHART   GEN LIST   14/8/44   ADMIN OFFICER

CAPT G L MARSH   RAC   1/9/44   DAPM

CAPT A E BELL   KOYLI    4/9/44  OC COY

MAJ T BARKER   GEN LIST   5/9/44   APM

LT/COL G R IRELAND SOMER LI  DAPM  15 AREA  6/11/44

LT L F JONES  RA   29/10/44   ADMIN

LOTS OF ROUTINE DETAIL.

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WO169/15936      21 AREA PRO COY      JAN  -  DEC 1944

1/1/44   GAZA    CAPT D BIRRELL,  CAPT C G TUERSLEI,

CAPT G L MARCH, CAPT F L S DAWSON

11/11/44   16.10 HRS T/M FROM SIB A TRUCK WITH

10 SOLDIERS AND 2 ATS WASHED AWAY AT WADI GAZA - CASUALTIES UNKNOWN

14/11/44  SIB ADVISE THAT BODY WASHED UP AT GAZA LIDO

BELIEVED TO BE THAT OF * S/SGT MCGEACH 57 MP DB

16/11/44 T/M FROM SIB - * BODY OF S/SGT C DREW FOUND ON GAZA BEACH AND TAKEN TO 91 GEN HOSPITAL

MAJ C L W KAYE

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WO169/15937  HQ  21 AREA PRO COY  MEF   JAN - OCT 1944

SARAFAND DET.   CAPT LME PARTRIDGE

10/5/44  L/CPL STARK KILLED IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENT

CAPT S L F DAWSON  DAPM SARAFAND  3/9/44

SEPT 44 CAPT BROADY RETURNED FROM TEL AVIV

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WO169/15938      PRO COY  21 AREA MEF   JAN - NOV 1944

TEL AVIV DET   MAJ F N TOMLINSON

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WO 169/15943   HQ CMP NO. 22 AREA MEF   AUG - DEC 1944

CYPRUS.  MAJ H R DAWSON BEDS & HERTS REGT 7/7/44.  CAPT G A BELCHER WARWICKSHIRE YEO 26/6/44.   ROUTINE DUTIES.

INDIAN UNITS HERE.   VISIT OF MAHARAJAH OF JODHPUR.

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WO 169/15964 SYRIA & LEBANON L OF C PRO COY  JAN - DEC 1944

1/1/43 CAPt D D MERER MANCHESTER REGT OC COY.   SAIDA, BEIRUT, TRIPOLI, ALLEPO SYRIA.

DIARY CONTAINS LOTS OF TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS AND ARRESTS.

5/3/43 BEIRUT DOCKS EXPLOSION IN DOCKS 4 NCO’S ON SECURITY DUTIES AND TRAFFIC CONTROL DUTIES.   19 KILLED, 10 MISSING AND 2 OTHER RANKS TO HOSPITAL.

26/3/43  ARREST OF 2/LT LEBOURNE BRITISH ARMY CARRYING DRUGS.   CAPT BELCHER WARWICKSHIRE YEOMANRY NEW DAPM.

19/4/43 SAIDA TWO CRASHED PLANES LOCATED AND BODIES OF OCCUPANTS (6 AIRMEN) CONVEYED TO HOSPITAL.

28/5/43 LT R W J MARTIN ESSEX REGT NEW ADMIN OFFICER.

17/6/43 23 ARMD BDE PRO UNIT ARRIVE AND DISBAND.

6/7/43 MAJ H R DAWSON APM NORTHERN SYRIA TO CYPRUS.

12/7/43 LT L H MCDERMOTT NEW ADMIN OFFICER.

21/7/43 MAJ OGDEN-SMITH ROYAL SIGNALS APM 84 SUB AREA.   MAJ CHAMBERLAIN NEW APM 84 AREA.

LARGE LISTS OF OFFICERS AND THEIR APPOINTMENTS IN AREA.

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WO 169/17717  HQ MOBILE PRO CONTROL 16 AREA ALEXANDRIA  JAN - DEC 1944

CAIRO...LT COL T H BORLAND MBE GENERAL LIST.   MAJ G M LOCKHART RA,   MAJ D’ARCY-WETHERBIE INTELLIGENCE CORPS.   MAJ G T REED RAOC.   MAJ E A H RANKING PIONEER CORPS.  CAPT J G GEMMILL WELCH REGT.   CAPT F G M LINDSEY-WHITE RASC.   CAPT J B DAVIES WORCESTERSHIRE REGT.   CAPT A SLATER GENERAL LIST.   LT E W G GILLEPSIE GENERAL LIST.   JUNIOR COMMANDER V WIGMORE DAPM ATS PRO.

PAGES OF AMDIN DETAILS.

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WO 169/ 17718   CMP BASE DEPOT & TRG SCHOOL MEF  JAN - DEC 1944

1/44 ALMAZA.   LONG LIST OF OFFICERS AND THEIR MOVEMENTS.

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WO 169/17719              114 PRO COY             JAN - DEC 1944

ALEY, LEBANON.   CAPT H LOVELAND QUEENS REGT.  LT CH P CHURCH 3 HUSSARS.   LT H J SIMPER KOYLI.

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WO 169/17720              116 PRO COY            JAN - AUG 1944

1/44. MAADI.   CAPT F G SHEPHERD GENERAL LIST.   LT A W BOOTH MM. GENERAL LIST.   LT H J CONNER PIONEER CORPS.   LT R ST C TELFORD GENERAL LIST.  LTA A I ACRES CHESHIRE REGT.

10/3/44 REHOVOTI, TEL AVIV PALESTINE.

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WO 169/17721               201 PRO COY           JAN - DEC 1944

CAIRO.   LT COL D MCL DOUGLAS ROYAL NORTHUMBERLAND FUSILIERS.   MAJ C E K STEPHENSON KOYLI, MAJ A P JOHNSON GENERAL LIST.   MAJ W T H JARRETT GENERAL LIST.   CAPT W A TRANTER GENERAL LIST.

6/11/44 SHOOTING OF LORD MOYNE BRITISH RESIDENT MINISTER AND HIS DRIVER, CAIRO.   (LORD MOYNE THE BRITISH MINISTER RESIDENT IN EGYPT, WAS ASSASSINATED IN CAIRO.   HIS MILITARY DRIVER t/183444 L/CPL ARTHUR HERBERT WILLIAM

FULLER, RASC, WAS ALSO MURDERED.   THE TWO ASSASSINS, ELIAHOU HAKIM AND ELIAHOU BETHZOURI, WHO CARRIED OUT THE CRIME ON BEHALF OF AN EXTREMIST ZIONIST ORGANIZATION KNOWN AS THE STERN GANG OR THE STERN GROUP, WERE APPREHENDED, TRIED, FOUND GUILTY OF MURDER AND HANGED ON THE 22/3/1945).   L/CPL FULLER IS BURIED IN HELIOPOLIS WAR CEMETERY GRAVE 6.L.5.

‘RAT DAYS’ CHECK FOR ABSENTEES AND DESERTERS.

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WO 169/17722                 202 PRO COY           JAN - DEC 1944

ALEXANDRIA.   LT COL H N WHITEHEAD GENERAL LIST.   MAJ G A BELCHER GENERAL LIST.   CAPT J C SMITH GENERAL LIST,   CAPT J P S W GREEN KINGS REGT.   CAPT E G ROLT GENERAL LIST.  LT H M COX RTR.

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WO 169/17723                  203 PRO COY          JAN - DEC 1944

PORT SAID, SAGAZIG, TEL EL KEBIR, KANTARA.   LT COL P V C PAYNE.

JAN NOMINAL ROLL OF UNIT OFFICERS, 31 OFFICERS.

FEB 10 CALL OUT TO 306 POW CAMP, TWO GERMAN PRISONERS APPREHENDED.

FEB 11. PORT SAID. MOVEMENT “BOARSHEAD”.

SUEZ. CAPT TUERSLEY AND SIX NCO’S PROCEED TO 1840 EAPC REGARDING DISTURBANCE.   ARRANGEMENTS MADE FOR A RENDEZVOUS ON THE PARADE GROUND THE FOLLOWING MORNING.

FEB 12 APM, DAPM 15 CMP NCO’S AND 20 ROYAL MARINE PROVOST NCO’S RENDEZVOUS AT 1840 EAPC PARADE GROUND.   DISTURBANCE MATERIALISED AND 150 ROYAL MARINE PROVOST REINFORCEMENTS ARRIVED.   SHOT FIRED BY CMP NCO AND A NATIVE SOLDIER RECEIVED A WOUND IN THE GROIN.   PROVOST PERSONNEL RECEIVED SUPERFICIAL INJURIES.  81 NATIVE TROOPS PLACED IN CLOSE ARREST.   SIB TAKE OVER INVESTIGATION.

17.15 HRS. DISTURBANCE AT 1856 EAPC, SEVERAL ARRESTS MADE.

MOVEMENT “OVERTURE” CARRIED OUT.

MARCH 18 MOASCAR, L/CPL MILLS TRIED BY FGCM IN CONNECTION WITH CARRYING DRUGS.   GUILTY.

MARCH 27 SUEZ LT/COL BORLAND MBE, DPM BTE VISITS.

APRIL 1 MOASCAR.   L/CPL SLATER TRIED BY FGCM FOR DRUG CARRYING, GUILTY.

APRIL 6 MOASCAR L/CPL  WROATH DIED IN HOSPITAL FROM A GUN SHOT WOUND.

MAY 17 TAHAG, RAID ON NAAFI STORES, SIB INFORMED.

MAY 22 TEL EL KEBIR.   TAHAG DETACHMENT REPORTS LT SANDERS MET WITH AN ACCIDENT OUTSIDE 101 GENERAL HOSPITAL, ADMITTED TO 4 GENERAL HOSPITAL.   CMP TAHAG REPORT LT SANDERS SUSTAINED INTERNAL INJURIES, UNABLE TO OPERATE PLACED ON DANGEROUSLY ILL LIST.

06.30 HRS NOTIFIED OF DEATH OF LT SANDERS GENERAL LIST.

28 MAY TEL EL KEBIR, DEFENCE OFFICE REPORTS EGYPTIAN SOLDIER IN COMPANY WITH TWO OTHERS CROSSED THE MINEFIELD 06.00 HRS.   ONE STEPPED ON A MIND AND HAD HIS

FOOT BLOWN OFF.   SIB INFORMED.

JUNE 13 MOASCAR, CAPT HASELTON TAKES OVER COMMAND OF THIS COY.   DEFENCE OFFICE TEL EL KEBIR REPORTS 4 NATIVES SHOT DURING NIGHT ON “R” DUMP.   MAJ BIRD INFORMED.

JUNE 30 RECEIVED SIB REPORT ON MURDER OF PALESTINIAN SOLDIER AT PORT FOUAD.

JULY 5 TEL EL KEBIR, ARMED RAID ON “O” DUMP BY ARABS REPORTED.   LT SOUTHGATE, CSM LEWIS AND ALL AVAILABLE MEN OUT TO “O” DUMP.   PARTY IN FROM ARMED RAID, 10 ARRESTS, 3 ARABS DEAD 37 TENT WALLS RECOVERED.

JULY 8 MOASCAR RSM SERGISON POSTED TO THIS COMPANY, RSM RUMINER POSTED TO CMP BASE DEPOT AND TRAINING CENTRE.

JULY 9 TEL EL KEBIR, DEAD BODY OF SOLDIER SEEN IN CANAL, SIB INFORMED.

20.05 HRS GUARD ON CAMPO CHECK POST REPORTS THAT T MINE IN THE VICINITY OF HIS POST HAD GONE UP.   STATION MEDICAL OFFICER AND AMBULANCE TO SCENE.   SIB INFORMED.   A SOUTH AFRICAN DRIVER FROM 454 GT COY AND 1 ATS FEMALE CONVEYED TO 27 GENERAL HOSPITAL.

AUG 10 TEL EL KEBIR, DEFENCE OFFICE REPORTS ONE NATIVE KELLED A GATE 32, SIB INFORMED.

AUG 15 MOASCAR, NO. 1734645 L/CPL TILBURY DIED.

AUG 16 L/CPL TILBURY DECEASED INTERRED AT KANTARA WEST CEMETERY, MILITARY GRAVE NOM 16. PLOT 5, ROW B.

NO.2562777 CPL HALL J TRIED BY FGCM FOR PERJURY, GUILTY.

AUG 22 MOASCAR, PTE HALL JW AWARDED SIC MONTHS WITH HARD LABOUR.

DEC 3 MAJ R W WARD ASSUMES COMMAND OF GHAFFIRS.

DEPOT TEL EL KEBIR, EXECUTION BY SHOOTING OF AN AFRICAN SOLDIER OF PIONEER BASE DEPOT - NO INCIDENTS - ONE REVOLVER SHOT FIRED.

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WO 169/17724      501 IND MOBILE PRO COY  JAN MAR 1944

TRIPOLI.        CAPT W J NEWMAN (188220) GENERAL LIST.

JAN 1 NO. 316412 U/L/CPL HOLT P REPORTED INJURED IN A FIGHT WITH NO. 6912030 PTE BRODERICK J, ACC.  PTE HOLD ADMITTED TO 48 GENERAL HOSPITAL.

04.30HRS MESSAGE RECEIVED FROM 48 GENERAL HOSPITAL NO. 316412 U/L/CPL HOLD P DEAD.

05.20 HRS. PTE BRODERICK J ACC PLACED IN CLOSE ARREST PENDING SIB INVESTIGATION.

15.30HRS NO.316412 U/L/CPL HOLT BURIED AT TRIPOLI CEMETERY PLOT 7 ROW 1 GRAVE 23.

2 JAN 09.00 HRS COURT OF INQUIRY HELD ON CIRCUMSTANCES OF NO. 316412 L/CPL HOLT’S DEATH.  PRESIDENT LT COL HANKIN, MEMBERS CAPT HUNTER AND LT TRIM.

JAN 6 ALMAZA, AT MISURATE EN ROUTE TO HQ NO. 5433790 L/CPL FOZARD S REPORTED THE LOSS OF HIS PISTOL.   FINED £4.12.4 THE COST OF THE PISTOL.

JAN 10 TRIPOLI, LT POTTER, SGT MCGAVIN, L/CPL’S MELLIGAN, SHEARD, FIELDING ATTENDED FGCM OF PTE BRODERICK ACC ON CHARGE OF MANSLAUGHTER.

JAN 14 PTE BRODERICK AWARDED 6 MONTHS DETENTION WITH HARD LABOUR.

LT MARIS H S (145773) CHESHIRE REGT TOS 6/0/43 LT POTTER T D J (301522) GENERAL LIST TOS 20/9/42.   RSM ROWE.

MARCH 7 18.30 HRS CAPT NEWMAN TOGETHER WITH BATMAN DRIVER DEPARTED JERUSALEM FOR CAIRO.

MARCH 8 EXERCISE FINISHED.

12.10HRS CAPT NEWMAN TOGETHER WITH BATMAN DRIVER ARRIVE AT COY HQ.

MARCH 9. MOVE OF DIV. BACK TO NORMAL LOCATION COMMENCED.   WIRELESS CONTROL CARS DETAILED TO ASSIST IN THIS MOVE.

MARCH 10 WIRELESS SILENCE DECLARED.

MARCH 11 WIRELESS SILENCE DECLARED.

MARCH 12 VEHICLES AND OR’S UNDER COMMAND OF RSM ROWE LEFT JERUSAEM FOR CAIRO.

23.10 HRS PARLTY ARRIVED COMPLETE, COY HQ ALMAZA.

THE FOLLOWING POINTS ARE BROUGHT OUT FOR FUTURE GUIDANCE AS THE RESULT OF THIS EXERCISE:

  1.    IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT WIRELESS TRUCKS AND CHARGING PLANT BE ON THE ESTABLISHMENT IN ORDER THAT THE USE OF WIRELESS FOR ROAD MOVEMENT CONTROL BE MADE SUCCESSFUL.
  2. THAT AN INCREASE IN PERSONNEL BE GIVEN EVERY CONSIDERATION AS THE WORKING OF WIRELESS ON 24 HOUR DURATION NEEDS AT LEAST 3 OPERATORS PRE SET,

  1. TOGETHER WITH AN I.M. AS I/C FOR MAINTENANCE DUTIES.
  2. THAT ALL ORDERS APPERTAINING TO THE USE OF THESE SET BE GIVEN TO THE PROVOST COMPANY COMMANDER.   IN THIS EXERCISE THESE SETS WERE USED AS SIGNAL COMMUNICATION AND NOT SOLELY FOR CMP DUTIES, ON ONE OCCASION THREE SETS WERE AWAY EMPLOYED AS FOLLOWS:-   ONE UNDER COMMAND OF LT/COL COOPER “AQ” AND ONE UNDER COMMAND EACH S/CAPT OF 20 & 25

  1. BRIGADES.   FURTHERMORE THE PRACTICE OF OFFICERS MAKING USE OF SETS FOR INTER - COMMUNICATION MUST BE STRICTLY FORBIDDEN.   EACH OPERATOR IS RESPONSIBLE FOR HIS ON SET.   THIS WILL HAVE TO BE LAID DOWN IN OPERATOR’S ORDERS.

APRIL KILO 4 ½ SUEZ ROAD.

MAY 18 COY PROCEES TO UNKOWN DESTINATION.

DIARY CONTAINS LOTS OF NCO MOVEMENTS WITH REGIMENTAL NUMBERS.

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WO 169/17725     502 IND MOBILE PRO COY     JAN - DEC 44

CAIRO.      CAPT R M BURKE GEN LIST, LT H M COX, RAC LT L HUNT DLI, LT. T L E PLATT UDF, LT D J F PACKER ESSEX REGT.

JULY 17 12 RAF PROVOST ATTACHED TO COY FOR 3 MONTHS CHECK POST DUTY.

DECEMBER 12 MAJ BURKE TO UK, CAPT I J F PARKER NEW OC.

VERY DETAILED DIARY OF ROUTINE DUTIES  IN CAIRO.

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WO 169/17726    503 IND MOBILE PRO COY  JAN - DEC 1944

16 AREA, AMIRYA, BURG EL ARAB, MATRUH.   CAPT A D MORRIS, GENERAL LIST, LT I J F PARKER ESSEX REGT, LT L C TOPPIN ROYAL FUSILIERS, LT R GILMOUR GEN LIST, LT W SARBUTTS LANCASHIRE FUSILIERS, LT L ATKINSON DLI.

CONVOY ESCORTS, TRAFFIC PATROLS AND CHECK POST DUTIES.   CHINESE MILITARY MISSION ON FOUR OF BATTLEFIELDS.

FEB 22 INVESTIGATED EXPLOSION AT CAMPO 2427, 1 NATIVE OTHER RANK KILLED.

FEB 23 AEROPLANE CRASHED AT MATRUH, OCCUPANT KILLED.   LT R STC TELFORD AT SALUM.

MAR 18 SHEEP AND GOATS ON RUNWAY AT MATRUH.

NOV 14 LT SARBUTTS MARRIED TO SGT SIDDONS (ATS) AT ST MARK’S CHURCH, ALEXANDRIA.   LT F H C HUSBAND (153864) ROYAL FUSILIERS POSTED IN WITH CAPT H H COX (212341) RAC.

DEC 15 SALVATION ARMY VEHICLE CHECKED AT EGYPT/ BORDER.   CIVILIAN DRIVER FOUND TO BE IN POSSESSION OF A GERMAN

AUTOMATIC AND OTHER ARTICLES.

DEC 28 CHRISTMAS DINNER.

DEC 29 BILLETS INSPECTED BY LT COL H N WHTEHEAD AND LT COL J CHAMBERLAIN.

DEC 30 POSTED STRENGTH OF COMPANY 3 OFFICERS AND 99 OTHER RANKS.

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WO 169/17727    504 IND MOBILE PRO COY  JAN - DEC 1944

MOASCAR, FAYID, SUEZ, PORT SAID.   CAPT W A DENT (195503) GENERAL LIST, TOS 12/8/43, LT C W LINDLEY (141431) FORESTERS TOS 28/11/43, LTL H E WALLIS (177760) TOS 22/1/44. LT R GILMORE (199388) GEN LIST TOS 5/1/44.

FEB 2 3 ESCAPED GERMAN POW RE CAPTURED BY L/CPL RATHBURN AND HANDED OVER TO MAJ CASHEW, APM 10 ARMD DIV.

MAR 2 22.05 HRS EL FIRDAN, NO.4754258 L/CPL MCLEOD C SUSTAINED FATAL INJURIES IN A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT WHILST ON DUTY.

MARCH 10 COURT OF ENQUIRY INTO DEATH OF L/CPL MCLEOD.

MAY 24 CAPT. J B DAVIES (194591) WORCESTER REGT POSTED IN AS NEW OC.

JUNE 1 TEL EL KEBIR NO 7691610 L/CPL WILSON W INVOLVED IN A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT, ADMITTED TO 27 GENERAL HOSPITAL WITH HEAD INJURIES.

RSM BARR.

JUNE 19 PART I ORDER GIVING DETAILS OF OTHER RANKS POSTED TO 502 AND 503 IMPC AND NCO’S POSTED IN FROM 502 IMPC.

JULY UNIT STRENGTH 2 OFFICERS,77 OTHER RANKS.

LT L H MCDERMOTT (278925) PIONEER CORPS TOS 24/8/44.

LT A W BEADLE (271590) PIONEER CORPS TOS 29/11/44,

VERY DETAILED DIARY OF CONVOY ESCORTS.

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WO 169/17728   507 IND MOBILE PRO COY   JAN - MAY 1944

ALMAZA, KILO 5, QASSASIN.   CAPT H D HAUGE, LOYALS. LT L A ASHBY R WARWICKSHIRE REGT, LT F POGSON, GENERAL LIST.

JAN 1 RSM, 1 CQMS, 7 SGT’S, 13 CPL’S, 18 L/CPL’S, 1 CPL AND 2 PTE’S ACC.

APRIL 18 BEIRUT.

MAY 7 DAMASCUS.

DETAILED DIARY OF DAY TO DAY ROUTINE.

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WO 169/17729    508 IND MOBILE PRO COY  JAN - DEC 1944

SARAFAND & HAIFA.   CAPT F H WATERS, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE REGT.   LT COZENS, RIFLE BRIGADE,   LT ATKINSON, DLI, LT SURMAN, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE YEOMANRY.

JAN.  NORMAL PATROL AND CONVOY DUTIES.

MAY 5 SARAFAND, RSM TO MAFRAQ RE COURT OF INQUIRY INTO L/CPL BOLDONS ACCIDENT.

MAY 20 RSM RETURNS FROM MAFRAQ.   ROAD RECCE BY OC.   CMP FATAL ACCIDENT INVESTIGATED.   (NO. 6982280 L/CPL C F H STARKE) NO OTHER DETAILS IN DIARY.

MAY 25 OC PRESIDENT OF COURT OF INQUIRY RE CMP FATAL ACCIDENT.

MAY 26 HAIFA, GENERAL CALL OUT OF ALL MILITARY POLICE TO BEACH SMOKE COMPANY, AFRICAN AUXILIARY PIONEER CORPS, MUTINY.

JULY 7 MAJ E A H RANKIN TAKES OVER TEMPORARY COMMAND OF COMPANY.

JULY 29 CAPT E B MARSH NO. 96004, ROYAL ARTILLERY ARRIVES.

AUG 5 CAPT E B MARSH ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL WITH SUSPECTED AMOEBIASIS, DISCHARGED IN OCTOBER.

OCT NO. 65370 CAPT G B ASTON, ROYAL WARWICKSHIRE REGIMENT ARRIVES.

DEC 8 LT G S ATKINS, KINGS OWN SHROPSHIRE LIGHT INFANTRY ARRIVES.

DEC 20 CAPT R KAY, GENERAL LIST ARRIVES.

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WO 169/17730        601 & 602 PRO SECT’S   JAN - JULY 1944

NICOSIA, DETS AT LIMASSOL, FAMAGUSTA AND LARNACA.  12/1/44 PASS OUT PARADE OF CYPRIOT VP PERSONNEL (BLUE CAPS).   LT COL J CHAMBERLAIN COLDSTREAM GUARDS.   LT J W BURTON SUFFOLK REGT AND ADMIN OFFICER.

NOMINAL ROLL OF 1ST COURSE 1/1/44:

CY/2 CPL PETRIDES CYPRUS REGT.   CY/4089 CPL POLYDOROU CYPRUS REGT.  CY/4003 L/CPL IONNOU SALON CYPRUS REGT.  CY/15560 L/CPL MUSTAFA ALI RIZA CYPRUS REGT.   CY/19640 L/CPL M WRIGHT CYPRUS REGT.   CY/19602 L/CPL STAVRINOS CYPRUS REGT.   CY/4016 PTE. PAPADOPOULOS O.   CYPRUS REGT.  CY/1093 PTE KATSISI I CYPRUS REGT.   CY/3074 PTE SOFOKLI YIANNIS CYPRUS REGT.   CVF/L/CPL (PTE) KARSERA J CYPRUS VOLUNTEER.   CVF/3225 L/CPL (PTE) IOANNOU C CYPRUS VOLUNTEER.

26/2/44 NOMINAL ROLL OF SECOND COURSE:

ALL CYPRUS VOLUNTEERS.

CVF/3767 PTE DEMETRIOU P.   CFV/3930 PTE CHARALAMBOUS M.   CVF/3999 PTE MARKOU C H.   CFV/3907 PTE DEMOSTHENOUS D.   CFV 3841 PTE CHRISANTHOU T.   CFV/3919 PTE MEHMET H.   CFV/3247 PTE TAYANTURK E.   CVF/3444 PTE NICOLAOU A.   CY/17923 PTE NICOLAOU A.  CYPRUS REGT.   CY/19615 PTE IOSSIF A. CYPRUS REGT.  CY/18759 L/CPL DEMOETHENOUS S.

CYPRUS REGT.

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WO 169/17731        604 SQN MMP MEF          JAN - DEC 1944

RAFAH.  MAJ R J JOHNSON-HAUGHTON ROYAL SIGNALS.  CAPT W G CLARKE GENERAL LIST.   CAPT G PARTRIDGE RAC.   CAPT F N NORBURY RAC.   CAPT T R DAVIS-GOFF RASC.   CAPT A MORLEY HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY REGT.

PATROLS, EQUITATION AND EXERCISES, SWORD TRAINING DISMOUNTED.

5/2/44 HADERA   AS ABOVE.

6/2/44 KURDANI PATROLS

9/2/44 RAFA.

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WO 169/17732        605 SQN MMP MEF           JAN - DEC 1944

ALMAZA, AMARIYA, TEL EL KEBIR, EL KIRSH, ABU SULTAN, GENEIFA,

MAJ G A CUNARD   RAC

GENERAL STABLE ROUTINES, MOUNTED & DISMOUNTED PATROLS

CAPT R H SETCHELL   GEN LIST

CAPT E J J ROSCOE   QUEEN’S

CAPT J L WALSH   RASC

E J BARKER   GEN LIST

CAPT A MORLEY   H C R

CAPT B CRESSWELL   RAC

7 OFFICERS,  117 ORS

CAPT H R SAWYER   RAC (AUG)

CAPT J V J BIRD   GEN LIST  OC  SEPT

8/11/44  FUNERAL OF LATE LORD MOYNE & L/CPL FULLER  RASC

GUARD OF HONOUR.

EXTENSIVE RECORDS OF ROUTINE EQUINE DUTIES, NOT WORTH READING.

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WO169/17733     617 SPECIAL MOBILE PRO SECTION MEF   FEB - DEC 1944

BENGAZI, BARCA, DARNA, TOBRUCK, MERSA BREGA

ROUTINE DUTIES

FEB 1   TRIPOLI   FORMATION OF UNIT

T/CAPT F B BROWN   GEN LIST

CAPT W A DENT   GEN LIST  28/5/44

A/OC  CAPT F B BROWN

NEW OC CAPT J W BURTON  THE BUFFS17/10/44

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WO169/17734  618 SPECIAL MOBILE PRO SECTION MEF

FEB - DEC 1944

1/2/44   TRIPOLI  FORMATION OF UNIT

CAPT J L THOMSON   DLI

NORMAL POLICE AND DOCK DUTIES PERFORMED

LT E B MARSH   RA  12/5/44

CAPT PARTRIDGE TO EGYPT  SEPT

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WO169/17735  632 IND BDE GRP PRO UNIT MEF

AUG-DEC 1944

ALMAZA, EGYPT   CAPT W A R SURMAN   RAC  CO

31/8/44   PREPARE TO MOVE TO MENA DOCKS

8/9/44 NEW LOCATION   AMIRIYA   POLICE DUTIES

12/10/44   SAILED FROM ALEXANDRIA DOCKS

17/10/44   DISEMBARKED PIRAEUS

17/10/44   ATHENS   BARRACKS VACATED BY GERMANS - LEFT VERY LITTLE

22/10/44   BACK TO PIRAEUS   DOCK DUTIES

4/12/44  UNIT INVOLVED IN QUELLING ELAS RIOT, GENERAL STRIKE.  ELAS TO BE CONSIDERED AS ENEMY

7/12/44  UNIT IN ORPHANAGE - FIRED UPON AND TANK IN GROUNDS RETURNED FIRE

8/12/44   OUR AIRCRAFT FIRE ON ENEMY CONCENTRATION .  GUNBOAT IN HARBOUR FIRED INTO TOWN IN SUPPORT OF OUR TROOPS;   1400 HRS HEAVY FIRE FROM GUNBOAT & TANKS CONTINUES

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WO169/17736     644 IND PRO UNIT  MEF   JAN  -  FEB 1944

ATAKA   36 BEACH BRICK, CAPT E F SPICER   ROYAL WILTSHIRE YEOMANRY.

3/1/44 MINE TRAINING PROGRAMME WITH 5 FIELD COMPANY, INDIAN ENGINEERS.   DAY 1 BRITISH MINES, RECOGNITION, EXPLANATION, ARMING AND LAYING, DISARMING.

DAY 2.  ITALIAN MINES.

DAY 3. LECTURES: BOOBY TRAPPED TELLER MINES USING ALL METHODS INCORPORATING GERMAN ‘S’ MINES, ANTI PERSONNEL MINES BETWEEN ROWS OF TELLER MINES.

SEARCHING FOR MINES USING THE PRODDING METHOD AND DETECTOR METHOD.   GAPPING DRILLS,   TOWING OUT MINES SIGNAL CABLE METHOD.  

PRACTICAL: DEMONSTRATION AND CLASS PRACTICE THE ABOVE ON ALL TYPES OF MINES, BRITISH ITALIAN AND GERMAN, FOLLOWED BY A QUIZ.

9/1/44 BEACH BRICK EXERCISE ZONDERWATER, 6 BLACK WATCH, 1 ROYAL WEST KENTS, 2 ROYAL FUSILIERS.

13/1/44 EXERCISE WILCOX, 1 OFFICER AND 19 PROVOST NCO’S TOOK PART.

15/1/44 LT POWELL MIDDLESEX REGIMENT AND 11 NCO’S LEAVE FOR KABRIT.

21/1/44   EXERCISE BANGALORE I, 8 NCO’S IN AMLO GROUP.

23/2/44   MOVE OUT BY ROAD & SHIP

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WO169/17737   645 IND PRO UNIT CMP   JAN  -  JUN 1944

KABRIT   CAPT C A R W WALKER  PIO CORPS   17/6/43   DAPM

17/1/44  ATAKA   CAPT G A COZENS  RIFLE BDE TAKES COMMAND OF UNIT

LT R ST C TELFORD  GEN LIST  20/1/44

LT L C TOPPIN  ROYAL FUS   12/2/44

NO INFORMATION RECORDED.

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WO169/17738       SIB CMP  MEF      JAN  -  DEC 1944

CAIRO  LT/COL C J HARPER  OBE   GEN LIST

NOTHING TO REPORT;  POSTINGS  IN & SOS (STRUCK OFF STRENGTH)

DIARY CONTAINS A LIST OF 27 SIB OFFICERS

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WO169/17751    1 CMP  DOG SECTION      JAN  -  DEC 1944

CAPT E P DANBY   RAC   9/10/43   DAPM

MOASCAR, GENEIFA  - VISITS TO DETACHMENTS & TEL EL KEBIR

CAPT S D PICKERING A & S H    5/5/44

10/6/44   MOASCAR  11.30 HRS  CPL MEADEN RAVC - PAI FORCE, ATT CMP PAIFORCE & ATT THIS UNIT FOUND DROWNED AT BLUE LAGOON, GABEL MARION, NR ISMAILIA

12/6/44   FUNERAL OF CPL MEADEN AT KANTARA WEST NEW CEMETRY

16.45   DEATH OF WARDOG “PETE” - STRANGULATION

17/6/44  COURT OF INQUIRY - DEATH OF PETE

19/6/44  COURT OF INQUIRY - DEATH OF CPL MEADEN

13/12/44  ONE NATIVE THIEF KILLED BY 3966105 CPL WIGLEY WHILST EVADING ARREST.

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WO169/17752       2 CMP DOG SECTION  MEF  FEB - DEC 1944

RAFAH, ABLAH, BEIRUT  T/CAPT P GREY   OX & BUCKS

INSPECTIONS,  NATIVE ARRESTS BY DOGS,  DOG INJURED BY

MINEFIELD  6 ACHIEVEMENTS

2/7/44  JERUSALEM  17.30 HRS SGT L S J NELLER NCO I/C NO 2 C DET, DEATH BY DROWNING REPORTED BY TELEPHONE FROM

CAPT KIDMAN  OC 15 AREA PRO COY .   (See War Diary WO 169/17754 4 Dog Sect.).  

5/7/44 COURT OF INQUIRY INTO LATE SGT NELLER’S DEATH.

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WO169/17753   3 DOG SECTION BNEF EGYPT  JAN - DEC 1944

1/1/44   MUSTAPHA,  DEKHELIA, MASSARA

CAPT K C THOMPSON   HCR

9/2/44  MAJ P LEAVIN  16 AREA VISITS

CAPT D B MCGREGOR KRCC

MAJ SCOTT OC DOG TRG SCHOOL

4/7/44   MAJ WHATLEY APM 16 AREA VISITS

10/11/44  3128323 L/CPL E GREY ADMITTED TO 3 G HOSPITAL SERIOUSLY ILL

3/8/44   LT COL WHITEHEAD DPM 16 AREA VISITS

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WO169/17754       4 CMP DOG SECTION   JAN - DEC 1944

ALMAZA  

15/1/44   RAFFO, TURBOL, HAIFA, BEIRUT,  FERSOL

7/2/44   COURT OF INQUIRY INTO CPL NELLER  ACCIDENTAL GUNSHOT WOUND.   (see war diary WO 169/17752 2 Dog Sect).

ABLAH  18/5/44 ONE ARREST OF L/CPL NEIGHBOUR AND L/CPL S HUMPHREYS TOGETHER WITH WARDOGS 235 SARIS & 221 SATAN;  ONE NATIVE SHOT DEAD BY TOMMY GUN FIRE FROM L/CPL NEIGHBOUR IN REPLY TO SHOTS FIRED BY ARMED NATIVES

23/6/44   COL N C EAST  PM MD EAST VISITS

17/8/44   LT COL W FARRAR  DAPM 9 ARMY VISITS ABLAH

24/8/44   ABLAH  LT COL HARPER  DPM SIB VISITS

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WO169/17755      CMP   5 DOG SECTION       JAN - DEC 1944

CAPT D B MCGREGOR  KRRC

APR   MENA

JUN   TEL EL KEBIR

LT D E MORRIS  RNF  11/9/44

CAPT N D THOMPSON   YORKS

CAPT E P PEARCE   3 DG

ARRESTS OF NATIVES,  WEST AFRICAN SOLDIERS FOR STEALING AND VALUE OF WD PROPERTY RECOVERED.

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WO169/17756              51 DOG SECTION                   FEB 1944

1/2/44   FORMED AIN TAYA ALMENA 1 MP DOG SECTION

CAPT A KENYON   GEN LIST

29/2/44   BECAME 51 MP  DOG SECTION.

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WO169/17757     MIL  POL  DOG  TRAINING SCHOOL   MEF

JAN-DEC1944

ALMAZA

T/MAJ G W J SCOTT   RAC   Vlll HUSSARS   4/1/43

A/CAPT J J R HIMDLE

ACQUISITIONS,  BIRTHS,  DEATHS,  GIFTS,  DESTROYED,  RETURNED TO OWNER

CAPT A A LAMONT  RAVC   1/4/44

LT D E NORRIS   RNF   23/4/44

10 - 12 DOGS DIE EACH MONTH

NOV  BETTY MOTHER OF 5 DIED.

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WO 169/18042  ATS PROVOST WING PALESTINE  JAN-DEC 1944

JUNIOR COMMANDER V WIGMORE, OC,  JUNIOR COMMANDER AVERY ATS, NEW OC 25/8/44.

ABSENTEES & DESERTERS, ESCORTS TO LYDDA STATION.

DIARY HAS NOTHING OF NOTE.

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WO 169/18043  ATS PROVOST WING BRITISH TROOPS EGYPT JAN - DEC 1944

CAIRO.   JUNIOR COMMANDER J H CHEESLEY.

2/1/44  9 CANDIDATES SUCCESSFULLY PASTE ATS PRO COURSE (4TH).   THEY INCLUDE 2 BRITISH, 1 CYPRIOT, 7 PALESTINIANS, 5 POSTED TO EGYPT AND 4 TO PALESTINE.

LOCATIONS: MOASCAR, 1 PRO SECTION, CAIRO 3 PRO SECTIONS, HQ BRITISH TROOPS EGYPT 3 PRO SECTIONS, CAIRO SIB 4 PRO SECTIONS.

26/2/44 6 AUXILIARIES FOR 5TH PRO COURSE.

26/3/44 6 AUXILIARIES PASSED COURSE, 3 TO EGYPT AND 2 TO PALESTINE.

15/4/44 SECTION SERGEANT GOT MARRIED AT ST MICHAEL’S CHURCH, HELIOPOLIS TO RAF FLIGHT SERGEANT, THEY WORE SUMMER UNIFORM.

30/4/44 SECTION LOCATIONS: CAIRO BTE, MOASCAR, TEL EL KEBIR, CAIRO, CAIRO SIB, ALEXANDRIA, KANTARA.

3/5/44 ATS PRO DRIVER MARRIED BRITISH CONSTABLE AT HAIFA.

8/6/44 3 PATROLS ON DUTY FOR KINGS BIRTHDAY PARADE.  GUARD COMMENCED ON 3 GERMAN INTERNEES.

12/6/44 ATS PRO HQ INSPECTED BY DDATS CONTROLLER WAGSTAFF.

13/6/44 HQ BECAME CONSULAR PRISON ON INSTRUCTIONS FROM HM AMBASSADOR AND WREN FRASER ADMITTED.   25/8/44 DISCHARGED.

5/9/44 JUNIOR COMMANDER AVERY ARRIVES FROM PALESTINE HAVING HANDED OVER TO JUNIOR COMMANDER WIGMORE.

23/9/44 SGT MORGAN ASSISTS RAF SIB ON INVESTIGATION.

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WO 169/18569 PROVOST COMPANY SUDAN MEF  JAN-DEC 1944

KHARTOUM.   MAJ A S JAMES ROYAL ARTILLERY, 118/1/43, CAPT W R BATES, GENERAL LIST, 15/9/43, CAPT A E IRVING, GENERAL LIST, 16/10/43.

NOMINAL ROLL OF COMPANY IN DIARY: 3 OFFICERS, 1 WO CMP, 3

SGT’S CMP, 2 CPL’S CMP, 5 L/CPL’S CMP AND 24 SOLDIERS ATTACHED FROM INFANTRY REGIMENTS, MOSTY 19 ESSEX REGIMENT.

26/5/44 ASMARA.  DAPM 19 SDF AREA ASSAULTED BY AMERICAN SEAMAN.   1 AMERICAN SEAMAN PLACED IN CLOSE ARREST,   CASE HADED OVER TO AMERICAN PROVOST.

6/6/44 KHARTOUM.  4 NATIVE NCO’S, SDF PRO COY REFUSE TO COMPLY WITH AN ORDER GIVEN BY THEIR BRITISH SECTION SERGEANT AND VOLUNTEER FOR CLOSE ARREST.   PLACED IN CLOSE ARREST.

15/8/44 ASMARA.   CMP INVOLVED IN DEATH OF NATIVE AT MET MACA, CASE HANDED OVER TO SIB.8/9/44 MAJ F N TOMLINSON ARRIVES.

27/9/44 ASMARA.   CMP ASSIST FSS (FIELD SECURITY SECTION)  IN SEARCHING ITALIAN POW IN FORT BALDESSERA.

MAH R A RAPP 11 HUSSARS ARRIVES.

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WO169/18719               226 PRO COY          JAN  -  DEC  1944

CAPT (QM) E E FREEMAN    A & S H

LT COL W H BUCKLEY  DPM

MAJ M F GOOD  APM  SIB

20/6/44   RSM G MUNDAY ARR VICE RSM J A L SERGISON

31/7/44   LT C A BAKER BORDER REGT ARRIVES

29/12//44  L/CPL WARD RETURNS FROM LEAVE IN SICILY AFTER SURVIVING FOUNDERING OF S.S. KUMANOVA

30/12/44   MAJ A MITCHELL DWR  NEW APM.

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WO 169/18759  PROVOST BRANCH GHQ PAIFORCE JAN-DEC 1944

1-31/1/44 NORMAL PROVOST DUTIES, NO GREAT DETAILS.

AID TO RUSSIA CONVOYS MENTIONED AND COMMENDATION TO A CPL DURING A FIRE ON A TRAIN, NO NAME.

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WO169/18788   4 INDIAN DIV PRO COY    JAN  -  DEC 1944

ITALY

CAPT TAFF  R N L CMP(I)

CAPT KHAN M Y   CMP(I)    

2/3/44 *L/CPL TAIT DIED AT NO 2 BRIT GEN HOSPITAL  15.15 

FIRST TRAFFIC ACCIDENT

5/3/44   TP EST WITH BRIT, FRENCH & INDIAN POLICEMEN

9/3/44   PHOTOS OF UNIT TAKEN BY OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHER BUT NO SIGN OF THEM IN FILE

12/3/44   642 IND PRO COY ATT THIS UNIT RELIEVED BY 506 IND MOB PRO COY 5 BOR’S 506 IND PRO COY  CASSINO, WOUNDED BY ENEMY SHELLFIRE

13/3/44  * 1 BOR KILLED BY SHELLFIRE,( L/CPL RANSON )

15/3/44   *NOTIFICATION FROM 2 IND MOB CCS (CASUALTY CLEARING STATION) THAT L/CPL J GRETTON WAS RECEIVED DEAD FROM 16 EVAC HOSP ON 14/3/44 - DIED FROM WOUNDS RECEIVED ON 13/3/44

19/3/44   *NOTIFICATION  FROM 6 N Z FD AMB SGT ANDREWS DIED OF WOUNDS RECEIVED ON 17/3/44

20/4/44   BOMBING OF LANCIANO BY ENEMY AIRCRAFT HEAVY AP BOMBS DROPPED ON PRO AREA.

PROVOST CASUALTIES:*1 NAIK ASHAK HUSSAIN KILLED OUTRIGHT, *1 NAIK DIED OF WOUNDS AHMAD KHAN,

1/5/44   * SGT BIRCH OF UNIT AWARDED MM BEING THE SECOND SUCH AWARD TO THIS UNIT FOR CASSINO ACTION;  SGT R A HIRST WAS AWARDED IMMEDIATE MM FOR OUTSTANDING PRO WORK AT CASSINO IN MARCH

12/8/44   DIV HQ WITH PRO HQ TO PERUGIA* 1 BOR DIED IN MOTOR ACCIDENT - L/CPL N THOMPSON

5/9/44   POSTING ORDER FOR L/CPL HARRIS - THRICE WOUNDED

28/30/11/44 TARANTO SAILING TO GREECE

5/12/44   SHIP MT SAMFINN, PRO CASUALTIES AT SEA 11 BDE SECT; *1 BOR ATT FROM RA KILLED, SECTION OFFICER AND 1 BOR WOUNDED, 1 FOLLOWER WOUNDED AS RESULT OF AN EXPLOSION

19/12/44   RECEIVED CASUALTY REPORT ;  1 BOR ATT FROM RA KILLED, 7 IOR(CMPI)  AND 1 WATER CARRIER MISSING BELIEVED DROWNED, RESULT OF EXPLOSION AT SEA

21/12/44  1 IOR RECEIVED INJURIES IN EXPLOSION DIED IN HOSPITAL

1 BOR CMP(1) MISSING BELIEVED DROWNED * L/CPL PALMER, 

7 IORS CMP(I) MISSING BELIEVED DROWNED, 1 IOR DIED HOSPITAL - 4 PRO VEHICLES SANK WITH SHIP

*( HUKAM DAD, JAN MUHAMMAD, MUHAMMAD AMAN KHAN, MUNSHI, SAGAR SINGH, SULTAN KHAN).

FROM PAGE 297, HISTORY OF FOURTH INDIAN DIVISION BY LT COL G R STEVENS OBE.

CASSINO - THE SECOND ASSAULT.

OF ALL DIVISIONAL UNITS PERHAPS NONE ENDURED GREATER EXPOSURE, SERVED LONGER HOURS AND CONTRIBUTED MORE TO THE ORGANISATION THAT MADE MAINTENANCE POSSIBLE THAN MAJOR COOK’S FOURTH DIVISIONAL PROVOST COMPANY.   HIS MEN WERE STATIONED AT POINTS CERTAIN TO ATTRACT THE ATTENTION OF THE ENEMY.   THEIR TASKS WERE MANIFOLD.   ROAD CONTROL, VEHICLE CONTROL, THE DEMARCATION AND MARKING OF TRACKS, THE SUPPLY OF INFORMATION, THE SORTING OUT OF PRIORITIES, THE REPORTING OF CASUALTIES, THE MAINTENANCE OF SECURITY, THE CUSTODY OF PRISONERS, THE DIRECTION OF STRAGGLERS AND A SCORE OF UNCLASSIFIED EMPLOYMENTS ENGROSSED THESE EFFICIENT POINTSMEN FOR 24 HOURS IN EACH DAY.   A MIXED BRITISH-INDIAN FORMATION, THE RED CAPS AND RED BAND TURBANS NO LONGER REPRESENTED THE INSIGNIA OF RESENTED AUTHORITY.   INSTEAD, THEY STOOD FOR ASSISTANCE IN ANY EMERGENCY.

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WO169/18795       6 INDIAN DIV PRO COY  JAN  -  NOV 1944

1/1/44   QISIL-RABAT

CAPT W H DAWSON  1/1 GR

LT M AKRAM   13 L

IRAQ

1/11/44   UNIT DISBANDED

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WO169/18811    8 INDIAN DIV PRO COY      JAN  -  DEC 1944  

FRISA   CAPT P C B ROWE,   CAPT A L MARSHALL  OC

LT A K CHARLETON   INNISKILLINGS   7/1/44

7/1/44   SGT BISHOP HAVING HARD TIME AT V GRANDE - FREQUENT ENEMY SHELLING & HOUSE NEXT DOOR TO HIM WAS STRUCK; HIS PATROLS ARE ACTIVE AT NIGHT

LT CHADWICK SENT TO V GRANDE

26/1/44  * 1 IOR L/NAIK NARINGROA SHITOLE KILLED AT LA TORRE TP WHEN AN ENEMY SHELL LANDED AT THAT POINT - KILLED BY A PIECE OF SHELL IN HIS HEAD; BURIED AT CALDARI CHURCH

2/2/44   *CPL BATH 640 IND PRO UNIT SHOT IN BILLET AT CASINE.  HE DIED ALMOST AT ONCE; SIB ON CASE. L/CPL YOUNG HELD ON A MURDER CHARGE

3/2/44   *ABOUT 2100HRS CAPT MACKIE SIB PHONED TO REPORT THE SHOOTING OF L/CPL WEST IN LANCIANE - THE L/CPL IS DEAD - A CANADIAN HELD ON CHARGE

MAY   LT BAINES

OCT   MOVE TO MAPRADI

DEC   MOVE TO LUCCA.

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WO169/18827    10 INDIAN DIV PROVOST   JAN  -  DEC 1944

KILOMETER 89 GAZA    CAPT BRASTED

CAPT G A MOUNSEY  DAPM  10 IND DIV PRO COY

WS LT T/CAPT N COUPER

WS LT T/CAPT D A LUMSDEN   OC

1/4/44   TARANTO  

20/4/44   TO TERMOLI

23/4/44   TO SAN VITO

24/4/44   ACCIDENT: INJURIES TO PERSONNEL, 1 TRUCK & 1 M/C DAMAGED

30/4/44  *NAIK CHANNAN SINGH DIED FROM INJURIES RECEIVED ON 24/4/44

44JULY   TO SOUTH OF PERUGIA

6-7/7/44   SOUTH OF UMBERTO

8/7/44   **ENEMY AIR RAID  2 PRO IORS, NCO’S KILLED (L/NK BHUKAN SINGH, L/NK NAN BAHADUR GURUNG, 2 M/CS BLR’D

23/8/44   CQMS CROSBY ATTAINED W/SUB RANK

4/9/44   *1 BOR WOUNDED WHILE ON CHECKPOINT DUTY, 1 OFFICER WOUNDED, BIBBIANA AREA

7/11/44   APM 10 IND DIV - I WOULD LIKE TO BRING YOUR ATTENTION TO A SMART BIT OF WORK BY ONE OF YOUR BOYS, L/CPL BUNNEY.  THE NIGHT OF 5 TH NOV 1944 HE OVERHEARD AN ITALIAN SPEAKING IN WHAT HE THOUGHT WAS A QUEER ACCENT; HE ACCORDINGLY BROUGHT HIM ALONG TO OUR OFFICE.  LO AND BEHOLD HE WAS A QUEER ITALIAN, HE WAS IN FACT AN AUSTRIAN DESERTER.

18/12/44   ESCORT SENT TO AREZZO TO PICK UP L/CPL LUNT CMP(I) DESERTER.

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WO169/18844 31 INDIAN ARMD DIV PRO COY   JAN - DEC 1944

BURG EL ARAB   CAPT G R BRASTED.

11/1/44 NEW OC CAPT J J COUSIN.

17/1/44   HAVILDAR  DHARAM SINGH KILLED ON DUTY.  16 BORS RETURNED FROM COURSE

18/1/44   POST MORTEM AND CREMATION OF HAV. SINGH

20/1/44 79 ANTI TANK REGIMENT REPORT BODY OF A DEAD CIVILIAN ON HIGHWAY NEAR THEIR LINES.   BODY COLLECTED AND HANDED OVER TO CIVIL POLICE.

11/2/44   CAPT J J GOUGH CMP(I)   14 BG  DAPM

17/2/44   MAJ MARSH  APM JOINED DIV HQ  DIV APM

22/2/44   MEZZE   HONDU JAT HOLIDAY

CAPT D A LUMSDEN

20/3/44 CAPT MOUNSEY BECOMES  OC.

1/4/44 3539035 L/CPL CAREY E REDUCED TO PTE.   2825546 CQMS J O’HARE AND 2824436 SGT A CAMPBELL RECEIVED A SEVERE REPRIMAND.

8/4/44  1 IOR KILLED IN MOTOR ACCIDENT

9/4/44   FUNERAL OF L/NAIK KALI KHAN

LT J D NEWMAN   2/6 GR (APRIL)  CMP(I)

1/5/44   DAMAS  URDU CLASSES FOR BOR’S.

9/5/44 SPECIAL DUTIES, JANE BALL CAMP, GREEK POW’S STARTED FIGHTING, MILITARY POLICE OVERPOWERED THEM AND RESTORED ORDER.

31/5/44   ALEPPO

11/6/44 ALLEPO, RIOT QUELLED AT REC CINEMA.

25/7/44   INFSARIYE.

19/7/44 11.00 HRS, 1 BRITISH OTHER RANK AND 1 INDIAN OTHER RANK PUT OUT FIRE ON AN AMMUNITION LORRY AT GREAT RISK TO THEMSELVES.

12/44 UNIT PREPARES TO MOVE TO TRIPOLI.

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WO 169/18889  24 INDIAN INF BRIGADE PRO UNIT   DEC 1944

3/12/44 CAPT R R CONNAL, DAPM, ROYAL FUSILIERS.   UNIT ARRIVES AT HQ 24 BRIGADE, PAIFORCE.

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WO 169/18901   27 INDIAN INF BRIGADE PRO UNIT NOV-DEC 1944

KHANAQUIN, CAPT MUHAMMED AKRAM, 13 INDIAN LANCERS. OC.

1/11/44 BAGHDAD.

28/11/44 KHANAQUIN.

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WO 169/18918     68 INDIAN INF BDE GROUP PRO UNIT NOV-DEC 1944

1/11/1944 UNIT OFFICIALLY FORMED.   CAPT E W ELLIS, SOUTH LANCASHIRE REGIMENT ATTACHED 2 PUNJAB REGIMENT, OC AND DAPM, CSM SPICK AND 12 BRITISH OTHER RANKS, CMP.   JEMADAR RAM CHANDA AND 14 INDIAN OTHER RANKS, CORPS OF MILITARY POLICE INDIA.

1-26/11/1944 BAGHDAD COLLECTING STORES AND EQUIPMENT.

30/11/1944 DURUD, JOINED 69 INDIAN INFANTRY BRIGADE GROUP, CLEANING CAMP SITE AND ERECTION OF TENTS.

3/12/1944 SPECIAL GUARD PLACED ON RAILWAY COACH OF GOC PERSIA AREA AT DURUD RAILWAY STATION DURING OVERNIGHT STAY.

9/12/1944 WIRELESS STOLEN FROM HOTEL DELUXE BY BRITISH OTHER RANK.

10/12/1944 SMALL FIRE IN BRIGADE SIGNALS ABLUTIONS, DISCOVERED AND PUT OUT BY PRO ORDERLY SGT AND NCO’S.

11/12/1944 INFORMED THAT WIRELESS SET HAS BEEN RECOVERED.

12/12/1944 IN ABSENCE OF SIB, TOOK OVER ALL INVESTIGATIONS.   RECEIVED REPORTS OF THEFT OR DISPOSAL OF ARMY GREATCOATS FROM 60 INDIAN BRIGADE GROUP HQ.

14/12/1944 HEAVY SNOWFALL DURING EARLY HOURS.

15/12/1944 BRIGADE ORDNANCE OFFICER REPORTED THAT CIVILIAN TO WHOM GREATCOATS HAS BEEN SOLD HAD BEEN CONTACTED BY VCO AND A NAIK IN COPSE OUTSIDE BRIGADE HQ.  

THEY HAD ARRANGED TO MEET HIM AGAIN WITH KIT FOR SALE.   ARRANGED A TRAP IN CONJUNCTION WITH FSS (FIELD SECURITY POLICE) BUT MAN DID NOT TURN UP.

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WO 169/19430          1 BASE PRO COY              JAN-DEC 1944

14/1/1944 CAPT E M NASH GLOUCESTER REGIMENT ARRIVED FROM BAGHDAD AS NEW OC.   LT C H RYDER RASC, LT SURJIT SINGH RIASC (IN INDIA ON DUTY), LT SSM QASIMALI RIASC.

LOTS OF REPORTS OF INDIVIDUAL COMINGS AND GOINGS, POSTING AND LEAVE.

6/1944 CAPT H E HORNEY, WEST YORKSHIRE REGIMENT NEW OC.

31/8/1944 MAJ HODSON TOOK OVER THE APPOINTMENT OF APM, 40 INDIAN INFANTRY BRIGADE VICE MAJ A LOCKSLEY WHO WAS TRANSFERRED TO CMP TRAINING SCHOOL, MEF.   RUSSIAN CONVOYS ARE POLICED DAILY ON INFORMATION RECEIVED FROM MOVEMENT CONTROL, BASRAH.   LT R A JARVIS, GENERAL LIST TEMPORARY OC.

16/11/1944 RECCE FOR RUSSIAN POW ESCORT FROM MAQUL TO SHAIBA.

1/12/1944 20 NEW MOTOR CYCLES TAKE ON STRENGTH.

17/12/1944 DUTY ON PETROL PIPE LINE TO SHAIBA, TRAFFIC CONTROL FOR BURST IN PIPE.

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WO 169/19431           2 BASE PRO COY             JAN-DEC 1944      

IRAQ, CAPT J E WHITFIELD, EAST LANCASHIRE REGIMENT, OC.

LT QUASI MALI, RIASC.

19/2/44 CAPT J WHITFIELD ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL.

28/2/1944 CAPT WHITFIELD DISCHARGED FROM HOSPITAL AND RESUMED COMMAND.

8/3/1944 164657 CAPTAIN J E WHITFIELD DIED.

10/3/1944 FUNERAL OF CAPT WHITFIELD.

14/3/1944 COURT OF ENQUIRY INTO DEATH OF CAPT WHITFIELD, DIAGNOSED WITH SCARLET FEVER.

6/6/1944  CAPT C FUNNELL, ROYAL WILTSHIRE YEOMANRY NEW OC, LT E U DESAI, 5 MAHRATTAS.

9/1944 CAPT C R BACK, PIONEER CORPS NEW OC.

11/1944 LT F AUSTIN, GENERAL LIST POSTED IN.

12/1944 CMP POST AT PAITAK, SERKANDIZA, KHUSROVI, KHANAQIN, NORTHERN IRAQ.

16/12/1944 GARRISON ENGINEER COMMENCED WORK ON OTHER RANKS BATH HOUSE.

19/12/1944 OC ACCOMPANIED APM NORTH IRAQ ON VISIT TO POLICE POSTS AT KHOAROVI, PAITAK, AND SERKANDIZA.   PAID DETACHMENTS AND DELIVERED A JEEP TO EACH POST.

20/12/1944 CONTACTED TOWN MAJOR KQN RE NEW QUARTERS FOR CMP DETACHMENT THERE.

24/12/1944 XMAS DAY CELEBRATED IN COY LINES.   PM, APM AND OC ATTENDED DINNER WHICH WAS REMARKABLY GOOD AND WELL COOKED MEAL.   OC VISITED NCO’S DURING THE EVENING AND ATTENDED A SOCIAL EVENING IN CPLS MESS.   A VERY GOOD DAY AND ENJOYED BY ALL RANKS.

26/12/1944 FIRE BROKE OUT IN MT LINES AND DESTROYED 1 X 15CWT DODGE TRUCK - I O R DRIVER - SUBJECT TO INVESTIGATION.   POLICE DUTIES AT PM IRAQ’S PARTY.

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WO 169/19432            2 BASE PRO COY                    DEC 1944

ABADAN    

DEC  CAPT MIDDLEMASS OC VISITS DOG SECTION  AND RETURNED TO SHAIBA.

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WO 169/19433           4 BASE PRO COY           JAN - DEC 1944

JAN TEHRAN WITH DETACHMENTS AT AMWAZ, ABADAN, MALAYAR, HJURRAMSHAH, ANDIMESHIR.   OC CAPT W MIDDLEMASS WITH LT DESAU B U 5 MAHARATTA ANTI-TANK REGIMENT.

JAN 25 LT THOMAS ARRIVES TO TAKE UP DUTIES WITH APM 12 INDIAN DIVISION.  

ATTACHED: MAJ STRANGE J P GENERAL LIST, 11/11/43, APM 12 INDIAN DIVISION, MAJ HALES E M KRRC, 11/11/43, APM TEHRAN, CAPT MAURICE, WELCH REGIMENT 1/11/43 APM 39 INDIAN INF BDE,   CAPT KING D A WILTSHIRE REGIMENT, 1/11/43 APM 39 INDIAN INF BDE, LT BROWNING P J, GREEN HOWARDS 19/6/43, I/C TRAFFIC OFFICE QUM, LT GORDON G R K, ROYAL SUSSEX REGIMENT 23/12/43, APM OFFICE 12 INDIAN DIV.

FEB 29 MONTHLY REPORT FOR UNIT AND NOMINAL ROLL OF SECTIONS

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JUN 18 COY HQ MOVED BY ROAD TO SULTANABAD.

AUG 1 CAPT E M NASH, GLOUCESTERSHIRE REGIMENT NEW OC.

SEPT 9 ABADAN, EXECUTION OF INDIAN OTHER RANK CARRIED OUT.

SEPT 21 CAPT HARVEY, 1265 INDIAN INDEPENDENT PIONEER COMPANY REPORTS THAT AN INDIAN OTHER RANK HAD RUN AMOK WITH A RIFLE, SHOOTING 3 PEOPLE (2 KILLED, 1 WOUNDED).   INDIAN OTHER RANK ARRESTED.

SEPT 25 PARTY OF POLISH EVACUEES (CHILDREN) EX ISFHAN ENTRAINED AT SULTANABAD, CMP ASSITANCE GIVEN.

NOV 5 2 INDIAN OTHER RANKS EXECUTED AT DOROUD, MAJ DUNBAR, APM TEHRAN, CAPT HERBERT, DAPM SIB AND LT BROWNING ATTENDED.

A DETAILED DIARY WITH VISITS, INSPECTIONS, MONTHLY REPORTS AND NOMINAL ROLLS.

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WO 169/19434       ‘F’ MOBILE PRO COY         JAN - OCT 1944

PERSIA.     CAPT R R CONNAL, 1 ROYAL FUSILIERS, OC.

JAN 29 SHAH PASS CLOSED, HEAVY SNOW BLIZZARDS.

JAN 31 SHAH PASS STILL CLOSED, TWO EXTRA SNOW PLOUGHS AT WORK.   300 VEHICLES NORTHBOUND HELD UP AND VEHICLES SOUTHBOUND ALSO HELD UP.   BLIZZARD STILL RAGING.   LT ELLIS E W 2/2 PUNJAB REGIMENT ARRIVES.

FEB 2 PAITAK PASS, TWO WAY TRAFFIC.   LT GORDON G R K 2 ROYAL SUSSEX ARRIVES.   SHAH PASS STILL CLOSED.

FEB 3 SHAH PASS OPENED TO 2 WAY TRAFFIC.

FEB 16 FILM “AID TO RUSSIA “ BEING MADE ALONG ROUTE KHANAQUIN - TAKESTAN, 1 OFFICER AND 1 NCO TO REPORT TO HQ 16 L OF C TRANSPORT COLUMN, RASC, BOTH MUST KNOW ROUTE WELL.   LT ELLIS 2/2/ PUNJABS AND NO. 5886800 L/CPL H SMITH DETAILED.

FEB. THE WHOLE COMPANY HAS BEEN ENGAGED IN TRAFFIC DUTIES ALONG “AID TO RUSSIA” ROUTE, KHURSOVI TO HAMADAN.

MAR.   AS ABOVE.

JUNE 19 FIVE ‘ AID TO RUSSIA ‘ (UKCC) VEHICLES TRAVELLING IN CONVOY HELD UP BY BANDITS (SUSPECTED LOCAL TRIBE) AT ABOUT 23.30 HOURS AT MAP REF 7866, SHEET I - 38k, (½” ) KILO STONE NO. 16.   LOAD FROM ONE VEHICLE STOLEN, AND IT IS REPORTED THAT THE UKCC DRIVERS AND SECOND DRIVERS WERE ROBBED OF ALL PERSONAL PROPERTY.   ONE BOR TRAVELLING ALONE IN A 15 CWT WD TRUCK, UNARMED, COMING ON THE SCENE WAS STOPPED AND ROBBED OF BOOTS AND OVERCOAT, AND ALL PERSONAL BELONGINGS INCLUDING PAY BOOK AND

APPROX. 1,000 RIALS CASH.   MILITARY POLICE PATROL SENT OUT IMMEDIATELY THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED AND SEARCHED THE VICINITY, WITH NEGATIVE RESULTS.   ALL CONCERNED INFORMED.   SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS WILL BE TAKEN BY NIGHT PATROLS, TO OPERATE ALONG THE ROUTE, SOUTH OF KERMANSHAH UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

JUNE 21 RED HOLD UP, ON 19TH.   BANDITS TRAILED TO VILLAGE OF SIMINAH, MAP I-38, K/SE, REF. 7572.   LT COL A R PITT, POLITICAL ADVISER, KERMANSHAH, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE MILITARY POLICE, KERMANSHAH AND PERSIAN GENDARMERIE, FOUND DRIVERS CLOTHES STOLEN FROM UKCC LORRIES, AND CUSHION COVERS, STOLEN FROM WD TRUCK, LATER IDENTIFIED BY BRITISH OTHER RANK DRIVER INVOLVED.   ELEVEN PERSIAN SUSPECTS ARRESTED AND FIVE RIFLES CONFISCATED.   ALL TO BE HELD, PENDING IDENTIFICATION OF UKCC DRIVERS CONCERNED.

DEC 1 CAPT H HODSON ROYAL FUSILIERS, DAPM HAMADAN ARRIVES.

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WO 169/19439   MILITARY POLICE DOG SECTION  SEPT - DEC 1944

ALMAZA, EGYPT.      CAPT W MIDDLEMAS, GENERAL LIST.

SEPT 4 CAPT MIDDLEMAS LEFT DOG TRAINING SCHOOL WITH ONE WARRANT OFFICER AND 29 OTHER RANKS TO RAMLEH, PALESTINE HEADING TO SHAIBA, IRAQ.   WITH 24 WAR POLICE DOGS, 4 DOG VANS AND 1 3 CWT DOG TRUCK.

SEPT 7  1 DOG SICK.   CONVOY LEFT MAFRAC TO RUTBAH, HEAT VERY BAD, CONVOY STOPPED EVERY 50 MINUTES TO TEST TYRE PRESSURES, STILL HAD 3 ‘ BLOW OUTS’

SEPT 8 LEFT RUTBAH FOR BAGHDAD, HEAT VERY BAD, ONE ‘BLOW OUT’.

SEPT 9 CAPT MIDDLEMAS LEFT FOR SHAIBA, MAIN BODY REST AT BAGHDAD

SEPT 15 ARRIVED SHAIBA.

OCT 19 WAR DOGS BONNIE, YAMMY AND BLITZ GAVE EXHIBITION OF OBEDIENCE ON VISIT OF APM, DAPM SOUTH IRAQ AREA AND COMMISSIONER OF POLICE.

OCT 28 CSM TREACHER LEFT HIS HQ WITH 3 WEAD DOGS, CAMEN AND KIM AND HANDED THE MOVER TO OC, 37 INDIAN GARRISON COMPANY.

NOV DETAILED DIARY LOTS OF VISITORS AND DEMONSTRATIONS.

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WO 169/19674      3 (BR) INF DIV PRO COY   OCT - DEC 1945  

GHENT, BELGIUM.        NO. 255652 CAPT F E GAWNE, GEN LIST.

CAPT J DAWSON 312650 PIONEER CORPS 12/8/45 AND LT E J H CRAIG 268004 RAC, 1/01/45.

1 OCT CAPT F A WALKER, BORDER REGIMENT LEFT THE COMPANY POSTED TO 6 CIVIL AFFAIRS COURSE, FAR EAST, HE WAS REPLACED BY CAPT F E GAWNE GEN LIST AS OC.   LT E J H CROSS NO. 268004, RAC POSTED IN FROM 27 COY TC.1 - 18 OCT UNIT FLOWN TO QASSASIN, EGYPT.

OCT 29 HQ AND 2, 4 & 6 SECTONS QASSASIN, 1 SECTION MOASCAR, 3 SECT JERUSALEM, 5 SECTION GENEIFA.

NOV COY HQ & 2 & 6 SECTIONS QASSASIN, 1 SECTION MOASCAR, 3 SECTION JERUSALEM, 4 SECTION SAFAD, 5 SECTION GENEIFA.

DEC 11 HQ NOW MOUNT CARMEL, HAIFA WITH 1,2,6 SECTIONS, 3 SECTION JERUSALEM, 4 SECTION SAFAD, 5 SECTION GENEIFA THEN NAZARETH.   TOOK OVER OPERATIONAL COMMITTMENTS FROM 1 INFANTRY DIVISION PRO COY.

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WO 169/19683           5 INF DIV PRO COY                JAN 1945

PALESTINE.   CAPT G F P JONES-WARNER, OC, LT E O EMLYN-JONES RWF AND LT T FOSTER, 243178 NORTHAMPTONSHIRE REGT.

DIARY EACH DAY SHOWS SECTION LOCATIONS, DUTIES, STRENGTH STATE, VEHICLE STATE AND WEATHER, NOTHING OF NOTE.   SUB SECTIONS 1,2,3,6 CAMP 87 PALESTINE, SUB SECTION 1 BEIRUT, 4 SECTION BEIRUT, 5 SECTION 15 INF BDE.

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WO 169/19694  6 AIRBORNE DIV PRO COY  SEPT - DEC 1945

BULFORD CAMP               CAPT L J NORTHAM OC.

SEPT 15/16 LIVERPOOL 3 OFFICERS, 66 OTHER RANKS LEAVE PORT OF EMBARKATION.

SEPT 16 AS ABOVE SHIP HMT ARUNDEL CASTLE.

SEPT 24 COMPANY DISEMBARK HAIFA.

SEPT 25 COMPANY ARRIVE GAZA COY HQ, ESTAR AND NUISERAT HOSPITAL CAMPS.

SEPT 29 SIGNING OF DIV AREA COMMENCED.

OCT 21 MOVE TO BIR SALEM.

OCT 28 LT GYTON 240385 ROYAL FUSILIERS TAKES OVER AS OC FROM MAJ L J NORTHAM 56560 SOUTH LANCASHIRE REGIMENT WHO WAS POSTED AS APM 1 DIVISION.

OCT 29 MOVE TO SARAFAND CAMP.

NEW OFFICERS: CAPT C H G L TAYLOR 194955 RA.

CAPT R J REID 284437 RAC, CAPT R J CLIFFE 284439 RAC.

LT R W GREIG, WELCH REGIMENT.

NOV 16 CPL BURFIEND AWARDED MID FOR NORTH WEST EUROPE

NOV 25 CURFEW ORDERED, ALL GROUND WEST OF RLY NADERA-TULKARM-LYDDA JUNCTION-WADESARA AND NORTH OF LINE WADESARA-AL MUGHAR-YIENA IMPOSED  17.30 HRS TO 05.30 HRS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

DEC 16 INCREASE IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS DUE TO HEAVY RAIN/

DEC 29 CURFEW ON TEL AVIV LIFTED.

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WO 169/19823         21 AREA PRO COY          JAN - DEC 1945

JERUSALEM - SARAFAND     CAPT T W KIDMAN, SUFFOLK REGIMENT.   MAJ C L W KAY,   WOI RSM L LAYTON.

FEB 10 DELFINES SILK FACTORY IN TEL AVIV ON FIRE, ALL AVAILABLE NCO’S DETAILED FOR DUTY, FIRE APPLIANCES CALLED, £75,000 VALUE OF TEXTILES SAVED BY CMP.

FEB 17 NO. 8783 DRIVER HASSAN, 38 GT COMPANY RASC PLACED IN CLOSE ARREST BY SGT WATT, SIB FOR SMUGGLING HASHISH.

MARCH 16 ‘RAT WEEK’, ROUNDING UP OF ABSENTEES AND DESERTERS.

THIS IS A VERY DETAILED DIARY WITH APPENDIX BUT LITTLE OF INTEREST.

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WO 169/19824        21 AREA PRO COY        JULY - DEC 1945

JAFFA/ TEL AVIV   ROUTINE DUTIES AND TRAINING.

JULY 9 GAZA  EAST AFRICAN PRISONER FROM 57 DETENTION BARRACKS SIGHTED IN GAZA, SEARCH PARTY SENT OUT.   PRISONER ATTACKED AND STABBED 2 NCO’S (CMP) AND ESCAPED.

JULY 11 ESCAPED PRISONER CAUGHT BY CIVIL POLICE.

ILLEGAL MILITARY ACTIVITY - WARNING OF THEFT OF ‘POLICE’ CLOTHING AND HEADWEAR IN CAFES ETC BY GANGS SEEKING TO IMPERSONATE GENUINE MILITARY POLICE.

OCT 7 TROUBLE WITH JEWS WHEN A CEREMONY FOR HANDING OVER A GUN TO BE FIRED ON ARAB FEAST DAYS TO MOSLEM COUNCIL RESULTING IN A PROTEST MEETING.

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WO 169/19878  HQ TRIPOLITAINA AREA PRO COY JAN - DEC 1945

TRIPOLI.                             APM MAJ J C SMITH,

JAN 3 RSM PICK POSTED IN.

JAN 24 ITALIAN CO OPERATOR AND SUDANESE SHOT WHILST ATTEMPTING TO REMOVE STORES FROM 33 BASE SUPPLY DEPOT.

JAN 25 CAPT J L WALSH, DAPM TO NILE DELTA ON COURSE.

JAN 26 TWO DESERTERS (MERCHANT NAVY) FROM SS SAMFINN ARRESTED AND HANDED OVER TO THE PORT AUTHORITIES.

FEB 1 A DETACHMENT OF MILITARY POLICE FROM THE 10 & 16 GREEK BATTALIONS ARRIVE ON ATTACHMENT FOR DUTY.

FEB 3-5-6  DEMOLITION OF ENEMY AMMUNITION DUMPS.

MAY CAPT J W MORLEY OC 618 SMP SECTION CMP TRAVELLED BY AIR TO CMP BASE DEPOT, MEF.

JUNE 1 SPECIAL DUTIES AND ROAD BLOCKS PROVIDED FOR DEMOLITION OF UXB IN TOWN AREA IN CONJUNCTION WITH CIVIL POLICE.

JUNE 4 RAT DAY, CHECKS ON IDENTITY OF ALL MILITARY PERSONS IN AREA, LOOKING FOR ABSENTEES.

JUNE 19 US MILITARY POLICE ON DUTY WITH CMP.

JUNE 22  ITALIAN REGIMENTAL POLICE COMMENCE DUTY WITH CMP.

JULY 9 ONE WEST AFRICAN SOLDIER KILLED AND 7 OTHERS INJURED IN A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT WITH A TRAIN AT THE RAILWAY CROSSING ON GURGI ROAD.

JULY 19 SPECIAL DUTIES, DEMOLITION OF 25 TONS OF ENEMY AMMUNITION.

AUG 6 CAPT MORLEY OC 618 SPECIAL MOBILE PROVOST SECTION HANDED OVER STORES, EQUIPMENT AND ACCOUNTS TO MAJOR D MEREN.

AUG 15/16 V J CELEBRATIONS, ALL CMP CONFINED TO BARRACKS TO FORM MOBILE PATROLS IN THE EVENT OF ANY DISTURBANCES.

AUG 22 IDENTITY PARADE HELD TO INVESTIGATE COMPLAINTS AGAINST CMP.

AUG 23 INVESTIGATIONS INTO FATAL TRAFFIC ACCIDENT AT CASTEL BENITO.

SEPT 5 CMP TRIPOLI NOW ARMED WITH 24 THOMPSON SUB MACHINE GUNS TAKEN ON CHARGE.

OCT 10 MAJ J L WALSH NOW APM, TRIPOLI.

NOV 4-12 LARGE FILE IN DIARY ON DISTURBANCES IN TRIPOLITANIA AREA REGARDING ATTACKS ON JEWS BY ARABS, A NUMBER OF ARABS KILLED BY BRITISH ARMY.

DEC 25 EMERGENCY CALL OUT ON NCO’S RE SHOOTING IN CORSO SICILIA, WHOLE AREA COVERED.

DEC RAT WEEK, SEARCH FOR ABSENTEES AND DESERTERS.

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WO169/21367    HQ MOBILE PRO CONTROL   JAN - DEC 1945

CAIRO   LT COL H B KIRK   GEN LIST

MAJ E T E CAREY-ELWES  INT CMP

MAJ E A H RANKIN  PC

MAJ J R HUNTER-BAILEY   WARWICKS

MAJ R E SHACKLETON   RTR

CAPT J S GEMILL   WELCH

CAPT E W G GALLESPIE   GEN LIST

(AS 17717).

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WO169/21368              114 PRO COY             JAN  -  JUN 1945

JAN   ALLEPO   CAPT C P H CHURCH   3 KOH

LT H J SIMPER   KOYLI

30/6/45   COY DISBANDED & INCORPORATED IN SYRIA-LEBANON PRO COY.

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WO169/21369          201 PRO COY EGYPT       JAN - DEC 1945

ABASSIA, MENA, TURR

LT D YUILLE   RSF

MAJ J R HUNTER-BAILEY   WARWICKS

15/1/45   MURDER OF GUNNER AT RA BASE DEPOT

LT H G CHARD   GEN LIST

MAJ D BIRRELL   RASC

MAJ R D RAPP   RAC

CAPT W A TRANTER   GEN LIST

CAPT J GREAVES   NF

MAJ J S M JOHNSON   4/16 PUNJABI

LT COL H B KIRK   GEN LIST

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WO 169/21380  CMP DOG TRAINING SCHOOL PAIFORCE  SEPT 1945

PAIFORCE (PERSIA & IRAQ COMMAND) SHAIBA, IRAQ.   21/8/45 CAPT A NORRIS, RA SOS, LT R A JARVIS GENERAL LIST.

SEPT 10 PATROL FOUND GHEE (INDIAN BUTTER) SHED ON 59 (INDIAN) BASE SUPPLY DEPOT HAD BEEN BROKEN INTO AND THAT SOME TINS OF GHEE WERE MISSING.

SEPT 12 RQMS EDE R LEFT THIS UNIT POSTED TO 2 BASE PRO COY,CMP.

SEPT 15 1 NATIVE ARRESTED AND 20 WD TYRES RECOVERED.

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WO 169/21381      1 MP DOG SECTION            JAN- DEC 1945

2 SUPPLY DEPOT, 4 BASE ORD DEPOT, 70 SUB AREA.   GENEIFA.   CAPT S D PICKERING (49409) A & SH TOS 17/10/44, CSM NEWBOLD A.

ABU SULTAN, ATAK, SUEZ, 9 BASE AMMO DEPOT.

JAN 29 6 WAR DOGS STARTED WORK.

TOTAL ARRESTS FOR JAN 19, TOTAL VALUE OF WD PROPERTY RECOVERED £280.9.7d.

UNIT STRENGTH: 1 WOII, 3 SGT’S, 17 CPL’S, 50 L/CPL’S TOTAL 69, 9 SURPLUS TO ESTABLISHMENT.

FEB NUMBER OF ARRESTS 19, TOTAL VALUE OF WD PROPERTY RECOVERED £545.14.9d.

APRIL NUMBER OF ARRESTS 13, TOTAL VALUE OF WD PROPERTY RECOVERED £545.12.2d.

APRIL 28 GENEIFA RAF PERSONNEL ATTACHED TO UNIT COMPLETED PRACTICAL COURSE OF INSTRUCTION AND POSTED TO RAF POLICE DOG SECTIONS.

JUNE 12 PARTY OF SELECTED NCO’S AND WAR POLICE DOGS DEPARTED FOR CAIRO FOR KING’S BIRTHDAY PARADE.

JUNE 29 COL DILLON MC, COMMANDER 70 SUB AREA, CAPOT BISHOP DAPM, GENEIFA ARRIVE WITH OFFICERS FROM 70 SUB AREA HQ AND 4 BASE ORD DEPOT TO WITNESS A DISPLAY GIVEN BY WAR POLICE DOGS OF THIS UNIT.

SEPT 6 CAPT SIR D CUSSACVK-SMITH, DAPM 5 DOG SECTION VISITS.   MAH G W J SCOTT OC.

OCT 18 LT P D HODGKINS, NORTH STAFFS TOS.

NOV 4 ATAKA DEMONSTRATION TO EX POOW’S BY WAR POLICE DOGS OF ATAKA DETACHMENT.

DEC 1 GENEIFA, MAJ GEN ERSKINE PM, COL EAST, PM, ME, LT COL SCOTT, DPM, BTE AND MAJ MCGREGOR KRRC OC MP DOG TRAINING SCHOOL VISITED AND INSPECTED UNIT.

DIARY CONTAINS LOTS OF VISITS, INSPECTIONS AND DEMONSTRATIONS.

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WO 169/21382         2 MP DOG SECTION         JAN - DEC 1945

BEIT NABAL, HAIFA, JERUSALEM, RAFAH, WADI SARAR, E2, Z10, EL JIYA.   CAPT P GREY (178245) OX & BUCKS LI, TOS 13/10/43.

FEB 10 RAFAH, WD PROPERTY VALUED £50 RECOVERED BY L/CPL

DANHILL AND WAR POLICE DOG NO.56, JOEY.

FEB 21 RAFAH, WD POROPERTY VALUED £205 RECOVERED BY L/CPL TURNER AND WAR POLICE DOG NO.180, GUNNER.

MARCH 13 SARAFAND, MAJ WEBB APM SARAFAND TAKES OVER DUTIES OF OC 2 MP DOG SECTION.

APRIL 6 RAMLEH, NO 33 WAR POLICE DOG BARLEY DIED AT 1 VET HOSPITAL CAUSE OF DEATH HOEMORRHAGIC GASTRITIS.

APRIL 17 SARAFAND, CAPOT F H ACKROYD (112309) ROYAL CORPS OF SIGNALS REPORTS TO DPM 21 AREA ON POSTING FROM 4 MP DOG SECTION TO DAPM 2 MP DOG SECTION.

APRIL 23 SARAFAND, NCO’S AND WAR POLICE DOGS FROM 2A AND 2B DETACHMENTS GIVE EXHIBITION OF TRAINING AND ‘’OBEDIENCE OF WAR DOGS ON OCCASION OF ST GEORGE’S DAY CELEBRATIONS IN THE PRESENCE OF HE FIELD MARSHAL LORD GORT VC, HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR PALESTINE AND TRANSJORDAN, MAJ GEN J C D’ARCY, GOC PALESTINE AND

TRANSJORDAN AND MANY OTHER SENIOR NAVAL, ARMY AND RAF OFFICERS.

APRIL 26 RAMLEH, NO.216 POLICE WAR DOG SOCKS DIED IN 1 VET HOSPITAL, CAUSE OF DEATH HOEMORRHAGIC GASTRITIS.

MAY 15 WADI SARAR TO WAR POLICE DOGS RETURNED TO OWNERS, NO.807, BETSY AND NO. 808 JEAN.

MAY 28 BEIT NABLA, SGT DADE TAKES OVER DUTIES AS DETECHMENT COMMANDER.

JULY 14 RAFAH, ONE NATIVE ARRESTED, THEFT OF NAAFI GOODS WADI SARAR WAR POLICE DOG DESTROYED AFTER RECEIVING WOUNDS WHILST ON DUTY.

AUG 27 BEIT NABLA ONE NATIVE ARRESTED ON 126 SALVAGE DUMP ONE NATIVE KILLED TRYING TO ESCAPE.

AUG 28 EL JIYA, 2D DETACHMENT CLOSED DOWN, PERSONNEL AND DOGS TRANSFERRED TO 2C DETACHMENT WADI SARAR.

SEPT 6 SARAFAND.   LT J C W ORR (197411) RA ATTACHED TO THIS UNIT ON PROBATION.

SEPT 9 MAJ ACKROYD STRUCK OFF STRENGTH ON PROCEEDING TO RELEASE IN GROUP 16.

OCT 30 SARAFAND CAPT J ORR DEPARTS ON LIAP 15 LEAVE.

NOV 27 LT H C BAGGALEY RA ATTACHED FOR DUTY.

DIARY CONTAINS LOTS OF VISITS,INSPCTIONS AND DEMONSTRATIONS.

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WO 169/21383       3 MP DOG SECTION         JAN - DEC 1945.

MUSTAPHA.   CAPT D B MCGREGOR (198372) TOS 2/5/44.

JAN 5 NATIVE ARRESTED BY SGT ETWELL J, RECOVERED WD PROPERTY TO THE VALUE OF £2.00.

JAN 17 NO.7689164 CPL BRUCE AND WAR DOG POSTED FROM 3A TO 3C DETACHMENT.

JAN 19  MUSTAPHA WAR DOG NO. 894 DIED IN KENNELS.  PM PERFROMED BY PTE COOK, RAVC.

JAN 22 AGMI, NO. 14407013 L/CPL HODGSON ATTENDED MILITARY PARQUET.

FEB 1 MUSTAPHA, 5 NATIVES ARRSTED IN POSSESSION OF 12 WD TYRES.

FEB 6 DEKHELIA WAR DOG NO. 866, SIMON, DROPPED DEAD WHILST ON EXERCISE.

FEB 15 NCO’S AND WAR DOGS OF THIS UNIT SELECTED FOR SECURITY AND GUARD DUTY AT ALEXANDRIA RE THE PRIME MINISTER’S VISIT TO ALEXANDRIA.

APR 22 MUSTHAPA, GRAND DISPLAY GIVEN BY WAR DOGS OF THIS SECTION AT THE ALEXANDRIA AREA ARMY GYMKHANA HELD IN THE MUNICIPAL STADIUM.

AGAMI 2 NATIVES ARRESTED IN POSSESSION OF WD PROPERTY.

MAY 8 MAJ G W J SCOTT OC MP DOG TRAINING SCHOOL VISITED 3A DETACHMENT.

MAY 11 CAPT D B MCGREGOR PROCEEDED TO CAIRO ON TEMPORARY DUTY.

MAY 13 CAIRO, DISPLAY GIVEN BY WAR POLICE DOGS OF THIS SECTION AT THE EGYPTIAN ARMY SPORTS GROUND, PONT DE KOUBBEH, CAIRO IN THE PRESENCE OF HIS MAJESTY KING FAROUK.

MAY 13 ALEXANDRIA, NCO’S OF THIS SECTION TOO PART IN THE THANKSGIVING SERVICE AT ALEXANDRIA STADIUM.

MAY 14 MUSTAPHA CAPT D B MCGREGOR RETURNED FROM TEMPORARY DUTY IN CAIRO.

MAY 18 COL GLYNN-LLOYD DDV & RS AND MAJOR CAMPBELL, DADV & RS INSPECTED WAR POLICE DOGS AND KENNELS OF ALL DETACHMENTS.

MAY 20 IKINGI, COL EAST, PM ME AND LT/COL CHAMBERLAIN DPM 16 AREA, VISITED AND INSPECTED IKINGI DETACHMENT.

MAY 24 ALEXANDRIA, DISPLAY GIVEN BY WAR POLICE DOGS OF THIS SECTION AT THE SPORTING CLUB ALEXANDRIA, ON THE OCCASION OF EMPIRE DAY CELEBRATIONS IN THE PRESENCE OF RIGHT HON LORD KILLEARN.

MAY 28 MUSTAPHA, LT COL ALEXANDER, OC, BASE DEPOT AND TRAINING SCHOOL VISITED 3A DETACHMENT AND INSPECTED KENNELS.

 

DIARY CONTAINS LOTS OF VISITS, INSPECTIONS AND DISPLAYS.

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WO 169/21384         4 MP DOG SECTION        JAN - DEC 1945

BEIRUT, ABLAH,   CAPT F H AYKROYD (112309) R C SIGNALS TOS 21/6/44.

FEB 11 NO. 221 WAR POLICE DOG SATAN DIED, POST MORTEM REVEALED CHRONIC MEPHARITIS.

FEB 17 2 NATIVES IN POSSESSION OF MT SPARES VALUED AT £33.10.0 ARRESTED BY CPL TURNER ACCOMPANIED BY L/CPL GRAHAM.

FEB 19 1 NATIVE IN POSSESSION OF MT SPARES VALUED AT £7 ARRESTED BY L/CPL DREW.

MAR 19 1 NATIVE IN POSSESSION OF WD TYRE AND INNER TUBE VALUED £13 ARRESTED BY CPL LYNAS.

APR 17 CAPT AYKROYD SOS TO 2 MP DOG SECTION.

APR 27 CAPT MIDDLEMAS (251416) GENERAL LIST TOS OF THIS UNIT FROM DOG DEPOT AND TRG SCHOOL, PAIFORCE.

AUG 31 BEIRUT, NO 88 WAR POLICE DOG COLDSTREAM DESTROYED BY RAVC.

SEPT 10 HAIFA, WAR POLICE NOG NO. 165, NURI DESTROYED RAVC.

OCT 30 CAPT J C W ORR RELINQUISHED COMMAND OF UNIT.

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WO 169/21385     5 MP DOG SECTION          JAN - DEC 1945

TEL EL KEBIR.    CAPT E A PEARCE (40076) RESERVE ARMY OFFICER (RARO).

JAN, 5 NATIVES ARRESTED, VALUE OF WD GOODS  RECOVERED £21 .

FEB 8 NATIVES ARRESTED, VALUE OF WD GOODS RECOVERED £91.

MAR 5 OC RELIEVED OF COMMAND.

12 NATIVES ARRESTED, VALUE OF WD GOODS RECIVERED £127.

MAR 12 WAR POLICE DOG NO. 381 SAMBO DIED.

MAR 19 CAPT SIR W R  CUSACK-SMITH (35435), RA NEW OC.

APRIL 15 NATIVES ARRESTED.

MAY 4 NATIVES ARRESTED.

MAY 11/25 VISIT BY PM MIDDLE EAST.

JUNE 1 NATIVE ARRESTED.

JULY 7 NATIVES ARRESTED.

AUG 2 2 NATIVES ARRESTED IN POSSESSION OF WD PROPERY.

AUG 3 WAR POLICE DOG NO.148 “PRINCE” REPORTED TO BE VERY SICK.   CAPT AA LAMONT, VET OFFICER INFORMED.

11.20HRS WAR DOG NO 148 “PRINCE” DIED.   12.30 HRS CAPT LAMONT ARRIVED AT SECTION HQ.   16.00 HRS CAPT LAMONT

DEPARTS TO MP DOG TRAINING SCHOOL, WITH CACASS OF WP DOG “PRINCE”.

AUG 4 PERSONNEL WHO HAD BEEN IN CLOSE CONTACT WITH WP DOG “PRINCE” REPORTED SICK TO STATION MO, TEL EL KEBIR.

ONE WO AND EIGHT NCO’S DEPART TO CAIRO FOR ANIT-RABIES TREATMENT.

AUG 10 1 NATIVE ARRESTED IN POSSESSION OF WD PROPERTY.

AUG 20 1 NATIVE ARRESTED IN POSSESSION OF WD PROPERTY.

AUG 22 DADV & RS MAJ CAMPBELL, VISITS DETACHMENT.

WAR

AUG 23 CAPT LAMONT, RAVC, AND RSM THOMPSON, CMP VISIT SECTION.

SEPT 12 NATIVES ARRESTED IN POSSESSION OF WD PROPERTY.

SEPT 21 1 PTE, CAPE CORPS ARRESTED FOR DRUNKENESS.

OCT 4 WAR POLICE DOG NO.982, WINSTON, DIED.

OCT 14 WAR POLICE DOG NO. 991, MONTY, DIED.

OCT 16 WAR POLICE DOG NO. 905, WILLIAM DIED.

OCT 18 LT N G T CLIFF (346660 PIONEER CORPS POSTED IN.

OCT 19 CAPT SIR W R B CUSACK-SMITH POSTED TO 152 TRANSIT CAMP.

SEPT 30 1 ITALIAN COOPERATOR ARRESTED IN POSSESSION OF WD PROPERTY.

NOV 9 9 NATIVES ARRESTED IN POSSESSION OF WD PROPERTY TO THE VALUE OF £137.

NOV 28 2 EAST AFRICAN SOLDIERS ARRESTED IN POSSESION OF WD PROPERTY.

DEC 13 NATIVES ARRESTED IN POSSESION OF WD PROPERTY.

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WO 169/21386  SIB MIDDLE EAST FORCES    JAN - DEC 1945

CAIRO.      COL C J HARPER, GENERAL LIST.

A VERY DETAILED DIARY SHOWING THE POSTINGS IN AN OUT.   AN EXAMPLE FOR JAN/FEB IS SHOWN BELOW.

JAN 3 LT YOUNG R RA FROM CMP BASE DEPOT, ALMAZA TO CAIRO SIB.

JAN 5 CAPT R B SEXTON, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE REGT FROM PALESTINE TO HQ CAIRO.

JAN 8 CAPT R PERCIVAL, KINGS REGIMENT FROM SYRIA TO CAIRO.

FEB 6 CAPT V D GODLEY, NORTHAPTONSHIRE REGT POSTED IN.

FEB 14 2/LT F HARBOTTLE, GENERAL LIST POSTED IN.

FEB 23 LT FEENEY FW, RECCE CORPS POSTED IN.

DIARY CONTAINS MONTHLY STRENGTH RETURNS SHOWING LIST OF , (42) AND THEIR LOCATIONS SUCH AS CAIRO, ISMALIA, JERUSALEM, BEIRUT, ABBASSIA, TAHAG, ASMARA, KHARTOUM, ALEXANDRIA, BENGHAZI, DAMASCUS PORT SAID, ALEXANDRIA, PORT SAID, HAIFA, ISMALIA, TEL EL KEBIR, TRIPOLI (L), SARAFAND.

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WO 169/21405       604 SQUADRON MMP        JAN - DEC 1945

SQN HQ HA DERA, 1 TROOP KYRIAT, MOTSKIN, 2 TROOP METTULA, HQ 28 BASE DEPOT NEWHARDOF, BEIRUT.    MAJ G A CUNARD 4/7 RDG.

JAN 6 METULLA, 9 ARAB WOMEN APPREHENDED CARRYING CONTRABAND OVER BORDER INTO SYRIA.

NORMAL PATROLS OF 2 BOD,  310 L OF C WORKSHOPS, ROAD BLOCKS.

JAN 7 METULLA, 2 NATIVES ARRESTED CROSSING FRONTIER FROM SYRIA IN POSSESSION ON CONTRABAND.

JAN 8 METTULA, 6 NATIVES ARRESTED CARRYING CONTRABAND ACROSS FRONTIER FROM LEBANON TO PALESTINE.

JAN 10 5 NATIVES ARRESTED CROSSING FRONTIER WITH CONTRAND FROM LEBANON.

JAN 13 HADERA CAPT H E  PORTER TOOK OVER DUTIES OF 2 I/C SQN AND ADMIN OFFICER FROM CAPT F N NORBURY.

JAN 23 COURT OF ENQUIRY HELD INTO THE CIRCUMSTANCES UNDER WHICH L/CPL MC CREADY RECEIVED SEVERE INJURIES WHILST ON DUTY, HELD AT 43 GENERAL HOSPITAL.

MORRIS HORSEBOX DELIVERED TO SQUADRON.

UNIT STRENGTH: 2 SSM’S, 1 SQMS, 5 SGT’S, 8 CPL’S, 100 L/CPL’S, 2 CPL’S RAVC.

MAJ G A CUNARD (52591) TOS 29/8/44.

CAPT H E PORTER (201402) BUFFS TOS 2/1/45.

CAPT W G CLARKE (106262) GENERAL LIST TOS2/1/45.

CAPT F N NORBURY (90160) R GLOUCESTER HUSSARS, TOS 4/8/43.

CAPT H R SAWYER (170308) RAC, TOS 1/1/45.

CAPT T R DAVIS-GOFF (128708) RASC, TOS 29/8/43.

FEB 2 1 WO, 1 OR ATTENDED THE FGCM OF CAPT F R DAVIS-GOFF.

12 PAGES OF ROUTINE DUTIES.

FEB 2  OPERATIONAL ORDER NO2.INFORMATION

1 (A) ALTHOUGH A NUMBER OF MEN OF THE GUN TYPE HAVE BEEN REMOVED FROM THE COUNTRY; IT IS POSSIBLE THAT NEW OUTRAGES MAY TAKE PLACE.

1 (B) IN ORDER TO DEAL WITH THIS SITUATION, A PLAN WHICH IS TO BE KNOWN AS “COUGH DROP” HAS BEEN PREPARED.

3. NATHANYA TOWN (INCLUDING RAMAL TIOMKIN (I.E THE TOWN PLANNING AREA WILL BE ISOLATED AND THE MOVEMENT OF INHABITANTS WILL BE CONFINED TO THE LIMITS OF THE AREA WILL ESTABLISH.

4 (A) 218 GROUP PIONEER CORPS WILL ESTABLISH CONTROL POSTS UNDER A BRITISH OFFICER AT: BEIT LID CROSS ROADS

(141192) AND ENTRANCE TO NATHANYA TOWN (13681928).

4 (B)  3 BRITISH CON DEPOT WILL ESTABLISH A CONTROL POST AT THE SOUTH END OF NATHANYA (13641956).

4 (C)  179 LEAVE CAMP WILL ESTABLISH A CONTROL POST AT THE NORTH END OF NATHANYA (13451910).

INTENTION

MOUNTED DETACHMENTS 604 SQN MMPO, (STRENGTH APPROX 40) WITH MOUNTED DETACHMENT 4 BASE REMOUNT DEPOT (STRENGTH APPROX 24 OR’S) UNDER COMMAND WILL PATROL THE OUTSKIRTS OF THE AREA NATHANYA TOWN INCLUDING RAMAL TIOMKIN AND STOP ALL MOVEMENT IN OR OUT OF THE AREA.

METHOD

1 (A) ALL MOUNTED PERSONNEL (STRENGTH APPROX 40) WILL DRAW TWMG 2 MAGAZINES AND WEB EQUIPMENT FROM THE SQMS.   THEY WILL HAND IN KIT BAGS AND BEDDING INTO SQMS.

1 (B) THEY WL POROCEED MOUNTED TO NO. 4 BASE REMOUNT CENTRE UNDER THE SQUADRON LEADER.

1 (C) DATE AND TIME OF THE MOVE WILL BE ISSUED LATER.

1 (D) ROUTE - ALONGSIDE ROAD HAIFA - TEL-AVIV.

1 (E) DRESS - DUTY ORDER, WEB EQUIPMENT, TSMG WILL BE SLUNG OVER THE BACK.

1 (F) CAPT NORBURY WILL TAKE CHARGE OF ALL DETAILS REMAINING AT HADERA.

MARCH HORSES INOCULATED AGAINST AFRICAN HORSE SICKNESS.

13 PAGES OF ROUTINE DUTIES.

APRIL 12 PAGES OF ROUTINE DUTIES.

MAY 14 PAGES OF ROUTINE DUTIES.   CAPT C H CHURCH (189029) RAC TOS 7/5/45.

JUNE 19 PAGES OF ROUTINE DUTIES.

JULY CAPT WALSH J L (187273) RAC TOS 21/7/45.

AUG. HADERA. SQN HQ MOVES TO KIRYAT MOTSKIN, 1 TROOP BILLETS, 1 TROOP CLOSED DOWN.

15 PAGES OF ROUTINE DUTIES.

UNIT STRENGTH: 4 OFFICERS, 4 WOII’S 1 S/SGT, 8 SGT’S, 7 CPL’S, 80 L/CPL’S.

SEPT 11 PAGES OF ROUTINE DUTIES.

OCT 8 PAGES OF ROUTINE DUTIES.

NOV 8 PAGES OF ROUTINE DUTIES.

DEC CAPT E J BARKER ((2650508) GENERAL LIST TOS 14/12/45.

THIS IS A VERY LARGE DIARY WITH LOTS OF MOVEMENTS AND NUMBERS OF OTHER RANKS BUT TRIVIAL DAILY DETAILS.

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WO 169/21406        605 SQUADRON MMP       JAN - DEC 1945

ALMAZA, TEL EL KEBIR, EL KIRSH, ABU SULTAN, GENEIFA, AMIRYA     MAJ J V J BIRD GENERAL LIST.   CAPT R V ROCHFORD PIONEER CORPS, CAPT E J BARKER, GENERAL LIST, CAPT R H J SETCHELL, GENERAL LIST, CAPT DIGBY-CLARKE LOVAT SCOUTS.

JAN 11 ABU SULTAN VISIT BY LT COL BROWNE-CLAYTON, DPM, 18 AREA.

JAN 29 ABU SULTAN, HORSE NO. 1520 DARKIE FRACTURED TIBIA, OF SHOT AND DESTROYED.

UNIT STRENGTH: 5 OFFICERS, 4 WO’S 9 SGT’S, 12 CPL’S, 97 OTHER RANKS, TOTAL 137.

FEB 28 TEL EL KEBIR, 305 POW CAMP, RIOT QUELLED.

MARCH PAGES OF ROUTINE DUTIES.  

APRIL 8 CAPT DIGBY CLARKE POSTED AS APM DAMASCUS.

JUNE 20 ALMAZA, CAPT T L WALSH RAC TOS FROM TRIPOLITANIA.

JULY 1 MOUNTED AND DISMOUNTED PATROLS CARRIED OUT BY A COMBINED FORCE OF EGYPTIAN POLICE AND MMP RAIDED VILLAGE OF EL AQQADA.   57 NATIVES ARRESTED, THEFTS FROM 9 BAD.

AUG 1  MAJ R H J SETCHELL, GENERL LIST NEW OC VICE MAJ BIRD.

AUG 2 SPECIAL ESCORT DUTY, 1,000 GERMAN POW’S TO 379 POW CAMP

AUG 3 AS FOR AUG 2.

SEPT.  NOTHING OF NOTE ROUTINE DUTIES.

OCT.    AS ABOVE.

NOV 19 EL KIRSH DETACHMENT DISBANDED.

DEC 17 VISIT OF PM MAJ GEN I D ERSKINE, DSO PM UK  

 A LARGE DIARY BUT ONLY CONTAINS DAY TO DAY ROUTINE DUTIES.

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WO 169/21407 CMP BASE DEPOT & TRG SCHOOL JAN-JUN 1945

ALMAZA,   LT COL A ALEXANDER, 11 HUSSARS.

A LARGE DIARY BUT ONLY CONTAINS OFFICER AND OTHER RANK MOVEMENTS WITH MONTHLY NOMINAL ROLLS OF OFFICERS SERVING IN THE DEPOT.

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WO 169/21408 CMP BASE DEPOT TRG SCHOOL, JUL-DEC 1945 

SAME DETAILS AS ABOVE

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WO 169/21409    301 TRANSIT SECURITY SECT AUG - SEPT 1945

PART OF 2 IND BASE PRO COY.

AUG 1 SNAP CHECKS WERE CARRIED OUT ON ALL THE YARDS IN THE AREA AND ALSO SPECIAL CHECK BY NIGHT.   PATROLS WERE DISPATCHED TO SAMAWA WITH A MILITARY LOAD OF 36 WAGGONS.   CONTRACT

EMPLOYED CHOWKIDARS REPOORTED FOR DUTY I PLACE OF I.P.G’S PREVIOUSLY EMPLOYED.

AUG 2  SPECIAL OBSERVATIONS KEPT ON ALL MFO DESPATCHES DURING THE DAY BUT NOTHING USUAL TO REPORT.   SGT WADDINGTON REPORTED TO 303 TSS FOR TAKING OVER SECTION.

AUG 3 PATROLS WERE DISPATCHED TO SAMWA WITH A MILITARY LOAD OF 34 WAGGONS INCOMING PATROLS ARRIVED WITH A MILITARY LOAD OF 40 WAGGONS.   THIS PATROL REPORTS THAT ON THE 26 DOWN ONE WAGON CONSIGNED FROM DADOS BD TO 7 BOD WAS FOUND WITH A BROKEN SEAL.   SEAL REPLACED BY PATROL.   PILFERAGE REPORT RECEIVED FROM DID KIRKUK REGARDING THE LOSS OF 210 POUNDS OF SUGAR.   THIS WAGON WAS RECEIVED WITH ALL SEALS AND RIVETS INTACT.  THEFT AFFECTED BY SOME PERSON INSERTING A KNIFE THROUGH THE CRACK OF THE DOOR, SLITTING THE BAG THUS ALLOWING THE SUGAR TO RUN OUT.

AUG 4 A ROUTINE CHECK WAS MADE AT THE ESAD AND THE INTERNAL SECURITY MEASURES WERE FOUND TO HAVE BEEN IMPROVED SINCE THE LAST CHECK IN JULY.   SGT COX ACCOMPANIED BY SGT WADDINGTON VISITED SEVERAL DEPOTS IN THE AREA AND ALSO THE WAGGON FERRY AND MARSHALLING YARDS IN ORDER THAT SGT WADDINGTON MAY BE ACQUAINTED WITH THE AREA.

AUG 5 CHECKS CARRIED OUT ON ALL YARDS IN THE AREA INCOMING PATROLS ARRIVED FROM SAMAWA WITH A MILITARY LOAD OF 24 WAGGONS.   L.CPL CARTER F WAS RECALLED FROM DETACHMENT AT MARGIL TO AWAIT LIAP LEAVE.

AUG 6 PATROLS DISPATCHED TO SAMAWA  WITH A MILITARY LOAD OF 38 WAGGONS NO UNUSUAL INCIDENTS DURING THE JOURNEY.   TRAIN HANDED OVER IN  GOOD ORDER.   ROUTINE CHECKS CARRIED OUT ON WAGGON FERRY, NOTHING TO REPORT.

AUG 7 L/CPL LAWTON OF THIS SECTION WAS ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL.   NO PATROLS WERE DISPATCHED AND THERE WERE NO INCOMING PATROLS.

AUG 19 INCOMING PATROLS ARRIVE WITH A MILITARY LOAD OF 17 WAGGONS.   TRAIN HANDED OVER IN GOOD ORDER.

AUG 20 ROUTINE CHECKS CARRIE OUT ON MARSHALLING YARDS IN AREA.   PATROL DESTAPTCHED WITH MILITARY WAGGONS.

AUG 21 SECURTY CHECK CARRIED OUT AT DADOS STORES.   NOTHING UNUSUAL.

AUG 22 ROUTINE CHECKS CARRIED OUT ON ALL YARDS IN THE AREA.   PATROLS DISPATCHED TO SAMAWA.   PATROLS ARRIVED IN WITH A MILITARY LOAD OF 36 WAGGONS.   CAPT PERCIVAL LEFT THE SECTION.

AUG 23 ROUTINE CHECKS CARRIED OUT.   MATCHLESS MOTORCYCLE TAKEN TO 2 BASE PRO COY FOR 406 INSPECTION.   NO PATROL ACTIVITY.

AUG 24 PILFERAGE REPORT RECEIVED FROM 58 BSD CONCERNING THE LOSS OF 8 CASES OF TINNED MILK.   THIS LOSS WAS DISCOVERED ON 14TH AUG.   TRAIN UNESCORTED BY TSS.

AUG 25 PATROLS DISPATCHED TO SAMAWA WITH A MILITARY LOAD.   ROUTINE CHECKS CARRIED OUT.   NORTON MOTORCYCLE TAKEN TO 2 BASE PRO COY FOR INSPECTION.

AUG 26 NO PATROLS ACTIVE.   ROUTINE CHECKS CARRIED OUT.

AUG 27 INCOMING POATROLS ARRIVED WITH A MILITARY LOAD OF 39 WAGGONS.

AUG 28  ROUTINE CHECK CARRIED OUT NO PATROL ACTIVE OWIG TO SHORTAGE OF PERSONNEL.

AUG 29 PATROLS DISPATCHED TO SAMAWA WITH A MILITARY LOAD OF 32 WAGGONS.   THERE WERE NO INCOMING PATROLS.   ROUTINE CHECKS CARRIED OUT.

AUG 30 L/CPL CARTER OF THIS SECTION ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL WITH NYD FEVER.   SPECIAL NIGHT CHECK CARRIED OUT BY SECTION SGT BD WEST.   ONE WAGON CONSIGNED FROM DADOB STORES B TO 7 BCD CONTAINING CASES OF MT SPARES ONE OF WHICH WAS FOUND TO BE BROKEN OPEN WAS DETACHED FROM THE TRAIN AND PLACED UNDER GUARD UNTIL SUCH TIME AS THE CASE COULD BE REPAIRED.

AUG 31 NO PATROLS ACTIVE.   ROUTINE CHECKS CARRIED OUT.   TWO SWEEPERS EMPLOYED BY THIS SECTION WERE DISCHARGED AND ARRANGEMENTS MADE WITH HQ AMPO FOR THE SUPPLY AND ADMINISTRATION OF ALL CIVILIANS EMPLOYED BY THIS SECTION.

GENERAL.  OWING TO THE SHORTAGE OF PERSONNEL THE  BEEN ACTIVITIES OF THIS SECTION HAVE BEEN CURTAILED DURING THE PAST MONTH.  NEVERTHELESS IT HAS BEEN POSSIBLE TO CARRY OUT THE NORMAL ROUTINE CHECKS DAILY IN THE AREA.   DURING THE MONTH ONLY ONE PILFERAGE REPORT WAS RECEIVED AND IN THIS CASE THE TRAIN WAS UNESCORTED BY TSS PATROLS.

ALL RANKS HAVE BEEN MEDICALLY EXAMINED AND VACCINATIONS, INNOCULATIONS ETC ARE UP TO DATE.   WITH THE EXCEPTION OF 3 SLIGHT CASES OF FEVER THE HEALTH AND MORALE OF THE SECTION REMAINS EXCELLENT.

SEPT 1  SNAP CHECKS CARRIED OUT ON ALL YARDS IN THE AREA.  

NO UNUSUAL INCIDENTS, NO PATROLS WERE DISPATCHED AND

THERE WERE NO INCOMING PATROLS.   NO.1827910 L/CPL POWELL WAS DISCHARGED FROM HOSPITAL AND PROCEEDED TO

37 TRANSIT CAMP EN ROUTE TO UK - POSTED ON COMPASSIONATE GROUNDS.

SEPT 2 SNAP CHECKS CARRIED OUT ON ALL YARDS IN AREA.   NO UNUSUAL INCIDENTS,NO PATROLS DESPATCHED, NO INCOMING PATROLS.

SEPT 3 SNAP CHECKS CARRIE OUT DAY AND NIGHT ON ALL YARDS IN AREA.  

SEPT 4 SNAP CHECKS CARRiED OUT DURiNG DAY ON ALL YARDS IN AREA.   NO UNUSUAL INCIDENTS,   NO PATROLS DESPATCHED.  

NO INCOMING PATROLS.   NO. 6012974 L/CPL SMITH RETURNED FROM BEIRUT LEAVE.

SEPT 5 SNAP CHECKS ON ALL YARDS IN AREA,   NO UNUSUAL INCIDENTS.   PATROLS DISPATCHED ON 26 DOWN TO SAMAWA WITH 11 WAGONS OF WD PROPERTY.   NO INCOMING PATROLS.

SEPT 6 SNAP CHECKS ON ALL YARDS IN AREA.   NO UNUSUAL INCIDENTS.   NO PATROLS DESPATCHED.   NO INCOMING PATROLS.   NO.3780478 SGT WADDINGTON ADMITTED TO 25 IGH (C).

SEPT 7 SNAP CHECKS ON ALL YARDS IN AREA, NO INCIDENTS.   NO PATROLS DESPATCHED, INCOMING PATROLS ARRIVED WITH 11 WAGONS OF WD PROPERTY.

SEPT 8 SNAP CHECKS ON ALL YARDS IN AREA, NO INCIDENTS.   NO PATROLS DESPATCHED, NO INCOMING PATROLS.   NO.6030360 L/CPL CARTER DISCHARGED FROM 25 IGH (C).

SEPT 9  SNAP CHECKS ON ALL YARDS IN AREA.   WAGON 02909 FROM 59 BSD MGL TO 58 BSD BD, ON 7TH SEPT FOUND AT BD.W M/Y WITH ACINE SEAL BROKEN AND ISR SEAL SUBSTITUTED.   WAGON UNESCORTED BY TSS.   SIB INFORMED.

SEPT 12 SNAP CHECKS ON ALL YARDS IN AREA.   WAGON 1062 FROM EFI BASRA TO EFI KHANAQUIN FOUND IN BD.W MINUS ACINE SEAL.   SIB INFORMED.   PATROLS ARRIVED WITH 47 WAGONS OF WD PROPERTY.

SEPOT 17 PATROLS DISPATCHED TO SAMAWA WITH 17 WAGGONS.   NO. 378048 SGT WADDINTON DISCHARGED FROM 25 IGH (C)

SEPT 19 PATROLS ARRIVED WITH 11 WAGONS ON WD STORES,   ALL INTACT.

SEPT 20 AREA COMMANDER VISITS.

SEPT 21 PATROLS ARRIVE FROM SAMAWA WITH 18 WAGONS OF WD STORES.   ONE WAGON DEFICIENT OF ACINE SEAL AND WAS RE SEALED IN PRESENCE OF TSS PATROLS.

SEPT 24 PATROLS DESPATCHED TO SAMAWA ON 26 DOWN TRAIN   EVERYTHING IN ORDER.

SEPT 26 PATROLS DISPATCHED ON 26 DOWN TRAIN TO SAMAWA.   EVERYTHING IN ORDER.   INCOMING PATROLS ON 21 UP TRAIN

FROM SAMAWA WITH 37 WAGONS OF WD STORES, EVERYTHING IN ORDER.

SEPT 28 INCOMING PATROLS ARRIVED ON 21 UP TRAIN FROM SAMAWA, WITH 37 WAGONS OF WD STORE, SEAL FOUND DEFICIENT AT SAMAWA AND TRUCK RE SEALED IN PRESENCE OF TSS PATROL.  APM VISITED CAMP AREA.

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WO 169/21410    302 TRANSIT SECURITY SECT     SEPT - NOV 1945

ABADAN, SOUTH PERSIA AREA.    CAPT E J THOMAS,  RA, LT C MADELL RA.

STRENGTH: 1 SGT, 2 CPL’S, 12 L/CPL’S.

DIARY CONTAINS DETALS OF HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS, AND POSTING TO UK FOR DISCHARGE.

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WO 169/21411  303 TRANSIT SECURITY SECT AUG - DEC 1945

MAQUIL,  1 IND BASE PRO COY.   LT HODGKINSON PR (166855) NORTH STAFFS, TOS 7/3/45, LT BARBER F (348905) GENERAL LIST, TOS 6/9/45

TRAIN, RIVER AND YARD PATROLS IN AREA.

NO. 182917 L/CPL ALEXANDER G, NO. 2067297, NO 5119957 L/CPL JONES F ALL SIB/CMP ATTACHED FROM 301 TSS.

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WO 169/21412      SECURITY ID SECTION  PAIFORCE MAR-APRL, JULY 1945

NO DIARY JUST MONTHLY NOMINAL ROLL OF OFFICERS.

MAJ J A OWEN, GENERAL LIST, CAPT W D AUDLEY, 4 BOMBAY REGT CAPT A E LEAK, RA, CAPT L A E WEEKS, RA, LT D A W ALLAN, GENERAL LIST, LT N D FITZGERALD 2/6 RAJ RIFLES, LT M A QAZI, 10 BALUCH REGT,MAJ W E HERBERT, GENERAL LIST, CAPT C A CROFT, ROYAL ULSTER RIFLES LT H PERCIVAL, KINGS REGT.

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WO169/22247        8 INDIAN DIV PRO COY  JAN  -  JUN 1945 

ITALY   CAPT C B BAINES   NORTHANTS YEO   9/9/44

LT G CHADWICK   NOTTS YEO   17/12/43

LT CHUBB   RA   30/9/44

5/1/45   ENEMY SHELLING ON CASOLA VALESNIO,  BORGO A MAZZANO, FLORENCE, PERUGIA

9/1/45   SLIGHT ENEMY SHELLING IN SECTION AREA;  WINDSCREEN OF SECTION JEEP DAMAGED BY SHRAPNEL

11/2/45   MUCCIA

24/2/45   BAGNACAVALLO  SLIGHT SHELLING

3/3/45   *L/CPL PEACOCK 6019799 (COY DR) KILLED IN M/C ACCIDENT ON THE BAGNACAVALLO-GODO ROAD AT APPROX. 22.30 HRS;  SHOWN AS ESSEX REGT IN CWGC

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WO169/22262      10 INDIAN DIV PRO COY    JAN - OCT 1945

ITALY,  FAENZA

CAPT W W BUZZA   ESSEX REGT   22/12/44   DAPM

CAPT E P FLINT   PUNJAB REGT    31/12/44   SUB

CAPT W R HOLMAN   ROYAL ART  28/12/44   SUB

LT P MACKAY   GURKHA REGT

JULY   BOCCAVIZZA

12/8/45   4 BORS TO UK ON LEAVE 2 BORS ON PYTHON, 1 BOR DIED (FRACTURED SKULL).  (NAME NOT FOUND FOR THIS DATE).

14/8/45   FUNERAL OF BOR WHO DIED  ON 12/8/45 .  

CAPT FLINT OC ON LEAVE

SEPT   DISCIPLINE : THERE HAVE BEEN A NUMBER OF CASES OF MP’S BEING FOUND DRUNK.  I HAVE NO OBJECTION TO MP’S DRINKING ALCOHOLIC LIQUOR WHEN OFF DUTY, BUT I THINK YOU SHOULD WARN THEM AGAIN THAT AN MP INCAPABLY DRUNK, OR UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRINK AT ANY TIME, LOWERS THEIR PRESTIGE AMONG OTHER SOLDIERS, LOWERS THE GOOD NAME OF CMP AND THEY WILL SUFFER PUNISHMENT AS WELL.

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WO169/24093       202 PRO COY CMP  MEF     JAN - JUN 1946

ALEXANDRIA - TRAFFIC AND DOCK DUTIES

174708  CAPT D N JARMAN   RA   2/5/45

255376  LT R F J AVERY   RA  23/5/45

PHOTO  LIST OF OFFICERS

21/2/46   SITUATION REPORT - TROUBLE IN ALEXANDRIA

0850 HRS CROWDS AT OUTPOSTS ( ALL QUIET )

0935   UNION JACK TORN DOWN AT YMCA

0940 HRS   VEHICLES IN WD CARPARK STONED

CROWDS AT WINDSOR HOTEL AND CECIL HOTEL, MOVING ALONG THE CORNICHE

(FLUCTUATING SITUATION ALL DAY THEN CALMS DOWN.  THIS IS PERHAPS A PRELUDE TO TROUBLE WHICH FLARED ON 4/3/46 WHICH RESULTED IN THE **DEATHS OF TWO CMP,

5783652 PTE A J BAILEY AND 1616627 L/CPL P R MAILE

202 PRO COY

**TWO CMP NCOS WERE ALSO AWARDED BEM’S FOR THEIR ACTIONS ON THIS DAY, 5335820 L/CPL H A D AYRES &

13105296 CPL A D JUMP.   A FULL REPORT ON THESE MURDERS CAN BE FOUND IN WO 382/1,  WO 382/2 AND WO 382/3.

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WO169/24094   203 PRO COY CMP MEF   JAN - JUN 1946

SUEZ,  CAIRO,  TEK     VARIOUS OFFENCES

PHOTO LIST OF OFFICERS

KANTARA   2386481 PTE S LUKINS, 195 PORTS PRO & VP COY KILLED IN THE EXECUTION OF HIS DUTY;  SIB INFORMED

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WO169/24095             504 PRO COY            JAN  -  JUN 1946

CAPT D C C SIGGINS   RA  25/2/46

LT K P HIRD   RAC   26/12/45

LT L M M BARNES   RASC   15/11/45

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WO169/24096   617 SPEC. MOB. PRO SECT CMP   MEF

JAN - JUN 1946

BENGHAZI   ROUTINE DUTIES EACH MONTH

170060  CAPT B R RAMSDEN   RA   30/10/45

147144  CAPT A M A MAYBURY R BERKS   1/3/46

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WO169/24097     218 SPEC. MOB. PRO SECT CMP    MEF   

JAN - JUN 1946  

TRIPOLI

7/1/46   CAPT S D F  BURROWS   DAPM TAKES OVER AS TEMP OC

191289 CAPT J W MORLEY   INT CORPS   17/12/44

16/3/46   ARREST OF A SOLDIER IN UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A TAXI

18/3/46   243039 LT PEDERSON RF TAKES OVER AS OC SECTION

8/4/46   LT PEDERSON TO ACC

28/6/46 450 ITALIAN POWS SEARCHED PRIOR TO EMBARKATION FOR REPATRIATION TO ITALY

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WO169/24098     633 SPEC. MOB. PRO SECT.  CMP  MEF

JAN - JUN 1946

RHODES   312004  CAPT J BANCROFT   GEN LIST   21/12/45  DAPM

NORMAL DUTIES, LOTS OF DISTURBANCES & DRINK PROBLEMS

DODECANESE AREA - INDIANS, ITALIANS, AMERICANS, CYPRIOTS, GREEKS, SAILORS RED CROSS - MISBEHAVE IN BARS; EVEN A

KIDNAPPING(A DAUGHTER) & CASE OF A MILITARY HOSPITAL WANTING A MAN PUT UNDER CLOSE ARREST - CAUSING TROUBLE IN VD CLINIC AND A MAN LYING DRUNK ON PAVEMENT OUTSIDE THE CMP BILLET ![ hilarious]

22/4/45  194255 CAPT C H S TAYLOR RA NEW OC

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WO169/24099     1 MIL POL DOG TRG SCHOOL   MEF

JAN  -  JUN 1946

ALMAZA   CAPT A A LAMONT 101416   KRRC   4/11/45

MAJ D B MCGREGOR 198372   RAVC   4/11/45

USUAL REPORT, VISITS, DISPLAYS, DOG DEATHS AND RABIES INOCULATIONS.

19/2/46   CAPT KAY TRAFFIC BRANCH, BAB-EL HADID BKS,

VISITS

MAJ G A HONE  APM MEF VISITS

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WO169/24100   1 MIL POL DOG SECT  CMP  MEF

JAN  -  JUN 1946

3/1/46   ABU SULTAN   CAPT P B HODGKINSON 177855  

N STAFFS VISITED

FEB   MAJ IRVING  APM CANAL (SOUTH) DIST VISITED

MAR  MAJ TOMLINSON APM CANAL(SOUTH) DIST VISITED

12/4/46  GENEIFA   LT K E WILKINSON TAKES COMMAND

CAPT H C BAGGALEY 284915   RA   7/4/46

LT K E WILKINSON 335721  DLI   6/4/46

23/5/46  CAPT WILKINSON RETURNS FROM MP DOG TRAINING SCHOOL ALMAZA,  WITH 3 GERMAN POWS FOR DUTY AT THE ABU SULTAN DET OF THIS UNIT

30/5/46   LT COL GUY SCOTT  DPM(HQ)  BTE VISITED.

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WO169/24101    2 MIL POL DOG SECT    CMP  MEF

JAN  -  JUN 1946

2/1/46   SARAFAND   CAPT J C W ORR 197411  RA   OC

5/1/46   CAPT H C BAGGALEY (AUTHY OC) POSTED TO OC DOG TRG SCHOOL

25/2/46   RAFAH 0100 HRS NO 10 AMRIT(DOG) SHOT AND KILLED BY GUNFIRE ON DUTY

26/2/46   COURT OF INQUIRY INTO AMRIT’S DEATH

2/3/46   RAFAH 1 NATIVE ARRESTED BY BY POLICE DOGS 227 RINA, 1070 SMOKEY

18/3/46   LT COL E ELLIOTT DPM PALESTINE DIST VISITED

7/5/46     MAJ GUINNESS  APM  S PALESTINE DIST VISITED

26/5/46   LT O L MONTGOMERY 232581  KRRC

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WO169/24102    3 MIL POL DOG SECT   MEF  JAN - JUN 1946

AGAMI & SIDI BISHR, 3 C & 3B DETACHMENTS.   193522 CAPT T N SEYMOUR RTR 9/10/45.

17/3/46 SIDI BISHR MAJ MCGREGOR OC CMP DOG TRAINING SCHOOL VISITED DETACHMENTS.

18/3/46 RSM STYLES CMP VISITED.

21/3/46 LT MCPHEE PROVOST ALEXANDRIA DISTRICT VISITED.

30/4/46 LT COL HODSON DPM ALEXANDRIA DISTRICT VISITED AND INSPECTED.

30/4/46 LT COL MORRIS OC IMCC VISITED.

2/5/46 LT PATTERSON ALEXANDRIA DISTRICT VISITED.

13/5/46 COL EAST PM MEF INSPECTED KENNELS AND BILLETS.

18/5/46 AGAMI DETACHMENT CLOSED DOWN.

13/6/46 MUSTAPHA BARRACKS. 12 NCO’S AND WAR POLICE DOGS TOOK PART IN THE PARADE IN HONOUR OF

KING GEORGE VI’S BIRTHDAY.

22/6/46 SIDI BISHR 5.30 HRS ALL NCO’S + WAR POLICE DOGS LEFT FOR TEL EL KEBIR AND GENEIFA ON TEMPORARY DUTY.

29/6/46 LT COL ALEXANDER, OC CMP BASE DEPOT VISITED HQ 3 DOG SECTION.

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WO 169/24103  4 MIL POL DOG SECT MEF     JAN - APRIL 1946

5/1/46 HAIFA, TIRA  CAPT ORR OC 2 DOG SECTION VISITED AND INSPECTED DETACHMENT.

6/4/46 MAJ VERE LAURIE APM NORTH PALESTINE DISTRICT INSPECTED DETACHMENT.

26/4/46 TIRA DETACHMENT CLOSED DOWN AND ALL PERSONNEL & DOGS TO 2 MP DOG SECTION.

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WO 169/24104   5 MIL POL DOG SECT MEF     JAN - JUNE 1946

TEL EL KEBIR, CANAL ZONE NORTH.   34666 CAPT  N G T CLIFF PIONEER CORPS 19/10/45.

1/46 2 NATIVES ARRESTED IN POSSESSION OF WD PROPERTY, VALUE £8.14.00.

6/46 THE ABOVE IS REPEATED THROUGHOUT THE MONTH IN VARYING NUMBERS AND VALUES.

31/3/46 1 GERMAN POW ARRESTED AT ABU HAMAD VILLAGE.

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WO 169/24116        605 SQN MMP MEF         JAN - JUNE 1946

ALMAZA  MAJ R H J SETCHELL GENERAL LIST DAPM 1/8/45, CAPT E J BARKER GEN LIST DAPM 1/10/43 (?) DAPM, LT B CRESSWELL RAC 21 AREA 1/10/45.

3/2/46 MAJ SETCHELL POSTED TO NO1 MCC UNDER A/S GROUP 11 (DOV).   CAPT BARKER OC VICE MAJ SETCHELL.

9/2/46 ABU SULTAN.  3 GERMAN POW’S RECAPTURED FROM ESCAPE NEAR FAYED (CANAL AREA).

16/2/46 CAPT CRESSWELL RAC POSTED TO PALESTINE.   LT W MCDOWELL ROYAL BERKSHIRE REGT ARRIVE.

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WO 169/24117       195 PORTS & VPP COY    MAR - JUNE 1946

PORT SAID COY DISEMBARKED FROM HMT WINCHESTER CASTLE. TO ALMAZA AND THEN TO HELMICH.

CAPT C E E WEINEL GENERAL LIST 13/11/45.   LT D J ENNIS RAC POSTED TO 1 DIV PRO COY.  

20/11/45.   LT G T B DALTON RECCE CORPS 2/12/45.   LT BOSWELL RAC ATTACHED.

6/6/46 2/LT TREACHER RAC TAKEN ON STRENGTH.

15/6/46 04.30 HRS PTE LUKINS DIED AS A RESULT OF A GUNSHOT WOUND.

16/6/46 12.15 HRS FUNERAL OF THE LATE PTE LUKINS AT TEL EL KEBIR CEMETERY.

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WO 169/24118          CMP BASE DEPOT         JAN - JUNE 1946

LARGE FILE CONTAINING POSTING IN AND OUT, DAILY ORDERS, OUT OF BOUNDS AREAS ETC.   THICK FILE WITH NO INFORMATION.

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WO 169/24455  NAIROBI PRO COY EAST AFRICA  JAN - MAR 1946

NAIROBI  7688228 RSM MCDONALD A ATTACHED FROM 1 & 6 L OF C PRO SECTIONS.

EVERY ENTRY CONTAINS NORMAL DUTIES, WEATHER, ROAD CONDITIONS.

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WO 169/24456  1 & 6 (EAST AFRICAN) L OF C PRO COY JAN - JUNE 1946

1/46 MOMBASA.   CAPT G W TAYLOR.   ROUTINE POLICE DUTIES AND TRAINING.

2/46 NIL RETURN.   LT J R BIRKETT EAST AFRIAN CMP CLASS A

RELEASE,   CAPT H D MILLING ARRIVES VICE LT BIRKETT.

16/4/46 MAJ CHAPMAN BECOMES APM.   MAJ STABBACK LEFT FOR GILGIL.

18/5/46 CAPT SLINGSBY ARRIVES TO TAKE OVER AS DAPM.

30/5/46 CIVIL POLICE ASKARI SHOT BY ONE OF 3 KINGS AFRICAN RIFLES ASKARI.   INVESTIGATIONS CONTINUE.

2/6/46 INVESTIGATIONS RE THEFTS OF RIFLES.

3/6/46 16.00 HRS IDENTIFICATION PARADE IN CONNECTION WITH THEFT OF RIFLES.   SGT BURGESS EACMP, INVESTIGATING THEFT OF RIFLES, SHOT AND KILLED WHILST SEARCHING THE HOUSE OF AN ARAB.

4/6/46 14.00 HRS FUNERAL OF SGT BURGESS.

5/6/46 09.00 HRS COURT OF INQUIRY RE SGT BURGESS.

1 OFFICER CAPT CADE, 1 CSM & 4 BOR’S ARRIVE FROM NAIROBI FOR SPECIAL DUTIES.

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WO 169/24461        DEPOT EAST AFRICAN CMP          JAN 1946

NAIROBI.   MAJ W G WEBB.

20/1/46 CAPT HIGHFIELD AND CAPT BAMBER DEPART FOR RELEASE.

24/1/46 CAPT WONEBRAP AND CAPT BARTON DAPM FOR CLASS A RELEASE.

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WO169/24479    PRO HQ MALTA COMMAND   JAN  -  JUN 1946

CAPT E L ROURKE RAC  MIL PROVOST STAFF CORPS

ADMITTED 4;  RELEASED 1,  REPEATED AD NAUSEAM.

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WO169/24509      226 PRO COY MALTA     JAN - JUN 1946

VALETTA   CAPT C A BAKER,  BORDERS  285825  DAPM

23/2/46   PERFORM ESCORT AT LUGA TO PALESTINIAN POLITICAL PRISONERS     ROUTINE DUTIES.

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WO169/24537   PROVOST BRANCH HQ  PAIC   JAN - JUN 1946

BAGHDAD   LT CPL J V J BIRD   GEN LIST   DPM   1/12/43

COL L C EAST PROVOST MARSHAL  MEF VISITED HQ

2/4/46   DISBANDMENT OF HQ IRAQ,  COMMAND AND FORMATION OF HQ BRITISH TROOPS, IRAQ

FINAL DIARY FOR PROVOST BRANCH

LT T WHIPHAM  DPM

MAJ P G BOWEN

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WO169/24561       4 INF DIV PRO UNIT          JAN, FEB 1946

SALONICA   LT B C W WHITE

JAN   NO INCIDENTS;  WEATHER FINE BUT COLD

NORMAL POLICE AND BILLETS SECURITY.

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WO169/24578     27 INDIAN INF BDE PRO UNIT   JAN 1946

KHANAQIM   CAPT AKRAM

NORMAL DUTIES

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WO 169/24763          2 INDIAN BASE PRO COY PAIFORCE

JAN - APR 1946

14/1/46 INFO RECEIVED THAT L/CPL BROADLEY HAS BEEN AWARDED THE BEM IN THE NEW YEAR HONOURS LIST.

TRAFFIC AND GENERAL DUTIES KHANAQUIN, RHOSROVI NORTHERN IRAQ.

19/2/46 LT COL J V J BIRD DAPM PAIFORCE VISITED.

CO L C EAST DSO PM MIDDLE EAST VISITS.

CAPT L A BOWEN DAPM.

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WO 169/24764    3 INDIAN BASE PRO COY   PAIFORCE

JAN 1946

ABADAN

3/1/46   7690197 CQMS SMITH LEFT FOR CLASS A RELEASE

LOTS OF POSTINGS IN AND OUT

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 END OF DIARIES