Thanks to The Airborne Soldier for this diary.
Field Dressing Station
Royal Army Medical Corps
Month and year: September 1944
Commanding Officer: Major TH Evill
17th September 1944
Coy in same location.
1800 - Coy moved via BERINGEN over ALBERT CANAL - ACHTER-DEN-BERGE.
2030 - Arrived MR 334817 (1 mile SOUTH WEST of HECHTEL). Recce Party (1 Sgt and 4 ORs) attached to Recce Regt to go fwd with the Recce Regt before the Coy. 18 ORs posted to this unit from 31 RHU.
18th September 1944
Coy at same location. All pls on general maintenance and conservancy. Recce Party still attached to Recce Regt.
19th September 1944
Ditto. Plus one ACC posted to this unit from 34 RHU.
20th September 1944
One NCO sustained injury to hand from recoil of PIAT gun. Coy at same location. One OR posted to this unit from 233 Fd Coy RE.
1645 - Coy moved. Route VALKENWAARD, EINDHOVEN, St OEDENRODE (0300 hrs - 0530 hrs halt). Next place passed through VEGHEL, UDEN, GRAVE, S of NEERBOSCHE.
21st September 1944
1100 - 3½ miles SW of NIJMEGEN. Recce Party still with Recce Regt. Coy rested.
1800 - 3 Pl moved fwd in support of 214 Bde for proposed assault crossing of river NEDDER. Recce Officer No.2 went out at "step up" in recce car for wireless communications.
2230 - The attack was postponed and 3 Pl were ordered by Commander of 7 Somerset Light Inf to rejoin Coy. Endeavours to join Coy were delayed owing to traffic congestion. Pl had reached the fwd point on N end of rd bridge at NIJMEGEN, in A Echelon Bn Column.
22nd September 1944
0600 - 3 Pl rejoined the Bn at N end of same bridge. In late afternoon the Pl rejoined Coy in harbour, having no further commitments.
1200 - OC held an O Group at which reps of 3 Cdn Coys were represented and OC 260 Fd Coy. OC 204 Fd Coy was placed in charge of pending assault crossing of Nedder, in vicinity of OSTERBEEK for the purpose of linking up with the 1st Airborne on N bank at ARNHEM.
1515 - OC, Recce Officer No.1, 3 Pl, and Recce Party of 2 Pl, moved to Bde, and reached harbour West of S end of Railway Bridge in NIJMEGEN. Recce Party still attached to Recce Regt.
23rd September 1944
Coy in same location, fwd elements moved up with Bde and reached harbour at 677716.
2100 - 3 Pl left their harbour and did an assault crossing over the Nedder Rhine in assault boats. They took 200 Polish airborne tps across. 2 men were reported missing as a result from this operation. One NCO sustained bullet wound in leg from enemy aircraft, and evacuated to FDS. Recce Party still attached to Recce Regt.
24th September 1944
1100 - The remainder of the Coy started to join the fwd Pl and moved over west bridge of MAAS VAAL Canal with Div RE and affiliated Cdn Fd Coys. At a point just South of NIJMEGEN orders were received to send fwd the two remaining Pls, and to harbour HQ for the night where they were. Location of Coy was then 707615 in the S of NIJMEGEN. Pls went fwd and harboured at MR 667713 (VAALBURG) arriving at 1600 hrs. 1 and 2 Pls left locations at 1915 hrs and proceeded to river with intention of ferrying infantry and supplies across at a point near DRIEL; 3 Pl standing by to assist 1 Pl if needed. Pls were under direct mortar and infantry fire when ferrying infantry and supplies across. Ferrying ceased at first light and pls returned to their harbours. Recce Party still attached to Recce Regt. One NCO and 4 ORs injured whilst ferrying Inf across river.
25th September 1944
0630 - Pls returned to their harbour areas. Four men from 3 Pl under comd of RAMC ferrying men from far bank of river. 1 section from 3 Pl repairing road at MR 659694 for Fd Amb. Recce Party still attached to Recce Regt.
26th September 1944
Coy HQ in MR 707615 S of NIJMEGEN Pls in harbour MR 667713. Recce Party returned from Recce Regt.