National Archives catalogue reference WO 171/404.
Assistant Adjutant and Quartermaster General
Advanced Workshop Detachment
Commander Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Light Aid Detachment
Prisoner of War
Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Month and year: September 1944
18th September 1944
Place: Fairford, Gloucs.
1100 - HQ CREME Glider took off FAIRFORD airfd. Strength 1 Offr 1 OR. 2 ORs travelling Div Wksp AWD.
1525 - Landed NW of Arnhem. Under MG fire.
1600 - RV'd WOLFHEZEN ry crossing.
1625 - Arr Div HQ location.
1635 - Moved with Div HQ to OSTERBEEK.
1800 - Cpl Greaves reported, having travelled with Div Wksp AWD. Str: 1 Offr 2 ORs.
1830 - Lt Manning reported arrival of Div Wksp AWD.
19th September 1944
0900 - Moved to DMA. Enemy sniper and mortar fire.
20th September 1944
1030 - Instructed to return to Div HQ.
1100 - Arr Div HQ. Lt Manning reported Dvr Gould of HQ CREME killed on LZ, having travelled with AWD.
1400 - Re-supply drop. No REME stores recd.
21st September 1944
1000 - Returned to DMA.
1500 - Capt EWENS, HQ CREME wounded and taken to hospital. AA&QMG apptd Lt Manning to take charge of HQ CREME. Lt Brodie, EME 6 Air Landing LAD assumed comd AWD.
1600 - Returned to Div HQ. Incessant mortaring. Rations restricted to one-third.
23rd September 1944
HQ CREME Jeep hit by shell-fire and destroyed.
25th September 1944
Verbal instructions recd from Div HQ to withdrawn to north bank of R. RHINE.
2104 - Lt Manning and HQ CREME party left HQ. Encountered enemy MG on planned route and had to take to woods.
26th September 1944
0030 - Arr north bank river RHINE. Searched for suitable craft and crossed river.
0245 - Arr south bank of river and proceeded to NIJMEGEN.
1900 - Reported to HQ CREME 1st Seaborne Element at NIJMEGEN. TOTAL CASUALTIES on Op. 'MARKET' - 1 Offr wounded and believed POW, 1 OR killed.
28th September 1944
0900 - Left NIJMEGEN.
1700 - Arr HEVERLEE near NOUVAIN.
29th September 1944
1300 - Warned to stand by to leave for UK by air.
1630 - Took off BRUSSELS airfd.
1930 - Landed BARKSTON HEATH airfd, Lincs.
2130 - Arr permanent location at FULBECK, Lincs.