National Archives catalogue reference WO 171/404.

 

Abbreviations

Arr

Comd

Conc

CREME
Div

Ech

EME

Fwd

LST

OC

Offr

OR

Recd

REME

S/B

Veh

Wksp

Arrive
Commander

Concentration

Commander Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

Division / Divisional

Echelon

Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

Forward

Landing Ship Tank

Officer Commanding

Officer

Other Ranks

Received

Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

Seaborne

Vehicle

Workshop

 

 

Month and year: August 1944

 

13th August 1944

Place: Fulbeck, Lincs.

 

0615 - Left FULBECK.  Strength 2 Officers, 8 ORs.

 

1800 - Arr Transit Camp, LONDON.

 

14th August 1944

1800 - All vehs loaded & personnel embarked SS FORT TURTLE.

 

2030 - Left docks and moved down river to SOUTHEND.

 

15th August 1944

1720 - Cpl GREAVES taken off ship ill.  Strength 2 Offrs 7 ORs.

 

1800 - Sailed.

 

16th August 1944

2010 - Dropped anchor off French coast.

 

17th August 1944

1000 - CREME went ashore.

 

2130 - All vehs & personnel disembarked and arr conc area GOLDSMITH.

 

18th August 1944

Place: La Mine, Nr Bayeux

 

0830 - Arr Div conc area.

 

1300 - HQ CREME opened.

 

20th August 1944

1000 - CREME visited HQ 21 Army Group.

 

22nd August 1944

1200 - CREME instructed to return to UK immediately.

 

1300 - CREME left 1st Seaborne Ech for UK.  Strength 1 Offr 5 ORs.  OC Div Wksp comd Div REME.

 

29th August 1944

1645 - Tels personnel and eqpt left for UK.

 

31st August 1944

2035 - Warning order recd for move of 1st Seaborne Ech.

 

 

Month and year: September 1944

 

1st September 1944

Place: La Mine, Bayeux, France

 

1300 - Orders recd to move first light 2 Sep.  EME Tels sent fwd to recce new area.

 

2nd September 1944

Place: France

 

0800 - Left LA MINE area.

 

3rd September 1944

2200 - Arr CREVECOEUR.

 

5th September 1944

1600 - Recd warning order to move to BRUSSELS area 7 or 8 Sep.

 

6th September 1944

1400 - Left CREVECOEUR.

 

8th September 1944

Place: Belgium

 

1700 - Arr HEVERLEE, near LOUVAIN.  Located with Div Wksp.

 

13th September 1944

1030 - Div Wksp moved to BERTEM.  HQ CREME located with Div HQ at HEVERLEE.

 

15th September 1944

0800 - Left HEVERLEE.

 

22nd September 1944

Place: Holland

 

Arr NIJMEGEN.

 

26th September 1944

1900 - Airborne element joined up 1st Seaborne Ech, after withdrawal from ARNHEM.

 

28th September 1944

0900 - CREME & 3 ORs left for UK.  Remaining strength 1st S/B Ech - 1 Offr 4 ORs.

 

 

Month and year: October 1944

 

3rd October 1944

Place: Belgium

 

1000 - Left HEVERLEE.

 

1900 - Arr LE HALLE.

 

6th October 1944

1500 - Left LE HALLE.

 

1630 - Arr OSTEND.

 

7th October 1944

1730 - Embarked L.S.T.  Strength 1 Offr 4 ORs.

 

8th October 1944

Place: U.K.

 

1830 - Disembarked TILBURY.

 

9th October 1944

0930 - Left Transit Camp.

 

1645 - Arr permanent location at FULBECK Lincs.