National Archives catalogue number WO 171/405.














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Commander Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

Deputy Director Mechanical Engineers

Electrical and Mechanical Engineers


Light Aid Detachment

Landing Ship Tank

Other Ranks

Royal Army Service Corps

Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers



Month and year: September 1944

Commanding Officer: Major W.J. Carrick


13th August 1944

Place: Sleaford, Lincs


0645 - Major Carrick, Capt. Snow and 78 O.Rs. left Sleaford for service overseas - Operation "Transfiguration".


1900 - Arrived at Staging Area near Albert Docks, London.


14th August 1944

0900 - Vehicles and drivers embarked on S.S. Fort Turtle in the Royal Albert Docks.


1800 - Remainder of personnel embarked on S.S. Fort Turtle.


15th August 1944

At Sea.


16th August 1944

2000 - Arrived off Coast of Normandy - near Juno Beach.


17th August 1944

1200 - Disembarked at Beach Juno and proceeded to Goldsmith Assembly Area.


2200 - Proceeded in Div. Convoy to Div. Concentration Area near La Mine (S.W. of Bayeux).  Unit location is now 679578 (Sheet 6F 1:100,000).


20th August 1944

Place: Near La Mine


Operation "Transfiguration" cancelled.


22nd August 1944

1400 - Major Carrick assumed the duties of CREME, the latter having proceeded to United Kingdom for a conference at HQ 1 Airborne Division.


23rd August 1944

0900 - Major Carrick held a conference of all E.M.Es. and W.Os. i/c L.A.Ds. to impress upon them the need for close supervision of unit transport and for regular inspection of their vehicles.


26th August 1944

Held inspection of vehicles of Div. Troops.


28th August 1944

Held inspection of vehicles of 1 Parachute Brigade.


29th August 1944

Held inspection of vehicles of 4 Parachute Brigade.


1645 - 1 Wireless Trailer and 3 Telemechanics returned to UK.


30th August 1944

Inspection of vehicles in the Division revealed a weakness in the Front Springs of Hillman Utility cars 8cwt.  Nearly 60% of their front springs have collapsed.  All are the same contract number.  The reason is not obvious and it is thought that the material used in the contract has been under standard.  The springs are being re-set by personnel of the Workshops.



Month and year: September 1944

Commanding Officer: Major W.J. Carrick


1st September 1944

Place: Near Bayeux


Information received for move of unit in Div. Convoy to forward area in order to support operation.


2nd September 1944

0800 - Moved from present location in Div. Convoy to Gisors - 20 miles north of the Seine midway between Rouen and Paris.


0900 - Information received that operation has been cancelled.


3rd September 1944

Place: Crevecoeur


1700 - Moved to location at Crevecoeur-le-Grand (N 9127) Sheet 14 1:100,000 Belgium and N.E. France.


5th September 1944

1730-2200 - A Grand Ball was held - all the villagers attended.


6th September 1944

0330 - Warning order received to move to Amiens Area.


Place: Albert.


1400 - Moved to area ALBERT.


7th September 1944

Place: Hal


1215 - Moved to area HAL approximately 10 miles South of Brussels.


8th September 1944

Place: Louvain


0700 - Moved to area LOUVAIN.


9th September 1944

A large number of vehicles brought to Workshop for repair.  3 vehicles & 1 motor-cycle had to be evacuated.


10th September 1944

1700 - All vehicles repaired and workshops now clear.


11th September 1944

Unit captured one German prisoner in village in Aigenhoven.


1800 - Platoon from this unit assisted Belgian Forces of the Interior cleared some woods.  No Germans were found.


13th September 1944

Place: Beretem


1000 - Unit moved to new location 2km away.  This area provides better facilities for Workshop.


14th September 1944

1000 - Major W.J. Carrick went to meet Colonel R.T.L. Shorrock, D.D.M.E. Airborne Forces at Brussels Airfield.


15th September 1944

Place: Lilo


0800 - Unit moved in Div. Convoy to location near Lilo (I 3275) 1:250,000 - between Albert & Escaut Canals.


18th September 1944

Capt H. Snow attached to Polish Parachute Brigade for liaison duties.


22nd September 1944

Place: Hechelt


0730 - Unit moved in Div. Convoy.


0900 - Arrived area Hechelt.


24th September 1944

1100 - Unit moved in Div. Convoy.


Place: Eindhoven


1900 - Arrived area Eindhoven.


26th September 1944

Place: Eindhoven


Capt H. Snow returned from duty with Polish Forces.


1540 - Moved from area near Eindhoven in Div. Convoy.  Convoy passed through Corridor.


27th September 1944

Place: Nijmegen


0130 - Arrived area south of Nijmegen.


1600 - Lieut. G. Manning reported to Major Carrick the movements of details etc. of Airborne Detachment in Airborne operation at Arnhem.  Casualties were:- Lieut. H.R. Roberts seriously wounded (believed P.O.W.), 2 O.Rs. killed & 13 O.Rs. missing (believed P.O.W.)


28th September 1944

Place: Nijmegen


0630 - Lieut. G. Manning & 24 O.Rs, comprising Airborne Detachment joined Seaborne Party.


0800 - Left Nijmegen in Div. Convoy.


Place: Louvain


1600 - Arrived Louvain.


29th September 1944

Place: Louvain


1430 - Lieut. G. Manning & 19 O.Rs. of Airborne Detachment left for U.K. by plane.


30th September 1944

0900 - 5 O.Rs. from Airborne Detachment left with R.A.S.C. to emplane for U.K.  Warning order received for move of Seaborne Party to Port of Embarkation.



Month and year: October 1944

Commanding Officer: Major W.J. Carrick


1st October 1944

Place: Louvain


0900 - Left Louvain for De Hann via Alost, Nenin, Oudenarde & Bruges.


1800 - Arrived De Hann.


4th October 1944

1000 - Left De Hann for Ostend.


Place: Ostend


1900 - Embarked Personnel and Vehicles on L.S.T. 302.


5th October 1944

1500 - Sailed from Ostend.


6th October 1944

At Sea.


1800 - Disembarked at Tilbury Docks.


2000 - Arrived in Staging Area near Tilbury.


7th October 1944

Place: Tilbury


1000 - Left Staging Area near Tilbury.


1730 - Arrived in Unit area at Sleaford, Lincs.


9th October 1944

Place: Boston Road Camp, Sleaford


Personnel despatched on 14 days Disembarkation Leave.