National Archives catalogue number WO 170/522.

 

Abbreviation

ACC

Bde

Brig

Brit
CMF

Comd

Det

FSP

FSS

Gen

Hosp

i/c

Op

OR
RV

Trg

Army Catering Corps

Brigade

Brigade

British

Central Mediterranean Forces

Commander

Detachment

Field Security Personnel

Field Security Section

General

Hospital

In-Command

Operation

Other Ranks

Rendezvous

Training

 

 

Month and year : August 1944

Commanding Officer : Lieut J.A. Pierce

 

12th August 1944

Place: Ottavia F6774

 

Operation DRAGOON.  Seaborne Element of 11 ORs (Cpl D. WATSON i/c) left camp for Transit Camp, NAPLES, plus one Cpl FSS.

 

14th August 1944

Op. DRAGOON.  Airborne Element left for GALERA airport.  LIEUT JA PIERCE, Sjt FISHER, one Cpl and 5 L/Cpls, plus Sjt GRANVILLE, FSS.  Base Element 3 NCO's under L/U/A/Cpl CHESTERS remained Ottavia.

 

15th August 1944

Place: France, neighbourhood Frejus

 

Airborne Element dropped neighbourhood Gulf of FREJUS, near CANNES.  No casualties, and complete det. reached RV to time.  Personnel armed with

        1  Colt Auto .45 each

        2  4 TMC

        3  2 Sten MC

        4  36 & 82 grenades

        5  Pistol, Signal 1"

        6  1 Bren gun

 

Tasks - Bodyguard to Brig. Comd.  Local Defence.  Police duties.

 

Later, when Bde went into reserve, all ranks were engaged solely on Police duties in FREJUS and Saint RAFAELE.

 

Night 25th 26th August 1944

Bde embarked & sailed for NAPLES.

 

29th August 1944

Bde disembarked.

 

Night 29th to 30th August 1944

Bde returned to Base at OTTAVIA, near ROME.

 

29th August 1944

Lt JA PIERCE admitted 92 Brit Gen Hosp.

 

18th August 1944

U/A/Cpl RICHARDS admitted 92 Gen Hosp - Sea Element.  U/L/Cpl HALL admitted 104 Gen Hosp - Base.

 

19th August 1944

L/Bdr DALE, interpreter attached, posted to 5 Corps.  Pte MITCHELL, ACC posted to ACC Trg. Depot CMF - Base Element.  Pte (A/U/Cpl) BURNLEY, FSS, posted HQ FSP, CMF - Base Element.

 

23rd August 1944

Pte NEWARK, ACC, attached FAP.  Base Element.

 

27th August 1944

A/Cpl BENJAMIN, FSS, admitted 65 Gen Hosp.  Sea Element.

 

28th August 1944

U/L/Cpl HALL discharged ex Hosp.  Base Element.