National Archives catalogue number WO 171/1269.

 

Abbreviation

128748

2IC

52nd

AA

AC

Adjt

Admin

ADOS

Adv

Amdt

Amn

A tk

Bde

Bn

Cdn

CMP

CO

C of E

Comd

Coy

DAAG

DAQMG

DDOS

Def

Det

DF

Div

DWR

Eqpt

G1

Gp

Hsptl

Incl

Infm

Instrs

KOYLI

LAA

LO

L of C

OC

Offr

Op

OR

Oxf Bucks

Pl

Pnr

Posn

Pro

PW

QMS

RAP

Ref

Regt

Rep

Res

RHU

RMO

RO

Sigs

Sp

SS

Tp

Tpt

Veh

WE

Wef

Map Reference

Second-in-Command

52nd Regiment of Foot (2nd Ox and Bucks Light Infantry)

Anti-Aircraft

Aircraft

Adjutant

Administration

Assistant Director Ordnance Services

Advance

Amendment

Ammunition

Anti-Tank

Brigade

Battalion

Canadian

Corps of Military Police

Commanding Officer

Church of England

Commander

Company

Deputy Assistant Adjutant General

Deputy Assistant Quartermaster General

Deputy Director Ordnance Services

Defence

Detachment

Defensive Fire

Division / Divisional

Duke of Wellington's Regiment

Equipment

General Staff Officer 1

Group

Hospital

Including

Information
Instructions

King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry

Light Anti-Aircraft

Liaison Officer

Line of Communication

Officer Commanding

Officer

Operation

Other Ranks

Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry

Platoon

Pioneer

Position

Provost

Prisoner of War

Quartermaster (Sergeant?)

Regimental Aid Post

Reference

Regiment

Representative

Reserve

Reinforcement Holding Unit

Regimental Medical Officer

Return of Officers

Signals

Support

Special Service

Troop

Transport

Vehicle

War Establishment

With Effect

 

Month and year : July 1944

Commanding Officer : Lt Col E.A. Carse

 

30th July 1944

0550 - Received letter from 1 Canadian Army stating that the Bn ceases to be L of C but comes under 1 Canadian Army wef 1200 hrs today. immediately under 1 Corps.

 

0900 - Comd Offr visits 1 Corps and arrangements are made for Bn to become Corps Troops, directly under 1 Corps for Admin but under 6 Airborne Division for operations.

 

1200 - 6 Airborne Division contacted.

 

31st July 1944

B Coy complete moves over the River Orne to take up position at 128748 under command 52nd.  A Coy assumes responsibility for guarding 4 bridges over River Orne at 111765 and 115761 under command 4 SS Bde.  Weekly AFW 3008s and 3009s and copies of Bn news sheet attached.  6 Beach Gp Admin Order No 1 Operation OVERLORD attached with Amdt No 1.  Extracts of original operation order (6 Beach Gp) attached.  No complete copy was brought overseas.

 

 

Month and year : August 1944

Commanding Officer : Lt Col H.H.H. Boehm

 

1st August 1944

Place: Quistreham, France

 

Order of the Day received from Colonel Montgomery 101 Beach Sub-Area on the final closing down and breaking up of the Beach Gps, thanking everyone for their good work and loyal co-operation.  The Beach Gp sign known affectionately within the Bn as the WREN sign!) is ordered to be removed from Battle Dress and painted out on vehicles.

 

0930 - Visit of Div Comd 6 Airborne Div to Bn.  Looked at posn occupied by 'D' Coy on the Docks and discussed future operational role.  Suggested several changes and proposes to set it out in writing.  'A' Coy sent 50 men to act as guards to the bridges over the river ORNE 115762 coming under comd 4 SS Bde.  Following Div Comd's visit and severance with 101 Beach Sub-Area Op Orders Nos 2 and 3 are cancelled.  Adm arrangements now that Bn is under Corps and not L of C are much improved.  3" mortar amn is drawn immediately without indent and all major deficiencies are made up.

 

2nd August 1944

0800 - 'B' Coy come under comd 6 Airborne Div attached to 52nd (2 Oxf Bucks) A tk Pl and Carrier Pl also come under comd 6 Airborne Div and take up HQ at 137702.  3 of Pioneer Pl clearing minefield by 'S' Coy billets to make miniature range injured when mine explodes.  One man 14400442 Pte Higgs S. being killed.  Total casualties up to 31 Jul now confirmed as 4 killed 49 injured.

 

3rd August 1944

0445 - German naval rating captured by local AA on coast by Canal entrance.  Sent to PW cage for naval interrogation.  Believed to have come ashore on human torpedo.

 

0550 - Report that suspicious person had been seen in cornfield near crashed AC.  Sentry fired on him but he ran away into cornfield which was believed mined.

 

0800 - 'A' Coy searched minefield for suspected German without result.

 

1000 - 22 men from the Bn go to Corps Rest Camp for four days at MOUDINEAUX Map ref 969802.

 

1300 - Shelling of area starts.  48 shells land round about.

 

1730 - One German midget submarine beached at 083801.  Warhead was missing.  No dead or survivors.

 

1800 - Coy relief.  'C' Coy relieves 'D' Coy on def of docks.  Every Coy now completed tour of duty on this def.

 

1850 - 'C' Coy phoned completion of adm move with 'D' Coy.

 

2000 - Shelling started again after a short lull and docks area received a heavy pounding, one man 14365558 Pte Tomkins N. of 'C' Coy killed by a shell.

 

2030 - Comd Offr went to investigate shelling etc at 'C' Coy and was wounded in the leg.  He had just parked his jeep under the trees and was walking 'C' Coy along the side of the road when a shell landed and exploded approx 10 yards from him.  The blast threw him to the ground, but despite the shrapnel in his leg he was able to get back to the jeep and drive it to the Mortar Pl office next to 'C' Coy where one of the Pl drove him back to the RAP for treatment.  Wound is not very serious and he is taken to 6 Cdn Hospital.  Altogether 7 persons were hit and 1 killed by the shelling.  50 shells were sent over.  Gun team of A tk Pl all wounded and one killed when enemy mortar fire was brought down on site.  Det took cover when a Cdn Machine Gunner nearby warned them that he was going to fire at a snipers' post.  This fire brought the usual reply of mortar fire but as the det was concealed no casualties were caused.  After it had all finished the det came up and were returning to their posts when one more bomb fell between two of them Ayres and Burks, killing Pte Ayres outright and wounding Pte Burks seriously.  Det Comd Cpl Edwards, immediately ordered det to return to slit trenches at once, but before they could all get back another bomb landed and wounded them all.  Cpl Edwards being the last into the trench was more severely wounded than the others.  All were evacuated to 6 Cdn Hsptl and were due for evacuation.

 

2045 - Major Boehm assumes command of Bn pending the return of Lt Col E.A. Carse.

 

2200 - Shelling started again and continued spasmodically throughout the night.

 

4th August 1944

0150 - 'C' reports operational handover from 'D' Coy now complete.  Handover hampered by incessant shelling of the canal bridge.  No casualties but damage done to EAST side of Lock - not very bad.

 

0900 - Heard that Lt Col Carse will be evacuated to England and will be hors de combat for approx 5 weeks.

 

1000 - Corps and Airborne Div informed of casualty.  Recce made for new adv Bn HQ other side of R. ORNE.  Warning order issued to 'S' and 'HQ' Coys.

 

1500 - Proposed move of Bn HQ postponed sine die in view of possible amendments to operational role.  Awaiting instructions from 6 Airborne Div.

 

1600 - New entertainments programmes issued.

 

5th August 1944

0800 - Shelling of area chiefly round the docks - no military damage or casualties suffered.  About 20 shells fired.

 

1000 - Our own 3" mortars ranged on their DF tasks - no recriminations encountered.

 

1030 - Informed by our QMS at Echelon that amendment No 4 to WE has been published although we have not yet received it, and makes provision for a Captain in the Mortar Pl: Mortar Officer Lieut Johnston accordingly promoted to Capt in ROs.

 

pm - No decision yet taken regarding the appointing of a new commanding officer.  Major Boehm meanwhile carries on as locum tenans.

 

6th August 1944

Normal routine.  No shelling to speak of just the odd one or two now and then.

 

1500 - Visit of Comd 1 Corps to Bn HQ.  Only paid flying visit, stayed 10 mins.

 

1600 - Received instructions that further coy and 2 pls required the other side of R ORNE with effect 7 Aug 44.  Comd Offr decided to withdraw 'A' Coy from YORK BRIDGE and put in 'D' Coy there (50 men) and put whole of 'A' Coy into this new posn.  Coy to come under 6 Airborne Div delegated to 49 Recce Regt and act as a sort of long-stop to the regt.  Probable duration of stay said to be 3 days.

 

7th August 1944

0800 - 'A' Coy took over new posns and 'D' Coy took over YORK BRIDGE as arranged.  All coys now committed operationally except half of 'D' Coy which is resting and cleaning up.

 

am - No shelling during morning.

 

1300 - Hinted by senior chaplain 7 Base Sub-Area that Ronnie Dix, our Padre, may be called to take up the post of Vicar of CAEN in the English Church there.

 

1500 - Comd Offr and Adjt visited Col Carse in 6 Cdn Hsptl LA DELIVRANDE.  Quite fit and well himself but will not be fit for duty for approx five weeks and will probably be evacuated to England within a few days.  A further 23 men went off to 1 Corps Leave Camp at MOUDINEAUX 969802.  Reports from last lot were excellent - a soldier's paradise with no parades!

 

8th August 1944

am - Lt Dunkley returned to Bn transfer to CMP not being accepted in view of shortage of infantry officers also 6 men loaned from 'A' Coy originally to CMP at LION SUR MER returned to Bn at our request in view of operational commitments of all coys now.

 

pm - Normal routine.  Mail arrived from England after lapse of 4 days.

 

9th August 1944

0150 - 13 rockets fired by enemy from area FRANCEVILLE PLAGE on to docks.  Eerie whistling sound but no damage done.  First appearance of rockets up to date.  Shelling also started with NIL results.

 

1000 - Padre Dix leaves Bn to take up post of resident Chaplain to the Garrison Church at CAEN. (St Nicholas (British) Church).  Sad day for the Bn after ten years continuous and faithful service.  Padre's personal farewell message to the Bn published in Regimental Orders.

 

1500 - 'D' Coy come under comd 102 LAA and move to RANVILLE area - HQ at farm 118732.  'A' Coy take over bridges again as originally instructed.  All coys now committed operationally, only personnel left under comd 1 Bucks are balance of 'S' Coy (HQ and a few pioneer pl) and Bn HQ and 'HQ' Coy.

 

1600 - Carrier pl move to orchard 142699.

 

10th August 1944

0210 - FCP reports that two black objects out to sea north of harbour.

 

0220 - Black objects on being fired upon turned and made off seawards.

 

0230 - Two more rockets fired, aimed at area of FCP where Bofors was firing.  No damage.

 

0500 - Our own arty fired spasmodically throughout the night.

 

pm - Normal routine.

 

1950 - 'D' Coy returned to normal location in res area at OUISTREHAM.  Take over YORK BRIDGES over R ORNE.

 

11th August 1944

am - Normal routine.

 

2230 - Enemy plane crashed on a house behind 'S' Coy lines, occupied by Airborne rest camp.  Burst into flames and the house was soon one mass of flaming rubble.  Everyone lent a hand but despite fire brigades and ambulances which arrived on the spot quickly a total of 17 persons were killed in the house and a further 10 injured.  Bombing and shelling during the afternoon.  One shell landed in 'A' Coy old HQ in the town and one in the Square near to the queue of soldiers waiting for the NAAFI mobile van.  No-one was occupying ('A' Coy HQ at the time but Pte Higgins, one of Bn snipers was wounded by shrapnel in the hand and one removal to hospital had to have two fingers off.

 

pm - L/C Teagle (A tk Pl) hit by mortar bomb near Pl HQ.  Removed to hospital and subsequently had to have left arm off.

 

12th August 1944

Rev Duplock Padre (C of E) to local AA unit is ministering to Bn in place of Rev Dix.

 

am - Shelling on docks.

 

pm - Normal routine.

 

2230 - Advised by 1 Corps that the Bn has to supply draft of 3 officers (incl 1 Capt) 150 ORs to 7 Argylles tomorrow morning at 1000 hrs.  The blow, long awaited, has therefore at last fallen.  Comd Offr decided, in view of operational commitments (ie 'B' 'C' and 'S' Coys in line) to draft from 'A' and 'D' Coys.  6 Airborne Div confirmed that this must be as others could not be released in time.  Conference 'A' and 'D' Coy Comds called for 0030 hrs.

 

13th August 1944

0030 - Conference held.  Decided that 'A' Coy should go complete less Coy HQ and Coy Comd.  Allowing for halt and sick etc 'A' Coy could muster 90 bodies.  Balance of 60 accordingly provided by 2 Pls (complete) of 'D' Coy.  Offrs were to be Capt Hope, Lt Hands of 'A' Coy, and as there are no subalterns as present in 'D' Coy, Lt Shilling from 'C' Coy was chosen.

 

0100 - 1 Corps phoned to say must be ready by 1400 hrs and NOT 1000 hrs.

 

0130 - Airborne agreed that guards supplied by 'A' and 'D' Coys on bridges shall be abandoned at dawn.

 

0600 - Bridge guards dismounted.

 

0700 - Bn tpt lifted 'A' and 'D' Coys back to original billets.

 

0900 - Comd Offr saw 1 Corps to try and obtain future policy regarding drafting and our operational role here.  Nothing concrete available.

 

1400 - Draft leaves.  On the whole men in excellent spirits knowing that they are going to 51st Div.  The men have known for some time that we were likely to supply drafts so this was not altogether unexpected.

 

1500 - Lt Dunkley finally posted to CMP.  No 241 HQ Pro Coy (5 Beach Gp).  Conference Coy Comds.  All Coy comds told of present posn and Bn policy as far as known.  Decided to eliminate Coy by Coy where possible rather than Pls from each Coy.

 

14th August 1944

am - Normal routine.  No infm can be obtained as to the likelihood of further drafts in the near future.  'A' Coy move in with 'D' Coy.

 

pm - Shelling commences again.  No damage or casualties.  Mortar bomb causes damage in Carrier Pl area.  Landed close to 2IC Pl and 2 Sjts.  One Sjt (L/S Smith R.) committed to hospital, other two minor wounds, remain with Bn on duty.

 

2350 - Notified by 1 Corps that Bn is to move to CRESSERONS Map ref 042793.

 

15th August 1944

0800 - Arrangements made with 6 Airborne Div to withdraw 'B' Coy, Carrier Pl, & A tk Pl from line in view of move.  QM sent to recce new area.

 

1600 - Bn moves by Coys to new location.

 

1615 - Warned by 1 Corps that we are expected to find further draft of 8 offrs and 100 ORs by 1900 hrs tonight.  Reply quite impossible in view of move.  Finally arranged that draft will be ready by 1100 hrs 16 Aug 44.

 

1800 - Settling in at new area in orchard and fields.

 

1900 - Conference of Coy Comds.  Decided that draft to be found from 'C' Coy (2 Pls) and 'D' Coy (1 Pl).  Offr question still in abeyance.

 

1905 - 1 Corps state only 3 offrs now required - all subalterns.

 

1910 - Offrs selected, 2/Lt R.C.B.M. Viney, Lt D.A. Chatham, Lt J.C. Soulsby.  This now cleans out 'D' Coy and posn is 'A' and 'D' Coys - HQs only, 'C' Coy - 1 Pl and HQ, 'B' Coy still complete.

 

pm - Lt R.D. Moore promoted A/Capt in lieu of Capt Hope posted with previous draft.  Thunderstorm and heavy rain starts - continues to approx 2300 hrs.  All bivouacs etc flooded.  Morale low!

 

16th August 1944

am - Informed by 1 Corps that we are to be allowed to retain minimum cadre of 5 offrs and 100 ORs.

 

1100 - Draft goes off in good spirits to 1st Bn Black Watch Regt.

 

1400 - Conference of Coy Comds etc to discuss minimum cadre.

 

1500 - Informed by 1 Corps that we are to be allowed to retain 12 vehs and adm eqpt only, remainder to be handed in.  Minimum cadre statistics issued to all coys.

 

pm - Major H.H.H. Boehm officially appointed A/Lt Col in command of Bn w.e.f. 4 Aug 44, ie date of casualty of Lt Col E.A. Carse.

 

17th August 1944

am - Cleaning up and settling in.  Coy stores being prepared for handing in.

 

1800 - Further draft ordered, 1 offr and one Pl to 1/4 KOYLI (49 Div) 2 offrs and 2 Pls to 5 Seaforths (51 Div) and 1 offr and batman to 7 D.W.R. (49 Div) 'B' and 'C' Coys warned.

 

18th August 1944

0700 - 6 Airborne Div rep arrived to loan tpt urgently required to move tps forward in view of German rapid withdrawal on their front past TROARN.

 

0830 - 10 - 3 tonners and 10 - 15 cwts despatched to Airborne Div.

 

1000 - 'B' and 'C' Coys find the drafts ordered - 2 Pls.  'B' Coy with Lt E.S. Collins and Lt R.S. Carley-Pocook - 1 Pl 'C' Coy with A/Capt R.D. Moore.  The offr for 7 D.W.R. to be Capt J.C. Fox (Sp Coy Comd).  'B' Coy draft go off in good spirits.

 

1300 - 'C' Coy draft and Capt Fox go off also in good spirits.  Total numbers drafted to date 10 Offrs and 335 ORs.  Bn is now left with Specialists Offrs only plus 4 Coy Comds and 1 2IC Rifle Coy, and specialist ORs plus 1 Pl 'B' Coy.  Visit from DAAG 1 Corps.  Policy seems to be to draft specialist offrs in specialist jobs only and not to post them as rifle pl comds etc.

 

1400 - Adv party sent to GRENTHEVILLE - 1 Offr and 6 ORs to prepare ground for proposed move forward of Bn.

 

2200 -  DAQMG 6 Airborne Div arrived to say our tpt which we lent this morning has now become so involved that it will be quite impossible to extricate it for several days.  Also states that 1 Corps have stated that they can keep the tpt as we have to hand in all our tpt and eqpt anyway.

 

1700 - QM sees ADOS about handing in eqpt as per instrs.  Told that it is not required to be handed in.  No-one really seems to know what is happening!

 

19th August 1944

1000 - Lt D.J.D. Defriez attached to 1 Corps as L.O. (semi-permanent).

 

1100 - Lt Col Boehm goes to HQ Airborne to try and sort out the tpt question - can get no real satisfaction.  General Gale, Comd 6 Airborne Div officially applies to 1 Corps to use our Mortar Pl and Carrier Pl complete in an operational role.

 

1300 - OC Mortar Pl and Carrier Pl warned accordingly to stand by.

 

1500 - Offr from GSD 1 Corps arrived to say we were to supply 10 - 3 tonners and 3 - 15 cwts to 7 Armd Div at once.  Explained that all our 3 tonners were with Airborne which caused some surprise.  GSD branch did not seem to be quite in the picture and are the odd lap or so behind.  Agreed to send 2 - 3 tonners and 3 - 15 cwts immediately, and GSD said he would arrange for the return of our remaining 3 - tonners from Airborne.

 

1910 - Further visit by Col Boehm to HQ Airborne.  AQMG promised to get 3 - tonners back.  Still no news as to our future role.

 

2000 - Further message received from DDOS 1 Corps saying all eqpt and all vehs less 10 to be handed in.  This is becoming quite a habit now, but we still have not handed anything in!

 

20th August 1944

0930 - CO and QM go to 1 Corps.  On way over are met by agitated off from Airborne who states that General Gale urgently wants to see them.  Arrive at HQ Airborne to find that they want all our tpt and carriers for load carrying.  CO explains it cannot be done as we have just had another order to hand them all in.  CO and QM proceed to 1 Corps, see DDOS and it is there arranged that stores need only be handed in as and when we like and if we like.  The following infm is also obtained (i) Our future is likely to be garrison duties (ii) 21 Army Gp are now preparing a minimum cadre for the Bn - nos not yet specified (iii) There will be no further drafts till our future is settled, and the minimum cadre agreed (iv) We will remain in present location until further notice.

 

1500 - Lt Col Gore, G1 Ops 21 Army Gp arrived to enquire if we had yet withdrawn all our men from Airborne Div.  Explained that they had been withdrawn a week ago and since sent on draft.  21 Army Gp it appears knew nothing of this and were extremely surprised as we are apparently directly under 21 Army Gp and not 1 Corps.  He hinted that we might be returned to OUISTREHAM in our original role of guarding the docks and that we would become a garrison unit later.

 

2300 - Started to rain hard and continued raining throughout the night.  Enemy AC overhead.  AA opened up - no bombs in our area.

 

21st August 1944

0900 - In view of weather coys move their men into buildings together with stores.  Amendments 2, 3 and 4 finally received from O2E as special favour.  No further news of future.

 

22nd August 1944

Comd Offr visits Airborne Div.  No chance of Mortar or Carrier Pl being used.  Airborne want to retain the vehs as long as possible.  Still no news.  Normal routine.  LO goes to 1 Corps - no news.

 

23rd August 1944

am - CO and Adjt visit 5 Kings at LION SUR MER who are in the same state of suspended animation as ourselves.  They still know nothing.

 

pm - CO and Adjt visit 101 Beach Sub-Area to see if they know anything.  Comd 101 Beach Sub-Area accompanies CO and Adjt to HQ L of C where 'A' branch assume that we have been under comd L of C since 1200 hrs 22 Aug.  They also state that we are to have a minimum cadre and after a lot of humming and hawing the infm is dragged from them that eventually we are to receive new intakes of 'bomb happy' gentlemen and recruits from England to train as a future garrison.  It was particularly stressed that this was still unofficial as 'officially' we must not be told anything.  This statement produced a certain amount of righteous indignation from the Comd Offr who asked how we were to know who to retain on the cadre if we did not know our future role.  Everyone said they couldn't agree more but 21 Army Gp had apparently decreed that we were to be kept completely in the dark, so that was that.  Highly unsatisfactory.  Visited Reforsec and were shown the cadre consisting of 16 Offrs and 136 ORs.  This stated that coy comds must go and the QM but we retained a skeleton Support Coy.  Reforsec said that these men were urgently required and would be posted almost immediately, once we let them know our draft availability state.  The posn regarding stores and vehs was still not cleared up.

 

24th August 1944

0900 - Conference of all comds and proposed minimum cadre given out.

 

1000 - C.O. goes to L of C to clear posn re stores.  Adjt goes to 1 Corps who do still not know that we are no longer under their command, and arranged for certain personnel who are attached to Corps Reception Camp to be released the following day.

 

1400 - CO on return from L of C announces we have been given the wrong cadre and we should be working on a cadre of 9 offrs and 72 ORs incl all Coy Comds and QM but no Sp Coy at all.

 

25th August 1944

am - Conference all comds.  New cadre given out and all told that this is now firm.  This leaves, after deduction of personnel attached away on 1 Corps duties and with Airborne Div, 6 offrs and 201 ORs.

 

1100 - Rep from 2 Army Reforsec arrives to get our drafting figures.  Arranged that Adjt will go over to 1 Corps with this rep and sort it all out as it appears that 1 Corps are to be given first chance of our drafts, but they must be posted to Bns by 26 Aug which had been given as a deadline date by 21 Army Gp for final posting of Bucks Bn.

 

1400 - Adjt and rep visit DAAG 1 Corps and after 4 hrs, arrangements are made with DAAG 51 Div to absorb 6 offrs and 169 ORs in the various Bns of 51 Div in their own specialist roles.  Exact details are worked out on the spot as it appears there is no time for consideration.  Protests are made but with no avail.  Everyone agrees once more that the whole thing is quite ridiculous and entirely unnecessary, but that the powers that be have laid it down that it will be all completed by 26th, or else they will all be posted to RHU's.  This is considered to be punishment worse than death, so arrangements are made to post them direct to Bns as asked, despite short notice.  It is arranged that tpt shall collect from this HQ at 1000 hrs 27 Aug 44.

 

1800 - CO visits 5 Kings to learn that on the same day as the 'Bucks' drafted offrs and men to 51 Div and 1/4 KOYLI, they, the 'Kings', had drafted men to 1 Bn Oxf Bucks.  This despite General Montgomery's letter saying that 'all due consideration would be given to Regimental Associations'.  No very encouraging.

 

26th August 1944

0900 - Conference for commanders and details of drafts given out.

1 Gordons

5 Black Watch

5/7 Gordons

152 Inf Bde HQ

2 Seaforths

5 Seaforths

5 Camerons

Totals

4 Offrs

1 Offr

- Offrs

- Offrs

- Offrs

- Offrs

1 Offrs

6 Offrs

78 ORs

- ORs

14 ORs

3 ORs

29 ORs

23 ORs

22 ORs

169 ORs

This now leaves the Bn with its minimum cadre of 9 Offrs and 72 ORs plus RMO and 32 ORs who are still available for drafting.  106 ORs and 6 Offrs are attached away and are not available for drafting at present.  The balance of 32 ORs are to remain with Bn until specially called for and not to be posted to RHU.  It is usual to post them to RHUs but this concession was obtained from Reforsec 2 Army.

 

1000 - CO visits 11 L of C to whose comd we have been delegated by L of C and is told that we are to be under 4 L of C Sub-Area and directly under 101 Beach Sub-Area, and are to move to PLANET Map ref 7886.

 

1400 - Major J.W. Kaye sent off to recce new area.  Decided to move on Monday and get rid of surplus stores immediately.  All Sp Coy stores to be handed in less cooking eqpt, and all amn less personal scale.

 

27th August 1944

0900 - 6 ORs plus cook sent on to PLANET as Adv party.

 

1000 - Tpt for move laid on with 11 L of C in view of lack of own tpt on loan to Airborne Div.

 

1030 - Drafts for 51 Div depart.  This draft consists of most of the old 'originals' of the Bn from pre-war Territorial days and is a very sad day for the Bn.  They all go off in good heart nevertheless.  Total drafts to date amount to 16 Offrs and 504 ORs.

 

1400 - Comds conference.  Details of move given out verbally.  In view of lack of tpt a shuttle service has to be run, so Bn must start early.  Present available tpt amounts to 8 - 15 cwts and 10 - 3 tonners (on loan from 11 L of C).

 

1800 - All our 15 cwts (12 in all) return from Airborne Div.

 

28th August 1944

0600 - 10 - 3 tonners arrive for loading.  'B' Coy leaves first at 0755 hrs then 'C' Coy 0805 hrs then 'D' Coy 0815 hrs then 'A' Coy at 0845 hrs and 'HQ' Coy at 0930 hrs.

 

pm - QM stores moved on second trip.  Move completed by 1700 hrs.

 

29th August 1944

am - Balance of 'S' Coy personnel transferred to HQ Coy.  'S' Coy books and affairs wound up.  2 - 3 tonners on loan to Airborne Div return.  All our dvrs less carrier dvrs are now back with us which means a further 13 available for drafting!  'HQ' Coy now consists of Bn HQ, Sigs Pl, Adm Pl (incl Carrier and A tk remnants), Pnr Pl.

 

pm - Standing Orders for Bn while at PLANET issued.  Definite news received of death of Capt J.A. Hope in action while serving with 7 Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.  Capt Hope was first offr to be drafted when 'A' Coy went complete less its HQ on 13 Aug.  He was killed on 17 Aug during an advance on ST JULIAN.  Full details are not available but it seems that fairly heavy casualties were suffered by 'A' Coy in the attack.