National Archives catalogue number WO 218/60.

 

Abbreviation

136716

Appted

Bde

Bn

Bty

Cdo

Commn

CSO

Div

DMA

DR

Fd
FDL

Gp

Inf

L

LST

MDS

MOR

OC

Op

OR
Ox & Bucks

RA

Ref

Regt

RM

RSD

R Signals

Sigs

SS

Tac

W/L
W/Sets

W/T

Map Reference

Appointed

Brigade

Battalion

Battery

Commando

Communication

Chief Signals Officer

Division / Divisional

Divisional Maintenance Area

Despatch Rider

Field

Forward Defended Locality

Group

Infantry

Light
Landing Ship Tank

Main Dressing Station

Marine Other Rank

Officer Commanding

Operator / Observation Post (if upper case)

Other Ranks

Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire

Royal Artillery

Reference

Regiment

Royal Marines
Returned Stores Depot

Royal Corps of Signals

Signals

Special Service

Tactical

Wireless

Wireless sets

Wireless / Telegraphy

 

Month and year : June 1944

Commanding Officer : Capt J.R. Alexander

 

2nd June 1944

Place: Southampton

 

0900 - Capt. J.R. Alexander & 4 OR's embarked for operation "Overlord".

 

5th June 1944

Place: Southampton

 

AM - One O.R. admitted to Hospital.

 

PM - Lieut. B.A. Beattie R Signals & Lieut. L. Bridger RM embarked with remainder of Troop.

 

6th June 1944

Place: Normandy

 

0750 - Capt. J.R. Alexander & 4 OR's landed on Queen Red Beach.  L/Sjt Lewis, Sigmn McGregor, Carruthers, Sanderson wounded.

 

0835 - Lieut Beattie & Bridger landed with main body of Troop.  Sigmn Norton J., Pattas & L/Sjt Tasker wounded.

 

Place: Ecarde

 

1600 - Brigade H.Q. arrived at ECARDE.  Lines laid to No.4 & 6 Cdo's.  Wireless commn all round.

 

7th June 1944

Place: Le Plein

 

1800 - Bde HQ moved to LE PLEIN.  Move completed by 2030 hrs.  Lines laid to 3 & 4 Cdo's, Heavy Weapons Troop & 6 Cdo.

 

8th June 1944

Place: Le Plein

 

Lines completed to 45 Cdo at LE PLEIN.  Line brought in from 6 Airborne Div.  Satisfactory line commn established throughout the Brigade.  One OR (DR) wounded & evacuated.

 

2330 - One OR (temp O W/L [B?]III) wounded by bomb splinter & evacuated.

 

9th June 1944

Place: Le Plein

 

A.M. - Heavy mortaring destroyed majority of lines.  Wireless commn maintained.  Lines all replaced by nightfall.

 

10th June 1944

Place: Le Plein

 

A.M. - Morning spent in maintaining lines and equipment.

 

2100 - 12 Para Bn relieved 4 Cdo at HAUGER.  Rear-link detachment provided from Bde sources.  2568780 Sgm Morgan J. appointed L/Cpl.  One O.R. (Lineman) Sigmn Hoare J. wounded.

 

11th June 1944

Place: Le Plein

 

0830 - Bde position heavily mortared & shelled.  1 N.C.O. L/Cpl Cassey N.W. No.14649217.  Cipher Op M.G. killed by mortar fire.

 

2300 - Bde position heavily shelled - all lines destroyed.

 

12th June 1944

Place: Le Plein

 

A.M. - Quiet day spent in reorganising and repairing damage caused by previous nights shelling.

 

1330 - 4 Cdo returned to line in old position at HAUGER.  4 S.S. Bde took up position in SALLENELLES area - commn established by line & W/T.

 

14th June 1944

Place: Le Plein

 

Quiet day - spent in improving line commn.

 

15th June 1944

Place: Le Plein

 

Quiet day - Line commn established with 3 Para Bde.

 

16th June 1944

Place: Le Plein

 

Quiet day - All round maintenance.  Further U.C. 10 Line SB installed to cope with additional lines.

 

17th June 1944

Place: Le Plein

 

1125 - Capt. J.R. Alexander R.Signals wounded in face and evacuated to D.M.A. (M.D.S.)  Command of unit devolves on Lieut B.A. Beattie R Signals.  2 OR's (Sigm Wootton J. & Hughes J) received wounds about face & body - both were evacuated to D.M.A. (M.D.S.).

 

18th June 1944

Place: Le Plein

 

Signal Command Post sandbagged.  All lines terminated on terminal block.  Lieut B.A. Beattie R Signals appointed A/Capt vice Capt J.R. Alexander R Signals evacuated as a result of his injuries.  Line laid to O.P. within 300 yards of Enemy Lines.

 

19th June 1944

Place: Le Plein

 

Quiet day - Routine maintenance.

 

20th June 1944

Place: Le Plein

 

Quiet day.  Major Benjamin R.M. visited the Unit.  One O.R. O W/L loaned to unit by S.S. Group Tac H.Q.  General line maintenance.

 

21st June 1944

Place: Le Plein

 

Line from 150 FD Regt R.A. brought on to switchboard.  L.A.D. line extended to include R.M. Support Gp. L Bty.  Capt B.A. Beattie R Signals visited O.C. 6 Airborne Div and obtained essential stores.  Major G. Hurst (S.S. Group Tac HQ) visited unit to deal with Personnel Replacements.  Extensive line & stores maintenance.  One O W/L evacuated with broken wrist.

 

22nd June 1944

Place: Le Plein

 

Recce of German buried cable system carried out prior to being taken over by 6 Airborne Div.  Additional line brought in from 6 Airborne Div utilising German buried systems.  Lines laid from Cdo's O.P.'s to Cdo's Switchboards for use to Mortar Plotting Centre, via this Unit.  Mortar Plotting Centre established at 4 S.S. Bde.  Unit visited by C.O. 6 Airborne Div.

 

23rd June 1944

Place: Le Plein

 

Unit visited by Col E.C.L. Cole R Signals C.S.O. 1 Corps.  General line maintenance.  Wireless Sets on 2 hourly calls.  Tellerphone to 6 Airborne Div brought in to Signal Office.

 

24th June 1944

Place: Le Plein

 

Quiet day.  Maintenance on Lines & Switchboards.

 

25th to 30th June 1944

Place: Le Plein

 

Quiet period.  General maintenance.

 

 

Month and year : July 1944

Commanding Officer : Capt B.A. Beattie

 

1st July 1944

Place: Le Plein

 

Line communication established between this HQ and Ox & Bucks L Inf at Breville prior to No.4 Commando moving in to Breville.  General maintenance.

 

2nd July 1944

Place: Le Plein

 

Quiet day.  Maintenance.  No.22 set installed and R.C. circuit ran in to Bde office.

 

3rd July 1944

Place: Le Plein

 

A.B & C O.P. line maintenanced and connected to Plotting Centre at No.4 SS Bde.  Lines run forward to F.D.L's. for connection to loudspeaker system preparatory to Propaganda Broadcast.

 

4th July 1944

Place: Le Plein

 

Propaganda Broadcast failed.  Lines (thin copper) again laid, Broadcast a success.  Capt C.L. Hale R.M. and 2 Marine O.R.'s attached this unit from S.S. Group Signals.

 

5th July 1944

Place: Le Plein

 

Propaganda Broadcast again attempted with better connectors, which proved a success.

 

6th July 1944

Place: Le Plein

 

Quiet day.  Maintenance.

 

7th July 1944

Place: Le Plein

 

No.4 Commando moved into Breville.  No.4 SS Bde took over old HQ at Hauger.  Line communication established.

 

8th to 9th July 1944

Place: Le Plein

 

Routine maintenance.

 

10th July 1944

Place: Le Plein

 

Routine maintenance.  Two O.R.'s from No.4 Commando relieved.

 

11th July 1944

Place: Le Plein

 

C.S.O. SS Group visited unit.

 

13th to 15th July 1944

Place: Le Plein

 

Routine maintenance.

 

16th July 1944

Place: Le Plein

 

Major A.J. [Leahy?] R Signals D.C.S.O. SS Group visited unit.

 

17th July 1944

Place: Le Plein

 

No.12 Para Bn placed under command of this Brigade and included in Command Net.  Line communication established to No.12 Para Bn.  2598341 Sigmn McGregor A.M. awarded Military Medal.

 

18th July 1944

Place: Le Plein

 

1 N.C.O. appted L/Sgt.  2 O.R.'s relieved from No.4 Cdo.  No.12 Para Bn changed location, line communication established to them.

 

19th July 1944

Place: Le Plein

 

Routine maintenance.

 

20th July 1944

Place: Le Plein

 

Capt C.L. Hale R.M. & one M.O.R. ceased attachment to this unit on returning to U.K.  Two N.C.O's went to within 400 yds of enemy positions with Loud-Hailer mounted on Wireless Handcart and carried out Propaganda Broadcast.  Dvr Kirkman A. evacuated to U.K. with severe skin rash.

 

21st July 1944

Place: Le Plein

 

Extensive digging of drainage system after torrential rain.

 

22nd July 1944

Place: Le Plein

 

Maintenance.

 

23rd July 1944

Place: Le Plein

 

Renewal of cable and general maintenance.

 

24th to 25th July 1944

Place: Le Plein

 

Routine.

 

26th July 1944

Place: Le Plein

 

Sigmn Wright D., previously reported evacuated with wounds now known to be P.O.W. in German hands.  Sigmn [Potter?] D. previously reported wounded now known to have died on a date not yet known, buried at HERMANVILLE on 11 June 44.  [? ?], previously reported wounded now known to have died on a date now yet known and buried at HERMANVILLE.

 

27th July 1944

Place: Le Plein

 

Unit visited by Lt Col E.C. Cole R Signals now C.O. 6th Airborne Div Sigs.  Routine.

 

28th to 29th July 1944

Place: Le Plein

 

Routine.

 

30th July 1944

Place: Le Plein

 

Two O.R's relieved from No.45 (RM) Cdo.

 

31st July 1944

Place: Le Plein

 

Signal Office closed down at LE PLEIN, re-opened at new location MAP REF 136716.  Unit took over from 3 Para Bn Signals.

 

 

Month and year : August 1944

Commanding Officer : Capt B.A. Beattie

 

1st August 1944

Place: 136716 Bois de Bavent

 

Extensive Line Maintenance.

 

0200 - All sets changed frequency.

 

0315 - Whole area heavily shelled.

 

0350 - All lines broken by heavy shelling.

 

1500 - All lines repaired and large dugout constructed to accommodate W/sets.

 

3rd August 1944

Place: 136716 Bois de Bavent

 

Constant mortaring necessitated extensive line maintenance.  Wireless dugout construction continued.

 

4th August 1944

Place: 136716 Bois de Bavent

 

Extensive line maintenance continued and a lateral connecting up flanking troops was laid behind Commando forward positions.  Sets withdrawn from No.4 Commando for overhaul and sets moved into dugout christened Radio City.  2 O.R.s sent to Rest Area.

 

5th August 1944

Place: 136716 Bois de Bavent

 

Duplicate legs laid to Nos 4 and 45 Commandos and extensive line maintenance.  Complete changeover of duties.

 

6th August 1944

Routine.  Broadcast on loud hailer.  As a result 7 deserters gave themselves up to the Brigade on our flank.

 

7th August 1944

7 O.R. reinforcements arrived from U.K.  C.S.M. Larkham returned to U.K.  Sgt Mepham appointed L/A/C.S.M.  Sigmn Henley W. appointed L/AU/L/cpl.

 

8th August 1944

Usual mortaring.

 

9th August 1944

4 O.R.s sent to Rest Camp.  45 Commando detachment relieved and Brigade visited by Major-General R.E. Laycock D.S.O. Chief of Combined Operations.

 

10th August 1944

Routine.

 

11th August 1944

Dvr Jameson evacuated.

 

12th August 1944

New intake of Regimental Signallers tested.

 

13th to 14th August 1944

Routine maintenance.

 

15th August 1944

Sign Dege C.B. wounded by mortaring.  Mortaring necessitated extensive line maintenance.

 

16th to 17th August 1944

Mortaring and shelling heavy.  Extensive line maintenance.  L/cpl Walker J. and Sgn Pollock wounded.  3 O.R. reinforcements arrived.

 

18th August 1944

Operation Paddle commenced.  Unit established H.Q. at Bavent.

 

19th August 1944

Place: Bavent

 

In Bavent lines to Nos 6 4 and 45 Commandos and A Echelon.

 

20th August 1944

Place: Angroville

 

Left Bavent for Angroville.

 

21st August 1944

Place: Angroville

 

Battle of Angroville heights.  Communications from TAC HQ to Div stepped up at Main HQ.  Communication faded out completely at night.  Units cut off from supply.

 

22nd August 1944

Place: St Vaast en Auge

 

0300 - Ran gauntlet at 0300 and got through with batteries.  Mobile advance to St. Vaast en Auge.  Heavy rain swamped two No.22 sets.  Maintenance and supply becoming very difficult owing to distance between Advance and Rear H.Q.s and short duration of stay at one place.  Transport limited so that only the minimum of stores and personnel can be lifted.  Lt Garnons-Williams joined from H.O.C. with two O.R.s.

 

23rd August 1944

Place: Duibee

 

Moved from St. Vaast en Auge to Duibee le Hair Tondue.  Operation for crossing river and passing in front of Pont L'Eveque planned and mercifully cancelled.  Men very tired and equipment in need of maintenance.

 

24th August 1944

Place: Quetteville

 

Recce party crossed river Auge at Pont L'Eveque and commenced an operation with the minimum of equipment and no reserve batteries before Main HQ could move.  No communication due to the fact that we were too close to the enemy and had to close down wireless sets.

 

25th August 1944

Place: Quetteville

 

One Troop per Commando sent forward to cut enemy off.  No contact with enemy.  Communication between Tac HQ and forward troops utilising A wave 46 set.  Cpl Whalebelly posted to 2nd Army Sigs.  L/A/U/L/cpl Henley appointed A/U/L/cpl.  Communication between Tac HQ and Main HQ failed due to close wooded and hilly nature of country.

 

26th August 1944

Place: St. Maclou

 

0410 - Rover set used as step-up and communication established.  Units given 24 hrs rest at an evacuated hospital 3 miles E of Beuzeville.

 

27th to 29th August 1944

Place: St. Maclou

 

Resting re-equipping and general maintenance.

 

30th August 1944

Place: St. Maclou

 

Bde came under 1 Corps at first light.  Cdo B wave changed frequency 2495 k/cs.  Rear link changed Frequency to 2232 K/cs and opened up on 1 Corps C.9 net on W/T.

 

31st August 1944

Place: St. Maclou

 

Three members of troop went to Paris for parade down Champs Elysees behind R.M. Band Plymouth Division.  Lt. Bridger took over 3 Cdo Signal Troop from Lt. Skelly who joined Brigade Signal Troop.

 

 

Month and year : September 1944

Commanding Officer : Capt B.A. Beattie

 

1st September 1944

Place: St. Maclou

 

Reorganisation and General Rest.  Dvr. Jameson rejoined from Hospital.

 

2nd September 1944

Place: St. Maclou


-do-        -do-

 

3rd September 1944

Place: St. Maclou

 

-do-        -do-

 

4th September 1944

Place: St. Maclou

 

Returned equipment to R.S.D. and certain equipment to 4 S.S. Bde.

 

5th September 1944

Place: St. Maclou

 

More stores returned.

 

6th September 1944

Place: St. Maclou

 

Left St. Maclou and returned by lorry to Arromanches where we spent the night.

 

7th September 1944

Place: Arromanches

 

Stayed in Camp, embarked in evening on L.S.T.

 

8th September 1944

Place: L.S.T.

 

Sailed across to England in convoy and anchored in CALSHOT for the night.

 

9th September 1944

Place: Gosport

 

1000 - Disembarked at Gosport.

 

Place: Rec. Camp.

 

1700 - Arrived No.2. Camp S.S. Group Reception Camp.

 

10th September 1944

Place: Rec. Camp.

 

Re-equipped and cleaned up.

 

11th September 1944

Place: Rec. Camp.

 

Off on Disembarkation Leave until 26 Sept.