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Army Form C.2118
Unit: 1st Bn The Herefordshire Regt.
Month and Year: May 1944 (Erase heading not required). Commanding Officer: Lt. Col. J.B. Churcher
Place Date Hour Summary Reference
ALDERSHOT 1 – 3   “B” Coy. Route March be Secs. Bivouaced at 318625 Sheet 124. Object – to practice Map Rdg. Assault Boating, Mine Laying and Lifting.
3   “A” Coy., NCOs Night Compass March
4   “C” Coy. Pl Ex. Location of Enemy and Pl.in attack & consolidation.
5   Adv and Main Parties returned from Ex “Fabius”
5   “D” Coy. Ex. Pl in attack.
8   Reinforcement Coy., Left Station. 4 Offrs 100 ORs to 33 RHU HYTHE Kent. 33 ORs to 10f Rfts Gp. BORDON, Hants.
8   MT off Rd., for maintenance and painting prior to Waterproofing.
8 – 11   “HQ” Coy. 3 dys.trg at LOWER FROYLE: M.R. 209632 Sheet 123 (Winchester)
11   “D” Coy. Ex. Night Patrols by Pls.
13   Demonstration for all Offrs and NCOs down to Pl Sgts of the “Flail Tank”
15   “C' & “D” Coys Field Firing Ex at BISLEY.
ALDERSHOT 15   Ex “Initiative” Fld Firing Ex by Pls under Bn arrangements Object – Fighting on to objective. Tps taking part “A” & “B” Coys HOLYBOURNE ref 1760 Sheet 123
15 – 16   “B” Coy Bivouaced at OLDHAM COMMON 1870 for night trg in Recce and Fighting Patrols.
16   “HQ” Coy. 3 days trg at LOWER FROYLE ref 209632 Sheet 123.
16 – 25   Mortar Pl. Shoot. – CHOBBAM RANGES.
19   Demonstration for 63 Med Regt.
19   R.A. of Pl in attack by 17 Pl “D” Coy.,
19   Colonel of the Regt – General Sir Charles Grant visited the Bn. Pl. of “D” Coy Demonstrated Mine Clearing.
22 – 24   “D” Coy on 3 days march by Pls.
23   Signal Ex. “Martha” Object – Wireless Security.
24   Ex “Initiative” Fld Firing Ex by Pls “C” Coy taking part (See entry for 15th)
24   Pl of 1 Airborne Div visited Bn to familiarize all Ranks with their appearance as aid to recognition.
ALDERSHOT 24 – 26   Wireless Security Ex.
25   Personnel numbering 90 were inspected by General Eisenhower venue POUND HILL ref 735560 Sheet 125.
25   Op. Ex for Int Sec under direction of 2nd in Command.
26   Bde Comd lectured all Ranks re Future Operations.
27   Weighing of Waterproofed loads of all Vehs
27   Div Comds inspection of all Unit's Transport.
29   Lecture to all Ranks by the D.A.C.G.
29   Sec 173 Light A.A. Regt attached to “S” Coy.

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Source: Jeroen Koppes, TracesOfWar.com.

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