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Army Form C.2118
Unit: 3 MON
Month and Year: September 1944 (Erase heading not required). Commanding Officer: Lt.Col. H.G. Orr
Place Date Hour Summary Reference
AMIENS 1 1000 Advance resumed, and by evening reached HERMANVILLE, astride ARRAS ST POL rd.
HERMANVILLE 2 1100 Capt N.C. Campbell (SWB) rejouned Bn. Advance continued, skirting ARRAS and encamp night in area of VIMY RIDGE
VIMY RIDGE 3 0900 Bn resumes advance and crosses FRANCE/BELGIUM border approx 1800 hrs. Drive continued through night.
4 0600 Halt for meal and short rest.
4 0900 Advance resumed as leading Bn in drive on ANTWERP. HOBOKEN district reached at approx 1700 hrs. Orders received to attempt seizing of Docks area. 8 killed and 12 wounded, incl Lt. J.A. Hislop (Canadian)
ANTWERP 5   Rifle Coys consolidationg in DOCK AREA. Some shelling and sniping. 1 killed 10 wounded. Bn HQ established in railway station near docks.
ANTWERP 6   Positions held in Dock area. C Company defending vital sluice gates controlling docks.
ANTWERP 7 0700 Violent counter attack by enemy against C Coy position held, inflicting heavy losses on enemy. Lt. R.J. Horwood (SWB) and 4 Other Ranks killed; 24 Other Ranks wounded. Bn being relieved from posns by 5 DORSETS. Bn HQ moves into city.
ANTWERP 8   Relief completed and Bn in Mobile Column role with base at ANTWERP.
ANTWERP 9 1200 Bn moves to take up positions in sector of Guards Armd Div and encamp night on ALBERT Canal at BEERINGEN.
BEERINGEN 10   Across ALBERT Canal and Rifle Coys proceed to clear enemy pockets.
HELCHTEREN 11   Bn HQ remains at HELCHTEREN and Rifle Coys continue clearing enemy pockets.
HELCHTEREN 12   Move foward to clear village of HECHTEL. Capt H.J. Thornyoroft killed.
HECHTEL 13   Halt for maintenance.
HECHTEL 14   Orders received to move to conform with new Corps Boundary on return to 8 Corps. Receive 30 Reinforcements under VICHOVE arrangements.
HECHTEL 15   Bn moves to WYCHMAEL within 8 Corps Boundary.
WYCHMAEL 16 1200 Return under Command of 8 Corps.
16 1800 Maj F.H.C. Higgins (Oxe and Bucks) joins Bn.
WYCHMAEL 17 2000 Lts W. Thirnbeck (Canadian), B.W. Laws (Norfolks), G.S.C. Weldon (8 Hussars) and 2/Lts N.J. Dunkley (surreys) and H.E. Cakley (Warwicks) join Bn.
WYCHMAEL 19   Orders received to prepare to move under command of 29 Armd Bde.
WYCHMAEL 20 1145 Bn moves off. Crosses ESCAUT Canal at 3 (Br) Div bridgehead at LILLE-ST-HUBERT ans crosses BELGIUM/HOLLAND Border. Bivouac night near SOERENDONK.
21   Adv resumed to CELIROP and Rifle Coys go beyond town on road to HELMOND.
22   Advance reaches HELMOND, but bridges over ZUID WILLEMS blown. 4 Other Ranks killed; Lt. W. Thirnbeck (Canadian) and 9 Other Ranks wounded.
HELMOND 23   Route altered, return through GENJROP to cross canal at ASTEN. 1 killed 6 wounded. 42 Reinforcements (incl 13 of own wounded) joined Bn
ASTEN 24   Crossing secured and advance to clear DEURNE. Lt G. Foster (Green Howards) and 2 Other Ranks killed; 2/Lt N.J. Dunkley and 10 Other Ranks wounded.
DEURNE 25   DEURNE taken over by LINCOLNS of 3 (Br) Div and Bn advances to ST. ANTHONIS. Lt. Col. H.G. Orr seriously wounded, and died later at C.C.P. Maj W.P. Sweetman (2IC) assumed command of Bn. 4 O.Rs wounded.
ST. ANTHONIS 26   Ordered to leave village in hands of 159 Inf Bde and withdraw to WESTERBEEK.
26 1300 Move to WESTERBEEK. 16 Other Ranks (incl 8 of own wounded) joined.
WESTERBEEK 27-28   Patrolling by Coys; A and B Coys at OPLOO.
WESTERBEEK 29   Patrolling maintained by Coys and Carrier Pl. A and B Coys at OPLOO.
29 1700 Some shelling in A Coy Area; 2 Other Ranks killed and 4 wounded.
30 0500 Shelling in area of Bn HQ and HQ Coy No casualties.
30   American 7th Armd Div taking up positions near our area during the day. Lt.Col. R.C. Stockley (R.N.F.) arrives to take over command of Bn. Patrolling maintained by Rifle Coys and Carriers. Lt. D.F.H. Herbert (R. Berks) killed on patrol in early morning, and one Other Rank wounded.

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Source: 11th Armoured Division.

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