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Army Form C.2118
Unit: 11th Bn Royal Tank Regt.
Month and Year: May 1944 (Erase heading not required). Commanding Officer: Lt. Col. R. Dixon
Place Date Hour Summary Reference
LOWTHER 1 0001 Maj. S.G. March taken on strength of unit & assumed duties & appointment of 2IC.
WS/Lt T/Capt A/Maj A.S.C. Francis relinquished appointment of comd. HQ Sqn on reverting to T/Capt and assumes appointment of Adjt.
WS/Lt A/Capt T.C. Whewell relinquishes appointment of Adjt.
Capt T/Maj F.G. Foley relinquishes appointment of 2IC and assumed comd “C” Sqn.
WS/Capt T/Maj R.F. Slator relinquished comd “C” Sqn and assumes comd “HQ” Sqn.
9 0700 The following vehicles were taken over by unit
4 – 4 ×2 3 Ton Lorries
4 – 4 × 2 15 Cwt Trucks
2 – 4 × 2 Cars, light utility
2 M/Cycles
11 2359 Personnel of unit returned from disembarkation leave.
12 0900 Copies of 21 A.Gp. Admin. Instr. Pts I & II received.
12 0930 Letter received from HQ 1 Tk Bde stating G.O.C. 79 A. Div., Maj.Gen. Sir Percy C.S. Hobart, KBE, CB, DSO, MC, would visit 22 May 44.
13 1030 Letter received from HQ 1 Tk Bde stating Lt.Col. Hodson (AG17) and Col. Holford-Walker (OIC RAC Records) would visit unit 18 May 44 regarding personnel required to complete unit to W.E.
16 1900 List of deficiencies of personnel by ranks and trades rendered to HQ 1 Tk Bde, totalling 334 ORs.
18 1130 Col. Holford-Walker and Lt.Col. Hodson visited unit. Deficiencies of Offrs & ORs will be made up by 35 Tk Bde.
18   Adjt and Sgt Clerk to visit R.A.C. Records about 30 May 44 to make final adjustment.
20 0047 W.O.U.M 79/MOB/6430/346 (AG5 MOB) received from HQ 1 Tk Bde ordering unit to mobilize for overseas service. Mobilizations to be completed by 0001 hrs 7 Jun 44.
21 1200 AFB2690A & AFB2609 despatched to War Office & Records.
22 0900 Maj.Gen. Sir Percy C.S. Hobart, KBE, CB, DSO, MC, inspected unit & talked to all ranks re future operations.
22 1100 Medical inspections begun and innoculations.
23 0900 79 Armd Div catering adviser visited unit re ACC cooks.
23   ADMS 79 Armd Div visited & inspected unit lines, offices etc.
26 1000 328 ORs & 6 Offrs arrived from 155 Regt. R.A.C. to complete unit to W.E.
26 1500 Personnel posted to Sqns.
28 1200 AF’s B2609A & B2609 despatched to War Office & Records.
29 1030 C.O. attended gunnery conference at Bde regarding marking of traversing & elevating hand wheels on 75 mm guns.
29 1900 One Pte A.C.C. arrived & taken on attached strength of unit.
30 1943 Adjt and Sgt Clerk proceeded to R.A.C. Records to discuss posting of personnel to unit.
31 1450 Adjt. Visited 21 A.Gp. O.R.E.

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Source: Jeroen Koppes, TracesOfWar.com, transcribing: Hans Houterman.

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