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WAR DIARY
or
INTELLIGENCE SUMMARY
Army Form C.2118
Unit: 171 Company RASC
Month and Year: March 1944 (Erase heading not required). Commanding Officer: Major Everingham, RASC
Place Date Hour Summary Reference
COTTINGHAM 1   Unit notified of mobilisation orders for 1 extra Transport Platoon 6 ton vehicles. W/s Platoon from serial 4 to serial 5 (WOUM 79/Mob/5774/803(AG5 Mob) dated 27. Feb 44.
2 0900 Amn detail – distribution of Div training allotment (practice amn) for March. Normal platoon training.
3   Normal Platoon Training. Swimming instruction under Divisional arrangement at Albert Avenue Baths, HULL. 2 O.Rs. discharged hospital.
4   Petrol train arrives Market Weighton – unloaded and dumped at Div Petrol dump at LEMAN WOOD. Vehicle Wading carried out at Walker Street, Wading Site, HULL (6 vehicles) 1 O.R. discharged from hospital.
4   2 O.Rs. S.O.S. having been in hospital 21 days. AFW 3008 and 3009 f rendered to GHQ 2nd Echelon. Strength 13 Officers. 470 O.Rs. Appendix “A”
5   Normal Sunday maintenance a.m.
6   Unit waterproofing instruction commenced under Capt. Browne. Normal platoon training – swimming.
COTTINGHAM 7   Petrol detail – all vehicles required to carry empty Jerricans to C.P.D. MURTON. Swimming and waterproofing instruction continued.
8   Detachment of 12 vehicles to 10 Pioneer Gp. Normal platoon training.
9   Normal Platoon Training. Maintenance, Waterproofing and swimming. 7 O.Rs posted to unit from 30 R.H.U.
10   Unit mobilised to new W.E. 0001 hours. Normal platoon training. Vehicle Wading at Walker Street, Wading Site, HULL. 1 O.R. discharged from hospital. 1 O.R. posted to unit from 552 Armd. Bde. Coy. R.A.S.C. 40 O.Rs. posted to unit from 16 Tk. Bde. Coy. R.A.S.C. 3 O.Rs. posted to unit from 34 R.H.U. 3 O.Rs posted to unit from 173 Armd. Div. Tps. Coy. R.A.S.C. Capt. K. Melville posted to unit from 173 Armd. Div. Tps. Coy. R.A.S.C.
11   Training – Waterproofing – Hand signals and practising on wading ramp. 1 O.R. posted from 18 Lt. Fd. Amb. 1 O.R. posted to 18 Lt. Fd. Amb. 1 O.R. posted to 174 Inf. Bde. Coy. R.A.S.C. 1 O.R. posted from 174 Inf. Bde. Coy. R.A.S.C. 3 Officers – Wireless Training – Exercise “Beverley” IV AFW 3008 and 3009 f rendered to GHQ 2nd Echelon. Strength 14 Officers 524 O.Rs Appendix “B”
12   Normal platoon maintenance in the morning. 1 O.R. posted to 18 Lt. Fd. Amb. 1 O.R. posted from 18 Lt. Fd. Amb.
13 0900 Sten Rifle and Bren fired by all platoons at Willerby Range (Range allotted to unit for whole day) Normal platoon training – swimming etc.
14   10% of Company carried out Gas Exercises 1, 2, 3, as laid down in Sec 41 Gas Training 1942. Vehicle Wading at Walker Street Wading Site HULL. 16 O.Rs. posted to unit from 170 Tk. Bde. Coy. R.A.S.C.
15   Normal platoon training. Swimming instruction carried out at Abbert Ave Baths HULL.
16   Normal Platoon Training.
17   Normal Platoon Training. 2 O.Rs posted to 703 C Tpt Coy R.A.S.C.
COTTINGHAM 18   23 vehicles unload amn train at COTTINGHAM and dumped amn at WELTON Amn Dump. 1 O.R. posted to unit from 34 R.H.U.
18   A.F.W. 3008 and 3009 f rendered to G.H.Q. 2nd Echelon. Appendix “C”
18   Strength of unit 14 Officers 539 O.Rs.
19   Waterproofing training. 6 vehicles at vehicle wading site HULL.
20   B' Vehicle Wading (17 vehicles) at Vehicle Wading Site HULL, Normal platoon training. 1 O.R. posted to unit from 101 R.H.U.
21   Unit informed of Exercise Frederick Uncle IV” (Move of permanent location) Normal platoon training. 13 O.Rs. posted to unit from 34 R.H.U.
22 0820 Exercise “York” – Rehearsal parade.
22 1200 Unit inspected with 159 Inf. Bde. (200 all ranks) by H.M. the King at Driffield Aerodrome.
22 0830 Advance party for Exercise “Frederick Uncle IV” leaves location.(2 Officers 50 O.Rs.)
COTTINGHAM 23   Waterproofing instruction continued. Normal platoon training.
24 1100 All available personnel – Security trianing films, at Regal Cinema, HULL.
24   Normal platoon training. Waterproofing.
25   Platoons preparation for Exercise “Frederick Uncle IV”. Trianing in Waterproofing continued. Admin instruction No. 1 – Exercise “Frederick Uncle IV” issued. Appendix “D”
25   AFW 3008 and 3009 f rendered to G.H.Q. 2nd Echelon. Strength 14 Officiers 553 Ors. Appendix “E”
26   Continued training in waterproofing. Continued preparations for Company move. Vehicle Maintenance. Op. Order No. 1 – Exercise “Frederick Uncle IV” issued. Appendix “F”
27   2nd line amn loaded from Amn Dump at WELTON. Waterproofing vehicles returned to Platoons. Normal Platoon training.
28   Normal platoon training and preparation to move.
29   Unit prepared to move location.
29 1500 Unit leave permanent location and proceed to HOWDEN bivouac for night.
HOWDEN 30 0700 Unit passed Brigade S.P. and proceeds to LUTTERWORTH Staging Camp.
30 1630 Arrival – Stages for night.
LUTTERWORTH 31 0615 Unit crosses Brigade S.P.
31   Proceeds to ALDERSHOT area.
31 1450 Unit crossed Brigade D.P.
31   Temporary accommodation arranged for unit at Boyce Barracks, ALDERSHOT.

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Source: Jeroen Koppes, TracesOfWar.com.

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