War Diaries of 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery

1939

 

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August 1939

Place

Date

Hour

Summary of Events and Information

References to Appendices

Abbassia

23/8

0230

Order "UMBRELLA" received

 

Abbassia

44/8

0900

"P" Bty. 8 2-pdrs. left by train to join Tp. "P" under Lieut. F.M. WYLDBORE-SMITH already at Merssa Matruh.

 

Abbassia

24/8

1900

Order "SCRAM" received.

 

Abbassia

25/8

0531

R.H.Q., "D", "J" and wheels of "P" (less one Tp.) left by road/

 

El Alamein

25/8

1730

Arrived and camped night.

 

El Alamein

26/8

0620

Left - R.H.Q. to Meaten Bagush, "D" and "J" Btys. to area East of Charing Cross, "P" Bty. to Matruh,

 

Meaten Bagush

27/8

0900

R.H.Q. left Meaten Bagush for Meaten el Gerawla.

 
 

Gerawla

27/8

1000

Arrived and proceeded to dig in.

 

 

 

September 1939

 

Place

Date

Hour

Summary of Events and Information

References to Appendices

Gerawla

1/9

0900

R.H.Q. left Gerawla for Meaten Bagush.

 

Bagush

3/9

1115

War Declared.

 

Bagush

12/9

1630

R.H.Q. left Bagush for Meaten el Madwar.

 

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22/9

1630

R.H.Q. move to 11 Kilo mark on Sidi - Barranu Road and are joined by "D" and "J" Batteries.

Madwar

Peace camp is established. Battery training for rest of the month.

 

 

 

October 1939

 

Place

Date

Hour

Summary of Events and Information

References to Appendices

 

11 Kilo

1/10

Battery Training continued.

to

16/10

 

18/10

0400

"M" Battery arrive from Cairo to relieve "J" Battery. Also one troop "D" Bty. arrive to relieve a troop of "D" Bty. at Kilo 11

 

19/10

"J" Battery and one troop "D" Battery return to Cairo to reequip with Bofors Guns.

 

20/10

One troop "D" Bty. proceeded to Mersa Matruh and come under command of "P" Bty.

 

 

 

November 1939

 

Place

Date

Hour

Summary of Events and Information

References to Appendices

 

1/11

0700

R.H.Q. "D" Bty. (less two troops) return to Cairo by road. Cease to be part of Armoured Division.

 

6/11

1330

Arrive Cairo and become part of Middle East Reserve.

 

12/11

Lieut.Col, G.St.J.A. DYSON M.C. leaves the regiment on posting to U.K.

 

27/11

Draft of 16 N.C.Os and Gunners leave on posting to the U.K. as instructors.

 

 

 

December 1939

 

Place

Date

Hour

Summary of Events and Information

References to Appendices

Abbassia

1/12/39

"M" Bty. R.H.A placed under command H,Q, Armoured Division

 

9/12/39

Captain P,T. O'Brien-Buttle R.H.A. took over the duties of Adjutant/

 

14/12/39

Major M Yates R.H.A. is posted to this unit from 4th Regiment R.H.A. and took over command of "J" Bty R.H.A.

 

19/12/39

Major D.F. Aikenlead took over the duties of 2nd in Command.

  

29/12/39

Major N.W.,L. Gowan R.H.A. took over command of "P" Bty RHA.

The regiment continued normal training during this month.

 

 

 

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