War Diaries of 4th Field Regiment Royal Horse Artillery

1939

 

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August 1939

 

Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information References to Appendices
  1939      
Helmieh 23/8   UMBRELLA Order. Camp dispersed. Anti-gas equipment issued to Batteries and Troops. 1
      "C" Battery, R.H.A. (less one Troop) placed at three hours notice to move to MERSA MATRUH. 1 and 2
  23/8   Warning order for move of "C" Battery (less one Troop) issued. 3
      Preparations made for move of "C" Battery (less one Troop). Equipment drawn from R.A.O.C.  
      Shortages made up from "A" Troop, "C" Battery, R.H.A. and "F/G" Battery, R.H.A. 4 and 5
  24/8   Train party, "C" Troop, "C" Battery depart for MERSA MATRUH.  
  25/8 0800 Road Party of "C" Battery, (less one Troop) depart for MERSA MATRUH. 6 - 13
  25/8   Train Party, H.Q. and "B" Troop depart for MERSA MATRUH.  
  28/8/   Role of officers on the strength of the Regiment 14
         

 

4TH REGIMENT, ROYAL HORSE ARTILLERY.

S E C R E T SITUATION REPORT - OFFICERS.  



Rank and name of officer Employment Situation.



Lieut.Colonel E. Latham, M.C. Commanding Officer Helmieh.
Major F.C.F. Cleeve, M.C. 2nd in Command Helmieh.
Major R.P. Waller, M.C. O.C., F/G Battery Helmieh.
Major J.C. Campbell, M.C. Offg.O.C., C Bty Mersa Matruh.
Major L.E. Sheppard, Regimental M.T.Officer. Helmieh.
Major. M. Yates. O.C. C Battery Helmieh.
Major G. Colchester/ Regimental Duty Mersa Matruh.
Captain C.D. Packard. Attd "A" Branch Cairo.
         B.T.E.  
Captain R.J.M. Thomas, M.V.O. P.A.D. Officers. Helmieh.
Captian E.B.H. Fitch Gunner Staff Course, Woolwich
  Military College of  
        Science.  
Captain D.H. Halesworth. Regimental Duty Mersa Matruh.
Captain G.W. Goschen Regimental Duty Mersa Matruh.
Captain G.C, Graham Regimental Duty Mersa Matruh.
Captain H.M. Lewis. Adjutant. Helmish.
Lieut, M.St,J  Oswald. Regimental Duty Helmish
Lieut. R.C. Warlow-Harry Green Court, Glen Head, Long Island.
         New York, U.S.A. (Leave).
Lieut G.M. Baker En route unit from Malta per "Cyprian Prince"
         Arrives Helmieh 30/8/39.
Lieut. L/H. Lewis. On duty at Port Said, returns unit 29/8/39.
Lieut D.A.B. Clarke. Regimental Duty Mersa Matruh.
Lieut, J, Harrington. Sick Leave "Kelston"
    Jointon Rd,
    Folkstone, Kent.
Lieut. L Walmesley-Cotton Leave, "Foxgrove"
    Felixstowe, Suffolk
Lieut.(QM) F.C. Studley Quartermaster. Helmieh
     

 

September 1939

 

Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information References to Appendices
  1939      
Helmieh 1/9   Calibration of 25 prs carried out. ("A" Tp. "C" Battery and "F/G" Battery)  
  3/9   War declared, Censorship of all correspondence introduced.  
  4/9   Ordered given to mobilze. All ranks to consider themselves on Active Service. Peace accounting continues.  
  4/9   P.A.B. Scheme. Helmieh and Heliopolis Area.  
      Captain R.C. Warlow-Harry, R.H.A. posted to 2nd Regiment. R.H.A.   
      Lieut. J. Harrington, R.H.A. posted to 2nd Regiment. R.H.A.   
  6/9   Lieutenant Colonel D. Latham, M.C., R,H,A, and Captain H.M. Lewis, R.H.A., visit MERSA   
  to  8/9   MATRUH to see "C" Battery, R.H.A.  
  12/9 1430 P.A.B. Practice, Helmieh Area.  
 

to

2100    
  15/9   Move into Camp vacated by 1 R.T.R.  
  18/9   Five Supplementary Reserve Officers posted, having recently arrived from the United Kingdom.  
     

2/Lieutenant D.R. Hughes.

2/Lieutenant F.R.A. Smith.

2/Lieutenant P. Greenfield.

2/Lieutenant H.M Evers.

2/Lieutenant V.H. Wolfson.

 
         

 

 

October 1939

 

Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information References to Appendices
         

Helmieh

1939      
  1/10   Troop and Battery training in Helmieh  
  to   "A" Troop, "C" Battery short of equipment and men. Am experimental 4 troop Battery  
  30/10   considered with ll Troops linked to the Command Post. Found to be unpractical.  
         
  15/10   "A" Troop, "C" Battery, proceed to MATRUH to join "C" Battery.  
         
  24/10   6th Division Skeleton Exercise held near MERSA MATRUH. 4th Regiment, R.H.A., Regimental  
  to   Headquarters too part as part of R.A. Group,  
  3/11      
         

 

 

November 1939

 

Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information References to Appendices
         

Helmieh

1939      
         
  1/11   F/G Battery Training.  
  to      
  30/11      
         
  17/11   "C" Battery returned from MATRUH. Accommodated in tents and hutments in HELMIEH Camp.  
         
  19/11   Major. R.P. Waller, M.C., R.H.A., posted to Home Establishment as Instructor in Gunner.  
         
  17/11      
  to   Both Batteries on Battery Training.  
  30/11      

 

 

December 1939

 

Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information References to Appendices
         

Helmieh

1939      
         
  1/12      
  to   Regimental Training  
  23/12      
         
  23/12      
  to   Christmas Break.  
  26/12      
         

 

 

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