War Diaries of CC Battery, Royal Horse Artillery

1944

 

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January 1944

Commanding Officer: Major. F. B. Wyldbore-Smith M.B.E. R.H.A.

Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information References to Appendices
Field 1-3   On Board S.S. ORMONDE  
  4 0430 S.S. ORMONDE at anchor in River Clyde off GOUROCK.  
  5   On Board S.S. ORMONDE  
  6 1430 Bty disembarked.  
    1730 Train moved out of GOUROCK.  

Cranwich Camp

 

7

 

0910

 

Train arrived at BRANDON NORFOLK. Bty taken by lorries to CRANWICH CAMP. 232127.  
  8-9   Organisation of billets and issue of kit.  
  10-12   The main part of the Bty proceeded on 14 days disembarkation leave, about 20 men remaining as rear party.  
  13-24   Disembarkation leave.  
  20 0830 Dvrs left to collect 5 "B" Vehicles from 2 VRD SLOUGH.  
  21 1530 Dvrs returned with vehicles.  
  24   B.C. Posted to 11th Armoured Division as G.S.O. 1. Capt G.R.A. Wixley RHA assumed command of the Bty on return from leave on 29 Jan.  

January 1944

Commanding Officer: Capt G.R.A. Wixley R.H.A.

Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information References to Appendices
Cranwich Camp 26-28   Parties returning from leave. Rear party proceeded on 14 days disembarkation leave.  
  29   Personnel left for MT Course at RHYL.  
  30   2/Lt. PG Burroughs RHA & 2/Lt DA Cons RHA attached to the Bty.  
  31   Training and cross country run.  

 

 

Appendix 'A' to "CC" Bty 5th Regt RHA. War Diary

for Month of Jan '44

 

                            Hospital Admissions and discharges.
 

Name.

Admitted.

Discharged.

Gnr. White. S.   4/1/44
Gnr Guilfoyle. 15/1/44
Gnr Gray. W. 22/1/44         29/1/44
Sgt. Lord. A. 24/1/44 (sick on leave)

 

 

 

Appendix 'B' to "CC" Bty 5th Regt RHA. War Diary

for Month of Jan '44

 

  Postings to and from the Battery.
 
Lt. W.S. Barrow RHA Posted to R.H.Q. 5th Regt RHA on 8th Jan 44
Major. F.B. Wyldbore-Smith DSO MBE RHA posted to 11th Armoured Division on 24 Jan 44
Gnr Rains R. posted to 11th Armoured Division on 24 Jan 44

 

 

 

February 1944

Commanding Officer: Capt G.R.A. Wixley R.H.A

Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information References to Appendices
Cranwich Camp 1-12   Training was carried out on a reduced scale owing to the number of men on disembarkation leave, courses, and the total absence of equipment except for rifles, and a minimum number of essential vehicles for administration.  
      The Battery concentrated on small arms shooting on SWAFFHAM Ranges and also fatigues in order to get the camp in proper working order.  
  12   There was a Regimental inter-Battery rifle shooting competition which was won by the Battery.  
  14   Capt. R. E. Stone MC RHA was posted to RHQ as entertainments Officer to await further posting to entertainments branch of 21st Army Group.  
      Lt. M. T. Barstow RHA was posted back to the Battery from 'K' Bty RHA and became G.P.O. of 'C' Troop.  
      3 S.P. 25 pdrs on RAM Chassis (SEXTONS) were received by the Battery.  
  15-16   Training continued and preparations were made for the inspections of the Brigade by the C.in C. General Sir B.L. Montgomery.  
  17 1100 Inspection by C.in C. The Regiment was formed up in the grounds of DIDLINGTON HALL by 0930 hrs and returned to camp at 1215 hrs. The Battery had on parade 6 Officers and 100 O.Rs.  
      Major T.J. Cooke MC RHA posted from RHQ (Adjutant) to the Battery as B.C.  

March 1944

Commanding Officer: Major. T. J. Cooke M.C. R.H.A.

Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information References to Appendices
Cranwich Camp 18-24   Training on modified scale, owing to delay in receiving any equipment except the 3 SEXTONS.  
    1500 Inspection by H.M. the King., at HILLBOROUGH HALL. On this occasion the Regiment paraded with Div R.A. instead of 22 Armoured Brigade.  
  25-29   During the period training continued and G1098 equipment began to arrive. By the end of the month the Battery had received 90% of its 'B' vehicles (less tracks) and 1 Sherman Tank for training purposes.  
  29   Bdr Reid returned to the Battery from hospital in NORTH AFRICA.  
      During this month little real training had been achieved but a great deal had been accomplished. Nearly all the men had not only completed their disembarkation leave but privilege leave as well, so that when the equipment arrived the Battery could train as near 100% strength on parade as possible.  
      The new gun drill was worked out and learnt, the new W.E. had been shown to all ranks in the form of blocks on the floor, and nearly everyone was at least in his right place and doing the right job.   
      The Battery was now ready to start a months hard basic training, by the end of which the Battery had been ordered to be ready for Regimental and Divisional Schemes.  

 

"CC" Battery R.H.A TRAINING PROGRAMME Week Ending  Sat. Feb 19th 44

Day Personnel 0900--1000hrs 1000--1045hrs 1115--1215hrs 1400--1600hrs 1730--1830hrs

Gunners R/T Sig Class Gundrill Laying Lecture on

Mon

 

Drivers

 

Instruction

Maintenance

Gundrill

 

Maintenance

 

    Tactics

 

Signallers R/T Sig. Class Ram, Sherman Equipment. Maintenance Capt. Wixley. R.H.A.

Gunners R/T Sig Class Gundrill Maintenance Lecture on

Tues

 

Drivers

 

Instn. Mainte.

     R.H.Q

Gundrill

 

Maintenance

 

S.P. Tactics and 

 

Signallers

 

 

R/T Sig Class

 

 

Tank Driving

Maintce. Class

 

Maintenance

Specs, only

  Refresher Course

  Organisation

 

Min Range


Gunners R/T Sig Class

Laying

Maintenance

Wed

 

Drivers

 

Instruction.

Mainte. R.H.Q

Laying

 

Maintenance

 Nos 1 Min. Range.

A.B.C.A

 

Signallers

 

 

R/T Sig Class

 

 

Tank Driving

Maintce. Class

 

Maintenance

Specs, only

  Refresher Course


R/T Class
Thurs Generals Inspection Elementary Wireless
Off Min Range.

Gunners R/T Sig Class Gundrill Laying and Maintenance O.Rs Lecture First Aid

Frid

 

Drivers

 

Instruction.

Mainte. R.H.Q

Gundrill

 

Maintenance

 

Sgt Murray

N.C.O.s Cloth Model.

Signallers

 

 

R/T Sig Class

 

 

Tank Driving

Maintce. Class

 

Maintenance

Specs, only

  Refresher Course


Gunners

Drivers

Preparations for  Inspection

Signallers

 

 
1400hrs Sports Sports Sports

"CC" Battery Training Prog W/E  26th Feb '44

1730hrs - 1815hrs R/T Troop Drill Order Gun Drill
Monday 21st B.H.Q "C" Troop "H" Troop

0915hrs - 1000hrs

2nd I/C's Maintenance Lecture

1005hrs - 1045hrs

---

Gun Drill & Laying R/T Instruction
1115hrs - 1200hrs

R/T

------- Gun Drill & Laying
1400hrs Sports Sports Sports
1730hrs - 1815hrs Lecture training Gun Drill & Laying Tactical with Blocks

Tuesday 22nd
0915hrs - 1000hrs

2nd I/C's Maintenance Lecture

1005hrs - 1045hrs

---

R/T Instruction Gun Drill
1115hrs - 1200hrs

R/T

Gun Drill

---

1400hrs Sports Sports Sports
1730hrs - 1815hrs Map Reading Lecture Tactical with Blocks Gun Drill

Wednesday 23rd
0915hrs - 1000hrs

R/T

-------

Gun Drill

1005hrs - 1045hrs

---

Gun Drill R/T
1115hrs - 1200hrs

2nd I/C's Maintenance Lecture

1400hrs Sports Sports Sports
1730hrs - 1815hrs Tactical/Scheme Blocks (Bty) Gun Drill Lecture

Thursday 24th
0915hrs - 1000hrs

2nd I/C's Maintenance Lecture

1005hrs - 1045hrs

---

R/T Gun Drill
1115hrs - 1200hrs

R/T

Gun Drill

---

1400hrs Sports Sports Sports
1730hrs - 1815hrs R/T Troop Drill order with Blocks Gun Drill

Friday 25th
0915hrs - 1000hrs

2nd I/C's Maintenance Lecture

1005hrs - 1045hrs

---

Gun Drill R/T
1115hrs - 1200hrs

R/T

----- Gun Drill
1400hrs Preparations for inspection
1730hrs - 1815hrs "H" Troop Drill Order
 
Continued:

"CC" Battery Training Prog W/E  26th Feb '44

Saturday 26th B.H.Q "C" Troop "H" Troop

A.M

INSPECTIONS

P/M Football Match v "A" Sqdn, 1st R.T.R. at Mundford

NOTES:- The following are Standard:-

1115hrs - 1215hrs  

Maintenance hour

1200hrs - 1230hrs  

Officers & Signallers R/T

1115hrs - 1215hrs  

Mondays - Fridays Officers Min. Range.

 
ESC

Major R.H.A.

18/2/44

Commanding "CC" Battery R.H.A

 

Signal hour

1200 - 1230

Tuesday 1730 hrs

Offrs and WOs lecture

by 8 H

Sunday 1200 -1700

Offrs TEWT

 
 

Note:- The text in Blue above is hand written on the originals.

 

 

Appendix 'A' to "CC" Bty 5th Regt RHA. War Diary

for Month of February '44

 

                            Hospital Admissions and discharges.
 

Name.

Admitted.

Discharged.

Dvr Groombridge. G.   4 Feb '44

-

Dvr Moscovitch, L. 14 Feb '44

-

Dvr Kyle. A.E. 24 Feb '44

-

Dvr. Woodall. J. 28 Feb '44

-

Dvr. Mellows. R. 28 Feb '44

-

 

 

 

Appendix 'B' to "CC" Bty 5th Regt RHA. War Diary

for Month of February '44

 

  Postings to and from the Battery.
2/Lt. GP Burroughs RHA. ) Posted to the Battery on 2 Feb '44
2/Lt. DN. Cons. RHA. )
Lt. MT. Barstow. RHA ) Posted to the Battery from 'K' Battery RHA on 14 Feb '44
Major TJ Cooke MC RHA. ) Posted to the Battery from RHQ. 24 Feb '44
Gnr. Severn F.M ) Posted to the Battery from RHQ. 24 Feb '44
Gnr. Allen. J.M. )
Gnr. Binmore. W.J )
Gnr. Bowker. W.D. )
Gnr. Bridges. F )
Dvr. Carr. E.V. )
Gnr. Davies. E.G. )
Gnr. Dewar. R.A. )
Gnr. Etheridge. A )
Dvr. Faulkner. C. ) Posted to the Battery as reinforcements on 19 Feb '44.
Gnr. Fairburn. K.A )
Gnr. Green. W.J. )
Gnr. Griffiths. B.R. )
Gnr. Jelley. J.T. )
Gnr. Marshall. R.F. )
Gnr. Smith. L.S. )
Dvr. Smith. R. )
Gnr. Taylor. T. )
Gnr. Mellows. J. )
Dvr. Read. P. )
Bdr. Reid. A. Posted to the Battery from 101 Reinforcement Group on 29 Feb '44
Capt. RE. Stone. MC RHA. Posted to RHA on 14 Feb '44
Gnr. Guilfoyle. RC. Posted to the 'Y' List on 5 Feb '44.
Sgt. Lord. A Posted to the 'Y' List on 12 Feb '44.

 

 

 

Appendix 'C' to "CC" Bty 5th Regt RHA. War Diary

for Month of February '44

 

                                       Courses.
 
Name.

Type of Course.

Period.

Place.

Lt. PAB Wickham. 'A' Vehicle Waterproof 1 - 26 Feb. Rhyl.
L/Sgt Chapman. 'A' Vehicle Waterproof 1 - 26 Feb. Rhyl.
L/Bdr Dipper. Sherman Course 8 Feb - 21 March. Rhyl.
L/Bdr Headington. Sherman Course 8 Feb - 16 Feb. Rhyl.
Gnr Maisey. RAM Course 8 Feb - 21 March. Rhyl.
Gnr Meaden. RAM Course 8 Feb - 21 March. Rhyl.
Bdr Bartley Mines Course 7 Feb - 9 Feb. Didlington.
L/Bdr Course. Mines Course 7 Feb - 9 Feb. Didlington.
L/Bdr Botting O.P.As Course 9 Feb - 16 Feb. Larkhill
Dvr Collins. Dvr/Mechs. 10 Feb - 24 Feb. Huddersfield.
Dvr Nicholls. Dvr/Mechs. 10 Feb - 11 March. Huddersfield.
Dvr Smith G.W. Dvr/Mechs. 10 Feb - 11 March. Huddersfield.
Dvr Parfitt. E Dvr/Mechs. 10 Feb - 11 March. Huddersfield.
Pte Conkleton. Officers Mess Cook's Course. 15 Feb - 7 March. Aldershot.
L/Bdr Nott. J. Dvr/Mechs. 17 Feb - 18 March. Huddersfield.
Dvr Davies GAT. Dvr/Mechs. 17 Feb - 18 March. Huddersfield.
Dvr Smith JN. Dvr/Mechs. 17 Feb - 18 March. Huddersfield.

Dvr Webber. E.G

Dvr/Mechs. 17 Feb - 18 March. Huddersfield.
Bdr Forbes. G. Waterproofing Course 27 Feb - 4 March. Westcliff.
Bdr Eade. S. Div Mines Course. 27 Feb - 29 Feb. Didlington.

 

 

 

March 1944

Commanding Officer: Major. T. J. Cooke M.C. R.H.A.

Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information References to Appendices
Cranwich Camp 1   Capt. D.L Benke posted to the Bty from K Bty as Battery Captain.  
  2   Capt. G.R.A. Wixley R.H.A. who had been in the Battery  since its foundation in November '40 left to command a Battery in 5th Field Regt. R.A.  
      3 Officers and 21 O.Rs (Capt T.R.D. Belgrave i/c party) left to collect 5 SEXTONS from WOOLWICH and returned with them on March 5th.  
    1630 The Adjutant General. Lt. General Sir Ronald Adams visited the Regiment and spoke to all Officers, W.Os, Sgts & L/Sgts giving them a summary of the war situation in all parts including the S.W. Pacific.  
  2-14   Training started in earnest and by March 14th both Troops were capable of simple drill order in the new SEXTONS.  
  16   Battery Soccer match against 511 Bty R.A. (Essex Yeomanry) which was won 1 - 0.  
      The Essex Yeomanry who were living 5 miles away also had SEXTONS and as they had had them for a few months there was as much liaison with them as possible in order to "pick their brains" and find out the answers to any of the small difficulties.  
  17   An inter subsection Gun Drill Competition was postponed owing to thick mist.  
  20   Inter-subsection competition was held and won by 'B' Subsection (Sgt Townsend). This was followed by a demonstration by both troops to the C.O. of a normal troop deployment.  
  27   First Battery Drill Order took place.  
  28   The Battery did a Battle practice with 1 R.Tanks on the STANDFORD Battle area, this was followed by course shooting.  
  29   The Battery did a fire and movement scheme on the STANDFORD Battle area.  
  30   Football match V Divisional C.M.P. won 10 - 3.  
  31   Training continued. During the month a great deal of hard work had been put into the training by all ranks and the results were beginning to show. Although not ready for war in all respects the Battery could have gone and fought the next day and produced an adequate thought not perfect. As a result of the courses at RAMT School Rhyl the maintenance of tracked vehicles was by now on a very firm basis. The gun detachments had made tremendous effort in this respect and had achieved a consequently good answers  
     
Major TJ Cooke MC RHA Bty Cmdr.   Capt. D.L. Benke. RHA Bty Capt.
 
     
Capt W.H.H. Allon RHA "C" Tp Cmdr.   Capt. TRD   Belgrave. RHA "C" Tp Cmdr.
 
     
Lt. M.T. Barstow RHA "C" Tp G.P.O.   Lt. A.B. Curtis. RHA "H" Tp G.P.O.
 
     
2/Lt D.N. Cons. RHA 'C' Tp Leader   2/Lt. P.G. Burroughs RHA 'H' Tp Leader
 
     

Lt. R. Whitely RHA

  C.P.O   Lt. P.E. Arni. RHA Spare 'H' Tp Leader
 
     

Lt. P. Wickham. RHA

  A.C.P.O
 
     

2/Lt. W.R.. Pierce. 

   RA
 

 

 

Appendix 'A' to "CC" Bty 5th Regt RHA. War Diary

for Month of March '44

 

                            Hospital Admissions and discharges.
 

Name.

Admitted.

Discharged.

Sgt. T. Stewart. MM. 21 March '44

-

Dvr. B. Rack 22 March '44

-

Gnr. W. Rispin

26 March '44

-

Dvr G. Groombridge.

-

14 March '44

 

 

 

Appendix 'B' to "CC" Bty 5th Regt RHA. War Diary

for Month of March '44

 

  Postings to and from the Battery.
Capt. D.L. Benke. RHA. Posted to the Battery from 'K' Battery RHA on 1 March 44.
Gnr. Webb. G.H. Posted to the Battery from 'K' Battery RHA on 1 March 44.
L/Bdr. Ansell. W Posted to the Battery from 101 Reinforcement Group on 14 March 44.
L/Sgt. Hailwood Posted to the Battery from 'K' Battery RHA on 19 March 44.
Capt. GRA. Wixley. R.H.A Posted to 5th Field Regt R.A. on 2 March 44.
Gnr. Bates. A.E. Posted to 5th Field Regt R.A. on 2 March 44.
Sgt. Ware. C. Posted to R.H.Q. on 2 March 44.

 

 

 

Appendix 'C' to "CC" Bty 5th Regt RHA. WAR DIARY

for Month of March '44

 

                                       Courses.
 
Name.

Type of Course.

Period.

Place.

Gnr Gibson Cooks Course 11 March - 31 March. Oswestry.
Gnr. Gibb. J. Cooks Course 11 March - 31 March. Oswestry.
Gnr. Appleby. G.. Cooks Course 11 March - 31 March. Oswestry.
Lt. P.G. Burroughs RHA 'B' Vehicles Waterproofing 23 March - 1 April '44. Rhyl.

 

 

"CC" Battery R.H.A Training Programme Week-ending  4th March ' 44

DAY 0900--1000hrs 1000--1045hrs 1115--1200hrs 1200--1230hrs 1430hrs 1730--1815hrs

MONDAY Officers
BHQ R/T & Sports Lecture Training

C Trp

Gun Drill & Laying R/T Instruction

Maintenance

Signallers Drill orders (Dismounted)

Gun Drill & Laying

H Trp R/T Instruction Gundrill & Laying Maintenance R/T Drill orders (Dismounted) Tactical with Blocks

TUESDAY Officers
BHQ R/T & Sports Map Reading Lecture

C Trp

R/T Instruction

Gun Drill & Laying

Maintenance

Signallers Drill orders (Dismounted)

Tactical with Blocks

 

H Trp

Gun Drill & Laying

R/T Instruction Maintenance R/T Drill orders (Dismounted)

Gun Drill

Officers & W/Os Lecture by 8th Hussars.

WEDS.
BHQ R/T Officers Sports Tactical with Blocks

C Trp

Gun Drill & Laying R/T Instruction

Maintenance

& Sports

Gun Drill

H Trp R/T Instruction Gun Drill & Laying Maintenance Signallers Sports Lecture
R/T

THURS.
BHQ R/T Officers Sports R/T Instruction

C Trp

R/T Instruction

Gun Drill & Laying

Maintenance

& Drill orders (Dismounted)

Drill order with Blocks

 

H Trp

Gun Drill & Laying

XXX Maintenance Signallers Drill orders (Dismounted)

Gun Drill

R/T Officers & W/Os Lecture by C.R.E..

FRIDAY
BHQ R/T Officers Sports Preparations

C Trp

Gun Drill & Laying

Maintenance

& Drill orders (Dismounted)

for

H Trp Gun Drill R/T Instruction Maintenance Signallers Drill orders (Dismounted) Inspection
R/T H Trp. Drill Order

SAT.

INSPECTION

Sports

SUN. 1200hrs - 1700hrs Officers T. E. W. T.

Note:- The following is Standard - 1820hrs MON. TUE. THUR. FRI. Officers Miniature Range.

Major R.H.A

Commanding "CC" Battery R.H.A

 

"CC" Battery R.H.A Training Programme for week ending  11th March ' 44

Date 0900--1045hrs 1115--1200hrs 1200--1230hrs 1400hrs 1730--1815hrs

Mon March 6th
HQ. Driving & R/T Instr.

Maintenance

Driv. Instr Tp. Lecture.
C & H Mounted Gun Drill 

"

Laying, or Sports.       "

Tue 7th.
HQ. Driving & R/T Instr. "       "       "
C & H. Mounted Gun Drill 

"

      "

      "


Wed 8th.
HQ. Driving & R/T Instr. "

Indoors

      "       "
C & H. Mounted Gun Drill 

"

Signals Exercise

      "

      "


Thurs 9th.
HQ Driving & R/T Instr.       "       "
C Troop Drill Order       "       "
H Mounted Gun Drill        "

      "


Fri. 10th.
HQ. Driving & R/T Instr.

Indoors

Preparation Pay
C. Mounted Gun Drill 

Signals 

for

Parades

H. Troop Drill Order

Exercise

Inspections

      "


Sat. 11th. HQ, C, and H.

INSPECTION........................................................................


Note (a) The afternoon period will be devoted to sports as and when football grounds are available.
(b) Miniature Range 1820 - 1900 hrs for Officers and W.Os as detailed in orders.
(c) Young Specialist Class Mon - Thursday (incl) 1400 - 1500 hrs.

Major R.H.A

Commanding "CC" Battery R.H.A

 

"CC" BATTERY TRAINING PROGRAMME W/E  18MAR  44.

DAY 0900--1045hrs 1115--1200hrs 1200--1230hrs 1400hrs 1730--1815hrs

MON BHQ R/T & Driving Inston Parade under T.C. Trp R/T indoor Exercise

Maintenance

Parades under T.Cs.
C Gun Drill

Laying

"

"

Lecture A Vehicles
H Gun Drill

Laying

"

"

Maintenance (Capt Allon)

TUE BHQ R/T & Driving Inston Parade under T.C. Trp R/T indoor Exercise

Maintenance

Parades under T.Cs.
C Gun Drill

Laying

"

"

               "
H Gun Drill

Laying

"

"

               "


WED BHQ Driving Instruction Parade under T.C. Football Match Parades under T.Cs.
Postponed C                | Inter Sub-Section

Laying

Bty v Essex Yeo.                "
H                | Gun Drill Competition

Laying

     (Away)

               "


THURS BHQ Parade under T.C. Scheme Trp R/T indoor Exercise

Maintenance

Parades under T.Cs.
C Gun Drill

Laying

"

"

               "
H Gun Drill

Laying

"

"

               "

Capt's kit inspection Bomber Pilots Lecture

FRI BHQ. Parade under T.C. Trp R/T indoor Exercise

Maintenance

Pay Parades
C. Gun Drill

Laying

"

"

H. Gun Drill

Laying

"

"


SAT BHQ.

INSPECTION........................................................................

C.
H.

S P O R T S


Cadre for all Officers, W.Os., Nos 1 & 2 i./cs. 1820 hrs Daily Miniature Range
Monday C Trp Offrs & W.Os. Weds & Thurs Nos 1 under
M.T. N.C.Os. and Drivers

Tuesday H Trp

   "     "     " B.S.M.

Friday HQ Trp

   "     "     "
Bty Specialists 1115 hrs 1400
Thursday 2,
Tues        2, Young specialists 0915
Wed        1,
Monday   2,

Note:- The text in Blue above is hand written on the originals.

 

"CC" BATTERY TRAINING PROGRAMME W/E  25 MAR  44.

DAY 0900--1045hrs 1115--1200hrs 1200--1230hrs 1400hrs 1730--1815hrs 1815 -- 1900

MON BHQ Parade under T.C. Specialist Class Young Officer's

Maintenance

Parades under  Y.Offrs &.
20th C 0900 hrs Gun Drill

C.O's.

& OP/A's.

&

T.Cs. OP/As
H Inter-Subsection Comp.

GUN DRILL

Miniature Range

Specialist Classes

Min.Range

           Signallers 

TUE BHQ Young Specialist R//T Sten Gun Cadre T.C's. Min.

Maintenance

A Veh Maint.

GPO's & 
C Gun Drill & Laying (under BSM)

Range

&

Lecture by

A/GPO's
H Gun Drill Troop Drill Order [HQ C & H]

Specialist Classes

Capt. Allon

Min.Range

& link line Scheme

Under Capt.


WED BHQ Young Sigs R/T

Bty Staff Drill

A Veh Maint.

Subalterns
C Troop Drill Order

Order & Wireless

Lecture by

Miniature
H    "        "         "

Exercise.

Capt. Allon

Range


Bty Staff Drill Order
THURS BHQ  D.    R..    Scheme Battery Indoor Battery Staff

Parades

T.Cs'.
C Gun Drill  Troop Drill Order Sten Gun

R/T

Drill Order

under

Miniature
H    "     "    Gun Drill & Laying Inst'n

Exercises

Maintenance

T.C.s

Range

(under TSM's)

FRI BHQ. ) Preparations

Pay 

C. ) Battery   Drill   Order ................. for

Parades

H. ) Inspections


SAT BHQ.
C.

                           I n s p e c t i o n s

H.

 

Note:- The text in Blue above is hand written on the originals.

 

April 1944

Commanding Officer: Major. T. J. Cooke M.C. R.H.A.

Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information References to Appendices
Cranwich Camp 1   Lt Col F.B. Wyldbore-Smith D.S.O. M.B.E. who commanded the Battery on HOMS and in Italy was married at the Savoy Chapel in London. The wedding was attended by all Officers from the Battery, who were in Italy with him and the 12 senior W.Os and Sgts who formed a guard of honour outside the church.  
  2-4   Training continued.  
  5 1400 Major General A.A. Goschen C.B. D.S.O. Colonel Commandant R.H.A. visited the Regiment and walked round the Battery/  
  7   The Battery tried out Regimental link shooting on STANFORD ranges.  
      This was followed by course shooting under Battery arrangements.  
  8 1100 The C.O. inspected the Battery.  
    1600 Inspection by Lt.General Sir Robert Gordon-Finlayson Col Cmdt R.A. who inspected the guns and then gave a short address to all ranks.  
  9   Easter Sunday. Owing to restrictions on rail travel there was no week end leave over this week end.  
  10   The Battery concentrated on maintenance in preparation for a fairly strenuous week.  
  11 1500 The Battery moved off to concentrate for the night in the area of SWAFFHAM with 22 Armd Bde prior to Brigade exercise the following day.  
      One gun went up to THORNHAM to carry out absolute calibration under Divisional arrangements. Lt. R. Whitley RHA was i/c of the gun and for the calibration of Divisional Artillery.  
  12 0900 Bde Exercise "SPRINGBOK". The Battery acted as 'swinger' Battery to the Regiment and joined in some quick Regimental concentrations which were fired but as 1 R.Tanks were not out everyone had a rather boring day.  
    1500 The Battery moved to the Northern end of THETFORD training area to join 1 R.Tanks in close leaguer for night prior to exercise KANGAROO the following day.  
  13 0500 Reveille.  
    0540 Open out from close leaguer.  
    0540 This was the first day that the Battery had been in close leaguer and had shaken out into open formation for many months: During the ensuing exercise 1 R.Tanks group (including 'CC' Bty) was the enemy and attacked the remainder of 22 Armd Bde who were in battle position on the STANFORD battle area. Smoke was fired by both sides instead of H.E.  
    1600 Return to camp.  
  14   Maintenance all day.  
    1730 The remaining 7 SEXTONS went up on transporters to THORNHAM ranges to zero the next morning and then out comparative calibration against the standard gun in the Battery.  
  15 0945 Guns were zeroed under Div Artillery arrangements at THORNHAM ranges.  
    1215 Comparative calibration against the standard gun that had undergone absolute calibration, on SANCTUARY Ranges.  
  15-16   The Battery staff vehicles which had done a wireless scheme under the Battery Captain arrived at the range and after the calibration the whole Battery including the guns (transporters not being available for the return journey) did a drill order, which included a night march and night occupation, back to arriving at 1030 hrs the following morning.  
  17   The Battery concentrated on maintenance as a result of the two previous days and in anticipation of the following day.  
  18   A Regimental day on the STANFORD battle area. The Regiment too out the exact vehicles, with which it was going to fight for the first fortnight of the Second Front. Quick Regimental deployment and engagement of Regimental targets and quick barrages was tried out and as far as the Battery was concerned was highly successful. The Registration by the O.Ps and the work at the Command Posts was quick and accurate.  
  19   Maintenance. A conference was held for Troop Commanders to discuss personnel who were getting short due to sickness and medical regrading etc.....  Word has just be received from R.H.Q. that there was little chance of getting any further reinforcements, and it was therefore decided to training up as many drivers as possible out of fatigue men such as cookhouse personnel etc., and put the gunners (who were by now quite trained) into the cookhouse.  
  20-21   Divisional Exercise Kelly's Eye II. The Battery did not take part but the B.C. Capt WHH Allon., Capt TRD Belgrave. & Lt. PAB Wickham took part as umpires for 3rd Regt R.H.A.  
  22 1100 Visit of the Russian Military Mission.  
      The whole Regiment was liner up on the concrete Gun Park in two ranks (facing inwards) by Btys and the visiting Generals walker up through the ranks and then afterwards inspected the various types of equipment.  
  23   Sunday.      Three Drivers went to YARMOUTH on 2 days course, vehicle wading. App C.
  24   All leave except compassionate leave had been stopped on April 15th. A scheme opened whereby 3% approximately of the Battery could be away on "Special Compassionate" leave. Names for this were drawn out of the hat.   
      Normal Compassionate was permitted to continue provided the case was exceptional.  
  25   Regtl. inter Staff Drill Order. A six a side inter-section Football League was started, 2 matches being played each evening, 20 minutes each way.   
  26 0915 Regtl.Staff Drill Order.  
    1900 L/Bdr Pye and Dvr. Smith G.W. were injured when one of the recreational trucks going to Downham Market hit a track which had just been drawn from CHILWELL for the Regt. amd was being driven back to the camp.  
  27   2/Lt. D.N. Cons R.H.A. and 15 Drivers left to attend a 2 day sea wading course at LOWESTOFT.  
  28   Driving Instruction and maintenance.  
  29   Proper Saturday inspections were carried out bt the B.C. Owing to exercises etc., this was the first inspection that had been made for several weeks.  
  30   The month ended with training completed and the Bty., concentrating on maintenance in preparation for waterproofing. The final W.E of vehicles was still not firm and the Bty., possessed a number of odd spare vehicles varying from Sherman tanks to M/C's for which it was impossible to supply proper drivers, owing to the shortage of personnel on the new establishment.  
      A number of drivers had been medically down graded during the past 3 months and it had become necessary to teach every available man how to drive. The shortage of qualified drivers appeared to be acute.  

 

 

Appendix 'A' to "CC" Battery 5 RHA. War Diary

for month of April 1944

 

                            Hospital Admissions and discharges.
 

Name.

Admitted.

Discharged.

L/Sgt. Ewing. A.E. 10 April '44

-

Gnr. Rispin. W.

15 April '44

Gnr. Goodrick. R.H.

15 April '44

27 April '44

Bdr. Eade. S.

26 April '44

Dvr Bowker. W.

26 April '44

Dvr Woodall. J.

27 April '44

Dvr Hagger. S.R.

25 April '44

L/Bdr (DO) Pye. J

26 April '44

Dvr. Smith. G.W.

26 April '44

 

 

 

Appendix 'B' to "CC" Battery 5th Regt RHA. War Diary

for month of April 1944

 

  Postings to and from the Battery.
W/Sgt. Murray. W Posted to Home Details on 18th April '44.
Bdr (DO) Layhe. J. Posted to Home Details on 18th April '44.
Gnr West A.W.G. Posted to Home Details on 21st April '44.
L/Bdr (Gun Fit) Fors Posted to the Battery from G Battery RHA on 24 April '44.
Gnr (Gun Fit) Watts. Posted to G Battery RHA on 24 April '44.

 

 

 

Appendix 'C' to "CC" Battery 5th Regt RHA. WAR DIARY

for month of April 1944

 

                                       Courses Attended.
 
Name.

Course attended.

Place. & date.

L/Bdr Ansell. W.

 

A/Typhus.

 

70 Field Hygiene   

    2 - 8 April '44

Gnr. House. W.S.

 

Unit Clerks Course.

 

RA Records. Footscray. 

   15 April - 5th May '44

Dvr Nicholles. W Water Splash Course Yarmouth.   23 - 25 Apr
Dvr Young R.     "         "          "    "                    "
Dvr Smith. J.N     "         "          "    "                    "
Dvr Padgett. O.     "         "          "    "                    "
 
Dvr Rosier Salt water Driving Lowestoft..   28 - 29 Apr
Dvr Parfitt.     "         "          "    "                    "
Dvr Couper.     "         "          "    "                    "
Dvr Wright G.     "         "          "    "                    "
Dvr Hewitt. F.     "         "          "    "                    "
Dvr Malia. E.     "         "          "    "                    "
Dvr Tucker.     "         "          "    "                    "
Dvr Benton. A.E.     "         "          "    "                    "
Dvr Gray W.     "         "          "    "                    "
Dvr Wicks.     "         "          "    "                    "
L/Bdr Baugh C.W.     "         "          "    "                    "
D/M King. A.     "         "          "    "                    "
Dvr Barnstable.     "         "          "    "                    "
Dvr Groombridge.     "         "          "    "                    "
L/Bdr Nott.     "         "          "    "                29 - 30 Apr
Dvr Ashman.     "         "          "    "                    "
Dvr Giddings.     "         "          "    "                    "
Dvr Smith. R.     "         "          "    "                    "
Dvr Shepherd     "         "          "    "                    "

 

 

May 1944

Commanding Officer: Major. T. J. Cooke M.C. R.H.A.

Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information References to Appendices
Cranwich Camp 1 1200 The G.O.C. 7 Armd Div visited the Regiment and spoke to all ranks. He told us the reasons why leave had been stopped etc and also told the men that the future tasks of the Division were very fair ones and not unreasonable. The rest of the day was spent in maintenance.  
  2  

Maintenance and preparation for firing on the ranges of Wednesday. 

 
      In the evening Col H.M. Stanford M.C., and Brigadier Wetherburn Maxwell visited the Regiment and spoke to Officers and No.1s informally.  
  3   The Regiment practiced A/Tk shooting against standing targets in the Stanford battle Area. The SEXTON proved to be a remarkably stable weapon at ranges upto 800x. It was not possible to fire at greater ranges. 25rds A.P. per gun were fired .  
      Afterwards a Regimental concentration was fired by a new quick method, in which one gun from the Regiment registered and then the remaining 23 guns drove in track to track were lined up on the same switch and range  fired and then drove away again. The total time taken for the whole thing was 13 minutes and the concentration at the target was very impressive. Afterwards the Bty carried out Course shooting and returned to camp at 1700 hrs  
  4-5   Loading and preparation of vehicles for waterproofing.  
  4-7   Preparation continued for the continued splitting up of the Battery into its various serials for waterproofing and subsequent embarkation.  
      Information was received that the Battery would be split into 4 serials for the assault party and a residue party for the follow up convoys.  
     

These vehicles were divided by vehicle types as follows:-

(1)   O.Ps and Sextons area 'R'

(2)   Battery staff vehicles, half tracks & carries     area 'T'

(3)   2 x 3 tonners & spare Sherman      area 'S'

(4)   2 x 3 tonners & watercart remaining at Cranwich for the start.

 
      The problems of administration, command and supervision of the waterproofing in the 4 entirely separate areas were fairly considerable and required a detailed organisation., which was done on a Regimental basis in order to have the necessary waterproofing experts etc in the same area.  
      During this period all vehicles were loaded up ready to move the dates of which were not known until May 1st.  
  7   Captain T.R.D. Belgrave R.H.A. left as advance party for the Battery to camp R.5.  
  8 0800 Serials 7 & ( 19 & 26 ) left for R.5 and T.4 respectively under Capt. W.H.H. Allon R.H.A. and Capt. D.L. Benke R.H.A.   
      In the case of serial 7 the waterproofing had not completed by the L.A.D. for the SEXTONS and they remained behind to follow independently under their G.P.Os as soon as this was done.  
  9 0815 Serial 47 left under Lt. P.E. Arni R.H.A. For Camp S.4.  
    1130 BC attended investiture at Buckingham Palace.  
    1330 The SEXTONS left for R.5 independently under their G.P.Os, the welding having been finished in a very quick time by the L.A.D.  
  10-17   Waterproofing was carred oit at 'R' 'S' & 'T' and was completed in all cases by May 17th. At 'R' & 'S' a satisfactory fresh water test was carried out on May 17th but this was not possible a 'T'.  
Field 19   Major. T. J. Cooke MC RHA (Bty Cmdr) attended a demonstration by 'Rhinos' in the Solent.  
  20-22   Day passes started for 33% of the Battery.  
Field 22-25   This period was spent in a daily check over on the waterproofing of the vehicles, and apart from some small adjustments in loading etc the remainder of the days were spend keeping the men fit and allow as many men on pass as possible. Restrictions on all except local leave were very stringent which was unfortunate and was a direct cause of a certain amount of absence without leave.  
  25   On this day all leave of any sort was stopper preparatory to marshalling the vehicles. No men were allowed outside the camp except on duty, which appeared on the surface to be a rather unnecessary restriction as the amenities in the camp for the men were very small indeed and the quarters very cramped. Communications with the parties at S & T camps ceased shortly afterwards and it was believed that these parties were due to load shortly.  
  28   Marshalling of vehicles in camp R began on the main IPSWICH - FELIXSTOWE Rd.   
  29   Marshalling continued.   
  31   Orders received for moving to the hards to load on June 1st.  

 

 

Appendix 'A' to 'CC' Battery War Diary

for month of May 1944

 

                            Hospital Admissions and discharges.
 

Name.

Admitted.

Discharged.

Gnr. White S.A. Adm. to White Lodge Emergency Hol on 6.5.44

-

D/M Hagger S.R.

Discharged 2.5.44

Dvr. Smith G.W.

        "         2.5.44

Dvr Bowker. W.

        "         6.5.44

L/Sgt. Ewing A.E.

        "         11.5.44

Bdr. Eade. S.

        "         12.5.44

 

 

 

Appendix 'B' to "CC" Battery 5th Regt RHA. War Diary

for month of May 1944

 

  Postings to and from the Battery.
L/Bdr Ansell.  W.H. )
Gnr Goodrick. R.H. )
Dvr Green.C.E. )Posted to 1st Line Reinforcement 49 R.H.U. Brentwood. on 6th May '44.
Dvr Smith.R. )
 
Sgt. Brodie. J. Posted to 46th R.H.U. Brentwood. on 29th May '44.

 

 

 

 

 

'CC' Battery Nominal Role.

 Serial No. 7.

 

  Gnr. Allen. J.M.
U/Bdr. Hartley. P.
U/L/Bdr. Botting. G.A.
Dvr.IC. Carr. M.
P/A/L/Sgt Chapman J.W.
Gnr. Chappell. A.
P/A/L/Bdr  Cooper. E.E.
Pte Dorley. A.J.
P/A/L/Bdr DO Corse. J.
P/A/L/Sgt Courtnage. E.F.
Gnr. Davies. H.G.
Dvr.IC. Davies. G.A.T.
Gnr. Dewer. R.A.
W/Sgt.. Duddy. C.E.F
W.Sgt. Easton. D.
Dvr/Mech. Finding. F.J
W/Bdr. Forbes. G.
P/A/L/Bdr Fit/Gun Fox. L.B.
W/Bdr. Garrett. H.H.F.
P/A/L/Bdr. Garrigle. M.A.
P/A/L/Sgt Ewing A.E.
P/A/L/Sgt Hailwood. M.T.
Gnr/D.M. Hagger S.R.
U/L/Bdr. Hardy. K.V.
Gnr. Harvey. R.E.W
Gnr. Hird. W
Gnr. Hitchen. J.
Gnr. Hoare. G.
Gnr. Howell. T
Gnr. Jelley. J.T.
P/A/L/Bdr. DO Lapidus. L.
Dvr.IC. Lucas. W.R.
  Gnr Fit AFV Maisey. P.J.
Sgt. May. R.N. (MM)
P/A/L/Bdr. Morbin. A.W.
U/L/Bdr. DM. McDowall. D. (MM)
P/A/L/Sgt Nixon. A.L.
Gnr. Pennifold. G.F.
W/Bdr Quarterman. A.A.
Gnr. Radden. J.W.
P/A/Sgt Robinson. R
Gnr. Roe. L.M
Gnr. Rutherford. A.
P/A/L/Bdr Saunders. R.W.
Gnr. Severn. F.M.
P/A/L/Bdr Shaw. J.B.
Dvr.IC. Short. W.F
Gnr. Smith. G.
Gnr. Smith. H.T.
U/L/Bdr. Swift. S
  Gnr.  Taylor. T.
U/L/Bdr. Thomas. T.
Gnr. Thompson. G.
U/L/Bdr. Thornton. W.
W/Sgt. Townsend. J.L.
U/L/Bdr. Venables. H.W.
Dvr/Mech. Walker. W.E.
Gnr. Walsh. A.C.R.
Dvr.IC. Webber. F.A.
Gnr. DM. Williamson. M.S.
  Gnr. Woodham. B.
Gnr. Wright. T.
Bdr. Fit Gun Young. F.H.
Gnr. Jackson. J.H.
Dvr IC. Bowker. W.D
   V/M. Meaden

 

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'CC' Battery Nominal Role.

 Serial No. 19.

 

  Dvr.IC. Barnstable. C.G
P/A/L/Bdr. Bough. C.W.
W/Bdr. (DS) Blundell. A.
Gnr. DO. Brown. A.G
W/Bdr. DO. Brown. T.M.
Dvr.IC. Cooper. D.
Gnr. DO. Eckersley. G.
Gnr. Fergusson. J
W/Bdr. Firth. H.A.
W/Bdr. DO Gillespie.H
Gnr. Greaves. E.A.
Dvr.IC. Groonbridge. G
Gnr. Griffiths. B.R.
Gnr. Haworth. A.
P/A/L/Sgt. Mitchell. G.D.A.
Gnr. Munro. L.A.
Dvr.IC. Nicholls. W
Dvr.IC. Nott. R.J.
W/Sgt Parker. E.
Gnr. Patterson. A. (actually Paterson. A.)
W/Bdr. DO Reid. A.
Dvr.IC. Shepherd. J.
Dvr.IC. Shipperley. H.J. MM.
Dvr.IC. Smith. J.W.
Gnr. DM. Stone. W
U/L/Bdr. DO Stuart-Brown. C.W.
W/Bdr. Whieldon. L.R.
Gnr. Wilson. A.W.
Dvr. Woodall. A.J.
U/L/Bdr. Young. S.W.

 

Serial No. 26.

 

W/WOII BSM Dixon. G.
W/WOII BSM Short. J. MM.
Dvr.IC. Smith. G.W.
Dvr.IC. Thompson. J

 

 

 

 

 

'CC' Battery Nominal Role.

 Serial No. 44

 

  Dvr IC. Bowker. W.D
Gnr. Boyd. R.M.
P/A/L/Bdr. VM. Dipper. W.F.G.
Gnr. Finlayson. W.
W/Bdr. Goldsmith. A.W.
Gnr. Hamer. G
Gnr. Jenkins. E.
Gnr. Marshall. R.F.
P/A/L/Bdr. DO McNaught. J.C.
Gnr. Neville. F.L.
Dvr IC. Parfitt. W.E.
Gnr. Pashby. R.J.
Gnr. Pendreich. J.
Gnr. Pearson. H.W.
Dvr IC. Rosier. H.W.
S/Sgt. FitRA Smith. H.J.
Gnr. Thomsas. G.
Dvr IC. Turner. T.S.T.
Gnr. Hitchen. J.
Gnr. Fairburn. K.

 

Serial No. 57.

 

Dvr.IC. Armstrong. W.
W/Bdr Elwine. F.W.
Gnr. Fairburn. K.
Dvr.IC. Findlay. W.
Gnr. Frew. A.C.
Gnr. Gibson. J.P.
Gnr. Hall. F.
Gnr. Jackson. J.H.
Dvr.IC. Kyle. A.E.
Gnr. Mason. F.
Gnr. Richards. F.
Gnr. Rispin. W.H.
W/Cpl Roberts. R
W/WOII BSM Scott. D.W.
P/A/L/Bdr. VM Thomas. D.
Dvr.IC. Tucker. A.E.
Gnr. Ungless. R.J.
Gnr. Webb. G.H.
Dvr.IC. Wright.. G.
Gnr. Yurovitch. H.
Gnr. Marshall. R.F.

 

 

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'CC' Battery Nominal Role.

 

 

  Gnr. Appleby. L.G.
Dvr IC. Ashman. C
Gnr. Baker. C.E.
Gnr. DO. Bennett. A.S.
Dvr IC. Benton. A.E.
Gnr. Binmore. W.
Dvr IC. Bonwick. W.J.
Gnr. Bridges. A.
Gnr. Carter. E.
Pte. Conkleton. J
Gnr. Davis. H.
Gnr. Faulkner. G.
W/Bdr. Gentry. G.J.
Gnr. Gibb. J.
Dvr IC. Giddins. T.
Dvr IC. Gray. W.E
Dvr IC. Grimble. W.
Gnr. Harris. J.E.
Gnr. Hayse. S  (actually Hayes. S.)
Gnr. Hayton. E.
L/U/L/L/Bdr Headington. J.D.
Gnr. House. W.S.
Pte. Howard. R.H.
Gnr. Inglis. W.
W/Bdr. UC Kent. W.H.
Dvr IC. King. A.
Dvr IC. Llewellyn. A.R.T.
Dvr IC. Malia. A.
Gnr. Neame. J.
Gnr. Nippard. E.B.
Dvr IC. Padgett. O.
Gnr. Pinckheard, R.J.
Gnr. Read. P.
Dvr IC. Rogers. J.
BQMS Rogers. H.J.
Dvr. Siers. R.J.
W/Bdr, Swinhoe. H.
Gnr. Tindell. E.D.
W/Cpl. Vickery. R.E. REME.
P/A/L/Bdr Wagstaff, F.
Gnr. DM. Wicks. R
Gnr. Yellot. F.
Gnr. Young. N.
Gnr. Hewitt. F.
Gnr. Smith. L.S.
Dvr. Smith. R.
Sigmn Pinnell (attached)
Sigmn (Another attached)
L/Sgt. Ede. F.W.

 

 

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'CC' Battery Nominal Role of Officers and Serials

 

 Serial No. 7. Major T.J. Cooke MC. Capt. W.H.H. Allon. Capt. T.R.D.. Belgrave.
Lt. M. T. Barstow. Lt. A.B. Curtis.
Serial No. 19. Capt. D.L. Benke. Lt. R. Whitely. 2/Lt D.N. Cons.
Serial No. 44. Lt. P.E. Arni.
Remainder.
Lt. P. Wickham. 2/Lt. P.G. Burroughs

 

 

 

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