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#1 Ben Blackwell

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 07:05 PM

Hi,
I hope the link works:

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These are some of the pics that we have of my Grandad's unit. If anybody knows anything about them, then please let me know.
There should be 9 pictures in all.
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#2 Drew5233

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 07:09 PM

Excellent pictures-Any idea on the location?

Some serious contruction going on there and not a Hi-Vis vest or hard hat in sight :)
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Posted 28 February 2011 - 07:23 PM

I'm not sure where, I guess Holland, but I'm not sure. I just added another four pics, one of which looks like it could be them reading the paper on the day war ended, so some of them might be in Germany.
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Posted 28 February 2011 - 07:25 PM

I don't think its flat enough to be Holland-I'm sure some of the other chaps will be along soon with some pearls.
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Posted 01 March 2011 - 02:30 PM

Hopefully as it would be great to know. Did those bridges take long to finish? It must have been very difficult to construct one if you were under fire.
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Posted 01 March 2011 - 02:42 PM

I'm surprised no one has looked at them or commented. I think they are excellent pics.

Sapper may know how long they took to build - I expect he would have built them.
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Posted 01 March 2011 - 07:11 PM

Great pictures. The Baileys would be built in hours. In some pictures you can see the "Nose" of the bridge built on to reach across to the opposite bank. (balance!)

The bridge being constructed of wood, is known as a "Trestle Bridge" We built a wooden Trestle over the Molen Beek in Holland, between Overloon and Venraij, under fire...... nasty!

Some Baileys had to be built twice the size needed to get across, where it would be countersunk and the nose gone. Sometimes the sheer weight of a long Bailey would be towed by an AVRE tank into position.
Baileys come in several varieties Single. Double and damn near everything else in between. Tremendously versatile.

Sometimes we would build an assault bridge. That is a very light bridge across the top of FBE (folding boat equipment!) We would then press on with the infantry, while shortly after, in daylight, the follow up Bridging companies would build a substantial Bailey.
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PS Hope this helps? if not ask!
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PPS I have a large series of RE pictures for viewers.
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Posted 01 March 2011 - 07:20 PM

Ben
Great photo's thank you for posting my father did the same job in Italy
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Posted 01 March 2011 - 10:52 PM

Great picures Ben, 'The envy of the civilised world' - Baileys.
If I might make a suggestion they would be even better if you could flatten them out using a piece of glass or similar
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#10 Ben Blackwell

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 09:10 PM

Thanks for the comments, very much appreciated.
I was watching a video on youtube about some Americans putting a Bailey Bridge together, a year or so ago after a flash flood had destroyed the previous bridge. The chief engineer had said that it would take about a week to finish the bridge, so to hear that you used to put them together in a few hours is really impressive.
Does anyone reckon they know where they were taken?
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Posted 31 March 2011 - 11:30 PM

Very nice pics mate. If I had to hazard aguess I'd say Holland for sure for the cold weather pictures. It's quite obviously perishing weather but there's no snow on the ground yet, so it could be November 1944 (of-course it could also be February 45). The Bridge they're building has got to be a class 70 at least given that it appears to be a double-double. That should narrow it down some for you. I have a large format book around here somewhere, which was published by the RE just after the war, and has lots of pics of all the Bridges built by the RE in Northern Europe, and a note on who built what. I shall see if I can find it and try to isolate what bridge they're actually building. No promises though, as I've got to find the book first and if you could see my place you'd know what a tough job that's going to be LOL!

The earlier photograph with the chaps with their shirts off will most likely be Summer of 44. Again I'd guess at somewhere between July and August given how hot it must have been for them. It's hard to tell but they do look a wee bit on the white side so it might be early July before they've had time to build up their tans in the French sunshine
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Posted 01 April 2011 - 07:48 PM

That's very interesting. According to their War Diary they spent the vast majority of their time based at and near Benouville by Pegasus Bridge doing all sorts of tasks. Do you think that could be it?
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Posted 07 April 2011 - 03:52 PM

Ben just spent a bit of time going through that book and whilst there are a few 1 corp bridges from France to Belgium and Holland there were none that matched either of the bridges shown in your pics (most of them were class 40 Bailey Pontoons of a single storey construction).

Sorry mate.

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Posted 11 September 2011 - 07:56 PM

Hi Ben did you find when these pictures were from as my granda was in the 240 field company from February 1945-June 1945.Have downloaded them to see if i can spot granda.

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Posted 16 September 2011 - 11:23 PM

Hi Ben,

Good to see you are making in roads into understanding the history of the 240th. The 240th Field Company was based at the Drill Hall, Coatdyke, Coatbridge which is the same drill hall that was used by 124 (lowland) Fd Sqn RE until 1999 when the sub unit was disbanded under SDR. I am currently researching the history of RE TA Units in this area and any Silver and Property handed down over the generations. I shall endeavour to obtain further info for you. Any info on the 240th that you have acquired so far, I would be grateful to know it.

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Posted 17 September 2011 - 07:56 AM

I have tried to find out a little info to help. I do have a list of RE companies in the Sword Beach area, and 240 Fld Co RE according to my documents was not at Pegasus. But at the same time trying to unravel what happened in those times is very difficult... They moved units about here there and everywhere.

Who they were with would indicate where they were, and what they did...
Cheers
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PS As a Field Company RE, they would have seen a great deal of action. Sappers were always in short supply
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Posted 12 October 2011 - 09:52 PM

Ben I found this thread looking for info on my wifes great grandfather, her grandfather recently died and we discovered the same photo you have image 0717
his name was Raymond jones he was described as "swarthy"!!! and he is third row down , 3rd from the right.
could I get copies of any info you have managed to discover please?
It would be good to get to know his life
thanks Dave
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#18 Barrie Stevens

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 04:01 PM

My late father Kenneth Harry Stevens was with 240 Field Company. He told me that they went in on D Day Plus Ten..Sadly the diary he kept and photos were stolen from me when I had copies made...I have two photos of him...I also have a wooden plate they had made celebrating 240 Field Coy..They trained in Scotland, England N Ireland and served in France (Normandy) Holland, Belgium, Germany...My Dad ended up as CQMS and a Sergeant demobbed 1946...I have some stories in my head I can send you plus two pix. They spent a lot of time on the "Meerdam?"...Regards...Barrie Stevens
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Posted 14 January 2012 - 04:10 PM

Can I see or be sent these photos of 240 Field Company as my father might be there. He was in from 1942-1946. Sadly his diary and photos were stolen from me in a photocopy shop when I went to have duplicates made (Like the copy shop owner nicked em! We couldn't prove theft (Tho I had the Police in on the job) but I took the case to civil court and got £1,500 out of court settlement so it cost him dear! (Don't mess with 240 or their kinfolks!)..I can send you a pic of my Dad in uniform and one of him in stores in Germany (He became Sgt CQMS)
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Posted 14 January 2012 - 04:14 PM

My father Kenneth Harry Stevens was eventually CQMS of 240 Field Coy...He told me that he was billeted in Lancashire in Accrington and possibly Clitheroe and in an abandoned cotton mill...He said the pverty was worse then he had seen in London...
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Posted 14 January 2012 - 04:32 PM

OK I now see how to gt a look at these pics but my father Kenneth Harry Stevens not in any of them!!! (The ones he was in were stolen as I said!)
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Posted 09 July 2013 - 10:38 AM

Barrie

 

Just checked my photo of the 240th's HQ Platoon. I can see no Stevens.

 

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 09:57 PM

 

The so-called "Woodall Bridge" over the Dortmund-Ems canal, Germany, constricted by the 240th Field Coy, RE led by Co Major W.F. Woodall RE. Evidently, this bridge was built by March 1945. See http://www.82ndengin...itaryphotos.htm

 

 

Here is another photo of the 240th's activity. Unfortunately, we have no idea where this bridge was constructed or the date.

 


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Posted 06 June 2014 - 11:01 PM

Just found this Site and would like to know any information thanks.     My brother Harry Houghton was the driver to a Major Woodall for several years during the war.        According to his Service Record he Joined the Royal Engineers on the 15 Dec 1939.      Posted to 217 Army Field coy 20 Feb 1940 Aldershot       Disembarked France 1 April 1940      Disembarked England 20 May 1940       Rejoined unit 11 June 1940 Llandudno        Stationed at Halton near Lancaster 16 October 1940 Unit changed to 15th Field Squadron 4 Aug 1941       Unit changed to 615 Field Squadron 8 March 1943       Posted to 240 Field Coy 16 June 1943       Embarked UK 2 June 1944        Discharged 1 October 1953. 

I know that his unit did some exercise in the Kyles of Bute but there is no mention of it in his records and there is no records of where he was during his time in Europe


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Posted 07 June 2014 - 03:19 AM

l have a photo of the 240th Field Coy's HQ Platoon, which was my father's unit. The photo includes Major Woodall, a B. Houghton and a F.S.Houghton (who was killed in Wuustwezel, Belgium on 21 October 1944). Are these Houghtons related? Do you know which Platoon your brother was in?

 

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PS You might want to enter 240th Field Company as a search term on this site to find the other pages on the 240th Fld Coy on the site.


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Posted 07 June 2014 - 10:52 AM

Good pics,


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Posted 07 June 2014 - 12:36 PM

Thanks for the prompt reply. My Brothers name on the Army records was Henry but he was always known as Harry. Unfortunately I don't know what Platoon he was in. I have looked at the photo on this site but can't recognise anyone and I have tried to enlarge the photo without success. It is possible that the B Houghton could have been misspelt on the photo. Harry survived the war so the poor soul F S Houghton who was killed at Wuustwezel was not him and is not a relation. One other bit of info I can remember was the Unit suffering several casualties while Stationed at Halton Lancaster practicing Bridge building prior to the invasion of Europe, apparently heavy storms caused the river Lune to flood with strong currents that washed away the Bridge they were building.


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#28 Drew5233

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 12:50 PM

Hi These are the war diaries covering his service in WW2. Drop me a private message if you'd like me to copy any for you.

 

WO 166/3686 217 Field Company. 1939 Sept.- 1940 Mar., July - 1941 July

 

WO 167/973 217 Army Field Company Royal Engineers1940 Apr.-June

 

WO 166/3978 15 Field Squadron. 1941 Aug.- Dec.

 

WO 166/8394 15 Field Squadron.1942 Jan.- Dec.

 

WO 166/12108 240 Company1943 Jan.-Nov.

 

WO 171/1600 240 Company1944 Jan.- Dec.

 

WO 171/5517 240 Company1945 Jan.- Dec.

 

WO 171/9398 240 Company 1946 Jan.- June

 

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#29 vinty

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Posted 08 June 2014 - 12:18 PM

Thanks Andy ,I have sent you a PM.


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Posted 12 June 2014 - 11:54 AM

Does anyone know where I can obtain a Film or Video of the 240 Coy in action liberating a town (Tilburg I think) in Holland.
I know that there was at least 1 made because on the 50th anniversary of the Liberation of several towns in Holland my Brother was invited to attend the celebrations as were any ex service men living in Holland.
On one occasion the operational unit of the 240 Coy built a replica bridge to commemorate the anniversary of the Liberation and my Brother who had been the Driver to Major Woodall met up with him again. At the event Major Woodall presented his war Diaries to the Coy and the Town was given a Video of the actual fight to Liberate them which had been translated into Dutch it showed the Germans defending a Timber yard.
I would dearly like to get a copy of the English version of this video.


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