Pictures of 240 Field Company
Posted 28 February 2011 - 07:09 PM
Some serious contruction going on there and not a Hi-Vis vest or hard hat in sight
Posted 28 February 2011 - 07:25 PM
Posted 01 March 2011 - 02:42 PM
Sapper may know how long they took to build - I expect he would have built them.
Posted 01 March 2011 - 07:11 PM
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.
PS Hope this helps? if not ask!
PPS I have a large series of RE pictures for viewers.
Posted 02 March 2011 - 09:10 PM
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?
Posted 31 March 2011 - 11:30 PM
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
Posted 07 April 2011 - 03:52 PM
Posted 11 September 2011 - 07:56 PM
DRIVER ROBERT WILLIAM JOHNSTON T/168241.R.A.S.C- 1/8/1917.-9/12/1989 .
Posted 16 September 2011 - 11:23 PM
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.
Posted 17 September 2011 - 07:56 AM
Who they were with would indicate where they were, and what they did...
PS As a Field Company RE, they would have seen a great deal of action. Sappers were always in short supply
Posted 12 October 2011 - 09:52 PM
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
Posted 14 January 2012 - 04:01 PM
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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.
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
Edited by vinty, 06 June 2014 - 11:20 PM.
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?
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.
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.
Edited by vinty, 08 June 2014 - 12:17 PM.
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
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.
Edited by vinty, 12 June 2014 - 11:59 AM.
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