572 Coy & 249 Fd Coy RE

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  1. Smac02

    Smac02 Junior Member

    Anyone help me here?
    Looking for any war diary info for 572 RE, particularly in N/Africa, western desert & Egypt. Also 249 Fd Coy 1945-1946.
    Basically trying trying to find out the places Dad was at before transferring to to 4 Para Sqn RE.
    Any help would be helpful if I need to visit Kew to trace war diaries.
  2. PsyWar.Org

    PsyWar.Org Archive monkey

    SM, for when you get to Kew, here are the references for 572 Fld Coy RE. 249 to follow in a mo.

    WO 166/3810, ROYAL ENGINEERS: COMPANIES: 572 Field Company. (1940 Aug.-1941 Feb.)
    WO 169/1912, 572 A. Fd. Coy. (1941 May- Dec.)
    WO 169/5328, 572 Army Fd. Coy. (1942 Jan.- Dec.)
    WO 169/10720, 572 Army Fd. Coy. (1943 Jan.- Dec.)
    WO 170/1722, Companies: 572 Coy. (1944 Jan.- Dec.)
    WO 170/5249, Companies: 572 Coy. (1945 Jan., Feb.)
    WO 171/5576, 572 Coy. (1945 Mar.- June, Aug.)

  3. PsyWar.Org

    PsyWar.Org Archive monkey

    TNA references for 249 Fld Coy RE (can't find anything after May '45):

    WO 166/3718, ROYAL ENGINEERS: COMPANIES: 249 Field Company. (1939 Sept.- 1941 Dec.)
    WO 166/8159, 249 Coy. (1942 Jan.-Dec.)
    WO 166/12115, 249 Coy. (1943 Jan.-Dec.)
    WO 171/1605, 249 Coy. (1944 Feb.- Aug., Oct.- Dec.)
    WO 171/5523, 249 Coy. (1945 Jan.- May)

  4. dryan67

    dryan67 Senior Member

    Devonshire and Cornwall (Fortress) R.E.
    HQ, No. 1 (EL & W), No. 2 (EL), No. 3 (EL) Coys: Plymouth
    No. 1 Coy in 1940 as 571st Army FC RE
    Formed 570th Corps Field Park Company, RE; 571st, 572nd, 573rd Army Field Companies, RE
    Converted to VIII Corps Troops RE with:
    570th FPC – Plymouth; 571st – Plymouth; 572nd FC - Totney; 573rd FC – Cornwall
    After Dunkirk VIII Corps Troops was based at Ottery St. Mary in Devon.
    Companies sailed to North Africa in Feb. 1941 as X Corps Troops via Gibraltar and Cape Town.
    570th in May 1941 involved in operations in desert.
    570th attached to XXX Corps in 1941.
    Served in NA 11/41-1942 as X Corps Troops RE
    Served in NA 1942-43 as X Corps Troops RE
    X Corps Troops at El Alamein – 23/10/42
    571st att. to 10th Armoured Division 23/10/42 as part of Minefield Task Force (ex X Corps)
    Served in Italy under X Corps Troops 1943-early 1945
    To NW Europe March 1945
  5. dryan67

    dryan67 Senior Member

    249th (East Anglia) Field Company: Luton
    u/c 54th (East Anglia) Infantry Division 4/9/39-20/5/43
    u/c 6th Airborne Division 7/6/43-31/8/45 as 249th (Airborne) FC, RE
    Landed by sea 6/6/44 in Normandy
  6. Helen B

    Helen B New Member

    My grandad was in this same regiment - did you find out any further info or war diaries? I would love to know more about what he was involved in. We have photos of his time during the war. Thanks

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